Foolishness is Preferred!

On the busy city street, a sign indicates a theater of dazzling culture, outspoken diversity, seductive creativity, and unmistakable genius.

This significant theater is marked with expression, freedom, and imagination. An elaborate idea, inspired by the Folies Bergere of Paris, is set. A remarkably beautiful design, inspired by the talented minds of many, is absorbed. Energy, enthusiasm, and thrill caress the eager atmosphere, as breathtaking exhilaration and exaggeration laugh in delight. In a sudden, united movement, a group of young girls enter through the back curtain of the stage. These significant beauties and flapper queens relish in scandal and flirtatious behavior. They dance the Charleston until the early morning hours, drink illegal liquor when they wish, wear ravishing fashions of knee-bearing appeal, and tantalize men with joy and passion. They begin to tap their wild feet on the stage, wearing elaborate headdresses and irresistible costumes. They reveal their bodies and souls proudly. They delight with their desires, hopes, and dreams. They move their bodies freely and with no constraint. They look out into the world of the 1920s and smile in delight.

In this setting, the beauties of theater and flapper come together. The beauties of stage design and vivacity create a unique, jazzy universe. The beauties of design and immorality shine under the bright lights.

On the street, the sign for this theater reads, “Ziegfeld Follies,”…let the show begin!

The Ziegfeld Follies was a series of remarkable theatrical productions on Broadway in New York City from 1907 to 1931. These elaborate, high-end vaudeville shows were simply spectacular. They dared to seduce; they dared to shine; they dared to challenge; they dared to entertain. Started by the great Florenz Ziegfeld, Ziegfeld Follies went against moral constraints and Victorian conventionalities. No longer was timidity accepted and preferred–the mundane, unrevealing lifestyle of women disappeared. Instead, the 1920s culture of independence, diversity, and immodesty soared. And the Follies soared as well.

The Ziegfeld Follies encompassed the attractions of dance, song, and variety. With talents such as W.C. Fields, Josephine Baker, Fanny Brice, Louise Brooks, and the Dolly Sisters, the Ziegfeld Follies basked in their glorious world of proud defiance and provocative thrill. Comedy sketches, exaggerated dance numbers, mesmerizing tunes, and a swarm of beautiful chorus girls, known as the Ziegfeld girls…the Ziegfeld Follies was a lively, daring spectacle.

One of the key components of the Ziegfeld Follies was its gorgeous, promiscuous costume fashions. These costumes garnered much attention with their detailed artistry and suggestive edge. Designers, such as Erté and Lady Duff Gordon, created these magnificent artworks of sparkle and shimmer. These designers had a clever imagination, an eye for luxury, and an innovative outlook on the world. They designed based on newfound freedom, ready acceptance, and sensuous beauty. They designed based on an attractive, changing century of individual rights.

These intricate, luxurious, and impressive costumes radiated on the stage. They enraptured the minds and captured the eyes of many. They glittered in the theatrical quality of inviting warmth. They adored a glitzy feminine appeal of extravagance and attractiveness.

The 1920s elements of opulence and creativity were absorbed in the tempting designs showy sequins, inviting tassels, lush velvet, satin, and sheer textures, and ruffled, feathered accents. The costumes were loudly attractive and unforgettably bold. They were colorfully glamorous and culturally stimulating.  From ballet tutus to bird-like dresses, from dazzling international designs to strong regal fashions, from revealing bikini tops and short bottoms to Art Deco wearable art pieces, from Egyptian styles to Aztec prints, from extraordinary headpieces to dainty, wealthy pearls…the fashions of the Ziegfeld Follies had a witty charm, a passionate aura, and a stunning irresistibility.

The bright stage is gazed at by curious, excited audience members. The night is filled with happiness and adventure…

With the sounds of the brilliant Eddie Cantor playing, with the fashions of talented designers dancing to the beat, with the attitudes of the fascinating Ziegfeld Girls shining in bold power and enticing mystery, the Ziegfeld Follies comes to life!

Clashing Prints of the Modern Woman

A fresh, cultured, modern woman has emerged on the runways for this spring. This woman wears what she wants to wear, feels how she wants to feel. She incorporates herself into her fashion. She expresses her thoughts and beliefs through her stylistic pieces of substance. A polka dot dress might indicate her love of retro fashions. Her neon colored leggings might show her devotion to loudness, entertainment, and fearlessness. She wears outfits that may be considered zany, wacky, and odd to some; but to her, these outfits are elegant, individualistic, and diversified. This woman is unafraid to mix prints, colors, and textures. She explores a wide realm of possibilities. She sees styles with an independent eye. She chooses pieces that speak volumes to her.

Fashion is her experimental wonderland.

In fashion, it is important not to hold back and be scared. It is important not to shy away from fashions that might seem unexpected, different, and unique. It is important not to think that you cannot wear something because it is not deemed acceptable by others. These forward fashions should be embraced and treasured, individually, for their aesthetic, atypical, and incomparable qualities. It is important to stimulate and revolutionize your mind–to give yourself the opportunity to look at stylistic creations with a curious, inquisitive eye. Delve deep into your desires, dreams, and imaginative thoughts. Delve deep into your secrets, spontaneities, and passionate loves.

For Spring 2013, there is a designer who incorporates all these qualities and thoughts. She expresses them through her avant-garde fashions of citified culture, textured madness, multicolored feature, and passionate art and craft. This designer’s name is Louise Gray–a Scottish born, decorative creator of wild, distinguished designs.

Why match when you can easily clash?

Gray’s Spring 2013 RTW collection is all about the 21st C. modern woman. This is a woman who is fun, spirited, and daring–a woman who is ready for a challenge, ready to take a risk. The designs Gray captures in her collection are magnificently stunning–these designs take in street style influence, artistic optimism, and feminist power. With a downtown city vibe and unconventional twist, Gray’s designs are kaleidoscopic. They relish in liberal spontaneity, rather than strict conventionality and conformity. They stand out in a vivid adventure of individual belief and stance. They exhilarate creativity and attention. They exhibit unhinged wants, modernist qualities of absolute flavor and autonomous feel. They are superb.

Louise Gray’s fashions are far from meek. They are contemporary works of art, containing elements of uncustomary beauty and exquisiteness. These designs include geometric, kooky prints, vibrant, stand-out colors, silky, sleek textures, and a myriad of enchanting woven, embroidered fabrics. The models walked in urban, graffiti-patterned tights, crazy, shocking sunglasses, plastic jewels, and magnified, vivid oxfords. From endless printed words to do it yourself accents, these ingenious, statement fashions come to life.

The modern woman shines in her prosperous stance and independent mind.

And she will continue to shine for the rest of her life and beyond…

Photo Credits: Vogue

A Mod Culture of Printed, Mini-Skirt Flavor

A social movement of joyful style and unconventional stance….

A war fought against tiring social conformities and mundane fashion traditions…

A battle encompassing radical beliefs, great varieties, and newfound goals…

A time of cultural phenomenon, developing in the United States and United Kingdom…

A newly recognized generation gap, that continuously spread more and more wide…

These were the 1960s–a time of culture, diversity, freedom, strength, tension, and love.

The 1960s encompassed many different opinions, actions, and movements. It included noteworthy opinions on unjust restrictions, race relations, sexual mores, women’s rights, and “authority” figures. It included actions of protest against the war being fought in Vietnam. It included actions of pure, stylistic expression, emphasizing the revolutionizing youth subculture. It included movements of equal rights, pay, and justice.

The 1960s was a time of energetic change and curious experimentation. The 1960s was a time of individual beliefs and freshly discovered inventions. New desires, changes, and trends arose. New hopes, dreams, and definitions came to the surface of recognition. The 1960s was a time of social, economic, and political revolution. And there was one world that showed these revolutions daringly, boldly, and proudly. This world was fashion–a stylistic nature that, in the end, encompassed a true revolution of its own.

1960s fashions incorporated many different, unique aspects. The styles exhibited untamed diversity, loud irregularities, and extraordinary “immoral” attributes. Paris couture houses were being blatantly ignored, as wild, evolving designers such as Mary Quant, Pierre Cardin, and Rudi Gernreich, were being praised. The avant-garde arts were being explored and looked upon as revered works of substance, from optical illusions to expressionist pops. Fashion icons such as Twiggy and Audrey Hepburn claimed their rightful places, as a new mod culture originated–filled with erased gender lines, sexual undertones, upbeat silhouettes, modernist outlooks, and vivid materials, colors, and graphics.

London Modernists, known as Mods, shaped the cultured atmosphere of everyday life in the early to mid 1960s. These advanced figures jump-started a movement that created unmistakable attention, harsh criticism, and aesthetic expression. These persons helped to develop radical, brave, new fashions that broke from traditional social standards. These styles included go-go boots, mini-skirts, shift dresses, ribbed sweaters, pierrot collars, and “space look” trouser suits, goggles, and box-shaped dresses. These designs included details of kaleidoscopic color, fearless print, diversified mismatch, plastic material, metallic fabric, and cutting-edge cut and seam.

And for New York Fashion Week Spring 2013 RTW, one designer brought the ’60s references and stimulating designs back to the runway. This designer was Marc Jacobs.

Marc Jacobs channeled the ’60s vibe and flavor greatly in his new collection. He delved into Op Art; he examined playful cuts and proportions; he relished in geometric shapes and sizes; he designed 1960s silhouettes with a modern twist; he defined psychedelic prints; he exaggerated with stripes, ruffles, and satins; he adorned models heads with Mod haircuts and Beatles bowl cuts; he gave the 1960s styles and ideologies a voice. The runway looks exhibited the mod culture proudly and successfully, with a sharp edge and a joyful feel.

