Sep 22, 2018

#88 - Sneaker Styles, Pop Trend Paper Dolls, Coloring The Golden Girls, The Decoder Ring Podcast, Greer Garson, Space Age Styles, Male Fashion

SENSELESS STYLE FOR STUPID SNEAKERS


The on-going evolution of trainer-style sneakers has hit rock bottom with Gucci’s latest madness. In a recent issue of Harper’s Bazaar a Saks Fifth Avenue advertorial (that’s an advertisement styled to look like an editorial) there appeared a sneaker that has to be the worst accessory design ever. Form does not follow function for the gimmick-laden hot mess that makes absolutely no sense. The price of this nonsensical sneaker is certainly stupid $1,590! How low can fashion go? 


Gucci sneaker gone wild! Available at Saks Fifth Avenue for $1,590.



POP TREND PAPER DOLL BOOK PREVIEW


I have just completed a new paper doll book concepted with Jenny Taliadoros for her Paper Studio Press publishing company. I was bemoaning the fact that I wish more collectors would actually cut-out and dress their paper dolls. I think that many of today’s paper dolls are designed with already assembled head-to-toe outfits, often including a total look with layers, accessories, hair and hats already totally coordinated. Only the doll’s face peeks through a hole. What’s the fun in that? I remember the way I learned about fashion by mixing items and accessories and admiring the changeable results. Jenny and I came up with the idea of creating a paper doll book with lots and lots of optional items that could be mixed and/or matched. We decided to focus on eight timeless trends as the inspiration for the garment designs: Romantic, Sporty, Uniform, Exotic, Gypsy, Minimal, Futurism and Nostalgia. For each “trend” I designed approximately 10 to 12 pieces to put together within a trend or trends can be mixed-up to invent “new” trends. The book will be available late 2018 or early 2019. 


Front cover and back cover with three dolls that fit all the clothes.

Romantic Trend and Nostalgic Trend.

Sporty Trend and Uniform Trend.

Exotic Trend and Gypsy Trend.

Minimal Trend and Futuristic Trend.




COLORING THE GOLDEN GIRLS


Coloring books continue their popularity and are now found in many stores and shops. I found a good selection at my local Michael’s arts and crafts emporium. I immediately snapped up a 100 page coloring book inspired by “The Golden Girls.” Half the pages feature the beloved characters from the long-running ABC TV sit-com; wise-cracking Dorothy, ditzy Rose, over-sexed Blanche and cynical Sofia. The rest of the pages are Florida-inspired prints and patterns, typical coloring book complex design meant to induce a Zen-like relaxation state. I don’t know about you, but when confronted with some busy little designs, I feel frustration rather than relaxation. Nevertheless, I persevered and colored a few pages. The Disney book, published by Kingswell, is available from Amazon.com for under $10. 


Coloring book cover and fruity Floridian pattern.


Rose (my favorite character) and glamorous Blanche.




PODCAST OF MY PAPER DOLL PASSION 


For years, when I lived in New York, I attended a weekly life drawing session at a gallery in New York’s Soho art district. There, I met a charming, talented young man named Benjamin Frisch. We often chatted between sketches and he told me he is an editor of Slate, the trendy on-line magazine. He was very interested in the paper doll world and suggested that it might make a good podcast subject. I retired and moved to Palm Springs. A month or so ago, I reconnected with Ben and he arranged to record a long (3 hours!) long distance interview with me to use as the basis for a brilliantly researched investigation of the paper doll in history and today. The Decoder Ring podcasts, put out by Slate.com are billed as “cracking cultural mysteries” and that is precisely what Ben and editor Willa Paskin did. To my surprise Ben created a delightful paper doll of Me(!) to go with the interview. Click here to listen!


Paper doll of me! Created by Slate editor Benjamin Frisch.




GREER GARSON PAPER DOLL FOR OPDAG


An upcoming issue of Paper Doll Studio, the OPDAG magazine is going to be themed to feature the United Kingdom. I lived and worked for two decades in London and Devon. Jenny asked me to write a bit of a memoir about my love of all things English. Being a dedicated Anglophile, it was a pleasure to gush lyrically about the UK of the ‘60s and ‘70s. To go with the memoir, I created a Greer Garson paper doll because she is the very essence of the gracious Englishwoman. I’ve done two outfits for the doll, costumes from Random Harvest


Greer Garson paper doll wearing costumes from “Random Harvest.”



SPACE AGE REVISITED


Fashion today is fascinated by collaborations, often unexpected or incongruous. A current collaboration put together young, super-trendy designer, Heron Preston with NASA. Yes, NASA, now celebrating its 60 year history. The familiar logo, worn from 1976 to 1992, is an iconic graphic element that recalls America on the brink of the Space Age. Heron Preston is not a genius designer and he has produced a surprisingly wearable collaborative collection of jackets, hoodies, polos, utility pants, accessories and a street savvy silver denim jeans jacket, all under strict NASA guidelines. 


Moon Mode for modern men and street savvy silver denim jacket.



Commercial collaboration blends NASA with streetwise contemporary items. 




SPRING '19 MALE STYLE INFLUENCERS


Now that the dust has settled after the hype generated by the recent Men’s Designer Spring ’19 Collections shows, it’s easier to spot the really meaningful styles by a handful of designers who are the true influencers. Gone are the extreme silhouettes, both super-skinny Thom Browne hangers-on and premature oversize boxy shapes. Both extremes are still there, but hardly noteworthy or immediately actionable. Leave it to venerable maestro Giorgio Armani to execute the best expression of modern tailoring that is big enough to be comfortable and flattering, perfectly relaxed for today’s style-conscious yet realistic male. Dries Van Noten’s dare-devil color caper was a courageous stand-out, a powerful, saturated palette. Prada usually is leader of the pack, but designer Miuccia Prada seems to be under the influence of Alessandro Michele of Gucci. Wild and crazy and a little bit silly. A fine line to walk, but Prada does it rather interestingly. The designing Caten twins Dsquared2 served up a reminder that there is still plenty of inspiration to be siphoned out of military uniformity and sporting style activewear. Oddly, both Prada and Dries Van Noten picked-up the mid-century Scandinavian graphics and optimistic color seen in the work of Danish interior designer Vernon Panton. This could be the start of something big! 


Giorgio Armani’s perfectly pitched, easily relaxed silhouette statement. Smart guy.



Dries Van Noten’s bold, brassy color caper.



Prada’s daringly balanced tightrope walking.



D-Squared offers new versions of military and activewear inspirations.
Mid-century Scandinavian designer Vernon Panton influences Dries Van Noten and Prada.

Aug 22, 2018

#87 - Fall 2018 Haute Couture, Modern Mermaids, Coloring the Royal Wedding

New Mood? Deluxe, Discreet and Dignified


If it’s Paris in the Summer, then it’s time for the Fall Haute Couture collections. It’s a challenge to untangle the seasons. Summer 2018 is the time to see the latest Fall 2018 custom-made couture. But at the same time, the men’s collections for Spring 2019 are being shown in Milan and Paris. Some shows are unisex and include womenswear for Spring 2019. That means that the Haute Couture for Spring 2019 will be shown in January of 2019. Confusing? You betcha. 

Because the Haute Couture collections are truly fast fashion, custom-made for instant consumption by rich private clients and magazine editorials, the designers often offer genuine, fresh-off-the-runway newsmaking originals. The most important, influential couturiers are all agreed that a new mood is in the air. The best designers are sensing a seismic shift from crazy showstoppers to chic statements that are deluxe, discreet and dignified. The new Duchess of Sussex may well become the role model for the new mood. Oh, there are still creators like John Galliano at Martin Margiela who aim to shock and/or bewilder. But the more serious leaders are forging a pathway with wearable, adult, elegant, super-sophisticated, simple styles. Fabrics are as costly as expected at couture level and dressmaking skills are tantamount. Black is important but there are some saturated mid-tones that look directional. 

CLARE WAIGHT KELLER for GIVENCHY was the surprising choice to design Meghan Markle’s royal wedding gown. The design was simple and sublime. In fact, Ms. Keller seems to have channeled Hubert De Givenchy’s wardrobe for Audrey Hepburn, not only for the wedding gown, but also for her Spring 2018 couture collection. However, the result misses the je ne sais quoi of Givenchy’s original mid-century modern creations. (See Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Charade.) 


Clare Waight Keller for Givenchy

KARL LAGERFELD for CHANEL is still going strong, updating the iconic brand yet again. This season’s reinvention is unfortunately not very flattering; a clunky, boxy shape with gimmicky zippers that unzip to show micro-miniskirts or fluted sleeves that reveal crushed chiffon gussets. The expected tweeds are present, but they seem too heavy. Lagerfeld says he was inspired by urbane Paris, by the cool grays and greige of the buildings, but a more accurate metaphor might be the heavy-handed Brutalist architecture of the ‘70s. 


