When it comes to dark accents, evocative black and perfumes you can´t miss Lady Gaga´s Fame, “The First Ever Black Eau de Parfum.” . A black liquid which desappear once on the skin… I bought it this summer on the flight when I was heading back to Berlin… I couldn´t resist the color and the packaging…
As stated in the press releases: “the perfume is “built on three main accords: dark accord, sensual accord and light accord.”
The dark accord includes poisonous flower Belladonna and incense, which evolve into the sensual and opulent wave of honey drops, saffron and apricot. A floral veil of Sambac jasmine and tiger orchid embody light and beauty.”
A bit too sweet for my personal taste but forsure a “must have” for a dark lady…A mix of gothic evocations and ingredients used in ancient witchcrafts….
I am back again… Today I will introduce you to the new RL work of a known SL artist and designer: Irena Morris, aka in SL as Eshi Otawara… We spoke already about Irena in one of our older posts, about her art and her inspirations… Today her inspiration has become a dress, a black dress (of course), fully handmade and made of an intriguing material…
INTERVIEW WITH IRENA MORRIS
Tell us a bit about the history of the >”garbage dress”…
Sometime at the beginning on 2012 I’ve googled art organizations in the Milwaukee area in order to find some kind of a community I could possibly take part in and I came across Milwaukee Red Line. On the front page of their website they had an open call for dress designers for a competition called Re-purposed Runway whose mission was to create celebrity icon inspired wearable items out of materials that could be recycled in unexpected ways but unfortunately end up in landfills. They required a short portfolio of previous works on actual fashion garments based on which they would select 24 to compete. I did not have anything to show as far as “real life” work except a toga style dress I’ve done in college and, of course, my Second Life dress design portfolio so I’ve submitted the application with a lengthy explanation of Second Life and I’ve asked them to consider me because I myself was beyond curious to see what I could come up with in this challenge. So, after I got a notice of being accepted into the competition I’ve procrastinated for months trying to figure out what I would create. It was quite unnerving because I have never before created anything like this – the challenge was huge for me as I am not a dress designer but more of a fashion illustrator. Finally, I’ve come up with a shirt I wanted to recycle and I decided to weave in strips of garbage bags in order to get volume and texture. Cheap materials, no sewing – perfect! I spent about 200 hours and 300 garbage bags cut into 4 x 12 inch strips and I’ve woven then into the shirt and into long torn up bed sheet pieces in order to create the skirt. The dress took shape above any expectations and I’ve topped it off by blow-torching the plastic in order to give it more volume. The entire creation process was like meditation because I had to weave in some 5000 garbage bag strips into the dress so this painstakingly repetitive action eventually turned into a form of meditation. It became so automated to weave that hours would go by without me noticing time. I like when that happens in my art process. It pulls me in and that’s when magic happens.
Eventually we had several shows at the Wisconsin State Fair to promote Red Line organization and the final competition in September. All designers came up with some pretty amazing work. It was a mixed contestant crowd, from a couple teens to several professional fashion designers. It was a great experience all together!
Why the name “garbage”?, what´s the inspiration behind?
The inspiration for my dress was Georgia O’Keeffe. She was born in Wisconsin and I’ve wanted to honor someone from this state that has been my home for the past 4 years. O’Keeffe very often appears in photographs wearing black or dark clothing, she painted high contrasts and she painted wonderful architectural pieces as well as flowers. The name of my piece is not really “garbage bag dress” it is Black Dahlia. Funny as it is, I did not think of the notorious murder at the time of giving this piece the name – so in choosing the name Black Dahlia my aim was to honor O’Keeffe paintings.
Why “black” *smiles*?
Black is powerful, grounding…you cannot be indifferent to it. It pulls you in.
How is the garbage dress done? what kind of fabric did you use? How long did it take to conceive and create it?
I used one old perforated shirt, few strips of torn up bed sheet, approximately 300 garbage bags and a blow torch. I’ve worked on the piece over the time period of two months and approximate 200 hours.
How would you define your real life fashion comparing to your SL art? what´s similar, what´s different?
