Paris Fashion Week SS 2016 – Comme Des Garçons & Yohji Yamamoto

October 3rd, 2015|Categories: Fashion Designers, Runway|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

At last, it’s time for the bold originality from two brands that never disappoint.   Comme’s designer Rei Kawakubo is the definition of original.  She takes ever convention about fashion, every cliche, every expectation and obliterates it.  Completely dismissing things like references or influences or call back, she creates structural pieces of wearable art that are gorgeous in their inscrutability.  This collection is a tight sixteen looks, that defy definition.  Yohji Yamamoto is much the same.  These Victorian goth punk looks, complete with over sized black parasols, hoop skirts, loose bustiers and petticoats, ending with a Winona Ryder in Beetlejuice red wedding dress.

Comme Des Garçons

Yohji Yamamoto

 

Fall/Winter Couture 2015 – Viktor & Rolf

July 10th, 2015|Categories: Fashion Designers, Runway|Tags: , , , , , , |

Couture is often described as wearable art, a phrase that Viktor & Rolf took literally this season.  In past collections we’ve seen them produce some beautifully architectural pieces, extending and sprouting off the body like a Cubist Vegas showgirl’s costume.  This season draped and wrapped canvases, frames and all, onto their models, and then taking these dresses off the models and hanging them on the wall to finish our gallery tour.  This is something beyond originality, beyond imagination.  This is why couture exists.

Homage to John Kacere by Robbie Fimmano for Interview, March 2015

March 19th, 2015|Categories: Art, Erotica, Fashion Editorials|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

This lush editorial from March’s Interview magazine is an homage to artist John Kacare. Kacere was one of the pioneers of the photo realism, painting ladies’ torsos clad in lingerie.   His subjects were usually lounging in bed, giving the paintings a sense of intimacy, with an emphasis on the fullness of curves.

John Kacere’s work

Death Becomes Her: A Century of Mourning Attire

October 23rd, 2014|Categories: Art, Fashion|Tags: , , , , , , |

“Death Becomes Her: A Century of Mourning Attire,” the fall Costume Institute exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, which opens to the public on Tuesday, is a powerful reminder of how, during much of the 19th century, the mourner’s wardrobe was distinctly defined, and how it evolved at various stages of grief. The show is arranged chronologically from 1815 through 1915, with about 30 looks, two of which are men’s-specific and one is for a little girl. The theme may come off as a little morbid, but far from sad. Instead, it’s a study of a past ritual that was mainly expressed via fabrics, i.e., matte right after the death of a beloved, with a gradual introduction of color, pattern and even shine as the mourner works through the grief. (text from here)

 

Emma Watson portraits by Mark Demsteader

September 25th, 2014|Categories: Art, Celebrity Editorials & Photo Shoots, Film|Tags: , , , , , , |

In case you haven’t seen it yet, you must watch Emma Watson’s moving speech for the UN about the importance of equal pay, women’s reproductive rights, and feminism in general.  It’s intelligent, honest and full of solid truths that need to be addressed.  You can support the HeForShe movement here.

Artist Mark Demsteader created a stunning collection of portraits of Emma Watson in 2011 to commerate her 21st birthday.

There is a gallery in Oxford that I used to look in after school which exhibited Mark’s work”, says Emma. “His paintings were always my favourite. For my 21st birthday I decided to contact Mark to buy some of his work. When he asked if could paint a series of paintings of me, I was a bit nervous about the idea at first but obviously incredibly flattered – it was an opportunity I couldn’t turn down. I am Mark’s biggest fan and I am hugely grateful.

The collection is comprised of 34 portraits of Emma in different mediums – charcoal and gouache drawings, ink paintings and oils.  Mark said of the “EMMA” collection: “It has been a wonderful privilege to work with Emma on these images. The idea behind them is to make a collection to celebrate Emma’s birthday. I wanted to capture a moment in time, and by making each piece a quick snapshot, I hope to capture Emma as she reaches 21. In some way I hope these works celebrate Emma in what she has achieved already, and in all the many possibilities to come.”

Mark Demsteader agreed that 10% of all sale proceeds and one of the pieces will be donated to Emma’s charity of choice, CAMFED International (uk.camfed.org) which supports the education of girls and economic empowerment of young women in Africa. You can view all of the portraits on Mark Demsteader’s official site here  (text from here )