Thursday, April 28, 2011

JANE TAYLOR FOR CHLOÉ

The Prima Ballerina Models the Fashion House’s Ethereal Collection
New York City Ballet principal Janie Taylor road tests Chloé’s dance-inspired spring/summer 2011 collection with choreographer and corps de ballet member Justin Peck in today’s short by director Bon Duke. Set to Philip Glass’s “String Quartet No. 3, 'Mishima': IV. 1962: Body Building," the impassioned routine was conceived by Peck in a bid to capture the multidimensional aspects of the performance on camera. “You always see ballet from the front,” he says. “Here was an opportunity to show it from the side, from the back, from every angle, and create a really unique viewing experience.” Staged at NYCB’s studio at Lincoln Center as part of a fashion shoot for Canada’s The Block Magazine, the film was styled by creative director James Worthington DeMolet, who was adamant about securing Taylor for the project. “I did some serious research because I wanted to work with one of the best dancers in America. I became obsessed with Janie,” he says. Taylor, now 30, has established herself as one of ballet's premier leading ladies in her 14 years with NYCB. Currently she is in rehearsals for the upcoming spring season, beginning in May, though she doesn’t yet know what parts she’ll be dancing. “They like to keep us on our toes,” she says.


Janie Taylor for Chloé on Nowness.com.

OLIVER ROUSTEING - NEW BALMAIN HEAD DESIGNER

After months of waiting of who will replace the designer Christophe Decarnin who had nervous breakdown, the House of Balmain, confirmed that fellow and insider Frenchman Olivier Rousteing is taking over as the Creative Director of the house. He will supervise the design and development of the brand's men's and women's ready-to-wear collections.
Let see if he will continue the sexy rock and roll chic. But I think it is still going to be the same direction knowing luxury companies’ basic formula to success is just to keep doing same thing that sells.


Olivier Rousteing is currently in charge of the Women’s Wear design studio at Balmain, a position he has held since 2009. Before joining Balmain, Rousteing worked for five years at Roberto Cavalli, where he was promoted to the position of Designer for the women’s and men’s ready-to-wear collections. Olivier Rousteing was born in France and raised in Bordeaux. He completed his fashion studies at Paris’s École Supérieure Des Arts Et Techniques De La Mode (ESMOD) in 2003.


BALMAIN

"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2" Trailer

Here's the trailer for the final "Harry Potter" movie, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2" I can't wait to see this.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

INGMAR BERGMAN`S "PERSONA"

Arguably the best minimalist film ever made, “Persona” by Swedish director Ingmar Bergman is currently my favourite movie. The film was released in 1966, and stars Bibi Anderson and Liv Ullmann.
The film has been interpreted in so many ways. Susan Sontag suggested that Persona is constructed as a series of variation on a theme of “doubling”. Some says it is dramatization of psychoanalysis form the patent’s point of view, and some says it shows a very modern psychological vampirism.

The complex film utilizes visual poetry to show elements of drama. Persona begins with images of camera equipment and projectors lighting up and projecting dozens of brief cinematic glimpses, including a crucifixion, slaughter of a lamb, a boy in a hospital. These images foreshadow the narrative. Throughout the movie, Bergman moves back and forth between the faces of two women and plays on the similarity of features, juxtaposing the two faces, eventually dissolving them into one another.

The central story revolves around a well-known actress Elisabet Vogler (Liv Ullmann), who refuses to speak and her young nurse named Alma (Bibi Andersson) . At the seaside cottage, Alma becomes enamoured of the actress. Elisabet’s silence eventually wears on the nurse. As the tension mounts between the two women









 


Monday, April 25, 2011

RACHEL BILSON AND BAPTISE GIABICONI FOR MAGNUM PREMIUM ICE CREAM BY KARL LAGERFELD

Karl Lagerfeld directed a series of short film starring actress Rachel Bilson and his muse Baptise Giabiconi for Magnum Premium Ice Cream.

Magnum Ice Cream was launched in 1989. It is among the first brands to luxuriate ice cream and market it as a self-indulgent experience for adults. The special ice cream bars, which retail at $2.59 each, are offered in six flavors and are available nationwide in the U.S.

More than 1 billion of these ice cream bars are sold yearly. It is Unilever's top selling brand. For more information, visit www.magnumicecream.com.


Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Repton Boxing Club by Alasdair Mclellan for Sunspel

Sunspel introduces a film shot by Alasdair McLellan featuring boxer and model Ryan Pickard, brother Eillis, fellow boxer Louis Cadman & boxer/model Sam Lawson.



Repton Boxing Club by Alasdair Mclellan for Sunspel from Sunspel Clothing on Vimeo.


Source: Hintmag.ccom

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

LUXURY WATCH - THE TERMS YOU NEED TO KNOW

Lately I have been fascinated by watches which is strange for me because I don’t like wearing any jewellery.  I guess because you can easily spot an elegant man by simply looking at the kind of watch he is wearing. So I have been trying to understand what makes a watch different from your normal $150 varieties that you can easily get at your local mall and to those exclusive ones that has usually has a price tag of $300,000.  I’m sure it is not just all about the bling they put on it or just because of the label.

