FASHION SPOT ALEXA CHUNG : NEW SPRING FASHION.
Afterzine is a bi-annual arts and culture zine, curated by Hamish Robertson, featuring a collection of invited works upon dictated themes.75% (11)
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Interpretations: Negative Space
As these pages are an exercise in overcoming my own tendency to overthink projects, I knew the first issue's theme should not fall victim to that propensity. Hence, I chose to mirror the first assignment I was presented with as a student at Leeds College of Art, England, in 1998: Interpret "negative space."
Featured Study: Book covers, character, and spines
As numerous books and blogs showcase classic or beautiful book covers, Issue One's featured study focuses on the much overlooked art of the book spine. I invited Joseph Sullivan of the Book Design Review to comment on spine design, Jessica Pigza of the New York Public Library to select ten interesting spines from the library's permanent collection, and myself and British recording artist George Pringle to select our own favorites. I also invited six style bloggers to create a look based on their favorite book, book character, or book cover. The results adorn the three bookmarks accompanying this issue.
Style: Cover Me
Style bloggers Erika Altosaar, Nico Antonelli, Tavi Gevinson, Hannah and Landon Metz, and Megan Stewart were invited to create a look based on their favorite book, book character, or book cover. Printed over three double-sided bookmarks and inserted at random, one is included with each copy of Afterzine.
Features contributions from Erika Altosaar, Nico Antonelli, Jenni Avins, Eric Balliantz, Noma Bar, Nicholas Bentham, William Brown, Jr., Alexa Chung, Kate Cox, Tavi Gevinson, Christy Harrison, Laura Havlin, Lizz Hickey, Paige Maguire, Shannon Maldonado, Lucy Martin, Hannah & Landon Metz, Thurston Moore, Jessica Pigza, George Pringle, George Prochnik, Mindy Ramaker, Hamish Robertson, Jon Schuller, Andi Teran, Henry David Thoreau, Peter Saville, Evan Scott, Joshua Siegel, Bobby Solomon, Megan Stewart, and Joseph Sullivan.
Alexa Chung is an English television presenter, model and contributing editor at British Vogue. She is also the first subject in a series of fashion centric work I haven't posted here before. I have hundreds of related shots but never considered them worthy of seeing the light of day, but whilst doing some drive spring cleaning a few days ago I took the time to review some. Technically they are far from perfect, composition is somewhat haphazard, with elements such as, in this case feet, chopped off completely. Being somewhat anal about composition this bothered me so I resigned them to the ever expanding "Junk" folder. But now I am not so sure, I'm starting to like the immediacy of them. All were taken Paparazzi style. These people are generally too busy or important to stand around waiting for me to focus manually when everyone else is crowding around with 1D's and 5D's. What would be an easy shot using digital is far more involved when pointing the Kiev 88 or an Olympus OM. But I think the results hark back to an earlier age, when fashion was far more glamorous than the circus it can appear to be today. And I definitely have a great respect for the original Paparazzi pack, chasing the shot with speedgraphics and the like, that was Hard work with a capital H. Tamara loves these, she thinks it is amongst my best work, with the caveat that my digital fashion stuff is shite. You may or may not agree, fashion after all isn't everybody's cup of tea, but there you have it, I have finally come out of the closet, I now love fashion! (Pun intended) [Kiev 88CM] Arsat f=80/1:2.8] [Fomapan 400] [Fomadon R09 (new) 1+100, 90 minutes with agitation every 30 minutes, Temp 20C]Hunter owners cash in on festivals
They make an unlikely fashion statement- but in recent years Hunter wellies have become as ubiquitous to festivals as warm beer and sunburn. After being spotted on everyone from Kate Moss to Alexa Chung, Hunter owners Pentland Group reported pre-tax profit up 46 percent for the year to ?96.6 million. The group, which also owns Boxfresh trainers and a 57 percent in JD Sports added 1,026 members of staff last year, as it saw revenues jump by ?7.1 million from new acquisitions in 2010. Pentland made the bulk of its ?903 million revenues in the UK, counting continental Europe as its second biggest region, bringing in ?233.9 million. The shoe specialist now covers 14 premium high street brands including the licenses to sell Ted Baker and Lacoste shoes.
Writer/director/editor/special-effects-supervisor Robert Rodriguez (Spy Kids, Desperado) continues to storm the movie world with The Adventures of SharkBoy and LavaGirl in 3-D. A young boy named Max (Cayden Boyd) finds the real world crashing into his dreams: His parents fight, bullies harrass him at school, and his teacher advises him to get a grip on reality. But Max's faith in his fantasies is so strong that his superheroic creations SharkBoy (Taylor Lautner) and LavaGirl (Taylor Dooley) crash into Max's classroom and take him off to rescue the fantastic planet he dreamed up. Towards the end, SharkBoy and LavaGirl crumbles with clumsy story gaps and bland moral advice, but most of the movie explodes with visual invention. A clockwork villain with electrical limbs commands an army of extension-cord snakes; SharkBoy uses his claws to engrave a diagram of the solar system into a chalkboard; LavaGirl's burning feet melt an ice bridge as she runs across it. It's disappointing that Rodriguez's storytelling flounders, but sections of deliciously fluid movie-making make The Adventures of SharkBoy and LavaGirl in 3-D worth seeing nonetheless. Also featuring David Arquette (Eight Legged Freaks), Kristin Davis (Sex in the City), and George Lopez (Real Women Have Curves). --Bret FetzerRelated topics:
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