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Artistic Synergy: Abdul Kircher

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One of the things that is catching my eye lately is the personalities behind the camera the stories they have to share. This brings me to photographer Abdul Kircher. I just discovered his work a few weeks ago and just began delving more into his own story.

He was born in Berlin and is now based in New York City. His photographs have a raw quality in capturing the pulse of the streets and a personal depth much in the vein of Nan Goldin. Abdul himself has an interesting look as well. In a recent article I read that his eyes began to change colors when he was young, thus giving him one blue and brown. Makes for an interesting gaze toward the camera lens. Lately, he’s become a subject in front of the camera, as he’s now represented by Re:quest models in NY for special commissions.

Here are some photos of his interesting and multi layered style, which is definitely reminiscent of the early 90s style that I’ve come to find in almost every area of new generation.

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Check out more of his work:

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“Nothing Left to Say” by Simone Golfieri for fashiongrunge.com

DSC_6555Dark and mysterious is the mood and atmosphere of this editorial from Milan for the site. Shot by Simone Golfieri and styled by Serena Pompei, we are taken into a world of nonchalance and indifference but with an edgy rebellious spirit.

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vintage vest, dress by Ambra D’Oro

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maxi coat by Blackblessed, top by Brandy Melville, skirt by Ambra D’Oro

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pullover by Blackblessed

Photographer:  Simone Golfieri

Styling:  Serena Pompei

MUA: Barbara Saltalippi

Model:  Francesca Turchetta

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Tuneage Tuesday : Ryan Adams

d1a78a34319c36f97a75f751c1474f47So I have a long appreciation for Ryan Adams. I first discovered his music when I was in college and going through one of “those” moments. You know the deep introspective  times when you’re just trying make it through the rainy day laying on your dorm bed.

Over the years he’s put out14 studio albums, with each one being just as beautiful and diverse as the next.  From alt-country, folk, and even a punk and metal concept record, his imprint remains on each genre.  Just last month he released his new self titled album to good reviews yet again.

In the 2000s he was known as a bit of a rebellious personality, often being unpredictable when it comes to live shows and other events. Through that he’s more known now for being married to Mandy Moore, but to me he’s another one of my favorite and truly honest singer-songwriters.

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Movie Crush: The Rules of Attraction

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Now I know I’m breaking the cardinal rule of the site by discussing pop culture after the 90s but what the hell. The Rules of Attraction which came out in 2002 could have easily been released in the 90s. I remember seeing this when I was in college with a whole group of friends. I can safely say that I was incredibly obsessed and ran out to get the book (by Bret Easton Ellis) just a week later.

Shannyn Sossamon, who is one of the standouts of the film is my personal style icon from almost any film. From her asymmetrical haircut, tomboyish attitude, and skateboard girl cool factor she’s pretty much perfect. Also, can’t help but to give James Van Der Beek an honorable mention for his role as sketchy and deviant charater, Sean. Who is a far cry from his standard 90s role of “Dawson Leery” from “Dawson’s Creek”. It’s also impossible to forget Ian Somerhalder as Paul and Victor’s whirlwind trip through Europe.

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Look Book Love : Nico Carp A/W 14.15

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From all corners of the globe this early nineties style is being soaked up for inspiration in current collection.  For designer Nico Carp, based in Bucharest, Romania he used the “back to grunge” concept in his AW 14.15 collection.

He says “This collection aims to keep the image of the past but also wants to reflect the grunge attitudef of these days, the joy of our own freedom.”

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PHOTOGRAPHER: Valeriu Catalineanu

MUA: Nedelcu Iuliana Cristina

MODELS: Antoniaa Maria (Yes Model Management) and Ziscovici Alexandra

DESIGNER and STYLING: NICO CARP

COORDINATED by lect. univ. dr. Ioana Sanda Avram

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“Fire Escapes + Cig Breaks” by Maggie Fisher and Sophie Holin for fashiongrunge.com

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Remember in school when you ditched class to smoke ciggs on the fire escape? Oh, don’t pretend like you didn’t. We all did. Just like a group of misfits running around enjoying these days that will inevitable pass you by in a flash.

In this photographic essay by Maggie Fisher + Sophie Holin, we explore all areas of breaking the rules and kicking school hard.

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Photography/Styling: Maggie Fisher + Sophie Holin

Models: Maggie Fisher + Sophie Holin + Beth Ventura

Fashion: American Apparel, ASOS, Brandy Melville, Converse, Dr. Martens, Free People, Jeffrey Campbell, Nasty Gal

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Inspiration : At the Bottom

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Sometimes when there is change there is a feeling of hitting a sort of low or bottom. When you rise out of that fog, you become a chameleon and adapt to the change. There are some changes going on here but eventually the waves will calm, and a new dawn will approach.

I’ve created this inspiration post to go with an alternative music video by The Vines that I happened to find on the internet (I haven’t seen it in years). So watch the video and scroll down this weeks inspiration patch.

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The New Class: Swim Deep

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This post is a little bit of a departure from the usual, but what would it be without a little change. Swim Deep is a group from Birmingham, UK formed in 2010 with an indie pop sound and a nod to early 90s style. While their music is not typically what one would identify as the “grunge” sound, it’s clear that they were influenced by the style. I have their song “King City” on one of my Spotify playlists for late night dreaming. So, this post I thought would be good to appreciate the grunge style of the past that really transcends many musical genres even today.

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“War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery, Ignorance is Strength” by Alina Soloviova for fashiongrunge.com

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The best part of going through new submissions is viewing new content from literally every corner of the world. In this dark series from Ukraine by Alina Soloviova, we go beyond the norm and into the cerebral interior of a subject. Take a look into the void.

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Photographer: Alina Soloviova
Art Director:      Alina Soloviova
Stylist:                 Nasty Famous 
Model(s):           Gregory Khomenko
Additional Team Credits (Hair, Makeup, – Nasty Famous , Set Designer – New Balance/Levis(jeans, t-shirt) / Crop(collar) /Kenzo (shirt)/H&M(leggings)
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Young Buzz: Jack Kilmer

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This Spring I happened to catch “Palo Alto”, director Gia Coppola’s debut feature film based on James Franco’s book on adolescent life in Northern California. I was instantly drawn to the “Coppola aesthetic”, as it relates so much to what high school was like for me growing up in Washington, DC. It really is a film to put on your list to watch.

Jack Kilmer, who is the son of actor Val Kilmer had a breakthrough role in the film. I think its safe to say that this isn’t the last that we will be hearing from him. His honest portrayal of Teddy reminded so much of the demeanor of guys in my own classes in school. From his grungy attire and all around angst, it really put me right back to being the awkward girl in school doing random things for all sorts of reasons.

He even captured the attention of Hedi Slimane, as he walked in the Saint Laurent mens SS15 show just a few months ago. Whether actor or model he’s got an interesting look that lends to all sorts of genres.

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