Sunday, 20 November 2011

Video of the Week > Shame Trailer 2

I've been a fan of Michael Fassbender since seeing him in 'The Devil's Whore' which was shown on Channel 4 in the UK in 2008. Since then he's been a rising star and I think it's safe to say he is hot property at the moment! He is currently a well sought out actor in Hollywood with the box office hits such as X-Men: First Class which was amazing, a beautiful retelling of Jane Eyre and 3 highly anticipated films coming out next year: Haywire, A Dangerous Method and Shame. The trailer for Shame really caught my eye which was directed by Steve McQueen. McQueen had directed the hard-hitting drama, Hunger featuring Fassbender 3 years ago which brought Fassbender into the limelight. The pair have teamed up again and Shame looks like an intriguing, mesmerizing drama. Fassbender plays Brandon who has a sexual addiction in New York but when his sister comes to stay everything is turned upside down. Though my very short synopsis of the film seems very shallow the trailer speaks for itself. From just looking at this short trailer it shows that McQueen is certainly a director to watch. My favourite part in the trailer is at 1.00 / 1.34 when Brandon (Fassbender) softly touches a woman's hand on a vertical rail on the NY subway. The mere touch has a sexual energy which I find fascinating.

The film is due to be released 13th Jan 2012 in the UK, rated 18. It also features Oscar nominated Carey Mulligan from An Education, another star in her own right.

Watch it here:

I also love the poster promoting the film. How the meaning of a word can change with the presence of a picture. Text placement and images are powerful tools in advertising. I particularly like how they've used an image of crinkled bed sheets with the simple noun, 'Shame' written in plain sans serif white font. I'm thinking it could be Helvetica however I think the subtext is, not the main title. If anyone knows please drop a comment below! Thanks!



Monday, 14 November 2011

Photograph of the Day > Stunning Swarovski Shoot by Benjamin Lennox

My friend Kirsty had just bought the latest issue of Vogue with Gisele on the cover which came with a 'best places to party' guide. On the back of that cover I came across such a captivating image that I was searching the net for the shoot as I only had a glimpse of the image before we left for our train. I took a snapshot on my phone to remind myself to look it up! I think this image is pretty spectacular.

This was shot for Vogue Promotions, Vogue UK Dec 2011 by Benjamin Lennox. I had found these images on Kim Howells blog who was the stylist for this shoot. I think this shoot is beautiful especially the vibrant colours and the model's expression in my Photograph of the Day. I love the styling, fashion and how it's shot. There really isn't anything I can critique on! You certainly see the sparkle in Swarovski.


Further Reading: 

Combination top, Jason Wu. Chocker piece Andy Farrow. All designs made with SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS.

See the rest of the shoot here:

Dress, Roksanda Ilincic. Hat, Jane Taylor. Earrings, Anton Heunis made with SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS.

Jacket and skirt, both Marios Schwab. Hat, Catherine Piederriere, for Crystal Obsession. Necklace, Jacques Fath.

Dress, Marios Schwab. Headpiece made using Chunky Chain necklace, Dannijo; Aquitaine necklace,Simon Harrison; chain, Martine Wester; all made with SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS. Earrings made withSWAROVSKI ELEMENTS.

Dress, Giles.

Dress, Kanzi, made with SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS.

Dress, Rodarte, made with SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS. Headpiece, by Helmut Newton, Swarovski Corporate Archive.

Dress, Mary Katrantzou. Headpiece, Otazu. Cuffs, Holly Fulton. Panther bracelet and Caddis Cascade bracelet, both Simon Harrison. One-stone ring, Janis Savitt. Matching button rings, SWAROVSKI CRYSTALLIZED. All designs made with SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS.

Dress, Holly Fulton, made with SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS. Headpiece, Jane Taylor. Crystal fringe, stylist's own, made with SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS.

Jacket, Jason Wu. Bra, ID Sarrieri, made with SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS. Earrings and necklace, both Anton Heunis. Three-stone ring, Miquella. Gold bracelet, Rodrigo Otazu, available at SWAROVSKI CRYSTALLIZED. Red crystal bracelet, Simon Harrison. Matching large and small circle stone rings, both SWAROVSKI CRYSTALLIZED. Small crystal matching rings, Chelsea Taylor. Multi-stonering, The Earring Boutique.

Dress, Jenny Packham. Earrings, The Earring Boutique. All embellished with SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS.

Skirt and top, Jason Wu. Body piece, Jose Miro. All made with SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS.

Photographer: Benjamin Lennox
Stylist: Kim Howells
Hair: Kenna
Make-up: Ashley Ward
Nails: Zoe Pocock


Sunday, 13 November 2011

Video of the Week > It Will Rain - Bruno Mars

Following on from my previous post 'Stewart Sizzles in Michelangelo di Battista Shoot' where Kristen Stewart is promoting her Breaking Dawn film I couldn't help but blog about the official song for the film, It Will Rain by Bruno Mars. Despite not being that interested in the new film coming out or the hype surrounding it, I thought Mars' single was beautiful and heartfelt. His vocals are stunning and I particularly love his lyrics and how he puts a song together. His ballads are always a hit and he's only been in the limelight for a year or so yet he's certainly put his stamp on the music industry. I love the soft piano echoes throughout the song and the chilled out beat. I've enjoyed this song so much that I've decided to play it on guitar!

Check out the new video here featuring clips of Breaking Dawn:


Stewart Sizzles in Michelangelo di Battista Shoot

It certainly has been a while since I've blogged so to start the 're-vamp' of M.A.S.H I've decided to blog this beautiful set of images by renowned fashion photographer Michelangelo di Battista of Kristen Stewart for November 2011 issue of Vogue Italia. She wears designs by Alexander McQueen, Roberto Cavalli, Blumaine, Marchesa to name a few. Well known for her portrayal of Bella in the Twilight Series she certainly oozes gothic vampire sex appeal. Stewart is certainly the one to watch with her highly anticipated new movie being released, Breaking Dawn and also a new trailer for another new film, Snow White and the Huntsman coming out next summer. Although I'm not really a fan of Twilight or the media obsession with Stewart I love how Battista captures her raw simple beauty with a touch of class and mystery. These images are most definitely captivating and atmospheric which I love. I also think the hair and make up is alluring.


Monday, 7 November 2011

Sorry Guys! Defo time to revive this blog!

So it certainly has been a very very long while since I've written on this blog and on Blogger in general (since July in fact!?!)...

"WHAT'S HAPPENIN'?!?!" you could ask...

No folks, I haven't dropped off the face of the earth, been abducted by aliens and I haven't really been without internet so I have no excuse really except mere laziness which is a horrible thing to hear! Dun Dun Dun.... You could say I've had blogger's block! So I'm very sorry that this blog has been stagnant for 4 months! :( I plan to revive it and blog regularly every week about the things you & I love!

I don't plan to quit this blog and I still stay true to everything I write on here (well probably 95% of it anyway.. views can change over time!). I must admit I have been very busy especially over the past month as I'm now in university studying Photography! Woo Hoo! The past 4/5 weeks have been no easy feat with various things happening (both mad & sad) however I am adamant to change my ways and get motivated to blog again. I have adopted a new attitude: 'Fuck It, Why Not?'; meaning I'm going to get out there more and with a mindset of 'what's the worst that can happen?'. :)

Expect a few changes here and there and I may change the format/layout to an updated snazzier version??
But in the meantime.. let's get blogging!