Wednesday, 3 December 2014

(DAMA) Photo/Shoot For
Sam's Fashion Shop - Vintage Out/Fits
Model - Dovile Paciauskaite

Model - Hadis SAPhotographer - Michal Staniewski 
Creative Director - Aleksandra Nowak
MUA/Hairstylist - Aleksandra Nowak
Location - Central London
Special thanks to Katarzyna Banasiak Siwa

Thursday, 23 October 2014

New publication CKM Magazine 11/2014 issue 
Photo: Michal Staniewski
Stylist: Kasja Michorowska 
Lingerie: Kinga
Sponsors : , Kinga Lingerie 

Model: Marta Gut

Model: Marta Staniszewska


Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Zazu Studio for IMD By Women

We would love to present you the final effects of our cooperation with a very new Polish Boutique 
IMD By Women

Collection Fall-Winter 2014/2015
Selected Italian Designers

Zazu Studio For IMD By Woman boutique
Model: Marta Kaim
Photographer: Michal Staniewski
Director: Michal Staniewski
Creative Director: Alexandra Nowak
MUA: Alexandra Nowak

Sunday, 15 June 2014

Karl Lagerfeld

Karl Lagerfeld is the master of reinvention, having repeatedly transformed himself as well as his labels. He is currently the  creative director of Chanel, Fendi and his eponymous label. He has previously designed for Chloe and created a range for H&M.
  • Karl Otto Lagerfelt was born in 1933 to a wealthy German businessman father and Swedish mother in pre-war Germany.
  • He has one older sister, Martha Christiane, who was born in 1931, and an older half-sister - Thea - from his father's first marriage.
  • Lagerfeld changed his original surname from Lagerfeldt, removing the 't' because - as he wrote in his book, The Karl Lagerfeld Diet - it sounded "more commercial".
  • Lagerfeld emigrated to Paris at the age of 14 and studied drawing and history, before becoming a design assistant for Pierre Balmain, and later Jean Patou, working on the haute couture collections.
  • He has taken on the role of costume designer for a number of productions, including Les Troyens by Hector Berlioz at Milan's La Scala theatre, Komödie der Verführung by Arthur Schnitzler at the Burgtheater in Vienna and Der Schwierige by Hugo von Hofmannsthal at the Salzburg Festival.
  • Karl speaks several languages and owns 7L - a bookshop in Paris. He has also published books of his art photography.
  • In 1955, Lagerfeld worked at Pierre Balmain after winning a competition, before working at Jean Patou, Krizia, Charles Jourdan and Valentino.
  • In 1967, he joined Fendi, then Chloe the following decade.
  • He joined Chanel in 1983, only a decade after Coco Chanel died and only five years after the label's first ready-to-wear collection. 
  • In 1984, he launched his own name Karl Lagerfeld label which, he said, would channel "intellectual sexiness".
  • By 1997, Vogue crowned Lagerfeld "unparalleled interpreter of the mood of the moment".
  • Lagerfeld is famous for having lost a lot of weight and bringing out a diet book, The Karl Lagerfeld Diet. He lost 90lbs on a diet which included eating tuna and blackberry mousse. He said "I think that fashion is the healthiest motivation for losing weight." He also revealed that dieting isn't any fun: "You have to be a real bore like me for it to work."
  • In 2005, Lagerfeld sold his own name brands (Lagerfeld Gallery and Lagerfeld), to Tommy Hilfiger, but maintained full design involvement.
  • In March 2005, Lagerfeld spoke of his mother, thanking her for the fact he had never smoked. He said "'If you smoke, you hands are always on show, and yours aren't particularly nice,' she said. I've never had a cigarette. I wanted to please her because she hated anything second-rate."
  • Lagerfeld designed two footwear lines for Italian label Hogan in 2010.
  • It was announced in March 2011 that Lagerfeld would design Lily Allen's wedding dress, for her marriage to Sam Cooper in June 2011 - in fact he designed her evening dress for the occasion, rather than her wedding gown.  
  • Karl said in May 2011 that he wasn't a big technology man: "I don't use cell phones. I read, I write, I love faxes, I like to take notes. I hate to be on the phone, I think it's an intrusion. I'm reading, I'm sketching, I don't want to be interrupted," he said.
  • Swedish company Orrefors unveiled the collection of delicate glassware designed for them by Lagerfeld in June 2011. In clear, black and milky glass, the collection embodied his minimal clean aesthetic. "What I enjoy most is doing something I've never done before," the designer said of his collection of glasses, vases and bowls.
  • It was confirmed in July 2011 that Lagerfeld would create a capsule collection for American department store Macy's. "The collaboration is a kind of test how to do this kind of clothes in that price range. As you know, I love occasional co-branding," explained Lagerfeld. "Macy's is the perfect department store in the US, where everybody can find what they're looking for without ruining their budget." 
  • On 3 June 2011 he was awarded the Gordon Parks Foundation Award in recognition of his work as a designer, photographer and filmmaker. "I'm so proud, and so very thankful, but I'm never done," said Lagerfeld of the honour. "I knew Gordon's photos before I knew Gordon, and they left such an impression on me as a student in München. That's what you want, as an artist. That's what I hope for."

