January 20, 2011

Repeating the obvious. But it's a point worth repeating.

Ironic that while work experience has never been more important, it has also never been more impossible to sustain, particularly in London. Only the wealthy can afford to do unpaid work when there are bills to pay, so increasingly only the wealthy seem to end up doing work experience. Certainly I have noticed this in the fashion industry: I realise I'm not the first to point out that an internship on a glossy magazine has become like some sort of finishing school for the posh. 

Even among the less wealthy, students still have to rely on the bank of mum and dad to finance their internships, placing more pressure on parents already cash-strapped from funding three years' worth of university education. As usual, the poorest and least supported suffer, unable to prove their worth, however high it might be.
 From the fashion editor of the London Evening Standard.

January 18, 2011

The end of an era? Tao Comme Des Garcons Label to End

WWD reports today that the Spring Summer 2011 collection will be the last one for this Comme des Garcons brand, Tao. I've requested it a bit for shoots, but it's pretty conceptual and hard for the average woman to wear, so I can understand why in this age of red carpet appearances and celebrity endorsements, they might decide to close it. It's not every designer that can show a collection inspired by Miss Honey, the drag queen! Tao Kurihara, we look forward to seeing what you will be up to next!

January 17, 2011

Stylist Mel Ottenberg Interviewed by Style.com

“Style,” as Jean Cocteau said, “is a simple way of saying complicated things.” And so it might be said that stylist Mel Ottenberg’s job is to find that simple way of saying something complicated. A button undone, a cuff rolled just so, the particular way a particular belt is slung over a particular dress: A good stylist makes these kinds of choices seem inevitable, and uses them to impart heaps of information about fashion, about the vibe on the street and the mood of the nation, and about how to look, now. “You’re kind of a medium,” explains Ottenberg...“You’re doing your own appropriation of this ‘thing,’ that’s how you bring the style into it. That’s hard to talk about, and it’s pretty much subliminal,” he adds. “I don’t want the style to be noticed, per se. I just want the kid who’s reading the magazine to think, wow, that looks great.”
"...styling is one of those careers where you’re kind of struggling until one day, you aren’t. [...] There was this constant feeling of, OK, maybe now everything gets easier. But it didn’t, not for a while. In retrospect, I think that’s good—I had a lot of opportunities to try things out, make a few mistakes, and so by the time some really high-stakes gigs came along, I was ready for them."
I have a feeling I'm going to like this new series from Style.com's Style File blog, Behind the Scenesters. Low key yet so informative and interesting. Can't wait to see more!

Read the full interview HERE.

January 14, 2011

Ah, Canadian Magazines

"Just as traditional movie stardom is threatened by the reality meteors, so will the rarefied air of Wintour grow too thin to sustain life." 
I have many issues with this article by National Post writer Leanne Delap, former editor of Fashion, currently Canada's largest fashion magazine. But her main point that I imagine she is making with the article is that magazine editors are becoming more personable and available, which is true. 

I disagree strongly when she writes "being a bitch is so last season," however, because I don't think that it is fair of Delap to imply that editors like Vreeland and Wintour (who is referenced at length in the article) were about "being a bitch." Being firm and mysterious and demanding of your staff is not necessarily a bad thing, accessible or not.

Read the full article here, and let me know what you think.

Orange Crush: Backstage at Karen Walker's Spring 2011 Show

Loving all this orange, and the happy models!

Walt Disney Signature by Noir Jewelry

I never thought I would want a Disney-branded product. Ever. But this Noir Jewelry designed bracelet (inspired by the cartoon classic Fantasia) for Walt Disney Signature is pretty amazing. [Note: I'm wearing it upside down because it fits my wrists better that way.]

Definitely a splurge, but if you're interested you can buy it online here!

January 8, 2011

Happy New Year!

Easter Island snapshots, 2011.
Sometimes, it's nice to get away. Far, far away.