Category: Advertising

Into the Darkroom..

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Guy Bourdin was a photographer best known for his surreal work for French Vogue from the mid forties to the mid eighties and for his graphically strong and charismatic work for the shoe company, Charles Jourdan.  He’s now the subject of the brilliant Image Maker exhibition at Somerset house, London.
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Whilst conventional fashion images follow the general generalisation of the world: making beauty and clothing their central elements, Bourdin’s photographs offer something grittier..more radical. In a glossier, more vibrant, tumbling world he created desire and lust..then subverted it with hints at dark fantasies and suggestions of depravity. In beautifully created and calculated illusions, his camera acts like an unwanted intruder..

guy-bourdin-15He invites you in…

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Welcomes you to the unexpected, wickedly carving up the narrative, his subjects caught in the headlights.  Disgraceful, flashy and all handcrafted with love and terror.

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But always with humour and heart.

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The colours are intense: heightened, enhanced, almost hyper-real: Red, blue, a specific yellow, black and white. And always with a life and energy that our modern day editorials seem to have lost.

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In our age of endless image manipulation and photoshopping, there’s something incredible about Bourdin’s sheer creativity and endless imagination.  Look, no digital re-mastering..

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(This is my lovely friend Sophie at the exhibition in our own photo homage)

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This exhibition is cool statement strong balls with scalpel sharp insights and seductive eye candy.  Go see it…then see it again..

Laters, Kate x

Depth and Richness x

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Christie Brinkley at 61 – SIXTY ONE! in Bruce Weber’s ‘Better thean Ever’ spring campaign for Barney’s New York.

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Whatever she’s got…I want.

Laters, Kate x

La Vita e Bella..

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Spring has really sprung in London..you can almost leave the house without a coat… it means all I want to do is pour myself into summer…
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It doesn’t help that the Dolce & Gabbana Spring Summer advertising campaign has cherry picked everything my heart is yearning for…

 

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The effervescence of the simple life – the joy of cooking with fresh ingredients, the passion of creating, the aroma of flowers and fruit ripening in the  sun, blue skies and al fresco suppers in the garden…the extra long brown legs don’t help either (where I can find them and how much do they cost?!) all sharpened up with a hint of Mafia.

 

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There’s a haunting beauty that’s still grounded in the past, capturing a time when there was time to roam and relax into natural rhythms..

 

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There’s still laughter and fun..the fluidity of life rushing on the slow side with everything in broad strokes.

 

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I want to hold it like a snow globe and treasure it forever..

Laters, Kate x

Serendipidy..

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Sometimes worlds start to collide..like today! Two of the lovely brands I’ve discovered on my Blog travels have taken their visions further: The dynamic Claire from Air & Grace has just launched her website! Yay!

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Find out exactly why I think her shoes are so special..

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And meet Grace..the urban, kooky, stylish muse of the Brand! You may also recognise a bit of the style of writing on the Website..Claire was here last week to crunch some words together..

 

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And the charismatic children’s label the Fableists? They’ve just launched a Kickstarter Project…

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Making it the ideal time to invest in a classic canvas Chore coat..(in my size please!!)

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Or the smock dress I’ve been meaning to get..and check out that Blue chambray shirt..divine..

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Buy knowing you’ve helped the people who want to get it right…it’s about great clothes for kids that are beautifully made with love, design and sustainability…which ticks every box in my book.

 

But at the end of the day..it’s not the buying that really matters… we can do much more:  We’re all plugged into that cyber-energy that runs like a river between us and the world…send out a post, a tweet, an email – spread the word.  If each one of us sent off little paper boats of information out onto the current, the result would be incredible…these are now the little people starting out with new Brands in a dog eat dog world….but with the thought and attention to detail these guys have, they really should be the Companies of the future…and they will be, with that kind of support behind them.

 

Sometimes it’s the little things that really matter: Let’s do it for the good guys.

Laters, Kate x

 

 

 

 

Allelujah!

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The Row have presented their Pre-fall 2014 Collection using Linda Roden as one of their models which is utterly refreshing – it’s about time sophistication was used to sell to the sophisticated.

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In the larger scheme of things it represents a pee in the Pacific. But it’s something.

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Just a shame the Collection itself is so harmless and she has so little to work with  – it doesn’t shout, doesn’t dance, doesn’t impress with ingenue and life.  There’s no seduction or provocation.

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The best thing is this leather skirt.

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But the whole thing could be a Marks and Spencers commercial.

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So different to the Karen Walker campaign above and below.  Style and colour is so much more attractive.

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Which shows it’s not youth that makes an impression, but good design.

Laters, Kate x