Here is a new music video from a boyband called The Kixx (!) The band were dressed by the record company butI had the chance to spend the whole day talking to and dressing Emily Atak, who you may recognise from the popular teenage boy programme The Inbetweeners.
She was an absolutely lovely and genuine lady and she looks foxy in this video, if I do say so myself.
My good friend and hot blonde Stephen Lally did a great job directing, filming and editing this for BMP Entertainment. We also worked together on this Parody promo for the heads of Channel 4 based on the smash hit TV series "Glee". The promo was produced by the commercials company The Outfit and completed in time for the channels annual conference.
It was a long but funny day dressing all of the channel 4 staff as Glee characters, they really got into it, which made it easier for me but I think the beers definitely helped them get into the swing.
A couple of weeks ago everyone involved in the Fashion Film that I styled, got together and did an amazing job of producing the whole film. I still don't want to give too much away as we are planning to use the film and still images from the day as an exhibition and film show in the near future.
But I can show you a few sneaky photos from the rooftop which myself, Stephen Lally (Director) and good friend Claire Oakley worked on, cleaning, painting, nailing and burning to create a mystical, 80's New York style backdrop for one of the scenes in the film.
Here is another shoot from Dazed and Confused October Issue, which I should have put up with the other one but I'm just not fast enough! I assisted Karen Langley on this New York shoot with Photographer Collier Schorr.
I love Karen Langley's styling, she really does have a clear style which means you can always tell it was her that styled the shoot. I hope I am becoming as good a stylist where people will see something and know it is my work. Doing anything with Dazed is always a pleasure, especially when you see final results like this.
All Images: Dazed and Confused: October 2010
Stylist: Karen Langley
Photographer: Collier Schorr
Styling Assistants: Helen McGuckin and Daniel Edley
So there is a lad called Tom Newell who can draw. And some say he is quite good at it. I have mentioned him a couple of times on the blog as I also think he is a very talented artist/ illustrator. He also pays half of my rent, but that is not why I am being nice.
Now he has also set up an online Shop! Where you can browse through some of his work and even buy it if you like..? You can just click the link above or go via his own website tomjnewell.com. He has put the prints that were featured in this new book up for sale at quite reasonable prices to say there are limited prints and most signed by artists and musicians that he has worked for, with a couple of pieces from exhibitions he has done.
Or you could just go and photocopy them out of the book? But you should have a look anyway.
Well done Newell face for going down in Rock Art History.
I have been in talks with Kat Marks, the wonderfully creative fashion designer, about styling her new S/ S '11 collection. I will not be posting or leaking any of her new work just yet, but I thought I should just let everyone know how talented this woman is.
Originally from Canada, Kat has moved over to London to study and complete her MA in Fashion Artefact with London College of Fashion.
Each of these carefully crafted pieces, as I see, play with body disfiguration, the shape and protection of the body. The solidity of the materials used for these collections create a shell and look almost harmful, whereas the shapes made and the silhouettes she forms create the femininity and sexuality of the wearer.
I have seen Kat's new work and I am really looking forward to working with her on this project and hopefully more in the future. You will just have to wait and see for further posts and the images from her new collection.
..So I entered a competition with Elle magazine in May called Shopgirl to Stylist, where basically if you work in a shop, but want to be a stylist you could have a go. You would win an internship at Elle Magazine and the chance to style a shoot for the magazine.
It all started by sending in an image that you had styled, over 400 people entered and it was announced in the October Issue who the 25 semi- finalists were. I was one of them.
Here is the image I submitted, from a shoot I had styled a few months before.
We then had to present an idea of a story we would want to shoot in Elle if we had the chance and with our moodboards and big talk intact we went in and presented to three of the Elle editors. It was quite nerve racking and all the bad photos of us came out in the November issue to say we were in the final 10. I was one of them.
Here I am in the magazine.
For the final task we were asked to create a new moodboard for the 70s trend, which we would have to talk through with our mentors, who were all editors of Elle magazine. We were split into two groups of 5 and had a model each to work with and a rail each, all with different clothes on. My idea was to go for a head to toe look of clashing 70s prints, including florals, geometric prints, and stripes. I thought it would be quite an easy and obvious choice to go for a minimal/ simple look such as an A/W 10 Chloe advert. I also knew it would be a risk going for something that may not be "very Elle" but as they had insisted this was a competition to see each of our individual styles and to do whatever we were comfortable with, I did this..
And I didn't win...
But I did get a car to pick up me and my sister and go to the Mayfair Hotel for the Announcement Evening last night, which included lots of free champagne. So it was all a very enjoyable experience and I am very happy for Elizabeth Black who did win and I wish her all the best for the future.
There is a funny video of us all looking a bit mental and running round for models and accessories, oh and my big red face talking about my moodboards and look.
.. is another shoot from Dazed and Confused, November Issue. I assisted Fashion Director, Karen Langley, for this New York shoot with photographer Chadwick Tyler.
"Tyler said about the inspirations for the shoot: "Karen and I spoke about trying a story that very loosely was inspired by the resurgence of lo-fi art interpretations. There really weren't many references in the shoot itself. The inspiration came in the processing after the shoot. I worked with Aaron Amaro and Jon Banthorpe on the post production. We wanted to apply hand techniques to each image. There are a lot of reproductions on top of reproductions. Each piece had it's own technique applied from hand painted textures to open light scans three and four generations from the original. "
This is a great shoot that I'm very happy I got to work on. I assisted Robbie Spencer on this shoot for Rebel Magazine Issue 2, using all of JW Anderson's beautiful A/W '10 menswear and womenswear collections.
Styling: Robbie Spencer
Photographer: Carlotta Manaigo
Styling Assistants: Helen McGuckin and Elizabeth Fraser-Bell