Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Katja Kremenic et Datura Collab

Fashion photographer Katja Kremenic recently collaborated with minimalist American brand, Datura and the result was this absolutely breathtaking photography; their aesthetics are beautifully matched. Kremenic, originally from Croatia and now residing in Berlin (so very, very jealous) is not consigned to fashion photography and is renowned too for her stunning portraits. See xx

Lauren Hutton: All American Woman

My love for Lauren Hutton was originally borne out of the modelling campaign she did for Olsen Brand The Row in 2008 and has continued to grow ever since. Born in 1943, she is revolutionary in both her adherence to her generations values and in her ability to transcend them, as seen in her lifelong campaign against patriarchy. She has appeared on the cover of Vogue 41 times and walked the runway for Calvin Klein in her fifties, despite her refusal to fill the distinctive gap between her front teeth;the antithesis to the ethereal model. As Harper's Bazaar notes in their 1973 profile on her, she "is anything but a classical beauty. Her nose flies west, her mouth flies north, she can cross her left eye at will. She made herself beautiful by learning, watching, willing—not by surgically altering her defects.” Her beauty emanates and perhaps what is most appealing about it is that it is somehow learned, rather than inherited: "whenever I came back from Africa or the Antarctic, head swelling with the beauty of it all, I found I was loving life again. You look different because of everything that has gone on inside of you ..."


In a society increasingly overwhelmed by graduates, the question of what we should be doing after university is fast becoming perennial. The likelihood for most soon-to-be graduates is that they have been in education nigh on twenty years, during which time they have no doubt been encouraged to ponder their future career, but to what end? I for one have flitted from dream to dream and have always been encouraged to do so, but as my graduation nears, I wonder how helpful this has really been? Have any of these proposed careers ranging from the sublime to the incredibly ridiculous (world famous ballet dancer-I’ve never tried ballet and have ankles that snap when I run for the bus) ever been considered with assiduousness? The truthful answer is, I really don’t know. In a society with which we are increasingly engaged, how do you separate those things with which you are generally interested from the very thing you wish to define yourself by? At 19, I subscribed to the ideology that I would figure it out eventually and until then working part-time, or in temporary roles, travelling the world, would be fine; in my mid twenties however, that ideology seems just that: too ideological and increasingly unrealistic. Perhaps the real problem has to do with accessibility- an array of medias create the impression that anything we want can be infiltrated. Like most graduates, the immediate reality of the ‘real world’ isn’t particularly appealing and sadly, it just doesn’t matter. In looking for roles which share even the slightest nuances with one of our many (many) interests, maybe we’ll figure it out (what to do, where to do it, why?) Just, not now.