Category Archives: art & photography & illustration

Black Swan


I’m hugely looking forward to watching Black Swan, Darren Aronofsky’s new thriller which revolves around a production of Swan Lake by a prestigious New York City ballet company. The production requires a ballerina to play both the innocent White Swan and the sensual Black Swan. One dancer, Nina (Portman), is a perfect fit for the White Swan, while Lily (Kunis) has a personality that matches the Black Swan. When the two compete for the parts, Nina finds a dark side to herself.

Portman is one of my favourite actors, plus the ballet costumes are all made by Rodarte – can it get much better?

It can. The film posters are beautifully designed, inspired by traditional ballet posters and obviously deeply influenced by Art Deco.

Darren Aronofsky stated that he commissioned the posters with the “aim to convey the grace and fragility of the White Swan in contrast to the aggression and power of the Black Swan,” the central theme of the films narrative.

Brilliant!

The magazine of all magazines: Twen

I’m back in Germany for Christmas and have spent the last day going through my dad’s huge collection of Twen Magazine. Twen, a German mag published between 1959 and 1971, is my favourite publication of all times.

It was incredibly  risky and controversial in its message – go fuck around, go travel, enjoy life – long before ‘hippie’ or ‘sexual revolution’ became cultural buzz words. Some of my favourite articles include “Every woman needs two lovers” and “Everything you need to know about shitting”. Not to mention the incredible fashion spreads, done in colour, that showcase the avant-garde in fashion at the time.

Bohemian Rhapsody

I really love these two looks from a 70s-inspired pattern clash shoot in December’s UK Elle. How amazing is the heart-shaped Miu Miu?

What comes around goes around

The goddess of fortune, karma or whatever you want to call it has been kind to me. To balance out my current state of utter heartache I’ve won this amazing Diana Mini camera thanks to Lomography – can’t wait to start taking pictures with it!

And another 60s shoot

Yeah even Cosmo is going all 60s in their current October issue. I love the lingerie set in the first picture and the hair in the second – not too keen on the gloves though, they look like ugly Marigolds…

An education

I really like this  60s inspired shoot in this month’s UK Marie Claire.

Narri!Narro!

The London College of Fashion just behind Oxford Circus is relaunching its Fashion Space Gallery this September and rather excitedly their first exhibition, ‘Fastnacht’ be London based German photographer Axel Hoedt, will be about carnival in Southern Germany. This type of carnival – Fastnacht or Fasching – has been a life-long obsession for me.

Ever since I’ve seen my first Fastnacht parade as a little girl (I grew up in Southern Germany, Fastnacht being one of the very few local cultural aspects I still deeply identify with)  I’ve been utterly intrigued with the idea of masking yourself, the theatrical behind taking on a new persona, while most of the costumes and masks also have a deep cultural meaning and are linked to local figures, historical events or the old merchant guilds. I particularly like the eeriness of some of the figures – the devils, witches, ghosts – as well as the intricate details of the costumes, which are all handmade and often passed down from generation to generation.

Fastnacht by Axel Hoedt
Fashion Space Gallery, London College of Fashion
17 September – 14 November 2010

Fashion Space Gallery
20 John Princes Street
W1G 0BJ