Tuesday, March 27, 2012

When words fail..

.. music pretty much sums it up:

Don't Look Back in Anger by Noel Gallagher
0:09 - 4:43


Olsen Olsen by Sigur Rus
the view - the setting - Jonsi - the simplicity


Amsterdam by Guster
'From way up on your cloud
You're never coming down
Are you getting somewhere?
Or did you get lost in Amsterdam?'


My apologies for the slack in blog posts. Life has been funny. 
Working on something better and bigger for the blog. Your inputs will be well appreciated.  
Arigatou gozaimasu 

Monday, March 12, 2012

Crazy Horse by Christian Louboutin


Christian Louboutin is a curious man. The talented shoe designer and successful entrepreneur cites the most peculiar things as his inspiration. A very noted one is cabaret dancers/ show girls. Burlesque dancer Dita Von Teese is his known muse. He spent a lot of his teenage-hood watching dance shows in Paris. One legendary one which is still big is the Crazy Horse. Currently you can go see the Louboutin designed Crazy Horse show in Paris. So what would a burlesque show choreographed by a shoe designer look like? *Leggy* And much more. Legendary music producer David Lynch and Swizz Beatz has done the music for this show.
The nude dancers feet and legs will be highlighted wearing the gorgeous shoes Louboutin of course designed for the show. 2012 is also the 20 years celebration for the brand. And also they opened their first store in India last month. Should go try those high heels at the Emporio store. Fully clothed perhaps. 



Press Release
The first "Guest Creator" in the history of the most avant-garde Cabaret in Paris …
Having welcomed many "Guest Creatures" onto its legendary stage, notably Dita Von Teese, Arielle Dombasle and Pamela Anderson, the Crazy Horse is pleased to announce the first "Guest Creator" in its history: Christian Louboutin. The celebrated originator of the red sole was invited to give his fresh interpretation of the Crazy show, which he describes as "an iconic Paris monument, a monument to dance, a fantastic, modern idea of the celebration of Women for Women". Christian Louboutin has directed four original and unique tableaux, inspired by the eclectic worlds of hip hop to art masterpieces, which constitute a personal look at femininity in all its forms. Assisted by Patricia Folly, choreographer and dancer at Le Crazy, he also collaborated with a diverse team of distinguished artists, including David Lynch and Swizz Beatz, who both composed original music; Gilles Papain, video designer; and Youssef Nabil, who created the poster for the show.
Entitled FEU (fire) the result of this remarkable collaboration will preview on Sunday, March 4th
2012 and will remain in the repertoire of the celebrated Paris institution until May 31st 2012.
This creative venture is a first for Louboutin who has always found great inspiration in the
cabaret and its dancers. "Christian Louboutin and Crazy Horse Paris are symbols of Parisian life whose worlds know no borders; symbols of the world of creativity, wonder and modernity. They share the same sources of inspiration –Women, of course, but also the world around them – and both are exceptionally skilled at producing unique and surprising creations. This is why Christian Louboutin was the natural choice as our first Guest Creator", Andrée Deissenberg, Managing Director of Crazy Horse Paris Group.
"I am interested in all things that celebrate and enhance the female form. Because of what I do, for these numbers I have focused on the lower half of the body, rather than the top. The language of legs can express any and every feeling, and without giving too much away, the body becomes the Flame." Christian Louboutin
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A very cute story book style biography of Louboutin by Net-a-porter:

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Off to Shillong

Aah when your travel dreams start coming true.!


Tomorrow will be leaving for Shillong, Meghalaya. One place in NE India I was super keen to visit. Shillong for the guide-book definition used to be called "Scotland of the East" by them Britishers. While I have no doubt the place will be breathtaking, I am quite excited to meet the people. Shillong is said to be a creative hub of young musicians and fashion conscious citizens. The reason for travel is the opening of a designer fashion store 'The Closet'. There will also be a fashion show with some current top Indian models walking for the event. When Fendi did a fashion show ON the Great Wall of China (Google it. Serious),  I so badly wanted to work on the event - not just from Delhi but being in Beijing as well. Ya, never happened of course. This might not be GWC, but Shillong in my opinion would be much more scenic and warm (climate+ people) to be at. 
Cherrapunji near Shillong

Will be posting images and reporting to you on this Shillong trip here on the blog and twitter
Do email me (lovestruckcow@gmail.com) if you are in Shillong or if you think of any place in Shillong that is a must visit. 

Even better, come visit during the store launch on the 10th of March:

The Closet
St. Edmund's Road
Shillong - 793021
India
T: 3642585178
 

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images are not owned by lovestruckcow

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Varun Sardana | Fall Winter 2012 preview

I have to be honest. When was invited for the mixed media art installation done by fashion designer Varun Sardana, was a little skeptical as to what sense I would be able to make of fashion as art. Well fashion makes sense to me when put on models in a conceptualized show manner or even when hanging from the hanger at the designer's studio. I guess my skepticism was more about the word 'art'. When I was working in PR and brand development, was fortunate to be exposed to some great artists and their works (boss was a passionate art collector and we represented some of the leading art galleries in the city), which gave a good nice look inside the booming art world. But that was that. Think I was more inspired by the passion of the artists and buyers than recognizing good art from bad. My ability to 'like' art was quite personal and didn't always match the expert's opinion. Anywho, so coming back to the invitation for art meets fashion show put up by Varun Sardana for Artists Residency KHOJ, was a thing not to be missed yet to be analyzed cautiously.

His installation was titled 'Photo State'. An isolated room with white wash walls - but in sky blue, a lonely bulb on the ceiling, a hand embroidery table on the floor which had Varun's body multiple images sans the face as print on fabric. "Ok I could try harder. Think more. Ask more. Look more." I said in my head. On two walls were more self portraits by Varun in a location what seemed to be his workshop. One with a bird's mask staring at wooden bird toys - an inspiration of colors, patterns that seemed to reflect on the one garment from the collection put on display. One with Varun in an orange mask sitting infront of his mood board looking at you with a tilt of head and no expectations. That photo made more sense to me - is he relaxed in his state of reclusiveness from the industry? Is he not participating in fashion weeks season after season and quietly working on his craft from behind a mask? Is he toying with idea of using traditional embroideries and colors in his work which he had seemed to stay away from in his initial collections? What I wanted to believe was that this is Varun's way to let people peek in his life and craft. It would be hard to imagine an artistic mind like his taking a break from creating just because he decided not to showcase at India Fashion Week(s). I was told the self portraits indicated the introspection the designer spent a lot of last year doing. And how his work and brand was not just about him but about another identity he wanted to serve under named 'Varun Sardana'. 

Little lost, I continued to look more. Letting go of the 'art' pressures, tried to now look only at the sole garment lying inside the room from his Fall Winter 2012 collection. A black blouse with gold embroidered cutaway in the front-centre bottom end, peculiar yellow-orange animal print fabric, and fitted sleeves with red and blue detailing. That one top was enough to give a small taste that he was definitely working his way up from the last collection - with more techniques, stronger editing, constrained colors and traditional inspirations in view.

The exhibition is not on display anymore. Selfishly I hope we get to see the entire collection from the designer soon. In any format will do.






 



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Previous posts on designer Varun Sardana:
 

Print work

Some print articles from recent past for Hindustan Times-HT CITY. 
o-k not so recent, but still relevant articles!






Also, have started writing for a Hyderabad based newspaper called PostNoon (check website here). Quite excited as I get to write about Indian and global fashion + More than 800 words + Twice a week: All that took me to get on board. 
You can see few printed articles on the web format on clicking at the links below: