14.07.2014 – Dolce&Gabbana Alta Moda, Capri, 11.07.2014
Creating a garment that would represent Malysia was a bit more difficult than the one for Australia. I started with researching the country, the people, the traditions, but nothing sparked real inspiration. I did note down that the national flower is the hibiscus and the colour is red – I wanted to incooperate these two elemants into the design, I just didn’t quite know how.
What finally made the decision for me was a fabric. I got the beautiful piece from my sister, and while I’m not completely sure whether it’s from Sulawesi (Indonesia) or Kuala Lumpur (Malyasia), I know that it comes from this area. So I made a high waisted pencil skirt out of it, that is covered in red chiffon ‘petals’, with some turquoise tulle underneath to give it more support and changing colours. Changing colours indeed! My camera struggled to capture the different shades of red and sometimes just blurred them… oh, well. When Adriana stands still, the light fabric covers the brocade, but when she moves, the beautiful skirt makes an appearance.
The asymmetrical top is made out of the crepe chiffon as well. There is sublte embroidery and some sequins, to add a bit more glamour. The raw edges of the fabric create soft lines, that mimic the lightness of a hibiscus flower. Generally, the whole outfit should be very light and airy, as the weather conditions are hot and humid in Malaysia right now. A fun coincidence is that red is of course also the colour of Ferrari…
I never really had a favourite city, but I think London takes this place now. I love the energy, the coolness, how relaxed everyone is, but you can still feel the pulse and the progress. And I love the architecture – so diverse! My favourites are the houses in Kensington, were we stayed, with their white entrances, oriels and balconies. Also, London is so green! Of course, there are the big parks, but there is also s much greenery in the front gardens and the private gardens in the open areas between the buildings.
I think instead of telling you what we did exactly, I’ll just show you the pictures – I took many, many and here are just some. Still, this is just part one of you London experience, part 2 will follow next week. Maybe I’ll choose a different format then, but I don’t really feel like writing a lot at the moment.
The Victoria & Albert museum – from the outside and from the inside.
The Natural History Museum – just next door. Looks like Hogwarts or something.
Picadilly Circus – that’s were the party started (so many people)
Covent Garden by night
London Eye and the Thames
Spooky Big Ben shortly after Midnight (and a sneaky underground sign)
Royal Albert Hall and red London bus
Kensington Palace – very unspectacular, I expected something grander
Peter Pan statue in Kensington gardens (too cute)
Saatchi Gallery architecture
food stall in front of the gallery (we had already eaten at a Libanese restaurant, delicious!)
flower crowns at Topshop in Oxford Street
Real flowers at Harrods
The Wicked Stepmother at the Harrods’ window display.
Since I heard last October/November that the Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty exhibition from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York would be shown in the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, I knew that this was a chance of a lifetime. London isn’t that far away, and if booked in advance, the flights aren’t too expensive either. So I dreamed about going until my mother told me to just do it: set a date, book the tickets and fulfil my dream. And that’s what I did last weekend.
Together with a friend, I went to London for three days and the highlight (and purpose) of the whole trip was definitely the exhibition. A-MA-ZING. Really. I was in awe the whole time. I thought I knew what to expect, as I own the catalogue of the Met exhibition and I knew that they would show basically the same items. But I was not prepared for how they were shown. Each room had a different theme, a different motto and was designed accordingly. There were beautiful gilded showcases with tarnished mirrors, one room covered with panelling, another one with bones. Clean white tiles stood in contrast to a curiosity cabinet in black, flowery wallpaper to mirrored niches.
And the clothes! Seeing them up close was an experience I’ll never forget. Those details, those textiles, those seamlines! All these iconic garments I only ever saw on images in books or on my computer screen where right in front of me, so close that I could have touched them. I tried to take it all in, to fill my brain with these images, to soak it all up. I could have spend a whole week there, looking at each garment form every possible angle, preferably having a look at the inside of the clothes as well, trying to understand a bit more of McQueen’s genius.
