Archive | September, 2012

Happy Birthday Occupy Wall Street

21 Sep

The issues dealt with at the protest affect everyone, and through information desks, the Sunday afternoon concert in Foley Square with performances by Tom Morello and other musicians, including Das Racist member Kool A.D., Dead Kennedys’ Jello Biafra and the rap trio Rebel Diaz lots of attention and awareness was raised.  There were lots of repeat protestors who camped at Zuccotti Park last year and the atmosphere was alive.  Over the course of the weekend at Wall Street I couldn’t help but notice what people were wearing.  Some of the garments and outfits were just amazing and I thought I’d share them here.

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Williamsburg Fashion Weekend S/S 2013

20 Sep

An alternative to Manhattan’s Fashion Week, Williamsburg Fashion Weekend now in it’s 11th season continues to propose new designs in fashion and play with how we experience fashion.  From entertaining edgy shows to ready-to-wear collections the evenings were full of surprises.

Eco-conscious and inquisitive, a showcase of dynamic fashion forward designs by up & coming designers which took place September 14 & 15 at Windmill Studios, Brooklyn.  Kicking off at 9pm the crowd gathered outside the unassuming red brick studio on Kent Avenue.  Doors opened at 8pm and on entry there was a tray of complimentary cosmetic & accessory treats as well as a copy of the Williamsburg Fashion Weekend Magazine.

Innovative designers showing over the weekend were, Brittany Erb, Desira Pesta, Geary Marcello, Juanita Cardenas, Marco Santaniello, Marcus Hicks, Mark Tauriello, Uta Brauser, Nathalie Kraynina, Stephanie Hinson, Uta Bekaia, & Melissa Lockwood.

Creative director, Gina Tron sees the show as a way to provide a platform for designers and fashionistas interested in ethical fashion.  Setting itself up as a contrast to the commercial mecca of New York Fashion Week, Williamsburg Fashion Weekend is smarter, edgier, and totally against the disposable fashion trends often advocated elsewhere.

Arthur Arbit, who established the Weekend spent time on the catwalk between shows raising awareness of how the clothes were made and how we consume fashion.  Advocating investment buys, Arbit proposed buying garments according to your own personal style which is well designed & well made which will not be obsolete or fall apart in a year.  For the cash strapped his advice was “go to a thrift store, get a sewing machine and tweak your own clothes. That’s the most creative way to go about it.”

The Weekend came to life with Juanita Cardenas ‘Moon Landing on Candyland’.  A flurry of color that got the show off to an explosive start.  From creating circus performers outfits Candenas went on to become a costume designer for theatre.

Another totally amazing collection was Mark Tauriello’s collection inspired by H.R. Giger’s art direction for the Aliens trilogy.  A collection that focuses on shape and empowering women by presenting them as scary monsters.

“I’m a feminist at heart.  I hate fashion because it victimizes women and makes them look like dumb sexual objects.  I grew up on horror  and in the movies the women are always the victims.  So I like to turn the tables a bit.  You’ll never see me do a photoshoot where the female model is distressed and relying on a man.”

Mark Tauriello

Williamsburg Fashion Weekend Magazine

Mark Tauriello

Williamsburg Fashion Weekend S/S 2013 Part II

20 Sep

Mark Tauriello

Nathalie Kraynina’s Collection is also most definitely noteworthy.  Her S/S 2013 collection is about reinventing black.  The garments are separates that are ready to combined or they can be worn with an existing wardrobe.  Playing with ideas of texture and silhouettes, Kraynina uses very tactile fabrics and these blacks have touches of color that add amazing dimensions to the garments.

My mission is to give women power, confidence, and the means to express and celebrate their individuality and inner beauty. I want to design clothes not only original and stately but also  feminine and gracious.

Nathalie Kraynina

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Nathalie Kraynina

Reinventing Black

Williamsburg Fashion Weekend S/S 2013 Part III

20 Sep

The show that absolutely stole my awe and admiration was  IQTest by Melissa Lockwood, featuring Scary Monster Tees and knit dresses made from salvaged fabrics, the collection was diverse and there was a sense of excitement in the air. Lockwood’s repurposing of garment factory waste was inspiring.  A startling 28 million ton of fabric actually make it to landfills every year. The collection was refreshing in it’s sourcing of materials and the knit dresses were a little magical, alongside the kind of adorable scary monster tees.

The accessories originality of design caught my eye and I was fixated by  MazadiBCoutureAccessories who made the accessories for Lockwood’s show.  It has definitely made me look at how we wear accessories in a whole new way.

IQTEST Melissa Lockwood and MazadiBCoutureAccessories

IQTEST Melissa Lockwood and MazadiBCoutureAccessories

Don’t just take my word for it, these featured designers are definitely worth checking out:

http://www.juanitacardenas.com

http://www.marktauriello.com

http://nathaliekraynina.com

http://www.iqtest-nyc.com

http://mazadibcouture.tumblr.com/

And of course the weekend that made it all possible :

Teddy Bears Picnic at Pinkyotto

17 Sep

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Pinkyotto in the East Village currently has my favorite concept window.  Established by Ryo Liu, the store stocks whimsical, edgy, feminine styles.  The team designs sharp & chic garments by carefully pairing pattern and textile with unusual detailing.  Vintage inspired and fashion forward Pinkyotto plays with notions of fashion & style.

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Fashionable Musings at MOMA NYC

11 Sep

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Each visit to MOMA New York is a fabulously different experience.  On my most recent visit what struck me were the interesting fashion elements in some of the current pieces showing across the gallery.  There is definitely a strong focus on art but what is impressive is also the design and craft innovations on show.

 

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The Architecture & Design floor had a piece I am crazy about, ‘The Guardian Angel Handbag’ by Dutch designers Carolien Vlieger and Hein van Dam.  The simplicity of design is matched by the simplicity of materials to create an amazing functional piece of Art/ Design/ Fashion.  The wool and leather handbag which went into production in 2002 is manufactured by Vlieger & Vandam in the Netherlands. 

 

 

Another woolly item was the Joseph Beuy’s grey suit.  Made of thick wool it looks so stiff and solid in a single breasted informal style with cut off hems and jacket pockets.  Wearing something like this would be both really really warm and a total textural experience.  

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One of the special exhibitions at the moment is ‘The Century of the Child’  there are collections of toys and memorabilia associated with notions of childhood through the ages.  It was in this show that I came across Goth Lolita ensemble with matching Angry Doll.  Purchased by the museum from the Fashion Institute of Technology where it made up part of their Fall 2008 collection.

     A comment on the Japanese subculture fashion trend of the Lolita style.  A style that   takes inspiration from concepts of childishness from various cultural sources, including Lewis Carroll’s ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’, nineteenth-century French dolls and Victorian mourning dress.  The style makes use of ribbons and bows, ruffles and pinafores.  The style takes its name from the 1955 novel ‘Lolita’ by Vladimir Nabokov but doesn’t actually base it’s look on the ideas the book expresses about the effects of dressing this way.  The name has been taken out of context and reclaimed as a term to describe a style of childish dressing which draws from various influences and manifests itself in subgroups of Goth and Punk  Lolita. 

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