It was a rainy, unseasonably frigid day in New York, so I decided to finally check out the Punk Exhibit at The Met. My last visit to the museum’s Costume Institute yearly curation was to see the insanely successful McQueen: Savage Beauty exhibit back in Summer 2011. This time around, it was considerably (thankfully) less crowded and I was able to peruse the exhibit and really enjoy the amazing pieces included in the galleries. Versace, Vivienne Westwood, Alexander McQueen, and Rodarte were star standouts throughout the exhibit, but did anyone else notice how the only two Galliano pieces were inconspicuously shoved in dark corners? Lolz.
By now, most of you have probably heard enough about the Punk exhibit at the Met. The gala, the celebrities, the fashion, the trends — it has all been covered to exhaustion in blogs and glossies alike. However, it seems as though the fashion industry hasn’t fully satiated its thirst for tartan and studs quite yet.
Moda Operandi, the luxury e-retailer that has honed its runway-to-market business model, is a major sponsor of the exhibit and has curated a Punk Shop featuring an impressive slew of highbrow designers such as Vivienne Westwood, Thom Browne, Balmain, Givenchy, Rodarte, and more. Each look is uniquely characteristic of the designer’s vision and aesthetic, while rendering a collective interpretation on the punk era marked by icons such as Sid Vicious, the Ramones, and the Sex Pistols.
Check out some of the highlights I’ve pulled from the collection, and head over to Moda Operandi for the full range of looks from the shop.
(Images: Moda Operandi)
Fashion is art. Art is fashion.
19-year-old Greek creative Christos Mouchas conveyed this concept via his Tumblr blog, Ubicouture.
It is one of the most original Tumblr blogs I’ve seen by far, in which Mouchas graphically combines fashion and art on the same digital canvas to create mixed media collages portraying the most riveting of both worlds.
Check out Dutch designer Elvira Hart‘s cutting edge fashions, which are quite the literal translation of her 2D sketches. Hart utilized the resources of modern-day technology to create laser-cut leather pieces which embodied every last line of her preliminary sketches. She explains, “An image is reduced to lines, planes and areas which do not have to be fully formed or finished in order to portray their ultimate meaning: it stimulates the imagination.”
London-based designer Edeline Lee keeps craft and design in sync when creating her minimalist collections. A Central St. Martins alum, Lee is a relatively young designer (she has only two formal collections under her belt) yet her vision is both articulate and unique.
For her Fall/Winter 2012 collection, she drew influences from the 1903 Wiener Werkstätte (translation: Vienna Workshop), a collective community movement in art, architecture, and design which aimed to reunite everyday life into a seamless artistic theme, making art accessible to all.
(Images: T Magazine)
Her designs are decidedly simple, yet her aesthetic talents come through her craftsmanship and perfectly tailored details in her choices of shape and silhouette.
The short film created for her F/W 2012 collection showcases her goth-romantic style in a mesmerizing, nearly trippy fashion.
South African stunner Candice Swanepoel, best known for her work as a Victoria’s Secret Angel, transforms from commercial to high-fashion in a recent editorial for Vogue Japan‘s June 2012 issue. The spread was photographed by Terry Richardson, and takes on a more flirty, carefree nature that embodies the current summertime moods.
Personally, I think Vogue Japan tends to take more risks in content than its American counterpart. Everyone knows that Japanese street fashion is often at the forefront of fashion’s newest trends, which eventually trickle down to the U.S. in the following seasons — can you guess who first brought back the 80′s neon trend?
This editorial stays close to Japan’s brightly nonchalant fashion with a hint of cheeky Pop Art vibes suggestive of a modern-day Warhol or Lichtenstein.
The International Center of Photography in NYC has been running a quirky fashion exhibit since September titled, Harper’s Bazaar: A Decade of Style. The show is a collection of photographs featuring images taken by a group of the most prominent photographers of today’s fashion world, including Peter Lindbergh, Patrick Demarchelier, and Karl Lagerfeld.
The exhibit runs through January 8.
For more information, visit the museum’s website.
British couturier Alexander McQueen had been known for a lot of bizarre peculiarities throughout his life, having made his mark in the haute couture scene with his avant-garde interpretations of sexuality, religion, history, and culture. Throughout his prolific career, McQueen pushed the parameters of fashion to provoke a new mode of thought. His fascination with skulls and the afterlife, as well as a particular affinity for historical symbolism iconicized his work.
One such trademark is McQueen’s Armadillo shoe, a distinct claw heel that was first introduced to the runways in the Spring/Summer 2010 season during London Fashion Week 2009.
The Armadillo shoe is not available for sale, with only 21 pairs currently in public circulation. The ten-inch heels have been spotted on the likes of Daphne Guinness, Kelis, and most recently (and perhaps most publicly of all), Lady Gaga in her 2010 music video Bad Romance.
With a price tag of nearly $10,000 it’s probably worthy of some museum. But oh wait – they were. This past summer, New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art hosted the Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty exhibit, which drew record-breaking numbers in visitors throughout its brief stint of three months. The Met Museum Store sold miniature Armadillo boots as souvenirs for a mere $25 to commemorate the success of the exhibit.
If you missed out on the stunning show, take a look on the Vimeo clip below:
American fashion photographer Terry Richardson is currently exhibiting at the Half Gallery in New York City. The exhibit is titled “Mom Dad” and is an homage to his family with a glimpse into the private life of a public fashion figure.
The photos evoke nostalgia, spunk, and raw honesty into a personal life marked by struggle and fame. Richardson is known for his blunt sexual style, and this exhibit highlights his personal inspiration and familial roots.
The exhibit runs through December 11, 2011.
Saoirse Ronan is the Irish New Yorker who initially broke the major film scene and won international acclaim for her role in Atonement (2007). She has since appeared in several Hollywood films, most notably in her starring role as Susie Salmon in The Lovely Bones (2009).
Today, Saorise can be seen off the big screen making star appearances in the glossies with various editorials and magazine covers.
This past summer, she was featured in a shoot for indie fashion & art quarterly Bullett Magazine (my fave!):
Later this month, she will also be seen in a spread for the December 2011 issue of Vogue. Take a peek at the editorial here: