Anna Calvi

Visual => Photography & Fashion => Topic started by: moulinette on January 16, 2014, 07:28:04 AM

Title: Face of GAP?
Post by: moulinette on January 16, 2014, 07:28:04 AM
The guy who tweeted it works for the Gap, so I guess there is no reason to think this wouldn't be true, because it's just so random thing to make up otherwise.

(http://imgur.com/1OTJjWn.png)

Omg I am so excited for Anna. This is like the biggest thing ever ahh. Get that paycheck.

Thoughts?
Title: Re: Face of GAP?
Post by: Lady Tchaikovsky on January 16, 2014, 08:24:57 AM
Is Gap a clothing line or something? I've never had anything from them. Are they any good or is Anna doing it because they're popular? And what's Breaking Bad? I'm sorry I'm so clueless. : (
Title: Re: Face of GAP?
Post by: moulinette on January 16, 2014, 08:35:59 AM
Is Gap a clothing line or something? I've never had anything from them. Are they any good or is Anna doing it because they're popular? And what's Breaking Bad? I'm sorry I'm so clueless. : (

It's a really huge clothing brand. Probably one of the biggest in the world: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gap_Inc.

They definitely are like the epitome of Anna's casual style though, so I don't find it weird that she would model for them.

Breaking Bad was a TV show that finished last year and is considered to be one of the best TV shows of all time by both critics and viewers.
Title: Re: Face of GAP?
Post by: moulinette on January 16, 2014, 08:43:11 AM
Well the dates fit because Anna was in NY then on tour...

(http://imgur.com/xzM4CrS.png)
Title: Re: Face of GAP?
Post by: Lady Tchaikovsky on January 16, 2014, 08:55:20 AM
Turns out I really do live in a bubble... Not that I'm shocked to discover it. Anyway, I'm curious what the pictures will be like!
Title: Re: Face of GAP?
Post by: MrCricket on January 16, 2014, 07:32:12 PM
Well I popped to Gap at lunchtime but there was no sign of Anna! It's basically high street fashion your Ladyship; I've bought jeans from there a few times as its quite reasonable! Not high fashion but the sort of stuff people actually wear. Good for her I say! I've done worse for money put it that way...
Title: Re: Face of GAP?
Post by: moulinette on January 16, 2014, 08:29:28 PM
The campaign should come out mid Feb, so I guess we will see if it's true then.
Title: Re: Face of GAP?
Post by: Petefrombristol on January 17, 2014, 05:01:53 PM
MrCricket: "I've done worse for money put it that way..."

Can we have details: times, places, other participants etc etc?
Title: Re: Face of GAP?
Post by: MrCricket on January 17, 2014, 05:45:12 PM
MrCricket: "I've done worse for money put it that way..."

Can we have details: times, places, other participants etc etc?

I was the face of Littlewoods *shudders*
Title: Re: Face of GAP?
Post by: Petefrombristol on January 18, 2014, 09:40:35 AM
MrCricket: "I was the face of Littlewoods *shudders*"

By a curious coincidence, I was The Face of Rent-o-Kill for several years. You probably wouldn't recognise me though. But they did let me keep the rat costume.
Title: Re: Face of GAP?
Post by: moulinette on January 22, 2014, 03:59:54 AM
For what it's worth, I managed to find the unreleased photo of the kid from Breaking Bad's Gap campaign (someone in marketing posted it on their Facebook), so half the tweet checks out then. So I guess if it's real, it will just be in this simple style...

(http://i.imgur.com/Ljo0sWV.jpg)
Title: Re: Face of GAP?
Post by: Petefrombristol on January 22, 2014, 01:16:36 PM
For what it's worth, I managed to find the unreleased photo of the kid from Breaking Bad's Gap campaign (someone in marketing posted it on their Facebook), so half the tweet checks out then. So I guess if it's real, it will just be in this simple style...

(http://i.imgur.com/Ljo0sWV.jpg)
Looks like he's in need of a good fettling to me. I'm sure Anna will not be photographed wearing a pair of scruffy jeans looking like she's been dragged through a hedge backwards. OK, now I'm sounding like my mother....
Title: Re: Face of GAP?
Post by: Lady Tchaikovsky on January 22, 2014, 05:51:16 PM
Looks like he's in need of a good fettling to me. I'm sure Anna will not be photographed wearing a pair of scruffy jeans looking like she's been dragged through a hedge backwards. OK, now I'm sounding like my mother....

