Knitting isn’t only for 80-year-old grandmas or cat ladies.
In a recent trip to Reykjavik, Iceland, I came upon a brilliant piece by Elin Strand-Ruin and The New Beauty Council at the Reykjavik Art Museum. The piece was the accurately proportionate (slightly scaled down by 75%) layout of a two bedroom apartment in the suburb of Husby (Stockholm, Sweden)—wall blemishes and all—but instead of conventional dry wall and concrete, this space was knit together by the artist group for a project called (I)ndependent People. Stunning craftsmanship—boy was that bathroom absorbent—it makes you want to move out of your flat and into a fabric home.
Elin Strand and The New Beauty Council. Knitting House (detail).
Intrigued by textile art, I can’t help but mention the artist that immediately came to mind upon my visit to the Reykjavik Art Museum. Korean artist Do-Ho Suh is known for his extremely detailed sculpture pieces. These pieces are beautiful and I’m just going to break it down—I wouldn’t mind if he made me a dress or two.
Do-Ho Suh, the perfect home II (detail), 2003.
Is it interesting that I (and likely you) thought of clothing in association with textiles and knitting? In a recent argument with my mother, I had a thought or two about the division between fashion and art. Must there be a difference between a designer and an artist? Without getting too far into this (see next post), I believe that artists can indeed be fashion and accessory designers and visa versa.
Jewelry available at Spiritual America, 5 Rivington Street, New York, NY 10002
An extremely talented and relevant artist to watch is Eleanor Bolton. Receiving her MA from The Royal Collage of Art, this lady is more talented than you are immensely talented. Her jewelry designs are a little less conventional than the chain link necklace or the beaded collar. Her pieces are made from a none-too-different process from the one that Elin Strand-Ruin and The New Beauty Council and Do-Ho Suh use. And while the two sculptors tell a story in their installation pieces, Eleanor does too. Whether or not the viewer can tell what she is saying is a test of his/her intelligence (BAM).
A brief welcome back to my existence on The Style Curator. I’ve missed myself. My useless comments about fashion and art that are not so useless as the relationship keeps becoming more and more apparent in all of our lives. Just ask my brother who sits on the couch screaming about the Miami Heat sucking and what not. I promise you it is affecting him too.
And on that note, I have really reviewed the 2013 Resort collections and amongst other patterns (lace up/creep up/crawl up shoes, belts, long skirts, short skirts, headbands… trend alerts to those who are into such things!!!!!!!!!SJSFD)#@*$@#) I’d specifically like to call attention to the very obvious—at least to me—ode to O’Keeffe.
I’ve noticed a fast pace rising trend ever since Rodarte broke out with their obvious van Gogh sunflower print dress—designers are taking art quite literally. Chanel did quite the Monet Sauvignon ode to the water lillies extravaganza in their most recent (Resort 2013) collection and now I’d like to focus your attention on Balenciaga.
Oh Balenciaga. You always do it right. And in this edition I’m moving away from the slighly older (yet hip, you’re always hip) masters of van Gogh and Monet and moving towards the Lady of the Hour (and arguably century) Georgia O’Keeffe.
O’Keeffe has been a name in the art word for quite some time. Even fellow artist Judy Chicago recognized her feminist power in the famous Dinner Party piece permanently on view at the Brooklyn Museum (check that party out…no invite necessary). O’Keeffe’s art is said to exist to ignite and represent the power of the female spirit in us all. Even you, sir. I’m so into that and apparently Balenciaga is too.
Georgia O’Keeffe Light Iris 1924
Balenciaga Resort 2013 Look 22
See, SEE? Right in the crotch region of the dress appears an O’Keeffe floral delight! Fuzzy pollenized hats off to you, Balenciaga.
It’s been a while. Art has really taken over my life. But not just my life. Art is taking over the entire world’s fashion world’s life. It is! It really, really is!
Women’s Wear Daily published an article earlier this week about Surrealism entering fashion accessories, and just last month The New York Times wrote an article about Jeff Koons entering into Lisa Perry’s realm. But don’t take my word for it. Look down.
No not there. What a pig to stare at my non-existents like that.
Olympia Le-Tan’s canvas and brass clutch (Women’s Wear Daily). This reminds me of a prediciton I once had: cue the eyeball trend.
I never said I like him, because I really don’t, but here’s Lisa Perry’s cuff colab with artist, A.K.A. employer of artists that materialize his ideas Jeff Koons.
Last but not least, Paris (and I) present to you the cousins of other great names
Louis Vuitton and Miu Miu. BAM AND BAM.
Obvious close relative of Marc Jacobs FW ‘12 (the Creative Director of both houses), the Louis Vuitton collectionhas an extra oomph of sophistication. Like the richer and older cousin. The hats tamed down slightly, and the silhouettes, in my opinion, more wearable, kicked booty. Trends that were visible were: the all-popular mono-print two-piece which as you can see in the right-most look, is classy, elegant, feminine and textural, and a puffy sleeve or two, so pirates really are taking over. I told you so. The rich colors in each look are obviously well thought out. My legs tremble with the skirt-pant combos because my legs want to wear both skirts and pants. I think my favorite look of all must be that one alllll the way to the left. In detail view, that top and skirt are stunningly handcrafted attached squares reminiscent of a window pane.
Another friend of a friend, Miu Miu presents a serious case of Prade deja-vu. Didn’t we see amazing mono-print textural suits once actually multiple times from all corners of fashion season before? Yes! In the nearby citta of Milano. Though these are arguably a little more playful, with the addition of more clashy-fab accessories and more boy-ish comfort infused cuts, I find the two lines a little too close for comfort. That said, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it and Miuccia Prada’s ideas were perfection either way. The suit, a classic of FW ‘12 lines up and down all runways, is a comfortable feminine and empowering fashion statement and filled this collection with the exception of some stunning detail enriched mini dresses which reminded me of the window-pane look from LV. Remember when women couldn’t wear pants? I don’t. Luhve.
That’s not the point of this post, but note that none of the following models on the Paris runways are fat.
I am obsessed with the Kenzo collection, and that is why this baby is going first. Great prints in two-pieced outfits that suggest a 1950s influence, exciting POCs, sheer tops that are really quite shockingly classy, and sophisticated mono-color suits really make this collection, with hints of art nouveau, a success. Oh and the use of eyeballs is really key.
A geometric and colorful collection, Akris’s Albert Kriemler’s contemporary art theme a la American expressionist painter Franz Kline for inspiration hits you like a canvas falling off an easel (WWD). It’s happened. This line shows the FW ’12 trending (or so I proclaim) mono-color and mono-print in lush textures and structured silhouettes with touches of feminine sheers and sexy cuts. How artistic.
Ann Demeulemeester’s seductive collection of blacks and rich deep blues was frightening in a really good way. And check out that hair! The collection’s really piece-y cuts and drapes made the sleek slick line the perfect amount gorgeously sophisticated.
Balenciaga’s Nicolas Ghesquière pushes the limits of the “working woman” and her “work attire” off the edge. And I love it. The geometric shapes and accenting colors prove Paris to be a city of contemporary artistic clothes but what really sets this line apart is the innovation of cut. Check out those puffy tops (told ya, kids)! What looks more perfect for fall then an awkwardly puffy sweatshirt-like top, perhaps with a logo (?), and an A-line skirt all-reminiscent of space age? Nicolas’ collection proves that said outfit really works it.
Another artist in touch with silhouettes is Balmain’s Olivier Rousteing who really took embroidery to the next level, piling on pearls and studs and other embroideries as an homage to Liz Taylor (WWD). While the line was dominated by said embellishments, I did spot a midi-slit or two, and my heartstrings were yanked by the amazing mono-color suits (this includes the classic all-cream suit). The textures in the fabrics make it hard to look away, a hypnotic trick only saved by the following perhaps even better look.
