a fashion writer's fantasy musings
Humanity’s struggling against a hostile world that hates them stretches back to the dawn of time, further than steel, oil and machines. “Survival of the fittest,” they say, and in Citizen Sleeper’s intergalactic cyberpunk world, humans are not the only sitting on the gift of sentience. Do digital copies of human consciousnesses dream of pixel…
Creatives, be it in literature, film, videogame or fashion space, have an impossible trove of inspiration in the trenches and plains of our oceans. Classic lit writers like Herman Melville (Moby Dick) and Ernest Hemingway (The Old Man and the Sea) wax poetic on loneliness and the resolute man at sea.
By 2006, eight albums into an already illustrious career as the “Empress of J-pop,” Ayumi Hamasaki would be a priestess to the art of theatre and production value, in all its campy glory. Even Secret was initially announced to be a seven-track EP, eventually emerging as a full-length album and a well-packaged cornerstone of mid-2000’s…
Visitations to Trinity Bellwoods’ Little Ghosts bookstore leave my wallet a little lighter, but with new literature, interred in budding a personal horror library.
Maria Grazia Chiuri’s inspirations for Christian Dior’s spring/summer 2023 explores the sartorial senses of Catherine de’ Medici, an Italian-born orphan whose life took an extraordinary turn, eventually reigning as regent queen of France in the mid-1500’s and becoming the most influential woman in 16th century French politics and history.
I first read Lauren Weisberger’s debut The Devil Wears Prada, published in 2003, around the time of the film adaptation’s apex in popularity. I’m fairly certain I saw the film first, then read the Weisberger’s fictionalized Vogue experience.
The simian cover artwork theme in acclaimed Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami’s short stories collection “First Person Singular” kicked my funny bone; how ridiculous, to have a snow monkey, displaced from the hot springs it adorably frequents, look like it had forgotten one of its grocery bags back at the superstore.
The main draw for me in K-Pop phenomenon BLACKPINK’s second full-length album BORN PINK is that one song that samples classical music. Franz Liszt’s “La Campanella,” famously known to be one of the hardest pieces of classical piano music around, is sampled to winsome pop effect in main single “Shut Down”.
The debut Drakes runway show opens with a lonesome lap by a black hoodied, black Conversed apparition in Rick Genest-esque makeup, staring daggers and poised to pounce on an unsuspecting fornt row influencer.
Ubiquitous is the use of black and white as a medium for chic, and designer Charles Lu heeds that ubiquity in spades, as he debuts his eponymous brand’s first runway collection.