Wire Nail Trend

The latest manicure trend has arrived! Wire nails is another Korean contribution to the fashion world. Eun Kyung Park, the master mind behind various other manicure trends also adds this to her list.

Gold accents paired with clear polish make for a minimalistic manicure.
What do you think of this trend ?

Christian Dior Resort 2018

Published for Blouin Artinfo

May 2017

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Campaign for Dior Resort 2018

Maria Grazia Chiuri presents her first cruise collection for Dior, in the middle of Mother Nature aptly living up to the theme of the collection on May 11, 2017. The show was held on a super-remote mountaintop, in Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve, in Calabasas, California.

The designer dug deep into Dior’s archive for muses starting with the Ovale line designed by Christian Dior in 1951, whose form alluded to primitive female depictions such as the Venus of Willendorf. Dior’s forever love for heritage and reinventing the past lead Chiuri to come to with this 2018 Resort collection inspired by the cave paintings and bringing fresh vitality to femininity.

Her idea of infusing the past, wild and ancient femininity with shamanic intuition that celebrates instinctive spirit and today’s state of the art.

This collection draws direct inspiration from Wolves painted in the prehistoric cave paintings and some modern day inspiration from the work of American painter Georgia O’Keeffe and feminist shamanic healer Vicki Noble, infusing new life into Monsieur Dior’s beloved art of divination.

The collection has more than one influences, “For me, I found it close to L.A. You think L.A. and you think Hollywood, Oscars, the red carpet, but honestly I feel people love this place because you feel in contact with the natural elements” says Maria Grazia Chiuri for the Dior sense of design.

These profound prints were placed onto silk jacquards and rich textured fabrics. At some places, these prints were made into sequined embroideries in earthy shades.  The entire collection Proportions and lengths are adjusted to a contemporary landscape in which sport mixes with haute couture and tradition becomes ornamental abstraction.

Other than the primitive prints, the dresses flowed long with breezy breezy silhouettes. The color palette was mostly golden ocher contrasts with blacks along with military greens, brick reds and the classic white.

The collecton had a very tasteful muted bohemian vibe. The color tones kept earthy, but the details were chunky fringes, human patterns and colorful feathered dresses. A very prominent use of robes and long jackets over dresses was showcased along leather boots.

The designer wonderfully put across the importance of contemporary essence in her designs to resonate well with the women today. In terms of keeping up with today’s scenarios, an inevitable touch of luxe sport spirit was evident in the collection along immense feminity.

“If you feel too much of the history, you get stuck in a box.”

 

Louis Vuitton Cruise 2018, Kyoto

Published for Bluin Artinfo

May 2017

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Looks from Louis Vuitton Cruise 2018, Kyoto

Nicolas Ghesquière, Louis Vuitton Creative Director for Women’s Collections, presented his fourth Cruise collection for the house on May 14, 2017 at the Miho Museum in Kyoto, Japan. He fused fashion, nature and architecture expressing the spirit of travel and being on the road, the 2018 Cruise Collection showcases the designer’s love affair with Japan.

“It was one of the first places I travelled to when I was seeking inspiration, some twenty years ago, and I’ve been a regular visitor ever since. (The Collection is a) culmination of what Japan has given to me for a very long time,” says Nicolas.

The unique location chosen by the designer as he believes that it encapsulates Japan’s “fusion of urban and natural.” Miho Museum is located on mountain one hour outside of Kyoto. The museum is revealed through a spectacular metal tunnel and a futuristic suspension bridge, designed in 1997 by I.M.Pei.

The cruise collection had various prominent Japanese influences throughout, majorly paying tribute to designer Kansai Yamamoto. Yamamoto created icons, symbols, and characters for the accessories, which featured Kabuki mask-like designs. These inspirations are translated in the Cruise collection in accessories, prints and make-up. The models wore dramatic eyebrows, exaggerated winged eyeliner, and colorful face as the Kabuki masks.

The garments had a blend of classic motifs native to Japan, inked landscapes, ceremonial dress, samurai clothing, the keikogi robe-like outfit worn for martial arts, as well as cinematic influences from Japanese directors Akira Kurosawa and Takeshi Kitano. There were pantsuits and tunics featuring Hokusai-like prints. Leather sweaters reminded one of the Japanese warriors.

The collection along depicted the culture of Japan also evoked the question of evolution.

 

Gucci Cruise 2018, Florence

Published for Blouin Artinfo

May 2017

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Looks from Gucci Cruise 2018

The grand Gucci Cruise 2018, was held in Florence at the Palatina Gallery at Palazzo Pitti on May 29, 2017. The venue was an apt choice for the kind of muse Alessandro Michele had while putting together this collection.

The collection was everything Renaissance, bought in the modern world with absolutely no rules. Right from the paintings hung on the walls to the embroidery on the chairs helped to build up the mood for what followed.

The Cruise line offered some women’s gowns and fur coats along dresses, skirt and shorts. The men’s pieces were injected with graphics, slogans and embroidered details if not quilted.