I sound like your mother most of the time, then... I've seen Anna wear torn jeans twice, but I really hope it doesn't mean she's going to look like the Breaking Bad guy in these promotional shots. His clothes are bland, boring, and not even remotely classy. I really don't know what the point of looking like everybody else is, and this is apparently what this shot advertises.
Title: Re: Face of GAP?
Post by: Petefrombristol on January 22, 2014, 06:28:10 PM
[quote author=Petefrombristol link=topic=83.msg545#msg545 date=1390396596
sound like your mother most of the time, then... I've seen Anna wear torn jeans twice, but I really hope it doesn't mean she's going to look like the Breaking Bad guy in these promotional shots. His clothes are bland, boring, and not even remotely classy. I really don't know what the point of looking like everybody else is, and this is apparently what this shot advertises.
believe me, Lady T, you don't. Actually, that was more like my mother-in-law. I absolutely agree. Anyway, I don't believe Anna would look like everyone else, even in torn jeans. When I've seen photos of her in jeans and hoodie or sweatshirt she still looks exquisite!
Title: Re: Face of GAP?
Post by: MrCricket on January 22, 2014, 07:15:18 PM
Looks like he's in need of a good fettling to me. I'm sure Anna will not be photographed wearing a pair of scruffy jeans looking like she's been dragged through a hedge backwards. OK, now I'm sounding like my mother....

I sound like your mother most of the time, then... I've seen Anna wear torn jeans twice, but I really hope it doesn't mean she's going to look like the Breaking Bad guy in these promotional shots. His clothes are bland, boring, and not even remotely classy. I really don't know what the point of looking like everybody else is, and this is apparently what this shot advertises.

Lol clearly you aren't familiar with gap...
Title: Re: Face of GAP?
Post by: Lady Tchaikovsky on January 23, 2014, 01:38:34 AM
Lol clearly you aren't familiar with gap...

Well, considering what I just saw, it's probably a good thing. : P

believe me, Lady T, you don't. Actually, that was more like my mother-in-law. I absolutely agree. Anyway, I don't believe Anna would look like everyone else, even in torn jeans. When I've seen photos of her in jeans and hoodie or sweatshirt she still looks exquisite!

Oh, let's admit it. We have an unhealthily positive bias towards Anna, which, to us, makes her look good in pretty much everything she wears... Not that she ever looks bad, right? Seriously though, I think she makes clothes look good on her, not the other way around.
Title: Re: Face of GAP?
Post by: Petefrombristol on January 23, 2014, 08:12:50 PM
Yes: she does make clothes look good on her, and the camera really loves her.
Title: Re: Face of GAP?
Post by: Lady Tchaikovsky on February 11, 2014, 11:00:10 AM
(http://s7.postimg.org/pqhvqlznv/gap.jpg)

Okay, well... After everything I've heard and read about Gap, I kind of wished it would turn out false, but apparently it didn't. What are your thoughts? Not that I expected much, but I find this picture disappointing. I have an awful feeling they intentionally suppressed Anna's uniqueness and made her look as average as possible, because their target customers are as such, and they wouldn't be convinced if the one-of-a-kind Anna Calvi was, well, looking down on them. Well, I understand why that is, but my opinion is that it's pointless. I only hope they paid her handsomely, and, whatever her reasons for doing it might be, everything worked out well for her.

