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Thursday, 22 April 2010

To Have and To Hold .. My Magazine

I have recently become obsessed with the Tom Ford 2009 sunglasses campaign starring model Carolyn Murphy I know … delayed reaction, right! It has not been a recent discovery; I have been aware of the campaign for months. However, it has suddenly appeared in the window of local opticians – no doubt the season being the grounds for this. I seem be more aware of these Tom Ford campaigns in the windows of local opticians than those featured in the advertisement pages of magazines. I blame this on the occasional disregard for ad campaigns when devouring a much anticipated issue. Carolyn Murphy is one of the most beautiful natural women I have seen used in an advertisement campaign for a long time.

I decided I wanted a copy of this for myself and the easiest way to do this (aside from the going in and fluttering eye lashes at an optician asking for theirs) was to find my own copy within old issues of fashion magazines. I had set myself a mission and became obsessed with not resting until I found a copy for myself.

Eventually my obsessive (and perhaps somewhat compulsive?) mission was a success and I had found what I was looking for. Not bad going!

With time on my hands and finding myself sitting on my floor surrounded by current and old issues of fashion magazines, I then leisurely spent time flicking through the publications (without reading every article or I would still be there!). Some aspects of shoots and fashion I remembered from reading the first time around and for others it was nearly like reading a new (albeit marginally outdated) magazine! A relaxing few hours of old school fashion entertainment, inspiration and me time … in a way I wouldn’t mind doing it again … right now!

There has been an ongoing debate of online versus ‘real’ magazines and the issue of which is better. Sure there are pros and cons for each but my vote undoubtedly lies with real magazines you can hold in your hand. With being able to spend as much time as you like flicking through old publications, tearing out pictures (perfume samples) and articles the real magazine wins hands down, especially in the knowledge that this cannot be replicated with online magazines. Shakri Amirkhanova in Pop Magazine SS 10 joined in the debate and her opinion is an ideal analysis of it;

“… magazines have always been a perfect medium for the synergy of talents and collective vision that influences the ways we think and love – the true barometers of our times, as relevant as history books.”

Well said …

I’m off to surround myself in old magazines again …

F-Alice in Wonderland

Hot off the Press from FashionHotMess in Brussels ..
The style in Brussels already suggests that the conventional isn't the norm for the fashionistas in the capital of Europe. This spills into untraditional creative fashion shoots.
Previous blogger post explored how to make Alice in Wonderland themes stand out from the countless others.
In Brussels; using only men in their shoot turns the enchanting fairy tale upside down and wrong way round and hurtles us into an alternative original magical world. This style immediately makes the shoot stand out.
This shoot was for Belgian magazine LABELS
Photographer: Michael Querin
Stylist: Benny Van Velde
Makeup: Orla McKeating

Monday, 19 April 2010

Alice is Everywhere .. It's all in the presentation!

Window Display @ Printemps, Paris

Alice in Wonderland is the major fashionable fairytale du jour. From catwalks to window displays to jewellery, from professional to amateur designers there is no escaping the magical fantasy.

Versace Spring Summer 2010 RTW

At a charity craft fair I came across yet another familiar Alice themed jewellery collection.

The designer not only focused her creativity on her individual pieces each magically tying in perfectly with the enchanting fairytale, but the presentation of her pieces did the same. With the use of playing cards on which to display the jewellery, the pieces remained in Wonderland. It caught the eye and expressed the dedication to her work.

With Alice in Wonderland being in style this summer it is all about how you present and style the theme.

Look to not only the professionals but also the amateurs to magically inspire.

Friday, 16 April 2010

Fashion Kills ...

Loving this picture

Fasion Kills ...

Calm, gate crashes emptiness, jails boredom, parties in the bare space like a catherine wheel of inspiring sparks of funk

Sunday, 4 April 2010

♥ Happy Easter ♥

Happy Easter

I would like one of these eggs rather than a chocolate egg