Monthly Archives: February 2010

The story about “L’enfant FANTASTIC”

It was my fifth semester at college, when I was learning a lot of things about design. But the most awaited class of the semester was yet to come… of which would tell me about writing for Fashion. Lamely put, “Fashion Journalism”, it was in that class that we covered trends, more trends, celebrities, et al.

For our final assignment, we were introduced to Alexander McQueen; not just randomly by telling about him, but by showing us his runway show from Fall Winter 08/09. We all sat awestruck with the whole idea of his show. The beauty of “the girl living on the tree” was so enchanting that we could hardly put it in words afterwards. This was just not me. My class, who is a lil’ more than “anti-fashion” and call themselves a batch of “communication-design” simply fell in love with him!

When i went back home that day, more than anything in the world, I just wanted to read about him. From the start. How his graduation collection was all bought by his friend-cum-mentor-cum-everything, the wonderful Isabella Blow [19 November 1958 – 7 May 2007]; I just read about her, wide-eyed, and named her, “the women with wonderful hats”. But alas, due to severe depression and a cancer diagnosis  she had ended her life.   McQueen was deeply affected by this  and later, together with the Irish hatter Philip Treacy(for whom Isabella Blow was a muse), dedicated his Spring-summer ’08 show to Ms. Blow.

McQueen was the head designer for Gucci, news maker for all his unusual-not-so-wearable-shoes and a brand in his own.

Highly creative, intelligent and extremely forward-looking, Lee McQueen took inspiration from every moment of his life. His shows, one-of-a-kind, were always about a match of perfection, design and art. Each garment had a thinking process behind it, and every accessory was a piece of art in itself, enough to draw inspiration from.

He won several awards during his career, including ‘Best British Designer of the Year’, ‘International Designer of the Year’ and honored as ‘Most Excellent Commander of the British Empire’.

Lee McQueen, ended his life this Thursday, on 11th February. Can’t say any more than this. He was a true magician with what he did to pieces of clothes to make art. From his shows on ice, under water and rain, around a tree or on as a holographic image floating above…. he always gave us something to look forward to.

Below are some of the images from his collections, and a piece I did on him, with a friend.

R.I.P Lee Alexander McQueen[March 17, 1969-February 11,2010].


Here is my (and my group member’s) interpretation of his collection for Fall 08/09…

All images from Style.com

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The trend that made me think.. WHY?

We are in the middle of ‘crisis’ to put it in the right sense…. Aircel has recently launched a campaign saying Only 1411 tigers left… what can we do to save them!Various reasons put together… the number of tigers have been gradually decreasing….

If we really care about them so much.. why does then fashion sometimes plays with them… For who think I am against fashion.. read the rest of the entry first….

The latest jewelry trend to hit the fashion world is the mammoth ivory jewelry. Killed due to a natural calamity or though our ancestors, mammoths are history now… Why then instead of preserving them as it is, their ivory is being used to create ‘vintage’ jewelery????

The first piece which i saw is a ‘claw cuff’ which can was rightly names “insanity clutched onto your clutch”.

[Derrick R. Cruz from Black Sheep & Prodigal Sons took Pamela Love‘s signature Talon Cuff and tricked the ish out of it. Six natural black diamonds (!) are set in an oxidized sterling silver talon, and—get this—outfitted with claws that are carved from 10-30,000 year old Siberian woolly mammoth tusks. Fourteen have been produced till now!]

Monique Péan Mammoth Bone Necklace; Vintage 1920s Fossilized Mammoth Ivory and Diamond Ring

Belmacz Cuff, Monique Pean Mwanza River Pendant Necklace

Now, can it be put this way that a lot of poaching might also be happening just for the sake of fashion…. For furs, bones and what not!!

IMEAGES from Black Sheep & Prodigal Sons, Monique Péan, Belmacz

The day when the Barbie wore Louboutins!

We all grew up with our Barbie(s)… Taking them out for walks, making them sit in front of us all day long, always busy in getting her hair right, and pleading our parents to get us their “dresses”… Barbie has been our companion and our best friend ever since and we didn’t really care if parents argued over her “perfect figure” not being a very positive influence on us!

And now, the same Barbie has got even more fashionable getting into Louboutins!

The Barbie and Christian Louboutin  teamed up for a shoe campaign…  Their book, “My year in Paris with Christian Louboutin” has images where both are shown as a couple having a gala time together… and Louboutin getting all green eyed seeing Barbie with Ken! :P

Oh! and while at one part, Barbie was getting high on fashion, a few Barbies were dressing down… going into the basic black dress!

[To celebrate the launch of the LBD-loving Barbie Basics line, twelve CFDA fashion and accessories designers, including Isaac Mizrahi, Kate Spade’s Deborah Lloyd, Tory Burch, Rachel Roy and Monica Botkier, created one-of-a-kind dolls to spotlight their unique kind points-of-view

have a look at it!

IMAGES from www.barbiecollector.com, www.barbie.com

Dreams do come true!

If not for my classmate cum ‘internee at the same office’,  shivani… who was all enthusiastic about her blog today… i would have not come back here for some more time… having excuses for each day!

well… so its almost a month to my “internship-graduation project” at Harper’s Bazaar, India… and I am excited to the core..

the main reason being .. it was my dream job! :D

Being in and around fashion, digging deep into it, and penning my views for everybody to read!

in the last one month… i read all the piled up issues of magazines, trying to understand the work that goes into it… Also I updated a whole lot from the past fashion editorials, from magazines ranging from Vogue, ELLE, Dazed & Confused and ofcourse Harper’s Bazaar!!… some of them so beautiful that i couldn’t take my eyes off them!!

Will be uploading my favs. in a short while….