Thursday, May 31, 2012

May 2012 Memories

This month, we have 3 amazing original features and we would like to share them with you once again.

For our [Un]Discovers column, we have the opportunity to feature one of the new emerging designers Natalia Grzybowski. She is currently interning at Calvin Klein and at this moment, her graduate collection still mesmerizes our minds.

Then we have Alex Mathers, a very talented illustrator based in Japan. We really like his illustration style and his works always give joy to us. We are so looking forward to seeing more amazing works from him in the future.

As for Swide, this month we have Ruben Ireland, a very talented illustrator whom we have our eyes on for some time. We like his style as his works are always so mysterious, dark and beautiful. This is definitely a must read entry as he will let you understand his world more.

Trendology: Y-3 “Faster, Higher, Stronger” Collection

Olympic is coming and there is no surprise Y-3 decides to release a capsule collection to celebrate this event.  This “Faster, Higher, Stronger” collection consists of 7 products and the colour palette is leaning towards the military colour scheme. I really like the tote bags as the bee and the frog images really catch my attention.

These products are not selling on the Y-3 online website.

Ray of Inspirology: Still Life by Kevin Best

My heart skips a beat when I look at the following images, they are too beautiful!

These photos are all taken by Kevin Best. If you are associating his works to the Dutch Golden Age, then you are on the right track. These images take fews to months to shoot as some of the props are handcrafted by the photographer. I cannot say how beautiful these photos are and I am hoping to see more  from Kevin in the future! Bravo works!

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Trendology: Sacai Women's Embroidery Anglai Floral Biker Jacket

Japanese brand always likes to push the envelop and this jacket is a fine example.

This biker jacket is from the latest collection of Sacai and I am in love with it. First of all, is rare to see biker jacket has floral print, which gives a soft touch to the design. Then I am fascinated by the back design of it as it is heavily pleated. If you are looking for a unique biker jacket, look no further, this is the one.

Courtesy of LN-CC

Trendology: Antiatoms "Paper Containers"

First I saw a leather lunch bag in the Jil Sander show and now, Antiatoms has created a collection based on paper containers.

This collection has 4 designs: lunch bag, envelops and tote bag. Instead of using paper, the brand has transformed these designs into luxurious items by using tan leather. These products are now available at Present.

Courtesy of Present

Time[less]: Rado R-One

I am a big fan of watch and also a big fan of sci-fi movies. If you can put these 2 things together, you can assume I will be in love with it.

Rado is producing this limited edition watch called the R-One. Even though Tron is not mentioned in this project, people who love that movie should see there is an indirect relation with this watch. I really like the curved rectangular case, which makes the watch very masculine. The blue piping on the piece is stunning and this particular element adds a futuristic touch to the watch. Did I mention the piping, the
hour and minute hand will glow in the dark too?

There are only 300 units in the world and the price tag is $15,000. Well, I would definitely want to have it in my watch collection.

Courtesy of Rado (source: Wristfashion)

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Ray of Inspirology: Siren

Let's put it this way, Natasha Poly can never do wrong in an editorial.

Featured in the latest issue of Antidote Magazine, Miss Poly is photographed by Jan Welters in this amazing spread. It looks like colour gel has once again become a big trend for  fashion photography as I have seen a few editorials using this technique in the past month. Poly is looking very glamourous here and Yann Weber definitely deserves recognition for picking some amazing pieces for the model to wear. Below are some of my favourite images from this spread and you can see more here.

Trendology: Balenciaga Men's Contrast Colour Varsity Jacket

If you have been shopping with me lately, you probably know that I am in the mad mode looking for a nice varsity jacket. Well this one is pretty nice, if only the price point can be a little bit lower...

This 2 panels varsity jacket is from the S/S collection of Balenciaga. I really like the sleeves design as it has an all over diamond laser cut print. The colour combination is pretty unusual but it suits my taste. For more information, you can click here.

Courtesy of LN-CC

Ray of Inspirology: Burberry Autumn Winter 2012 Ad Campaign - Wave 1

My heart has basically skipped a beat when I first looked at this new F/W campaign from Burberry. It's so BEAUTIFUL and CLASSIC!

Mario Testino continues to be the photographer for this campaign and this one is very theatrical. Roo Panes and Gabriella Wilde become the faces and I think they both fit the brand's image very well. For your information, the location of this shoot is the Royal Naval College in Greenwich, London, which is the same location where the new Les Miserables is filming right now. This set of black and white photos really suits my taste and I am excited to see more from this series in the next few months.

You will see some behind the scene photos and a quote from Christopher Bailey after the jump...

Monday, May 28, 2012

Wave of Inspirology: Stare Into The Sun

This song has become my new addiction and I just have to share it with you.

Stare Into The Sun is the latest single from indie pop duo Graffiti6. This video is directed by Jimi Crayon and I am in love with graffiti in the video. From vocal to the imagery, everything is just perfect.

Give yourself 3 minutes to enjoy this song.  

Ray of Inspirology: Baldovino Barani for Madame Germany

This, is interesting.

In the June issue of Madame Germany, Yulia Lobova is shot by by photographer Baldovino Barani in this amazing editorial. The use of color gels in this shoot has really made the series to be very interesting. Of course, I am also in love with the location as well. I wonder if there is a location like this in Toronto...

What do you think?

Trendology: Alexander McQueen Black Knee High Wedges

This has to be the IT wedges of this season!

From the latest collection of Alexander McQueen, this pair of wedges has been one of the main pieces for this season. The wedges is heelless and it has a very strong S&M vibe. The price tag is $7225 but if you are looking for the craziest wedges, you for sure will want to purchase them.

Courtesy of Ssense

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Ray of Inspirology: Antidote the Icons Issue Covers

What a show down!

For the latest issue of Antidote Magazine, Jan Welters has the chance to shoot 8 amazing super models and they are Bianca Balti, Naomi Campbell, Malgosia Bela, Eva Herzigova, Lindsey Wixson, Aymeline Valade, Natasha Poly and my favourite model Saskia de Brauw. All the models are styled by Yann Weber and let me tell you , I am in love with all the white pieces. I really like the black and white contrast, which at this moment, I still cannot take my eyes off this amazing series.

Saskia de Brauw (Louis Vuitton)

Lindsey Wixson (Givenchy)

Eva Herzigova (Stephane Rolland)

Ray of Inspirology: Illumination

Interesting concept and I actually think it works!

This series is shot by Joanna Kustra and she has put a spin on normal portrait shots. Here, she has incorporated different types of lights to the already beautiful images. The result is simply stunning, modern and refreshing. What do you think?

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Graphicology: Love Issue

I can't take my eyes off these illustrations, they are so romantic and beautiful!

These works are all illustrated by Ise Ananphada, an illustrator based in Thailand. The images may look very busy to you as there are so many things going on in each image, however, when you spend some time to digest each piece, you can slowly form a story in your mind. They are truly romantic and lovely.

I really enjoy these pieces and I can't wait to see more from Ise in the future!

Graphicology: Disassembled

Do you need a good laugh on a Saturday afternoon? If so, watch this...

This short animation by Junaid Chundrigar is based on the Marvel comics heroes and of course, you have to expect something weird and random are happening here. All I can say is please enjoy the next 2 minutes and hopefully this will make your day!

Courtesy of Junaid Chundrigar

Friday, May 25, 2012

Ray of Inspirology: Acqua Alta

This reminds me of a highschool art project I did before based on the ocean theme...

Gan never disappoints me with his editorial and this one is no exception. It is featured in the latest issue of Harper's Bazaar Singapore and Windy Aulia has picked some ocean colour pieces for Irene to wear. The whole spread is very cohesive and from lighting to composition, Gan has nailed each area flawlessly. This is definitely an editorial I will want to keep as reference, bravo!

... and the art work I created? It was a chair, with a fish bowl in the middle (go figure).

Graphicology: Biscuit - Girls

This is definitely something different and inspiring...

The follow illustrations are illustrated by Japanese illustrator Miyuki Kojima (begorberlin). I find her works to be very interesting because every single piece is composed of pure circles. Don't you think they are refreshing?

P.S I really like the colour combination as well!

Courtesy of Miyuki Kojima (source: Behance)

Funkology: Fashion Designer Stamps by Royal Mail

Neat idea.

In order to celebrate 60 years of British fashion, Royal Mail has decided to release a set of amazing fashion stamps featuring pieces from British designers Alexander McQueen, Vivienne Westwood, Paul Smith, Hardy Amies, Norman Hartnell, Granny Takes a Trip, Ossie Clark, Tommy Nutter, Jean Muir and Zandra Rhodes. The images are shot by Sølve Sundsbø and I really like the cut out effect as this makes the series very neat and unique.

