Saturday, October 28, 2006
Being a nonstop visual, artistic person can be tiring sometimes. But in a good way. Especially, when I watch films, I usually get caught up too deep with details and questioning myself if something I just saw can be a possible inspiration, theme, or simply connected to a subject that I might know of.
Films can be an excellent source of inspiration and have been for a great number of designers. I should seriously start counting how many times critics have made references to "Breakfast at Tiffany's'", "Belle de Jour", "Desperately Seeking Susan" and so on. After the movies, actresses become next "victims" of reference, because I think that if the actress was not suitable for the role, then the way she wears and handles the clothes in the movie would be just wrong. I mean, can you imagine anyone other than Catherine Deneuve wearing that iconic YSL coat and Roger Vivier flats?
All of this brings me to film posters. I have always been a big of them. Although, I do not collect them (they look quite dorm style to me when hung on walls), film posters can sometimes break or make a film for me. And no, I am not vein. This notion is being described by the fact that there have been some very good films with not so impressive posters such as "The Swimming Pool". But, this post is about good posters, so I am going to tell you which poster scored the highest score this month. It is "The Good German" with George Clooney and Cate Blanchett. It is such a refreshing idea to use vintage 40's style for the poster when they could easily go with something more generic. They took inspiration from "Casablanca", although they have inserted some current time elements such as very sharp image of Cate. But, at the end you need to keep it current.
Thursday, October 26, 2006
Saturday, October 21, 2006
"The statement is about legs, and when the collection is about legs you have to show a lot of leg. The statement was this proportion, this lightness. The clothes are light; the girls are not anorexic, but the clothes are."
Friday, October 20, 2006
And this is the reason many people do not understand. US Vogue cannot be as forward as Italian or French Vogue. Yes, there was a time when US Vogue was in the same artistic category as its European editions, but times change. Of course, that there can always be some changes and improvements, but we all know that people in America have different approaches and views of fashion than in Europe. Which brings me to the new edition of US Vogue. I just flipped through it and what really caught me was the stellar cover. Some might call it boring, but I like it. A lot. It's powerful and strong--just like Cate Blanchett is. Also, I like the editorial with her as it shows some good photos. And after a long time of absence from US Vogue, Kate Moss has a very nature, playful, free spirited editorial shot by Bruce Weber. Enjoy.
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
You know that you've been doing something great if Barney's decides to sell your collection. That happened to Mooka Kinney, a design duo from New York.
What appealed to the buyers? The fine detailing, such as figure shaped buttons? Or perhaps the irresistible prints such as swans? Whatever it was, their collection of innocent and oh-so-girly dresses is just stellar. I am excited to see their progress and new designs in the future.
Check out all the pretty pretty dresses here.
Eva Green, the lead girl of the new, upcoming James Bond movie is getting more and more of my attention. I am surprised that she is not getting much publicity in the U.S. And she should. She has stunning eyes, great facial bone structure, looks very chic and attends shows such as Louis Vuitton. Could Eva be a new fashion muse?
You know how many people say that designers are usually influenced by current art exhibitions, political events, people...Hm, is that so?
This thought occurred to me yesterday as I was looking for new art shows opening this weekend. Instantly, I thought of the major costume exhibit this year, "Anglomania", and how there were not any influences of it at the spring collections. What happened? Did designers just simply ignored the Brits, or was it a simple blockage?
Wednesday, October 11, 2006
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
Did you know that many one of the Helmut's Newton photos containing long nails, came as inspiration from a lady who pumped gas in LA? She had blue nails.
Did you know that Helmut Newton did not like traveling for his background inspiration and always found something that worked within the place he was staying?
And why many photos have pools in them?
Did you know that... well, if you'd like to know more, then rent or buy this DVD on Helmut Newton. It's just genius.
I certainly enjoyed this DVD since he is one of my favorite photographers . What attracts me most to his work is the combination of strong sexualityand dramatic directness. His relaxed and unpretentious state is presented by the fact that he worked with one assistant and two cameras only. Declaring that most photographers are boring, this documentary gives you an idea of a legend who was exclusively concentrated on his own work. Mr. Newton liked placing his models in scenes that are not associated with fashion or luxury. Intensity is such a key element in his work, which is instantly recognized. And, of course today he is widely copied by many famous photographers, who try to appear original and distinct but deep down we all know who they had a mind.
