Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Breaking Bread: Meet Blame Coco

Blame Coco are a group founded by a conceptualized five-piece band fronted by one Coco Sumner who happens to be the daughter of Rock legend Sting. I Blame Coco's first album, "The Constant" came out in the UK on November 8th 2010.

I Blame Coco has not only supported fellow British act La Roux on her UK tour but featured guest vocals on the Miike Snow tune, "Animal". The track took practically a year until it garnered attention and a following soon after. So perhaps I Blame Coco will have the same luck?

Either way, this electro-pop injected debut album has an individual craftsmanship with its melodical structures and arousing lyrics. It is said that her distinct voice engaged thee attention of Swedish producer Klas Ahlund (Britney Spears, Kylie Minogue, Robyn) and the rest is like they say, history! Dig it below kiddas!

Tune: I Blame Coco feat. Robyn - Caesar

Tune: Self-Machine

Jacob Coupe by Sean Ellis | Paths of Glory

The charismatic Jacob Coupe shows us how to look stylish on the battleground in the GQ Style UK editorial 'Paths of Glory,' photographed by Sean Ellis and styled by David Lamb. Courtesy of - Homotography

Andrej Pejic by Armin Morbach | Margiela Returning

The new issue no. 22 of Tush magazine pays tribute to the originality and immense talent of Belgian designer Martin Margiela with an editorial that showcases the best of Maison Martin Margiela over the years, when the designer was at the helm. Continuing to make splashes with his androgynous beauty, male model Andrej Pejic stars in the special feature ‘Margiela Returning’, which is photographed by Armin Morbach and styled by Ingo Nahrwold with hair by Christoph Hasenbein and make-up by Claudia Perschmann. Courtesy of - Homotography

Bruno Rosendo by Bojana Tatarska

Bruno Rosendo by Bojana Tatarska. Courtesy of - Homotography

Formal Education by Blair Getz Mezibov

Models Alex Lundqvist, Patrick Kafka, and Adrian Wlodarski star in 'Formal Education' in the latest issue of the Robb Report, photographed by Blair Getz Mezibov and styled by Christopher Campbell. Courtesy of - Homotography

Niels Raabe by Markus Lambert

German model Niels Raabe stars in this eccentric set by Markus Lambert (aka Twin Shot), styled by Marcell Naubert with dramatic hair & makeup by Gudrun Mueller. Courtesy of - Homotography

Paul Newman: 5 Days Of Work. 2 Days Of Freedom. He's Ready!

Legendary Actor Paul Newman is seen in the photo above what looks to be like after having spent several days on set during the 1960s,he's more than prepared to make his way home. Because it's like I say, your home is where you lay your hat. In this instance, it's his briefcase. Newman showcases what it really means how to dress and look quite proper without trying to hard. Like most brilliant actors from that era.

Paul is strutting a leather jacket, which you can never go wrong with unless it's ill-fitting. He parred it with a beige smart shirt and trousers, along with a leather strapped shoes, and rectangular aviators!

Say kiddas, I think it's time to relax. The weekend is here. Just take a cue from Mister Newman!

Paul Newman Was A Great Soul.

Remembering Paul Newman (1925 - 2008)

Dave Letterman Pays Tribute to Paul Newman.

Nicole Scherzinger Brings Her Posion to X Factor

With her new pop/dance single entitled 'Poison' ex Pussy Cat Dolls front woman Nicole Scherzinger brings her troop to X Factor UK.

Check out Nicole in an S&M jumpsuit that would make Janet Jackson proud.

Nick Knight on the Fashion Industry: ‘If it’s not more important than your love life, family, food, sleep, etc, you’re not gonna make it.’

Thanks to fashion writer Sabrina Morrison, we have a very special and one of a kind interview with the man known as Nick Knight! Based in London, Nick Knight, is legendary fashion photographer and director of medium-shattering SHOWstudio gave a rare, live-streamed interview with the Business of Fashion‘s Imran Amed at London’s members-only Hospital Club on Friday, the eve before SHOWstudio’s 10th birthday. In the third installment of BoF’s “Fashion Pioneers” interview series, Knight explains how he grew from an underachieving pre-med schoolboy into an arrogant box-fresh fashion photographer, dead set on turning the entire medium on its head.

