Creating pieces that mimic nature is customary in the art world. Whether one is sketching a character design for a supernatural odyssey or creating an abstract sculpture out of a chain link fence, the influence of nature may come into play.
When an artist conceptualizes an idea, it’s likely she’ll reach for organic shapes and patterns of movement. Even architecture, while often thought of as an explicitly geometric construct of organized measurements, can benefit from more natural elements. Subtle curves and asymmetry can break up the rigid quality of man-made shapes, making a building feel more connected to earth and imagination.
The fashion industry is also enamored with nature, and some of the results that flit down runways create an aesthetic that is distinctly reminiscent of flora, fauna and other natural phenomena. It’s not uncommon to see models that resemble woodland nymphs and whimsical water spirits. A collection created by Iris Van Herpen was made to be a three dimensional manifestation of sound waves. Some of the pieces are sleek and architectural, echoing the hulls of insects or the sleek glide of scales. Others are more light and diaphanous like wings or porous like honeycomb.
While the avante garde nature of high fashion runways is often outside the sphere of practicality, it’s a shimmering example of how artists glean inspiration from Earth. If you’re a designer that’s in need of some rejuvenation, consider stepping outside and examining the life in your own neighborhood. You just may surprise yourself and find a muse scurrying on the ground or floating with the clouds.
Leslie Jones is one of the biggest names in comedy right now. She currently appears on Saturday Night Live, and she stars in the upcoming Ghostbusters film. She is known for her big personality and fearless flamboyance. Despite her success and visibility, there is one arena she is struggling to break into: fashion.
Jones recently updated her Twitter account to report that no couture designers are willing to loan her a dress to wear to the Ghostbusters premier. The red carpet event should be a great opportunity for a label to promote its latest designs, yet no one wants to put his or her creations on Leslie. She speculates that designers don’t want to be associated with a black woman over 40 who is not a runway sample size. Some designers have spoken to the press regarding sizing in the fashion world. They claim that Jones should have known ahead of time that no one would have dresses in her size to loan out for events. They seem satisfied with this conclusion, but Jones is not.
It is true that Jones does not conform to the Hollywood ideal, and that is one of the many reasons why she has gained so many fans. Her fans want to see her enjoying her red carpet moment in a dress just as glamorous as the ones worn by her thin white costars. One of these fans is Christian Siriano, who has responded to Jones’ tweets by offering to make her a dress. He has refused to accept praise for doing something that he perceives as being a normal part of his job.
The use of fur in the fashion industry has always perplexed me. Wearing fur is traditional in many cultures, particularly societies that reside in cold climates. Indigenous communities make use of fur, as well as every other part of an animal that is killed. In such a way, fur can be used in a manner that is quite ethical and parallel with a respect and reverence for nature and wildlife. The same cannot be said of fur in the fashion industry.
Animals harvested for designer brand fur may be housed in cramped cages before being brutally dispatched. Since fur is rarely a byproduct of the meat industry, their bodies are often thrown out and their fur becomes an exorbitant status symbol on the runway. Real fur may be beautiful, plush and warm, but when it’s harvested for purely cosmetic purposes, it quickly loses its luster. Once shimmering and pristinely coifed fluff garners a dim and ashen aura.
The Armani Group’s decision to bow out of the fur game is an important step in making the fashion industry more ethical and conscientious. Killing animals in the name of beauty is completely unnecessary and the use of fur as a luxury item for the rich feels steeped in darkness. Many people criticize the fashion industry, thinking of it as a playground for shallow ideals and egoism.
As more designers commit to avoiding fur in their collections, the fashion industry will surely gain more respect from admires and outsiders alike. It’s vital that beauty be manifested on not only a surface level, but from within.
