Saturday, July 30, 2011

Stine Ladefoged SS11 - Imaginery

Make up: Simon Rihana (
Photographer: Paw Ager (
Model: Camilla Lemb

Make up: Simon Rihana (
Photographer: Paw Ager (
Model: Camilla Lemb


Tabernacle Twins AW11


Desigual Partner with Lacroix in 'Dream'

Emerging from their mutual admiration and respect for their respective creative universes, the design team of DESIGUAL and Mr LACROIX have decided to work together to creat some special garments have been combined for the first time with the DESIGUAL AW11 collection - DREAM - a prelude of things to come in Summer 2012.

"It's about joining our hearts, minds and creativity in a single project.  This first encounter will reveal all the good things we can achieve together.  We love the whole idea, even before starting it"  -- Desigual Creative Team.

Check out their video ... what do you think???

Desigual by Lacroix is now available to buy online at

Friday, July 29, 2011

United Nude Opens London's Covent Garden Store

 UNITED NUDE, founded by architect Rem D Koolhaas and seventh generation shoemaker Galahad Clark opened their first standalone UK store in London's Covent Garden on 20th July, 2011.

The characteristics of the brand's products and DNA are also evident in the interior design of the Floral Street store designed by Creative Director and Architect Rem D Koolhaas.  The store located on 13 Floral Street uses the classic UNITED NUDE "dark-shop" concept where the store is darkened out and product is showcased and highlighted using "The Wall of Light", a computer LED wall displaying UNITED NUDE products as works of art encapsulated by geometric frames.

From injection-molded shoes to high-end carbon fibre heels, UNITED NUDE is a brand founded on conceptual design, elegance and innovation.  Along with the brand's current collection, the store offers a chance to view elements of UNITED NUDE's Lo Res project with mock ups of the Lamborghini's produced for the project and the newly released Lo Res chair.


GIVENCHY: Call to the Wild Signature VGV 782 Specs

Fashion house Givenchy introduces the "Panther" collection, featuring signature VGV 782 specs.  These gorgeous cat eye glasses are feminine, yet edgy, and features embellishment on the temple.  I love these, check them out! 

Mmmm, now which colour to choose ....

Saturday, July 16, 2011

HELEN RODEL: Editorial Estudos MMXI (2011)

Based in Porto Alegre, Brazil, Helen Rodel's work is a fusion of the past and the future with a foundation in craftmanship.   Here is a selection from her Editorial Estudos MMXI collection.


 "I bring handmades almost as a symbol. The proposition is to provide a new view to ancient and widespread techniques."


"I see the brand as I see myself. My beliefs are imprinted on everything I consider beautiful. My fashion has universal virtues - I’m human and there are no boundaries."




photos by Matthew Brindle

The collaboration between Long Clothing and Boy London continues with an exclusive design for Medicom Toys.

photos by Matthew Brindle

The LONG X BOY BE@RBRICK sits alongside fashion label BAPE as one of the 'secrets' in the 22nd Series of BE@RBRICK celebrating their 10th anniversary.

The release also coincides with the launch of the first official Boy London website:


Thursday, July 14, 2011

An Interview with Photographer Thomas Sing

Thomas Sing Self Portrait

Thomas Sing's photography has a poetic quality to it and it's certainly not difficult to see how his aesthetic has put him in demand.  Please enjoy this interview as we take a look at his thoughts on photography and what drives him ....

Where are you currently based?
In Augsburg, Germany, that's a 30 minutes drive from Munich. I have my studio there in the industry area.

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
In a hotel probably! I love to travel for my job and I really enjoy being on the road all the time.  I like it when I get up in the morning and have to think a moment about where I am right now.  Basically I'm a big city guy.  The bigger the better.  I'm often in Italy, I speak Italian & love Italian food, so Milan would be an option.  I think I'd feel good there.  And not to forget, Italians are always dressed well.  London and New York would be great too, but my clients are mainly based in central Europe at the moment.

How would you describe your aesthetic?
Some time ago I had a piece of paper attached to the wall in front of my desk with some handwritten thoughts on photography.  I remember this one:  "Every good picture should contain at least one element that could be substituted by a razor blade." 
I'm infuenced a lot by French philosophy, esp. Georges Bataille's and Roland Barthes'.  Bataille describes 'communication' not as a transmission of information between two people, but as an 'inner experience' during which the frontiers between two people are collapsing for a moment.  Applied to photography, Bataille's view corresponds with Barthes' concept of the 'punctum', which is the one element of an image that touches you, moves you, hits you like an arrow.  It's the one thing that you can't really analyze in the picture.  You just know (or feel) that the picture affects you somehow, but you don't know why.  It's often difficult or even impossible to identify the element that makes you faill into an image, and it can be (or will be) a different element in the same image for every person who's looking at it.  That's what's making it difficult and interesting at the same time.  You can't fully plan a perfect picture.  This means for my daily work that I try not to over-style, over-conceptualize my shoots.  The direction must be clear, but there has to be enough space for coincidences.  I don't like super-sharp hyper-retouched pictures, they're only awesome if done with an ironic twist and by masters like, eg. Ines & Vinoodh or LaChapelle.

