Monday, December 12, 2011

Pushing the limits, seeing the beauty.
Today I’m not gonna talk about fashion on glossywind, lets talk about art instead coz somehow its interrelated with fashion. And also because I love to spend time sitting at Petronas Gallery alone for hours- the peacefulness and space you have with art pieces can actually bring you such tranquillity. Plus, it’s the closest and most accessible art gallery in town. I do wish there are more galleries in KL, so the society can appreciate the beauty of art. I’m currently interested with the work done by artist, Taryn Simon. In her recent work, she explored the limits of photography and produced something that makes us think beyond our comfort zone. She’s a brilliant artist in the sense that she reveals a side of photography that we rarely focus on. Most of us take pictures for the happy memories and leisure but Simon showed to the world how photography can lead to a death sentence of a man- how it is use in the court of justice as evidence. She also revealed to us how human are connected by blood line that leads to many destruction in the world and how all of us desire the same brands of goods which leads to counterfeits. She pushes the limits of photography and creates a whole new dimension- talking about the lines in between the truth and the beauty of photos.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

The Fannings
The Olsen twins have a very special place in my heart. But another new duo I’m rather obsessed about currently is The Fannings. I can’t quite figure whether it was those pictures published in W Magazine or those rather quirky, yet funny pictures taken by Terry Richardson that caught my eyes. All I remembered vividly was the interview between Dakota and Oprah talking about her hobby of knitting- my mum told me that she’s gonna be big one day. I guess my mum was right, no doubt about that. Then few years later came dear little Elle doing her thing on movies like she was born an actress and wearing those Chanel dresses like a pro- way beyond her age. So it is a no brainier why Marc chose them as his muse for Marc by Marc Jacobs. Dakota appeared on the perfume advert of Oh, Lola! which is now banned in the UK for being too provocative- something that Marc is known for, hence the BANG! perfume advert.

Despite all the controversial about the Fannings doing things way beyond their age, all I can say is why not? They possess the talent, the beauty, the money, the sources and everything in between. Just like the Olsens, live life to the fullest and do it at a very young age and most importantly do it together with someone you are blood related to. Because when there is no one else to trust, you can always trust your family. Genius- no wonder the Godfather kept it in the family. Haaaah!

Live smart. Look sharp.

Live smart. Look sharp.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

"I'm not interested in celebrities. I'm interested in clothes" -Bill Cunningham-
Long before Scott Schuman, Yvan Rodic, Garance Dore & Tommy Tom running around the streets snapping pictures, there’s this one man- the legend known as Bill Cunningham. This 80 years old man is the pioneer of the art in taking street style shots. Anna Wintour worships this man like the God of fashion- “he will take shots of you, 1 snap, 2 snaps or he will ignore you which is death!” Bill was photographing Anna from her teenage years up to now and this has proved to all of us the vision that he always had in introducing the new “it” fashion people. He even introduced to the world, Azzedine Alaia and Jean-Paul Gaultier. He was working with the Times back then, producing photos of individuals with interesting style and pretty much gave the license that it is possible to take snaps of the New York aristocrats without their permission. At some point, everyone wants to be a part of his amazing archives- pushing the limits in order to get Bill’s attention.

Quite the opposite- Bill leads a life which is simple and full of humanity. All he wears most of the time is that infamous electric blue laboratory coat with a camera around his neck, cycling around the Big Apple looking for the next person to take shots of. Yet another peculiar characteristic- which by now makes me realize that this “people” who pushed the envelope and creating the generation that we are today has little to affiliate with actually “wearing” fashion. Many of Bill’s work are not produced and kept-safe in his studio. Imagine having the honour of going through his personal archives, it would probably be mined blowing- seeing how street style evolved over the years. This man had seen it all. Now we know it is compulsory for us to watch the documentary about him, produced by Richard Press and from the trailer Bill is indeed a very interesting person and a perfectionist.

Monday, December 5, 2011

What Is Normal?
It kills me at times that people worship Lady Gaga as the no.1 trendsetter. Just because I have a different believe about it- which makes me a bit bias. But the reality is Daphne Guinness the heiress of the Guinness Family has long been collecting rare haute couture pieces made by renowned design legends and rocking it on daily basis way before Gaga. And in fact Gaga was channeling Daphne in her video Bad Romance. Daphne personifies the art of fashion effortlessly, wearing exotic pieces by Alexander McQueen like her second skin. So there is no doubt why she has captured the intention of the media and other fashion designers for numerous times. She makes fashion look easy and make us have faith that it is possible to run in those 10-inch Alien McQueen heels on the street while waving for a cab.

Daphne is an individual who takes the elements of her surrounding, the art of living and the beauty of fashion and incorporate it in her daily life. She takes into account the exquisite details that we seldom pay attention to. And it is portrayed well in the video made by Nowness- capturing on how she looks the world. Hence, the title called Daphne’s Window. Although she’s being called eccentric by many, she still feels like a normal individual living her life just like the others. As an artist ,Daphne is  undeniably a genius in capturing every  component of life and celebrating it in all of her work.