February 6, 2013 § 1 Comment
Not that I don’t find luxury and indulgence completely intriguing and with my fascination/obsession with rap/hip hop, I do find myself frequently pulling a Gucci Mane and looking for more ways to frost myself with canary yellow diamonds with my v-cut tees and who doesn’t love a blinged out Bart Simpson necklace?
Well, maybe not all of us admire the frosted Bart Simpson piece, but instead covet some oversized pinkie rings with golf ball sized diamonds or something along those lines with dreams of the imprudent life and while the world we often dream about and admire is something that is free from worries and high in the finest of all material things, sometimes the best lived life is one that manages to produce the most terrific results under the confines of certain boundaries, be it time, resources and money. This is because innovation and creativity are pushed to soaring new heights when under such confines, which is always admirable in great product design, architecture and fashion design. Furthermore, while we may fantasize to some degree of those perfect days and perfect “what if” scenarios and circumstances, truth be told, an admired life and person is someone who we see can make a joyous well lived life within their resources and truely this type of person is becoming a celebrated individual in many spheres from different bloggers who make managing to live life more abundantly by refashioning clothes, refinishing furniture and sharing their tips and tricks to all so a good life is one we can all achieve to. Not only are novice-turned-expert bloggers bering heralded as celebrities in their own underground fame and world, other artists and musicians are too for delivering an on point message that thriftiness, industry and innovation are cool. Case in point, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis with their song called “Thrift Shop” featuring Wanz.
I have to admit thrift stores and vintage finds are amazing, which is something I love to do when I have spare time. I can’t even number the pieces I’ve either seen or bought at thrift stores that have ended up becoming practically exact copies in high-end luxury brands and designers lines. To further illustrate the what is old is new cycle, many fast fashion retailers simply take the best of the best from the runway and have their manufacturers and distributors reproduce if not exact to almost exact copy cat items right off the runways some within a few weeks and others as late as a season later. While this may seem as a big injustice to those designers, many designers do in fact gain the inspiration from celebrated vintage pieces or some even study what all the most interesting fashionable people wear to clubs and events all over the world, much of that being vintage clothing. In fact, when I worked with American Apparel, I know they had people devoted to sourcing and searching out great designed pieces and I think that is pretty apparent in everything from the terry clothe rompers to bringing back those sexy but initially awkward body suits we all saw our moms rock in the 80s. This music video and song say it all. It’s hilarious and from a costumer’s stand point, it would have been so much fun to have done this music video. I really loved designing and styling the background on Nicki Minaj’s Starships music video and since have wanted to work on more music videos especially fun musicians like this. For now we can all take note and remember thrifting is awesome!
December 6, 2012 § 2 Comments
Unlike the overly coiffed, maintained and somewhat harsh looks that many women wear today, we can all agree that the best kind of beauty is the raw, untempered and untamable spirit we find gorgeous in Angelina Jolie, Brigette Bardot and Audrey Hepburn. It is the type of beauty that shines from behind one’s eyes as they light up in excitement. It is not a carefully calculated study of contemporary beauty trends and standards, but instead a little messy and dishelved, but the warmth of beautiful woman’s(inside and out) spirit along with her attitude to live a life of passion, her interactions between strangers and those she knows and loves is what makes a woman beautiful and a stunning sight to behold-like art in movement.
All of Klimt’s muses seem to have this je ne sa quois. He is able to capture women in all the glorious moments playfully, confidently, softly, sensually and introspectively through their simple gestures of gracefulness, in their quiet noble and nurturing solitude and introspection, to their powerfully sexy and fearless stands remaining undaunted by the breadth of true power and beauty they so easily bestow. A true mark of the Empress that exists in every woman, Klimt doesn’t withhold the wide range of beauty to be seen, moments of child-like playfulness to the comfort of a motherly embrace are just as profound to re-witness every time as the moments of strong and steadfast serenity to the glory of peace and poise. All of these moments, portray the range of life, along with the sheer erotic ecstasy of sensuality, these beautiful moments of Klimt’s muses are made complete with full vulnerability when soul’s touch and bodies meld.
