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Use Chris Kilkus Photographs as Wrapping Paper!

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I was surfing through some fashion blogs and stumbled on this posting from Fashion Blog Mexico.  They show how to use pages from a magazine for wrapping paper, and happen to be using a magazine I shot for Forever 21 in their example.  Too funny!  I don’t know if I should be flattered or insulted!  Haha!

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DIY Gift Wrapping with fashion magazine

You probably have around your house several old magazines that do not re-read but not get rid of them “just deal”, well I do that, but I recently saw the need to wrap a birthday present and thought recycle fashion magazine to wrap, to be different and a bit more friendly to the planet earth. This idea is fabulous now come the holidays, is a good way to be creative, save some money and recycle old magazines.

 

For this DIY you need:

– Fashion Magazine
– Safe (I used one of Boa Accessories, truly a gift wrapped)
– Scissors
– Tape
– Ribbon for decoration gift

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Step by step
1. Flip through the magazine and select two or three pages and you want to use as many great your gift. I chose a two-page editorial. Arráncalas and cut the edge to become straight.
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2. Une pages you cut with tape, what you see in the image is what is on the inside of the gift, you can paste more pages up or sideways as you need, the idea is to build a “statement” to put wrapping paper the box.
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3. Now wrap the box as if it were any typical gift paper.
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4. Once wrapped the box you can decorate it with ribbons, you can do it with a thick cloth ribbon and make a big bow top, or decorate with ribbon wrapping paper and put a cut some figure in the center.
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Yo recorté una flor de una de las páginas de la revista y la use como centro para los listones. No te preocupes si el corte no es perfecto, esos detalles son parte del encanto.
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Ready! No one will have a gift wrapped like yours. This DIY was inspired by my sister, who is a freak of the environment and forces me to recycle, I thought it was more about a gift of recycled wrapping paper and elegant chignon, and apparently I managed.

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January 4th, 2013 at 7:19 am

A Few Favorite Fashion Magazine Covers of 2012 by Chris Kilkus

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As the new year approaches it’s fun to look back on the world of fashion photography from 2012.  With that in mind, here are a few of my favorite fashion magazine covers from 2012.  What are your favorites??

 

Love Magazine Special Edition F/W 2012 Covers
Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott – Photographers | Katie Grand – Fashion Editor | Malgosia Bela – Model

LOVE’s special edition covers are proof that the dream team of Mert and Marcus & Katie Grand still know how to turn it out better than anyone else. These beauties were only available for a select few, so anyone lucky enough to snag Malgosia’s skull shot, or Saskia’s painted face on their issue has their hands on a real collectors item.

 

i-D S/S 12 Covers by Daniele & Iango
Daniele Duella and Iango Henzi – Photographers | Luigi Murenu – Hair Stylist | Patti Wilson – Fashion Editor | Stephane Marais – Makeup | Urban Productions – Casting

Nothing beats a refined, well-composed, perfectly lit image of a pristine beauty and for spring Daniele & Iango offered up multiple i-D covers that held to those timeless ideals.

 

Pop Magazine S/S 2012 Cover
Daniel Sannwald (Paris: Management + Artists, New York: Management + Artists) – Photographer | Tamara Rothstein – Fashion Editor | Tina Outen – Hair Stylist | JJaneen Witherspoon – Makeup | Xavier Poultney – Artist | Angus Munro for AM Casting – Casting | Joan Smalls – Model

Photographers often like to play up Joan Smalls’ sophisticated beauty, so it is always fun to see when someone goes in a different direction and creates something wholly original featuring Joan. Sannwald’s kinetic shots provide an artistic take on the year’s premiere beauty.

 

Interview Russia Cover with Lana Del Rey

 

Katy Perry On Interview

 

Katy Perry on the cover of Interview.
Photo: Interview

This is what we were talking about when we said one of the reasons we love magazines so much is because they let our favorite stars step out of the box. We didn’t even recognizeKaty Perry on the March issue of Interview, what with the thick eyebrows and KILLER sultry stare. There was no sign of the bubbly pin-up we’ve become accustomed to, but don’t get it twisted, we were definitely NOT mad.

