Rocky Street Style by Cindy van der Heyden
When your read about street style blogs from the Netherlands many people speak about Andy T. and her blog Style Scrapbook.
Our new favourite is Cindy van der Heyden who runs the blog "Come on to the dark side". When Andy T. is like the nice pretty girl next door, Cindy is the more rocky & avant-garde one obsessed with black, leather, smokey eyes and messy hair mixing in her uniqe way pieces from Zara or H&M with cool designer accessories.
Asked for her basic wardrobe, she says: "Great fitted black skinny jeans, leather biker jacket, high heels (sandals and ankle), basic tee’s in black, grey and white and to finish it a great shopper bag!"
We like her unique rocky street style and if you want to see more just click on the we recommend button below.
Short Documentary by Anastasia Taylor-Lind
Anastasia Taylor-Lind takes us on a trip to Siberia where she created a short film about the hopes and big expectations of very young girls who want to become an international supermodel, traveling around the globe and walking for the biggest names in the fashion industry.
For her short film Anastasia accompanied Noah Models, a Russian Model Agency on their casting tour through drab community halls or gyms in different cities of Siberia. With her images she documented the treasure hunt for the so called "Russian Look - oversized Bambi eyes, small rosebud lips and china-doll like high cheekbones."
Modelling agencies across Siberia run schools for girls from the age of five. Here they learn how to walk, pose, diet, and apply make-up. At the castings, identified by numbers pinned to their bikinis and with their vital statistics (name, age, height and measurements) written on prison-style boards, each young woman walks, talks and poses for a panel of scouts who decide about the future of these young girls.
But for each girl who succeeds like Nastya Karzan, from Prokopyevsk, there are hundreds more dreaming of the chance to work abroad and live their own Cinderella story.
We love the foto story of Anastasia, for which she also received the 1st prize in the Feature Picture-Story at the Pictures of the Year International (POYi). If you want to see more visit her portfolio site.
In April 2011 wearona introduced the Trend Fashion Analyzer and since this time we are analyzing and presenting the trend colors in the major fashion capitals and on the runways in our TFA channel.
Now Pimkie started a project on the same topic and named it Pimkie Color Forecast. Together with the interactive artist Pedro Miguel Cruz they installed HD cameras at certain places in Paris, Milan and Antwerp, hooked them to computers and based on a certain algorithm developed by Pedro they analyze the street fashion colors of this three places.
The result are key colors for every day for the three cities which they present on a special Pimkie site together with product recommendations matching the respective colors.
To see more of the project visit the site and for those of you who like to know how it works in detail click on the "we recommend" button below.
Love Me by Ruth Hogben feat. Karlie Kloss
Since photographer Nick Knight founded SHOWstudio in 2000 he contributed to the manner in which fashion is presented via the Internet and for sure pioneered the new genre of fashion film.
"SHOWstudio is based on the belief that showing the entire creative process—from conception to completion—is beneficial for the artist, the audience and the art itself", explains Knight.
On the occasion of the 2012 SHOWstudio Shop exhibition "Selling Sex", SHOWstudio just launched "Fashion Fetish", a series of fashion films, performances, multi-media pieces and accompanying essays by women in fashion that deals with the contentious and provocative fusion of fashion with fetish.
See as our selection the short film "Love Me" by Ruth Hogben feat. Karlie Kloss and for more we recommend to take a short visual tour on SHOWstudio.
fordPROJECT Polaroid series
It was in the early 1980s when Paul Rowland came to New York with the vision to become a painter. Some years later he started two model agencies Women, in 1988, and Supreme, in 2000 and today he is the leading man behind Ford Model‘s women’s department. But although he has become an international icon in model management he never gave up his artistic ambitions, this time as an photographer.
“Photography has just been an extension of being a frustrated painter,” he explained in a recent NY Times Magazine interview. “Honestly, all I want do is open an art gallery in Morocco.”
Actually he is working on the fordPROJECT where he shoots polaroids of Ford models as well as from interesting things around him. An exhibition will be shown this winter. A preview of the images you´ll find in our slide show below and to see his daily polaroids just visit Ford´s company site.
Exhibition Tour: Berlin - Paris - London
I just spent some days in Berlin and I took the chance to see the Gerhard Richter exhibition entitled Panorama, a retrospective of the oeuvre of the most important and influential contemporary artist, in the Nationalgalerie.
The exhibition which has been organized on the occasion of the 80th birthday of Richter in cooperation with the Tate Modern in London and the Centre Pompidou in Paris shows artworks of all creative periods of his artistic life.
I have selected four artworks which you can see in the slideshow below:
Betty, 1977, See-See 1979, Lesende, 1994 and Kerze, 1982
It´s not my turn to write an artistic review of the exhibiton or the artist, I therefore recommend to visit directly the artist excellent portfolio site and in any case If you visit Berlin, Paris or London this summer you have to see the exhibition live.
Photographer & Motiongraphic Artist
For our photography channel we are always looking for new talents. Edgar Berg is one of these promising artists, the young guy from Dortmund, Germany is at the same time a gifted photographer who creates excellent street style and portrait images and a motiongraphic artist mixing motion pictures with graphic and augmented reality elements.
We strongly recommend to take a closer look at our image selection below and at his portfolio site EDDYZONE.
An interview series about Art by VIP Art Fair
In january 2011 the VIP Art Fair started as the first online art fair and the idea to connect the world´s collectors to leading art dealers online became a success.
In the second year 135 leading galleries from 35 countries, including Gagosian, David Zwirner or Hauser & Wirth participated in the VIP 2.0 online fair showing more than 1.000 artistic works to 73.000 registered visitors from 155 countries.
Now the founders of VIP Art Fair have created a new service channel named "VIP Discussions" where experts and artists give you insights into the world of art via a selection of short videos.
We recommend at least the following three videos:
1) The Art Market with Michael Plummer
2) Insights on Collecting with Adam Lindemann
3) Contemporary Art with Lowell Pettit
Just click on the video link in the image below and you´ll find our selected recommendations plus some further interesting short films about the art world.
Gabrielle alias "Coco Chanel" is probably the most famous personality in the world of style and high-end fashion. Thus it does not surprise us that over the years numerous writers and movie directors could not resist to tell us everything about her fabulous life.
Within the last two years at least seven Chanel books have been published. Some of them are biographies, the most controversal among them for sure is Hal Vaughan´s "Sleeping with the enemy" where the author posits that Chanel was a Nazi agent during World War II. The Chanel company is unsurprisingly vague about its founder’s wartime activities where Coco Chanel had a late love affair with the 13 years younger German Baron von Dincklage. A spokeswoman, Iana dos Reis Nunes, referred to Dincklage not as a Nazi but as “a German aristocrat.”
A second biography “Coco Chanel: The Legend and the Life,” by Justine Picardie tells us more about the private life of Coco, especially her relationship to her nephew Andre Palasse, whom she raised like a son. In this biography, his daughter Gabrielle Palasse-Labrunie opens her doors and shares personal memories of her great-aunt and also Karl Lagerfeld contributed an original drawing.
Our personal favourite is the special editon of the "Chanel Three Book Set," by Francois Baudot and Francoise Aveline published by Assouline in an exclusive quilted leather slipcase by Chanel which celebrates the the brand's revolutionary style in three editions: Chanel Fashion, Chanel Fine Jewelry, and Chanel Perfume.