Music is art. Photography is art. Dance is a fluid form of artwork. Therefore, is fashion considered wearable art? Andy Warhol himself had proclaimed Yves Saint Laurent “le plus grand artiste français de notre temps.”
Fashion attests to the human capacity to change,” writes the French philosopher Gilles Lipovetsky in his book, The Empire of Fashion: Dressing Modern Democracy. ”Fashion is one of the faces of modern artifice, of the effort of human beings to make themselves masters of the conditions of their own existence.”
Designers are artists of the modern age, using fabrics and sequins to create and beautify the canvas of the human body.
Lifestyle & Fashion blog, “Life with Flair” discussed the influence of dance on fashion in her post “Dance.Fashion.Muse.” She explores fashion’s “ongoing love affair with dance” throughout history. Afua cites some fantastic modern examples, such as Beyonce’s new music video for “Countdown.” She also shared the Lanvin Fall/Winter 2011-2012 collection video showcasing models dancing to Pitbull.
To further discuss the connection of dance and fashion, fashion has transformed into an art form. The transition of New York Fashion Week from the Bryant Park Tents to the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts started a cultural movement. Lincoln Center even hired a “Director of Fashion” to incorporate “style” and “fashion” throughout the year.
In Summer 2011, The Metropolitan Museum of Art immortalized the late Alexander McQueen in an exhibit called “Savage Beauty.” The exhibit demonstrated McQueen’s greatest works and honored his theatrical flair for fashion.
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Louboutins, check. It-bag, check. Lip gloss, check. SmartPhone, check. Let’s face it, most of us are not only addicted to shopping, we are addicted to the Internet.
Can’t get enough of fashion? Take it with you on the fly. Below, you’ll find a roundup of the hottest mobile applications curated for the style-savvy.
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The Fashion Bible For Your Phone: Style.com for iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch
Since it’s inception in 1892, Vogue has positioned itself as a leader in fashion news and trends. The glossy’s coveted mobile application is packed with insider information on the hottest runway collections throughout the globe. The best part of this application? You can watch fashion shows on your phone or iPad! Cons? Works best when you are connected to WiFi as it will surely zap up your monthly data allowance.
The Wardrobe Organizer in Your Pocket: StyleBook for iPhone or iPod Touch
If your closet is creative chaos, this wardrobe organizer can help you plan outfits in advance. Upload items that you actually own and create inspiration boards of what you plan on wearing on set calendar dates.
Social Buying on the Fly: Gilt on the Go
Never miss another sale with Gilt’s app for the iPhone or iPad. Gilt Groupe provides flash sales on designer items at up to 60% off retail. This application takes mobile buying to another level.
KL: I get a lot of my inspiration from the world around us. I love to get inspired by the change of the seasons and also the beach. I get inspired mostly by the materials I am working with. I like to play around with different stones until I find my direction. I love to work with natural semi precious gemstones, freshwater pearls, and 14k gold filled for a softer look.
KL: My jewelry retails for around $35 – $195 depending on stones, metals, and design.
KL: Jewelry trends mimic clothing trends as they change together. A lot of hemlines in fashion are becoming longer as are necklace lengths this season. There are a lot of necklaces over 30″ long with pendants, or simple designs throughout them. A lot of layering with these longer pieces too can be seen. I think adding ribbon to necklaces is still popular for fall as well as funkier statement pieces and more bib like necklaces mixing chain and stones.
KL: Accessorizing is almost a must! Throwing on a necklace with your top or dress can really make an outfit. I would say match the feel of the outfit without being too matchy-matchy. If you’re wearing something plain add a statement piece to really jazz it up or if you’re wearing something with pattern be a little simplistic and wear a longer necklace or stack a few bracelets.
I would also say to invest in quality pieces made with better materials.. it’s better to invest in a piece you can wear year after year as opposed to a piece that will wear to the base metal after a year of wearing it.
KL: As for clothing I like to hunt for a good steal so you’ll find me at places like Nordstrom Rack and Tjmaxx. I also like to help other people out and get a lot of things from Etsy.com for the more everything type of shopping.
KL: I feel like I am always so busy I don’t get much time to enjoy the DC hot spots as much as I would like! My boyfriend is a chef so we go to DC, Alexandria, and Arlington a lot for the good food!
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Can’t get enough of Kim? Check out some of her beautiful, handmade designs!
labradorite, aluminum $160 freshwater pearl $165 smokey quartz $165
What are the hottest colors for Spring 2012? Pantone recently launched their Spring 2012 Color Report, showcasing top fashion influencers.
Peter Som’s inspiration: “Roses in their myriad of colors.”
The Signature Color for Ella Moss: ” Crystal Clear Caribbean Green- this feels fresh and new for spring and pairs well back to the palette of bright colors and muted tones.”
Rachel Roy‘s prominent colors: “ I wanted a feeling of old world, transparent, light and refined simplicity in neutral pastels such as cooled down lush, bright tones: Blue, Copper, Zinnia and Zest.”
About Pantone: Pantone LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of X-Rite, Incorporated, is the world-renowned authority on color. For more than 45 years, Pantone has been inspiring design professionals with products, services and leading technology for the colorful exploration and expression of creativity.
For more information, visit: www.pantone.com
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I’ve been obsessed with shades of grey lately and the color “driftwood” is included in this report. I enjoy toying with the idea that my new apartment furnishings just so happen to be on trend. Do you plan an outfit based on colors or around a certain focal piece? What colors do you find in your wardrobe? Looking forward to your comments below.
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