25 posts tagged "Katy Perry"
Three central themes form the crux of Bradley Quinn’s new book Textile Visionaries: technology, sustainability, and innovation. The tome chronicles the work of thirty-six designers from disparate places around the world, each of whom shares a common interest in pushing the boundaries of textile design—and, subsequently, fashion and interiors—forward.
“For fashion to survive in the future, it has got to marry itself to other cultural forms,” Quinn told Style.com. One example is techno-fashion, which he calls a “dream collaboration” that speeds up the way technology can be applied, packaged, or sold. It’s a subject Quinn has been researching since the nineties, a time when designers like Hussein Chalayan would go to tech fairs to see what scientific devices he could make wearable.
“Since then, a dialogue has formed in which people who are designing the techy stuff now have objectives to make technology wearable, so their products will become seamlessly integrated into our lives,” Quinn explains. Below, the author highlights the top five textile visionaries of today, all of which he cites in Textile Visionaries, set to hit shelves on August 27. Continue Reading “Rethinking Fabric With Bradley Quinn” »
Eschewing pins, plaids, and pugnaciousness, a few of last night’s Met Gala attendees opted for a different sort of ornamentation: all things baroque. Curious, you might think, since gilt and whorls don’t exactly fit with punk’s middle-fingers-up grittiness. But with parallel underlying airs of metallurgy and commoditized Gothicism, we’d say these ladies picked up on a bloodline between the zeitgeists.
Beyoncé’s hellfire custom-made Givenchy gown evoked monarchal muscle and flamboyant architectural tones. Katy Perry arrived in head-to-toe Dolce & Gabbana—florid gold-leafed crown included. Dolce & Gabbana also dressed Giovanna Battaglia and Tabitha Simmons. The former wore the label’s Alta Moda couture line, and both looks recalled a seaside Palermo church awash in halcyon daylight. Hilary Rhoda also walked the line between rococo and rebellion; her Wes Gordon top featured fine-lined Aurelian patterning on diaphanous black sheer—but her cropped leather pants were 100 percent King’s Road.
Last year, Swedish pop singer Robyn released her three-part dancehall album Body Talk. She didn’t follow the traditional industry route of putting out an album, then touring; she did both at once, releasing one mini-album and taking it to the stage while plunging into the next one whenever time allowed. Here, in this video from The Creators Project debuting exclusively on Style.com, the singer reflects on her groundbreaking work with friend and music video filmmaker Mary Fagot.
“Celebrity culture and consumer culture provoked me to do something that was more…not old-school, because performance art is hardly that, but hands-on and physical,” Robyn told Style.com from Norway, where she was playing at the Hove Festival this weekend. “What I’m really interested in is the meeting point [with my fans], and that’s what 2011 has been about for me—focusing on touring.”
And touring (and opening for fellow wild child Katy Perry) has afforded her some opportunities to indulge her odder side. “I have this one part of the show, where I eat a banana on stage—because I was raised by chimpanzees,” the pop star joked. “Sometimes, I will catch a little girl’s face and her mouth is gaping open as she wonders what the fuck I’m doing—not everyone gets what I’m about.”
Style-wise, the pixie blonde is hesitant to connect her name with fashion brands, explaining, “I need to keep my credibility as an artist and not be a commercial space.” But she admits there is one house she might make an exception for: “Balenciaga—it’s always been and still is my favorite. I feel like I could front it and be totally cool with it.” Monsieur Ghesquière, are you listening?