If breast-eating birds bother you, please come back tomorrow. Tom Ford's use of ravens in his Fall 2010 ad campaign for Tom Ford Eyewear with Freja Beha Erichsen and Nicholas Hoult can be interpreted as his belief in a female-centric, new consciousness.
Ford is the ace of sensual branding -- or hot, sexy, sizzling marketing - whichever you prefer. The sexy marketing maestro has always pushed the envelope, roaming through the closed doors of repressed sexuality and leaving them slightly ajar upon leaving.
If ravens seem a bit dark and disturbing, consider them not only symbols of death, degeneration and bad luck. Tom Ford grew up in Austin, Texas -- not Santa Fe, of course -- but near America's Indian Country, where ravens are the hallmark of shape-shifting. Ravens can see all things that are hidden.
In addition, ravens brought light into the darkness of the world and transformed part of Maka, Mother Earth. A raven named plants and taught animals. After the success of his debut film A Single Man, a more thoughtful Tom Ford may be evolving into a mythical storyteller. Anne of Carversville stands for an evolving new dawn of female consciousness, and we hope that raven principles prevail.
The female breast is scratched and hardly accidentally. And we're not clear if the raven should be feared or not, poised on a nipple. In reality, this is the crossroads we're at in human history. Men will either kill everything in sight -- people earth and animals -- or they will embrace female principles. Fascinating.
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