The Wooden Doors of Hidden Thoughts and Emotions

An eerie, mysterious atmosphere of secret and intrigue embraces the floor of identically lined, numbered doors. Clandestine histories roam free in the dimly lighted hallway, as mumbled voices are blocked by the wooden doors along the sides. There are no people gliding across the dark, midnight carpets. There are no hands glazing the ornately papered walls. Nothing seems to change. One is left with this haunting pleasure, this terrorizing beauty of the unknown. One is left with the question of what goes on behind closed doors. And then suddenly, a door finally opens. A single woman in a v-neck, rusty pink sweater and embellished pencil skirt exits her room and enters the hallway, the open door giving one the opportunity to take a glance at her bedroom, her world. A voyeuristic desire consumes the mind, as one is left helplessly peering inside. She walks the round halls with a face of seriousness and concentration, of an unmistakable pensive quality, until she finds her room once again. The door then shuts. The packed trunks in her room, the trunks of her life, emotion, and personal choice are left behind. No one can be sure as to who she really is, what she really wants, and why she is staying at this charming, circular hotel…

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At the Hotel Louis Vuitton.

The setting for the Fall 2013 collection of Louis Vuitton only heightens the emotional awakenings felt by the fashions being displayed. The designs are truly magical, encompassing the beauties of the past, of the ’20s, ’30s, and ’40s. The designs are stunning in their ability to capture rugged realness and tantalizing glamour, revealing boudoir dressings of individuality and alluring grace, giving glimpses into the realities of different lives. The designs are felt in their entirety, beyond the fabrics and encrustations. Viewers are able to take a look back at memories full of both happiness and despair, the wonders of both secrecy and emotion, the universal longings of everyday life.

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The women who stayed at the Hotel Louis Vuitton always exited their personal lives for a short-time, leaving their rooms to walk the long circular halls with a sumptuous bag in hand. They wore fashions of distinction and adventure, fashions of their continuing, emotionally filled memoirs. They wore fashions of authenticity, of undeniable, beautifully unkempt qualities. They wore fashions of intimate decision, of choices that were made entirely on their own.

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Whether it be wearing delicate lingerie slips or sensuous, fur-lined robes; whether it be wearing lush velvet gowns of flowered, lace accents or structured, menswear-inspired tailored coats of solid and plaid; whether it be wearing silk pajama sets or deeply cut tops of feathers and sparkles…Marc Jacobs created a collection that speaks directly to the viewer, creating mesmerizing connections.

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In the end, these women of the Hotel Louis Vuitton always returned to their personal lives, opening those same wooden doors. For a short while, the mysteries and secrecies were out for all to see, radiating out of the many openings of the hall; but then the doors closed, the memories, wonders, and longings of those women kept inside.

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However, the fashions that they wore, the feelings that these exquisite pieces evoked in the viewer… they will forever be remembered. They will always be cherished.

Photo Credits: Vogue, The Sartorialist

Trash Bag Hats and Tin Foil Jewels

There is an unmistakable beauty in originality, in independent thought and creation. There is a quality of freedom, of a confidence in yourself and your talents. There is an undeniable vivacity in originality, a liveliness and realness to whatever is being created. Originality has this awe-consuming, fantastically enlightening power. It has the ability to reject conventions, to only do what it is you wish to do. Originality is taking your own route, moving in the direction that you wish to move in, not caring about outside opinions or changing beliefs, desires, and concerns. It is making what you wish to make, acting as you wish to act, being an individual. It is creating with a unique, unparalleled thought. In fashion, this newness, this distinguished idea and action is cherished. In fashion, this ability to do-it-yourself, to make something that ignores conventions, to make something that is not mass-produced, to make something that is not aided by outside forces…the ability to make something original, is embraced.

