York on ads: No 16: L'Oreal conditioner
'Now, for fantastic looking hair,' says the voice- over. Both the model and the director work hard to really deliver on this strategy in the most literal way possible. Over-deliver, in fact, because one's first impression is that the whole thing is supposed to be some kind of joke. If it weren't for the model's unmistakable, Manhattan-style, Amazon perfection (seen, of course, in close-up) you'd think it was that French and Saunders being funny again. But the fact is that not a single whiff of British irony has been allowed to infect the pure air of this commercial. After all, the French cosmetic house L'Oreal is not known for its humour.
McCann Erickson made this commercial for L'Oreal International Command in Germany; it was then presumably OK'd in Paris and released to bear all before it in the colonies, a commando initiative from Beauty World.
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