Saturday, 30 October 2010

insane asylum

Tomorrow night the whole world will celebrate Halloween, 
the eve of All Saints' Day: children will solicit candy or 
treats door-to-door wearing costumes, carving jack-o'-lanterns, 
attending costume parties or watching horror movies while 
the grown-ups will entertain themselves committing pranks or 
being involved in more heinous practices and unorthodox behavior.

So let's celebrate this Halloween weekend with the amazing 
photos taken by my young Canadian friend (on facebook at least) 
Jason Stasiw of Spun Photography, the unique and creative 
freelance photo service from Thunder Bay, Ontario, 
who came to realize together with multimedia company
Crystal Sync Productions “Insane Asylum”, a series
of grungy portraits mixing horror, sexy and fashion.

Jason and his talented associates, makeup artist Jess Muloin 
and hair stylist Amanda Puukila, found an asylum-esque 
location as well some creepy ways to separate light to make 
this outstanding photo shoot dressing the young model with 
garter belt fishnet stockings and straitjacket in reference 
I guess to something that restricts freedom of action 
or expression. Such an original spooky trail which is 
actually stylish much more than scary.

All pics by Jason Stasiw (obviously on the left)
Have a Happy Halloween Weekend Everybody!

Friday, 29 October 2010

autumn symphony

So sorry I made no post yesterday but I've been snowed under 
with urgent duties for a couple of days and this made me 
think of the first snow of the season which is gently 
falling up north, such as in the awesome city of St. Petersburg, 
Russia, where the riveting fashion shop AMBISH is located.

AMBISH sells the best collections of Russian designers women's
clothes and accessories following the latest trends but the shop
bears a unique vision: its interiors and clothes may be used by
photographers for photo shoots and they willingly welcome the
artworks of new designers.

Kristina Kislitsyna is the talented photographer who realized 
the shop's lookbook in a charming autumn mood showing 
professional models Xenia and Anastasia in the gardens of 
the gorgeous city surrounded by fallen leaves magnifying 
the elegant beauty of the collections currently on display.

Living and working in St. Petersburg, by specialty architect 
and interior designer, the young visual artist builds up a full 
and fascinating portrait of Ambish's range of dresses mastering 
the subject of fashion photography as a real professional 
in spite of taking pictures only as a leisure activity. 
Congrats Kris, you did it. 

Поздравляю тебя!

Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Hong Kong garden

I've been working hard all day long and I have to keep it on
even tonight 'cause my deadline is tomorrow morning, but
I can't miss the exciting opportunity to show you the powerful
images by Hong Kong-based photographer Hung Ng.

His “Dragon Garden” series of pictures is too amazing to 
take no notice of: lush landscaped gardens in the former 
British dependency returned to China in 1997 are the 
gorgeous background for this surreal 'geometric geisha' 
shoots showcasing his righteous aptitude and skill.

Hung Ng and his own h5 production imagine service provider
is specialized in fashion, beauty and portraiture supplying 
model casting, location scouting, styling, make up and hair 
and this photo session perfectly shows the quality 
of the services his team is able to provide.
Anyway I recommend you to take a closer look to 
his own unrivaled portfolio of quality pictures, 
I bet you'll be totally enthralled like I did.

all photos (here resized or chopped down) by Hung Ng via 

Tuesday, 26 October 2010

artsy chic in Tokyo

image credit: Will Robb photography
Last week the young bohemian of Japanese fashion,  
Shida Tatsuya, hit the nail on the head with his buoyant 
catwalk show at Tokyo's Japan Fashion Week introducing 
his ss11 collection which includes delicate and 
extremely wearable cotton dresses, amazing 
bolero jackets, long-line cardis, micro and 
macro polka dots in a 60's Parisienne mood.