There is no doubt that Klimt has managed to successfully and beautifully capture the muse inside all women. Many other artists have been inspired and been able to capture Klimt in not only their artistic reanderings (as I have previously talked about in my last blog post) but also in fashion both runway and indie designers, product design, photoshoots, hair, make-up, jewelry, home decor and interior design. The poses, mannerisms, gestures, body language, hair, make-up and style are all very important elements to being this goddess/sensual lover divine. As a result, the details and dress and elements of sensual retreat.
Hybrid Vigor with Alexander McQueen and the Rise and Fall of Klimt Stardust
Fashion Designer Alexander McQueen Resort 2013 inspiration came from the brushstrokes, patterns, color palette(albeit a pared down in color) of Klimt’s painting style. McQueen remixed prints into fabrics that seriously mixed David Bowie’s oversexed adrogeneous look in styling and attitude for a crisper and structured look. I love that two very different and both very known for their erotic behvior artist and musician can clearly be seen in this collection and McQueen pulls this hybrid vigor off perfectly. Instead of some of the light, airy romantic feel of Klimt he achieve’s the throwback by pulling in common patterns, color palettes but goes for an equally empowered and confident look in shillouette very opposite of Klimt’s drapey fabrics and romantic tendencies.
Yum….pure sexiness, Bowie’s edginess with the under-stirrings of Klimt’s Romantic Ideals
Christian Dior Couture Spring 2008 collection contained the classic elements of Klimt
If one does not possess the artistic talent to replicate or even invoke the art inspired by Klimt, then rest assure because the following images will be the catalyst in not only one’s style, but also in your personal love abode.
Living Life with Klimt
klimt inspired boudoir minus the frill and pared down in off-white, cool grays, beige brown with bronze pops
Klimt shabby chic with rustic undertones
More modern play on scale, color palette focusing on cooler colors
Gold accent walls
Different color focus
Inspiration taken from The Kiss
Dining on Decadence with Gustav Klimt
Lighting, texture and color palette all significantly add flair and bohemian indulgence
Marble, leather, tiled mosiacs and brass hardware
Details in the Display
Wall Displays, color notes and gold accent pieces
Klimt in texture and details
Klimt is the original mix master, never too matchy, matchy but he’s always kept a continued theme of colors and balance consistent, so even what would seem like a clash of patterns on fabrics becomes an exciting mix of textured beauty that feels cohesive to the eye.
Detail rich textures in materials like dichotic glass, mosiac tiles and other mediums can be mixed to achieve the perfect Klimt-esque feeling which always borders between the luxury of powerful emotions and the excitement of the material.
July 15, 2012 § Leave a comment
Happy Birthday Gustav Klimt! With nearly a century between the legendary artist and contemporary ideals of romance reforming to new acceptable heights of online dating, social networking and friending there is something to be said that society on a whole still perceives, relates and loves the work Gustav Klimt. How could one not enjoy the beauty of his work? Something about the languid body postures, relaxed femininity oozing out of each muse embodies the ideals and enjoyment of being a woman. All the beautiful colors and textures in each painting reveals the all encompassing sensory experience and ambience that a woman can have or all the sensual experiences we take in every time we are in the embrace of the one’s we love.
Klimt captures the naturally rich opulence that radiates from the female essence. What his eye seems to notice and his art seem to pronounce is the details, all the little details that goes into celebrating the female spirit. It is truly all those small details like the smell of her favorite fragence, the way she does her hair, the sexpot look of smudgy eye make-up, bed head hair and the most effortless way that fabrics drape around the shilouette of a woman are the very images and instances that captivates audiences, silences a room and inspires the writer, artist and musician to devote hours to recapturing the feeling they have felt and sights they have witnessed.
A ReWork with Embroidery
Graffiti, Stencil and Some Humor ReWork
A Textured ReWork in a Personal Portrait Embroidery
Klimt on Art Being Perfectly Acceptable Form of Foreplay
“All art is erotic.”
The Kiss ReWork
The Kiss Reinterpreted Modern Twist and Humor
Harry Potter Lovin Kiss
Hans Solo and Princess Leia Kiss
Klimt on the Paradox of Being an Artist/Effective Multi-Tasker/Pro-ADHD
“Although even when I am being idle I have plenty of food for thought both early and late – thoughts both about and not about art.”
Klimt Articulating His Most Effective Communication is Paint to Canvas and not Writing
“Even when I have to write a simple letter I’m scared stiff as if faced with looming seasickness.”
