So I was looking through my GQ finally today, and on the back there was a 3 page pull out of this ad.. so it was rather large. Let's just say Mr. Franco should have some tweezers on set for the middle of his eyebrows next time if he's going to be doing photos that close up and large.
Maybe I'm alone in this but I feel as though something is missing from these images. James is unquestionably attractive and photogenic - there's really no getting around his physical appeal however I feel as though these fail to capture him fully. This is not the best I've seen him look nor is it the most expressive - his eyes look lost in some of the pictures and it borders on deer in the headlights. I think Inez and Vinoodh are experts in black and white and also in the art of discovering something hidden within their subjects. Something about these pictures makes me feel as though I'm not getting the full scope of things. It's as though the concept wasn't fully realized somehow.
Maybe I'm just being picky though - I much prefer the Narciso Rodriguez Men fragrance campaign that I&V did. That was a much better depiction of male beauty - at least for me.
What do I think about the way most people dress? Most people are not something one thinks about... - Diana Vreeland Twitter / Tumblr
If this didn't feature James Franco, and I have such a crush on him so I'm thrilled that it does, these ads wouldn't be interesting in the least...and that's a shame.
When I think back to 2003 when Gucci released their Pour Homme fragrance and the campaign that came with it, also in B&W with an equally gorgeous model shot by M&M, this doesn't even begin to compare. It's not captivating.
You need to move fashion forward when there's a reason to move fashion forward - Tom Ford