On the Run! Diego S for WWD

Jan 30, 2012

The last few days I've been on the run, since finals have started; that got me thinking a bit about this amazing editorial, shot by Rodolfo Martinez for WWD.
Great fit is crucial when it comes to suits, and Diego S looks great styled by WWD fashion editor Alex Badia in Gucci, Dior Homme and Burberry - leave it to these brands to deliver incredible garments that never disappoint!


Say Hello to a Touch of Yellow!

Jan 29, 2012

Today's inspiration post comes from one of the hottest colors right now, and that's yellow. True, I have cheated a bit and added a whole lot of different shades, from gold to neon/lime-ish, but the photos were so incredibly cool... how could I not?
Color has been a major part of most runway shows the past few seasons and quite frankly I can't believe how much the pop-of-color trend has grown on me!
Take a look at some amazing inspirational photos next:

Things Are Heating Up | Guess by Marciano S/S2012

Jan 27, 2012

While it may be the middle of winter - and snowing for the last couple of days, might I add - Guess by Marciano releases a very hot spring/summer campaign that'll for sure warm you up!
Shot by Hunter & Gatti, the 2012 campaign features models Heidi Lindgren, Klara Wester and Eugen Bauder. The collection, in one word: amazing! I just love all of the fabrics, the color choices (been obsessed with tangerine for quite some time), the prints, the designs, quite frankly everything about it!
Is it just me or are you also craving a swim under the summer sun? Check out more amazing photos, as well as a stunning video next:

Kristen Bell Hates You!

Jan 26, 2012

Kristen Bell is one of the most stunningly beautiful actresses in my opinion. But she is just as straight forward as she is gorgeous.
In her recent interview with Mui-Hai Chu for Flaunt magazine, Kristen showed she's not afraid to say what she really thinks without sugar coding anything. Looks like the actress really manages to bring out her sexy side! ...not that that would be a hard thing to do.
Read about what Kirsten had to say and take a look at some more amazing photos shot by Steven Gomillion and Dennis Leupold, as well as a making-of video next:

"I would like to be called on my bullshit. [...] I stopped chasing perfection in every definition of the word. In career, in vanity, in anywhere I could apply it. I think perfection is unrealistic and unattainable, and I felt freed when I let myself be who I am. Like, I’m gonna order red velvet pancakes. Life is fucking short and these are delicious."

“We’re hillbillies at heart, and I’m not f–king ashamed of that. You tend to always be prepared for the end. Even if you get out. So, I always assume my career’s going to end tomorrow, you know what I mean? We’re very frugal.” - Kristen on her and her fiance, Dax Shepard

 
"I do interviews like this where I talk about myself for two hours, and it’s f–king nauseating to me. You know what I mean?" - Kristen on promoting her projects

Painfully honest, right? Read the full interview on flaunt.com

Chad White | Cool + Stylish for Sheer Magazine

Jan 25, 2012

I was so used to Chad White's buzz cut that I barely recognized him in this Sheer Magazine photoshoot, he looks so different.
The amazing photos were taken by photographer Ruggero Mengoni and I have to say that I really like the styling choices for the shoot as well - toned down with a pop of color.
Check out all of the photos next:

Lana Del Rey Ain't No Sunshine

Jan 24, 2012

Love her or hate her, Lana Del Ray is a force to be reckoned with! The 25-year-old singer covers the February/March issue of Complex magazine.
Even though I was waiting for Lana's album to come out before writing more about her, I have to admit I found the photography for Complex to be stunningly beautiful and I just had to share!
The photographer, Glynis Selina Arban, definitely deserves a round of applause for a job well done, as does Brad Wete, who wrote an amazing article:

She was born Elizabeth Grant, a small-town girl from Lake Placid, New York. The oldest of three, she sang in church as a child, in the choir during high school, and dropped out of Fordham University as a teen to pursue a career in music.

“If you consider the definition of authenticity, it’s saying something and actually doing it. I write my own songs. I made my own videos. I pick my producers. Nothing goes out without my permission. It’s all authentic.” - Lana Del Ray

I Am Awesome | Simon Nessman for H&M Urban Scene

Canadian model Simon Nessman does a subway station photoshoot for H&M. Featuring clothes from the brand's Spring/Summer collection, the shoot is all about bright, vibrant colors that fit in a strong urban vibe.
It's times like these that I find it ridiculous we're not allowed to take photos in the subway stations of Bucharest.
Check out all of the photos next:


Patterning for Piggy | Project Runway All Stars S01E03 [Review]

