Anja Rubik brought sexy back in a big way when, earlier this year, she showed up at the 2012 Met Ball in the amazing-iest Anthony Vaccarello dress ever. Since then I’ve had my eye on the supermodel, who recently sought out Kanye West to make an artsy porn flick for her erotica magazine, 25. Now Anja‘s in a spread for Numéro magazine and I’m in love with her all over again! Numéro came under scrutiny last week for publishing and then photoshopping some intense photographs of Karlie Kloss, but this photo shoot should be pretty controversy-free. Anja takes us back to Art History 101 (if Art History 101 was kind of seductive and fashion forward, lol), posing against classic paintings and wearing Givenchy, Balmain, Chanel, Roberto Cavalli and Gucci (among others). Photographed by Camilla Akrans, the shoot has a dark tone to it, but there’s a whimsical feel as well that kinda reminds me of that other Karlie Kloss shoot we saw. Maybe it’s the pink hair ;) Peep the gallery for more!
Julia Kozerski's 'Changing Room'
Julia Kozerski just changed my life. Recently I’ve seen her work profiled on a few different sites and everyone is wow-ing over this series of iPhone pictures she took over the course of a year documenting her dramatic 160 lb. weight loss. What’s interesting about this collection of photos (dubbed Changing Room) is that they represent the most basic form of self-portraiture. Her skill and bravery as a photographer shines through most in another project (which also documents her experience with weight-loss), titled Half. In the gallery above, we have some of the photos from Changing Room. And inside there are more images from Half, some of which are NSFW. Prepare to be kind of blown away.
Posted under: Julia Kozerski
High Fashion Fantasy
OMG. Yes to this whole artsy/fashion/Parisian movement! Recently we learned that supermodel Karlie Kloss will be teaming up with good friend and fellow model Joan Smalls for the return of MTV‘s House Of Style. The young model has been featured in W magazine before, but today we get to see her on a whole ‘nother, Parisian level. I saw this photo shoot the other day and totally fell in love with the theme: Sweet Escape. Photographed by Nick Knight and styled by Edward Enninful, Karlie is an American in Paris, wearing hella couture (Chanel, Givenchy, Dior, Louis Vuitton, etc.) in this collection of photographs and digital illustrations. You can even catch her wearing that petty pink Dior gown that Jessica Biel rocked a while back; but the whimsical design of the photo gives it a whole new look. Peep the gallery for more high fashion and fairy tale collabos and check out the full editorial here.
Posted under: Karlie Kloss, W Magazine
What Up Amanda B?
OMG… these photos will give you great pleasure, I promise. Michael Jason Enriquez is an art director and he came up with the brilliant idea of taking some of our favorite law-abidingly challenged celebs and giving them their own vintage mug shots. It’s hilarious. In fact, the photos kind of remind me of those awesome Planet Hiltron celebrity make-unders, but these ones get a little more artsy with it. Enriquez recently created a series of photographs featuring mug shots from old school 1920s criminals and he used those images to create this contemporary celebrity series. Read more about his project here and peep the gallery for more photos. Lindsay Lohan, Snooki, Charlie Sheen, and Robert Downey Jr. all get a shouts-out from the artist. Enjoy!
Posted under: Amanda Bynes, Charlie Sheen, Hugh Grant, Khloé Kardashian, Lindsay Lohan, Macaulay Culkin, Mel Gibson, Michael Jason Enriquez, Nick Nolte, Nicole 'Snooki' Polizzi, Nicole Richie, Paris Hilton, Phil Spector, Robert Downey Jr.
That-Ish-Cray Of The Day
Nothing says classy like a bottle of French rosé… with Prince Harry‘s bum on the label. Apparently, people are seriously looking to cash in on that wild night Prince Harry had up in Vegas. Not too long ago we heard from the girl who was (allegedly) partying with him in his hotel and some people thought it was a cry for attention/money on her part. Now Sheldon Wines is releasing a new bottle of rosé with a fantastic illustration on the label. Click inside for more That-Ish-Cray Of The Day.
That-Ish-Cray Of The Day
Get ready to be artistically intrigued, inspired, and possibly disturbed. Manhattan-based artist Jason Freeny has released a new set of images titled ‘Barbie Anatomical Model.’ I used to think my older brother was creepy for biting off the feet on all my Barbie dolls (true story, lmao)– but that’s nothing compared to these images! Now I’m not sure what this guy is saying about the Barbie image or the femme body as a visual product of pop culture consumerism (what? lol… that ish cray) but I’m sooo digging these images! Earlier this summer we saw another artist take on the Barbie image with a series called ‘In The Dollhouse‘, and it was also pretty awesome. Peep the gallery for more of Jason Freeny‘s work (I’ve also included some of his hilarious anatomical models of Muno from Yo Gabba Gabba and Hello Kitty) and go to his Facebook page for more!
[Source] [Photo Credit: Facebook]
Posted under: Barbie, Jason Freeny
Art Or Exploitation?
The HuffPost is sharing a Brazilian photographer’s collection titled ‘Albinos’ and I was amazed at the actual images and the responses from viewers. It’s difficult to say where I stand on the series; on the one hand Gustavo Lacerda‘s work has an anthropological feel to it and I get the sense that he had great respect for his subjects. But the gaze of the viewer (myself included) is problematic, as the project cannot help but to inspire that sometimes dangerous feeling of other-ness (in fact, this is part of the point of the project). And some of the responses I saw were also strange to read. So I’m trying to figure out if Lacerda has done more harm than good, by putting a certain group of people on display, allowing others to exoticise them, even if he meant to ‘normalize’ them in some way. Join me as I work through this cultural quandary, inside.
Funny... Or Hella Disrespectful?
As many of you know, Banksy is a street artist that has a certain anti-establishment attitude about himself and his work. Recently we saw what he and some other artists came up with in response to the London 2012 Olympics and the movement to destroy local street art in the name of the games. Well someone has come along and gotten a little tongue-in-cheek with the king of all artsy tongue-in-cheekiness. Brandsky takes well-known Banksy images and ‘brands’ them with their applicable corporate logos (Brand + Banksy = Brandsky). Now y’all know I have a pretty open sense of humor and I love a good parody, but this one kinda got to me! Maybe I’m a little less open when it comes to artwork, and an artist’s message, lol. But peep the photos in the gallery and tell me what you think. Is it amusing to see Banksy‘s graffitti messages get, well, graffittied?
Okay, there’s one that really is funny. It’s got the Venus logo. LMAO.
Posted under: Banksy, Brandsky
All Types Of Ummm Ratchet
Remember last month when we got to check out those horribly funny celebrity make-unders from Planet Hiltron? Well, he posts about one new creation every week on his Facebook page, so we’ve got some catching up to do. There’s not a lot to say, I mean, this guy’s still hilarious! See which one of your fave celebs got the Planet Hiltron treatment inside!