Saturday, 30 March 2013

king-sized Easter wishes

'Nid de Puole' © by Roadsworth
I'm glad to wish you a Happy Easter weekend through
the playful artwork by a Montreal-based gifted street artist
known with the witty nickname of 'Roadsworth' who came
to stencil at night an abandoned bird's nest with three giant
eggs on the roadway. 'Roadsworth' started painting the
streets of Montreal in 2001 initially motivated by a desire
for more bike paths and a questioning of ”car culture” in
general developing his own stenciled language based
upon street markings and urban landscape features.
His work became popular in the fall of 2004 when he
was jailed for his nocturnal activities but he received
a relatively lenient sentence thanks to the public
support and gaining since then various commissions.
Check out his website crammed with stunning indoor
and outdoor artworks and enjoy a jolly good Easter!

Thursday, 28 March 2013

never forever

Time has come to delight in a red-hot mini collection
brimming with confidence and poise through gorgeous
colors and exquisite designs that smartly plays with
mainstream fashion rules, rebuffing all sort 
of hints and trends.

Called ”Never Forever”, the AW 2013-14 special edition
collection was dreamed up by sanguine Serbian fashion
designer Ana Ljubinković as a bid to introduce her
style keeping a tight grip on the optimistic side of fashion
and taming the visual with her own peculiar creations.
Exclusively made for the International Showcase 2013
event that took place in London in February, the 
stunning mini collection is a mix of Ana's s/s 2012 
and f/w 2012/13 collections.

”The original idea of this collection is almost incompre-
hensible to the perceptual consciousness, which is
why we can only see self-reflection, imagination and
self-knowledge. In this candy-colored concept, forms
are arabesque-shaped as they depict the fairy tale-like
world of the author, wishing to grab a cloud from the sky,
to paint it and then put it back up as a transcendental 

 understanding of the essence of the universe” 
her weblog's statement reads.

Colorful tight-fitting outfits cheerfully mixing bold colors
and patterns display the designer's unique approach
combining flora and fauna motifs with vintage dames
and cherubim, bold stripes and polka dots in symmetric
winged cuts with inserts and overlays often with
emphasized hips and shoulders, beaded tops that seem to
be covered with golden barnacles and her signature's green 
deer-shaped shoes (Ana designs also jewelry and bags).

The vivid images taken by Belgrade-based photographer
Miloš Nadaždin (who made a name for himself working
for Serbian magazines, mostly for Elle Serbia) bring to
the fore Ana's cheerful personality through her collage
effects in which textures and prints subtly call to mind
her fine arts background as well as a notable attention
to details. Ana's joyful mood can be quite contagious.

> all images © by Miloš Nadaždin <

Wednesday, 27 March 2013

let's get daubed!

image credit: Jayanta Shaw/Reuters, 2009
Let's greet the turn of winter into spring as Hindus
do all around the world celebrating the Holi festival,
that is to say with a splash of vibrant color.
That's why I pick out the gorgeous image of a Kolkata
boy being daubed in colored powder taken by Indian
photographer and filmmaker Jayanta Shaw who spent
years documenting the unique features of his home
country and is now working as a photojournalist for
Times of India daily newspaper after his workshop
at Reuters Foundation when he took the stunning
portrait. Holi 2013 starts today and will continue until
Thursday so let the colors shower bliss, Happy Dhulandi!

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

old wardrobes tell new tales

 I came across RCR Khomenko's fall-winter 2013-14
collection thanks to a couple of pictures that grabbed
my eyes all at once followed by a short video in which
an alluring model wears the collection's piece de
résistance, a colorful dress with intelligible 
Keith Haring designs.

images 1,2 © by Yana Tokarchuk, hair & make up by Helen Khodos
Model Eugene Skvarskaya, her face half painted red
and with blood red stripes under the eyes and on the
nose, subtly evokes the olden days; a bygone era when
rummaging the huge mahogany family wardrobe 
was an unexpected trove of treasures.

short movie frames via You Tube
Kneeled down in front of a RCR altar adorned with
a pale yellow lily, cute little porcelain houses and
candels of different sizes, Eugene reveals both sides
of the dress with two Haring prints in a Mondrian-esque
palette of primary colors while the Ukrainian label's chief
designer, photographer and journalist Yasya Khomenko
came to stage her own presentation at Mercedes-Benz
Kiev Fashion Days through a poignant performance,
sort of worshipping ritual in which models 
showcased her comfy cotton dresses.

images via the label's fb page/NowFashion

Ageless positive outfits, quite different from the label's
signature style being all played with pattern tailoring,
shapes and cuts with unprecedented oversized touches
and raglan sleeves: colorful and midnight blue dresses
and suits that look practical though exquisitely designed,
suited both for work and everyday wear but, most of
all, with the cheerful confidence of a woman who wants
to be like everyone in town still standing out.

short movie frame

Monday, 25 March 2013

cherry blossom in full swing

photo © by Koji Sasahara/AP photo
Please give me free rein to begin the week indulging
in the magic of Japanese spring where the iconic
blooming of cherry trees is blanketing the 
archipelago moving toward the north providing 
breathtaking poetical views.

