We've recently been drawn to the work of photographer Steven Chu who produces strikingly simply yet beautiful fashion imagery. Following Susie Bubble 's blog about Age of Reason in her Scarf Series last week, we did a bit of online snooping. Hey presto, the perfect storm; we found a photo of our favorite blogger by our favorite photographer.
This is a candid fashion week picture, but Chu's fashion and portrait work strikes us as almost painterly in its composition and use of the human form. We were particularly inspired by his "Academy of the Frozen" series for theonestowatch.com . His classical references are strong, but steer clear of cliche; to me he evokes Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer in his use of light. The images are simple but bold. We'd love to see him photograph our scarves one day.
Susie Bubble is no stranger to superlatives, so we won't bore on with more. But it's hard not to admire how hard she works at blogging, and the depth of her coverage. She's made fashion blogging into a viable profession by offering a detailed, observant, critical analysis of fashion as it happens, and without a snooty insider attitude. She just loves clothes, and normal people can understand what she's on about. She's also much imitated, well plagiarised really. For example just hours after she'd blogged about our scarves, dozens of bloggers around the world had simply copied and pasted her words directly into their own blogs. Make up your own minds about flattery and imitation.