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Friday, January 28, 2011

No I'm Not Lucky: I'm Blessed

My obsession for Nicki Minaj has reached unbelievable heights.
I'm eating cheese, stopping squats and using words like "thick" because I actually want to be her, both physically and mentally.
I practise roaring in the mirror and I've memorised so so so many of her verses.

Someone, stop me. Now.

Givenchy Givenchy WA

I was pretty in love with the early millenium style "badboys" that Ricardo Tisci sent down the runway for Givenchy Menswear AW collection a wee while ago, the rottweilers and the soft looking leathers were pretty cool. I read somewhere that it kind of looked like a new-fangled wardrobe for the Clockwork Orange boys. It does, only less sociopathic. That's always a good thing.

Anyway, the main focus of this post is not of the Menswear collection that Tisci sent out. As wonderful as that was, it has nothing on his Haute Couture collection for spring this year. Taking inspiration from Japanese dancer Kazuo Ohno and from the instantly recognisable East Asian symbol of the crane, Tisci has managed to use Japanese influence in a new way in fashion.

Instead of running the well worn and cliched route of exaggerated sleeves, wrapped dresses and obi belts (all running the not so subtle kimono theme), Tisci used the play of hard vs soft, visible and covered with the soft and smooth silhouette to echo not just the work of Ohno, but also in some ways, traditional Japanese wedding dresses through the use of the jarring and exaggerated headwear.

Whatever his inspiration, Tisci's work is undeniably beautiful and the craftsmanship that went into producing his pieces must be admired. Apparently the dresses took "2000 hours of cutting, 4000 hours of sewing plus a further 2000 hours for the hand cut sequins..."
At first it seems ridiculous to spend so long on making dresses, but when looking at the close ups of each dress, I can't help but think that they were all worth it. Here's the close ups of my faaaavs. Click them for close ups.

For more images of Givenchy Haute Couture, go to Vogue.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Black Swan

I went to see it tonight, and now I don't trust my own reflection. Or anything I do, it's a bit scary.
Even so, I had to put something up about it, so I know it's not my own imagination telling me I saw that creepy-ass film tomorrow morning.
I want to write loads about Rodarte's costumes for the film, but I don't think my brain is alert enough to write a post longer than a couple of paragraphs, and the costumes were so insanely beautiful that they deserve more than a couple of paragraphs. What I did love enough to hunt down on the internet and save were the graphic images that LaBoca created for the film. They are striking, dark and seriously seriously cool. Dark enough to tell you you're going to be scared, but I think they're still pretty graceful....

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Manish Arora - Vogue India

At worst, Manish Arora is genius. I love his work so much, it's unrealll. Him teamed with Diego Fuga for Vogue India is blarrrgh amazing. I found this on nightly clicks, and the clashing colours, weird ass shapes and heavy, almost over-powering patterns and set make me want to start dressing up. If I wasn't ready for bed with my horlicks I'd be up for it, it always reminds me of being a kid, when I'd stomp around tom ted in mam's boots and dad's shirts.

Barbie Barbie

I always used to lose my barbie's shoes, and my dolls would be permanently wobbling on one heel or wearing a mix-match of whatever shoes were left in the 'dressy-up-box'. When I saw this amaaazing necklace by Tom Binns I bugggggged outtutututtttt. I love the colours, the different shapes, and the chunkiness of his design. It also reminded me of a more recent event, where all of the left-hand shoes from my cupboard disappeared and were only returned to me when I had to pack up to move back home to London...
Anyway, the necklace. I love that it's something that at first sight looks cool, but not particularly different until you take a closer look. It could be like a little secret, walking down the street having private JOKE wearing barbie's cast offs. It'd be dope for those days when I can't be arsed to dress up at all. Which are becoming more and more frequent...
I think it's a lack of contact with Larry and her dope threads, I miss you!

Also, apologies for how late these posts are...