Thursday, 5 June 2014

The only 4 books you need to read to be ready to work in fashion:

The only 4 books you need to read to be ready to work in fashion:

One of the most surprising discoveries during my academic tenure was the lack of critical resources addressing the fashion system as a legitimate object of study. But as a model student, I, of course, did my research and uncovered some seminal, if underexposed, tomes with plenty of wisdom and critical insights. I would like to share them here as my own mini syllabus:
The Fashion System by Roland Barthes

Originally published in French in 1967, this was a theoretical breakthrough for the renowned semiotician who, in a radical mode, used fashion, and in particular the language of fashion magazines, as a case study to analyze a system of signs that was not linguistically based. At the time it was met with mixed reviews—some were turned off by the seeming frivolity of the subject matter, while others recognized his keener engagement with the every day. One of his prime insights continues to resonate today: Fashion is a complex code determined by so many social cues, and it produces not just clothing or an image of women, but an abstract notion of ‘fashion’ itself—that ever elusive ideal.
Photo: Amazon
Fetish: Fashion, Sex & Power by Valerie Steele
Yes, this title is as juicy as it sounds, but it is also rife with important revelations. The S&M trend swept through the fall runways—just check out at all that scintillating lacing and corsetry at Balmain and Pucci—but there is a deeper psychological significance at play here. Looking at various subcultures (including underground S&M) as well as popular figures as diverse as Catwoman and Mrs. Peel from the '60s hit show The Avengers, Ms. Steele digs deeper beneath the eroticism to explore the power relations inherent in the fetish culture. Through interviews, case studies, and anecdotes, she traces a shift in attitudes towards sexuality that will make you think next time you slip on a pair of patent leather stilettos.
Photo: Amazon
The Literary Companion To Fashion by Colin McDowell
Penned by one of the world’s foremost fashion historians, this is an imaginative journey that explores the role of dress in popular literature. McDowell’s source materials span over 400 years and includes snippets of literary classics from Ovid to Malcolm X, Mary Wollstonecraft and Virginia Woolf, to Jean Genet, as well as contemporary provocateurs like Bret Easton Ellis. In each of these excerpts, we get a compelling glimpse into the multifaceted roles that fashion plays in social hierarchies—from the richly coded function of panniers and décolletage in 18th century France to the meaning of an Armani suit in power-fueled '80s Manhattan.
Photo: Amazon
Adorned in Dreams: Fashion and Modernity by Elizabeth Wilson
The use of fashion as a subversive statement has been part of the popular imagination since the blooming of the flower children in the '60s and the advent of punk in the '70s. But Elizabeth Wilson's insightful analysis explores how dress has always been a source of cultural contention, from the exclusivity of haute couture to the brooding undertones of '90s grunge. This is much more than trend analysis but rather a nuanced examination of the fine details. Plus, where else are you likely to encounter a thorough assessment of David Beckham's style evolution in the era of the metrosexual?
Thank you Elle Magazine US

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Backstage Poland May 2014

Zazu Studio Photo Tour Poland!!!
Thank you so much to all team for a great work time and fun - it was fantastic !!!
Hope to meet you all again soon
Alicja Milczarska, Marta Kaim, Anna Smereka, Marta Turała , Marzena Ewiak
Magdalena Goinska ( Pracownia Artystyczna Pomiędzy),
Aleksandra Nowak ( Makeup Artist Alex Nowak )
Natalia Matelska, Jagoda Regulska
Jurek Goinski, Wojtek Matelski
Michał Staniewski
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