Monday, April 30, 2012

Ghost World by Daniel Clowes

Ghost World originals at Oakland Museum of California

 Ghost World movie

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Elemental worlds

An imagined journey drawn by Moebius for Voyage d'Hermès

Photo credit: Hermès
Watch it from  Hermès

Photo credit: comicscube

la mort d'un maître 

Photo credit: jerksinspace

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Seduction of Jonathan Saunders colors

 David Hockney's flower on iphone
Photo credit: The telegraph

 Jonathan Saunders, Fall 2012
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If Jonathan Saunders were to have a live performance on stage as Dries Van Noten did, wouldn’t it be surreal to see David Hockney painting flowers on the wall? Hockney, working on a runway, may have to photo reference his own work on ipad. Well, the second best choice for Jonathan Saunders show would be projecting David Hockney’s picture taking into shape, the way he works on screen now, at the background.

Hockney was no stranger to fashion runway, as the documentary “ A bigger Splash” opened with young Hockney sitting in the front row at a vivid fashion show.

“No one knows what makes a picture memorable” said Hockney with an air of nonchalance. He does not mind that color seduces on an iphone or ipad screen, compared with a canvas. “Don’t you want to be seduced?”, said Hockney wittily at his Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent Foundation show. The same vibrant color was splashed all over the runway of Jonathan Saunders show. Who wouldn’t want to be seduced by the bright geometric and floral prints, dreaming that they are sitting by a sunlight-reflected swimming pool in California?

Jonathan Saunders, Fall 2012
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Sunday, January 22, 2012

Runway show or runway walk

Dries Van Noten, Fall 2012 Men, Photo credit: i-D

When Sarah Burton admitted that theatrical runway shows are Lee’s territory and she can’t try to pretend to be him, we realized that gone with McQueen was the era of runway shows with the confluence of performance and stage design.

A few designers, however, are stubborn enough to keep putting on runway shows that are the antithesis of simple-white-background runway walks .  2012 opened up with a runway performance of Dutch artists live-painting the artworks used in Dries Van Noten’s prints. The prints are so fresh that they seemed to be still wet and smeared on the psychedelic canvas.

Backdrops are to runway shows what clues are to detective stories. A 60’s underground art scene could be deducted from a Warhol interview scripted on Yves Saint Laurent’s chalkboard. Using Café de Flore and the chanson duo Bridget as the setting, both Alice+Olivia and Victor&Rolf revealed a typical French gamine. A backdrop of Jean Brodie's classroom in Peter Jensen’s show set the scene of the dismissed Miss Jean Brodie suspecting who betrayed her. Without backdrops, the runway, although less distracting, may not be approved by Agatha Christie.

 Yves Saint Laurent, Fall 2012 Men, Photo credit:

Alice+Olivia, Fall 2012, Photo credit:

Victor and Rolf, SS 2012, Photo credit:

 Peter Jensen, Fall 2010, Photo credit: