Thursday, 27 January 2011

Sunday, 23 January 2011

Dollhouse by Lee Klabin

beautiful :)

Fashion Show by Google

this fun little ditty turned up in my newsfeed. thought i would share.

Soundtrack Saturday: S&M -Rihanna

S&Mthis post is a bit 'day late, dollar short' but i love doing these polyvore posts so i decided to do it anyway.

i FINALLY bought rihanna's Loud, and S&M is stuck in my brain. i was trying to have this set be a mix between a pin-up girl and a dominatrix. but the animal print.... i don't know why but 'animal print' and 'dirty, dirty sex' are linked in my brain :) i wonder what that says about me?

anyway, this what i call a girls' night getup. this is what i would wear to a club with all my girls, getting unnecessarily drunk on too much vodka. i think it's a feel good outfit. one of those things that you know is just a little TOO slutty, but you don't really care? every girl has an outfit like that i think. or at least they should.

every girl should get to to be a super star every now and again, and I love how empowering this song is. yes, it is about sex, but really, what song isn't these days? also, i think that considering everything that poor rihanna's been through, i think it's great that she has a new album full of club hits that you can just let loose to. can't wait tot get out in this getup! :)

Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Cover Wars: Rooney Mara as Lisbeth Salander by Jean Baptiste-Mondino for W Magazine

i read the Lisbeth Salander series in september when i got back to school and i loved them SO much. i cannot wait for this movie to come out and i LOVE how amazing Rooney Mara looks as Lisbeth in this photo. anxiously awaiting this issue in my mailbox. this cover is intense and amazingly brilliant.

Cover Wars: Nicki Minaj by Inez and Vindooh for V Magazine

i couldn't NOT post this cover. i love nicki so much and i think she looks gorgeous here. it's nice to see her clean up and calm down. she's beautiful.

Model of the Moment: Lara Stone

via nymag
Lara Stone by Mert and Marcus for W Magazine

this week's model of the moment is Lara Stone. lara first caught my eye in her vogue paris blackface editorial, and has been captivating me with her fierce look ever since. my favourite thing about lara is the way that she is able to use her intense sexuality in a way that isn't vulgar or too profane.

known for her gap toothed smile and ample curves, Lara Catherina Stone has been modelling since the age of 15. during her the span of her career, stone has  walked for mui mui, lanvin, louis vuitton, and chanel, among others.

2010 marked the year of the the lara stone look-alikes, with models like ashley smith and georgia may jagger stepping forward in magazines with equally dazzling gap toothed grins. at 27, lara stone is a rising supermodel and we'll definitely be seeing more of her in the years to come. see her full model profile on nymag.

Editorial: Christina Ricci by Mert & Marcus for Pop Magazine

Christina Ricci by Mert & Marcus

I don't think I've ever seen her look so amazing. I love the goth/deranged/drug addicted feeling of this shoot. Everything I expect from M&M.

Sunday, 16 January 2011

just by the way...

meant to post this a while ago. it was fun to see how he created some of my favourite images.

Saturday, 15 January 2011

Soundtrack Saturday: Firework -Katy Perry

Fireworkthis week's song is firework by katy perry! i love this song, but i am SO sick of hearing it. it's been stuck in my head because E! has been using it as the soundtrack for their awards season ads. i actually on just figured out the lyrics. 

"you just gotta ig-NITE,
your LII-GHT!
like the FOURTH of ju-LY!"

ba ha ha! i love it :) but honestly, this song is amazing and i didn't completely mind having it stuck in my head. when i was creating the set, i tried to use blues and purples. for some reason i had this whole futuristic theme going on i nmy head so that accounts for all the spikes. looking at it now, it's a little more Gaga than Katy Perry, but what can you do?

at the end of the day, i'm in love with that Versace dress and i think i might actively try to find a knockoff of that Pamela Love ring.

as always, feel free to comment on the set and let me know what you do and don't like about it. suggestions for improvements are also welcome. and don't forget that the sets are now all interactive, so just scroll over the item you covet and you'll be provided with price and purchase information! 

don't forget that you're brighter than the moon, moon, moon!

Friday, 14 January 2011

Friend Friday: Dressing, Undressing

today #fbff takes a break from the business of blogging to take a peak at our routines for getting dressed in the morning.

