Versace Fall 2011 Ad Campaign

Posted on July 13, 2011

Darlings, it’s hot out and we can’t work the energy up to type about some starlet’s poor choice in footwear or hem length. Let’s drink a cool glass of Versace by looking at the house’s fall 2011 ad campaign, starring model Saskia de Brauw, photographed by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, and styled by Joe McKenna, mkay?

Beautifully “shot,” but what’s with the “Here is my elbow,” “Here is my crotch,” “Here is my foot” poses? Did she just learn the names for all these things?

[Photo Credit: Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott via]

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  • That green and purple dress is GORGEOUS. And I love the handbag with the gold tassel too.

  • Erin Nice

    Why the same facial expression in almost every shot – did she go to the Anna Kournikova School of Modeling? The clothes are gorgeous.

    • mcarlson

      I was going to say the same thing about her expression.

    • She’s beautiful (even with that expression) and these ads are beautiful but she’s so photoshopped she looks imaginary.

    • Anonymous

      My thought, too.  It starts to distract from the clothes … which are really interesting, thank you.

    • Anonymous

      that was the first thing I noticed.

    • Alexandra Simons

      Yep, me too. That open-mouthed pose is what always turned me off about Meg Ryan, among other things.

  • Anonymous

    I usually don’t like Versace, but I am SO into their designs this year. Gorgeous photos, gorgeous clothing.

  • Anonymous

    Am I the only one that thinks she looks freakishly like Jennifer Garner by way of Sydney Bristow? I felt like I was looking at the world’s strangest ad for Alias (RIP).

    • Anonymous

      I’d say the child of Jennifer Garner and Hillary Swank!

      I’m kind of tired of the “let’s give it a metallic quality so we can photoshop the hell outta this” picture styling. Boting and not creative. Tilda, give them a hand, will ya?

  • Anonymous

    Am I the only one that thinks she looks freakishly like Jennifer Garner by way of Sydney Bristow? I felt like I was looking at the world’s strangest ad for Alias (RIP).

  • Anonymous

    Am I the only one that thinks she looks freakishly like Jennifer Garner by way of Sydney Bristow? I felt like I was looking at the world’s strangest ad for Alias (RIP).

  • Beautiful clothes, accessories, and model – but seriously, those poses are ridiculous and the frozen facial expression tires me.

  • MilaXX

    I don’t know if it’s the scale of the backdrop or bad photoshop, but the model looks oddly proportioned

  • Versace never disappoints me.  To use another poster’s phrase from the other day…GOR-JUS!  My issue is with the model’s mouth being open in every.single.picture.  Is she secretly hoping that somebody will shove a hamburger into it…or at least a spoonful of frozen low-fat yogurt?

  • Linda Long-Van Brocklyn

    The pic for the feathery white dress is a bit odd. Like the purse retracts into her vagina or something. Latest theft protection measure, mayhap?

  • Anonymous

    The clothes are gorgeous but I kept expecting a line of drool to dribble from her flaccid, parted lips.  CLOSE YOUR MOUTH.  Sorry, I got carried away.

    • Anonymous

      My sentiments exactly.  I fear that her lips cannot physically close.  That’s got to be distressing.

  • ya gotta give it up for the photoshopper: that background is gorgeous.
    the clothes are less so &, yep, some of the model stuff is silly–but still a fairly compelling series all around. &, yep, largely cos of the print designer.

  • Jill Roberts

    I hate the jewelry and the accents on the bags.  It reminds me of that ubiquitous and horrible 80s nautical motif.  If you take away the gewgaws, the clothes are pretty divine.

    • Anonymous

      Oh yes, I was wondering why the gold bits reminded me of my childhood.  I grew up in the ’80’s.  Dislike.

  • The model has the face of a man and the legs of an anorexic. Why is this considered attractive?

    • Bridget Dierks

       My thoughts exactly.

    • If she looks like a man, then she looks like a stunningly beautiful man. She’s androgynous, not manly.

