Monthly Archives: September 2012

Joan Miró

Joan Miró inspired the Michael van der Ham Spring/Summer 2013 Show.

Other Joan Miró-inspired collections : Diane von Furstenberg Autumn/Winter 2007-2008 (look 2 : half a red circle on a black dress, referencing Joan Miró), Diane von Furstenberg Home Spring/Summer 2011 (« Miró Flowers » porcelain plate), Diplodocus Spring/Summer 2011 (Joan Miró-influenced collection), Eley Kishimoto Autumn/Winter 2002-2003 (Joan Miró-style patterns), Fendi by Karl Lagerfeld Spring/Summer 2005 (based on Joan Miró’s color palette), Lanvin by Alber Elbaz Autumn/Winter 2012-2013 (Joan Miró-influenced jewelry, made in collaboration with Elie Top), Pollini Spring/Summer 2006 (Joan Miró-inspired « teardrop » fabrics).

Moreover, Joan Miró designed the cover of the Balenciaga’s Madrid exhibition catalogue, in 1974, and the cover of the December 1979 issue of « Vogue Paris » (Joan Miró was the guest editor of this issue).

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Posted by on September 28, 2012 in Art


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Boris Karloff in James Whale’s « Frankenstein » inspired one T-shirt (look 30) in the Christopher Kane Spring/Summer 2013 Show (the makeup artist of this show, Lucia Pieroni, said that she channeled a daintier version of « Frankenstein’s daughter » to create the makeup).

Other « Frankenstein »-inspired collections or items : Dsquared² Autumn/Winter 2010-2011 (this show, influenced by science laboratories, referenced « Frankenstein »), Manolo Blahnik (in May 2006, Manolo Blahnik told « British Vogue » that he designed huge platforms, in the ’70s, that looked like « Frankenstein »), Rodarte Autumn/Winter 2009-2010 (the muse of this collection evoked Boris Karloff in « Frankenstein »).

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Posted by on September 27, 2012 in Cinema


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Japan influenced the Prada Spring/Summer 2013 Show, via flowers, leather judo socks and folded pieces.

Some Japan-inspired collections : Armani Privé Autumn/Winter 2011-2012, Christopher Kane Spring/Summer 2011 (motifs inspired by Japanese gangs’ tattoos), Dior Couture Spring/Summer 2007 (based on Giacomo Puccini’s « Madama Butterfly »), Erdem for Harrods Autumn/Winter 2010-2011 (influenced by Japanese gardens), Erin Fetherston Spring/Summer 2010 (« Ladyland » collection, based on a trip to Nara), Gareth Pugh Spring/Summer 2011 (samurai influences), Gianfranco Ferré by Tommaso Aquilano and Roberto Rimondi Autumn/Winter 2010-2011 (samurai-style clothes), Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci Couture Spring/Summer 2011 (inspired by Kazuo Ohno and « UFO Robot Grendizer »), Hussein Chalayan Spring/Summer 2011 (« Sakoku » collection, based on Japan’s isolation between 1633 and 1853), Jean Paul Gaultier Spring/Summer 1999 (« Japanese Tourists at the Louvre / Les Touristes japonaises au Louvre » collection), Jean Paul Gaultier Couture Spring/Summer 2004 (« Samurai / Les Samouraïs » collection, inspired by Edward Zwick’s film « The Last Samurai »), Julien David Autumn/Winter 2012-2013 (Japan’s culture is a strong inspiration for Julien David’s collections of clothes and silk scarves), Louis Vuitton by Marc Jacobs Spring/Summer 2011 (inspired in part by the Japanese designers who came in Paris in the ’70s), Proenza Schouler Autumn/Winter 2012-2013 (for this collection, based on the idea of protection, Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez revisited karate and samurai uniforms), Rodarte Autumn/Winter 2008-2009 (inspired by kabuki and Japanese horror films).

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Posted by on September 25, 2012 in Places


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New technologies

New technologies inspired glasses in the Diane von Furstenberg Spring/Summer 2013 Show, made in collaboration with Google, in order to film a behind-the-scenes documentary, using Google’s glass technology.

