Monthly Archives: September 2013

Safari Beauty

The story behind Donna Karan’s show was that of an urban traveller…a woman who jetsets around the world, taking in its various beauties.

So what is the beauty routine of a woman intent on adventure?

“Think a chic glamorous hippie in the desert,” said lead makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury. The vibe was a sensual, earthy seventies. Tilbury was armed with a full spread of MAC’s cream eyeshadow to create a warmed-up, weather-beaten look with brown tones and bronzer. “This is make-up that looks good on everyone – it’s what every woman wants,” Charlotte explained. We quite agree.

 

 “We contoured the eyes with cream eye colours in earth tones, sculpted cheeks with lashings of bronzer, and applied lip-plumping, tan-enhancing beigey-pink gloss. The foundation is glowy, too; there’s nothing matte about this look.”

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DELPOZO: In the Details

Being that the DELPOZO show images were among the most popular from all of my NYFW coverage (and I got such an intimate look at what it took to produce their show), I wanted to dig deeper into the collection, see these exquisite details and discover more behind the brand’s creative director Josep Font’s inspiration.

The saying “the devil’s in the details” may not hold true anymore…what is there now is Font. “At the end of the day, it’s the base and the foundation of this company,” he said. “Everything is high-quality, done by hand…not anything that’s cheap looking or thrown together. It’s all very thought out and strategic.”

It is easy to understand that when you consider Font’s background. Here is a man who went to school for architecture before going into fashion design, and despite his claims that it does not come into his work, you would be hard-pressed to find anyone who can’t see his former studies in his current collection. The flowing, billowing skirts of this collection, inspired by the Corot painting Gypsy Woman with a Tambourine, have an inner structure that took three times as long to make as their decorated outer shells. His other source of inspiration, the stained glass windows of Gothic cathedrals, also call to mind both structure and precise attention to detail. Though the sources of inspiration are quite different, they come together to make a stunning spring collection of bright colors, intricate details, and classic feminine shapes.

It comes as no surprise to us that Font is inspired by such beautiful art. With every piece pored over by hand, structured inside and out, they truly have become artistic masterpieces themselves.

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Notes from the Photographer

We shoot a lot of beautiful women here at the studio. The funny thing is…as I get older they seem to always stay the same age. What is it about youth we are so attracted to? When Kelly texted me images of these three incredibly beautiful, real women, women with businesses, with a history of past love affairs, and with a real friendship out in Montauk as a casting option for our Beauty + Truth story, I was in love.

Their grace, their confidence that only women who have lived a little can possess, their intelligence and peace were so inspiring I could have shot them for days. I could do a photographic study around the lines on their faces…the lines of life are signs of living, and isn’t life a beautiful thing?

As a photographer you have all the control. Whoever is put in front of your lens has to put complete trust in you: how you light them, how you make them feel when you’re shooting them; the crop, what you show and what you leave out; the direction, mood and feeling you set.

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Beauty & Truth

This week, I’ve been talking to you all about the ancient Egyptian idea of maat, which dealt with conceptions of balance, order, and truth. As with all the stories I tell, I’ve strived to come at it from a place of celebration, a love of beauty, and a simplistic honesty.

The quest for truth is a challenging thing. It’s been difficult for me to claim in this medium called blogging, especially as I have tried to redefine what this site means, making it about something greater, more important, and more interesting than simply myself. I’ve been writing from China this week, where censorship has made posting unbelievably challenging. I have to switch IP addresses with every paragraph, as I keep getting booted off each new server. Is aesthetic expression really such a threat? Well, personal truths do not seem to carry much weight here.

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