Happy Halloween everyone. My inspiration for Halloween is the film remake of Alice in Wonderland by Tim Burton. starring Helena Bonham Carter as the Red Queen character and Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter. Genius make-up and hair. To celebrate 150 years of the first publication by Lewis Carroll, the British Museum in London have curated an exhibition celebrating this milestone. Lots of original sketches and manuscripts to see. From 20th November to April 2016.
Another Mighty Boosh moment, I was listening to Radio 6 yesterday and Noel Fielding was presenting for a couple of hours. Reminded me how funny he is. Anyhow in this clip, Vince convinces Howard to cancel his plans to hang out with some goth girls, but Howard needs to go dark. Hilarious clip from second series of The Mighty Boosh.
BACK AT THE END OF 2009 I WAS BOOKED TO GO ON A TRIP WITH THE ARMANI EXCHANGE PEOPLE FOR THEIR SPRING SUMMER 2010 CAMPAIGN.
So off we all flew to the famous Myrtle Beach, South Carolina with the Armani Exchange regulars at the time, Irina Shayk and Clint Mauro, with some new additions to the model crew, Brazilian Marlon Teixeira, Czech model Tomas Skoloudik and Brazilian female model Tamiris Souza Freitas.
The images that were produced became some of AX’s most sexiest images ever, with Marlon and Clint becoming the main stars together ( Marlin went on to become one of the biggest new male models ever) and at the time Irina had started to date football sensation Christiano Ronaldo so her rise to fame had begun too.
AX also produced from this shoot, some of the first Major Fashion Label, same gender couples underwear images for their Valentines Day campaign.
All the images are featured below including the special Valentines Images.
Enjoy the pics….. we had a great time creating them, especially as we had our wrap dinner at Hooters no less.
Also as a bonus, i’ve added a link to the official behind the scenes video from the shoot.
Who doesn’t like Caroline Aherne. All her characters make me laugh from Mrs Merton to the checkout girl on the Fast Show. This is a clip I found of her schoolgirl character in the Fast Show series talking about her appreciation of the singer Lisa Stansfield. Genius!!
We’re back with “And the Moodie Goes To”……..
………my own personal awards that I give to what I consider the best hair moments ever, whether they be in music, film, theatre, fashion or any other media.
Today The Moodie Goes to …………..
Breathless, the 1960’s French Film starring Jean Seaberg and Jean-Paul Belmondo. I’ve given it the award of “Most Stylish French Film Ever”.
Jean sported what I consider one of the best short haircuts ever, on a par with Mia Farrow’s pixie crop in Rosemary’s Baby, and Jean Paul was just the coolest guy ever with his unkempt haircut that was groomed here and there in the film.
This film has been referenced many a time in fashion, including the haircuts.
Below you can see the trailer for this film known as À bout de souffle; “out of breath” in French.
Breathless is a 1960 French film written and directed by Jean-Luc Goddard about a criminal played by Jean-Paul Belmondo and his American girlfriend Jean Seaberg . It was Godard’s first feature-length work and represented Belmondo’s breakthrough as an actor.
Breathless was one of the earliest, most influential examples of French New Wave, known as nouvelle vague cinema. Breathless brought international acclaim to this new style of French filmmaking. At the time, the film attracted much attention for its bold visual style.
A fully restored version of the film was released in the U.S. for its 50th anniversary in May 2010. When originally released in France, the film attracted a staggering total of 2,082,760 cinemagoers.
Back in 1996, I was booked to work for the first time with legendary photographer Patrick Demarchelier for Harpers Bazaar USA.
The team was pretty legendary when I think about it, there was 90’s Supermodel Amber Valetta, Stylist extraordinaire Sara Jane Hoare and genius make up artist Lisa Eldridge.
This shoot titled “Free Spirit” was created in the beautiful Scottish Highlands where we stayed on the amazing Cawdor Estate. The estate is owned by Isabella Cawdor, 36, wife of Colin, the seventh Earl of Cawdor and twenty-fifth Thane of Cawdor, near Inverness.
We were all very privileged to be able to stay at Drynachan Lodge on the estate and be fed off the fat of the land.
I saw parts of Scotland I’d never seen before including beaches and highlands. Lisa Eldridge ( the make-up artist) and I even spent an afternoon singing on the highlands and re-writing an old punk song in the style of Julie Andrews in The Sound Of Music ( for fun of course) whilst we waited for Amber to arrive from the US.
Anyway I hope you enjoy this editorial. It’s one of my favourites in terms of beautiful surroundings.