In RL, you have to take many things into account that in SL you do not have to worry about. Mainly the weight of the materials and how they behave. Second Life has the option to manipulate the physics and gravity and in RL you have to take the existing physics and gravity into account. You also have to manage things such as transporting the piece and making sure to do so with minimal damage to it which was quite a challenge for me because the dress I’ve created is really voluminous.
A new Irena Morris real life fashion label coming soon?
I don’t think I’ll declare a fashion brand on one dress made of garbage bags. There is still lots more to learn. Meanwhile, there is a brand of paintings people are encouraged to treat themselves with – it is all conducive to my overall capability to produce more.
If we want to buy it?
I am absolutely willing to sell the Black Dahlia dress. It’s stretchy so it can fit anyone from size 4 – 20. That’s another magical thing about it! If anyone is interested in buying it, you are welcome to make me an offer via e-mail eshi.otawara(at)gmail.com
I apologize for my silence in the last weeks… I was really busy SL side, but I promise I will be more active from now on…
Today I introduce you to a young and talented british fashion designer: Meera Sharma. Meera´s creations are innovative, strong and timeless. A black dressed powerfull superhero female the inspiration behind her fashion, leather plastics and taffeta the fabric which translate at best her vision. Darkness, power and a modern strong femininity, what I see in Meera´s fashion…
Enjoy the interview!
INTERVIEW WITH MEERA SHARMA
Where are you from and how old are you?
I am originally from the North of England, Lancashire, but moved to London to pursue a career in fashion. I am 24 going on 25…..
You are a recent fashion design graduate, can you tell us a bit about your experience and background working in the fashion industry.
Yes I recently graduated and held my graduate show as part of the prestigious Westminster fashion show, were I debut by collection. Previous to this I have participated in a variety of work experience placements which included working with magazines and designers such as Jonathan Saunders.
Where did your passion for fashion stem from? Was it from childhood or has it developed more recently?
I have always had a passion for fashion, from a young age whether it was designing clothes for my barbie dolls or just observing people’s fashion sense be it on the road or on TV. It has developed from that and then doing my degree enhanced it more also.
Your collection was all black. How much do you love black and why?
I decided to do an all black collection because black is a colour that is timeless it will always be in fashion and can work with any colour. The colour also fitted in with the inspiration behind my collection, which is based on the powerful female superhero. Black is a powerful colour and translated my vision well.
Any other colors you like to indulge with?
I actually love colours, my favourite colour is in fact pink!
What about the fabrics you use in your collection? They are all very shiny, imperative and plastics…
Yeah again I wanted my fabrics to translate the powerful vibe from my inspiration. I used leathers, plastics and taffeta fabrics as they translated my vision over well.
What´s the inspiration behind your collection? When I look at them I see a strong statement, for strong women with personality…
Yes you are completely right. My clothing are for powerful women who are not afraid to be themselves and express themselves. The inspiration behind my collection came from my love of comic books. I love the female superhero’s and developed this idea into my collection. I am looking at the two personalities to this woman, on one hand she is a superhero but on the other she is a normal woman, I translated this into my collection with the various layers and the cut out fabrics, and the fact the garments can change shape.
Regarding the design of the clothing you seem to use a lot of drapes, why is this?
I think drapes are quite sexy as when they are done correctly they can add that sex appeal and femininity to women, so I wanted to add this as to me the female superhero is quite sexy as well as being powerful.
With few adjectives how do you describe your fashion?
Sexy, powerful and innovative!
I apologize for the silence of the last days, I was pretty busy but now I am back again….
So… After New York Fashion Week and Milan Fashion Week, I could not avoid to talk about Paris Fashion Week, the homa of what is “Haute” and it´s Spring 2013 collections…. The names of the designers involved do not need a introduction, of course. A lot of blacks, symbol of elegance, strictness and extravaganza, black suits and classic echoes reinterpreted with modern accents. Lanvin city chic and modern, Gaultier, charming furturistic, dinstinctive as usual.. and much more.. enjoy the photos…
Jean Paul Gaultier Spring 2013
Saint Laurent Spring 2013
Dior Spring 2013
Alexander Mc Queen Spring 2013
Valentino Spring 2013
John Galliano Spring 2013
Lanvin Spring 2013
Massimiliano Giornetti creative director of Salvatore Ferragamo since 2010 has succeeded in creating on of the best 2013 spring collections. Lux, snakeskin apparel, blacks, military green and creme colors, military cuts for jakets and trenches, leather pants and dresses with shiny gold blouses and, most of all, as highlights of the show, knee high gladiator boots and sandals laced on the back of the leg.
