Clark Goolsby And Christopher Kane: Newness and Geometry

 While Clark Goolsby’s, “Yesterday This All Seemed New” is a perfect work to feature Christopher Kane’s stunning 2009 Spring Ready To Wear Collection, the title feels quite ironic being paired with a collection that maintains such relevant elements seen in fashion today.  The impact of the incredibly daring scalloped silhouettes presented such a striking blend of originality and elegance, that five years later, this somewhat futuristic look, still exudes such a strong sense of “newness.” The designs feel bold yet graceful, and the fabrics incorporated allow for a look that can remain timelessly elegant. 

   The future is sure to be inspired by the brilliant and playful mind of Christopher Kane, and I wouldn't be surprised if we see history repeat itself with reinvented takes on the strong geometric influences we see in Mr. Kane's work. 

Artwork by Clark Goolsby. Visit his website here. Runway image found here. All other Images found here. 

Iconic Influence: Bonnie and Clyde

 There are classics. And there are classics that maintain relevance long after their peak fame has hit. One of those films is Bonnie and Clyde. Without a doubt, Faye Dunaway’s iconic look heavily influenced fashion trends throughout the late 1960’s, and while almost 50 years have passed, her infamous character’s style still holds strong in a contemporary setting.   

 Hair and makeup aside, key pieces I love to incorporate into my casual dress include the triangle scarf, a classic beret and an overall essence of badass elegance. Theadora Van Runkle (the costume designer for the film), did an outstanding job at bringing both an edginess and ease to the whole look and truthfully, what more could we ask for when presenting our own style?

What film style most inspires you?  

Bang painting by Bernie Taupin. View it here. First image found here. Second image found here. Third image found here. Fourth and fifth image found here. 

Dan Colen and Emilia Wickstead: Pink. C'est Magnifique!

 The power and symbolic nature behind color has always fascinated me. The interest intensely developed during my sophomore year of college at Carnegie Mellon where we had to literally become colors. YES. I would really like you to imagine what it is like to physicalize Robin’s Egg Blue. Amazing, is what it is.

 I went home during that winter break, immediately constructed a neutral mask from clay, and made my parents watch me transition from the color yellow to the deepest shade of navy blue. They said they couldn’t really tell the difference in shades, but that’s not the point.

 The point is, whether we register it or not, the colors we wear effect the persona we present in a given situation.  For some reason, I am always drawn back to a soft pink. The color has an inherent romantic quality that I feel allows the wearer to take bigger risks in cut and style and still maintain a quality of grace, femininity, and elegance.

 Executing this idea perfectly is the brilliant Emilia Wickstead. Time and again, she has proven herself to be one of the fiercest in the game at bringing impeccably constructed pieces that radiate elegance with an edge.

 Below is one of my favorite pieces of Emilia's and of all time, worn by Suki Waterhouse to the 2013 BAFTA LA Britannia Awards.

Yet To Be Titled, 2010

Yet To Be Titled, 2010

S & M 2010

S & M 2010

Artwork By Dan Colen and made of chewing gum on canvas. See more of his work here. 

First Image of Suki Waterhouse in Emilia Wickstead found here. Second Image found here. 

Maira Kalman and Givenchy: A Couture Garden Party

 One of my all time favorite gifts is Maira Kalman’s book, “The Principles of Uncertainty.” It was given to me by my brother about 7 years ago for my birthday, and I vividly remember how magical it was to see imagery brought to life that had inspired, and very much continues to inspire my personal aesthetic.

Maira’s colorful subjects (still and alive) and childlike questioning, present such a refreshing palette to explore those fears and desires we never seem to outgrow. Maggie in the garden in particular, makes me want to pack up my bags, take a spontaneous trip to France to explore the gardens at “Le Pavillon De Galon,” (See it here) while dressed to the nines in an inspired Givenchy ensemble from Audrey Hepburn’s “Paris When It Sizzles,” and think about life as I sip on some freshly squeezed Citron Pressé. Yes. It. Does.

What grand whimsies does the image bring up for you? 