CREDITS: HARPERS BAZAAR OCTOBER 1996
PHOTOGRAPHER: Patrick Demarchelier
STYLIST : Sara-Jane Hoare
MODEL: Amber Valetta
MAKE-UP: Lisa Eldridge
· Cawdor cottages, sleep between two and 10 and cost from £230 for three nights. Drynachan Lodge sleeps 18 and costs £5,600 for seven nights, fully catered, including three staff. Inquiries: 01667 402 402
ITS MONDAY AGAIN AND WHAT BETTER WAY TO CHEER OURSELVES UP THAN A SKETCH FROM COMEDY GENIUS WRITER AND ACTRESS JULIA DAVIS ( NIGHTY NIGHT, GAVIN AND STACEY, HUNDERBY)
Hunderby is a British sitcom produced by Sky, written by Julia Davis, that was first broadcast on Sky Atlantic in 2012. The series won two awards at the British Comedy Awards in 2012 and won Davis a BAFTA TV Award for best comedy writing. Set in the 1830s, this black comedy centres on Helene, a woman who is washed ashore after her ship is wrecked off the English coast. There, she is courted by Edmund, a local pastor, and they soon get married under the understanding that Helene is still pure. However, she has a dark past that she must hide from him.
RIP BARRY KAMEN- ONE OF THE ORIGINAL BUFFALO BOYS.
Very sad to hear the passing of a beautiful, talented man, Barry Kamen aged 52.
Born in Epping and named Barry Owen Stephen Kamen on September 22nd 1963
Barry who also became a stylist and an artist helped to define the look of 80s youth culture. During his late teens, he met stylist Ray Petri while working at a clothes shop in Covent Garden. Ray would often go in to borrow clothes for shoots. Barry and his brother Nick became the stylist’s muses soon after.
BARRY & NICK.
His brother Nick was most remembered, in the UK for his 1985 performance in the famous Levi’s “Launderette” television commercial, where he stripped down to only his boxer shorts in order to stone wash his Levis 501’s. The commercial, directed by Roger Lyons came fourth in The 100 Greatest TV Ads in 2000
One of eight siblings, Barry was of mixed Burmese, Irish, Dutch and English descent and grew up in Harlow, Essex.
The Kamen brothers who were often thought of as twins but weren’t, and along with photographers Jamie Morgan and Marc Lebon, and stylist Mitzi Lorenz, formed what was known as the Buffalo collective. Inspired by what they saw on the streets and in the nightclubs, they had a post-punk DIY approach to fashion and were radical in their approach to sportswear and use of ethnic models.
They would often find models for their shoots on the streets. Supermodel Naomi Campbell ( who was only 14 at the time) and then 16 year old, make-up artist Kay Montano were also part of the crew. In a recent interview for Dazed, Barry was quoting as saying about Naomi, “She was just this nutty girl aged about fourteen, but she was part of the crew.”
Barry and Nick would often get photographed together and sometimes it was hard to define one from the other. Because of the Levi’s commercial Nick’s career took a different turn from Barry’s and he would go on to have a music career too, with a UK and US hit penned and produced by Madonna and Stephen Bray.
Barry however took a different path. He became a stylist in his own right and was a contributor to The Face, i-D, Arena Homme +, and POP, plus working with Vivienne Westwood and Body Map.
More recently he worked with Dr Martens to make a film about the Buffalo subculture. London menswear label Tourne de Transmission joined forces with him on a collection inspired by his art, which often features plasters and cut up newspaper headlines.
What’s probably considered one of the of the brothers’ most iconic modeling moments was appearing in the Winter Sports issue of style bible The Face magazine in January 1984.
When the Buffalo movement was happening I was still leaving school in Birmingham, but I knew all about it and the people involved. After I moved to London, I had the privilege to meet and work with some of these people, including Barry who I had the pleasure of working together with as a stylist on a shoot with photographer Norbert Schoerner in Italy.
HERE’S A PICTURE OF BARRY SHOT BY NORBERT.
RIP BARRY – TOO SOON!!
BRIDGET SHOT BY STEVEN MEISEL FOR ITALIAN VOGUE MARCH 1994.
SUPERMODEL 31 this month features model No 4 ( appearing in alphabetical order) Bridget Hall.
Supermodel 31 is a list that was made of all the top models that have achieved the ultimate goal of appearing on all 4 Covers of the most prestigious Vogue Magazines
American, British, French and Italian.
I’ve already featured Arizona Muse, Angela Lindvall and Amber Valletta. Here’s a little info on Bridget and her rise to Supermodel 31 fame…………..
Bridget Hall (born December 12, 1977) is an American model. She was born in Springdale Arkansas. At the age of 10 she was modeling in Dallas, Texas. At this time she was living in the suburb of Farmers Branch. After school she moved with her mother Donna to New York to pursue her modeling career. By the age of 17, she was listed in Forbes as one of the “top 10” moneymaking supermodels along with Cindy Crawford and Christy Turlington. She became the face of Guess and Ralph Lauren in the early 90’s with her all American girl look.
On returning back to the major editorial world in the late 90’s Bridget became the cool girl once again, appearing on more Vogue covers around the world with a new Bobbed haircut and being cast in the Prada Ads in 2004 shot by Steven Meisel. She was also cast as herself, in the now famous fashion film Devil Wears Prada in 2006.
HAPPY MONDAY PEOPLE!!
Victoria and Julie at their finest. These two together have made the funniest sketches ever. This sketch shows characters Joan and Marjorie two TV talkshow hosts featured in the Victoria Wood Show 1986/87.