Monday, March 18, 2019

Set-In

Fendi Pre-Fall 2019
Four Seasons Magazine Fall 2018

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Check Please!

Menswear-inspired patterns were prominent in the Fall 2019 shows but buffalo and jockey-like checkerboard patterns really stood out this season in Paris.

Kenzo Fall 2019

The entire Dior show revolved around checks and bucket hats. (The hats were amazing!)

Dior Fall 2019

Nicholas Ghesquiere's Louis Vuitton is a bellwether for everything, IMHO. You can see the checks on the cardigan layered  under the v-neck but it was on several non-knit pieces throughout the collection as well.

Monday, March 11, 2019

Crochet Dresses

We set the clocks forward yesterday for Daylight Savings Time so it seemed like maybe a little Spring fashion preview was also in order.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Happy Valentine's Day

A few ways to wear hearts that don't seem gimmicky or too sweet.

Image from Barney's 2018 - Designer unknown
Marc Jacobs Fall 2014
Clements Ribero 2012
L'Officiel September 2009

Thursday, February 7, 2019

It's Not Easy Being Green

Fashion makers have been buzzing about mint green as the next new color and because those of us who make your clothes work so far ahead of season, I'm already over it.  These shades look more sophisticated and timeless to me.

Elle US October 2018
Max V. Koenig SS17

Monday, February 4, 2019

Circularity

None of these are new images but I'm still feeling inspired by the purity of Suprematism.

Uma Wang F/W 2011
Issey Miyake

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Shape Shifter

U.S. designers are often accused of not being creative enough. Having taught at F.I.T., I can attest to the fact that we encourage students to plumb the depths of their artistic inclinations but once they leave school and take practical industry jobs, their individual voices are often constrained in an effort to make clothing more "saleable." 

Sometimes it's just nice to appreciate original thought and artistic expression even if the audience is very limited. Looking past the specific styling and photography of each of the pieces below, I truly think I would wear almost all of these except perhaps the last one.

Dagmar Kestner
Jillian Carozza
Madame Germany September 2014
Tahir Sultan
Charlotte Muller F/W 2011-2012
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Monday, January 28, 2019

Suprematism

I'm decently knowledgeable about modern art but I had never heard of Suprematism until I meandered through a small exhibit at the MoMa a few years ago.  Since I'm always attracted to stripes, color blocking, and graphic patterning, the work resonated with me instantly.

Founded by Kazimir Malevich around 1915, Russian Suprematism is an abstract art movement which focuses on basic geometric shapes like the circle, rectangle, and square painted in a narrow range of colors. The Suprematists eschewed the typical depiction of objects in favor of what Malevich deemed the "supremacy of pure artistic feeling" in a quest to reach the point of absolute zero where art ceases to be art. (It's called "Abstract" for a reason.)

Suprematism is the kind of art that makes people who can't draw a stick figure say, "That's art? My 2-year old could do better!" But like all forms of artistic expression, it is the artist's mission statement, the context and time in which it is created, and the body of work in it's totality that defines and clarifies it's purpose.

Because the shapes are so simple, it might be hard to say there's a direct connection from Suprematism to contemporary fashion but perhaps through time and space, there's a connection of the collective unconscious from one form of expression to another.

Kazemir Malevich, The Black Square, 1923
No. 21 S/S 2015
Kazemir Malevich, Black Circle, 1915
Yohji Yamamoto
Anrealage Circular Cardigan
Akris as seen in Oyster Magazine, 2015
Kazemir Malevich, Hieratic Suprematist Cross, 1928
Damir Doma S/S 2014
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