'date of first bloom' March forecast map via JNTO
 Every year the country's weather services track the
cherry blossom front, sakura zensen, as it proceeds
northward following the rise of temperatures issuing
detailed blossom forecasts, yet this year cherry trees
in Kyushu island, Tokyo and Yokohama reached full
bloom in recent days, actually in one of the earliest
seasons on record taking almost everybody by surprise
(many foreign tourists who booked their trip to Tokyo  
for April are now likely to arrive late) except for the
keen local photographers who were quick enough
to catch the blooming en masse phenomenon.

photo © by Toru Yamanaka/AFP/Getty Images
photo © by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP/Getty Images
I've just selected a bunch of images, the most inspiring
ones in which the different varieties of cherry trees look
like beautiful clouds dangling their white and pale pink
flowers over roads, bridges, lakes and Buddha effigies,
to build up a brief virtual Hanami.

photo © by Koji Sasahara/AP photo
photo © by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP/Getty Images
Hanami stands for 'cherry blossom viewing' but in
Japan it usually involves picnic gatherings at parks,
temples and shrines to enjoy the profusion of flowers
having fun with friends, family or colleagues beneath
them (people are supposed to get higher than usual
having a Hanami party) so I hope their beauty will
convey a euphoric sense of wellness and joy.

photo © by Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP/Getty Images

Sunday, 24 March 2013

gorgeous Rasta sista

photo © by Selwane Evodia Melamu, May 2012
Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, yet I suddenly
fell in love with this self-portrait titled 'Rasta Daughter'
in which the sheer beauty of black & white meets 
the enchanting countenance of Selwane Evodia Melamu
(Eva) who took the amazing picture in her 
hometown Johannesburg, South Africa.
”In my Rastafarian culture, females are known as queens,
and the image I took represents me as a bust of the Queen
Nefertiti in Egypt” she wrote in a caption on her photo 
that has been short-listed for the Smithsonian Magazine's
10th annual photo contest. Editors are about to choose
the winners in each of five categories as well as a Grand
Prize Winner but we can still vote for the Reader's Choice
winner (voting will be open through Friday the 29th) 
and I'm quite eager to support her stunning take 
on the proverbial beauty of Nefertiti. Sterkte!

Thursday, 21 March 2013

Iris goes ready-to-wow!

Have you heard the news? Futuristic Dutch designer/couturier
Iris van Herpen who's universally known for her avant-garde
sculptural pieces utilizing 3-D printing and molding techniques
(latest post here) enters the realm of ready-to-wear 
becoming the hottest news in fashion these days.

As one of my fellow readers - Ana, the owner of 
'The Zeka', Serbian for 'Bunny', a brilliant weblog exploring 
the ”wonderful grotesque”, Hi, dear! - enthusiastically 
wrote: ”Iris van Herpen is the One - sent by the fashion 
Gods to save us”, her unique artistry deserves 
indeed a broader audience.

Iris goes ready-to-wear simplifying her signature's elaborate
creations marking the threshold of a new era: actually it took
five years (and countless tests I presume), to develop and
adapt techniques and materials drawn for her couture
experience. Called 'Phy·Tha·Go·Rash' making reference to
the 'Pythagoras tree', the plane fractal constructed from
squares shaped like a tree invented by Dutch mathematician
Albert Bosman in 1942 and, as likely as not, to her  
bailiwick shift, Iris' first mainstream outfits prove 
hers to be not a rash decision.

The Amsterdam-based visionary designer unveiled the
teaser photos of her RTW collection taken in NYC by
renowned portrait and fashion photographer Ralph Mecke
featuring Vancouver born versatile artist Grimes as
testimonial wearing some of the looks the collection is made
up of against a backdrop of bridges and chain fences .
Showing leather treated with lace and foil, snaking tubes
of fabrics, laser-cut Plexiglass embellishment spikes and
decorated cuffs, the clothes seem to gain simpleness 
while maintaining van Herpen's innovative lure.

Haute couture isn't affordable for everyone but I bet
that her original creations will soon gain new devotees;
moreover her flexible 3-D-printed jackets will be custom
made from now on thanks to a newly-developed device 
that will adjust the garment to the wearer's body 
pursuing the ideal concept of the perfect fit.
Form and function go hand in hand with Iris' 
ongoing commitment to innovation.

campaign teaser images (part.) © by Ralph Mecke, styled by Leila Smara
showroom pics and details © by ShowStudio

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

the 'punk at heart' globetrotter

Yang Li is ”a gentleperson with a punk heart” as he
introduces himself and a real globetrotter being born
in Beijing, raised in Perth (”the capital city of remote
Western Australia” as he points out), educated at
London's Central Saint Martins focusing on menswear
and trained in Antwerp interning for Raf Simons.

A professed punk-hearted designer could only be based
in London where Li eventually returned in 2010 to launch
his own creative studio working on both women's and
menswear but strange to say, he took his debut runway
presentation only three weeks ago at the Hôtel Salomon
de Rothschild venue during the latest Paris fashion week.

