Archive for July 2014
We know that, apart from his usual fashion collections, Alexander Wang adores designing objects. He already sells jump ropes, inflatable black pool rings, pocket chains, water bottles with holder or shot glasses with case, ashtrays or bottle openers. It seems that this time he decided to move to another level. His recent collaboration with the Australian brand Haydenshape led him to develop these marble-like surfboards displayed in Wang’s new flagship store in Soho, as part of an installation containing a black metal cage and a black wave sculpted from sand. Truth is the five surfboards adorned with different graphic patterns inspired by marble slabs may appear rather as conceptual art pieces than design objects.
images via designboom.com
Fashion photographers Luigi + Iango, stylist Giovanna Battaglia, hairstylist Luigi Murenu and legendary supermodel Linda Evangelista teamed up to give an extraordinary performance for the 15th anniversary issue of Vogue Japan. Definitely, Comme des Garcons items are perfectly fitted for a genuine demonstration of body reshape.
Reshaping editorial in Vogue Japan, September 2014/ photo: Luigi + Iango/ styling: Giovanna Battaglia/ Hair: Luigi Murenu/ Make-up: Virginia Young/ model: Linda Evangelista/ images via fashiongonerogue.com
A fresh graduate from University of Art and Design Cluj-Napoca (MA studies), Gabriela Dejo explores the concept of ‘imperfection’ in her eponymous collection presented at UAD Fashion Design Gala 2014. The notion of beauty as imperfection has become more significant over the last years, a direction which has grown as ‘human’ reaction against the rapid advances in technology and the idealized world of the digital era. In her own way, Gabriela searches an emotional version of reality in asymmetric cuts, printed fabrics inspired by nature, straw accessories, clothes that could easily melt into the natural landscapes. In designer’s words: “…in a chaotic world, there are still simplicity, principles and good taste; these can be found in the culture of the Far East, in the Japanese aesthetic. Reduced to pure essence, wabi-sabi is the Japanese art of finding beauty in imperfection and profundity of nature, in accepting the natural cycle of growth, decay and death.”
“IMperfection” – MA collection by Gabriela Dejo/ Coordinating teacher: Prof. PhD Anca Pia Rusan
Photography : luviar.ro by Mihai Andrei Popa/ Photo Assistants : Maria Balea & Marius Dobra/ Make-Up & Hair : Anca Marchis/ Model : Fica Balancan
The “Designer for Tomorrow” fashion talent award has been presented as part of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin since 2009. As an initiative of Peek & Cloppenburg Düsseldorf and its online shop Fashion ID, the award provides a visible platform for creativity. It offers top up-and-coming fashion talent the opportunity to be discovered and to receive a great deal of attention from the fashion industry and the public.
In July 2013, Ioana Ciolacu won the fashion talent award and since then she`s been on a sponsorship program, during which she went on a voyage of inspiration to Paris, visited Stella McCartney’s design studios and went to choose fabrics in Hamburg – and much more besides. As the highlight of the program, the Romanian designer is now presenting the new S/S 2015 collection, her first solo fashion show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin (read more here).
Ioana Ciolacu ‘Hunters’ collection consists of 25 feminine outfits. Inspired by the relationship between hunter and prey, the designer knew how to develop a clean and smart collection, perfectly suited for contemporary lifestyle. Starting with the quality of the fabrics, the modernity of shapes and silhouettes introduced, continuing with the accuracy of finishings and the refined solutions found from necklines to hems, everything was impeccably conducted to get a coherent ensemble which is also highly commercially appealing.
The ‘Hunters’ theme served as a nice pretext to develop digital prints inspired by plumage of birds, along with structured and laser cut details designed to highlight the silhouettes. Elegant, sporty, urban with a luxurious touch, the collection is well balanced and flawless – a tremendous achievement for a young designer, paving her way to the challenging world of high fashion.
To get a full picture of Ioana Ciolacu’s collection, check the show video from Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin – ‘Designer for tommorow’.