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