Thursday, February 11, 2010

Alexander McQueen - perhaps the most creative, talented, experimental fashion designer - has died


I am incredibly saddened by Mcqueen's news. He was perhaps the most creative and versatile fashion designer past and present. He was a fearless fashion genius. His creations immaculately integrated the organic life on earth into clothes.

Unfortunately McQueen committed suicide. Who wouldnt agree with the fact that creativity and suffering are inherently linked. Pressure of performance imposed both by the self and by others torments the creative psyche. That paranormal activity which defines the on and off stage performance of a creative genius, is it a curse or a blessing?

On this subject, I like Elizabeth Gilbert's talk on the "internalized creative genii" which lies inside the creative genius. What about externalizing it? What about seeing creativity as a job, taking it less personal, having a slightly removed relationship / communication with it as opposed to letting it eat the flesh, skin and bones from the inside? It sounds like one solution to the utter torment, the mind over heart opposition to the heartful, but I find it less exciting, less provocating and perhaps a stab at the creative genius.

The classic Mcqueen skull tee

He had a super versatile eye which included humor, drama, color, texture, hues, proportion, balance and more.

There is a very sophisticated antler head do which brings together drama and elegance. perhaps a representation of who he was as a designer.

Helmut Lang Vest

fashion item of the day

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Jill Greenberg Underwater

Faboulous work

Jill Greenberg The Manipulator

steals their Lollipop

Lady Gaga Evolution

Make-Up Girls

Chloë Sevigny

Chloë Stevens Sevigny (born November 18, 1974) is an American film actress, fashion designer, and former model. Her last name ispronounced say-veen-yee in French origin, although she herself has stated in interviews that she pronounces it as seven-knee. Sevigny became known for her highly individual style and broad fashion career in the mid-1990s, both for modeling and for her work at New York's Sassy magazine, which labeled her the new "it girl" at the time.

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Chloë on the cover of Paper mag and other cool girls on Paper cover

Shirin Neshat

Shirin Neshat شیرین نشاط (born March 26, 1957 in Qazvin, Iran) is a Iranian visual artist who lives in New Work. She is known primarily for her work in film, video and photography. The work of Shirin Neshat addresses the social, political and psychological dimensions of women's experience in contemporary Islamic societies. Although Neshat actively resists stereotypical representations of Islam, her artistic objectives are not explicitly polemical. Rather, her work recognizes the complex intellectual and religious forces shaping the identity of Muslim women throughout the world.

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Shirin Neshat Self- Portrait

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Viktor and Rolf continues to build mind blowing clothing

Stay tuned for my in depth investigation of Viktor and Rolf. I hope to get to their revolutionary constructions in fashion by tomorrow.

Minimalist Inventions for a ghostly and and playful environment


Inventing with a minimal touch to create a playful, transient environment is a special touch only the very few have. This posting is dedicated to the designs of these very few. The selection for the various inventions is based on an associative serendipity which led me to come upon each one of these special objet-de-fascination.

This moss interior landscaping called TerraMac by Akoto Azuma is perhaps the most interesting, livid, playful, life enhancing invention I came across today. I suggest that any commercial or even residential interior would benefit immensely from having this source of life to enhance their daily setting.

I posted this chair by Florence Jaffrain before. But I had to bring up the textural and organic association with the Terramac moss scape.
paper has been a source and material of inspiration for lighting for a very very long time. I find that the most appealing uses of paper for lighting are those which push the boundaries of paper which allows the design to be playful and mysterious.
The blown paper lamps by Nendo below do just that. The mushroom garden landscape once again builds on the notion of organic interior landscaping.

Another naturally inspired design by Nendo is this antler socket which helps to carry the normally dangling power devices.

Nendo also came up with this less organic but ingenious design for a shelving unit for the new design expo. The negative space of the crosses are reflected on the carpet which they also designed.

The Nendo exhibit at the Contemporary Art Museum in Kanazawa Japan is gorgeous, reflecting the minimal and unique nature of each of their designs. The rigorous yet ghostly grid makes an enchanting forest of designs.

an interior space designed for the shop in Shenjuku, Japan by Nendo again exhibits their minimalist and structurally sophisticated designs.

Finally, Nendo designed this chair for Issey Miyake using the scraps of fabric from the designer's clothes.
Moving on from Nendo to Pierre Paulin is this new ghostly chair.

another from the master is this structurally inventive and thought catching book shelf.
I wanted to post this lawn chair design Karim Rashid only because it is one of the very few designs of him which I actually appreciate.