Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Nothing beats the day when all the new titles are released on the shelves, the anticipation for what the issues will hold inside is too much I barely get 10m away from the stand before I quickly skim over each title and smell the pages (trust me the smell of a magazine is amazing... I have no idea why but it just gives me a fresh and new feeling). I've recently fallen in love with Russh magazine again, they have gone from gloss to matte which gives it this luxe feeling. Go out and check out all the different magazine covers, you instantly can feel the difference in each mags quality by the texture of the covers and pages. Grazia has cheap and bendy paper as it's a weekly mag which you can throw (but I don't!!), Vogue has gloss covers but in high quality as it's an archive magazine and Russh my dear dear Russh has raised the bar with matte finish covers and pages giving them the best spot in my magazine wall (right next to frankie who started the matte trend!).
Magazine current 'crush':-
Russh Issue 31 (current), LOVE this cover and the fashion story this image is from. I greatly loved it and it's totally something I would do. 'I want you to want me' is the story on pages 110 - 133. Another thing I loved about this cover is that the title was opaque allowing for the image to be the main focus and it really draws you in.
Russh Issue 30 (previous) was all about '100%' and their first matte finish cover. The colours were so vibrant and the fashion sroty was a sport luxe theme using clothing from designers who put 100% into everything they do. A highly inspiring issue and a peek into a great future for this magazine.
Not only are magazines educational but they are an escape into a fantasy world where you can be anyone and do anything you want, a real sense of escapism. They're full of art and inspiration, culture and world events, and stories from passionate people who genuinely love what they do. Something as we all I that I draw my strenght from
Enjoy the fantasy worlds available to you and be inspired
Mitch. S xx
Copyright © Mitchell Steed 2009
Sunday, October 25, 2009
G: It was actually never always a thought for me, working in the fashion industry. Finishing school I always expected I would do something relating to nutrition or food science, but when it came down to actually breaking free from school and thinking about my career I wanted something enjoyable and second nature to me. I couldn't imagine myself in an essentially 9-5 job which would offer very little in the way of challenges! I realised I actually could co-ordinate an outfit and had creative vision, and I started to work for nothing for designers and earnt money through hospitality jobs in my gap year to study at FBI. I’m glad I didn’t just rush into the wrong industry – it’s the best thing I ever could have done for myself.
M: What was the first magazine you purchased and what made you do it?
G: I honestly cannot recall that little detail, I know I really should. I was always given Vogue by my friends, but I think it was something really mediocre like In Style or Shop Til You Drop. Love them, but Russh is better….you can quote me on that! First time I bought Russh was like my first real magazine experience, I just clicked with its message.
I’ve also realised it’s very void of most things intellectual. Not to play it down, but you do involved with these incredible creative types and that is inspiration enough, but personally I find I need a balance of left and right brain!
M: Your blog Youth & Ardency has been getting a lot of attention lately. What was it like when not only did Swatch approach you but when a magazine requested to use your post in their upcoming issue?
G: I know, I received an email one day from Swatch in New York! I was so amazed when they asked to advertise on my blog but landing the spot with Spook Magazine was something I really wanted – I’d sent an article on male models to my friend who was the Fashion Editor, I’d also been working with her previously as an assistant to her styling work, and she said the guys at the magazine loved it. It was pretty humbling to know that something you created was so greatly respected, and by people who had the power to make something of it. It was pretty great timing also as I was at the point where I was asking myself, what do I want? Styling or writing? I think I made the right decision.
M: Who inspires you?
Can I say Jeff Buckley also?
M: If you were to choose 5 fashion related items to describe who you are, what would they be?
G: You little bugger. Infinite possibilities. It’s very hard for me because daily I’m in love with something else. I think shoes will always make me squeal. Great shoes make you look like a Sex & The City character with minimal effort. Yes please. That’s not to say I dress like one. I’m really into jewellery of any sort right now – I’ve always loved anklets and rings. I think there’s something magically feminine about dresses. Not just any type of dress. I think white dresses (marriage on the mind?) that are particularly feminine and delicate are just so special. I also love flouncy tops and over sized shirts. They are comfortable and you have that ‘I’m wearing my boyfriend’s clothes’ about yourself. A great bag is a must too. It’s got to be big and handsome…for all those water bottles! Mitch and I have this eco-friendly/stylish/insane obsession with those 1 litre glass bottles you find at IKEA, you know the ones they use at restaurants? Is that five? Haha
For me the most exciting thing in design right now is digitally printed fabrics, we've seen a boom in designers work with this technique and it now has truly made an infinite option for textile prints. Imagine sitting at your computer and designing an image and going 'that'd look great for a dress' and clicking print, voila you have this amazing unique dress at your disposal. I have so many images that I want to be printed on silky tee's, slim pants and even blazers ... I may have to save for a while or wait for this technology to be 'nano-ized' before I can print them, but it's definitely something that will be common practice in the near future.
