My obsession with fashion, as I know it, started with glossy pages, and if I had my way I would be sleeping on the magazine collection I once owned. No joke. Before there were e-magazines, online editorial destination or digital versions of our monthly fashion obsessions I had subscriptions to Marie Claire, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, W magazine, Vogue, UK Vogue, UK Elle for almost ten years. A little over 800 hundred magazines, could of made a good base for bed, but having my magazines be 800 hundred reasons for some sleepless nights I just couldn’t do. Continue reading “Chillin on my Tumblr Corner. You joining?” »
Imagine the lyrics to Carrie Underwood’s song “ Good Girl ” paired with an original score from composer Hans Zimmer as the soundtrack to Alexander McQueen’s Pre-Fall 2013 collection! It would be the halo to complete the presentation. This collection must be what Sarah Burton would want the ladies of the church to wear if they ever get promoted beyond nunhood. Continue reading “The Church of Alexander McQueen” »
Should it be the classic Chanel jacket, the quilted handbag? Maybe it’s Chanel perfume/cologne or all of the above!
To call any one of those a rite of passage from the legendary fashion house just doesn’t have the same effect now that it did about a decade ago. To own a piece of Chanel then was a sign of success and wealth. You may have inherited your bag as a family heirloom, and you cherished it by taking it out on only special occasions.
Fast forward to present day and everybody is carrying that quilted double C thing, even the babies. Continue reading “Rite Of Chanel Passage.” »
These past few days I’ve been running around like a hat-less hipster, trying to gets things together for a shoot this weekend. With all of the extreme weather pounding New York City these past two weeks, and being consumed with the the elections, tt’s been a bit hard to get my creative mojo popping again and finalize the small details.
So today, I’m going to distract myself with some movie time featuring the house of Dior sharing it’s magic through the eyes of talented actress Marion Cotillard. She has been the face of Dior since 2009, and with this romantic web documentary series, Cotillard shows us behind-the-scenes of the ateliers and locations that makes up the legendary Christian Dior history.
Btw: I watched while munching on banana chips and nutella which made improved the experience for me!
Episode 1: Fantasia
Episode 2: Up and Up
Episode 3: Metamorphose
Episode 4: In Lily’s Body
Keep checking Dior since this Lady Dior web series has more coming soon!
Music producer, rapper, fashion designer Pharrell Williams, does well when he collaborates. From songs to fashion and art, Pharrell knows how to share the creative spotlight with the likes of Jay Z, to artist Takashi Murakami and outerwear brand Moncler, making the results artistic gold!
September tends to feel like an early Christmas gift for myself and fellow fashion brethren around the world due to giddy gasp moments during the fashion-week season. Well there is one on-line retailer who wants to add jolly moments for a selected few. Luxury on-line shopping destination Motilo has partnered up with the London fashion designer Jonathan Saunders to exclusively live-stream his Spring Summer 2013 runway show on their site on September 16th! You will also be able to pre-order pieces from the collection before the last fashion editor leaves the show! Motilo is excited over this partnership so they’ve decided to celebrate and spread the love with a competition!
This form of competition isn’t as intense as what the Olympians had to go through during the Olympic Games, but you may need to do the Kanye West Workout Plan since part of your reward will involve shopping for new clothes!
One person’s trash is another person’s masterpiece in the making. Designer Minas Gerais creations, from the clothes to the accessories, shows her range of creativity during her presentation at Minas Trend Preview Show in Brazil, but her headpieces are what blew my mind. The hats are made of newspaper, with a paper mache technique that were meticulously crafted, and they vary in shapes and sizes. Who would want to step out the house with any of these on their heads for fear of a terrible wind blowing it off or some rain drops touching these pieces of art? A place on the wall is where it should be, or on someone’s head during next year’s Met Gala!
Birds of a feather flock together. That couldn’t be truer than the people I’m friends with on facebook. Besides my family, most of my facebook friends have something to do with the arts, mostly fashion. They either create, illustration, capture, sell it or wear it very well. We all have this common ground than keeps us going back for more every season, month, week, and day.
I couldn’t think of a better group of people to ask my fashion related questions.
Question to all: Whose personal style has influenced your own?
Let’s practice pronoucing the names of all eight pairs of shoes from Christian Siriano for Payless collection because come fall there will be no time to look up the style name or try describing it to the sales person.
Yesterday at 11am EST, I was dressed in my head to toe Valentino look, front and center at a press conference waiting for the official launch of the Valentino Garavani Virtual Museum at MoMA, which was hosted by Anne Hathaway. Then around 11:15am EST , the Youtube channel started to livestream the press conference and I came back to be reality. I was home, sitting in front of my computer with a red maxi cotton dress on, my eye glasses on, and a bowl of oatmeal to the side, which was never finished since all my attention went to Anne Hathaway and every other person after her, that spoke.