Karl Lagerfeld at Chanel

ARMANI PRIVE by GIORGIO ARMANI sticks to his tried and true formula. Pure luxury, subtly stated. Impeccably tailored jackets and slender, wand-like gowns in restrained good taste. The fabrics are extravagant and the color palette is based on black and champagne. 


Armani Prive by Giorgio Armani

MARIA GRAZIA CHIURI at CHRISTIAN DIOR obviously feels that fashionable clothes are serious, very serious. Her collection references the label’s rich heritage and utilized one of the finest alteliers in all of Paris. Meticulous tailoring by talented crafters allow the realization of the designer’s quest for perfection. Nothing but low-key high impact drama. 


10_11_12_Maria Grazia Chiuri at Christian Dior

PIERPAOLO PICCIOLI for VALENTINO’s triumphant collection cannot be boiled down to any one trend. It is a mash-up of divergent sources including: Greek myths, Pasolini films, Ziggy Stardust, armor, 17th and 18th century paintings, photographer Deborah Turbeville. Somehow, it all works. An extravagantly strong statement of how wonderful haute couture can be. 


Pierpaolo Piccioli at Valentino

FENDI is all about furs, but furs are out of favor. Gucci, Micheal Kors and Versace have all recently forsaken furs. What’s a furrier to do? Create fabrics that look like fur (for example, fringed tulle that looks like mink.) Easier still, Fendi’s collection features fabulous fashions made in non-fur materials. 


1Fendi

GIAMBATTISTA VALLI is catering to a young couture customer with collections that would be perfect for a real-life Barbie doll. Some sky-high hemlines are sometimes long in the back. The collection is sweetly pretty partywear, a confectionary no-brainer of fancy gowns, frocks and pantsuits. 


Giambettista Valli

JOHN GALLIANO at MARTIN MARGIELA is fashion’s mad man, daring to work without a net. He thinks and thinks, perhaps he thinks too much. This season he mixes up garments and inserts cuts and slashes to create bizarre juxtapositions (hard to decipher since they are worn back-to-front). Talk about gimmicks, there’s a curious contraption to hold a cell phone (on the ankle!) One beauty spot is a color story that can only be described as “purely pretty.” 


John Galliano at Martin Margiela

IRIS VAN HERPEN continues to follow her own glorious path, creating wearable art. This season she is inspired by feathers, by the wings of birds and the sound waves created by birds in flight. Her inspiration comes to fruition as breathtaking visions of futuristic fashion that is truly original. Will she ever become commercial? Unlikely. Will the fashion world ever catch up to her? Even more unlikely. 


Iris Van Herpen.



Modern Mermaids Coming in Wed World Future


Eco authorities state that by 2100 the world’s temperatures will have risen 3.2 degrees, melting the ice caps and affecting 3 billion people living in submerging coastal megacities rising skyward right now. Global disaster! Fashion to the rescue? Jun Kamei a student at the Royal Academy of Art has come up with “Amphibio,” a two-part, 3D printed apparatus/accessory that would enable modern mermaids to breathe underwater. It extracts oxygen from water and releases carbon dioxide back into it. Until such time passes, mermaids are a recurring fantasy and part of Pop Culture in movies like Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid and The Glass-Bottom Boat, both included in out-of-print paper doll books. (Captions… 28…RCA student Jun Kamei’s apparatus/accessories for breathing underwater 29.30…Fantasy image and Doris Day’s mermaid costume in The Glass Bottom Boat. 31,32…Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid, Ann Blyth’s costume in vintage paper doll book, 1952. 


RCA student Jun Kamei's apparatus/accessories for breathing underwater.

Fantasy image and Doris Day’s mermaid costume in The Glass Bottom Boat.

Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid, Ann Blyth’s costume in vintage paper doll book, 1952.



Coloring the Royal Wedding


When I saw this new Royal Wedding coloring book, I eagerly bought it and was very disappointed. Where’s the bridal gown? Not in this 30 page book that obviously was created before the gown was seen. The book is filled with wedding-related still-life drawings and a few, very few drawings of the Royal couple, mostly commemorative. What a missed opportunity for illustrator Teresa Goodridge to show the new Duchess of Sussex as she steps into the media spotlight, stunning in an elegant, simple bridal gown. And it seems she has a new wardrobe that exemplifies fashion’s incoming sophisticated trend. I’m hoping this is just the beginning of a stunning image for this lovely new member of the Royal Windsor family. Even though it is missing Meghan’s fashion statement, the coloring book is definitely collectible. Published by Dover Publications, $9.99. 


