Sunday, December 4, 2016

CREATIVE CONTENTION : Q&A WITH CHRISTOPHER SAUVE

Christopher Lee Sauve [photo source]

Of the creative minds fusing street art with street style, pop culture and social activism, Christopher Lee Sauvé has risen to infamy on the coattails of cartoons and celebrities. Starting off at Adbusters Magazine, a move to NYC  and a t-shirt citing "Save Anna" (at the the time of big bank bailouts and uncertainty over the editorship of American Vogue) grounded his success with fashion favorites and spawned projects with Madonna, Marc Jacobs, Diane Von Furstenburg, Alexander Wang, among others. Known for his subversively-insulting-but-sincere style statements, Sauvé's creative palette embraces iconography as modus operandi, best placed to represent "the commercialization of celebrity" where "we no longer see celebs as people, but as the sum of parts packaged and sold to us" as noted by NOW. Sauvé expands, "For example, you can take Marilyn Monroe and simplify her abstractly into lips, a mole, a curl of hair and an eyelash, or Bowie and his zigzag" [source]. Keep reading for our conversation with the art director / illustrator / designer on artistic interpretation, color and contention...

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

-WEDNESDAY WINDOWS-

 Fendi - Rue Saint Honore, Paris, France

Arthur Ponsonby wrote, "when war is declared, truth is the first casualty." Catastrophically unfortunate, war is the result of contrived impulse. The assumption and accusation cast with the first stone clouds honesty, until peace intervenes as the turning point of understanding. Squabbling siblings have mastered the art of war-- tousling, tricking, trading, turning and ultimately yielding to the bond of blood that binds. This week's windows at Fendi in Paris reminds me of the relative sameness, but difference exhibited in sibling rivalry... of being equal, but not the same way and of strikingly separate personalities. Keep reading to see more...

Thursday, November 24, 2016

-HAPPY THANKSGIVING-

 The Eiffel Tower - Paris, France

Another Thanksgiving, another cycle of ticking and tying threadbare theologies. What better way to celebrate than to avoid the aggravation altogether? Landing in Paris, I embrace the freedom France has to offer. Happy Thanksgiving! Keep reading for a couple quick sights... 

Sunday, November 20, 2016

-WEEKEND WINDOWS-

Topshop, Soho, NYC

Holes are good; the mantra was agreed with a colleague over tacos one sunny Saturday. While debating the style statement of holes in jeans, the glass-half-full outlook becomes a generally delicate discussion on life. Holes allow for an introspective view and opportunities to close gaps, creatively. Along those lines, the lyrics of Broken by Lifehouse and Kate Voegele's Free & Wild resound as a mood modifier to makeover the mindset. The models at Topshop project fashion friendly familiarity in Soho this week. Keep reading to see more...

Sunday, November 13, 2016

-WEEKEND WINDOWS-

The windows of Aritzia Fifth Ave

In french "le fou" means "the fool"; this week unleashed a bit of "fou" with a fleeting frenzy of visitors, arrangements and assorted activities. Feeling phased by both opportunity and obligation, Saturday serenity culls contemplative choice. Strolling past the windows at Aritzia, apparent is a play on the the combination of chance, choice and consequence. With romance and expression, there is a bit of balance, nostalgia and originality. Which characteristics win out? Keep reading for additional reflection and a look at the windows at Mulberry...

Sunday, November 6, 2016

AI WEIWEI LAUNDROMAT @ DEITCH PROJECTS

"Laundromat" by Ai Weiwei at Deitch Projects (@jeffreydeitch)

It was a Trail of Tears that displaced Native Americans in the 1800s and a sea of shoes that now represent the refugee crisis perpetuating on Greece's borders today. In a landmark showing at Deitch Projects, Ai WeiWei uses fashion as a focal point to further the message of displaced refugees. One of 4 Ai Weiwei exhibits simultaneously opening November 5th, Laundromat showcases 2,046 abandoned clothes and shoes left by moving migrants. Keep reading for more...  

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

-WEDNESDAY WINDOWS-

Floral Frenzy at Club Monaco Fifth Ave.

When I gave up my Pantech 300 (the world's smallest clamshell phone) 8 years ago, life became a touch-screen tapping, ap-guided adventure. Never anticipating life with digital dependency, it's been unimaginably inspirational to watch aps change the world. Amid the myriad of games, personal assistance and social media, aps like WazeWhatsApp, and the Means Database make life better. This week's windows at Club Monaco show that there are multiple dimensions by which to focus and find subtle gems. Keep reading for more...  

Sunday, October 30, 2016

-WEEKEND WINDOWS-

Kenzo x H&M, available November 3rd, 2016 at 8AM, as advertised on 5th Ave.

Recently reaching a mid-career milestone (9 years at the same company, in 4 different roles and 2 organizations), trends reveal that: 1.) Everything is do-able with time and prioritization, 2.) Being able to explain effort trumps the effort expended and 3.) Having the right champion paves the way to success. No matter the personality of 'Wailer,' 'Wallower' or 'Wallflower,' the means of 'making it big' are a customizable masterpiece. In parallel, this week's windows advertising Kenzo's collaboration with H&M remind us of the upcoming debut and showcase 3 different pattern personalities  Both in function and fashion, use creativity to conjure conquests from available resources. Keep reading for more... 

Saturday, October 22, 2016

SKB ART @ Fillin Global

SKB ART Skateboard Art Exhibit at Fillin Global Gallery

Bringing a bit of the street indoors, artists unite under a common theme and medium at Fillin Global Gallery this weekend. In a 2-day show, skateboards with street art by Manhattan's most recognizable taggers grace the walls of 356 Bowery in the Lower East Side. Dain's signature circles and Phoebe NY's familiar faces form pieces worthy of price tags ranging from $200 to $2,000. Keep reading for a look inside the exhibit...

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

-WEDNESDAY DISPLAY-

Gucci on display at Dover Street Market, NYC

Floral, fur and fancy fabric flirt with the frugal fashionista at Dover Street Market NYC. Stepping foot into the groovy gallery of gregarious garments (after a year away), feelings of awe and guilt meet when confronted with multi-thousand dollar garments. Museum quality merchandise combined with cutting edge street style make for an interesting interpretation of fashion. Keep reading for a look at the latest inside...