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.
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.
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.
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.
We love the fabulous prints of Marni. Thus we selected two looks from the new Spring Summer 12 collection and the matching bags which will make you a perfect summer queen. Just click on the bags below and you´ll get all the details from Marni directly plus a short video and background information about the making of the new stylish fringe bag.
When we take a look into the near future of Haute Couture and Fashion we definitely have to name Iris van Herpen as one of the most promising designers. Although she is only 28 years old she is on the way to become the most inspiring and mind changing new artist since the appearance of Alexander McQueen in the 1990s. By using new materials and state of the art production methods like 3D printing she creates and manufactures unique garments which each of itself can be considered as an object of art.
Thus it is no surprise that the Groninger Museum presents the first large-scale solo exhibition of the work of Iris van Herpen, an overview of her oeuvre from 2008 to the present. We strongly recommend to visit the exhibition which lasts until September 23rd and for those of you who want to take an immediate look just visit her portfolio site where you can see the latest collections and a special video section containing the runway shows and artistic short films.
In the actual S/S 12 Alexander McQueen collection Sarah Burton showed some outstanding new looks in coral.
Now you can get the appropriate bags in this new summer trend style. The Alexander McQueen online store offers a coral folk clutch with hand woven whip-stich details and a mini folk tote with Swarovski crystall skull charm plus the matching peep-toe pumps with block heel and crystal detail shell skull at toe and hammered studs around front platform.
Just click on the items in the image below and you´ll be directed to the Alexander McQueen online store.
Jacques-Antoine Granjon on Vente Privée´s philosophy
Jacques-Antoine Granjon is the inventor of the online flash sales model, which he launched in 2001 under the brand name "vente privée". Since this time dozens of followers copied his idea and established copy-cats all over the globe.
Quite in contrast to all his followers Granjons puts the focus not on the business to consumer model but on establishing a long time relationship with top fashion brands for whom he creates an exclusive sales channel versus a closed group of fashion enthusiasts.
"I have been speaking with brands for 28 years. I know what matters to them: the protection of distribution, the quality of the shopping experience and the maintenance of their image. We look after the brand, because it is our first customer. And if we take care of it well, there will be a good discount, a good service and a good image and the customer will keep returning.", Granjons about his business philosophy.
And the figures confirm his strategy. Today vente-privée sells 41 million products per year to it´s 14 million members which results in an annual turnover of almost one billion EUR and the numbers are still growing. According to the founder we only have seen fifteen years of e-commerce and the best is yet to come.
If you are not a member of the club take a look at the "Le désir" great video below directed by photographer Erwin Olaf and you´ll understand Granjon´s philosophy immediately.
"august walla.! weltallende" exhibition
The Art Brut Center in Gugging, near Vienna shows the oeuvre of August Walla in the exhibition "august walla.! weltallende".
Walla is probably the most famous Austrian representant of the Art Brut movement. During his life he created an artistic universe with it´s own philosophy, gods and symbolism. As an universal artist, he painted on his entire environment. After his psychiatric confinement in 1983 he was admitted to the House of Artists, a social care centre for chronic mental disabled people and here too he painted on every inch of the walls and the ceiling in bright colors.
A photo of his room is shown below, to see more of his oeuvre slide through the selected images below or visit the museum site by clicking on the we recommend button.
For those of you visiting Vienna, the exhibition is on view from March, 29 to October 28, 2012 in the Art Brut Center in Maria Gugging, 12 km north of Vienna.