Harry & Meghan Coloring book cover and still life page.

Coloring book pages colored by me.
Meghan’s elegant, simple sophisticated wardrobe may very well become trend-setting.

Jul 16, 2018

#86 - 2018 Seattle Paper Doll Convention Memories, London's Royal College of Art, Bjork's Magical Utopia, Runway Rethink

Mem'ries Light the Corners of My Mind


The 2018 National Paper Doll Convention that took place in the gorgeous Northwest will long be remembered as an especially entertaining convention thanks to hosts Sharry O’Hare and Micheal O’Hara and their super support teams, especially the fun-loving members of the local club. I’m sure to think back years from now and say to myself, “Ah yes, I remember”… Eternally lovely Norma Lu Meehan’s heartwarming surprise at receiving the Fanny Gray Award created for her by Jim Howard. I will remember sitting next to delightful Karolyn Grimes at dinner, chatting about her famous line in It’s a Wonderful Life. (In case you can’t recall, as Zuzu Bailey in James Stewart’s arms, she chirped, “Every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings.” I will remember being dazzled by Jenny’s princess outfit topped with a sparkling tiara. I will also remember the towering table centerpieces, a veritable shower of stars. I will remember sweet Susan Fisher’s fabulous turquoise hair. I will remember actually wearing a Follies feathered headdress, a once in a lifetime feeling that I had “stepped out of a dream.” I will remember how glamorous all the ladies looked for Saturday night’s Oscar dinner, dressed to dazzle… and did they ever! I will remember the theatricality seamlessly organized and presented by Sharry and Micheal… especially being backstage at the historic Pantages theatre. But most of all, when I think back, I will remember the highly emotional pleasure Sharry got by turning a convention into a maaarvellous party! 


Child star Karolyn Grimes with our convention host Sharry O'Hara, and right with "princess" Jenny Taliadoros and myself.


Karolyn Grimes in her infamous role of Zuzu Bailey in the Christmas classic, It's a Wonderful Life.

We stepped out of a dream! Sharry enlisted the help of her Seattle paper doll club to show off the beautiful headdresses from the Tacoma Musical Playhouse. And I got to wear one, too!


Left: all dressed up for our celebration of the Oscars. Tacoma Musical Playhouse Director Jon Douglas Rake with the O'Haras.


Left: Melissa Smith points out her pretty gown for the Angela Lansbury dress-a-doll. Right Susan Fisher and her fabulous turquoise hair with Fran Myers, showing off ribbons from Competition.



SOUVENIRS OF SEATTLE CONVENTION 

Of course, happy memories abound, but even better reminders of a good time are the souvenir paper doll books and there were more than ever. More than 10, in fact, plus menus, plus plus! Attendees were agog with delight and the absentees are in for a big treat when they receive their souvenirs, created especially for the Entertainment Extravaganza theme. 


Souvenirs and more souvenirs and more souvenirs!



COLORING AND CUTTING 

Conventioneers were given sheets of black-and-white artist-created-and-donated paper dolls in their goody bags. It’s doubtful that any attendees had a spare moment to color and cut, not with all the presentations, workshops and entertainment, not to mention lavish meals and those chocolate dipped strawberries every afternoon. So that means hours and hours of fun back at home, coloring and cutting. Here are some sheets colored by me. Such fun! 


Mary Tyler Moore doll concept by Rudy Miller and Mae Murray by Sandra Vanderpool.

Hidden Figures” by Julie Allen Matthews and Irene Castle by Brenda Sneathen Mattox. 



THINKING ABOUT FASHION 

 London’s Royal College of Art represents the very vanguard of fashion research and the 2018 graduates of the fashion masters courses exemplify out-of-the-box expressions. Zowie Broach, Head of Fashion articulates the college’s mission statement, thus. “A unique position at the junction between the creative arts, design and science, posing answers to questions about fashion identity and our future selves.” The grad show was entitled “A Walk Without a Cat” and offered oblique points of view that reveal how today’s young talents are redefining the traditional role of fashion designers. RCA’s grads worked within three guidelines: 1…Material Development, 2…Fashion Systems, 3…Digital Transformation. Here are the thoughts articulated by some of the cutting edge creators now about to shake away the past. SINEAD O’DWYER molded torsos of silicone and fiberglass then covered them in lovely-colored silk. ALICE POTTS encrusted garments and accessories with beautiful crystals grown of human sweat. ANNA TALVI looked to the future with a collection to wear in space and microgravity environments where bone loss and muscle atrophy are challenges. MARIE LUEDER calls her leather, denim and rubber menswear collection “heteronormative.” RENATA BRENHA RIBEIRO mixed food with textiles and adds chili peppers to her Latin-inspired collection. YUAN-LUNG KAO designed loose knitwear centered around a circle. Will any of these ground-breaking fashion thinkers become household names in the future or will their creativity be thwarted by the formidable commerciality of Rag Trade reality? 


