Generation XX by Suitcase Magazine – My First Ever Fashion Film

Generation XX by SUITCASE Magazine from Suitcase Magazine

So back in March. on a cold and very windy golf course in Bayonne, New Jersey, I hauled ‘ass’ out of bed for a 4am wake up to shoot ‘Generation XX’ to shoot the first ever fashion film for Suitcase magazine.

Suitcase also has its first ever billboard in London on Putney High St. So not only my first film, but first billboard too. Mad love to the fantastic team especially Team Guen and the models for tempting hypothermia but being true professionals.

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#whatmattersmost – The Good Old Telephone

We see all it all the time. People glued to their phones. Texting,  tweeting, Facebook,  taking selfies, catching up on current events,  angrily trying to get past the 245th level in Candy Crush.

It might sound rather shallow to say a phone is what matters the most to me,  but since moving away from all my family and friends,  my phone has become an extension of London and all I miss and care about dearly.

#whatmattersmost to you?  John Lewis wants you to Vine about it. Create a Vine about what matters to YOU and tweet with #whatmattersmost

Prizes to be won this week are £1000 John Lewis Vouchers and a Canon SLR.
Competition ends this Sunday 8th September so you gotta be quick. If you’re stuck for inspiration,  here are some of the entries to get those mind juices flowing.

Enter here about #whatmattersmost to you.

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Get Some Live Art in You (and around you) with Oddkingdom @ B-Side, 5/9

HELLO PHRIENDS.

I haven’t been here since April – mainly because:

- I’m terrible.
- Writer’s block.
- Soul searching.
- Been macrame-ing friendship bracelets for my friends*
- Making money to buy friendships

Tina Gao told me to stop being rubbish and to write. So write I shall. Hopefully some of you are still here with me.

On Thursdays in East London, many art galleries are open until quite late. There is also free booze. There’s probably a name for these events, but I’m not sure what it is. Free Art Thursday? Booze and Schmooze? Ambiance: Hipster?

My point being, Willkay Oddkingdom, an amazingly talented artist I’ve had the pleasure to work with on my Rokit x TSoS project . He is truly and utterly fantastic, talent and personality wise. And he’s bucking the trend by doing something in the DAY on Thursday.

If you’re in London on Thursday night you should pop by. I guarantee, it will be worth your while.**

*Friendship is a lot more expensive here. Poor exchange rate.
**Not a real guarantee

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If You Are in NY, There’s a Free Ghostface Show Tonight 24/4

Hello. I meant to post up this flyer before but I forgot. Mainly because I’ve been busy not getting radioactive powers. (I was bitten by a spider. More later) If you like me, are lucky enough to live in New York, legally (or illegally for some of you) there is a free Ghostface Killah gig tonight on the LES. WU LIFE.

How do you get in? For plebs, RSVP at rsvp.vice.com/fightland

Please join us on April 24th in New York as we celebrate the launch of VICE’s latest video channel, FIGHTLAND.COM, a site capturing the culture, personalities and trends around one America’s fastest growing sports, MMA.

WHAT: The Official Launch Party for FIGHTLAND, VICE’s new MMA site dedicated to capturing the culture, personalities and trends around one America’s fastest growing sport.
WHEN: Wednesday April 24th | 8 – 12AM | 21+
WHERE: The DL | 95 Delancey St, NYC
TRANSPORT: F, J, Z at Delancey/Essex St; D at Grand St

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What to Watch Tonight: VICE on HBO

Last night, I went to HBO HQ in Bryant Park for the premiere of VICE, Vice’s new TV show on HBO (I know it’s confusing) for salty nuts and wine in plastic cups from unionised bartenders. I can’t explain things well so watch this hereto video.

VICE, a news magazine series that will premiere exclusively on HBO, smashes barriers of decorum to cover such stories as out-of-control political assassinations in the Philippines, the sumo/Mixed Martial Arts craze that has swept Senegal and the precarious nuclear stare-down in Kashmir.

The first two episodes were shown, featuring failed suicide bombers, the Kashmir border conflict, as well as  a clip from their visit to North Korea with Dennis Rodman and the Harlem Globetrotters. If you’ve ever seen any of the VICE documentaries before, they’re pretty powerful and uncomfortable stuff.  As there was a Q&A afterwards, I felt I wanted to ask a question because I feel I don’t contribute enough to things like these. However, all the questions seemed mostly legit, and my question was rather foolish, and as my mother now tells me I’m on the wrong side of 25, I feel now is a time to learn to shut up. So I simply coerced Shane Smith with a beer afterwards to ask the most pertinent and important question in the history of Q&As:

“Do people have to genuflect and kiss the ring?”

 

Shane laughed and said he would make people do it. I hope he does.

