Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Blacklog Editorial #49: Thom Kerr shoots Lorelle Crawford at Tamblyn

Top and trousers by George Wu 

After an intense week of shooting back to back in Sydney, including editorial commissions for issue #20 of Black, Australian editor Thom Kerr finished the week off with a trip to Brisbane for a friend's wedding. Never one to shy away from a photographic opportunity he teamed up with regular contributor Sarah Birchley to shoot some classic black and white portraits against the historic landmarks surrounding the inner CBD. Featuring cool luxury pieces modelled by the striking Lorelle Crawford from Tamblyn models, beauty by Gemma Elaine and hair by Iggy Rosales.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

LCM: The English Gents take guard at Lords by David K Shields

There are very few more 'English' places than Lords, the home of cricket. Similarly, nothing is more 'English' in a fashion sense than the bespoke tailors of Savile Row. Combine those two with The Woolmark Company and a selection of London's best shirt makers, shoemakers and hatters, then throw in a dram or two of Chivas Regal and you have a day with the English Gentlemen at Lords. Black's David K Shields was there last week to capture this ever-so-spiffing day out; a reminder that London has long (two centuries or more) been a world capital of masculine style. The participating houses at this LCM event say it all: Anderson & Sheppard, Chester Barrie, Chittleborough & Morgan, Davies & Sons, Dege & Skinner, Ede & Ravenscroft, Edward Sexton, Gieves & Hawkes, Hardy Amies, Henry Poole & Co, H. Huntsman & Sons, Kathryn Sargent, Kilgour, Lutwych, Maurice Sedwell, Richard Anderson, Richard James Bespoke, Timothy Everest and Welsh & Jefferies. Artistic Director, GQ's Fashion Director Jo Levin pulls them all together with admirable finesse. A square cut or on drive perhaps? Tally ho!

Blacklog Editorial #48: Lula Cucchiara shoots Caitlin Lomax at Red 11

Lula Cucchiara has been switching sweetly between the moving image and stills function on her camera in recent times. After recently shooting great BTS films for Lee x Black and Stolen Girlfriends Club's 'Nasty Goreng' show Lula has teamed with Ash Mosen to style and shoot the lovely Caitlin Lomax at Red 11. Ash on H&M and all clothing from Vixen.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Lorde - Tennis Court video

Never before has a female singer had FOUR singles in the NZ Top Twenty at the same time. Ms Lorde is simply going from strength-to-strength and this clip for Tennis Court epitomises why the girl from Taka has charmed so many people and why she is likely to continue making history. Aside from being outrageously talented, she is just so pretty - all she has to do engage the viewer and go "yeah' and the video works a treat.  So simple, so good Ella!

At Last: The Making of Beau Coops - An Interview with Carrie Cooper

The Last Wall

Beau Coops designer Carrie Cooper recently relocated her design studio from Sydney to London, partly to be closer to the mecca of shoe-making, Marche, on the Adriatic Coast of Italy. Marche is where most "Italian-made' shoes come from - think Prada, Miu Miu, Marc Jacobs, Jil Sander and of course most of the shoes that are distributed in Australasia by Beau Coops' parent company, Nick Mascetelli Imports. Ms Cooper makes the trip often and it is surely the most rewarding part of the process, to see her designs come to fruition in the home of great shoemaking. Grant Fell caught up with her to find out more about making the collection, 'Future Retrospect' in The Marche. All photos by Carrie Cooper.

