PRINCE has made his career as syncopated as his music, juggling silence and noise, arena sellouts and secretive recordings. His latest confounding move is the simultaneous arrival of two albums: “Art Official Age,” a studio production billed as his first solo album since 2010 (though he had help) and “PlectrumElectrum,” on which he’s backed by the three-woman rock trio he has been touring with, 3rdEyeGirl. Continue reading “THE FUNK SIDE OF ART: PRINCE OFFICIAL” »
The exotic lure of Orientalism, an aesthetic rich for fashion interpretation. For Sarah Burton, it’s personal. Her spring collection was based on her own treasured collection of antique kimonos and intricate fabric swatches she began acquiring when she started working with Alexander McQueen, traveling to Japanseveral times a year for the job.
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What is fashion? Several seasons into it, that question again swirled around the exiting throng at Hedi Slimane’s fashion show for Saint Laurent. Slimaine is obviously taking on the FAST FASHION MARKET with vengeance…his collection: highly replicable looks that you would easily find for much less at a Forver21 store…. cute, young, rock ’n’ roll, a little vulgar, with arch, sky-high platforms that feel dated beyond the presentation’s obvious, intended retro. A far too obvious merchandising message: jacket; short, flirty dress or skirt; and for those who dare, short shorts — and a girl’s good to go…. Good to go in what were, piece-by-piece, some appealing clothes but nothing that we haven’t seen before. Continue reading “Saint Laurent Fast Fashion” »
A city known as the fashion capital of Asia. A place where Louis Vuitton stores and Frank Ghery Apartment buildings create an Oasis for the affluent, if even under the ever present eye of China Centralized government is been rocked by Civil unrest that is being compared to the Tienanmen Square demonstrations of the early eighties. Continue reading “The Umbrella revolution rocks Hong Kong” »
He has entertained crowds for nearly four decades. He played a major role in turning some fashion traditions on their head and legitimizing the influence of the street on designer ready-to-wear. He made sailor stripes a wardrobe staple, and gave fashion cred to Madonna’s cone bras (and bare breasts, which made one notorious appearance on his runway). In between those years, there were plenty of great clothes and campy adventures, the latter trumping the former in recent years. Continue reading “The Entertainer: JPG” »
Despite its hue of faintest dusty pink, an oversize sweater with chiffon back tucked with haphazard precision into languid trousers doesn’t immediately telegraph a flower inspiration. Nor do slouchy pantsuits or intricately ruched jackets. Perhaps that’s because we’re programmed to expect the obvious: floral inspiration/floral patterns.
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Housedresses? Aprons? Daisies? Yes, Laura, the not-so-little house of conceptual fashion and deconstruction has decamped to the prairie for spring. It made for a sweet, if underwhelming, collection, with smaller doses of the usual Margiela quirk…The house establishedf by a designer whose identity is unknown to the public at large is in the process of establishing a brand identity that will make it into a global power brand…in spite of itself.
Rick Owens was painstakingly examining pieces of tulle in his study a few weeks prior to his show, trying to grasp the essence of the fabric and interpreting any possible structural dynamics that might come from such exercise…His idea was to convert it into something else other than the fabric readily associated with dance and ballerinas, if anything else he wanted to create a new identity of pragmatic beauty and industrial like strenght that would be associated with the aesthetic sense that his woman favours… Continue reading “Beauty in Strength at Rick Owens” »
Ninety-three shows, nine days, one fashion-crazed city. On fire, filled with political dissonance, civil unrest, good bread, bad waiters and great fashion….
The world’s travelling circus of fashion editors, buyers and celebrities waved goodbye to the cobbled streets of Milan and cried “Bonjour Paris” on Tuesday, bracing itself for the last, most colorful furlong of spring-summer 2015 ready-to-wear shows. Continue reading “Paris Fashion Week gets on the way.” »