Images via Under the Influence
‘Tis an intense period of work for me right now. With a full time day job plus DJing and throwing parties on the weekends, blogging kind of takes a back seat. So until my schedule frees up in November, please accept my continued offerings of editorial shoots and runway photos, minus the witty and insightful commentary.
I first wrote about Korean-born designer Rejina Pyo for The Pack a year ago when I covered all of the incredible design talent coming out of South Korea. Contemporary Korean style tends to be more influenced by classic minimalism and, in recent years, athletic wear. Clothes usually feature structured silhouettes with very few frills in easy-to-wear shades. Although this appeals to the minimalist in me, it’s also acceptable to try new things every once in a while. Variety is the spice of life, etc.
It’s with this in mind that I practically drooled over Rejina Pyo’s brand new lookbook for the upcoming autumn winter collection. Muted shades of navy and black and brown are splashed with mustard and neon yellow and green. Silhouettes are simple but the mostly-column shapes lengthen and flatter the body. Patterns are kept to a minimum but executed thoughtfully. My absolutely favourite piece is the crushed velvet dress in navy. It’s alluring and feminine, and yet it also reminds me of dresses I wore to piano recitals when I was a little girl.
All images via Rejina Pyo
Léa Peckre is a brand new discovery for me, thanks to these shots taken by Theresa Marx for Vulkan mag. Based in Paris, Peckre grew up in a film industry household, which influenced her eye for light and colour tremendously. She’s worked for big names like Givenchy, Jean-Paul Gaultier, and Isabel Marant, and in 2011 even won the top prize at the prestigious Hyères Festival in 2011. I love that her clothes are such a pleasing mix between hard and soft, the romantic and the austere. Captured among the hard concrete jungle of these above shots, they really come alive.
All images via Vulkan Magazine
Featherweight chiffon laid against hard concrete intrigues in these shots by London-based (and German-born) film photographer, Theresa Marx. Maybe there is something that gets lost in the digital film process. I’m not really sure. All I know is that I’ve never seen blonde hair look this gold, or glass and sky that looked this crystalline.
Marx certainly has a skilled hand when it comes to fashion editorials. After all, she did study womenswear design at Central St. Martins. While interning at Chanel and Chloé, her interest in fashion slowly transformed from design to image making. She was drawn to the photographer’s ability to create desire in the viewers, and inspire them to dream. Yes, dreaminess is never far from her work. Models look like they’re in complete reverie, lost in thought, as the monuments behind them tower in size and scale. Being also a fan of architecture, I love the way she uses the geometric lines of buildings in her fashion photography work. It’s an A+ combo, that’s for sure.
Marx has shot for magazines like Vulkan, Vein, and Zeum. She has also collaborated with designers like Rejina Pyo and Hyon Park in the production of their lookbooks. Stay tuned in the coming days for more coverage of Marx’s work.
Images via Theresa Marx
Some Tuesday eye candy by way of photographer Lukasz Wierzbowski, whose colourful visuals have appeared in exhibitions all over the globe. His fashion photography has been featured in Lola, Nylon, Jeunesse, Frankie, and Frische. And woah! He’s even shot for Urban Outfitters and made their clothes look super appealing! Talent indeed. ❤
Images via Lukasz Wierzbowski
Maya Fuhr is a Canadian photographer working and living in Toronto. I first discovered her work in the pages of Rookie and The Ardorous. I love the softness of her photos, and that her fashion work is never overwhelmed by the glossy sheen so ubiquitous in fashion editorials. Her pictures recall female friendships and moments of soul-baring. I am astounded by the gaze she’s able to capture from every single one of her female subjects, even the ones lying on their side.
Images via Maya Fuhr
Graduates of the London College of Fashion’s womenswear program, the designers behind SHUSHU/TONG, Liushu Lei & Yutong Jiang, are inspired by that sweet spot between streetwear grunge and high-end, department store tailoring. They design for the “modern naughty girl”: part contemporary art history scholar, part Paz de la Huerta. I’m not sure if I qualify as a “modern naughty girl”, but I can tell you that I definitely want to be one after laying eyes on this editorial, pulled from Pitch zine’s companion website, Pitch-Present. I still adore the baggy pants look, especially when paired with chunky sandals and shrunken baby pink turtlenecks. It reminds me of Bongo Jeans’ ads from the 90s, updated and recontextualized for contemporary audiences.
There’s a reason why I named today’s post “Summer Babe”, besides the fact that this editorial was obviously shot in the middle June with a model who is clearly a babe. No, guys, my brain is much more complex than that, and I was actually thinking of this.
Few things are more evocative of summer for me than roadside diners, tinted shades, and Pavement. As a child of the 90s, I also have a tendency to correlate my rosiest summertime memories with the decade of alternative rock. Never mind the fact that I wasn’t old enough to smoke or even go on roadtrips during the 90s, never mind the fact that I didn’t get into Pavement until 2002. Nostalgia and *feelings* work in mysterious ways, babes, and I ain’t gonna fight it.
Vanidad is a fashion mag based in Barcelona. You probably wouldn’t have guessed that, judging by the major Americana, Drew Barrymore in Boys on the Side vibes from this editorial. In many ways, Europeans do American style even better than Americans. They’re able to take the best parts of it and filter them through distinctly European sensibilities. Best of both worlds, if you ask me.