Tag Archives: 2012

Marilyn Manson For Saint Laurent

Marilyn Manson Saint LaurentMeh, Westwood did it first AND she did it better…Marilyn Manson Vivienne Westwood 2005

2012 Highlights

It’s been a pretty big year for Shameless Self-Promotion. I guess you could say that this blog has now served its purpose, because I finally landed myself a paid job in advertising, which I really enjoy! However, I still really like blogging, so I’m not going to stop. Here are the posts that got the most hits this year – and from what I can tell, it would seem that people on the internet are still totally enamoured with cute stuff…

ABSOLUT UniqueAbsolut Unique bottlesThese psychedelic one-of-a-kind bottles by Absolut proved to be a hot topic. Definitely a successful idea from Absolut, which surely generated a lot of hype and a lot of sales.

Cute Advert AlertZingy EDFWhen EDF rolled out the first TV ad starring Zingy, everyone started going batshit crazy, wondering where they could buy some Zingy merchandise. Unfortunately, EDF didn’t bother manufacturing any Zingy toys, which is odd because there was so much demand for it. I’m fairly certain that if they had made some Zingy plush toys that were given to new EDF customers, a lot of people probably would have switched their energy provider. It sounds like a patronising move, but let’s face it, people want this shit.

And Dior Created WomanThe new Dior advert, starring the delightfully Bardot-esque Daphne Groeneveld had fashion fans asking, “Who’s that girl?!”

Tres Bien, Ray-Ban!Ray Ban Never Hide 1965Ray-Ban’s rebellious print ads got the kind of attention that they deserved.

Choupette Lagerfeld in V MagazineChoupette + KarlIt seems apt in the absurd, beautiful world of fashion that one of the newest icons is a cat – namely, Karl Lagerfeld’s feline friend, Choupette. Her shoot in V Magazine with Laetitia Casta caused a fair amount of interest because, on the internet, cute cats pretty much rule supreme.

Kim Kardashian obviously cottoned onto this, briefly becoming the owner of Mercy – a teacup Persian kitten. Sadly, Mercy is no longer around because Kim Kardashian is totally self-obsessed and has no soul she contracted a virus and died…poor little thing. But then, having said that, you know that she really has gone on to ‘a better place’.

PEACE – Wraith

Wraith VideoPEACE VideoI’ve liked PEACE for a while now, but I wasn’t really into the single version of ‘Bloodshake‘. Their new single, ‘Wraith’, is really great though.

Avoid A Same Dress Disaster

Harvey Nichols Same DressThis time last year, Harvey Nichols helpfully showed us poor, clueless girlies how to avoid looking like a slaggy trainwreck – basically if you do the ‘walk of shame’ in a designer outfit, then somehow it’s not shameful at all, and you won’t look like the fat slutbag pictured below. Look, see how that passing woman in the sensible black coat gives her a look of pure scorn – and so she should!Harvey Nichols Walk of ShameNow, Harvey Nichols have returned for the party season with some pointers on how to avoid the awkward ‘same dress scenario’ – simply buy a dress that no one else at the party can afford, duh!

Digital & Media Predictions 2013

Research agency, Millward Brown, have released their end of year report on digital and media predictions for the coming year. It’s quite a lengthy read, but I have selected the key learnings from the report to make for some lighter reading.

2013 Digital TrendsSee my summary here, on the Absorb Digital blog.
Read or download the full report here – Digital & Media Predictions 2013.

Friends – Va Fan Gör Du

Friends videoI like the song, but I’m really not into the video. I mentioned my hatred of this aesthetic a while ago, when I was whining about Azealia Banks’ video for ‘Atlantis’. I get it – but I just don’t like it. Everything about this shoddy aesthetic is unnecessary, especially when the musicians utilising it are the kind with big budgets and record labels behind them. This kind of amateurism is incredibly contrived and I hope this trend goes away soon – it’s hurting my eyes!

Make Music in the Shop with Red Stripe

This entertaining stunt by KesselsKramer involved turning a regular Dalston off-licence into an interactive musical experience, which was activated whenever an unsuspecting customer decided to pick up a can or bottle of Red Stripe. Devices were cleverly integrated with existing products on the shop floor and shelves – and in some instances actual food items were used to create the sounds. This presented an element of risk, because it was entirely possible that someone could pick up some instant noodles which were intended to act as maracas! However, as you can see from the video, the idea was successfully executed and received a warm reception. Below you can see how some seemingly innocent stock items were turned into digitally-activated DIY instruments.Watch the making of the video here.

Veronica Falls – Teenage

Veronica Falls "Teenage" videoNice little tune from Veronica Falls – reminds me of the likes of The Shop Assistants, The Vaselines and Broadcast.

Selfridges Johnnie Walker Window

Creative agency LOVE has worked with department store Selfridges on a window installation in the flagship Oxford Street store. The window display brings the Johnnie Walker ‘Where Flavour is King’ campaign to life and was created by set production company, Millington Associates. As much as I want to see it, Oxford Street during December is very much on my ‘avoid at all costs’ list. However, if you do end up squashed in the Christmas season rush, you should go check it out.

Or you could just watch the video below…

Here On In – Rachel Zeffira

Rachel Zeffira – one half of Faris Badwan’s side project, Cat’s Eyes – has teamed up with musicians from S.C.U.M. and TOY to create this contemplative solo offering. Lovely stuff.