The pandemic may have upended the past few seasons of fashion weeks, but their accompanying campaigns continue to roll out as reliably as ever. In fact, some houses have even upped the ante for spring 2021. Five days into the new year, Prada rolled out its first ads since
Raf Simons joined Miuccia Prada as creative director. It was far from the usual outing. Instead of being lensed by one of the standard marquee photographers, the portfolio was shot by “ no one.” (At least, that’s how Prada put it; shout out to the unnamed employees who controlled hundreds of cameras and edited down the resulting countless 360-degree views.) It only took two days for Ugg, of all brands, to arguably one-up the pair by casting industry icon André Leon Talley. Since then, Lourdes Leon has followed in her mom’s footsteps by starring as a Marc Jacobs muse, and Burberry has tapped models (Naomi Campbell and Kendall Jenner) and musicians (FKA Twigs and Shygirl) alike. See all those and track the ones that follow, here. Courtesy of Burberry / Danko Steiner
Riccardo Tisci went all out with the set of Burberry’s TB Summer Monogram campaign, starring artist Frederik Heyman’s CGI version of longtime Tisci muse Naomi Campbell.
Courtesy of Burberry / Inez and Vinoodh
For Burberry’s Olympia bag campaign, Riccardo Tisci tapped three women “who embody the power and beauty of feminine energy”: Kendall Jenner, FKA Twigs, and Shygirl.
Courtesy of Burberry / Inez and Vinoodh
FKA Twigs showed off the handiwork of the make-up artist Kabuki Magic and hairstylists Jimmy Paul and Lacy Redway.
Courtesy of Burberry / Inez and Vinoodh
Last but not least, Inez & Vinoodh also photographed
Shygirl, the breakout East London musician. Kenny Cousins and Dante Crisafulli
Valentino teamed up with Emma Roberts’ Belletrist book club for the latest chapter in its Collezione Milano campaign titled “The Narratives.” Together, they tapped nine independent bookstores across the U.S. to showcase the campaign and offer shoppers a special edition Valentino x Belletrist red tote. Additionally, the revered Maison made a donation to each of the indie booksellers and photographed the owners—among them, The Lit Bar’s Noëlle Santos (above) and Books Are Magic’s Emma Straub—outside their storefronts wearing Valentino, naturally.
Glenn Martens, creative director of Diesel (and
Y/Project), fittingly titled this Hugo Comte shoot “Fake Smiles.”
Longtime Louis Vuitton muse Léa Seydoux hit the sheets with the house’s classic Capucines bag.
Photo courtesy of Cedric Nzaka
The beloved 19-year-old comedian
Elsa Majimbo posed for Cedric Nzaka from her home in Nairobi, Kenya to mark her new partnership with Valentino. (It comes complete with a book, titled The Alphabet for Kids & Adults.)
Marc Jacobs treated Bella Hadid to a lollipop for modeling his latest eyewear.
Achenrin Madit joined the photographer Steven Meisel in the California desert for Zara.
Jonathan Anderson followed in Miu Miu’s footsteps by casting a star of
The Crown season 4 for Loewe’s latest, starring an airborne Josh O’Connor.
Molly Goddard’s Ugg platforms are perhaps the boldest footwear yet in the brand’s string of
designer collabs. Photo by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggot
Lanvin’s Bruno Sialelli cast
Paris Hilton as a precursor to the influencer: one of the society women of 1950s New York City, who were then known as “swans.”
COS outfitted the model, writer, and filmmaker
Adesuwa Aighewi in a collection made of 86 percent sustainably sourced materials. Micaiah Carter photographed Tiffany Haddish for Mônot’s third collection, which referenced Madonna’s 1992 book Sex. Photo by Luis Alberto Rodriguez
Hood by Air’s comeback would have made waves anyway, but Shayne Oliver went the extra step of pairing the photographer
Luis Alberto Rodriguez with none other than Naomi Campbell.
The Spanish brand Etnia Barcelona styled its latest sunglasses with sculptural coifs by Sanne Schoofs.
Self-Portrait’s Han Chong got in on the
hype by casting Phoebe Dynevor to model a collection inspired by British sensibility. Bridgerton Photo by Mario Sorrenti via Calvin Klein
Calvin Klein continues to collaborate with Mario Sorrenti, the photographer behind its iconic Obsession campaign starring Kate Moss. Their
latest stars a wide-ranging cast, including Megan Thee Stallion, Rina Sawayama, Jacob Elordi, and the collective Queer Skate LA. Photo by Ethan James Green via Stuart Weitzman
A special guest joined Serena Williams in her Stuart Weitzman campaign, photographed by Ethan James Green: her three year old daughter,
Alexis Olympia Ohanan Jr. Photo by Mark Kean via Theory
runway regular Cyrielle Lalanne in a wardrobe fit for Zoom. Photo by Eddie Wrey via Sandro
Sandro hit the road with the model Lucas El Bali and the photographer Eddie Wrey.
Juergen Teller for Burberry
A literal change in scenery from traditional studio to the great outdoors provides viewers with dual perspectives of Burberry's utilitarian spring collection.
Celine’s Hedi Slimane convinced Kaia Gerber to ditch her Uggs-and-leggings
uniform for a photo shoot in Monaco. Courtesy of Alberta Ferretti
Federico De Angelis photographed
Vittoria Ceretti in tie-dye chiffon for Alberta Ferretti.
Bella Hadid embarked on a tour of New York City, from New York Harbor to Empire Diner, for the latest MICHAEL Michael Kors campaign.
