Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Fashion Art Diary: Five Years of Fashion Media

Photos by Emma Summerton for W

This blog began in Spring 2009 as an investigation into the dialogue between fashion and art. I was interested in the way both mediums share a negotiation of form and color, presentation, interpretations and how they inform one another. In time, the emphasis shifted to fashion media, specifically editorials as a contemporary form of art work, a social storytelling in which cultural values are displayed and negotiated. In the past five years of this blog, social media has transformed how we receive visual information. This editorial above and below by Emma Summerton for W, March 2014, captures the selfie-involved cultural moment. This blog still provides a great resource of fashion photography with The History of Fashion Photography getting more visits than any other page. I am archiving this blog for the time being, with a new focus to social media. Continue following my aesthetic explorations, visit my site and follow me at Instagram

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Rashid Johnson: The Gathering

Another review at CR Fashion Book
Rashid Johnson at Hauser & Wirth Zurich through December 21, 2013

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Cyprien Gaillard: From Order to Chaos

See my take on this fascinating artist at CR Fashion Book. His exhibition at Gladstone Gallery runs through December 21, 2013.

Friday, November 1, 2013

FAD Hiatus

Andre Courrèges

FAD is taking a hiatus until further notice.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

FAD Profile: Stylist Katherine Lande

One of the most creatively challenging parts of fashion is styling. Creating new looks again and again, for varying circumstances requires an unlimited supply of vision. Meet Katherine Lande. Katherine works as Fashion Editor for Palm Beach Illustrated and on assignment as a stylist and consultant for many projects with her company KL Style Inc. She was also the photo stylist for Rizzoli's Palm Beach Entertaining, with all proceeds benefitting the Children's Home Society. Katherine took time to respond to some questions about the heart of fashion styling.

Palm Beach Illustrated

How did you become a stylist?
In a strange sense I think one is born with a sense of style. Yes, certain things can be taught and learned, and certain elements of it are picked up along the way, but I truly feel like either one has the eye for it or they don't. With that, I got lucky to be in the right place at the right time, and worked very, very hard. I also believe having the outlook that styling is a practice that evolves over time has been instrumental.

Palm Beach Illustrated

How do you see styling as collaborative?
Styling on a photo shoot or with a client is a complete collaboration, and one of the many reason's why I love it. I often say that producing a photo shoot is like putting a jigsaw puzzle together. The stylist is just one piece of the overall vision that everyone on the crew, from the photographer, to the model, and hair and makeup artists are all creating together.  

see more behind the scenes at Katherine's Instagram

How do you see styling as guided by an artistic vision? As an art form?
When you deconstruct a particular style or look, its really all about layering, color and texture combinations, balance and overall composition. Every look can speak its own language once its styled. And I've always loved the idea of being part of creating a beautiful picture that speaks a certain message or inspiration. Whether its reality or fantasy, the idea that creating something visual through the art of clothes has always been intriguing to me.
Elle McPhereson for You for The Daily Mail

What are some of the challenges of your work?
When I'm in the position of having to act as producer and stylist on a shoot, balancing the art of business vs creative can get a bit tricky. Plus trying to figure out how to be in two places at one time is always a challenge. Another challenge is being based in a smaller resort town. I try to travel as often as I can which is always extremely helpful with staying inspired and on the cutting edge of what's happening in the fashion industry. 

above and below for Palm Beach Charity Register

If you had an unlimited budget and any photographer, what would be this dream shoot?
Right now I'm really being inspired by the work of Guy Bourdin. The budget wouldn't matter… just anything with him!

Instagram Inspiration from The Deux Luxe

Katherine is ever present with social media. She has new website, The Deux Luxe which chronicles her inspirations. She can also be found at Instagram and Twitter. Below, Katherine at Villa de Rothschild in Cap Ferrat.

Thank you Katherine!

FAD Flashback: Andre Courrèges, 1967

Marisa Berenson in Andre Courrèges, photo by Andre Carrara, 1967

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Tokujin Yoshioka at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo

working under Issey Miyake, Yoshioka plays with crystal forms
exhibition through January 19, 2014, more here

FAD Sighting: Sims and Penn

David Sims, Vogue Paris, November 2013
Irving Penn, 1960

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