When Dolce & Gabbana first announced that ScarlettJohansson would serve as the face of their beauty line, it made sense. She epitomises the effortless sex appeal that the label is known and loved for but as their latest campaign shows, maybe it's time to go in a different direction.
Johansson appears stripped down in in the campaign on a light-flooded bed to showcase the brand's new perfect luminous foundation and was shot in Sicily while in town for their debut couture show earlier on this year. And while there's no denying that she does look beautiful in the ad, the shot feels stale and unmemorable because it doesn't steer too far from all of her other campaigns for them and this isn't the first time she's left me feeling like this.
If you cast your mind back to May you just might be able to remember her less than impressive US Vogue cover and I don't say that too be harsh. I generally wish that she moved out of her comfort zone and experimented with something that goes further than the sexy bombshell look that she's reluctant to give up but things aren't looking hopeful.
Claire Danes has never be someone that I've been particularly taken by. Aside from that pink Calvin Klein dress that she wore to the Golden Globes last year, neither her red carpet outfits nor her magazine shoots have wowed me. Like Scarlett Johansson, she generally steers on the safe side and doesn't step out of her comfort zone.
Her recent Harper's Bazaar Russia cover story shot by Mark Abrahams is different. Rather than going down the usual safe route, Natalia Alaverdian did a brilliant job of picking interesting pieces resulting in it being one of my favourite editorials out at the moment. Hopefully this is the start of a new look for Danes.
US Vogue's May cover starring Scarlett Johansson was a bit of a disappointment considering the strong run they have been on with their covers recently. Aside from the beautiful Grace Coddington-styled shoot with Natalia Vodinaova, the inside of the magazine follows in the same vein as the cover.
Following on from the industry's current penchant with cats (even SHOWstudio's recent Instagram shoot had them) Arizona Muse appears in the magazine with a black and white cat in the editorial called 'Cat's Meow'. The shoot, styled by the magazine's contributing editor Elissa Santisi, isn't the strongest they've released recently and the addition of the cat doesn't seem to add anything. More importantly, though, what do you make of Muse's hair?
Scarlett Johansson has been a busy lady recently. Last week her May cover of American Vogue finally dropped amidst the worldwide promotional tour of her new film. 'The Avengers'. Yesterday the film came to London as the actress attended the premiere at Westfield.
This rose embroidered peplum dress from Prada was the outfit of choice and came teamed with red Christian Louboutin Pigalle pumps. Unfortunately, though, like many of Johansson's red carpet outfits of late, the look doesn't work. Sadly I don't think it's going to improve any time soon either. Like with her covers, Johansson desperately needs to shake things up and embrace a new look.
In more May cover news, Scarlett Johansson has just been revealed as the cover star of the latest issue of American Vogue. The cover, shot by Mario Testino, ties in with the current promotion of her latest film, 'The Avengers'.
There's no doubt that Johansson knows how to rock the old Hollywood look. It's a style that she's been sporting for years and that's part of the problem. All of her covers and her red carpet appearances seem to tap into the same style making none of them particularly memorable. Since US Vogue have been pretty experimental this past year with their covers, going down the expected route with Johansson is a bit disappointing.
Anna Wintour is beyond doubt one of Barack Obama's biggest supporters. Last year she was confirmed as one of the President's top tier fundraisers and last month she launched Runway To Win, a new initiative that will see 22 designers showcase exclusive products to be sold online to support the Obama campaign.
In the run up to his last campaign race she hosted a $30,000+ per person fundraiser at the home of Harvey Weinstein and yesterday she joined Scarlett Johansson in a similar event held at the Theory store in New York. Guests on the night ranged from model Karolina Kurkova to Solange Knowles and while the official figure raised has not been disclosed, many expect it to have exceeded the amount raised at the last event.