Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Hintmag Interns Apply Within

To land a position at a fashion mag is known to be a pretty long-winded and tedious project... "Ugly Betty" and Andy (from "The Devil....") show exactly how fickle and frightening the fashion industry often is. But if you’re serious about making a career within a fashion magazine, an intern position is often the only way to get a foot in the door. Right now, Hintmag.com is looking for creative Photoshop interns to work on Fashion Week photos, (starting immediately so you better be quick). Apparently pointy-headed technical geeks are needed too, so get your most savvy HTML, PHP, and Java dudes to apply straight away.


Tuesday, January 23, 2007

In Paris Palettes Turn to a Colourful Shangri-La

We could of course refer to the flowy, demure, pinky-grey, divine numbers that Elie Saab played a feature of last night in Paris... now how about this gorgeous gown, or perhaps this, or this, or this? But stopping at this would be almost sac religious considering the event. We’re talking couture and full-flared creativity here, and what better person to illustrate this than John Galliano himself?

Like Sarah Mower of Vogue, we’re big fans of Galliano’s playful over-the-top extremity, but in this instant the Vogue correspondent is missing an important angle, which IHT's Suzy Menkes covers in her article yesterday:
“The world-famous designers are more concerned about who wins the fashion Oscars than who will carry away the coveted statuette. "The red carpet is a runway," said Donatella Versace, referring to the competition to woo stars and their stylists into creating a living billboard.”

Of course she's right, but we're wondering who has already put an order in for some fab creations to be made red-carpet style?


Galliano and Ten Years in the Blazing Saddles

You’ve got to give it to him though – John Galliano, a guy that, ten years ago, gave the designer handbag, in the shape of a saddle, complete with a dangling stirrup, a new meaning. The saddlebag, that incidentally seemed to be a visual joke, sums up what the flamboyant designer brought upon his arrival at the grand French couture house that day. His sense of humour, along with a strong determination to change Dior’s rather bourgeois image, were key ingredients to his success.

As couture shows in Paris are running on full blast, we can't wait to see the creations of Galliano & co as he’s celebrating 1o years as head designer of Dior.


Friday, January 19, 2007

Berlin Wall Comes Down: Lou Reed in Sydney

So 34 years after recording it, Lou Reed finally got his act together & performed Berlin... In Sydney, thanks to the Sydney Festival. This particular night, a delightful summer evening, we all headed down to the State Theatre to enjoy this sharp tongued New Yorker rocker do his much longed for show. The album, which has been dubbed “the most depressing album ever made”, is ironically in Reed’s own opinion his masterpiece.

With a super 12-piece orchestra, Reed's stylised rock paean to life-outside-the-circle was beautifully complemented by a number of talented musicians who all played a major part in the Sydney-event this evening. There was Antony of Antony and The Johnsons who, with an extraordinary voice, got Reed so emotional that he was close to tears (not to mention every jaw in the theatre that hit the floor). There was also Sharon Jones, who gave an outstanding performance infused by the kind of funky retro-based soul that is so far away from any traditional wild-side-walk you could imagine.

It was a feast of complex musical artistry, but what got us going was the encore. No insult intended, the artists relaxed, the music went upbeat, but it was carried a long way by the team of people with him on stage.


Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Golden Globe: The Run down

Best just-out-of-bed hair: Zachary Quinto
Biggest double chin: Alec Baldwin
Most impressive Come-n-get-me look: John Stamos
Most glittery bum: Beyoncee
Most handsome bow tie: Clint Eastwood
Most handsome couple: Mary J Blige and Justin Timberlake
Biggest 70’s net curtain disaster: Cameron Diaz
Biggest dress-sense surprise: Kiefer Sutherland
Most alarming We’re-filing-for-a-divorce couple: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie
Coolest oldie-but-goldie: James Woods
Most solid couple: Warren Beaty and Anette Benning
Hippest Yo-brotha! MTV statement: Jermaine Crawford
Most appalling expression (again): Paris Hilton
Most worn-out toupe: Donald Trumph

Right: Oldie-but-goldie James Woods


Wednesday, January 10, 2007

From Andyland

Art-meets-fashion is apparently everywhere at the moment, not least in Antwerp, Vogue and Marie Antoinette etc... We were particularly pleased to be introduced to Andyland, a website that specialises in Swedish fashion illustrations. Featured here is an illustration by Kicki Fjell who has studied at Beckmans School of Design. Being one of the founders of Dedicated Followers of Fashion, Kicki Fjell’s fashion illustrations have been published in Swedish newspapers such as DN.


Tuesday, January 09, 2007

World's Best Dressed: Kylie

Aussie starlet Kylie Minogue has topped fashion magazine Glamour's annual list of best dressed female celebrities. After her battle with cancer, she's replaced last year's winner, supermodel Kate Moss. The 38-year-old, on the comeback trail since undergoing breast cancer surgery in May 2005, was praised for her understated look, in contrast to the flamboyant costumes she was sporting during her “Showgirl Homecoming Tour”.

(MSNBC reports)


Sunday, January 07, 2007

Antwerp Fashion

Dries Van Noten, Dirk Bikkembergs, Ann Demeulemeester and Walter Van Beirendonck... Antwerp's contemporary position as an international centre of fashion can be traced to the impact of these designers in the eighties. If, like us, you’re eager to know more about the Flemish fashion scene, we’d suggest a visit to the Mode Museum, which is holding a major exhibition from 25 January until 23 June 2007. The show named “6+ Antwerpse Mode in het Vlaams Parlement”, refers to the “Antwerp 6” constellation, but will feature a great number of other designers too.

When: 25 January - 23 June 2007

Where: Momu/The Mode Museum

Why: Amazing back drops by Marlene Daniels and Haider Ackermann, ubercool ladies, and highlights from Dries Van Noten


Friday, January 05, 2007

Vogue: Art on Demand

We love the fact that Vogue online show their repertoire of covers throughout the years; some of them are quite gross whereas other ones are more funky. But what’s even cooler is their art section, with posters photographed by legends such as Barry Lategan (the man behind some familiar Twiggy shots), Henry Clarke and Norman Parkinson. You can now be a lucky owner of one of these Vogue posters. To participate in the draw simply follow the instructions.

Traffic Queen, shot 1960 by Norman Parkinson


Thursday, January 04, 2007

Trend Forecasts for 2007: A Quick Stint Back to The Twenties

Well Happy New Year to all of our readers! We’re hoping that Santa brought tons of Christmas prezzies to you all, and that your New Year's celebrations were infused by lots of happiness. 2006 was a year heavily dominated by gothic skulls, skinny jeans, Paddington bags and patent leather; some features that are best left in 2006. So 2007 - let’s start to have a look at the trend forecasts for this year...

Replacing empire-inspired A-dresses the twenties style is due to make a strong comeback 2007. That is of course, incorporated in its own way where short A-line dresses will come with drop waists, often pleated to mid-thigh. The segue into the twenties shape is carried off, sans effort, with t-shirt dresses and sheer drop waist tunics. Hats and fascinators are brought back, matching metallic leather cluthes and exotic skins studded with large crystal bracelets. Baggy but short are key words for dresses. Karl Lagerfeldt says about his spring summer collection: “The statement is about legs, and when the collection is about legs you have to show a lot of leg.”