Philomena Kwok: Milliner of the future

I chanced upon Philomena Kwok‘s work today and was drawn by some of the pieces.

Originally a jewellery designer, Philomena started out designing with metal, wood, resin and semi precious stones but began working on headpieces upon requests from her bespoke clients. What I like most are her collaboration pieces that truly pushes the envelope.

Here are some of the pieces from the collaborations over the years:

Collaboration with Flowers for a Vagabond

Collaboration with Tara Sutton

 

Looking forward to more collaborations by her.

X Alex

 

(Images from the emerging designer and Philomena Kwok)

Nature reclaims its place: Viral by Jess Riva Cooper

At first glance, they look like feminine busts with floral print, very romanticism meets baroque. A closer look reveals many more layers than I’ve expected. Some even look rather ‘medusa’-like, unfortunately. However, it’s undeniable that the sculptures are visually striking and memorable.

The intricacy of the details is impressive. What looks like standard busts you see in art class are covered with flowers and leaves, printed or in relief. Overgrown and enfolding the busts, the force of nature and the stillness of porcelain provide a haunting imagery.

Created by Jess Riva Cooper, a ceramic artist and educator based in Toronto, this series was done during her artist residency at John Michael Kohler Arts Centre.

Cooper says, “In my art practice, I integrate colour, drawing and clay to create installation-based artwork. I investigate fallen economic and environmental climates in regions such as Detroit, Michigan, where houses have become feral, disappearing behind ivy, trees and Kudzu vines that were planted generations ago. In my sculptures, the world sprouts plant matter. Colour and form burst forth from quiet gardens and bring chaos to ordered spaces. Nature reclaims its place by creeping over structures. Wild floral growth subverts past states, creating the preternatural from this transformation.”

 

Viral Series (2013), Ceramic, glaze, decal, 11″ x 8.3″ x 18″

Happy Good friday!

x Sybil

(Images from Jess Riva Cooper)

Vilsbøl de Arce and more

Sorry for the lack of writing. It has been a busy season packing up and moving out of our label’s birthplace at PARCO, while attending a business plan writing workshop with some of the other fashion incubators. PARCO Singapore has officially closed and with that, it marks a closure and a new beginning. My personal life wise, I have been working on renovating my new place so it’s truly a case of moving forward to a new environment and beginning.

Thank you for everyone’s support so far. It has been such a privilege to get support through so many channels and to know so many talented creatives with an amazing drive. Just a quick heads-up to you that the alexandria chen label will be undergoing a change in direction. Do keep a look out on our new directives!

Anyway, on a different note, I happened to chance upon Vilsbøl de Arce today. They share the same philosophy of fashion being an art form and it is no wonder I just love them.

Founded in 2002, Vilsbøl de Arce creates avant-garde fashion with strong ties to art and performance. The designers, Prisca Vilsbøl and Pia de Arce, believes that fashion is art revolving around human form.

The duo often creates in collaboration with other artists, their talent shooting off in a myriad of creative expressions: modern dance, industrial design, jewellery, art installations, headpieces and uniforms. Artistic projects serve as the inspiration and framework for the Vilsbøl de Arce collections, and the resulting pieces are intricate fashion constructions with unconventional silhouettes and sculptural characteristics.

One of the last projects on their news page was the social knitting project ‘Kaffeslabberas’ involving designers/artists such as Henrik Vibskov, AIAIAI, Huskmitnavn, Mads Norgaard, CAN.


(Photo: Oliver Stalmans)

But this was the image that caught my eye, one from their earlier collection.

And one of my favorite artistes Leigh Lezark in VDA.

Check out their news site for more interesting information!

Keep in touch!

X Alex

(Images from Vilsbøl de Arce News and DazedDigital)

Like a fairy: Stéphane Rolland’s SS2014 Haute Couture

“This has got to be distortion at its most elegant form”, that was my first thought when I watched Stéphane Rolland’s SS2014 Haute Couture runway show. Rolland’s collections has been consistently whimsical, feminine and just simply beautiful.