Milan 2013: Prada Men's SS 14

Prada built a 'small abstract town' to showcase Miuccia Prada's SS14 collection in Milan today. The set for the show created a sense of 'menacing paradise' or perhaps more accurately the post-war beaches of Hawaii first seen in films like From Here To Eternity. Tropical flower motifs such as Hibiscus were matched by cartoonish depictions of beach scenes replete with hot summer sun, endless horizons and Burt Lancasteresque bathers. A colour palette of burgundy, peach, blacks, browns and reds was balanced across suiting, silk shirts, bowling jackets and a variety of to-die-for bags and easily-worn-near-beaches footwear. It wasn't just boys on the runway though, a selection of female counterparts (including New Zealand's Holly Rose Emery) ensured that Prada's fantasy vacation in warm Pacific climes was definitely a romantic affair.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Glassons supremo Adam Bryce shoots Kendell Tobin at Clyne in Wellington

In Wellington recently to prep the new Glassons store on Lambton Quay, Glassons Creative Director Adam Bryce took the opportunity to shoot Kendell Tobin at Clyne, in Glassons of course, in iconic spots around fair Wellington City. Liking the cheeky portmanteau on display in this shoot.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Blacklog Editorial #47: Jamie Wdziekonski shoots Sayo Akasaka

Melbourne-based Black contributor and Purple correspondent Jamie Wdziekonski was recently deflected in his mission to see the Brian Jonestown Massacre in Tokyo by the threat of North Korean bomb threats. True story. Not one to let a good opportunity and a few days in Tokyo go to creative waste, Jamie teamed with co-Melbournian stylist Aaron Purdie to shoot Sayo Akasaka from Bellona Models in a lovely B&W Harajuku mood.

London Collections: Men - Gieves and Hawkes by David K Shields

Jason Basmajian leads the New Model Army down Savile Row

On day one of LCM, Black Magazine's man-on-the-ground David K Shields was particularly enthralled by Gieves and Hawkes, the legendary Savile Row tailors. By turn, Livery and Military tailors to the Queens Guard, Naval Tailors and Outfitters to the Duke of Edinburgh, Tailors and Outfitters to the Prince of Wales and occupiers of that most esteemed address, Number 1 Savile Row, Gieves and Hawkes is an institution steeped in sartorial tradition for over 200 years. However, a change has come in the form of new creative director Jason Basmajian. At the helm of Italian tailor Brioni, Basmajian was responsible for new, often lateral thinking in a traditional environment and in his new role at the top of G&H, it is clear he has a mandate to do the same. Basmajian worked with stylist and former fashion director at Vogue Homme International, Paul Mather, to stage the LCM show and whilst all of the classic G&H tailoring hallmarks were present, Basmajian clearly added an element of contemporary European flair, colour and shape. It was a deft sweep of a new broom that in no way shook the foundations of No 1 Savile Row but emphatically opened the doors to a contemporary breeze. David had a right old of time of it, even working with producer Charlotte to organise a shot of Jason and his model army advancing down the famous street. Bravo Gieves and Hawkes. All photos by David K Shields.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Ryder Salon wins Australian Hair Expo award

Huge congrats to Greg Murrell and the team at Ryder Salon who scooped the Best New Salon Design Award at the Australian Hair Expo awards in Sydney on Monday night. The beautifully designed space, created by architects Petr Cvejn and Andrew Greenslade made great use of the existing puriri floors and took on board the history of the Britomart area by incorporating abstract references to the region's steel workshops and boatbuilding industry. There is also a strong Japanese undertone to the space and, following on with Murrell's partnership with artist Michael Parekowhai in the last Ryder Salon, there will soon be a series of new Parekowhai works in the windows facing the street - effectively creating a new public artwork for the Britomart precinct. Well done Ryder!

Monday, June 10, 2013

Blacklog Editorial #46: David K Shields shoots Jayne Bailey at IMG Paris in Surface to Air

The sun has finally come out in Paris according to temporary resident David K Shields and anyone that knows Dave will know that the sun makes him happy! Using pieces entirely from super hip street wear label Surface To Air, David shoots South African model Jayne Bailey at IMG Paris on the streets of that fair city. H&M by Derek Aaron Young.

