Monday, February 13, 2006

IMAGES: Happy Valentines Day!


Male, Female, Gay or Straight, here's a little something for everyone...

Happy Valentine's Day!

Obsession, Calvin Klein


M7, Yves Saint Laurent

13 comments:

Mark said...

AHA! The infamous M7 Ad that was not released in the US unless you hunted for British publications on your tippy-toes at Barnes and Noble, top shelf! I mean, not that I hunted for it or anything...I mean, who would do that? Right?

Incidentally, it took me about 6 magazines till I found it.

Thanks Marlen and Happy VDay!

marlen said...

mark - my pleasure...I'm not sure who I want to look at more...well, ok...actually, it's really not that tough a choice...lol...I searched the magazines as well but to no avail...thank goodness for imagesdeparfums!

marchlion said...

Marlen, it's wrong, just WRONG, that here in the US of A we can have all sorts of violent images in a constant, overhelming stream (Super Bowl ads, anyone? Saturday morning cartoons?) that I'm trying to keep away from my kids. But that YSL ad is unacceptable.

BTW, Kate Moss.... honestly. Ewwww. Bony coke hag. Does the average straight guy think she's hot?

marlen said...

March - I was hoping you were going to say that with all of the violence and drug use shown on tv that there really should be no argument about showing a naked body in a magazine...though I admit the shock value is well, shocking...and considering the (lack of) success of M7, I'm not sure the campaign was all that effective...but you know Tom Ford, it's not fashion if it's not showing skin...

marchlion said...

Marlen, I went back and re-read my comment, and what I *meant* is I can't BELIEVE they won't show that here! I mean, come on, it shouldn't be shocking, it's beautiful! In fact, I can think of only one way to increase the allure of that YSL photo, and I'm going to do you a favor and not type it here. ;-)

marlen said...

March - see, I knew I loved you!

Mark said...

it really is a fantastic photograph, very Classical Greek, the lighting on the hair makes him seem like it's carved from marble. March is right, it should have been shown in the US. But on that note, has anyone else noticed that slowly it seems like the occasional nudie photo is slipped into our magazines?? Like I swear I've seen a breast in American GQ.

marchlion said...

Breasts, yes. Actually, breasts appear fairly often in W fashion spreads (cuz, you know, it's soooo ARTY) and they're definitely airbrushing fewer nipples out of the other mags. (Not that I look at trashy fashion mags. I'm too busy reading Proust and practicing my oboe.) But, back to the topic at hand, it seems to me that frontal, below-the-waist, male or female, is still basically verboten in the US in mainstream mags.

marlen said...

Mark - I'm all for more full-frontal, but I'm not quite sure why a naked man is used to sell a men's scent...shouldn't it be the other way around? Unless of course, the targeted audience is....

marlen said...

March - yes, I have seen a breast or TWELVE! Magazine editors: Enough with the breasts already...

katiedid said...

Marlen! The children! Won't anyone think of the children! (One should never miss an opportunity to quote The Simpsons whenever and wherever possible.)

I for one am just glad you didn't post the ad with naked bespectacled Yves St. Laurent from the 70s, frankly.

marlen said...

Katie - I thought about posting Alan Cumming's YSL homage...but opted for Mr. "7"....um, "M7" instead...Smell ya later!

Rue said...

naked bespectacled Yves St. Laurent from the 70s

OMG, I had forgotten that one until you mentioned it. LOL!