Monthly Archives: September 2009

”Cast & Crew” by Mario Testino for Vogue UK

Photographer: Mario Testino

Editorial: Cast & Crew
Magazine: Vogue UK

Model: Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Lily Donaldson, Stella Tennant.

Dina Goldstein

The Fallen Princesses of Dina Goldstein

Parent advisory: the following photos are certainly not for the faint-hearted! All fairy tales have good endings, don’t they? At least that’s what everybody wanted us to believe till now. Well, it’s time to reveal the aching truth: reality always is stronger than fiction and Yatzer, after having spent loads of money on private detectives, finally found where all those Disney princesses have ended up. Life didn’t treat well snow white, four children and a lazy husband is something that cannot be handled easily. And sleeping beauty seems to be a protagonist of her own plastic botox horror show.  Little red riding hood is rather a big fat can’t-ride-a bicycle teenage girl with eating disorders and the little mermaid is a zoo slave, condemned to give bad paid shows for little children. Truth obviously hurts in the mind of Canadian photographer Dina Goldstein that tried to give her particular view on fairy tale tragedies. We hope you enjoy her ironic take on Disney princesses and think twice about believing a fairy tale next time!
text by Apostolos Mitsios for Yatzer.


The Little Mermaid
Jasmine from Aladdin 
Little Red Riding Hood
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
  Belle from Beauty and the Beast
The Sleeping Beauty

Michael Sanderson

The fashion drawings of Michael Sanderson


Illustrative designer Michael Sanderson has some serious credentials under his belt – big clients like Victoria’s Secret and a position with Tokyo based agency Taiko & Associates, to name a few – oh and, he’s only 23 years old!


After being accepted to The Art Institute of Chicago, the Colorado native dropped out of high school in pursuit of a fashion design degree. Upon landing his first major client, Big Drop NYC, Sanderson left the Art Institute to start his promising design career; His work spans a wide range of clients, from smaller NYC boutiques to mass-commercial corporations and internationally recognized companies. Currently, his work can be found in Victoria’s Secret® stores throughout the world – where in he showcases his fierce talent for drawing fused with a love for fashion design. Reminiscent of a fashion photograph, straight out of 1973 Sanderson’s unique style draws inspiration from this particular era, blending with it an acute artistic eye and a modern twist of sophistication. He combines three different illustrative styles, either working together or independent of one another, to create a sense of energy and excitement in each painting.
text by Stephanie Nahas for Yatzer.

Alyssa Monks

Artist creates incredible paintings that look like photographs.

An artist has created a stunning set of aquatic portraits which look just like photographs.
At first glance, you could be forgiven for believing that these images look like an intimate set of snapshots caught by the photographer at exactly the right time.
However, these touching shower scenes were not captured by a camera – but amazingly painted by the hand of a New York artist. Applying paintbrush to canvas, Alyssa Monks pays mind-boggling attention to detail to create them.

And the 31-year-old, who has insisted that she uses no tools in her paintings, has boasted that her creations look even more life-like than photographs.
In one picture, a girl peeps out from inside a steamed up shower and peers into the camera lens.
And in another, a woman wearing a bikini floats effortlessly under water, showing off her recently engaged finger.
Alyssa said: ‘I have always wanted to paint for as long as I can remember.
‘I took classes at school and then went to college and University before ending up at the New York Academy of Art.’
‘The girl in most of the pictures is myself. I have used my own image many times because I do not have to worry about issues of self-consciousness that might arise with models.’
‘However, I have been exploring the faces of family and friends recently too, I prefer to work with people that I know personally and have a relationship with.’
‘The paintings are very intricate and they take a lot of work to get right. It is all about the desire to try and create an image of a person that is realer than real, beyond what even a photograph can portray.’
‘I look for the “imperfect” details, and try to display how beautiful the real is, rather than the ideal. I think it is often my willingness to let go of my own expectations of the body that allows me to capture the interesting surprises about the face and body.’

