Monday, 28 February 2011

silent poetry

Radio antigua
American dancer and choreographer Twyla Tharp rightly 
defined art as the only way to run away without leaving home 
and her savvy quote can be easily used to describe the 
unique artistry of Robert Romanowicz.

Gato volante
The versatile Polish visual artist who works in Wroclaw as 
an architect and graphic designer is also a top-quality 
illustrator and painter as well a cheerful toy designer and 
a 3-D expert with an unstoppable passion for images.

His poignant illustrations appeared in oodles of media, 
from books to magazines, his distinctive paintings 
(on plywood and canvas) exhibited in many galleries 
and googlin' his name you'll get thumbnails in droves. 
Robert also loves shooting with old film cameras and 
naming his artworks with Spanish humorous 
titles (check out his blog here).

Maquina del tiempo
Maquina forestales
Painting for Robert is a mental hideout from the architect's 
routine made of planning, tallying and plotting out projects, 
something giving him a limitless freedom spreading 
the wings of his vivid imagination.

Beta e karoten
Forestales chico
I simply adore his technique by mixing oil and acrylic paints 
as well as the collage works and his color palette which 
is quite inspiring with its strong earthy tones, 
bold red-yellow and turquoise hues.

¡Me vuelvo loca por el!


Sunday, 27 February 2011

McQueen's savage beauty

Golden dress from AW 2010 collection
London's Fashion Week a few days ago unveiled the 
forthcoming ”Alexander McQueen: Savage  Beauty” 
New York exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum 
of Art honoring the late fashion genius.

Ensemble from the Voss collection, S/S 2001
 During a press breakfast at Piccadilly's Ritz Hotel British
“first lady” Samantha Cameron together with fashion icons
Anna Wintour, Stella McCartney and the label's new creative
director Sarah Burton presented a preview of the show
which will run from the 4th of May up to July the 31st.

'Plato's Atlantis' ensemble from S/S 2010 collection
Thomas Campbell, Met director and Andrew Bolton, 
curator of the museum's Costume Institute praised the 
unique artistry of McQueen's work “...he can be 
considered no less than an artist whose medium of 
expression was fashion.” Campbell said.

'The Horn of Plenty' dress from AW 2009 collection
The Ritz Hotel was where the much lamented designer first
showed his subversively tailored graduate collection based
on the movie “Taxi Driver” which abruptly revealed his talent.

Dress from the AW 2010-11 collection
Dress from the Voss collection, S/S 2001
Dress from the Voss collection, S/S 2001
The thematically arranged exhibition includes highlights from
the designer's debut “Nihilism” collection of 1994 through to
his posthumous ”Angels & Demons” featuring over 100
pieces of work from his extraordinary 19-year career.

'Dante', ensemble from AW 1996-97 collection
“Memories are so fresh” said Bolton who is also the author
of the upcoming namesake book with contributors Tim Blanks
of and Susannah Frankel, fashion editor of The
Independent newspaper, exploring McQueen's inimitable
virtuosity. One more reason to make the Met worth the trip!

>all images by Sølve Sundsbø/TheMet via<

Andrew Bolton's holographic book cover

Saturday, 26 February 2011

sea-wishing day

Spring is bashfully approaching inducing a resolute craving
for loafing around by the seaside and that's why I chose this
cute little mermaid wooden sculpture by Japanese artist
Yoshimasa Tsuchiya photographed by Hiroyuki Takenouchi.

So vulnerable and dreamy. 

Friday, 25 February 2011

simply the best

Miuccia Prada always knows how to renew her painstaking 
style even in the utmost gluts, combining intelligence and 
creativity with her own trailblazing vision and direction.
Her new fall-winter collection, yesterday on display in Milan,
is a compendium of next season's trends at its best.

Turning the stereotyped feminine clothings for seduction 
such as high-heeled shoes, fur, reptile and sequins into 
their opposite: innocence, fun and elegance 
Prada is once again in the lead.

Do women adore sequins? She makes them bigger and bigger.
Do they like fur? She makes it even more massive and fleecier.
And what about snake leather? She uses python with irony for
coats and stuff manteaux as well as for handbags and shoes 
with contrasting toe and heel.

A groundbreaking collection with her signature's contemporary
allure and shrewd hints to the 60s like the down-belted 
above the knee coats with Mondrianish window patterns 
in matching colors adorned with silver or big colorful 
buttons or with faux fur applied.

