How ridiculously adorable are these photos of Coco Rocha and her then fiance, now husband James Conran? They're also taken by best model friend and apparently talented photographer Behati Prinsloo... could her life be any more perfect? I also want to dig out my old school SLR and get it fixed now. There are some things that digital photography just can't capture. These are beautiful.
It's fairly obvious that I adore Stella McCartney from this blog alone. And so it takes no guessing to know that I love love loved her latest ad campaign, which follows on quite nicely from her Disney embellished campaigns with an artist collaboration with Barry Reigate.
I love that the photo itself is minimal, as is the dress, the makeup, the setting... but Reigate's little doodles over Stella's name adds the playful touch that we're so used to associating with the brand. Natalia Vodianova looks stunning as ever, shot by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott.
Looks like Stella McCartney isn't the only brand from my list of favourites looking to the art world for their Fall 2010 campaigns... Bottega Veneta's latest ad takes on the feel of Robert Longo's 'Men In Cities' series. I'm thinking this might be a possible dissertation topic... the mingling of fashion and art. Or something like that, decisions = eugh.
As if Love magazine's blog wasn't enough, Katie Grand and her fabulous team have launched a Love website, packed with Instant Love, Daily Love, Backstage shots and exclusive fashion videos from industry biggies including Louis Vuitton and Commes des Garcons.
I really loved (sorry for the pun) the concept behind their last cover, showcasing some of the world's best current models, and showing that even models in their natural perfection range in shape and size. The same idea has been utilised for the site, which was designed for Grand by freelance art director Johnny Lu.
Alongside the naked likes of Kate Moss, Lara Stone and Naomi Campbell, the homepage sees cutesy cartoon characters floating around, whilst your average mouse cursor is changed into a sleeping bear - based on a life sized Marc Jacobs Steiff teddy bear that Grand sent to Lu's studio whilst he was designing the site.
I do quite love the light hearted spirit of the site, and there are some fantastic backstage shots and personal photos from Katie Grand that keep the site relevant and interesting day after day, but I can't help let the cartoon additions to the site remind me of Stella McCartney's Bambi inspired window displays and campaigns back in AW09.
Although I love reading Muse, I can't remember ever being blown away by their covers. That was until I saw the latest covers for their Green issue, and I totally fell in love with the Flower Power edition with the gorgeous Angela Lindvall. All three covers are stunning, but I love the colour on Angela's issue.
While I was having the time of my life at the IOW festival this weekend, I was treated to a (much needed) manicure by the lovely team at WAH nails. Now I don't need to express how much I'm dreading the day they begin to chip, because they're kinda awesome. My editor also had her nails done by WAH - many thanks to H&M for bringing them, they were lifesaving for our festival bashed nails - check out the photos below. But also, whilst I was browsing the Dujour magazine blog, I came across this post about nail art, and just how adorable are those lace falsies?! I may have to invest in some this Summer...
Luck isn't something I usually get a lot of. I'm the girl that you know whose car will break down all the time, whose shower would happen to blow up or laptop would bluescreen error midway through a long Photoshop session... But the luck Gods blew some of the nice stuff my way for a weekend, and I got to go to the Isle of Wight festival free, courtesy of H&M.
As if that wasn't amazing enough as it was, my festival, week, month... year was made when I was lucky enough to meet Albert Hammond Jnr. in the VIP tent before The Strokes headlined on the Saturday. As a die hard fan, I've been waiting almost five years for them to go back on tour and visit the UK, and dear god it was worth it. Albert was an absolute sweetheart, and it really made my weekend. So perhaps my luck is changing, or maybe I shouldn't risk jinxing it?
In the last of my little New Gen push, I give you Yang Du. Her designs are completely wacky, and way off my usual taste. But I think that the way the collection is styled makes the shoot work beautifully and has sold her to me. I'm also loving the crazy coloured hair, again. Maybe this is a sign...
More New Gen, how I love the whole of J W Anderson's collection. I was lucky enough to see his menswear show at London Fashion Week in February, and I just adore the entire of his women's AW10 collection... I could wear all of it.
"Trend is the thing that inspires us. Wear clothes that you dream about instead of wanting to stand out of fit in or make an impression. Dream of who you are and wear it in high school. I used to denim legwarmers, ugly tshirts, jnco raver jeans, hemp necklaces. And I felt like myself. I wasn't trendy. Don't be scared to try new things. Go into old memories, dress like you did when you were ten. Dress like your favourite movie characters wear funny hats paint your faces wear ugly out of style shoes that you still love or hippy sandals. Dye your hair any colour you want wear huge tshirts don't brush your hair for weeks pierce your nose your eyebrow your lip for fun it will grow back. Try something from your Mom's closet. Tie three flannels around your waist paint things on white hanes tshirts paint your bags with sunshine cartoons and new Mexico symbols. Rubber band feathers into your hair knot chains to denim jackets re-lace your shoes with polka dot fabrics get your friends to kiss you all over your face with red lipstick tell everyone 'I love you' and see what they say. Don't be afraid to be made fun of. Fashion is just creative minds dreaming and bringing it to life. Each designer is a nerd because he is not afraid of how he looks.Have fun being you... it only happens once." Wildfox.♥