Let there be creativity...

Jan 19

I came across this very cookie (but innovative) looks from the recent menswear Fall collections and I questioned myself: “What happened to the old work suits and ties?” Well, why not innovate? Even if no one is going to wear this looks (not likely) I do appreciate it seeing creativity expressed on  this menswear collections. It’s fun! Especially knowing that designers are always challenged to be creative and comercial at the same time. This brave designers certainly did not compromise their artistic point of view.

Amazing and inspiring photoshoot entitled “The Spirit of Galatea” displaying designs of Joel Janse van Vuuren from Durban.  Photography by Ilse Moore, Art Director and Model Elsa Bleda and Makeup Artist Liezl Zene Oberholzer. To see more of his work visit  http://www.joeljansevanvuuren.com
Nov 20

Amazing and inspiring photoshoot entitled “The Spirit of Galatea” displaying designs of Joel Janse van Vuuren from Durban.  Photography by Ilse Moore, Art Director and Model Elsa Bleda and Makeup Artist Liezl Zene Oberholzer. To see more of his work visit  http://www.joeljansevanvuuren.com


Nov 20

 Complexity, grace, vivaciousness. All these traits of a woman: hard to put into words, harder still to make it tangible, and yet Jitrois does it with the effortlessness of a fashion master, creating a marriage between wearable fashion and true couture expression.

The spring 2013 collection of Jitrois is a calling to the modern woman; delicate cottons juxtaposed with the resilient materials of leather reveal the contrast and complexity that epitomizes the female form and the female soul. Jirtois gives us hints of mesh and weave to create a look that is flirtatious and feminine. The evidence of mesh is a technique used to impose the notion of something refined and polished, it does not impose on the revelations and secrets of the female form, but rather uses this fine weave the give it volume and boast the body’s lines. 


dots and stripes! (by Flávia Desgranges van der Linden)
Nov 20

dots and stripes! (by Flávia Desgranges van der Linden)

Sep 28
Sep 28
Anna Dello Russo For H&M Launch Party
Anna Dello Russo wearing Fausto Puglisi and sunglasses from her accessories collaboration with H&M.
Sep 28

Anna Dello Russo wearing Fausto Puglisi and sunglasses from her accessories collaboration with H&M.

Sep 27
Sep 26

As everyone is aware Alexander Wang is becoming the new king of New York fashion – if it isn’t already confirmed so. The futuristic minimalism that comes across from collection after collection was brought to new heights this season, with an even more detail-oriented and embroidered offering hitting the New York fashion week (NYFW) for spring / summer 2013.

Lets fast forward to 2033 when we drive around in off-the-ground pod modules and can be transported to any country of our desire in the blink of an eye. Wang created a collection for woman in that time. The women who wear Alexander Wang are fearless, edgy and tough but with a touch of a soft side. Juxtaposing classical minimalism v.s. today’s modern design of fashion, a new philosophy is created called Alexander Wang minimalism. The whole setting is beautiful, sexy, dark, light, edgy and classic: it is a total package.

Sep 26

Marc Jacobs’s Spring 2013 mainline collection may have been all about restrained sensuality, but his secondary line was clearly all about fun. As in the thing that girls just wanna have. It came spelled with a capitol F, and it touched everything from the pastel striped runway to the 1982 electropop playing on the speakers to the Cyndi Lauper scarfs wrapped atop the models’ heads.

As for the clothes, well, they were pretty jazzy too. Lots of wacky geometric prints, riotous hues, and plenty of washed-out denim and stripes. On boxy tops, shoulder-padded blazers, flouncy skirts, and peg-leg pants — which came tight-rolled at the ankle, remember that? — it made for a pretty energetic offering. Pile it on, and turn it up, the designer seemed to be saying. And really, why not? There’s nothing much more fun than that.

Sep 26

Donatella Versace described her Spring 2013 collection as “subtle” — and hers is probably the only fashion house where metallic fringe laid over a gold minidress and belted at the waist qualifies as such.

When you step back a bit, though, this collection is noticeably pared down compared to what we’ve seen from Versace over the past few seasons. The prints are the first clue to that: save for two garments that feature the house’s iconic medusa image as a motif, many of the other fabrics are gentle splotches or stripes of one color imposed over another. There are also a few dresses bedecked with metal studs and some tied together corset-style across diagonal slashes in the material. A few dresses featured lace embellishments and insets, and loose-cut, simple black jackets (yes, jackets) were certainly very subtle. But in this collection, they were among the standout pieces.

Sep 26

Frida Giannini must be in a good mood. The sunny palette she employed for Gucci’s Spring 2013 collection is indicative of an optimistic state of mind — and after last season’s rich, glamorous outing of all black everything, this house needed a happy jolt of color.

The hot pinks, seafoam greens, lemon yellows, and shades of blue Giannini sent down the runway in Milan this afternoon were spot-on trend with this season’s wider color story. But where others created volume from the waist down, this designer focused on sleeves and necklines. Ruffles added a flirtatious softness to shirts and dresses — on one, the treatment started at the neck and snaked all the way down the wearer’s right arm. Bishop and angel sleeves abounded on solid colored garments, too — and it was hard not to appreciate that these effects weren’t extended to the few printed garments in the collection.

But Giannini can still do not-so-basic black. Toward the end of the collection, she phased in two dresses and some separates in the color that incorporated her sleeves and ruffles. They were a lovely homage to Gucci’s modern black moment (see: Tom Ford in the late ’90s), but we wouldn’t have missed them.

Sep 26

Spring 2013 had Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce looking once again to their homeland of Sicily. But whereas last season was all romance and religion in the form of gilded embroidery and black lace, this time around the duo went cheery and bright with an ode to the island’s vibrant street markets, puppet theaters, and beachy holidays in the sun. And just like any good vacation abroad, there was plenty here for the eye to take in: street-scene prints in saturated primary hues, beaded embroidery, raffia basket weave, still-life florals, tassels, and folksy appliqué. The adornments came affixed to nearly everything, from easy-wearing shifts, shorts, and t-shirt tops to more elaborate pieces like frothy dresses, basket skirts, and corsets. But the collection’s real standouts were the multitude of boldly striped dresses, ’50s-style shorts sets, and tunics in graphic lines of black, orange, green, or blue against crisp white. They served as a nice anchor to all the chaotic charm.

Sep 26

Everyone needs someone to look up to, so for the role-models-themed Fall 2012 issue of i-D Magazine, Daniele Duella and Iango Henzi photographed a litany of the industry’s boldface names for a series of beautiful covers.

Gisele Bundchen is captured in black and white, surrounded by wavy tendrils of her own hair. Isabeli Fontana, made up like a classic ’40s femme fatale, makes a neck brace look like the chicest, easiest-to-wear accessory there is, and Karen Elson’s fiery hair is pushed into an extremely experimental shape.

Sep 26

For the newest installment of its Real Fantasies video lookbook series, Prada casts its Fall 2012 collection in the neon glow of a distant future that takes its design cues from the past. Models — cast as “genetically perfected clones” — stalk around environments created by layering images and videos on top of each other, while ominous music plays in the background. One male model is seen wringing his hands while sitting on top of the world; later on, a woman pulls a wad of cash out of her purse and hands it to another woman in front of an ornate staircase. It’s strange, yes, and thought-provoking, too.

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