Posts Tagged ‘photography’

News, Shoes

SHOE PORN: Herring Shoes Carnaby brogues

By Gerald Lynch on August 17th, 2012

 We cant get enough of a good pair of shoes here at Brandish, so today we’re introducing an occasional new feature called SHOE PORN, where we binge and indulge on one of our favourite pairs.

Kicking things off in fine fashion is Herring Shoes’ Carnaby brogue. A full (wingtip) brogue on the 386 last, it’s made of gorgeously detailed tan calf leather, with a sturdy Goodyear welted leather sole.

“Brogues can sometimes seem a bit heavy and we wanted to produce a classic brogue with a light summery feel.  The distinctive biscuit calf leather of the Carnaby fits the bill perfectly,” say Herring.

Worried about how you’d match up these lighter shaded shoes? Try lighter navy blues or complimentary tans. Daring rockstar wannabes may even try a pair of white slacks too.

Grab the Herring Carnaby brogues for £185 by clicking here. Scroll down for an excessive number of photos of the shoes from every conceivable angle!

features, photography

Bill Cunningham New York: the original street style photographer

By Laura on February 17th, 2011

Bill Cunningham, the 81 year old New York Times photographer is arguably the greatest contemporary street photographer. For decades, this Schwinn-riding cultural anthropologist has been obsessively and inventively chronicling fashion trends and high society charity soirées for the Times Style section in his columns “On the Street” and “Evening Hours.” Documenting uptown fixtures (Wintour, Tom Wolfe, Brooke Astor, David Rockefeller—who all appear in the film out of their love for Bill), downtown eccentrics and everyone in between.
The film Bill Cunningham New York is set to come out next month and honors the streetstyle visionary offering a poignant portrait of a dedicated artist whose only wealth is his own humanity and unassuming grace.
Bill Cunningham New York opens in New York on March 16th. A UK theatrical release is imminent.

Trends – your source of vapid voyeurism

By Jonathan Smith on February 27th, 2009

is ex musician turned socialite photographer Merlin Bronques photo-blog documenting New York’s hottest parties and people. His victims are always well dressed, usually drunk and sometimes topless and as a result the collection of photos provide a snap shot of fashion in motion… whatever that means. The images are far more accessible than that of fashion photography and give insight into the trends currently being peddled across the pond in NYC- a far more useful tool than any forecast.

This “in the moment” kind of photography suits well to show off trends and styles more than it does clothing -which at times is totally unidentifiable- and needless to say it primarily serves to pamper the ego’s of those being photographed but personally I find it hard to take a trend seriously until I’ve seen someone I consider “real” sporting it. The site has been praised and slated in equal measure and you have to totally forgo your feelings on the vapid nature of the photographs and the photographed before you can use the site as an excellent source of voyeuristic research, though be warned if you look at it for too long you do get scenester blindness where everyone looks like the same generic guy or girl but persevere, it’s well worth it.

Lastnightsparty is also available in a slightly too small to be coffee table sized and slightly too vacuous to be of any use book!

Jump through for my selects of the best lastnightsparty images and outfits!

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Heroes and Celebrities

Vues Privées: Hedi Slimane and Yves Saint Laurent

By Colin Chapman on January 20th, 2009


Hedi Slimane‘s recentish move from saviour of menswear to fulltime photographer wasn’t that surprising given his projects photographing rock royalty such as Mr Doherty and the teenage milieu surrrounding him. Whatever we may have lost (at least for now) in fashion design there’s no danger in us losing out on his perceptive vision.

His online ‘fashion diary‘ currently includes a stunning sequence of photographs for French Vogue, featuring details from his time spent inside the world of the late Yves Saint Laurent and partner Pierre Bergé. From Yve’s beloved French bulldogs to classic framed shots of his bespectacled self, this is an intimate glimpse into the private world of a fragile fashion legend. The rest of the site (of course) merits further exploring. Probably the most sublime diversion you can make online this lunchtime.


