Sunday, 31 July 2011

Photographer Crush: Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott

This post has been knocking around in my head for a while now, and I'm finally sitting down to write it. It's nothing fancy really, but I just felt like I needed to take a moment to profess my love for fashion photography duo Mert & Marcus. My love for photographers Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott is well documented, but in the last 2 weeks or so, I was browsing some of their work, and I was thrown into awe all over again.

What I really love about their work is the way that they always manage to incorporate this inherent sense of stifled calamity into all of their photographs. There's a darkness that you can't account for. I'm not sure if that description even makes sense, but it's what I see. To me, all of their photographs regardless of the client, have this sense about them that there is something blasphemous going on. Like you're witnessing this unbelievably beautiful train wreck, and you can't look away. Their work is heavily influenced by Guy Bourdin, whose work I am admittedly not very familiar with.

Their photographs really does leave me in awe, and I think that anyone who loves fashion and doesn't know about them should be ashamed of themselves. *slaps wrist* They really are visionary, and as of right now, they cleanly hold the title of "Cate's favourite photographers" not that that actually means anything.

In any case, I love them. I'd love to just be on one of their sets so I could see their process. If anyone reading this has a hookup, let me know!

Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Catching Up: Fashion News in Trinidad

Tons has been happening on the fashion scene in Trinidad and I haven't been keeping up nearly as well as I should have been. To that end, here's a rundown on everything you need to know to be up to date:

1. Trinidad Lookbook's July cover premiered and it's stunning. Featuring model Soowan Bramble in a Laura Ferreira photograph, editor Mel Gabriel's creative eye makes another appearance. Check out additional credits and the full editorial over on the lookbook blog.

2. Although I'm bummed I missed it, Nicholas Salloum's Summer 2011 launch for his line NIQ Fashion went off without a hitch. Check out his official blog here and check out pics from the launch party over on his facebook page. The entire male and female collection lookbooks are also available to view and purchase.

3. Prolific local designer Meiling Esau recently launched her latest collection entitled "Last Train to San Fernando" on the 15th of July. Again, I was unable to attend, (I've been ill a lot lately *womp*) but the Laura Ferreira promo image below that's been circulating, is an apt preview for the  amazing full collection. (shot for TLB by the favourite photographer friend)

4. Speaking of Meiling, the designer's talented intern Shannon Alonzo just launched her first capsule collection "Shorts are E.V.I.L." The summer collection is available at Meiling's 6 Carlos Street studio through August 2011. Check out the promotional fashion film below.

5. Also in the news, Caribbean Fashion Style launched their first official cover earlier this month, featuring "Shorts are EVIL" designer Shannon Alonzo shot by Elise Romany in an editorial entitled "Slave to Fashion". The cover marked the culmination of tons of hard work on the part of Editor-in-Chief Darcel de Vlugt as well as the creative efforts of her team. Check out a behind the scenes video below!

6. In other news, award winning photographer Wyatt Gallery's latest exhibition of photographs closes today. The exhibition, entitled "Tent Life: Haiti" reflects his book of photographs taken after the earthquake in Haiti. Limited copies of the book were available for purchase in Trinidad, although I imagine they have all been sold by now. Check the event page for more details, and head over to the official website for more information on the project.

7. And lastly, in probably the biggest fashion news coming out of Trinidad of late, our very own Anya Ayoung-Chee, (former beauty queen and current frontwoman of her own design label PILAR) has made it onto the season 9 cast of Project Runway! The season is set to premiere this coming Thursday 28th at 9pm EST, but Anya has already been making waves in the media as the designer to watch, getting frequent mentions from Heidi Klum herself as she embarks on the season 9 press tour. Ayoung-Chee has impressed Klum and the remainder of the judging panel with her "masterful" stitching work; a skill she apparently learned in only 4 months.

Additionally, digital support for Anya is high, with her official Lifetime facebook fanpage securing close to 4,000 fans and her designer profile on the Lifetime website going 2,000 strong. Show your support by joining her page and using her official #PR9Anya hashtag on twitter to help make her the fan favourite.

