Wednesday, March 28, 2012

CY CHOI FALL/WINTER 2012-2013

Korean menswear label Cy Choi, by designer Chul Yong Choi, was founded base on the philosophy of exploring the concept of boundary. For his fall-winter 2012-2013 collection, Cy Choi got his inspiration from a balloon -the idea of a balloon being able to fly defying the law of gravity. 






Monday, March 26, 2012

STARS IN DIOR

Here's some excerpt from the beautiful book "DIOR".

Marlene Dietrich, Sophia Loren, Olivia de Havilland,Grace Kelly, Ava Gardner, Ingrid Bergman, ElizabethTaylor… All famous names who starred in the greatest films, shot by the finest directors and all dressed in some of the most amazing couture creations by the House of Dior. They were faithful clients of Dior Haute Couture, Perfumes and Make-Up and close friends of Christian Dior, and in some cases, his successors too. So it was quite natural that they should ask to be dressed in Dior for their appearances on screen and at the celebrated movie ceremonies held around the world (the Academy Awards, the César Awards and the Golden Globes). Today’s great names are Charlize Theron, Natalie Portman, Penélope Cruz, Kirsten Dunst, Monica Bellucci… Times have changed but the passion for Dior stays the same.

The Dior filmography is impressive, featuring over 90 films. It started in 1942: Christian Dior was fascinated by film and became a costume designer even before his
couture house was created in 1946. This book devotes a special place to the J’adore
advertisement starring Charlize Theron, in which cinema magic brings back to life Marlene Dietrich, Grace Kelly and Marilyn Monroe, all of whom had their own links with the House of Dior. Film stills, location shots, photographs and portraits
of actresses: the 250 illustrations in the book take us deep into the most glamorous aspects of the film world



Charlize Theron, photographed by Alexi Lubomirski, in a black satin dress, Christian Dior Ready-to-wear collection by John Galliano Autumn-Winter 2008


In making the film "Stage Fright" director Alfred Hitchcock had to give in, when Marlene Dietrich imposed her friend and couturier Christian Dior to dress her for the film: "No Dior, no Dietrich!".  Her contract requires a Dior wardrobe (which she was allowed to keep after the end of shooting).  The director admitted with no hard feelings: " Miss Dietrich is a professional. A professinal actress, a professional cameraman, a professional dress designer!"

 
Natalie Portman, photographed by Alexi Lubomirski, in an embroidered silk dress, Christian Dior Haute Couture Collection by John Galliano, Autumn-Winter 2009

Friday, March 23, 2012

LJUNG SPRING/SUMMER 2012

Razor-sharp tailoring and multifunctional clothes are the main philosophy of the Swedish menswear label Ljung. Designer Marcus Larsson of Ljung has been designing chic and charming clothes since 2006.

Here’s Ljung Spring/Summer 2012 Campaign photographed by Olof Händén Studio AB with models Christian Larsson and Philip Reimers.





Wednesday, March 21, 2012

MADONNA'S "GIRL GONE WILD" VIDEO WITH SIMON NESSMAN & SEAN O'PRY

OMG! Madonna's latest video "Girl Gone Wild" is with the current top male models Simon Nessman and Sean O'Pry. All I can say HOT!!!

“RED” BY JORGE JARAMILLO AND CARLO GUILLOT

Wow is the first thing I can say about this short animated film titled “RED” by Jorge Jaramillo and Carlo Guillot. This beautiful and haunting modern day silhouette film is based on the classic fairy tale “Little Red Riding Hood”. It’s brilliantly done.



RED from RED on Vimeo.

via CARTOON BREW

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

ANA LOCKING SPRING/SUMMER 2012 JEWELRY COLLECTION

Here’s Spanish designer Ana Locking’s jewelry collection from her spring/summer 2012 titled “UNDER BEAUTY”. The collection was themed on finding the perfect beauty on imperfections. The jewelry collection was made mostly of coloured and translucent polyester resin and based on hawthorn necklaces and bracelets.




