Tag Archives: Fashion

Cinemagraphs: gifs for fashion

23 Sep

Cinemagraph is a site founded by photographers Jamie Beck and Kevin Burg, dedicated to their animated gifs. Apparently, over the last months, more artists have been making their own fashion-related gifs or cinemagraphs. Not a bad idea, since those sleek, aesthetic gifs do add a nice twist to the usual glossy fashion photography. Not to mention that these could easily be incorporated on the pages of the fashion websites or online magazines.
The Fashion Editorial pictures on Cinemagraph have this eery feel to them and make up their own pretty universe, but make sure to go through the rest of the  site for more beautiful animated photography. Some of my favorite bits below.

(via The Creators Project)


Handkerchiefs set by Simon cook and Lucy Jay

9 Aug

Graphic designer Simon Cook and  scarf designer Lucy Jay teamed up to produce a series of 6 silk handkerchiefs that are available on the artists’ websites and at the Design Museum shop. While they may come off as too cluttered visually at first, I found the scarves to be extremely well designed and quite original. I really liked the black and white photographs set to colorful op art backgrounds, they turn something as bland as hankies into whimsical, beautiful graphic pieces.

(via Creative Review)

Cindy Sherman for MAC cosmetics

29 Jul

Amazing photographer Cindy Sherman has collaborated with MAC on their new limited-edition line, which will be available in stores in September. She has produced 3 different color photographs for them. I have always loved her work, and I think that she is a true master of her art whether that is photography or playing the personas that she poses as.
From the press release for the collection:

“With the help of props, makeup, prosthetics, wigs and sets, artist Cindy Sherman embodies this Power of Transformation—from off-kilter Hitchcock heroine to fresh corpse, Caravaggio Portrait to Park Avenue Plastic Surgery Maven—all elaborate exercises in trying on different personas.
In the campaign we’ve longed forever to conceive, Cindy Sherman for M·A·C created three characters using three different colour stories. We’re living in a time when people of all persuasions have become bolder than ever about the ways they choose to express themselves: with a colourful palette of possibilities, You are the Artist, You are your own Subject, and no matter how fearfully you begin, you become fearless in the process.”

(via Flavorwire)

Fashion meets art in Christian Louboutin’s f/w 2011 lookbook

24 Jun

Art Info has an article here on the new lookbook of Louboutin shoes that recreates, almost exactly in some cases, classic paintings. You’ll find Whistler’s mother holding a studded boot, while Nattier’s Marquise d’Antin sports a leopard-print bag on her shoulder.
Photographer Peter Lippmann was in charge of recreating the masterpieces, and his photographs turn out to be pieces of art as well. His talent and technique shine through as he perfectly recreates the lighting and the shadows on the models and settings. The photographs could easily be mistaken for actual paintings. A release from Louboutin states that the “historic models depicted within the gallery embody the spirit of the Christian Louboutin woman”. While I don’t really agree with that, I think that the campaign is witty and the photographs are simply stunning.

Must See: Vivienne Westwood Shoes, An Exhibition

23 May

There are no words to describe the genius that is Vivienne Westwood, and there is no need to talk more about the well-known impact she had on culture in general, and on the world of fashion in particular. She is my first designer crush, I fell in love with how daring and innovative she is. So when I heard about her Shoes, An Exhibition setting foot (pun intended) in Beirut, I had to go and check it out.
On display is a selection of a hundred shoes from her collections between 1973 and 2011. Intensely extravagant designs and beautifully crafted pieces, these shoes are to be viewed as standalone pieces of art and not as mere elements from a wardrobe. All extremely bold, they are just what should be called “statement shoes”. And it’s so beautiful to actually see those in front of u, as opposed to pictures, because of all the details and attention put into each piece from the soles, to the texture, to the tip of the heel. I only wish we could have tried some of these on! (Even though, I realize that walking in most of them would be quite a feat)
Below are some of the pictures I snapped yesterday but you can go to Westwood’s site to enjoy more professional photographs, or even better go to the exhibition.

penis shoe, nuff said

what Naomi Campbell was wearing during her famous fall

collaboration with Louis Vuitton

Artist Nadia Plesner sued, again, by Louis Vuitton

19 Apr

I just finished reading this interview with Danish artist Nadia Plesner over at Don’t Panic, and I highly recommend it.
The artist first was known with her Simple Living t-shirts and posters that featured starving Darfur kids in unexpected situations as a commentary on today’s media and our consumption of images and of celebrity news. All of the profits were donated to charity.

“Entertainment and advertisement has become such a huge part of even the serious news channels. I started working on this theme because it provoked me so much that Paris Hilton going to prison got more attention than the genocide in Darfur. How’s that possible? Then I made the drawing of a Darfur child holding a big designer bag and a small dog in a pink outfit to challenge the way we perceive images, and to test if he would get more attention this way. He certainly did.”

She was sued by Louis Vuitton then, and she is facing a law suit again now, because she included the same image in a painting called Darfurnica as a reference to Picasso’s Guernica

“I included my Simple Living image because it tells everything in one piece – and to claim back my freedom of expression. And I wanted to include various other parts of my research to stress that it’s not about LV, it’s about Darfur and the mass media.”

Obviously, the painting is very well researched and shows the hypocrisy of the media and politicians when it comes to Darfur. And even though it included numerous other references to popular culture, Louis Vuitton felt the need to sue the artist as they considered the piece to be solely about their brand.
Artists have always used famously known objects and made references to celebrities in their work, why should that be so offending to Louis Vuitton? The bag is not a reference to the brand itself, but to the whole cultural phenomenon that makes carrying an expensive bag and celebrities like Paris Hilton get more news coverage than other serious issues. They could have easily avoided the bad publicity that makes them look like a heartless corporation against freedom of speech by adopting a less aggressive approach and maybe, donating to charity. After all the works main goal is to raise awareness.

More info on Darfurnica and the legal action regarding it here