January 28, 2010

State Of Emergency by Steven Meisel for Vogue Italia September 2006

Model: Hilary Rhoda and Iselin Steiro



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January 21, 2010

Agent Provocateur love.

I have had a bit of a spending splurge on Agent Provocateur lingerie, It’s one of those purchases which you know is completely pointless and certainly not nessersary, but the impulse to spend hundreds on a couple of meters of lace overpowers you.

The underwear is packaged like a box of chocolates. A pretty pink bag topped off with a big black bow, the box; candy pink enveloped in a satin black ribbon. Once opened, the lingerie is embraced in black tissue paper, carefully folded and sealed with an A.P. sticker. Now that beats a box of chocolates.

(Sorry about the quality of some of the photos - my SLR was being used elsewhere and I had to use a very old standard point and shoot - urgh) 









January 17, 2010

Harper's Bazaar September 2009

Natalia Vodianova by Paola Kudacki

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January 12, 2010

Artist in the spotlight - David Downton

David Downton is one of today’s most well known fashion illustrators, his work has appeared on the covers of several publications, and used for advertisements the world over, not to mention all the celebrities he has personally drawn. It is the remarkable attention to detail and awareness of space and lines, which makes his work so unique and stunning. Downton never set out to be a fashion illustrator, as he was never originally interested in fashion. He worked as a freelance illustrator for 15 years, doing small illustrations for a range of subjects; his first job was drawing the cover of “Which Computer” magazine back in the 80s. Downton’s spectacular approach to drawing led him to produce fashion images for various clients, and in 1996 he was sent to draw at the Paris Haute Couture shows for a magazine. Despite his lack of interest in fashion illustration in the early years of his career, he has always appreciated them as artists, and notably loved and admired the work of Gruau, Antonio and Eric.

The style in which Downton illustrates is wonderfully unique. He draws like any other artist; mirroring what he sees. But once his work looks right, he eliminates parts so it looks spontaneous and ironically, uncontrolled. Downton works mostly in water-colour or gauche, but for larger artworks he tends to use cut paper collage and proceeds to apply line using an acetate overlay.

During his career he has drawn various celebrities; Erin O’Connor, Catherine Deneuve, Liz Hurley, Jerry Hall, Paloma Picasso, Joan Collins, Dita von Teese, Iman, Linda Evangelista, twiggy and notable fashion designers.

In an interview, Downton spoke of his opinion towards fashion.
"Couture really is a parallel universe - I've heard it described as the kingdom of indulgence, which is true, but it is also extremely inspiring for an artist or illustrator; the worlds most beautiful women, designers working without constraint - the sheer theatricality of it all - there is a lot to draw!"

His works remind me of early vogue covers, but with modern attributes. Each illustration is delicate, personal and tastefully elegant.
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January 08, 2010

Avon Heart perfume

I first bought this perfume on a bit of an introductory spending splurge from Avon, having not smelt it, seen it or even heard of Avon’s Today. Tomorrow. Always. Heart perfume, it was a bit of a gamble. The purchase took place a good few years back now, and with the occasional use, it has only just run out. Feeling somewhat disheartened by the puddle of barely there aroma lurking at the bottom of the bottle, I felt it was a must to hunt down this fragrance.

I have several perfumes, the cheap and the expensive, the popular and the disfavoured, but of them all, Avon heart blessed me with an aura of confidence and feminism and stole many complements, from my friends to passers by.

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Today my new perfume arrived, courtesy of Ebay since it’s a limited edition. It’s a romantic bouquet of mandarin blossom and star fruit, which leaves a fanciful trail of musk and iris. For what cost me under a fiver, it is now my most beloved perfume and one of my most successful buys.

Forever Hollywood with Monica Bellucci by Pamela Hanson for Vogue Germany March 1998










January 06, 2010

Artist in the spotlight - Nina Chakrabarti

Nina Chakrabarti is a unique and dynamic artist originally from India. Having moved to England in her teens, she studied at the prestigious art college, Central St. Martins, before enrolling in The Royal College Of Art.

Her work requires much patience, skill and awareness of line and scale due to the detail and precision of her art. She works with ballpoint, felt tips, biros, pencils, inks and occasionally introduces digital media into her work.

Chakrabarti was commissioned to design bottle labels by Somerset skin care brand Cowshed. The patterns are simple, two toned, and feature floral patterns.

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Drawing with inks and sequins directly onto a photographic print for a department store window display (Selfridges, London)
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