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First Image found here. Second Image found here. Third Image found here.

Pip And Pop And The Art of Balancing A Pattern

 I adore patterns. There is no quicker way to incorporate a playful sense of style into your look and simultaneously prove you aren’t afraid to take risks. One of the first observations I made upon seeing artist Tanya Schultz’s incredible work, (she is the creator and mastermind behind Pip & Pop), is while her installations are unbelievably detailed, there is undoubtedly a sense of balance and unity within the work as a whole.  I started to question why outfits that incorporate bold and extremely colorful patterns can so easily turn into something your grandmother wore in a nightmare you had as a child, and how you can instead, successfully and chicly bring a patterned look to life.

 If we take a look at Louis Vuitton’s now iconic spring 2013 collection, we can see that the pattern is centered and balanced along the body and the accessories/shoes are constructed from a color already featured within the clothing. While there really is no right or wrong way to approach anything in fashion, (and I strongly stress this), I do find myself consistently attracted to this approach. When you keep your accessories to a minimum and in a color already found within the pattern itself, it allows there to be a focus and keep the eyes from being overwhelmed by excessive busyness. 

What do you guys prefer? 

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Art Installation by Pip and Pop. See her work here.

Image of Twiggy found here. First Louis Vuitton Photoshoot Image found here. Louis Vuitton Campaign Images found here. 

Mel Bochner and Alexander McQueen: Ruffle Your Feathers, There's No Time For Blah

 One of the biggest draws to art and fashion (for me personally), is to experience the result of an individuals creative, investigative, and development process. I find that the most profound work in these areas come from artists who actively revolt against the sea of “blah” that surrounds us, and have channeled personal fear and doubt as a way to propel their originality forward.  

 How can we possibly settle for “Blah” in any aspect of our lives? There’s not enough time to fall into that trap and too many incredible ideas to experiment with. So ruffle your feathers and embrace the uncomfortable along the way… it’s guiding you somewhere no one else had dared to go before.

   Bold > Blah

Blah, Blah, Blah, by Mel Bochner. See his work here.

Dress by Alexander McQueen. First Image found here. Second image found hereThird image found here

Luigi Ghirri and Alexander Wang: Structure Amongst The Blur

 “Structure will always define the pieces made by the best designers.” This observation, (made by one of my closest friends who also happens to be a top LA stylist), has stuck with me and continues to ring true each time I come upon a piece that takes my breath away.  

 Structure is so varied material to material, but what is consistent in outstanding work, is the form a garment makes as it rests along your body. It can be an exaggeration, or an exceptionally clean form, but there is always an intention and excellent execution to where the piece lays.

 The work shown below from Alexander Wang’s 2014 resort collection so accurately depicts the simplicity, yet immensely powerful statement structure can bring to your every day or nighttime look.  It’s eye catching, playful, and can easily enhance your favorite body features.

 What are your thoughts?

Photograph by Luigi Ghirri found here.

Photographs of Alexander Wang Resort 2014 Collection found here. 

David Hockney and Shrimps: Paving Your Own Path

 Very few things come close to the consistent sense of joy and endless inspiration you feel upon discovering your passion.  I find myself daydreaming about potential collaborations, photoshoots, and material for this site pretty much every second of the day. AND. IT’S. AWESOME. In a time where it is incredibly difficult to even find a survival job, I really believe now, more than ever, individuals have to use their creativity and talent to create a job that allows them to pursue what they love.

 As a visual representation of this idea, David Hockney’s work, “Queen Anne’s Lace Near Kilham” not only displays an interpretation of the bountiful opportunities that can arise from unchartered territories, but Mr. Hockney is an iconic example of an artist whose ownership of his authentic ideas and self, has made him one of the most sought after, successful and influential British artists of the 20th century.  In the fashion world, Shrimps founder Hannah Weiland is actively pursuing this idea of making your own success, and quickly taking the world by storm. She is creatively and colorfully exploring the relatively untapped world of high-end faux-fur, and absolutely killing it with her original line of impeccably designed and executed pieces.

