Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Metal Guru

I love the way this has been filmed and how type has been used. Towards the end of the clip the studio audience dance in this strange, delirious way... deranged cult of Marc, I guess. Idolisation within pop culture really interests me.



Marc's favourite label was Alkasura; I wish I could find more information on them. Hopefully I will make a more detailed post on the label eventually when I see what I can dig up. In the meantime, you can see some Alkasura jacket lapels poking out in the image below. When I watch old T.Rex videos I love how layered and complicated single garments are. Incredibly theatrical and yet very wearable, I think:

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And here are two rare and brilliant Alkasura Jackets you can buy at auction if you are super-rich. These textile prints are pretty wild. I love clothing that abandons traditional ideas of good taste and modesty - not for shock value alone - but simply because fashion rules are a blight on creativity. I adore the glam-rock aesthetic... cocky, androgynous, colourful, theatrical. What I wouldn't do to wear this ladybug number, even just once...

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I would wear it with electric blue tailored pants and patent red loafers by day or and with a flared jumpsuit with killer platforms by night. sigh. 'keep a little Marc in yr heart', as Marc himself would say x

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Time to draw again

Louis Wain is one of my favourite artists.

I feel incredibly happy and at ease when drawing. Drawing and drinking tea with my cat. The life

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

A very belated halloween post

Fellow Fash student Vlad (of Shifting Identities). The spiked shoulders on this jacket were created using cable ties. Clever, hey?


The marvelous Mr.Rottersrotty Todiefor. Stu was rather low-key here but I couldn't resist posting this dreamy image.
He has such a talent for all things sartorial. At his recent housewarming i arrived to find him wearing an exquisite
white headdress and eyelashes fashioned from faux-flower petals.


My pal matt made a rather dapper vampire. Pictured here with a poltergeist:



The ghost skirt and ruff sleeves were designed by me and created by my friend Kasia. The skirt actually looks much better as a cape - but more on that later.

Drunkenness stood in the way of me snapping any other costumes from the night, but luckily all was recorded over at Fashion Hayley. I think Simon's hilarious 'Grace Jones being attacked by ravens' takes the cake for me! x

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Bear

This little prince loves self-portraiture...


and sunshine:


I've added a list of excellent cat-related design links to the bottom of my blogroll.
>^_^<

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

I'm back!



Ah, there is something so amazing about taking everyday, synthetic objects and heavily layering them to replicate regular fashion items. This shoot (thanks to Space Cactus for the heads up) reminded me a little of some work by Castelbajac:

And Jeremy Scott:


very fantastic, eh?

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Charlie Le Mindu

Charlie Le Mindu continues to amaze me with his surreal hair sculptures.
I'm pretty sure this image is going to haunt me forever:

Le Mindu also does cuts of the more everyday variety, and eventually when I visit London I'll have to get one... Though I've heard indecisive types generally end up with bobs and rat-tails!

Now, back to making this pesky jumpsuit. It has to be completed by wednesday so fingers crossed it'll turn out! Exciting things planned for the blog when all this crazy work is done. x

Friday, October 2, 2009

Booked

So I've been thinking about how everyday items can be used to create new forms. Isn't the above image beautiful? I love the way these books have been arranged to create a simple, almost two-dimensional graphic.

Books utilised as fashion materials:
(via. Yvan Rodic.)

Reference or homage to chunky wedge trends? Giant 'fuck you' to the domination of these styles everywhere? P'haps neither is accurate, but I love the way this image made me reconsider the construction of fashion items at a base level...

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Comme des Garçons

ps: I now have a tumblr account for non-fashion related blogging :^)

Friday, September 18, 2009

Styrobots

Michael A Salter's 'Styrobots' are constructed from discarded polystyrene packing materials. The biggest styrobot he has created, 'Giant Styrobot', stood at 22 feet tall:

I love how Salter uses recycled materials to create such sleek, white forms. The textures and lines/patterns here are all very inspiring...
('Giant Styrobot' from Robots: A cultural Icon exhibition at San Jose Museum of Art, California 2008)

Sunday, September 13, 2009

'Sleight of Mind' Mask

(handmade 'Sleight of Mind' mask discovered on ebay)

I wish that wearing masks was more commonplace for day wear. Some days really call for one.
Plus, if we all wore masks I'm sure the incidence of cheeky trick playing would go up at least 10 fold.

So I'm about $500 short, so in the meantime I'll have to do with going grey and covering my face with my hands like so:

Thursday, September 10, 2009

I've always thought that yarn-bombing was an especially interesting form of street art. These knitted telephone boxes are so sweet and surreal. You can read about the covers (and the Yarn Corp's ensuing brush with the fuzz) at Knit the City.




