Monday, September 15, 2014

Viewer Discretion Is Advised

Collage By Ellinor Forje

I became inspired to create a new collage after catching up on some magazine reading post-August's hectic weeks and post-Nicki Minaj's rebellious "Dazed & Confused Magazine" cover (quick aside: the cover where Nicki's dressed like a Stepford Wife is defiant, the second that has Nicki's dressed like Nicki Minaj, is Nicki in her traditional attire - half nekked and compliant); to which I should add, a-post-novelty-nipple-tassels-wearing-Miley Cyrus, also.

The pictorials are from the seventh issue of "The Lab Magazine", the editorial where Darya Kosilova features as art director - if you recall? Contrary to what the images may convey, "The Lab Magazine" isn't an avant-garde version of Hugh Hefner's playmate. It's a publication that celebrates the best in music, art, fashion and film. Yes, it's read  for the articles.

In fact, I was tempted to throw in a photo of Keving Hart 'cause he looks so cute in his interview story (go on wit yo bad self). However, that would have quickly turned my carefully crafted creation into a: One of these things is not like the others. One of these things doesn't belong. And I don't mean the mighty Hart either.

Friday, September 12, 2014

The Fall Of Edith & Ella


Photographed Ellinor Forje

Let's keep it real. The reason why I hardly ever buy anything in store from Edith and Ella...Okay, I never buy anything from Edith and Ella in their flagship-, or in any other store for that matter. Reason being; when you order apparel from them online, the shipment comes with perks. I counted 12 pieces of beautifully wrappedtoffee caramel candy the last time I made a purchase online. And because my last order was split in two due to a backorder (which would make a normal person damn the day), I got additional bonbons when my dress finally arrived.

Sure, there's candy in their shop, too. But you look kinda greedy dipping your hand into a bowl and grabbing more than one sweet at a time. If you have shame, that is. It turns out however that my genius, if you will, has backfired on me. Last week when I went around Edith and Ella for a one-on-one viewing of the fall collection, ahead of their departure to the Capsule Show in New York, I discovered that not only do they have toffee caramels, the also have licorce! I was like, "Shut the front the door, you guys have been hiding this!" I'm forced to change my strategy now. Alas, I'm cursed with a sweeth tooth, you see.

Back to the clothes.

With African inspired prints, plateau heeled booties, emerald green blouses and purple sweaters with illustrated cat eyes and whiskers: The collection isn't for the faint hearted. However, as store manager Iben puts it, "If you're brave and open minded you see the different ways they can be combined, there are endless possibilities."

The notion of "endless possibilities" is something that seeps through the SS15 collection as well. Although it's less "Little House on the Prairie" and more Park Avenue, with a dash of the "Party Rock Anthem" in between. 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

The Monochrome Mode

Photographed By Ellinor Forje

 Hugo Boss. Fall, 2014

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Isabella Rose Taylor

Photo Courtesy Of Isabella Rose Taylor

WHAT'S GROWING UP AND LIVING IN AUSTIN, TEXAS LIKE?
I think growing up in Austin has been really great. We have lakes here to go paddle boarding on, which is something I enjoy doing. There are plenty of outdoor activities and events going on every weekend. There’s also a big music scene here if you love music. I would say that Austin has a small town feel with all the big city amenities. One warning about Austin is that it's very hot in the summer so you need to be by water!

YOU STARTED PAINTING AT THE TENDER AGE OF THREE. DO YOU COME FROM A LONG LINE OF PICASSOS OR IS THE ABILITY INNATE AND INDVIDUAL TO YOU? 
I don’t come from a family of artists! Painting has been something that I loved right from the very beginning. I started with finger painting and just never stopped. Today I primarily paint with oil paints and do mixed media.  
  
