Monthly Archives: April 2011

{Legendary German Photographer Juergen Teller || Why His Fashion Photography Is More Than Dress Up Dolls}

“I just turn the page,” Teller says of those very glossy fashion shots. “It doesn’t really interest me very much. My work has nothing to do with that. I just really like women, and I like men, and I like children, and I like eating, and I like doing everything. It’s something real. I’m for the individual human being, not some plastic figure some gay guy thought out. That’s valid for something, but it’s not my cup of tea.” (NY MAG)

Teller explains to NY MAG, why to the shiny ‘perfect’ highly retouched images just don’t do it for him. Teller, a heterosexual man, finds “realness” in the photos, as to him are more attractive and real – more rawness, a man’s touch to fashion. It comes through in final product and it’s appreciated.

Known for shooting campaings with Marc Jacobs, Vivienne Westwood, Emilio Pucci, Kate Moss, and many more he’s made his mark in the industry. Currently exhibiting in Texas and gradually making his way to the U.S. Check out a few of his images below..

Emilio Pucci Campaign

Marc Jacobs Book -- Via Selectisim

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{LA Fashion Collective Is Out To Prove LA Fashion Has More To Offer Than T-shirts & Jeans}

Los Angeles Fashion Collective, the marriage between LA-based fashion show producer James Campbell and PR specialist Lauren Stillman of LSPR, has their mission set — to bring the LA community together to support the local design talent. One event at a time, they assemble local fashion bloggers, media, talent and the who’s who to bring celebrate LA Fashion.  Last week, they presented at Stone Rose Lounge at Sofitel Hotel featuring three great LA designers: Katie May, Alexx Jae & Milk, and Pleasure Doing Business.



Looks were styled by Amy Nicole Bernstein and Alison Carreon of Wardrobe Wear, a newly-launched personal styling service. They used accessories from Velvet Angels, Luv AJ, J. Landver, Disney Couture and Steve Madden jewelry.

LA Fashion Collective works in tandem with an integral supporting cast that includes David Dietch of Dietch PR, designers Janine Blain of J. Blain and Carol & Elizabeth Ai of Ai for Ai as well as Erin Weinger, Co-Founder and Publisher of Style Section LA — all prominent figures in LA Fashion! I wanted the chance to speak to them to see who’s behind this driving force that has filled a capacity that LA has been so in need of.

StevenWilliam Photography

Katie May – Created to embody a modern woman with an aesthetic drawn to classic
silhouettes modernized with fit and fabrication, Katie May is developed and produced in Los
Angeles. Fall 2011 marks Katie May’s second collection. www.katiemay.net.


Alexx Jae & Milk – Designed by Alexx Jae Monkarsh and Milk boutique owner Bari
Milken-Bernstein, the fashion-forward collection is made entirely from overstock fabric bought in
downtown L.A. Recently featured on Lucky Mag and LA Times All The Rage.

Pleasure Doing Business – Pleasure Doing Business has already made a splash
amongst the style set with its must-have bandage skirts. For Fall 2011, Pleasure Doing Business
continues to develop with the addition of dresses, tops and more.
www.pleasuredoingbusiness.org.


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{LA Fashion Collective || Bring LA Fashion Talent Together One Event At A Time}

Being new to LA, a year still seems new, I’ve just begun to get my hands dirty in the true LA Fashion..

Luckily, through my work in Fashion PR and this lovely blog, I’ve started to slowly peel back the layers of what LA Fashion has to offer.  Just like most things in LA, the great things are not in your face and it takes some time and insiders tips to discover the great things out there.  After Fashion Collective’s event last week, I wanted to speak a little further to the driving force such a succesful event. I thought, who better to ask about LA’s ins-and-outs in regards to fashion than the experts that bring it all together.  Here’s a little behind the scenes from the creators of Fashion Collective…

SWP: What are some of the reason for working with the featured designers. What do you like about the collections?
LAFC
: We have a few different criteria when it comes to selecting the designers we feature. First and foremost, we look for designers whose collections posses a design quality in terms of their aesthetic and perspective. Secondly, we are interested in designers who have a certain market credibility — designers who are able to marry unique designs with a commercial viability. For the designers we featured this season, we love the femininity and sophistication of Katie May while Pleasure Doing Business has an urban edge that makes a bold statement. Alexx Jae & Milk’s collection has the essential California ease with a rock & roll twist.

Katie May

SWP: LA has taken leaps and bounds in the last 10 years with the level of fashion — how do you think LA Fashion defers from New York?
LAFC: With our events, we’re out to prove that LA is beyond a “t-shirts and denim town” — which is a typecast we’ve heard about LA fashion on many occasions. In our opinion, Los Angeles fashion has a certain relaxed ease in terms of the look of the pieces and the way they’re worn whereas New York is a bit more structured.

SWP: Some of your favorites shops in LA?
Lauren: I am an accessories junkie. I always find the most unusual and covetable jewelry at TenOverSix shop.tenover6.com/ on Melrose.
James: American Rag is definitely one of my go-to places and I love Douglas Fir on Third Street for shoes.



SWP: Who’s running the show when in comes to LA fashion — who are your go-tos for celebrity stylist, brands, fashionable “it” girls or LA reads?

LAFC: For this last event, we partnered with a few of our favorite fashionable “It girls” — Amy Nicole Bernstein and Alison Carreon [pictured in an earlier post HERE] of Wardrobe Wear, a personal styling service. Amy styled the looks in the show and introduced us to some great new LA-based jewelry lines like J. Landver and Luv AJ. In terms of LA reads, we are always perusing Style Section LA. They approach everything with a sense of humor and really have their finger on the pulse of what’s happening in the culture of our community. WhoWhatWear is also a great place for finding fresh fashion and beauty perspectives and we love that they’re based here in LA. In terms of designers, we are always on the lookout for who has the potential to be the next Jenni Kayne or Cynthia Vincent. We love that these LA brands have helped expose the West Coast look to an audience beyond LA.

SWP: Favorite Spring trends and must have piece of the season?

Lauren: One of my clients, trend forecasting and retail consulting firm Directives West, introduced me to my latest must-have for Spring — “the third layer” — at their FIRST.LA Spring 2011 fashion show [See the show HERE]. Things like wispy chiffon cardigans or silk kimono jackets that help me achieve a Boho-Glam look.

James: My favorite spring trend is Yacht Club Cool. It’s a fun way to incorporate some color or sport some slim khaki cargos.

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{ Music Monday || Tribute to TV On The Radio}

As you’ve probably heard, there was some sad news as Brooklyn’s popular, eclectic rockers TV on the Radio, had tragedy last Wednesday as bassist Gerard Smith passed away from lung cancer. TV On The Radio formed in 2001 in Brooklyn, New York. Their music music spans many genres, from post-punk to electro and free jazz to soul music.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and the band.

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{Coral Everywhere}


$59.99 is a little more than I like to spend if it’s at stores like H&M, but this dress was a must. I have really started to appreciate H&M for trend pieces and the quality seems to be much higher than Forever21, agree? Regardless this dress has made my month and I’ve finally been able to incorporate a bright bold coral piece into my wardrobe. I’ve worn it with black booties and a leather jacket [pictures to come], but decided to work with more of the warm colors here and pair it with boots, a jean jacket and my new statement necklace from Nordstrom Rack [only $30]. It adds a bit of a tribal element and tones down what could be a very elegant dress –now more day time appropriate.

Wishing everyone who celebrates a very Happy Easter. xx

DRESS – H & M

SHOES – ALDO

NECKLACE – NORDSTROM RACK

SUNGLASSES – RAYBAN

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{Going Far and Wide}

Coachella is over but your modern day hippie is going nowhere!

Spring/Summer 2011 is fresh, flowing and very boho chic. Knits, crochet tops,  long vests and hippie prints are what you’ll be pulling for that casual day look this Spring.  Topshop offers a couple amazing options for your wide leg palazzo pants for lounging pool side with a bikini top. Asos.com solids are a little more work appropriate but still with glam.

**Note for the shorter girls – throw on a heel with these long beautiful pants to make your legs look long and lovely.

Topshop.com has some amazing options along with Asos.com for very reasonable – I’m looking forward to grabbing a sheer pair for the summer with a beauitful print. Simple easy and oh so chic. xx

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{From GLAM to SUPER COOL}

KATE HUDSON


Wearing Valentino

I just love Kate Hudson’s casual look here — proves style is just as about feeling good about what you are in and wearing it well.

Photo from Wildfox Couture

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{Music Monday || Everyone Is Talking About The Polarsets}

Just off the Coachella weekend, sun is shining and Summer is pretty much here, “Sunshine Eyes” is exactly what your ears are craving for the drive down the coast with the wind gently brushing your hair. Nashville’s Jensen Sportag remix of Polarsets’ new single “Sunshine Eyes” is that song to prep you for summer and now you can watch the official video, directed by Charlotte Johnson. The single is out on April 18 via Kitsuné and featured in Channel Swimmer campaign.

FREE DOWNLOAD HERE:

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{Fashion Photography Thursday || Benoit Peverelli for Madame Figaro}

It’s wedding season! I love the still movement here and the photos in action. Swiss born Benoit Peverelli is a photographer known around the world for his regular contributions with the most prestigious magazines, ad agencies and brands.

See More http://www.ablogcuratedby.com/tag/benoit-peverelli/

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{Music Monday || Remember Natalie Walker?}

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XvTQ9f68ACo

Electronic textures, intimate revelations – that’s the fundamental formula of Natalie Walker’s evocative, elemental, bluntly emotional new album, Spark (Dorado Records).

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