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David Bowie – The Stars (Are Out Tonight)

Bowie & TildaDavid Bowie StarsI’ve been quite busy recently, so didn’t have the chance to post this when it was new. Nonetheless, it doesn’t change how brilliant this Floria Sigismondi-directed video for David Bowie’s most recent release is. Starring Bowie and Tilda Swinton as a happily ageing couple, the pair find themselves hounded and tormented by a whole host of celebrities, who also inhabit the wealthy neighbourhood. The beautiful cinematography, which is by Fight Club’s Jeff Cronenweth, reminds me so much of some of Gregory Crewdson’s most iconic photographs – that suburban veneer of affluence masking a much darker truth. The styling is by Jerry Stafford, creative director of Première-Heure and longtime stylist to Tilda Swinton. Clothes in the video are by McQueen, Lanvin, Jil Sanders, Dior, Lanvin, Pringle, Rick Owens, Saint Laurent and KTZ…so chances are, if you like any of the pieces, you’re going to have to look for a high street knock-off version!

Fashion Illustrated

I always really enjoy editorials where the boundaries have been pushed beyond fashion photography, which is ubiquitous and – in the worst cases – entirely forgettable.Indonesian artist Roby Dwi Antono has applied his drawings to photo shoots in both Free! Magazine and Womagz. His surreal, gothic illustration adds a fantastical ‘Alice In Wonderland’ touch to what would otherwise be a fairly nondescript feature.

In 2010, ‘FACE/project’ saw German painter and illustrator Tina Berning join forces with prolific Italian fashion photographer Michelangelo di Battista for a show in Berlin that exhibited some inspiring collaborative work. Berning’s delicate illustrative art served to highlight and complement the sculpted features of models captured by di Battista’s lens.

Dazed & Confused‘s June 2012 issue featured an editorial inspired by the works of fashion illustrator René Gruau. But unlike other editorials, there wasn’t much post-production involved, as the models were actually ‘illustrated’ on with makeup! Models Ava Smith, Codie Young and Madison Headrick were made to look like rough sketches by makeup artist Yadim.Gruau was one of the best known artists in the haute couture world during the 1940s and 50s. Famous for his fashion illustration from the age of 14, by 18, Gruau had been published all over the world. He was a favourite of designers like Pierre Balmain, Balenciaga, Lanvin and Hubert de Givenchy. Undoubtedly though, he was best known for the illustrations in the Miss Dior and Rouge Baiser print ads while he was artistic director for advertising at Dior. Together, René Gruau and Christian Dior formed the ‘New Look’ of the time.

Lanvin Windows: Splash!

Colourful minimalist windows, displaying Lanvin‘s Winter 2012 collection.

Poké-fash-on

When I was younger, I was a huge Pokémon fan. I played the games, had the cards, watched the cartoons, collected the toys…I even had the Pokémon themed Monopoly board game! Then I started secondary school, and I made the embarrassing faux pas of bringing my Pikachu stationery tin with me. This was wrong, I discovered. Pokémon was now “lame”. So, after an initial reluctancy, I gave up my penchant for Pokémon. Now I have more acceptable, grown up interests, like fashion. But thanks to the internet and Tumblr, there are small corners of cyberspace where my current love can be reunited with something that I still have a bit of a soft spot for. Thanks Pokémon & Fashion, you da bestest.

Another great example of a credible/cute combination, is this video which surfaced quite some time ago. Who would have thought that the My Little Pony characters would look so right doing Wu Tang?