The 1960s–a cultural movement of mass appeal and adoration…

A movement where ideas were readily expressed and fashions were purposely inventive and improper.

The Streets of Fashion Week are Speaking Out!

On the runways, fashions are magnificent, gracious, poised, and daring. They are beautifying pieces that deserve precious attention and meticulous observation. Under watchful, steady gazes, breathtaking fashions appear in a circulated motion of mass importance and substance. One by one, aesthetic, individual pieces walk down the runway’s pounding floor, recognizing past histories, arts, talents, and futures.

But outside of the runway’s stunning atmosphere, is a completely different show…

A show in the streets.

On the streets, styles are bold, wild, simple, rare, retro, futuristic, and unique. They are admirable pieces that deserve loud recognition and worthy praise. Under flashing camera eyes and passerby’s gazes, fascinating, outspoken styles are seen in a random, uncoordinated swarm of mixed prints, wild proportions, unrivaled twists, and simplified graces. One by one, stylish bloggers, editors, models, and talents, walk down the street’s cement ground, realizing cultured diversities, spirited modernisms, and varied styles of random flare.

The street style at New York City’s Fashion Week Spring 2013 RTW, is effectively enlightened, alluringly accomplished, and charmingly cultivated. The street styles for fashion week give creative persons the daring ability and approach to dress up in wonderful, imaginative outfits, incorporating elements of summer, fall, and winter. From graphic sweatshirts to bright, sheer button downs…From intricately designed slacks, to loud rompers of sophistication and thrill…From encrusted, flowered jewels to bold, colored bags…The styles of the streets are remarkable!

And here are some of these wonderful street styles, captivated in photographs that are fashionably stimulating!

A picturesque image, an individual look.

A style worth noting, a street filled with pleasing aesthetics, zany attributes, and beautiful looks.

Photo Credits: Vogue and NyMag’s “The Cut”

A Golden Suit of Armor

Brazenly metallic and extremely fierce…a powerful posture.

Daringly bold and passionately dark…a brave demeanor.

Restlessly piercing and harshly sharp…a loud, strident feel.

Fashion’s fiery attitude—a strong, noteworthy, edgy look.

The fashion spectrum has a wide, never-ending range. It incorporates elements of anguish, strife, and fear; elements of surprise, joy, and clarity; elements of devotion, romance, and warmth. It has a spirit that is unmistakable; a pull that is hard to let go of. It has a form of energy that is both welcoming and praise-worthy. The styles have a certain vivacity to them, no matter the subject or structure.

Designs travel to unique worlds of reality and fantasy–creations of lush, pink flowers; creations of dark, mystical wonders–creations of simplistic detail; creations of zany zest and flare. A woman is clothed in a work of art, a style that speaks volumes in its own, unique way. The pieces could speak about loving embrace. The pieces could speak about mysterious anger. Fashion is alive in many different forms.

Recently I did a post entitled, A Whimsical Romance of Lace and Pearl. This post delved into the beauty and luxury of romantic fashions and designs. For this post, however, I decided to travel to opposite side of fashion’s spectrum. This side speaks volumes in a different way, devoid of frill and girly desire. This side speaks volumes in a way that captures metallic edge, dark shine, and structured power. It is time to explore a place of hard spike, iron shine, and encrusted jewel–a place of tough chic and control.

The allure of this impenetrable side of fashion is hard to ignore. It enraptures minds with tough, unyielding authority and absolute, superior strength. The look consolidates elements of pride, solidity, steam, and influence. It gives off an unafraid vibe–committing oneself to inner acceptance and secured opinion. It is a work of concentrated direction and authoritative forwardness–it is in a state of vigorous darkness and irresistible enchantment. The look captivates eyes with its bewitching, attractive qualities.

This look of inextinguishable influence takes in the particulars of color, texture, and detail. It  admires the color hues of midnight black, lush red, misty grey, and dark blue. It shines in the powers of silver and gold metallic. It ignores colors of natural lightness and dainty pleasure. The look focuses on textures of harshness and boldness. It beholds the standout desires of loud spikes and studs. It envelops shiny leather and heavy, outstanding material. The look pays attention to the effective details of architecture and protection. It dazzles in exuberant, flashy jewels that exude a domineering presence. It captures itself in a tightly, designed framework of knightly stance, futuristic behavior, and invincible grace.

A look of edge is hard to avoid. It reappears constantly on the runways and on the streets. It reappears readily in creative advertisements and aesthetic editorials. It is a look that is truly compelling, influential, and fearless. It is undaunted by criticism. It is undaunted by censure…

It is a side of fashion that is protected by its own suit of armor.