Lane Bryant to Celebrate Plus Size Models With Las Vegas Fashion Show

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If your commercial is deemed too hot to TV, what's a reputable fashion brand to do? Head to Las Vegas and host your own catwalk, of course. And that's just what Lane Bryant is doing. Early last year, the brand ran a commercial with a plus sized model whose boobs were apparently deemed too big for TV by Fox and ABC.

The ad featured 5'4" 22-year-old Ashley Graham who is a 38D...apparently far too enormous for the networks to handle. They need to get out more. 38D is really not that big if you just look around a bit. But we digress.

On February 20 at Planet Hollywood, Lane Bryant will stage its first fashion show in almost a decade. And, yes, Graham will be there along with other lane Bryant models Lizzie Miller and Sydni Sales.

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by Steve Hall    Feb-17-11    
Topic: Brands, Events, Racy



Sophia Vergara's 34DD's Banned From Diet Pepsi Skinny Can Ad

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Sophia Vergara, star of Modern Family and inhabitant of a 34DD-28-39 curvaceous body, can be seen in a new ad for Diet Pepsi's new Skinny Can, some sort of twisted ode to the fact the can of chemicals will make you skinny just because the can is skinny.

In the ad Vergara's less that skinny upper body parts have been minimized by photographic angle and a freakish shoulder placement. Because, after all, women with big boobs aren't skinny. They/re top heavy. And top heavy is bad when it comes to our current culture's definition of rail thin beauty.

Some argue the ad contributes to harmful stereotypes about women's body image. We say it's simply the twisted notion that somehow big breasts equal slut and that no woman with big breasts could possibly be taken seriously simply because of the shape of her upper body. To that, we say utter nonsense.

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by Steve Hall    Feb-16-11    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Celebrity, Opinion



Khloe Kardashian Fails Again in T-Mobile Disaster

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Dear Khloe Kardashian,

We're sure you're a wonderful person and all but can you please stop making commercials? They are horrific. And they are destroying what little career you may have. It was bad enough you did that train wreck with Lamar for Unbreakable but this new work you've done or T-Mobile may even be worse.

Yea, yea. We know you can do anything you want because, well, you're a Kardashian. But, please. Save yourself from future embarrassment. It's easy. Just say no. It's not like you need the money or anything. And do you really want to follow in Kim's footsteps?

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by Steve Hall    Feb-10-11    
Topic: Brands, Celebrity, Video



In the Fashion World All Women Wear High Heels to the Pool

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We admit we love women in high heels. We love women in high heels and swimwear. And we love women in high heels and swimwear who luxuriate by the pool as if they were at photoshoot.

However, as much as we love this scenario, we're going to go out on a limb and posit most women don't do this. Unless...oh wait...they're a model at a fashion shoot for Nine West.

by Steve Hall    Feb-10-11    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Racy



Toyota Enlists James Lipton to Help Determine Plural of Prius

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In their continuous search for the plural of Prius, Toyota has turned to James Lipton who, in a new video, interviews William Shakespeare, an octopus, a rapper, and others to get a handle on the proper word for the plural of Prius. Shakespeare think the correct word in Prium but his suggestion falls to the bottom of the list. Here are the current standings:

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by Steve Hall    Feb- 9-11    
Topic: Brands, Celebrity, Video



Clients: Can't Deal With Them, Can't Survive Without Them

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We are informed this xtranormal video of an agency pitching a client is based on actual events. Having been in the business for quite some time, we are not surprised at all by the rampant idiocy, self-importance and downright sleazy behavior displayed.

If you haven't experienced a situation like this yet in your career, wait a while. We, sadly, guarantee you will.

Footnote: We've witnessed equally absurd behavior from the agency side as well.

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by Steve Hall    Feb- 9-11    
Topic: Agencies, Brands



Mitsubishi Breaks Five Guinness Records in 24 Hours

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In a refreshing departure from the ad industry's obsessive focus on awards which mean nothing to the general public, we are pleased to see that 180LA is giving a nod to awards "regular" people have heard of: Guinness World Records.

To highlight the winter weather prowess of the Mitsubishi Outlader and Outlander Sport, 180LA traveled to Ghost Lake near Calgary, Alberta in an attempt to break as menay Guinness World Records as they could in a 24 hour period.

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by Steve Hall    Feb- 9-11    
Topic: Agencies, Brands, Campaigns



Audrina Patridge Returns as Bongo Girl. In A Bikini

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The Hills and Dancing With the Stars babe Ardrina Patridge has re-signed with Bongo to be the brand's spokeswoman for a second year. Patridge, who also appeared in a gold bikini for Carl's Jr., will, again, don a bikini.

Shot by fashion photographer Tony Duran, Patridge will grace us with her beauty in a campaign which will appear in fashion and lifestyle magazines such as Cosmopolitan, Vogue, Seventeen, Teen; on outdoor boards; online and on in-store displays ay Sears and Kmart. Some serious high fashion there, people.

Patridge follows a long line of Hollywood celebrities fronting for the brand including Vanessa Minnello, Nicole Richie, the Laguna Beach cast, Kim Kardasian, Rachel Bilson and Kristin Cavallari.

by Steve Hall    Feb- 2-11    
Topic: Brands, Celebrity



Julianne Moore Fronts Talbots' Spring 2011 Campaign

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Julianne Moore, who signed a deal last fall with Talbots to be the retailer's spokesperson, has just made her debut in the brand's Spring 2011 ad campaign. Shot by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggot in New York, the campaign will appear in fashion magazines, store locations and in Talbots' catalog.

Of the campaign and Moore's participation in it, Talbots Chief Creative Officer Michael Smaldone said, "We have this lush, traditional setting, and Julianne is in the middle of it. She's strong, confident, and very modern. And it's very ethereal and sensual."

Here's another image from the campaign.

by Steve Hall    Feb- 2-11    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Celebrity



GM Mocks Dealer Ads With Transformers Tie In

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Hopefully this GM commercial isn't indicative of what we'll see on Sunday when the brand airs no less than eight ads, five within the game. One commercial mocks dealer ads and steals a bit from all those "transformer" commercials of yore. Of course, that's perfectly fine because the ad is also an ad for this summer's third Transformers movie.

We hope the other ads, all from Goodby Silverstein & Partners, are a bit more creative than this one.

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by Steve Hall    Feb- 1-11    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Super Bowl 2011










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