Fashion Over Reason: January 2009

Friday, January 30, 2009

Let the music take you there

I've rarely been this touched by an editorial spread. Flipping through Ferbruary's issue of W i stopped in my tracks when i reached this absolutely stunning story: soprano Alexandra Deshorties was shot by David Sims while singing an Aria. The result is purely magical, with images so powerfully driven by emotions. I've never been so speechless and so moved by photography. The meeting between the simplicity of the shots and the complexity of Deshorties' poignant allure thrive on W's oversized pages, leaving us in a deep introspective and scrutiny of our most inner feelings. David Sims always comes to mind when thinking about who's work is truly great and according to me no one could've better vehiculated such intensity through photographs. In fact, the only other editorial i've ever raved about on this site was his. Being a big fan of opera myself, this spread was pure delight as it made me reach into an inexplicable range of sentiments i never knew i had. Mission accomplished, Alexandra, whose goal through this project was to convey the extreme emotions opera touches. Kudos to W for embracing such a project. To combine music, art and fashion is to allow their readers to look beneath the surface and delve into their darkest and lightest thoughts all at once. I savoured each image with blissful elation, each page being greater than the last. Below you can view the whole spread, as well as a behind the scenes video (by clicking the link) in which you can see the soprano deep in caracter, exuding intensity, vulnerability and force. When she tears up she really takes you there.

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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Current obesession: watches

For a few months i've been harbouring a fantasy relationship with men's luxury watches. Strong, bold and timeless, the watches i fancy are massive and incongruously expensive. Yet, they remain an (practical!) accessory that could frighten any ring, bracelet or necklace. These watches are like the bully accessory. Confused? Ok, let's say you put on an amazing outfit, like a pair of ragged boyfriend jeans, a light baby pink cashmere 3/4 sleeve t-shirt (preferably not too fitted), 4 1/2 inch heels and a vintage fur, let's say. How do you accessories your ensemble? I suppose you could do the long chain pendant (overkill... and played out!). You could garnish your paws with an array of fantastic rings (too expected...). You could even do the amazing oversized pendant earings we've seen resurging everywhere in the past 2 seasons. OR. You could simply make your fabulous accoutrement complete with a simple pair of pearl earings and (BINGO!) a stunning timepiece. How good does that sound? Still confused by my attributing the word "bully" to describe a big fat (or phat!) ticker? Cause it kicks all the other accessories' asses!

I myself prefer the sizeable men's watches. I don't know, something about a massive luxurious watch says: "i'm the king of all accessories in her entire repertoire! She doesn't need anything else on her wrists cause i'm plenty!". I also believe that a masculine ticker reveals one's coolness. Women's watches are just as beautiful, timeless and abovre all very dainty. But sporting a grand piece of male mechanism on your left wrist? How unexpected! Kind of like when you give a boy name your newborn daughter, like "Hunter" or "Mackenzie", how hot is that?! (Not gonna lie, i think my analogy here is spot-on). Although if you're more of a feminine type, which there is nothing wrong with btw, don't try to pull off the bulky male wrist adornment and stick to your instincts. Ultimately, you want to stay true to who you are, seeing as a watch can say a lot about someone... Think about it: subtle yet strong, showy and tacky, showy and bold, classic and quiet, practical and sobre, you catch my drift...

Anyway, after months of being on the lookout for my ideal watch, i found on that made my heart stop, no pun intended. There it was, fitting all my requirements: brown crocodile wrist band, gold frame, classic and vintage-looking at the same time. It was just gorgeous. I'm so lucky to have a boyfriend who listens, because upon christmas eve as we were exchanging gifts, there it was, sitting in its case shining right at me, flashing its big round come hither body right at me. Although the wrist band was a darker brown and the rim was silver, a love connection was made instantly. It's the exact one here right above. My outfits have never looked better since.

Here a few others that make me swoon (i've included some affordable ones to avoid being accused of discrimintation):