a 2011 choreography by Stephen Delattre

Where did your love of photography come from?
I think what always fascinated me most in photography is the fact that you can create messages, reactions and feelings beyond language.  You can describe a picture, but only to a certain extent.  The picture is just there, you see it and get it all within some milliseconds.  It also has to do with those direct aesthetics of the image that I was talking about before:  a good picture has this 'reality effect', even when it's evident that it is stages, eg. in fashion photography;  it creates a possible world of which the image itself is the centre, but it goes far beyond its borders.  I think Walter Benjamin's 'tiger's leap' (for him one of fashion's main characteristics:  the signs of bygone ages or distant cultures in current clothes) is also valid for photography.

What do you love most about what you do?
I'm always surrounded by crazy, creative and interesting people and I'm coming around a lot.  Every job is a new challenge - What could you wish more?

If you weren't a photographer, you'd be a …
literary scholar ;) – I was teaching part-time at the University of Augsburg until summer 2010 when I decided to quit and back all on fashion photography.  I'm a self-taught photographer.  After my degree in literature, philosophy & psychology in 2004, I started to earn some first bucks with my pictures, but it wasn't enough to make a living.  So I started teaching courses like advertising, fashion theory, and so on.  Last year my jobs became too demanding to continue both of them.  At this time I had some good fashion jobs and was on the other hand quite frustrated by the academic approach of analyzing everything over and over, I couldn't imagine to go on reading and writing books full-time for the rest of my life, so the choice was quite easy.

What inspires you?
I still get most inspirations from books. I have put together a nice little library over the years, and there are quite a lot of books which I really love. Often it's just a small paragraph or just a sentence or verse that fascinates me and gives me the idea for a photo shoot.

Who are your favourite contemporary fashion photographers, why?
Steven Meisel: I think he's working as close at the heart of fashion as you can get. I especially loved this spread shot in a mental sanatory and his oil-spill editorial.  Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin for their trans-medial approach which is exploring and widening the boundaries of both photography and fashion in this unique
ironical way without being 'constructed' or over-conceptual.
Tim Walker for his magical realism.

Which magazines do you shoot for?
I got published in, Schön!, MC, Dimension, MOCK, and a couple of national ones.  Right now I have some pictures online on Vogue Italia's new “PhotoVogue” section. magazine #26 (2011)

What's your most favourite shoot to date?
The spread for the current issue #26 of magazine with dancer Stephen Delattre.  He's coming over for a photo shoot at least once a year, and we never have a big concept, just a rough sketch of what we want to do.  So when he arrived in my studio last year, I wanted to test some new lighting techniques. Chiara styled him and we let him dance.  I had no idea what the pictures would look like, and was totally overwhelmed by the outcome.  Most people thought these pics were complex photoshop mashups, but in fact there was never a shoot that was retouched less.

Portfolio Cover

I've read that you're a bit of a workaholic. What drives you?
First, I love my job, so it's not too diffcult to work almost all the time.  Photography is a constant search for me, and life is too short to loose time... In my 'past-life' in humanities, my theories were always miles ahead of my actual practical skills, so what drives me still is most probably a constant dissatisfaction and this need to improve with every new shoot.

What are you working on at the moment?
I've just shot a big free project using a lot of butterfies for the styling and make-up. It was inspired by the fashion of the 90s, especially Alexander McQueen, with a strong focus on the beginnings of modernity, but from a 2011-perspective.  It took me one year from the very first idea to the actual shoot.  Now I hope I'll find a good magazine to publish it.

Do you have a muse?
My partner Chiara Padovan. We're working together from the very beginning, and there's not one job or shoot in all these years that I've done alone. We're doing most of the concepts together, she's something like my creative director and a great stylist. And she's far better in retouching pictures than I am.

If you could photograph anyone at all, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
Right now I'd love to photograph Andrej Pejic because I like androgynous guys. Give me some time ;D

Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?
My recent success in fashion photography came quite suddenly. So I hope in 5 years I'll be regularly shooting for big magazines and brands.

2010 Editorial

What advice would you give someone wanting to get into the field of photography?
1.: Specialize. Try everything a bit until you've found what you like most, but then just go for it. For me it was fashion, I wouldn't be good at e.g. shooting architecture or cars.
2.a: If you have rich parents, read on at point 3.
2.b: Find a job! I mean a job which brings you money while you build your portfolio, because with your photos you won't earn enough at the beginning. Maybe it will be enough to buy you some food, but never enough to buy cameras, lenses and quality lighting equipment.
3.: Socialize! Twitter and Facebook are nice, but your potential clients exist in the real world. Go and fnd them!

For more information, please visit his website ...


Wednesday, July 13, 2011

For The Boys: Yuima Nakazato 2011

 Moving forward into the future with Yuima Nakazato's menswear collection from Tokyo Fashion Week ...


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