Will you be planning to purchase this set?

Fashionist[On The Go]: Another Cinderella Story...

Let's get to the stories...

So the big news last week was Facebook is finally on the stock market. Who would have thought the day after Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan had a wedding ceremony the next day? Well, it's true and the Cinderella was wearing a $4,700 wedding gown by Claire Pettibone. I think the gown is beautiful and of course, a lot of people are lining up for it right now. [Read Here]

What do you think of her wedding gown? (source: the Fashionist)

I am never a fan of brands that copy other brand's idea and now this is a lesson for all of us to learn. Apparently Guess copied one of Gucci's sneakers' design back in the days and now the LA brand has to pay $4.7 million in damage to PPR, the company that owns Gucci. I wonder if there will be another luxury brand follows this kind of action... [Read Here]

Well if you are going to copy a brand, you should know there is a price to pay. (source: the Fashionist)

Thursday, May 24, 2012

[Un]Discovers: Alex Mathers

Twitter is an awesome place when you want to meet artists around the world. Recently I have been following an illustrator named Alex Mathers and I really like his simple and neat illustrations. Today, it is my pleasure to have him on [Un]Discovers and I am sure this interview will benefit a lot of people who want to get into the illustration industry.

Alpine Bear

Hello Alex, thanks for letting me to feature you on my blog this week. So, what made you want to become an illustrator? Do you think you would still work in the arts field if you didn't pick illustrator as your career path?
I've always been interested in art and drawing, but it wasn't until I completed two university degrees that I chose to do some illustration on the side, which has now turned into an almost full time career. I may well have been working in property development if there were more jobs available in 2009!

Lone Wolf

Property development? That's really opposite of what you are doing right now and I hope you are enjoying this illustrator career path. I know you were originally from London, UK and now living in Tokyo. Is the illustration industry different in Tokyo than London?
The illustration community in London seems to be one of the strongest and most thriving, though I think things are growing and expanding in Tokyo too. There are lots of exhibitions and art events here, so there is plenty to do and see for creatives and illustrators, especially with Japan's strong heritage of manga and illustration.

Continental Shelf

I am always a fan of manga and I think this is something no other country can do better than Japan. Now let's get back to your works. How will you describe your illustration style? What is the specific element you have that sets you apart from other illustrators?
My style could be described as clean and simple, though occasionally detailed. As silly as it sounds, I'm hugely inspired by the zen philosophy in the way I design, which views the space around objects as important as the objects themselves. I suppose my attention and care to every detail, especially colour, is what sets it apart.

Volcanic Secret

I have never heard of illustrators using the zen philosophy to backup their styles and I think this is very refreshing! Well, out of all the works you have done so far, which one is your favourite? Why is that?
I like to think my favourite is always the last piece I have created, because I'm always aiming to improve and hone my style, though my current favourite would be 'Kidney Island' because I'm happy with the balance between detail, simplicity and colour in that one.

Kidney Island

My favourite work from you will always be the Snow Apes Portrait. I just find the apes to be very funny and I love the colour combination! So aside from your personal site, I know you also run two sites called Red Lemon Club and Ape On The Moon, can you give a brief description of each site?
Ape on the Moon seeks to support quality artists through sharing exemplary visual art as far and wide as possible. Red Lemon Club shares information for creative people who want to improve and continue to be motivated doing what they do.

Snow Apes Portrait

I hope my readers will book mark the above sites as I know both sites can benefit the illustrators if they want to survive in this industry. Last but not least,  if you could create an advertising campaign for any company in the world, which one would you choose and what kind of concept would you have in mind?
Nice question. I'd choose to create artwork for one of the major environmental-related organisations such as National Geographic (a childhood favourite) with a concept centering around depicting an environmental or geographical marvel in my own style.

Treetop Canopy
It's trivia questions time!

PC or Mac?

Car or Bike?

Pink or Gold?

Pancake or French Toast?

Sea or Mountain?

Lost Bears 

Mickey or Garfield?

London or Tokyo?

Orange Juice or Lemonade?
Orange Juice

Red or Blue?

Dragon or Phoenix?

Thank you so much to Alex for answering my questions and I look forward to seeing more great illustrations from him in the future. All images are courtesy of Alex Mathers. You can visit his personal website to see more of his works.
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