Marie Lueder and Alice Potts 17.18…Yuan-Lung Kao and Renata Brenha Ribeiro.

Anna Talvi and Sinead O’Dwyer.



BJORK’S MAGICAL UTOPIAN VISION 

Sometimes a significant fashion statement comes as a surprise, originating outside the usual stylesphere. I’ve been a fan of Iceland’s eccentric Pop Princess ever since she wore that bizarre swan costume at the Oscars years ago. She’s on tour right now and as always she is like no other. The theme of the presentation is a visualization of a society that balances the natural with man-made. Only Bjork would come up with a giant orchid as a set that recalls paintings of her childhood. Ditto her costume, a romanticized dress that goes perfectly with the mask she commissioned, requesting that it make her face look like “a mutant bird-plant.” She is accompanied by a 12-piece flute ensemble costumed as if wearing flowers and bones. More Bjork news: The Gucci Garden Museum in Florence opened recently with an inaugural exhibition of Bjork’s gowns and masks from her last music video, “The Gate.” The two gowns on display were designed by Gucci Creative Director, Alessandro Michele and the masks were created by James Merry.  


Bjork’s latest vision, a magical Utopia.

Flute ensemble and trend-setting star, Bjork.

Bjork display at the new Gucci Garden Museum.




RUNWAY RETHINK

The runway was more important than the clothes at two of the most important spring ’19 menswear shows. Prada’s show was presented in their own vast double-vaulted space in Milan. It was stripped-back to raw and rugged concrete and then completely covered with translucent sheeting on the walls and floor. The sheeting was printed with a blueprinted grid-guide leading to five runways and seating on inflatable footstools first produced in 1960 by Danish designer Verner Panton. (Coincidentally, Dries Van Noten’s show this season featured Panton’s color palette and one of his undulating stripe prints.) The Prada show is always way, way out there and the avant garde setting needed an explanation. It was said to be “the mathematical approximation of geographic representation.” Pretentious? You betcha. In Paris, the Louis Vuitton show, held in the lovely gardens of the Palais Royale, was easier to comprehend. The 200 meter long runway was gradient painted to resemble a rainbow. Some said it was in support of the LGBT flag, but it was also a nice tie-in to a few prints inspired by “The Wizard of Oz.” The show marked the debut of Virgil Abloh, a very hot name right now, but inexperienced. The clothes were OK. Just OK. 


Prada’s avant garde show installation, a translucent grid-guide.

Louis Vuitton’s rainbow runway in the gardens of the Palais Royale.

Jun 23, 2018

#85 - Mix and Match Paper Dolls, Re-Thinking Pink, So-Called Influencers, Coloring Ziegfeld Girls, Fashion Talent

FRESH OFF THE DRAWING BOARD 


What’s new? What’s next? I enjoy working on creative paper doll projects because I’m always facing a new challenge. From the moment that Jenny Taliadoros and I first start thinking about a new book for me to create, I am a man obsessed. Before I begin the first rough sketches, my head is whirling with possibilities and options. Recently, Jenny and I were discussing how people “play paper dolls.” Kids usually imagine make believe stories, but what about grown-ups? I think that cutting out the dolls and their clothes is easy and rather relaxing. Then comes the fun of dressing the dolls. That’s “playing,” bringing the paper dolls to life. That’s why I like vintage paper dolls better than today’s dressed-figures with a hole for the face to peek through. I like to have an assortment of items that can be mixed and/or matched, creating a fabulous outfit after “trying on” several choices. My next book is dedicated to collectors who enjoy assembling a fashionable total look. POP TRENDS PAPER DOLLS will have three dolls, different types and a book loaded with items…eight pages of trendy visions: Romantic, Exotic, Gypsy, Minimal, Futuristic, Nostalgic, Athletic and Uniform. I’ve already designed the clothes and I’m working on creating three dolls with very different images to inspire an almost endless array of trendy outfits. 


