Saturday, September 27, 2014

Karolina Kurkova

Photographed By Ellinor Forje

La  Kurková.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Karolyn Pho

Photo Courtesy Of Karolyn Pho
 
THE FLOOR IS YOURS. COME BLOW YOUR HORN
I'm originally from Los Angeles, California, and I’m living in Brooklyn, New York now. 
In L.A., I was working as a wardrobe stylist and costume designer. I was simultaneously studying fashion merchandising and marketing in college. 

WHEN DID YOU DECIDE THAT THE APPAREL INDUSTRY WOULD BE YOUR PROFESSIONAL AND ARTISTIC OUTLET?
I’ve been working in fashion since I was 16 years old. Starting from a yarn shop, to retail, to styling and then design. However, I knew at a very young age, maybe five or six years old, that I was genuinely interested in fashion. 

HOW DOES BEING A FORMER STYLIST FOR MUSIC VIDEOS AND FILM PRODUCTIONS INFLUENCE YOUR CREATIVITY?
I still work on videos and films every now and then. It really helps to refresh my mind and cleanse my palate. It's my opportunity to work with fashion on a very real and visceral level. I get to delve into stories and characters, transcending into another reality that I'm not in control of. I love it.

DO YOU HAVE A SPECIFIC PERSON IN MIND WHEN YOU DESIGN YOUR COLLECTIONS OR DOES THE INSPIRATION COME FROM ABSTRACT IDEAS?
It comes from abstract ideas and inspirations from my environment. The “girl” of the season is manifested from the “world” I create for the collection.

WHO ARE YOUR PERSONAL INFLUENCERS?
Karl Templer, Cocorosie, Sofia Coppola, Wes Anderson and Marie-Amelie Suave.
WHAT DO YOU WEAR WHEN YOU'RE NOT WEARING YOU?
Baggy washed-out jeans, white t-shirt, and my (Jika-) Tabi boots.
WHAT'S THE ONE PIECE OF CLOTHING YOU WON'T BE CAUGHT DEAD IN?
Tear-away cargo pants. However, never say never.

HOW DO YOU MAINTAIN A HEALTHY AND FUNCTIONAL BALANCE BETWEEN WORK AND PLAY?
I force myself to run in the morning before work so that regime keeps me from smoking and drinking too much/going out too late. Reversely, weekend getaways force me to step away from work.
WHAT'S YOUR BEAUTY ROUTINE?
La Roche-Posay cream cleanser, SK-II eye cream, African shea butter for lips, hands, hair - pretty much everything, 5-HTP, water, and more water. 
THE BANGS - CAN WE TALK ABOUT THEM? A LOT OF LADIES OUT THERE WANT TO, BUT ARE AFRAID TO GET THE CUT. PLEASE ADVISE
Bangs are for landmark periods in your life. It's best you earn your right to have bangs, because if not, you’ll never have the confidence to carry them. When you're ready, head to my hair stylist guru, Tara Jean Mann, and she’ll take care of you.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Viewer Discretion Is Advised

Collage By Ellinor Forje

I became inspired to create a new collage after catching up on some magazine reading post-August's hectic weeks and post-Nicki Minaj's rebellious "Dazed" cover (quick aside: the cover where Nicki's dressed like a Stepford Wife is defiant, the second that has Nicki dressed like Nicki Minaj, is Nicki in her traditional attire - half nekked and compliant); to which I should add, a-post-novelty-nipple-tassels-wearing-Miley Cyrus, also.

The pictorials are from the seventh issue of "The Lab Magazine", the editorial where Darya Kosilova features as art director - if you recall? Contrary to what the images may convey, "The Lab Magazine" isn't an avant-garde version of Hugh Hefner's playmate. It's a publication that celebrates the best in music, art, fashion and film. Yes, it's read  for the articles.

In fact, I was tempted to throw in a photo of Kevin Hart (go on wit yo bad self) 'cause he looks so cute in his interview story. However, that would have quickly turned my carefully crafted creation into a: One of these things is not like the others. One of these things doesn't belong. And I don't mean the mighty Hart either.

Friday, September 12, 2014

The Fall Of Edith & Ella


Photographed  By Ellinor Forje

Let's keep it real. The reason why I hardly ever buy anything in store from Edith and Ella...Okay, I never buy anything from Edith and Ella in their flagship-, or in any other store for that matter. Reason being; when you order apparel from them online, the shipment comes with perks. I counted 12 pieces of beautifully wrappedtoffee caramel candy the last time I made a purchase online. And because my last order was split in two due to a backorder (which would make a normal person damn the day), I got additional bonbons when my dress finally arrived.

Sure, there's candy in their shop, too. But you look kinda greedy dipping your hand into a bowl and grabbing more than one sweet at a time. If you have shame, that is. It turns out however that my genius, if you will, has backfired on me. Last week when I went around Edith and Ella for a one-on-one viewing of the fall collection, ahead of their departure to the Capsule Show in New York, I discovered that not only do they have toffee caramels, the also have licorce! I was like, "Shut the front the door, you guys have been hiding this!" I'm forced to change my strategy now. Alas, I'm cursed with a sweeth tooth, you see.

Back to the clothes.

With African inspired prints, plateau heeled booties, emerald green blouses and purple sweaters with illustrated cat eyes and whiskers: The collection isn't for the faint hearted. However, as store manager Iben puts it, "If you're brave and open minded you see the different ways they can be combined, there are endless possibilities."

The notion of "endless possibilities" is something that seeps through the SS15 collection as well. Although it's less "Little House on the Prairie" and more Park Avenue, with a dash of the "Party Rock Anthem" in between. 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

The Monochrome Mode

Photographed By Ellinor Forje

 Hugo Boss. Fall, 2014

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