There were prints, paired with prints worn under a layer of some more prints. Leopard-spot turbans, head scarves, bandeaux, nerdy tinted spectacles, glittery-framed sunglasses, medieval hairpieces and loads of bling. Pearls were woven into flowing tresses and at an instance adorned over the face. Embellished, glittery monogrammed GG tights and socks that went along many looks.

The major highlight of the show was the sparkling “GUCCY” typo on one of the model’s chest.  This trans-seasonal collection urged the viewer to unleash all norms of fashion. Slogans like “GUCCIFY” or “GUCCIFICATION” made sure this collection was like the one that was showcased never before.

The models had minimal makeup on with flushed cheeks and glistening eye-lids. The collection was an interesting mix of the renaissance art and 21st century fashion.

Everything about this Cruise collection was “GUCCIFIED” right from the personal invites, to the grand venue to the glorious collection.

 

Prada Resort 2018, Milan

Published for Blouin Arinfo

May 2017

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Prada 2018 Resort fashion show, showcased on May 7, 2017 was held at Osservatorio, Fondazione in Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, Milan.

AMO prepared the set for the show of in-betweens (spring-winter). Where everything, right from the ambience to the collection lived up to the essence of in-betweens.

Models walked along the windows, glowing in the afternoon sun, suspended between the sky and the ornate iron dome that acted as the silent backdrop for the show. The set was conceived as a confrontation between real and manufactured moments.

Synonymously the collection was mix of classics in a fresh take, sporty athleisure trend interpreted in the most signature Prada style.

The range was made in a delicious palette of subtle pastel; mint, peach, pink, pale blue along the classic white, black and navy blue. The garments followed a slim line silhouette with lots of sheer fabrics and layering as one of the primary directions.Sheer tunics, shirts, overskirts, underskirts, shirtdresses were adorned with a hint of Prada’s intricate embellishments. There were pleats, crystals, feathers and zippers all packed in one collection.

Athleisure trend was predominantly beautified. The models walked the ramp in Tube socks pairing them with heels or Velcro shoes worn with jackets, skirts and dresses. They were given one or more fishtail braids along natural eyes and stark red lip colour.

Like any other trademark Prada show, details were an important aspect, on dresses, on bags, on accessories and headgears. There were feathered hemlines, scalloped edges, patterned socks and textured knits along traces of psychedelic florals and rabbit’s prints.

This collection did make up for the long break of Resort fashion shows that Prada took. We hope to see the brand more often, because we can never have enough of Prada.

Get a sneak peek of a few looks from the Prada Resort 2018.

Coded Couture or an exaggerated gig?

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Google is partnering with H&M digital fashion house Ivyrevel, to serve customised dresses to the consumers with customised data in form design details.

“It’s such an exiting moment. We’re about to change the fashion industry by bringing the customer’s personality into the design process through data technology,” said Aleksandar Subosic, co-founder of Ivyrevel.

This idea is to be executed in form of an Android app that will collect the user’s data like location, weather and physical activity in order to know likings and learn about user habits. Based on these leads and Awareness API, the app will recommend a dress that users can buy.

Though the project is at alpha stage and is being tested by fashion influencers. It will be made available for everybody by later this year.

This association aims to “bring couture into the digital age” by utilizing our data to create dress, which absolutely sounds enthralling.

 

But how many of us “non-fashion influencers” would like to shed money on coded couture. And for ONCE, assuming that we did, would it be to our recurring interest?

Hoping that there is more to the project than banking on the millennials love for personalisation and uniqueness.

 

 

GAP brings your teenage cool back!

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GAP 90’s Archive Re-issue Collection

Fresh in 2017, wondering whether the fashion crushing over the 90’s is over yet?

GAP clearly hasn’t gotten enough of nostalgia yet, releasing a limited-edition 90’s Archive Re-issue collection they bring back the classics from the yesteryear.

The collection is both for the men and women featuring iconic styles from the ’90’s including the Bodysuit, Reverse Fit and Easy Fit Denim, Pleated Khakis and the timeless Pocket Tee.

Starting from Feb 7, the collection will be available online as well as select stores globally.

To launch the collection, Gap collaborated with director Kevin Calero to create ‘Generation Gap,’ a film that is the ultimate contemporary homage to the iconic Gap ads of the ’90’s with references to “Mellow Yellow,” “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” and “Just Can’t Get Enough” and updated with a modern twist.

I believe, that no other brand can Re-issue themselves with such iconic styles and nostalgia as Gap does! It is the love for Gap then and it is the love for Gap now!

Why do we need last year’s Lifestyle trend more than ever?!

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Lifestyle Trend 2017

Lagom, “enough, sufficient, adequate, just right” is the latest buzz word ready to take over as the lifestyle trend of the year 2017. This is second time in a row that a phonetically taxing Scandinavian ethic is directing the world to the art of living life. (Last year it was Hygge)

 

In the past six months the word ‘lagom’ has seen a huge rise on Google searches and has been tweeted about 13,500 times.

 

Post a remarkable 2016, in times of such global economic uncertainty, Lagom seems to be an apt pseudo-philosophical way of life. This trend accentuates frugal living, intensifying the significance of recycling in our lives. An idea that we can strike a healthy balance with the world around us without having to make extreme changes, and without denying ourselves anything.

 

This trend was proposed by Swedish furniture giant, IKEA which often drives global design directions. They started a three year long initiative called ‘Live Lagom’ helping people know “how to make sustainable living easier, more affordable and attractive.”

Synonymously the Pantone color of the year 2017 “Greenery” also exemplifies the growing trend and shift towards sustainable living.

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Lifestyle Trend 2016

 

Though 2016 was all about Hygge – a new word added to the Oxford English Dictionary and a major contender for word of the year. This lifestyle trend has already had its moment all over world.

 

“Hygge” means cosiness.  Everything from cardigans, chocolates and candles that indulged you to feeling cosy was relevant.

 

Though what reached the world was more of Brygge (Britain marketed products using the Hygge trend).

 

Is it now time to find hygge in the lagom living?!

 

Though concept of suitability, nurturing environment and green initiatives have been prevalent for a while. It is now time to find contentment in doing the same. This might bring fundamental change the world is waiting for.

 

Let’s live it right!

 

 

 

 

 

Bizarre Trend: Food to Face Trend

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We might soon feel ambiguous about being alive in such vivid times to experience a mind boggling trend – Food to Face.

It might have emerged in bits and pieces, but saw a commendable rise when blogger Newton explicitly Instagram video showcasing the use of your most usual kitchen stuff for make-up.

Cacao powder as eyebrow filler and eye shadow, honey as primer, burnt tips of coconut husk as eyelash, flour as a brightening under-eye concealer, beets and coconut oil as lip color and red gelatin powder as blush.

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This trend was taken way too seriously by Frito-Lays when the brand entered the cosmetics market. They launched a bronzer called Colour de Cheetos which happily claimed to give users the perfect shade of Cheetos orange.

 

Cheetos also launched a fragrance, Cheeteau Perfume, which the brand describes as being crafted from hand-extracted cheese oils.

 

Last year another food giant, KFC also entered the cosmetic market with the launch of its peculiar fried chicken scented sunscreen and edible figure licking nail color.

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“Make-up” makes up a large segment of the market and a key direction for the skincare industry has been an inclusion of food ingredients in skincare products. While this usually an inclusion of fruits and vegetables is incorporated, Cheetos into beauty products provides a new, comical take on this trend, and could appeal Millennials.

Catastrophy Sensitive Designing

Published for FFT

NOVEMBER 2016

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As the society is becoming increasingly sensitive and aware of their surroundings than it was ever before, the design and shape of buildings is getting influenced by this emerging recognition of compassion in our lives. The effects of climate change have invited more and more natural disasters, owing to the ever warming up globe, this trend takes us towards more violent and volatile weather which is apparently showing no signs of slowing down. In such crisis, empathy has flown in and filled up the entire box of inspirations for architects, from hurricanes to tsunamis and other natural disasters have made it not just advisable but necessary that we construct buildings that are strong enough to be able to withstand such emergencies.

Catastrophe Sensitive Design as it emerges as a huge trend, is not just a practical requisite anymore but the architects all across the globe are making sure it is also visually compelling.

There are two major forms the design is taking up, one being the aspect of disaster-proof homes that are thoroughly evaluated to withstand the setback and another form being focused on post-disaster relief constructions.

Almost 800 small quakes have been recorded in the last year in Japan, and the humanitarian architects are shifting design in such a way that assures people to feel secure in times of need.  An architect Kengo Kuma has reinforced an old building in Nomi, Japan, by wrapping it in noodle-like carbon fiber rods and making it safe against earthquakes.

The building is an office and lab for a textile manufacturer Komatsu Seiren decided to pioneer a new type of reinforcement and strengthen their old building rather than taking it down. The carbon rods not only solve a major problem but also are also interesting to look at, while not completely blocking the view securing the freedom of space and light as well.

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The idea is to minimize human suffering in the event of a natural disaster and valuing human life much more than ever also teaching community members techniques to rebuild homes with the goal of returning the area to its pre-disaster state.

This trend seems to have taken to design completely, as many countries have already made themselves disaster proof to a certain extent.  Portable post-disaster homes have been designed for consumers left stranded in South America post the disastrous floods, Tornado House which ducks into the ground to escape from the most violent winds, Coral Reef Project, in Haiti inspired by coral reefs is a concept that came up after the disastrous 2010 earthquake and Hurricane-Proof Dome House in Florida is a one-piece concrete with five miles of steel while Noah’s Ark is a floating hotel designed to endure seismic activities and rising sea levels.

All of these coming together are a true essence and reflection of the times- of people coming together to contribute to a greater whole- towards goodness and well-being, taking into consideration vital realities of life on earth that had previously gone unnoticed and overlooked.