If you're in Trinidad, Trinidad Lookbook will be hosting a premiere viewing part at Dr!nk Wine bar starting at 7pm. Check out the official event page for more info.

Anya has a unique design aesthetic that I'm confident the judges will love. With an entire island nation behind her, Anya will do just fine. (event image courtesy trinidadlookbook)

Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Photo of the Day: Tao

Tao Okamoto in the style of Freja Beha Erichsen for Vogue China August 2011. 
full editorial here.

Editorial: Freida Pinto by Mert & Marcus for Interview August 2011

 Freida Pinto by Mert & Marcus

remember how i said i loved Mert & Marcus? 
yeah, this was why.

Cover Wars: Soowan Bramble by Laura Ferreira for Trinidad Lookbook July 2011

Soowan Bramble by Laura Ferreira

full editorial and additional credits on the trinidad lookbook blog

Saturday, 23 July 2011

Soundtrack Saturday: Amy Winehouse

Amy Winehouse

i haven't done a soundtrack saturday post in a while, but in light of the news of amy winehouse's death, and the personal significance her music holds for me, i decided to whip up a quick set, and dedicate this post to the entirety of her limited, but brilliant body of work.

Rest in Peace Amy.

Friday, 15 July 2011

Friend Friday: Labeling Your Worth

i haven't been a #FBFF post in a while because although i love the group and what i've gotten from the experience, I don't believe in participating in something just for the novelty. friend friday has gone through a minor change in that questions will now only be fortnightly, and i will only be participating when i genuinely have something to say about the chosen topic.

that being said, this week's topic is all about labels, their importance and how relevant they can or can't be. i really wanted to participate in this set of questions because labeling has played a major role in my personal life up to this point, and i wanted to explore the effects of applying that concept to my blog. what do the labels mean? do they even mean anything? how will that affect how i move forward with developing this space and my aesthetic?

1. As someone who blogs about fashion, have you place yourself into some sort of blogging category?
I personally place this blog firmly into the fashion photography category. it seems like an odd distinction to make, but i just really want it to be clear that this isn't a personal style blog, or a street style blog (yet). i'm not a professional photographer, but i am trying to use this forum to establish myself, and grow in my craft. i don't want the "fashion" label to hold me back or pigeon-hole me in any way.

2. What keeps you from/encourages you to label yourself as a certain kind of blogger?
I've always identified as a fashion photography blogger because i've found that simply saying "fashion blogger" makes most people assume i'm an OOTD blogger. while i have nothing against that genre of blogging, i've always felt the need to distinguish myself so that it's clear that my interest in fashion is from a photographic perspective. it's nothing personal, but i find it's easier for readers to know this upfront, rather than stopping by and not seeing the type of blog that they were expecting.

3. When picking blogs to read and follow are you drawn to ones that indicate a certain group or way of thinking?
I don't think so? I have particular categories of blogs that I read, but I tend to only follow a few in each bracket. my bloglovin account is very organized and i tend to not follow a blog if i can't mentally put it in a box. lame i know, but when it comes to reading blogs i've very picky. i'm looking for things that strike me visually, or engage me intellectually, so i don't actively follow very many.

4. Do you think there are benefits in labeling yourself or others?
For others, I don't know. But in labeling myself, I think it helps me keep a sense of self. It seems frivolous, but since my understanding of labels is that they are dynamic, it gives me the opportunity to realign myself internally depending on the goal i'm trying to accomplish.

5. Agree or disagree? "We're all just people; we don't need the labels."
For the most part, agree. I think that labels can be productive, but since they tend to be used pejoratively, it's important to make sure that we acknowledge that they aren't actually necessary. 

Thursday, 14 July 2011

Editorial: Solange by Daniel Gurton for Vs. Magazine July 2011

Solange by Daniel Gurton

i've always had a soft spot for portrait photography, and this editorial reminds me why. i've been thinking a lot about how i'd like to develop my style as i move forward, and though i'm leaning more towards the innate darkness a la Mert&Marcus, i think i'll always be a little biased towards the softer approach as well. each style has it's merits of course.