Red Hot Chili Peppers and Mr. Brainwash

August 1, 2011 § Leave a comment

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Has anyone noticed this around Los Angeles lately? I thought it was just some really cool street art, but actually it’s adds and a new promotion technique for the Red Hot Chili Peppers latest album “I’m with you”. The art is done by Mr. Brainwash, who was in the recent documentary “Exit Through the Gift Shop” about fellow street artist Bansky.
I personally think that this is such an amazing idea and that we really should be utilizing street art and artists more for add campaigns. Plus the idea of  posting the posters around town in a way to make it look like real street art is brilliant. Love it!
Check out this article to read more about this amazing collaboration.

Balenciaga and Spain part 2

July 1, 2011 § Leave a comment

For those of you who read my blog still, some of you may remember that I posted a blog about an exhibit taking place at the De Young museum in San Francisco about Balenciaga and how Spain and its history inspired his work. Well, I was lucky enough to actually attend this exhibit and it was as amazing as I thought it would be, if not more.

Now, I am going to ignore the fact that the exhibit was full of old women who just had to give their two cents about every single piece and discuss whether they thought one of the pieces was ugly or pretty or if they would wear that dress or not. Let me just say thought that I understand that people are free to state their opinions about the pieces and yada yada yada, I just don’t want to hear those opinions. I also feel that when viewing an exhibit like this, its more about looking at the pieces of clothing as art as oppose to looking at the pieces like they are on display at Neiman Marcus. That is as far as I will go with this rant at this time.

Although I love Balenciaga and own a few pieces by Balenciaga, I never really knew much about Balenciaga until this exhibit. I now have much more respect for Balenciaga as a designer after viewing this exhibit. It was remarkably obvious how he took inspiration from everything that is Spain. Be it the bull fights, the art, the religion, the royalty, or the natives, Balenciaga covered it in a way that is indescribable. The pairing of colors and fabric types was insane and the structure of the pieces was jaw dropping. It really got me thinking about the designers of today compared to some of the great designers of the past, and even the amazing designs by Alexander McQueen. I realized that, besides Alexander McQueen of course, the designers today do not have the skills of a designer like Balenciaga or Dior or Yves Saint Laurent, who got their start by working under tailors and suit makers. In those days that is how you got your start as a designer and you can tell the difference between someone who has those skills and someone who went to school for it and the difference is in the structure of the pieces. Now even though Alexander McQueen was/ is a modern designer, he has the skills and training of a Balenciaga or a Yves Saint Laurent. Its sad to see that that type of structure in clothing is a rarity now a days. You could also see how so many designers have been influenced by Balenciagas designs through out the years be it through the colors or the cuts of the pieces. Each piece there could be worn today and look as amazing as it did in the 40’s, 50’s, and 60’s.

Below are pictures of pieces that I loved that were at the exhibit. Since I was not able to take pictures in the exhibit, these are coming from the book I bought in the gift shop.

Enjoy.

This is a drawing by Balenciaga

Balenciaga was inspired by the Spanish Flamanco dancers and designed a lot of costumes for them. This is one of them.

One of my favorite abstract pieces by Balenciaga.

Fashion and Television

May 24, 2011 § Leave a comment

Today I read an article in the Los Angeles Times about how clothing in a television show can set the tone and define a character. If you think about it, this of course is true. What if all the women in “Sex in the City” swapped clothing with another show that was its complete opposite, like “CSI” or something? Would the show have had the same impact as it did? Booth Moore, fashion critic for the Los Angeles Times and author of this article writes,

Clothing defines the characters in these shows, just as it did in ‘Sex in the City.’ You can’t imagine ‘Glee’ and crooked cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch) without her Adidas track suit, gay teen Kurt Hummel (Chris Colfer) without his designer outfits or guidance counselor Emma Pilsbury (Jayma Mays) without her goody goody cardigans.

But then I started thinking, in the cases of “Sex and the City” or “Glee”, the clothing in these show set a positive tone to the show and has, in some ways, made these shows as big as they are. If clothing can make a show, can clothing possibly break a show? Deborah Landis, founding director of the Copley Center for the Study of Costume Design at UCLA says,

If you dressed ‘CSI,’ ‘The Closer’ or ‘Brothers and Sisters’ like ‘Glee,’ the character would be sabotaged by the look.

