Archive for November 2011

V & R Fairy Tales

Everybody loves fairy tales, especially the Dutch duo Viktor & Rolf . So, it was their turn to launch their little fairy tale book. Filed with their charming and weird universe, the object contains 12 stories, together with their illustrations.

“The stories are all fantasy worlds that are recognisable as part of Viktor & Rolf’s often dramatic vision… In the tradition of all the best fairy tales, the stories all have a strong moral message” (read more on Telegraph.co.uk)

 

UnHate!

CAN FASHION STILL HAVE A POLITICAL AMBITION?

The campaigns promoted by United Colors of Benetton always did! Remember Oliviero Toscani’s iconic images?
This time, Benetton wants the world to “UNHATE”!

Campaign includes Ahmed Mohamed el-Tayeb and Pope Benedict, U.S. President Barack Obama and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy, Palestian leader Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and an extra for U.S. President Barack Obama kissing China’s leader Hu Jintao. The closeups are featuring manipulated images of world’s leaders and major figures kissing on the mouth. Indeed, the content will rise controversy, the approach may seem exaggerated, problematic. But, at least, they can’t leave you indifferent.

These images are part of a bigger UnHate project sustained by Benetton (check out the site). Imagine one of these photo covering half of a building – that’s inspiring enough!

Extreme Lacing

 

I don’t know how “wearable” are Iris Van Herpen‘s fantastic outfits yet, but the shoes that she designed in collaboration with United Nude definitely are! When the concept is great, there’s always a way  to move ahead, for spectacular & marketable projects. The S/S  2011 Collection of United Nude x Iris Van Herpen stands out as a perfect sample for keeping the dream and still moving ahead.

 

Dark Vision

Forever Dark – a fashion editorial in Vision China / Photo: Michael Donovan / Styling: Katie Burnett / Model: Sheila Marquez/ images via fashiongonerogue.com

 

Visual – vision- visionaire. Every cultural avant-garde defines itself through the power of its vision. The vision on fashion, art, mood, body etc. Now, let’s take a look at the source of the nihilist images above: Vision China.

“VISION is a leading art and fashion magazine showcasing the international visual art, fashion and culture to Chinese readers. With its unique visual expression, VISION has seen tremendous development of the Chinese creative industry since 2002, exerting
great influence on the new talents in fashion, art and design in China.

VISION cannot be interpreted as a traditional magazine, because it is so visually exuberant and sensational that only sedated value will be filtered after in readers’ mind. What is the spirit of fashion? What is lifestyle with international taste? What is the individuality among the trendy flock? What is the true beauty people look for? VISION never offers definite answers, but provoking these questions is what we always wish to do.”


Instead of Make-up

Gareth Pugh – Fall/ Winter 2011/2012.

What happens when you mix technological appeal with fashion’s new tribalism? It’s a kind of beauty revolution, it’s Gareth Pugh.

Gareth Pugh is no stranger to the wonderful world of makeup. As you know, Gareth Pugh isn’t interested only in clothes, his dark beauties reveal a deeper challenge on the body level. Designing something for a cosmetic label sounds natural to him, and really makes sense. Gareth Pugh has developed a new line with Mac Cosmetics, that will come out in November. So, we’re expecting some  interesting packaging designs,  black lipsticks, angular lashes and butterfly-wing-inspired polishes.

 

Made in China

“Made in China” means something different now than 10 years ago. In the past, China manufacturing was all considered uniform. Now, there are distinct differences among regions in China, with better-quality goods being made in the southern provinces. There is so much European luxury manufacturing done there already, and with that, better-trained workers. Often Italian workers are brought in as well to teach traditional techniques. Southern China is also becoming more expensive to manufacture. It’s no longer the mass-produced low-cost center.” (read more on forbes.com)

I won’t talk here about Made in China as a label referring at pure manufacturing process. It’s about Made in China as covering the entire fashion process: the dress imagined- created-produced-finished-displayed. China is more known as a luxury consumer rather than a producer. But the Chinese can also produce and create beautiful things, there are also some established high-end labels that have originated from Hong Kong and China. And there’s no wonder – the Chinese culture is a sophisticated one, it’s about color and opulence, it’s about dragons and gold, about thoroughness and inventiveness.

Just take a look at their  Spring/ Summer 2012 Collections,  recently displayed  at China Fashion Week, held in Beijing from October 24 to November 2.  Note the spectacular “couture” outfits mixing traditional Chinese inspiration with Western trends and techniques – they’re quite impressive. The beauty close ups are breathtaking.

 

Playin’ With The Flags

I was really impressed when I came across these images. These are flags, actually Romanian flags, reworked by American artist Andra Ursuta.