 

INTERVIEW GERMANY & RUSSIA

STARRING: Kate Moss & Naomi Campbell
SHOT BY: 
Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott

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Fiasco: Issue 21

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Magazine Covers: Illustrator Hattie Stewart is responsible for the doodles

Fiasco is a monthly print and digital unisex fashion, arts, and lifestyle magazine that has quickly grown in popularity since its first issue. They are always on the lookout for up-and-coming talent and this magazine cover is a perfect example of that. With photography by Phillip Meech, Fiasco commissioned illustrator Hattie Stewart to doodle all over it. Stylist and art director Hope Von Joel is responsible for the impeccable design.

i-D: The Whatever the Weather issue

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Magazine Covers: Chen Man is one of China’s most celebrated fashion photographers

i-D magazine could be described as the coolest of cool; a fashion, film, music, and culture magazine that showcase their models in only the most stylish of ways. This stunning photo from Chen Man compliments the beautiful colour scheme perfectly, with gorgeous make-up and fashion to boot. Notice that every model that has graced the cover always has their right eye closed or covered.

 

the Room: Issue 15

 

 

 the Room
Magazine Covers: the Room reinforce high fashion in their native Hungary

 

 

The Room magazine was founded in 2004 with the aim of reinforcing high fashion and its quality media in Hungary. Only on its 15th issue, the magazine’s covers continue to impress. This shot was crafted by photographer Miklós Surányi with fashion editors Ali Tóth and Anikó Virág taking care of the outfit.

 

W Magazine DECEMBER | Marion Cotillard

An absolute masterpiece, shot by Tim Walker, this cover photo starring French actress Marion Cotillard is selected by TIME as one of the “Best Photographic Magazine Covers of 2012″ for its artistic value. We don’t question why.

 

Written by Christopher Kilkus

December 29th, 2012 at 7:47 am

Online Only Fashion Magazines by Chris Kilkus

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The first online fashion magazine I came across was Hint Magazine way back in 1999….. it was a completely new field then and even some of the biggest printed fashion magazines didn’t even have a real website yet.  In the years since both online fashion magazines as well as fashion blogs have grown both in number and stature. Hint never really published fashion editorials, but it was a great outlet for news and insight on everything about fashion.  But there are many online only magazines now that publish original fashion editorials with some interesting work by up and coming photographers. Not long ago an established fashion photographer wouldn’t even think of doing an online only editorial because it was looked on as a step down from print.  But today you can find some great work online, work that never even makes it into print. So here are some online only fashion magazines that I follow regularly.  I know there are a ton more out there, and I’m sure many I have never even heard of!  So please send me your favorite online magazines so I can check them out too 🙂   http://bentrova.to Ben Trovato Claire Huish makes her debut on Ben Trovato with Drive.   http://www.160gmagazine.com  Here is the latest issue

http://www.160gmagazine.comCover shot by JEREMY ZAESSINGER, styling LYDIA LOBE.
http://www.digital-temple.com Here is the latest issue   http://www.ilovefakemagazine.com I LOVE FAKE #2   http://tangentmag.com

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December 28th, 2012 at 8:30 am

I want to see this movie – christopher kilkus fashion photography

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Considering the crush of must-see movies that fill theaters every December, it can be hard to think past the awards season to the movies Hollywood will produce in the months that follow—but movies there will be, and we’re already jazzed for plenty of them. There’s history, action, toys coming to life, TV shows and hit novels on the big screen, and that’s just to start with.

(MOREThe 10 best movies of 2013)

And yes, we know this is only a small sampling of the exciting films coming out in the next 12 months, that our list doesn’t include intriguing offerings from video-game adaptations (Need for Speed) to high-profile period mysteries (Carol). Tell us in the comments which of your 2014 favorites-to-be we forgot.