It seems to me that in recent years fashion has had more of a starring role rather than just blending into the background. Maybe it’s because I am older or maybe it’s because I am in this industry, but it seems like people have become more fascinated with fashion than they were may be ten years ago. Of course, people have always been fascinated by the more luxurious things in life and who is wearing what, but now people are also becoming curious about how “what” is made. I credit this fascination with the construction of clothing and the more behind the scenes part of it to the hit television show ‘Project Runway’, show where starting off designers compete in different competitions to try to win the ultimate prize, a lump sum of cash to start their own clothing line.

In another article in the same issue of the Los Angeles Times by Melissa Magsaysay called “Reality Unleashed”, she talks about how ‘Project Runway’ and other unscripted shows have demonstrated that the fashion business was “good for TV.” Magsaysay writes,

“Project Runway” lifted a curtain on the fashion industry, bringing usually behind the scenes individuals – magazine editors, stylists and designers – to millions of homes. It offered competition, drama, lively characters, and eye candy in the form of sometimes gorgeous clothes and the models who wear them.

Robert Thompson, professor of TV and pop culture at Syracuse University says,

In the case of fashion, many people have always watched TV for the clothes anyway. Look at ‘Dynasty.’ It can be argued that some of those shows were about the clothes. We watch award shows for clothes. Fashion has a good built-in audience.

One of the things I love about fashion is that fashion is unique and everyone has an opinion about it, and I think that shows like ‘Project Runway’ have given viewers the opportunity to become fashion critics and voice their own opinion about the fashions they see during these shows. And of course, it’s gratifying to all of us to criticise something and seem like you know what you are talking about.

Picnic In Style

May 19, 2011 § Leave a comment

Recently I had an assignment where I had to creat a ad for a eco-friendly product or idea. With a partner, we decided to sell the idea of a picnic. We both figured out the concept and then I creative directed it and shot the photos. With some help from my amazingly talented special someone, this was the ad I created (creating the actual ad was a individual project). I thought I would share it with you all.

We chose this idea because honestly, what is more green and eco-friendly than a picnic? You are in nature instead of a concrete structure and, most likely, you are using reusable dishes rather than paper plates that can barely hold a sandwich let alone a whole meal. The main thing I think is important about picnicing is that you are in nature, and enjoying it. It seems to me that some of us (sadly, including me at times) have become anti- nature. The beautiful nature that once surrounded us have surrendered to mc-mansions, strip malls, and parking lots. The parks near me no longer are places of lazy afternoons and children playing. Instead they are meeting grounds to exchange drugs or a quickie. And as for the modern day picnic, and I leave out the few people who really do enjoy picnics and take both time and care in organzing them and preserving the loveliness of a picnic, most people view them as slopping together a few peanut butter and jelly sandwiches or better yet, driving through the local fast food joint. My point behind this ad was to take the vision that most people have when they think of picnics and replace it with a up-cycled version of the picnics of yester year. The picnics that make you think of the ones you see in those romantic foreign films that we all long to go on. Lets do it! It’s actually much simpler than you think. All you need is a picnic basket, either from storage or a thrift store, reusable dishes from around your house, a nice meal containing organic ingrediants, a beautiful outdoor setting, and a special someone.

A change of pace

May 17, 2011 § Leave a comment

I haven’t written much in previous posts and I am truly sorry about that. Life has gotten busy and sadly my blog has been pushed lower and lower on my list of things to do. Instead of posting nothing I have chosen to post pictures, thinking that it’s better than nothing, but I really would like to share my thoughts more. This is my written proclamation that I promise to post more blogs containing both photos and text in the future.
Keep reading and enjoy.
K

Exploring downtown

May 13, 2011 § 1 Comment

Last night I went downtown with my special someone and noticed all the interesting street art. I thought I would share some of my favorites with you.
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Daily dose of inspiration

May 9, 2011 § 1 Comment

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