Monday, March 25, 2013

Sound and Vision


I've been following Nick Cave (the artist, not the musician) for several years now, but haven't had the opportunity to experience his work in person until this afternoon.  Cave, whose art incorporates elements of performance, dance, costume, and music, is known for his colorful and intricately constructed Soundsuits, which are handcrafted from a variety of found objects, and function both as sculptures alone, and as ritual costumes when worn by performers.  Although Cave has received plenty of love and adulation from the fashion world, appearing in his Soundsuits in multiple magazine editorials, his work goes far beyond the initial eye-catching and entrancing visual appeal that endears him to editors.

At the moment, Cave has a week-long installation at Grand Central Station called HEARD NY, featuring thirty raffia grass horses that rest in repose as statues for most of the day, and then are brought to life for twenty minute performances by dancers from The Ailey School.  The horses, comprised of pairs of dancers moving in unison, trot, prance, graze, beg to be petted, and then, at the cue of a drummer, break into two and dance ecstatically displaying the full vivid movement and wild weirdness of their raffia suits.  For one moment of magical realism, audience members collectively suspended their disbelief to experience a waking dream, an incredible jolt from the monotony of quotidian commuting.  A must see if you're in New York, catch the performance at 11am or 2pm everyday until March 31st.




-Tiffany

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Monday, March 18, 2013

All the Young Dudes


Fashion Week seems like a million years ago, but we always have time for cute boys in nice clothes.  Here are some photos from the last bunch of Men's shows I saw, including some new favorites like the Korean line General Idea and hometown heroes Public School, whose show attracted some famous fans, including A$AP Rocky.  Other highlights included Carlos Campos show, which was inspired by the student protest movements of the 60's, and Lucio Castro, who was inspired by the blindingly bright yellow painted interior of a courtroom he visited while paying a parking ticket.  Last but not least, I caught a glimpse of the En Noir presentation, which was so crowded that sweaty viewers were pressed against the models---hardly optimal for viewing the clothes.  Nonetheless, the line is apparently so popular, that I've heard it's been inspiring shoplifting frenzies amongst kids who will stop at no end to get their hands on the luxe leather streetwear inspired collection.

En Noir


General Idea

Lucio Castro

Lucio Castro
 
Carlos Campos

Carlos Campos

Public School

Public School

Public School


Public School
-Tiffany

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Monday, March 4, 2013

Too Cool For School


Each season, you can expect Daniel Palillo to take his weird and wicked sense of nostalgia, and twist it to form the building blocks of his collection.  His designs often reference the 90's and his teenage years with a sense of reverence, but his silhouettes could hardly be considered retro or vintage inspired. Instead, he takes key moments of the era that are still vivid in our pop cultural consciousness, like the catchphrase "Whatever," and Nirvana's song Loser, and emblazons them on his clothes, which are meant for the dystopian youth of the past, present, and future.  At the University of Palliloism, there's as much love for both drop outs and nerds as there is for jocks and cheerleaders.






-Tiffany

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