Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Dressed up for summer 2010

Fashion journalist Agnès Boulard in the movie

It is the time of the year when movies try to nudge into various rankings. Director Loïc Prigent did not have the rankings in his mind shooting HABILLÉES POUR L’ÉTÉ 2010 (DRESSED UP FOR SUMMER 2010). The movie chronicles Agnès Boulard (better known by her TV pseudonym, Mademoiselle Agnès) catching the runway shows, or rather contemplating which one to choose. Agnès yawns and whistles while sitting front row at all the shows, and does swine-flue kisses.

The documentary build around the premise that Paris isn’t doing enough to support its emerging design talent. Anna Wintour seems to be touted for the effort of promoting the young designers in the U.S—hence the questioning of what French or Italian Vogue has done for the new. But if only magazines with wider and wider volume as the most proud feature are seen as the way of promoting the burgeoning names in fashion, wont’ the names make it faster to the airport dumpsters than to the mass’s purchasing lists? Or maybe reaching to the mass is not necessarily the ultimate goal of some designers, just like the release of this documentary?

Anyway, color, joy, fashion, and fun—the key words for Marc Jacob’s collection, are what the New Year looks forward to.


Chanel showcase

Left, Agnès Boulard as Anna Wintour at the Lanvin show in 2008. 
Right, the real Agnès Boulard.
Source: nytimes 

Friday, December 25, 2009

Monday, December 21, 2009

Holiday Window Display (3)

A holiday window pop-up with no Santa or reindeers? Tokujin Yoshioka (吉冈德仁 ) made it at the Maison Hermès in Tokyo. The silky scarf softly sways in the air in response to the image of Tae Kimura (木村多江) projected on a monitor.  As Yoshioka puts it “one can perceive someone behind the scarves as if life were being breathed into them”.

If Issey Miyake (三宅 一生) had not looked for non-fashion talent to bolster his product line, Yoshioka’s collaboration with fashion designers may not have started that early. Besides the clever designs that shows the natural movements in daily life, the names of the projects are playful and memorable too: “media skin” cell phone, “honey-pop” chair, “kiss me goodbye” chair, “crystal forest” Swarovski storefront in Ginza, “pleats please”, and now, how do we name the Hermès display? Obviously “blown away”.

Collaboration with Issey Miyake

Colloration with Swarovski in Ginza, Tokyo

Collaboration with Camper

Friday, December 11, 2009

Holiday Window Display (2)

                    Photo credit: Racked

Since it’s opening with a snazzy alien and an astronaut in the window display at the MePa in 2008, Moschino has been making other window pop-ups in the district work harder.  The Burglary scene at Vince during Fashion’s Night Out undoubtedly cracked up the shoppers and allured them inside, only that it is a year behind Rudolph the Robber in Moschino. The Cosmic Dust installation for the holiday at Calvin Klein is not lack of festive glitter with all the light stars, only that the astronaut looks a bit lonely.

Enjoying poking fun at the industry with the coined slogans as “Stop the fashion system!” and “Ready to where?”, Franco Moschino has always created the windows personally until 1993. His legacy is left safely with Rossella Jardini, who has kept the witty spirit of Moschino alive. This season’s window display—Santa at Therapy, once again, stayed faithful to Moschino's quirky and imaginative style.

Moschino Aug, 2008

Calvin Klein Dec, 2009

Moschino Dec, 2008

Vince, Fashion Nights Out, Sep, 2009

Moschino Queen of Hearts, March 2008

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Holiday Window Display

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The swan has paddled away, the rat has been dizzy spinning in the hamster wheel, the pink cow ghost is mooing over the Warhol-ed out Marc photo, and Pepe Le Pew ran for some deodorant. Now it’s time for polar bears and penguins to finally meet in the Marc by Marc Jacobs holiday window display this year. 

Having been in a polar bear costume himself, Marc Jacobs didn’t forego the opportunity to collaborate with The Climate Project (TCP)—dressing up the polar bears with holiday red scarves and hats. Only that the drop of tear is a bit overkill.

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