drag-tom-selmanJust last week I came across some incredibly beautiful & quite unique photos: drag photography. Different, artsy, fashion, edgy, awkward, dramatic, interesting, complete, with a sort of a mysterious story behind each image that intrigues to more but never reveals. This guessing game was fabulous. The transformation & beauty – brilliant. The man behind the lens is none other than photographer Tom Selmon. A London artist, currently studying BA (HONS) fashion photography at Falmouth University trying to get recognized as a street style/backstage photographer. Tom Selmon caught my attention through his work. Simple as that. Editorial, street style, backstage. His greatest passion though is focusing on gender bending/drag photography. A unique & special approach which doubled by his talent make him a young artist worth knowing. A man to definitely keep an eye on in this enormous sea of photographers. Truth is we live in the era of street art: fashion, photography & Instagram. It’s really a pop culture & a new movement, so as an artist you need to be different, on top of your game and deliver art in the most genuine possible way you can.

Street Style Photos by Tom Selmon Sloane Street street styleTom Selmon Street StyleTom Selmon Street Stylestreet-style-tom-selmon-photographertom-selmon-street-styleTom Selmon Street StyleWhat fascinated me with this experience, apart from Tom’s great work (backstage, street, drag photography) was the idea of getting to know the person behind the lens. His passion, how it all came true for him, what inspires him et all. Tom Selmon‘s photos are an interesting mix of fashion, art and mysterious stories. So what made him choose fashion photography?

I love fashion” Tom confesses, ”I like creating fantasies in my head. My favorite decade for fashion was the 90’s,  perhaps it makes me feel a bit nostalgic because when I was younger I would watch movies and just wanted to wear what the girls in ‘Clueless’ wore.” His love for drag & gender bending makes his work different and captivating. I mean he does deliver so much more than the cliche street styles, backstage photos & editorials, all photographers do anyway.

Drag Photography by Tom SelmonNat Blackbourn Club kid photoshootWhen asked how he came to take drag photos he simply says ‘I just find drag beautiful. Drag queens are like aliens, with makeup they make themselves look beyond what a human looks like.” Could it be his passion for the less exploited beauty, the brilliance that is less visible but so much more appealing for that matter, or is it a lust for shocking the viewers that make his work special? To tell you the truth, it might be a bit of both, but when the results are stunning and make you linger on a photo who gives a damn anymore.

I just find drag beautifulDrag queens are like aliens, with makeup they make themselves look beyond what a human looks like.”

drag-by-tom-selmongender-bend-art-tom-selmandrag-photos-tom-selmonNat Blackbourn Club kid photoshoottom-selman=drag-photostom-selmon-drag-photosWith street style photography being a big part of his work I was curious to know what makes a street-style photo great? ‘What do you look for in it and hope to transpose‘ I asked him. ”People who own themselves,” he said. And indeed a certain attitude makes all the difference. There’s just something so appealing and refreshing about strong personas, even awkward, shy or vulnerable people, but nonetheless dazzling and intoxicating. Famous faces fall under these labels too, I mean they always ‘own themselves’ as Tom says. Through their attitudes or quirky styles… they always make the photos worth the hunt. Anna Dello Russo, Anna Wintour, Patrick Demarchalier, Coco Rocha or Franca Sozzani are but a few famous faces Tom Selmon got to photograph over this fashion week season.

Famous Faces & Street Style photos by Tom Selmon Tom Selmon Street StyleTom Selmon Street StyleKarlie Kloss Tom Ford‘You went backstage at Paris Fashion Week this season at Valentino, to photograph the models and the atmosphere. Tell me more about that experience?’

  • Tom Selmon: It was incredible! I managed to sneak in. I had never been around that level of high fashion and it was very surreal. I also got to meet Pat McGrath, one of my idols and I even showed her my drag.

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valentino-backstage-tom-selmonWhen asked about what inspires him the most Tom stays true to his greatest passion and says he gets his inspiration from “drag cultures, attitudes and movies ”. And as to what his biggest dream is regarding his photography or who he wants to work with he confesses in a heart beat ”I want to work with Candy Magazine”. 

