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White Dress Takes a 50 Year Journey of Love Back to its Former Glory

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Emotive Vanish spot from Havas London shows how clothes can last a lifetime if cared for properly

White Dress Takes a 50 Year Journey of Love Back to its Former Glory

RB laundry booster brand Vanish has unveiled an emotive marketing campaign to launch the new gel variant of its Gold Crystal White fabric whitener and stain remover. Love Your Whites for Longer, devised by creative agency Havas London, dramatises the product’s remarkable whitening and stain removal ability through the generation-spanning journey of one garment, a simple white dress, and the life of its owner.

Opening on a young couple dancing in the rain at music festival in the 70s, the film proceeds through some of the major moments in their life together – from the birth of their children and family holidays through hugging the kids goodbye as they leave home – before returning to the same couple, now in old age, dancing together again at their golden wedding anniversary. In each scene, the woman – played throughout her life by three different actors – is wearing the same dress, which over time has faded to a dull grey before being restored to its original glory using Vanish.

It is accompanied by the message ‘Over time your clothes loose their brightness. Brighten up your whites by 10 shades’ and ends with the line ‘Clothes live longer with Vanish’. 

The campaign comprises TV and digital executions, with OOH to follow later in the year. It was created by Chico Barrera and Diogo Abrantes, creatively directed by Elliot Harris and Rob Potts and directed by Matt Rhodes through Papaya Films.

Elliot, RB global executive creative director and creative partner at Havas London says: “This brand has a natural purpose in the time of fast fashion and growing environmental concern. That is to help clothes live longer lives, reducing the amount we send to landfill every year. Rather than lecture people, we decided to show them through an epic love story, and there’s a serious message at the heart of this feel-good spot.”

Ruxandra Ionescu, category manager at RB adds: “It’s true: you aren’t resigned to your favourite whites fading away to a dull and disappointing shade of grey. The brightening agents in Vanish Gold Crystal White ensure whiter whites – by 10 shades – in just one wash, allowing you to keep on wearing the clothes you love for as long as you love them.”

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Client: Vanish (Reckitt Benckiser)

Category Manager: Ruxandra Ionescu 

Senior Brand Manager: Alexia Theocharis 

Marketing Executive: Will Salt


Creative Agency: Havas London

RB Global Executive Creative Director & Creative Partner: Elliot Harris

Creative Partner: Rob Potts 

Copywriter: Diogo Abrantes

Art director: Chico Barrera


Managing Partner: Ainhoa Wadsworth 

Business Director: Carolyn Young 

Account Director: James Johnstone 

Senior Account Manager: Ciaran Macwhite 


Head of Strategy (RB): Chantelle Begley 

Group Strategy Director: Becky Taylor-Wilkinson 

Strategist: Oliver Stogdale 


Executive Agency Producers: Louise Bonnar, Charlotte Lawrence 

Agency producer (film): Stephanie Cleak, Adam Henderson

Agency producer (print): Janet Berry, Matthew King 


Production company: Papaya

Executive Producer: Wojtek Skiba

Producer: Rupert Greaves

Director: Matt Rhodes

DoP: Luke Scott

Editor: Russel Oxenden


Post-production: Absolute

VFX Supervisor: David Smith

Lead Flame Artist: Ben Robards

Nuke Artist: Lucas Warren

Lead CG Artist: James Coore

Houdini Artist: Ameen Abbas

Colourist: Matt Turner

Post Producer: Jenna Le Noury


Soundtrack composer: Nick Rapaccioli

Narrator: Annie Hulley

Audio post-production: Tom Lane, Creative Outpost


Media agency: ZenithOptimedia

Genres: People, Fashion & Beauty, Storytelling

Categories: Home, Laundry

Havas UK, Tue, 05 May 2020 11:47:46 GMT