DIY, do-it-yourself, a concept that Louise Gray takes to heart and both physically and mentally acts upon in her Fall 2013 RTW collection…

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Louise Gray has the ability to think only of her own thoughts, to take a vision that might seem crazy to some and use it and create it whole-heatedly, to its fullest potential. With Louise Gray, common practices in everyday society are not meant to be applied. Typical looks and styles are not meant to be copied and redone countless times. Louise Gray believes in fun-filled differences, and unhidden wildness and thrill. Nothing should be repeated. Nothing should be worn out and overdone. Nothing should be decided and made outside of your own wishes. With fashion, there should be an eccentricity, a livability that is captivating to watch and absorb. Louise Gray holds onto this DIY, independent mindset in her wonderfully empowering, insane collection.

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Taking mundane household items and transforming them into raw, aesthetic masterpieces, Louise Gray’s Fall 2013 pieces are full of much craft. There are hats made out of trash bags and bangles made out of tin foil and rolls of tape. There are earrings made out of whisks and brooches and rings made out of toilet paper. There are necklaces made out of paper clips and pieces with tin foil pans and patches adding more decoration and zest. In the collection, there are a wide array of colors, ranging from hot pinks, purples, yellows, and royal blues to basic blacks and whites. Patterns of lines, curves, flowers, dots, and zig-zags, to name a few, are mix and matched onto wonderful creations. From tailored jackets to matching suits…from color blocked sweaters to button-downs…from sheer tights and gloves to printed slacks…from wild boots to unique dresses…the pieces in Louise Gray’s collection are incredible.

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With a do-it-yourself mentality, anything is possible.

Photo Credits: Vogue

The Nonconformist

Living a life without permanent ties. Living a life of unconventionality.

Living a life full of artistic pursuits. Living a life full of wandering bliss.

Living a life outside of the mainstream. Living a life inside a creative revolution.

Living a life full of expression, mixture, taste, adventure, spirit, and imagination.

Living a life full of thoughtful literature, breathtaking art, and dazzling music.

Living the life of a Bohemian.

The Bohemian cultural movement of change began in late 19th Century France. Poets, artists, thinkers, wonderers, and writers no longer wished to live under the conventional bourgeois of France. They wanted a change. They wanted something different. They wanted to live a life of expression, love, deep understanding, and compassion. They wanted to live a life full of free, undetermined thoughts–they wished to speak their own minds, speak all of their artistic remembrances, strong-willed opinions, unconventional stances, thoughtful creations, and optimistic, as well as depressed truths. No longer would the French middle class stand in their way. No longer would radical banishments, close-minded attitudes, affect who they were as human beings. With their strong attitudes, the movement had begun.

This historical movement has transformed itself throughout the years through the outlets of literature, art, music, and philosophy. It has given people the chance to explore themselves, without fear of judgment or constraint. People, as a result, have taken in the remarkable beauties of the natural world and the talents that exist within it. They have realized that there is not just a single street everybody travels on. There are alternatives, branches of differentiating thought and exploration…

There is one more outlet that this Bohemian mind and spirit delves into very energetically and powerfully. It has entered with imaginative thought, expressionist belief, and loving originality. It has altered this outlet in many unique ways, creating more openness, more free-will, more individual thought, more daring possibilities, more artistic attitude. And this outlet it has entered is fashion.

With these concepts in mind, the Bohemian counter-culture movement has made its presence known in fashion designs and thoughts. It has given fashion a whole new look, one that is a mixture of fabrics, prints, textures, and colors; one that is a mixture of looseness and tightness; one that is a mixture of newly discovered senses, ingenuities, ideas, and imaginations. Fashion has transformed into something that is inventive and unrestricted. It has turned into something that is open for differing interpretations and feelings. The Bohemian fashions reject pieces that do not speak to the artist and do not relate to what the artist is inspiring to do. The pieces are revolutionary….And all of this is proven in Dries Van Noten’s Spring 2013 collection.

For this spring, the Belgian designer Dries Van Noten has created a collection that speaks to these Bohemian values and ways of thought. The fashions go by their own set of rules, wandering into realms of thought that were at first unimaginable. The pieces radiate in their brightening pleasure of life. Stability does not exist. Rather, a disorderly style and design charms. The sensitive pieces relish in mismatched beauty and elegance–they give off a light, fresh quality that is compelling, worthy of attention, and full of such depth, such meaning. They come from Dries Van Noten’s mind and no one else’s.