The famously retro Cacharel kept it real with pastels and classically Cacharel cuts. My favorite pieces included the A-symmetric baggy shorts, the popular pop of burgundy, the mono-color onesie suits, and the twenties pilot hat—hommage to Amelia Earhart. You go girl.
Chloe's FW ’12 collection demonstrates how a quilt can indeed be fashionable. The warm colors mixed with plush, cozy looking fabrics a la mediocre-ly shapeless pants made me rethink the slim-line geometric style that other designers have embraced.
While I have been naming different trends that have had serious prime time on the runways this show season, none of these said trends are included in the avant garde (Yayoi Kusama in the dots look, anyone?) Comme des Garcons collection (other than the obvious mono-color, mono-pattern and geometry…taken quite literally). Few other designers can say that they made vibrantly patterned (ode to florals!) and textured tents a fashion statement. But doesn’t that make it all the more genius?
I wish that the “fairytale” assignment in my painting class could look like Christian Dior’s FW ’12 collection. There was a lot of belting of dresses, jackets, tops, and skirts, and a perfect combination of femininity and structure. Dior’s Bill Gaytten made what a modern take on the classical Monet Water Lilies paintings.
Dries Van Noten did some serious geometric work and worked out some respectable puffy sleeve in this collection. Having gotten inspiration from the Asian sections of the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, it is clear that Noten did his design research pre-creation. The collection has a nice flow and some lovely graphic Asian persuasion via silk.
Giambattista Valli’s collection doesn’t get a “gasp”, however, I would wear and embrace every artfully designed piece. The mono-print two-piece outfits are cut in a geometric and feminine way, and the use of texture is innovative, especially in the use of feathers. All of these outfits scream “Fall” and are done so in a warm palate and in a quite desirable way.
This aggressive collection is perfection in my book. The Givenchy models walked down the runway in dark fierce colors and cuts, with just the perfect mixes of reds, navies, and rich browns in with the traditional Givenchy black. Here is another genius version of the fur sleeve and the amazing chic quilted pant (this time leather). Unbelievable.
Alexander McQueen’s Sarah Burton did some crazy storytelling fantastical romance with this collection. The typically virgin white was oh-so-not virgin and black was made to look romantic by way of shape and feathers. Insane usages of fur and puff dominated this collection. The silhouettes took “artistry” to the next level. But what else would you expect from a McQueen line? Sheers and surprising additions of colorful looks made the show an exciting hit. I just can’t help but wonder how the models were able to walk in the dresses.
I wonder how he does it, but he always does. Chanel’s Karl Lagerfeld painstakingly popped outhis own linerecently, and yet he successfully told a story using skirt-and-pants looks, the classic white suit, great structure, and sticking with the classic Chanel textures—there are a lot of warm sweaters, and even touches of fringe. One of my personal favorite looks included a grandma-esque sweater with a ridiculously Sol Lewitt jacket. I choked on my own saliva seeing that one. What is great about Chanel is the ability to still be different and take risks. Some of these looks even hinted toward the fairytale theme via flowing skirts to dresses, but then the collection also showed some seriously structured vests. Somehow, Lagerfeld was still able to make the show concise. Oh and the addition of a little kid on the runway never did any harm…Whatta magician.
Here are some extra favorite goodies. Alexis Mabille’s line didn’t quite have the punch-in-the-face factor, but this take on the puffy sleeve a la feathers is really really working it out. Speaking of puffy sleeve, look at Fendi's use of fur to create some real volume..I applaud you. A look that keeps popping up is the cinched-at-the-ankle baggy pant look, one that Hermes worked in a lush suede. And just look at those ovule-of-a-flower shoes! Nina Ricci did some good by sticking to the trends: slits, sheers, and puffysleeves are timeless I tell ya. Rick Owens is daring and quite a contemporary artist in his own right, but sign me up for that jacket. Stella McCartney used texture and shape to make her collection in line with the Parisian warmth for fall. Even with a bit of mayhem going on in the YSL house, the collection was classic and it produced a mean mono-print suit.
There has been an obvious trend of huge luxurious furs on the Runway, all of which PETA has probably had several continuous seizures over but what else has been rocking the runways? What else have the models been making me really jealous look sassy frassy?