The second thing is that I absolutely abhor denim. I never wear it in any way.
Title: Re: Face of GAP?
Post by: Petefrombristol on February 11, 2014, 10:58:54 PM
OK: GAP. I take LadyT's points absolutely, and I agree that it does perhaps make this extraordinarily beautiful, striking woman look a bit like a hundred and one other models (and, by the way, does nothing to distance her from the "Robert Palmer backing 'musician'" jibe that's too often been levelled at her) but she still looks gorgeous - there's a hint of Audrey Hepburn which is fine by me - but I wonder about her motivation. Leaving aside the possibility that she's ONLY doing it for the money, and taking seriously her repeated claims that she's not really interested in making lots of money, and, taking equally seriously her claims that by modelling she's seeking to promote her music, then I suppose we could see the Gap thing as Anna's attempt to reach new audiences: in other words, to bring her music to the attention of the typical Gap customer. Now, I'm maybe going out on a limb here, but I would imagine that anyone reading this (is anyone reading this?) would be unlikely to describe themselves as a typical Gap customer (as I sit here writing this I am in fact wearing a Gap fleecy top that I bought ages ago and wear quite often!), so it might be that Anna thinks that she's unlikely to alienate many - any - of us by doing this, but might bring a few more into the fold, and as I've found over the last glorious two and a half years in which I've been following Anna and exploring both her cultural tastes and also those of some of her other fans, following Anna seriously can be a wonderful musical education. That's fine. If so, I wish her luck. Even if she's only doing it to make lots of money I sort of wish her luck: there's much sense, I imagine, in making oneself, as far as possible, financially independent so that what might be deemed 'uncommercial' artistic pathways can be followed. But, frankly, if some multinational offered me a lucrative contract for doing stuff that didn't actually involve clubbing baby seals than I can't say that I would turn it down. And, I suppose most importantly, it's not for me to second guess, or pass judgement, on what Anna chooses to do. So why, you might ask (if you can still be bothered) am I writing this at all?
Well, I am slightly troubled by the fact that it's Gap. Not really because of the kind of clothes they sell, their image or their customers (of whom, I am, or have been, one) but because they have an unenviable reputation when it comes to business ethics, with, apparently, accusations made against them in the past of having their products manufactured in sweat shops and employing child labour. Maybe these accusations have always been ill-founded, or maybe Gap has cleaned up its act, but if it is currently engaged in such shady dealing then this would cause me some disquiet.
Title: Re: Face of GAP?
Post by: MrCricket on February 12, 2014, 08:53:30 AM
I think there's a danger of overanalysing this (and we all know what you become when you over analyse things!), and maybe I'm just keen to judge Anna by my own standards because I need to justify my own decadent and shallow existence.  I buy the odd thing from Gap, if not Top Man, Debenhams... typical high street clothes.  I'm sure if they did cord jackets with leather elbows Pete would get more stuff from there :P Fact is, she needs to promote her music, which in many respects is linked to fashion (true of all artists), and pay the bills, and put the word out. It's not like she's doing some ridiculous publicity stunt or getting her clothes off for a lads mag. Christ, I'd model for Gap.  Free clothes is Anna's middle name, and I'd like some of that too!

In no way is she selling out (I appreciate nodoby said she was). It's the way the world works. I have to go to networking events, write journal articles, get my name out there. Try to appeal to people to win business. Nothing wrong with that. I'd rather sit behind my desk and do my "bread and butter" work, but actually I enjoy the diversion once in a while.

There's a danger of being too precious. Gap aren't the worst. Hell, I've worked for some very dubious companies. doesn't mean I agree with all of their business practices.

If the clothes make her look normal, well actually she is normal. But that's a good thing.
Title: Re: Face of GAP?
Post by: moulinette on February 13, 2014, 08:36:06 PM
(http://imgur.com/7a96hGl.png)
Title: Re: Face of GAP?
Post by: MrCricket on February 13, 2014, 09:31:21 PM
Would anyone actually know that's anna? Are they going to say? Or are they just using her as a model?
Title: Re: Face of GAP?
Post by: Petefrombristol on February 14, 2014, 06:45:52 PM
Judging by this advance publicity, and the existing images used in the windows of my local GAP (I just happened to be passing by, honest: I didn't make a special trip. Oh no!) it won't feature her name.
Title: Re: Face of GAP?
Post by: SpaceOdette on March 03, 2014, 01:12:18 AM
I have been inside the Gap nearest to me four times now to check, and she still isn't there. Maybe I should make a formal complaint? This isn't on. I even checked Baby Gap. Just in case.
Title: Re: Face of GAP?
Post by: Petefrombristol on March 03, 2014, 09:50:04 AM
Same in Bristol, so far. Can we petition for a photo of Anna wearing something nice?
Title: Re: Face of GAP?
Post by: laughingcavalier on March 07, 2014, 06:35:41 PM
Revenge of the 40ft Anna. (Bond Street)