The process? from what I read it sounds so interesting. When I last read about it (I think a year ago) there's two dying processes one is pigment-based inks and the other is dye-based inks. Pigment inks are more environmentally friendly and are more cost effective as you don't need to go through a colour fastening process, you can also print on a wide variety of fabrics. The let down with Pigment-based inks is that they are more difficult to streamline through the Ink Jet nozzles due to their thickness. With dyed inks you have to go through a process of fabric preparation for dying, colourisation with printing, a colour fastening process and a coating wash out (from the preparation process) The let down is that its really bad for the environment and costs more, but compared to the thickness of Pigments it's easy to use with the Ink Jet system. I'm sure these days it's improved somewhat due to the wide use in textile work. Look it up if you're interested, I'm sure you'll get a better and more scientific explanation...
I've already discussed my obsession with McQueen's prints and designs, but look at this amazing print! love it!
I absolutely love Cosmology! In fact I actually read about it in my spare time and tackled a book about Quantum Mechanics (It was intense!! but highly informative) But to actually print gorgeous star and planet images really excites me! This is an amazing laser cut dress with a galaxy print by Setareh Mohtarez. I really want some pants, blazer or a tee-shirt in this print... not all at once though cause it'll look like the new denim suit and I'll be the poster child of fashion faux pas for sure!
I absolutely have a style crush on Marni Skillings right now, how gorgeous is this dress and the fit is just amazing. The tones really suit this model with the auburn hair tying off nicely with this earthy toned print.
High waisted skirts are always stylish in my book. Marni Skillings has yet again done some great styling with this piece, a form fitting high wasted skirt with a ruffle sleeve blouse is a great combo. The print is awesome and the fabric feels great in real life
Josh Goot has been experimenting with digitally printed fabrics with his last two ranges and has produced some amazing works. I love this maxi, not only does the fabric feel soft and flows nicely but the print really has an air of nostalgia for me. This print just reminds me of primary school in art class, it has that feel of placing dyes in water and dropping paper on top to give you those interesting rainbow prints. It's great and so are the rest of his designs, look him up or go to The Corner Shop in The Strand Arcade to feel the fabric
Christopher Kane the 'It' designer of the new season. We saw a Gorilla printed top/dress earlier this year for his TopShop collection and he's progressed further in his new season. From what I viewed of this collection it seems Kane has been influenced by war images and violent nature, Atomic explosion printed Maxi's, barren lands with smoke rising on dresses and I even think I spotted a volcanic eruption. Although these images are quite harsh and rough they work quite well with the soft and feminine designs, a great juxtaposition that seems to be a reoccurring theme with designers.
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Visit Street Peeper for more and browse each city
Love this image of a guy named Hugo in Melbourne. Visit Melbourne Street Fashion for street style shots and loads more (latests Australian designer runway shows etc)
Santa please add these babies to my lust list of sunnies. Don't forget I must have the Karen Walker sunnies I wrote about last month.... thank you!
Mitch. S xx
Copyright © Mitchell Steed 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Mix Beckham with...
Mitch. S xx
Copyright © Mitchell Steed 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
Burberry's S/10 collection really inspired me, Chris Bailey has wowed me with his trench dresses, voluminous skirts and his men's draped tee's. This was an ultra chic collection and definitely was a showcase of why Burberry is so hot right now!
Louis Vuitton, even though it was a crazy mish mash i still enjoyed this collection. It gave me a feeling of a 70's disco traveller who casually wanders the globe in search of a good party... don't ask why it just does... you'll see it when you search in the image below.
Chloe tres tres magnifique! I am discovering the gorgeous styles that are created by the design house. Secy, sophisticated and looks extremely comfy.
Karen walker, well I must say I use to like Karen but I think with the influence of my friend working directly under her I have now become obsessed. Love Love Love the acid green dress that was featured in Grazia last week (sadly due to copyright I have no image)It's gorgeous and I wish I had this dress for an event I assisted in styling last night!! Not only would it suit my model but the clients would have adored the look. Go NZ you are the unsung heroes!!
Pastel green trench dress looking edgy and sexy. The styling is just so spot on it makes me excited about the season ahead.
Lily Donaldson rocking the voluminous skirt look. You should look up the whole show here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=05HreBLViQ4&feature=fvw and see how great the fabric moves (Lily is 2nd out!)
I just loving this whole look. The coat, the tee and the pants must be mine... and soon!
Saturday, October 17, 2009
That time has now arrived which is great news for festival goers as it's shaping up to be an amazing Spring/Summer 09. There have already been a few so far this year (Groovin the Moo, Parklife) But now it's coming up to the end of year specials and the launch of a new year. Homebake, Future Music, Goodvibes and BDO are just around the corner so it's time to start planning those outfits.
