Sunday, January 22, 2012
These illustrations are the work of Milan-based Alexsandro Palombo who is also the founder of humorchic.blogspot.com
Above, Karl Lagerfeld and blogger Diane Pernett are re-imagined as 'The Simpsons' characters Homer and Marge. Below, the same is done with US Vogue editor Anna Wintour and her creative director Grace Coddington.
Saturday, January 21, 2012
Dries von Noten AW12 with graphic prints by Dutch artists Gijs Frieling and Job Wouters
Why, oh, why do we not find more of such collaborations between South African artists and fashion designers? Imagine a Suzaan Heyns winter collection featuring elements of Nandipha Mntambo's hideskin artefacts? Mmmmm....? Methinks it would be nice.
Monday, January 16, 2012
This is a story I did at the end of last year as it appears in the latest (February 2012) issue of Marie Claire South Africa. The magazine is on the shelf today. Go get yourself a copy and read about all things 'mirrorsexual', from Kenny Kunene to South African men who indulge in cosmetic surgery. Yes, they exist!
Monday, January 9, 2012
|Carine Roitfeld (Image from Nymag.com)|
While Anna Wintour, for instance, has forever been the subject of media scrutiny it is no longer surprising to find Roitfeld, for one, being profiled in a 2000 word feature in any fashion magazine or newspaper. In fact, when she left French Vogue last year, I think I personally read at least three different profiles where journalists sought to figure out where-to-next for her while unpacking her personal style.
Some two weeks ago, The New York Times speculated that she may be seeking to start her own magazine title, while simultaneously rising meteorically to unprecedented fashion superstardom. Months after leaving the influential Condenast group (the publishers of Vogue), Roitfeld’s star power seems to have somewhat doubled. She’s still on the fashion week front rows despite not being an editor for any title and she’s a coveted party guest all over the globe.
Is there anything particularly wrong with this? Is it such a bad thing for fashion editors to be famous beyond their byline?
I would argue that there is absolutely nothing wrong with it, in fact, it’s the way of the future. We live in an era where individual influence can exceed that of aged-old organisations or brands. The influence that bloggers have, for example, is testimony. If Dello Russo’s fame is enough to get us all interested in Japanses Vogue- where she is editor at large- I don’t see how Si Newhouse (chairman of the Condenast Group) would see this as being a disadvantage. It’s about time people got their fashion influence from people who know the ins-and-outs of style rather than relying on Hollywood celebrities for inspiration, anyway. The red carpets are hardly the best place for fashion inspiration in my opinion anyway.