Katie Holmes: The New Face of Miu-Miu

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Exciting news from the fashion annals of Jeremy Dante: Katie Holmes of the Scientology set is the new face of Miu-Miu, succeeding French actress Vanessa Paradis, and joining a list of other screen stars better known for what they do during off-hours, like Drew Barrymore and Lindsay Lohan.

We've never been very impressed with Holmes and had planned to lash her with our whippiest whip, but the rose-hued imagery gave us pause. It appears she's finally shedded that mealy Dawson's Creekishness -- indeed, even gracefully eclipsed her polarizing husband and choice of faith -- and become a reserved but seductive little lady. (The work also feels less forced than Madonna's stuff for Louis Vuitton.)

We're almost giddy with like of her.

by Angela Natividad    Feb- 6-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Celebrity, Magazine, Poster



Asics Appropriates Chinese Legend for 'Made of Japan'

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Continuing Asics' campaign/pop culture tribute "Made of Japan" for Onitsuka, Amsterdam Worldwide developed "Zodiac Race," a by-land-and-sea battle between future members of the The Jade Emperor's Zodiac Calendar.

In the Chinese (!!) legend, Rat wins by riding the Ox. The turnout's no different in this vid, which is all manga'd out and about as fun as watching Wii Mario Kart (as opposed to playing it). Also, for some odd reason the dragon just flies around, doing inexplicable good deeds.

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by Angela Natividad    Feb- 6-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Online, Strange, Trends and Culture, Video



'Look at that Detailing. That is a Sweet Ride, Right There.'

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Last week we reviewed a St. Lukes ad for IKEA's PAX wardrobe, which wordlessly depicted women being jostled about in an ongoing quest for safe haven.

In response, zig sent us its take on PAX. "Garagetalk" airs in Canada and was adapted in Germany. The vibe's completely different, but it still ties PAX to women and our apparently insatiable need for ambient shoe space.

Easing a friend into her PAXed-out closet with a casual "Welcome to the Jane-zone" (wince!), one chick shows off her wardrobe space with the attitude men adopt over modded "bachelor" garages. In case you miss the cues, concluding text wryly reads, "Men have the garage. Women have the PAX wardrobe."

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by Angela Natividad    Feb- 5-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Packaging, Television



nu-kitchen's Wordplay Sets Stage for Its Dishes

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These ads for nu-kitchen were pitched to us as eye candy for ex-English majors. Each has a tagline served up on a white plate -- innocuous at first, then you read the copy and your head starts bobbing subconsciously with the iambic meter.

See:

o You click, we cook, we deliver, you devour. (At left.)
o Knock knock. Who's there? Orange-chile tilapia with black forbidden rice.
o Gourmet delivery. Comfort food price.
o Click once. Eat happily ever after.

Each plate is furnished with a dish description in smaller text ("biscotti with dark chocolate dipping sauce," "espresso glazed pork with peruvian purple potatoes"). Outside the entree, there's a prominent promo: try three meals free.

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Finally, Blogworthy Flatbread.

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The other day AdFreak drew our attention to an Oscar Mayer ad that showcases a tasty-looking flatbread pita under a smarmy but irresistible headline: "Blogworthy."

This marks two blogs that bit the bait. We acknowledge it's sad that a brand can put BLOG in an ad and have at least one love-starved blogger (ME, ME, ME!) clamoring to name-drop them, but hey, it means something when the creators of your childhood anthem finally nods its head in your direction.

Life is complete.

by Angela Natividad    Feb- 4-09    
Topic: Brands, Magazine



Extreme Makes Its Mark in the Snow

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And it's neither hot nor yellow. To spread the word about sports channel/athletic lifestyle brand Extreme, London-based CURB conducted what it calls a "branding blitz" all over the city of Big Ben.

You may have heard it snowed in London on Tuesday. That same day, CURB decided to use this fresh white slate to Extreme's advantage. By late afternoon, 350 high-profile locations were slathered in more than 2000 Extreme logos.

We've seen this type of effort before, where a city is "branded" via street stencils or stickers. But we were still impressed with the speed of concept development, approval and deployment: a couple hours, more or less, to act on the rare snow day.

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by Angela Natividad    Feb- 4-09    
Topic: Brands, Guerilla



Please Make This Cow's Dream of Coming to California Real.

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Last year the California Milk Advisory Board started casting for a new cow to star in future campaigns. Guess the entries thus far haven't been mind-blowing, because "auditions" are still being taken. The most recent one is from Soo, a would-be diva with -- wait for it! -- Seoul.

We're of the growing suspicion that Milk is gunning for California's tourism department dollars. Really, do we have a tourism department? Because when we think of Cali, we increasingly envision catty heifers and great big cheese wheels.

Anywho, read bios and vote for your favourite meat slab at the website. Facebook add-ons come stock. Work by Deutsch LA.

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by Angela Natividad    Feb- 4-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Online, Video



Crest Kids Called Upon to Smooch in 3D

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Mooching off the 3D Super Bowl shenanigans, Crest and Digitas launched Kiss Me in 3D, a site that promises all the steam and slobber of a warm, lusty body. All you need to fully realize the experience is a pair of 3D glasses and an extremely vivid sensory imagination.

Once outfitted in the specs Digitas hopes you didn't throw away over the weekend, pick a make-out partner. Then choose three kissing styles to get the party started.

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by Angela Natividad    Feb- 4-09    
Topic: Brands, Online, Strange



(More) Mannequins Invade Manhattan

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Last Friday, with help from 180LA, Sony deployed an army of "living" mannequins across Manhattan. Chic gamines, harder around the eyeline than usual, were seen sitting at cafes, Grand Central Station and elsewhere, blogging and updating Facebook pages from their VAIO P Series devices.

The campaign also had a Fashion Week component: the dummies were dressed by designers aiming to promote their wares in conjunction with Sony's wee VAIOs.

Hmm. Plastic chicks with hot tech toys, expensive shoes and limited maneuverability. How on earth did anyone distinguish them from the other Sex and the City groupies?

by Angela Natividad    Feb- 3-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Events, Guerilla, Strange



Puma King Aspires to 'Complement Your Character'

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Each print ad in this Puma King series features a footballer (read: soccer-player) saturated in a theme shade, visually arresting imagery (three-headed dogs, eagles, dragons, elks) and the aforementioned tagline. See:

o Gold (at left)
o Black
o White
o Red

Diggin' the fantastical, slightly sinister four horsemen motif. It's such a romantic way of saying "our shoes come in many colours."

By the sublime Robert/Boisen & Like-minded/Copenhagen.

by Angela Natividad    Feb- 3-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Magazine, Outdoor










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