A bad online reputation can cost your business money, and sometimes lots of money. There are various ways to fix a bad online reputation, but regardless of the source maintaining and directing the company can become hard. It may become harder to preserve and hire employees, gain and keep customers, and retain shareholders’ confidence. Putting a dollar sign on bad reputation and the long term effects is difficult, and therefore is nearly impossible to plan for in a budget. And though studies show that a bad reputation can be costly, studies also show that in many cases it could have been avoided. Companies with a bad reputation may not flounder (at least right away), but a business with satisfied employees, customers, and patrons will always be more successful!
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When you hear the word,”bohemian” with regard to fashion style, you may think of earthy, flowy and colorful designs that are also affordable. The term doesn’t often elicit visions of refined, chic and expensive pieces that could be seen on fashionistas vacationing in the Hamptons. That’s probably about to change after you check out The Jetset Diaries lookbook for the summer of 2016. This Boho label showcases clothing that can best be described as, “bohemian luxe.”
The lookbook was shot in a location that practically screams luxury, Antigua, and it features pieces such as the Fuego romper and the Aztec short and bustier pairing. These outfits are breezy and airy, with the addition of sophistication and sex appeal through plunging v-necks, high-cut slits and flirty details like fringe.
The website itself describes the brand’s collections as,”a contemporary collection for the quintessential jetsetter wardrobe,” that is, “inspired by the need for luxe bohemian pieces for the modern nomad’s wardrobe.” The models in the Jetset Diary’s 2016 summer lookbook definitely fit this description and look quite at home in the ethereal setting of Antigua’s weathered architecture and tranquil waters.
You can almost feel as if you’re there, ready to enjoy a day of sight seeing, soirees and exotic fare. The Jetset Diary has definitely succeeded in solidifying its bohemian luxe brand with this most recent lookbook and the sophisticated, sexy collections within it.
At her couture fashion show on July fourth, Dutch designer Iris Van Herpen showed how fashion can merge with technology to make truly breathtaking pieces. The designer’s strangely beautiful dresses were inspired by cymatics, or the visual representations of sound waves. The clothing was symmetrical and featured geometric shapes, with textures and patterns resembling honeycombs, insect shells and wings, bubbles, and marine life. The dresses played with volume, dimensions, and material in a unique way.
According to Van Herpen, creating the line took a lot of trial and error. Because she worked with delicate, unconventional fabrics, getting the pieces to come out according to her vision was time consuming. Her “dewdrop dress,” created by suspending Swarovski crystals in a silicone dress, took lots of experimentation to achieve the perfect shape and stretch to make it wearable.
This heavy use of technology and science is rare to find in fashion, especially couture. Couture designers pride themselves on not using mass production methods and utilize “petites mains,” highly skilled craftspeople who sew and decorate the pieces on display in the world’s most extravagant fashion shows. Some pieces from Van Herpen’s show did still require this painstaking handiwork, however. One example is a dress made of tiny handblown glass spheres glued together with liquid silicone. This dress is a perfect example of the designer’s over the top, unforgettable style.
This year, a daring new trend in wedding dresses has emerged that is decidedly not for the blushing bride. Illusion wedding gowns have appeared on catwalks and in bridal collections everywhere. Formed from transparent fabric, with artfully placed intrusions of lace or appliqué covering the most “delicate” places, these dresses are a far cry from the traditional image of the modest bride in white. These are the gowns of the sexually confident 21st century bride.
The queen of the transparent dress is designer Vera Wang. In her hands the border between undergarments and outer garments has been dissolved and her wedding gowns resemble something more like ghosts of dresses or the skeletons of complex lingerie.
This is an intriguing style, but not many brides will have the audacity or the inclination to display their entire bodies when they profess their vows. Gowns that highlight a small area of transparency, revealing only the back, or the bib area, are a more restrained yet fashion forward choice.
One intriguing way that designers have tempered the outright sexiness of the transparent dress is by pairing transparency with an otherwise demure dress. These are both beautiful and perfect for the bride who enjoys a bit of irony.
On the other hand, pairing the transparent dress with another up-to-the-minute bridal trend, the plunging neckline, and you have one unabashedly sexy bride!
