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Earthquake Dress & Siren suit

Today, while browsing through the Bloomsbury Dictionary of Fashion History,

I’ve learned about:

1.EARTHQUAKE GOWN

(F)

Period: 1750.

Following two nocturnal earthquakes in London in March 1750 a third was foretold, causing many to flee to the countryside against the predicted night of disaster. “This frantic terror prevails so much that within these three days 730 coaches have been counted … with whole parties removing into the country. … Several women have made earthquake gowns; that is, warm gowns to sit out of doors all night…” (April 4, 1750, Horace Walpole). A precursor of the siren suit of two centuries later

2.SIREN SUIT

(M)

Period: 20th century.

A term for an all-in-one, shirt-and-trousers garment, usually buttoned at the front and made from a sturdy fabric.

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In the image above – Siren suit belonging to Sir Winston Churchill, as displayed at Science Museum. Picture: Geoff Pugh/The Telegraph

We don’t know exactly how an earthquake dress looked like (most probably similar to any other dress at mid 18th century). The siren suit is basically a unitard used during Second World War, something you can grab quickly and dress up to run in a shelter, a raw version of contemporary jumpsuits.

The Cloud Gate Becomes the Void Gate

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Anish Kapoor – Cloud Gate / before & after

The “Cloud Gate”, Anish Kapoor’s iconic public sculpture placed in Millennium Park of Chicago, recently encountered an unexpected creative twist. Issued by artist himself, the change could be regarded as extreme, controversial, trendy or deeply conceptual.

Kapoor covered the mirror-like surface with something that seems to be exactly the opposite – a deep black material called Vantablack. Vantablack, labeled as ‘the blackest black ever’, because it absorbs up to 99.96 percent of light (radiation in the visible spectrum), was initially developed by British company Surrey NanoSystems for military purposes and astronomy equipment. Anish Kapoor who gained exclusive rights in using this material for artistic purposes, says that he plans to explore it further and review many of his famous art pieces within the next years.

The project itself is challenging not just through the way contemporary art meets high-technology, but also in the way it blends with the work of an artist like Anish Kapoor. While the idea of an artist adhering to a specific ‘color’ and making it ‘his own’ created a buzz around the art community, I guess this is not the main attraction here. However, it has happened before (see the Yves Klein blue – IKB).

The project of reformulating referential art works, so well ingrained both in artist’s track record and in public consciousness, this is really challenging. I love the perspective of iconic art pieces seen as work in progress, projects that can be periodically revised, evolving in new unexpected ways. I love the idea that something like the Cloud Gate might not remain forever a mirror of the clouds, and one fine day might become “a void of nothingness”.

Creepyyeha

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Definitely, launching and promoting your own fashion label became way easier these days. Yet with all the benefits provided, social media cannot do the job alone. The originality, creativity and desirability of the final product are also required for a successful business.

Creepyyeha is a good exemple. Brainchild of New York based designer Lisa Leung, Creepyyeaha offers an alternative approach to lingerie. Promoting the tempting game of underwear versus outerwear, hard pieces versus soft touch, Creepyyeah successfully mixes pop references in a new look of harajuku-style-lolita playing femme fatale. Using casual and charming presentation (most of the pieces are modeled by designer herself), adorable, eclectic and unique, Creepyyeaha rapidly gained attention both online and offline.

All the lingerie items are custom handmade, and can be ordered simply by contacting the designer.

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Gucci Ad Campaign Spring/Summer 2016

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Gucci’s new look promoted by Alessandro Michele is simply impossible to be ignored. I admit that this particular mix of exotism, decadence, vintage glamour, hipsterism and granny-chic style has something catchy. Yet, as we know, any idea has to be put within a story in order to make real sense. In this case, the Gucci Spring Summer 2016 Ad Campaign, shot by Glen Luchford, is not only the coherent framework to display all the beautifully crafted garments and accessories of the historic Italian label, but also the perfect story to bring them alive. And to make them more coveted than ever.

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Gucci Spring/Summer 2016.

Photo: Glen Luchford / fashion editor: Jane How / hair styling: Paul Hanlon / make-up: Yadim / art direction: Christopher Simmonds / models: Polina Oganicheva, Peyton Knight, Elizabeth Moore, Nicole Atieno, Mia Gruenwald, Anka Kuryndina, Viola Podkopaeva, Jacob Hugo Goldhoorn, Timothy Dibble, ArnisCievala, Anton Tofgart

Designer Clothes and Sharks – How to Spend It

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The underwater fashion editorial in How to Spend It magazine delivers a spectacular and brave story that sinks designer clothes (Kenzo, Alexander McQueen, Jimmy Choo) in salty waters of Bahamas surrounded by real sharks. Images are stunning, I guess there was excitement and great fun anyway!

Photo: Zena Holloway /  Styling: Damian Foxe / Model: Fred Szkod.

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YEEZY Season 1

FOR AUTUMN/WINTER 2015 KANYE WEST AND ADIDAS ORIGINALS UNVEIL A BOLD NEW PROPOSITION: YEEZY SEASON 1. A COLLECTION THAT CHERISHES UNIVERSALITY AND TIMELESSNESS.

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It’s not that easy to conceive a ‘timeless’ wardrobe.  However, when you are a true fashion lover  and a trendsetter as Kanye West turned out to be, it means that you have a sense of contemporary movements. And what’s more coveted nowadays than good-universal-essential fashion items? Beyond Kanye’s celebrity, the concept of YEEZY Season 1 collection deserves a certain appreciation. A few sweaters, basic jackets, camouflage tees, parkas, body suits, sporty pants, statement boots – these are the key-items that Kanye recommends as the urban survival kit of the moment.

No wonder that people liked it – products were sold out shortly after collection hit the stores. So it goes.

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Would you wear these pants?

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Duckie Brown new menswear collection recently displayed at NYFW, proved once again that American design duo Steven Cox and Daniel Silver are really daring. I mean, to built an entire menswear collection around the idea of oversized pants folded around the waist in order to fit a normal guy silhouette, to introduce luxurious silks and match them with those colored Eastland shoes – that’s truly adventurous. And uber cool. What about the sheer tops and the infamous electric yellow suit?

Aesthetically, the pieces are gorgeous and the silhouettes have a very particular charm. But after all, are the male customers prepared for such a surprise? It seems that Steven Cox and Daniel Silver decided to assume the risk. In my opinion that’s what any creative designer should do from time to time. I love these pants anyway!

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