6/25/14

LONELY IS THE ONLY: YUNG LEAN - "YOSHI CITY"




photos by Cédric.

Nude, distressed and ca$hmerey.

Summer's here, it's hot, my curls are back but it's all happening too fast. We're already past the longest day of the season and from here on it all goes "downhill".

Sweaters in summer are perfect jacket substitutes. And for really chilly days you could even throw one of the many sleeveless vests stacked in your closet (or at least I have tons of them) which are pretty much useless in winter time.

Yung Lean's video for Yoshi City was released last week and although I expected some amazingly spacey yoshi 8bit 2D graphs mixed with reality, I have to say this is still just as odd but really good in a slightly grown way. Change and contrast is always refreshing in an artist's work timeline. But better than that is being able to jump onto the next unexpected thing before your listeners or followers do. My only question is: how does one manage to fit so many underage brats in a hot wheels toy car?!

6/24/14

HOLY WISHLIST: AMBUSH DESIGN CHOKERS.


Ever since I spotted these sick chokers on one of Jayson Hindley's shoots I haven't stopped obsessing over the idea of having them all...and I mean ALL of them. Sometimes when clothes just don't feel like enough to the eye while dressing up in the morning or at night before going out, throwing something like this in the mix could really save the day.

And although these are just three of my favorites, their official website offers an amazing variety in colors and mix of materials on every style, with every page clicked 'next' there went my heart.

The mix in between fetish/gangster cholo dog choker and a victorian cross choker is just perfect. Pitty my bday and xmas are still so far away!

6/18/14

NOWNESS & THENNESS: GERRIT RIETVELD ACADEMY FASHION SHOW 2014.


Just a few of my many favorite moments of the show.

With every year that went by while I was at school, I could honestly not be bothered to know what the rest of fashion students all around the country were up to at the end of their school year. Simply because I had probably been working just as hard as them and needed some time off from carefully thought of pieces of clothing. This year on the other hand, I'm fully charged energy-wise, I got time and my eyes are hungry for the now and new.

Last sunday it was the Rietveld kids' turn to show what their fashion year had been all about.

The venue was an immense and completely stripped down loft-like space with huge round pillars everywhere. The simplicity of the show's components made it even more impressive and gave it a really pleasant effortless feeling to it all. The usually handed out magazine which came in a newspaper format this year had 2 disposable posters (how very lovely and teen-mag of them!) and it was a calm-easy-to-read publication but informative in the right amount, so it went something like: designer's name, text about collection/him/her, picture and on to the next one...perfect right?

As the show starts it was clear why Rietveld has always been known for putting up a good contemporary show. A half-cut mannequin doll dressed in a draped red dress was placed onto a mirror made look like she was coming out of it, driven by a girl behind it, it was the perfect opening for what we were about to experience. The music throughout the whole show was like one extremely extense song. It was mixed in such way so that each designer showing could translate the vibes they wanted the crowd to feel, but still seem like the show was one big fashion performance under the same music, so: same but subliminally different.

Unfortunately for the 1st and 2nd year students, their names were not mentioned neither on paper or projected during the show which I thought was a pitty AND sad for them, but they seemed to be okay with this so I guess it's alright. In a way it's kind of nice to have the show be really about the graduates, and let the younger students go full blast on experimenting their creativity anonimously.

As for the graduates, I could write a whole post for each of them since all collections had very special vibes, amazing textile treatments and a lot of attitude. But for now let's just say I LOVED Klara Valkova's (womenswear) collection, Marcel Kropfl (menswear) and Tijme Veldt's (mixed).

Want to find out why? then you had to be there, but because you probably weren't, you can watch the livestream recap HERE!

And this is me, then....like jLo once said.


6/15/14

ULTRAVIOLENCE.






This is what I wore to the ArtEZ shows last week. It was one of those times you try your whole wardrobe on, make freaky combos but still end up wearing that one banging favorite outfit, that always-cool comfort zone outfit which never disappoints. So this is what my comfort zone looks like: slick, black, leathery and silver shimmery.