Monday, March 19, 2012

CLUB MONACO COLLABORATES WITH TOMMY TON FOR LIMITED EDITION CAPSULE COLLECTION

Club Monaco has partnered with the celebrated street-style photographer Tommy Ton to create a capsule collection of limited edition handbags for men and women. The capsule collection that mixed function and beauty was inspire by an on-the go lifestyle.

The bags will be available for international purchase at select Club Monaco stores in the U.S., Canada, Europe and Asia beginning March 20 and will retail for $198 - $225. The collaboration will be celebrated with a series of launch events at select Club Monaco stores in New York, Toronto, London, Hong Kong, Beijing and Seoul locations, featuring a gallery presentation of select Tommy Ton photography from the fashion week shows.

Here is the behind the scene video.




CLUB MONACO

Saturday, March 17, 2012

SOUNDTRACK OF THE DAY: BING BANG`S "FANTASTIC BABY"

KPop Big Bang`s new song ``Fantastic Baby`` has been playing on my iPhone and computer on repeat for the past weeks now since it was officially released. I know it`s still early to say, but this is probably going to be my number 1 video and pop song for this year 2012. I think the song and video manage to get every right ingredient that makes a great Pop; catchy and danceable song, interesting video concept, edgy fashionable outfits that would not be out of place in Lady Gaga`s closet (she`s the measuring gauge now for what makes a great style for any artist) and of course good looking performers. I recently just got into KPop so I`m really not familiar with the band Bing Bang`s early work or I`m with a lot of  other KPop artists, so I can`t really say that they are the best. But I do think that this song will accelerate the Korean Wave that has been spreading in Europe and North America right now. If you don`t believe me, just look at Youtube.com and search ``my reaction on Big Bang`s Fantastic Baby``. 

``Fantastic Baby`` is Big Bang third song and video released from their latest album Alive.



Thursday, March 15, 2012

LUXURY LABELS USING AURASMA (AUGMENTED REALITY TECHNOLOGY)

Lately many luxury fashion companies have been using Aurasma, the newest radical technology that augments reality with use of mobile devices (iPhone, iPad 2, and Android devices) for their marketing campaigns. 


Last year men’s luxury label, Dunhill followed their “Voice Campaign” by using Aurasma to allow smartphones and tablets users to transform photos from the Voice Campaign into videos and a transaction. Example, if you want to watch the Rupert Pennefather, one of the principal dancers in Royal Ballet Company, you can just hold your phone or iPad over to any Dunhill’s Voice campaign image.



When fashion label Stella McCartney was launching their latest fragrance L.I.L.Y.  they partnered with high-end London based department store Selfridges and used Aurasma technology which enabled consumers to access content like behind-the-scenes video of model Malgosia Bela during the campaign shoot or reveal an abstract L.I.L.Y inspired video shot by the artist Dan Tobin Smith.

Just this January, large crowds gathered on selected window locations in Paris, New York, London, Berlin and Sydney and used the Aurasma technology to see the launch of the new line “KARL”, the online luxury retailer Net-a-Porter collaboration with Chanel creative director Karl Lagerfeld.  It also gave the spectators a chance to win free items from the collection. Using an augmented reality app  “KARL app”specially created for the occasion, users were able to scan and shop immediately.



FACTICE MAGAZINE ISSUE #11

The latest issue of the French Magazine Factice is out now.  Here are sample photos from one of the editorial stories inside the new issue.

Factice Magazine #11 - March 2012 - Exquise Folie

M A G A Z I N E
Français: http://www.facticemagazine.com/magazine/numero11/galerie11.php
English: http://www.facticemagazine.com/magazine/numero11/issue11.php

C R E D I T S
Rose Esquisse
Photographer- Vijat Mohindra
Model- Austin Victoria @ LA Models
Hair- Jennifer Kim
Makeup- Robert Rumsey
Wardrobe Stylist- Jamie Provencio
Set Design- Adam Kern
Art Director- Bradley McPeek


 

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

CLUB MONACO IS LAUNCHING E-COMMERCE

U.S. and Canadian fans of the fashion label Club Monaco will now have a chance to shop online. The U.S. e-commerce will launch on Monday, March 26,2012, but U.S. Facebook fans will have an early access to shop on Friday, March 23.

