Wednesday, July 28, 2010


Our lovely friend Zora Boyd, the genius behind Wunderkammer Jewellery dropped by last night. She left a beautiful present, a silver Wunderkammer skull ring with tattooed face and flowers for eyes. It's so beautiful we had to shoot it.

Photography: Grant Fell. Lighting: Rachael Churchward

Monday, July 26, 2010

Black 13: Jonas Bresnan and Katie Felstead shoot Kristine Drinke

The shoots are rolling in for Black 13 and we are excited to have Aussie/UK photographer Jonas Bresnan working with UK fashion editor Katie Felstead for her third Black shoot in a row. The pair have worked with make-up artist Mel Archer @ CLM and hair stylist Mark Daniel Bailey @ Artlist to capture one of the most interesting new faces we have seen in a while, Elite London's Kristina Drinke (top). The Latvian beauty is relatively unknown but has a face that suggests she won't be for long. Bresnan, a German-born Australian based in London, is described by as one of the "photographers bringing sexy back" and he already has three covers to his name including the fabulous Muse cover of Claudia Schiffer (above) styled by the wonderful Sarah Cobb. We are also rather fond of Jonas's editorial of Black Issue 5 cover girl Rosie Huntington -Whiteley (below) who, incidentally, is replacing Megan Fox in the upcoming Transformers 4 movie.

Lashes Eleven

Mascara is a beauty staple of women everywhere and M.A.C cosmetics have long recognised this by developing mascaras for every woman and every situation. The right wand and formula can perform a multitude of miracles; lift, curl, lengthen, darken, separate, thicken, volumize - the requirements are seemingly endless. A mascara's quality lies in its precise combination of wand and formula so when the lovely folk at M.A.C gave us this mirror showcasing all of the current mascaras on offer from the uber beauty brand, it only seemed right to post the eleven here on Blacklog. Two new mascaras are now available at M.A.C locations: M.A.C Studio Fix Lash features a wand that is an amalgam of a brush and a comb allowing a root-to-tip share of an innovative mousse-style formula over every single lash - sparse, spare lashes included. M.A.C Opulash delivers sexy, smouldering, fat-lashed volume and lots and lots of curl with an extra large brush. So crack that whip, and lash it good.

Friday, July 23, 2010

A Land Called Fantasy

We're loving these images from the forthcoming Prada FW2010 Look Book. Described as a 'fantasy look book, the images, backstage and runway shots from the recent European shows, are cleverly transformed by art directors Alexander Reichert and Fausto Fantinuoli at long-time Prada Spa design and architectural partner OMA. OMA, and in particular, Rem Koolhaas, have played a significant role in the design and art direction of Prada's epicenter store in Rodeo Drive and a number of other Prada global stores since 2000 as well as providing the art direction for their famous catwalk shows in recent times. The design division AMO is also responsoble for Prada's magazine. All photography from backstage and catwalk by Philip Meech.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Seeing (Valentino) Red in Brizzy

In early August, Tourism Queensland are hosting Black Magazine in Brisbane for a weekend to attend the opening of the Valentino Retrospective Past/Present/Future exhibition at the city's classy GOMA gallery. The exhibition is a stunning display of many of the masterpieces created by the great Italian couturier Valentino Garavani and the House of Valentino. The exhibition runs from August 7 to November 14 and Brisbane is the only Australasian city to host the retrospective courtesy of the wonderful Les Arts Decoratifs, a private, non-profit museum of the decorative arts in Paris. Valentino is recognised for many things; from literally creating a colour to providing that most elegant of stateswoman, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, with six black and white dresses to mourn the passing of her husband in 1964, and much in between.

Perhaps it is the recognition from the French government as the first official couture house outside of Paris, within the strict definition of haute couture, that says it all though. Curated by Pamela Gobin, curator-in-chief for the Fashion and Textiles collection of Les Arts Decoratifs, the weekend also features future directions of the house (since Valentino's retirement in 2007) with five recent creations by new creative directors Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli - who had already been working together designing accessories for the previous ten years. For lovers of great fashion the hop across the ditch for a weekend of Brisbane spring time has never looked more appealing, especially with some of the airfares on offer this morning. Thanks Tourism Queensland...

Monday, July 19, 2010

Black 13 - Vuitton In The Rain

Caity above Motutara Island

So the rain came as promised on Friday and yes, it did make our day shooting Louis Vuitton Fall 2010 a little difficult, but the light was utterly fantastic all day and we had enough hands on deck to ensure the range was well looked after. All details in the previous post so here's a selection of behind-the-scenes shots but we're not going to give away too much just yet!

Ella grapples with the wind

Victoria having her hair dried for the fifth time!