Saturday, August 22, 2009

Laura Mackness






Love these bold, graphic desings. I really dig the bulky shapes and mix of muted tones with super brights in this collection. You can read an interview with Laura Mackness over here. She draws on some interesting references... x

Monday, August 17, 2009

Room to Grow

If you're lucky enough to be in Osaka...


It's time to check out the collaboration that dreams are made of.
(The rest of get to sit here and suffer. Go on, party at the space-age discotheque.
See if we care!)


COMME des GARCONS “Six” x Yayoi Kusama
'Room to Grow' Exhibition
Osaka Minamisenba 3-12-22
Fuji Building 2F Shinsaibashi
(Open til: Nov. 8th, 2009)

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Still going strong at 87...

A little old but I couldn't resist posting these... Pierre's first collection in 15 years (S/S 09):








Saturday, August 15, 2009

JCDC Vs. Lego

Another great fashion animation! I think JCDC may be my favourite designer ever - a huge call, but one I'm prepared to make. Spying Yeezy in the audience tops this off!

Instant Nostalgia

I find it funny how music from only a 6 months to a year ago feels strange and nostalgic now. MGM-who? totally retro. And they talk about the fickle world of fashion!
Anyway, I have to design an outfit in white this semester and was reminded of Vampire Weekend and this smokin' suit:



I think I might actually make a crazy white romper and handpaint it...

Friday, August 14, 2009

Acne Jeans 2010

“I wish I had invented blue jeans. They have expression, modesty, sex appeal, simplicity - all I hope for in my clothes.” - Yves Saint Laurent

I can never quite shake this YSL quote out of my head. Denim really is absolutely incredible. At it's humblest you have the average jean; versatile, comfortable, street-smart and even a little sexy. You'd think that this in itself was enough, but then you remember statement denim: Ripped, faded, embellished, braided, cut-out, patterned and (at least over at ACNE RTW 2010) armoured:


via LYNN and HORST

So, er, let your pants do the talking!
xLL

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Kelsey Brookes

Today I discovered the pscyhedelic world of San Diego artist Kelsey Brookes. His images are soft yet subversive, blending Influences as diverse as American Quilt-making and Indian Religious Iconography.

Kelsey's use of colour is quite extroadinary... I often find myself dreaming of these milky blurs of cotton-candy pastels accented with hot pink & bright blue...


Heavenly!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Fashionation


Ruben Toledo is an artist and fashion illustrator. He also happens to be the husband of designer Isabella Toledo (and resident of this drool-worthy Manhattan apartment). In 2003 Ruben turned his hand to animation with Fashionation, a film chronicling the history of French fashion design. Someone kindly posted this Sonia Rykiel snippet on youtube...


Ruben's fashion illustrations translate so beautifully to film that it makes me wonder about the exciting future of fashion-animation.

Here is another video playing with fashion and animation - this time a mesmerising Issey Miyake advertisement created by Euphrates:

I love how such a simple style has been used to explore Miyake's work and branding. Big thanks to Kasia for the heads up on that one!

If anyone knows where I can get my hands on 'Fashionation' I would love to know! xLL

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Legs & Lines

Two very different vintage images featuring legs and shoes. Beautiful graphic design and amazing cut-out wedges below:

Date and Source Unknown

Fetish-inspired material has been everywhere lately so I thought it was high time I posted this fantastic 'Bizarre' cover:

Rediscovered in Caroline Cox's 'Stiletto'

Update

I'm back at school but hope to keep the blog running much as I have through the holidays. Hopefully when I get my camera/scanner working I can post more. I'm also dreaming of a spiffy new layout, but that may have to wait.

I love this image of Jobriath sporting this beautiful neckwear. His costumes were apparently all made by (a very, very young) Stephen Sprouse. Magnific!

Migh-T by Kumiko Watari

Lately I've been enjoying the work of Kumiko Watari. Kumiko studied textiles for 6 years in Kyoto before relocating to CSM in London to study fashion. Her vision is childlike, playful and bold. I love her loungey, street-inspired silhouettes and distinctively sweet colour palettes.
Kumiko's 2007 A/W MA grad show was especially delightful for those of us who grew up collecting Trolls (hello, Bridie!). The hair trend from a few seasons back took a fun, super-synthetic turn with some awesome violet and green troll hair inserts ( as pictured below).
Her recent work continues to play with cute, comical prints. I was impressed to see Australian animals and delftware both somehow making an appearance in the same collection! (A/W 09):
I wouldn't mind those drip print tops, pom-pom hats or super brights in my own wardrobe! xLL