Aussies Attack Town, Eradicate Boring Furnishings

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Hmm. A bit like that Carlton Draught Big Ad, IKEA is out with new work from The Monkeys (formerly Three Drunk Monkeys) called Have A Go. In the ad, thousands of Australians line up Braveheart-style with their favorite IKEA piece and, upon command, charge down a hill towards a town to "fight boring" and add a bit of IKEA-styled fun to suburban life.

Sadly, more than a view YouTube commenters can't see the humor in this and are blaming IKEA for somehow supporting violence.

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by Steve Hall    Aug-12-11    
Topic: Brands, Commercials



Gratuitous Booty Ruins Graceful Finish

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We had our hopes up. Our fingers crossed. Our mind optimistic. And that happy mental state lasted all the way to :52 in this new Adidas Iconics commercial. We were like wow! An ad with Snoop Dogg, skaters, rap, hot cars, superstars...and no gratuitous booty! No booty! We thought, this breaks new ground! This is creative nirvanna! This deserves its own Cannes Lion "Assless Rap" category!

Sadly, like a first timer trying to make it to the finish line without...ahem...prematurely finishing, this ad shot it's wad with less than eight seconds to go. Bam! Pow! Booty! All up in our face! And here we thought we could finally write the headline, "Adidas Alienates Ass. Leaves Snoop Dogg Drooling."

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by Steve Hall    Aug- 9-11    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Creative Commentary, Racy



Kenneth Cole Stirs Debate on Abortion, Guns, Gay Rights and War

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In its continuing effort to rid the world of every last prejudice, stereotype, human rights issue, environmental problem and other ailment facing the human race, Kenneth Cole is out with Where Do You Stand, an effort that aims to open debate on gay rights, woman's right to choose, gun control and war.

The effort is supported with an online site hooked up with which invite visitors to chime in on these topics. Offline advertising supports as well.

We're going to make one comment on one of the campaign's pieces of creative. And, in doing so, we're going to tip our hand and let you know we are decidedly pro-choice on the issue of abortion. One of the ads reads, "Should it be a woman's right to choose if she's the one carrying it all?"

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by Steve Hall    Aug- 8-11    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Cause



Lara Stone Has Dance Floor Sex For CK One Shock

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With an intensely clubby feel and what appears to be a bit of exhibitionist sex, CK One is introducing a new fragrance, Shock. The video features gap-toothed hottie Lara Stone and a collection of shirtless guys with ripped abs on a dance floor clawing at each other like animals in heat. Stone engulfs a man's head with her bulging breasts as the music pulses and the epileptic quick cuts intensify the mood.

It's all a bit like an earlier Calvin Klein Jeans X commercial in which Stone appeared to be having sex with several guys on a hardtop playground.

You may recall back in March Stone appeared on a CK One billboard which some thought dropped the F-bomb with the strategic placement of a table leg. More recently, Stone appeared in a more typical ad for Calvin Klein's Naked Glamor lingerie.

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by Steve Hall    Jul-29-11    
Topic: Brands, Celebrity, Commercials, Racy



Isiah Mustafa Beats Fabio in Old Spice Guy Challenge

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Of course it was a forgone conclusion but now it's official. The internet has spoken. Isiah Mustafa has bested Fabio in the Old Spice Guy Challenge. In a final video, Old Spice Guy retires New Spice Guy by sending him to Saturn with a balloon. Yea, the rest of the video is pretty weird too.

We are pleased Fabio has been laid to rest, Apart from a week or two of entertainment, it's been grating to see the once loved romance icon turned into a has been buffoon.

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by Steve Hall    Jul-28-11    
Topic: Brands, Video



Summer's Eve Says The Vagina is the Center of Civilization

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In a decision to focus on the fact women 18-34 go to the movies a lot during summer - as opposed to the supposed fact a cleaner, fresher smelling vagina will improve their chances of getting hired - Summer's Eve, with help from The Richards Group, is out with a new campaign that celebrates the vagina.

A new TV spot which will also show in National CineMedia's FirstLook movie theaters entitled "The V" stars Cleopatra and other female heroines gets all epic and basically comes to the conclusion the human race would be nowhere without the vagina so we had best take care of it, preferably with Summer's Eve products.