(http://i.imgur.com/RrRP1XK.jpg)
Title: Re: Face of GAP?
Post by: Petefrombristol on March 07, 2014, 08:21:16 PM
Revenge of the 40ft Anna! My God! Thanks for the warning: imagine, I'm innocently walking down Bond St and suddenly there's this vision of a beautiful Venus-like goddess in denim (Venus in furs?) and I'm in urgent need of a defibrillator. Nurse! The Paddles!
Title: Re: Face of GAP?
Post by: jareed on March 10, 2014, 07:44:39 PM
it's so terrifying yet arousing at the same time.
Title: Re: Face of GAP?
Post by: wild_corgi on March 10, 2014, 07:57:10 PM
In a Celebrity Death Match between 40 foot Anna and P J Harvey's 50 Foot Queenie - who would wins?
Title: Re: Face of GAP?
Post by: electriclight on March 10, 2014, 08:08:11 PM
In a Celebrity Death Match between 40 foot Anna and P J Harvey's 50 Foot Queenie - who would wins?

It's got to be PJ, hands down. Just like the Mercury prize. (is that a low blow?)

Though I suppose Anna does have the advantage of Brian Eno's protection. I wonder who Rob Ellis would side with.
Title: Re: Face of GAP?
Post by: Petefrombristol on March 10, 2014, 08:12:35 PM
40ft Anna v 50 ft Queenie? Hmmm. If Polly jumped out from behind a big bush of basil, and ambushed Anna, then she'd start with the advantage of surprise. Unless, of course, seeing as how Basil's biennial, it was the wrong time of year. "Ha ha!" Cackles Anna, as evilly as she can manage (which is probably not that convincing) and tossing her beautiful golden curls, "so, PJ, or Jim Jams as I like to call you, along with the rest of the civilized world you didn't imagine that I had actually made myself the World's Leading Expert on the life cycle of ocimum basilicum! So, I knew that your sneaky basil bush [Basil Brush?] wheeze would avail you nought. Put down that Telecaster and come quietly!"

Of course, this scenario requires extremely huge basil bushes and guitars.

Yes, I should be marking essays .....
Title: Re: Face of GAP?
Post by: Petefrombristol on March 10, 2014, 08:15:47 PM
Actually, in a straight fight I think I'd put money on Ellis rather than Eno. He's younger, and takes bracing walks on the Dorset Coast. Would the loser have to be admitted to St Vincent's Hospital? Shove up Dylan [Thomas, not Bob].
Title: Re: Face of GAP?
Post by: wild_corgi on March 10, 2014, 10:07:23 PM
In a Celebrity Death Match between 40 foot Anna and P J Harvey's 50 Foot Queenie - who would wins?

It's got to be PJ, hands down. Just like the Mercury prize. (is that a low blow?)


yes but (sigh) probably true ...



Off topic, but wasn't it Dylan Thomas's cause of death that was described as "insult to the brain?"

I digress. If Rob Ellis goes for bracing walks on the Dorset Coast, the sneaky way to win is ambush him and push him over the edge.

Basil being biennial means it only lives for two years. So the poor little basil plant is a gonner in any case by now, through natural means. Unless there's an imposter basil plant round Anna's place? I mean, if you're unable to eat it, could you bear to hear it had died? so perhaps Basil's minders got a ringer for when she returned: you know, like parents do with their offspring's hamsters ... allegedly.

Title: Re: Face of GAP?
Post by: Petefrombristol on March 10, 2014, 11:20:43 PM
Wild Corgi: you mean, hamsters don't - gulp - live - sob - forever? What other lies did my parents tell me?

An insult to the brain! Wonderful. Unfortunately, I'm sure we know lots of people who are. We could probably name one or two ...

