Artsy Tidbits: Art Influenced Fashion

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For many years, art has been inspired by artists’ view of the world or their perspective of seemingly everyday items. Artists are able to portray moods and emotions through their work. From Van Gogh to Andy Warhol, the list goes on for the most talented artist of all time.
Nowadays, fashion is basically a wearable form of art. It allows to express your feelings on any given day. It can be intricate or simple, colourful or plain. Designers always try to see what fresh ideas can inspire their next major line, and artwork is one of the first places they look. For example, Modcloth created a simple dress that showcased print from The Starry Night, one of Vincent van Gogh’s most recognizable pieces of work. The dress is perfect for a evening stroll or a casual outing. Another fashion line that used van Gogh as inspiration includes Rodarte, who, in their 2011 Spring collection, featured a dress that sported print from one of his popular paintings of 12 sunflowers (titled Sunflowers). Recently, for his Spring 2015 collection, Moschino designer Jeremy Scott, (who has dressed everyone from Katy Perry to Beyoncé), has created eccentric pop art design. The bright and colorful prints are similar to Andy Warhol pieces, and they add a fresh and vibrant taste of fashion.

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One To Watch – A Chat With Emerging Designer: Satu Maaranen

Last Tuesday, I attended the Première Vision NY and Indigo NY (textile and print design shows), for Fall-Winter 14/15. I This was the first time the two shows have been combined into one big event. I had a great time checking out the predicted print and textile trends for next year.

Right before I left the shows, I noticed a “featured display” corner of fashion and photography work that was so unique and creative. It ended up belonging to the winning designer of this year’s Hyères International Festival of Fashion & Photography  competition, which partners with Première Vision. The designer was Satu Maaranen, who hails all the way from Helsinki! I was glad chat with her a little about her design aesthetics and the competition.

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Designer Satu Maaranen

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British Vogue Editor Reveals The Truth Behind The Image

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I recently heard that the editor of British Vogue, Alexandra Shulman, is working on an educational film to be shown in schools. The British fashion maven has been turning her stylish hand to producing of late, in an effort to promote a healthy body image among teenagers.

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Alexandra Shulman is determined to spread the word that fashion and beauty images are fake. Image Courtesy of http://fashion.telegraph.co.uk/

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My “Punk: Chaos to Couture” Red Carpet Review

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Even though the event is truly about the exhibition and the fundraising efforts for the institute, the red carpet is the kickoff (and extra highlight) of the exhibition. I’m quite sure that by now you have seen the thousands of images online and read the reviews for this year’s Met Gala red carpet arrivals, as most blogs put up their posts the next morning or that night. However, I’m late to the party as usual, because I like to do my research and make sure I comb through as many images as possible and include background info. So finally, here it is…

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Spot the next fashion trend – Trend Prediction

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If you have been reading this blog for awhile you will remember the interview we did with Vicky Nicholls of Twisted Angle. She has created a membership based website portal for all things “knitty fashion” for the independent knitter or professional designer. Vicky recently launched a new website – Trend Prediction,  which offers a platform to learn the professional way to predict colors and themes for all seasons. I have to say, it’s pretty cool and innovative.

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Veronica Marché has a marker and a stylish vision!

About a month ago I saw a really nice illustration of Malia Obama on my FB feed, and it had a “fashion-y” approach to it that immediately caught my eye. I was very intrigued because I loooove all types of illustrations, especially fashion illustrations. I then followed the links back to the artist of this work and immediately became a fan! It was so refreshing to see a young illustrator focusing on creating beautiful images that highlight and celebrate Black Women.

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After I perused through her website/bio/external links… I learned that Veronica is currently working on her Master’s Degree in Fashion Design, at the same school that I attended for my degree! More than being just an artist and student, I realized she is wearing many hats and wears them very well! Continue Reading

Fashion truly an art?!

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One of the oldest Italian fashion house’s created history this week, by taking over the arcades of Louvre, and running the first ever fashion show in the 900-year old world famous building.

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This is one event that captured my attention, as the debate of weather fashion is an art has been going on since centuries; and this was the perfect answer to it, portrayed in the most unbelievably aesthetic manner. The 140 metres long runway in the temple of fine art was by far, the longest for a Paris show.  The audience included Hollywood celebrities Hillary Swank, Frieda Pinto and Fan Bing Bing from China, who were given a private tour of the exhibition before commencing the show.

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The fashion house unveiled their latest collection that Giornetti designed in shades of pale stone, to keep the palette in coherence with the Louvre and Paris. Slouchy leather trousers with flat boots clearly brought out the Parisian aesthetic and then there were more Italian mini dresses formed major part of the clothes collection. The crochet short dresses definitely were my favorite and without a doubt the highlight of the show were the heritage of the brand, gladiator sandals, and thigh high boots in snakeskin with various embellishments.

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The brand Salvatore Ferragamo, is an 84-year old fashion house, that has always been associated with art and culture.  It is also considered the first fashion house to establish a link between celebrities and fashion. It is said that screen siren Marilyn Monroe and Greta Grabo were pivotal in bringing a mere shoe repair shop from California to a leather star shoemaker.

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At the event, Ferragamo’s creative director, Massimilanio Giornetti, explained to the audience the early links between Leonardo Da Vinci and Salvatore Ferragamo, and that the latter also studied the anatomy of feet to understand the function of the shoe and appearance and make sure he produced something that was wearable. The brand’s motto that makes it so successful, is “beauty with functionality”.

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Salvatore Ferragamo has been one of my favorite brands for shoes and bags! I can truly vouch for the confidence and faith, that all us fans across the globe have in the groundbreaking future of this iconic fashion house.  This magnificent event is just the beginning of their cutting-edge potential.

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Along the Visual Lines – Shantell Martin

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Visual Artist, Digital VJ, Performer, Lecturer, Innovator…these are just a few of the words that come to mind when we think of the one and only, Shantell Martin. At the young age of 8 or 9, little Shantell began to of doodling in the back of school books, from there on she couldn’t put her pen down. When she draws she really doesn’t take a literal approach to the lines that she creates, instead she allows her gut and intuition to lead her, and feels like most of the time she’s just following her pen.

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A London native, Shantell has lived in the UK, Japan and most recently resides in Brooklyn, New York. Shantell is a graduate of the Central St. Martins School of Art and has lead interactive workshops on digital painting creativity around the world. The world is literally her canvas as she not only takes to paper when she illustrates, but tends to Continue Reading

CFDA Awards Arrivals..unique and creative looks

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The organization that produces the “Oscars of Fashion”- the CFDA is celebrating 50 years of service to the fashion industry. This year’s awards ceremony was held at the Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, where the CFDA festivities started with a fashion show that included pieces from some of its 400-plus members.
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WAH Nails – For Downtown Girls Worldwide

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In 2005, founder Sharmadean Reid had created a “London-based fanzine”, known as WAH that became a hub for all things music, fashion and “street smart feminism”. By combining her love for nail art and her talent for spotting trends Sharmadean decided to conquer a missing niche in the London nail salon industry. Now, just four years later, WAH Nails has become a high-demand brand that creates nail art for the masses!

It’s just a small thing people notice..but when they do look down and they see you have something different.. they’re like “OOOHH! I wouldn’t have thought that”…You know it can sometimes be an element of surprise.. It’s like wearing hot pink socks under a business suit..nice little finisher. -Sharmadean Reid

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In 2008, Sharmadean (an experienced trend consultant), had an undeniable feeling that the unique nail art she and her friends had been sporting for years was about to hit the mainstream. She noticed that nail salons in New Continue Reading