Style Stalker: Kenya Kreates

It’s high season at fashion tech, with the 1st and 2nd years having their final presentations last week, and us certificate kids starting our final project next week – it’s all go from here. I’m simply busting to see the exhibition and fashion show in November!! And to figure out what the hell I’m actually going to make for my final project!! eeek.

One of the 1st year girls, Kenya asked me to model her pieces for her look book – and holey moley they were rad.
She created a double layer polyester-chiffon draped dress with hot pink trimming!! The double layer could detach using the exposed zip wrapped around the middle. She also made tailored leggings and this pretty sexual leotard/bodice creation with suspender clasps to wear under the dress. Daayymm. PLUS an amazing lined jacket to wear over the top! … and did I mention she is 1st year?? The amount of talent at the Otago tech is kinda out of control. And more than mildly intimidating. 

Click through to get a closer look at the creations of Kenya Quin xo

The man behind the curtain: Terry Richardson

Most of you will recognise Terry Richardson’s name from the closing credits of Miley Cyrus’s new soft porn music video ‘Wrecking Ball’ – but who is this mysterious man, and why is he shooting Miley in the buff? Mr Richardson is best known for his scandalous and erotic photography, as well as scandalous and erotic rumours surrounding him taking advantage of underage models… Whether you believe the rumours or not, there is no denying he does create some pretty rad images. 

You have most definitely seen his work before! His trademarks are a plain white backdrop, with celebrities wearing his famous black rimmed glasses doing a big thumbs up and/or taking their clothes off. He regularly shoots for GQ Magazine, and shot Tom Fords fantastically outrageously provocative  ad campaign in 2008. 

Recognise any of these?

xo

Today in Microfashion…

A lesson on style from the younger generations.

Children dressed like adults has got to be one of my favourite things, and possibly one of the cutest things of all time. Is it mildly embarrassing that these kids dress better than most of the adult population?

They’re so small yet they look so big!
It just blows my mind. Is it terrible of me that I want to have children just so I can dress them up…

I wish I looked this cool as a child.. to be honest I wish I looked this cool now!
Damn the 90’s.

Photo credits thanks to Humans of New York and Tumblr

xo

Corsetry in Vogue

Fashion has an undeniable fixation on the manipulation of the female form – one such extreme example of this is the rise of the corset. Although the corset faded out of common use in the 20th century, the fascination and beauty of the garment is ever-present in modern editorial and fashion photography.

I took burlesque classes and performed in a few shows during my early years at uni, and I must say the feeling of wearing a beautifully constructed corset is something else. Sure, it’s hard to breathe for the first few minutes, (depending on how tightly you lace it up) but once you get used to it you don’t want to take it off!

Here are some of my favourite corsetry pictorials chosen from the Vogue archives:
Photographed by Horst P. Horst, Vogue, September 1939
[ Photographed by P Horst, Vogue September-1939 ]

Photographed by David Sims, Vogue, March 2009
[ Photographed by David Sims, Vogue March-2009 ]

Photographed by Arthur Elgort, Vogue, March 1999
[ Photographed by Arthur Elgort, Vogue March-1999 ]

Photographed by Irving Penn, Vogue, October 1994
[ Photographed by Irving Penn, Vogue October-1994 ]

Photographed by Tim Walker, Vogue, January 2012
[ Photographed by Tim Walker, Vogue January-2012 ]

Photographed by Steven Meisel, Vogue, July 2005
[ Photographed by Steven Meisel, Vogue July-2005 ]

Photographed by Mario Testino, Vogue, December 2010
[ Photographed by Mario Testino, Vogue December-2010 ]

24/7 indie inspiration

The photography series 24/7 Party People is a style of fashion photography that I love; creating a story and bringing characters to life, rather than the focus being solely about a piece of clothing. These images spark something inside me, making me want to party with these kids, share a hotdog with stickers on my face, and  just be all-round be BFFs – despite it currently being first thing on a Monday morning.

The 3-part Series shot by Ryan Kenny, featuring Teresa Oman, Amelia Zadro and Mateja Buila.
A snippit of my personal faves:

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Through the Lens

Fashion photographers have an ability to transport a simple garment into a fantastical context – allowing a time, a place, and a story to emerge from the fabric through a single shot.
Below are some of my favourite snaps which pay tribute to the clothing, the photographers, and the icons that influenced fashion movements. 

Photographer: Mario Testino
Model: Gisele BundchenGisele-Bundchen-by-Mario-Testino

Photographer: Cyril Lagelcyrillagel1

Photographer: Jerry Schatzberg
Model: Edie Sedgwick
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Photographer: Andrea Klarin01 0066

Photographer: Corinne Day
Model: Kate Moss
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Photographer: James Hickeyjames hickey9

Photographer: Richard-Avedon
Model: Veruschka von Lehndorff
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Photographer: Dirk Frankedirk franke1

Photographer: Ellen von Unwerth
Model: Claudia SchifferClaudia-Schiffer-by-Ellen-von-Unwerth-