Ghostly Weaving

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Moving Up by Key-Took Geum

Can you guess what you’re looking at? What seems like blobs of delicate translucent strings of colour are actually sculptures of garments made of wire and beads (seen from the bottom).

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Moving Legends by Key-Took Geum

Korean artist Key-Sook Geum has brilliantly made these beautiful ghostly shapes of garments from wire and beads and what impresses me the most is the space and volume she creates and the delicacy in her works.

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Nirvana in White by Key- Sook Geum

Almost like ghostly souls rising from the dead, these pieces are truly remarkable and have a silhouhette of their own.

Not only does she create dresses but other garments too, like coats, vests and shirts.

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Navy Juangpao (detail) by Key-Sook Geum

Here we can see a close up of how detailed the work is.  Quite a masterpiece.

Check out more of her wonderful pieces here in Callan Contemporary

 

Head Over Heels

 

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Dolce & Gabbana A/W 18

What do us girls wear that make us feel more powerful, confident and sexier, but gladly kick off when we get in the cab or walk in the through the door? Our heels, of course.  I recently read a very interesting article from Huffington Post which really made me think about women and heels and it´s so controversial. It makes you realise that whether we like it or not we´re still being judged about what message we want to put across and how heels are there to impose and cover our insecurities.

Well, this part of a shoe has always made a statement in a woman’s life whether she is looking to add some height and slender the figure or simply feel she can step into her role with a stronger attitude.

On the runway, we’ve seen heels change into curious shapes and been given make-overs with embellishments which make shoes the more interesting to look at.  Therefore, today I’m putting together a few of next season’s funky heels we´ll be seen in the streets.

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Prada A/W18

Prada has opted for a futuristic almost architectural type and Rick Owens´  bizarre looking `no-heel´ boots and brown tip amorphously change feet.

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Rick Owens A/W18

Now, loafers are yet popular on the runway again and there’s something so lady-like in this form of shoe which I absolutely love.  Here, we can see Rochas´sparkly brown loafers with a python covered chunky heel.

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Rochas A/W18

And talking of chunky heels, check out Gucci´s creamy white slip-on sandals. The exaggerated wide heels on these pair suit perfectly to the 70´s vibe they have going on.

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Gucci A/W18

Of course, cowboy boots are coming back strong and their heels will also stand out with triangular pointy shapes as seen in Isabel Marant.

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Isabel Marant A/W18

Or perhaps keeping the cowboy heel in pretty metallic reliefs but in mountain like-boots in laces and rubber sole as seen in Chloè.

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Chloe A/W18

Last but not least, I must mention these gorgeous mega sophisticated pair from Jacquemus where the heels remind me of an elegant wooden barred staircase and combine perfectly in rusty orange.

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Check out Vogue´s ultimate shoe trend guide for A/W18 here.

Crocs on the Runway 2018

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Christopher Kane Crocs Collection S/S 18

Just when I said goodbye to my pair of Crocs as I popped them into the donating box two summers ago, they come back bolder than ever!!

I loved my pair. Light, airy and so colourful for happy comfortable feet in hot summer days but, for many their chunky foam aesthetic appearance was best kept for paddling in the pool or walking around the jungle like the Spanish adventurer Frank Cuesta would in his bright coloured pair covered in mud.

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Crocs X Balenciaga

So, when I was flipping through my Elle mag the other day and saw them on the runway at Christopher Kane S/S18 I was laughing my head off and of course, kicking myself for having been too fast of getting rid of mine. As you can see, Balenciaga also collaborated with `the ugliest shoe brand´ making them into monstruous platforms and covering them in colourful pin-embellishments. Unbelievably, these sold out before they were released for a staggering $1100!!

Check out the full article in The Mercury

Timeless Jumpsuits

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Uterqüe

Driving past Uterqüe last Saturday, I was taken by this simple yet so sophisticated jumpsuit on the shop window.  Its clean and structured line, buttoned pipeline and wide belt all in the same colour gives it a 60´s twist to it.

This made me look into the history of  jumpsuits and came across these cool facts.

Did you know the first ever jumpsuit was made in 1919 by a Florentine designer, who went by the name of Thayat, for parachutists and skydivers? Hence the name jumpsuit, which was quite a suit for jumping!

