Dec 26, 2011

à la française

You never know the amount of inspiration that a small cafe can bring to you. In our situation, we have really hit the spot. It was the place, I was dreaming for such a long time. Cramped but extremely cosy room that  makes you fall into the enormous bliss. Everything, from the vintage styled interior with its bohème twist to the laid-back atmosphere, was a good reason to stay there for the rest of your life or at least for a few hours. I couldn't resist of treating all the photos all alike, because how could you put for instance chic small-talk with a cup of coffee and the Byronesque ellegance against the Gobelin all together? That's why you could notice quite big diversity of the photos below.
Thanks to my lovely girls, we made a few great shots, as well as enjoyed the great winter evening together.
A cup of strong coffee, fresh croissant and genial company; sounds a bit à la française, doesn't it?

P.s. I will share with you my latest photos from Zenit, so stay tuned... :)



Dec 8, 2011

Sheer power


   In a moment when you have a smart few back issues of magazines, and you could still catch something precious from there, just take your scissors and give it a go! 
   My wall got through a few changes, so now it is charged with the current inspirations. You could capture a few polaroids of Helmut Newton, whose controversial shots brought a new stage in todays photography. I have always been captivated by the power of feminine, that he was not afraid to show up. Some people might call this style too kinky, even though there is no doubt that Helmut Newton might be considered as a godfather of this A/W season's style. Provocative fetish yet effortlessly chic, we saw many variations of his influence on the catwalk from Louis Vuitton  to Emilio Pucci. The women was all about seductive glory with all the shiny leather skirts, golden handcuffs and see-through shimmering surfaces. But lets go back to my mood board. A few retrospective shots of Dolce and Gabbana ad campaign from 90's and my current love affair in the form of Nick Knight, fashion photographer, who could generously manipulate with both classical and digital approaches. 
    My look on the photos is pulsed with the influence of all of the above. It strikes the balance between sleek, practical and naughty with one of the safest and most timeless colours like black, mixed with smooth red lipstick . And also you could capture my new favourite, cropped faux fur coat that would be a shot of the purest urban chic to this winter.

Nov 19, 2011

The fallen angel

An angle coming down from heaven, perhaps in a literal way. A mere glance on the latest collection by the Victoria's Secrets should be pretty enough to convince yourself in the divine nature of all of the angel-like creatures pacing down the catwalk. Meanwhile, Candice the-work-of-god Swanepoel shines goldenly like she just has been dropped from the clouds into the wild,  in the latest fall '11 ad campaign for Rag and Bone. The snaps were seeking to capture the candid atmosphere, just like it is meant to be.

The slight after dawn gauze and frizzy blond hair after the sea salt conditioning make me wonder, who will not catch the want-to-be-there-now weakness in the legs?
It is almost December. I even saw a Christmas tree set in the middle of the town but what is more amusing, guess what,  I've already ate a few mince pies which means that Christmas is coming at full speed. For that reason, wrapping up into the warmest fall-is-knocking goodies may be the default way to winterize yourself before the harsh december cold  is nearly there but what can be more effective, than bring back some bright muggy summer days even though it is a bunch of photos. So that is it what makes the every single casual Rag and Bone ad photo so refreshingly special.

Like a swallow of the salty sea breeze, it will not going to let you pass the old summer days by from your memory.

Nov 14, 2011

Que Vive KENZO!

You can't help but be dazzled by the smashing approach of the Antonio Marras who was literally not afraid of picking up on the Latin America Bohema. He summoned his muse, Frida Kahlo, the legendary avant-garde Mexican artist, whose off-the-wall sense has no need of representation. True to form, the fashion's great romantic Marras, the jack-of-all trades, sent out the gowns without literal costumery feel. He explored the feeling of the Mexican art and culture through the range of demonstrating floral, plaid, paisley and other prints as well as teamed everything with the right shades of olive or mahogany brownish. 
   Dark evocative colours balancing with mosaics of fabrics and motifs that introduce the Día de los Muertos glory in an unvarnished kind of way. The pride of opulence goes to the bronze beaded prints, blood-red rose prints or fluid trouser suit with gold embroidery,  for a thick and luxurious Mexican folk 'n' art mix.
   If the choice were set upon the eccentric charm and free use of dark boho or coppery palette of colours, and was meant to peak a hallmark of both label and its creative director, Kenzo succeeded in it.

Oct 26, 2011

We will never yield!

   By taking a glance at my existenece over the past few months, it led me to think ...You will not probably believe me, but there are certain dreadful conditions that soak you up, without any intention to set free and under these terrifying consequences either fall I. Now picture this, even all the habitual things that usually gives you joy and life satisfaction have been covered for me all in dull colours like a thin haze from the smouldering ashes veiled my whole view. Stop blogging wasn't my straight decision, it was my state of mind. Although I knew I would betray my dreams for a little while but I wasn't be able to bring myself to anything and my mind was rejecting any effort to pull myself together. The same thing with information I was barely trying to evaluate and store, but the attempt was morally bound to fail.
    All the glow of the past joys were hidden from me like someone has drawn thick blinds. And sitting in the dark cramped room of my own ego, I was thinking and evaluating my present. Don't try to understand but my winter sleeping had started a bit earlier than usual. In any way, you can easily breath out and say a big "phheeeww" because I will not going to throw out all the trash on you. Problems of such a cast are simply and literally non-hearable, otherwise you will have a "brain bust". To summarise all the wordy mess above, I want to underline two things for you.
   Firstly, no matter what is happening and no matter how tough is it, you must seek for a deep-seated energy and power to restart yourself. It is not that easy tho, it is not all about pressing one button on the keyboard. Nevertheless, those who seek will find just make yourslef believed in a better day. But well, okay, while we are there let's face it, in some case it is not enough to restart. Let the thing burning in the mind go in peace and move along even if it is a big piece of your usual life. We are burying our life and making it scanty (without knowing it) by putting ourselves within the bounds. So try to experiment,  change yourself,  be better,  be creative, develop your skills and never stop, because there might be no second chances at all. 
    The second thing is smoothly flowing out from the first one. All the bad times are gone and I've found something there to get on my feet and go ahead in the right direction of my dreams, aims and desires. The divine light from nowehere illuminates with new colours as if it was lighted up through the stained glass. Apparently I'm going with the stream, but the difference with now and then is that I know the direction and which stream is it.

Bags of new thoughts, reviews, pictures and other yum-yum things are waiting for you and I cannot stand to hide this from you, guys, anymore. The rush came back to life, just stay tuned :)


Jul 26, 2011

Let's spatter some colours.

I always find mixing two of my hobbies particularly appealing when represented in a form of fashion illustration. Paris Haute Couture left a big mark on me, so I took on watercolours, paper and pencil to make the impression of Armani Prive collection go to reality. Also I suspect I'm not the only one allured by the japanese leitmotif. Giorgio Armani remained completely faithful to the East, but lets moving on from the collection to the canvas. Honestly speaking, it is not the final piece (and hope I will find some strength to push the matter through) but I could hardly wait to share it with you guys :)

 Another work inspired by Dior Fall 2011 that has stuck in my folder for a few months. I remember oceans of tulle and bouffant satin, as well as lingerie dresses that undescore a shot of killing charm. Consequently, my aim was not to go beyond the sensuality of feminine and the choice of whity-pink was obvious. However, that mossy splash makes the whole vision of that illustration more legible. The portraits of 19th century( the epoch of Lord Byron), ment to be one of the influences for the Dior wizards and particularly for me.

 And a couple of extra  drawings. Don't try to see the aesthetics or art value in these works. I'm an amateur so I'm allowed to make any metamorphosis and transformations with some techniques and mediums :D

New issue of British Vogue on my coffee table make sitting alone at home much more pleasant to me.