Note: trends do and can cross over. Just don’t make that your goal. Or else you are to look like an idiot fo sho.
Maurizio Pecararo, Roksanda Ilincic, No. 21
As colorful as a freshly formed bruise, these burgundy pieces are rich in tone and vibrancy. I find burgundy a perfect color for fall… and I guess Maurizio Pecararo Roksanda Ilincic, and No. 21 do too (respectively)
John Richmond, Alexander Wang, Alberta Ferretti
As white as the snow that has not and shall not (god willingly) fall, these white suits are crisp and fitted in all the right places. While all three show structured shoulders and the obvious whiteness factor, nothing else is the same. Nothing I tell you! None of these are designed by the same designer, none of the pant legs fall the same length, none of them are even cinched avec a button the same! It’s really quite innovative taking white and a suit and making such masterpieces. Bravo.
No. 21, Maurizio Pecoraro, Acne
One of my favorite looks imaginable, and not only because my mother’s suits from the 80’s have this trend written all over them, the mono-colored two piece is daring and distinct. You really cannot go wrong by sticking to one color. I personally prefer breaking away from single color concerning the shoes and bag, but apparently Maurizio Pecoraro didn’t feel quite the same way so hey, do that too if you so wish to but I rather you don’t.
Lela Rose, Prada, Gucci
Like the good old fashioned Chiquita Banana commercial’s dancers, these three lovely ladies who I am not sure are actually lovely or not are sporting mono-print two-pieces. Therefore, they took the mono-color look one step yonder and popped out some serious looks. That girl over there on the right may or may not be working the pajama-chic look. And that look there in the middle? Yeah, I’m gonna obtain that shoes and all. Wait but let’s discuss Prada for a sec, because Miuccia Prada seriously killed it. Gasp.
Abigail Stewart, Alberta Ferretti, No. 21
Uber risque but equally beautiful, these three looks are amongst many sheer designs that walked down the runway. Yep, there were a lot of nipples this season. Because nipples are a trend in their own. And we all have them. Anyway, the petite dresses looked darling with capped sheer sleeves and even sheer trim down at the bottom. A daring yet classy trend. The only problem is fall=cold=…..
Alexander Wang, No. 21., No. 21
Another trend that makes me appreciate my mother’s closet of wonders, high mid slit skirts are taking over. So watch out plain pencil skirts. What is exciting about these skirts is that a slit works with a narrow skirt, with a flared skirt, and even with a tututhough that may be a little S&M. The slit skirt works with the bulky top (see first look), with a clean button-down mono-color OR mono-print top. Business women and the like get your butts ready for fall.
Alexander Wang, Burberry Prorsum, John Richmond
And now it is time to thank my Grandmother because her closet takes this one. The movement of these fringe adorned pieces down the runway is incomparable. Think shag rug made out of silk. Yeah. It’s that good.
Alexander Wang, Fabiola, Gucci
Here’s a trend that I don’t think could ever die. What skirt doesn’t want a feather or two or five hundred? And what hat doesn’t want to look like a peacock (think Sex and the City the Movie)? Like fringe, the movement of feathers really makes a statement. A cocktail dress, a jumper, or a skirt. I’ll take all three.
Burberry Prorsum, Gucci, Roksanda Ilincic
I’m not sure but I may have to declare this one my almost favorite and it’s not because of its affiliation to Seinfeld yes it is. The puffy sleeve has a very romantic look to it. I’m missing the jumper with puffy sleeve look because that one would be a serious score. The puffy sleeve makes you look like a heavy-on-the-top light-on-the-bottom kind of girl, and we’re not talking chest. The silhouette just simply works. And you may be able to catch enough wind to fly.
Moschino Cheap & Chic, Peter Pilotto, Burberry Prorsum
Probably the most glorious of all is the eyeball trend. Blink your eyes and think about that one for a second. While you may not see the truth in this declaration other than Moschino Cheap & Chic’s literal eyeball print (which is pure genius), that owl sure has some big eyes, and Pilotto’s pattern looks pretty face-like to me (note the two eyes on her lower abdomen). I think I’ve just proved my point. May the world be walking with eyeball-chic clothes come fall.
