Archive for February 2013
From February 13th until April 7th, ATOPOS cvc is presenting its ARRRGH! Monsters in Fashion exhibition at La Gaîté lyrique. The craziest, sexiest and most radical monstrous creatures are invading Paris!
Atopos is a non-profit cultural organization based in Athens. Founded in 2003 by Stamos J. Fafalios and Vassilis Zidianakis, Atopos is already a powerful reference in contemporary fashion, collaborating with various designers and artists, for exhibitions, publications, performances and events. In less than 10 years, Atopos CVC (its name denoting the strange, the unwonted, the eccentric and the unclassifiable) is a meeting point for different visual disciplines, gathering rare original creations of contemporary designers. Atopos stands out with their unusual projects focusing on the human figure and its relationship with costume – see RRRIPP! Paper Fashion (now in Germany, Waiblingen), Atopic Bodies, ARRRGH! Monsters in Fashion (with the first presentation at the Benaki Museum in Athens, and currently on display in Paris, at La Gaite Lyrique).
Based on an original idea by Vasslis Zidianakis, with the design of Fafalios Stamos, ARRRGH! Monsters in Fashion manages a unique combination of fashion, animation, costume and art. Participating designers and artists reshape the human body and reveal a new universe full of dreams, nightmares and hybrid creatures. The theme seem very appealing to me, and the 58 exhibitors from around the world, turns it into a stunning cocktail:
Alexander Mcqueen UK, Alex Mattsson SE, Alexis Themistocleous CY, Andrea Ayala Closa ES, Andrea Cammarosano IT, Andrea Crews FR, Bart Hess NL, Bas Kosters NL, Bernhard Willhelm DE, Boris Hoppek DE, Bronwen Marshall UK, Cassette Playa & Gary Card UK, Charlie Le Mindu FR, Chi He CN, Claire Michel FR, Craig Green UK, David Curtis-Ring UK, Digitaria GR, Dr Noki’s NHS UK, Erika Mizuno JP, Freeka Tet FR, Filep Motwary & Maria Mastori CY & GR, George Tourlas GR, Helen Price UK, Henrik Vibskov DK, Heyniek NL, Hideki Seo JP, Isabel Mastache Martinez ES, Issey Miyake & Dai Fujiwara JP, Jean-Paul Lespagnard BE, Josefin Arnell SE, Kim Traeger DK, Leutton Postle UK, Luis Lopez Smith UK, Mads Dinesen DK, Maison Martin Margiela FR, Manon Kündig CH, Marcus Tomlinson – Gareth Pugh UK, Mareunrol’s LV, On Aura Tout Vu FR, Paul Graves US, Pictoplasma DE, Pierre-Antoine Vettorello FR, Piers Atkinson UK, Rejina Pyo KR, Rick Owens US, Rozalb De Mura RO, Shin Murayama JP, Sotiris Bakagiannis GR, Takashi Nishiyama JP, The Brainstorm Design GR, Tracy Widdess CA, Toma Stenko RU, Urban Camouflage DE, Walter Van Beirendonck BE
The latest issue of Flaunt Magazine, they decided to Paint it Glam. In fact, this editorial, featuring the Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi, isn’t glam at all, not in the common sense.
Hunter & Gatti, the creative duo behind this concept, arrived to the world of photography through the artistic direction. Blending photography with illustration, graphics and painting, Hunter & Gatti stand out through their ability to take the world of fashion photography from a different perspective. I guess it is a challenging direction.
Styling: Christine de Lassus / Hair styling: Jukka/ Makeup: Grace Lee/ images via fashiongonerogue.com
Recently, the menswear fashion scene became quite exciting, in fact, much more creative than womenswear. I mean you can always find something fresh and new out there. That’s why I’ve decided to write about four of my favorite Fall collections for Men, relevant enough for what’s going on in this fashion sector.
Craig Green is leading the section of “new talents”, delivering a personal view on menswear. Part of designer’s concerns on contemporary wardrobe and lifestyle, the wooden headpieces were perfect to spice up the show. We can spot there his sculptural approach, organic look with raw edges, simple cuts for loose silhouettes. Nomadic lifestyle is surely Green’s favorite theme, shaping his work as a promissing designer. I really appreciate his take on menswear, but, after all, I guess his work is beyond masculinity, it’s about a new age of humanity.
Meadham Kirchhoff open their Fall 2013 Men Collection with a performance. Taking further the outwear/homewear concept from their S/S 2013 Men collection, the beloved fashion duo put it more radical and summarise “throwing away the shit of last year”. The models wore interesting outfits and charming accessories, while the set design was stuffed with garbage bags, fragrance, scrap furniture and burnt candels. At Meadham Kirchhoff, I love the romantism and the freshness of the mood and the way they try to redefine men’s experience with the ritual of dressing up.
I’m sure that J.W.Anderson‘s men catwalk show for Fall 2013 was the most intriguing of the whole season. Not just intriguing, but also smart and charming. The designer plays around the gender theme (as Gaultier did once, but in a much more subtle way). The beautiful&strange outfits resulted are androgynous avoiding to be a synthesis (which sometimes means neuter, asexual) but generating creative hybrids (that brings something fresh and new). Just look at the bustier with pockets and the noeprene shorts with those frills!
Thome Browne infused the male outfits in his fall 2013 show with theatricality. The male suit was often compared with a perfect box designed for urban life. But what happens if we try to convert everything in men’s wardrobe to boxes and cubes? Thom Browne spreads the angular lines from hats and glasses, to jackets and trousers, checkered fabrics, shaping a collection that recalls the dystopian old SF movie imagery. But the experiment is funny too, really challenging and highly creative.
images via thefashionisto.com, the-conway.com, fashionising.com
Claudio Parentela is an Italian illustrator, painter, photographer, mail artist, cartoonist and freelance journalist, active for many years in the international underground scene. His fashion or anti-fashion collages (I can’t find a proper term to define them), published in different papers, magazines and all around the web, surely deserve a closer look.
Claudio Parentela’s works were featured in NY Arts Magazine, Komix, 180 Mag, Balkan Spirit, etc., presented in museums and art galleries as Tabula rasa (Barcelona), La Cueva-No Art Gallery (Milan), Diesel Gallery (NY), Museum of Porn In Art (Zurich) etc. He also collaborates with music bands for experimental projects.
Anyway, I’ve made for you a short selection of Claudio Parentela’s works; I hope you’ll like it.