HOW DID YOU TRANSITION FROM THINKING "THIS LOOKS GOOD ON A WALL" TO "THIS SHOULD BE WORN”? 
That's a great question. When I was more involved with mixed media I was looking to incorporate fabric into my art. However, when I was playing around with this idea I could see how it could apply to clothing. My art and my clothing designs influence each other many times and most times it's not consciously. I can think of my first Resort collection a year ago which incorporated the same colors that I was using in my portrait series. I didn’t even realize that I was doing it, it just happens!

HOW HAVE YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY SUPPORTED YOU IN YOUR VENTURE? 
Both my family and friends have been tremendously supportive of me and I feel very, very grateful for that.
  
HOW DO YOU BALANCE BEING A TEENAGER WITH HAVING TO SET ASIDE TIME TO CONCEPTUALIZE IDEAS FOR UPCOMING COLLECTIONS IN ADDITION TO RUNNING A BUSINESS? 
It’s definitely a balancing act of managing everything. I always keep in my mind that if something isn’t working in my schedule, I can change it. There are many times when I have to prioritize what I am doing including making time for just hanging out with friends and family. I normally schedule my classes in the mornings and design and paint in the afternoons. Weekends are normally reserved for fun!

NORDSTROM, PLEASE, DO TELL 
I’m so excited to have my clothing line at Nordstrom. This is an absolute dream come true for me and it just feels really surreal. I am just so honored to be in their stores and online. When I found out I was going to be in Nordstrom, I happy cried *smiles*.

WILL YOUR CLOTHING LINE CONTINIOUSLY BE LIMITED TO JUNIORS OR DO YOU SEE IT AS AN ORGANIC PROCESS?
I think for now I'm limiting myself to a Juniors’ line but I do have every intention to do a Women’s line in the future when I get a little older.
  
WHO ARE THE ARTISTS AND DESIGNERS YOU LOOK UP TO? 
This is a very long list but my absolute favorite artists are De Kooning, Twombly, Basquiat and Rothko. My favorite designers that I look up to are Marc Jacobs, Alexander Wang, Isabel Marant, Karl Lagerfeld and Dries Van Noten.
  
WHAT'S THE BEST THING IN POP CULTURE AS WE SPEAK? 
Right now, Anna Kendrick’s tweets - love her.
  
ON A SCALE OF ONE-TO-I CAN'T EVEN, HOW EXCITED ARE YOU ABOUT NEW YORK FASHION WEEK RIGHT NOW? 
I can’t even tell you how excited I am! I feel like I’m having an out-of-body experience. Some days I wake up and double check that I’m not dreaming. I’m so grateful for the partnership with Dell to present my runway show in NYC!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

The Exception To The Rule


Illustration By Ellinor Forje

A while back I went on a semi-rant concerning my disdain for the phenomenon known as celebrity fragrances. I'm retracting part of that tirade because I do like the perfume that was recently released by Sia (the late Elisabeth Taylor gets a pass, too). The concept that is, as I'm completely clueless to what it actually smells like - I'm judging the book entirely by its cover.

Sia is probably the most unlikely artist to put her name on a scent yet somehow it makes perfect sense in the universe she's created. The universe. To think that "The New York Times" once slammed Bruno Mars for not being Super Bowl-worthy. According to the esteemed newspaper, his lack of a fragrance endorsement keeps him from being or becoming a household name. On what planet? Mars?

Anyway, Bruno did offer an energetic repartee on "The Ellen Show" to what was nothing short of a straight up diss. And Speaking of Ellen, hope you didn't miss Sia and Maddie Ziegler performing "Chandelier" live on there a few months ago. Later in the summer we got a bonus in the shape of their whimsical performance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live".

With that said, the celebrity perfumes that don't appeal to me will remain nameless like the Nameless Things underneath the Misty Mountains. Instead, since we're jamming to tunes on Youtube, other songs written by Sia for fellow singers well worthwhile are: "Diamonds" - Rihanna, "Pretty Hurts" - Beyoncé and the appropriately named "Perfume" performed by Britney Spears.

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