Saturday, June 23, 2012

Surviving degree show season and a little advice for graduates

Going to degree shows is sort of like subjecting yourself to a school play when you don't know any of the kids. It's just a load of noise and if you're lucky there'll be one kid who manages to stand out above all the squeaky singing and sound like a song bird. The key is knowing how to be that wonderfully singing song bird. I find it helps to have some criteria in mind whether you're a soon to be graduate putting on your first exhibition or trying to take in the visual cacophony of photographs every summer at degree shows such as Free Range.

I've named it C.AM.P.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Student Street Photography Award winner announced

This evening London Festival of Photography announced the winner of the Student Street Photography Award as Jake Burge. The six finalists - Felix Davey, Giulia Mangione, Heather Shuker, Matthew Taylor, Paul Walsh and Jake Burge - were selected from entries across the British Isles. They all won the chance to work with street photographer Peter Dench and the London Festival of Photography organisers to produce a group exhibition at Orange Dot Gallery until June 29.

I've done a quick round up of this year's finalists so check out what they have to say and their photographs below.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Maison Martin Margiela and H&M collaborate

This is not a fashion post people. Calm yourselves. I'm always interested in which designer H&M collaborates with, and not because of the clothes and drama that will undoubtedly surround them.

"I'm sure it's always the same people who jizz themselves over the H&M collaboration announcements, then slag it off when it launches.
I'll save you the bother now: it's crap quality, look at those losers queuing in the rain, SO expensive, it all just ends up on eBay," @PoppyD exclaimed.

I'm interested in the ad campaign, the branding, the packaging and the merging of two brands into one short lived campaign - the Lanvin x H&M campaign was great. So when the Maison Martin Margiela x H&M announcement popped into my inbox yesterday morning I scrolled right to the images. And they're nice, stripped back and straightforward with just the right amount of ambiguity to tease you about what the designs might actually look like.


Whilst doubts have been cast over whether Margiela himself would have ever agreed to this collaboration had he still full control over his house, the images are sufficiently 'arty' if not slightly alienating to the general 'fashion public' - I've only seen the top one actually used. They're speaking to the people who are fans of the Margiela brand, it's deconstructed design principles, tailoring and the legacy of the brand which has been around for 20 years. I'm interested to see what the rest of the campaign is going to be like.
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