Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attend Epsom Derby

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attend Epsom Derby.

The couple looked radiant and every part the happy newlyweds. The Duchess wore a cream-coloured jacket, short skirt, high-heeled shoes and a flamboyant brown hat. Her wedding ring was proudly on display as she clutched a handbag to her waist. She was seen cheering on Sohraab, a horse in which her parents have a share, which was competing in an earlier race.

The Duchess and her husband Prince William were accompanied by Prince Harry. The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh were also in attendance, along with Prince Andrew.

The two brothers were smartly dressed in top hats and tails, with brightly coloured waistcoats.

The couple’s first public appearance in an official capacity will be as guests of honour at a charity event on June 9.

Earlier this week the couple announced details of their first official tour together. They will visit at least nine cities and see a rodeo as they travel across North America.

Source: Telegraph http://t.co/nH3XNHe

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Stylist and Private Shopping: First Client

Hey Guys,

So it has been a while since I last posted. The reason being I have been crazy busy with my new internship job as a Stylist and Private Shopper for Matches Fashion.

It has been an incredible journey so far and I have been lucky enough to meet some amazing people.

So I just wanted to quickly share with you some of what I do.

The Brief:

Client: Mrs X

Age: 39

Occasion: Wedding

Dress: The Bridal Dress

Notes: This is not to be a traditional wedding gown. Something different, preferably shorter, cocktail length, quirky yet a statement. Doesn’t have to be a traditional colour.

So from this brief we pulled around 15 dress or so in, some short, some long, some white/nude/blue/grey/fuscia (she said unconventional!) and we managed to narrow them down to 4!

First up we have a lovely little Erdem floral print dress. I dont have a photo but its very pretty.

Then we have the beautiful Giambattista Valli dress which harness the draping trend with its nude silk blend. I am probably going to pair this up with some Louboutin Peep-toe heels.

So we have these 2 very stunning dresses, however when the client wore them, she did look great, but there was something missing, that impact, the statement of ‘I am the bride and this is my day’. These dresses were just nice dresses on her.

So we were left with two contenders:

Up first is the Vivienne Westwood Red Label. Now we … Read the rest.

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Royal Wedding Fashion Review – The good, bad and Ugly

On any average day, a wedding is a great spectator sport; we eagerly wait to see, to judge and to comment. Now add in a mere two billion of those spectators and the royal family and you have got your self one hell of show.

On Friday the 29th April 2011, Prince William and Catherine (kate) Middleton tied the knot at Westminster Abbey, London. The day was passed off without a hitch and executed like a military operation (and with a reported 200 snipers hiding out on the roof of the Abbey for security it could easily have been confused for one). The ceremony itself was beautiful, the abbey lined with a red carpet and covered in floral decorations and trees, a true fairytale. What’s more important though, and what got most of us talking, was the fashion. The best and unfortunately the worst of were out in force showing off their glad rags.

The successes:

Princess Beatrice.

Now as fifth in line to the thrown, Princess Bea is always under a lot of scrutiny, and the Royal Wedding was no exception. Her outfit caused uproar, namely her hat. She wore a stunning Valentino Couture knee length dress and jacket in dusty pink, which worked wonders in showing off her fabulous figure. The obvious part of the ensemble that caused a great deal of mockery was her hat. Created by world-renowned milliner Philip Treacy, the matching coloured hat brought to mind images of antlers and octopuses. I must say, and … Read the rest.

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The Ice Book: The Fairy Tale Pop-up Brought To Life

The Ice Book: The Fairy Tale Popup Brought To Life

Davy and Kristin McGuire created a magical pop-up book by projecting video recorded with a Canon 5D Mark II onto its pages, creating a 3D effect and placing miniature people into the scenes.

“It tells the story of a mysterious princess who lures a boy into her magical world to warm her heart of ice. It is made from sheets of paper and light, designed to give a live audience an intimate and immersive experience of film, theatre, dance, mime and animation.

We created the show during a four month artist residency at the Kuenstlerdorf Schoeppingen in Germany. All we had was a 5D Mark ii, an old Macbook with After Effects, some builders lights and a green cloth that we improvised as a makeshift green-screen. Before we started we had no idea how to make pop-up books let alone how we could combine them with projections. With a lot of care, love and arguing the idea eventually came to life.”

You can find out more about the project on this website dedicated to it:http://www.theicebook.com/

Article sourced from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b75Y6LD4SeI… Read the rest.

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Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty is a new exhibition being housed in the Metropolitan Musuem of Art in New York, organised by the  Costume’s Institute.

The exhibition is being held to commemorate the late designers outstanding contribution to the Fashion world during his illustrious career.  

The exhibit will cover nearly 20 years worth of work from the four time British Designer of the Year winner, beginning with his MA work during his time at Central St Martins, continuing into his run as creative director at Givenchy and then culminating in the barrier breaking designs created under his own label, including his last collection shown in Paris after his death.

The accompanying catalogue is a stunning visual in itself, with many of his works being showcased and shot by renowned photographer Sølve Sundsbø. What is truly remarkable about these shots is that on first glance they seem to be modeled on mannequins, however, they were infect shot on real models and then digitally altered to appear as mannequins, therefore enabling the designs to be showcased in the editorial way they were meant to be seen. The models apparently had lengths of string tied around their joints to make it appear as if they are the joints on a mannequin.

The images are intertwined with quotes form the late designer, which illustrate his thought processes when it comes to his work and ideas behind each design. McQueen was truly an artist, who simply chose to express his innovations through the art of fashion. … Read the rest.

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Spotlight On Gregory Crewdson

Gregory Crewdson is a true photographic legend, and one of, if not the first, artist to inspire me to pick up a camera. His work is nothing short of monumental.

He is famed for using entire films crews (not to mention budgets) to create a single photograph. He seemingly condenses and entire narrative to down to a single shot, with the attention to details so minute that a photo must be studied carefully to truly gather the facts of the story.

I came across Crewdson’s work during University. I was taking a course entailed ‘Performance Instillation’, a pioneering course in its own right, being the first of its kind to specifically begin to blur the line between performance theatre and installation art. I will be posting more about that course later…

Crewdson is so inspiring, his work is limitless and he never sees something as impossible. Why not spend thousands on sets and crews for one photo when there are potential buyers on a waiting list ready to drop up to sixty thousand dollars on one piece of work.

Beneath the Roses’ is probably my favourite collection; the eerie sense of impending doom resonates throughout the collection, with multiple layers of narrative connected through varying visual points of interest within the images.  All shots are located in ‘small town’ America, seemingly following the narrative of contemporary drama that the most dramatic story is hidden away in the nameless landscape.

The works are very much in the present day, but … Read the rest.

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Sayer’s Croft Activity Centre

I was volunteering at SC in ‘09, it is an activity camp which we took a group of adults with varying forms of learning and physical disabilities to for a week.

The centre had many amazing accessible activities including, abseiling, rock climbing, archery and more. On the day we were rock climbing I decided it would be a perfect opportunity for some pictures (having recently purchased my first DLSR I was desperate to use it!). After taking a few shots from the ground I decided to be more adventurous.  I went to the top of the tower with the instructor and had my self harnessed to the tower. I then proceeded to hang myself over the top of the tower and float in mid air. From there I had the perfect position to take some really great shots. I am so happy with how they came out.

The joy on the faces of these women really touched me, and what’s more is that if I hadn’t gone to the top of the tower we would have never seen their joy from underneath.

It puts the exact reason I love photography right there for all to see, the ability of catching such incredible moments in a single frame, forever remembered.

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