The mediums of fashion and film have been colliding in recent years as a way for brands to deliver their message. Think Prada's recent animated "Fallen Shadows" and "Trembled Blossosms" short films directed by James Lima. And now SHOWstudio has partnered with Alexander McQueen and Puma to create "Raw Power," a competition inspired by Nick Knight's "Crane Vs Tiger" image for the brand. SHOWstudio is challenging a new generation of filmmakers to collaborate in creating video material inspired by the new iconic image. Contestants will be able to download video footage from the Alexander McQueen Puma "Crane Vs Tiger" shoot and together with music tracks creatively combine their own imagery to produce a short film. The ultimate goal? To showcase the Raw Power of the Spring/Summer 2010 Alexander McQueen Puma collection. The film will be judged by Nick Knight and Alexander McQueen and the winning filmmaker will be invited to direct the Alexander McQueen Puma Spring/Summer 2010 art movie. The movie will debut on major fashion websites and in key boutiques and department stores worldwide in Jan 2010. Be sure to check the SHOWstudio website for more details. Video footage will be available to download from July 10 through October 12, 2009.
Farrah Fawcett is the undisputed sex symbol of the 70's.
Her vivacious smile, athletic zeal and natural sex appeal made her the woman all women wanted to be. The Texas native hit megastardom with her role as Jill Munroe on "Charlie's Angels" and the iconic swimsuit poster released during the show's first season made her a household name. It has since sold over 12 million copies making it the best selling pin-up poster of all the time. Her signature blond, feathered do - copied by women worldwide - became the look of the decade. Farrah went on to more serious roles with acclaimed reviews on "The Burning Bed," "Extremities," and "The Apostle." But her one season on "Charlie's Angels" and legendary pin-up poster catapulted the actress to legendary style status. The hit tv show was certainly a defining memory growing up in the 70s. Without a doubt I had to tune in to watch Kate Jackson, Jacklyn Smith and Farrah - role models on how to be beautiful, smart and take on the bad guys. Female empowerment for a new generation! Farrah remains a defining image of American pop culture and an inspiration to many with her determination to fight cancer. The actress passed on June 25 after a long battle with the disease, but we will always remember her big smile, legendary locks and iconic style.
The world is grieving the loss of Michael Jackson.
But his legacy will live on in his music, his videos and his sense of style. This "Thriller" anniversary video shows highlights from his career and the mass hysteria around Jackson and his break out album. Music legends including Quincy Jones, Mary J. Blige and Beyonce dish on Jackson and his legendary career. "Billie Jean" is certainly one of my clearest memories of Jackson mania and his riveting dance moves. Predicting a mass fashion revival of MJ's style now that the King of Pop has passed on - sequin jackets, the "Beat It" jacket, cropped pants, loafers and a white glove anyone?
It's no secret that shoulders are fashion's obsession for Fall, but this uber-glam ad for Dolce & Gabbana surpasses all my fur-obsessed fashion fantasies. (Think Margiela hair coat!!) The ad campaign shot by Steven Klein just launched this week.
You know, stacks of magazines in my office, an overflowing bookcase at home and then some. Sometimes I am successful at purging and other times I just can't seem to let them go. OK, I admit it. I'm a fan of glossies - I love seeing the fashion editorial in print. And I use them for research - really, I do!! But then I think, is it really worth it to keep them because them seem to be taking over. When I saw this image of Karl Lagerfeld's photo studio and library featured on purple-diary, the answer is clear. Higher ceilings and taller bookcases!!
Do you think you have the right blend of innovation along with artistic, technical and commerical ability?
If so, consider entering the 12th Annual Avant Guardian Project.
Surface Magazine passionately supports emerging talents in art, architecture, design and fashion, exposing the forefront of our visual culture. Originally conceived twelve years ago as a tool to seek out and celebrate budding stars in commercial photography, the Avant Guardian Project serves as an unprecedented promotional outlet for American photographers.
The judges will select a handful of the most promising and distinctive talent. Winners of the competition have their work featured in a blowout fashion spread - The Avant Guardian Portfolio, in Surface's popular November Avant Guardian issue. The issue, along with the Avant Guardian Project's most visually arresting images are celebrated and showcased in a compelling gallery-like installation at our New York City gala.
Submissions will be judged on four criteria:
- technical skill
- innovation of approach
- artistic concept
- market potential
Past Avant Guardian Projects have included more than 120 top photographers including, KT Autela, Clang, and Vanina. Also, past Avant Guardian Projects have gone on to be represented by top agents from Art+Commerce to Art Partners and shoot for French, American and Italian Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, The New York Times Magazine and more.
On June 17 A MAGAZINE launched A#9 curated by the New York design duo of Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCullough at Pitti Uomo in Florence. Coinciding with the magazine launch, Proenza Schouler was honored as a special guest at Pitti W_WOMAN No4. The designers presented their first ever pre-season collection and their first ever show outside the United States. To read about the revelry which include a special performance by New York Underground sensation, The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black, go to the magazine's new A BLOG which also launched last week. You can also read an exclusive interview with Proenza Schouler and more about the "Made in the USA" issue curated by the designers which focuses on today's independent creative spirit in America. The art and fashioncentric tome only publishes semi-annually, so be sure to pick up this issue fast. But if you have missed one, no need to worry. Each past issue will be released online month-by-month over the next ten months. A MAGAZINE CURATED BY JUN TAKAHASHI will launch this month followed by A MAGAZINE CURATED BY HAIDER ACKERMANN in July. Issues curated by Yohji Yamamoto, Maison Martin Margiela, Martine Sitbon, Veronique Branquinho, Kris Van Assche and Riccardo Tisci to follow.
Recently, I styled the Goldsign Holiday lookbook. It was an exciting project and a rare opportunity to work with Adriano Goldschmied. I spent a day working with the designer to style the look for the new collection which debuted during market. Goldschmied is "The" innovator in denim and when you see the thigh-high jeans pictured, you understand why. Definitely one of my favorite pieces from the collection - it's just the kind of editorial piece that stylist's kill for!!! And Fashionista agrees (see the article below). But there's more......the collection also includes super-stretch acid-wash denim jeans, baggy boyfriend styles and skin-tight denim leggings in an array of colors. Stay tuned for more images from behind-the-scenes on the shoot, but for now, here is the write-up from Fashionista.
"With strategic sex appeal, these modern one-pieces reveal less, but still radiate heat,"
Summer is here and the forecast for swimwear is extra hot!
Here are images from Surface featuring the "Modesty Blaze" editorial which I styled for the Art & Design issue. We traveled to Joshua Tree, California to shoot the spread on architect Robert Stone's property. The shoot includes swimwear by OMO Norma Kamali, Stella McCartney, Herve Leger, C&M Camilla and Marc and Emilio Pucci.