 If you can take one thing away from the post it’s this; Find your passion, love what you do, and your authenticity will make it possible to live out your dream every day. 

What are your thoughts? 

Painting by David Hockney found here. 

Learn more about Hannah Weiland and her company Shrimps, here.   

Yoshitomo Nara and Brigitte Bardot: Making Messy Hair A Masterpiece

  So, you've slept through your alarm, you have maybe 15 minutes before you have to leave the house, and you look into the mirror to see your hair extending out about a foot on each side of your head. Use it. I’m pretty sure my hair staple for the past 7 years has been some form of a messy 60’s updo. (Except, of course when my hair was less than an inch long). It’s easy, playful, sexy, and can be done in less than 5 minutes as I am running out the door.

  What’s fantastic about this look is how easily transferrable it is into the night and actually works better if your hair isn’t freshly washed. The oils and knots will give it an amazing texture, and all you have to do is add a little bow or headband around the top to finish off the look. An endless source of inspiration for this style is the stunning Brigitte Bardot, who masters that playful sexiness I so often love to incorporate into my look. Add a small cat eye, some neutral lips, and you are ready to take the day by storm. 

See some inspiration below:

Etching and aquatint by Yoshitomo Nara. Entitled Y.N (Self- Portrait). See more of his work here.

Top Image of Brigitte Bardot found here. Middle right found here, Middle left found here, Bottom two images found here.

Raymond Pettibon and Dolce & Gabbana: Too Extraordinary to be Ordinary

   It's very difficult for me to head to an event without finding some way to incorporate a quirky detail into my outfit. I have discovered along the way that it’s these little additions, such as a vintage hat or a bold accessory (even both), that have so deeply solidified my style, and have elevated each outfit from being too basic. As I mentioned a couple articles ago, there is nothing wrong with simplicity. It’s about finding an organic way to incorporate your essence in every outfit you wear and spicing them up with elements you love. 

  Let’s use the outfit featured here from Dolce and Gabbana’s Fall 2012 collection. Clearly not the most basic outfit to begin with, but a very clean and simplistic structure enhanced by the extraordinary use of detail. While this may be an extreme representation for some of you who don’t wish to be as loud, this is such a perfect visual for you to see how much leeway you actually have to play with before it becomes too “over the top.” 

Clothing from Dolce & Gabbana's Fall 2012 Ready to Wear Collection. View their site here.

Artwork by Raymond Pettibon. View his work here.  

Kevin Lyons and Jeremy Scott: Breaking Through your Fashion Inhibitions

  I often hear friends say to me (and these are absolutely brilliant, stunning, talented and overall awesome people), “Oh, I could never wear that” or “only you could pull that off.” It never fails to surprise me how these amazing people can so freely express themselves in one outlet, but have unfortunately developed this limiting belief about what they can and cannot “pull off” in one of the most playful and experimental outlets.

  If there’s one designer who manages to always rise to the occasion in crushing what we believe “can” and “cannot work,” it’s Jeremy Scott. I mean, the man made an outfit and matching booties inspired by the color-bar stripes (the old television test pattern) and made it high fashion. If we can take anything away from this man, it’s this: who gives a fuck if people don’t vibe with your aesthetic?!?! It’s original, unique, and it’s YOU. Own it.

  I saw the creatures in Kevin Lyons piece as the perfect illustration of the hoard of critics you fear within yourself, and in others judging your choices. If any of you reading this now ever find yourselves saying some variation of the phrases above, I encourage you to start by taking one day this week and incorporate a small risk into your chosen outfit. It could be a statement piece of jewelry, a pair of bright colored shoes, anything really—your choice. But commit to it and embrace that joy of moving out of your comfort zone. I wouldn’t be surprised if you start to hear your friends commenting on your selected piece and how they could “never pull it off.” You can stop them right there, because you are proof that you can.

Would love to hear your results and see some outfits. Have fun!!

Images of Sky Ferreira from ASOS magazine. View the interview here.  Sweatshirt and skirt by Jeremy Scott. View his work here.  Artwork by Kevin Lyons for Bits and Pieces in Miami, December 5, 2013. Image courtesy of HVW8 gallery. 

