Monday, July 26, 2010
Friday, July 23, 2010
Last week, you might have noticed some colorful, whimsical designs on Google's homepage. It was a tribute to the 125th birthday of Josef Frank (he died in 1967.) Frank left an incredible legacy to architecture, glassware, lighting, metalwork, and textile design--he moved fluidly and freely between these mediums and founded the Vienna School of Architecture with Oskar Strnad. He produced over 200 textile patterns between 1909 and 1950, and his aesthetic stood out among the minimalist Bauhaus designs of the time. "Every human needs a certain degree of sentimentality to feel free," Frank said... "Away with the universal styles, away with the equalization of industry and art."
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Anne Marie Skjoldager is a Danish-born designers who has interned with Bernhard Willhelm and John Galliano, and is currently finishing her schooling in Paris. We found these 3-D trompe l'oeil designs interesting for their architectural qualities, and though these look more conceptual than practical, something about the sillouettes feels very wearable.
Monday, July 19, 2010
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Miami artists Alain Guerra and Neraldo de la Paz create sculptures out of their own discarded clothes and thrift store finds. The resulting bodies, nests and colorful piles allude to the people that previously wore the clothing, and to the collective mound of discarded clothing that continues to build up mass in the world.
Monday, July 12, 2010
Taking inspiration from the Venetian Opera House, La Fenice, which burnt to the ground on numerous occasions, Elie Saab's couture collection showcased large scale flame prints. The references to burning embers, along with the rich amber palette, create a dramatic effect. If Drew Barrymore's character in Firestarter was to grow up, we might just find her wearing one of these.
Friday, July 9, 2010
Etro, Kenzo x 2
Lanvin, Issey Miyake, Versace
Yohji Yamamoto, Lanvin, Givenchy
The menswear collections have left us with an amazing assortment of suits. Choose from a variety of textures and patterns including scenics, animal prints, florals, geometrics and more.
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Akris, Miharayasuhiro x 2, Akris, photo: Castricum
If you can't take a holiday next Summer, put on a romantic sunset print or a harbor image and dream away. Look for scenic prints appearing on both menswear and womenswear next Spring and Summer covering all aspects of the earth from land to sea.
Thursday, July 1, 2010
Issey Miyake x 3, Missoni, Comme des Garcons, Walter Van Beirendonck, Comme des Garcons, Issey Miyake
Typical of menswear, tons of plaids and checks re-appear this season but with some interesting twists. Issey Miyake explores the classic plaid with hand painting and transparency, creating a softer look. Comme des Garcons takes a hard edge, framing black and white checkered tees with red striped jackets, and interspersing checks with skulls.
Influenced by the Summer pastime of fishing, aquatic creatures appear in all shapes and sizes on menswear next Spring. Every moment of the day is covered. Go from a trout robe at Galliano in the morning to a casual day look at Issey Miyake, followed by a dapper button up suit from Thom Browne for night attire.