I was especially glad to be able to study some of the garments from my favourite collection ever, Widows of Culloden (Autumn 2006). Even the Kate Moss hologram from the show’s finale was featured – it was hauntingly beautiful, scary and strangely attractive at the same time.
Sadly, my pictures do not do the clothes much justice. Some rooms were very dark and actually, I wasn’t even allowed to take any pictures. But I had to ignore this and snap at least some… Additionally, I also got the catalogue of the exhibition, which is different form the one from the Met – It is filled with essays, pictures of the shows, McQueen’s sketches and behind-the-scenes photos. I highly recommend it!
More about London will follow soon!
No pictures in this post, because that’s what this is all about!
I originally started this blog as another possibility, next to flickr, to share a hobby of mine: collecting fashion dolls. I knew from the beginning that I would also post other things, such as sewing projects, traveling and exploring nature, about my education (fashionschool, back then I would have added eventually :)), anything really that was worth blogging about and fit into some limited categories.
I knew that it would be a personal blog, but not overly personal - you might know what I did last Friday, but not whom I was with for example. I’m not sharing that much about my private life, but I do share a lot about myself, if that makes any sense (If you read my blog, you’ll know what I’m talking about anyway).
So my main goal for this blog is that it is authentic. It should represent me, what I’m doing, what I’m excited about, etc. It has to be filled with original content, that’s really important to me. And that’s also why I’m stopping to post the Integrity Toys promotional pictures of new dolls.
It’s not like they’re paying me – I just thought the pictures might interest some of my readers (+ myself) and that’s why I posted them. They were very convenient – when there were gaps in my blogging schedule, IT would often help me out with the release of new pictures. But now I feel that they are watering down the whole content of my blog – just throwing them out there without much further information is just too easy and so I decided to stop. There are other blogs out there where you can find these pictures, but just not here on Lassemista anymore.
Basically that’s all I wanted to say with this post, but this one paragraph turned into several ones! Oh well, bear with me. Just me in the future and as much good content as possible. I hope you understand, but it’s not really a big deal. I just wanted to let you know…. I’ll be back after the weekend with some very exciting posts, definitely stay tuned, I’m not kidding. I hope the pictures will turn out well…!
Last friday, I helped at the fashionshow of our schools graduation class. The title was ‘Fadenlauf’, meaning grain line in english. They are taking the same program as I, so it was really a good practice for me – my class will have to organize a fahionshow next year as well.
And the bar is set high! They chose the Gasometer as their location, which was surely expensive, but I think it payed of. Everything looked very professional, the runway, the backdrop… There even were two cameras filming the models as they were walking down the runway and that was shown live on two video screens. And that was also necessary, because the whole hall was filled with people, there were even some on the gallery, looking down. The videos really helped to see details, which wouldn’t have been recognized otherwise. I also love the fact theat the students decided to donate the net profit to the Clean Clothes Campaign – a nice touch, especially at a fahionshow.
While the show was really great, very well executed, I do think that the actual clothes that were shown were a bit… boring. Very similar to each other. Minimalistic, clean, and while they look interesting when looking very closely, that was a bit lost during the show – the bright lightning and the light colours swallowed a lot. Of course, there were some exceptions, some really interesting clothes, one collection even has already won an award. But as a whole… There was a second fashionshow of the parallel class the week before, to which I couldn’t go, but I have been told that there, the collections were much more unique, telling you something about the designer. I’ve seen pictures of it and I think I have to agree.
I don’t mean to criticize anyone. I know that every single student put a lot of thought and hard work into their collection. I’ve heard stories of girls who re-made half of their collection in the past 5 days, in order to make it perfect. The stress level during the whole production must have been so high, just like the expectations the designers set for themselves. And I also know that this (let’s call it lack of diversity) is also due to their teachers – some just have a very strong opinion about fashion and very defined aesthetics and that spreads over to their students. And I’m not making this up, one of my own teachers agreed with us.
But really, this post is about the show, about Fadenlauf. They did very well with everything, even manged to invite some VIP’s like Alfons Haider, Dorretta Carter and Elvira Geyer. Their hard work of the past few weeks was clearly visible and they were successful with pulling off their show. Well done!