And now it is time for me to catch my breath and virtually race on over to London just before Italy says ‘ciao’. I can’t help but ache for amazing coats and preppy-yet-still-artsy and quirky designs all of which I could image myself walking along a rainy Londonion road wearing. Get your umbrellas. Or at least get your glasses and read on to see my London picks.
Here we see some pieces I wouldn’t mind taking home with me. Roksanda Ilincic’s geometric and deliciously shoulder-capped furry collection is marked with beautiful details on dresses, jumpsuits, baggy pants and the like. The deep hues with those yellow shoes. Borderline die. Ilincic really knows how to get this girl excited. I especially appreciate a really puffy sleeve think Seinfeld Puffy Shirt episode circa 1993. May that series live on forever.
Acne is sometimes a good thing when it is all over your body. Jonny Johansson’s inspiration was Hans Bellmer (art in fashion, I tell ya!) and has stated that the theme of his collection is “body art”. I drool over the thick very mid century modern belts, sleek burgundy suits, puffy colorful sweaters, baggy patterned pants but most of all the outerwear. Get me inside one of those coats! While Bellmer doesn’t exactly come across in my eyes, other than the fact that he is 1) dealing with the female specimen and 2) doing some serious puffy sh*t, I do love a great art inspiration in any collection and wherever Johansson sees it, I nod my head. Because this man just handed me a great future style curation, should I be given any of said pieces (look 10, anyone?).
Erdem’s collection really embodies that London-look for me. Can’t you see yourself strolling down Regent Street in any single one of these getups? And it helps that Erdem Moralioglu had my girl Peggy Guggenheim in mind while creating this collection. The little-boy-with-erect-penis sculpture by Marino Marini at the Peggy Guggenheim, Venice is a classic. While Erdem usually leans toward a feminine-flare in his collections, we see some bad ass moves on his runway. Acidic yellows, kaleidoscopic patterns and an insane amount of texture and use of line and silouette really puts Erdem on the map of most daring and most successful shows this season. Does that middle yellow dress remind anyone of a certain Honor dress from New York? Clearly there’s a trend here. Yellow knee-length streamline dresses for Fall anyone?
Mary Katrantzou can do no wrong in my eyes. Katrantzou’s collection is one of the few that tells a story for me—corrupted child turns princess fairy returning to bad ass. The detail in the patterns, and the volume in the pieces really is what stands out here. First let’s discuss line. From full astronaut-suited shoulders and ever-so-popular peplum evening-wear to the baby-doll-like mid-thigh-length dresses, I see a very whimsical girly fairy-tale like look going on and I like it. And dare we forget those head-to-toe single print outfits (cue looks 10 and 21). That for sure would get a good number of passerby dizzy.
Last week was dominated by a frenzy of midtermish things and gross amounts of ADD on my part, and to be honest my little fingers couldn’t type as fast as the looks came up here and there. However that is not to say that I didn’t take note of which collections, and even more narrowly, pieces I appreciated. While I hate to say this, I only choked and gasped for air a few times, however I did not die for any collection. I am still living. The following are the pieces that did make me reach for my inhaler.
Proenza Schouler, Band of Outsiders, DVF
These pieces struck my color heart strings. Color, modern clean lines, and fall-season warmth all over. Awesome geometric lines and whimsical patterns are a real eye-catcher too.
Alexandre Herchcovitch, Alexander Wang, Cynthia Rowley
Three looks that do amazing yet different magic with textures: Herchcovitch makes a very clean cut look seem quite feminine and dressed up, Wang adds sex appeal with a slit in his skirt but keeps it real with a baggy upper-half, and Rowley’s dress is feminine-the way the fabric is highlighted is quite sexy.
