Monday, 24 September 2012

♥ Lana Del Rey For H&M ♥

Lana Del Rey For H&M | Music News

As you all know, I'm a HUGE fan of 1960s fashion & trends. From bouffant hairdos, to sleek, black liner & pouty nude lips, you will often find me emulating my favourite looks of this bygone era. That is why I was delighted to see yet another attempt of resurrecting the look into the current trend scene...

Recently, as I'm sure most of you are aware, Lane Del Rey teamed-up with clothing giants H&M for their new Autumn/Winter campaign. With a strangely alluring video, '50s-style set & sultry, haunting & melancholy vocals from the pouting, Lana & her resplendent beehive, brought back to life Bobby Vinton's 1963 classic 'Blue Velvet' in true style, like many before her. From being hypnotised by a pocket watch, to seductively loitering in an old telephone box, the video goes from one strangely alluring scene to another... However, there is not a single sight of any velvet whatsoever in this campaign commercial, let alone any blue, yet as the song seems to echo hauntingly throughout the duration, the song almost seems to take on a totally new meaning altogether! It has been said that the song 'Blue Velvet' was craftily chosen for the H&M campaign, in accord with Del Rey's purported David Lynch obsession;
linked to his 1986 film of the same name.

 Directed by Johan Renck, Del Rey's version appears mysterious, yet classic; just as any David Lynch project. Creative Director Donald Schneider said "The mood is very L.A. noir and is inspired by our Fall collection, which also fits with Lana's own personal style."

I must say that this indeed is not in any way your run-of-the-mill, average commercial, by any means, which adds to it's appeal...

The short film below takes us behind the scenes of the three-day shoot...

♥ Lots of Love ♥
Lover-Doll Presley
x TCB x

Sunday, 23 September 2012

Rhodes & It's Old Town. A Place of Forgotten Dreams...

My boyfriend & only I got back from our wonderful, romantic & simply stunning, culture-fest of a holiday in Rhodes the other day & already I'm posting a blog on my latest pieces of inspired photography...

Only a stones-throw away from our hotel in Kolympia, we stumbled across this magnificent, traditional home on one of our daily adventures & treks. Luck would have it that this place was completely derelict so we were free to explore...

Slumped in the warm, comforting, midday sun, this old-style, traditional Greek homes remained silent, cold, empty, un-loved & sadly neglected. Although this was the case, it was that very truth that made it so beautiful! If it was lovingly restored to its former, youthful self, I feel it would lose its ageing beauty. It would become like a botox granny & its cracks, not matter how hidden & covered, would eventually creep out of hiding & peek through it's disguised facade.

Both my boyfriend & I are Greek/Cypriot, well, I'm half. The other is an eclectic mix of English, Italian, Spanish, Irish, Scottish & even Native American. That aside, our culture & it's wonderful traditions have always meant a lot to us; held dear to our hearts & have been apart of our lives, memories & childhood since we can remember. It was homes like this that would have traditionally been owned by our ancestors etc & our grandparents would have been raised in something very similar back in the day, in their home-villages in Cyprus.

Later that day we ventured into the Old Town of Rhodes (Rhodos). After a long & arduous bus-ride, hand-in-hand we began yet another adventure. Thousands of snaps later, I decided to pick-out the best of the traditional architecture that could be found around the Old Town; remaining un-touched in all it's glory. It's Ottoman influence from is heyday of Crusade history, can clearly be seen throughout the Old Town. At points, you felt like you were in a bazaar in Morocco or Marrakesh.

So, without any further delay, here they are...


Lots of Love
Lover-Doll Presley
x TCB x