Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Japanese Vogue

I am really quite smitten with the Japanese Vogue site right now. They have some really stunning shoots and I've picked some of my favourite to share with you on here. 


PHOTOGRAPHED BY PIERPAOLO FERRARI STYLED BY GIOVANNA BATTAGLIA

This next shoot is named Couture to Adore, and my oh my do I adore it. Styled by Anna Dello Russo who I simply idolise. 


PHOTOGRAPHED BY PATRICK DEMARCHELIER, STYLED BY ANNA DELLO RUSSO






I am a real fan of shoots based outdoors, of course no one looks this flawless while lying down in fields and most people would scream if their clothing came into contact with dewy grass. I can dream though. 


PHOTOGRAPHED BY SØLVE SUNDSBØ STYLED BY GEORGE CORTINA
Living in the Caribbean during my holidays has made me a massive fan of all things island life. The sun, the sea, the sand and the bight prints that people associate with this part of the world. 


PHOTOGRAPHED BY TOMMY TON STYLED BY AURORA SANSONE
I genuinely rock around wishing that my barnet looked this good and have a stomach that flat. Jealousy isn't pretty but this final shoot is. 


PHOTOGRAPHED BY HANS FEURER STYLED BY HEATHERMARY JACKSON
I really do recomend that people follow Japanese Vogue, download it, translate it or just follow their online site. Be smitten with international fashions, they deserve a hell of a lot more recognition. 

Saturday, 28 July 2012

Iris Van Herpen: Take Two

You may remember a previous post I did on Iris Van Herpen, begging the question - who is she? At the time little was known about the designer, who debuted her first collection at Couture Week in Paris. Back then I couldn't even find out where she came from or if she had a website, thankfully now I know both. You can find out more about the Dutch designer on her website.

Her designs are futuristic and offered inspired by architecture and art, it appears that with each collection her confidence in what she constructs is growing. The structure of her creations defy gravity and consistently stun critics with their exquisite attention to detail. 

I can hardly wait to see what she creates next, it appears that with each collection the distance between art and fashion is diminishing. 

S/S 2011

S/S 2012

A/W 2011

A/W 2011

A/W 2011

A/W 2012

A/W 2012

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Rick Genest

Yes in fashion terms he is old news, yet I still have a weird fascination with him. Maybe it's because I have tattoos myself, I have considered how this may affect my career in an industry that is obsessed with looks and appearance. It is therefore reassuring that the fashion community took such a shine to Rick Genest. Below are a few of his best fashion moments. 


 Rick Genest and Andrej Pecij in one photo, how could I not have known that this existed?


Monday, 23 July 2012

The Best of V Magazine

I love V Magazine, I really do. What I love more than the content though is the covers. They are constantly of the highest standard and if I had the money I would buy them all up. For now however here are my top 10. They include, in my opinion, the most talented models, actresses and musicians. Each woman is a strong role model and brings something unique to their line of work.  
The styling and photography are consistently flawless and my personal favourite is of Agnes Deyn, the simplicity compliments her natural beauty and creates a minimal yet effective cover.  
  
      Agnes Deyn



Natalie Portman
Claudia Schiffer
Gisele Bundchen
Selma Hayek

Gwen Stefani

Natasha Polly
Christy Turlington
Gwyneth Paltrow
Beyoncé Knowles

Sunday, 22 July 2012

Eleven Paris


Don't ask me where the name came from, I just don't know. What is exciting for me about the up and coming Parisian label is who they have as the faces of the campaign. None other than Iggy Pop and Daisy Lowe. They are two people I really wish that I could meet. Daisy Lowe has been one of my favourite models since she fronted a campaign for Agent Provocateur and stepped out one night wearing nothing but tights and one of their leotards. Trust me, not many people can pull that off. Iggy Pop is a legend in his own right, at 65 he is no where near slowing down. I saw him play at Download festival a few years ago now and he commanded the stage, together with Lowe, they balance each other out in the photos and compliment each others musical roots.