Naeem Khan, Calvin Klein, Fabiola
Three neutral-colored looks that I think will dominate stylistas this coming fall. Khan uses a flapper skirt with an Egyptian-esque neckline… and that beading. GASP. Inhaler needed. Klein’s collection was O.T.W. (out of this world, get with) and I can smell some belted leather in my future. Fabiola’s feather-skirted dress looks like a dramatic ornament that I would slip my body into before you could say “squak”.
Honor, Lela Rose, Lela Rose
I am really feeling the girly whirly fun in these three looks. Business woman-gone-SEX in Honor’s look. That yellow peaking out of black lace in such a conservative silhouette is so right. Lela Rose’s two looks go from sexy-work woman to evening angel. Me likey.
Last week we lost one of the ultimate contemporary artists of our time, Mike Kelley. His art, among many other adjectives, was and is innovative and fresh. Represented by Gagosian Gallery, Kelley’s artwork is a big deal among the big dealers and among students who seek for that deep dark side in art like my deep dark self. What the young contemporary artists-in-training seek to do, Kelley has already done: his kitschy philosophically-loaded works make us reminiscent of our pasts, aroused by the present, and ravaged by the possibility and unsureness of the future. If you doubt his geniusness which isn’t a word but at the same time is the perfect word, why didn’t you think of shitting on stuffed animals? Think about that.
Eviscerated Corpse (1989)- courtesy of Art Institute of Chicago
Marilyn Minter referred to his genius creations as “mining a thirteen year old’s bedroom” but really it’s like mining my bedroom today.
dress vintage t-shirt DANNIJO shirt Equiptment tights Uniqlo shoes ACNE jewelry DANNIJO, vintage, Victoria & Albert Design Shop
The patterns, the baby ballerina bun, not really the shoes, and the pink o’ plenty is all an ode to Mike Kelley. So are the knots on my shirts which are equivalent to three nipples.
And every time you but mostly I throw clothes on in a clashy yet systematic way—try “layering”—you are taking a page out of Mike Kelley’s book of art. R.I.P.
It’s the end of January so, let’s face it, we’re nearing Spring Break and it is time to get yo plans on. I’m thinking Miami? Venice Beach? Either way I am doing it and I am doing it with COLOR. Not to be cliche, but we all know that the all mighty Andy has won artists and fashionistas and the like over with his keen sense of design and innovative use of color. And thus, it is time for me to pay tribute.
And because we all need a lil’ Marilyn in our lives, whether in cinema or in blog form…
Andy Warhol Marilyn Diptych, 1960
The color, the evident and perfect mistakes…
Shoes Michael van der ham, tee Marc Jacobs, pants Rag & Bone, bag Proenza Schouler, clutch Marni, necklace Dannijo
Mistakes? Don’t worry, Andy, just check my accessory and clothing selections… THOSE are perfect mistakes.
note: don’t forget to cut that tee up or do a little penis knot at the bottom
No guys here, but this female photographer knows whats up. Klea McKenna finds the beauty and abstraction in nature via photography. I’m into it. If you look at her work you will find a confusion of color and shape. These mindfuck of shapes inspired an outfit, naturally.
top Dolce & Gabanna, necklace Dannijo, pants Thakoon, shoes Alexander Wang, clutch Marni (all photos courtesy of Net-A-Porter)
This is so unlike me, no color other than the soles of shoes? Terrifying. However, print upon print that looks like vomit lacey-fab together is right up my dark back alley. Don’t forget to tuck the front of the shirt in and let the back hang low like a truely faux tuxedo.
A trend I am really loving right now that popped up on runways round Europe: a good ol’ suit. There is seldom better than a suit, whether it be hanging on a wall all felt n’ shit, on a super tall model rocking the Céline Pre-Fall runway, or on you or me, though we do prefer the former because well, you are cooler than me.
Céline Pre-Fall 2012 (photo credit nytimes.com)
Let’s get down to business because you and I both know that these said suits you see at the recent runway shows came from none other than an artist first. This one goes to Joseph Beuys because he is the genius who thought to hang a felt suit on a wall and call it art. I thought of it first, but we’ll credit him because it was 1970 and I was but a brilliant egg.
