Iris Van herpen: Biopiracy

I am a big fan of Iris Van Herpen. I think she is one of the greatest visionaries alive and someone who truly blends art and fashion with ease.

As someone who also asks questions that becomes the spine of the collection, her question for her Biopiracy collection is
” In the recent past, patents on our genes have been purchased. Are we still the sole proprietor of our bodies?”

The collection now mixed with ready to wear and couture pieces is presented with artist Lawrence Malstaf to create a powerful visual that reminded me of Alexander McQueen’s theatrical presentations.

Models suspended in air tight plastics, fed with oxygen through a tube. Surreal and attention grabbing.

The mysterious sci-fi scene might just draw your attention away from the clothes had the clothes not been amazing. But they are just as beautifully crafted as ever.

This time, Van Herpen has included wearable pieces citing her move towards ready to wear. I love that the pieces, though wearable, are not mainstream, with her signature textures and 3D elements.

I think she is genius to start with couture and move to ready to wear without losing the essence of her brand. Looking forward to more.

Meanwhile, you have a great week ahead!

X Alex

(Images from Iris Van Herpen)

Cultures as a source of inspiration: Rachel Entwistle

I have been lusting over Rachel Entwistle’s jewellery for a few weeks now and it’s driving me crazy! Can my accessory drawer really take another ring and bracelet and necklace and maybe two of each!? I give up! I can always wear them to sleep I guess…

Inspired by different cultures and her journeys to Mexico, Guatemala and India, designer Rachel Entwistle translates her travel experiences into intricate and edgy designs. All pieces are handmade in her studio, using metals such as sterling silver, black rhodium and gold.

A look from her Alchemical collection

Looks from the Milagros collection

 

Entwistle graduated from Cultural studies before she went on to Jewellery Design. With her background in Cultural Studies, she immerses herself into the local culture, customs and superstitions during her travels, using these experiences as her source of inspiration. Anthropology, symbolism and mysticism are the main inspirations behind her collections.

A winner of the International Jewellery London Editor’s Choice for Originality and nominee for New Designer of the Year at the UK Jewellery Awards 2012, Entwistle is also the co-owner of Thor & Wistle-a specialist jewellery boutique in Shoreditch, featuring works by jewellery designers Kamilla Thorsen, Jana Reinhardt, Dominique Lucas and more.

I especially love the Milagros collection. The cross rings are beautiful and would make lovely pinky rings or knuckle rings. I can’t wait to get my hands on one!

 

x Sybil

(Images from Rachel Entwistle)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 and Tara Sutton

Looking forward to more collaborations by her.

X Alex

 

(Images from the emerging designer and Philomena Kwok)

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)

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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