Friday, January 31, 2014

Lust Worthy: Bomber Jackets

Lust Worthy: Bomber Jackets



The fashion lust for all things sporty continues. Wearing a bomber jacket this season no longer means simply borrowing from the boys. The bomber trend has been updated this season with embellishment, non-traditional fabrics like satin, and wild colors that are anything but your average varsity blues.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Trend Alert: Arts and Crafts

Kate Moss by Mario Testino

"It's not enough to be a designer. These days designers want to be artists."
- Karl Lagerfeld



Arts and Crafts


Look to the runways instead of the museum for artistic inspiration. Designers like Kenzo(top left), Chanel (center) and Preen created wearable works of art with collections filled with color and prints fit for a gallery.

Look of the Day: Altuzarra Spring 2014


Monday, January 27, 2014

Flower Power: Christopher Kane Spring 2014

Flower Power

 
UK designer Christopher Kane puts a unique spin on florals, the ubiquitous spring staple. For his Spring 2014 show Kane took to textbooks for inspiration for the collection which features pieces that display a flower diagram.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Look of the Day: The In Crowd



 
A shot from the fabulous editorial titled 'The In Crowd' photographed by Tyrone Lebon for the New York Times Style Magazine (T Magazine). The editorial appeared in the winter 2012 issue.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Spotlight: Jacquemus


Fun and youthful French label Jacquemus is the perfect fashion pick-me-up. Young designer Simon Porte Jaquemus created easy wearable cotton ensembles for his Spring 2014 show held in a arcade.

Check out the Fall 2013 fashion film from the young label below.

 

JACQUEMUS / LA PISCINE from jacquemus on Vimeo.

Lust Worthy:Chloe Medium Clare Bag

Lust Worthy:Chloe Medium Clare Bag

Chole Medium Clare bag,$2,400 at Barneys.com

Look of the Day: Rodebjer Spring 2014


Relaxed, floaty silhouettes dominated Swedish designer Carin Rodebjer's third NYFW show. The idea for the collection was ease and the collection included such care-free pieces as kimonos and pyjama-like ensembles.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

AD Space: Celine

Juergen Teller shoots Julia Nobis (and Daria Werbowy) for Celine's Spring 2014 campaign. I love the energy and movement in this ad.

Look of the Day: Tommy Ton shoots Paris Couture Week Spring 2014


Eenie, Midi, Miny, Mo: Top 6 Midi Skirt picks

Top 6 Midi Picks


 
 

Top: Equipment,Skirt: Topshop, Sunglasses: Illesteva x Zac Posen, Shoes: Mui Mui.

Lust Worthy:Call it Spring Animal Print Mikesova Trainers



Lust Worthy:Trainers


Sneakers have gone Haute! Sporty footwear was paired with heavenly couture creations at the very recent Chanel spring 2014 haute couture show. 

Try this pair from Call it Spring. The contrasting bright orange heel and textured snake print puts a fashionable spin on a sporty classic.

Call it Spring Mikesova trainers, $49.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Art Corner: Allen Jones and Bjarne Melgaard


Russian-based fashion website Buro 24/7 published a photo of Garage Magazine editor and socialite Dasha Zhukova, sitting on top of a sculpture of a black woman in bondage by Norwegian artist Bjarne Melgaard. The photo popped up on both Buro 24/7 and Russian fashion scene fixture and Buro 24/7's founder, Miroslava Duma's instagram.

The public outcry was instant. Critics took to Buro and Duma's instagram citing racism further inflamed by the fact that the photo was published on the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Both Duma and Zhukova have since issued and apology and the offending photo has been removed from Duma's instagram an an altered version of the photo with the chair/sculpture cropped out is up on the Buro website.

From Zhukova:
The chair pictured in the Buro 24/7 website interview is an artwork created by Norwegian artist Bjarne Melgaard, one of a series that reinterprets art historical works from artist Allen Jones as a commentary on gender and racial politics. Its use in this photo shoot is regrettable as it took the artwork totally out of its intended context, particularly given that Buro 24/7's release of the article coincided with the important celebration of the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
I regret allowing an artwork with such charged meaning to be used in this context. I utterly abhor racism and would like to apologize to those offended by my participation in this shoot.
Garage Magazine has a strong track record of promoting diversity and racial and gender equality in the worlds of art and fashion, and will continue in our mission to stir positive debate on these and other issues.
Just what is the intended context? The Malgaard piece is in fact, as Zhukova states, a reinterpretation of British pop artist Allen Jones bondage sculptures.

Sculptures by artist Allen Jones

The original sculptures by Allen were done in the 60s and bring up questions of gender and the objectification of women. The sculptures presents women as mere sexual objects and reduces them to basic form and function devoid of any humanity or power.

Melgaard expands on Allen's orginal work by recreating the Allen sculpture with a black woman. The addition of race injects even more connotations of discrimination and oppression. Further compounding these messages is the Buro 24/7 photo itself which depicts a well-to-do white Zhukora sitting atop the chair.

The fact that Zhukova uses art as a refuge in which to claim sanctuary just exposes not only ignorance, as art is not created in a vacuum, but also brings to light the troubling trend of the fashion industry's racial insensitivity that is too often explained away by 'art', a creative expression not intended to offend.




Just earlier this month Belgian designer Van Beirendunk sent his models down the catwalk in Milan with Native American headdresses that read "Stop Racism". The headdresses were in response to the appropriation of Native American culture by fashion designers. Such incidents of appropriation include A Victoria Secret fashion show in which models walked down the runway with Native American headdresses and Chanel's pre-fall Western/Native American inspired pieces complete with feathers and headdresses. Chanel's designer Karl Lagerfeld responded to criticism of using the headdresses by saying that he did not mean to offend anyone and was just paying homage to Dallas, the city in which this years Metier d'art show took place.

Exposing these instances of supposed ignorance is the first step in opening up a dialogue on race in fashion.Fashion, art, nor any other medium should not be a refuge for the culturally illiterate. Couching discrimination or racism in creativity just helps to further obscure the underlying racial issues in fashion.



 

 

Trend Alert: Suspenders


Add a bit of boyish charm to your outfit with suspenders. Try this pair from ASOS or these vintage inspired suspenders from Levi's

Pics l to R: Doutzen Kroes for Vogue Paris and a street style pic of Russian designer Ulyana Sergeenko.

Look of the Day: Charlottle Rampling


It's all about basics. Less is definitely more.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Instagram:Prada Men's Fall 2014


Spotted on renowned Make-up Artist Pat Mcgrath's Instagram account. A backstage shot of model Natsya Yatchuk with mega lashes at the Prada Men's 2014 show.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Western Wear

Chanel Pre-Fall 2014

Last month in Dallas Texas, Neiman Marcus gave Karl Lagerfeld the store's award for Distinguished Service in the field of fashion. The same honor was received by Coco Chanel herself in 1957. Dallas was also the setting for Chanel's Métiers d'Art showcase. Fittingly for Dallas, Lagerfeld drew heavily from Western motifs. Fringe, feathers,cowboy boots, and leather were plentiful on the runway as the wild west was won all over again by the storied couturier.


Clockwise L to R: Hat: Forever 21, Lara Cowboy Blouse: Poppy Lux, Belt: Mango, Bag:Elena Ghisellini, Chambray Ranch Shirt: Blank NYC, Shoes: TOGA, Buckle bracelet:Max&Chloe, Boots: Brian Atwood.

Top Photo: Vogue Paris