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"I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge.
Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world".
Albert Einstein

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Alexander McQueen and end of civilisation??

My recent project at school required research about architecture's influence on the fashion industry. For those who know nothing about fashion history, deconstruction probably means nothing to you. However, I found out that the ideas of deconstruction which are also related to fashion, have transformed philosophy, literature, film theory and production, and related design areas of architecture, graphic design and new media. The word "deconstruction" comes from the French philosopher Jacques Derrida and generally attempts to demonstrate that "something" is not a discrete whole but contains several meanings; that "something" therefore has more than one interpretation; that "something" itself links these interpretations inseparably. Whatever its original meaning, deconstruction has come to mean "tear down" or "destroy". Rei Kawakubo, Hussein Chalayan, then Karl Lagerfield, Martin Margiela and Alexander McQueen are the first designers to apply the philosophy of deconstructionism to fashion.

Alexander McQueen, 2010 collection

Alexander McQueen, 2010 collection

Alexander McQueen, 2010 spring collection

Alexander McQueen, 2010 spring collection

Alexander McQueen, 2010 spring collection

What separates fashion and architecture?
Fashions generally changes from season to season, while architecture is, more often built to last.

Marchessa, 2008 collection

Marchessa, 2008 collection

Marchessa, 2008 collection

Alexander McQueen & Sydney Opera House
Emilio Pucci & Finca Güell in Barcelona

Balenciaga & Guggenheim-Museum Bilbao

To what extent can they be interchanged?
In fashion, architecture has helped introduce the use of thin, flexible metals and plastics, and lightweight glass, while architects have integrated pleating, draping, and tailoring techniques into their built form.

1. Bubble dress, Hussein Chalayan/ 2. P-wall, Andre Kudless

Hussein Chalayan, have even made the leap to hybrid fashion/ architecture forms that serve a double purpose as clothing and furniture.

Monday, November 9, 2009

My Hats off to you!!

Since I was 2-years-old, hats have been parts of my wardrobe. I grew up in a small town in Poland where winter lasted almost 8 months. Despite the long and cold Polish weather, I still love wearing hats and have them in almost every color and shape. Cloche, fedora, berets, you name it I have it. And let’s not forget that hats not only provide a stunning addition to our outfit, but also keep us warm.
And…..you can still look good while having bad hair days!

Isaac Mizrahi

Cloche Hat
A cloche hat is a bell shaped fitted hat that was made popular by Coco Chanel in the 1920's. Cloche hats are a great way to add sophistication to your fall and winter outfits. Elle magazine called the cloche hat the "haute accessory of the moment". Azzaro


Fedora Hat
A fedora is a brimmed felt hat that is creased lengthwise at the crown. Bright colors are very popular this fall therefore pairing a brightly colored fedora with an outfit would be the trendiest way to wear this piece.

Berets are usually associated with France although it is also the traditional headgear of Northern Spain. I guess berets will always be in fashion. They can become narrower or wider but they are invariably popular among women all over the world.

Armani Prive

Military Hat
This hat, also called the Castro, resembles the hat worn by the Cuban leader. JCPenney and Target have all kind of hats for less than $20.

  1. Kohl's cloche hat, $15(sale price)
  2. Cate Spade, $175
  3. Catherine's, red bucket hat, $26
  4. Forever 21, $12.80

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Patrizio di Renzo and "Pure Poison"

I would like to get your attention to another great fashion and people photographer – Patrizio di Renzo. Patrizio is an Italian-Swiss photographer who, after spending time in fashion capitals from Los Angeles to New York via Paris and Istanbul, not forgetting Milan where he lived for six years, decided to move back to his home land of Switzerland. Over a year ago he set up his own studio near Baar (Zurich). This talented and well-know to fashion industry artist is mostly recognized by his shots of Naomi Campbell and Ornella Muti. He has also been the principal photographer for such prestigious clients as Louisa Cerano, Mexx, Swarovsky, Cacharel. His latest shots were taken for Majo Fruithol's Swiss jewelery collection which he calls "Pure poison".

From his collection: COMMEDIA DELL ARTE

Monday, November 2, 2009

Shine like a star.

There are 59 days to New Year, however, many are acting like the count down has already started. Everyone is wearing sequin! Right now they are hotter then ever.... we wear them during the night or even the day! Sequin is no longer consider as a tacky prom dress or ice skating uniform. We can be certain they will dominate 2010 New Year's celebration.

To stand out in the crowd and dance the night away on New Year's Eve be sure to wear something glitzy: gold and silver sequin, crystals or something creating a sparkle effect is perfect for this occasion. Make sure to find a sequin dress which won't blind you with its price.

To glam yourself with the best cocktail dress this season check out the selection below:

1. Bebe, one shoulder dress $119 2. Aqua, $178.00 3. BCBGMaxAzaria, tunic $238

New Look, sequin dress

  1. Nordstroom, sequin purse $88.00

  2. Stafani Nelly, sequin purse $39.95

  3. Maxazaria, crossbody metal bag $61.60 (sale price)

  4. Karen Millen, suede ankle sandals $299.00