Feb 10, 2010

2 blocks south

2 blocks south is an australian streetwear label. these latest shots for their ad campaign feature models marte and sam andrea (!!! i still get excited when i see my name anywhere in any incarnation...), and shot by photographer marijke aerden.
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i think the shots have been beautifully styled--the monochrome doesn't take away from any of the pictures. they are still edgy, compelling and very sexy. in fact, these pictures remind me of another high-gloss monochromatic photoshoot--the grayscale is balanced out by the high saturation of the images. SO AMAZING, the models just pop off of the screen.
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and speaking of going south...
demi moore
demi moore for helena rubenstein
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i mean, why even bother with makeup when everything gets edited to within an inch of its life!?!?!? i can see how erasing blemishes is a good thing to have, dont get me wrong, but it seems even my untrained (albeit critical) eye can spot the following enhancements:
  1. unusually alabaster skin (i mean its not like she's cate blanchett/anne hathaway...)
  2. extremely full and glossy jetblack hair
  3. a wrinkle-free neck and fingers...oh yea, and FACE
  4. cleavage!!!!! though i must admit the edits in that department look fabulous.
that's what happens when ashton kutcher posts pictures to his twitter account.
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image credits: nymag, gosee

Feb 2, 2010

how to do nudes (the Calvin Klein edition)

calvin klein,pastels,spring 2010
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typically full of clean lines, sporty silhouettes and minimalist designs rendered in fresh pastels for Spring...not so sure those sandals will be a hit, but certainly the frocks will be...
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so francisco costa and his ck colleague italo zucchelli threw a party last week in celebration of LA ARTS MONTH. i guess in other words, LA "let's-pat-ourselves-on-the-back-with-statuettes-because-xmas-and-thanksgiving-are-over-and-summer-is-too-far-away" MONTH. i kid. kinda.
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in any case, among the many celebrity attendees dressed in CK but of course, i spotted 2 ladies, each epitomizing one end of the fashion scale.
presenting.....

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melissa george
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red lips are a HUUUUUUGE HIT this awards season, but instead of chilli red, melissa got red-by-way-of-twilight on her lips. the dried-blood color contributed to the vampiric fantasy just as much as her whitish pallor did.
aside from the makeup, the lovely blush sheath was undone by her poor red carpet posing. the loose sleeves went from comfort wear to poor form in one flashbulb second. it is a lovely color and beautiful up close, but there's just no disguising an unattractive silhouette.
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shame.
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calvin klein,kate bosworth
kate bosworth
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clearly a far FAR cry from the missus before this. from her luminous glowing tan to her natural pink lips, kate was quite the picture of youthful vitality.
the salmon crinkled silk dress was age appropriate and very cute, ending just above her knees for a balance between girlishness and sophistication.
any shorter and it would've screamed "SEND ME TO PROMISES PLEASE", but i'm glad we're too busy with awards season to be obsessing over celebrity weight interventions.
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(BTW, anyone else notice that!??!?! no weighty news these days truly because there's no need to cook up such frivolous things when major groundbreaking historic things are happening these days... like the annual awards shows. -_-)
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vintage drew barrymore, 2009 promoting grey gardens
all the talk about nudes just reminded me of this picture because it made such an impact with her old hollywood glamor phase...it was versace i believe.
BTW people i'm sure we all know she won the emmy and the golden globe for her performance in that show!
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which brings me to oscar excitement. traditionally, the oscars are the grandest and most feted awardshow of the season. i take no contrary view. so i'm just excited to see what happens, especially with best picture now being the most open race, given that there are 10 nominees this year onwards, and that the Directors Guild, SAG and HFPA have conflicting winners so far.
always good to have some unpredictability-- winners wise.

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as for the gowns...
i think we've already seen how nudes are taking over this season!!! i need to get me some of those.
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image credits: FYB, redcarpetfashionawards, rantingsofashopaholic