Towards Minimalism

The latest news one hears from all these fashion dailies is that Raf Simmons has been named as the artistic director at Dior.

And not only him Jil Sander, Hedi Slimane and Stefano Pilati – four celebrated designers have shifted places over the past few months. To make things easier for you i have found this amazing musical chair diagram by Laura Bradley.

Fashion Musical Chairs 2012 Diagram by Laura Bradley

Whilst John Galliano’s inspiring design and aesthetic contribution to the house’s rich history will not be forgotten, it feels like the right time for the Dior brand to move away from extravagent runway shows and a somewhat theatrical aesthetic. Dior’s new era will be minimalistic no doubt. Cue the epic fashion face-off! It’s hard not to compare Simons and Slimane: both have designed highly-regarded, sleek, modern, minimalist menswear–Simons with his eponymous line and Slimane at Dior Homme. And now they find themselves at two of the biggest fashion houses in Paris under the two biggest French fashion conglomerates. And Philo, with her forward-thinking, minimal approach to women’s ready to wear, definitely shares a fan base with Simons and Slimane. And, given the influence of these three labels, modernity and minimalism are probably going to be big for spring 2013 all around.


Real Fantasies & Pastiches…

Prada presents her collection “Prada Spring Fantasy 2012” over bonding, overlays and vintage inspirations. An aesthetic success! 
Exploring the nostalgia of hot rodding, golfing, picnicking, the space race, and other wholesome past times. Told through a sequence of 100% handmade collages – continuing the new trend of hancraftsmanship started last season.The real fantasies is a palimpsest of photography that pulls the reader into a realm of hyper reality. And serves as perfect backdrop for Miuccia’s 50’s americana inspired collection.

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The innovative campaign is shot by Phil Meech and artworks are done by Jereon Koolhaas and Lok Jansen. The latter two had fun with collages, overlays and fonts for an effect, retro homage can be seen in the artworks.   

And just because Prada does things well, there is also a video by James Lima performed on the same graphics.

This Will Destroy You

Well literally speaking and I’ll tell you later, Why ?
But first i need to introduce you to Anastasia Radevich, Canadian shoe designer. She’s one of the most creative shoe designers of today. Though you might not find her designs wearable but her designs are simply stunning and apply dramatic techniques to cobbling. She just launched her latest collection called “The Lost Civilization”. Apart from the immaculate make of her pieces what really caught my eye was this particular piece. It was the use of typography in such a stellar way.

The double entendre adds to the glory of the shoe, the startling sentence ‘This will destroy you‘ was Radevich’s choice of words.

Apart from the statement it makes the shoe does looks quite practical to wear (you wouldn’t raise your eyebrows if u have heard of Mr.Noritaka Tatehana) Now as to why this is out to destroy you is because this line of shoes are her way of bringing attention to the tar sand mining operation going on in Canada. As you know this action could lead to some devastating and irreversible damage to our climate. The prints are representative of something that is going on environmentally in Canada, though looking at it without that information you could also say it looks like some kind of abstract painting. Or less of an abstract painting and more of an apocalyptic landscape. I really like that fact that she has moved ahead of just the shock factor of it and gone on to design something that opens people’s eyes on a serious matter.
Though this one piece is just one part to an enormously drool worthy collection.

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You can know more about the environmental impact here