Of the shift away from the typical approach to selling feminine hygiene products which include featuring women in white pants frolicking freely in fields of blowing grass and flowers, Summer's Eve Director of U.S. Marketing Angela Bryant said, "The whole category has been talking to women the same way since feminine hygiene products have been in the marketplace, and ironically, many media outlets won't even allow the use of the word vagina in advertising. We are way past-due for a change. Hearing from women on our listening tour last year cemented that now is the time. This campaign is about empowerment, changing the way women may think of the brand, and removing longstanding stigmas: Summer's Eve is not a means to confidence, rather it's a celebration of confidence, of being a woman, and taking care of their bodies."

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by Steve Hall    Jul-18-11    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Creative Commentary



Ford Launches Action Sports Camp

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Ford has launched Octane Academy, a consumer-focused program aimed at a younger, the brand says "more diverse generation of action sports and race enthusiasts."

The Octane Academy will connect fans with their favorite Ford action sports driver from
Ken Block to Brian Deegan to Tanner Foust to Vaughn Gittin Jr. for the opportunity to
get behind the wheel and race a car.

Of the program, Ford Group VP said,"Today's Millennial generation is extremely influential so our job is finding new and inventive ways of communicating and connecting with them, which includes building our presence in the multibillion-dollar world of extreme sports. With an all-star lineup of drivers and vehicles, Ford is bringing fans directly into the excitement of action sports in a way only Ford can with the first-ever dedicated consumer experience for this energetic and expressive audience."

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by Steve Hall    Jul-15-11    
Topic: Brands, Events, Social



Rihanna Ousts Megan Fox, App Gives Access to David Ogilvy

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- Shocker! Rihanna is set to replace Megan Fox as the face of Emporio Armani.

- Yikes! Something about a grown teenage boy still living in his mother's womb because she craves Skittles during pregnancy.

- OK gum is just never ever as unexpected as a gum brand would have us believe it to be.

- iPhone app lets you pitch ideas to David Ogilvy.

- Like big boobs in bikinis? Then you'll love the new cooking show Look Who's Cookin featuring Tehmeena Afzal.

by Steve Hall    Jul-14-11    
Topic: Brands, Celebrity, Strange



Big Breasts + Slow Motion Video = Yawn...Another Lingerie Ad

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Lara Stone's breasts are front and center in the latest campaign from Calvin Klein touting the brand's new Naked Glamour line of lingerie. The new line is said to be "designed to make a woman look even sexier than naked."

Well we always new a scantily-clad woman is far more desirable than a completely naked woman. After all, there's nothing to do with a completely naked woman. She's already got all her clothes off. There's no mystery. There's no anticipation. There's not burning desire to tear what little she has on off so you can...sorry. There we go again. Somehow, we keep forgetting Adrants is supposed to be some kind of business-focused publication about advertising and not a rag filled with the prurient ramblings of some horny male ad slut.

So, back to business. The campaign was created by Baron + Baron and shot by Patrick Demarchelier. Stone has appeared in Calvin Klein campaigns before including ads for Calvin Klein Keans X in which she gets naked, the famed CK One Jeans billboard which some claimed dropped the F-bomb and the Calvin Klein Collection.

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by Steve Hall    Jul-14-11    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Celebrity, Racy



Zappos Nudity Campaign Compared to Artist's Nude Photography

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So Zappos is out with a new campaign that features nude women going about their day as if doing so completely nude were completely normal. QR codes in the ads lead to a site on which you can clothe these beauties. All well and good. Though we're not sure why anyone would want to put clothes on a hot nude woman if they didn't have to. But that's besides the point.

One Adrants reader thinks the Mullen-created ad campaign is a bit too close in likeness to work from artist Erica Simone. You can take a look at that work here (naked breasts so NSFW) and the Zappos ad here.

A similar comparison is being made between an Erica Simone image of a naked woman riding a motorcycle (semi-SFW) and a Zappos ad featuring a woman on a Vespa.

This sort of thing happens quite often and, in most cases, is pure coincidence. We've reached out to Mullen for comment and they have assured us any similarities are, in fact, purely coincidental.

by Steve Hall    Jul-13-11    
Topic: Agencies, Brands, Campaigns, Racy










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