VICE premieres exclusively on HBO on April 5th at 11pm EST. Other documentaries can be seen on the VICE YouTube channel.
(If you don’t have HBO, I’m sure they won’t mind you finding another way to watch it. BTW I am not condoning any illegal nefarious activity)

 

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NYFW: Reem Acra

NYFW AW13: Reem Acra

If you ever wanted proof of how shit I am at taking photos, the photos from Reem Acra would be enough. Sure the runway was black which was annoying enough, and I was using a borrowed camera but… ugh. These photos I’ve taken are probably the best out of a very bad bunch (I know right) so I’ve resorted to everyone’s mainstay, Style.com

NYFW AW13: Reem Acra

What I loved about this collection and Reem Acra is that she has a way of making things that could be considered trashy, such as fishnet and sheer panels uber classy and elegant. One hopes to see a beautiful starlet wearing one of these on the red carpet soon. Or even better, one hopes to shoot some pieces from this collection soon. This was definitely my favourite show, and I am dead irritated over my super blurry photos…

NYFW AW13: Reem Acra

NYFW AW13: Reem Acra

Favourite looks for me were:

NYFW Reem Acra AW13
NYFW Reem Acra AW13
NYFW AW13 Reem Acra
NYFW AW13 Reem Acra
AW13 NYFW Reem Acra
AW13 NYFW Reem Acra

Runway photos via Style.com

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NYFW: Herve Leger – Bondage and Sportswear

NYFW Day 3: Herve Leger AW13

How do you evolve the eponymous bandage dress? By going two opposite directions, embellishment and sportswear. Add some fur, neoprene and bamf models and you have an instant hit. I didn’t think Max Azria could do anything different to his classic, but I think he did right here. I don’t really care for baseball caps, but I did like the fancy snapbacks. Can I pull one off?

NYFW Day 3: Herve Leger AW13

NYFW Day 3: Herve Leger AW13

NYFW Day 3: Herve Leger AW13

NYFW Day 3: Herve Leger AW13

NYFW Day 3: Herve Leger AW13

NYFW Day 3: Herve Leger AW13

NYFW Day 3: Herve Leger AW13

NYFW Day 3: Herve Leger AW13

NYFW Day 3: Herve Leger AW13

Since I shot Herve Leger and BCBG for Cosmopolitan Russia for their March 2013 issue, they ticketed me, and with a nice surprise, front row seats. I usually hunker down in the pit because I’d rather stand than sit high up, but gosh did I feel loved in fashion. For once. Good seat, not the best photos though because I am rubbish at photography. Coco Rocha was sitting a few seats away and I was very tempted to take a blurry Instagram pic of her, hashtag it YOLO and see what she thought about that…

NYFW Day 3: Herve Leger AW13

NYFW Day 3: Herve Leger AW13

NYFW Day 3: Herve Leger AW13

NYFW Day 3: Herve Leger AW13

NYFW Day 3: Herve Leger AW13

NYFW Day 3: Herve Leger AW13

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Prabal Gurung for Target Event for NYFW

Prabal Gurung for Target Launch

Twas the night before NYFW, and this lady blogger was not being her usual antisocial self and decided to attend events. When this invite dropped into my inbox I was all:

Jonah Hill Happy Scream

I am rather fond of prints, and Prabal Gurung is one of my utmost favourite collections to see every season. I’m usually very leery of high street collabs, I have a Target x Mulberry bag which the strap broke, which showed that it pretty much had been stapled on, but then I also purchased the Band of Outsiders cashmere hats from the Neiman Marcus x Target collab and they were fantastic, although the overall collection wasn’t well received. So it’s a mixed bag really.

Prabal Gurung for Target Launch

Target has really been stepping up their fashion game of late, from the High Fashion ads for their Everyday Collection to pushing Target Style, their hitting all bases social campaign. This event was no less than what I would have expected, and much more than I ever expected. Target transformed Pier 57 into an indoor fairground complete with rides, a cinema showing the campaign film starring Olivia Thirlby, the face of the collection, photo booth, games where you could win Target vouchers, speciality drinks, a fortune teller, various food trucks, a stilt lady with candy floss on her legs, rides that actually you were allowed to ride which I stayed away from for fear of throwing up the dumplings, mini fish taco, and whoopie pie I ate.

Prabal Gurung for Target Launch

Prabal Gurung for Target Launch

Prabal Gurung for Target Launch

Prabal Gurung for Target Launch The food was spectacular, presentation very on point. Oh but the wastage… but on the other hand miniature Coke bottles.

Prabal Gurung for Target Launch

Prabal Gurung for Target Launch

Prabal Gurung for Target Launch

A special live performance from Ne-Yo ended the evening, since the inspiration for this collection was LOVE, and who does the best love R’n'B love songs of this generation?