At the mere age of 20, Rolland joined Balenciaga and was promoted to the position of Creative Director of menswear within a year. He subsequently left to start his own prêt-à-porter company and eventually took on the role of artistic manager for Couturier Jean-Louis Scherrer, thereby embarking on his journey into haute couture. His experience as a costume designer probably also injected that element of glitz and glamour into his designs. Rolland presented his first eponymous haute couture collection in 2007 and has been churning out stunning pieces one after another since.

There is no better way to spend the day than looking at beautiful things and looking through Stéphane Rolland’s haute collections just makes my day.

X Sybil

(Images from FWP)

Ann Sofie Madsen: Futuristic craftmanship

A graduate of the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Anne Sofie Madsen has an impressive resume. The talented designer has worked for acclaimed trend forecasters Peclers and Alexander McQueen and trained under John Galliano for Dior in Paris before launching her debut collection during London Fashion Week 2010.

The designer’s vision is “… to show the well-known through the un-known and to use traditional handcraft methods and couture techniques within ready-to-wear”. Indeed, her pieces are beautifully poetic, artistic and futuristic.

“Anne Sofie Madsen experiments with materials such as leather applied to a fine mesh base, built-up collars with unconventional patterns, and hand-drawn illustrations printed digitally on silk or wool fabrics. The consistent play with contrasts and materials creates a look of mixed toughness and fragility to each design.”

Here are some pieces that I love.

Post Human Speed 2014

Sirens of Chrome A/W 13

SS 2013 Cherrilee

See more of her designers here!

Have an inspired week ahead.

X Alex

(All images from Ann Sofie Madsen)

Bottled up: the lure of perfume bottles

What better way to brighten up your day than to wear a unique scent that expresses who you are and who you want to be? I confess I own more than six perfumes at any one time but never had I thought to get a perfume bottle that will also kick start my day in a lovely way.

I chanced upon Àlex Añó’s perfume bottles recently and have been lusting over them since. They are unusual and eccentric but at the same time, beautiful in an eerie, mystical way and I wish to have a series of all these gorgeous bottles.

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The artist has been working with glass since 1992 and had participated in exhibitions at Galeria Montcada Tallers and l’Espai Vidre in Barcelona, la Galerie Workshop in Berlin and at the Galeria Art-o-nivo in Bruges. He specialized in Glass Grinding at the Massana art school in Barcelona and developed his craft at various institutions such as the Fundació Centre del Vidre in Barcelona, the “Cerfav” in Vannes-le-Châtel in France and La Granja Fundación Centro Nacional del Vidrio in Segovia.

In 2001, he perfected his technique at Franz Winkelkote’s workshop in Germany and since 2005, he has been designing and producing his own pieces. Currently, he shares his shop and studio in the Poble Espanyol with Katsue Kusumi, a ceramic artist. Àlex Añó’s works can be found on Alpha Art Trade, a website promoting artisans, artists and small manufacturers.

x Sybil

(Images from Alpha Art Trade)

Maiko Takeda: The Poetic Milliner

Logic + geometry + space form the common denominator in all Maiko Takeda pieces.

Tokyo born Maiko Takeda studied Jewellery Design BA(Hons) at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design and is currently doing a Masters in Millinery at the Royal College of Art. Her portfolio is extensive, having worked with Issey Miyake, Stephen Jones, Philip Treacy and Erickson Beamon. Juxtaposing environmental influences such as shadow, wind and gravity, her pieces are statically beautiful with a quiet voice that seems to narrate a story.

Here are some of her project pieces that are so poetic.


Formless (2012)

By Royal appointment (2012)

Some pieces from her past collection Cinematography:

But my favorites are her latest headpieces from her Collection- Atmospheric Reentry:

Somehow it reminded me of a mutated caterpillar with spikes. So eye-catchingly gorgeous.

It seems that Takeda has moved to a state of brighter colour palettes and a more extreme silhouette that perhaps indicate that her voice is getting louder, asking to be seen. Something she will definitely be if she keeps up her great work.

To see more, check out her site here.

Have a great week ahead & a Merry blessed Christmas.

 

X Alex
(All images from Maiko Takeda)

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