The collection's unveiling showed a fully grown personal
goth-elegant aesthetic with tailored outfits bearing a sense
of luxury and simplicity at the same time through which
Yang Li reinterprets classics such as the Chanel-type
jacket, the double-breasted woolen coat which is often
fastened with long glossy belts, his awe-inspiring takes
on the motorcycle leather jacket, which is opened on the
back and laced with cord to make it fit like a glove
and full-length flowing skirts  with a gripping 
metallic-looking skirt in silver taffeta.

Li showcased both his men's and womenswear 
AW 2013-14 collections using the same color palette and 
the same fabrics (both male and female models wore the
same ankle boots, though) yet this ain't a unisex collection
at all, Li's nervy silhouettes are extremely feminine and
classy: he actually works with the most experienced
Italian factories to produce his clothes and this can be
particularly appreciated taking a closer look at the finest
leathers he employs. What a great kickoff!

all catwalk images © by
details © by A Magazine Curated By

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

double exposures of a unique flair

It's a bit unusual for a fashion photographer to shoot
a ghostlike lookbook in which the outfits may appear
barely perceivable, yet the result can be amazingly filled
with a dreamy, haunting beauty. The stunning images
you're probably drooling over were taken by Peter
Olschinsky and Verena Weiss, the masterminds
behind 'Atelier Olschinsky', ”a small creative 
studio based in Vienna, Austria” as they 
unpretentiously introduce it.

”It is just so important to work as much as you can,
to learn and to be open to new things. The journey
is the award” their artistic statement reads, and they
had the nerve to explore a different approach to
illustrate the Mitgift (German for Dowry) ”House of 
the Three Girls” collection by fellow countrywoman,
couturier and interior designer Susanne Bisovsky.

I dunno if the Austrian gifted duo used the old-aged
double exposure photographic technique combining two
different images into a single one or if different shots were
digitally layered in multiply mode (it's true also that SLR
cameras nowadays allow multiple exposures on the
same image)
, yet I'm really mad about them.

Each single image combines two different outfits from
Susanne Bisovsky's haute couture 2013 collection:
a gorgeous work on shapes and proportions that skillfully
translates traditional knowledge and historical clothing in
present-day creations with Biedermeier style echoes and
an obsessive attention to craftsmanship and details often
using almost forgotten materials and textile techniques.

Bisovsky studied at the University for Applied Arts in Vienna, 
built up significant experience working for J.C. de Castelbajac
and Helmut Lang as well as for smaller Austrian brands,
teaching fashion at the same University before establishing
her eponymous label to soon develop her own 'ethnic couture'.
Her garments stand as a compendium of outtakes from the
world's archives of clothing showing baking skirts, hooped
hats, embroidered bodices and her signature's striped green
gown smartly bridging the gap between popular culture
and avant garde. Ghostly unique.

> all images © by Atelier Olschinsky 2013 <

Monday, 18 March 2013

making noise, not clothes

Japanese cult label UnderCover has developed
throughout the years a significant trademark through
deliberately slashed and deconstructed 'street style
friendly' garments. Run by gifted hipster designer
Jun Takahashi whose punkish byword sounds
”we make noise, not clothes”, the label gradually
established a signature anti-fashion aesthetic working
on men's and womenswear (he actually designed
also a running apparel line for Nike being himself 

 an avid runner) in the wake of Vivienne 
Westwood's initial influence.

Recently Jun Takahashi made his comeback in Paris
to showcase UnderCover's womenswear AW 2013-14 
'Anatomicouture' collection which ”is about internal
organs and bones, showing something from the inside
exposed to the outside. Like lingerie that's usually hidden
underneath, I used to make dresses and so expose them
to the outside” Takahashi declared to Swiss born,
Paris-based illustrator turned fashion photographer
and journalist René Habermacher in an interview for
The Stimuleye, the collective multidisciplinary
online platform sheding light on the most 
inspiring topics in today's art and culture.

Models wearing papier mâché bunny masks walked the
runway at the Pasteur Institute introducing an original
'scary cute' parade of rain slickers, perfectos, waxed
trench coats worn as a dress and cute little dresses
with body parts prints such as skeletal hands 
clasping the waistline, rib cages and hearts.
Among them a burgundy sculptural little dress, the top
ruffled with entrails (the guts and bolts of experimentation!)
and a studded heart while the bottom reveals fancy bone
and skull lace designs;  punkish sleeveless evening
jackets made by piling up vintage lingerie pieces and
white dresses with deconstructed men's shirt 
collars that make me go wow!

studio images  © by René Habermacher
Besides being a spearhead, Takahashi is experienced
enough to combine with ease his theatrical pieces
together with more wearable everyday looks: as
Habermacher wrote ”Seamlessly he migrates between
outfitter to the urban hipster to action art performer...”

aptly describing UnderCover's unique charm.

catwalk show pictures  © by Filippo Fior/InDigital/GoRunway