EVERYBODY KNOWS THAT I'M A MESS, I'M CRAZY
EVERYBODY KNOWS THAT I'M THE BEST, I'M CRAZY

Lana del Rey's new album ULTRAVILENCE is honestly her most honest and best album this far. From song one ("Cruel World", kills me) I felt like I could relate to every word that dropped.

I love how she talks about heroes, and not idols. At the end of the day she's probably her biggest and only idol, the girl she always wanted to become. Nowadays this is something we could all learn from: to stop following, scrolling, soaking up in what might seem someonelse's paradise-like world and start building a paradise of our own; become exactly who we want to be, our heroes. Love ourselves shamelessly and unconditionally. This new dark narco-swing sound of hers and spacey slow jams talk sometimes about love memoirs but also a romanticized disappointment on youth, fame and the media. But all in all she makes up to the small percentage of negativism by stating more than once that she rather ride with the wild, fiery spirits and love unconditionally in obsessive ways or simply just die.

The Guardian has quite a lovely piece out now about her Ultraviolent new state of mind in a sort of interview format. Don't miss it!

I WANT MONEY, I WANT POWER, I WANT GLORY
I WANT MONEY AND ALL YOUR POWER, ALL YOUR GLORY

6/13/14

TRUTH OR DARE, THIS BOY'S ON AIR.



Striking new images by the queen of odd, Janneke van der Hagen for MAGAZINE MAGAZINE, Paris.

Although the serie is composed by 8 photos in total, it's these three that really talk to me. I just love when photographers and stylists can make you wonder, if this created character embodied by a model would exist, who would he be? what would he do daily? what does he think? eat? smoke? get high on?!

Janneke got me thinking every time.


6/6/14

TOO FLY TO DIE.


photos by Cédric.

One of those outfits you literally go "All Out" with. Like I said before, there's no better feeling than being half naked when the sun is full on shining and burning that Vitamin D through our skin. It was fun to not have to think of how to wear this set but to have the main issue be: UNDERWEAR. 

I mean, sure there's lots of fun ways of wearing each piece separate or to still wear them together with black or white cotton undergarments, (yes, specifically COTTON, the only type of organza you want on your bare skin is 100% silk) but let's be honest, crashing that beach party, or that BBQ you weren't invited to in nothingelse than your swimwear underneath an outfit like this doesn't seem like a bad idea right?!...and if it does at least admit it, it crossed your mind.

HUGE wet kiss to Schoon & Den Boer for the look!

Last night the ArtEZ fashion department students and graduates of 2014 knocked us off our chairs once again! I was really looking forwards to falling in love with a specific designer/collection/piece or even soundtrack this year, and boy did I fall hard!. Styling-wise it will be awesome as well to have first hand on fresh off the runway material to shoot.

And now I leave you to a song that instead of knocking you off your chair, it will hopefully lift you up from it in a split second:


6/4/14

TASTEFUL DISTASTE.


photo by Cedric.

Lately I've been missing getting crafty with my hands.

Being out and free of school is one thing, but not having asignments nor the pressure to be creative on paper is another. Funny how responsability and deadlines can feel so repulsive at times but there IS something really joyful about seeing the outcome of one's regular creative output.

This collage represents the exact mix of colors and textures that I'm channeling this summer.  Some layering is visible too as it will always be something I enjoy doing so much while getting dressed up; it's not always really practical or comfy though! mostly in summer when all you want to do is be half naked outdoors and your outfit consists of two pairs of shirts and shorts layered over each other.

But we still do it, cause sometimes that tiny little flap of fabric peaking out your shorts/shirt/sleeve can make the absolute divine difference. But careful! there's a difference between effortless layering and tragic over-dressed and sweaty summer look.

DEAR DEARS

THE JOURNEY

HOLY OTHERS