Everyone loves Disney stories. But how many of you ever wondered what happened after the fairy tale is over? What became of Snow White, Cinderella, Ariel, Belle, Jasmine, Red Riding Hood, Pocahontas, etc..? Indeed, life is not exactely like in fairy tales and artist Dina Goldstein’s Fallen Princesses series delivers an alternative point of view (cruel, surprising, horror, funny, bizarre?).
Dina Goldstein is a conceptual photographer with a background in editorial/documentary photography. For Dina photography is intended not to produce an esthetic that echoes current beauty standards, but to evoke and wrest feelings of shame, anger, shock and empathy from the observer so as to inspire insight into the human condition.
Fallen Princesses series was born out of deep personal pain, when she raged against the “happily ever after” motif we are spoon fed since childhood. The series created metaphor out of the myths of fairy tales, forcing the viewer to contemplate real life: failed dreams, pollution and ocean degradation, war, obesity, the extinction of indigenous cultures, cancer and the fallacy of chasing eternal youth. By embracing the textures and colors created by Walt Disney, which built a multi-billion dollar empire exploiting these fairy tales, Fallen Princesses exposed the consumerism that has negated the morality of these ancient parables. It also begged the question, “how do we define the concept of ‘good’ and how do we live a ‘good’ life?”
Fabian Oefner – Liquid Orchids (paint action photography) / via designboom.com
Fabian Oefner (born 1984, Switzerland) is a curious investigator, photographer and artist, whose work moves between the fields of art and science. His images capture in unique and imaginative ways natural phenomena that appear in our daily lives, such as sound waves, centripetal forces, iridescence, or the unique properties of magnetic ferroliquids. His exploration of the unseen and poetic facets of the natural world is an invitation, as he says, “to stop for a moment and appreciate the magic that constantly surrounds us.”
The liquid orchids series is the result of Fabian’s experiments with colored fluids shaped for a second into floral like forms and captured with high speed photo camera.
The bold colors and shapes in Fabian Oefner’s images are truly invigorating and inspiring (I cannot help but connect it with Celine S/S 2014 fashion collection).
Satu Maaranen, S/S 2014 - Garment in Landscape, photo: Chris Vidal Tenomaa
Satu Maaranen, a Helsinki based designer, graduated in 2012 from Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture. Her MA graduate collection won first prize at the prestigious Hyères Fashion Festival 2013 by unanimous decision. It’s no wonder!
Firstly, Garment in Landscape is definitely that kind of concept simply impossible to ignore in the context of superficial, fast-forward fashion trends. Secondly, the sculptural forms and amazing details (hats, gloves, bows) bring back into fashion the almost lost appetite for couture pieces. Finally, the innovative fabrics are entirely worked by the designer, covering silk, cotton and viscose with sand, sawdust, water and grass effects.
Satu Maaranen’s collection (shown everywhere, from Hyeres to Premiere Vision Paris and Berlin Fashion Week) is not only artsy, fashionable, innovative etc., but it is significant as a personal statement in the realm of contemporary fashion design. Being into the fashion and beyond it, at the same time, it’s the ultimate challenge for every designer.
J.W. Anderson, Fall 2013
Maison Martin Margiela, Fall 2013
Meadham Kirchhoff, Fall 2013
Rick Owens, Fall 2013
Saint Laurent, Fall 2013
Simone Rocha, Fall 2013
Stella McCartney, Fall 2013
Alexander Wang, Fall 2013
Acne, fall 2013
Ann Demeulemeester, Fall 2013
If you’re still wondering what shoes to wear this fall, I’ve made a small selection directly from the catwalk. Most of them might not look like your dream shoes. Some of them are almost ugly, some of them are a bit risky, most of them are bold and adventurous. So, why not?
images via vogue.com