Wednesday, November 09, 2005

DEAD is the new BLACK

So you’ve probably seen one of these newish Kate Spade shoe ads. While Diesel has certainly upped the super-fucking-weird fashion advertising ante, Kate has herself a real mysterious story going on here. Dead? Passed out? Playing dead or passed out? Perhaps knocked out by the other woman? A fashion victim (they are fugly shoes)? And, why the Smurfette leggings? Don't know how well it sells shoes, but I kinda like it.

15 Comments:

Blogger LisaBinDaCity said...

LOL @ DEAD is the new BLACK

My guess is they were trying to highlight the shoes but they failed badly. All I can concentrate on are those "Glamour Don't" ugly blue hose.

3:17 PM  
Blogger The Assimilated Negro said...

those leggings look like they probably come free with a package of salt water taffy.

5:17 PM  
Blogger Angelina said...

y'all are trippin. That shit is hot.

5:21 PM  
Anonymous kertesz said...

great job from the peeps that created this. first, it tells a story and lords knows i need something to cheer me up, and second, now i know k-spade™ makes lady-shoes. did the ad work?

8:18 PM  
Blogger Paul said...

Blue people everywhere should be up in arms about this. It's so racist.

1:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If it was just the prone chick with blue legs, then we'd know she was dead.

5:55 PM  
Blogger Dancing Crow said...

Remember that old saying about being caught dead in something........

Smurfette got caught!

1:37 PM  
Anonymous sven said...

dude, i love kate spade's add campaign. nice little riff on philip-lorca di corcia. oblique references and all that. good stuff.

2:52 PM  
Blogger copyranter said...

I like em too sven. fashion ads are tough. I'll take your word on the photographic riffing. I am culturally stupid, at least when it comes to the high end.

3:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmmm. We've seen this before. Out of frame there's a small house on top of the woman on the floor, the girl in the pink pumps has a small tan dog in a basket and the guy in black is 3 feet tall. All hell is going to break lose in a minute when the monkey birds show up looking for the shoes.

1:16 PM  
Blogger copyranter said...

anon. THAT was funny. please write comments all the time, every time.

1:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry to be late for this, but I just wanted to add that for this ad to have REALLY caught attention, along the ways that I suppose the intention is meant, then another pose is called for.

The shoes would still be just focused on, same positioning more or less on the floor, but the position implied by the feet and legs, would be of a woman on her knees, not her back, and thus the people passing by are as if catching someone at a party working on.... well, gee, it ought to be clearer than what is there now. She isn't DEAD, that's for sure. And much more true to the parties those idiots are at.

7:28 AM  
Blogger Steve said...

Nicola Kuperus does this kind of thing much, much better.

http://www.adultperiod.com/photos/nk.htm

3:28 PM  
Blogger facu said...

%$&/· idiots!!! what happens when two women wear the same shoes? Here, it seems the women are the same, but NOT the shoes. I guess its what differentiates these blue skinned "unique" women. HAHA yes! yes! yes!!! but to complicated for fashion ad anyways.

1:30 PM  
Anonymous CK said...

Er.... this is more of the same taht steals from the original bad boy of "is she/isn't she dead" and "wtf is the story here" photography - Guy Bourdin. Check the technique.

4:47 AM  

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