OK, so basil only lives for two years. You mean - gulp - it's not - sob - oh, forget it ....
Title: Re: Face of GAP?
Post by: twobreaths on April 06, 2014, 09:57:46 AM
I was dragged to http://www.thegrovela.com/index.php but we were really out of place among the teetering (http://files.sharenator.com/funny_gifs_high_heels_test_run-s280x210-265924-580a.gif) women (https://gs1.wac.edgecastcdn.net/8019B6/data.tumblr.com/b6b74454026d7a244889aa62625abd0a/tumblr_n0aitdAsMP1svgx27o1_250.gif) and Justin Bieber-styled men (http://www.thefader.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/swimming_Screen-Shot-2013-02-28-at-09.45.29.png) and couldn't even afford anything so of course I pestered my parents to see if there was a GAP

(http://i.imgur.com/Is6DWgu.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/HD1Ve6m.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/xpsn4Vb.jpg)

So proud
Title: Re: Face of GAP?
Post by: WolfLikeHer on August 01, 2014, 08:32:52 PM
Like it - it's hard to get excited about plain denim shirts & jeans, but they do throw Anna's uncommon beauty into sharp relief. Plus it's a modelling job, not a publicity shot, so it does look very "Gap".
As for the cash, why the hell not? John Lydon caught all sorts of flak for his butter ads - selling his credibility, sucking corporate d**k, all that - but he used the "filthy lucre" to make a new PIL album which otherwise probably wouldn't ever have seen the light of day.
Maybe she fancied a new guitar, or wanted to invest in an organic basil plantation or something. Maybe she wants David Guetta for her next album (*shudders*). Whatever her motivation, I'd say it's an infinitely more successful outing than Naomi Campbell's attempted music career. (*BIG shudder!*)
Title: Re: Face of GAP?
Post by: wild_corgi on August 06, 2014, 10:17:06 PM
Agree - I'm all for the financial strategy of taking the money that's on offer and then doing what you want with it.

The economics of the record industry have changed in the last decade. rtists are highly unlikely to be able to rely on record sales as a main source of income.  Which is why you get songs licensed to tvs, films etc, incredibly long tours - and adverts.

Once upon a time you could truck up to the Medici, or the Princess de Polignac, or Paul Sacher, and get patronage/sponsorship/a commission/deal/whatever, to write more or less whatever you liked.  Working for Gap, or Anchor Butter, is the modern successor.

And it has to be less tiring than spending 11 out of 12 months on the road when you don't feel like/can't write.

My bottom line is as long as Anna doesn't turn up as The Face of Bo, and David Guetta doesn't turn up anywhere I'm not much bothered. 

Title: Re: Face of GAP?
Post by: Petefrombristol on August 10, 2014, 11:26:21 PM
Agree - I'm all for the financial strategy of taking the money that's on offer and then doing what you want with it.

The economics of the record industry have changed in the last decade. rtists are highly unlikely to be able to rely on record sales as a main source of income.  Which is why you get songs licensed to tvs, films etc, incredibly long tours - and adverts.

Once upon a time you could truck up to the Medici, or the Princess de Polignac, or Paul Sacher, and get patronage/sponsorship/a commission/deal/whatever, to write more or less whatever you liked.  Working for Gap, or Anchor Butter, is the modern successor.

And it has to be less tiring than spending 11 out of 12 months on the road when you don't feel like/can't write.

My bottom line is as long as Anna doesn't turn up as The Face of Bo, and David Guetta doesn't turn up anywhere I'm not much bothered.

Face of Bo. Now there's a thought. Anna as the Doctor's new assistant, or alien monster villain?
Title: Re: Face of GAP?
Post by: wild_corgi on August 11, 2014, 08:27:14 PM
It's prolly top secret but I think Anna may have done a sneaky screen test as The Dr herself -

http://fuckyeahannacalvi.com/post/62490794502/photograph-by-roger-deckker (http://fuckyeahannacalvi.com/post/62490794502/photograph-by-roger-deckker)

- if this is any thing to go by.

(apologies for mangling the hyperlink system)
Title: Re: Face of GAP?
Post by: Petefrombristol on August 12, 2014, 10:58:49 PM
Re: Wild Corgi's discovery of Anna's attempt to become new Doctor/Doctor's Assistant: well, the Tardis could certainly do with a bit of refurbishment. I really like the idea of Anna as a Time Lord (Time Lady?). She would of course have to learn how to act, and I'm not intending this as any criticism of Capaldi, but it is about time that they had a female Doctor ....
Title: Re: Face of GAP?
Post by: wild_corgi on August 14, 2014, 07:32:11 PM
Or she could leave all the acting to Alex Kingston as River Song the New Doctor, and instead stalk around the Tardis  painting seascapes on the wall?

(Much as I would like Anna to be the Dr, I agree with River Song you need to take the handbrake off before you start the Tardis ... )