Sunday, 29 July 2012

Tim Walker - Lily takes a trip

Good dawning to thee, friend! (King Lear, Act 2, Scene 2, Line 1... if you are interested)
In my last post, I stated that the Olympic Opening Ceremony could not live up to the level of expectations set by all the publicity set - I have never been more wrong. I don't care for cynicism and I don't care for pessimism.... I am hardly ever even minorly partriotic but last night I was. It was a damn impressive revue of all that is good about this country I live in and proving once again that Danny Boyle is a genius. It was a beautiful run through british culture and history. Pastoralism, the industrial revolution... Running from Charlie Chaplin to Dizzee Rascal via Stairway to Heaven and Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band and everything in between (Mary Poppins, Voldemort, James Bond, Mr Bean... and the ever brilliant Sir Kenneth Branagh) Proud of my british half. In my humble, and possibly biased, opinion London was better than Beijing. Whereas Beijing was a triumph of sheer volume, precision timing and power, the London Olympics had imagination, artistry, humour, creativity, depth and innovation. Don't shoot me for saying so, because I adored Beijing... I didn't stop watching for a second and was impressed by the sheer size of it. It's a matter of personal taste and I liked the more light-hearted approach.

 Anywho, finally on route to some sort of Holiday. A holiday I am more than ready for, being a person of a naturally more lazy than hardworking disposition. Until this point I have been surviving on sheer hope of more Sunshine appearing, Pepsi Max, a bucketful of dreams and expectations, 2 minute microwave rice and beautiful photos of exotic or culturally significant locations:

Beach < City Break.
(Again, a matter of personal taste.)

So, before I leave for my holiday, I leave you with this July 2005 UK Vogue Editorial. I have never personally been to India, but it is items like this which make me consider it and photos of women in their colourful saris carrying spices (I don't mean to stereotype) their eyes rimmed with Kohl and bangles on their wrists which make me desperate to visit. Enjoy! If you are not going on Holiday then I hope this brings you a piece of the sun.

Join model Lily Cole on a magical fashion odyssey through India. Discover secret palaces and jewel-bright dreamscapes, dazzling fashion and an explosion of colour shine and sequins. Photographed by Tim Walker.

^^^ I shall simply be pointing out my four favourite images and this is one of them. Lily is unfortunately eclipsed by this lovely room, complete with it's vibrantly coloured ribbons and stunning ceiling and wall decor. It makes for a very pretty picture. As for the dress worn in the photo, it is absolutely beautiful and there is an ethereal, angelic side to it, if it is a little low cut for anything other than posing. Not a dress to 'rock out' while wearing.

^^^ Miss Cole looking mysterious with a... net (Not being the most knowledgable in subject of fishing and insects and the like, I hesitate to call it a butterfly net) wearing a very simple and elegant outfit, perfect for the Indian late afternoon heat. A very visually striking photo, with the soft reds and oranges of the evening sunset contrasted with the blue of the dress.

^^^ Again, Lily is eclipsed by the room, though the picture would not be complete without her, bringing a sense of enigma to it all, dressed in her peacock dress, perched on a cabinet amidst the faded ornament and destruction of the room (which only adds to its overwhelming beauty - vanitas vanitatum omnia vanitas)

^^^ I WANT THIS DRESS! All of these photos have a sense of faded grandeur and richness, but in this one there is also a look to the future with the arrival of a beautiful woman dressed like a princess, descending the delicately delicious spiral staircase (and the door in the background! *Flails* Very beautiful methinks)

Oh, and I consider this song, Carmensita by Devendra Banhart, the sound of this editorial. Although it is not an indian singer, the editorial, model and photographer are british, so I feel it falls in line with 'inspired by the beauty of' rather than 'an example of'' concept here.

'I can no other answer make, but, thanks, and thanks' for your reading this, I beseech you to follow me and entreat you to comment!
Arrivederci, Toodaloo and Ciao. :) 


Cindy C. said...

LOVE all these pics, absolutely BEAUTIFUL! :D Thanks for you comment on my blog! I am your newest follower, hope you can do the same for me! <3

Cindy C.

dimitri said...

J'adore ce photographe. J'en ai d'ailleurs souvent parlé sur mon blog. Un vrai génie. Pour moi il est un des meilleurs dans cette génération.
J'adore les photos qu'il fait avec Lilly Cole.

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Elena Sergeeva said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog! Enjoyed reading your opinion about the Olympics Opening Ceremony and I totally agree that it was great, although I have heard a lot of criticism and comparison to previous events. I am your new follower, follow back if you like xoxo ES

Clo said...

This pictures are wonderful, Tim Walker is a genius and I'm agree with you in some pictures Lilly is eclipsed by rooms ;)

A Possible Fantasy said...

amazing pics! he is genius!

Carolina Aurélie said...

Beautiful pictures. Lily Cole is so pretty.

MuffinCannibal said...

Oh, these photos are totally beautiful...
Thank you so much for visiting my blog, I've followed yours ;>


annacbie said...

just found your blog and love your aesthetic! and hey i actually just started a new blog. i'd love if you could come check it out and follow, if you like!!


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teresweetstyle said...

great photos honey, i really love them!
have a nice day!


Stephanie said...

Amazing pictures!
Thanks for visiting my blog (:

joy said...

This editorial is amazing, I think my favorite picture is the last one! Th dress is so stunning :)

Barbi said...

amazing pics!!!


Arden Rubens (TOPCOAT) said...

Beautifullllll Lily Cole! xx

Marella said...

Amazing pics dear!

roberto syrious said...

wow such a great pictures!!
totally love them!!
like fairy tale *_*

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S said...

Thank you for sharing these pictures with us. Lily Cole is so adorable and her face is straight out of a fairy tale book -Her face is not only unique but very rare as she has uncommon features and she has uncommon /unconventional looks.
have a nice day,

Unknown said...

All these images look so magical love them!
I'm your new follower via google friend connect hope you can follow back so we can keep in touch ;)

Sophie said...

I love how doll-like she is:) Sophie x



love her and all of these pics!

Juseneide said...

Thanks for your visit!!
I like so much this model,she is so pretty.
Enjoin your holidays.


Chloë, Wardrobe Quarry said...

These are all so beautiful. I love fashion editorials, could spend hours looking at them.

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Clara Turbay said...

Interesting proposals and handling of colors and textures.16

Unknown said...

stunning editorials. thanks for sharing!


Marta Dudda said...

Super nice pictures.
Love from armarioenduddas :)

Clara Turbay said...

I can get good ideas when I come here and enrich my experience in fashion.

Gilochka said...

be friends?

Tiffany M* said...

These photos are stunning!

Helena Natanael said...

dear, this is so much inspiring... love that girl!

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Elisabeth said...

Amazing pictures dear! (:

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Sabrina said...

Lovely shoot!! it´s very vintage! :)

Hope Adela Pasztor said...

I love the rich colors and beautiful surreal craziness! =)

The Golden Girls said...

such fabulous, colorful, and inspirational photos! gorgeous, lovely, and fabulous! Hugs from California! xx,
The Golden Girls

Natalie Leung said...

these photos are amazing, love lily cole. also yes the london olympics opening ceremony was really impressive!


Anonymous said...

Suppperrr stunning pictures!!
I'm loving all of them
This post is really inspirational <3
I always love vintage-like photos :)

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Unknown said...

Beautiful pictures. Has a "Alice in Wonderland" feel to it.

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Karola said...

These photos are absolutely captivating! I love Lily! Thanks for sharing! A pleasure for the eyes!

Thank you for your comment on my blog dear! Hope to see you again soon! :)