What’s Going On December 17th?
Burberry have unveiled their new campaign for SS14, and as always, its like a Who’s Who of pretty young things who will one day be painfully famous and successful. Shot by Mario Testino, who has been the man behind the Burberry campaign lens for over fifteen years now, the photographs are characteristically beautiful and stylish; in fact, even the candid shots of the models laughing and joking are beautiful and stylish!
To be fair, Testino has as usual been given a great deal of beauty and style to work with; Christopher Bailey, Burberry’s Creative Director, is famous for his ability to seek out and capture future stars, casually dropping them into Burberry’s advertising campaign season after season, until the whole company seems to sparkle with young talent. With previous campaigns featuring such fresh faces as those of Emma Watson, Alex Pettyfer, Romeo Beckham, Edie Campbell and Cara Delevigne, its safe to say that you can trust Bailey’s judgement and keep an eye out for these new kids in the months to come.
Aptly named English Roses, this shoot brings together the brightest and best talent from worlds of modelling, music and film.
First up, we have actor and model Jamie Campbell Bower, who is perhaps most well-known for his role as Anthony Hope in Tim Burton’s Sweeney Todd. He has also had roles in the final film of the Harry Potter series and The Twilight Saga, among others, and is the lead singer of band The Darling Buds. Apparently a man of many talents, Bower has also done some modelling in the past, appearing on the front cover of biannual British menswear publication, SID Magazine, earlier this year. As something of a leading man in Burberry’s latest campaign, the modelling side of his career is surely set to explode in the coming months.
Callum Ball should really be used to modelling for Burberry now, having walked the Burberry Prorsum men’s and womenswear S/S 14 shows in London, as well as starring in the Burberry Black Label campaign earlier this year. Hopefully, these high-profile images will help him push his modelling career beyond the Burberry threshold!
Born in Coventry, Neelam Johal is the first model of Indian descent to feature in a Burberry campaign; something which prompted an excited Vogue India to tweet all about it. She too walked for Burberry Prorsum at London Fashion Week this year, and at only eighteen years of age, this will be her first big campaign; not a bad way to start your career at all!
The final man in this little group, Leo Dobson, provides lead vocals for British indie rock band, Childhood, but he’s proved to be more than just a pretty voice before Testino’s capable lens. Although modelling doesn’t seem to be the focus of this guitar-playing little rockstar, his potential cannot be denied.
You may have recognised Malaika Firth as the face of Prada for A/W 13; she is often described simply as “the first black model to star in a Prada campaign since Naomi Campbell,” but she is a great deal more than that, and has actually been on the edges of the fashion radar for a while. She was spotted over two years ago, and recently appeared on the cover of the supplement More Dash than Cash in British Vogue. As well as walking for Burberry Prorsum (obviously), Firth has also appeared on the catwalk for countless other fashion designers, including Mary Kantrantzou, JW Anderson, Dolce & Gabbana, and the recent Victoria’s Secret show. Her appearance in Burberry’s latest campaign can only be a sign of bigger and better things to come for the young Ms Firth!
Matilda Lowther has strutted along several catwalks for various high-profile labels, opening the show for Burberry Prorsum at London Fashion Week, before going on to walk for Hermès, Bottega Veneta and Missoni, among others. She also appeared in an editorial entitled Any Given Sunday for fashion and arts publication, Metal Magazine, looking very edgy in light-up trainers, lingerie and several chunky earrings. Her latest campaign should serve to push her career up to the next level.
Sixteen year-old Jean Campbell, who I mentioned earlier this month when she featured in Tim Walker’s Made in Britain shoot (refresh your memory here), also features in this, her first major advertising campaign. Walker clearly recognised in her a great potential for modelling, highlighting her “freshness of youth,” and it seems as though Christopher Bailey would agree with him. Having secured such a high-profile campaign within four months of her debut is a good omen for Campbell; I would definitely peg her as one to watch in 2014.
So, remember the names – or, rather, the faces – because you’ll almost definitely be seeing them splashed across the pages of magazines and adorning billboards very soon!
Happy December 17th!