Digitally Warped Klimt
Klimt Teddy Bear
Kid Klimt ReWork
Klimt on the External/Internal Pressures/Anxieties an Artist often Feels
“True relaxation, which would do me the world of good, does not exist for me.”
South Beach Inspired Klimt and Zelda Mixed with the Romanticism of Klimt
“There is no self-portrait of me.”-Klimt
Tattooed and Pin Up Klimt
The Ladies of Klimt
Klimt on the Uncertainty of Artistry
“I can paint and draw. I believe this myself and a few other people say that they believe this too. But I’m not certain of whether it’s true.”
Inspired by Klimt Fish Blood and Semi Nude Woman Sketches
Klimt In Process and Readying for Gold Leafing
July 14, 2012 § Leave a comment
I delight in the artistic images produced by world top fashion photographers and as I have said many times Annie Liebovitz is my icon. But she is only one of a few of the top and talented photo artists around and when it comes to colour and theatrical composition Miles Aldridge hits the bullseye with all three arrows.
Miles has grouped into several themes of which I will definitely write articles about over the coming months, but in particular it is one theme that was commissioned for Vogue Italy about a year ago, I find that its esthetics are particularly attractive.
It may seem unrealistic to put such bright colours as lime green and vibrant pink and put them together….but wow isn’t the finished product just fantastic. If anyone tries this colour arrangenment out, do send us a picture we would love to see it.
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July 13, 2012 § Leave a comment
I have to apologize for the incredibly long break but my life has been swept into a frenzy and all sorts of plans and changes needed to take place. But now I’m back with more behind the scenes info, great stylist resources including a book that I have been privileged to be apart of and lots of photos for my la boheme series.
July 12, 2012 § Leave a comment
Trish Summerville is at the top of her game with a list of credits to her name that reads like a veritable who’s who of Hollywood. Her latest work on the blockbuster movie The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and following collaboration with retail behemoth H&M have inspired a generation wanting to emulate the tough-as-nails aesthetic of lead character Lisbeth Salander. Trish took time from her busy schedule to speak to me and Emily Sandbergabout her life and work.
Can you talk about the process of sourcing inspiration and the references you used when styling for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo?
When I began making vibe and inspiration boards for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, I sourced everything related to European and American culture with a specific focus on Swedish culture. I referenced Söder kids for clothing, style, hair and makeup. I also sourced inspiration…
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April 26, 2012 § Leave a comment
I’m so excited about seeing my work, designs and styling on the Nicki Minaj video that was finally released today. It looks awesome to see my ideas actually in a finished format. Specifically with the Haka, Hula, Fire Knife and Free Style Dancers, as well as some party people. There are aspects to the styling and designs that I wish I had approached differently but overall I’m so excited and blessed to be apart of this. Nicki’s stylist is Jessica Bosch and it was nice working with her. There was also a talented duo who focused on the models. It was a team effort and I feel lucky that Hawaii Five-O was on hiatus long enough to have two really gifted tailors and to work with Charley and Cory, who both possess amazing costuming skills and experience. Although some of the politics and logistics were difficult, I really feel so happy, blessed and lucky to be apart of the experience and hope to have more opportunities to creatively expand in the future.
Actually, I have some other designs that collaborated with Nicki’s make-up artist, world renowned Donald Simrock. I took his same design and application and had designed outfits for 3 sets of twins that were pretty cool. However because of all the poor scheduling and time delays the video was cut a little earlier so there is a huge aspect of the storyline that is missing from the concept that focuses more on being a strange universe and Nicki being more of an alien. Had the video been able to capture all of the directors vision with the treatment, it would have been even more impressive and made the concepts feel more complete and cohesive. The original vision, made Nicki seem like an alien coming to another universe, this other universe is strange, super color saturated and at the same time pulls from so many fashion references along with coming to a lush tropical paradise were the tribal feels otherworldly and not so specific to tradition. Metaphorically Nicki’s style, success were to seem alien and as a reference to how she is in the pop music and hip hop world. So the 3 sets of twins and some of the other scenes that were cut early could have made this concept feel more complete. I loved re-creating Donald’s look he created for Nicki’s album cover. I wish it was apart of the music video but it seems its also the nature of how changes can be made so quickly. I’ll post on the twins within the next few days.