Emily Rhodes

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Monday, 20 November 2017

A FAD: THE PEARL BIKER BOOT



[ PHOTOGRAPHY: Zara + Very + Boohoo ]

Just thought I'd spill my thoughts into a short post today. As the A/W 17 micro trends and fads are starting to become very clear on social media, I've noticed a few that I think will die a sudden death as soon as we hit Spring. One of these is the pearl biker boot. Filtered down from the catwalk it's been replicated by most high street brands and it's all over my Instagram feed. Zara's seem to be a popular version that come in real leather for the price tag of under £90 but at the budget end of the high street you can pick some up from Boohoo for only £35. This pair definitely have the price tag of a fad item.

It's not that I dislike the trend but I won't be investing in some winter boots that will soon fade out of sight because of the little shiny plastic studs they're adorned with. Sorry Instagram.

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Thursday, 12 October 2017

A RESPONSE TO MY PINK PROJECT





 [ PHOTOGRAPHY: MYSELF + @RACHTFCP]

Me and @rachtfcp paired up to create a photoshoot reflecting on our project on the colour pink so far. After brainstorming ideas we thought about how pink can stand out so much against other dull colours. We wanted to portray this as how it is a colour of expression and how many people use it to express their gender and sexuality without having to write it all over them.

I feel the extravagance and strange, almost disturbing images we produced really connote this. The tiara and broken up feather bower also add to the aesthetic of expression. The way the colours appear almost neon compared to the dark and dirty water was a key element for us. We also wanted to explore a range of pink shades in one image to compare the effects of each. 

As well as being a message of expression. I feel the image also reflects on how trashy and predictable the colour is and therefore shows both of its capabilities. The pink rubbish bin helps this side of the storytelling and the My Little Pony toy relates back to the Barbie trend I talked about in a previous post.

We also had to create a short moving image piece to compliment out photoshoot and I believe this reflects our message. Without any words or physical sound how images can speak to people and how the colour pink can connote deeper meanings than being just a tacky, girly colour.

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PINK: PATTERN + TEXTURE




[ PHOTOGRAPHY: CATHERINE LOSING + GOOGLE ]

 I've been exploring how the combinations of colour and texture and colour and pattern effect the connotations and aesthetics of images. The same shape skirt could be in a hot pink colour but in either a latex material or a denim material and send completely different messages. The latex hot pink skirt above appears strong and sexy. Whereas the light pink fur jacket appears more fun and luxurious, therefore completely changing the story the image wishes to tell.

In addition to the fur looking luxurious, the satin ribbon also has connotations of maturity and glamour. The darker pink ruffled image also holds these characteristics but they are magnified by the delicate ruffle technique applied.

I found it interesting that the piece of sculpture in the second image has a smooth rounded finish and for me it appears quite childlike, especially in the baby pinks associated with little girls.

I also explored pattern in my mood board and found that also drastically effects the storytelling of the image. The pink polka dot pattern appeared fun and vintage and the pink floral patterns is discovered also had a very vintage aesthetic as well as making the colour appear even more feminine than it stereotypically is. Layered underneath the fur coat the model is wearing a blazer and a shirt in quite masculine and traditional patterns but they have pink incorporated into them and it works well to bring out a fun and more feminine style of the tailoring.

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