Excuse my absence. I came across this video a few weeks back and wanted to share my thoughts. The short presents the idea of fashion bloggers and photographers and the growth in this in recent years, and how this is viewed by those who work within the industry.
If I’m honest, I’m still under the impression that this will expand exponentially until it horrific implode, with many bloggers and photographers beginning to be band from the venues, access to events, venues and timetables being restricted to those in the need to know, which I hope doesn’t happen as it’s a important thing that people are able to express their interests and share this with others.
I do love the fact that it’s all very open and accessible, and its super easy to know whats happening when and where. But imagine trying to do your job, only to have to force your way through a mass of camera wielding bloggers (meant in the sincerest way) in an attempt get to and from the door to do what you’re paid to do. Theres already enough pressure.
However, it is a guilty pleasure to also see whats happening outside and around the venues, especially the style of those that attending and those with amazing personal style, and also sometimes to note the thoughts of those recording and documenting. (Ultimately what fashion is about, creating styles) However as Mr. Blanks raises, how much of the same material can be recorded and placed into the bloggers sphere? über true; how many sites have you visited that have regurgitated similar information and not added they’re own spin to it? I know that there are many out there that do it and do it well but I know we’ve all sifted through many that don’t, and I’m not saying for them to stop, but maybe for them to take pointers from those that do it well, emulate and evolve their own personal style off what they’ve learnt, maybe even blog collaboration?
Many other points are raised throughout the video, but it was mainly this one that stuck with me. Whats your thoughts on it?
The sombre tones. The darker palette of the prints. The shapes.
I think I just fell in love with Mary’s AW collection. Admittedly, it is a departure from her usually bright, colourful digital prints but it is a much welcomed change, experimenting with darker palette .
The mood of the collection is carried within the tonal mixture of solemn streets and lonely landscapes, minimal yet strangely captivating is the way the images are blended together and form one. She plays very much on the darker nature /element of autumn winter, the calm and the stillness of the images chosen. All this is then highlighted with accents of colour and contrasted to the shimmer of metallic fabric.
She has yet to fail to impress with her structural elements that the clothes embody. The freestanding forms composed of the rigid patterns and way she utilises the materials to fall so elegantly into position. This is perhaps one of the things I highly admire about this designer and why every season I anxiously await to see where she is placed in the timetable.
(Images from Style.com)
A couple of weeks back, a friend and I headed up (west, so, left on a map??) to Richmond park to try out the beauty that is 120 medium format film. He was determined and obsessed with the idea of seeing a few deers, I was more fixated on using my new lightmeter. The park is a vast and surreal expanse of land; broken up by the scattering of mounds, hills with clusters of trees (think ‘Where the Wild Things Are’) sparsely dotted about. There was a main road that flowed with slow-moving traffic throughout.
It had just snowed across much of London, giving the park’s open plain paths a beautifully thin blanket of white. The air was thin and quite chilly, the breeze, blisteringly bitter. We were quite high up, think Hampstead park, or Alexandra Palace, only higher, with the same sense of the incredible view peering through the hills and trees out onto London. There wasn’t much in the way of sound, apart from the odd dog’s bark or rush of wind through the trees.
It became clear that these weren’t ideal conditions for using a solid, 2.5kg, heft of metal and glass, and tripod, especially when you have to change a roll film, adding to previous nags about it being a studio camera (blah, the pussies). However the serene expanse of unbroken earth tones and grey-to-white tones viewed, and recorded was definitely not to be missed. An unusual serenity found within a city’s boarders.
Despite the weather, lack of deers, and multiple pedestrians with bewildered looks and questions, it was very enjoyable. Looking back on the pictures brings on the same feeling of zen from the day, coming out of my comfort zone of the neutral red and yellow brick tones and vast expanses of glass and steel that forms my usual environment.
As 2013 continues to vigorously advance, and I desperately attempt to play catch-up and fill in with my life. I’ve come to realise that all these online presences that have been created over the past two or so years, though all equally having they’re places (facebook excluded), there is inherent disconnection between them all, although all representing myself, they seem to have a disjointed and inconsistent image of me. (Mostly caused by my lack of attention to the little details)
So I have been scurrying around the never-reaches of the cyber-verse and social sphere in an attempt to rectify these, if you will. (This blog is desperately in need of a lick of paint, as we say) As with all great things, they come to those that wait, plan and are patient. However for those that cannot wait, I finally got on the tumblr choo choo train. I feel that space, with its infinite wealth of inspirational images and ability to log them with ease is super beneficial as visual log.
Anyways all I can say for now is to watch this space, 2013, things are a brewing and are definitely beginning to come to the boil.
If you will.
Excitement ensues as one of the layouts I did for my work experience was not only approved by the Editor-in-Chief but as was published, not to mention, a few other pages that I helped out on snuck their way (untouched) into the issue. It is such an exciting time to think that something I’ve done, creatively, has contributed along with the work from the team into this months issue.
Right, moment over. Back to work.
Welcome to the 2013, the year where we work hard and play harder. Hope we all had a relaxing and festive time as we wrapped up 2012. The end of my 2012 trailed off into only working hard but I’m glad for it as 2013 I can get to play a lot harder. Maybe all work and no play doesn’t make jack a dull boy, for a little while.
There’s so much to be caught up on and I cannot wait for all the refreshing and new things that are about to happening this year. Let the excitement commence.
I do miss the combination of the soulful siren that is the phenomenal Billie Holiday and the quirky charm of Audrey Tau, the introduction of a male role, Brad Pitt, into the brands female fragrance advert has been grabbing a lot of attention. It’s definitely a welcomed change to the normally gender-based promotion of a fragrance, especially when it comes to such a signature scent, Chanel No. 5.
With its new leading male role, the ad gives us that male perspective of what a scent does, not only from a mans point of view but in a more general sense, making it somewhat easier to relate to (especially with the gift giving season fast approaching). Essentially summed up in the penultimate line “Wherever I go, there you are.” This rings so true, there are so many fragrances/scents that I associate with so many people, and they’re personalities, Chanel no.5 and my mother (though she doesn’t wear it often).
It is another way of styling oneself with something unique or bespoke that becomes apart of your style, making the presentation of yourself not only visual but an aromatic experience. A defining scent, for me at least, is something everyone MUST have about them, be it a natural, in a body creme or perfume. Scent is so intrinsically linked to personal style, it goes beyond any trend, or fashion. This is probably why it’s one of the harder, if not hardest, things to find to accent personal style.