Saturday, January 30, 2010

the winds of change...

(lamest post title ever.)

big things are happening at flare magazine! my lovely friend dane tredway has gone from intern to assistant fashion editor! and erin o'brien has been promoted to associate market editor.

lisa tant's (editor-in-chief) tweet:

I'm pleased to welcome Dane Tredway to Flare as our new Assistant Fashion Editor.
flare keeps getting better and better! congrats, everyone!

Friday, January 29, 2010

pre-fall 2010 trends: pt III

minimalism is probably my favourite trend. it is simple, streamlined and it isn't fussy or embellished. designers like alexander wang and stella mccartney embrace this trend and work it to reflect their style well.
1- calvin klein 2- devi kroell 3- alexander wang 4- stella mccartney
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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

dirty deeds

photo: leigh farrell
model: damien kim at elmer olsen
hair: blake arsenault for west salon & spa

this is an editorial i made for my topics and issues in design class. this is how i interpreted the words "play with colour."

NPF 558 - Issues in Design
Project #1 - Play With Colour

"Dirty Deeds" by Leigh Farrell

By taking the words "play" and "colour," and applying them to my favourite hobby (fashion photography), I have come up with an eerie, yet humorous editorial spread.

I looked at the idea of "play" as role-play, which is often thought of in a sexual way. I steered away from the sexual connotations and was looking for ways to juxtapose roles in a thought-provoking way. Through this train of thought came the concept of switching stereotypical roles in society, such as the role of a husband and wife. Women have typically taken on the role of homemaker throughout the years; cooking and cleaning being two primary duties for the housewife.

After sifting through these thoughts, I decided on photographing a man cooking pancakes in the kitchen - a task that one would normally imagine a woman doing.

My personal photography style lacks a lot of colour for the most part, so I toyed with colour in a selective way. I enhanced the primary colours red, yellow and blue in each image, which happen to be the focus of the images, as well. In the spreads, you will find the pancake, syrup, margarine, flour, broom and dustpan stand out from the rest of the images.

Overall, the editorial is arranged to tell a story and bring the viewer full circle, beginning with a pancake, showing the process of it being created and ending with it being eaten.

pre-fall 2010 trends: pt II

how appropriate; i just finished writing a history of costume essay and now i'm making a post about toga-inspired dress.

draping is an easy way to add interest to a solid coloured garment without having to add any sort of graphic detail or ornamentation and without being overly distracting. it adds a feminine touch to a basic garment and can hide or accentuate parts of the body. designers are all over this trend for fall!

so, when you're out looking for a new LBD for the fall (jonathan, that one's for you), i suggest looking for a dress with draping detailing. or just throw a toga party. not.
1- carolina herrera 2- diane von furstenberg 3- calvin klein 4- devi kroell
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pre-fall 2010 trends: pt I

the belted waistline can be seen everywhere in designers' pre-fall 2010 collections. this trend is nothing new, but what i find interesting about it this time around is that it's being seen over jackets, vests, and simple t-shirts. this trend overlaps with others that i've noticed, such as military and 1940s inspired dress. i'm not a huge fan, personally, of throwing on a belt in an impractical way, but this might change this fall.

ps: i know it's not even spring yet, but i just love fall fashions. so deal!
1- lanvin 2-michael kors 3- burberry prorsum 4- celine
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Monday, January 25, 2010

another fun party!

rusko makes awesome tunes and he's cute! this party will be nuts, guaranteed. if you haven't heard his stuff, i suggest you download fabriclive 37 (with caspa). i am addicted.

message me on facebook or comment on this post for $15 reduced guestlist. click the flyer to go to the facebook event page.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Saturday, January 23, 2010

party time, excellent.

i'm hosting a party and you're coming. amazing lineup and it's free if you rsvp! click the flyer to go to the facebook event page.

love, leigh.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

bunny ears

model: alexandra lalonde (elmer)
h & mu: rachael meckling
photo: leigh farrell

bunny ears made by me!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

alex+chloe @ upc boutique

this is the alex + chloe shoot that peter and i modeled for, shot by mikey thomas for upc boutique in yorkville. check out their site or visit the store! they carry amazing lines including complexgeometries, rad by rad hourani and my friends' lovely line that's exclusive to upc boutique, thomas. check it out!

ear cuffs?

i'm not sure how i feel about these... thoughts?

alexander wang ear cuff
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weapons of choice

1 - thierry mugler rouge unique in fantasy
2 - make up for ever laquered lipstick in #203 orange fluo pink
3 - MAC matte lipstick in russian red

i get many complements on my lipstick, so i shall reveal once and for all my secret weapons...

thierry mugler's fantasy shade is amazing. it looks blue at first, but when you put it on, it changes to a sheer purple, then to a magenta! next, you can't go wrong with make up for ever... their pigments are so bright and this shade of pink lasts all day long. lastly, MAC is tried, tested and true. russian red is my life... plus, the matte finish means no lip liner and no feathering!

Friday, January 15, 2010

lasse bak mejlvang

holy blatantly obvious guy bourdin rip-off, batman!




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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

eiffel 65

could i get away with this in public?! my mom thinks i've lost it. what do you think?

oh, and - GOTCHA! - it's not actually pen. it's blue make up for ever eyeliner.

leigh alison

pen 15 club


flashing lights

yahoo! new nikon speedlight sb-600!

new shoots coming soon...

Monday, January 11, 2010

eye'm watching you

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floating heads

i stumbled upon the first image on a blog and immediately thought of the moschino i love love perfume ad campaign. apparently there has been some sort of attraction to floating geisha-inspired heads...?

quite possibly the best thing ever?

Sunday, January 10, 2010

burberry x colette

i first knew what love is the moment i saw the burberry prorsum ss10 collection. and i've just fallen in love all over again.

studs on the underside of the collar?! so good! if you didn't already start popping your collar after three 6 mafia preached it, you certainly will be now after you drop a cool $2800 USD on one of these bad boys.

these pieces are made exclusively for the parisian boutique, colette. read more here.
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pink makes eurything better

this is the lovely card that my bff rachael made for me for my 20th birthday.
see more of her work here and here.


Wednesday, January 6, 2010

bright young things

how have i not made a post on this yet?!

here are the photos from the flare loft party photoshoot back in... september was it? they can be seen in flare's december 2009 issue with lady gaga on the cover.

addison gill shot by max abadian for flare dec 09

the music and drinks kept everyone dancing for hours at rolly's garage before the party moved to queen street.

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Tuesday, January 5, 2010


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top secret, i think?

inspiration for something that i can't reveal.
stay tuned.

Monday, January 4, 2010



jacquelyn jablonski & crystal renn shot by terry richardson for v magazine
see more here.

tara lynn & candice huffine shot by sølve sundsbø for v magazine
see more here.

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