Tuesday, 23 June 2009

Alice in Surrealand

PhotobucketIn what looks to be a costume and set designer's dream, Tim Burton is making an adaptation of Alice in Wonderland, which is set to open next March. The first images have started to appear alongside an article about the production in USA Today, and they are, frankly, extraordinary. The story has been supposedly given a "girl power" update, but they have maintained the Victorian setting while drenching everything in a heavy coating of Surrealism.
These are just the publicity posters that will going up in cinemas around the globe this week, so they only hint at the incredible visual delights that await us when this film opens. With Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter, Helena Bonham Carter as the Red Queen (who looks quite amazing), Anne Hathaway as the White Queen and Mia Wasikowska as Alice this film looks to be quite something- it's even going to be in 3D!

Bunny Love

My favourite model, Catherine McNeil, looks especially strinking in this editorial from the March 2009 Harpers Bazaar. I'm not sure how I missed this Peter Lindbergh editorial the first time, but I love it. While I wouldn't wear anything in it as I haven't worn trousers in 6 years (and don't have the snake hips for them) I love the whole glamorous spin on downtown cool. Her perfectly feline eyes are accentuated by the sooty wings of kohl and her dark auburn hair is making me want to dye my hair darker even though I haven't had a chance to go blond yet.

Wedding Fever

Back in New York after going home to London for a few days for my brother's wedding. After much deliberation and agonizing over what dress to wear, I ended up going with a vintage 1950s pink strapless taffeta and tulle gown with a matching bolero. I wore it with some Terry de Havilland gold wedges and my great-grandmother's beaded bag- in the end I think it was quite a pretty and romantic look for a wedding. Photobucket
I'm not a huge fan of this photo but it is the best of the ones I have on my camera- I'm waiting to get the better photos from my father, so I may put some others up along with some photos from the other nights we were there. I love any excuse to dress up so, for me, there is nothing better than a wedding with a week of parties surrounding it. Luckily nothing happened to my luggage as it was full to the brim of Ossie's and other great vintage pieces. We're off to another wedding this week (I'm a bridesmaid!) so I'm looking forward to getting to wear more of my collection.

Monday, 15 June 2009

The Sunshine continues...

PhotobucketContinuing on from my last post, here are the rest of the images from the Baine de Soleil editorial. Is it wrong that I am completely obsessed? Maybe it's due to the fact that we've had what seems like weeks of the worst possible weather, but these photos just seem to encapsulate some glamourous summer other-world. Shimmering fabrics, a plethora of gold bangles and pendants, watermelon pink nails, strappy platforms and glossy blond hair- my idea of an ultimate summer wardrobe. I know the style at the moment, especially amongst the blogging community is for denim cutoffs and loose tanks, but I will always be interested in fashion that truly bewitches, that has an air of excitement and romance, full of drama, even for my every day wardrobe.PhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucket

Wednesday, 10 June 2009

Baine de Soleil

While I'm not usually a huge fan of Caroline Trentini (too many jumping editorials probably), she looks absolutely gorgeous in this editorial in the new Numero, by Sebastian Kim. The styling is great- I'd wear every single thing, especially the Vuitton and Burberry bracelets- but more than anything I'm obsessed with her perfect blonde hair.

Ant's Come-back

According to this article, the love of my life, Mr. Stuart Leslie Goddard (better known as Adam Ant), is making a comeback. I can't help but be over-joyed that he's doing better after all of his problems a few years ago- I just hope that he is truly well enough to tour again. He was the first man I ever loved and I spent years and years obsessing about him- you have to remember that this was well after his fame had ended so it was rather odd for a pre-teen in the late nineties to be completely obsessed with him. I even have a tattoo based on one of his and I wrote my college essay about how he was the most influential person in my life, much to my college counselor's chagrin. Has a more beautiful person ever lived? I think not. Once he announces this tour I shall have to book a ticket home to see him- somehow I have never had the chance to see him live so I will not lose this opportunity.

Sunday, 7 June 2009

Somerset Stories

The next photobook I want to buy is Venetia Dearden's Somerset Stories: Fivepenny Dreams. Recently published by Kehrer Verlag, it is a portrait of the inhabitants of Somerset, a county in England's West Country. Recording the close connection between the people and the land, most of these photos are of farmers and caravaners. These moving photos show a world that is slowly disappearing as development encroaches on their peaceful idyll. Secretly (actually not so secretly) I have always wanted to live on a farm and be completely self-sufficient, and this book solidifies this desire- I always talk of settling down in upstate New York or on my mother's family farm in North Carolina but these photos have made me incredibly homesick for England so maybe I'll have to think about settling there. One thing is for sure- next summer when we go to visit England I want to take my boyfriend on a road trip around the countryside as it has been far too long since I've been out there. We're going to London in a week but we don't have enough time to go out of town, so definitely next summer...

All photos Copyright © 2009 Venetia Dearden from PDN.

I've been thinking about combining my two blogs as I have found that the things I want to write about cannot always be clearly labeled as just fashion or just photography, so I end up having trouble deciding where to put certain posts. My other blog originally started as a place to only put my photographs and any news about my photography, but I began to post other photographer's work also and then other subjects that weren't fashion related. Then I began to feel that many of these other subjects belonged on this blog as they are sometimes design related and are always inspirational, so the blogs have become a bit muddled, at least in my mind. I need to do a complete re-design of the blog and I want to move platforms from Blogger, possibly to Wordpress. I also need to do a re-design of my website so I am looking for both a great web designer and graphic designer- they need to be affordable as I'm unemployed at the moment, but I am pretty desperate and can trade my photography skills for some help. If anyone has any ideas, please send them my way- thanks!

Saturday, 6 June 2009

Pictures for Photographs

Tomorrow I'm planning on going up to Chelsea to check out all the galleries, and to see the Miles Aldridge show at the Steven Kasher gallery. I love his slightly surreal spin on fashion photography and his use of super-saturated neon colours in most of his photos, so I am interested to see the prints in the show. I've always had a thing for photographers who use such super-saturated colours, starting from my passion for William Eggleston's dye-transfer prints. I'm sure that Miles Aldridge's are all digital c-prints, which are great for capturing the saturation but sometimes the colours lack depth- I'm looking forward to seeing how vibrant and luminescent these prints are in real life.

These are a selection of his photos that will be on display at the gallery. The last one is from my favourite story of his from Italian Vogue- I did a post on it here.

Love this kitchen and Caroline's whole outfit!

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