Later, the Canadian e-commerce will launch on Wednesday, April 11,2012, but Canadian Facebook fans will have early access on Tuesday April 10.
The online store will feature full assortment of Club Monaco’s clothing, accessories and lifestyle products, as well as great selection of web exclusive products. It will also showcase interesting editorial content

To give you a taste, here’s Club Monaco’s Spring 1 2012 collection, as well as some selection from the collaborations with Zoe Karssen and Rachel Comey for women, and Rancourt and Ernest Alexander for men.



CLUB MONACO MEN'S SPRING 1 2012






Monday, March 12, 2012

SOUNDTRACK OF THE DAY: ODE TO THE BOUNCER BY STUDIO KILLERS

I maybe late posting this but I can’t help falling in love with the electro-pop group Studio Killer’s song and video “Ode to the Bouncer”.

 The song is so catchy and infectious and the video is so cute. It is also interesting that the group, Studio Killers is a virtual band that is composed of three animated cartoon characters, Cherry (Lead Singer), Goldie Foxx, and Dyna Mink. The members of the band are from different countries: Germany, Denmark and Finland. They're composing songs by Internet


THE CANDY COLOURED WORLD OF JAPANESE FASHION - SHOJONO TOMO BY IMOGEN REED

The Candy Coloured World of Japanese Fashion : Shojono Tomo by Imogen Reed




At first glance, Shojono Tomo might look like nothing more than an overgrown four year old – with her big messy hair, dungarees and necklace of blue and pink teddy bears.  Even her name translates as ‘friend of little girls’. Looks, however, can be deceptive as she is rapidly gaining global adoration for her colourful Harajuku-style fashion. Her style incorporates candy colours, ice creams, 80’s stripes, lips, huge bows, plastic jewellery, pink tassles – pretty much everything you’d want and expect from a zany Japanese fashion designer and more colour than a Carnival Legend Cruise. Not only are her clothes designs cute – she herself is a warm and playful character, ready to talk about the emotional side of her work with an openness which is hard not to find endearing. 
An All Round Creative Spirit
Tomo once worked as a graphic designer and then turned her hand to freelance illustration in 1990. She is clearly a woman of many talents, having since worked on music projects, comics, art and fashion, even fortune telling for a TV station. Yet Tomo sees herself as an artist first and foremost, and uses her clothing designs as a kind of portable, walking canvas. She says that whilst you have to go to a gallery to see paintings, everyone wears clothes, so it is an excellent and highly accessible form of art.
Many of her fashion creations convey a clearly devised concept. Her name ‘Shojono Tomo’ started out as a joke which came about when she was working on a project called ‘Adult Children’, which was themed around the idea that many adults have the soul of a child which never grows old. The nickname stuck as she felt that the name expresses her spirit, and from the looks of her creations she’s certainly not wrong.
Rise To Fame
Her work received international attention last year as a result of hip hop star, Nicki Minaj becoming one her biggest fans. Minaj initially requested to wear a pair of Tomo’s leggings on Good Morning America, which Tomo was happy to send through her independent label ‘ENOCDOUTER’. Minaj then showed up to several major events donning the designer’s wares, and early this year Minaj even mentioned her in an Ester Dean song she featured on – 'Gimme Money':
 "You wanna gimme money, oh! I'm up in Hong Kong rocking Shojono Tomo!"

Thursday, March 08, 2012

FRENCH MAGAZINE CELEBRATES 10TH YEAR ANNIVERSARY ISSUE WITH CINDY CRAWFORD AND SHARON STONE ON THE COVER

French Magazine celebrates its 10th year anniversary with Cindy Crawford and Sharon Stone as two alternative celebrity covers for their 20th issue. Photographer and Publisher Thierry Le Gouès shoot the editorial with Cindy and Sharon.








