ContestsName the Dress Contest #102!

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Winning Dress Name: Geo-Patra

Winner: Hilary

CelebrityRoyal Mail Delivers: The Great British Fashion Stamp Set

 
As a long-time stamp collector (yeah, I know, nerdy), you can imagine my excitement when I discovered that the Royal Mail service recently launched a new series of stamps entitled “The Great British Fashion Stamp Set.” Created by the oh-so-talented London-based graphic designer Johnson Banks with the camera of the famous fashion photographer Sølve Sunds, the line honors ten top English fashion houses.
 
 
To create the images, Banks and Sundsbo holed up in Solve’s London studio for two days with some awesome clothes and live models to create unique posturing and flow. After the pictures were taken, they took out the models to let the gorgeous textures, colors, and designs speak for themselves.
 
Not only do I want the stamps . . . but I could sure use some of those clothes in my closet! 
 
 
Love this flowing wrap dress!
 
Wanna buy some stamps for yourself? Shop here!
 
(Pics courtesy of Trendland.)

ArtCamel Art: Bikaner Camel Festival of Rajasthan, India

Who doesn’t love a festival? The food, the music, the . . . camels? Yes! Welcome to the Bikaner Camel Festival, a two-day festival that takes place every year in Rajasthan, India.
 
The festival praises the four-legged desert inhabitant with camel parades, camel racing, camel dancing (say what?!) and even contests to judge the best decorated camels.  
The best part of the festivities is how decked out these camels get with elaborate saddles, mirrors, flowers, and more! The competition looks fierce! 
 
 
 
 
 
The local residents take up to three years to master their camel’s fur design, allowing for the hair to grow in so it can be trimmed and styled in intricate patterns. Beautiful. Especially, since it doesn’t hurt the camels!
 
 
 
 
 
Check out more camels and their decor here
 
(Photos courtesy of JeannieJeannie.com)

 

FashionA Rose Down Under: Annabella Barber for Plaza Kvinna

 
When I first saw this photoshoot, I immediately felt like I was back in the pages of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden. Lush flowers and floral prints, winding paths and old gates, delicate lace, old stonework – it’s like a grown-up version of my favorite children’s fantasy escape. 
 
 
Photographed by Jaclyn Adams for the Swedish magazine Plaza Kvinna, model Annabella Barber captures all the beauty of warm sunny days and youthful innocence. Styled by Vass Arvanitis with hair by Joe Scandizzo for Eleven Australia and makeup by Julie Provis at Hart&Co. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
(Pics courtesy of xaxor.com, faystyle.com, and jaclynadams.com.)

ArtPencil Vs. Camera: The Awesome Artwork of Ben Heine

Twenty-eight year old Belgian artist Ben Heine is probably now one of my absolute favorites. Not only is he a brilliant painter and drawer, but his imagination in creating scenes and graphic designs is just so unique. The internet makes many artists a dime a dozen, but Ben’s work stands out particularly in my mind. This particular series, known as “Pencil Vs. Camera” was begun in 2010 after writing a letter to his family:
 
“Reading my letter before putting it in the envelope, I saw in transparency the television behind the paper. I then realized it would be great to make something similar in a single image showing 2 different actions. I went outside and drew ‘Pencil Vs. Camera 1′ which is very simple and shows 2 chairs with a small table. About 1/4 of the scene is represented on the paper, the other 3/4 happens on the photo.”
 
 
And that’s pretty much how the rest of the pictures in this series are created as well. Each of the papers is done in black and white, while the background is often in color and features vibrant aspects of life – people, animals, scenery, and ideas.
 
 
 
 

 

 
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I just make art for people. I want them to dream and forget their daily troubles. I used to write poems many years ago, I want to convey a poetic and philosophical meaning into my pictures, each new creation should tell a story and generate an intense emotion, like a poem, like a melody.”
 
Want more? check out Ben’s entire gallery of Pencil Vs. Camera drawings on his website. Or, check out his Facebook!
 
(Pics, quotes, and info courtesy of benheine.com.)