Images of Sky Ferreira from ASOS magazine. View the interview here. 

Sweatshirt and skirt by Jeremy Scott. View his work here. 

Artwork by Kevin Lyons for Bits and Pieces in Miami, December 5, 2013. Image courtesy of HVW8 gallery. 

Mark Grotjahn and Simone Rocha: The Power of Simplicity

  When I first started to delve into fashion and explore my individual style, (early high school,) I noticed a certain thrill in styling outfits most people couldn't get paid to wear. The bolder, the better. In fact, I have a very strong memory of my best friend saying, “Sophie, is that a clown shirt?” (I got it in a costume sale at the theatre.)  Okay, so yes, the shirt was loud, a clown probably had worn it, but it had a great peplum cut, the buttons were in the shape of miniature bananas, and I owned the look as if my life depended on it.

  As my taste has started to become more sophisticated over the years, (mind you, I would still very much wear a costume piece if it was interesting,) I am realizing how powerful a statement you can make with a piece that maintains a very simplistic cut, yet incorporates unexpected elements. A designer I feel who does this extraordinarily well is none other than Simone Rocha. She is without a doubt my favorite designer and her creative use of materials and shapes never ceases to amaze me.

   I felt her work paired beautifully with Mark Grotjahn’s, gorgeous piece “Untitled (Full Color Butterfly 772)” as a reminder that your bold, creative, and uninhibited sense of style in no way has to be stifled by classic cuts. You just need to find those classic cuts that incorporate elements as bold as you!

Photos Courtesy of Simone Rocha

Photos Courtesy of Simone Rocha

Mäda Primavesi and Giambattista Valli

   Have you guys seen the Giambattista Valli Haut Couture show yet? If you are as obsessed with necklines and ruffles as I am, or can properly see the computer screen in front of you, your heart will probably melt into a puddle of Italian ecstasy. A super elegant Italian puddle of ecstasy...

  While browsing through the Fall Haute Couture collection, I stumbled across a piece that so immediately captured the essence of Gustav Klimt’s 1912 painting Mäda Gertrude Primavesi, I couldn’t help but pair the two together. Beyond the youthful and incredibly refreshing presentation from both pieces, it is fascinating how well the details of each work align. Floral embellishments, scrunched white hair piece, a dignified elegance, and of course, that dreamy color palette. The small pops of violet shown in both pieces stand out to me in particular. While the use of violet is relatively limited, it packs quite a punch and brings out both a depth to the material and an inherent sense of royalty to the subjects displayed. Both works are absolutely charming and have put me in the mood for a long overdue tea party.

   What do you think?

Gustav Klimt, 1912

Gustav Klimt, 1912

Photos from: style.com

Blind Man's Buff and Elie Saab Fall 2014 Couture

  It’s been a wonderful adventure creating this blog, and I have to admit, I haven’t felt this sense of artistic freedom and absolute creative fulfillment in some time.  I hope those of you who have been following along over the past few weeks have been inspired by some of the images posted, and have discovered artists that have transported you in some way.

   I realized the other day I have focused so much of my attention on sharing all this beautiful work from the art world, but have yet to feature a section dedicated to the art of fashion. As a way of incorporating the idea of fine art inspiring creative fashion choices, I thought it would be interesting to have a “look of the day” inspired by the “work of the day.” I plan to showcase fashion from the contemporary sphere, but if the perfect pairing is a 1960’s geometric shift dress by Pierre Cardin, then C'est la vie!

   Starting off is Jean-Honoré Fragonard’s “Blind Man’s Bluff,” which is paired with a piece from Elie Saab’s stunning Fall 2014 Haute Couture collection. Both works display a stunning palette progression to rich indigo and possess remarkable attention to detail and execution. I find that although Mr. Saab and Mr. Fragonard have presented these pieces with quite an opulent exterior, both works remain at heart constructions of elegant simplicity.

   What do you think?

Jean-Honoré Fragonard, 1776

Jean-Honoré Fragonard, 1776