Some groundbreaking shows or collections inspired by then-new technologies : Alexander McQueen Spring/Summer 2010 (the « Plato’s Atlantis » show, presented on October 6, 2009, at Paris’ Palais Bercy, was filmed by 2 huge robotic cameras, which live streamed the images on the Internet), Alexander Wang Spring/Summer 2010 (in collaboration with Nick Knight’s, this show was projected on a giant screen, in New York’s Times Square), Burberry Prorsum by Christopher Bailey Autumn/Winter 2010-2011 (this show, presented on February 23, 2010, was live streamed in 3-D, on Burberry’s site, facebook®, Twitter and YouTube, for private screenings, in Dubai, Los Angeles, New York, Paris and Tokyo ; moreover, in July 2010, Burberry was the 1st top brand to release a numerical and interactive campaign for this collection, on Burberry’s site, facebook®, Twitter and YouTube), Dolce & Gabbana Autumn/Winter 2010-2011 (this show, presented on February 28, 2010, was delivered live on iPhones, with the D&G Fashion Channel app), Helmut Lang (in April 1998, Helmut Lang was the 1st designer to live stream his new collection on the Internet), Hussein Chalayan Spring/Summer 2007 (the finale of the « One Hundred Eleven » show featured mechanical dresses that transformed themselves thanks to a computer program), Issey Miyake (for his A-POC / A Piece of Cloth line, launched in 1999, in collaboration with Dai Fujiwara, Issey Miyake used groundbreaking technologies to eliminate the usual steps of cuts and sewings ; for his 132 5 line, launched for Autumn/Winter 2010-2011, Issey Miyake developed pieces with the computer engineer Jun Mitani), Jean Paul Gaultier Spring/Summer 2011 (the viewers of this show wore 3-D glasses to watch 3-D printed pieces), Louis Vuitton by Marc Jacobs Spring/Summer 2010 (presented on October 7, 2009, this show was live streamed on facebook®), N° 21 Spring/Summer 2013 (Alessandro Dell’Acqua said that this collection was dedicated to the tumblr. generation), Ralph Lauren Autumn/Winter 2010-2011 (this show, originally presented in February 2010, was projected in 3-D, in November 2010, on the buildings of London’s and New York’s Ralph Lauren stores, to highlight 10 years of Ralph Lauren’s numerical innovations), Rifat Ozbek Autumn/Winter 1990-1991 (this collection was presented as a video, directed by John Maybury, which was then an innovative alternative), Thierry Mugler (in 1998, Thierry Mugler presented the 1st virtual show, at the IMAGINA festival, in Monaco).

Moreover, the December 2009 issue of « Vogue » highlighted Google-inspired pieces, created by Gary Graham, House of Waris, Sophie Theallet, Spurr, and Wayne, for the CFDA / Vogue Fashion Fund, in the « Design engineering » article, written by William Norwich.

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Posted by on September 24, 2012 in Uncategorized


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Louise Bourgeois

Louise Bourgeois’ « Fabric Works », presented at the Fondazione Vedova, in Venice, were the starting point of the Louis Vuitton by Julie de Libran Pre-Fall 2011 Collection.

Other Louise Bourgeois-inspired collections and designs or Louise Bourgeois’ collaborations : Claudia Schiffer (the « spider » logo of her cashmere line, launched in 2011, is based on Louise Bourgeois’ « Spider IV » sculpture), Dior Fine Jewelry by Victoire de Castellane (the inspiration board of Victoire de Castellane’s studio, on rue François-Ier, in Paris, features a portrait of Louise Bourgeois), Dirk Van Saene (in 2005, he said that Louise Bourgeois’ sculptures had influenced some of his designs), Fanny Karst Autumn/Winter 2008-2009 (the cold colors and the steel tints of this collection were influenced by Louise Bourgeois’ works), Frank Tell Spring/Summer 2009 (inspired in part by Louise Bourgeois’ « Cells »), Helen Robotham Autumn/Winter 2009-2010 (Helen Robotham designed this collection, inspired in part by Louise Bourgeois, when she was a student at London College of Fashion), Helmut Lang (Louise Bourgeois appeared on ad campaigns for the designer, and recorded a CD, which was the soundtrack of the Helmut Lang Autumn/Winter 2003-2004 Menswear Show, and that was accompanied by a T-shirt for men, both had designs inspired by Louise Bourgeois’ work, « What Is the Shape of This Song » ; moreover, the Helmut Lang store, in Paris, presented the Louise Bourgeois’ « LAIR 1986-2000 » sculpture, from April to July 2004), Low Luv (in December 2009, Erin Wasson said that she would have loved Louise Bourgeois to wear her Low Luv jewelry line, because she was then « just the coolest thing alive. »), Meadham Kirchhoff Spring/Summer 2010 (the flyers for this show featured a Louise Bourgeois’ quote, « My knives are like a tongue … »), Pon Pon (in 2012, Pon Pon’s creative director, Laetitia Guillet, said that Louise Bourgeois’ drawings would symbolize her brand), Rachel Roy Pre-Fall 2012 (in part), Simone Rocha Autumn/Winter 2011-2012 (influenced by Louise Bourgeois’ works), Simone Rocha Spring/Summer 2012 (based on Louise Bourgeois’ hanging garments and lace works), VPL Autumn/Winter 2008-2009 (the collection was, according to Victoria Bartlett, inspired by « Louise Bourgeois’ glandular and pendulous forms »).

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Posted by on September 21, 2012 in Art


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Basic Instinct

Sharon Stone’s character in Paul Verhoeven’s « Basic Instinct », Catherine Tramell, influenced the Julien Macdonald Spring/Summer 2013 Collection, about a powerful woman who lives in a Hollywood mansion.

Other « Basic Instinct »-inspired collections : Danielle Scutt 2006 (Danielle Scutt’s graduate collection spotlighted pieces for a strong woman, like « Basic Instinct »’s Catherine Tramell), Salvatore Ferragamo by Massimiliano Giornetti Autumn/Winter 2011-2012 (Sharon Stone in « Basic Instinct » was one of the references of this collection, about some powerful heroines of the ’80s and early ’90s).

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Posted by on September 20, 2012 in Cinema


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Madeleine Castaing

Madeleine Castaing meets London’s and New York’s punk scenes was the theme of the Anna Sui Spring/Summer 2013 Show.

Another Madeleine Castaing-inspired collection : Zac Posen Pre-Fall 2011 (influenced by Madeleine Castaing’s interiors).

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Posted by on September 18, 2012 in Design


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Marilyn Manson

Marilyn Manson inspired the « Hell » theme of the Jean Paul Gaultier Spring/Summer 2003 Menswear Show, « Hell and Heaven / L’Enfer et le Paradis ».

Some Marilyn Manson-inspired hair and makeups : Alexander McQueen Autumn/Winter 2009-2010 (to describe the strong makeup of this show, which highlighted white faces and huge red lips, « British Vogue » wrote that it was a « Marilyn Manson makeup »), Jean Paul Gaultier Spring/Summer 2011 (to describe the makeup he created for this show, which featured big blue halos around the eyes, Stéphane Marais told « British Vogue » : « What Marilyn Manson might do next », and the February 2011 issue of « Vogue Paris » depicted it as « Marilyn Manson meets Cleopatra »), Meadham Kirchhoff Spring/Summer 2011 (to describe the hairstyle he created for this show, James Pecis told « Vogue » that it was « … something like a Marilyn Manson follower, if you can picture that kind of intense, gothic look to the hair. »).

Some shows with Marilyn Manson’s songs on the soundtrack : Badgley Mischka Spring/Summer 2004 (Marilyn Manson featured on the Javier Peral-mixed soundtrack), Marc Jacobs Autumn/Winter 2011-2012 (« The Beautiful People »), Vivienne Westwood Spring/Summer 2005 (« Personal Jesus » ; moreover, Marilyn Manson, with his then-fiancee Dita von Teese, starred in the Vivienne Westwood Spring/Summer 2005 ad campaign), Vivienne Westwood Autumn/Winter 2005-2006 Menswear (« Personal Jesus »).

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Posted by on September 17, 2012 in Music


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Gerhard Richter

Gerhard Richter’s photo-paintings were the starting point of dresses, which feature images of portraits, in the Proenza Schouler Spring/Summer 2013 Show.

Other Gerhard Richter-inspired collections : Basso & Brooke Autumn/Winter 2011-2012 (the camouflage prints of this collection were influenced by Gerhard Richter’s paintings), Gabriele Colangelo Spring/Summer 2012 (the jacquards of this collection, printed with images, were inspired by Gerhard Richter’s over-painted photographs), Lela Rose Autumn/Winter 2011-2012 (inspired by Gerhard Richter’s newsprint paintings), Marcus Constable Autumn/Winter 2009-2010 (the layering of this collection was inspired by Gerhard Richter).

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Posted by on September 14, 2012 in Art


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Helmut Newton

Helmut Newton’s photographs, showcased at the « Helmut Newton, 1920-2004 » retrospective at the Grand Palais, in Paris, from March 24 to July 30, 2012, inspired the Jason Wu Spring/Summer 2013 Show.

Other Helmut Newton-inspired collections : Alberta Ferretti Pre-Fall 2010 (this collection evoked a powerful Helmut Newton-style woman), Alessandro Dell’Acqua Autumn/Winter 2002-2003 (inspired, like other collections designed by Alessandro Dell’Acqua, by Helmut Newton’s ’70s pictures), Anthony Vaccarello (his 1st collections, circa 2009-2010, were inspired by Helmut Newton), Bibhu Mohapatra Spring/Summer 2012, Danielle Scutt Spring/Summer 2009 (based in part on Helmut Newton’s photographs), Dior Pre-Fall 2009 (in part), Dolce & Gabbana Autumn/Winter 2004-2005 (this collection was a tribute to Helmut Newton), Emilio Pucci by Peter Dundas Autumn/Winter 2010-2011 (inspired by Helmut Newton’s photographs), Giambattista Valli Pre-Fall 2011 (influenced by Helmut Newton’s pictures of Paris by night), Kevork Kiledjian Autumn/Winter 2012-2013, Lawrence Steele Spring/Summer 2000 (the models echoed Helmut Newton’s ’70s glamorous women), MaxMara Autumn/Winter 2012-2013 (the hairstyle of this show, by Luigi Murenu, was reminiscent of Helmut Newton’s Polaroids), Michael Kors Pre-Fall 2010 (the muses of this collection were Helmut Newton’s models), Phi Autumn/Winter 2008-2009 (inspired by Helmut Newton’s « Sleepless Nights » book), Stærk Autumn/Winter 2010-2011 (the starting point of this collection was Helmut and June Newton), The Row by Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen (Helmut Newton’s pictures inspired some pieces in the 1st The Row collections, designed by Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen, circa 2007-2009), Vena Cava Resort 2013 (partly).

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Posted by on September 13, 2012 in Uncategorized


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