Nudie Suits

May 14, 2015 @ DangerousMinds

Roswell-themed suit with UFOs made for Keith Richards

Roswell-themed suit with UFOs made for Keith Richards

These fashion masterpieces are all excess, sometimes with sexy images of naked ladies, pot leaves, pills and poppies, worn by everyone from Hank Williams to Keith Richards to Ronald Reagan.

Nudie’s beginnings were far humbler than the “country luxury” aesthetic he came to create. Born in 1902 in Ukraine, Nuta Kotlyarenko was so poor that he often had mismatched shoes collected from cast-offs (an indignity he later paid homage to by intentionally wearing mismatched boots—though generally of his own high-end custom design). After immigrating to America and changing his name at age 11, Cohn followed in his boot-maker father’s footsteps and apprenticed as a tailor. In 1940, he and his wife moved to LA and started Nudie’s Rodeo Tailors in their garage, quickly becoming the preferred couturier of the country music scene.
See and read more at Dangerous Minds

Crayola Fashion

February 28, 2015 @ LaughingSquid

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Crayola recently reached out to a number of popular fashion designers to create spring clothing made out of their brightly colored crayons in order to make a unique and dramatic window display for the iconic Bloomingdales store on 59th Street in New York City. Nanette Lepore created an elaborate dress with “Laser Lemon“-colored crayons, Rebecca Minkoff fashioned a casual swing dress from “Banana Mania” crayons, Parker used a “Jungle Green” for their adorable jumper, Rebecca Taylor made a beautiful dress with a slit skirt made using “Midnight Blue” crayons, and Torn by Ronny Kobo went for broke with a gorgeous “Bittersweet” dress, all of which were captured beautifully by photographer Matthew Carasella.

Dresses made from 18,000 @crayola crayons? Color us amazed. Don’t miss our new windows! #100percentbloomies #Bloomingdales

Unmellow Yellow Dress
Unmellow Yellow – Nanette Lepore

Crayola recently reached out to a number of popular fashion designers to create spring clothing made out of their brightly colored crayons in order to make a unique and dramatic window display for the iconic Bloomingdales store on 59th Street in New York City. Nanette Lepore created an elaborate dress with “Laser Lemon“-colored crayons, Rebecca Minkoff fashioned a casual swing dress from “Banana Mania” crayons, Parker used a “Jungle Green” for their adorable jumper, Rebecca Taylor made a beautiful dress with a slit skirt made using “Midnight Blue” crayons, and Torn by Ronny Kobo went for broke with a gorgeous “Bittersweet” dress, all of which were captured beautifully by photographer Matthew Carasella.

See and Read more at Laughing Squid

Shooting Colors in the Philippines

February 2015 @ MoC

February 4, 2015 @ PhilippineTextileResearchInstitute

We spent few weeks in Manila this winter, immersing in the Filipino culture, shooting colors and hunting words for our ColorCorpus research. It was good fun and we’ll be back to visit the countryside at some point later. Enjoy!

bahaghari

The Philippine Textile Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (PTRI-DOST) has recently released its new publication, Bahaghari: Colors of the Philippines. The 140-page book contains general information on natural dyes and their plant sources and clear, crisp photos of PTRI-developed naturally dyed tropical fabrics in formal ensemble with a twist of elegance worn by participants and delegates to the 8th ASEAN Science and Technology Week (ASTW) in July 2008, Miss Earth 2007 candidates, and some ramp models. Besides the ASTW, the naturally dyed barongs and dresses jazzed up the Bahaghari Fashion Show at the ASTW dinner held at Hotel Sofitel Philippine Plaza, Manila and gave zest to the pictorial for the book.

Bahaghari: Colors of the Philippines attaches social connotations with each featured color from natural dyes and illustrates the facets of the Filipino culture. PTRI researchers Julius L. Leaño Jr. and Jenice P. Malabanan co-wrote the book.

BAHAGHARI FESTIVAL @ VisitMyPhilippines

Date : April 25
Venue : Pinamalayan, Oriental Mindoro
Description:
According to an old story, the early settlers of Pinamalayan came from Marinduque. While on their way to Mindoro using their boats, they encountered turbulent weather and lost their direction. They prayed to God Almighty for deliverance and guidance so the weather cleared and a rainbow appeared on the horizon. The crew shouted ipinamalay meaning “it was made known”. They followed the direction of the rainbow and landed at what is now Barangay Lumangbayan and established the first settlement which they named Pinamalayan. The rainbow became the historical landmark of the town. The yearly Bahaghari Festival is a colorful commemoration of the importance of the rainbow in the history of the town of Pinamalayan. The celebration includes a street dancing competition, cultural presentations, religious and cultural activities, products and trade fair. Like the rainbow which rises to give color in the sky after the torrent of rain, the Bahaghari Festival is a reflection of the continuing effort of the people of Pinalamayan that there is truly paradise at the end of the rainbow.

Contact : Office of the Mayor, Pinamalayan, Oriental Mindoro
Telephone No. (043) 284-3146 / 443-1486

Bluer than blue: the revival of Philippine indigo @ Fibre2Fashionindigo dyed pina-seda barong

Philippine indigo (Indigofera tinctoria) is one of the oldest dyes in civilization and one of the most widely used natural dyes in the whole world due to its excellent colorfastness properties. In the Philippines, indigo was once extensively used in the weaving industry including the abel of llocos and the Abrenian fabrics.

The Philippine indigo has been part of the Galleon and Chinese trade in northern Philippines, centuries ago; however, the successful production of cheaper synthetic indigo eased it out of the market and caused its rapid decline not only in the Philippines but also all over the world.

In the Philippines, the former First Lady Amelia “Ming” Ramos initiated the effort to revive indigo dyeing. She became the Patroness of natural dyes and spearheaded the Katutubong Kulay Project of the Katutubong Filipino Foundation in the early 1990’s. The transfer and commercialization of the Philippine Textile Research Institute (PTRI) developed technology on indigo in Abra revived and upgraded the age long tradition of using tayum, the local name of indigo in Abra. In fact, a town in Abra was aptly named Tayum, reportedly because of the abundance of naturally growing indigo in the place. Tayum is where Abra’s Natural Dye Center is located.

Read more at Fibre2Fashion

Ang Alamat ng Bahaghari (The Legend of the Rainbow) @ Behance

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Lanvin: I Love You

August 19, 2014 @ RizzoliNewYork & WWD

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Welcome to the fantastical displays of Alber Elbaz, the subject of a hardcover Rizzoli tome due out in October. Titled “Lanvin: I Love You,” the 260-page book features 200 color photos of window displays, many at the Lanvin flagship in Paris on the Rue du Faubourg-Saint Honoré, and other installations done for various press events.

“When I do windows, I don’t start with a red dress or a white coat, I begin with a dream, with a story, and with a sketch,” designer Alber Elbaz writes in the foreword. “Windows are the most direct way to communicate with people.”

Read more at WWD

Shooting Colors in Indonesia

January 23, 2015 @ MoC

We spent few weeks in Jakarta this January, shooting colors and hunting Indonesian words for our ColorCorpus. It was an interesting experience. Jakarta in itself is not a colorful place (one of the main reasons might be that it is currently under construction). However, and in contrast to the dull surroundings, Jakarta men and especially women are quite colorful. And for those who insist there are always some hidden treasures here and there. On the other hand, this is the birthplace of batik, so when we visited the Textile museum, we couldn’t miss joining the batik workshop taking place that day, it was mostly rewarding ! We didn’t have time to further explore the country and the countryside and the many islands, maybe in the future.

And oh, there is Batik Air too !