Joseph Beuys Felt Suit, 1970
Two other designers with particularly cool runway suit moments include Alexander Wang (dududuh), a little Giles for shock value, and a number from Mary Katrantzou’s Spring-Summer 2012 collection because color is hot hot hot and you know, it’s not even February.
Alexander Wang Pre-Fall 2012 (top), Giles Pre-Fall 2012 (middle), Mary Katrantzou Spring-Summer 2012 (bottom).
…Is the love child of Louis Vuitton and Yayoi Kusama and perhaps what I will name my first born.
Let’s put it this way. I die for am a huge fan of Yayoi Kusama’s work, and as a studio art student, I am highly influenced by her mental oddities creativity. Her polka dots are inspirational. And her mirrored rooms are an interior decorating dream spatially phenom.
She has just checked trend-setter on her list of achievements. Marc Jacobs, got bless his SS 10 RTW collection, has taken on Yayoi Kusama as a collaborator for LV designs. I don’t mean to flip my hair but I thought of this oh, a year or so ago. I win.
Polka dots a-plenty. I commend you, Yayoi.
And now for the greatest pose in the history of [now] fashion…
Because it is going to be 2012 and because I am procrastinating getting ready, it is time for a long a meaningful post from your’s truly. What do you need to start a new 366 (we will be leaping this year) days other than an offensively vintage dress, dangerously pointy shoes, and a ridiculous amount of accessories? I’ll tell you, NOTHING. So Gauguin is going to help me, and by law of transitivity, he is going to help you too. Don’t understand how? Well then you should probably read my older posts and you’ll get the idea asshole.
Gauguin, Manao Tapapau (Spirit of the Dead Watching), 1892
So we start with this Gauguin. It’s not so much about the context of this picture—it is a prostitute and I am for sure not a prostitute—as it is about the colors and the raw beauty of woman. We are not going naked to our NYE parties my friends, however, we are using this lovely purple and this sexy gaze to excite nobody because do we care about that midnight kiss from a dude? No, we don’t. And her friend in the back there will for sure be present.
And next we turn to me. See the similarities?I command you to say “yes.” We here are seeing me, the Matryoshka doll (a.k.a. my stand-in spirit) but even more so, pleats. Accordian pleats. And that is all that matters. Purple accordian pleats, courtesy of my mother as many of my key pieces are because I am from the 80s at heart, are necessary to ring in the new year. Why? Because.
And so are pointy shoes. And a peter pan necklace. In case you want to go off on a tangent and rep Peter Pan. He was cool and was played by a female, Mary Martin in the classic version and only version that really matters.
But back to Gauguin. The purple of the dress is taken from the base color of the painting. I appreciate the uses of contrasting colors in the quilt on which the young girl lies. The painting has an extremely claustrophobic feel to it. The girl is distressed, and what is a more perfect word to describe NYE?
And just for my digits’ sake, we turn to my rings. And though this is not Chinese New Year, the dragon is in the building. Don’t forget metallic nails or your mid-finger bling.
And with that, have a happy and safe New Year, you little curators!
On this post-Christmas day, many peeps are feeling the blues. They want the day to be over and done with because, well, jingle bells will continue to nonesensically play has played its last time on the radio and the tree is looking rather bare without any presents under it. It is the second to last night of Hanukkah and it hurts. So I’m ending this day early by making it into a Starry Night.
Van Gogh, Starry Night, 1889
I love you hate you for thinking that I am corny. I’m not. Starry Night is just a classic. Its more than a classic. It has influenced mass produced marketed items, including souveneir mugs and rulers (which isn’t cool), but even more so, its colors and patterns have influenced fashion. This is no lie. Peek at below image.
