Sunday, June 21, 2009

The Natural

The light of the moon shifts over the empty building with only a girl and the finest of garments. The natural hair, the unnatural clothing. The texturally molded dresses create an air suppression- this feeling offset only by the heavy hardware of the accessories. This editorial is one that uses light just as much as styling. From Vogue Nippon June 2009;

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Writtenafterwards A/W 09

Japan fashion week is really something special. Designers Yoshikazu Yamagata and Kentaro Tamai of Writtenafterwords reused and reformed paper, tape, wire, cardboard, and the usual textiles to craft these exorbitant roses. Other indistinguishable pieces more represented as walking sculptures stepped down the already avant-garde runway.

There is a divide; a curtain, between the western world of fashion and the eastern world of fashion. On the West, we have the original aspects of traditional fashion held high: fine materials, aesthetic value, and nothing too different. The West draws inspiration from the ideas and functions that worked previously. Perhaps a cause to this effect is the downfall of the Western economy (America). On the other side of the planet; the East, we have the strong idealism of reconstruction, excessive avant-garde, and more of an art than wearability factor. Look at Manish Arora. It's possible that the closest thing the Western world has to this is London fashion week. Both worlds of fashion support each other in a way. I couldn't pick a favorite if I had too!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Jacques Henri Lartigue

French photographer and painter Jacques Henri Lartigue, born in 1894, started using a camera at the age of only six, and continued throughout his lifetime; seizing almost a century of French culture through his lens. Never before had automobile races, frolicking children, and fashionable Parisian women been captured in such a way. 120 photo albums, a MoMA exhibition, and various magazine editorials are among some of his grander achievements.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Kafka on Dresses

Photo from Alexander Mcqueen F/W 09:

"Often when I see dresses with many pleats and frills and flounces, draped beautifully over beautiful bodies, then I think to myself that they will not long be preserved in such a condition, but will acquire creases that it will be impossible to iron out, dust in their details so thick it can no longer be removed, and that no woman would wish to make such a sorry exhibition of herself as to put on the same precious dress every morning and take it off at night.
And I see the girls who are certainly beautiful, displaying various attractive little muscles and bones and taut skin and masses of fine hair, and yet daily appearing in that same masquerade, always laying the same face in the same hollow of the same hands, and having it reflected back to them in the mirror.
Only sometimes in the evening, when they come home late from a party, it looks worn to them in the mirror, puffy, dusty, already seen by everyone, almost not wearable anymore."

-Franz Kafka

Saturday, June 13, 2009


There are hundreds of reasons why I adore Vogue Nippon, hundreds of reasons why I will always love the red Versace dress in the first photo, hundreds of reasons why I fancy editorials on the beach, but in real life detest going to the beach for a vacation, and lastly, thousands of reasons why I cherish Summer.

From Vogue Nippon July 2009


Thursday, June 11, 2009

Christopher Kane Resort 2010

Sheer Brilliancy - innovation through textiles. Florals? So yesterday, so dull, cadaverous, and dreary. Christopher Kane used images of nuclear test explosions from the fifties to the seventies sourced from the internet to cover his simple but delightful little dresses. The imaging on some of the dresses is so strong; it's almost as if the fabric emits hysteric intonation. Kane's growth as a designer is progressive, for sure. There's no end to the arete of each and every one of his collections.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

New York, New York

19 days and counting until one full month of fabulous New York.
It's up to you, New York, New York !

Image: shift

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

“Colors, like features, follow the changes of the emotions.”

- Pablo Picasso

Ahh I love this editorial. The detailed clothing flows with revelry and the morphed garments cut into the whole of the photo- it's metamorphosis of raw materials; models, camera, and clothing turns to this. The light only enhances the exhausted and manipulated colors- it brings out the vivid tonality and story line.