‘Dare to Dream’ Design Awards

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Melco Crown Entertainment, with the support of DESIGNBOOM, has launched its signature CSR series “Dare to Dream” by presenting the Dare to Dream Design Awards themed with 『着物×きもの×KIMONO』. “Dare to Dream” design competition aims to preserve and to promote the understanding of the history and beauty of the traditional Japanese kimono while bringing new possibilities and sustainability to kimono.

Devided in two categories – Free Design (delivered in form of fashion, product, architecture, interiors, industrial design, graphic design and lifestyle) and Graphic Design (seeking original and innovative motifs and patterns for kimonos), the competition is open to applicants from every country in the world – from professionals, students, to design-enthusiasts. Registration is free.

For further information check designboom

Nude Variations

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Boys Do Not Dress For Girls, an editorial in i-D magazine Pre-Fall 2014/ photo: Daniel Jackson/ styling: Alastair McKimm/ models: Luca Schmitz, Reid Rohling, Marshall Brockley, Richie Cotterell, Jack De Normandie, Joel Meacock, Niclas Gillis, Nicola Wincenc, Ander Johnson, Maxwell Schlesinger and Joseph Mattone/ images via thefashionisto.com

Green Mood

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Hans Feurer photography (image from Pirelli calendar 1974 + Sasha Pivovarova in Vogue 2011)

The work of legendary Swiss photographer was brought together in a book published last year by Damiani. Definitely, that’s a collectible item!

Flower Beards

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While Walter Van Beirendonck has delivered green foam beards as a colorful and humorous accessory for his SS 2009 “eXplicit” collection (left), these days we’ve witnessed a similar yet very different approach – hipster beards garnished with flowers (right).

I admit that #flowerbeard as a fashion trend could sound a little bit weird, yet it is quite funny and perhaps it is a precise indicator that the time of full hipster beards finally comes to an end.

@Fish

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Gian Paolo Barbieri is a famous Italian photographer, well known for his fashion projects published in Vogue, GQ and another fashion magazines, but also for his traveling photos took in the 90s showing exotic locations and tropical paradises  (check his albums Madagascar, Tahiti Tattoos, Equator etc.). Barbieri approached flowers, fish, islands, sea, rocks and native people with a keen eye and a macro lens; he photographs in analog and does not retouch his pictures. The images published above revolve around one of Barbieri favorite themes – fish and fishing.

MEN Style in DANSK Magazine

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Frankie Goes to Hollywood, an editorial in DANSK magazine – “the world’s most independent fashion magazine“, F/W 2014 issue/ Photo: Lowe Seger/ Styling: Toby Grimditch/ Model: Robbie McKinnon / images via danskmagazine.com

Folcloriada

These days it takes much more than a BA degree to become a true fashion designer. Three years of university studies provide fashion students a certain amount of knowledge, specific skills and techniques to be developed and completed further with other experiences, internships, additional courses and a proper job in the field.

Therefore, it is not easy at all for a fashion student in the last year to put himself/herself together in order to articulate a mature discourse and to make a personal statement with the first collection. Yet, some of the students that presented their collections on the catwalk of the UAD Fashion Gala 2014 (the graduation show of Fashion Department at University of Art and Design Cluj-Napoca), succeeded to make a strong impression.

Definitely, Giorgiana Giuroiu was one of them. Her graduating collection titled Folcloriada stood out through the originality of the inspiration source, the novelty in interpreting a traditional theme and the innovative materials introduced.

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The collection has its roots in Romanian folklore and the title refers to a “healing” journey meant to recover the authentic values of cultural heritage. In many ways, this collection epitomizes designer’s personal quest, that moved from her passion of studying specific elements of Romanian traditional costume (headpieces, peasant coats, masks and belts) to the challenge of converting them into comprehensive contemporary outfits. The ironic twist also helped a lot.

The clothing ensembles resulted from this creative experiment succeeded to integrate folk elements in contemporary style, abstracting the traditional costume silhouette and proposing new solutions for the textile surfaces. The techno shepherds on the catwalk wore outfits made out of quilted plastic filled with raw wool, holographic leather jackets, impressive belts and handmade knitwear paired with sneakers and metallic leggings.

Below, there are  a few sketches and moodboards from designer’s lab, giving some hints of her creative process.

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And here are some close-ups of the final products.

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Giorgiana Giuroiu’s graduation collection from University of Art and Design Cluj-Napoca/ coordinators: Professor PhD Anca Pia Rusan, Lecturer PhD Lavinia Ban, Tutor PhD Smaranda Bercea/ Catwalk photos by Daniel Robu, backstage photos by Raisa Hagiu.