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Proenza Schouler Studded hearts

Favorites from the Proenza collection.

More interesting stuff to come later. See you soon.

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Day with Jonny Johansson of ACNE

ACNE Jonny Johansson

In a recent Vogue interview, Jonny Johansson of Acne discusses his untraditional path into fashion and what makes Acne so unique and special. Take a look at some highlights.

How does a collection come together?

I didn’t have a traditional fashion education, so for me it’s been learning, and trial and error. I like current and honest fashion. Working with my life, things that are very close to me at that moment, makes it current for me. That’s why this time [for spring/summer ’12] the source was the family trip I did to Marrakech … I didn’t think I was being inspired, but the colour and the multicultural aspect elevated me into this idea of a young Swedish girl and how she would interpret such a worked-on subject if she were to go there. We didn’t want to do tile prints or only caftans. The caftan is obviously there but we worked this sort of Arab reference within the sports-biker world. It became an interesting mix.

Has the fact that you have no formal training in fashion been a hindrance or a help?

You know, I’ve always been waiting for someone to tap me on the shoulder and say: ‘Hey, it’s time out, it’s over.’ My mother wanted me to go to art school because she saw that I had some sort of creativity. I didn’t, because I was pursuing music, which was important in my family, on my father’s side. But in the end it was about creating, about being able to have an outlet. It doesn’t really matter for me if it’s music, clothing or pictures, it’s about the process. It’s like when we have collaborations; it’s the experience that is interesting, usually much more interesting and more important than the result, to be honest.

So how does your creative mind cross from one thing to another?

The biggest worry is when I have to go to the next meeting, or when I have to break up in the middle of something that’s going on. I don’t like to disappoint people, because sometimes I leave them with half a piece, and that bugs me. But we try to focus and be more precise, smaller rather than growing in different directions. It’s not like we want to do new business. For example, furniture; this is more a thing for me when I have time.

To what do you attribute Acne’s success?

I think people have seen we’re developing the brand, that it’s under construction but it’s going the right way. And I think that there’s something with imperfection that is very humbling. Even though we’ve grown bigger, we would like to stay that way.

Where to next?

I’m starting to know myself, my creativity. And, also, the people I work with, my colleagues, are starting to understand what we’re doing and being part of this journey. That’s why I feel that this [spring] show was just a start in the hope that we can do something interesting for next season, and that this can be a springboard for that.

The Long wait is over: MMM for H&M

FINALLY I’ve been waiting for this preview for ages. One of my favorite fashion houses: the French Maison Martin Margiela released a few days ago ( only the exclusive few) the release of their collaboration with the Swedish H&M. Real collection is hits stores on the 15th of november. MMM has been a long fave for me with its boyish influences, sleek and clean details, bold structure, and expertise in materials. Maybe its those clean lines and simple palettes that hit home for me as a lover of architecture. I don’t know about you but i’m snagging these shoes as soon as possible.

“A representative for the house said that the clothing would mostly be reissued pieces from the Margiela archives, and these garments definitely embody the classic oversize silhouettes, deconstructed styling, and incorporation of found objects the house became famous for. But while prices for original Margiela pieces can reach thousands of dollars, prices for this collaboration run from $13 to $399.

Several pieces are fusions of more than one type of garment. One of the women’s bottoms melds a skirt with trousers; elsewhere, halves of two different dresses are combined. The house also turned everything from key rings, locks of hair, and faceless watches into inventive accessories.” (fashionologie)

images via graziadaily, styleblog.ca, telegraph UK

Detail of Helena Christensen’s H&M MMM bootie

H&M MMM Campaign

MMM H&M lookbook

Lookbook H&M MMM

Clockwise from left:

Oversized peacoat £179.99, Oversized turtleneck jumper £79.99, Horizontally worn dress (blue) £99.99, Horizontally worn dress (black) £99.99, Circular shirt £49.99, Trousers transformed into skirt £59.99

Narrow shouldered jacket £69.99, Oversized trousers £69.99, Oversized day dress £69.99, Adjusted biker jacket £179.99, Lining dress £59.99, Pattern cut jacket £149.99

