When art meets fashion

I've been meaning to post this editorial for a while, as I really love the concept. In this shoot for Spanish Elle (April 2010), Masha Novoselova picks up a paintbrush and gets creative (and a bit messy!) on set.

Styled by Inmaculada Jimenez, Masha poses in simple, classic combinations (when the clothes are important that is..!) - casual denim shorts, tank tops, high-waisted trousers and floaty kaftans add to the relaxed, unfussy style of the artist character that Masha embodies.

What 'makes' the shoot for me, is Mario Sierra's brilliant use of natural light, which reflects the luminous and spacious atmosphere of what could be a real artist's studio. The abundance of light in Mario Sierra's shots enhance Masha's natural beauty and the model's poses give the composition a sense of energy and dynamism - distinctly fashion, without being over-exaggerated.

It seems that the fashion-art link is ever alive, but Sierra's photography adds a modern twist. Being covered in paint never looked so fashionable!




Je-suis-style on tumblr!

Yes, you heard right! Je-suis-style @ blogspot now has a sister site on tumblr!

I created a tumblr mainly to share bits of fashion and artsy inspiration with you all. My blogspot will continue to be my main site and that's where you'll find the more lengthy posts about all things fashion and style, but head over to my tumblr for some visual fashion delights!


Please check it out and follow! :)



Kittens & snakes!

Yes, Vogue España has done it again! Take a top model, add a kitten and a snake and throw in some spectacular clothes...Voilà! You've got one super-hot editorial spread that'll knock your socks off!

Although I loved the other editorials of Vogue España's april issue, top model Edita Vilkeviciute's striking cover shot captivated me right from the beginning and I wanted to flick through to see the rest of the shoot straight away!

The 18 page spread, entitled "Surf Urbano" (shot by David Vasiljevic,) was no less than a visual delight! The editorial taps in to some key summer trends - digital, tropical, floral, animal and graphic prints in bright and bold summery colours. Edita strikes great poses in a range of fitted bathing suits and dresses, whilst interacting with a kitten and a snake! The dynamism and playful energy that Edita exudes in the shots are testament to her eye for showing off the garments and her fluidity in movement - that snake has sure got some competition! ;)

Take a look at the pictures below! (The snake pictures are my favourite - and that's saying something, given that I am usually quite creeped out by them!)

What do you think?



All eyes on...Zanita!

Recently, I have been looking a lot more at Chictopia.com and Lookbook.nu as I love all the interesting outfits and style inspiration on there.

Instead of posting a "look of the day", I wanted to tell you about my favourite chictopian of the moment.. ZANITA WHITTINGTON, a Sydney based model.

(Model polaroids:)
(Agency pictures:)

Apart from the fact that being an extremely striking 5ft11 model makes clothes naturally look good on her, the way she pieces outfits together shows her flair for making fashion work on and off the job..a total style chameleon!

Definitely one to watch - not only as a model, but also as a fashionista!


Want to find out more about Zanita? Check out her blog:

and Chictopia profile:

(Pictures all copyright to Zanita and her agency: www.priscillas.com.au)


Christopher Kane LFW Fall 2010 – My pick of the bunch!

I have been meaning to update my blog with a review of Christopher Kane's Autumn/Winter 2010 collection for a while, so my apologies for my blogging absence!


For London fashion week, the Christopher Kane 'woman' has once again shifted identity. Kane says farewell to his Lolita phase - the sickly sweet pastels, gingham and checked prints were tossed aside for what appeared to be a foray into a darker world of leather-clad "juvenile delinquents" and religious cultism.

Never one to pander to expectations, Kane's designs were visually impactful due to the jarring fusion of matte or patent black leather and PVC, contrasted with bead/gem embellishment and embroidered flowers that resembled parochial Women's Institute craftwork.

Kane cites the robes of the Vatican and Priscilla Presley “before Elvis got his hands on her" as two sources of strong inspiration for the collection. His desire to convey a perversion and irony in this collection has been deftly pulled off, through his unusual and somewhat scandalous splicing of the prim and proper with 'bad girl' rebellion.

However, although I am a huge Christopher Kane fan, I feel like I have developed a 'love-hate' relationship with the actual garments from the show. There are elements of the collection that I love and those that I really dislike:

The good:
(The simple feminine cuts, subtler gem detailing and lace panelling work for me.)

The bad:
(Check out that fur and leather abomination and the scary leather collar shirts!)

Emma Watson and Carey Mulligan have been snapped sporting pieces from Kane's Fall collection, but do you think they did the designs justice?

I think Emma rocks her Kane dress - I have always liked the way that he plays on the idea of underwear as outerwear, so the weird leather/flower combo is less accosting. I'm not feeling Carey Mulligan's outfit though, as it is a tad catholic school-girl gone wild!

So, what do you think of the collection as a whole? In my humble opinion, the collection is very interesting - it is unpredictably avant-garde and authoritative in its execution, but its commercial wearability remains strongly in question. I love the lace panelling that remains a signature for Kane and the lace-up leather heels are great! I especially like these lace-up gladiator shoes with gem detailing (I would buy those if I had the cash!):

Clip from the show:

All I'm wondering is...what will Kane do next?!


(With thanks to Nytimes.com, fabsugar.co.uk, ssense.com and mylifetime.com for the pictures.)


Megan Fox in Harper's Bazaar

I just had to post these pictures of Megan Fox from the upcoming April 2010 issue of Harper's Bazaar!

The cover shot is typically 'Megan' (seductive, smouldering and alluring - no surprises as to why she's 'type cast' in films!), but in the shots to follow, Paola Kudacki transforms her into something much less commercial...

For me, the final three images are absolutely captivating and scream "VOGUE editorial". She looks like a high fashion model (bit of Jessica Miller, anyone?) and the depth of her expression demonstrates her connection to the camera.

If Megan keeps producing magazine spreads like this, she should fix herself as a permanent favourite with the fashion pack!

Long live the fox!