Saturday, May 29, 2010

Back in Black

Can you believe it was still raining this past week in San Francisco? And we were approaching June--I was getting a bit worried. Frankly, I would like to tuck my Hunter rainboots in the back of my closet and not see them for a few months. I think it's now safe to say that they won't be making an appearance any time soon. I had been watching the weather, anxiously waiting when the sun would make its debut, and today was the day! I made plans with old coworkers from to hang out in Dolores Park in the Mission. We ate ice cream (twice, mind you), munched on our salads, people watched, and tanned for a good five hours. I burnt the back of my legs and am currently lathering them up in lotion as I type this. Ouch.

Dress: J.Crew
Shoes: BCBG
Purse: ChanelAlign Center

After a relaxing afternoon, I went to dinner at Fleming's Steakhouse in Palo Alto with my family to celebrate my brother's birthday. I ate way too much and couldn't breathe in my dress by the end of my meal, but it was worth it. I felt a little overdressed as people were donning t-shirts and jeans, but sometimes, dressing up feels so nice. I got this black J.Crew dress on sale for $70 originally $130. I am usually iffy with a one strap dress, but I found this one to be fairly flattering. You can never go wrong in a LBD.

The rest of my weekend is planned with fun activities which includes dining in the city, good company, and watching the Sex and the City movie. Happy Memorial Day!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Day in Wine Country

Sorry, I have been lagging again. I went wine tasting in Sonoma two weekends ago with my old co-workers from Mervyns. We only made it to two wineries, as I am a light weight! Nevertheless, I had a blast sipping on good wine, eating grapes and cheese, and hanging out with good friends. The weather was gorgeous, and I put on this outfit because I wanted an excuse to wear shorts and my gray fedora. I channeled an african safari theme; my friend said it was more Indian Jones--I took it as a compliment!

Fedora: Urban Outfitters
T-Shirt and Long Boyfriend Cardigan: Target
Green Shorts: Zara
Shoes: Madden Girl
Purse: Louis Vuitton
Sunglasses: Chanel

Close-up of the fedora: finally found the perfect one!

Monday, May 10, 2010

Picture of the Day: Nicholas Kirkwood for Rodarte

I was in the Opening Ceremony store in Soho and saw these amazing Nicholas Kirkwood for Rodarte shoes for Summer 2010. I instantly snapped a pic (and was instantly reprimanded by the sales associate, mind you) and I had to share it with you guys! They are nearly $2,000 and look insanely crazy tall, but I would totally rock these on the streets. Wouldn't you?

Spotlight On: Stelios Jewelry

I went to New York City this past weekend to visit friends; while we were waiting for brunch in the Upper West Side we spotted vendors set up alongside a sidewalk. We walked the marketplace and stumbled across Stelios, which sold some pretty amazing jewelry. I've never really seen anything like this, and we all knew we needed to each buy something. Each piece of jewelry is macramed, crocheted or woven from copper wire, then plated with either 24k gold or pewter. They make pieces for celebrity clients, boutiques such as Scoop, and have been featured in "O" Magazine as well as InStyle. I am so glad to have stumbled across this vendor. My bracelet will definitely be an everyday piece for many years to come. Contact me if you want their business information!

My bracelet

The belt my friend bought

My friend's braided necklace

Another friend's necklace

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Can't Touch This

Striped Tank: Zara
Necklace: Forever 21
Blazer: Target
Pants: J.Crew
Shoes: BCBG Girls

The weather was so nice, and even though I was really sick, I mustered up some strength to hit the mall last weekend and soak up some sun. I hit up J.Crew not expecting anything, but I managed to score this hybrid silk/linen City pant with a drawstring. When I first tried them on, the first thing my mom said was "Aladdin?!" but she eventually grew to love them. With her seal of approval, I immediately purchased them for $60, originally $100. I usually don't spend that much, but I loved them enough that it justified a swipe of my credit card. I like scrunching up the pant legs, because wearing them long looks too awkward; pair them with pumps gives it a sleek and chic style. Best thing about these pants: they are so comfortable that I felt like I was walking around work in my pajama pants. Amazing.

Zip. Zip. Zip.

I found this amazing cropped jacket at H&M over the weekend. It has great zipper detailing, and you can mold the front to whatever you want it to look like. I really love the striped lining as well--kind of gives it a circus-esque feel. For some reason, I think of Britney Spears in her "Circus" video. The best thing probably has to be the price. It was the last one in my size, for a mere $20!

New York Underground Puzzle Revealed!

40 unique puzzle images were scattered on posters and placed in subway stations throughout lower Manhattan and Brooklyn. Each poster disclosed one piece of a puzzle. People were encouraged to take pictures of these puzzle pieces with their mobile phones, piece them together and post their findings on Twitter in order to uncover an explicit image. Last month, the final image was revealed to be a campaign ad for East Coast retailer Daffy's. I was intrigued by this social experiment and had the opportunity to interview the man behind the camera, fashion photographer, Tom Hines. Check out my interview below!

How did you get involved in shooting the ad for Daffy's?

I'd done a couple of Daffy's lookbooks through Johannes Leonardo, the ad agency in charge of the account. The shoots were always fun and quirky, full of characters cast from all walks of life. And to the credit of everyone involved, interesting selects were chosen from the shoot rather than your super-conventional, commercial poses. It had been a lot of fun working on the previous Daffy's shoots.

In the spirt of Fun, the team at Johannes Leonardo had an idea that would continue in our tradition of being slightly off-center from the typical commercial output. When I heard the idea I thought it was funny. It turned out to be a very cool experience. I had a great time doing it.