Tuesday, March 06, 2012

THE FUTURE OF FASHION? BY IMOGEN REED

The Future of Fashion?  By Imogen Reed
Fashion, by its nature, relies on change and innovation. It is an exciting world, which is both highly cutting edge, and highly traditional. The big fashion houses and the 'usual suspect' countries with a strong fashion history (France, Italy, the US and UK) dominate the scene. However, we are currently seeing what may be the beginnings of huge and lasting change in the world in general. The old economic certainties seem incredibly fragile now. The US and Europe are struggling to keep up, as China and India steam ahead. It does not seem so far fetched as it might once have done to imagine a world where ordinary Europeans have to take out loans just to afford basic clothes, as the centre of the fashion world moves to the catwalks of Beijing and Mumbai. Fashion is money, and money is fashion: without money, fashion cannot exist. Last year, Hermes launched a new sari line. Perhaps that is indicative of a new joining up of fashion from east and west.

New Realities

None of us really know how the economic future is going to shake-up, but it seems likely that things will look very different in fifty or one hundred years time, to how they do now. Nothing lasts forever. Perhaps the likes of Dior and Armani will adjust to a new global reality, or perhaps they will falter. Provided they are prepared to do what fashion houses do best and innovate, perhaps they will be able to stay ahead of the game. Look at, for example, the way traditional British brands such as Burberry and Aquascutum have been able to reinvent themselves in recent years, appealing to an entirely new audience.
However, it is not just the east which threatens the old fashion houses today. Cheap fashion is often more appealing to those in the middle-income bracket than expensive designer wear is. After all, why blow a month's shopping budget on one piece, when you could have five from H&M or Zara, and still get change? Many people will still value luxury and quality over price, but with economic realities changing, how many will continue to do so in future?

 
 

Change and Power

The big problem for luxury brands operating in a changing world is that they depend on being at the centre of the world. The big fashion houses of Milan and Paris were established during a time when their countries were drivers of world politics and economics. Italy and France are, of course, still important on the international stage. However, they are perhaps trading on past glories. How long can that keep them at the centre of the fashion world? If the new Europe cannot keep on on the world stage, why would its fashion be desirable? Cheap designer fakes are so common in parts of the east because they evoke the wealth of the West. Why would a member of the new Chinese middle-class want to buy into a world which is fading from view, rather than their own confident, economically powerful world?

Monday, March 05, 2012

SOUNDTRACK OF THE DAY: KPOP EDITION - SE7EN, SOYA N SUN, BIG BANG, B.A.P.


Here are the current songs that have been playing in my iPhone lately.  This four K-Pop songs are on constant repeat in my iPhone.


SE7EN - SOMEBODY ELSE 

Se7en (real name Choi Dong-wook)




SOYA N SUN - SMILING GOODBYE


Soya is mostly known for her song “Tok Tok” with Might Mouth.  Here’s another of one of her song that I like but time with a rapper named Sun.



BIGBANG - BAD BOY

BIGBANG is South Korean hip hop group formed by YG Entertainment.  The group consists of G-Dragon, Taeyang, T.O.P., Daesung and Seungri.
The song “Bad Boy” is the second of Bing Bang’s release from their album “Alive”.

Thursday, March 01, 2012

A.A. ANTONIO AZZOULO FALL/WINTER 2012-2013

Designer Antonio Azzuolo best strength is tailoring, so he know how to manipulate the essence of a traditional suit and give it a very modern and edgy twist. For his a.a. fall/winter 2012-2013 collection he continues his techniques of playing with tailored jackets. Influenced by the Japanese street wear, the Canadian born designer, Azzoulo showed cropped blazer mixed with sleeveless kimonos, dropped crotch pants, and asymmetrical loose short paired with long johns.

His a.a. line was launched when he relocated to Paris, prior to that he worked for over ten years with luxury companies such as Ralph Lauren’s-Purple and Black Label, Hermès and Kenzo.