Another Time, Another World

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When I look at Edward Steichen’s photograph, entitled “The Pond–Moonrise,” I am looking at nature in all its glory, in all its magical splendor. The wooded scene is aglow with a sparkling enchantment, as the parts of nature gather together in harmony and joy. Through this photographic rendering, nature’s ability to make you dream, imagine, and wonder is beautifully apparent.

It is as if you are alone in this forested realm, with no human presence near, with no signs of human life or interference–there is a purity to the scene, a shimmering tranquility. It is as if you are present in another time, another world, another dimension, in a painting or in a mythological work; all revealing the exquisiteness of nature.

The shining moon in a colored sky blossoms over the scene, exuding a bright radiance which brings light to the environment’s spirit of growth. The hazily defined pond of elongated reflection declares that what grows above in such magnificence, grows below just the same–the trees, the life of land above…the plants, the life of water below.

The fascinating photograph reveals that life is everywhere and that it is full of such enchanting beauty.

Image Credits: Metropolitan Museum of Art 

A World of Many Definitions

Today’s world of couture is a world full of many definitions. Contemporary couture does not have a set look, a set, mundane appearance. In fashion’s modern environment, couture does not have a set of unbreakable restrictions, a set of guidelines or rules that prohibit creativity and modernity to rise to the surface, basking on the runway’s glow. Nothing is holding designers back. Nothing is stopping uniqueness from reaching its fullest potential. With newness and change, fashion has taken couture and redefined it in many different ways, created its many bold forms. Rather than concrete, couture is something airy and free, something that has the ability to alter and transform into something magical.

With the beautiful Spring 2014 couture collections appearing on the runways, this modern world of couture is shown. There is an inventiveness, a wonderful imaginative quality that allows it to shine. Whether it is Valentino’s nature infused designs of animals, plants, and creation or Maison Martin Margiela’s wonderful collection of printed, ornamented mixtures, both collections show the modern world of haute couture, with all of its vivacity and beauty.

Valentino

A wonderland of creation, of the rise of nature’s elements, of animals developing, of plants growing and flower blooming, of life taking form, Valentino’s Spring 2014 couture collection is absolutely magnificent in its ability to capture the wonders of nature and the beauties that it holds within its infinite paths. There is something so marvelous about these designs, something so breathtaking about their thematic elements on origination and natural development. It seems as if each fashion took a part of the outdoors and emphasized it in a way that was unforgettable. The viewer can not help but be drawn to both the intricate and simple pieces of the collection, seeing the wonders of nature blossom boldly and majestically.

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With accents of sheer, regal lace, and bold feathers…with designs and prints of plants, butterflies, lions, tigers, and cheetahs…with glitter, beading, and floral encrustations… with breathtaking gowns, oversized coats, daring capes, and skirts…with earthy and rich hues of moss-green, dark and light brown, off white, black, gold, gray, and red…the couture fashions in this collection of nature are exquisite.

Maison Martin Margiela

Unique, delightful wildness, uncontrollable spontaneity and thrill, Maison Martin Margiela’s Spring 2014 couture collection is incredible! Each piece in this collection is innovative, each piece carries something bold and fresh within it. In each fashion on the runway, commonness is pushed aside. Repetition is nonexistent. Margiela created a collection that houses within it a lively, individualistic mixture of colors, prints, materials, and designs. The pieces are extraordinary in their artistry and loud expression. Choice and freedom is powerfully embraced as a wonderfully chaotic voice of variety speaks for all to hear. In this collection, the modernity of couture rises to the surface.

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With prints of antique brocade, florals, stars, tattoo designs, and retro and geometric patterns…with accents of glitter, sheer, and foil-like wrapping material…with a variety of embellishments, glitter, and shine…with colorful striped pants, t-shirts, skirts, modern dresses, printed pants and matching jackets, short mod dresses, oversized coats, fearless trenches, printed kimonos, arm-wear of decorative eyes…with kaleidoscopic hues…the couture fashions in this collection of excitement are dazzling.

Today’s world of couture is certainly a world full of many definitions.

Photo Credits: Vogue

The Many Facets of Couture

With haute couture, there is a diversity, an undeniable variety in design. Haute couture could envelop many bright, mesmerizing differences, many unique definitions that are breathtaking in their rhythmic designs. A wide spectrum of significant subjects and memorable histories are revealed within these pieces of worth. Distinct colors, textures, structures, and more bloom magically in each collection. A spirited beauty and liveliness is housed in each individual concept and idea. With haute couture, a discovered modernity accompanies this wonderful diversity that allows changes to be made to the common mold.

