Last month I had the pleasure of being contacted by Qoive magazine “Fashion magazine by fashion bloggers”, to contribute some images and quotes for their inaugural issue, fashion blogger feature.
Fashion illustrations of the featured bloggers by Purushu Arie were featured next to their quotes.
This was mine, based on an image by Richard Ayres.
It was interesting to be featured alongside all these other bloggers, because it gave me the opportunity read through their quotes and gain an insight into their style and views.
I particularly like that they made an effort to feature bloggers whose style differed from the norm.
I also love the cover illustration based on Shini Park of Park & cube.
On the second page of my feature, they mentioned by label, Eustratia and added a quote for my website and the full version of the image my illustration was based on, from the Vanguard collection lookbook.
I loved being involved in this project and hope to have more similar opportunities in future.
I’m delighted to be able to share with you, the first shoot of the summer and my latest collaboration with Vauhaus.
The wardrobe is from the reflections collection as well as some extra pieces I made for a fashion show at Regress back in March. The unicorn necklaces are part of an upcoming Eustratia range due to be released very soon!
I was adamant we needed the clouds and sunset in the background so Toria directed us to the perfect roof carp park. As we got to the top however, the fire alarm started to go off and we narrowly avoided having to leave. I’m so glad we didn’t though as we manged to get these amazing images.
Brights, bubble-guns and latex-clad heroins. What more could you want from a shoot?
Photography: Toria Brightside
Models: Hazel and Amber from Vauhaus and myself
Styling: Stacey Black at Aesthetic Contradiction
I came across Anti.Muse due to their latex love series, featuring the industries’ hottest brands. I was lucky enough to have Eustratia featured in one of the posts and was recently interviewed for the “what would your muse be” feature.
I’ve re-posted the feature below and you can also ready the original feature (in English and German) here.
What would your muse be if it was …
a book: Pattern recognition by William Gibson
a movie: I always watch relevant movies to my collections so they are ever changing, I’ve been inspired by “The Mists of Avalon” and Sofia Coppola’s “Marie Antoinette” before. I often watch “The Libertine” when I lack inspiration though it always reminds me that hard work and determination pays off and a bit of wit can keep you going.
a city or place: My home city, Thessaloniki. I’m always inspired by new places and change, but my original inspiration and the feelings that make the new experiences inspiring, came from here.
a sound or tune: The music box.
a magazine: Dark Beauty
an inspirational quote or a motto: At the moment it’s: We either make ourselves miserable or we make ourselves strong, the amount of work is the same. – Carlos Castaneda
an artist: Lost Fish
a style icon: Vivienne Westwood
Stacey is a latex genius, a dazzling, inspiring personality. With a lot of girl power she leads her successful one woman business – in my series Latex Love I already wrote about her brand Eustratia. Not only Stacey designs some really cute and ingenius latex pieces, she’s also modeling and writing her own blog about her every day life as an Alternative Fashion designer. I always find cool looks and a lot of inspiration on her blog and her instagram too. So it’s a great pleasure to me that Stacey now exclusively on Anti.Muse allows a peep behind the scenes of Eustratia and reveals some of the inspirations behind her brand.
You want to support Stacey and her label? Just click through to the Triumph campaign “Woman in making” and vote for Stacey to help her grow her business.
Stacey in her Studio.
This week, I’m entering a time of refinement. I’m going to be making changes to a few aspects of my life, including my online presence.
At the moment I’m into sheer black garments, fabric manipulation, gemstone rings and 3D creature art.
I’ve wanted to set up a mini photo studio in my house for a few years but never really had the space until recently. A few months ago I bought myself a simple lighting and backdrop set up and decided to try out shooting from home.
Aside from product shots which are really useful for my business, I also shot some model product shots with the help of my boyfriend, Richard Ayres, also a designer who frequently needs shots of his new items. The first shoot we need was very casual but we still got a couple of nice images.
We put slightly more effort into the second shoot, used an outfit from my Persephone lingerie range as well as the headdress Rik made me for my birthday and the latexlace cat ears and ended up with quite a sleek set.
We shot this set around Halloween so I did a fun version with a drawn on cat nose as well.
I was quite please with the set overall so I decided to send it to Rebelicious magazine and they published it alongside a short interview.
The feature is in issue #16 and can be purchased here.
I also used one of the image to form the basis of the Regress flyer and the new Eustratia pocket mirror.