In the mean time, here are 20 of the movies we’re already excited for in the coming year, with trailers where they exist:

The Monuments Men

Due in theaters: Feb. 7

After a false alarm about this movie coming out in 2013, the Ocean’s Eleven-meets-WWII action pic will finally make it to theaters. George Clooney, Matt Damon, John Goodman, Bill Murray, Downton Abbey‘s Hugh Bonneville, The Artist‘s Jean Dujardin, Bob Balaban and Cate Blanchett are on a mission to rescue great works of art before Nazis can destroy them.
The Lego Movie

Due in theaters: Feb. 7

As you may have guessed, the characters in this movie are LEGO figures. Chris Pratt (Parks and Recreation) voices an ordinary LEGO dude who has to help save the LEGO world.
The Grand Budapest Hotel

Due in theaters: March 7

Ralph Fiennes stars as the concierge at the titular hotel, alongside a stable of filmmaker Wes Anderson’s favorites, like Edward Norton, Owen Wilson, Bill Murray, Adrian Brody, Tilda Swinton and Bob Balaban.
Veronica Mars

Due in theaters: March 14

Fans hoped and prayed—and donated to a paradigm-shifting Kickstarter campaign—and now their favorite girl-sleuth TV show is finally making its way to the big screen, courtesy of creator Rob Thomas and star Kristen Bell.
Divergent

Due in theaters: March 21

Is this the next Hunger Games? Fans of the hit YA series certainly hope so. Shailene Woodley stars as Beatrice Prior, a teenager in a totalitarian future in which society is sorted into groups by personality type. When she discovers that she doesn’t fit neatly into just one of the groups—that she’s divergent—her life is on the line.
Muppets Most Wanted

Due in theaters: March 21

What happens when a famous thief looks just like Kermit the Frog? Whatever the eventual answer is, it’s not so great for Kermit in the mean time. A cast of a gazillion famous human beings star alongside the Muppets, including Tina Fey, Tom Hiddleston, Christoph Waltz, Lady Gaga, Ty Burrell and Céline Dion.
Noah

Due in theaters: March 28

Yes, it’s that Noah, the one with the flood and the ark and the two-by-two. This time, however, as imagined by Darren Aronofsky with Russell Crowe in the title role, Noah has an environmental message for modern-day viewers. Emma Watson and Jennifer Connelly co-star.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Due in theaters: April 4

This sequel kicks off superhero season with Chris Evans returning as Captain America. Somehow, even though he’s living in today’s world, the enemy harks back to the Cold War.
Amazing Spider-Man 2

Due in theaters: May 2

Next up on the superhero slate: Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone return as Spidey and Gwen Stacey, trying to get to the bottom of what Oscorp is up to.
X-Men: Days of Future Past

Due in theaters: May 23

The cast that played the old and young X-Men team up in this time-bending installment. That means Magneto is Ian McKellen and Michael Fassbender, and that Charles Xavier is Patrick Stewart and James McAvoy. Consider our minds already blown.
Maleficent

Due in theaters: May 30

Angelina Jolie stars as the classic Sleeping Beauty villain, the nasty fairy who curses Princess Aurora (Elle Fanning) to the fate that sets the tale in motion.
The Fault in Our Stars

Due in theaters: June 6

Shailene Woodley’s second entry in the YA-adaptation game, but this time without the futuristic element. She stars opposite Ansel Elgort as two teens who fall for each other at a cancer support group.

22 Jump Street

Due in theaters: June 13

Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill reprise their roles in the sequel to the surprise hit 21 Jump Street. This time, rather than sending them undercover at a high school, their investigations take them to a local college.
Guardians of the Galaxy

Due in theaters: Aug. 1

Another addition to the Marvel movie empire, this time focusing on a lost-in-space pilot who bands together with aliens to be, well, the guardians of the galaxy.

The Giver

Due in theaters: Aug. 15

Based on Lois Lowry’s beloved children’s book about a world without pain and the boy who thinks twice about what that means. Starring Katie Holmes, Taylor Swift, Alexander Skarsgard, Meryl Streep, Jeff Bridges and, as protagonist Jonas, the Australian actor Brenton Thwaites.

Gone Girl

Due in theaters: Oct. 3

Get your book club together for the Ben Affleck-starring adaptation of the hit novel about a woman’s disappearance.

Interstellar

Due in theaters: Nov. 7

Christopher Nolan, the filmmaker behind Inception, goes to outer space. The impressive creds aren’t just behind the camera: the movie stars Matthew McConaughey, Jessica Chastain, Anne Hathaway, Wes Bentley, Casey Affleck and Michael Caine, among others.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1

Due in theaters: Nov. 21

Do we really need to explain why this is exciting?

The Hobbit: There and Back Again

Due in theaters: Dec. 17

…Or why this is exciting?

