Sunday, 25 April 2010

Alexander Mcqueen for Vogue I love...

Following the sad death of the world's favourite designer, Mr Lee Alexander Mcqueen - this photoshoot was revealed. AND OH MY! It is quite possibly the most stunning thing I have ever seen.... take a look.... appreciate the etheral feeling of the shoot - it couldnt be more ironic...

Thanks to Vogue Nippon for the images... I will treasure them forever! <3

Thursday, 22 April 2010

Global uniforms? What next... sliced bread?

Writing an article on global uniforms is harder than you think.

Firstly the 'globality' of clothing nowadays is become a key factor in every design... so what the hell makes a piece of clothing unique anymore?

My question exactly... personally i love the decorative and fun elements of cultural dress, but granted it does look a little silly completely out of context. For example, if i was to wear a sari or a kimono round at home - people would look at me like 'WTF!?' Well... to be honest 'out of the norm' in Cornwall is more like wearing a pair of shoes that arent chav pink.

The bland outfit of a T-shirt and jeans is kinda boring... yet its everywhere - you look at kids in Africa playing football, what are they wearing? You look at workers in sweatshops - what do they usually wear? You look at the builder across the street, he'd usually wearing the same, except he may need a belt. (builders bum is never sexy)

You look at fashion designers too - expecting them to wear some fantabulous creation with all the trimmings and to be completely avant fact they're wearing baseball caps and tracksuits. What a crime! It's often the spectators that put on the show with fashion - I've even seen one girl attach barbie heads to her leotard just to make a statment.... talk about desparation to get noticed... yet no sense of culture whatsoever! Culture has been lost on this 'new generation' of teens, tweens and 'fashionista's' who actually have no idea where the trends for their garments came from in the first place.

This superficiality is getting dull if you ask me, its time the cultural influences were brought back into mainstream fashion - who were the British before we became 'Americanised'? Quaint, rather tweedy is the cliché.... but was that really us? or were we more rough and ready?

Actually culture is defined by placement in a country as well.... out in the sticks - fashion is definately not regarded like it is in it is completely wrong to stereotype the whole country as one particular style.

Balenciaga, Zaitsev and Kenzo all keep their cultural traditions in their clothing yet design for the Western world through generally just being simple!

Is it that funny to think that simplicity is the key to cultural transition? Well...quite frankly no... its kind of predictable.

But hats off to these designers for making the effort to preserve what they define as important in THEIR culture through fashion, not everyone has enough passion to do this & can pull it off... it is for appreciators like me that they design, not for the blasé folk that only believe in consumerism and whats coming next. Culture is a style, but fashion will pass.



What do you do when you're just not passionate about something anymore?

This whole writing process how drained the hell out of me & I don't know how to get the quirky style back into what I's so flipping frustrating!!

Thoughts i've had:

I want to look at pictures all day and not see more than 3 words beneath it (yes, that's how sick of words i am!)

I am craving pop tarts, and ice cream... then more pop tarts... and then sugar mice.... really can't be good brain food but it's comforting when i want to rip my hair out with frustration!

OVERLOAD on online shopping... i even spent £30 at asda online yesterday just so that i could have a ton of stuffed crust pizza's to comfort me some more. (can you see a pattern here!?)

I have tried to read fashion writing books to tell me the answer, they tell me NOTHING. Damn you fashion books and your vague overviews, you are no help!

Ideas to be more quirky:

Quirk it up by thinking about funny dance moves. (like the running man)

Wear bright pink dms everyday just for the sheer hell of it.

Open my window and listen to the music from two doors down, and watch the cats watching birds. (thinking mmm dinner)

Get drunk? I wonder what creativity will flow then...or will i just write an abomination of curses instead of real words?

Watch passionate movies - get in touch with the drama again. drama is an interesting idea really - Maybe it's this part that is missing?

Or maybe I need to find little quirky facts about each topic.... like i wrote for Viv W: she went knickerless to pick up her OBE (oh my!)


Thursday, 15 April 2010

I scan my sweeties...

<3 A bit of a sweet tooth....yumskies. It's very cool how this looks so vintage... where are my parma violets?

Sunday, 11 April 2010

I love to lick cake decorations off perspex.

Yum. Thanks to Marilyn Minter for the pics.