What is KONY 2012 you may ask. Well let me start off by saying that no single video has had an impact on me the way that the video I am bringing to your attention today has had. KONY 2012 is a film and campaign by Invisible Children that aims to make Joseph Kony famous, not to celebrate him, but to raise support for his arrest and set a precedent for international justice. Jason Russell is by far one of the most inspiring individuals I have ever come across, and I’ve never met him, because he has taken major strides to help with the capture of the sadistic human being known as Joseph Kony. Joseph Kony is a Ugandan guerilla group leader, head of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) and what they basically do is capture children force and train them into becoming child soldiers. They are forced to kill their own parents and inflict suffering on others, should they not comply with what Kony demands then they themselves are killed. More on this when you read on, please read on as this is a very important post.
Woah, this is actually genius. Shout out to Brady for bringing this to my attention. Two graduates down under went out of their way find their first job (as you do, naturally) but not in any typical fashion. They weren’t satisfied with just emailing and calling the advertising agencies, they took it a step further. Art director Andrew Grinter and copywriter Lee Spencer-Michaelsen bought the domain names of several of Melbourne’s key creative directors and held them for ransom until the directors met with them. The ransom notes on the sites demanded a meeting and if they didn’t comply – the site would be redirected to, wait for it, Justin Bieber’s site. They managed to get their name out there with this idea – would you be willing to do the same? They’ve come off it with jobs; Grinter and Spencer-Michaelsen work at at Ogilvy’s digital operation DTDigital. Watch the video on the reverse.
follow me on twitter
Kanye West debuted his 2012 Autumn/Winter collection at La Halle Freyssinet as part of Paris Fashion Week yesterday. This second fashion show received a warmer reception from the fashion industry this time around, and the guest list reaffirmed this with Anna Wintour in attendence. In addition, Jay-Z, Common, Alicia Keys, Swizz Beatz, Cassie, Diddy and Big Sean showed their support, as well as Miss Kim Kardashian who was spotted wearing Kanye’s famous Guiseppe shoes. The models showcased 20 different looks which consisted mainly of fur accessories and leather two-piece sets and dresses. Whilst the collection isn’t particularly groundbreaking in style, I do like the layering of different textures. Imagine a luxe version of Zara’s staple Autumn designs but with a little more attitude: biker chic meets workwear. Hit the jump for pics!
Y&Y is going to Mexico! Arriba! Thanks to the good people over at WeAreSocial, and our own Jazz, today I’ll be flying out to Mexico City to take part in the Adidas Training Academy. Uh-mazing!! Over the next five days I’ll be participating in boxing inspired training, and yoga and dance classes, all of which will be led by a internationally recognised trainer. Adidas want to enable and inspire us to achieve our personal goals in sport through training by supporting us with innovative products, services and athlete insights. With the London Olympics just around the corner, this year is huge for sport and more and more people are appreciating how important it is to lead an active lifestyle. I’m excited to see what Adidas have to bring to the table. Check back next week to find out how the trip went and what I got up to whilst out there!
follow ANNABEL on twitter
It doesn’t seem that long ago when I was bringing you guys the debut collection from Pierre Blamain and now i’m already showcasing their next collection. Here we have their 2012 Autumn/Winter collection lookbook for you to have a gander at. The collection is said to be inspired by late ’50s / early ’60s French and Italian films. One thing I have noticed is that in both seasons the brand have opted to release a monochrome lookbook before introducing a colour version. I don’t know what it is but there’s something about a picture in black & white, they always seems to look good. As an added bonus i’ve attached a short fashion film, shot by Martial Schmeltz, which presents the collection in different way compared to just looking at still images. What do you think of the collection?
I first came across LA-based photographer John’s work via Tumblr – not his Tumblr but through his close-friend Levy Tran‘s. She’s an up and coming model, the name gives away why I followed her on there (you all know of my love for oriental females). John’s work with her is exceptional, has a unique style of bright and warm coloured photographs. So it was surprising to see this Monochrome series from him. It’s the blurry focus and post processing that really grabs me, the textures really add depth to the black and white photograph. Hop on after the cut.
follow me on twitter
While Jaden and Willow Smith’s careers have prospered on our TV and Cinema screens respectively in the last couple of years, Will Smith has enjoyed a noticeable absence off it; indeed, the last time we saw him was in 2007’s Hancock. In 2013, he’s teaming up with M. Night Shyamalan and his son Jaden for the futuristic After Earth. Before that though, he’s back saving the world – for what seems like the umpteenth time – as he dons the shades, suit and tie for the third film in the Men in Black franchise. Check out the new trailer and synopsis after the jump.
You will never be able to progress in life if you can’t accept constructive criticism. BAM, There I said it. Time and time again, I’ve been put in my place by my friends who tell me where I’m going wrong whether it’s with my photography, the site or another aspect of my life. It’s always nice when someone gives you real talk; everyone loves compliments but only handful can appreciate constructive criticism. It makes all of us uncomfortable, who likes to be wrong? Ha. When someone can give you real talk, be thankful. That friend’s honesty is to be appreciated as that little piece of advice can make you a better person. So much better than an ego-boosting compliment! you might end up releasing awful work. Iron sharpens iron, people. Think about it.
‘Just because a person of influence says what your doing is good. It does not mean its good. Some people don’t want to hurt feelings.’ – Marcus Troy
follow me on twitter
This is one place EVERY Londoner must visit. I could just tweet/FB the link to the Yin’s Life post but the V&A is too good not to feature on the home page. I can’t wait to go visit again, think a LDN:Museums tour is in order! Who wants to join me? or has any suggestions of places that I should visit? Check out the Yin’s Life post here.
follow me on twitter
Art on the Underground presents Canary Wharf Screen, a screening programme that will showcase a variety of film from contemporary and historical artists to visitors of Canary Wharf’s tube station ticket hall. The project which launched a couple of days ago, is free of charge and kicked things off with films commissioned by ‘Film and Video Umbrella‘. Commissions from Film and Video Umbrella are being screened until may ending when ‘Animate Project‘ will take over. More info on the project as well as future screenings after the break.
Follow me on twitter