In the spirit of my previous post “Zombie Mums & Tots” I’ve found an incredible, adorable photography company based in Houston, Texas.
It started when I found this photograph on weheartit.com…
…and decided that any future children of mine have a mighty good chance of looking like this every Christmas.
The company responsible for the photo is called Locked Illusions and you can see their site here. It’s run by Brittany & Benjamin Bentine and they specialise in children & family photography.
Their finished photographs have a gorgeous gothic/fantasy/rockabilly/steampunk vibe and while I understand that some people might expect something more traditional when photographing children, I think it’s genius. The technical knowledge behind the images is obvious – the lighting, the composition, the locations – and the makeup and costumes are really beautiful. Everything works perfectly together to create each scene.
Turns out Commissioner Michael Williams of Caddo Parish, Louisiana is trying to ban pyjamas from being worn in public. In his own words:
“The moral fiber in America is dwindling away. It’s pajamas today, what is it going to be tomorrow? Walking around in your underwear?”
Head over to Jezebel.com to read about high school students working the baggy pants/tight tops trend, an opinion piece on pyjamas as high fashion and a debate on whether this ban would be a triumph or a travesty.
fashion designer Rachel Roy wearing pyjamas on the red carpet
These incredible images are the work of Katie Alves, a makeup artist who only started back in October 2010 using her own face to experiment with tiny designs.
"Nightmare Before Christmas"
You can see more of her work on DeviantArt, Tumblr or Facebook and various makeup tutorials are available on YouTube.
Justin Bieber’s new (not new, it was written in 1934) song Santa Claus is Coming to Town has an inexplicable steampunk video to go with it. Um…why?
According to the Washington Post, this all means that “fans of steampunk, the Victorian-era sci-fi cosplayers, may be fleeing en masse to another form of dress-up”.
There’s always the slim chance that the singing munchkin is just a huge fan of the industrial revolution, Jules Verne and upgrading his every day attire with the clockwork innards of a watch (assuming a helpful grown up explains how we told the time before digital watches were invented). More likely, he’s just tagging onto a niche clothing trend that hasn’t already been dragged through the media a la Taylor Momsen’s gothic-stripper styled wardrobe or Katy Perry’s cartoon pin-up costumes.
St Trinians’ gothic tear-away Andrea of the white face powder, fishnet sleeves and burgeoning art theft career…
…was played by pop star Paloma Faith of the beautiful voice, fantastic costumes and notable head-wear.
A direct and fantastically worded quote from NYmag.com’s comparison of the 2 Snow White interpretations coming out this year…
Huntsman’s costumes are “good” in the sense that they are well made, beautiful to look at, and not distracting. Mirror’s costumes are “good” in the sense that they are insane.
Designer Eiko Ishioka (Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Immortals) has pulled out all the “I am a delightful crazy person” stops on this one, from Lily Collins in a Björk swan cap to Armie Hammer in bunny ears over his top hat.
And she is a brave person for attempting to place non-noted clothes wearer Julia Roberts in both ridiculous haute couture and the color yellow.
Snow White & The Huntsman
Check out the full article on NYmag.com and the various rulings on everything from characters to special effects:
“…They have expression, modesty, sex appeal, simplicity, all I hope for in my clothes.” – Yves Saint Laurent