It was not only until the 1930´s when Elsa Schiaparelli and Coco Chanel made theses iconic pieces coveted by women eventhough the later´s designs were much more daring.

 

From the Hollywood screen, it became a glamour piece when Katherine Hepburn wore the monogramed one-piece in the film Stage Door in 1937.

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Katherine Hepburn in Stage Door. Image: Fashion Revival

During WWII, these glamorous jumpsuits turned into coveralls, more known today as overalls, as Vera Maxwell designed this jumpsuit worn by millions of `riveting Rosies´, who were the American women working in factories.  The famous `We Can Do It´poster of Rosie The Riveter in her jumpsuit and her polkadot headband has become inmensily known for the empowered feminine figure.

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Rosie The Riveter

Later in the 60´s, they hit the catwalk with Courrèges´ futuristic one-pieces and then in the 70´s became iconic signature pieces from Elvis and Abba in their palazzo shimmering jumpsuits. The beautiful Charlie´s Angels were also seen in their disco fever pieces.

 

Many pop icons followed this trend and were seen in pop videos wearing tight-fitting versions such as the red PVC Britney Spears wore in her ´Oops! I Did It Again´video or Spice Girl Mel B in her characteristic animal-print piece.

 

And here we are in 2018 and it´s still going strong. We’ve seen them in military overall versions, sleek and black for evening wear and now we’re seeing their more laid-back side in floral, fresh fabrics and even in denim for the upcoming sunny weather like this fab one from Asos for just €62,99.

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There is not one I don’t like and I look forward to seeing how it will inspire designers in the future to keep this comfortable and oh so sexy piece in fashion.

I say shoo to Balenciaga´s chou chou

Once again, fashion baffles me with come backs that quite frankly should stay back.  When I was glancing through my Elle mag the other day and saw these hair scrunchies, which I absolutely hated wearing when I was a kid in the early 90´s, worn as bracelets I was like `The world’s gone mad again!´, especially the price it´s going for. Nothing less but for £145 each. Cheap, huh?!

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Who´s shown us these cringey little accessories on the catwalk again? Balenciaga, of course. Why do I say this? Well, I can understand how it sticks to Balenciaga´s philosophy of voluminous forms around the body and his new chou chou bracelet resembles his 1967 evening gown with `chou´wrap in silk Gazar.

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You certainly cannot go unnoticed with these in your hair or as Balenciaga´s creative director, Demna Gvasalia, has done by accessorising the girls´ wrists on the runway.  It must be something personal I have against these lil guys and perhaps one day, I´ll realise just like with many other things that come into fashion, the more you see something, the more in grows on you. What’s your opinion about these scrunchy (excuse me, chou chou sounds more chic) bracelets?

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Images taken by Farfetch and Pinterest

 

 

 

Spectacular Effects Using Time-Lapse On Flowers

Being Spring, it´s that time of year we’ve all been waiting for when flowers are blooming gracefully in meadows and parks and life just seems happier again.

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This video confirms how truly beautiful flowers can be. Not that I ever denied it but, sometimes one forgets these natural wonders Mother Nature has given us.

Watch the following video by Thomas Blanchard how flowers react and `dance´to some elements such as fire, ice and even ink creating spectacular moving shapes and seeing colour at its full glory surrounding the organic form of flowers.

Watch video by Thomas Blanchard here on National Geographic

 

 

 

Most Beautiful Easter Eggs Ever

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As part of my daily research for the course I’m currently taking, I must add any source of inspiration that has caught my eye.  I´d like to begin by posting on my new Inspiration category, this lovely video of the Romanian egg painter, Elena Craciunescu,  whose well-known for her beautiful artwork.  As Easter has almost come to an end for 2018, I´d like to share her amazing techniques to produce these wonderful motifs which are inspired in her town´s buildings in Ciocanesti.

It has taken generations to pass this skill onto grandchildren and thankfully it is still respected and villagers maintain this tradition as a source of income.

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Using a similar process to batik, layers of wax and dye reveal these fine details.

Check out how it´s done in this short video by National Geographic

Spring / Summer 2018 Bags: Finale

This is my last post on this season’s bags and to round it up I’ve put together bags which sum up to what would describe my style.  Minimalist, simple and discreet (sometimes!).  The next compilation of bags would definitely be in my wardrobe (if I could afford them) for their effortless coolness about them.

