Ads of the Week

This week we bring you some great new spots for Lynx, Adidas, Toronto Crime Stoppers, and charities St John Ambulance and Karma Nirvana. First up though, Tiffany & Co becomes the latest brand to embrace same-sex marriage in its ads, with this new print campaign…

The ad is a refreshing move from Tiffany & Co – it marks the first time it has used a same-sex couple in its ads – but in every other respect is totally in keeping with the brand’s marketing. Agency: Ogilvy & Mather New York; Photography: Peter Lindbergh.


This new Lynx spot has also received cheers from the gay press (including Attitude) for featuring a kiss between two men. Elsewhere it wittily addresses baldness – encouraging men to enjoy styling their hair while they still can. Agency: BBH London; Creatives: Jack Smedley, George Hackworth-Jones; Creative directors: David Kolbusz, Nick Gill, Gary McCreadie, Wesley Hawes; Interactive art director: Vinny Olimpio; Director: Noam Murro; Production company: Biscuit Filmworks; Post: Framestore; Sound: Will Cohen, String and Tine.


Adidas Originals has brought in stars including Pharrell, David Beckham and Rita Ora to relaunch its Superstar shoe in this glossy spot. Agency: Johannes Leonardo; Director: Karim Huu Do; Production company: Caviar.

Toronto Crime Stoppers has taken an unusual approach in its latest public service campaign, which aims to highlight the harmful ingredients that can be found in ecstasy tablets. The spot takes the form of a cookery show, but with Class A drugs instead of flour and butter. Agency: DDB Canada; CCO: Cosmo Campbell; ECD: Paul Wallace; Creatives: Allan Topol, Craig Ferguson; Director: Michael Downing; Production company: Partners Film.


This new ad from St John Ambulance mixes charming animation work with big-name voiceovers (David Walliams, David Mitchell, Johnny Vegas and Sir John Hurt all appear) to promote an important message about how to save a choking baby. Agency: BBH London; Creatives: Matt Moreland, Chris Clarke, Rob Ellis, Alex Ball; Creative directors: Matt Doman, Ian Heartfield; Directors: Si & Ad; Production company: Academy.


We finish this week’s round-up with a striking but disturbing ad for Karma Nirvana, a UK charity that helps victims of honour-based violence, which is running in limited editions of the February issue of Cosmopolitan magazine in the UK. The cover design features a plastic wraparound encasing an image of a woman’s face who appears to be suffocating, as well as text about Shafilea Ahmed, the 17-year-old British-Pakistani woman who was murdered by her parents in 2004. Bleak but powerful work by Leo Burnett Change. ECD: Justin Tindall; Creatives: Darren Keff, Philip Meyler; Photographer: Erin Mulvehill; Design: Tim Fletcher.