Inspiration: Fashion

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[Richards NYC Spring 2014]

I’ve never been much of a fashionista.

After 5 years of wearing semi-corporate wear to work (I refused to wear greys and blacks and look all proper and “professional” – which was basically ironed shirts with collars and long pants), and then transitioning to comfy yoga-ish inspired clothing as I worked from home. Pajamas were game too during those beginning years, I won’t lie. I even found it hard to justify wearing any footwear that’s higher than 2 inches. Even if it looks amazing.

Maybe I was lazy. Maybe it’s because I was a practical person. Or maybe it’s because fashion wasn’t at all interesting to me back then. (Plus: I had an old knee injury from playing too much sports in school, so teetering around in heels was literally a pain.)

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[Source: Miss Moss]

Nothing much has changed now – I still want practicality when it comes to fashion. Shoes. Clothes. Accessories. I need the freedom of being able to move. It’s just that I’ve begun to look at fashion with new eyes: I could have all that I wanted – uninhibited movement, comfort and practicality – without having to compromise on how I looked. Oh sure, I didn’t care what other people think. But perhaps I could have it all and look smashing at the same time.  Double win!

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[Less by Maria Jennifer Carew]

Or maybe I’m lucky this season (and the few seasons before), because what I’ve seen on the runway is extremely likable in an offbeat way. You know – the kind of clothes that doesn’t need for me to have a perfect hourglass body to pull it off. The kind of clothes that doesn’t need me to stay in place to look pretty. Pretty colors and quirky shapes. Fun details and happy-inducing cuts. Beautiful, yet utilitarian. It’s also a relief to know that being practical is in this season – someone actually told me how much they loved my black leather strappy Crocs (I bet he didn’t know they were Crocs). Once I found out that fashion can be fun instead of scary, it takes on a whole new light. There is no wrong or right – anything goes.

I think that our bodies make great canvases – and our clothes, accessories and shoes all paint a picture that’s unique to each and every one of us. What shall we paint on ourselves today?

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[Marta Lugo’s hand sawed pins]

Maybe it’s the internet. Maybe it’s always been there, just that I wasn’t aware of it.

But right now, I’m inspired by it, and I have the internet to thank.

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

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Here’s more posts on fashion and more images I’ve collected on Pinterest. Happy Tuesday folks!

Inspiration: Prada Spring/Summer 2014

Prada Spring 2014

Prada Spring 2014

Prada Spring 2014

Prada Spring 2014

I was walking past Prada in Singapore when I chanced on their display window for the Spring/Summer 2014 line, and all I could do was to just stand there and take it all in. I think the exact response was a loud gasp and me clutching Mr. T’s hand in my stop-walking-because-I’m-going-to-ogle-this-for-5-minutes stare, along with me jabbing pointing excitedly at the window.

If you’re a regular here you’d know that I’m long drawn to abstracts and color, and the happiness that the combination of these two can create – hence my fascination with their current line. While it looks great on the store display, I wasn’t quite sure if all of the pieces are wearable in real life (yes, after I settled down for a bit) – some of it are a little too embellished and out-there for my tastes – I’ve always approached fashion interspersed with visual art with an eye that scopes out what looks editorial first and foremost. Having embraced color and pattern only for the past 5 years in my wardrobe has made me inch closer to wearing the colors and patterns that match the insides of my brain, but there’s only so far I’d go. I might need a bit more time!

The model’s accompanying boxy bags reminded me of small canvases that had somehow doubled as a bag too (though obviously less chunky), bringing the decoration of the female form to a complete artistic display.

I did a big of digging to see the entire collection online, and while I’m not a fan of some of their pieces (particularly the realistic portraits smacked center in some pieces and bags), I do adore the more minimalistic pieces, with their playful mix of color and abstracts. Also worth noting are the murals done up for the runway, done by muralists El Mac, Mesa, Gabriel Specter, Stinkfish, Jeanne Detallante and Pierre Mornet. It’s like the models were walking through a gallery!

From Elle UK:

[quote] Prada had commissioned these artists to do ‘something strong, to paint faces and bodies of women, but in the end they only painted faces, so I thought I had to provide the bodies’. And provide she did. [/quote]

[quote] This was an orgy of colour, embellishment, sportswear, streetwear, glamour, elegance and cool. What better way to zero in on female empowerment than to focus on the bra? They came festooned with jewels, embedded on coats in jet beading, worn over skinny sweaters with striped sporty ribbed collars and cuffs, as a bejewelled top in sunflower yellow, as a black detail on a green dress, or forming a scarlet bra-shape on an orange fur coat. [/quote]

[Images, top to bottom, referenced from: 1. Fabsugar 2. StyleBistro 3. Telegraph UK 4. CPP-Luxury

Paper/Dress/Maps : The work of Elisabeth Lecourt

Elisabeth Lecourt

Elisabeth Lecourt

Elisabeth Lecourt

Elisabeth Lecourt

Elisabeth Lecourt

Sometimes I see things online that are so interesting that I make a mental note of it to myself and leave it at just that. For example, I saw these dresses made out of maps by artist Elisabeth Lecourt, based in London, over at Lost at E Minor a couple months ago and I just saved a note about it on my Springpad – an app that holds most of my personal notes and observations. I share a little less here than I did a year ago, because I thought that I didn’t need to contribute more noise out there, since others were doing a pretty bang up job at it anyway.

But then I asked myself what this blog was for, right from the beginning – it’s not just for you, my dear readers. It’s also for me – you guys are just taking a peek into my brain, really (don’t worry, you’re all invited). I must apologize because I sometimes forget that – performance anxiety and all. And gosh darn it – if I see something that makes me squeal with delight – even if it has been reblogged a thousand times already – then I’ll try my best to remember that perhaps you haven’t squealed just yet.

So take a look at Elisabeth’s work and notice how her creativity spans not just maps and paper, but she turns whatever she touches into a means of expression. Read her artist’s statement:

[quote] Sensitivity and vulnerability are the main subjects in the work of the artist Elisabeth Lecourt. In the work of Elisabeth Lecourt the feminine figure is seen like the spine of her house, like an essential component of this particular world. But the woman like structure to medular can be a contradiction, because although funge like the strong part that maintains the building, is also vulnerable and touching. The vulnerability of the human being, the fragility of the bodies exposed by Lecourt proposes a painful beauty as well, as much by the emotional thing of the topic like by its own necessity to understand our body and what there is within us. [/quote]

[Via Lost at E Minor]
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