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Lexus Disrupts Its Design for Fashion Week

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GumGum Uses Sex to Sell In-Image Advertising, Lowers IQ in Process

Advertisers use sex to sell products all the time, so why not use sex to sell the idea of in-image advertising? Right, guys? Guys?

At least that’s the idea behind GumGum’s painful promo for their in-image advertising platform. The whole idea, really. There’s no thought put into it whatsoever. The spot, “Where Images and Ads Hook Up,” is just an attractive girl and guy beginning to hook up. When they reveal their undergarments, ugly yellow text appears superimposed on them, saying “IMAGE” on the girl, “ADVERTISEMENT” on the guy. At this point, feel free to shout “Really!?” at your computer, plant your face in your palm, or begin throwing things. We’re all a little dumber for having just watched this. Credits after the jump.  Read more

Perhaps Guy Who Directed ‘Smack My Bitch Up’ Will Convince You to Buy a Lexus

From Team One and director Jonas Åkerlund (whose music video reel includes Prodigy’s “Smack My Bitch Up,” Blink 182′s “I Miss You,” and Madonna’s “Ray of Light”) comes a new campaign for the Lexus IS. As you can see, Lexus is really trying to market their new luxury sedan as a high-fashion, chique automobile, which strays a bit from the brand’s usual “Hey, you want a luxury car, but you don’t want to go nuts?” appeal. And, considering Åkerlund’s impressive resume, who better to pay a ton of money to make your product pop on TV?

Both “Crowd” and “Color Shift” succeed in that they’re flashy, somewhat dystopian depiction of urban wealth looks starkly different than any other car advertising you’ll see during commercial breaks. However, will consumers buy that Lexus is a brand that can adeptly align itself with fashionable, rebellious youth? Credits after the jump.

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