All above photos from the FW ‘14 Carleen Lookbook
A few weeks ago I was in New York visiting showrooms and meeting designers. It was great fun but also overwhelming seeing so much at once. One of the most memorable collections for FW 14 that I saw in person was Carleen. It’s a very interesting collection that at first comes across as very simple but the closer you look you begin to see the interesting details. My first feeling was a hipster/commune/hippie vibe. Fringe, embroidery, embellishments, quilting, desert colors and geometric shapes all come through in the collection.
As I learned about the collection, I became intrigued about what the designer was influenced by. Come to find out, the collection is based on Drop City, a 1960’s frontier counter-culture art commune. Some of the original founders were from The Univeristy of Kansas (my alma mater, Rock Chalk!) who started “droppings" a movement influenced by the "happenings" of artists like Alan Kaprow and other impromptu performances at the time.
Formed on land in 1965 in Southern Colorado, the founders set out to be a live-in work of Drop Art. Focusing on Geodesic forms that were hand built by trial and error and influenced by the architectural ideas of Buckminister Fuller and Steve Baer, the domes and Zonohedra were often constructed with recycled materials such as automobile roofs and other refuge materials. Eventually the community grew to eight structures and hundreds of people visited, some to stay on until the early 70’s when it was finally abandoned. Check out the documentary or this quick video.
1. I was lucky to see the Georgia O’Keefe Lake George exhibit at the actual Georgia O’Keefe Museum in Santa Fe over Thanksgiving, and lo and behold it’s here again in San Francisco at the De Young. Above is my fave, Starlight Night. Catch it before May 11th, 2014.
2. Life Once Removed is a series of photographs spanning 14 years by art director Suzanne Heintz. The photos are lovely but haunting and give a whole new meaning to those pesky family questions like, “Why aren’t you married yet?” These kodak moments examine our obsession with the formatted image of a well lived life.
3. I die over literally everything on Hunters Alley. Amazing collections of things and vintage objects.
4. Can I just please live in Wes Anderson’s worlds? Can’t wait to see The Grand Budapest Hotel.
Linda Evangelista @ John Galliano SS 1993
Sonia Delaunay was a French artist who with her husband co-founded the Orphism Art Movement which is a form of Cubism focusing on pure abstraction and bright colors. Along with painting and stage design she was also a textile and costume designer. Above are some images of illustrations. The first image is for a costume for Diaghilev’s Cleopatra.
Boubacar Kafando, Helen Venus Bushfire, and Mandisa Dumesweri all by Hassan Hajjaj.
Above are stills from Hassan Hajjaj’s video installation entitled My Rock Stars Experimental, Volume I, 2012. Now showing at LACMA, international musicians wear clothes designed by Hajjaj and posed in patterned spaces. Using traditional fabrics mixed with luxury brands, it’s the perfect blend of street style and contemporary art.
The Earhart, Curie and Goodall.
Influenced by the classic needlework techniques and craftsmanship of her grandmother mixed with science and chemistry from her father, resulting in Bathke. Ellen Bathke has studied painting, fiber arts, historic costumes and even art conservation. Love the names of these dresses.