more Tom Selmon photos…

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LFW photosTom Selmon Street StyleTom Selmon Street StyleTom Selmon Street StyleHonest, talented, fun, unique, fascinating – Tom Selmon is an artist and a photographer who loves to challenge his audience, to shock, to oblige us to look beyond what  is easy or comfortable to spot and discover the million sides of beauty & art. A street style & backstage photographer with a huge passion and talent for fashion editorials & drag photography, Tom is an artist to look out for. Check out his amazing photography here: Blog: Boy-Chick | Website & Portfolio (www.tomselmonphotography.com)



ear-cuff-marchesaOK so ear cuffs may not be that new per se, but you have to give some credit to today’s designers for making this rather grunge accessory so posh. Have you seen Chanel’s ear cuffs? Talk about expensive luxurious diamonds that adorn ears of all ages. Actually I could see Anna Wintour donning those. Or maybe not. What I love about the times we live in (fashion wise) is the freedom and courage we have to literally take anything off the catwalks and rock it in everyday life. So when Rodarte, Marchesa or Chanel embellished their models’ ears last season (S/S 2013 collections) as much as I liked the trend I never thought I’d see for instance celebs wearing them on the red carpet. And I mean other celebs than Rihanna, who by the way is wearing the simple ear cuff version. Hm… go figure. But, here they are at events in their fabulous red carpet dresses and luxurious grunge ear blings. And if most of them are doing the Chanel version of the ear cuff… for the rest of us the options are pocket friendly and quite fabulous looking.

Check out Ear-Cuffs shop – a UK brand that only sells ear-cuffs – for a treat of the most fab ear-cuff earrings I’ve seen. From statement to simple. From gold to silver. Incredibly affordable and glamorous looking.

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Topshop Ear Cuff

Topshop Ear Cuff

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ASOS ear cuff

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Ear-cuffs.co.uk

Before you dismiss this new trend on age & piercing grounds let me clear up some things for you. You do not have to succumb to drilling holes in your ears as the ear cuffs are put on by wrapping them around your ear cartilage. And if you think they’re only appropriate for your younger sister, teenagers or 20 year olds… ha, think again! Forget all you know about the ear cuffs, and those ’90’s designs that made us all look like rebel groupies, because today the ear cuffs come in millions of styles and designs for literally all ages, styles and tastes. So you can opt for simple clean designs and cuts in gold or silver that look like subtle & chic ear embellishments, or go for a more fun style with chains &  pendants that has one end cuffed to your ear and the other tied in your hair. For a super rich dramatic look opt for heavy embellished ear cuffs, that look like diamonds adorning your ears. They look fantastic with your hair pulled back, and can be the center piece accessory for a night out or an evening event. For a more subtle effect you can wear them with your hair down as it will sparkle from under your waves and create that super seductive feminine glamorous look. I love how ear cuffs look with a professional & feminine outfit, that you’d probably wear to work every day. It’s that small detail that gives a bit of edge and glam without revealing too much. I don’t believe in ‘‘don’ts” and fashion restrictions and I think if you love it and it looks good it probably does and will complete & put a twist on your style. Are ear cuffs the must-have bling this season and the latest jewelry trend? Or are they too over-the-top & fashion forward? Do ear cuffs scream fashion victim or are they just the ‘It Accessory’ we were waiting for? 2013-ear-cuffs2013-ear-cuff-style2013-ear-cuff-trendalicia-keys-gold-ear-cuffs

ASOS ear cuffs

ASOS ear cuffs

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2dayslook.com Ear cuffs

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korku Ear Cuff

Topshop ear cuff

Topshop ear cuff

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Urban Outfitters ear cuffs

Urban Outfitters ear cuffs

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More ear-cuffs styles here.

 

Glory Anwanwan

Just last week to my delight and excitement I was featured in {iaG | fashion | lifestyle} as a guest blogger with a piece on 2012 Spring/Summer Fashion Trends. This week I’ve decided to make my admiration for Glor’s blog official and present her as one of my favorite bloggers to read – thus thanking her for the lovely introduction of myself on her blog and also returning the compliment. I have invited Glor to be a fashion & beauty guest writer on FashionTag this week hoping she’d say yes. And she did! Glor’s post will be published tomorrow, so watch this space for an amazing report on 2012 Spring/Summer Beauty Trends.

Glory Anwanwan

Glory Anwanwan

Glory Anwanwan (her full name) is a senior web project manager for a nonprofit in Washington, DC. She has a professional working background in IT/Web services, communications, online branding, social media and marketing and public relations. She is also a lifestyle and social media blogger. She also blogs about her experiences as a new mom at www.vargasbaby.com. Follow her on Twitter (@iamglor) & Facebook

Oh yes she is that kind of young woman who has it all! Family, career, passion, looks and brains, bubbly funny personality, strong character… and the list can go on. She’s got a great writing style, a 6th sense for true art.  Right on spot beauty tips & advice. An eye for all fashion, lifestyle and beauty bits from everyday life. I will not disclose anything more today so make sure you stop by tomorrow to check it all out by yourselves.