Tuesday, 15 February 2011
Saturday, 15 January 2011
Gareth Pugh is one of the reasons I love fashion and the arts; he mixes performance, beautiful imagery and skillful design to create an iconic reputation, and 2011 is no different. I have always loved the intensity and darkness that comes with Pugh's collections, and while his creations are usually not meant to be worn (they are works of art in themselves), the inspiration they bring to the fashion and art world is incredible.
This video is Pugh's offering to Pitti Uomo 2011 and is directed by Ruth Hogben, a filmmaker and Director of Fashion Film at Nick Knight's SHOWstudio in London. It is through this explosively creative collaboration that Hogben and Pugh have pretty much thrown out the rulebook on how collections are presented to the industry, and to the world. While I am usually a traditionalist at heart (I still love CDs and looking at old vinyls and 3D cinema is usually a no go), when a film as wonderful as this pops up I can't help but think that this is a natural progression.
Of course, normal catwalk shows will always have their place - think of the great showmanship of Viktor & Rolf and the late Alexander McQueen - but in the right context and with the right designer, these videos can transport you to another world, right inside the mind of the designer. Check out the video above, it will not disappoint!
Video courtesy of SHOWstudio
Tuesday, 11 January 2011
While those of us concerned about the impact our travel arrangements have on the environment have been trying to reduce our emissions by any means possible, it looks like the rise in petrol prices are forcing others to consider the option of electric and hybrid vehicles. These alternative cars have been around for decades but none have quite come up to the standard required of a high quality consumer-focussed vehicle.
Up until recently, the only car of this quality on the market was the Toyota Prius, with a hoard of celebrity admirers such as Cameron Diaz, Jack Black and Brad Pitt. However, thanks to some big names in the industry, it looks like a wider range electric and hybrid cars will soon be on the market and available to everyone. The North American Auto Show in Detroit this week saw General Motor’s Chevrolet Volt, an electric-petrol hybrid, win the coveted North American Car of the Year Award, with the Nissan Leaf coming in as a close second.
Ford has also jumped on the ethical bandwagon (which, of course, is not bad thing), unveiling not one but THREE hybrid and electric models – the C-Max Hybrid which does an impressive 41 miles to the gallon, the C-Max Plug In which is a plug in hybrid, and the Ford Focus Electric; a battery electric vehicle.
While there have been concerns in the past over the reliability of electric and hybrid cars, the recent technological developments are sure to put many people’s minds at ease and even encourage them to make a purchase. What’s more, a hybrid is a perfect option for those of you not comfortable with the idea of a fully electric vehicle. Whatever you choose, whether its an electric, hybrid, or a bicycle, making eco an option is one of the best things you can do in 2011 – it can save you quite a bit of moolah, and maybe even top up your good karma!
Images Courtesy of Ford
Before we delve into the ethical delights of the new year, I just want to take a moment to shamelessly plug a selection of things I have poked my nose into over the past few months (just so I don't look completely useless and neglectful of all things eco... I did say this would be shameless...).
Firstly, I have had the wonderful and exciting opportunity to work with Tori Mistick of EcoFashionistas since the beginning of September. Based in America Tori is responsible for some of the best ethical fashion and lifestyle spots and advice in the industry, and has also been kind (and brave) enough to let me loose as a weekly guest writer on her blog. It has been a fab experience and I hope it continues for a long while yet! Check out her blog at http://www.ecofashionistas.com/
Secondly, another lovely lady has allowed me to run riot styling in the Student Union's SONAR magazine. Thanks to Laura, Editor Extraordinaire, I have had the opportunity to meet some awesome models, photographers and make up artists and go out on location to produce some beautiful images (Issue 2 was a Gothic shoot and can be found at http://issuu.com/sonarmagazine/docs/sonarmagazineissuetwo/1, and Issue 3 was a men's countryside shoot that can be found at http://issuu.com/sonarmagazine/docs/sonarissuethree).
Lastly I have also been spreading the ethical word as a guest writer for My Retail Heaven's Online Magazine. My Retail Heaven also sell a range of ethical clothes and products, so check them out here: http://www.myretailheaven.co.uk/magazine/index.php