Archive for January 2012

Lagerfeld vs. Lagerfeld

Sometime in the early 60s, the Argentinian author J.L.Borges had published a short story entitled “Borges and I“. In doing so, he introduced the concept of Self as being separate from the public persona perceived by readers through his works. That’s an inspired technique he used often along his entire work, which also allowed him to take a critical attitude towards himself, referring at Borges as somebody who “has put together some decent passages, yet these passages cannot save me.”

There’s always a sense of modesty and self irony in Borges’ writings. We cannot say the same thing about Karl. However, watching Karl Lagerfeld’s recent interview, released for Net-A-Porter, I felt something different and unexpected. The 78 years old designer talks to himself. So, for the first time (and the last time, as he claims) it’s Lagerfeld vs. Lagerfeld. Enjoy!

 

Livin’ In A Cage (Part 2)

We’ve already admired Gareth Pugh’s white-cage-dress, featured in a recent editorial of Tush Magazine. And now, here’s a black-cage version, in a beauty editorial of Vogue Russia.

Hush editorial in Vogue Russia, February 2012/Model: Alla Kostromicheva / Photo:  Emma Tempest/ Styling:  Camilla Pole/ Hair:  Halley Brisker / Make-up: Zoe Taylor/ image via fashiongonerogue.

Men – Behind The Scenes

The catwalk show may be the main attraction for every fashion addict. But nothing compares to the backstage images of the show, especially when they ‘re shot by  Sonny Vandevelde – “the fashion photographer trying to give you a glimpse behind the scene”. I mean, you can really get a glimpse of it, but also a fresh perspective on the next season’s fashionable looks. It’s not only about the outfits, it’s about posture, expression, spontaneity. The clothes look more ‘real’ and ‘alive’, because they’re worn by people after all… no stereotypes, no restrictions, just a few guys doing their work and having fun.

It seems that Rick Owens’ monk sobriety gets a sporty twist for the next season men. Which is very nice.

Henrik Vibskov’s oversized outfits are mixing a lot of textiles techniques with some statement head- pieces. Once again, he doesn’t seem to care about anything, breaking the rules and following his own way;

Raf Simons – sober look, bright cuts and a Tilda-like hairdo;

I love this crafted- tribal look at Damir Doma…

and the man-machine from Mugler

and Dries Van Noten – oh yes, he knows how to use color like no one other!

Dior Homme.  Of course, nothing compares with their last Summer collection, but I admit that the sporty couture in black & white looks pretty cool.

Jean Paul Gaultier comes along with his bohemian style, fake tattoos and spirited boys. The brick-outfit is genius!

This one is my favorite, I have to say it! I always loved red & black in bold stripes (and this time, it’s not Yohji Yamamato, but Riccardo Tisci). The Givenchy Collection for the next Fall is really fresh and powerful. Take a look at those nose – accessories, they’re perfect!

Great rush behind the Galliano show… plus a delicious mix of matt and shiny black.

all images source:  sonnyphotos.typepad.com

Hakuchi

Few artists are able to build an entirely new imagery starting from a traditional background. Definitely, the Japanese artist Shohei Otomo (aka Hakuchi), is one of those happy few. We don’t know many things about him: he graduated from Tama Art University, and, soon after that, he managed to develop a personal style, gaining international recognition with  his signature ballpoint pen illustration. Further, he keeps it simple – always using black&whites with some killer red accents. His works are just impossible to ignore, they’re powerful, filled with a genuine creative passion and a lot of attention for the details. Although we can get an idea about his inspiration – manga, traditional Japanese iconography, western comics, gheisha look or samurai attire, it is still difficult to drop Shohei’s art in a particular style. It’s just his own style. For me, it’s like Sin City treated a la japonaise, or like a playful alternative of Bjork’s infamous Homogenic cover, designed by Alexander McQueen.

But, what I like most about Shohei Otomo’s art is his particular spirit of vitality, the enthusiasm of mixing violence with juicy fashionable elements, always adding a dose of good humor. I think the Europeans have a certain (mis)understanding of  the Japanese culture, which they often regard as minimal, intellectual, sober and colorless (the Japanese fashion makes no exception). But, as the Harajuku style already showed, there’s a lot of creativity out there, a sense of theatricality and a creative optimism. And Shohei Otomo’s art stands as a major proof for it.

The Alternative Girls

… blondes or brunettes?

Tank Girl (1995, starring Lori Petty) vs. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (2011, starring Rooney Mara)

 

*JEFTA*

Jefta is young (24), Jefta is talented, Jefta loves art, and, most of all, Jefta is mad about the human body. His photographic work revolves around the body, exploring it in various creative ways, from lighting to projecting, from freezing to fragmenting, constructing and deconstructing, always questioning and finally refining a very personal statement.

Jefta Hoekendijk, or simply JEFTA, is the name behind this stunning photo series, entitled Human Sculpture.

 

Creative Objects

Alexander McQueen‘s famous clutch versus the Magistral Cabinet by Sebastian Errazuriz .