The fashions in Dries Van Noten’s Spring 2013 collection are breathtaking in their carefree allure, conflicting simplicity, and stimulating genius. There is a personality to the collection, a daring stance to be different and to stray from submission. There is a randomness to the collection, a bold choice to not match and to not be neat. From plaids and checkers to florals and blossoms; from revealing, loose sheers to structured coverings; from powerful trousers to romantic, flowy skirts; from carefree street wear to unconventional night wear; from seductive, delicate kimonos to powerful, heavy blazers…Van Noten’s collection speaks volumes to whoever looks at it. It is its exquisite, admirable, forward way of thinking that makes the collection so significant for spring.

The 19th Century Bohemians are coming back to life for this spring, bringing with them the  undeniable importance of independence and freedom.

Photo Credits: Pinterest and Vogue

A Rococo Masterpiece

A painting is hung in a gallery. The painting lights up the room in its hedonistic pleasure, its decorative, fanciful detail of flirtatious thought and desire. It shows a young girl on a swing in a wooded scene–the sky is bright, the flowers bloom, the pleasure is evident. Creamy hues envelop the painting’s color scheme. The young girl wears an aesthetic gown of grandeur and femininity, the lace accents accentuating her feminine grace and youthful beauty. She wears light-colored pinks and peaches. She wears a flimsy, loose hat. The girl lightly kicks off her shoe, a knowing smile gracing her lips, to the man below. The painting is not dark. The painting is not sinister. The painting is airy, light, and free. There is pleasure, love, and imagination in the playful scene. The painting is of aristocratic ornamentation and romantic, exuberant delight. There is a whimsical serenity and an atmospheric intimacy to the scene. The painting is entitled “The Swing.” And the artist who painted it was Jean-Honoré Fragonard.

A few months ago I did a post entitled, A Painter’s Canvas on a Designer’s Runway. This post explored the undeniable connection between fashion and art and the thoughtful, artistic, imaginative, relations they share. The similarities between fashion and art are unforgettable, for they both exhibit qualities of intellectual curiosity, aesthetic grandeur, and  ornamented design. Recently, I came across a collection that delved into the beauties and energies of art and design. This collection explored the world of Rococo art, a dramatic movement of elaborate structure and graceful, dreamy intention.

The Rococo art movement encompassed many different aspects. It involved the pleasure of decadence, the laughter of carefree attitude, the sensation of flirtation, the power of rejuvenation, and the idea of voluptuous thrill. It contained elements of floridity and symmetry, that created a wonderfully balanced, soft composition. The movement explored a color scheme of blushing, creamy pales and pure, natural hues. There is theatricality and content pleasurability in the artworks–there is dramatic human poise, loving embrace, sensuous demeanor, and luxurious fashion. Flowers full of bliss, flurries of radiating gaiety, moments full of delight, Rococo art is stunning. And…

Dolce & Gabbana’s Alta Moda collection embraced all of these details, ideas, and visions, bringing back to life the tantalizing Rococo beauty of carefree imagery, dainty texture, seductive exuberance, alluring merriment, and colorful luminosity.

Dolce & Gabbana’s Alta Moda collection was breathtaking in its remembrance of the past histories of art and intellectual thought. The collection embraced the Rococo mentalities of amusement, joy, and pleasure. It embraced the Rococo designs of delicacy, delectability, and possibility. It embraced the Rococo details of flowered patterns, natural symmetries, pastel colorations, magical femininities, and lovely fluidities. In the collection, there was the famous Rococo sinuosity–lines that curved delicately. There was the famous Rococo ornamentation–details of lush warmth and craft that were perfected bewitchingly. The fashions were absorbed in the decorative arts.

