Category Archives: Fashion Designer

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Menswear Monday: Hedi Slimane

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Hedi Slimane is a creative genius. Literally, he’s one of those guys that you know who is good at everything. From 2000 to 2007 he was the creative director/ designer for Dior Homme, which changed the look of the house from then on. For the past year he’s been the designer for Yves Saint Laurent, famously dropping the Yves from the house as one of his first orders. He’s brought the influence of rock music, youth culture, and California to his designs. As if this isn’t enough, he’s also an accomplished photographer; shooting for some of the top publications in the world. The signature high contrast and black and white portraits give a raw and haunting portrayal.  This post will hopefully give you just a bit more insight into the world of Hedi Slimane.

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Here is a sample of his photographywork:

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images via pinterest

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Dioralop s/s 2014 Campaign

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And we’re back! It’s always good to have a minute to recharge to get new inspirations and thoughts ready to share with you all.

This SS14 campaign for Croatian based label- Dioralop is perfect at getting me ready for the Spring season of fashion. Shot by Sanja Bistricic, who contributed an amazing editorial, “Solo” for the site a few months back; designed by Andreja Bistricic & Maja Merlic, this dark and angular driven campaign is such a fresh take on this upcoming Spring season.

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photo: sanja bistricic
model: antonija bilobrk @ sonic models
make-up: ana rajic
hair: mijo majhen

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Tamara Akcay x fashiongrunge

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Just last month we collaborated on a shoot with Parisian based jewelry designer Tamara Akcay. We couldn’t wait to blend our two worlds together. Her structured and raw designs really lent itself to a dark grunge inspired edge that we put into our shoots. We chose a beach up the coast in Malibu just after dawn. Paired with the the raw beauty of nature and these precious metal pieces, we took our vision to whole new level both in film and print.

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All jewelry & leather pieces by Tamara Akcay

Photography | Lauren Melanie Brown

Styling | Cody McCook

Model | Monique Blanchard @ Q Models

Hair & Makeup | Gabriella Moreno

Production | Jacob Valentin

Photo Assistant | Daria Kobayashi-Ritch

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I Wanna Be Adorned: Hunter Gatherer Jewelry

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Jewelry has become my kryptonite. I can think of about 500 reasons why I want to pile on almost obscene amounts of silver each time I leave the house. This brings me to Hunter Gatherer Jewelry from Chicago. A line of nature inspired adornments designed by Laura Prieto-Velasco gives the ethereal, sublime, and gothy feeling that I crave in jewelry.

Check them out on Facebook//Instagram//Twitter

My Fav Pieces:

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Here are some selects from an editorial that some Hunter Gatherer pieces were featured in:

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Photography: Carolina Rodriguez
Model/Flamenco Dancer: Marisela Tapia
Clothing: NUIT Clothing, (Flamenco Skirt + Shawl are Marisela’s)
Jewelry/Leather Accessories: Hunter Gatherer by Laura Prieto-Velasco
Styling by Laura Prieto-Velasco
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“Tiger Blood” This Is A Love Song FW 13

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video// Cody McCook & Jacob Valentin 

On an insanely beautiful April day we met up with photographer/stylist team DikkaVega, Nina and Steph (the designers of TIALS), an incredible hair/makeup team; Phoebe and Miyako, and one badass model, Fa’ Empel aka. FavelaPunk for “Tiger Blood”. The new fall concept from one of the dopest labels around. NO seriously. If you were a kid in the 80s/90s you will totally appreciate the cheeky pop references on the varsity tees, cut-outs in all the right places, and scorching prints in monochromatic tones.

We all became family that day and I’m counting down the days when we can collab again!

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Photography: Dikka Afidick

Stylist: Vega Afidick

Model: Fa’ Empel

Makeup : Phoebe Dawson for MAC

Hair: Miyako Johnson

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Designer Radar: DM/OR

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I love discovering new lines. Especially ones that are from my own backyard, Los Angeles. Cali often gets a bad rap of being the “afterthought” when talking about American fashion. Yes, we all know that New York is the capital of fashion in the States but L.A. is definitely breaking the mold of the celeb based fashion world. There are so many great independent local designers popping up giving new vitality to the fashion scene here and it’s great. We’ve had the pleasure of working with many of them on editorials and features on this site.

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Arrow Collection two; $45, Arrow Collection three $45

DM/OR is a new accessory based line designed by Daniel Orlando. The line includes hand stitched leather goods, a sunglasses case, wallet, and an awesome travel bag. Currently, there are two metal pieces in the collection with more on the way. Simplicity in design has always been one of my attractions to accessory lines. I’m super excited to show you some of these great pieces first! DM/OR also carries graphic art prints designed by Daniel Orlando and design studio weareloot.com. Perfect essentials from an independent designer. What could be more awesome than that?

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Find DM/OR on Facebook//Twitter//Instagram

Shop the line @ DMOR.BIZ!

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Designer Crush: Mardou & Dean

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Another reason why I need to get over to Scandinavia again. Norway’s Mardou & Dean recently showed their AW13 line “Souterrain”, a brilliant blend of both grunge and hip-hop influences. It seems that even in all corners of the world the way of the 90s is certainly back. This line effortlessly mixes leathers, knits, and the “long johns’ look of the Pacific Northwest. Designer Ingrid Bredholt said about the collection, “

“With this collection we are working with the aesthetics of the drama and colors suggested by Baz Luhrman’s version of Romeo&Juliet. We wanted  to create a dark and mystical atmosphere and show our interpretation of Zeitgeist.”

I know summer is barely here but I can’t wait to bring on the rainy season wrapped in some chunky sweaters and shearling coats. Sign me up.

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Mardou & Dean on Facebook

photos c/o Mardou & Dean

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Rag & Bone Resort 2014

I always want everything Rag & Bone. This resort collection is no different.

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Resort Watch: Diesel Black Gold 2014

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Diesel has really stepped up their game. This resort season they explored structured coats, slim pants, and utility garments that scream urban warrior.  The “Black Gold” label has really given a voice to the ultra cool downtown girl who also reads her international fashion magazines like clockwork. Keep it going Diesel.

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model: kremi otashliyska (ford)
photographer: kevin sinclair
photos via visualoptimism
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Menswear Monday: “Schoolyard Memories” Topman S/S 13

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We just arrived in Palm Springs to work on another project but I’m bringing you a post. These looks remind me of boys from when I was in middle school. This time Topman really got it with these mens looks.

 

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Photographer: Sarah Piantadosi

Models: Alfie Green, Sebastian Ahman, Lewis Chesson-Grive

images via thefashionisto