by Jeremy Danté

starring abbey lee kershaw, karmen pedaru & male model, greg newrat; mert + marcus return to serve up the spring gucci campaign. under the creative direction of frida giannini, the gucci brand has remained on point in it’s modern branding image. during tom ford’s reign, the image revitalization was seen as all things brown were turned black & all round design elements were transformed to square. this small instance of transformation for the brand drew the greatest form of reinvigoration for the label & allowed it to rise to a new tier in high fashion. after ford’s departure, i had wondered how giannini would transform the vision & overall presence of the company. now, with a few seasons successfully under her belt, i appreciate what she has done in allowing the brand to remain commercially visible in a sophisticated & modern form. the campaign conveys a powerful image of women in a beautiful setting, amdist glamourous furnishings & golden fixtures. each season, im always excited to see which gucci girl would make a cameo & this season, the label opted for two of their faves in the form of pedaru & kershaw.

kershaw has long been a favorite for the label, as a longtime contracted face for the label’s flora fragrance. her ability to draw a sense of familiarity among consumers with her image is what, i feel, is a secret to success for the label. amidst her range as a model, abbey has changed her appearance in going from her natural of brunette to a platinum blonde; which adds a sense of new to her involvement with the italian based label. kershaw has appeared for gucci, every season since the fall/winter campaign season of 2008- which totals to 10 campaigns in the last four years for one brand. an impressive feat for a model as campaigns are among the most coveted of contracts in the business. an evident favorite alongside her, though still a bit more recent in comparison to kershaw, is karmen pedaru- who makes her fourth season appearance for the label’s campaign. what i love of karmen is her intense gaze- both kershaw & karmen prove to be a powerful duo appearing as the only two females this season, sharing the same intense gaze in a number of the campaigns striking images. for the past couple of years & several seasons, gucci has choosen to go with multi-model casts & im happy to see them scaling that concept back a bit. the constant use of too many faces seems to overwhelm me, it almost filters out any individualized shine the models cast can get. heavily accented by gold & natural light with the same powerful eye’s we seen for their runway show, consistent vision is well represented for this season’s campaign. as the collection which marked gucci’s 90th anniversary, the collection hosted a range of architecturally inspired, art deco design elements which are beautifully represented in the campaigns own set. modern & refined, the campaign & collection are advertised beautifully for the spring & im sure that gucci will remain on top of their game in the high end market.

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