This song has been on replay many times on Nicolas' Ghesquière and Hussein's Chalayan playlists.
Magdalena Frackowiak, who opened the YSL show has an ultimate freshness about her. Her doll like stare, miniature eyes and sharp jaw makes her a face to watch. She is a Next girl.
Wouldn't she be great for a Nivea commercial?
Sunday, October 08, 2006
Experience one of the best editorial of the year, "Eden".
We can always count on highly inspirational and utterly original editorials from W. This month, the issue is dedicated to art, with a main feature "Eden", which is a collaboration between Mario Sorrenti and Richard Tuttle. Mr. Tuttle is a phenomenal contemporary artist with a sharp, but twisted (in a good way) approach to modern art. It is interesting to see Sasha, Freja, Irina and others as art muses.
Saturday, October 07, 2006
Friday, October 06, 2006
Thursday, October 05, 2006
Is there a secret besides some of the most powerful models of the moment? Who is behind the scenes and deals of say, Heather Marks?
Enter the amazing world of model scout, CEO and president of Mode Models, Canada's best and most prestigious modeling agency, Kelly Streit. Declared as one of the top 100 Canadians to watch, by Macleans magazine, he truly is a man to learn from. His story starts in Red Deer, Alberta, Canada where taking upon a course at a local agency, he was determined to succeed in the highly competitive world of scouting. Luck came soon after when he met Karen Lee from Elite NY, from where his career took off.
Representing genius models such as Heather Marks and Julia Dunstall, Kelly is a man with a dignyfying personality and constant enthusiasm. Here, he shares some of his thoughts, advice and career paths with The Coherent.
1. What moment/event in your life made you realize that you want to pursue scouting as a career? Could you describe that certain moment/event?
I had taken a course with a local agency and found out about the business, I loved taking pictures of cool looking people. The lady that taught me didn't seem to like me so I left. Never deterred, I decided to take what I learned and start my own agency. I was working at a local McDonald's at the time. I'd be shooting people I thought had a model look during shift. Needless to say, the corporation felt my career choice was in another direction. I took the pictures I had been shooting to a convention in Calgary. Met some of the top scouts, including Karen Lee from Elite NY and my career was born.
2. What would you define as a highlight of your career and why?
When Tricia Helfer won the 1992 Ford Supermodel of the World and when I was named one of the 100 Canadians to watch by Macleans magazine in January 1993.
3. What were the most constant struggles?
In the beginning running an agency in Alberta meant a money struggle. I had to borrow money a couple of times to keep things afloat. But that was the beginning. Once our models started to work in the international market, cashflow became more consistent. Keeping ahead of the trend is always the struggle. Forecasting the next look in models is important to keeping your models in the minds of the designers, editors and magazines.
4. Besides persistence, keen eye and utter devotion to the industry, what other qualities you think a successful scout should possess?
Lack of inhibition. You can't be shy and walk up to total strangers and tell them they should be a model.
5. What makes a model shine like your stars Heather and Julia?
Their personalities set them apart. Very different yet equally charming and contemporary. Nice people!
6. Do you think that the supermodel era (Christy, Naomi, Linda...) will ever be back?
There are girls today who are making the rates these girls were commanding but the industry took hold of the control again so it dictated rate and not the other way round. The fashion houses have stood time tests and continue to do so. They make models like these supermodels so have once again been elevating certain girls but I don't know that they'll allow that dominance again.
7. We've been seeing a lot of odd, alien-like looking girls around for a while now such as Gemma Ward, Sasha P, Tanya D... While they make for interesting editorials, the general public does not like them. Do you see this trend going strong or slowly fading?
The muse of the artist will last as long as she remains inspiring. I look at a model like Kate Moss who was shorter than the supermodel crew, with her almond eyes and imperfect teeth and Calvin Klein made her a household name. That is still possible today. The public didn't immediately embrace her either but she has stood the test of time.