Heroes and Celebrities

Give the gift of inspiration: Steve McQueen by William Claxton

By Colin Chapman on December 23rd, 2008

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Whether you’re still shopping for gifts or have given up on largesse and want something to peruse on these (still many more) cold winter nights, Taschen’s book of William Claxton‘s classic photos of Steve McQueen, republished in October this year, is a beautiful, inspiring thing. Each classic image shows you what and how to wear; from shawl collar cardigans to a stunning ensemble of Barracuta jacket, cashmere sweater and cords all in the softest pastels, Mr McQueen was a very stylish man.

Buy this and you need never look further for style inspiration. Attention to detail minus self consciousness seems an attitude very of the moment given the ongoing trend for classics remade with modern luxury. The book has been flying off the (virtual) shelves but at the time of writing copies are available from SameDay Books or the inevitable Amazon.

Heroes and Celebrities

Ellen Stagg x Mishka just won’t be out done

By Jonathan Smith on November 13th, 2008


Hot on the heels of yesterdays Terry Richardson x Supreme post comes news of the Ellen Stagg x Mishka 2009 calendar and t-shirt, proving once more that these photographer/clothing company collabs just won’t be out done by one another. This collab is slightly more promising however with a calendar AND t-shirt to choose from. “WOW” I hear you cry, and WOW would be right because this calender is full of tits and bums, typical of Stagg’s provocative style of scantily clad photography.

Jump through for more images of the calender and t-shirt, though just FYI, these are not safe for work- which made things interesting for me uploading these on my lunch break.

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Heroes and Celebrities, Trends

What I Saw Today’s pared down fashion sketches

By Jonathan Smith on September 30th, 2008

sc000876e1.jpgThis is a guy going by the name of Designerman, similar to the Sartorialist but at the same time oh so different. The difference comes in that where the Sartorialist is armed with a camera, Designerman is armed simply with some pencils and a sheet of sketch paper. His blog is filled with some really cool sketches of people wearing some really cool clothes, or perhaps just some pants.

Though obviously less detailed than photographs these sketches give you the essence of a look, which is a lot more adaptable and easier to tailor to your own image, also they give you a crazy backwards view into the process of fashion design: from sketch to garment and back to sketch again… Ooh postmodern and stuff!

Check out the site here and my faves after the jump.

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Heroes and Celebrities

A1 Bassline

By Jonathan Smith on September 17th, 2008


A1 Bassline, you know him right? No? You know- the new face of Bassline House? Seriously? Not even Bassline House? OK well let me start at the beginning- Bassline House, a genre of music which is finally having its day in the sun after having putting in more than its fair term in the clubs of Sheffield and the North West. Older than Garage but (until now) less popular than Gary Glitter the genre is now getting the recognition it deserves and who is the (masked) young face leading the music revolution? None other than our Essex boy A1 Bassline!

Which untidily leads me back to me original point, you know A1 Bassline right? Good. Well check out these pics of A1 shot by music photographer Robin Bharaj, because not only is A1 leading the way in Bassline House he seems to be quite the future style icon.

Look. Absorb. Emulate.

More pics through the jump and check out Robin Bharaj’s flikr photostream here.

[Images: Robin Bharaj]

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T-shirts, Polos & Shirts

Mishka-Kern available at caliroots

By Jonathan Smith on August 27th, 2008

1529320087219182140296267_L.jpgPhotographer (of naked women) Richard Kern has teamed up with clothing label Mishka and printed some of Kern’s favorite photographs onto t-shirts. These t-shirts represent some of Kern’s best work but even if you’re not a massive fan of Kern then this is the perfect opportunity to simply display naked women about your person, which is always a winner.

The t-shirts are now available over at and jump through to see more of the collection.

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China Design Now exhibition at the V&A

By admin on March 26th, 2008

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Left: Chen Shaohua, Graphic Design in China exhibition, poster, 1992. Right: Runyo, PK and HIMM, Nike Year of the Dog Air Force 1, shoes, designed 2005.

The V&A’s China Design Now kicked off a couple of weeks ago and it looks like a visual feast. It’s a compilation of the best in architecture, graphic design, photography and fashion from the world’s biggest manufacturer. It’s the first exhibition of its kind in the UK and seeing as we’ll all be speaking Chinese in a few years anyway I’m definitely going to head over and get a head start in some design swotting!

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