Attire... now this is a subject with mixed reactions, you have such a diversity of looks out there especially in festival times. Now it's all about going for gold with your creativity but sometimes there's just things you should avoid. Last year I was at Homebake and saw a girl wearing thigh high black patents leather gladiator heels (yep heeels!!) She twisted her ankle and most likely enjoyed the rest of the day/night in the first aid tent. Obviously a bad choice for a number of reasons, 1 heels sink into grass and soil, 2 drinking and heels don't usually mix too well, 3 black patent leather in scorching Sydney weather = blisters/meltage/major sweat and finally they actually didn't even go with her outfit. With that in mind here's some Do's and Don'ts:
Here's some inspiration for outfits and how to really pull off a theme well:
Get the Henry look? RVCA top, chuck on some cool cut offs (customize some old Levi's) a thin cotton cardi and Volley's
Aggy rocking the flag look and being fully committed to cool comfort. Tip don't get an Aussie flag and do this unless you've gone out and printed fabric inspired by the flag print to be turned into a dress (this isn't an American flag, it's actually a digitally manipulated image of one shaped for this dress)
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Tried to age the picture with a bad lamp and my iPhone haha.
Marc has just added a new fragrance to his entourage... Lola and ohh how we are all frothing at the mouth with excitement (hey I might be a guy but if you meet anyone I know they'll explain my obsession with fragrances). As I sit here sniffing the page of my magazine trying to encapsulate the scent... I'm starting to envision the woman who would wear this scent. Sexy, confident, mysterious and a little bit of a rebel. Compared to her 'sister' Lola is a deeper scent, I see her as transeasonal best worn with an effortless cool girl attitude, where as with Daisy she's very summery which makes her smell better when worn in warmer weather and with a fun carefree playfulness.
Lola's design is so chic and exciting, the combination of the colours and the fantastic sculptural cap make this young man envious of any girl with this in her par fume arsenal. If Lola were a model she would be Pania Rose or Erin Wasson, if she were a celebrity she'd be Zoohey Deschanel. Ok enough smelling of this magazine..
Males out there don't fret your time is soon to come, word is that Marc is now working on a men's fragrance, and I can tell you this man will be bashing on the glass doors of every department store to be the first to grab it.
Her name is Lola, she is a fragrance ... Ok I promise not to sing anymore, but just admire this bottle.
Lola's older sister Daisy, I've always not only loved this bottle but this fragrance
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Now I have to put this out there right away, I am a Lohan fan (don't ask... I have no idea why.. I feel one day she will rise above it all haha). Now don't get me wrong there are so many things wrong with this collection, but don't be grabbing your pitchforks and burning Li-Low at the stake there was a design team. I think the image of her smiling walking down the runway made me feel sorry for her with all the nasty comments people gave her and the gawks in the front row, I'm a softy after all.
Monday, October 12, 2009
We've known for quite some time that plastic is evil and destroys the environment, but have you sat back and looked at what it may be doing to you? I'm not going to even pretend that I know anything useful or scientifically correct about the dangers so why don't I dazzle you with a new idea ? A stylish glass bottle!!
Grab this baby from IKEA!
I got the idea off my super cool and stylish friend Gaia when we were styling for Grazia, she pulled one out of her bag and I instantly fell in love with the idea (btw visit her blog youth & ardency , she inspired me to start my own blog).
Anyway.... help start the glass bottle movement, cause we have and I must say it tastes and looks sexy!
Mitch. S xx
Copyright © Mitchell Steed 2009
Friday, October 9, 2009
Major events: the Nintendo Entertainment System was launched in the U.S, The Tommy Hilfiger Brand was established, TETRIS was released (what a brilliant game that was), brilliant movies were released such as The Breakfast Club, Teen Wolf, Back To The Future, The Goonies and the one I am going to rave about now ... Desperately Seeking Susan.
By far one of my most favorite movies and the most influential movies of my person style (ok let me just say it started my obsession with clothes and Polaroid cameras!) I have talked to a number of people recently who have no idea what this movie is... how can this be? These people are the kind that follow fads saying "oh I'm going for the 80's look right now" because they are wearing a boyfriend blazer with loads of accessories, yet they have no idea where the look originated. When I see them and say "Oh you're having a Desperately Seeking Susan moment... I love it!!" I'm met with blank stares... this pains me... thus the post.
The plot is quite complex, basically it's a movie about mistaken identity, love and adventure. My verdict? you have to see this movie! The soundtrack is great and really adds to the theme of the movie and will forever be playing in your mind. The fashion is to die for, this honestly started my interest in fashion (5 yrs old) and an ongoing obsession for these amazing boots featured in the movie. The boots, an ankle boot encrusted with shiny crystals which in the movie have been styled with the side zips open and folded over (kinda cool street wear look) But most importantly the jacket central to the movies story line, what an amazing statement piece. A black/metallic blazer-esk jacket with gold patterned lapels and an amazing visual on the back of a golden pyramid with an all seeing eye above it... ooh so amazing! So check out the movie and see how your style has been influenced by this iconic movie. I know that it leaves me Desperately Seeking 1985!!