The Curious Case of the Naked Celebrity

The Curious Case of the Naked Celebrity

This past week I had an in depth conversation with a friend about being naked. It wasn’t about us being naked or people we know personally being naked, or even nudity in general…it was about the celebrity nakedness epidemic that seems to be plaguing Hollywood as of late. Once upon a time, creating a hit record, making amazing films, even winning a Superbowl or something constituted and solidified your fame. Now in order keep your celebrity or even to just become a celeb one must take drastic measures, including “leaking” nude photos or starring in a homemade porn film with your boyfriend.

By now we’ve seen, or at the very least heard, about Cassie’s spread eagle photo shoot and Rihanna’s tittie flicks dedicated to her very own Ike Turner, but in my mind the real phenomenon and break out star is Kim Kardashian.When I started writing this, it took me a second to actually put it all together. I’ve got to admit, although I have absolutely NO IDEA why she’s as famous as she is, I know her first step to celebrity started with her sex tape with Ray J. Before that she was a stylist to his sister Brandy, a job that doesn’t garner much attention camera wise (unless your Rachel Zoe) and is often overlooked and ignored. Seemingly overnight Kim Kardashian’s face was everywhere; in tabloids, on television, in music videos, on the covers of magazines, befriending legit celebrities, beside Reggie Bush…EVERYWHERE. She is the poster child of Public Relations, how to take a “oops” situation and turn it into an empire. And to think, it all started with a scandal…and some tits. I guess it really ain’t trickin’ if you got it. Or is it?

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Style Warriors

Style Warriors

Ok so I haven’t been around much, but just know, I’ve been waiting to make my come back in a big way, and I think I’ve finally found it. My favorite women’s street wear brand EVER, Hellz Bellz dropped their highly anticipated Autumn Winter 09 collection entitled Style Warriors. Just like all of their previous collections, Style Warriors was inspired by the non conforming stylistas that walk this catwalk called life. And although I’m pretty sure everyone thinks I’m about to gush and drool over how great this collection is, you’ll all be surprised to know that I’m not. Because this has got to be the most boring Hellz Bellz collection I have ever seen.

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Picture 1I love all aspects of design, fashion isn’t my only passion (that rhymed!), my eyes do not discriminate when it comes to what I believe is beautiful. Today by way of one of my favorite websites LOUDreams I spotted the Melbourne Theater Company’s new recital center located in Melbourne Australia.

From LOUDreams:

This, the new home for the Melbourne Theater Company, is equipped with a 500 seat drama theater as well as full backstage facilities, while using the best technology that is offered for indoor theaters.

This theater is the stuff dreams are made of. Beautifully crafted and designed to not only suit the thespians needs but also the needs of the audience. More after the jump:

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Brooke Nipar

Brooke Nipar

I’ve been meaning to share my love for photographer Brooke Nipar for awhile now, but for some insane reason I’ve only gotten around to it now. Better late than never, right?

Brooke Nipar is a photograper and former Missbehave Magazine Photo Editor who has created some of my favorite photos for the likes of NYLON magazine, and has photographed heavy hitters such as MIA, and Amy Winehouse. She’s a favorite of women’s street wear brands, shooting look books for Hellz Bellz and MadeMe, most recently teaming up with MadeMe founder Erin Magee to shoot her ‘Mes Amies’ collection I gushed over in an early post.

To see what the fuss is about, check out Brooke Nipar’s portfolio!

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100 Girls on Polaroid.

July 15, 2009

100 Girls on Polaroid

100 Girls on Polaroid

In the creative world, especially the world of fashion, there is a constant standard of perfection that is pushed and pulled in several directions making it almost impossible to ever attain. In terms we all can understand: there is a ridiculously high standard of what people believe is perfection. You see it in magazines, on the internet, and even in store. Models and muses alike are digitally inhanced and manipulated in photography, with the purpose that consumers will believe thse products are as flawless in the photos as they are in reality.