The show took place inside the Borsa of Milano, in Piazza Affari.
The models, in the backstage, were sitting on the ground or on chairs while the dressers where lacing up their over knee gladiator boots… Quiet a challenge, I would say… A lot of photographers taking photos and distracting them… Just right 10 minutes before the show a dresses asked the photographers to leave as the models needed to be dressed up.
The audience had to wait quiet a time before the show to start,the room was completely full, the photographers yelling, a guy got kicked out (not sure why, as I was standing on the other side of the huge room)… The show was amazing and the audience thrilled…
Going on with the reportages from Milan Fashion Week…
One of the most anticipate shows of Milan Fashion Week, Jil Sander, welcoming the return of Jil Sander herself, pioneer of eighties fashion for career women, after the departure of Raf Simons.
A huge crowd outiside the doors in Via Beltrami, Anna Wintour was there as well. The atmosphere was electric…
The stage clear and ultra minimalistic, well fitting to Jil Sander’s style: not a usual long catwalk but a bright white square at the center. Jil Sander’s Spring 2013 collection features extremely minimalistic designs for a contemporary working woman. The main colors: black, white, burgundi and navy.
Fendi is eponymous of luxury and exclusivity.
Sharon Stone was there, Anna Wintour was there and I was there. Sadly I couldn’t see Sharon Stone…
Fendi’s stage was a mixture between minimalism and pop: a huge very long white glossy catwalk and neon light strips in several colors at the borders, several silver big spheres hanging from the ceiling and two floors for the public: groundfloor (border catwalk) for the sitting guests and upper floor (a long balcony) for the standing guests… The effect: stilish and modern, “urban luxury”. When it comes to Luxury Fendi leads among others… the creations of this italian fashion house, known for it’s fur and leather high class clothing, are a “must have” in Anna’s Wintour wardrobe, and not just hers.
Fendi Spring 2013 collection features very simple cuts embellished with luxury fur, colors and (my favourites) simple black dresses with hig luxury shiny gold (same black and gold I have seen today at Salvatore Ferragamo’s show).
By the way.. I’ve heard a rumor that the pre-dinner of the after-Party presented by Fendi, which took place in Via Turati and where Sharon Stone got invited costed around 40.000 euro/each…
Since I was a child Versace has been one of my favourite fashion house, you can then imagine how thrilled I was to enjoy with my own eyes the fashion show. The show took place in the Versace’s boutique in the proximity of Via Montenapoleone… The magic of italian high fashion, was all around…
The catwalk was in yellow/orange color (very well fitting with the colors of the gowns) and white lights, sourronded by threes, a very high bohemian atmosphere…
Donatella Versace spring 2013 collection features silky goddess gowns with spine studded bracers and leather belts in colors from orange to blue, but also severals black lace embellished tunics.
The most powerful pieces, for my point of view, stud embellished dresses, long and short, comes in tourquoise and gold and ivory tones. A very colorful collection, yet with a touch of darkness. A goddess with an obtrageous yet elegant wild side, as always with Versace, the woman who wears this creations…
When it comes to Versace I always enjoy the colors as well, they are so imperative, strong and extreme that I find them, as paradox, conceptually near to black.
Anna Wintour, the “devilish” Lady of Vogue America was there and I got the chance to photograph her…
The light was pretty good, so we could take several nice photos. Enjoy:)
still very busy for Milan Fashion week trying to catch as much shows as I can:)
I couldn’t take quality photos of Sportmax fashion show, the light from my position was somehow weired and most photos got blurry…
The collection itself featured a very nice black sporty suit (see image below) and some other nice black and whites and whites with stripped black and green. Besides I could take a lot of good shots in the backstage… Enjoy…