Prabal Gurung for Target Launch

Prabal Gurung for Target Launch
Laziest photo taking ever. I do like Ne-Yo but I don’t like crowds.

My idol and love of my life Rashida Jones, Carey Mulligan and that girl from ANTM who was in Crazy, Stupid, Love were also there. I tried to sneak a picture of Rashida but bloody Just Jared got in the way so this is my picture.

Prabal Gurung for Target Launch
When the Ann’s away, the mice get perms.

Most importantly WE WERE ALLOWED TO PURCHASE THE COLLECTION BEFORE ALL THE PLEBS  GENERAL PUBLIC. I’m looking forward to all these press turning up to Lincoln Center wearing the same jacket. Not all of the collection was there, such as the sandals in different colourways.

Prabal Gurung for Target Launch

Prabal Gurung for Target Launch

Prabal Gurung for Target Launch

Prabal Gurung for Target Launch

I purchased the dress that Olivia Thirlby was walking around in, because the top of my choice had sold out. I was quite impressed. Some of the things were a little too tacky for my liking, the high sheen factor of artificial materials will do that, but the majority of the items felt great, nice and weighty and finished rather well. I also mused over the red sandals but I was on the fence about it as I preferred the black and white ones in the first place (which are a Target.com exclusive), and some of the soles were unfinished, so I didn’t purchase.

Prabal Gurung for Target Launch

Prabal Gurung for Target Launch


Short-sleeve dress in First Date print and black, $39.99; wedge sandals in Apple red, $29.99

Alas this dress does not fit over my ample bosom, so I have to return it. Such is life. But on the whole, the collection is pretty mint. Son, I am not disappoint.

Prabal Gurung for Target launches in stores and on Target.com on February 10th 2013.
Prices range from $12.99 (approx £9)to $199.99 (approx £130)

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Bradelis New York Soho Store Launch

Bradelis Soho Store Opening

Bradelis Soho Store Opening

Bradelis Soho Store Opening

Bradelis Soho Store Opening

Bradelis is a Japanese lingerie brand which recently opened their third store in NY, which has a novel 3 step system for shaping and enhancing your lady lumps. The 1st step is to sculpt your breasts, drawing the excess tissue (their words) into your chest; 2nd step is to sculpt and contour your chest (so they’re perky) and the 3rd step is designed to enhance. It’s a workout for your breasts, without actually working out. There’s also a 3 step for your butt.

Bradelis Soho Store Opening

Bradelis Soho Store Opening

Bradelis Soho Store Opening

Each step has different bras, and since your shape is supposed to change, you get free alterations and counselling (yes that’s right) for the lifetime of your garment. Not bad eh? One of the Bradelis girls told me she’d gone up by 2 cup sizes. Since I’ve got a Step 1 bra, so I’m really hoping that doesn’t happen to my copious cleavage. But time will tell eh?

Bradelis Soho Store Opening

Bradelis Soho Store Opening

Bradelis Soho Store Opening

Bradelis Soho Store Opening

BRADELIS New York SOHO
211 Elizabeth St New York, NY 10012
+1 212 941-5629
Open 11am – 7pm daily
Nearest Subway: Prince St (N,R); Broadway-Lafayette St (B,D,F,M,6)

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Glossybox USA x Man Repeller

Glossybox USA x Man Repeller

This month the newly launched Glossybox USA  partners with the popular blogger Man Repeller to curate a special limited edition box.   I have been subscribed to this service in its earlier months (Glossybox just launched in the US last May, although it is available in other countries all around the world) and this is the first time their trademark pink box has been upgraded to a limited edition silver.

Glossybox USA x Man Repeller

Inside, nestled within silver wrapping paper were the following:

  • Estee Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Lash Multiplying Volume Mascara (in Deluxe sample size)
  • Fresh Umbrian Clay Mattifying Serum (regular sample size)
  • Tarte Glamazon pure performance 12 hour lipstick in color Fierce (full size, $28)
  • OPI “Can’t Let Go” Liquid Sand Nail Lacquer (full size, $9)
  • Narcisco Rodriguez for her Eau de Toilette Spray (regular sample size)
  • Le Metier de Beaute Replenishing Daily Solution (regular sample size: foil packet)
  • Sebasian Professional Potion 9 (deluxe sample)

Glossybox USA x Man Repeller

Glossybox normally retails for $21, so as you can see the full sized products make up for what you spend on it.  I was always intrigued by the concept, but previous boxes have been a hit or a miss.  I do actually already own some of the products featured inside, although I did love the presentation, the value and the selection of brands.  And I am very impressed by the OPI nail polish and the Tarte lipstick.   I personally can’t wait to see what next month’s box will hold.  What do you think, lovely readers?

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