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Fashion: Maiko Takeda’s Atmospheric Reentry Collection

Atmospheric Reentry Collection by Maiko Takeda

First seen on the Hi-Fructose blog, I am utterly blown away by Maiko Takeda’s stunning, architectural millinery series “Atmospheric Reentry.” Organic yet otherworldly the models seem simultaneously armored and attacked. The full collection – which I cannot stop staring at – is in a gallery below.


Lit in the Media: Valentino Spring 2014 RTW

Valentino Spring 2014 RTW Look 1

I am lucky enough to teach Literature in the Media for a living (super amazing life right now, folks) so when ever these twin star collide I like to take note. Even though this doesn’t apply to my current class theme, the Valentino Spring 2014 ready-to-wear collection is inspired by literature. Of the collection writes: “All you need to know is that Maria Callas’ Medea, from Pasolini’s film version of the classic opera, was on the mood board.” Cute that they took it as far back as the 1969 opera, but we can do better.

Valentino Spring 2014 RTW Look 12Let’s take it back to the definitive first version: Euripides stunning tragedy, 431 B.C.E. It is the tale of Jason (of “and the Argonauts”) who falls in love with Medea, a sorceress, who helps him procure the golden fleece. They are married and have two children when he decides, like an idiot, that he can do better, and gets engaged to a princess. Medea makes the princess poisoned garments and the princess puts them on since princesses love garments. After the princess dies, Medea kills her and Jason’s children, because of reasons. Then, like a badass, she flies away in a chariot drawn by dragons. Medea out.

Snark aside I can see that this collection is actually inspired by the 1969 version of Medea and I love it. The hippie vibe and pseudo-Native American influence of that era shines through beautifully and these could easily be the costumes for a really vibrant re-staging of the play. Well done, Valentino, well done. A gallery of all my favorites can be found below.

Thus the chart goes Medea of the Greek oral tradition –> Euripides 431 B.C.E. –> Medea (film) 1969 –> Valentino Spring 2014 RTW

Fashion: Manish Arora Spring 2014 RTW

Manish Arora Spring 2014 Look 6

When I saw the Manish Arora Spring 2014 Ready-to-Wear collection I absolutely had to post it. Generally when I post fashion my hope is that it will end up in one of the magazines so I can collage with it, and this collection is no exception, though part of me wonders if it’s too esoteric for most of the magazines to use. All my favorite pieces from the collection are in a mini gallery below, but I especially love the pieces with the lipstick motif. That coupled with the pastel (and pearls of course) presents this overwhelming girliness that has to border on parody or critique.

Manish Arora Spring 2014 Look 7

Take this piece for example (Look 7), the lipstick tubes around the collar of the dress look almost like bullets. The piece on the whole feels like some kind of mandala for Saint Cuteness; it’s absolutely adorable and utterly fun. Also, pastel and neon are no easy to use together, just saying.

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Fashion: Christian Dior Spring 2013 Couture

Christian Dior Spring 2013 Couture

My initial reaction to the Christian Dior Spring 2013 Couture collection was a resounding “meh.” Couture distinction is such a honor, it horrifies me when designers phone in vague draped gowns under this header. It’s couture, show some respect. Also the hair and makeup is hideous. All the lips are bright red and encrusted with crystals, which feels really out of step with the spring rebirth theme of the collection – though I would love it in a different context. The hair has everyone in a pixie cut, which looks nice, then it was all smashed down with grease, which looks disgusting. The saturated stockings with contrasting shoes look sweet though, and they go with the better looks in the collection. However, there are some really amazing looks in the collection, so per usual I took out my favorites, which you can see below.

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