The Death & Resurrection Show World Premiere, Academy Cinema, Wednesday night

This Wednesday, a documentary made by our good friend Shaun Pettigrew will have its World Premiere at the Academy Cinema in Auckland. The Death and Resurrection Show is the definitive feature film documentary on English post punk industrial band Killing Joke. The story of this enigmatic band is compelling to say the least; a journey spanning several continents, several break-ups, reformations, pyramids, Icelandic glaciers, Nazca lines, symphony orchestras, Aleister Crowley, New Zealand - it is truly an odyssey, laced with as many light moments as there are dark. The following night the band play their first ever New Zealand show at The Studio, in itself unusual as lead singer and guiding light Jaz Coleman spent a considerable amount of time here in Auckland during the 90s.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Blacklog Editorial #45: Thom Kerr shoots Charlee at EMG

ivory palm dress - blessed are the meek
silver medieval necklace - garland row
victorian ring - garland row

Perth-based make-up artist Rebekah Clark, a long time collaborator with our Black Australian editor Thom Kerr, was in Sydney this week shooting the Wheels & Dollbaby campaign. The two decided to reunite and shoot an exclusive story for Blacklog. Having recently visited the showroom of Mother & Father PR, Thom selected key pieces from the collections and pulled together a showcase featuring brand new face Charlee from EMG models. Charlee, an indigenous Australian, is a shining example of Australia's growing desire to encompass multicultural talent and will be making her presence felt as some of her more significant material comes out over the next two months. In the meantime we thought we'd get you warmed up with a little sunlit rooftop action. Photography by Thom Kerr, beauty by Rebekah Clark and fashion courtesy of Mother & Father PR.

Lee x Black - Back in Black - BTS film by Lula Cucchiara

LEE X BLACK - Expecting to fly from Black Magazine on Vimeo.

Why make one film, when you can make two. Like a hand in glove, Lula Cucchiara's behind-the-scenes version of our film shoot for Lee Back in Black x Black Magazine project with Damien Nikora, perfectly captures the energy and spirit of the day. To tie the films together even more, Lula cut to another favourite Headless Chickens tune of ours, "Expecting to Fly'.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Lee x Black - Back in Black film by Damien Nikora

Lee x Black - Back in Black film from Black Magazine on Vimeo.

We recently teamed up with Lee to shoot a film, or two, that represented Lee's awesome Back in Black range and a Black aesthetic. The range screamed 90s rock-n-roll to us and given that it was a Transtasman colab, Headless Chickens "Smoking Big Ted' - released in 1996 - seemed like the ideal tune and direction. Director and editor: Damien Nikora. Creative directors/producers: Rachael Churchward and Grant Fell. Stylist: Rachael Churchward Hair: Matt Benns at Stephen Marr Make-up: Carolyn Haslett using M.A.C Cosmetics . Models: Jasper Seven, Kendell Tobin and Chiara and Norina Gasteiger at Clyne. Andrey Sukhomlinov and Thom Osterhoff at Red 11. Fashion assistant: Thistle Brown Hair assist: Kimberley Hughes Photo assist: Yulia Slon Avdeeva Production assist: Daniel McGlashan. Fashion: Lee Back in Black, Strateas Carlucci, Jamie Fame, Zora Bell Boyd, Kate Sylvester, Beau Coops, model's own...backstage/BTS film by Lula Cucchiara to follow soon...

Blacklog Editorial #44: David K Shields shoots Holly Rose at Red 11/Chic and Annemijn at IMG

Itinerant photographer David K Shields is now ensconced in Paris where he will cover both Paris and London fashion week's men's shows for Black. Before leaving the Antipodes he crossed the ditch to shoot hit Australian Fashion Week Kiwi model Holly Rose Emery at Red 11/Chic and Annemijn Dijs at IMG in the lovely environs of Wattamolla Beach, a haven within the Royal National Park near Sydney. Hair by Dean P at Green Apple Italia. Make-up: Annabel Barton. Fashion by Carl Kapp, Lover, ZimmermanAgent ProvocateurSoot, Zhivago, Casey Tanswell and Holly Ryan.