Alyssa takes about 1,000 pictures for a small series of paintings, using the images to play with the colour and get the paintings as real as possible.
And artist is in demand currently showing at a prestigious exhibition at the National Academy Museum in New York.
Plans are also afoot for an exhibition at the Kunst Museum Ahlen in Germany and a museum show at the Noyes Museum in New Jersey next summer.
Alyssa, who admires American abstract expressionist painter Jackson Pollock, is now experimenting with distorted figures pressed against glass in her work. She said: ‘I use the photographs I take to help me compose and play with the colour, although I invent a lot of the water and steam effects from memory.’
‘I use lots of different materials to get such realistic images, but nothing out of the ordinary, there are no special tools to achieve these kinds of results.’
‘The picture I am currently working on is always my favourite, but the work I most admire is Jackson Pollock’s Autumn Rhythm, I just get lost in it. I am excited for my exhibitions in the future and I am currently exploring the effect of figures pressed against glass.
‘The steam and water works to distort the figure – I am always looking for new filters all the time.’

By Daily Mail Reporter.

Read her Bio and website.

The Fashion Playing Cards by Connie Lim

I’ld like to introduce you an upcoming face in fashion illustration, Connie Lim, is a young and very promising talent. She has given Trendland exclusivity on exhibiting her Playing Cards series which is still very much in the works and we will be the primary source for following the series development. Here is a glimpse of where she is now. Stay tuned for more very soon…

I first saw Connie Lim’s work on I was totally blown away, I immediately checked out her website and went through all of her illustrations and fashion sketches. Each drawing was more beautiful than the last. I found her interview with someone on the blog, read below:

1. You are equally talented at fashion design as you are at illustrating. Have any of your collections been put into production?
As an illustrator, it is my ultimate dream of having my own drawings come to life. However, I’ve just recently began designing so they haven’t been into production yet but that we be a great accomplishment for me. I have hope that it will happen in the near future.

2. If you could pick one celebrity/icon/artist to dress, who would it be and why?
I would probably pick Gwen Stefani, she has her distinct style that I wold love to design for and she’s not afraid of trying something new.

3. Have your illustrations ever been used commercially? I would love to see your Playing card illustrations printed onto clothing, they are absolutely stunning.
Thanks! They haven’t been used commercially but that is a great idea and I should consider it a project in the near future.

4. Your resume is long and varied, what has been your favourite job so far and why?
My favorite job was working with Nancy Regielman because she is my idol. She taught me fashion illustration and made me realize my skills and ambitions. Even as a personal assistant, I realized all the hard work that is put into a project. With her presence, she never failed to push me as an artist and encourage me as a person.

5. Do you have any new projects currently on the go?
I’m currently working on the card series for my illustrations. My goal is to complete the whole deck of cards, each unique with the numbers it represents. Stay tuned!

Here’s all her illustration’s work.
Alexander McQueen

Collection – St.Basil’s Circus

Collection – Space Warrior

Baptiste Giabiconi for Purple Magazine by Karl Lagerfeld

Purple magazine is no stranger to pushing the envelope, but this is one editorial you have to see to believe. Paying homage to the Newton Woman and acting as photographer, Karl Lagerfeld puts the assets of his current obsession Baptiste Giabiconi out there for the world to see. With art direction from Olivier Zahm, Baptiste bares all and masters a sleek pair of black stiletto heels.

Purple founder Olivier Zahm posted a video of the shoot, in which Baptiste poses with a giraffe while Karl switches from snapping him with a professional camera to with a camera phone.

Karl Lagerfeld and Baptiste Giabiconi from Purple Magazine on Vimeo.

Karl Lagerfeld Captures Muse Baptiste Giabiconi (backstage)
Backstage 2
French model Baptiste Gianiconi, Art Director Eric Pfrunder and Karl Lagerfeld (backstage)
French model Baptiste Gianiconi, Art Director Eric Pfrunder and Karl Lagerfeld

Claudia Schiffer for Vogue Germany by Karl Lagerfeld

German Vogue’s 30th anniversary issue enlists the aid of two of Germany’s best fashion icons, photographer and creative director of Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld and supermodel Claudia Schiffer. Lagerfeld captures Claudia in black and white for “Das Fräulein Claudia” (Miss Claudia), a 1950s inspired editorial which mixes mystery with sensuality.


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