In Dolce & Gabbana’s Alta Moda collection, there was an unmistakable airy, lightness to the fashions. The pieces were colored in fine, fragile pastels of pinks, blues, and yellows, as well as lush, pure colors of ivory, rose, moss green, and orange. The pieces were embroidered with light beads, jewels, bows, and laces. There was no constriction–there was only freedom. With materials of sheer, organza, chiffon, and satin, there was sensuality and stimulation. With bold, bell-shaped skirts there was regality and newly defined luxury. With delicate embellishments and finely cut seams, there was meticulous care, construction, and attention. With hand-painted flowered designs and attentively crafted details, the pieces were true works of art.

With a Rococo sensation and a compelling, charming Dolce & Gabbana design, fashion and art unite.

The Buzzing of the Bees

Nature, as by definition, is the phenomena of the physical world–it encompasses animals, plants, landscapes, waterfalls, and so much more. Nature, for me, is something magical. Nature is what makes up our world–it is the spiritual force of independent action and decision. It is something that rises above the surface, something that branches out of the mundane and embraces the thrill of randomness. Along with its inner qualities of beauty and defining strength, nature develops with a creative, unique energy that is unexpected, breathtaking, artistic, and imaginative. It electrifies in its colored leaves, furry creatures, dazzling sun rays, and whistling winds. It stimulates curious, hopeful minds, with its powers of renewal, change, and perserverance. Nature is peaceful and calm; nature is untamed and raw–it embraces and comforts; it consumes and devours. Humans feel an emotional connection with its picturesque qualities, as well as its spontaneous desires and ways. Nature is an exciting jolt of freedom, expression, individualistic beauty.

Fashion, as by definition, is a variety of a prevailing manner or mode, a way of dress. Fashion, for me, is something so much more. Fashion is something captivating, something singular. Fashion is filled with eagerness and craving–an inner desire for tantalizing sensation, intellectual thought, dreamy imagination, unparalleled ingenuity, and fulfilling opportunity. It is a cosmic world of natural beauty, strength, and truth.

As the seasons change, the colors change. The leaves change their shades of color. The lands become powered by the warm yellow sun, the red and orange accents,  the cold white snow, and the dreary rainfall. As the seasons change, the design of the environment diversifies–it welcomes new mystical creatures and new fascinating grasses, trees, and flowers. From angelic enchantments to wild thrills; from loving serenities to harsh instincts; from warm energies to cold structures and designs…as nature changes its course, fashion changes its course as well.

The connections between fashion and nature are hard to ignore. Delving deep into each world, filled with all its emotions, memories, desires, meanings, and thrills, reveals an undeniable connection between the natural world and the world of fashion and design. In both, there is charming diversity; in both, there is mysterious exploration; in both, there is uncontrolled change; in both, there is an innovative energy and spirit; in both, there is unbridled direction. Nature and fashion house unmasked beauties and both simplistic and complex design. And for Spring 2013, Sarah Burton unveiled these kindred spirits for all to see in her new Alexander McQueen collection…

A stunning beehive filled with queens, the McQueen collection for Spring 2013 RTW was mesmerizing. The pieces were buzzing with excitement, energy, empowerment, and zest. They were darkly magnetic and bewitching–the designs exuded a magical essence, a lively, natural enchantment. They were extravagantly rich and romantic–the designs spoke the truths of feeling and nature, a poetic, passionate tenderness. Nature’s complex obscurity and simplistic brilliancy was shown.

The pieces for this collection were daring and bold. They exhibited qualities of authoritative strength and fanciful, light-hearted beauty. The bees were out to play. On the runway, there were honeycomb printed jackets, gold and black wasp inspired corsets and bodices, tortoiseshell peplum waists, belts, and harnesses, bee-adorned collars, bracelets, and tops, cage-like garments of  lustiness and allure, netted coverings, and ruffled, flowered hoop skirted gowns. With inspired beekeeper headpieces, a color palette of gold and black, delicate ornamentation, and nipped in waists, Burton’s Alexander McQueen collection was buzzing with exhilaration, luxury, and incredibility.

Nature and fashion continuously alter their surroundings. Their influence is strong. Their diversity is bold…

And their beauty is unforgettable.

Photo Credits: Vogue, Pinterest, and Fashionologie

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.