Annie

Due in theaters: Dec. 19

Quvenzhané Wallis stars as Annie in her first lead role since she stole the show in Beasts of the Southern Wild. Jamie Foxx takes on the Daddy Warbucks role, renamed Benjamin Stacks, and Cameron Diaz plays dastardly orphanage-mistress Miss Hannigan.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Written by Christopher Kilkus

July 10th, 2012 at 6:50 am

Forever 21 Japan

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The crew from Forever 21 just came back from a trip to Japan to design the windows of their new store.  They took this snapshot of the front of the building with a couple billboard size images from a shoot I did with them.  It’s always fun to see my pictures blown up this big!   Now I just need to come up with an excuse for a trip to Tokyo so I can see it in person.

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July 19th, 2009 at 4:44 pm

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Heritage 1981 Website

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Speaking of Heritage 1981, they have a cool section to their e commerce site called On Location, which features images from their most recent photo shoot.  The shoot I did from the previous post is up there right now.  I’ll be shooting with Heritage about once a month for at least the next year, so check back often to see what we are up to.

http://www.forever21.com/heritage1981/store/location.asp

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May 22nd, 2009 at 2:24 pm

Derringer Cycles

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Okay, this has nothing to do with fashion photography, but it’s really cool!  As some of you may know, when I was younger I raced bicycles professionally and am still an enthusiast of all things on two wheels.  That is why I love these Derringer Cycles.

They are retro styled motorcycle / bicycle hybrids, basically mopeds that don’t require a motorcyle license to operate and get 105 miles to the gallon!

I first noticed them in front of a small shop while driving down 3rd Street in Los Angeles.  So I was excited to see them mentioned in the Trend Land Blog yesterday.  It’s a perfect moment to make something like this popular now that even downtown hipsters are obsessed with riding their fixed gear bicycles everywhere.

By the way, my birthday is coming up on March 31st…. hint, hint! 🙂

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March 20th, 2009 at 9:23 am

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The 70’s are still cool

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This is what makes a great shoot location, someplace with a specific point of view….. for some shoots it would just look silly, but for others it would be perfect and enhance the entire vibe. Anyway, I don’t think I would want to live here, but I sure would want to shoot here!

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From Image Locations in Los Angeles

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March 18th, 2009 at 5:29 pm

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Ambush Studio, Guatemala

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Check out my best friend’s website!  www.ambushstudio.com

Juan Brenner moved to New York City from Guatemala just a little after I did to pursue a career in fashion photography.  He began shooting frequently for a cool little magazine from Guatemala called TAXI. Since it was a small magazine, he had a lot of influence into the overall design, which eventually led to him becoming the Art Director.  Under his stewardship, the magazine won inclusion into Taschen’s guide to the best graphic design of Latin America.  Around a year ago he opened his art direction / design studio and has since garnered some impressive clients all over the world.

And he has a great blog at www.ambushstudio.blogspot.com/

 

The cover

The cover

 

Juan's inside spread

Juan's spread inside

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February 24th, 2009 at 5:02 pm

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A little about photography websites

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You may have found my blog via my new website, but if not visit it at www.kilkus.com  After 8 years of making my own very basic HTML website I finally decided to let the pros do it….. after all, I didn’t get into photography to become a web designer!  

I signed up with www.aphotofolio.com, a very nice service from Rob Haggart, the former Director of Photography for Outside Magazine.  He also has a great blog about the photo industry at www.aphotoeditor.com/ 

Of all the services out there like Livebooks, Clickbooq, et al. A Photo Folio seems to have the best design options and management for the price.  My first choice was to have a web designer build a site from scratch…. but after starting the process back in July and nothing substantial getting done as of November… I finally gave up.  Web design seems to attract some flaky people!

But with that said, there are some great advances in HTML websites for people on a budget.  It’s now easier than ever to publish your own professional looking website for almost no expense thanks to www.indexhibit.org/  You can make a cleanly designed, slick and professional site that’s is perfect for displaying portfolios of all kinds.

But with A Photo Folio, I have a site that takes very little time or brainpower to keep updated, with an interface that is so easy I can have one of my assistants update it without any training.

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January 3rd, 2009 at 4:41 pm

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