Sunday, November 22, 2009

If you'll be my star...

So, I hate just reposting shiz I find on other blogs, but...

I found these on Miss at la Playa, who found them at Vanity Teen issue. Aren't they just inexplicably inspiring? Stars! On her forhead! I want at least one shoot in my portfolio (for the makeups, y'know) to look exactly like this. In fact, I may pinch the idea directly and stick some stars on a nice fresh-faced-Olsen-hair type look. Yums.

If you haven't already done so... must look at this blog. It's lovely. Can't decide which I like the best, and yes, I've gone trawling through the back catalogue.

....That's all.

"I'm THE f***king wizard"

Not really my usual subject, but I have to put it somewhere or I'll forget. Last week in Players (the Drama Society in TCD, for anyone who might not know..?) we had the pleasure of hosting the very wonderful Bill Nighy. I went along, not for the "ooh look, a celebrity" factor, or even because I was a raging fan, but because I happened to be moving chairs in the building at the time, which entitled me to skipping the queue. Turns out, Bill is awesome. So charming and such a funny dude. The Q&A session, hosted by Ross' dad, Mr.Dungan, was great, quotes include:
Bill: "Yeah, I'm in the new Harry Potter movies. I'm a wizard!" Mr.Dungan:"But Bill, you're the Minester for Magic, you're a very important wizard" Bill: "Yeah, actually I'm the fucking wizard"
Bill, on being asked about filming Pirates of the Carribean, in which he played a tenticle-y Davey Jones: "Yeah, it was a weird experience as I had no costume, just this odd suit covered in white dots to be picked up by the special effects people. Kindof like.. computer pyjamas."
Hilarious. So after the session, he was brought upstairs to our little green room, actually the rehearsal room, home to some of the comfyest sofas on campus, to await his ride. While I was lurking around the theatre with the committee, he came down to sign some stuff and take photos. One of those slightly magic times when lurking really pays off, he came over and presented a hand for me to shake and had a chat with me and Ali. He's so lovely and charming, and as he had mentioned his affection for a good lounge suit, I asked him about his very well made light grey ensemble. Yes, that's right, we had a chat about clothing and tailoring. Pretty awesome, I know. (FYI, it was bespoke, with a very cool lining the colour of a green and red apple at the same time, and a hint of tartan under the collar. Even better when he showed me his coat, the lining and collar of which matched.)

Then after very charmingly signing things for various parents etc and taking a photo with the committee (which, scream, he invited me to get in on as I think I looked a little, uhm, lurky standing and watching), he had further chats about his career and football and wanky theatre school practices. Mid chat, he got a text from Emily Blunt about Strictly Come Dacing, accompanied by an anecdote.. What a lovely lovely man.

Then, obviously, I had to go to an apartment and watch Pirates of the Carribean: At Worlds End til 4am. Cos, like, what else is there to do after such an evening?

PS. He repeated above pose in the photo with the Committee. And obv, we all did the same. Love it.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Recession: 1. Luella: 0.

So the recession already claimed Lacroix, but I'm lying if I say I care all that much. But Luella?! I know, everyone's posting about it, but come on, guys, that's just uncool. Luella girls just seem to always be having so much fun, with their bows and tulle and riding attire.

Ms.Bartley herself seems like someone's cool young aunt who sends really good birthday parcels and whatnot. Plus, she was the CFA Designer of the Year in 2008. Here's hoping someone has an excellent bailout plan up their sleeve. Any minute now. At the very least, I'm excited to see what her next move is.

I'll leave you with these, a selection of brilliant Luella looks over the years. All from, obvs.
Spring 2010, which will never see the shopfloor. Sob.

Fall 2009. Check that beanie.

Spring 2009. A personal fave, granny chic at it's finest. And look at the shoooes.

Fall 2008. Digging the dark lippy and crimping.

See here for actual useful information. Sad sad.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Peter Phillips, I like you a lot.

So one day while I was in Paris over the Summer (yah, two months, was amazing, no big deal), I found this brilliant magazine shop on my daily ramble through the Marais (sometime soon I'll do a really excellent post on what to do if you find yourself there..). Unhelpfully, can't remember the name of said shop but I remember that it's blue and has an "a" for a logo..? Anyway, I bought about two days food budget worth of magazines and brought them and a pack of Gauloises down to Place des Vosges and discovered...

Creative Director of Chanel cosmetics, makeup artist and all-around stand up guy. And he's Belgian!

There was a feature on him in 10 magazine, which incidentally is a BRILLIANT magazine (check it out here) and I can't find it anywhere in Dublin, massive source of annoyance. Anyway the spread was incredible, this is the only photo from it I could find online :
Really close-up shots, and what struck me was the apparent lack of airbrushing; in some of the photos you can see the models pores, which is a pretty subversive sight nowadays. What I love about makeup is it's brilliant accessibility. I mean, anyone can sit down in front of a mirror and have a play with powders and liquids and gels. There are a few guidlines(blend everything), but no set rules, and if you don't like the effect you wipe it off and try a different colour or texture or formula. You can make a look, wear it out for a night, have a brilliant time, and then you come home and wipe it off. It's completely transitory, you might never get the same effect from one product twice. SO FUN.

Sorry, I got excited and digressed. My point is that I love how even though Philips is the Creative Director of Chanel, he's still into smudging like six different kinds of gloss onto the model to see how it looks, then rolling with it because it looks awesome. Unfortch, it's not all dark matt lips and awesome blusher; it was him who did the Alexander McQueen Fall'09 big-lipped troll-face, but essentially, I love him and almost everything he does.

Check him out on the interweb here..

My Mad Love for Alice Dellal, or I wish I could pull off a one-sided buzz cut.

Right, I was thinking maybe I should do some sort of introductory kick off post for this little ramblepage, but then anything I started to type ended up sounding really wanky, so instead I'm going to jump right in and present you with this (thanks, :

Alice Dellal, essentially the definition of shit cool. The HAIR! The 90's throwback, which somehow doesn't make her look like a Saved by the Bell reject. I love a good crop top, and Alice's are always top notch.

Also, her tattoos are brilliant. Sharkscissors on the palm of my hand? Sure, Alice, I reckon you can work it...

I want this machine, please and thanks.

I've been grappling with the DSLR thing for a while. Like, I'm a big fan of the whopper big things, but having spent a few days lugging the household Sony around college (thanks, Ma!), I realised that what I really need is a lovely compact one like the Canon 1000D.. Shame it's 550 quid, as I'm currently painfully jobless and poor as dirt. Someday I'll raise the funds and then I can begin my illustrious fashion photo-journalistic career..