George Cortina styled Daft Punk and the beautiful Gisele Bundchen for WSJ Magazine! Photos by Terry Richardson.
(Photo via terrydairy)
I first discovered Inez and Vinoodh’s work after flipping through the pages of Vogue Paris when I was 9 years old. Since then I’ve followed every step of their career seeing them break every rule and create new ones that make them one of the few visual artists standing at the crossroads of art and commerce. Fast-forward 12 years and I am still mystified by the very photographs and films that inspired me to become a photographer myself.
For the past few weeks I’ve seen them in their natural environment: behind the camera. Being a long time admirer, it has been utterly surreal to stand just steps away from my idols watching in awe as they snap another moment in history. Seeing Inez and Vinoodh’s creative process has made me grown fonder of their work and their character. We’ve connected in many more ways than I could have imagined. For example, Inez shared that she also fell in love with photography after flipping through Vogue Paris or our interest in using digital manipulation as a tool to further the creative process instead of removing from it. But the most valuable lesson of all they told me not compromising my art to please a commercial agenda –the same motto they live by.
This weekend I was at the launch of their new book “Pretty Much Everything”. The book is a truthful reflection of their legacy, their personality and their adventurous spirit. It was exciting to hear the stories behind some of the iconic images and even meet some of the subjects themselves. At the end of the night we exchanged a few laughs and finally they signed my copy of the book with the caption “Never stop”. These mirror their adventurous spirit and encouraged me to start compiling my own version of pretty much everything.
Jo Ratclifffe was given the honors of creating these beautifully illustrations for the Louis Vuitton Townhouse opening in Selfridges on London’s Oxford Street. Guests arrived to a table cloth and menus illustrated with fashionably dress women tucked into colourful bento boxes of amazing Hemsley & Hemsley food. The event was hosted by Louis Vuitton’s wonderful womenswear studio director Julie de Libran, and designed by the French born Japanese based architect Gwanel Nicolas.
(photos via British Vogue)
Our very own Stephen Galloway gave a stunning performance at The Chalet Hollywood, a modern-day salon created by aritist Piero Golia in collaboration with architect Edwin Chan, designer for the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao and currently the Louis Vuitton Foundation for Creation in Paris, France.
The Chalet brings together intimate gatherings for the influential and creative minds in the world of culture, politics, and science. Artists like Los Angeles base painter Mark Grothahn, and Solom R. Guggenhiam Foundation award winner Pierre Huyghe, have all contribute to The Chalets new vision of public art.
J. Crew did a great interview with Jo Ratcliffe. Read about how she started out, things that she loves about being a creative in Londontown.
A Moment with…Jo Ratcliffefor an afternoon, we stepped into the dreamy, futuristic (and increasingly busy) world of British illustrator Jo Ratcliffe, who’s been commissioned by several big-name fashion designers, V magazine and Vogue Nippon and, recently, even Lady Gaga…Jo…
Valentino: Objects of Couture is a thought-provoking narrative of the evolution of Valentino accessories as an indispensable element of couture published by Rizzoli. The book is introduced by an essay written by renowned art curator and writer Francesco Bonami, which explores the trajectory of the accessory evolving from its role as a luxury object to an essential part of couture. Bonami, then, further describes the role of Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli (creative directors since 2008) and how the pair has restructured the place for accessory at Valentino. Each chapter features new works by notable artists like: Philip-Lorca diCorcia David Bailey, Luisa Lambri, Nobuyoshi Araki, Duane Michals, Scheltens & Abbenes, Douglas Gordon. The images represent the legacy of Valentino by bringing some of the most coveted items in the fashion world into nontraditional environments allowing the pieces to truly shine as the force of couture.
Through his images Philip-Lorca diCorcia develops a narrative in a series of images that take you through a journey of purity, femininity and vulnerability, then finally concluding on a note of mystic. Each photo depicts the iconic Valentino pieces with women in nontraditional environments characterized by a sense of performance and discovery. His signature style of lighting, contrasting hues and composition helps the viewers understand the idea that the new accessory is deeply intertwined with passion, sensuality and fantasy.