Alexander Wang x H&M Commercial video-“Living in a digital reality”

The recent video regarding Alexander Wang’s collaboration with H&M epitomizes the overall view Wang has for the clothed female body-that of a video game heroine.If only he applied that solely in the H&M collaboration and perhaps,his namesake line.

 

 

“Death Becomes Her: A Century of Mourning Attire”-The Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibition

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‘Death Becomes Her: A Century of Mourning Attire”, The Costume Institute’s first fall exhibition in seven years, is on view in The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Anna Wintour Costume Center from October 21, 2014, through February 1, 2015. The exhibition explores the aesthetic development and cultural implications of mourning fashions of the 19th and early 20th centuries. Approximately 30 ensembles, many of which are being exhibited for the first time, reveal the impact of high-fashion standards on the sartorial dictates of bereavement rituals as they evolved over a century.

With the reopening of The Costume Institute space in May as the Anna Wintour Costume Center, the department returns to mounting two special exhibitions a year, once again including a fall show, in addition to the major spring exhibition. This is the first fall exhibition The Costume Institute has organized since addressing fashion in 2007.

“The predominantly black palette of mourning dramatizes the evolution of period silhouettes and the increasing absorption of fashion ideals into this most codified of etiquettes,” said Harold Koda, Curator in Charge of The Costume Institute, who is curating the exhibition with Jessica Regan, Assistant Curator. “The veiled widow could elicit sympathy as well as predatory male advances. As a woman of sexual experience without marital constraints, she was often imagined as a potential threat to the social order.”

The thematic exhibition is organized chronologically and features mourning dress from 1815 to 1915, primarily from The Costume Institute’s collection. The calendar of bereavement’s evolution and cultural implications are illuminated through women’s clothing and accessories, showing the progression of appropriate fabrics from mourning crape to corded silks, and the later introduction of color with shades of gray and mauve.

“Elaborate standards of mourning set by royalty spread across class lines via fashion magazines,” said Ms. Regan, “and the prescribed clothing was readily available for purchase through mourning ‘warehouses’ that proliferated in European and American cities by mid-century.”

The Anna Wintour Costume Center’s Carl and Iris Barrel Apfel Gallery orients visitors to the exhibition with fashion plates, jewelry, and accessories. The main Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch Gallery illustrates the evolution of mourning wear through high fashion silhouettes and includes mourning gowns worn by Queen Victoria and Queen Alexandra. Examples of restrained simplicity are shown alongside those with ostentatious ornamentation. The predominantly black clothes are set off within a stark white space amplified with historic photographs and daguerreotypes.

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H&M’s Commemorative Book-10 Years of Designer Collaborations

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“Taste, and looking chic, is no longer a question of money or how much you spend, but how you create a unique sense of style. And that is the real revolution in the fashion world.”

~Karl Lagerfeld~

Karl Lagerfeld is the one who ditched the word ‘cheap’ for ‘inexpensive, a landmark quote regarding ‘the series of designers’ collaborations with the high street brand.’‘The First Ten Years,” is a a commemorative book H&M is releasing Nov. 6 coincided with its latest holiday tie-up, Alexander Wang.As for the prize?Its available  in about 250 stores, priced at 9.90 euros, or $11.50, with 25 percent of proceeds going to UNICEF. The book features imagery and contributions by designers that took the ”H&M bet”such as H&M.There will be also a  retrospective exhibition of the Swedish annual designers’ collaborations at its Fifth Avenue flagship in New York from Oct. 27.Can’t wait!

Oscar de la Renta: A visual tribute to his astonishing work along with his quotes that made an impact

 

 

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“Fashion is about the present and the immediate future. I think in terms of now.”

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“Fashion is about dressing according to what’s fashionable. Style is more about being yourself.”

oscar de la renta, fall 2014.

oscar de la renta, fall 2014.

 

“I hate pretty. It’s a very empty word. It gives a bad name to beauty.”

oscar de la renta, bridal 2015

oscar de la renta, bridal 2015

“I design clothes for women to wear. I am not interested in shock tactics. I just want to make beautiful clothes.