Born in 1978, Shida Tatsuya studied fashion design at 
Nagoya Mode Gauken before marking his presence 
in Japan's fashion milieu and abroad since 2006.
His approach to creation is playfully quaint with his 
French-inspired heavy layered dresses tailored in 
an appealing and amusing way with items and accessories 
coming directly from menswear, like wide-brimmed 
hats and double-breasted trench coats.

Color blocks ranging from forest green, coral red 
and lemon yellow in reminiscences of vintage flags, 
fluttering ribbon ties and long scarves give the image 
 of a free spirited woman, so confident of her own 
charm gushingly walking the streets.

all other images from

Monday, 25 October 2010

seven days in Tibet

Tibet is the well known, enchanted yet troubled region on the 
northern side of the Himalayas which forms a high plateau 
with an average elevation of over 12,500 feet (4,000 km) 
where gifted photographer Nicoline Patricia Malina took 
amazing colorful pictures in a week-long photo shoot for 
three distinct editorials by Indonesian fashion magazines.

An uneasy task that the Surabaya-born photographer accomplished 
at her best with stylist Michael Pondaag and model Zhang Fan.
Nicoline Patricia Malina studied fine arts in Hogeschool voor 
the Kunsten in Utrecht, Netherlands, where she established 
her own business working as a fashion photographer before 
moving to Jakarta where she lives receiving commissions
and working for clientele in Indonesia, Singapore and China.

The first three pics are from the forthcoming Harper's Bazaar 
Indonesia November editorial correctly called “Seven Days in 
Tibet” showing traditional silk gowns, cheongsams and woolen 
clothes worn with black turtlenecks or printed tees in 
central Lhasa whereabouts, from mountains blanketed 
in snow to the Potala Palace in vibrant, enticing hues.

Fourth ensemble shows pics made for the teenage audience 
of CosmoGirl, the Cosmopolitan spin-off magazine targeting 
teenage girls, in the current Indonesian issue called 
“The Highlands Adventure” where the tall Chinese model
wears layered youngish outfits made of tight striped 
sweaters, chiffon skirts or leggings cleverly accessoried 
with boots and chunky wedges.

Last pics are from Amica Indonesia October's editorial appropriately 
called “Tibetan Descent” with classy garments and outfits 
suited for fully grown readers: a fantastic example of a 
stylistic representation made in total agreement with
each monthly magazine's distinct style and readership.
Truly amazing and invigorating like a healthy breath of fresh air.


Sunday, 24 October 2010

socialist or Dadaist?

The word socialist implies an opposition to the untrammeled 
workings of the economic market and it's a bit strange 
to find this name applied to a fashion collection but 
it's not so odd when it comes to be rooted 
down in the designer's cultural experience.

“I'm a good socialist” is the latest collection created by 
Serbian-born designer Sasa Kovacevic for his own label Sadak.
Sadak is the ancient name for a traditional sleeveless jacket 
worn in some of the Balkan regions and its original meaning 
is transformed and adapted to contemporary reality by 
the young Berlin-educated designer who holds a strong 
ethnographic tie to the traditional attire of his motherland.

Graduated from “Kunsthochschule Berlin-Weißensee” 
Sasa made his first breakthrough at Berlin Fashion 
Week last year, he is generally inspired by the idea 
of culture and history often reinterpreting traditional 
and/or historical clothing and while doing so he retains 
a fashion-forward approach to his creations, which 
often consists of tribal elements, local beliefs, 
and influences of different traditions.

Sadak's work is also fueled by an interest in activism and 
revolution. Through his work Kovacevic brings the voices
and experiences of traditionally and historically marginalized 
cultures to the forefront of contemporary fashion. 
His collections are recognizable for their color scheme, 
distinct patterns and reinterpretation of traditional 
costumes which allow each collection to make a 
characteristic statement. The various colors, textures 
and patterns used in Sadak's designs call for bold 
representation of voice.

The current “I'm a good socialist” collection began with research 
about socialism in former Yugoslavia, the ideas from which 
Kovacevic applied to the creation of his own fictional 
"micro-nation", named “Ex-Land”. The constitution of 
“this new nation” is described entirely through its fashion. 
The “laws” of ex-land are communicated through 
statements and “socialist” symbols created on the clothes.

They seem to me, through the remarkable photos made by 
Daniel “Samo” Bolliger, a clever mixture of constructivism 
and a Dadaist approach which aims to mock fashion conventions 
with its independent yet distinguishable figures, motifs, 
objects and statements. A genuine interpretation denoting 
visual harmony, character and aesthetic value.

all photos by Daniel “Samo” Bolliger

Saturday, 23 October 2010

Friday, 22 October 2010

technorigami clothes

The future of fashion lies in extending the frontier of 
knowledge finding new environmentally friendly ways 
to make clothing bringing on the art of creation yet 
developing new products that reflect what people need.
Japanese fashion icon Issey Miyake and his Reality Lab., 
a research and development team formed by the designer 
in partnership with textile and pattern engineers Kikuchi Manabo 
and Yamamoto Sanchiko, came to present “132 5. Issey Miyake” 
collection, a range of clothing that expand from two-dimensional 
geometric shapes into structured origami-like garments.

The Reality Lab., formed back in 2007 and based upon 
collaboration and teamwork, produced an unprecedented 
collection of ten basic two-dimensional patterns which 
eventual clothing items being decided by the lines 
they're cut along and the way they are folded in position.
The designer used a computer modelling program created 
by mathematical researcher Mitani Jun to create 3-D
shapes to be modeled in paper adding cuts and fold lines 
until they can be square-flattened.

Japan is the country of beautifully-made things but this 
brand new process strikes a balance between being 
fashionable and wearable being really pioneering: each 
single garment is folded into a square, when one grasps its 
top and pulls it upwards a three-dimensional shape is revealed, 
produced by the folds and determined by all acute 
angles and triangles that build up the item's structure.

The basic patterns impressively become skirts, pants 
or one-piece dresses depending on the cut-lines in altered 
positions with many clothing variations made by various 
scales and combinations of the same shape.
Beauty when folded, free-flowing elegance when worn:

Miyake merges mathematics with the art of making clothes 
forging new connections between fashion design, revolutionary 
recycled fibers and the human form always looking at each 
piece from the standpoint of its aesthetics and comfort.

Thursday, 21 October 2010

make it snappy

Gareth Pugh's
Miu Miu's

Wednesday, 20 October 2010

ink & wash textile masterworks

“I consider myself being a fashion designer and an artist as well.
I adore drawing, especially ink brush painting. Every color may be
expressed by simple monochromatic ink and wash, drawn on
traditional Japanese paper...” these words come from one of
the most acclaimed designers of Japan, Koshino Iroko.

She has been hardworking for more than 50 years
in her own proficient way taking inspiration from anything
that catches her eyes, from traditional culture to street
fashion earning with strength, vitality and a 
remarkable aptitude for style a global recognition.

She's the quintessential stylist: strong, imaginative and
self-confident and not only a prolific fashion designer,
she's also a well-respected calligraphy artist
as well a gifted painter. Her artistic concept is
the “suibokuga” 水墨画, the typical Japanese water-ink
monochromatic painting style using gradiations to create 
a sense of light and shade usually on silk or traditional paper,
a pictorial technique who shares many features with calligraphy.

The preparatory designs for her ss11 collection started from drawing 
paintings: half of them are single color suibokuga, other half are
colorfully inspired by the magic of Vietnam and these paintings
are the original design and unique textile for the collection.

She shows her homeland's cultural heritage aesthetics
made of volume and layering but expressed in a Western 
framework yet again exploring the strained relations between 
strong Occidental influences and Japanese core values.

All season's themes are in it: geometric shapes, floral
patterns with a 50's allure, navy style and ethnic touches,
minimalistic black: once again her artworks come to life 
thanks to her timeless, unmitigated elegance.

photos by: Shimamura Koji/