Chicfinds Tim Walker irresistible!

Photography, Uncategorized

Chicfinds loves and adores the photography of Tim Walker. His images are mystical and full of fantasy. His style tells a story that is whimsical and reminiscent of fairy tales and childhood stores.

Tim Walker’s photography is composed and stylized. His subjects are romantic and beautiful with an innocence and purity. Often depicting a English flavor they are never sexy .

“Tim Walker – British born, London based photographer Tim Walker is one of the most exciting photographers of our time. He  has established himself at the cutting edge of fashion photography. Walker began his photographic journey working as a freelance assistance in London before moving to New York to work with American fashion and portrait photographer Richard Avedon. Returning to England inspired, he focused mainly on his portrait and documentary work for UK newspapers, before at the age of 25 shooting his first fashion story for Vogue. His innovative photography is amongst the most imaginative and exuberant being produced today. Tim’s work regularly features in style and fashion magazines including British Vogue, Vanity Fair, Italian Vogue, W and Harpers Bazaar, he has also created and advertising campaigns for exclusive clients such as Comme des Garcons and Gap. Extraordinary environments and people are the things that he finds the most inspiring. He has published some books such as ‘STORY TELLER’ in 2012 and ‘PICTURES’ in 2008 as well. He also received bunch of awards for instance The Isabella Blow Award for fashion creator from the British fashion council in 2008 and in 2010 his first short film went on to win best short film at the Chicago United Film Festival. ”  http://lyslalidpat.myblog.arts.ac.uk/2013/11/17/tim-walker-research-for-the-two-photographers/

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Chicfinds an inspiring stylist

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Chicfinds loves the styling work of Katelyn Mooney. Truely admire her ability to create such purity in her images, feeling of space and air.

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She is with one of the best agencies and has an impressive portfolio of work;http://art-dept.com/styling/katelyn-mooney/childrens-fashion-i

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Variations on Chic By Mario Sorrenti

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Fashion is a never ending revolving cycle, it goes forward, backwards and makes full circles and fundamentally it is always varied! Thank goodness as it would get very boring if everything suited everyone. You take from fashion what you like and what inspires you and if it takes you on a journey, good, its doing its job. One of the most beautiful aspects of fashion is photography and the art of translating garments and creating stories. Here are a few images from Vogue Italia by Mario Sorrenti. 

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Black and white, lace and lines are all classics to be played with. 

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There is nothing quite like a groomed hair and make-up to create the look. It takes you back to dress ups when you were a kid and a transformation would transpire and you could be anywhere, anybody in any life but yours!

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Thanks Mario for bringing us some of the most beautiful photographs. MiaoX

ChicFinds for your special day!

Beautiful things, Beauty, fashion, Photography

Weddings are such an important event and often we have a set idea about how we want everything to be but we need the help to create it. It is like your first meeting with a love to be, films start rolling around in your head and before even the second date we have already fallen in love, married and created a family. All in a one screen shot! Creating your wedding or creating your look for a wedding is like bringing to life your film and the fantasy. To do that, it is often necessary to get a little helping hand and ChicFinds can point you in the right direction!

You want to be your most gorgeous on the day of your wedding and shine in more ways than one. Chic finds can show you how!

As winter will end soon and spring will begin so will the wedding bells. Now is a time to plan and create! For the next weeks, ChicFinds will post a weekly post on weddings to help guide and inspire you. ChicFinds can also offer you a consultation with a stylist for setting up the special day or a personal fashion stylist for the creation of your look plus photographers. For inquires please email; chicfindsinfashion@gmail.com

ChicFinds can help you create every possible fantasy unique to you.

This beautiful shoot is the creation of the amazing photographer Camilla Akrans, Chicfinds loves her work!

