Friday, October 7, 2011

Beyonce 'Countsdown' Minute By Minute Her Best Video To Date!

Beyonce has done it yet again! But this time around it's not a baby revealing performance or a tribute to Tina Tuner, but it's the release of her official 3rd single "Countdown" off the her current album "4" which showcases the Queen of R&B/Pop shake rattle and rolling in this eye-candy video, perfect for the fashion hungry like me-self.

Quite the tasteful aesthetic, Beyonce crushes her previous video favorites of mine ('Why Don't You Love Me', 'Crazy In Love', & 'Run The World'), channeling a 60's version of Audrey Hepburn, Brigitte Bardot, and Tina Turner.

The cinematography, art direction, editing, costume, make-up, hair, etc - believe me I can go on and on - is pure perfection! Feast your eyes on this retro-vintage-mod video gone superbly well. Also a fun fact kiddas, the video was shot by Adria Petty, daughter of American rocker Tom Petty. That explains a whole lot. As always, indulge and shake a tail feather.

Grease Is The Word by Jacob Axelman

Mensweek - October 5, 2011
Models Paul Boche, Michael Elmquist, and Jay Nodland
Ph Jacob Axelman
St Alex Badia

The 1950s are always a great inspiration for menswear designers and in this shoot for Mensweek, Jacob Axelman shoots Paul Boche, Michael Elmquist and Jay Nodland in a 50s inspired garb while resident stylist-extraordinaire Alex Badia dresses them in a mix of Band of Outsiders, Moschino and Burberry. Courtesy of

Boris Ovini for Exhibition Magazine #1

Photographer Boris Ovini captures models Saskia de Brauw and Kat Hessen for the first 'Lipstick Issue' of Exhibition magazine. Courtesy of

Finer Points by Blair Getz Mezibov

SCMP Style
Models Ryan Kennedy, Seijo Imazaki and Vladimir Ivanov
Ph Blair Getz Mezibov
St Marcus Teo

SCMP Style, a Chinese style periodical, taps Ryan Kennedy, Seijo Imazaki and Vladimir Ivanov for this shoot featuring modern and sophisticated suits and suit separates, all shot and styled by Blair Getz Mezibov and Marcus Teo, respectively. Courtesy of

A Boy Named River by Jeiroh Yanga

Sheer #1
Model River Viiperi
Ph Jeiroh Yanga
St Jordan Bradfield & Jamie Krendler

River Viiperi, who's the face of the collaborative collection between Milan-based high fashion brand Versace and fast-fashion retailer H&M, is shot by Jeiroh Yanga for Sheer's debut issue, styled by duo Jordan Bradfield and Jamie Krendler. Oliver Vaughn also interviews River who "ditched school and went to London to give [modeling] a try." Courtesy of

The Chicest Show On Earth by Laspata DeCaro

"The Chicest Show On Earth" by photographer Laspata DeCaro with models Jessica Stam and Gabriel Aubrey. Courtesy of

Sponge Yourselves With Karl Lagerfeld!

Nowadays you can sip from a coca cola bottle or take a bite out of a magnum ice cream bar made exclusively by Karl Lagerfeld. But he's nowhere near finished creating new inventive products, hence his first fragrance, aptly titled "Karleidoscope". WWD reports that Karl has said, “A fragrance is not made to be explained by words.” Which we here concur.

The packaging features Lagerfeld’s silhouette from the bottle top to a tiny black sponge, impeccable branding for such a genius like himself. It's up for grabs solely in Europe, commencing on October 11th.

Michelle Williams Debuts "My Week With Marilyn"

The Real Maryiln finally stands up! Since May of 2010 we've been closely following thee manifestation of Michelle Williams debut portrayal of the iconic and original Blonde bombshell Marilyn Monroe.

We get the first look at the official trailer, which in my opinion should lay to rest all skeptics who were unsure whether or not Michelle would be able to fill such large shoes as Miss Monroe's. The giggle, the strut, and the hand gestures are all in tact when watching Williams sashay across the computer screen!


