April 9th, 2012
“For me fashion is an expression of art that is very closely related to myself and to my body. I see it as my expression of identity combined with desire, mood, and cultural setting.” -Iris van Herpen
Since I first discovered the work of Ms. Iris van Herpen late last year, I sympathized immediately what it was that I adored so much about her collections. She honors the art in fashion, both in spirit as well as in an architectural sense.
The photos below are from her S/S 2012 collection I attained from her website.
I always find myself getting defensive when I hear people talk about the impracticalities of fashion. The truth is, my attention is generally drawn to the designers who see ability in the unusual. I’m drawn to the efforts of presentation. Fashion – and well, art – is not about practicality or logic. It’s a state of mind, and sometimes we prefer our attire to match our creativity.
I love the materials and structures in every one of the pieces. Van Herpen’s S/S 2012 collection is said to be inspired by microscopic organisms found in nature.
November 28th, 2011
Alexander McQueen is my favorite designer, and one of my biggest sources of inspiration. Through his collection of beauty, science, and disturbance, McQueen was one of the great minds that succeeded in making fashion perhaps the most powerful form of art.
The video below shows McQueen’s masterpiece finale for his Spring/Summer 1999 showcase with model Shalom Harlow.
November 20th, 2011
While spending this wonderful weekend in a cabin in the Catskills, I came across the most AMAZING vintage store I’ve ever encountered. Owned by film artist Laura Levine, the Mystery Spot is located on Main Street in the quiet little town of Phoenicia, New York.
The only reason I wasn’t able to purchase anything at this amazing shop was because I wanted to buy literally EVERYTHING to the point where I was actually getting a little anxiety about it. Although my weekend was just about relaxing and exploring the wilderness with my boyfriend, I would definitely come all the way back just for a shopping spree here.
The Mystery Spot carries all sorts of vintage goodies from clothes, footwear, records, toys, books, even old family photographs. I’ve spent a lot of time trying to find vintage shops in Manhattan, although through my experience, any item sold in a Manhattan vintage shop is sold for just as much or even more than what is was originally worth back in its hey day…which is way more than I could afford. (By the way, if you have any tips, SEND THEM MY WAY!) The Mystery Spot definitely honors the value of the items displayed, while also making the prices affordable for someone like me, who would definitely be interested in styling up these original pieces with my own modern flair.