First, these designers have opted for circular shapes or rings in their pieces and I have to say I love this delicate touch to these babies.

Like these from Valentino…

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…or this one from Louis Vuitton, which quite frankly is so perfect in every way. The beautiful brown hues in this design with its golden clasp and buckle are just worthy of saving up for months…many months!

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I also fell in love with this leather woven design by Loewe. The white stitching contrasting its tanned body adds total sophistication.

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Moving on to much more springy like colours are these two models by Miu Miu or the cross-stitch bag by Alexander McQueen.  So pretty and girlie for a first date or an afternoon visit to the gallery.

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Lastly, these next bags are completely different to the previous. All of which are bold in black and orange contrasts such as the new rucksack Fenty X Puma by Rihanna and Marc Jacobs rucksack with its innovative side handle. Or the incredibly futuristic bag from Balenciaga with its hard outer case body which seems it´s come out from a sci-fi movie.

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All in all, I hope every one of these bags I have posted for the past week has sparked up some kind of interest to you as they have done to me whether it being for its peculiarity or classic simplicity.

 

All  images are taken from Vogue UK

Spring / Summer Bags 2018: Part 5

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With miserable grey cloudy skies we’ve been having here in Spain, today I’m going to fill my post with a splash of colour from this season’s bags.  First, we have these very similar designs from Sacai (above) and Valentino (below) with their funky patchwork-like bags which liven up any gloomy day.  I love the way they´ve styled this one from Sacai with the fucsia pleated skirt. Also, look out for squares as they will be everywhere and are gonna come in strong.

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Next in line, this adorable Carolina Herrera colourful over- the -shoulder is also fab for today’s stripy-fever season with happy bold colours. Takes me back to my childhood´s favourite children’s morning show called Rainbow.

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Now for Pop Art lovers, you’ll love these next bags from Prada.  Miuccia Prada has once again combined her love of fashion and art and has put together works from female artists inspired by comic heroines from the last century. You can also appreciate these prints in her skirts, dresses and coats.

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Absolutely love the heavy black outline in these illustrations. And this one below just makes a little more bad ass with its metallic clasps and studs. Would definitely rock this with my DMs.

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Someone else who´s used cartoons in his designs was Jeremy Scott.  Must admit, they’re quite amusing to look at and perks up any dark outfit. The plastic covered chain strap definitely breaks away from any conventionalism.

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And finally for today, I finish off with literally a splash of colour with this mega cute and artistic little bag from Oscar de la Renta.  Love the big flower on the flap and the hint of `splashed paint´is discreet, both casual and sophisticated for any day look.

All images are taken from Vogue UK

Spring/ Summer Bags 2018: Part 4

Still keeping up with this season´s bags and this time I’ve put together some which take me back to the past. They either bring back memories from my wonderful Sicilian next-door neighbours or simply remind me of what I thought I´d never be into, which are what I call granny bags. The ones my other elderly neighbour Betty used to carry when   I´d bump into her on her way to the supermarket.

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First of all, these amusing Dolce & Gabanna bags with yummy cakes or peas in the pod bags are so alive with its bright colours which remind me of the old days at my neighbours´ house having pasta every Thursday evening in their Italian style kitchen. Aren´t they just bursting with colour and joy?!

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Whereas these granny bags, with their 70´s retro print and rigid strap never appealed to me the slightest.  However, now I see them differently and appreciate their roomy interior and the so lady like vibe they give out. I´d love to wear this one nested on my elbow to the supermarket like Betty once did. Of course, not forgetting the punky lil ´  guy on the side which cheers it up.

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Or perhaps, any of these two darker models by Gucci though, in my opinion the one above lacks femininity.

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And even though I have very much enjoyed most of Gucci´s collection this season, this bag did not do it for me. Its bucket-like design and awkward shape reminds me of the buckets elderly people carry veggies from their backyards.  This has to be the worst and painful bag to carry when holding heavy belongings and the best for sneaky pickpockets to get into.  Amusing to look at but not for me. Sorry Gucci.

All images are taken from Vogue UK