1. How do you determine what you will wear that day?
Erm.. I feel like i'm about to admit to a felony. I usually just wear whatever I feel like honestly. Unless I have specific plans to see someone that day or somewhere to be, I'm not incredibly picky about what I wear. I don't have an endless array of options so i'm pretty familiar with what's in my drawers. it's easy to just wear whatever i happen to see first thing.

2. Do you plan outfits out in advance for a whole week, month, weekend?
I'll only plan outfits ahead of time if it's a special occasion. If I'm going somewhere that requires that I wear more than my uniform of leggings and casual tops, then I'll plan for that specific outfit, but in terms of generally planning ahead, the most i'll do is put out clothes for the next day IF i feel like it.

3. Do you have any specific way of tracking outfits and items already worn so you don't repeat? I tend to bury myself under sweaters anyway, so even if i did repeat things no one would know. or care.

4. How do you discover new combinations of items in your closet? (Trial try-ons?  Hanging items together?)

Usually i'll come up with new combinations when i'm bored and start going through my closet for something to do. It's actually is a lot of fun, but I don't do it nearly enough. i'm a creature of habit, so I tend to wear what i'm comfortable with and what i know looks good. but it's fun to switch it up sometimes.

5. To streamline the process for 2011 what is one new thing you can do to cut down your dressing time? 

i think i definitely should start planning the day's outfits the night before. i really don't have any excuse for not doing it now, and it would make life so much easier if i did that one little thing to help me cut down on time in the morning.

Tuesday, 11 January 2011

Model of the Moment: Freja Beha Erichsen

as my most recent model obsession, freja beha erichsen is this week's model of the moment. i didn't always care so much for FBE, but recently, she's been really impressing me. i really like the casual way she seems to be able to portray herself, while still being able to morph into whatever the situation calls for.

at 23, the danish Freja Beha serves as a muse for Karl Lagerfeld, and is especially known for her 16 tattoos and androgynous look. her body of work is extensive and includes campaigns for the like of Balenciaga, Gucci and Chanel. 

Freja is one of my favourite models, and she'a favourite within the industry. i can't wait to see what she does in 2011. i'm in love with her face and i hope that i get to work with her one day. see her official nymag profile here.

Cover Wars: Industrie Issue #1 Cover | Anna Wintour

this week's cover is Anna Wintour on the premiere issue of Industrie. I started watching The September Issue last night, so I'm a little bit obsessed. that is all :)

Sunday, 9 January 2011

Photojournalism in Review: The New Yorker, Sept. 24, 2001: Twin Towers in Silhouette

technically, this isn't a photograph i suppose, but The New Yorker, Sept. 24, 2001 cover is one of the most controversial and powerful covers in american history. the cover shows the world trade centre's twin towers in silhouette and served as tribute to the victims of the attacks on 9/11. 

at first glance, the cover appears to be all black, but closer inspection reveals the two towers visible in a darker shade of black, with the antenna of the north tower breaking the 'W' of the logo. (my dark background unfortunately makes it a little harder to see)

the reason i chose this 'photo' is because it had such an impact on me when i first saw it while browsing newsmagazine covers back in november. i'm not an american, but i remember where i was and what i was doing when i first heard news of the attacks. i'm a very visual person and i think that this cover invoked in me the exact reaction that Art Spiegelman was hoping to achieve when he created it. the image is powerful and wrought with emotion. in light of the issue's proximity in publication to the attacks, i think it was incredibly, appropriate, tasteful and classic. 

what do you think about the cover? does it strike you emotionally the way it struck me? do you think the cover was appropriate? sound off in the comments.

Tuesday, 4 January 2011

Cover Wars: Lara Stone by Mert & Marcus for Vogue Paris

the second part of tuesday's feature is cover wars. i've never really posted covers before because i always feel like the headlines detract from the image for me. it  clutters the shot and just plain bothers me. but there's no denying that some covers are just stunning (which explains my previous lapses) so from now on, i'll post a cover a week that i think is beautiful. first up, lara stone by mert and marcus.

Lara Stone by Mert&Marcus

Model of the Moment: Karlie Kloss

Karlie Kloss by Patrick Demarchelier 

Tuesday's feature is Model of the Moment. this is actually something i've been meaning to do for a few months, so i'm glad to be able to finally do this now. MOTM is just going to be a short feature on a model who has caught my eye.

(Not surprisingly) this week's model is karlie kloss. anyone who's been following this blog know how incredibly obsessed with her i am, and will probably agree with my preoccupation.
Kloss is only 18,  but she has graced the covers of dozens of magazines and starred in numerous campaigns. Her gorgeous long legs, signature hair and striking eyes, make her a favourite in the fashion world.

