Wednesday, 30 March 2011

branded shorts...Oliver Peoples

I love how eyewear brand Oliver People's is using film to define their brand.

The sexy Autumn de Wilde short, “Les enfants sennuient le dimanche”, already caught my eye, and they've also collaborated with Robert Evens and Zooey Deschanel. The style of these films are different, but together they communicate a strong message: vintage, classic Hollywood:

Mind Games from Oliver Peoples on Vimeo.

Catch A Tuesday from Oliver Peoples on Vimeo.

Now, for the 50th anniversary of TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, they have created an Atticus Finch frame. The idea actually came from the Gregory Peck's son, Anthony, who is donating proceeds from the sales to the Los Angeles Public Library.

Now if they really want to impress me, they will create a fund for independent short filmmakers next.

photos: Courtesy of Anthony Peck and Oliver People's

Monday, 28 March 2011

nerd film buff boyfriend

Roxana Altamirano's style blog on tumblr is a must-see. The concept is to show you how to recreate the style of an iconic film character, musician or artist.

Already she is doing guest posts for the daily details, but I love the wordless simplicity that tumblr provides.

Nerd Boyfriend is by all means not the first to put the "how-to" together with with menswear and films. The regular series "date night with alex grant" on n'est style has been digging up some gems for a while now. I love his GUESS WHO'S COMING TO DINNER post.

mr. mom...

ford perfect (Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy...

"Joey" Drayton (Guess Who's Coming to Dinner)...

***thanks to the luxe files for turning us onto n.b.!

Thursday, 24 March 2011

cleopatra vs. cleopatra jones

First of all, thanks so much for watching the 60s fashion show I put together for Network Awesome! You know what that makes you...awesome!

It went over so well that the guys at the Network asked me to write something about Elizabeth Taylor's costumes in the epic film CLEOPATRA.

While writing the article, I started to image the role played by Dorothy Dandridge, who was the first one considered for the role. That got me thinking about my favourite Blacksploitation film of all time, CLEOPATRA JONES and it's sequal, CLEOPATRA JONES AND THE CASINO OF GOLD. I'm not sure if screenwriters Max Julien and Sheldon Keller wanted to poke fun at the idea of Cleopatra, the African queen, being played by non-Afican American actresses time and time again when they named the character. One thing is for sure, like Taylor's Cleopatra, Tamara Dobson's kick-ass secret agent changes costumes every chance she gets. Dobson is credited with creating some of the costumes, and that makes her awesome.

photos from hornsection, the grindhouse database, funk-o-logy

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

network awesome fashion show

Check out the show I curated for Network Awesome! It's all about sixties fashion, with clips from British Movietone, a Chanel fashion show (in French, for all my peeps in Gatineau!), and a great Germans short film called "Die Junge Nachtwandeler".

I wish I could see stuff like this 24/7 when when I switch on the tube, but alas, that is why we have Network Awesome. Enjoy the show!

For those of you who are die-hard about 60s mod, here's a silent clip of a Mary Quant fashion show tht didn't make the cut. Kind of cool to watch it after seeing the Prada AW11/12 collection footage...

D.I.Y. Prada AW11/12

the big sequins...

the helmet hats...

the shag fringe...

Why do I love the autumn winter Prada collection so much?

Then it struck vintage crochet pattern collection! The 60's mod look can be "easily" achieved with a hook and some yarn.

(Okay, at least the hats are worth a try!)

sequined pattern, knit helmet pattern, rest: my stash

Monday, 21 March 2011

the fashion films of cass bird

i was so happy to find the new lookbook film for SOPHOMORE, because it led me to discover cass bird.

her stunt-filled films for wrangler are pretty impressive in a "how did they do that?" kind of way, but the campaigns that stuck with me most are "documentary style" films below. with themes of childrens games playing a reoccuring role, cass bird captures the sun-drenched, pedal to the metal, adrenline rush that is "youth" like no one else.

films like this are the reason why i started this blog...there is something so fresh about brands trying to express the atmosphere or mood around a collection without flashing price tags all over the place. That's the part that excites me so much in the designroom, when we talk about a place or a funny idea and allow ourselves to get all virginia woolf and stream our conciousness right off the page. I love how film can be used to bring the moodboards that result from these brainstorming sessions to life.

at the end of the day, when you have a closet full of clothes (as I'm sure we all do) that is what we are trying to possess... a feeling that you can wear.

Brain from Cass Bird on Vimeo.


Sophomore Look Book Spring 2010 from Cass Bird on Vimeo.

Sunday, 20 March 2011

Snack the Planet

I'm excited about "Snack the Planet", one of the winners of THE FUN fellowship, a new project announced by the Museum of Arts and Design to recognize the social practice of NYC nightlife.

"Blurring the distinctions between digital and physical interactions team up to recreate the fictitious 90's internet café from the film Hackers—part hackers lounge and part virtual arcade—called Snack the Planet. Bringing together media installations, bands, visual artists, culinary artists, and internet archivists into a unified community, Snack the Planet seeks to re-examine a time before digital and physical socializing had yet to be separated".

The roller-derby meets easy rider look Angelina Jolie sports in this film is would fit right into Berlin "transgender hippie style".

film stills from, look from

Monday, 14 March 2011

moving moodboards

i like to be charmed by a moodboard. leaning against a wall, flirting with me all shy, a little thrown know the type.

which is why the dance-themed, video moodboard below is like the guy who brushes up on you a little too soon in the club and says he "gotta get your details."

still, each season i'm faced with the question: how do you archive a really hot, analogue moodboard?

i like the cut and paste feel of the kuyichi presi below, respectful closure to a good, moodboard fling.

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Thursday, 10 March 2011

fashion films in the wild

"We need our platforms to be as beautiful, as well thought out, as well art directed as our magazines. It's about context, they need to be viewed in their own right, ideally not as part of an overcrowded YouTube page."

This is what contributor Ruth Hogben had to say at last night's Fashion loves Film screening at the Bird's Eye View Festival about the challenge facing fashion films.

What do you think? Is the jungle a hostile habitat for fashion films? Is vimeo any better?

While you are making up your minds, here's a link to my friend's new youtube channel. The menswear-focussed fashion films look safe and happy there.

Monday, 7 March 2011

vintage polish swimwear

kolobrzeg used to be a vacation hot spot for germans before the world wars. since then, the city has become polish. The rebuilding efforts have taken a long time and tourism has declined, but its position on the baltic sea, new hotels and the exchange rate of zloty to euro are slowly bringing it back into favour for those looking to discover something off the beaten "ostsee" path.

vintage swimwear exhibition, kolberg, poland


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