Friday, January 28, 2011

Photos: Interior Design Show 2011 (IDS11) Opening Night Party

Last night, I attended the opening night party for Toronto's Interior Design Show 2011 and I'm glad to report that it was a BLAST!!! The party itself was way better this year, compared to last year's mediocre affair. Kudos to the IDS11 organizers for throwing a fabulous PAR-TAY!!!!

I mixed and mingled with a few celebrity designers and caught up with Sarah Richardson, Tommy Smythe, Peter Fallico, Alfred Sung, Andrew Pike, Steven and Chris, Glenn and David Dixon and more! The evening was full of gorgeous decor, visionary interior designs, beautiful people, great music and luscious drinks.

Some of the major design trends that I noticed for 2011 include: reclaimed wood used in furniture and accents; exposed wood grain in flooring, furniture, and paneling; and pendant lighting made of various materials and textiles in a variety of interesting shapes. I'm a total decor enthusiast, but so long as you have an interest in the beautification of interior spaces -- there's absolutely something for everyone at the show! Definitely check it out if you get a chance! Check out my pics in full here on Flickr or below for more - enjoy!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Video: Lady Gaga & Mugler - Born This Way Remixed

Lady Gaga continues to create and provoke with this new remix of her forthcoming single, Born This Way. She personally remixed it and the track premiered at the Mugler Men's Spring 2011 runway show yesterday.

Gaga's stylist, Nicola Formichetti, has been appointed creative director for Thierry Mugler and he had this video (set to the soundtrack of Gaga's new remix) created for the atelier. It features Canadian model Rick Genest and is shot by fashion photographer Mariano Vivanco. Genest's body is completely tattooed to look like a skeleton and the clip is interspersed with scenes of him and the Spring 2011 Mugler men's runway presentation. It's a minimal/goth/punk/rocker/avante garde fashion orgy and personally, I LOVE it! Buttons will totally be pushed by this visually provocative and stimulating fashion film short -- PUSH away I say! This is a refreshing breath of fashion and pop culture air, that only Gaga and her crew could execute so flawlessly, effortlessly and beautifully!

Friday, January 14, 2011

Calvin Klein Spring 2011 Commercial

Calvin Klein Collection Spring/Summer 2011 tvc from Patty Huntington on Vimeo.

This new Calvin Klein commercial directed by Fabien Baron, features Tyson Ballou and Lara Stone. It's set to debut during the Golden Globe Awards. I'm not really a huge Calvin Klein fan, but I love the direction that the brand is moving with this commercial. The cool and minimal aesthetic of the cinematography really functions to highlight the beauty and modernity of the pieces featured in this commercial. I haven't found CK sexy in a long time, but this clip is so effortlessly sexy and extremely visually stimulating - I want to see more!!!

Source: Frock Writer

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Video: Dior Homme - The Time I Had Some Time Alone

This is Dior Homme's first venture into the area of promotional digital media in the form of a video short shot by Willy Vanderperre. It roughly showcases pieces from the S/S 2011 collection in an edgy and visually provocative fashion vignette starring Victor Nylander. I love the styling and concept behind this clip and it completely resonates with the Dior Homme brand. More and more fashion houses and brands are starting to realize the potential and influence of digital media and it's only a matter of time before we are inundated with a flood of luxurious creative visuals -- I can't wait!!!

Ann Demeulemeester Sneakers

This is another peek at the Ann Demeulemeester footwear offerings for Spring/Summer 2011. Here we have a pair of high high-top leather sneakers in black and white colour variations. I love the simplicity of these sneakers and the Velcro ties completely take these shoes to the next level. Modern, minimal, sexy, and gorgeous -- YES PLEASE!!!!

Images: Hypebeast

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Burberry S/S 2011 Ad Campaign

This is a peek at some of the images from the Burberry Spring/Summer 2011 ad campaign shot by Mario Testino. Christopher Bailey never disapoints and this collection oozes luxury, style, and edgy sophistication. I especially love the skinny leather motorcycle pants - I die!