"In the early summer of 1956, 23-year-old Colin Clark (Eddie Redmayne), just down from Oxford and determined to make his way in the film business, worked as a lowly assistant on the set of The Prince and the Showgirl. The film that famously united Sir Laurence Olivier (Kenneth Branagh) and Marilyn Monroe (Williams), who was also on honeymoon with her new husband, the playwright Arthur Miller (Dougray Scott).

Nearly 40 years on, his diary account “The Prince, the Showgirl and Me” was published, but one week was missing and this was published some years later as “My Week with Marilyn” – this is the story of that week. When Arthur Miller leaves England, the coast is clear for Colin to introduce Marilyn to some of the pleasures of British life; an idyllic week in which he escorted a Monroe desperate to get away from her retinue of Hollywood hangers-on and the pressures of work."

Fun Friday Image! Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion Edition.

Lisa Kudrow and Mira Sorvino pay tribute on the cover of Entertainment Weekly to their cult-classic 90's film, "Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion". The dress is superbly astounding and we can't get enough of it!

We Say...Let The Best Garments Win!

Catching up where we last left off with, 'Seems like there aren't enough catwalk hours in a day', Hayley Phela of says that...

"Fashion month is about to get a whole lot messier.
A few days ago, it was reported that Milan had put forth Spring 2013 Fashion Week dates that would conflict with London and New York Fashion Week. In response, Condé Nast’s International chairman Jonathan Newhouse had personally written to Mario Boselli, head of the Italian Chamber of Fashion, threatening that none of his Vogue editors (including those of the American, Italian and French editions) would be allowed to attend Milan if the dates were moved. Honestly, we thought that was that: If Condé Nast wants to throw its weight around, it will probably come out victorious. We thought that, at the least, a compromise could be made, since this is after all an industry employing thousands of people and not a case of sibling rivalry. But we were wrong.

Milan has essentially told New York and London Fashion Week to go fuck themselves. According to WWD, the Milan Chamber of Fashion decided today that it would stick with its proposed dates, and that Milan Fashion Week will run from Sept. 19-25 next fall. Since New York is set to run from Sept. 13 to 20, and London from Sept. 21 to 25, Milan Fashion Week will bite into New York’s show dates and completely eclipse poor London’s.

This announcement comes on the heels of the CFDA’s letter posted on WWD yesterday, reasserting their position that they cannot, and will not, shift their Fashion Week dates any earlier. The letter cited the “Second Thursday Rule,” a pact that states New York Fashion Week will always start on the second Thursday of the month and a pact that the CFDA asserts was agreed upon by the British Fashion Council, Chambre Syndicale, and Camera Nazionale della Moda in 2008. Unfortunately from there the letter devolves into a classic case of he said, she said: “As you may have read, the dates for showing the spring-summer 2013 collections are now being disputed. Milan is claiming that the agreement was for three years only. This is not the case; the agreed-to schedule was always meant to be a long-term/permanent one.”

Does anyone else feel like this seems more akin to a power struggle between high school’s most popular clique, rather than a matter of conflicting schedules in a major industry? Boselli’s attitude certainly isn’t helping to fix that. The head of the Italian Chamber of Fashion told WWD, “Let the best one win.” Well, that’s certainly mature.

On a more serious note, though, we really can’t see how this can be allowed to happen. Will Vogue editors–especially Vogue Italy’s team–really be made to forgo Milan Fashion Week? How will London Fashion Week, who boasts considerably less designer star-power, be able to compete with big names like Prada and Dolce & Gabbana showing at the same time? On the other hand, how will the Italian labels–especially the young ones that depend on Fashion Week to bring them international exposure–be able to cope with none of Condé Nast’s editors in attendance? More importantly, how awkward will the Fall 2012 shows in February, be?"

Fit For a Prince by Joe Lai

Essential Homme - September / October 2011
Model Gabriel Gronvik
Ph Joe Lai
St Benjamin Brouillet

Gabriel Gronvik dons all Lanvin for this shoot for Essential Homme's latest issue, photographed by Joe Lai and styled by Benjamin Brouillet. Courtesy of

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