My efforts to expand into horizons beyond the color black haven’t exactly been going so well (more on that in another entry) but here is one of those attempts:
Everything is from the summer clearance section of Zara (as you might be able to tell from the dressing room!) except the lambs fur vest which is current season, and the SSWTR shoes.
I really love the vest, though I feel rather pompous when wearing it, perhaps due to its voluminosity? Hopefully that’s something I’ll get over soon.
Her outfits have a streetwear inflected vibe, which is a bit of departure for me- though I definitely would make an exception for one of Mishka‘s eyeball sweatshirts!
Continuing the quest to diversify and lighten up the wardrobe , I’ve looked towards Julius’ S/S 2010 c0llection as a point of reference.
Trying to move away from that singular asymmetrical draping effect that’s so prominent now, and towards something more soft and…Grecian? The use of drapery has somehow become heavily associated with the dark and “edgy” and tormented, which is all and well but I’d like to challenge myself challenge to take this sartorial motif that I enjoy so much and turn it around…we’ll see how this transition goes..in due time of course!
Though apparently there has been a lot written about this video and the model featured, I must have missed out on that coverage completely. A screen shot from the video served as my computer’s wallpaper for ages, but I never knew about its origins until now.
Created by burgeoning photographer/filmmaker Matt Sundin, it features the striking featured, up and coming model Camille Mervin Leroy, who has posed for Rad Hourani and Jean Paul Gaultier.
Just don’t call her Alice Gibb.
The film’s flickery, atmospheric dream-like quality is right up my alley! The light leaks/flashes are somewhat reminiscent of Mark Borthwick‘s work. I’m not completely sure based on varying reports, but it might have been made in conjunction with Rad Hourani as a project?
Look who’s back….the hiatus from blogging was necessary as I was feeling frazzled, uninspired and overwhelmed by the pressure of keeping up with the ~blogosphere~ (typing out that word makes me cringe so hard).
Especially at a time where everything supposedly new and exciting just seem like unecessary additions to an already over-saturated and homogeneous market. It seems like a lot of these new young brands pop up solely to target bloggers and their often young readerships with renditions of the same white-hot trends over and over again and have no viable plans for sustaining their labels. When people allow themselves to be pandered to so easily, why not? It might be too early to tell, but I expect we’ll be seeing a lot of unfortunate flame-outs in the not so distant future.
And the homogeneity doesn’t just end there. Everything is simply “sooo killer”, wicked, extreme and hardcore 2 the max these days, it seems. Nice Cramps and Misfits shirts, I wonder if much of the populace in question have ever listened to a single song of theirs before. (Personally, I’m not a fan and think it’s absolutely heinous to wear a shirt of a band that you know nothing about in earnest.) Dressing in a certain style is one thing, but you shouldn’t really have to change your whole persona to fit the look and get the “cred”.
Wondering if I should even bother trying to catch up and read the backlog posts? It might be impossible at this point, haha.
( Vogue Paris via tFS)
On a more positive note, start saving your pennies for +J, Uniqlo’s line created in conjunction with Jil Sander.
It’s not just hype!! I was beyond fortunate enough to assist on the shoot for the campaign and scrutinize every single piece in the line. None of the images released so far do any justice to the collection!
There are THE best wool coats, razor sharp trousers, blazers, shirts, super soft cardigans and so on. The quality and fits are goooood. Personally, I’m looking to pick up one of the blazers and a coat, so you can be sure I’ll be there bright and early when it’s released in October, obligations be damned!
And the campaign is really beautiful too…wonder when the rest if it will come out?
Shot by David Sims and styled by Joe McKenna, longtime Jil Sander collaborator- he used to style her campaigns and shows when she still had ownership of her namesake brand, so he definitely knows what he’s doing. I was a bit dubious of the choice to use Isabeli Fontana for this at first, but it just shows how very little I know about such marketing matters… she looks great and really showcases how elegant and impeccable the clothes are.
I’m really into simplicity, comfort, and ease. I also like to obscure myself under big hoods, scarves and huge swaths of material and shut out everything. Though this most likely attracts more attention than anything else.
Ridiculously cool fur-lined hood by Bless.
My ideal garment fitting this type would be a soft, thick and fluffy “body bag” hoodie…a hoodie that zips all the way up over the face.
Yes, Rick Owens Drkshdw line has one, but I’m not such a big fan of how it looks/fits:
So in the mean time, I’ll just wait until someone else catches on.
Could someone please buy these, so that I won’t be tempted to?
Trying to buy less “novelty” items in order and save money for a good pair boots or a jacket, something useful and timeless, but it’s proving to be really hard.
And this shouldn’t come as a surprise:
Breaking self-imposed blog ban to clear my head a bit.
I’m still fuming over Alaia’s glaring ommission from the Costume Institute’s Model As Muse exhibit, considering that Alaia’s working history practically defined that special relationship between designer and model. His pieces should have been presented up front and center. Here we see the politics of dueling continental curatorial sensibilities in action. I’m really surprised that someone as respected and sensitive as Harold Koda would provide such a weak response about this. Once again, Anna Wintour’s commercial interests and stagnant, decidedly pedestrian taste dictates the agenda, lauding the likes of Justin Timberlake/ William Rast instead. Maybe this is just bitterness speaking as I won’t get a chance to examine Alaia’s works up close now!
Now, back to work…40 pages to write by next week then I’m free!
I’m so behind in life right now thanks to this pile of tedious assignments.
With that said, let me share some exciting news- I’m assisting a stylist whose work I admire most fanatically!
With fringe/border and youth subcultures being a major focus of my studies, and a long standing interest in menswear and the evolution of Japanese street fashion, this couldn’t be a better arrangement.
About that “little project” I mentioned back during spring break-
Honestly, the idea was in place before I even saw that Undercover coat on Jak&Jil..
Soon after, while browsing around at Eryn Brinie , spotted this:
My plan was centered around a pair of wings. However, I wanted to make the entire garment myself. Despite sewing lessons from my skeptically amused mother and several days of practice, I was too scared to even cut the fabric- didn’t want to ruin the $10 worth of material that I hadcarefully selected. And that is why I have a pile of sequins and some really nice dove-grey silk chiffon still lying around…
Hopefully I can pick up where I left off once school’s over. So much work…such a short attention span!!
I was recently introduced to the stunning, atmospheric works of Aoi Kotsuhiroi…I’ll let the images do the talking.
These creations are painstakingly constructed out of materials such as human hair, semi-precious stones, lacquer, and “pit-fired porcelain”.
Clearly, these correspond well with the resurgence of hair used as adornment, whether on clothes or accessories. These bring to mind Victorian mourning jewelry.
Please take a look at the website for more pieces, as well as some gorgeous photography.
**All images courtesy of Aoi Kotsuhiroi