Bianca Capozzi via Marc Jacobs
Leave it to none other than
Lourdes Leon to turn out another spring campaign in 2021, and while her mom may have collaborated with Marc Jacobs back in the day, rest assured that Leon is making her own way as the model of the moment. Her status as an “It” girl only seems to skyrocket these days, with a newly-minted Instagram account and a colorful THE Marc Jacobs SS21 accessory campaign photographed by Bianca Capozzi and styled by Haley Wollens. Tyrone Lebon via Bottega Veneta
Daniel Lee can’t get enough of this shade of green, which also appeared in Bottega Veneta’s spring 2021 collection and covered invitations to the digital runway show. Clara Balzary via Tommy Hilfiger
The activists who founded the Compton Cowboys can usually be found in L.A., teaching horse-riding as a means to uplift the community and call attention to the rich,
oft-overlooked legacy of African-American equestrians. At the behest of Tommy Hilfiger, they took a break to join Indya Moore and Jameela Jamil in the designer’s spring 2020 campaign.
Felipe Oliveira Baptista got his hands on a Segway for his second campaign at
Kenzo’s helm. Marine Serre collaborated on a short film with the directors Sacha Barbin and Ryan Doubiago, starring the singer Sevdaliza and three adorable brothers named Noé, Rui, and Gil. Matthew M. Williams made a statement with his first Givenchy campaign by allowing others to do the same: Bella Hadid, Playboi Carti, Kendall Jenner, Liam Powers, and Anok Yai all styled themselves. Photo by Michael Bailey Gates via AMI
The cast of AMI’s latest, photographed by
Michael Bailey Gates, included Jeranimo Van Russel, Lily McMenamy, and a dove.
Sacai tapped a host of tastemakers for its spring 2021 campaign, called “Love Over Rules”—namely, the artist and activist
Chella Man, pictured here, and Hank Willis Thomas, who collaborated with the fashion house on the project (and appears in the ads as well).
Jeremy Scott brought the marionettes who
walked Moschino’s spring 2021 show to life, with a little help from Julia Nobis and Bella Hadid. Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin
Hiandra Martinez and Rebecca Longendyke took a trip to the New York Restoration Project’s community garden in the Bronx for Michael Kors Collection.
The sustainable cotton-wear label FM 669 launched with a campaign starring Muhammad Fadel Lo and an evidently unretired
The New York-based label Moscot shot its spring 2021 tinted glasses on, under, and around the Manhattan Bridge.
Photo by Steven Meisel, courtesy of Miu Miu
Things couldn’t be more different for Emma Corrin since her first Miu Miu campaign, which dropped a month before the previously unknown actor’s debut on
. This time, she’s the standout of the five faces Miu Miu tapped for spring 2021. The Crown Photo by Mathilde Agius and Manual Carvalho, courtesy of MCM
The German label MCM used CGI to create an “augmented safari,” working with the same team that will head up the visuals for
The Matrix 4 . Photo by Bibi Borthwick, courtesy of Jil Sander
Social distancing didn’t stop Jil Sander from rolling out the second installment of its campaign project focused on touch. Lucie and Luke Meier again enlisted four photographers, including Bibi Borthwick, who photographed
Lily McMenamy. Photo by Ezra Petronio, courtesy of Chloé
Clip-on lenses made a comeback on Mao Xiaoxing and Felice Noordhoff in Chloé’s spring 2021 eyewear campaign.
Stella McCartney x Adidas
Photo by Anna Pollock via Stella McCartney
If anyone else were Madonna’s eldest daughter, this spring 2021 Stella McCartney x Adidas ad would be only the latest in a lengthy list of campaigns.
Lourdes Leon, on the other hand, has chosen to become fashion’s quietest “It” girl; McCartney is the only designer with whom she’s repeatedly collaborated in her 24 years on Earth. Photo by Renell Medrano for Coach.
Longtime Coach muse (and Lori Harvey’s recently confirmed beau)
Michael B. Jordan was photographed alongside J.Lo and more by industry favorite Renell Medrano for Coach’s “Coach It Forward” spring 2021 campaign. Photo by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott via Versace
Three months after joining Jill Kortleve and Paloma Elsesser in
making history as the first “plus-size” models to walk a Versace runway, Lee has joined the house in another milestone. She’s now also the first “plus-size” model to land a Versace campaign. To Donatella Versace, Lee, Kendall Jenner, and Hailey Bieber embody the “modern Medusa,” making them rulers of the mythical world of Versacepolis.
Fendi tapped Nick Knight to photograph models like Estelle Chen (pictured above), Maricarla Boscono, and Jill Kortleve. (The latter joined Paloma Elsesser in becoming the house’s
first “plus-size” runway models in February of 2020.)
André Leon Talley followed in the
footsteps of Kyle Maclachlan, Kim Gordon, and Vic Mensa as the face of Ugg for spring 2021. The controversial shoes are “comfort food for my feet,” the inimitably extravagant industry icon said. Photo by Mikael Jansson, courtesy of Louis Vuitton
Actor and Louis Vuitton muse
Laura Harrier took on the role of a surfer to model the house’s “Twist” bag in Malibu. Courtesy of Saint Laurent Catherine Deneuve was just 22 when she met Yves Saint Laurent. Fifty-five years later, the 77-year-old actor remains true to the house; creative director Anthony Vaccarello enlisted photographer David Sims to make her the latest face of the classic Saint Laurent trench coat. Photo by “no one,” courtesy of Prada
It was no surprise that Raf Simons and Miuccia Prada chose industry stalwart Juergen Teller to photograph their first joint Prada collection’s look book. Their choice campaign photographer, however, couldn’t be more surprising: The pair
went with “no one.”
This article was originally published on
Feb. 17, 2021