Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Introducing: Lana Del Rey

Taking a break from the TLV FW posts... to write about a hot new singer, who some of you may have already heard of - Lana Del Rey (real name: Lizzie Grant).

Del Rey is a singer-songwriter, originally from New York, who has broken out as a new alt-pop sensation in the past few months thanks to her unique music (someone described her music as neo-Nancy Sinatra), her sexy fashion-icon look and what this business loves best - a controversial story. Some people are criticizing her for being fake, a product of the music label/industry monsters that are backing her, saying she's been built up as a brand rather than the authentic artist she's claiming to be. "Oh, and those lips? They gotta be fake, right??"

Fake or not, on thing you can say about this girl is - she's definitely interesting. And, let's not forget the music: hazy, different, it has a smoke-filled room kind of vibe. Her videos (which she claims to have put together herself) are filled with images of old Hollywood and Seventies-style footage, further contributing to that oldies atmosphere she's trying to create, but with a modern twist. And, also, her fashion sense rocks. 

Here is one of her new singles, and my personal favorite so far - "Blue Jeans":

עושה הפסקה מהפוסטים של שבוע האופנה, כדי להגניב הצצה על הבחורה שמסעירה את עולם האינדי-פופ כרגע: לאנה דל ריי (שמה האמיתי: ליזי גרנט). 
דל ריי היא זמרת-יוצרת מניו יורק, שפרצה לתודעה בחודשים האחרונים בזכות שילוב של מוסיקה ייחודית (מישהו תיאר את הסגנון שלה כ"ניאו-ננסי סינטרה"), מראה סקסי-רטרואי וסיפור שערורייתי כמו שאנחנו הכי אוהבים. יש רבים שרואים אותה כתוצר של מכונת ההפקה המשומנת של תעשיית המוסיקה, שמכנים אותה זיוף ולא אמנית אותנטית מיוסרת כפי שהיא מציגה את עצמה. "אה, וגם השפתיים האלה - בטוח לא אמיתי..."

מה שבטוח, היא מעניינת, שונה, והמוסיקה שלה בהחלט מביאה ניחוח של משהו אחר, מעורפל, אווירה של חדר מלא עשן באיזה מועדון בסבנטיז עם טוויסט מודרני. את הקליפים שלה היא טוענת שערכה בעצמה, והם מלאים בקטעים של הוליווד של פעם. אה, וחוש האופנה שלה מעולה. עוד תשמעו עליה.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

TLV Fashion Week Impressions - Part II

Some more photos I took on the last day of the Tel Aviv Fashion Week. I met some really nice people (Marika! Elliot!The amazingly talented Tamar Karavan!) and some not so nice people (I won't name names, but there are certain people who work in this field who think that the sun rises out of their backside. You know who you are, and newsflash: it doesn't). But overall it's great to see people working hard at something they have a passion for, and there has to be a reason why passion rhymes with fashion... Have a great week!

Israeli designer Yoav Meir

The lovely Marika from Slovakia. Check out her blog

Grape ring

Fashion Photographer Tamar Karavan                                                

Strike a pose

Fire red

...I love how the light smears the photo

Thursday, November 24, 2011

TLV Fashion Week Impressions - Part I

I decided to do this post in English, since I've A. been wanting to add English text to all my previous posts and have been too lazy to do it, and B. because it's much easier to comment about an event that aspired to have an international feel to it (and has managed to somewhat achieve it).

I have to be honest about two things: one, I'm not crazy about Israeli fashion designers. I think most of them are way overrated and have nothing original to offer. Two, I usually find the streetstyle outside international Fashion Weeks to be way more interesting than the actual shows (which is why I'm addicted to Vanessa Jackman's blog). So I took my camera (which I barely know how to use) and shot what I thought were interesting moments outside the Tel Aviv Fashion Week. 

Somehow I also managed to score a front row (!!) ticket to the Shenkar show, which was really exciting. I can't say there were any clothes in the show I was blown away by, but the experience was awesome (not to mention I found myself sitting next to super-talented & super-hilarious Karin Arad!! Hey!). I didn't take any pictures inside the show but if you're interested, xnet has much better photos than I would have taken anyway. 

The next posts will be dedicated to my impressions and favorite moments from outside FW. Enjoy!

!Love the gold scarf

floral chic

mustard & purple