hand in hand…

HYE PARK FOR VOGUE KOREA…. LOVE HER.
For centuries dance has been the center of culture, both traditionally and as a part of pop culture.
It is no surprise that fashion and ballet have always walked hand in hand… somewhat…
Recently, in the January issue of Vogue, they used a dancer along side models… and I thought to myself how nice it is to see young men in dance make appearances in Vogue…Then I thought wait a second… I have a collection of these images that inspire me…. Then it made me realize even more so : 

First we had Picasso doing costumes for the Ballet Russe and Paris Opera… And Balanchine commissioned lacroix… now Rodarte has helped out… and recently, Peter Martins commissioned Valentino for NYCB.

Photographers like Irving Penn and Annie Leibovitz have always photographed dancers, Annie said herself that it was impossible to photograph dance itself… so instead she focused on portraits of influential dancers…

Here are some of my favorite dance meets ballet images…

WHEN CAROLINE TRENTINI WAS RELEVANT… and BILLY ELLIOT MADE IT OKAY FOR BOYS TO DANCE..
J CREW AD… TURN OUT LIKE NO OTHER…

WHO KNEW R. Zimmerman had turn out…

ROBERTO BOLLE AND COCO ROCHA IN VOGUE’S EDITORIAL ON ROMEO AND JULIET…
BEYOND BEAUTIFUL…

VALENTINO WORKING WITH NYCB… 

VOGUE CHINA FEATURE SASHA P AND POINTE SHOES… REALLY STUNNING…

ANNIE PHOTOGRAPHING THE INFAMOUS DARCI KISTLER…


Defining Beauty…


This post may seem that it comes out of vanity, but it actually the result of e-mails I have been getting…
I don’t think that anyone one person can justify what is beautiful or what isn’t… I have never claimed that whatever I say is final… But, somehow, or in some way or another it seems I have offended a lot of people… If that is the case, well I’m sorry.
If anything I try to break what is considered to be the standard of beauty in fashion… 

Just some of the men and women we have photographed with SOCIAL CULTURE…
Helping redefine what the industry views as beauty


The Young and The Rich

Young, talented, beautiful, famous and the rich. All things that American pop culture has grasped, capitalized on and has portrayed through visual media as the only way to live. We think that being a celebrity or famous is going to cure our problems, and instantly we will be dripping in Dior and waltzing in Oscar De La Renta. Don’t get me wrong, even I dream about wearing vintage Halston, having a vintage Chanel broach and owning a couture piece by every major designer that has mattered. But the reality of it all is what is portrayed through today’s visual media and pop culture is something most of us will never become- and in reality, who would want to become that? 
We joke about selling out, we talk about the “Miranda’s” of fashion, we gossip about the girls who wear their Jimmy Choos to work, and we drool over the men in Dolce and Gabanna Ads. I would like to think that all of our lives were like this, but when it comes down to it- I like my life, and as my new year resolution was being happy– I am. 
But, in 40 years when people look back at our generation what are people going to say about us? That we were all vain, obsessive, and shallow? That it was more important to wear Prada than it was to help out your struggling mom neighbor? It has come to my attention that in our generation vanity and fame have become more important than humanity. That people would rather be famous and nutty like Lindsay Lohan than be recognized as a good person in their own community, however big that may be.
When the arts are suffering, and when fashion is falling apart the majority of the public still wants this glamourous life to be handed to them – and they forget that their local grocery store or clothing store is closing because of sales, losing jobs- and in turn most of us are bitching about the economy – when we won’t even support local designers, local stores, and local small business owners. If you can’t afford Chanel you buy Lanvin, and when you can’t afford Lanvin you shop at H&M, American Apparel, and Urban Outfitters, and when you can’t afford that you go to Forever 21– 
Why aren’t we content with being proud locals. Why do we become obsessed with Hollywood’s lifestyle? Sex and the City? The Devil Wears Prada? Are we that miserable and unhappy with our own lives that we have to live through someone else’s?