Sunday, July 12, 2015

Flowers Alight

Carolina Herrera's Spring collection uses florals, but with non-traditional techniques. Rather than simply referencing classic flowers for the season, the designer utilized photo-quality techniques on the fabric and seemed to reference the modern art of James Turrell.

Turrell is known for his work using light and space as a language to drive interaction with viewers. Herrerra clearly employed this same language. She intertwined natural motifs with a treatment of colors that seems to be inspired by the behavior of light. 
What is interesting about light is that it is natural, but can also be produced using technology. In a similar way, this collection shows how the natural motif of flowers can be created using technology-driven printing techniques. 
Even though light cannot be touched or held, in certain spaces it takes on a 3D quality. Given the right treatment through draping, Herrerra proves that two dimensional fabric is the same way. 

A Mermaid's Tale

From pirates in classic black and white, to mermaids mirroring the cool blue tones of the ocean, the Rodarte Spring 2015 collection is like a high fashion version of Pirate's of the Caribbean. 

An off the shoulder sweater layered with a sheer top instantly brings to mind the classic pirate shirt.

 As the black and white make way for shades of blue and green, you can't help but imagine the mermaids and sirens that beckoned the pirates to enter the cool ocean waves. 

"The Little Mermaid" by Edvard Erickson in Denmark

Using textures and colors, the sisters of Rodarte beautifully construct wearable art inspired by the sea and its tide pools. 
The collection is the perfect antidote to a hot summer day. I'm ready to dive in to the world of mermaids, are you?
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