Nov 28, 2011

Supersonic Funky-Fresh Futuristic Winter Fashion

Luvin the Mickey Mouse inspired shades


I promised not to dedicate many posts to fashion, but this one creatively styled by Nadya Khamneipur for, Grazia Italy Magazine, was way too haute to pass up! The vivid colors and whimsical accessories are so supersonic, funky-fresh, fun, fab and futuristic.

As a native New Yawker, I am no fan of the wack azz winter but this psychedelic editorial, featuring the designs of Moncler Gamme Rouge, Marc Jacobs, Raf Simmons & Barbara Bui, proves that just because the winter is blase', does not mean your wardrobe has to be!!!!


Ooooooooh Christmas tinsel!!!!



I really need this muff in my life!!




Isn't this hat reminiscent of the one worn by Dumb Donald from Fat Albert & the Cosby Kids? LMAO



As a purple princess u know I luvs this look.

These boots!!!!!!!!...Sighs




Sep 28, 2011

Stylishly Styled: Fantastic Frank





Home staging to increase property sales sure isn't an original concept but using prop stylists and renowned fashion photographers most definitely is! 

Swedish Real Estate Brokerage Firm, Fantastic Frank, has devised an imaginative, innovative and clever method to engage prospective buyers. By offering one of six stylistic themes, (Boheme, The Loft, Wall Street, Boston, Scandinavia, Boston & Gustaf) to display the character of the seller's apartment; photographs that are styled similarly to those found in interior decor magazines, are used for ad listings.

The artistically styled photos garner attention from the few prospective buyers that absolutely looooove the property versus the many, that may like it. This approach is brilliant yet essential to differentiate their properties from the competitors because the objective is to gain "the emotional" purchaser with high-end taste.

Fantastic Frank's concept breeds new life into the usual, mundane and soul-less real estate marketing package. The intriguing, quirky, vibrant and stylishly styled images also prove that a little creativity & ingenuity can go a long way. The utilization of fashion photographers as well as, simple props such as, disco balls, fruits, soda bottles, flowers & athletic equipment, has resulted in something eye-catching and unprecedented in real estate marketing.

With America's struggling housing market this is definitely a refreshing idea that real estate agents need to adopt quick fast!!!!!

Would you be more motivated or eager to view and/or purchase property, if it were staged creatively?





Using a variety of colorful sponges brings a whimsical perspective to an ordinary kitchen sink


Oranges & bananas provide a simple pop of color & spruces up an otherwise lifeless sauna room

Laptops & Lighting...Intriguing!












Colorful Campbell soup cans add visual interest to this monochromatic wash room






images via Fantastic Frank

Sep 21, 2011

Stylist Spotlight - PJ Mehaffey





It's no secret, I am enamored by Aussie, Brit and Swedish stylists and often complain there are no American stylists that I find inspiring. Well, slap me silly...While thumbing through Grace Bonney's new book, Design Sponge At Home, I came across the home of PJ Mehaffey -- Prop stylist, Interior Decorator, Market Editor, Host, Blogger and American -- Woooop Woooop!

So grateful to, Design Sponge At Home, for introducing me to several other imaginative, stimulating and artistic stylists; all of whom, I will feature here on Prop-A-Gan-Da, throughout the remainder of the week -- Thanks Grace, you go gurrrrlll!
Back to my pal PJ - Cute, animated, witty, comical, talented with great hair - We've never actually met but based on his website bio as well as his blog posts -- PJ is definitely a friend in my head and I'm certain we will, "5-6-7-8 dance and decorate", together one day very soon.

If you are in need of a, "go-to-spot for sass, decorating and other stylish hijinks", please check out PJ's blog, Blog-A-Dazzle.  

Ive borrowed a few pics from his portfolio, check em' out below...Thoughts????

xoxo
Mayne


 









images courtesy of: pjmehaffey.com

Apr 25, 2011

Stylishly Styled: The Coveteur



Fashion is an aspect of photo styling that I will not discuss often because info. on that topic is plentiful and my mission for Prop-A-Gan-Da is to shed light on the uncommon areas of photo styling. However, when I discover creative souls that come together to forge imaginative and novel concepts, I am always compelled to share.

This past January, Canadian natives, designer Erin Kleinberg and stylist Stephanie Mark, launched The Coveteur. A blog that offers a peek into the closets of uber-stylish, behind-the-scenes, fashion industry notables; allowing us mere mortals to view the items they cherish most.

Along with photographer Jake Rosenberg, Erin and Stephanie have proven that fashion isn't always synonymous with being a label whore [even though most of the featured merchandise are somewhat high-end]. By using artistic and unconventional styling techniques, [which is the PRIME reason why I'm so infatuated with the site] this trio, cleverly reveals the personalities behind the coats, shoes, slacks & shirts; implying that fashion is about self-expression, creativity and personal style not trends or luxe brands.

I also love that this isn't a celebrity-obsessed fashion site, it praises those who covertly make haute shyt and hot people, happen and we at PROP-A-GAN-DA share the same philosophy -- Acknowledging, Exposing & Celebrating, "Invisible", Careers in Creative Industries!!

If you have yet to witness the skillful yet brilliantly quirky, styled shots on The Coveteur, I implore you to give your eyes a proplicious Monday treat...

















Stylishly Styled images via The Coveteur

Apr 18, 2011

Stylist Spotlight: Jason Grant



As an aspiring stylist, I am always stoked when I discover insights into the world of photo styling. I was school girl giddy, when I came across a blog entitled, Mr. Jason Grant. Jason is the former style director of Australian home decor mag, Real Living. He currently freelances as an interiors, lifestyle and prop stylist for various product brands and he also contributes to quite a few Aussie & International decor mags.

Jason's blog documents his adventures as a stylist, which includes behind the scenes pics as well as yummy tear sheets of his work...It's a MUST, that you check em' out below!!!

From reading most of his archive blog posts, Jason seems to be an enthusiastic, witty & lively person -- kinda cute too lol. From this point on, I will be stalking his site daily because I'm super anxious to learn of his new undertakings.












So whattaya think? Vibrant, creative and innovative, right? Now that Mister Jason Grant has been added to my rolodex of Rock Star Stylists, I can sign off...Til' manana folks!

Toodles,
Charmayne

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