The lighting in these shots is really beautiful and effective in creating a range of depth. I love the concentrated use of colour against an almost sepia toned image as it makes the image really impactful, and what I like most about these images is the abstract use of the make-up to create a fashion image rather than an ordinary beauty shoot. The closest range shot is my favourite as the composition is great and has something about it that the other shots don't.
Finally. Finally the eve of my magazine debut has arrived, and I could not be more excited. The opportunity to take part in the Company Grads issue was presented to me through an online competition and only one trend report, one interview, one group task and two months later I was sat at my own desk embarking on the best experience I could have hoped for.
To say the Company team were welcoming would be an understatement, the fashionably dressed bunch were more than keen for us to get involved in as many parts of the issue as possible which made for an excellent learning curve and overall experience. From researching for the features team and writing up a feature, to attending shoots and taking behind-the-scenes web shots; all aspects of the mag have been overseen by us, the 8 Company Grads.
The last stint in the Company Grads experience was of course interviewing cover star, big-time presenter and style icon; Fearne Cotton. All gathered eagle-eyed around a macbook pro, we watched as the Company fashion team worked their styling magic and created the looks for the October issue until several hours and many full fashion tummies later the moment was upon us.
You may be wondering how on earth you begin to interview one of the nation's favourite ladies, but for that I guess you'll have to buy the issue.
Source: All Mango.com, Military Jacket Mango via Asos
Mango is not usually one of my immediate go-to's when I reach for my mouse and delve into the world of online shopping. However, having recently spotted some boots that tickled my fancy (above) I thought I'd have a browse, and boy was I surprised. The Autumn/Winter Collection had an array of pieces that were not only bang-on for the new season but much more reasonably priced than I had imagined. I am in love with the denim smock dress and military jacket (which seems to be stocked on Asos and yet not the Mango site). Student loan can't come soon enough but I'll have to be even more selective as usual; I have a feeling final year projects are going to be expensive.
When the nerdy androgynous looks walked down the runways in preparation for Autumn/Winter it was all I could do not to hibernate until September came around. Collared shirts and brogues have been a long term feature in my wardrobe and this year they're making the big time. Couple these with a pair of ankle grazers and some geek glasses for the finishing touches and you'll be making a statement that even the boys over at DSquared2 would be proud of.
A great admirer of the likes of Mary Katrantzou and Peter Pilotto; the modern day giants of digital print; I'm not usually one to don such pieces myself. Lately however I find myself adding more and more printed items to my ASOS 'Save for later' basket and pinterest boards. Whether or not my latest obsession will stand the test of time in my ever-changing mind it is yet to be decided so I won't go splurging on anything too outrageous yet, but a little colour never hurt anyone right?
So those of you who know me will already be aware that I have not been blessed with good hair genes. The untameable ball of frizz that sits stubbornly upon my head is something that inevitably curses me with incurable hair envy, that is only made worse by hoarding pictures of desirable styles on my pinterest board. These are some ponies that I'm yearning to recreate at the minute.
For a recent competition entry for Company magazine, participants were required to produce an A/W12 Trend Report of what we thought would be the key trends for the season. Above is mine, a post about my week at Company will follow soon!
Having heard about the calibre of the Cos summer sale, I had a little look whilst browsing some of my favourites today. It did not disappoint. Here are a few of my picks for the sale, but hurry ladies, they're low in stock so don't hang around!
I love, love, love this relatively recent short film that Roman Polanski has shot for Prada. The film stars the undeniably outstanding Helena Bonham Carter who plays a wealthy heiress musing about a nightmare to her Psychiatrist played by Ben Kingsley. This clever portrayal of the brand highlights their recurring theme of wit and reminds the viewer once again that Prada are people that play around with fashion, they don't take themselves too seriously. Such a refreshing answer to the humorous Lanvin film produced last year. Genius.
DSquared2's fall campaign leads us into the classroom one more time for their AW12 collection. Sixties being the zeitgeist of choice the collection is full of prom dresses, knits, capri pants and geek-esque specs. Shot by Mert & Marcus the school of DSquared2 appears to be one that I think many wish they'd enrolled at.
Having now finished my 2nd year at University I seem to have a lot of spare time on my hands which has been partly filled with surfing the world of tumblr. and beyond in search of something new. This is where Brock Davis' blog comes in. Davis is an art director/creative director/illustrator/designer/pretty much anything else creative working in advertising and editorial and his work is some of the most fun and interesting that I have come across in a while. My personal favourite project of his is called 'Make something cool everyday: 2009'; something that pretty much does what it says on the tin. From photography to installation he has made something creative everyday for 365 days, here is a selection of my favourites.
We've been talking a lot at University lately about the future of publishing and where its going. This video is a clever piece by DK that shows its not really important, what's important is that you listen to what your consumers want. This kind of blew our minds a bit.
Our latest project involves creating a zine, and so have been overloaded with names of publications that we should look at and research and take inspiration from. But one of these publications that has really struck a chord with me is 'Kinfolk'. They describe themselves as follows
'KINFOLK is a growing community of artists with a shared interest in small gatherings. We've created Kinfolk as our collaborative way of advocating the natural approach to entertaining that we love.'
The aesthetic of the zine is beautiful and so, apologies for the briefness of my post, but I have just a few moments to share it with you.