Friday, December 2, 2011

California Autumn

Lamont Park has an amazing view over San Diego, you can't see it in these photos but if you were standing there you would see the beautiful skyline. I jog, walk the dog and picnic there, also it's never too crowded at these fields of grass. I felt like being colorful and decided to wear hot pink, which is something I don't do too often. I have few garments in this nuance, thinking about it now I might have none except this dress...

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Best Covers This Month - December

Vogue Italia's editor-in-chief Franca Sozzani covers Industrie magazine. She looks powerful wearing a black patent leather trench coat (it might be Burberry). The pose and the jacket represents her well not only because she's a strong lady who is determined to make a mark in fashion history, but she also has a great vision. She's made Vogue Italia into what I think is the foremost of Vogue magazines.
Her vision of art and fashion co-existing, that the two are linked, is why she thinks it's very important to leave a large section to art in the magazine, as well as to work with photographers who knows how to capture fashion as art (like Steven Meisel).

I would dare to say that they have the best website of all national Vogue editions, especially now with recently launched Encyclo. Her blog is such an inspiration because she's a rebel, what she writes might often be controversial but it should be that way. She likes to mix in politics and news. In the aftermath of last year's BP disaster in the Gulf of Mexico she did more "than ruffle feathers. She drenched them in oil. "
It's worth reading the article about her in Time Magazine. It won't give you the whole picture but will show some of the rebel that is Franca (click here). Read how she transformed Vogue Italia into one of the world's most influential fashion magazines.

The model Heather Marks nailed two covers this month, as you can see here, both for Vogue Hellas and Harper's Bazaar Turkey. Marks in a nude colored chiffon dress standing in a garden - the perfect background for this dress.

Heather Marks covering Harper's Bazaar Turkey.
I think the emeralds made me put it on this list and this because I'm currently in a phase where I'm craving green jewels. Without those earrings and the ring on her finger, it would be a photo of a beautiful girl but it wouldn't be a cover.

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Best Covers October - Click here
Best Covers September - Click here
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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Sipping Chanel with a straw..

Marilyn Monroe said: “What do I wear in bed? Why, Chanel No. 5, of course.
I ask, what do you drink? Chanel No.5 with a straw... I think not, it would taste horrible but it's the comic in this and also the whit that makes this editorial photo cool and fun at the same time. The stylist at Elle (France) did a great job putting together the look below, with the beautiful Céline jacket and the Dior necklace shaped as the most magnificent rose. Something I'm not sure about though is having Converse as head-phones...

Photos: Elle France

Hotel Del Coronado

This Sunday we took a trip to Coronado island where the famous Hotel del Coronado is located. It is one of the few surviving examples of an American architectural genre, the wooden Victorian beach resort. It looks like a stunning palace situated on a beautiful beach. Lucky us we got to witness something special; the hotel had built an ice-rink where people could skate under the shade of palm trees.

A view from Coronado bridge.

Ice-skating at the beach, not a sight one sees everyday.

Best Dressed at the British Fashion Awards

First row from the left:
Georgia May Jagger in Julien MacDonald,
Poppy Delvinge in Matthew Williamson

Second row from the left:
Laura Bailey
Amber le Bon in Peter Pilotto
Josephine de la Baume in Julien MacDonald

See my post about the British Fashion Awards at TellusFashion, click here.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Terry's photography beckons...

Terry Richardson is truly a great fashion photographer, his editorials never stops to inspire. There's always something crazy and fun going on which intrigues. But something that is very rare with cameramen like this, who takes on everything from high fashion photos for iD-Magazine to a small campaign shoot for Happy Socks, is that he can distance himself from his "craziness" and create a magical spread which is clean, like this one, and lacks the "Terry stamp". Though he rarely does one like this, he only shoots this type of editorial for magazines like Vogue and, his latest one for Harper's Bazaar, with the model Eniko Mihalik.

Here in California the winter season is behind the corner and for all I know it may already have hit Europe. When I go back to Stockholm to celebrate Christmas it will definitely look like in these photos which means snow literally everywhere. Some might find it hard to dress up and look elegant in winter wonderland. But don't worry, you can always get inspiration from what Eniko is wearing in these photos. I've fallen in love with the stunning red fur, it looks very cozy.

I want to explain one more thing about Terry and how I discovered him, I'm not a 100% sure but I think it was two years ago when I was reading Purple Diary, Oliver Zahms blog. If you didn't already know they are good friends and collaborators on Purple Magazine. I saw a picture of him from a party Zahm had attended and I didn't think much of him and his outfit which I know today as his "uniform"; a checked shirt red and blue, light blue denims and always he's wearing a pair of big retro glasses (70's style). You can buy small replica dolls of Terry wearing his usual outfit and recently he made fun of this by having the doll in an editorial.

One might ask themselves if there is any celebrity he hasn't taken a photo of. If you Google him you'll find a photo with him and President Obama, smiling as always and making thumbs up which is a reoccurring pose he does in photos. I check out his diary often and see which models he's shooting, Lindsey Wixon seems to be his muse right now.
Something I read a while ago is that he's dating a former aide to Hillary Clinton, which came as a shock to me because I thought he was gay after seeing countless photos of him with half naked men. Terry's most recent project is a coffee table book with photos he's taken of Lady Gaga when he followed her around the globe. This is what Gaga wrote about Terry in the book:

Terry finds beauty in the most intricate and unassuming of places. His photography beckons the question over and over again: ‘Should there ever be limitations in art?’ Because when he captures me in a moment of such tandem and artistic human purity, I’m convinced the answer is that we must push the boundaries of culture through love and acceptance,

Don't miss Terry's exhibition in Los Angeles at OHWOW Gallery in February 2012.

Photos: Fashion Gone Rogue

ArtsNFashion Magazine Launch Party

Last weekend I attended the launch for a new magazine in San Diego, ArtsNFashion; what better combination for a paper than two of my favorite subjects. The event was held at Alexander Salazar's Fine Art, a cool gallery in Downtown offering contemporary works of established and striving artists (Jefferson Airplane singer Grace Slick will have an exhibition there next weekend). My camera battery died when I arrived at the party so I only have one photo from inside the gallery, see below.

Alexander Salazar's Fine Art