Saturday, March 31, 2007
Friday, March 30, 2007
Designer: Paule Ka
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
young birds in the '20s
Louise Brooks, actress, who followed suit with the flapper trend
Flapper fashion circa Autumn 1928
Saturday, March 24, 2007
in vogue, self-portrait
There's that wonderful Picasso self-portrait, crayon and whatever, of a big head with very big eyes and stubble all over. It's such a great, great work, one of the last things he did. It looks like a skull. My self-portrait with beard stubble, which I guess was done a few years earlier than Picasso's, is in the same spirit--nonheroic, not portrait-as-celebrity or the Warhol sense of superstars, but reality and awkwardness and painfulness and all of that stuff.
It's hard to remember how late Picasso was trashed, as was late de Kooning. To really have an impact, an artist has to finish great. Had Matisse not done his cutouts, which he reinvented in Nice, I don't think he would be considered a great artist today. You really need a great endgame. And when Picasso was marginalised at the end of his career by the critics, he had tremendous urgency for artists. Artists looked at that work and saw unbelievable energy and invention at a point where most artists are just content to plow the same field. Attitudinally he's saying, vital to the end, inventive till the end, take risks. It was extremely encouraging.
What you do is you go out and reinvent the whole God-damn ball game.
source: Vogue Sept 2006
full metal jacket
The film reminded me of Junya Wanatabe's Fall'06 collection, whose theme was war and battle.
shoes, shoes, fall's accessories
One of the celebrities, if you will, that I've been fascinated with is Dita von Tease. I don't know if this is strictly true, but here is a quote from Wikipedia:
In spite of this, Von Teese states that she never uses a stylist. "The one time I hired a stylist, they picked up a pair of my 1940s shoes and said, "These would look really cute with jeans." I immediately said, 'You’re out of here.'" She does her own make-up, and dyes her naturally blonde hair black at home.What's really refreshing about Dita is the old school Hollywood glamour way she has about her. I remember reading an interview with her in Flare, where she said that she always tries to be overdressed wherever she goes. And isn't it the final irony that a burlesque dancer looks the classiest at a premier?
Monday, March 19, 2007
@ mango fashion awards party
LOULOU, don't let me down too!
A while ago, LOULOU added a web feature called "Street Styling," where readers can submit a picture of a friend (or themselves) who they consider to be fashionable. I went to check it out today, and I was not impressed. This is one of their featured photos and Q&A:Where did the clothes you’re wearing in the photo come from? Top: Abercrombie and Fitch, tank top: Urban Behaviour, skirt: GAP, shoes: Aldo.
What are your favourite stores or boutiques? Abercrombie and Fitch, Aldo, Urban Behaviour.
Who is your source of inspiration? Heidi Klum.Maybe it's just me, but is that outfit at all suitable to be posted in a web feature called Street Styling? People can dress however they want, but come on, let's call a spade a spade. Or boring, in this case.
Source: LOULOU Street Styling
Thursday, March 15, 2007
Matching business sense
So what topic had a two-page spread in April's Flare?
MATCH GAME: Hit the right note with the perfect scents inspired by spring's top trends
Now, anyone who's read my earlier entries knows that perfume is really not my thing. But this Agent Provocateur bottle is almost irresistible.
matching Agent Provocateur Maitresse Eau de Parfum with the dominatrix look at Dolce & Gabbana
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
"We are diverse!"
When asked their favourite thing about Toronto, they are most likely so say "the diversity of the city."
It's certainly true, but for all the pride, we still seem to have some cultural and business lag. Yesterday's Metro News had a front page headline: Fashion rap on province. MPP Cheri DiNovo is trying to get the provincial government "to add fashion design to its list of recognized cultural industries..."
Milan has a minister of fashion, Quebec spends tax dollars to support designers,
and Japan pushes its fashions around the world. But here in Ontario, the fourth-largest design centre in North America, the government doesn't even count fashion design as a cultural industry.
This article comes at an appropriate time, what with Toronto Fashion Week having kicked off Monday. It's a bit appaling that the Ministry of Culture needs such prodding. Even if you ignore the art and culture side of it, fashion is an enormous business. I seem to recall a while back that a politician wanted to make it mandatory that movie theatres keep a certain percentage of the films they screen Canadian to give Canadian films and art a fair chance. But keeping designers working in Ontario, by giving them grants to start their business, to broaden our pool of Canadian fashion apparently wasn't even considered as a means of getting Canada into the international limelight.
Arts Council of Ontario grants to filmmakers range from $2,500 to $5,000 for
emerging artists and from $5,000 to a maximum of $40,000 for mid-career or
established media artists.
ALSO IN NEWS: Marc Jacobs checked himself into rehab. Read about it here, here and here.
article source: Metro News
Saturday, March 10, 2007
To the lip rescue!
This stuff is magic in a tube. It smells fantastic, it absorbs easily and, although its price is fairly up there in terms of chapstick, it won't set you back by very much. So if you have the same problem as me, and are tired of trying product after product to no prevail, give this a shot.
Thursday, March 08, 2007
Balenciaga, nice jackets, and gymwear
Apart from some killer shoes, I really loved the jackets at Balenciaga fall 07 show. There are naval tones (especially in the bottom left and centre) as well as military undertones (top left), and they are very striking and beautifully cut.
I am all for deconstructing fashion and crossing over boundaries and casual wear as formal, yadda, yadda, yadda. But those are exactly, exactly, the pants I used to wear to the gym. Down to the 2 white stripes along the side. There is no distinguishing detail. They are pants you will pick up at your local supermarket, without the $400 price tag.
images from style.com
Balenciaga video (for clearer visual of the gympants)
McGrath: Pat on the head
Tuesday, March 06, 2007
source: Spanish Vogue