Sunday, February 28, 2010
Our feature photographer Sean Watson is not only a fabulous photographer he is also an accomplished cook. We often had weekend rituals of waffles and fried chicken hense the name, "Watson's Waffle House." No waffles in this fantastic meal but for a look at the man behind the camera, I asked Sean to stir up some tasty treats and we sat down to share food and thoughts. Here's what we talked about (that I can share with you any way!)
AS: You work with a lot of models on a daily basis. Who is your model of the moment?
SW: Victoria Williams, she's a doll. Creative, intuitive, and natural. We shoot almost every week.
AS: Yum! What's for dinner?
SW: Spicy Prawns served with creamy grits, braised asparagus, Grace's Soy Sauce Wings, broiled sirloin, and spiced carrots.
AS: I can see you have two loves, if you had to choose, cooking or shooting?
SW: That's not fair. As long as I can create. Hmm...I don't know. I get so much pleasure from both. Both serve people in some ways. I'll have to get back to you on that.
AS: Do you ever feed the models? Do they eat?
SW: Haha. Funny you should ask. Every now and then I do make something for them, especially if we're having a late shoot and we're getting hungry. Some eat, but rarely do they let you see them consume anything other than cigarettes, Dr. Pepper, or some horrible processed 7eleven concoction. The best I have seen is someone use a hair dryer to heat up a microwavable can of soup.
AS: I know you have an online publication called "Peer Pressure Mag" What is your next issue about?
SW: I'm in the midst of working on Part 2 of My Funny Valentine. The inspiration is the Chet Baker song by the same name. The song has this sad sort of romance to it. I love it cause it's like something you would think about someone you love. Accepting all the good and not so pleasant in a person. So the next issue is about the beauty of love found and lost and found again.
Stay tuned for waffles and a posts with Sean's great Peer Pressure Mag!
Friday, February 26, 2010
Crystal and her "play" lover have their final meeting in the dank underground alley's of Hong Kong. But as their game turns to reality our heroine realizes that their tryst has gone too far and Crystal flees their rendezvous to save her heart and her reputation.
Thursday, February 25, 2010
step 1 • transformation begins with a good canvas (Crystal in this case) step 2 • wardrobe is essential, this dress is from Queen Anne Dispatch step 3 • strike a pose step 4 • Sean snaps the ultimate beauty shot!
Let's take a closer look at shot #3. In this dress shot, I think Crystal looks like a different woman. Don't you!
Contributors: Sean Watson as photographer, Kamie Kahlo as stylist, Crystal Loo as model, Kimchee-Girl for graphic design.
Monday, February 22, 2010
Today is my daddy's birthday! He would have been 87. I will celebrate by taking a walk in my Juicy Couture tracksuit and Puma running shoes to Macrina bakery for a yummy red velvet cupcake and maybe I will bring home a couple of petit fours from the local market. He loved sweet things–cupcakes, cookies, and me!
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Friday, February 19, 2010
Monday, February 15, 2010
This S/S 2010 collection is very strongly rooted in nature and headed by mythological inspirations. Poleschinski's materials include leather on silk and straw on metal striking a harmonious balance.
Stay tuned for a sneak peak of [ep_anoui] Fall/Winter 2010/11 "A Promissing Tomorrow" presented in Paris 4th-7th march.2010- & Huge show at the VIENNA AWARDS FOR FASHION & LIFESTYLE; 15th of March in cooperation with Swarovski Crystalized & Goldwell.
The Beautiful Eva photographed by Michele Pauty
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Saturday, February 13, 2010
The story: Our dazzling heroine waits for her lover demurely checking her reflection, the pink light streaming into the room caressing her face, highlighting her glorious features. She is dressed in Dolce and Gabbana, a vintage necklace drapes her neck. She is ready for her suitor and he will revel in the beauty of his latest conquest. Isn’t it Romantic? Will her Valentine be worthy of her splendor?
I’ve always wanted to write a romantic Chick-Lit! Stay tuned for Part 3 of this romantic series featuring Crystal, Sean and me...
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Let's begin with the short video. Although I commend the organizers for incorporating a very valuable cause into their very kind agenda of raising awareness of new designers, I must recommend that they leave any short films with illness as the subject matter out of the show in the weeks to come. By all means, print it on your collateral, mention it on your blog but, don't have it dominate the show! It was simply put, a downer.
The singer, dressed in an outfit from a local store, was good at what she does and I will say she was the most entertaining part of the night. So, thumbs up to her but next time maybe she should dress herself.
Now let me talk about the actual fashion show. (And folks this is difficult for me, really painful.) I understand that this was a sort of "sneak peek" but TWO outfits! Why not none? It would have been better for a multitude of reasons.
The first outfit came and went... down the runway and through my mind. You know, like when someone says something and you just space out. I have no idea the color, the shape. Was it a dress? A suit? It just wasn't memorable. The second and last outfit however, was.
The designer belabored over her eco-friendly outfit but to no avail. A huge collar on a half jacket with hand knit sleeves and a patchwork or felted pattern made out of possibly some sort of heavy, heavy wool in red and brown with black lining ate the model's neck and shoulders. Under the jacket a faux leather shirt or vest that laced up the front at a diagonal in silver and beige stiffly boxed out the model's waist. And the skirt again from some sort of heavy wool with horizontal striped seams and squiggley stitching at the bottom which met up with another set of patchwork mess on the hem pushed out the sides of the model's body in white and red and brown. This designer worked hard, really really hard. Much, much too hard. I can see that this woman has skills but I don't need to see every skill in one unwearable outfit. Next time show us one skill per garment. You are talented, too talented!
Lastly, kudos to the people attending. They were fabulous and they are the visual Sean and I chose to focus on. Sometimes the people behind the scenes, the people attending are the real stars. To the organizers – it's not easy to put together an event much less a string of them but you need to do better next time. I don't want to know that this is your second job, your night time project or your fun past time. Do it well, not mildly! Although this was a disappointment, I have faith and can’t wait to see what’s next.
On his website a few hours later in all caps, "On behalf of Lee McQueen's family, Alexander McQueen today announces the tragic news that Lee McQueen, the founder and designer of the Alexander McQueen brand has been found dead at his home. At this stage it is inappropriate to comment on this tragic news beyond saying that we are devastated and are sharing a sense of shock and grief with Lee's family... Lee's family has asked for privacy in order to come to terms with this terrible news and we hope the media will respect this."
"Just like everyone else in the industry, I'm shocked. What goes on in the minds of these creative geniuses we'll never know. " - Fern Mallis
"Very saddened for the loss of an amazing talent. It saddens me." - Patrick McDonald
"Anna Wintour stormed out of BCBG when she got the news, much to the shock of the fashionable crowd... I'm at Richard Chai. As I leave an editorial assistant is groaning about having to tweet. I get a text saying "Alexander McQueen has died" .... I check for info, his death is trending, as I go into blogger mode, rushing out of the tents. No one knows. Everyone is casual.
I'm in shock ... awe ... processing. He hanged himself. I call the one friend who's met him at a panel discussion. Trying to gauge who would kill themselves and why? The fashion maven who launched his career, Isabella Blow, poisoned herself with weed killer in 2007. McQueen's mother died a few days ago. He now joins her.
I'm at Bryant Park, they have tweets on an Amex Board, It's about an hour late, because they're fine tuning the technology, there is no mention of McQueen's death. The world still doesn't know. The news broke in a no man's land of info. KCD has canceled the presentation of his contemporary line and it seems that this season we not only bid farewell to a last season in the park, but one of the designers who inspired a generation, awed the press and shouted from the hilltops of London and Paris that fashion is art, culture, whimsy and can be commercial. All at the same time.
One of a handful of designers who can claim to have enchanted us. Even though many designers before him live streamed their shows, he was the first to make it work and caused us to tune in. This season many have followed suit.
Friday, February 5, 2010
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Manami adorning some darling Mary Janes. She must be a spy!