When I say that art influences style, I’m not being as literal as Rodarte here mostly because I don’t have the power or money to create clothes of such design, though I do commend the Mulleavy sisters for taking a hint from the masterpieces of Van Gogh. I wake up and consider a masterpiece and it’s colors and its mindfucking design and that is what leads me to combining one color or pattern with another. Hey, some leopard here or there to hit the colors and textures I see in the painting never hurt no one.
hat San Diego Hat Co., necklace Dannijo, shirts Topshop, French Connection, belt J.Crew, jeans JBrand, shoes Stubbs and Wootton, rings Dannjio, Modcloth, Mom’s, vintage x 2, bracelets Hermes, vintage x 2, watch Rolex.
Now is that a starry night on my right foot or is that a starry night?!
Ferragosto is the european name for the lovely long-ass break in August. The creatures of Italy and Spain civilians usually head south for some holiday fun and tan their butts to their crinkly finest get bronze (note: I am really a huge pastoid pale, its justjealousy that their skin can clash with their clothes and mine cannot). I rather be Italian than the mix that I am Milanians and Barcelonians rock (definitely not PC).
Joan Miró, Ferragosto II, 1961
And now for the A-R-TEE. Miró was a cool cat. He knew the lines that make a story on canvas. He knew the ins and outs of paintings farms and shit. He was Surreal fo’ real. More generally, he was a poet of art. I like thinking of artists that really know how to rock a canvas or a slab of marble as poets because poets are hot poetry is magic and art is magic. MAGIC. They are one of the same.
top Missoni for Target, pants Genetic Denim, necklace Dannijo, vintage belt as necklace, earrings Dannijo, shoes Ash, socks J.Crew, jacket Helmut Lang, bagCambridge Satchel Company
I also like to refer to styling as poetry. To put together that grandma sweater top,awkwardly cropped pants, shoes, jewelry, socks, underwear, occassional bra, hair styling, lipstick, nailpolish, vest… (ask me what I don’t have on) takes true grammatically correct fashion. And so, I bring to you my outfitty of choice. Of course Miró was in my heart when putting together said ensemble. I even included that pop of yellow in my sexy satchel. As the temperature nose-dives I appreciate the addition of a coat and any possible thing you can add on to create shapeless fabric overload. Enjoy my Miró Magic.
Mobile shmobile. This is ART people, and not just any mobile that you hang above your krying kiddy’s krib to make him/her stop annoying the crap out of you crying, it is the industrial-esque, dizzying, color-poppin’ structure we call Calder’s early works. Created in 1931, Calder gifted the world with this hourglass-shaped structure, a mechanic piece emphasizing man’s desire to rule the world for advancements. This here Pantograph was based after a machine once used during a time in which I wish I lived because women wore monstrous skirts to trace or draw without (wo)man’s hand. Imagine that. Wow, we’ve really kicked the 1930’s butt with our computers, eh?
Alexander Calder Pantograph, 1931
And now for some more wackadoo stuff shapely beauty. We see how Calder uses the negative space to create shapes in said piece, and how the prominent dots of color make your eye bounce around this stunning structure. This color is intentional.
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Not because I am more important, even though I am, but because of picture quality uploading (damn camera..), my image is a little hotter larger. My legs are bent, my arms are wings out and I am ready for you pantographic fun. I, like Calder, chose patterns, colors, and shapes to make the eye dizzy bounce around. See now, isn’t that fun even my leg is out of focus and my toes are sliced off! ? I wish I could date meet Calder circa 1931.
…his paintings that is. He was hot, he was fine, he knew how to make some fine ass art. Jasper Johns’ Map 1963 uses color to arouse me in all the right ways, much the way Pilotto’s SS12 collection does. Focusing less on the states and more on the shapes and colors of their geographical attributes, Johns successfully produces a map that I’d like to get myself on (get it?).
Hey there, hot stuff me. You can’t tell, but those nails on my eight ten fingers match my pants (cue: instagram photo). All I do is win win win no matter what study art SO therefore, Jasper Johns came to mind while outfitting my self this morning. Because my closet has no doors (thanks NYU), it is easy for me to scan my clothes while slothing in bed and find a Jaspery outfit. The colors of Map, the way they clash and collide and make you dizzy, made my heart flutter. He was in my pants head and heart today. Head and heart.