Black Beauty and Style in the Media #AW13 feat. @BootsNo7 @River_Island @marksandspencer @LOrealParisUK

New Season! Fashion! Fashion Weeks! New collections!

It's that time of year again!

It’s that time of year again!

My Twitter and Instagram timelines are awash with catwalk pictures from London Fashion Week and the make-up houses are touting their Fall collections – so I thought it would be a good time to review the latest AW13 campaigns that feature beautiful woman of colour!

Please accept my apologies for my tardiness on covering ths topic of late – I completely missed reviewing many of the SS13 campaigns such as the Beyoncé for H&M and Jourdan Dunn for the Selfridges Demin Studio
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…. but I am back with a bang for AW13!

so let’s kick of with the fashion campaigns.

Nur Hellman for Karen Millen

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German model Nur Hellman is one of the faces of the new Karen Millen campaign. She was also featured in the 2012 Benneton campaign that inspired my Afrotising post!

Nyasha Matonhodze for River Island



Brit beauty Nyasha Matonhodze fronts the latest RI camaiagn – along with Ji Hye Park ,Tati Cotliar and Milou van Groesen. The collection is in store now!


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Joan Smalls for Boss by Hugo Boss


The venerable Joan Smalls’ career continues to grow from strength to strength. This suave campaign is the latest to be added to her list of accomplishments. Joan has traversed both the fashion and beauty powerhouses and still holds the position of one of the ‘Beautiful Women of Estée Lauder‘.




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Marks and Spencers’ Leading Ladies Campaign

I am sure that you haven’t been able to miss the latest Marks and Spencer campaign – in store, outdoor, press and online – it is everywhere!

And quite rightly so – as once again, M&S champions its British heritage and reflects the multicultural society that we are with this campaign featuring British women who are trailblazers, icons, pioneers the movers and shakers in their fields!


Shot by acclaimed fashion photographer, Annie Leibovitz, the campaign will launched nationwide on 3rd September – the company stating that it is ‘signalling a reassertion of M&S’ leading quality and style credentials’.

Despite being very different people, their strong sense of personal style and inspirational achievements which have propelled them to success, are the common threads which bind them together.

The full line up is:
Nicola Adams – Olympic Gold Winning Boxer
Monica Ali – Award-Winning Author
Helen Allen – Nurse of the Year 2011
Darcey Bussell – Retired Principal Ballerina, The Royal Ballet
Grace Coddington – Creative Director of US Vogue
Karen Elson – Supermodel and Singer
Tracey Emin – Artist & Professor of Drawing, Royal Academy
Ellie Goulding – Multiplatinum recording artist & Songwriter
Helen Mirren – Multiple Award-Winning Actress
Laura Mvula – Breakthrough Singer/Songwriter
Katie Piper – Burns survivor & charity campaigner
Jasmine Whitbread – CEO of Save the Children International



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Cosmetic Fall Collections

NARS Radiant Cream Compact Foundation Campaign

Mina Cvetkovic, Dinara Chetryova and Dominican model Nairoby Matos are featured in the NARS Radiant Cream Compact Foundation collection campaign which was photographed by the man himself, François Nars.


L’Oréal Les Nudes Collection Privée Color Riche


L’Oréal Paris’ latest limited edition lipstick and nail polish collection was created to complement all skin tones.

The products were created in conjunction with the global L’Oréal Paris ambassadors who include Frieda Pinto, Liya Kebede, Fan Bingbing and Aishwarya Rai.

The Cheryl Cole, Doutzen Kroes, Freida Pinto, Julianne Moore, Eva Longoria and Liya Kebede collections are available in the UK from Boots – so I will have a look out for these.

Images:Norman Jean Roy for L’Oréal Paris

Lancôme Fall/Winter 2013


Beauty label Lancôme brings forth a stunning Fall/Winter 2013 Campaign with regular faces of the label Hanaa Ben Abdesslem and Arlenis Sosa Pena along with new enlists, Anais Poulliot, Hilda Dias Pimentel and Jasmine Tookes


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Boots No 7 ‘Real Women’ Campaign

Unlike the M&S campaign there didn’t seem to be the massive press fanfare about the Boots’ campaign – but I came across it as I was out and about, doing my shopping and minding my own business – I saw this poster in the Boots’ store front..
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.. the ‘beautiful black model’ is in fact Ade, a 29 year old Banking Compliance Officer. The Boots’ campaign centres on the 5 women’s desire to experience a makeover as they contemplate who they are and where they are in life.

Watch Ade’s story here…

As much as I loved the camapign and the choice the use women that are represetative of normal women of the demographic sprectum of the UK,” I have to admit that I didn’t love Ade’s make up – it is sitting on her skin and could have done with a tad more blending to soften and define the look.

However, her potrait was certainly striking and after my rant complaint about the Christmas 2012 ad, this campaign is obviously a marked improvement! This is what we want to see!

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5 comments for “Black Beauty and Style in the Media #AW13 feat. @BootsNo7 @River_Island @marksandspencer @LOrealParisUK

  1. September 17, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    Well curated Natalie. Great to see such a representation of diversity. I share your sentiment on Ade’s make up, but I’m glad she was involved. Lets hope next year builds on all this positive inclusion.

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