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Whether anyone under 30 who Instagrams, Snapchats, and tweets his way through life even looks at a real book these days is debatable. But that didn’t stop London-based art director Francisco Salvado, the man who helped conceive Dazed Digital, come up with Soon Is Now The Instapaper – #Edit2—a celebration of Instagram’s best snaps, in print.
This is Salvado’s second Instagram-centric tome. The goal for each was to slow down the rapid-fire pace of social media and capture some of the most interesting shots that otherwise would have vanished into cyberspace. “This is an attempt to make sense of the visual and sensory onslaught by curating a selection of the most enduring images from some of the most exciting creative talent around,” said Salvado, who tapped fifteen such talents, including Humberto Leon, Matthew Stone, Alex Prager, and Liz Goldwyn, to contribute.
The book is also an exploration of what Salvado (who also consults on Raf Simons, Acne, and Alexander McQueen) believes is a new category of photography: iPhone images. “It’s a way of celebrating and documenting this new wave of creativity happening within the digital space,” he said of the book. The good news is that, unlike most other Internet-focused endeavors, here it’s quality, not quantity, that counts. Added Salvado: “We were not concerned with the number of followers when selecting the artists. Rather, we focused on the quality of the images. What’s important for me is that they have a point of view and something to say.”
Soon Is Now The Instapaper – #Edit2 will be available this week on theinstapaper.com and at select London bookstores.
It’s that time of year again: New York fashion week kicks off this Thursday, and while we’re certain you know all the talking points, we want to make sure you’ve refreshed your bookmarks as well as your wardrobe. In addition to our Instagram coverage, and recent mobile facelift, we’ll be sharing our favorite looks (plus backstage videos) from the Spring 2014 runways on Pinterest. Follow along to see what piques the Style.com editors’ interest so you can be in-the-know long before the trend reports hit.
It doesn’t surprise us that Alison Chemla—the 25-year-old designer behind the wearable gold, diamond, and ruby iterations of our favorite emoticons—has some social media savvy. And tomorrow, Chemla, who designs under the name Alison Lou, will be capitalizing on her digital prowess with a new collection to be sold—you guessed it—via Instagram. “I have a lot of followers [5,990, to be exact], and I’ve been getting tons of inquiries about where [my jewelry] is available online, so I thought it would be a good idea to do a tiny capsule,” explains the New York–based designer. The line, which features double-sided pendants with Party Animal, Furious, CryBaby, and Bashful emoticons, as well a face with a wagging red tongue, is crafted from enamel and 14-karat gold. Two emoji styles—a hand making an OK symbol and one flipping the bird—are also included in the online oeuvre, and the pieces start at $300 (a decidedly accessible price point in comparison to her fine jewelry line).
Chemla, who favors “crying” and “heart eye” faces in her digital communications, hinted that her upcoming Spring ’14 collection will be a departure from last season’s emoticon debut. “I want to go into fine jewelry a little bit more and explore some other ideas that I’ve had,” she says. No frown-y faces, though. Chemla assures that her emoticon wares will remain as a signature range and she’ll offer a series of fresh symbols, as well as tried-and-true expressions, each season.
Earlier today Facebook-owned snap-happy service Instagram (which at present has a cool 130 million users, receives one billion likes a day, and hosts over 16 billion photos) debuted video. Similar to its popularized photo functionality, Instagram Video offers thirteen filters, still-frame thumbnail options, and fifteen seconds of recording (unlike Twitter’s competing service, Vine, which stops the clock at six). We took the new feature for a test-drive today, and though we can’t shake the shaky hand, Instagram claims it will improve our faulty fingers with Cinema stabilization.
So, what does this mean for fashion? Well, for one, there will be even more real-time (and personal) access to moving runway looks. Burberry, for example, took its 850 thousand followers behind the scenes, sharing moving moments from its recent menswear show (above). With Couture on the horizon and September sneaking up, we’re eager to see how showgoers will use the new video app to bring fashion-watchers as-it-happens action. Those of us viewing the runways from the office will also look forward to instantly seeing garments in motion. (Let’s be serious, stills rarely do Couture justice.) However, we generally prefer our fashion unfiltered.
In a very short period of time, Instagram has shaken up the way that fashion—not to mention fashion people—are seen. It’s hardly a fashion show if it’s not on Instagram, and it’s definitely not a party if it isn’t—so much so that we recently rounded up 2012: The Year in Instagrams. So the release yesterday of the app’s new terms of service has raised plenty of hackles and sparked the beginnings of a mini backlash. The Times breaks down some of the new policies of the now-Facebook-owned program, which include information sharing with Facebook, advertisers, and affiliates; and the use of user photographs and identities in advertisements, not necessarily labeled advertisements. The only way to opt out of these new stipulations is to leave Instagram entirely. Will that happen? It remains to be seen. As of this morning at least, the fashion world has been angrily atwitter with threats to walk: As of this morning, @NinaGarcia, @CocoRocha, and @CSiriano were all tweeting or retweeting complaints. (Some are using Instagram itself to voice their objections, like Sibling’s Cozette McCreery, left.) The counterargument runs that Instagram needs to monetize its free service somehow. The alternative? A pay-to-play app.