Did you shoot the image with the knowledge that it would be broken up into different puzzle pieces and did that affect your shots?

I didn't know how it was going to be handled specifically, but I knew that it would be broken up. It was kind of a cantankerous joke on the standards of the MTA (the ads ran in the public transportation system) that fragments are more titillating than any whole picture. My grandmother used to remind me, "Tom, leave something to the imagination." That's what I think is really funny about the fragments: they provoke the imagination overtly, whether you're a cynical intellectual or just someone along for the ride, you can't help it. They make a question that must be answered, even if the answer can never live up to the power of your imagination that demanded the answer. I think that's great.

For my generation, there is really nothing dirty or taboo left. We've seen every kind of picture and then some, to the point where it's somewhat all equal. But one of the things we still have left is the rebellious gesture, and deriving pleasure from being a little punk, rebellious just because we can and we like it, is still powerful. I now see the fragments as the primary gesture in this project.

Did you see your shots on the subway and was that strange just seeing a small piece of your work?

This question has a complicated answer from my point of view. I was at the shoot, we all bonded, had the best time, took funny pictures the whole day, all that great stuff that happens on a shoot. Shooting still photography is an incredible rush, and all of its full-spectrum experience stays with you. It's really that good. But any single picture from a shoot is something of a residue of the actual experience because a shoot day is like experiencing a great opera. The shoot itself is private art for the crew. The picture, the output, is a supporting document that others can look at. From the moment anyone sees the picture, it's less and less connected to the experience of the shoot.

To see a fragment of a picture from one of my shoots is peculiar. In my case, I think the fragments perform outside the experience of the shoot. I can say that whatever emotions a fragment of a photograph inspires in the viewer, a real shoot is even more complicated. But when I saw my fragments, I didn't think of my shoot and all of its real-life complexity, I was just compelled to think of the myth of a shoot. I was inclined to feel a little jealous seeing those fragments, like I wish I'd been on that set taking the pictures! Of course, I had been on that set, I had been the photographer who shot the original whole, but the fragment evokes something different. The fragment was forcing my imagination to run, even though my imagination didn't need to run because I'd been there. I was surprised by that.

How did you get into fashion photography

My wife Michelle is a printer/retoucher in the fashion business. At some point I realized I was more obsessed with her goings-on than my own, which had been directed at fine art for most of my life. I liked the pace of her lifestyle, and I envied the collaborative nature of the projects she was working on.

When I was a kid I built a darkroom and made myself sick with the chemistry trying to do trick photography. After that I was never able to go back into the darkroom with any kind of joy. I just felt sick. Years later, I realized my wife had developed printing skills that allowed me to make photographs according to my vision with very limited chemical exposure. How lucky, right?

What is your photographic style?

I'm obsessed with Style in general. I think that's why I shoot mostly fashion photography. You wouldn't know this from looking at me: I prefer to express myself in pictures rather than by what I wear because my nature is shy. I think this shyness allows me to engage with macro currents in Style because clothes aren't a big part of my personal identity, rather, they're functionaries in my symbolic order. Don't get me wrong, clothes and grooming are huge, maybe even the primary aspect of Style, but I don't neglect details like context, posture, body type, scenography, politics, image framing, casting, the list goes on, because it's all part of the macro current that is Style. And, yes, when I say Style, I mean anti-style, too. Everyone has meaningful style, and I notice it and respect it.

What do you particularly like to shoot? Action shots? etc

I like to make stories. I have a vision for my pictures and want to be able to control the results. I know what I want before I arrive on set, and the shoot is a hunt for my picture. I like to cast the men and women according to the needs of my scenes. I want my subjects involved in exploring the vision.

Who are your inspirations?

Yves Klein's photo "Leap Into the Void" was an early inspiration. Somewhere shortly after that I came across Man Ray's "Untitled (Self-Portrait with Camera)". I tried over and over, but I was never able to emulate these pictures. It took me a long time to feel for pictures like Robert Frank's "Political Rally, Chicago" from The Americans, but all of the pictures in The Americans haunt me now. Danny Lyon's counter culture immersions have been on my mind. I love civil rights era reportage, night-life reportage, any photo I was ever told is significant culturally, and pro-am photography from the 20th century. I like Michelangelo Antonioni's modulations and lucky misinterpretations, particularly the film Zabriskie Point. Haskell Wexler's Medium Cool is mind-boggling. Lately I've been excited by television shows. The first season of East Bound and Down must be the strangest comedy/tragedy in the history of the medium.

Who is your dream person/brand that you would like to shoot for?

A dream collaborator is someone talented who wants the best and believes he/she can get it. Everyone can be a dream to work with, it's just a matter of will for all of us. I'm looking for the believers.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Who Wears Short Shorts

Chloe Spring 2009

Chloe Fall 2009

I've always been a fan of the shorts that have been featured in the Chloe runway shows. I don't have mile high legs, nor are they pencil thin, so finding the perfect pair of shorts can be a little tricky for me. These looks are great because they're relaxed and slouchy, yet still have an element of femininity. Ever since I saw those shorts on the runway, I have been on a hunt for them ever since. After having a nice dinner with my parents last night, we walked around the area, and I immediately spotted an H&M. I bought these brown shorts below, which is featured in their Garden Collection for $29.95. The fit is great, they're comfortable, and I think it's overall flattering. I will probably pair these with heels to elongate my legs, a no-hassle top, and perhaps a fitted jacket. Stay tuned for pics. Happy Sunday!

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