I am positively obsessed with this girl and she would be first on my list to work with once i start shooting professionally. see her profile on nymag here and see some of her gorgeous editorial work over at fashion gone rogue.

Sunday, 2 January 2011

Photojournalism in Review: The London Tuition Fee Protest

UPDATE: i'm not sure why, but i keep having a problem with the picture breaking. until i can get that sorted, just click the image to see it full size in your browser.

hello again! welcome to the first installment of sunday's new feature, photojournalism in review. this blog is mainly about fashion, but it used to be about photography. i AM a photojournalism major and whether i like it or not, i will have to be approach photography from a news angle in the near future. photojournalism is the kind of photography that wins awards. it's the kind of photography that makes people remember, and the kind of photography that become part of a culture's lexicon. and while it isn't the kind of photography that i plan to make my career on, it's the kind of photography that i aspire to.

i start basic photography next semester, so i have one more semester before i start my photojournalism classes. for 2011, i've decided to start featuring one news photograph a week.

i understand that this might seem out of place on a fashion blog, but for me, my first passion is photography. fashion takes a back seat. at least for now. editorials inspire me because of their artistry, but news photography inspires me because of its impact. i hope that featuring photojournalism will help to highlight the amazing significance that photography can have if we let it.

the photo i'm featuring this week was taken during the london tuition fee protests. british students took to the streets to boycott proposed increase in the cap on tuition fees. 

[Caption: A fire burns in Parliament Square,Westminster, London, as students demonstrate against planned tuition feeincreases on Thursday Dec. 9, 2010. (AP Photo/Gareth Fuller/PA)]

the reason that i chose this photo is because it is significant to me for two reasons. firstly, i was born in england while my parents were studying there and my fascination with the culture has never ceased, and two, a very good friend of mine is currently studying in england, and her social consciousness made me aware of how big an issue this was/is.

this image is haunting. it immediately makes me think of the movie V for Vendetta. What really gives this photo impact for me however is the chorus of cell phones and cameras rising up out of the darkness to capture the event. big ben is almost insignificant in the frame as clouds of smoke reminiscent of a phoenix's feathers billow into the sky.

social responsibility is so important in today's world. with social media, you can be best friends with someone you've never seen, so being present and accountable is so critical.

you can see the full photo essay here and read about the background behind the protests on the NYTimes website and the less reliable Wikipedia.

Saturday, 1 January 2011

Soundtrack Saturday: What's My Name? -Rihanna ft. Drake

What's My Name?happy new year! and welcome to the first post of my newest feature on ib*p, soundtrack saturday. (i know that alliterations are overdone, but they sound nice so i'll keep doing it). every saturday i'll pick a song that's been stuck in my head and create a polyvore set based on the vibe that it gives me. and the feeling that i get when i listen to it.

this week i chose what's my name by rihanna ft. drake. i have no idea why, but the song has been stuck in my head for about 2 days so i thought it was the perfect choice for my first installment. 

i love this song because it makes me want to cock out and whine! (that's trini-speak for 'dance provocatively in suggestive clothing') lmao. i love to dance and the beat of this song really makes me want to move. this song is such a feel good number and it blends so well with the lighter more empowering direction that rihanna has taken her music in. after her dark days in rated r, she's gone fun, bright and confident, and i think that's something that every girl needs in the music she listens to.

i'm not amazing at styling when it's not on my own body so the set is is a bit disjointed and nonsensical, but what i was basically going for here was bright vibrant colours. i was loosely inspired by the outfit that rihanna wore in the street scenes for this video but only a little. my favourite pieces here are the pink bralette, red booties and the turquoise VW shorts. i think if i could i just wear those three pieces and rock the streets of NY!

i hope you liked my first set and i'd love to hear your feedback about this feature. i'd also really love to here your interpretations of the song. what does this song make you want to wear?

P.S. because i'm amazing and i'm already keeping my blogging resolutions, i've added a little ditty to my blog to make these sets interactive. just scroll over each item in the set to get a description and price as well as a link to purchase. and don't forget to join me on polyvore if you're already a member! (or join up if your not! it's worth it i promise!) additionally, advanced apologies if any of the items are a bit overpriced. when i was putting the set together i was more focused on the colour story than on feasibility of purchase. sorry!