Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Loss of Innocence

Following his Loss of Innocence collection, Kinder Aggugini was guilty as charged to inaugurate Macy’s designer collection February 2011.  Watch out Frankie Stein, you and your Monster High buddies no longer have the darkest outfits on the block.

Kinder Aggugini has taken little pretty children’s dresses, opened them up at the seams and inserted darker fabrics. He may have had Leigh Bowery’s performance on the mood board when choosing the macabre and juxtaposing fabrics.

Will Frankie Stein’s cut-out fabric be too unbearable for the lightness of the princess’s dresses? Or will the doll spring dresses be too innocent for the Monster High society?

Kinder Aggugini's S2010 collection
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Monday, October 25, 2010

SUPER: “One year later”


Blazer buttoned, tie straightened, maroon beret fixed. The ensemble of the Halloween costume pays tribute to the person who writes nothing but stylish films.

Yiba Jaba
What’s the secrete, Wes Anderson?

Mr. Anderson
The secret?

Yiba Jaba
Yeah. You look like you’ve got it all figured out.

Mr. Anderson
I don't know. I think you just gotta find something you love to do,
then do it for the rest of your life.

From Spoke Art's show in San Francisco: Spoke Art
Best blog anniversary gift from Spoke Art: 

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Tradition, Innovation and Translation

The fashion of tomorrow has always seemed more lovely than the fashion of today to the “king of fashion”, Paul Poiret  in the 30s. Poiret would find the upcoming show in Barbican endeavoring to convey the same type of loveliness. The oxymoronically titled exhibit—Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion—opens in London this week featuring designers including Issey Miyake, Rei Kawakubo, Yohji Yamamoto and Junya Watanabe, etc.

The galleries are arranged into four sections: In Praise of Shadows; Flatness; Tradition and Innovation and Cool Japan.

Do not expect a delivery of Japanese tradition as interpreted in Paul Poiret or Alexander McQueen or Quentin Tarantino who employed the language of orientalism. The non-Japanese designers inspired by the kimono create theatrical possibilities of visual effects, but the translation seems, insistently, a bit word-for-word. Rei Kawakubo’s monochromatic black may not indicate much Japanese revitalization. In her ingenious world however, Kawakubo is holding a Hattori Hanzō sword of creation and fighting the battles she wants to fight.

Reference: interviewmagazine

 Paul Poiret's kimono inspired dress, and kimono coat
Björk in McQueen's kimono
Photo credit: xolondon

 Quentin Tarantino in tuxedo-kimono

Irving Penn's queen Amidala in kimono

Friday, October 1, 2010

Fruit Faces

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Portraying the direction for his Z Spoke line, Zac Posen was never ambiguous-- “for the hipster who has grown up and gone to work”. The idiosyncratic, if not childish, illustration by Daisy de Villeneuve might help Zac Posen to bring out the little kooky sensibility from the bottom of the heart of those grown-ups.

The collaboration of Daisy de Villeneuve and Zac Posen resulted an off the wall S/S 2011 collection of Z Spoke. The communication between the British illustrator and the American designer must have gone well enough to shun any “he said, she said” moment.

Having Peter Blake as a family friend, is it possible that Daisy de Villeneuve, delivering Zac Posen’s idea of fruit faces with the distinctive felt-tip pen, was inspired by Sgt. Pepper’s faces?

 Photo credit: Vogue UK