Eniko Mahalik by Willy Vanderperre, styled by Panos Yiapanis for AnOther magazine Spring/Summer 2010 via tFS
May be a teensy bit “old” in Internet-years, but I’m still not over the genius that Panos Yiapanis lent to this spread (and video) for AnOther mag. Too many editorial stylists feature looks that are more or less straight off the runway. While one could potentially blame advertising contracts, general trepidation or just the Anna Dello Russo ethos, I personally find it completely uninspired and even more so – lazy. And as a consumer, it doesn’t give me any new incentive to buy the clothes. I’m a firm believer that if there’s a will, there is a way to be innovative with even the most commercial of jobs (which AnOther is not, but you get the point). Luckily, AnOther is always food for the vision-starved and this spread especially highlights Panos’ artistry. This signature stylist/magazine combo is definitely one of my favorites.
I would also like to point out & applaud the AMAZING credits that AnOther includes with their shoots. It is so rare to see a publication crediting everyone for their work. Sometimes great ideas on-set originate from someone other than the leads and it can take a lot of people to pull off a great shoot – yet very rarely is everyone (Photo Assistants, Fashion/Stylist Assistants, Studio, Post, etc.) given due credit. I speak from experience.
Oh and of course, I’ve already begun twisting and cocooning up my shirts and cutting the cups out of my old bras… We’ll see what becomes of that IRL…
I’m really trying to break my bad habit of micro-blogging more than main blog-blogging! I posted this last night to my tumblr, but I’m re-posting it here:
Wouldn’t a re-imagining of this Vogue Gioiello (Vogue Accessories Italia) cover be so awesome with Miu Miu’s Spring/Summer 2010 collars!? Birdy, puppy, kitty, and lady-print collars! Someone get me on this job pronto.
Charvet Paris collars in Vogue Gioiello Gennaio/January 2010 cover by Inzaghi Dell’Oro; Miu Miu Spring 2010 collars via style.com
I, like many, am completely beside myself about this Miu Miu collection. I find myself constantly day-dreaming calculating how many pennies I would need to scrape up to buy just one dress or perhaps a pair of chunk kitty-print pumps… I’m planning a visit to Miu Miu this week just to see everything up close. I will be bringing along a voice of reason and likely leaving my credit card at home.
(top) A preview of Pop’Africana’s stunning first cover; (bottom) Oroma Elewa
Another character I had the pleasure of hanging with in NY was Oroma Elewa of my new favorite project Pop’Africana. We met up at her place for wine and bonding over shoes & art. Oroma is a beautiful Scorpio who hates wedges, and I, a Taurus who hates stilettos, but we share a love of this seasons Miu Miu. Our personalities compliment nicely.
In the simplest of words – Oroma is inspiring. I could sit and trade inspiration or play dress up with her all day. The photographer & former model is so captivating, epitomizes personal style, and speaks like the artist she is… the way I still think in my head, but have outwardly somewhat diluted or even repressed due to years of trying to make people understand. Does that make any sense? Anyway, her baby, Pop’Africana is the coolest new shit – she’s redefining the mainstream view of Africa & fashion I can’t wait for you to see the rest.
What drew me to Pop’Africana initially was the art, and I continued to be sucked in from there. After hunting down the preview issue & scouring the blog, I saw style – real steez – that was Black, sure, but so much more than that. It is really just beautiful and it’s SOOO nice to see fashion on a color palette that resembles my own.
You can buy the magazine on newsstands in April, but til then check out a sneak peek on the Pop’Africana blog. There’s a more in-depth post on the magazine & Oroma coming soon! Aaand it looks like Oroma & I will be teaming up in the near future! I look forward to what out brains could do combined.
PS – Oroma introduced me to lots of cool stuff on our playdate – check out Baloji the best & most hypnotic new video/music I’ve seen/heard in a while. SO RAD!
outside of the McQueen store by Julia Chesky
I heard the news just as I was boarding a flight to NY and my heart broke then and there. Julia put it best for me, and I’m paraphrasing here, but it feels like fashion, art, the world even, lost some of the brightest (and perhaps darkest) hues in the spectrum along with McQueen. Things may be that much duller without his constant challenge, but the imprint McQueen left through his life and work can undoubtedly spark the creativity needed to bring the poetry back to fashion. Whatever your game, I dare us all to try and shine as brightly as Alexander McQueen.
Prada Fantasy Lookbook Spring/Summer 2010 (via fashioncopious)
I don’t know the full story behind these Prada S/S 2010 images yet (i.e. who shot them/art directed), all I know is they rock. I may have to reinterpret the top image for myself somehow. SO Alice. Definitely my dream portrait.