Thursday, December 29, 2011

Arizona Muse, Paris

Arizona Muse is one of my favourite models out there at the moment. This shot was taken as she was running to the Balmain show in Paris. Taken on the fly I was amazed at how amazingly intense Arizona's eyes looked in this photo. I guess that is what sets the really really good models apart from just models - you look like a model anytime anywhere, ready for your picture to be taken.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

All in the detail...

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Simple grey

Sunday, December 18, 2011

The Shirt Dress

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

The Perfect Mulberry

Content warning: please only read this if ...
a) the names Kelly and Birkin mean more to you then just a first name and a last name 

b) you promise not judge me for my Theory of Bag Relativity 

When a couple of days ago The Boy I had been dating for the last couple of months announced he was to move countries in the nearest future, I was caught somewhat off-guard and was not even sure what to think of the situation.

Until that point in time I hadn't really thought much of him at all, since a million other extremely important things had occupied my mind. As it normally happens with me, I do not seem to think about my relationships (romantic or otherwise) much until something 'major' happens.. Since moving to London, I find that people generally  drift in and out of my life. Friends, dates, colleagues, acquaintances… Some people get comfortable and stick around for a while, others drift on. I guess that's the good thing about living in a big city, if something or someone is not quite right you just move on without the hassle of constantly bumping into them or having to uphold civility or exchange pleasantries.  

So when this particular individual, whose presence in my life I do acknowledge but rarely think of it as defining or significant, announced that he was moving to another country I was left a little confused. 

On the one hand, I never thought of it as more than a fling but on the other I felt like something that is mine is being taken away from me and I don't even have a say in it! I mean what if that something might have actually been very important but I just hadn't realised it  until now??!!!!

Then one day on my way from work I walked past a Mulberry store. Seeing the wonderful Alexa in the window made me a little bit sad because I was once again being reminded of how much funner and cooler my life would be if I had an Alexa of my own. May be in the classic oak… but possibly in the black suede leopard.. it might be two seasons ago but I still think it's soooo cute…

And then it occurred me…. The Boy is in fact an Alexa! Let me explain before you think I've gone completely mental…

The Boy represents something that would make my life funner and cooler and more exciting but at the same time, I had been wanting an Alexa but living comfortably without one for a couple of seasons before this 'situation'.

I mean an Alexa is not a Kelly or a Birkin which of course is one of my aspirations in life.. A Kelly or a Birkin - both a loyal, smart, classic choice that has been around for years and is above seasons and trends. You do not need your friends to approve of a Kelly or a Birkin - it speaks for itself. It has earned its respect in society by being exclusive, not readily available and monogamous. It only gets better with age, it is good quality and it is for life. Lets be honest now….EVERYONE eventually wants a Kelly!

Then there are of course the cute loveable 'du jour' bags from Zara which you will absolutely adore and take everywhere for one whole season but after a few years you probably wont even remember the name….

Then there is the "inbetweeners" - the Michael Kors' and the Love Moschino's of the  world… slick, stylish, bright and attention grabbing items. A little pricier but totally worth it and a great companion for whilst you are gaining life experience and working your way up to the Moschino main line. 

And of course we cannot forget the Chloes - pricey but a great investment… French charm and sophistication and they are so good at making you feel young yet accomplished. 

Then there are the Mulberry Bayswaters… an ideal for everyday.. a very corporate piece.. very practical indeed but some consider them too conventional and almost boring.

And finally there are the Mulberry Alexas…So cool, so young, so British… A perfect investment for a number of seasons to come. The perfect item to put on the wishlist… The perfect eye-candy… If you don't see one on the street or someone's shoulder for a while you forget how great they are and how cool they look. Then you walk past one and remember what great times you've had together… Then you realise that SS2012 is just around the corner and wonder if they will release some kind of "new and improved" Alexa for the new season! I wonder what it will look like… better start saving up :)) xx

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Leather Cool, Paris

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Beautiful Blues, Paris

Monday, November 21, 2011

Alina - after Rick Owens, PFW 2012

The problem with wearing black is that black is very difficult to photograph. Often when shooting street style you do not have time to choose the best lighting or location so we have to deal with what we have. I really wanted to show you the intricate detail of Alina's dress so the easiest way was to turn it into black and white. Look at how many panels the dress consist of and how well it fits her body... I think it is a very simple yet a very interesting dress... Thoughts?

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Ceylan Atinc, PFW

Ceylan Atinc, Stylist

Autumn shoot just for fun!

A couple of weeks ago on a gloomy Sunday afternoon Aleksandra and I decided to venture out for another   quick shoot (you can see our previous collaboration here), this time in Notting Hill. Battling the lazy rain that couldnt decide whether to start or not, Aleks and I wondered the streets of Notting Hill looking for some nice scenery. Here is the result! Hope you like it. As usual, any suggestions and comments (positive and negative) are very much encouraged.

About this shoot:
Model - Aleksandra from Jeliza Rose
Styling - Aleksandra
Shot with a 50mm/1.4f lens on a Nikon D7000
Post-production - Minimal colour adjustments on i-photo, no photoshopping

Monday, November 14, 2011

The Z Factor.. Rachel Zoe at PFW

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Before the show, Paris Fashion Week

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Super short shorts, Paris

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Sharing the love - New Vintage Shopping Experience BLITZ

I very much love vintage shops... but to be honest with you every time I walk into one, I feel somewhat overwhelmed - heaps and heaps of clothing impossible to sift through, the smell of mothballs, small space. Generally all of these factors result in me browsing the shop and leaving empty handed. Beyond Retro has long been one of the Londoners' favourite vintage shopping destinations. I mean lets face it - they are the biggest and the best known in London, they even took vintage online. Kudos to them...
Oh and there is another thing... on most of my visits to vintage shops I cant help but feel like im shopping for a fancy dress costume... I mean the last item that I bought and actually wear day to day is a vintage scarf which I had to dig out of a gigantic scarf basket at Beyond Retro, everything else is worn.. well, to fancy dress parties..

Now one of the reasons why I enjoy hanging out with David from Nyanzi Report is that every time I see him, we go to Brick Lane, but every time we go to Brick Lane he shows me something or somewhere I havent seen before.

This time it was BLITZ Vintage Department Store - the new, the ultimate vintage shopping destination for Londoners. BLITZ is one of those stores that you walk into and you are not sure whether you are in a normal store or a vintage store. There is no mothball smell - love! There is a coffee cart - tick! There are couches and vintage books so you can hang out for as long as you want - tick-tick! And there are two floors of carefully selected, wearable vintage clothing. Oh and did I mention there is also tons of other exciting stuff - jewellery, bikes, teapots, lamps... And before you say anything, NO it is not at all cramped or cluttered because the shop is so damn huge!

I can truly say that this was the first time I truly enjoyed a vintage shop and literally did not want to leave. The atmosphere is great, the sales assistants remind me more of your neighbourhood friends that are just hanging out and always willing to take time to talk even if they know that you wont buy anything.

What's also great is that the clothes are in great condition, are clean and relevant - there are vintage looking pieces but also just plain cool looking pieces like leather jackets, skirts, funky hats, etc, etc.

So if you are ever in London, I encourage you to take a trip down memory lane... to BLITZ, trust me you wont regret it!