Chicfinds wishes you a wonderful weekend

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AND DECIDE TO TREAT YOURSELF LIKE A PRINCESS! BECAUSE YOU DESERVE IT…. Kisses X

Another photographer that Chicfinds adores is Craig McDean. A renowned photographer and filmmaker whose work repeatedly appears in publications such as i-D, W, Vogue, AnOther Magazine and Interview.  He has photographed campaigns for brands including Christian Dior, Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent, Emporio Armani, Estée Lauder and Calvin Klein. In 1999, McDean created his highly anticipated book, ‘I Love Fast Cars’, highlighting the world of drag racing. He is now represented by Art + Commerce New York ; http://www.artandcommerce.com/AAC/C.aspx?VP3=CMS3&VF=AAC_HomePage

Chic Finds the 60’s

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Chicfinds the 60’s one of the most inspiring era’s for fashion, beauty and aesthetics.

If you love this era for the style then you can’t miss the tv series Mad Men. It is a brilliantly directed and photographed series that is based on an advertising firm in NY on Madison Avenue in the 1960’s. The costumes, hair styles and set design is so well done that you become immersed in the era. Chic finds loves Betty and her every look which signals style, glamour and a throw away feeling that must have come after the war when there was a new found wonderment of life and the sexual revolution!

The pointy shoe, red, black and Bee hive’s are all signatures of the 60’s. A red trench or a pointy shoe scream 60’s siren…. Dolce & Gabbana always have something to offer from this era and this season is no exception with a Sicilian theme. Shop the colleciton with Net a Porter; http://www.net-a-porter.com/Shop/Designers/Dolce_and_Gabbana/All or go directly to Dolce & Gabbana store: http://store.dolcegabbana.com/

You cant go past vintage when you want to dress up with a 60’s inspired outfit. The good vintage shops will have that unique piece which will finish the outfit. Visit Eva’s Vintage as they have some amazing dresses, jewelry and knits http://www.evasvintage.com/EV/Home.html

Chic Finds loves the photography of Mert & Marcus. Represented by one of the best Photographic Agencies in the world; Art Parner, you can see their amazing porfolio: http://www.artpartner.com/artists/image/mert-alas-marcus-piggott/

Wikepedia this week writes:

“Mert and Marcus are Mert Alas and Marcus Piggottfashion photographers. Their work and style is heavily influenced and shaped by the photography of Guy Bourdin and also the use of digital manipulation of which they have pioneered the use. They have defined the look of the past decade and as a duo are one of the most respected and acclaimed photographers working today.

Mert and Marcus, both born in 1971 in Turkey and Wales, respectively, met for the first time in England in 1994 after having worked for a brief period in completely different areas, the first in classical music and the second in graphic design. Marcus was an assistant photographer and Mert was a fashion photo modeler. After working together in the photography business, they decided to create a team. When they showed their first photos to “Dazed and Confused”, the London fashion magazine, they immediately made the cover.

Strongly known for their portraits of sophisticated, powerful women, Alas and Piggott’s photos lend an air of grace and unmistakable perfection to advertising. “The difference between us and other photographers is that we care a lot about appearance,” says Alas. “We spend most of the time in the make-up and hairstyling rooms”. The team works today for magazines such as Vogue USA, Vogue Italia, W Magazine, Pop Magazine, Numero and Arena Homme Plus. Some of their major clients are top fashion labels such as Louis Vuitton, Missoni, Giorgio Armani, Roberto Cavalli, Fendi, Kenzo and Miu Miu. They created the images for perfume houses such as Gucci, Yves St Laurent, Givenchy and Lancôme. “

What’s Elena from Milan wearing for ChicFinds?

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Eléna Beatriz studied product design in Milan and now works for a magazine as a junior project manager. She loves to collect every sort of beautiful useless object, as well as books with catchy covers, stones, pieces of wood, picture frames, glass vases and ceramics in general.
She would love to go and live by the sea, and have time to look after her few surviving plants.

She inspires and reminds me of the sexy combination that one of my favorite photographers; Peter Beard manages to capture, La femmina nella natura!

