Winter in New York can seem endless. Frankly, that’s fine with me. I hate the summer—it’s hot, it smells and the streets are crowded. In winter, it’s cold, empty of crowds (except the holiday shoppers) and familiar. Were it my choice, the city would be locked in an endless winter. Endless winters were the specialty of C.S. Lewis’ White Witch from The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. In her bid for control of Narnia, the parallel world beyond the doors of an enchanted wardrobe, she kept it a constant state of frostiness. The book, which everybody should read and re-read, is the story for the battle of Narnia’s freedom from winter.
1. Have Some More Turkish Delight
Cape by Valentino, fur by Lanvin, dress by Elie Saab, shoes by Carven
2. 2 Sons of Adam? 2 Daugthers of Eve?
Dress by Alexander McQueen, fur by Marni, shoes by Meadham Kirchoff
3. I Said, Brrrr it’s Cold in Here
Cape by Valentino, dress and shoes by Acne
Alexander McQueen mandala.
This is a .gif form of the video I made a couple weeks ago. If you haven’t seen the video, check it out here.
The fashion world according to Gizoogle.net, probably the greatest research I have ever conducted.
Shiva is one of the main gods of the Hindu religion. When all is said and done, there are millions and millions of deities in the Hindu pantheon, so I guess Shiva is pretty special. In truth, my first exposure was in Final Fantasy VII when I summoned her using red materia to vanquish some foes. As one might imagine, Square Enix’s interpretation of Shiva is pretty off the map and hyper-sexualized but whatever. Shiva, like many (if not all?) gods of the Hindu religion is both man and woman and takes many different forms. As the god of destruction, Shiva represents positive and negative changes that range from the introspective to the more physical world and is often referred to as “The Destroyer”.
I’ll be honest, my knowledge of Shiva is very limited, so if you’re interested I suggest digging a little further on your own. Obviously, I have chosen to depict Shiva in a fully female form, but like I said, he/she has attributes of both sexes…annnnnd I’m not scholar of religion up in this piece.
FYI: from Stardusted.Tumblr.com: “Heeey, so Hindu follower of your blog here! So Shiva. Shiva himself is the male manifestation of the universe, and his wife Parvati is the female manifestation of the universe. They each have 108 forms/names. The genderfluid version you’re talking about is Ardhanarishvara (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ardhanarishvara). As you see, if you read the article, it’s pretty complicated- and it made me really uncomfortable to see Shiva used for fashion this way. I know you probably meant no disrespect, but Shiva isn’t a woman. (and let’s not even get into the video game)”
1. Dress by Marchesa, shoes by Tsumori Chisato
2. Dress by Peter Pilotto, shoes by Alexander McQueen
3. Dress by Mary Katrantzou, shoes by Altuzarra
I’ve given you guys a few teasers of this video, but this is the final thing. I picked 12 collections from Spring 2013 and set them to Tchaikovsky’s “Apotheosis” from Sleeping Beauty. It’s essentially the finale of the performance when all the conflict has ended. When something undergoes an apotheosis, it means it’s elevated to divine or heroic levels. Sweet word. I believe there is also a cancer treatment that goes by the same name, but I’m a little hazy on that end of it. Watch it in full screen, watch in HD.
The collections included are:
DRIES VAN NOTEN
3.1 PHILLIP LIM