These are the terms one might need to know who just starting to dip into luxury watches.


CHRONOFIABLE CERTIFICATION: 
It is a joint certification project by a consortium of watch companies which accelerates the watch's ageing process by a factor of eight to simulate the effects of six months' wear in three weeks. The majority of leading watch brands submit watches for testing and are issued with a Chronofiable certificate.  It is a Certification awarded to a timepiece that has undergone and passed a series of tests focusing on the durability and reliability of a movement worn on the wrist on a regular basis. The Chronofiable test, developed at the beginning of the 80’s by the CCF SA, was devised to expose timepieces to an accelerated ageing test simulating over 21 days, the equivalent of 6 months effective wear.


For example: Richard Mille  Rafael  Nadal RM 035 is Chronifiable certified It means that the watch will fare very well on someone’s wrist on the tennis court.  The Chronofiable testing is the best indicator of the durability of the wristwatch in its natural settings.



 The RM 035 retails for $85,00.

NAVYBOOT LAUNCHES THE MSONE COLLECTION INSPIRED BY THE CHINESE LUCKY NUMBER "8"

NAVYBOOT launched its limited collection of MSone luxury on April 16 during the Formula 1 weekend in Shanghai.  MSone, the limited edition sneaker collection, comprises four models that are available in two collector's boxes. The Starboot is limited to 88 pairs, costs around 5,000 euros, and comes with a book signed by Michael Schumacher. The materials are 18-carat gold and red dyed karung leather - the leather of water snakes.

The Trilogy Box is limited to 888 pairs and costs around 3,000 euros. The Trilogy consists of Morning (calf nappa leather with pearly-coloured ostrich leg leather), Afternoon (salmon leather with laminated goatskin and calf nappa leather) and Nightlife (calf velour leather with metal rivets,
patent leather and polished crystals).


Tuesday, April 12, 2011

NOWNESSS PRESENTS: BOTTEGA VENETA : "VIAGGIO NOTTURNO"

Creative Director Tomas Maier Lends His Night Vision to the Brand’s Mysterious New Film. A meditation on the romance of travel, the anonymity of hotel life and clandestine bedtime rituals, today’s NOWNESS premiere marks Bottega Veneta’s debut foray into fashion films.

The luxury leather brand’s creative director Tomas Maier, who splits time between his office in Milan and his home in Florida, drew from personal experience for the noir-infused short, directed by Christian Weber. “I spend ten days a month alone in a hotel, seeing people pass in the hallways, glimpsing them through windows or as they step out of the elevator,” he says. “You see these people, but you have no idea what their stories are, you can only guess. It’s about evoking that surreal state of mind you enter when you’re in an unfamiliar place.” Shot at New York’s Setai Hotel with an original score by Austin-based chamber-pop band Balmorhea, Viaggio Notturno (Night Journey) stars models Patricia van der Vliet and Terron Wood and highlights signature designs from Bottega Veneta’s permanent collection, including its Marco Polo hard-case luggage, woven leather Cabat bag and sleeping mask.




Bottega Veneta: Viaggio Notturno on Nowness.com.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

LIFE IN MONOCHROMATIC BY EDWIN CABRERA

Here are some photos I did awhile ago with models Pete Noad (NEXT CANADA) and Kyle Mottley (PUSH. I wanted the shoot to be based it all in minimalism and monochromatic but make it sexy.




NELLA BELLA FALL/WINTER 2011 LAUNCH PARTY

On April 07 I went to my friend`s Tarek`s Nella Bella fall/winter 2011 launch party at The Design Exchange in Toronto. Nella Bella is a Canadian label of handbags and fashion accessories that is becoming well known for its beautiful reinvention of the classic with state of the art fabrics.

The wonderful evening which was sponsored by Appleton Estate Jamica Rum, Evoke Salon, Vroom Media and Goldwell was full of delicious mai thais, interesting media and fashion crowds. Designers Kirk Pickersgill and Stephen Wong of the label Greta Constantine and Bustle designer and Project Runway Canada judge Shawn Hewson were there.

The night was also that launching of Nella Bella`s NB Man. The men`s bag line are bold and contemporary interpretation of the 50`s vibe. The NB Man line is certainly for the stylish modern urban men.


















Wednesday, April 06, 2011

KORHANI HOME FALL/WINTER 2011/2012

KORHANI home, the Canadian company that has been creating distinctive home fashion products for over a century, presented a runway show for the very first time in LG Toronto Fashion Week. The very chic and lavish presentation showed models wearing body paints and suits that resemble gorgeous KORHANI prints, and clothes made from home rugs. The show took inspiration from little red riding hood, urban warriors and 1950’s glamour.
It certainly one of the most entertaining shows during LG Toronto Fashion Week.