Saturday, April 26, 2014

Awesome

I've just had one of the most wonderful days in a long, long time and I'm home now but I want to wallow in this joy for a bit longer so I'm writing here. Greatest moments fashion has had recently:

#1. Chanel Shopping Baskets
citywanderwalker.com

And in case you need a Chanel Shopping Basket for your Chanel purse:
Elle Canada
This is the type of thing I could see Kanye put to use. It's precisely his type of humor, overarching creative aesthetic, and way of life. He would also get the shopping cart version with a monogrammed seat for North. In two tones-silver and platinum-so they would never clash with his own jewelry.

#2. Body Paint as Clothing

This is the ultimate junction between art and fashion. The most literal meaning of the phrase "wearable art."

xxivmagazine.com.au
Yes, Eddie Campbell is in fact wearing only paint (not counting the decorative "fig leaf" and arm chain wing things of course). Yet it could be interpreted to be a nude body suit with a print.

This too!
fragrantica.com
Non-permanent Body-Paint Suit Salons should become a thing. 



Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Disillusionment

My favorite place to find off-the-wall fashion is lookbook.nu

It has an unbelievable variety of people and styles. My quest recently has been to find people that focus more on the clothes more than they focus on photographing themselves. Fashion entices a lot of vanity and it's easy to tell when people are photographing their CHANEL BAG or their thigh-gap. We often hear "the clothes shouldn't wear the woman, the woman should wear the clothes" which I agree with but there comes a point where it's not about fashion as an art form, as an aesthetic to be communicated, but rather as just an opportunity to take a selfie.

As Walter White would say, "The chemistry must be respected."

http://lookbook.nu/look/5892181-Omighty-Yung-Leo-Crop-Top-Leggingz-Yung-Leo


Sunday, January 12, 2014

TIA

I'll begin writing in a bullet point format because there are some random things I want to jot down.

Ethiopia
  • Upon arrival, as we started loading our luggage into the tunnel scanner in Customs, I noticed the screen that was supposed to be showing my underwear was off. Yup. The screen of the tunnel into which they were having 300 people load their luggage was black. 
  • On Monday there were herds of goats and cows crossing every street, to be slaughtered in preparation for Ethiopian Christmas (people were fasting for 30 days prior). Tuesday was Christmas. Wednesday I saw a pile of skins on the side of a road. 
  • LUCY
tiny toe
  • 3.18 million years old, the oldest human ancestor that walked upright which has been found, she was on exhibit in the US a couple years ago but it's cool to see her in her place of origin

Things I've learned/Misc.:
  • I peed in a hole. It was ok. 
  • Every girl everywhere ever likes nail polish. 
  • My mind will connect anything to Breaking Bad (below).
 Los Pollos Hermanos anyone??
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The most frustrating things about 3rd world countries are not the poverty but the disorder and a "catch me if you can" attitude. Poverty is one thing. But one finds a lot of general unconscientious-ness. For example, one doesn't need money to follow traffic lights, to correctly install things like shower curtain poles or balcony railing, and to properly dispose of trash. I know this sounds like a spoiled Westerner whining but I think these things reflect a much bigger problem. Some wave it off and say TIA (This Is Africa). Dependentistas would blame it on the fact that 3rd world countries were colonized and exploited for decades. But Ethiopia was never colonized. So is it a cultural issue? If one would say that, I could already hear the cries: RACISTTTTT.

Since it was never colonized, could Ethiopia be explained with modernization theory? I keep trying to rationalized the state the country is in by thinking of what the US/Europe were like 50 or so years ago. I can't wait to be a old, wear kitten heels and tweed, and see it 50 years from now I guess. 

Anyway, it's interesting to explore these issues because they're relevant on a macro scale. Poor governance is a problem in this country, as well as in many others with symptoms similar to the ones mentioned above. One can't chastise a corrupt government when analogous corruption is visible in many other aspects/levels of society.


Thursday, January 9, 2014

I submitted a fashion design art supplement for college apps, things that I designed and made. I probably won't major in fashion but it's something I enjoy, do...
The first is my profile picture/has been on here before but I didn't feel like the set was complete without it.  






Monday, January 6, 2014

Selam

Back. Sorry-this past semester hasn't been very eventful-I've mostly been busy with college apps, and polishing the transcript. It must have worked though; I've been accepted EA to Georgetown (SFS) and the University of Chicago, which were probably the best Christmas presents right after a splendid set of Kate Spade socks. Kate should start with an 's.'

Anyway, I am currently in Ethiopia. My dad is Ethiopian and this is our first time visiting as a whole family. We're spending most of our time in Addis Ababa, the capitol. It's cray. Eloquence escapes me when trying to describe this place. Obviously, there's the poverty, but a friend we met described this time as Africa's Renaissance, and he was right. The unprecedented growth (GDP grows by 8% annually) is visible everywhere. Most of Addis is dug up. A metro is being built, and of course buildingsbuildingsbuildings.

One can't talk about Ethiopia anymore without mentioning China, though. Seeing how China is overtaking the whole continent brought back a memory of posters sponsored by The Economist which I saw last year in London, plastered on walls in the Tube.



http://politicaladvertising.co.uk/
I'm pretty sure the only reason I remember this is because I couldn't get over how clever I thought the smiley/frowny face is. Because it's made out of Chinese flag stars. AND THE POSTER IS ABOUT CHINA. AND AFRICA IS THE PERFECT SHAPE FOR A FACE. Ok I'm done now.
I like these posters.

Ethiopia is different in a lot of ways from most African countries. Besides being the beginning of humanity (Lucy!!) and not having been colonized, it still uses the Julian calendar, which has 13 months and this year marked as 2006. The calendar was historically used everywhere, with orthodox christian countries being the last to make the switch. They also tell time differently, although the international norm is becoming more and more common. The day "begins" at 6 am. So if one wants to say it is 6 am, here they would say 12 am. 9 am would be 3 am, 6pm would be 12 pm... It works because the country is situated close to the equator; everyday is basically 12 hours long and the sun always rises at around 6.

Another thing I've learned: I love Al Jazeera News. Their focus on Africa and the Middle East is parallel to my interests and well, it's actual news. MSNBC and Fox News have become less news and more a series of shows all centered around a "THIS IS WHAT I THINK" format. The two channels make me think of this. Basically, it is nice to just hear facts and stories once in a while and have the opportunity to make your own conclusion (not that you can't otherwise but you know what I mean).

Addis is also the international/diplomatic hub for Africa. The UN, the African Union and many other NGOs have the African headquarters here. So far we've gone to see the new AU building. It was a gift from China which made it quite controversial, to the point of being called by some the Hall of Shame.


Will be back with more.