Our Legacy has released their new spring summer collection, and it is another notch kn the belt for the minimalist menswear heavyweight. The collection can be seen here on Vogue. While their resort collection was heavy on the pastels, this collection sticks to a more subdued palette. However, nothing is held back with respect to fabrics, and there are several luxurious materials making an appearance. Our Legacy is known for their incredible knitwear, and there are some beautiful distressed pieces in this release.
For those favoring a more put together look, the label also has a wide range of tailored garments. It appears that the label is pushing wide leg trousers, including a pair in a jaw-dropping red velvet. The jackets and blazers show crisp clean lines and tasteful details. Our Legacy continues their obsession with denim in this release, and the material makes an appearance in many washes and cuts. A long sleeve denim shirt with a half zipper fastening stands out as a hint towards the vintage masculine look that some associate with the brand. Other hints towards this theme are evident in the structured cut of the suits and the appearance of pinstriped fabric used in shirts and outerwear. The label also loves to produce shirts out of unconventional materials, and the famous terry cloth shorts make an appearance. The silk shirts are top notch, and will likely sell out quickly.
Maison Margiela just released their spring/summer collection, and it is another great showing of the label’s deconstructionist yet luxurious aesthetic. The collection is viewable at Vogue. The collection features a series of motifs and references to tailoring, ranging from visible tailor chalk on garments to intentionally-removed seams and playful twists on normal garment construction.
Maison Margiela has been under the auspices of their new creative director, and his influence can be seen throughout the menswear collection. Tailoring chalk makes an appearance on several garments, hinting at the hidden bits of structure that underlines the garments. There are jackets that have been taken apart and left half-assembled, with exposed stitching and arms missing. The fabrics are as luxurious as ever, with lush prints showing up on flowing silks. The highlight of the prints shows a fox chasing a duck through a marsh, and the paint appears to be applied by hand. The level of detail is immaculate and shows incredible attention to detail. A deconstructed plaid shirt nods to the grunge influence and the success of Saint Laurent in the past two years. Short shorts make an appearance, and the collection is not uncomfortable using feminine sex appeal on their male models. One outfit features short shorts and hip cutouts on a garment made of stiff olive fabric. This collection is exciting yet wearable, and the label is adapting well to their new head designer.
Religion in America is undergoing a revolution. Mainstream religions, Christianity and Judaism have members advancing in age and dwindling in popularity. The only aspect of religion growing is the segment that has no affiliation. Atheism is increasing in numbers in this one nation under God.
Sadly, spirituality even among the major religions is decreasing. There is a feeling of disconnection in society. People have come to almost worship their privacy in America. One of the most enhancing and rewarding aspects of religion is the sense of coming together as an extended family, congregation. The dwindling and changing concept of community has come to the point that Americans fear their neighbors and definitely do not love them. As we extrapolate this out into the global community, we are confronted by this truth. America has become a spiritual wasteland.
Is there hope? A new movement, the Kabbalah, with a functioning center in Los Angeles offers hope; it stresses the importance of giving and makes the connection between spirituality and giving.
Peter Berg and his wife, Karen, are the motivating forces behind this spiritual movement that has attracted the attention of the rich and famous and the just ordinary in the world. Courses are available both online and at the center in Los Angeles and at meeting places throughout the world.
Originally the movement focused on elements of the Jewish traditions but has since become more open to those who seek a spiritual answer to the problems of the world.
There are fascinating concepts built within the Kaballah movement which include astrology and mystery religions. They have a website that details in word and photo the concepts of the Kaballah Centre and its movement.
Religion by its very nature does not change. The hierarchy of the church fathers demands the strict maintenance of the religious texts and mandates. Religion has become archaic, a dinosaur in the ever-changing world. A stone aged value system that can not work in a society that produces ideas, and sees that change and updating are necessary in every aspect of the real world.
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