Category Archives: Inspiration

Anne Sofie Madsen AW13

Anne Sofie Madsen Autumn Winter 2013 campaign shot by Jens Langkjaer Anne Sofie Madsen Autumn Winter 2013 campaign shot by Jens Langkjaer

I’ve been a fan of Anne Sofie Madsen‘s since her debut collection, mixing traditional handcraft methods & couture techniques into her ready to wear line, the result is intricately detailed, luxe pieces that you would be just as happy to hang on your wall as to wear. I love that you can see the same, strong signature being carried through in each successive collection, being refined & further developed each time. Not preoccupied with the seasons latest trends, the focus instead is on honing the brands signature aesthetic & similar themes, motifs & techniques run throughout all of her collections, giving a timeless, seasonless feel to the pieces.

The campaign images shot by Jens Langkjaer are beautiful too, perfectly complimenting the clothes, they stopped me dead in my tracks when I came across them. The subtle contrast between the way the black pieces have been shot in a graphic, sharper way & the more ethereal white pieces is perfect too, really showcasing the harmonious mixing of delicate & tough that the brand is known for.

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‘Elena’ Umberto Barone

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I came across this editorial a few weeks ago whilst checking out the latest issue of one of my favourite online magazines, Bambi. Their editorials always kind of blow me away, but this one really grabbed me, perhaps for quite obvious (nerdy) reasons.

The beautifully stark black & white photography paired with the sharp, geometric backgrounds & the femme fatale styling make the whole thing look like it came straight out of a neo-noir style graphic novel. Sort of a high fashion take on Sin City. What’s not to love? It makes me want to dress like this every day & want almost everything featured, but especially the black jackets. Oh, and the harness, the thigh high boots, that amazing paneled skirt… I’m even craving a short, sharp black bob…

Also, if you’ve never checked out Bambi Magazine you really ought to. It features some of the most beautiful editorials & has such a strong personality too, they describe it as ‘Sex, Couture and Rock an’ Roll‘ & every editorial is just dripping with it. So, if you liked this one, it pretty much a guarantee you’ll enjoy the others too. Plus, you can browse the current issue, in full, along with all of the previous ones online at your pleasure. Great for when you need a hit of inspiration.

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Jen Mann

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I’ve developed a bit of an obsession with this photo-realistic, yet painterly style that seems to have become quite popular recently. I think it stems from my love of the old masters & that I’ve been getting really interested in classical art again over the past few years, I feel like this is sort of an updated, super modern version of those types of works.

For her newest exhibition ‘Strange Beauties’ Jen Mann focused on finding the beauty in the unexpected, those fleeting, awkward moments of imperfection. Starting off in her studio as photographs of her family & friends, she then manipulates the images in Photoshop before expertly transferring them onto large scale canvases using oils. The pastel colours, soft bush strokes & hazy light give the pieces an ethereal quality, like a vivid daydream or as though you’re looking at them through rose tinted glasses.

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‘New Frontiers’ Marcus Ohlsson

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I have to admit, it’s been a pretty long while since I last picked up Elle magazine, or Vogue, or any of those other big name monthly glossies for that matter. I used to be an addict, every month on the release date I’d run off to the shops to buy a heap of them & then spend the day excitedly pouring over every word & image. Lately I find myself bored with them though, I’d flip through them & get to the end feeling totally unsatisfied, I hadn’t enjoyed reading it at all & so I stopped buying them.

I’m not sure what made me buy the newest issue of Elle, but I’m extremely glad I did. Yes, it’s bloated with adverts making it look deceptively chunky & no Victoria Beckham on the cover is not doing anything for me, but this one editorial made it totally worth it.

It’s so otherwordly it stopped me dead in my tracks. Xiao Wang makes the most stunning ghostly, alien like figure in the shots & the unearthly backdrop in dreamy greyed pastels gives the minimal pieces a beautiful sci-fi edge, taking them to a whole other level for me. I also, surprisingly, hadn’t come across Marcus Ohlsson‘s work before seeing this, but after spending half an hour pouring over his portfolio he’s quickly been added to the mental favourite photographers list.

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Earth As Art

NASA, Earth As Art, Landsat 7, Aleutian Clouds, Bering Sea

Aleutian Clouds – Bering Sea

NASA, Earth As Art, Landsat 7, Edrengiyn Nuruu, Mongolia,

Edrengiyn Nuruu – Mongolia

NASA, Earth As Art, Landsat 7, Dasht-e Kavir, Iran,

Dasht-e Kavir – Iran

NASA, Earth As Art, Landsat 7, Kalahari Desert, Southern Africa,

Kalahari Desert – Southern Africa

NASA, Earth As Art, Landsat 7, Mayn River, Russia,

Mayn River – Russia

NASA, Earth As Art, Terra Satellite, Wadi Branches, Jordan

Wadi Branches – Jordan

It’s been a while since I did a geeky post, and I’ve had these saved on my laptop for quite a while now, so I thought it was time to share them! These are a few of my favourite images from NASA’s recently released book ‘Earth as Art‘ & the entire book is available for free as a PDF here & iPad app here if you’d like to see the rest.

The images were all taken by various Earth observing environmental satellites. The sensors on these satellites can measure light outside of the visible range, so if you’re wondering about the rather surreal colours in some of them, they have been added based on the invisible parts of the electromagnetic spectrum that the satellites detected, allowing us to see the surface of the Earth in much greater detail than we could with our own eyes.

I’m constantly finding my breath being taken away by stunning landscape photography showing the sheer beauty of our planet, but these are on another level entirely. Just look at all those beautiful colours, patterns & textures shown here, that we are totally blind to. I find that so awe inspiring, it really puts into perspective & makes me appriciate just how special & beautiful this little chunk of rock we call home really is.

“We must look to the heavens . . . for the measure of the earth” – Jean-Félix Picard

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