Wednesday, January 28
Friday, January 23
Feature: Proenza Schouler Pre-Fall 2009. Ever since I glimpsed at their pre-fall collection at simplyolive, I haven't been able to get these looks off my mind. They are the first images that pops into my head in the morning when I think about what I want to wear and not surprisingly so. Designers Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough said they focused not only on what the girls they know want to wear, but also on what they'd wear if they were girls themselves. I think this represents a breakthrough for me with Proenza Schouler as I think this "experimental" pre-fall collection represents something that strikes the perfect balance of understanding a woman's desire to exert an effortless but edgy not quite so everyday chic on the streets. Images courtesy of style.com.
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Saturday, January 17
Feature: Malabrigo. After seeing this post at Wiksten, I was reinspired to finish my knitting projects. Right now, my all-time favorite yarn is produced by a small family-run company in Uruguay called Malabrigo. The company has beautiful soft kettle-dyed pure merino in colors that remind me of Rodarte's knit inspired Fall 2008 collection. Not only are the colors divine, but the material is incredibly soft and easy to knit with compared to other wools. Speaking of, I just ordered the Oceania yarn (Lapis and Robin's Egg Blue) and I need to get back to my project! Images courtesy of knit-purl.com, style.com, and flickr.
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Thursday, January 15
Thursday, January 8
Feature: Joseph Cornell. The reclusive artist, Joseph Cornell, is one of the pioneers and most celebrated exponents of assemblage. These assemblages are composed of lost objects and not surprisingly, combine constructivism with surrealism. Moreover, their delicacy is compromised by their interactive capacities. Via hagebutten.
Posted by christine at 9:31 AM
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Feature: Toga. (Spring 2009) From Japan, Toga is probably one of my favorite designers right now. I want to devour her aesthetic due to the rich and elegant colors. You just don't see such thoughtful and cohesive designs from Western designers nowadays. Created by Yasuko Furuta in 1997, Toga is inspired by the original greek word for draped clothing. You can clearly see this influence in her clothes, I will probably post several collections from Yoga. Images courtesy of toga.jp.
Posted by christine at 8:56 AM
Feature: Juleknuepfer. Juleknuepfer is one of the most refreshing lines I've seen in a long time. From Germany, Juleknuepfer uses sustainable and organic materials, which I think is largely apparent in their visual concepts and themes. The movement of these clothes along with their unique and quirky knits and weaves create the oddest shapes that complement all of the elements. My particular favorite is the knit barnacles and marine color palette. I really just love how creative and interesting all these shapes are as well.
Here is the designer's description of the collection: "Living rooms“ is an ecological collection ranged in the highFashion/ designer section. My concept is the artistic definition of living space. I tried to create visual living spaces between humans and animals. Forms of animal habitats like nests, caves, combs and nets, scallops, snail-shells and corals have been role models in the search for new silhouettes that go beyond natural body forms. Another inspiration have been Land-art, Nature-art and Ecological art, emphasising the fragility of nature." Via shebreathes. Images courtesy of notjustalabel.com.
Posted by christine at 8:03 AM
Tuesday, January 6
Feature: bARBARA Í gONGINI. This strange and eccentric designer creates beautiful draping and simple shapes with a monochromatic color palette. I like how delicate materials clash with the severity of the styling of these outfits. I will say one thing though, this model is really horribly dead -- she does nothing for the clothes, regardless of what "look" the brand is trying to give off. If you want to know more about the design philosophy, read on: "The aim of the company is to create Nordic clothing based on a conceptual approach to the process, where experiments with forms provide the setting for the visual motive in the design. bARBARA Í gONGINI creates clothing, which is at the leading edge of the trade. bARBARA Í gONGINI furthermore participates very actively in the artistic debate in the Nordic countries. During the work, interdisciplinary co-operation with other artists within music, photography, film, etc, is emphasised and this co-operation nourishes inspiration during the design process itself. bARBARA Í gONGINI comprises two lines of womenswear: I-rEguLar and rEguLar. The collection represents these two extreme points, but must be seen as a coherent whole." Images courtesy of www.barbaraigongini.dk.
Posted by christine at 3:02 PM
Monday, January 5
Feature: Max Wanger photography. The number one image that lingers in my mind in the past 48 hours. How often do you find that much negative space in an image nowadays? This photography extraordinaire is about to blow up and then some... Courtesy of the ever so amazing and down to earth Joanna Goddard and maxwanger.com.
Posted by christine at 4:21 PM