Bringing authenticity and a unique touch that remains timeless, Alexander Gnadinger brings us his book entitled ‘100 Girls on Polaroid’, his collection of polaroid photos of models behind the scenes of Fashion weeks here and abroad. Showcasing Polaroid’s uncanny ability to display unaltered reality, Gnadinger photos are a freeze frame in time displaying art as it should be, unaltered, untouched, and completely spontaneous.

To see more check out Alexander’s portfolio online.

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Erin Magee - Creator/Designer MadeMe Clothing

Erin Magee - Creator/Designer MadeMe Clothing

I know it’s only Monday, and there are probably loads and loads of better news to come from this week, but in my small part of the world nothing will top this shit. NOTHING.

Erin Magee the creator and designer of women’s contemporary street brand Made Me is giving consumers the opportunity to preview and pre-order a couple of pieces from her impending Fall/Winter Collection entitled ‘Mes Amies’ (which means “my friends” in french). This is great news seeing as all of her previous collections have sold out very quickly. With the help of photographer Brooke Nipar, E. Magee has revamped her entire website to showcase her past and present designs on some of her very cool friends including, Natalie and Nicole of Nina Sky, stylist Rose Garcia, and designer Kerin Rose.
More information and lookbook photos after the jump
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Justin M. Maller Illustration

Justin M. Maller Illustration

I don’t know how much longer I can say this, but if by some divine higher power I was given artistic ability one day, I’d want it to be the ability to manipulate the shit out of photographs. Or maybe just the ability to take great photographs, but I digress. To put it lightly, my adoration for artists who can take simple (or not so simple) photos and turn them into even greater works of art will never end.

Justin M. Maller is a illustrator and art director hailing out of Melbourne Australia, the home of Sneaker Freaker, Acclaim Magazine, and my lover from another blogger Kayta Hackman. He’s been illustrating for about 8 years now, and his work is hardcore and perhaps the most original I’ve seen in awhile. He’s had a plethora of clients including Quicksilver, Lee Jeans, Oakley, and Samsung.
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Zink Magazine

June 5, 2009

zink11Zink Magazine is an American magazine that showcases emerging and reinvented talent from the worlds of international fashion, art, beauty, design, and entertainment. Zink started back in 2002 and since has been the official fashion publication of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in LA, San Francisco, Toronto, as well as being the magazine for the Magic Tradeshow in Las Vegas.

I just recently spotted these shots from an editorial shoot the magazine did and I had to post them. I love the layout and colors in these shots. Tres chic!

Check after the jump for more beautiful shots!

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Sperry Topsider x Jeffrey

Sperry Topsider x Jeffrey

New York and Atlanta retailer Jeffrey Kalinsky follows up his colorful collaborative collection with Keds by collaborating with Sperry Topsider to design the company’s top selling boat shoe for this summer. The shoes designed come in orange and a lime green. Priced at about $120 USD, you can find the patent leather boat shoe at Jeffrey New York.

via Hypebeast

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Picture 27I love shoes.

I could care less about clothing, because with any outfit dumpy or otherwise, the right pair of shoes can make the clothing your wearing 10 million times more appealing. Buying the perfect pair of J Brand Jeans or saving up for a Chanel bag is a nice thought, but in my world copping a pair of those Louis Vuitton ‘Spicey’ sandals or some nice Jimmy Choo’s is way more gratifying. I’m just saying…

Often times us women bend over backwards and shell out a grotesque amount of cash for the perfect shoe. For me it begins with seeing this shoe and instantly beginning to drool. But then that salivation suddenly stops when economic times and my bank account forces me to be the adult I so desperately don’t want to act like, to take a look at that dreaded price tag. Christian Louboutin will run you about $300 to upwards of thousands of dollars for a simple pump, and those Louis shoes I’m craving have a price tag that STARTS at about $1500. Epic failure, right?! Well thanks to Madison Harding, us ladies can buy drool worthy designer shoes for a fraction of the price. SCORE!

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