  • For the love of god, close the toes on those boots.

    • Anonymous

      That was my first thought too.  They’re so distractingly awful, I almost forget to look at the clothes.

  • Anonymous

    I normally take my super expensive coat and dress OFF before I masturbate.

  • Anonymous

    I hate it. They made her look like a mannekin. And as others have mentioned, she has almost the same expression on throughout.

  • Anonymous

    None of these look real.  The whole thing looks like a creation made in Photoshop, including the girl.  That’s not to say some of this isn’t compelling, it just doesn’t ring true.

  • UGH. Airbrushing nastiness. 

  • Sobaika Mirza

    Love the clothes, hate the shots. Look like stills from a Science Fiction movie that takes place on the distant “Planet Fierce.” Except the model is not so fierce.

  • looks like they photoshopped the same head onto different images…  the face literally does not change.

    Apparently I am a total snot about these things. It really takes me away from the actual fashion.

  • Anonymous

    Looks like someone went WAY overboard on the Botox!  I loved this line when I first saw it, particularly the green/purple and black/white dresses above.  I would love to have seen how they look on someone built a little less like a stick.

    And if anyone finds one of those embossed black bags with the tassel just lying it around, send it my way!

  • up with pod people

    this whole shoot looks like it took place on the set for Conan.

  • Brody R

    The third photo is SCARY. Her torso can’t possibly be that long, as for her right leg… looks as if she had polio… Sure, the dress is gorgeous, but why turn the model into a freak to sell it?
    Love the clothes and somehow the idea of the photos is interesting, but the model scares the crap out of me.

  • Glad to see she made it to Mordor. Say Hi to Frodo for me!!

  • Danny Maza

    the same face for all the pictures… really? :/

  • Isy

    Why in the name of Jupiter do peep-toe boots exist? Especially TALL peep-toe boots? It’s so absurd.

  • And the facial expression is pretty much the same in all shots

    • Anonymous

      Yeah, that was my first thought too. And it isn’t a particularly good expression: Mouth open, catching flies, looking dumb.

    • Anonymous

      Yeah, that was my first thought too. And it isn’t a particularly good expression: Mouth open, catching flies, looking dumb.

  • Anonymous

    4th pic is what Wonder Woman 2011 should look like!

  • Susan Foster

    Does no one know how to close their mouth in pictures anymore?

  • Anonymous

    Close your mouth, dear, before you catch flies.

  • Is it just me, or is this an unusual choice of model for Versace? I mean, she’s not the usual uncomplicatedly sexy uber blonde (like Kate Moss, January Jones, Abbey Lee Kershaw, Candice Swanepoel, et al). I think it makes for a more interesting campaign, and a new spin on the brand and the clothes.

  • The clothes are gorgeous. The model would get her ass reamed out on ANTM. And, I know this is not really the model’s fault, exactly, but – when your calves, thighs, biceps and forearms are all the same size, it’s a problem.

  • Anonymous

    Interestingly strange. Looks like a paper doll, with the clothes stuck on the way there are (that is, the way they’re put on a paper doll).

    • I thought the same thing! I looked like some of the dresses were Microsoft Paint over a photo.

    • Anonymous

      If I’d read first, I’d have known you said it first, and much better.

    • Anonymous

      I should have read this first too! Totally spot on.

  • Lisa

    I like it!  It’s weird, but really strangely gorgeous.

  • Anonymous

    I’m not loving the clothes, but I like the photos particularly the colors.

  • Anyone have those sand art things from craft fairs in the 1980s?

  • Anonymous

    She’s beautiful, her mannequin-like limbs are beautifully contoured (yay for the photo editor) and the background/color is atmospheric and eerily lovely. But it’s all very flat – the third photo (green & purple dress) almost looks as if she’s a paper doll and the dress is attached with tabs.

    Over all it’s distracting me from the clothes and I’m not a fan of the end result, while appreciating the work that went into it. Less than the sum of its parts, for me.

  • Strong, sexy, confident and so glamorous. These clothes are classic. 
    And yet still special. Love, love, love.

  • neck to the extreme!

  • Anonymous

    Hmm it’s just not doing it for me. I want that purple jacket though.

    • akprincess72

      & the last purse.

  • She makes the exact same face in all the pictures. 

  • She makes the exact same face in all the pictures. 

  • Anonymous

    I think the last two pictures are amazing…and since they happen to be the only ones that don’t feature the model’s face, I’m trying to figure out why this doesn’t quite work for me. She’s gorgeous, but aside from the first two photos, which are ok, if a bit awkward, I don’t really feel like she’s connecting with the clothing and accessories (which are mostly amazing looking) in any real way, if that makes any sense. It all seems disjointed, kind cut-out-dollish – like she was standing there naked and they photoshopped the items onto her…

  • I don’t know why, but I can’t focus on the clothes because of the weirdness of the backdrop.

  • Patricia Biswanger

    I like it because it’s one of the few ad campaigns in which you can actually tell what the clothes look like.  And I LOVE that green and purple dress; does it come in a Plus Size?

  • Anonymous

    The way they have some of these shots lit it looks like she is posing near the Black Gates that lead into Mordor. Which sort of just makes it even more fabulous for me.

    I wish I could afford all of it, and that it would magically fit and look fabulous on my fat 5’2″ frame. Sigh.

  • Why are her legs open in every pose?

    • Anonymous

      I was wondering why she seems to be going for her coochie in nearly every shot.  Just checking that its still there?

  • Helen C

    This girl clearly doesn’t know how to model. 

  • Anonymous

    Okay so I get that the styling is supposed to be sleek and slightly trashy-futuristic but damn if the images are all photoshopped this much how is anyone supposed to know how these clothes are supposed to actually fit?  I mean that green and purple dress of instance is only going to look like that if you are 6 ft tall and 120 pound with NO hips what so ever. Same with the boots in the last pic. Only gonna look like that if you have legs with no curve at all.  They are all great looking images and great looking clothes, too bad I have no idea what they really look like.

  • Her legs are freakin’ me out.  Especially in the green and purple dress.  I guess if she’s supposed to be an alien on another planet it works, but aren’t model bodies already far enough out of the average woman’s reach without having to compare ourselves to E.T.?

  • Anonymous

    I wonder how many more times we’re going to see that white fluffy feather dress.

  • Weird, in the thumbnail where she’s lying down on her side, she kinda looks like Rachel Bilson. And then not so much. Or AT ALL. Weird that. 

  • Remy Samuels

    there were some pretty cool shots in there, but there were so many photos where my first reaction was “WHAT is going on with her boob???”

  • Anonymous

    Wow, she has virtually the same facial expression in every shot. 

  • Anonymous

    It’s kind of interesting, but I kept thinking that Gerard Butler his band of 300 were about to step into every shot. And this poor young woman is another one obviously afflicted with Open Mouth Syndrome. Are they all trying to prove that they have teeth? Are their noses stuffy? Someone, help them.

    I do love the green and purple and black and white dresses.

  • Anonymous

    She looks like she’s made of plastic…..same facial expression in every photo….snore…..

  • Anonymous

    I couldn’t help but think that in all but 2 of these pictures, the model forgot to finish getting dressed.  That rock looks really uncomfortable to sit on with no pants…

  • Lauren Bradshaw

    She can only make one face….

  • Jolene Barnett

    Were this an ANTM forum, all you’d be seeing comment wise would be, “OMG CLOSE YOUR MOUTH!”.
    Not to say that a model should never open her mouth, but there does seem to be a point where it just plain becomes irritating.

  • Ew god so much gold!! that solid chunk of a clutch versace head makes my eyes hurt. yikes.

  • Anonymous

    I miss Gianni.

  • Maria Figueroa

    Good lord, close your mouth, woman. You look like a half-wit.