Clockwise from left:
Oversized masculine jacket £99.99, Trousers mini skirt £59.99, Hitched up dress £99.99, Darted jumper £69.99, Fusion of two dresses £69.99, Tailored mannequin jacket £79.99

Clockwise from left:
Trompe l’oeil fishnet legging £14.99, Enlarged key ring necklace £34.99, Glove clutch £79.99, Glove coin bag £29.99, Glove clutch £79.99, Knee-high boot with removed heel and its necklace £149.9

Clockwise from left:
Hair lock necklace each £7.99, Plexi wedge pump £149.99, Invisible wedge pump £149.99, Folded base tote £99.99

Clockwise from left:
Plexi wedge pump £149.99, Extended watch belt £59.99, Enlarged watch frame bracelet £29.99, Pump with removed heel and its necklace £69.99, Upside-down handbag £69.99, Pump with removed heel and it’s necklace £69.99

Mould effect loafer £99.99, Hand painted loafer £99.99, Hand painted belt £29.99, Extended belt £29.99, Mould effect boot £149.99, Mould effect belt £29.99

The best of SS13

Oh how I love this time of the year! Time for trends to come out and this season its all about the prints, mood, silhouettes, wonderful colors, and gladiator shoes. Of course my favorites will always be Jil Sander and Alexander Wang but Ive been blown away by this year’s Prada, MArchesa, Calvin Klein, and Marni collections. And even though ACNE is also one of my faves I can’t say I like it too much.  Check out my favorite looks from this year’s collections.

Its all about the cut

Alexander Wang

Marni

Calvin Klein Collection

Proenza Schouler

The silhouette

Jil Sander

Calvin Klein Collection

Theyskins’ Theory

Rebecca Minkoff

Print

Proenza Schouler

Moschino

Rebecca Minkoff

Preen

Gladiator Shoes

Versace

Proenza Schouler

Alexander Wang

3.1 phillip lim

Tipped Shoes

see by Chloe

Burberry Prorsum

Bags

Fendi

Calvin Klein

BCBG

Topshop

3.1 phillip lim

Burberry Prorsum

Yirantian Guo UN- ’12 s/s collection

Happy labor day everyone! I hope everyone has picked up their september issues! check out this collection by Yurantian Guo

‘UN-’ 2012 S/S Collection by Yirantian Guo

The concept of ‘UN-’ (Unconventional combinations) is to combine every possible unconventional element that presents the reality and illusion. It was taken from an unusual viewpoint of fashion in terms of garments and accessories. ‘UN-’ collection focuses on the combination of the technique and material. Inspired by cubism, breaking-up the original object and recombining to shape a new form is the starting point and then developing through the reflection accessories, deconstruction and asymmetric silhouette to achieve the concept. In brief, ‘UN-’ collection is creating a new channel to demonstrate fashion.

Words and images: Courtesy of Yirantian Guo

 

 

 

Si Chan: Hug Me

I stumbled across this awesome collection! yes, at first it may seem kind of strange to incorporate hands into a collection, but thinking about hands and hugging reflects qualities of warmth, touch, sensuality, comfort, generosity, closeness, etc. This designer did just that- influenced by this photo of her and her brother- a moment in time- a moment where she was happy and loved-is well reflected in her face as well in her mens collection. Hands may be a literal aspect in this collection, but it symbolizes the human to human interaction. A connection as well as a disconnection if you will. Moreover, the collection to me seems extremely jovial, bright, plushy, and childish in colors- a gesture of a welcoming hug. check it out.

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Katharina-Domokosch A celebration of Artlessness

“I am inspired by the way we cherish fashion, and that despite its fast pace we strive for the achievement of timelessness, longevity and an ultimate moment and the truth. Celebrating identity and esteem and the beauty that lies within us all and outlasting heterogeneity is key to my practice as a designer. I have examined the cultural traditions of an almost forgotten world in the alpine uplands and researched alpine herdsmen whose handcrafted dress has remained unchanged for hundreds of years. They embody their heritage, beliefs and culture. Patina and traces of time enhance the emotional value of the garments and objects and create a respectful bond between the maker, wearer and the product – unlike in the handling of contemporary fashion. Inspired by the opulence and symbolism of these historical costumes, my collection is a celebration of their essence, searching for raw minimalism in their voluminous and excessively decorated shapes.”

fashion designers

As disciples of design, we often forget the people that are behind all the beautiful fashion that we see on the catwalk. We are often too obsessed with their work to even take a second look at who these people are.  This post remembers the designers that are behind these amazing designs and urges you to remember designs don’t come out of thin air. There is no majestic being behind these designs and the beautiful models that we associate with the designs are certainly not the brains behind them. Check out these designers and remember that Design is a product of meticulous work, creativity, and inspiration that is channeled through these amazing people.