I wanted to hear every single word that was spoken at the press conference, as history was being made by Valentino Garavani, a fashion house 5o years in the business and by the man behind the name, who doesn’t even how to operate a dvd player. His words, not mine.
As each speaker had their time at the podium sharing some history, the groundbreaking present and the future of the fashion house, I counldn’t help but look at this virtual museum as another way for Valentino to take control of the brand he and life partner, GiancarloGiammetti, built for over five decades. For those who’ve been under a rock, Valentino retired from designing ,October 2008, and since Valentino and Giancarlo haven’t been making clothes or discussing fashion shows, they created an exhibit last year of the fashion designer’s early works, “Valentino, Retrospective: Past, Present and Future.” That exhibit was the seed that started to grow into a early Christmas gift delivery December 5th 2011 that will keep on giving.
As of 12pm yesterday, the www.valentino-garavani-archives.org became downloadable for everyone to view Valentino’s designs and creative career with over 5,000 images of dresses, illustrations, photographs, and 95 videos of his fashion shows all neatly packed into a new revolutionary virtual 3D experience. The idea is to replicate a visit to a palazzo with white walls and a glass roof exposed to a sunny sky. “It is the first time there has been a virtual fashion museum — and people can interact. We don’t want Valentino to be just from the past. We want something alive for the future.” words from Mr. Giammetti, who also explained how this virtual museum will be beneficial to students who can dissect garments and view the craftsmanship of legendary pieces up close, such as the bridal dress of Jacqueline Kennedy for her marriage to Aristotle Onassis or the vintage Valentino dress Julia Roberts wore the night she won her Oscar.
Its only a matter of time, before other fashion houses and designers launch their own virtual museums. I can see it now, no more hoping or praying that a fashion exhibit will be passing through the city where you live in. Collections that most of us will have to travel around the world to see or pieces of fashion history that a handful of us will ever get the chance to own, can now be at our fingertips to gawk at for hours. I know it’s nothing like seeing theses works of art in person, but when will that opportunity happen for most of us? When will we ever be able to view every single garment or accessory created by the designers we love ? Love for the virtual museums should be growing now.
Individuals who has the web as their only form of communicating and keeping up to date with the world around them, a virtual museum is the another source of education or an experience that books or a teacher may never be able to take them on.
The leather trench is suppose to serve double duty as a jacket and a top, just a bra and cami underneath this green beauty. The two bags… well I needed red to be incorporated somewhere (paying homage to Valentino and his love for the color red) and since one bag is a cross-body, the other can be a clutch. It’s my Valentino look, I could do no wrong once there is some red in there.
“Capturing Yves Saint Laurent’s rapturously received spring ‘58 debut for Dior and a selection of the designer’s show-stopping bridal gowns throughout the decades”, Nowness.com “exclusive clip is taken from new documentary L’Amour Fou. Translating to “Mad Love,” the film traces the 50-year romance between the fashion legend and industrialist Pierre Bergé which started in 1957 at Christian Dior’s funeral.”
As of late, I’ve been encountering people who would like to become fashion designers, just like something they decided one day to do as a long term hobby. No research was done or schools attended, not even the effort of trying to get an internship working for a label. Some people just figured that with enough cash in their pockets to spend, they can buy a career in the fashion industry.
Looking through “the glass door” from the outside, they may see fashion as this glamorous world, where everyone is dressed so well and we say words like fabulous, extraordinary all while getting choked up or emotional about the clothes. The thing is, if those people looking in, were to rub that glass door, making it easier to see through and stay longer staring into our “glamorous world,” they would notice that behind the fashion, their are those of us who’ve worked countless hours, days, months, and years to prefect our crafts. We’re not in it to make quick money, it’s our passion, some of us, obsession, and others, it’s because we love doing it. The business of it, is part of the whole package, and we try to make the two work, but ask some fashion designers out there, and most would prefer to be in their studios or showrooms, creating clothes rather than crunching numbers.
1: Be authentic. The most powerful asset you have is your individuality, what makes you unique. It’s time to stop listening to others on what you should do.
2: Work harder than anyone else and you will always benefit from the effort.
3: Get off the computer and connect with real people and culture. Life is visceral.
4: Constantly improve your craft. Make things with your hands. Innovation in thinking is not enough.
5: Travel as much as you can. It is a humbling and inspiring experience to learn just how much you don’t know.
6: Being original is still king, especially in this tech-driven, group-grope world.
7: Try not to work for stupid people or you’ll soon become one of them.
8: Instinct and intuition are all-powerful. Learn to trust them.
9: The Golden Rule actually works. Do good.
10: If all else fails, No. 2 is the greatest competitive advantage of any career.
Lessons list via Edwin Himself
Photos VIA JakandJil.com