Saturday, May 25, 2013

We Could All Be Heroes Just For One Day

I decided to dedicate a blog post to my personal 'heroes' who helped shaped my view.

Here it goes

Derek Humphrey-He is a British born journalist and author. He also founded the Hemlock Society, a right-to-die organization.  He also published a book called, "Final Exit" , which I myself read.This book helped me realize that suicide is a basic right and that medically assisted suicides should be legalized for those who are terminally ill.  His wife was also terminally ill and battled breast cancer. Taking all the pills she had only gave her an hour of comfort. Loving husband that he is, he helped commit suicide.Only a truly compassionate human being would be willing to end his wife's pain even if it meant that he would have to live forever in loneliness. Not only did he help his wife commit suicide, he also published a wonderful book called "Final Exit" to help countless people escape their pain with peace and dignity.It also provides insightful advice for those who want to take their live away

Lady GaGa- I simply love how avant garde she is.She sets herself apart from all the other boring pop stars. Who else would wear a meat dress and make references to the performance artist Marina Abramovic? I love the fact that she is bold enough to wear Hussein Chalayan, Comme des Garcons, and Iris van Herpen. I especially love how she is an avid supporter of gay rights. I also think she is a good role model for young girls. She said once that it is okay for girls to chose celibacy because it is their choice.  When the media freaked about her weight gain she blogged a photo of herself in underwear and
She also wrote: 'Hey Guys its Gaga... Now that the body revolution has begun, be brave and post a photo of you that celebrates your triumph over insecurities.'

My Discomfort with Blogging

I started really enjoying 'high fashion' since the fall 2009 season, when I was about 15 years old. I did not start a blog until now. I loved bloggers like Tavi Gevinson, Susie Lau, and Arabelle Sicardi.  The main reason I did not blog until now because of how some people from the fashion industry reacted towards those bloggers. For example, Olivier Zahm said that he wanted to kill all the fashion blogs. When the people I idolize in this industry nay-say blogging then I cannot help but feel insecure. I feel like I am really in no position to review fashion shows or photo shoots. I have no experience in the fashion industry or journalism. What really bugs me is the question of whether my opinion really matters. I pour through fashion magazines all the time and read countless reviews. Does this make me an expert now? How could I be an expert if I have no experience in crafting a vision in fashion?

Yojhi Yamamoto.:
  We are losing those young people because we have too much information by media, especially [through computers]. We can see everything at the same time, so already they are spoiled too much.

According Yamamoto, young people are 'spoiled.' I also feel 'spoiled' because we young people have so much access to countless fashion shows and reviews through the internet. Once you are flooded with all this information, it is hard to have an original voice.This is another reason why I feel slightly uncomfortable with the fact that I have a fashion blog. I do not know if that was Yamamoto's point, but this is how I feel. Every comment someone makes on a blog  is simply something that you copied from someone else. It creates a sea of banality.
My big question about being a fashion blogger is : Do we know what we are talking about? Whose opinion should you really trust when it comes to fashion?

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Olivier Rizzo

I dedicate this blog post to my favorite fashion stylist Oliver Rizzo.  He attended the Antwerp Academy of Art and is friends with and often collaborates with the photographer Willy Vanderperre. He is also good friend with Raf Simons. He is  also the stylist for Prada. He worked with photographers Alasdair McLellan, Steven Meisel, Steven Klein, Mert and Marcus, Inez and Vinoodh,David Sims, Craig McDean, and Paolo Roversi. He worked for various magazines including Vogue Italia, W Magazine, Pop, Love, Another Magazine and Fantastic Man.It is lovely to see how his styling developed and matured so well. As soon as you see the clothes the models are wearing you know it's done by him without even looking at the credits.  He has already developed a signature style for himself.  Once I looked at Rizzo's stylings I realized that there seems to be two distinct opposing personalities in his work. There is a one woman that exists in his work that is very feminine and in touch with her sensuality. She dresses in a way that demands attention from men aid is always sexy.She embodies elegance and sensuality.
The opposite extreme also exists in his work. The other woman is more carefree.She looks like she jumped into a laundry basket and never took of any of the clothes of. This lady is eccentric and eclectically dressed.  She brings her childish imagination to her clothing. There is a huge mix of patterns and different textures and there always seem to be a rainbow of colors.  It almost seems like a little toddler took out all of the clothing from her treasure chest and played dress up and put together anything she could find.

Only such a talented stylist would be capable of producing such polar opposites in his work.  He can create a free loving eccentrically dressed girl as well as an elegant and sensual woman. Only   he could envision both opposites with such clarity.