The most pivotal moment in fashion-music-film history came last year when SHOWstudio partnered with Alexander McQueen to live-stream “Plato’s Atlantis,” McQueen’s last ever fashion show, which crashed under the interest generated by a single tweet from Lady Gaga announcing she’d be releasing her new single at the end of the livecast. A moment Knight recalls “One of the worst days of my life, like being in the back row and watching the machinery melt.” But the fashion business took note. Suzy Menkes called it “A techno revolution.” Hilary Alexander said (of SHOWstudio) “It’s the most complex arsenal of computerized weapons ever seen in fashion,” and Gucci Group’s CEO Robert Polet said: “It’s the biggest game change we are going to experience and embrace, it’s going to touch every aspect of our business.”

BoF: How did you know you’d found your career path... NK: I didn’t have a lightning moment. I thought, I don’t really know anything about this, but I know if I work every hour that god sends…It became an addiction and I knew “I can’t stop this.” It’s a curse, a pleasure, like all addictions. I don’t follow an image in my head as much as a desire. It’s a feeling that you want something you haven’t got, seen or done before. Then you tend to want to find the best people to work with, learn through and trying to see life through their vision became the fuel to my desire.

What’s been technology’s effect on fashion photography...? Ever since I got into it I wanted to change it. Then in the ’80s all the things they taught you in school weren’t relevant. The medium shifted underneath my feet and by the ’90s it was undefinable. It was like being the first person in a sweets shop…you didn’t know where to start. Photography has killed itself off with its pretentiousness, its backwards looking, unwillingness to evolve.

Origins of SHOWstudio...? In the ’80s I started filming my shoots. Our idea was to send out a VHS every month…luckily that never happened. First, it occurred to me that clothes are designed to be seen in movement. Secondly, was a realization that nobody sees the incredible creative process behind it. I didn’t do it to demistify it. Fashion is actually very poorly served by the media, it’s either trivialized or scandalized. The world I knew was artistically very exciting. One of the biggest luxuries is access. But people are approaching it like a Hollywood film, with loads of lighting and bringing in Hollywood directors and actresses. I did a film for J’adore and had a crew of 70 people on the set. I need two. One camera, a model and a light. There’s a tendency to push things on you, like the ‘red camera’ when all you need is maybe a Canon 5D. In the end it’s about that personal relationship between you and your model.

Has technology made people more/less creative...? Neither. If you’ve nothing to say in the first place it doesn’t matter how many tools you have.

You have to make fashion entertainment. It isn’t enough to plug in cameras and say here you go. It’s the difference between getting three thousand and three million viewers. The whole fashion schedule is evolving too…cycles and distribution are changing when a buyer in Hong Kong can see the catwalk and buy the clothes immediately, the press bitches don’t really need to be there anymore and the designer suddenly controls their image.

What makes a good fashion film...? It has to make something appear desirable. A fashion film, like photography, should be non-narrative. You want the dress or you want to be the girl but you don’t need to know where she came from. Whoever’s clothes they are, Galliano, Yohji Yamamoto…the narrative is imbued in the clothing. There are only a few people that can take good fashion photographs. In the first decade of Vogue there were two…Steichen who was an art photographer and Baron Adolf de Meyer who was a society photographer. So it’s no surprise to me that there aren’t more people out there that can make good fashion films. It’s different to film as fashion photography is different to fashion.

What do you see when you look 10 years ahead...? Mobile phones are our new screens, people are very happy to function through them. And 3D scanning. I take photos from several angles and from that data I can make an object, bring a 2D still image into physical space. Technology is waiting for us to catch up. This stuff has been around for years it’s just been used by the military and automotive industry. Soon you’ll be able to download a sweater. You can already download perfumes. 3D scanning was one of our first projects, 10 years ago. We made a huge Naomi statue and people all over the world could write on it. It was a portal and Naomi was the interface. Soon there’ll be a digital modeling agency.