This Fall 2013 couture season exhibited all of these admirable differences and novel, modern qualities. With Armani, there is a romantic fragility. With Maison Martin Margiela, there is a decorative reusability. With Valentino, there is a regal poise, an appreciation of nature. The collections carry with them a newness, as well as a remembrance. They emanate a beauty that awakens the sensations of design…

Armani Privé…

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A magical loveliness and an airy softness, a sparkling radiance and a blissful charm, this collection is truly mesmerizing in its lovely enchantment, whimsicality, and simplistic grace. The stunning pieces created by Giorgio Armani twirl with a chimerical allure. Each design evokes the senses in some way, creates feelings and emotions full of delightful fascination. The pieces travel the runway with a magical, tranquil aura of beautiful fantasy and dreamy elegance. With transparent sheer and delicate ornamentation, with slip dresses and gowns, with fine lace and twinkling crystals, with pantsuits and furs, this couture collection effortlessly dazzles.

Maison Martin Margiela…

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Maison Martin Margiela’s Artisanal couture collection is breathtaking in its wide array of new and vintage fabrics, precise details, and unforgettable looks. The pieces on the runway communicate to the viewer an appreciation of the past… a collage of definable moments in the history of fashion. Maison Martin Margiela, with a lively creativity and exploratory mind, transformed styles and fabrics from years ago and reworked them into memorable, captivating pieces of the present. There are embroideries from the 19th century. There are Art Nouveau curtains. There are coats and sequined dresses from the 1950s. Every fashion presented holds a magnificent uniqueness that evokes memories of previous times and sparkled in their fresh, vivacious charm. Every fashion presented went through a metamorphosis that led to something extraordinary.

Valentino…

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With the fascinating idea of wunderkammer, a “cabinet of curiosities,” for this couture collection, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli created compelling, exotic creations with an affinity towards the natural world and the thrills of the unforeseen. The mysterious elements and interesting oddities are wonderfully expressive. The powers that each design emits are effective and stimulating. Within this collection, there is also an accompanied feeling of regality, of distinction. There is a majestic sovereignty that is marvelous. Mythical, artistic renderings of underwater forms of life and lions, rhinoceros, and other wildlife creatures…materials of lace, chiffon, cashmere, and velvet…encrustations of pearls, feathers, golden accents, and crystals…and pieces of pure elegance, the collection is incredible.

These collections all exhibit the beauties and possibilities of haute couture in the world today.

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

The Imaginative, Futuristic, Dazzling Daphne

Heiress, Artist, Actress, Muse, Model, Collector, Designer, Icon…

Who is Daphne Guinness?

Daphne Guinness is the Queen of Haute Couture. She is one of the most original, innovative, daring individual leaders of the fashion world. Her style is aesthetic. Her design is romantically filled with nature, intellectuality, and passion. Her expression is one of confidence–a willingness to discover new forms, conceptions, and features of the fashion world. She captures the essence and grace of fashion in what she wears. She presents herself as a unique individual- ignoring judgements, harsh opinions, or criticisms. She wears what she feels. She feels what she wears. Guinness connects with the architecturally magnificent designs she puts on her body. Fashion is her armour–a cultivated style of elegance, imagination, and ingenuity. She is not eccentric. She is Daphne.

Daphne Diana Joan Susanna Guinness is a true artist. She is the heir of Arthur Guinness, the 18th-century inventor of the beer that still bears the same name. She has a devotion to the sound of music, to the raw honest beauty of literature, and to the visionary, inventive world of art. She also has an undeniable infatuation with the mystical and exquisite fashion world.

Guinness is completely and utterly fearless in what she wears. She leaps beyond the conventions of everyday society. She soars beyond the mundane actions of everyday life. She truly becomes her own person. She brings the beauty of couture to life on the streets. She makes fashion have a distinct personality. She allows fashion to take the reins. Her appearances are matchless. Her fashion wit and insight is remarkable. She is simply extraordinary.

Daphne Guinness embraces the essence of nature and the aura of creation. Her fashion lives by the romantic thought and action. Her own inner self appreciates the earth in its natural, breathtaking qualities. Her and her style relishes in the complexities of human nature. Her ideals are the same as the romantic thinkers of those past times ago. Her ideals are the same as her great, deceased friend Alexander McQueen. Pure nature is uncultivated, uncontrolled, spontaneous, and fascinating. Emotion is lustful, bewitching, and genuine. Romanticism comes to life through what she wears.

Daphne Guinness is both admirable and stunning. She treats fashion as a delicacy. She treats designs as ideas and pieces of worth and authentic originality. She is a magnificent human being with an ardor for self-appreciation, character, and glistening grace. Her fashionable, aesthetic pieces speak volumes. Her personal ambition is strong and almighty.

An illuminated wonder of culture, flavor, and power…Daphne Guinness is authentically and theatrically enchanting.

“I don’t approach fashion; fashion approaches me.” –Daphne Guinness