Photographer David Shields is a picture of concentration

Crew shot (above) and (below) Ella's

Above: Make-up artist Stacy Lee Ghin applies Caity's lip

John helps out with a light reading

Fashion editor Rachael Churchward fits KW footwear.
The Chucks act as a stepping stone in the rain

The bluffs keep rolling at Muriwai

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Black 13 -NZ shoot 1 - Here comes the rain

After some of the most sublime Auckland winter weather in memory, the forecast for tomorrow is for rain. We're pleased about this as we had hoped for a wet and wintery day to capture the raw beauty of a winter's day at Muriwai for this particular issue of Black. We're also deeply excited to be shooting the dress above and several more from the Louis Vuitton Fall 2010 RTW range, in New Zealand. Black fashion director Rachael Churchward is mixing it up with a couple of internationally recognised New Zealand designers; Karen Walker and Kate Sylvester. Photographer David Shields, a stalwart of early Black issues, is a fan of the rain and its attendant low light challenges and Greg Murrell will be overseeing hair on all of the NZ shoots in issue 13. Stacey Lee Ghin is on make-up and the models are NZ new faces; Victoria, Caity and Ella, all at Clyne Models. Assistant fashion editor is Phoebe Trezevant-Miller. We'll post on-set images from the LV Meets Muriwai (working title) shoot tomorrow or Saturday.

Lara's The One

Whilst it is good to see Black 11 cover girl Constance Jablonski (above) at number 10 on the coveted ranking of the world's top 50 (or is that 70?) working girls - and to see Black cover girls Heidi Mount (12), Hannah Holman (21), Siri Tollerod (43) andAlana Zimmer (44) still featuring - it's great to see the ubiquitous chameleon Lara Stone (below) assuming the number one position that was held for so long by Rachel Zimmerman.

The poster girl for real women really is a great beauty in a classical sense. We'll be announcing another top 50 girl for the cover of Black 13 soon.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Blacklisted #2

Above: Zana of Garbage Dress

Meadowlark's Limited Edition Blogger Collection.

Below: Di$count

Above: Kingdom of Style

In the press release about Meadowlark's new line of colab jewellery, a range designed in partnership with bloggers, Chris Lorimer's Ciel PR quotes the quote master himself, Karl Lagerfeld; " Fashion is all about zeitgeist. It has to be something that comes to you, but you have to be like a watch; right on time, because 'zeit' means time. I'm only interested in now and tomorrow - yesterday was ok." Meadowlark, one of New Zealand's leading contemporary jewellery designers has interpreted, probably quite accurately, that "now" equals "bloggers" and decided to incorporate the creative thinking of four bloggers into the new designs. Simply entitled the Blogger Collection, it is a great wee range and the choice of bloggers is inspired: the UK's Kingdom of Style, Aussie blogs Di$count and Gnarlitude and San Fran/New York's Garbage Dress all work with Meadowlark to create a ring each. They are all top line blogs and the designs are equally desirable. Great idea, great result.

Below: Gnarlitude

S Double - the return of Shawn Stussy

Back in the 80's and 90's Stussy was the coolest, most covetable street wear brand around. The Mossimos, Airwalks, Mooks et al were really all just tagging along for the ride as Stussy surfed wave after wave of design concepts, music genres and styles - the pork pie hat and classic over all/dungaree spring immediately to mind. The label's founder, Shawn Stussy, was a hard out surfer and board shaper that simply decided to make fashion (Stolen Girlfriends and Huffer, you are on the right road) up until he sold his share of the company to Frank Sinatra Jnr in 1996. Family and a lot more surfing in Hawaii followed for many years, until now. S/Double, Shawn's new label is available online here and looking good too.

Converse - Three Artists, One Song Mach 2

In 2008 Converse facilitated the creation of one of the sweetest indie tunes released that year. My Drive Thru, featuring Santogold, Julian Casablancas and N.E.R.D and was produced by Pharrell Williams. It was a quality tune from an interesting threesome. In recent times Converse have fully taken to heart their positioning within the psyche of the world's creative communities and particularly its place as the great rock'n'roll sneaker. They recently instigated a number of quality arts and music initiatives that can be viewed online here. The latest Three Artists, One Song series, features conscious, classy rapper Kid Kudi who is sublime on the mic while Vampire Weekend's Rostam Batmanglij and Best Coast's Bethany Cosentino round it up in an indie chime. Nice...

The Caker - Jordan's baking up a storm.

As you may or may not know Jordan Rondel has been writing for Black for the past couple of issues. We asked her to write about local fashion labels and retailers because she has great personal style. After recently sampling some of her cup cakes though, it is clear she is also a talented baker of fine cakes that reflect her French and NZ lineage. Last year she started her own cake making business and blog, The Caker. If you live in the Auckland area Jordan will whip up one of her amazing creations for $40 delivered.