“His love affair with natural history and wildlife, which informs most of his work, began when he was a teenager. He had read the books of Isak Dinesen (Karen Blixen) and after spending time in Kenya and befriending the author, bought a piece of land near hers. It was the early 1960s and the big game hunters led safaris, with all the colonial elements Beard had read about in Out of Africa characterizing the open life and landscape, but the times were changing. Beard witnessed the dawn of Kenya’s population explosion, which challenged finite resources and stressed animal populations – including the starving elephants of Tsavo, dying by the tens of thousands in a wasteland of eaten trees. So he documented what he saw – with diaries, photographs, and collages.” http://www.taschen.com/pages/en/catalogue/art/all/45702/facts.peter_beard_2_vols.htm

Elena is wearing a dress from H&M and sandals by Tila March Paris; http://www.tilamarch.com/

Chic finds in Cannes

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Can’t be denied what ever is French is so seemingly Chic! Even Cannes. Not my favorite city but it does hold one of the most glamourous events each year and it has such a fascinating history. Here are some great shots from the last days.

No other than Sean Penn. Fantastic shot!

Vladamir Restoin Roitfeld and Giovanna Battaglia… looks like it could be the 1960’s.

Diane Krugar and Joshua Jackson. She is wearing the most amazing dress from Nina Ricci and Prada shoes. Every out fit of late has been a sensation.

Bring it on! Nothing beats the summer in Europe.

Shop the look of summer:

Bikini from Isabel Marant; http://www.net-a-porter.com/product/192574

Striped wedge from Autore

Striped dress by J Crew http://www.jcrew.com/womens_category/knitstees.jsp

and for a little cheeky or evening….

Miu Miu lace dress http://www.net-a-porter.com/product/195053

and for the evenings and a little Dolce Vita feel check out the selection of Just Cavalli on Frockaholics http://www.frockaholics.com/Designers/des_id/208/Just-Cavalli.htm

Au Revoir and Bon Voyage X Kiss

Chicfinds the best reads

Beautiful things, fashion, Interiors, Photography

Despite the internet and its never ending range of material it still cant beat a beautifully engineered magazine, well not yet anyway. If your a lover of magazines you will know what I mean. The ritual of reading a magazine is so relaxing it goes together with the feeling of taking your shoes off at the end of the day and drinking your favorite brew of herbal tea. As soon as you open to the first page you can sigh with a feeling of relief that you have finally found the time to sit down and take some time out for what ever it is that you find.  Those glossy pages will let you leave your life for a minute and enter into a world of inspiration, informative news stories that give you the full picture, ideas, adventure and places to dream of. Chicfinds suggests its favorite titles….EnjoyX

ChicFinds adores Vogue Paris, if you haven’t been able to tell already! It’s a favorite for the way in which it is graphically and aesthetically designed. Despite the departure of Carine Roitfeld it has remained at the forefront of the fashion titles for its fashion editorials which are very seductive and boarding on naughty. Something comes alive in their representation of fashion and draws you into a theatre, movie or drama.

The world of Interiors has to be one of the most inspirational interior magazines on the magazine stands.  Each issue is like a magical journey linking you to the best of everything in the interior world. Despite photographing some of the most beautiful homes in the world there is a English feel to the magazine that translates in dusty rooms or shabby chic interiors rich of history and culture. Each issue is a precious copy offering a timeless quality so you can flick the pages now and flick them in a couple of years time and still feel as inspired as you did first time around. 

Belle Australia is another interior magazine that is well worth the cover price. Each issue is like a guide to the latest  product available in store and rather than being the obvious it is carefully found and so beautifully photographed. As well as being inspirational Belle also offers ideas and product that are affordable to the average reader. It is an Australian title that is so relevant to it’s market yet it could also be to any  international reader.  

There is an American, English and Australian version of The Week which is a summary on everything that has happened in the world. It is a great source of information summarized for you so that you can stay up to date with international and national affairs in one hit.