Jan 23, 2012

Angela Lindvall is a human Barbie; I actually think she is doing a great job as the host of All Stars - Heidi Klum has some competition! That's pretty much the only thing I liked about the latest episode of Project Runway.
I'm not saying this because I didn't appreciate the designs, but because it was a challenge that just couldn't have a good outcome. The task: designing for an international celebrity - Miss Piggy. Now, I do get the objective was to see how everyone incorporates their own style into the garments and I know there was a season where the designers had to create a Barbie doll outfit, but however, this challenge was doomed from the very beginning. 
There simply was no way any of them could pull this one off, because Miss Piggy's figure and a runway model's figure are two completely different things. When designing, proportion is key, so, in my opinion, what would look stunning on the runway would not be as fabulous on miss Piggy and vice versa.
The designers quickly split up into two categories: the ones using black fabrics and the ones that chose pink. I have absolutely no clue what the ones that selected black were thinking. Cocktail dress appropriate - yes. Miss Piggy appropriate - no.
I think this was actually a great opportunity to go all out and create something larger than life - perhaps Chris March would've shined in this challenge had he been a part of All Stars. There was no limit, really, to how far the contestants could push their designs. However, I do feel that 1day challenges are a poor choice, since it is simply not enough time to create something that has that wow-factor.

On another note, I'm glad to see prison hasn't changed Kenley, who created a very girly, giraffe print dress. She was part of the top three, along with Rami who also went for pink and Michael. The bottom three I had mixed feelings about, because I think many of them had good ideas, and had they been tweaked a bit they could have worked. For example, Mila had great inspiration, and I loved her dress, but for miss Piggy, I think maybe inverting the colors or perhaps using a pink/sparkly fabric (although cheesy) would've been better.
Gordana also created something very pretty, but again, keeping in mind that they were designing for Piggy, she could have given the dress 100% more volume and shorten it to the limit. As for Austin, I fear there was no saving his design; besides the not so good color combination, the only moment in Project Runway history when adding something to the hips was a great choice was during the car parts challenge back in season 5. Remember Leanne's dress? Needless to say, I disagree with the judges. 
Let's just hope the next episode will make up for this one. It's definitely been a bumpy ride with these first episodes.

Song of the Day: Lana Del Rey | Blue Jeans

Jan 20, 2012

Lana Del Rey, although just becoming a part of the mainstream music industry, is already generating a lot of buzz. Truthfully, I believe it's a general consent that she brings something different to the scene, and has a great persona, perhaps more than most artist; she is easy to remember and her songs are definitely very good.
However seeing her perform live (on SNL) was incredibly disappointing, while she did look stunning for head to toe, nothing could conceal her emotions, the vocals were all over the place and it was all just a bit too awkard. I must say I haven't seen something like that since Britney Spears' comeback at the 2007VMAs. So I wonder, is Lana del Rey another manufactured artist, is she really not ready for a major record label or will she get better over time?
That being said, I do like her songs, it's just that perhaps I would've liked a bit more stage presence to make these mixed feelings go away. I leave you with one of Lana's songs, Blue Jeans - it's one of my favorites, and I will most likely review her album, Born to Die, which is going to be released by the end of January.


Inspiring Artwork by Carne Griffiths

Jan 19, 2012

A while ago I discovered a very talented artist from the UK - Carne Griffiths. I find his work visually stunning and - of course - inspiring, the techniques he uses are absolutely amazing. Here's a short bio:
Carne Griffiths’ artwork is born from a love of drawing and the journey of creating an image on the page. Working primarily with calligraphy ink, graphite and liquids, such as tea brandy, vodka and whisky he draws and then manipulates the drawn line. After graduating from Maidstone college of art Carne served an apprenticeship and worked as a gold wire embroidery designer for 12 years, hence floral pattern, repetition and flow play a large part in his work.
I leave you with some of Carne's amazing creations:


Day #4 | Best of Milan Menswear Fashion Week F/W 2012-2013

Jan 18, 2012

Milan Fashion Week wrapped up today with the last runway shows. It's been great seeing all of the designers' creations hit the runways, I think it was definitely an amazing few days.
What I really enjoyed seeing today was Ports 1961's whole vibe, as an architect, I have to say all black is an unspoken uniform - absolutely loved it! Dsquared2 had a pretty cool back-to-school inspired collection, Diesel Black Gold displayed a great use of fabrics and the color choices from Enrico Coveri were fantastic, but I do think the womenswear looks sort of outshied the men's.
Check out some of my favorite looks from the runways next:

Dsquared2

Ports 1961

Taste.IT | The Boys of MFW by Luca Finotti

Jan 17, 2012

Today's unfortunately the last day of Milan Menswear Fashion Week. Gotta say I was incredibly impressed by the runway shows that took place, but those weren't the only thing going on the last few days. Besides a great deal of backstage photos, a lot of other projects took place.
Luca Finotti shot the top models that walked the runway in super slow-motion, for a models.com film called Taste.IT - such a cool concept!
Take a look at the video next:


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