Images: The Fashionisto

Video: Lady Gaga for Polaroid Grey Label Products

The highly anticipated collaboration between Lady Gaga and Polaroid was revealed yesterday at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas. The Gaga-fied products include: a pair of camera sunglasses, a portable printer that is capable of receiving blue tooth signals from mobile devices, and a redesigned Polaroid camera that shoots digital images and prints digital files instantaneously.

I think the camera sunglasses and the redesigned Polaroid camera are definitely the highlights from this Gaga and Polaroid initiative. I can totally see Lady Gaga fans rocking these sunglasses and I'm predicting that the reinvented camera will reclaim it's place in pop culture as the goto camera for instantaneous imaging, as there currently isn't anything comparable in the market today. Lady Gaga´s celebrity and creative vision has definitely helped to revive the Polaroid brand, but time will tell whether or not this joint venture brings the company back into relevance. With that said, I'm secretly dying to try the sunglasses - too cool!

Friday, January 7, 2011

Ann Demeulemeester Vitello Boots

These are new footwear offerings from Ann Demeulemeester for Spring Summer 2011. I'm loving both variations of the classic black boot pictured above and either of these pieces would instantly step up any outfit. At first, I was loving the motorcycle/motorcross boots with the buckles more, but now I'm torn between the two. Clean minimal lines, functional side zippers to help you step in and out, and beautiful cowhide leather construction - how can you not fall in love with them?

Images: Hypebeast

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Video: Intel Visual Life - The Sartorialist

This video featuring Scott Schuman (aka The Sartorialist) provides an insightful view into his work and it explains the inspirations and motivations behind his creative process. As you may know, I'm a HUGE fan of The Sartorialist and this clip is a true testament to Mr Schuman's vision and passion - be sure to check it out!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Tom Ford Eyewear S/S 2011 Campaign

Earlier this week I was lamenting the glamour and fabulosity that Tom Ford brought to fashion in the late '90s. It was in the latter half of this decade (with the advent of Tom Ford leading design at Gucci) that fashionistas, celebrities and everyday people took pride in feeling a little glamourous and overtly sexy. We may not have all owned a piece of Gucci, but the imagery, attitude and the fabulousness which Gucci and Tom ford imparted onto pop culture and everyday life was inexplicably influential on multiple levels. You couldn't help but to embrace the feeling and own it. I miss these days immensely...

Well to my delight, twice in one week, Mr. Ford has totally BROUGHT it in terms of upping the glamour ante of days gone by. First there was the campaign video for his latest womenswear collection (which I LOVED) and now we've been given a peek at some of the images from his latest eyewear campaign. The makeup, styling and clothes in these images all work together to create a level of glamour that I haven't felt since those Gucci ad campaigns shot by Steven Meisel from back in the day. Joost Van Der Hulst and Abbey Lee Kershaw look stunning in these shots and were perfectly cast for this brand - they effortlessly ooze the coolness and sexiness that Tom Ford is known for. If this is any indication of what's in store for fashion in 2011, I have a feeling glam, glam and more GLAM will definitely be on the fashion plate.

Images: The Fashionisto

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Dr. Martens Joni Boot

I'm loving these new boots from Dr. Martens. They're sleek, minimal and elegant - perfection!

Images: Hypebeast

Monday, January 3, 2011

Video: Tom Ford S/S 2011 Womenswear

I was just thinking to myself the other day how much I missed the GLAMOUR and FABULOUS-NESS that Tom Ford brought to fashion when he was designing for Gucci. Well, low and behold the fashion gods and goddesses must have heard my thoughts because here we have a video of Tom Ford's Spring/Summer 2011 women's wear presentation. And it's complete and utter GLAMOUR at its best!

Supermodels, pop stars and Hollywood actresses grace the Tom Ford runway and the pieces from this collection are flawlessly stunning, innovative, and most importantly - beautiful. Sensuality and sexuality are overt and subtle all at the same time and slim silhouettes, luxurious fabrics (love the blue fringed dress!) and provocative cuts all work together to define the Tom Ford woman. She is strong, confident, flirty, stylish and sexy. I love how highly stylized this video is and that it has been edited in a fashion that resonates with the Tom Ford aesthetic. One could argue that this clip verges on being pretentious, but it's not, rather it's a concise depiction of Tom Ford's take on women, fashion and beauty. Amazing!