Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Cover Wars: Doutzen Kroes by Lachlan Bailey for Muse Fall 2011

Doutzen Kroes by Lachlan Bailey

This is such a beautiful cover. Its simple, gorgeous and striking.
I was re-watching episodes of The City the other day, and for the Fergie cover of Elle, Joe Zee was saying that to choose a cover picture, you need something that will make consumers stop at the newsstand and pick up your magazine. Oddly enough that's stuck with me. I think this cover achieves that perfectly. It's beautiful and I wish I could get a copy.

Monday, 26 September 2011

On the Streets for Fashion

Found this on the cut today and it thoroughly terrified me. 
Of course I saw this after I spent 2 hours in my photojournalism class being told that it could take me two years to find a job after graduation.
yay! * unenthusiastic wave*
Is it too late to be an accountant?

Portfolio: Emerson Elephant

I covered a concert at the Middle East Club last night for my Magazine Workshop class, and I got this awesome shot of Emerson bassist Chis La Rocque. Timing is everything!

Also, isn't his elephant tattoo the coolest? I didn't notice it until I was editing the shot. I've been wanting an elephant tattoo. Elephants.... :)

Friday, 23 September 2011

Fashion Finds: Models in New York

via life+times

I love this so much it isn't funny. This week's Fashion Find is a model filled lip dub of Jay-Z's Empire State of mind. This is why I'm so desperate to get to NY! It's the feeling you get when you know you're closing in on your dreams.

An ode to New York City starring: Selita Ebanks, Karlie Kloss, Constance Jablonski, Jourdan Dunn, Daphne Groeneveld, Edita Vilkeviciute, Hailey Clauson, Josephine Skriver, Zuzanna Bijoch, Shu Pei, Kristina Salinovic, Martha Streck, Toni Garrn, R'el Dade, Andi Muise, Ataui Deng, Chantal Stafford-Abbot, Kelsey Rogers, Ashton Phillips, Fabiana Mayer, Sabrina Nait, Sydney Edmonds, Claire Collins, Brenda Mutoni, Naoumie Ekiko, Sonia Niekrasz, Paris, Kaitlin, Lina, & Tian.

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Editorial: Doutzen Kroes by Lachlan Bailey for Muse Fall 2011

Doutzen Kroes by Lachlan Bailey

Cat eyes.
I'm into this right now. Almost bought a pair myself the other day, but they were cheap and tacky looking. That being said, this is a beautiful editorial. I've always been a sucker for a good black and white, but I also love Doutzen Kroes' face. She has gorgeous soft features and this bombshell sensibility. It's enticing. She's on my radar.

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Photo of the Day: The Sea

Oh, Scotty. You upset me. 
How could you NOT know who the talented Corinne Baily Rae is?
Shame, shame.

I've loved Corinne for a while now. Her eponymous album was my go to sad song machine for ages. There was period in high school when I would just listen to the album and cry. (Yes, I daresay I was a bit on the dramatic side.) "Til it Happens to You" is still in my most played playlist.
She's an amazing artist, and I can't wait to heat more from her.

Cover Wars: Lara Stone, Abbey Lee Kershaw, Carine Roitfeld and Fei Fei Sun for i-D Magazine Fall 2011

Lara Stone by David Bailey
Fei Fei Sun by Daniel Jackson
Abbey Lee Kershaw by Richard Bush
Carine Roitfeld by Terry Richardson

Some bonus covers for a dreary, rainy Boston Tuesday.

Cover Wars: Joan Smalls by Karim Sadli for The Last Magazine

Joan Smalls by Karim Sadli

I love magazine covers that opt for a simpler design. Article tags are fun and all, but I love covers like these that emphasize the cover shot.

Sunday, 18 September 2011

Editorial: Karlie Kloss by Gabrielle Revere for LIFE Magazine

Karlie Kloss by Gabrielle Revere

I haven't posted about Karlie Kloss in ages, but I'm so glad that I came across this LIFE editorial. Karlie is still one of my favourite models, and I love her look. She's like a porcelain doll, and I love the way she reads as so delicate, but keeps a hint of toughness in her face. She's a talented model, and I'm excited to work with her at some point my career.

Friday, 16 September 2011

Fashion Finds: THE HUB Magazine Issue II: Re-engineering 'The Last Supper'

For this week's fashion find, I present to you a behind the scenes video of The HUB Magazine's Issue 2 shoot featuring Trinidadian model Michelene Auguste . The video description says it all, but i'll still reproduce the copy below:

"THE HUB Magazine recreated a number of iconic paintings from the Renaissance era using high-fashion for it's second Issue. This behind-the-scenes look at the re-engineering of Leonardo da Vinci's 'The Last Supper' gives you some idea of the time and effort that was required to complete the double-page spread."

Do enjoy! :D

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Model of the Moment: Sasha Pivovarova

Sasha Pivovarova by Agata Pospieszynska 

This week's model of the moment is Sasha Pivovarova. One of my personal favourite faces, Sasha is known for having covered Vogue Italia 5 times. She has also graced the covers of the Australian, Russian and British editions of Vogue.

Over the span of her career, Sasha has walked for numerous designers including the likes of Chanel, Jean Paul Gaultier, Rodarte, Christian Dior, Valentino and Elie Saab.

