September 04, 2007

New FW07 Layout

Hey people. It's our bi-annual layout changing day again! If you've been a reader of ours for more than a year, you would probably know that we change our layout on every 1st March and 1st September. Usually we're really on time with changing the layout, but this time, we weren't both at home at the end of August. (I went to the States and BG worked full time.) We really tried to do it in advance (which we still feel amazed about,) but we were completely uninspired at that point.

OK so admittedly, we still don't feel very inspired and there are probably still things we could have done better. But hey, both of us completely lack IT skills and creativity, and given the deadline we don't think we did too badly. First we had to pick a background photo. We went through BG's many scenery photos from Paris and experimented with them, but it turns out that randomly floating models don't fit into scenery photos well. Then we came across this pink background taken with BG's Nokia at the New Years party that we went to. (The party wasn't that great but now we have decided that it was fate that we went, just to take this photo!haha) Yes, I know the picture is blurry but it's part of why we chose it. As for the models, they are from the FW07 shows of Nina Ricci, Prada and Balenciaga, left to right (images from www.style.com). I know it doesn't seem like we put much thought into the models, but each of the models you see in the image is actually two of the same models with different effects put together to form one model.

The technical stuff should work on your browsers since it's pretty much the same as the previous one, but as usual, if something is wrong, leave us a comment. (Although we would even happier to read comments about what you think of the new image as well!) In some unexpected way, the layout does suit this season doesn't it? You know, the dark, greyish colours with huge blotches of bold pink. Bring on FW07!

48 Comments:

Anonymous Emmy said...

You should have a layout design contest for readers. That way, you don't have to make one, readers get to participate more, and you have plenty of pretty entries to choose from! I would love to enter!

9/04/2007 12:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yeah i agree with emmy totally.

you'll get much nicer layout that way.. sometimes it doesnt matter how hard the process is as the end results is what people see.. i prefer the old layout :(

9/04/2007 1:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i really dont like it!!

9/04/2007 1:18 AM  
Blogger Kate said...

ewwwww.....i completely agree with emmy. its a great idea. also anything is better than this

9/04/2007 1:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yeah you really didn't do a good job with this one... and just wondering, why don't you play with the font? you always pick georgia.

9/04/2007 1:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I appreciate all the thought and effort that went behind your new banner and I know what it feels like to be limited by know-how...however, I do think that a competition would produce a better banner for you--you could even outline all the things you want in it like the things you explained you tried to incorporate.

Overlooking all the technical obstacles, I think my biggest concern is the model who seems to be emitting a huge beam of light from her crotch...

9/04/2007 2:49 AM  
Anonymous dorothea said...

sorry, that last comment was by me. I think it only fair to give my name if I'm giving you input.

9/04/2007 2:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I really don't think it's that bad. The glowing effect of the models is pretty cool and the background is a nice color that reminds me of fall. It's not a very creative banner for sure, but it's not horrible.

9/04/2007 3:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmm..To be honest, I do not like the new layout at all. I have been a reader for about year. I much prefered the past two layouts. I think the contest is a great idea.

9/04/2007 3:53 AM  
Anonymous shelbalina said...

Yeah, I agree with everybody else, I like the old one better. The model in the corner is a little weird and you probably did this on purpose but the centering is off.

9/04/2007 4:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't like it.

Btw, bianual means once every 2 years and not twice a year.

9/04/2007 5:51 AM  
Blogger Juliet said...

i actually like this one. in some weard way.

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9/04/2007 5:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Totally agree with Emmy. Should get readers to contribute ideas for the banner

9/04/2007 8:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i actually like this layout a lot, better than the other one.

9/04/2007 10:40 AM  
Anonymous tiff said...

PLEASE HAVE A BANNER CONTEST! This one is very horrible! It's not fit for such a swell website.

9/04/2007 10:51 AM  
Anonymous Kavi said...

I don't think its THAT bad. It's just really dark that I have to squint when I look at it. Perhaps you guys need to play around with the brightness and contrast a bit more?

9/04/2007 1:54 PM  
Blogger Priscilla said...

i've always wondered why this blog has so many mean readers. there is criticism and then there is constructive criticism and all i see here is harsh words. people, please, have some decency. thank you.

9/04/2007 3:06 PM  
Blogger cassandra said...

yours is one of the slickest fashion blogs I've got bookmarked - I really love your style and the way you interpret and explore trends - but yeah, I'm not a big fan of your banners either, they just look a little unpolished in comparison to the rest of the blog, which I think is very well done. I am going to jump on the bandwagon and say I think a banner creating competition is a fantastic idea!!

9/04/2007 5:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

don't listen to these people. they should be here for the blog not the layout! i like it. having a competition would be silly, its better to show something that you made yourself after all it is your blog. please keep it. i think its really cute and yes the colours are in!

9/04/2007 8:29 PM  
Blogger Athena-Liana Smith said...

How about a healthy looking model that is not skin and bones?

9/04/2007 9:34 PM  
Anonymous FaSt4 said...

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9/04/2007 9:46 PM  
Blogger Jimmy Bear Pearson said...

Innovation requires change.

Sometimes stirring everyone up with a radical change makes for great ideas.

Cheers!

9/04/2007 10:21 PM  
Blogger Harrods Girl said...

Hey, we really appreciate the replies and the suggestions, which we will definitely consider next time!

We realize that this layout is darker than our usual ones and some people may not like it, but we feel that it suits us and the mood of the season.

9/04/2007 10:46 PM  
Blogger Julia said...

When I first saw it, I thought I didn't like it. But looking at it more, it's grown on me a lot. I love the colors . . . I guess I just wasn't ready to let summer go. :(

9/05/2007 3:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For the anonymous person who thinks "biannual" means once every two years: It doesn't. "Biannual" does mean twice a year. "Biennial" means once every two years.

9/05/2007 10:54 AM  
Anonymous LY said...

Hi totally agreed with the competition contest! and one question is why dunch you guy leave the fonts in white, much clearer than black!

9/06/2007 12:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

AWESOME blog. Keep up the great work, Ladies!

9/06/2007 3:24 PM  
Anonymous Ally said...

the quote is hard to see and maybe you should have worked on the left side of the layout more

9/07/2007 11:29 AM  
Blogger Tulz said...

I have to say it took a little while to get used to going from the bright colours of the previous one to this, but it looks great. I love the colours and the effects that you used on the models.

9/07/2007 1:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

im fine with the color palette of the banner. actually, i love the colors - dark but in a mystic way. however, artistically the whole thing looks a bit unthoughtful to me, like you guys just put together a collage 2 hours before it was launched. and the font color just doesnt look right! i love georgia but you totally should have fun with the font :)

Sophia

9/09/2007 12:47 AM  
Blogger Fashion Tidbits said...

If I have to be honest, I like the previous one better, but this one is very "fall" and everyone does like change...:)

9/11/2007 1:15 AM  
Blogger Lizy said...

Yeah..the colours are very dark..The glowing effects of the models are pretty cool..Wat kind of shoes is the model wearing?Waiting for a better post next time.Thanks

9/11/2007 2:20 PM  
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