David Wolfe's newest paper doll project
Work in progress, a trio of paper dolls to dress in trendy new fashions. 




RE-THINKING PINK


Choosing a new color is an art and a science. Fashion designers rely on Pantone, a company that bravely announces an annual “color of the year.” Most years, Pantone gets it right. Last year’s color, “Greenery”, was described as being symbolic of new beginnings, fresh and zesty yellow-green that evokes the first days of spring. This year’s choice is “Ultra Violet,” a dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple. Thoughtful? The current fashion collections are not yet touting purple. Instead, designers seem to be thinking pink again, not Barbie bright, but soft misty shades that look familiar. They were recently red-hot in 2016 when youthful Millennials dared to decree surprising pinks to be cutting edge. (Pantone called it “Rose Quartz.”) Is fashion going so fast that it’s impossible to make a dictate about color? Or is it just a question of timing, a self-fulfilling prophesy? 


Pantone Colors Rose Quartz, Greenery, Ultra Violet
Pantone’s 2016 Rose Quartz, 2017 Greenery and 2018 Ultra Violet.


Pink fashions from Gucci
Re-thinking pink in the current 2019 Resort collection from Gucci.

Pink styles from Armani, Fendi and Chanel
Giorgio Armani, Fendi and Chanel re-thinking pink for Resort 2019. 



THE SO-CALLED INFLUENCERS


“Influencers” are the new buzzers making news in the fashion world these days. They are not very different than the dynamos who have always encouraged fashion to move, to inspire, to propel change. Vogue Editor Diana Vreeland was a powerhouse influencer. So was the Duchess of Windsor, as were Babe Paley and Jacqueline Kennedy. They were role models, taste-makers, and they were greatly admired and imitated. Today’s influencers have something that Diana, Wallis, Babe and Jackie did not. They have the Internet’s Social Media, that curious platform of (too often) mis-information and entertainment that has spawned the Twittersphere as a means to give Andy Warhol’s prediction of 15 minutes of fame to the new breed of influencers and their iPhones. In order to grab an audience in such a crowded cyber world, sensationalism rules. Pity the poor young fashionista who is influenced by Gucci, by Louis Vuitton, by Balenciaga…by so-called designers who are really nothing more than stylists managing too often to disguise the beauty, innovation and creativity in fashion today. 


Three not-so-tasteful looks from Gucci
Today’s big time fashion influencer is the motley mix that walks the runway at Gucci 

Cutting edge fashion of today.
The cutting edge today. Balenciaga and two by Louis Vuitton.




COLORING MY FAVORITE MOVIE


Regular readers of my monthly blog probably already know my very favorite movie is Ziegfeld Girl, made by MGM in glorious black-and-white. I always thought it was a shame that it had not been filmed in Technicolor. Of course I own the DVD. I also have the 1941 paper doll book, the gem of my collection. For years I pined to own the coloring book, a rare treasure. Eureka! A few years ago at the annual convention, I found the coloring book, UNcolored! The cover art is quite magnificent, but the pages are disintegrating with age (Coincidentally, my own age! 77!) I had copies made of the book, and even though the paper of the original is yellowing and the copies are too gray, I’m coloring some of the copied pages using tender loving care. I’m excited and honored to share my love of the film by creating a souvenir paper doll book to present to all the conventioneers next month. 


David Wolfe colors Ziegfeld color pages
”Ziegfeld Girl” vintage 1941 coloring book cover and page.

Two pages of the 77 year old book colored by 77 year old me!




ANTWERP: EVER AVANT GARDE


Tomorrow’s fashion talent? The Fashion Masters graduates of Antwerp’s Royal Academy of Fine Arts are eight views of envelope-pushing design. The prestigious college has produced several superstar designers in the past, and this year’s group could/should display forward-thinking, avant garde fashion. Even though there was rampant creativity on display, it all seemed somehow vaguely familiar: fashion as an art form, impossible to assimilate into a modern real life. Inspirations were duly discussed and included the Aussie outback and a wardrobe for flamboyant 21st Century criminals. It is noteworthy that current cutting edge fashion has abandoned stark black Minimalism and is now a colorful cacophony of various silhouettes. 


Antwerp's Royal Academy of Fine Arts envelope-pushing designs
Predrag Petrovic, Shayli Harrison, Michal Gruca.

Antwerp's Royal Academy of Fine Arts envelope-pushing designs
Gennaro Genni Velotti, Stefan Kartchev, Kjell de Meersman.