 

oscar de la renta spring 2014 photo by rachel scroggins

oscar de la renta spring 2014 photo by rachel scroggins

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“Walk like you have three men walking behind you.”

The Cloud dress, Oscar de la Renta, 2012.

The Cloud dress, Oscar de la Renta, 2012.

 

Sylvia Gobbel,Helmut Newton’s muse-The model,the beauty,the woman,an exclusive Inter-View to Sybilia’s F.Diary

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Sylvia Gobbel is a super successful model and Helmut Newton’s favorite face, as he took numerous shots of her and also put her on the cover of his book of “Big Nudes”.Sylvia had the chance to work with A-list photographers such as Guy Bourdin, Gianpaolo Barbieri, Oliviero Toscani and Peter Lindbergh, Her good looks accompanied with a strong personality,made the process of the interview a complete delight.Currently living in Paris,she undoubtedly has a lot to say about modelling and fashion industry,from the side of an ‘insider’.Here she is interviewed by Sybilia,an exclusivity,we all here feel proud of!

-What mostly influenced you to get involved with fashion?
Well, I have to say, that I fell into fashion…I didn’t choose. I was discovered in the tramway in Vienna while I was a student.

-How you will describe your personal aesthetics/vision?
Have style, fashion is getting out of fashion…Style is eternal…

- Is there something you ‘like to do/work for and haven’t done it so far?
I’m starting to organize some shows for the fashion week and shootings for young
Designers. I would like to develop that more. I’m a great organizer. That’s my German roots…(.like Lagerfeld perhaps)

-Are there any contemporary (or older) creatives that influenced you?Both! I love Azzedine ALAIA, Yves Saint Laurent (himself) Karl Lagerfeld, Alexandre Vauthier, Hervé Leger…..

-How does it feel to be a renowned photographer’s muse?
Good of course….but also funny, because I’m already exposed in all museums of the world, but I’m not THAT old…;-)

Helmut Newton for AMICA

Helmut Newton for AMICA

Helmut Newton with his wife and model Sylvia Gobbel

Helmut Newton with his wife, and model Sylvia Gobbel

Sylvia today (2014) photo Franck Glenisson

Sylvia today (2014) photo Franck Glenisson

Sylvia French VOGUE november 2012 photographer David SIMS

Sylvia French VOGUE november 2012 photographer David SIMS

Kristian Schuller lenses Coco Rocha for L’Officiel Italia September 2014

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‘Minerva is a diva’

Fashion Editor: Peggy Schuller
Hair: Yusef
Make-up: Stefanie Willmann

“Bettina” Photography Exhibition-Retracing the 1950s chic

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‘Bettina”was actually called Simone Bodin named “Bettina” by  Couturier Jacques Faith.She started modelling for Faith and developed as one of the most successful and iconic top models of her time.Both a gamine persona and the personification of chic, she appears in fashion photographs of the most prominent photographers of the time.The  photography exhibition named  “Bettina” aims to retrace the 50’s fashion and the work of renowned photographers such as Erwin Blumenfeld, Irving Penn, Norman Parkinson, Horst P. Horst, and Jean-Philippe Charbonnier-with ”Bettina”as the connecting element.Previously presented at the Galleria Carla Sozzani in Milan and currently at  Galerie Azzedine Alaia in Paris,its an event not to  miss.”Bettina” modeled for the biggest Couture Houses of her time and also acted as a press agent for Hubert de Givenchy,whom she helped rise to international faith-no doubt why Givenchy named his first collection after her.

Bettina by Gordon Parks, Paris, 1951

Bettina by Gordon Parks, Paris, 1951

Bettina, Paris, 1951

Bettina, Paris, 1951

Bettina, Paris, Paris Match n°162, avril 1952

Bettina, Paris, Paris Match n°162,

Vogue France, September 1949

Vogue France, September 1949

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