A few weeks ago in an interview with a British magazine
Prada said she gathers the things she doesn't like to use 
them as the starting inspiration for the next collection, 
therefore her creations do not diminish airheaded 
or preconceived fashion notions, she simply makes
fun of them while making them even beautiful.
Simply the best.

all images by GoRunway via Vogue Italia

Thursday, 24 February 2011

once upon a time...

Could you imagine a graduation project in Fashion Photography
about the mocking connections between children and the 
gruesome aesthetic narrated through a visual story in which 
an apparently nice boy troubles a girl of same age whose 
characters slowly develop all through the tale revealing 
their own unexpected quirky traits?

It's what half Brazilian, half Italian photographer and stylist 
Isis Linguanotto amazingly did for her MA degree from 
London's College of Fashion with her imaginative 
“Boo! A garden full of nightmares” book project 
exploring kids visual depiction through childlike 
illustrations and photographic portraits in a fashion 
context also featuring a poem by Suket Rari Har.

Isis previously graduated in São Paulo's School of Arts Faculdade
Santa Marcelina in Fashion Design, needless to say specializing
in styling and photography and worked in her hometown as a
designer before moving to London where she currently lives.

It's through her dark humor and the tricks the ironically
portrayed innocent lad plays with the girl that the symbolic
yet somehow gloomy narrative shows Isis's main inspirations
such as Quentin Blake's drawings, the works of filmmaker 
Tim Burton and the black and white etched mise en scène 
of German expressionist cinema and American film noir.
What an original blend of a children's book and 
a witty kidswear editorial it is.

all images © of Isis Linguanotto Photography
this pic by

Wednesday, 23 February 2011

thriving Mary

...Mary comes now, let Mary be,
can you see her down on the street?
Mary's laughing 'cause Mary sees
that she's a-wearin' that dress for me...

“Good good day”, Nick Cave, 2005

Greek born, London-based talented young designer 
Mary Katrantzou briskly made her name in the world 
of fashion thanks to her hallmark oversized trompe 
l'oeil prints which in truth seemed either attractive 
or a bit bizarre at my very first glance 
reminding me some vintage Versace's.
Her summer 2011 collection was quite interesting
but it didn't turn me into a zealot, though.

Her fall-winter 11-12 catwalk collection show in London a 
couple of days ago proved quite the opposite: a gorgeous, 
much more fashion-focused and more tailored collection 
in which “print is pushed above and beyond where we 
have seen it before, clashing and contrasting, across 
garments, overwhelming the viewer but not the 
wearer” she wrote in her programme notes.

A highly sophisticated collection actually taking Mary's 
undeniable ability to new heights: this time her own 
trademark mind-blowing graphic dresses are translated 
in cashmere jacquard and even Made in Italy knitwear 
or printed on silk chiffon, satin and velvet, 
uncannily playing on cuts and silhouettes. 
A feast for all eyes!

all images by via Vogue Italy

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

'backstaging' in New York

NYFW welcomes attendees © Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images
While in London the shows are going on and Milan and Paris 
are warming up, the Mercedes-Benz branded New York  
Fashion Week successfully came to an end with impressive 
numbers: 144 runway shows, 76 presentations and thousands 
of attendees accounting for more than $466 million spend 
in the two issues held in September and February.

Runway schedule and boots backstage at BCBG Max Azria's © Associated Press
A look chart and shoes in Vena Cava's backstage, © Joe Corrigan/Getty Images
Jason Wu's model chart backstage © Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images
Let's take a tour behind the scenes of the event with the aid of  
”The Big Picture”,  the outstanding photographic division 
of The Boston Globe online daily journal, not without 
mega thanks to all the photojournalists who let us 
have an underhanded peek through the back doors.

Model rehearsing before BCBG Max Azria's show © Shannon Stapleton/Reuters
Vibrant ankle boots of a show attendee © Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images
Discussing lighting before Tadashi Shoji's show © Lucas Jackson/Reuters
A make-up diagram backstage at Tadashi Shoji's show © Lucas Jackson/Reuters
South Korean designer Son Jung Wan during a fitting © Mike Segar/Reuters
Labeled dresses before the Heart Truth's Red Dress show © Eric Thayer/Reuters