Currently represented by IMG in New York, Sasha is also an artist. She is currently collaborating with designer Muiccia Prada to produce a book of her own artwork, and is also illustrating a book of Russian fairy tales for Karl Lagerfeld.

Sasha will be making her acting debut in the thriller In Time starring Justin Timberlake and Amanga Seyfried. (And the trailer looks amazing so I'm definitely going to go see it!)

What I love about Sasha is the way she manages to convey so much emotion in her photographs. She is a strong and versatile model, and that's always something that benefits the industry.

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Cover Wars: Kreyshawn by George Harvey for i-D Pre-Fall 2011

via ONTD
Kreyshawn by George Harvey

Even though I'm not a fan of Kreyshawn, I have to say that this is my favourite of all the i-D pre-fall covers. I love the colours and the styling, and I'm really attracted to her "look" in this weird way. Her music is awful, but I see her becoming one to watch in the fashion world.

I bought this issue on Saturday specifically because they still had copies of her cover. But OMG, $12 for a magazine. You better believe a subscription is worth it! yikes!

Anyway, I've decided I'm limiting my magazine consumption for the while, but I can't wait to delve into this issue. i-D always has some of my favourite editorials, and I'd really like to do some work for them some day. Do enjoy.

Monday, 12 September 2011

NYFW: Jason Wu S/S12 RTW

via nymag
Favourites from Jason Wu S/S'12 RTW
see the full collection here.

Loving the colours and the wispy feel. The collection makes me think of dainty ladies, but translated into a more modern look.

NYFW: United Bamboo S/S12 RTW

via nymag
favourites from United Bamboo S/S'12 RTW
see the full collection here.

I'm definitely loving the menswear inspired separates. Neutral colours are always a staple, and I like all the pieces can be appropriate in a lot of different situations. I also love how slick all the models look.

Sound Off: A Note On Blog Photography

There is something about blogs like 5 inch and up, The Sartorialist, Jak&Jil, and fashiontoast that keeps me coming back for more. I mentioned it a little while ago in a previous post, and I was thinking about it again earlier this week: When it comes to blogging, photography is key.

Of all the blogs I mentioned above, I read exactly none of them on a regular basis. New posts turn up in my feed reader, and it takes me all of 10 minutes to get through all of them. The truth is, the words very rarely interest me. The photography is what draws me in day after day, even though I can't even begin to relate to the super busy, super fashionable lifestyle of each blogger.

To me, that's exactly what speaks to the power of a photograph. As a fashion photography blogger, I have a slightly different focus than most of the blogs that I read, and the bloggers that I interact with. I'm not looking for tips on how to dress or how to make my manicure last. I'm looking for photographs that inspire, and make me want to work harder at my craft.

It seems like a little thing: a street style blog, or a personal style diary. But day after day, it's the photos that engage the readers, and keep them coming back. It's that visual element of the story that helps readers to connect to a blogger's story, and feel like they are privy to their life experiences. 

A great blog should be memorable not just for it's written content, but also for it's strong and consistent photography. Crisp images that tell a story in a way that words never could. My favourite blogs are the ones that I don't have to read. The ones where the words are simply supplementary. Of course, each reader/blogger has a different preference; I'm looking for the blogs that make me sit and take in the lives  of the people behind them and piece together their lives from the slivers of captured moments. 

In my opinion, the strongest blogs have strong visual content. They leave a picture in the mind of their readers that makes them remember that particular little space on the internet.  I'm hoping to become one of those blogs. 

Sunday, 11 September 2011

NYFW: Project Runway Final Collections

via nymag

The final collections are here! I'm so excited to find out who the winner is and I positively can't wait for the season finale in October. I've been so Project Runway heavy in the last few weeks, but I couldn't resist posting the pictures.

All the designers who were on the show as of last Thursday's episode presented collections, and I have to say, they're pretty good. From the photos alone, my pick for top 3 are Laura Kathleen, Anthony Ryan and Anya. Those three were the stand outs, and really look like they were given the attention of someone still in the competition.

At first glance, I think I may have liked Anthony Ryan's the best. His models looked chic and beautiful, and the colour combinations he chose were exquisite. I also loved the way he played with shapes and silhouettes, and tried to find a new way to frame the body. His styling was great and the (painted on?) blue bracelet was genius. The collection was obviously well thought out and had a strong sense of visual continuity. 

Of course, I don't know what transpired between when last thursday's episode was taped and friday morning, so it's entirely possible that weaker designers found their strength later on in the competition.

One thing that I loved/noticed about all the designers, (or should I say Project Runway?) is that they all seemed to used a fairly wide range of ethnicities in their models. There were Asian and black models, and a few even looked Hispanic. I really appreciated that these shows at least tried to reflect a wider range of women.

After the jump you'll find my favourite looks from each of the remaining designer's collections. Click through each link to see the entire collections for yourself. 

And lastly, do you watch Project Runway? Who's your favourite designer so far? From the collections, who do you think will win? Sound off in the comments below, and don't forget to vote for you fan favourite over on lifetime.

Saturday, 10 September 2011

Campaign: Dorith Mous by Lutske Veenstra for Maison du Posh Fall 2011

Dorith Mous by Lutske Veenstra

I'm not usually huge on campaigns, but I love this. The styling is impeccable and I love the mood of the entire thing. The opaque effect adds really nice details, and it makes the entire thing just a little bit dark, without being depressing. It's great work and definitely something I want to emulate.