Our wisdom moment. Any advice to your younger self...? I was too arrogant to listen to anyone…but if I was advising someone else I’d say you have to work harder than anyone else. If it’s not more important than your love life, family, food, sleep, etc, you’re not gonna make it. What’s great about fashion is it never allows you rest on your laurels. You have to get in it to come in first. There is no union or pension and you’ll be actively dis-encouraged. It’s a lonely job.

What are the basic tools people getting into the business would need...? Just your heart and mind. If you’re desperate to say something you’ll find a way to say it, I mean people scratched it on prison walls with rusty nails.

Take a personal tour of renowned photographer Nick Knights Fashion Revolution exhibition at Somerset House truly one of the most ground-breaking shows the industry has ever seen. Join the action with Alexander McQueen, Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss, Martin Margiela and many more!

Pippy Long-stocking Isn't Pleased

Keep your limbs to yourself boys and ... well boys.

Rihanna Covers The Latest Issue Of Both British GQ Magazine & Interview Magazine

Rihanna chats to both publishing giants about her new red-hot album "Loud" along with her thoughts on starting a family, and leaving that super-regular(again this is an expression were using from now on when describing those existing souls that aimlessly roam this planet) ex of hers.

Rihanna who also looks gracious on both covers is demonstrating a true antiquated performers mentality that has recently vanished in the last year alone. Re-tweaking each performance for the sake of redundancy when promoting her new tunes around the world. This proves that Rihanna is all about putting in the multiple hours into rehearsals, re-recordings, and helming thee creative directors chair when it comes to her stage set-ups.

Asked by interviewer Kanye West where she wants to raise kids, Ri shared...

“That’s difficult to think about. Because where I’d want to live and where it would be possible for me to live are two different places.”

“I would love to bring them up in [my native country] Barbados. But with the career that I have, I definitely can’t do that,” she added. “I can’t live that far away from everything now, without kids, so I cer tainly couldn’t raise kids and do that with the demanding sched ule that I have.”

“Sometimes when you’re on the inside of a relationship like that, you can’t see it clearly for what it is. I left – it was the best feeling. It was so freeing…I witnessed it happening to my mum and I said I would never let that happen to me – and then it was happening. Now, when I look back, it bugs me out that I couldn’t see it for what it was.”

Below are excerpts from Rihanna's spread in Interview’s December 2010 issue.

On her take on fashion...“I’m over the whole structured clothing, overly shoulder-padded shit. I like stuff that’s easy without trying too hard. I don’t like stuff that’s too contrived. I’m not into trends or trendy style anymore. [A year from now] I probably see a lot of menswear, or something extremely, extremely feminine. But I like to play with both.”

On her vulnerable side...“I think a lot of people have a misperception of me. They only see the tough, defen sive, aggressive side. But every woman is vulnerable. They have vulnerability. So of course I’m going to have that side. It’s not a major part of who I am, but it’s definitely there. I just don’t like people to see me cry.”

On having children...“I don’t know actually. That depends on a lot of other sh-t. [laughs] I have a lot of other stuff to accomplish before I get to kids. Whenever the time is right, I’ll just know. I don’t really plan on the age. It could be a year from now. It could be 10 years from now. Whenever is right. If I had a girl, she’d probably be really rebellious. She would be like a bundle of karma.”

Rihanna takes to the stage on Late Show with David Letterman to perform her current single "What's My Name?" from her record "Loud" which was released November 12, 2010.

Monday, November 29, 2010

River Viiperi by Dimitris Theocharis | Rose

River Viiperi stars alongside Alex Wurfel in the new TO2W editorial Rose, photographed by Dimitris Theocharis and styled by Ioannis Dimitrousis. Courtesy of - Homotography

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