The Stars of #Horror by Kate Owen for Paper Magazine, Winter 2015

December 17th, 2015|Categories: Celebrity Editorials & Photo Shoots, Film|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Actress, fashion designer, and Chloe Sevigny BFF Tara Subkoff makes her directorial debut with the Horror film aptly titled: #Horror. The movie itself looks like it might not be great – while stylish and starring Chloe in all her cool perfection, and one of my girlhood crushes Timothy Hutton (who can still GET IT), it looks a little thin and like it’s trying a little too hard. But we’ll see! In the meantime, Paper Mag did this excellent editorial featuring the stars of #Horror as various iconic horror heroines. Chloe, Natasha Lyonne, Annabelle Dexter-Jones, Lydia Hearst, Stella Schnabel, and Taryn Manning all star with Subkoff posed as Master of Horror Alfred Hitchcock. Spooky perfection!

Check out the trailers for #Horror below!

The New Royals by Inez & Vinoodh for W Magazine, October 2015

September 24th, 2015|Categories: Celebrity Editorials & Photo Shoots, Fashion Photographers, Film|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The October issue of W features an outstanding portrait editorial of some of the most compelling stars of television, fashion, film, society, independent film, modelling, horror, and music. Six covers stars grace us with their gaze: Allison Williams, Julianne Moore, Adam Driver, Claire Danes, Greta Gerwig, and Jourdan Dunn. Inside ten more icons and ingénues join the cover stars, and the editorial becomes a thing of wonder. It reminds me of the old Vanity Fair Hollywood Issues – simple, stunning portraits of a perfect mix of stars. This issue is a keeper, go buy yourself a copy. I recommend the Julianne cover, for she is ALL THINGS.

Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992)

October 28th, 2014|Categories: Film|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Francis Ford Coppola’s version of Dracula was required viewing for a goth in the 90’s and early 00’s, so you could fall in lust with Gary Oldman in his grey tails and tophat, and burn with need for every dress that Winona Ryder and Sadie Frost wear.  The costume designer for the film was the legendary Eiko Ishioka, known for her architectural, conceptual designs in other films like The Cell, The Fall and later, Mirror, Mirror. The most iconic costume is Lucy’s wedding dress/burial gown, with its high lace collar inspired by medieval designs that makes her look like the predator she is. And Winona Ryder in her blood red dress with its cascading bustle is the stuff that goth girl dreams are made of.

Spooky Fashion

October 26th, 2014|Categories: Celebrity Editorials & Photo Shoots, Fashion Editorials, Fashion Photographers|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Halloween is creeping up on us quick! Let’s just really delve into the spooky & think only of blood and gore for the next week! Featured here are two of my favourite spooky shoots – an editorial titled The Splat Pack by Terry Richardson for Interview in 2008 and a vampire inspired shoot by Karl Lagerfeld from 2011.

“The Splat Pack” by Terry Richardson for Interview, November 2008

Clemence Poesy, Baptiste Giabiconi & Anna Mouglalis by Karl Lagerfeld for Bazaar, 2011

William Mortensen, Master of Early Era Horror Photography

October 21st, 2014|Categories: Classic Celebrities, Erotica|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

William Mortensen is an art historical hero not well known to the masses. Mortensen began as a Hollywood artist; a contemporary of Cecil B. DeMille who worked in everything from set decoration to costumery. He was a photographer too, and as the jack-of-all-trades grew more popular in the film industry, he was able to photograph the likes of Jean Harlow and Peter Lorre, the resulting images ending up in glamorous magazines and bestselling books. Except Mortensen was no typical portrait artist.

Influenced by the burgeoning genre of horror film growing inside studios like Universal in the 1920s and ’30s, he produced portraits that were more nightmare than reality. Manipulating his images with printmaking techniques and rather primitive collage-like practices, his artworks looked like paintings rather than photographs. Given the subject matter — monster primates, transfixing nudes and anything occult — it was just easier to assume the former. His non-celebrity imagery had no limits, as he obsessed over torture, death and unbridled sexuality. (text from here)