D La Repubblica is a weekly magazine that comes out each Saturday in Italy with La Repubblica newspaper. It is a fantastic magazine with beautifully styled editorials, beauty notes  and articles for the modern women that wants to stay close to political and social affairs. Every issue has a very  high level of content mixed with inspirational interiors and amazing food recipes. A favorite is the last page with Umberto Galimberti who is a well known philosopher who touches on many subjects close to the heart! The magazine is an inspiration in itself as it manages to come out weekly with the price of a newspaper. They also offer all their content online. Complimenti!

In terms of American titles Chicfinds suggests W, The New Yorker and Vanity Fair. All three are classics of the American way and offer very good journalism with superb quality of photography. Vanity Fair is one that you can keep on reading all month as the stories are so intriguing and varied while W is just sublime with its imagery and design.

If your looking for ideas on what to cook and where to go for the next holiday; Conde Nast Traveller and Gourmet Traveller are the two that Chicfinds suggests. Both are amazing and you just cant go wrong with either as a guide or inspiration for the next trip or dinner party!

ChicFinds weekend bargains in Sydney

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Chicfinds has had some more delays in bringing to you Thursday’s chicfinds but we are hoping to have the listings available very soon!!! In the meantime we want to propose some great buys for this weekends shopping. As summer arrives we are focusing on the earthy tones. In the picture below Daria wears a necklace by Pamela Love. Along side having Pamela Love, For Artists Only Boutique in Rose Bay has a collection of really beautiful designers including, Alexander Wang, Lover, Sass & Bide and Ksubi; http://www.forartistsonly.com/contact/

Some of the best buys available are now at temporary pop up stores and in Sydney this weekend there are two worth visiting. Firstly on George Street in Sydney city (next to Apple Store, opposite The Strand Arcade) there is a pop up store of mixed international brands including Belstaff, Just Cavalli, Lanvin, Dolce & Gabbana, Replay and Twenty8Twelve. The stock is a mix of men and women’s clothing, footwear and accessories and there is a bargain to be had! Some great finds are the shoes from Belstaff,  shirts and jackets for men by Dolce & Gabbana and Lanvin, some beautiful scarfs by Etro and also candles by DL &Co.

This weekend there is also the boutique markets on Sunday showcasing arts and crafts and special product that is made with love and care and is ideal for Xmas presents or Xmas decoration. Definitely worth a browse. Visit the website for more detail; http://boutiquemarkets.com.au/sydney/ Another great place to visit on the weekend is HFOC (Home Furnishing On Consignment) which is a shop in Alexandria which stocks second designer furniture. The pieces are special and they are there on consignment so you can find some great pieces that would normally cost double or tripple the retail price. If you love quality and you cant afford it then this is a fantastic option as despite the pieces being second hand they are in great condition. There web site is a great place to start as everything in stock is available to view including price; http://www.hfoc.com.au/

Another market worth visiting is Finder Keepers at the Carriage Works. The exhibitors are very inspiring as there is a mix of artists, craft makers and designers. Their is  product available for everyone including gifts,inspiring stationary, art, jewellery, clothing, creative and unique homewares and furniture. These markets are Friday the 2nd and Saturday the 3rd of December. For a guide to all that you will see, visit the web site which also includes a blog and gallery of everything on offer; http://www.thefinderskeepers.com/markets.php

Another must for shopping is the Leather Shop. The Leather Shop has a temporary pop up store in Darlinghurst, Sydney and there are some beautiful bags on offer. One of our favorites is the tan Catalina bag which is so perfect for this summer’s earthy tones fashion; http://www.leathershop.com.au/hobos/678-etrusco-catalina-hobo-tan-genuine-leather-handbag.html and another  favorite is Bellosguardo; http://www.leathershop.com.au/cross-body/636-etrusco-bellosguardo-tan-cross-body-leather-sacthel.html The bags are beautiful leather and amazing quality. All made in Italy and yet still at such reasonable prices.

Visit the store where you can find a big variety of bags; 330 Victoria Street, Sydney or buy online http://www.leathershop.com.au/