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Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez (Proenza Schouler)

Rei Kawabuko (Comme de garcons)

Vivienne Westwood

Issey Miyake

Consuelo Castiglioni (Marni)

Karl Lagerfeld (Chanel)

Lee McQueen (Alexander McQueen)

Tom Ford

Jason Wu

 Hussein Chalayan

David Neville and Marcus Wainwright (Rag & Bone)

Stefano Pilati (YSL)

Silvia Venturini (Fendi)

John Galliano (former Dior)

Hymm to the Immortal Wind

Hello all and sorry for the lack of recent posts. I just got back from a month long vacation through Eastern Europe where my family and I hit Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Russia, and much more! I love traveling- really refreshes your state of mind- especially after something big like GRADUATING FROM UNIVERSITY!

anyways more posts on my journey later. For now please check out this amazing photo shoot by Mikael Wardhana, photographing the beautiful Katerina Chang.

Hymn to the Immortal Wind – Sydney-based photographer Mikael Wardhana captures Katerina Chang in a tranquil story of nature and style shot for our most recent exclusive. Wearing a wardrobe consisting of all pieces from Natalia Grzybowski’s Hybrid collection, Katerina finds solace in the outdoors while sporting the designer’s floral prints and origami-like silhouettes. Undone hair and barely there makeup by beauty artist Steph Lai perfect the ethereal ensembles.

The invisible membrane- sonja baumel

extremely interesting project. Check it out.

life on the human body and its design applications

Thesis project
2008/2009

My thesis project deals with a re-evaluation of our second skin, clothing, which instead of focusing on valuated historic forms zooms on the microcosm which excists already on our skin.

The (In)visible membrane confronts scientific data and methods with fashion design in order to find a balance between individual identity and the surrounding local environment. By doing so, I want to create a new second living layer on our body based on the interaction between individuals and the surrounding.

How will a piece of clothing, which is defined by personal physical needs or, for example, our body temperature look like? What if we were able to use our skin bacteria for producing our clothes?

 

All these assumptions led to the crocheted membrane design in 2008. Crocheted membrane displays a fundamental change in the aesthetics of clothes. Usually, the conventional production of clothes is connected to some aspects of fashion design history, for instance, regarding an item’s shape: a shirt is defined as a shirt; trousers are defined as trousers etc. Opposed to this, the crocheted membrane process had a different starting point: an individual human body and its needs with an outdoor temperature of 10 degrees Celsius. Completely new functions, aesthetics and shapes emerged. This caused further questions: What if our second skin would be able to locally adapt to changing conditions in a flexible and autonomous way? Would the aesthetic diversity of our clothes with individual colors, shapes and structures, be more inspiring and would we be more aware of our surroundings? Is it possible that more significant clothes would develop which would accurately adapt to local conditions? Is it possible that even social integration would become more dynamic due to the adaptation of the outer layer to its surroundings?

In 2008, all these questions brought me to Wageningen University in the Netherlands. In order to learn more about the lives of bacteria, I had the opportunity to complete a microbiological internship. After having been introduced to the basics of microbiology, I started to experiment with skin bacteria and, at a later point, their reaction to textiles.

During this time I have learned how inspiring interdisciplinary cooperation between art and science can be for all the parties involved. New aesthetic and verbal vocabularies emerged. I noticed that scientists usually focus on their own special microcosm and that designers prefer interdisciplinary projects so that designers are usually in a position to recognize causal relations more easily.

This led to the next design steps. I called the next project bacteria mapping. I started to chart bacteria on my body. I developed a number system ranging from 1 to 20 and denoted different parts on my body in order to find out and document how and in what way bacteria varied on the different parts of my body.

 

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