Louis Vuitton Aligns Itself to Moonmen


Sally Ride, Jim Lovell and Buzz Aldrin bring stargazer's wonder to this piece by Louis Vuitton. Shot by Annie Leibovitz, the astronauts will grace July issues just in time to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission to the moon.

Antoine Arnaut, head of communications at LV in France, says each spacewalker donated a "significant" portion of their modeling fees to Al Gore's Climate Project. As for the bag at left, it's the Vuitton Icare -- an elbow ornament named after Icarus, an icon of Greek myth who dies after flying too close to the sun, losing his wings and plummeting back to earth.

Not the bag I'd've chosen to feature with survivors of a successful sky-bound mission, but hey, I suppose it's nice that Icarus, Aldrin, Lovel and Ride all have something in common: a lust for that final frontier.

Oh, yeah. You may have noticed Neil Armstrong is missing. This wasn't an oversight on LV's part; after an entreaty or two, "he thought it probably wasn't the right thing to do," Arnault admits.

by Angela Natividad    Jun- 2-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Celebrity, Magazine, Trends and Culture

IFF Boston's Print Work Just Pops.


Much the way the Vitruvian Man did. There's something about great film that slips under your skin, gets into the meat of you; and few film makers will argue there isn't a deeply physical urge that finds satisfaction in producing such work.

For the Independent Film Festival Boston, agency ISM/Boston manages to peg that perfectly. Tagline at left reads, simply, "Vision lives on both side of the projector."

See equally compelling variant: "Blood, sweat and tears meet lights, camera, action."

You have to be impressed by the efficiency, don't you? It seizes the eye and drives the point home, nice and clean, like a sandpapered stake.

by Angela Natividad    Jun- 2-09    
Topic: Campaigns, Events, Good, Magazine, Poster, Promotions

BooneOakley's New Site is a YouTube Video!


Agency websites: the ultimate canvases.

We were pretty impressed by Modernista's attempt to embrace the stripped-down future of client relations, but BooneOakley's new website made us grin wryly and raise a glass.

Yeah, that's a YouTube video. The buttons in the video are clickable, and a timeline across the X axis lets you leap to whatever section you want to see first: "Featured work," "About Us" and "Billy" -- the story of a mild-mannered marketing director, who dies.

The work is joyful, the animation crappy and the humour shameless. We were like, here's an agency that's not concerned abut being the future; it's the present, and it's not afraid of embracing all its possibilities.

It's also not afraid to put a bullet in somebody's head shortly after he's been axed.

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by Angela Natividad    Jun- 2-09    
Topic: Agencies, Best, Trends and Culture, Video

Blessed with a Superglue Account, We'd Defy Gravity, Too


StrawberryFrog Brazil demonstrates the strength of Loctite Super Bonder by suspending the cast of reality TV show Big Brother Brazil 65 feet overhead -- with the glue itself.

This generated 36 minutes of brand exposure on the copiously-watched program, with viewership spikes during the stunt itself. That is, if this video case study is any authority.

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by Angela Natividad    Jun- 2-09    
Topic: Brands, Guerilla

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Wendy's Posse Seeks Partners in Frosty-Getting


Former NSYNC member Justin Timberlake's successful, and ongoing, penetration of Spoofsville has deceived Kirshenbaum Bond + Partners into thinking corny riffs off the boy band days are still OK.

They're not. But maybe we're just biased: it doesn't matter whether a Wendy's ad is good; its merits are utterly tainted by that inane "It's waaaay better than fast food" tagline.

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by Angela Natividad    Jun- 2-09    
Topic: Bad, Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Television

Kia and Sheep. Wait, There's a Difference?


For the print component of the Kia Soul campaign, David & Goliath go an eye-catching, if tired, route: See pawns. See Soul. A new way to roll.

At first glance, we involuntarily thought, "Kia: synonymous with pawns." It took a few slow neuron-firings for us to be all, "Oh, wait. Kia: the break from the norm." And even then, we were like, "...nah."

Not super thrilling work. Then again, when was the last time a Kia got you hot? Variants include Sheep and Fish.

by Angela Natividad    Jun- 2-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Magazine, Poster

Never Before Was Anticipation For Wimbledon This High


For some, tennis is a big deal. For others, it's just another venue to ogle young female tennis players with outrageously hot bodies. But for UK-based Robinsons, it's just another way to sell soda. And here, for 2009, is their edge-of-your-seat hope for Wimbledon glory.

The BBH-created commercial is quite good. Especially for those of us who had no idea what it was for when viewing began. It was like, "What? What are we missing here? Have we been hiding under a rock? This has to be some big deal, right? And yea, apparently, it is.

by Steve Hall    Jun- 2-09    
Topic: Commercials, Good

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