I am particularly smitten with their woman's wear. Below is a selection of my favourite pieces from the site. 


Skull Detail Dress


Will Smith - Life Is A Joke Tee


Tie-Dye Trousers

Check out Eleven Paris and their site here.

Saturday, 21 July 2012

Forever Free

I first came across Forever 21 when I was in Bahrain, before all the politics went tits up. They certainly did not have the allure of a fresh faced model and a colossal store on Oxford Street, but now they have stepped up their game.

I am overwhelmingly smitten with Forever 21 for signing Charlotte Free to their campaign. It's been out a month and I still can't deal with how much I love her as a model. So for those of you, like myself, who would rather just stare at great shoots instead of read about how clever they layout is - enjoy.




Superstar Fashion Network

This is really quite exciting. Today I have started, along with many other fashion bloggers, posting for the Superstar Fashion Network Facebook page. It has almost 36,000 dedicated followers and over 50,000 on Twitter. I'm looking forward to posting for them and spreading the word about designers, models, photographers and artists that I love.

My second image for the page was this, taken in 2009 for Japanese Vogue. I can't wait to keep posting for the site. You can follow the Superstar Fashion Network on Twitter at @superstaronline and via Facebook by following this link https://www.facebook.com/superstarfashionnetwork


Jalouse

The first time I ever went to Paris I was sixteen and ran out of money. I had enough left to buy a copy of Jalouse magazine and have been in love with it ever since. I now have each edition posted over and although the text is completely wasted on me (seven years of studying French amounted to nothing) however the stunning spreads are not.

A shoot with Cara Delevingne back in February of this year has to be one of my favourites to date. We are used to seeing her looking perfectly polished in Burberry adverts, so to see her in a wide array of colours with a take on youthful styles is refreshing for a younger audience.

Jalouse has a talent for keeping their style simple but with a certain impact, it goes to show that you don't need elaborate locations or an astronomical budget to create and eye catching spread.





Saturday, 14 July 2012

Berlin

I have a real urge to go on a city break, after downloading the teNeues apps on my iPad the world is really at my fingertips and all I want to do is jump on a plane. It's quite appalling that you can get return flights from London to almost any city in Europe from £30, and I've never taken advantage of it. 

The top of my list is Berlin. I've never been to Germany, a country with so many beautiful cities and a wealth of history and it has never been anywhere that I have considered. The COOL BERLIN app tells you all the highlights and hotspots within the city, including hotels, restaurants, bars, galleries, clubs, shopping and music venues.

All budgets are covered and accomodated for, one hotel that caught my attention was the Michelberger, located in the Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg (yes I have tried to say it, and yes it was a failure) district. The 119 room establisment is a cross between an eclectic hotel and a high end youth hostel. The rooms are reasonable and cater for single travelers to large groups, with well designed rooms that accommodate all tastes.

Exterior of the Michelberger
The Loft room is perfect for couples or a group of three who want a relaxed base for trawling round the city. With it's raised King-size bed and the option of a pull out sofa, the airy room is a student traveller's dream. A two night stay on a weekend in winter is set to cost you £172.98 to be split by all occupants.

The Loft
I've kept my search area to the Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg area, I figure a first time trip to Berlin ought to not be too ambitious, seeing as the only phrase I know in German is about cats on window sills.

A restaurant called the Brooklyn Beef Club came to my attention. You just cannot go wrong with a good steak and a restaurant that servers a selection of 150 whiskeys and New York Cheesecake. With a 7,0oz Fillet Mignon coming in at 39€, it isn't cheap but the online recommendations make it worth the price.

Another restaurant/bar that has caught my eye is Solar. Renowned for its outstanding view across Berlin, a glass elevator takes bar goers to the 16th floor where they can sip their beverages while taking in the skyline. With a large selection of drinks, food and live music on the top floor, I know this is somewhere I can't afford to miss.


There are so many shops and galleries that are worth commenting on but I will blog about these after a little more research into what looks to be a spectacular trip.

All images taken from prospective websites.