Thursday, December 11, 2014

In the current Age of the Anthropocene, defined by human interference with nature, material exploration reverts common man-made materials back into those resembling nature. And with plastics set to be the new fossils and our oceans host to the plastisphere, these new materials give the illusion of wilderness in a constructed environment. See the transformative and textural work of Sophie Rowley or the crafted, fragile destructions of Faustine Steinmetz.


Alessandro Puccinelli | Intersections
Maja Salamon by Agata Pospieszyriska | Vogue Ukraine Ocotber 2014
Sophie Rowley | Material Exploration
Elisa Sednaoui by Peter Lindbergh |  Vogue Italia, September 2012
SS15 Rodarte by Lea Colombo | Dazed Digital
Jenny Sinkaberg by Julia Hetta | Rodeo Spring 2011
Ilona Stolie by Adam Katz Sinding for Le 21eme | Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Russia SS2015
Draped sheet | Sasha Kurmaz
Thomas Ruff | m.a.r.s. series, 2013
Striped dress | original source unknown
Stones & River | original source unknown
Faustine Steinmetz SS15 by Philip Trendgove | Dazed Digital
Matteo Fogale and Laetitia de Allegri  | ISH 2014

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Friday, December 5, 2014

We live in a visual culture yet our experience of our selves is limited visually. I can feel the expression on my face, but it is others who see them. Similarly, I can use clothes as an expression of self but it is other's who view this expression the most. My view is fleeting and obscured, with glances angled from above or a posed reflection. We see in partial what others see in full; the morning's control rather than the day's abandon.

So with a limited view, we experience our dress as much through other sensory stimuli. The swish of fringing, unexpected air gusts, or fabric swirling around your legs. Feelings of being bundled, feelings of moving freely, rippling the surface of the fabric like a duck ripples a pond. The sound of corduroy thighs or sequins jostling for a glimmer. Pulling at a pilling knit. Hitching, adjusting, smoothing and twirling; this is how we experience clothes.

Textural fabrics continue to dominant fabric trends, perhaps balancing our current visual overload with the sense of touch. Rugged knits, slubbed and nepped jerseys, natural state wovens, crafted abrasions, needled-punched denim, all offer the wearer heightened texture.

Future technologies will take the experience even further with the development of smart textiles collecting data and negotiating between our bodies and our environment, bringing us greater understanding of ourselves (Amanda Parker). We've already seen Ralph Lauren incorporate biometrics into their Polo Tech tee unveiled at the US Open this year. And today $3.5 million was granted to the Manufacturing Innovation Hub for Apparel, Textiles & Wearable Tech in New York. This is such an exciting area of development, exploring through technology what the experience of dress could be in the future.

Henri Matisse | Papercut 1947
Carmen Kass by Philip Gay | Marie Claire Spain, July 2014


Monday, December 1, 2014

Artificial is not confined to the false or contrived with the created often an homage to the naturally occurring. The synthetic dystopian futures we imagined remain grounded with mineral textures, aged patinas and gently weighted dips and folds.

Sienna King by Agnes Llyod-Platt | Fashion Futures
Tan Ngiap Heng | long exposure dance photography
Francoise Morellet | Quadrature du Carre No. 1, 2007
Recom Arthouse and Tom Price | Liquid Simulation
Takuro Kuwata | sculpture
Amanda Murphy by Benjamin Alexander Huseby | V #92 Winter 14/15
Olafur Eliasson | Riverbed, 2014-15
Ann Sofie Back AW14 by Benjamin Mallek | Thisispaper
Alexandre Francois/ CCCLXXIX | Annees-Lumiere
Style Heroine | Flipping Sides, October 27, 2014
Martin Azua | vase with stone
Julia Bergshoeff by Karim Sadli | Poetic Justice for The New York Times T Style Winter Luxury 2014
Alexandre Francois/ CCCLXXIX | Annees-Lumiere

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