Over-the-top advertisements are half the fun of reading fashion magazines. Here, we honor the year's most spectacular, from Madonna for Dolce & Gabbana to Marc Jacobs' half-naked endorsement of "Bang."
Dolce & Gabbana
Madonna posed in Dolce & Gabbana's documentary-looking campaign by Steven Klein. The ads aimed to emphasize the star's Italian heritage as well as the brand's love affair with classic cinema.
Over-the-top advertisements are half the fun of reading fashion magazines. Here, we honor the year's most spectacular. Julianne Moore returned as the face of Bulgari this year in a campaign shot by Mert & Marcus. For the images, Moore was clad in nothing more than an exotic leather handbag -- well, that, and a few of the cutest lion cubs we've ever seen.
Nick Knight's creepy-crawly campaign for Alexander Mcqueen required Racquel Zimmerman to drape herself in seriously slithery snakes.
Steven Meisel's ladylike campaign for Louis Vuitton starred ultimate supermodels like Christy Turlington, Karen Elson and Natalia Vodianova. They all look terrific, but we particularly love Karen's surprised expression.
Marc Jacobs' surreal ad campaigns took a spooky school girl turn this year with this campaign by Juergen Teller. We're still unsure whether the girls are supposed to be cloud gazing, or pushing up daisies.
Lara Stone was jaw-droppingly gorgeous in Calvin Klein's simple black and white campaign by Mert and Marcus.
Givenchy's striking, white-out ads, however, presented Stone in a different light. The bleached effect provided a chilly, almost sci-fi counterpoint to the detailed, feminine looks.
Kate Moss brought the fashion factor of Isabel Marant's slouchy Parisian style up a notch, and the carefree campaign by Inez and Vinoodh was a pitch-perfect representation of the mood of the collection.
There's no denying that Marc Jacobs' provocative campaign for "Bang" had us gawking on the sidewalk, wondering things like "is that really him?" and "why is he so shiny?"
Phoebe Philo's frenzy-inducing work at Celine was captured in this austere campaign by Juergen Teller starring Sigrid Allen and Emma Balfour.
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Ah, the pigtails! The recent influx of high-fashion pigtails can be traced back to these Prada campaign images by Steven Meisel.
Cindy Crawford proved that she can still work it with a sultry campaign for Russian department store, TSUM.
Raquel Zimmerman looked appropriately androgynous in the advertisements for Jil Sander's "+J" collection for Uniqlo.
We loved the way that Christina Hendricks transformed a plain ol' raincoat into a high-fashion staple with her campaign for London Fog.
There was certainly a lot of movement in Lanvin's spring campaign by Steven Meisel, and that's a good thing, but we hope no models were injured during the execution of the "whip."
Mario Sorrenti's beautiful campaign for Chloe displayed model Malgosia Bela in the perfect 80's mood.
Karl Lagerfeld shot beautiful Claudia Schiffer in a romantic Buenos Aires setting for Chanel's spring '10 campaign. It was lovely to see so many supermodels back in the game this year.
St.John shook things up with Karen Nelson serving as their fiery new muse -- a more fashion-forward replacement to previous spokesmodel Angelina Jolie.
Wildfox Couture's amazing '90s-inspired campaign was shot by party photographer Mark "Cobrasnake" Hunter, and channeled just the right amount of Cher in "Clueless."
The rise of the Miu Miu cat pants can largely be attributed to these ads by Mert and Marcus starring it-girl Lindsay Wixon in a state of doll-like repose.