Design Talks, Fashion Identity

There is a time and reasons in every woman’s life when she finds her fashion identity.
I would say , it’s at around age 35. Even she keeps looking for new things the whole her life, in a way, an idea how she should look like, keeps approximately the same until old age. Even if it’s a little old fashioned…

There was a man who changed my life.

And there was a year that changed my life:  2005, Berlin

The Thunder, Perfect Mind

I was sent forth from the power,
and I have come to those who reflect upon me,
and I have been found among those who seek after me.
Look upon me, you who reflect upon me,
and you hearers, hear me.
You who are waiting for me, take me to yourselves.
And do not banish me from your sight.
And do not make your voice hate me, nor your hearing.
Do not be ignorant of me anywhere or any time. Be on your guard!
Do not be ignorant of me.

For I am the first and the last.
I am the honored one and the scorned one.
I am the whore and the holy one.
I am the wife and the virgin.
I am the mother and the daughter.
I am the members of my mother.
I am the barren one
and many are her sons.
I am she whose wedding is great,
and I have not taken a husband.
I am the midwife and she who does not bear.
I am the solace of my labor pains.
I am the bride and the bridegroom,
and it is my husband who begot me.
I am the mother of my father
and the sister of my husband
and he is my offspring.
I am the slave of him who prepared me.
I am the ruler of my offspring.
But he is the one who begot me before the time on a birthday.
And he is my offspring in due time and my power is from him.
I am the staff of his power in his youth,
and he is the rod of my old age.
And whatever he wills happens to me.
I am the silence that is incomprehensible
and the idea whose remembrance is frequent.
I am the voice whose sound is manifold
and the word whose appearance is multiple.
I am the utterance of my name.

Why, you who hate me, do you love me,
and you hate those who love me?
You who deny me, confess me,
and you who confess me, deny me.
You who tell the truth about me, lie about me,
and you who have lied about me, tell the truth about me.
You who know me, be ignorant of me,
and those who have not known me, let them know me.

For I am knowledge and ignorance.
I am shame and boldness.
I am shameless; I am ashamed.
I am strength and I am fear.
I am war and peace.
Give heed to me.
I am the one who is disgraced and the great one.

Give heed to my poverty and my wealth.
Do not be arrogant to me when I am cast out upon the earth,
and you will find me in those that are to come.
And do not look upon me on the dung-heap
nor go out and leave me cast out,
and you will find me in the kingdoms.
And do not look upon me when I am cast out among those who
are disgraced and in the least places,
nor laugh at me.
And do not cast me out among those who are slain in violence.
But I, I am compassionate and I am cruel.

Be on your guard!
Do not hate my obedience
and do not love my self control.
In my weakness, do not forsake me,
and do not be afraid of my power.
For why do you despise my fear
and curse my pride?
But I am she who exists in all fears
and strength in trembling.
I am she who is weak,
and I am well in a pleasant place.
I am senseless and I am wise.

Why have you hated me in your counsels?
For I shall be silent among those who are silent,
and I shall appear and speak,
Why then have you hated me, you Greeks?
because I am a barbarian among the barbarians?
For I am the wisdom of the Greeks
and the knowledge of the barbarians.
I am the judgement of the Greeks and of the barbarians.
I am the one whose image is great in Egypt
and the one who has no image among the barbarians.
I am the one who has been hated everywhere
and who has been loved everywhere.
I am the one whom they call life,
and you have called death.
I am the one whom they call the law,
and you have called lawlessness.
I am the one whom you have pursued,
and I am the one whom you have seized.
I am the one whom you have scattered,
and you have gathered me together.
I am the one before whom you have been ashamed,
and you have been shameless to me.
I am she who does not keep festival,
and I am she whose festivals are many.
I, I am godless,
and I am the one whose God is great.
I am the one whom you have reflected upon,
and you have scorned me.
I am unlearned,
and they learn from me.
I am the one that you have despised,
and you reflect upon me.
I am the one whom you have hidden from,
and you appear to me.
But whenever you hide yourselves,
I myself will appear.
For whenever you appear,
I myself will hide from you.

Take me to yourselves from understanding and grief.
And take me to yourselves in places that are ugly and in ruin,
and rob from those which are good even though in ugliness.
Out of shame, take me to yourselves shamelessly;
and out of shamelessness and shame, upbraid my members in yourselves.
And come forward to me, you who know me and you who know my members,
and establish the great ones among the small first creatures.
Come forward to childhood,
and do not despise it because it is small and it is little.
And do not turn away from greatnesses in some part of the smallnesses,
for the smallnesses are known from the greatnesses.

Why do you curse me and honor me?
You have wounded and you have had mercy.
Do not separate me from the first ones you have known.
And do not cast anyone out nor turn anyone away
I know the first ones and those after them know me.

I am the knowledge of my inquiry,
and the finding of those who seek after me,
and the command of those who ask of me,
and the power of the powers in my knowledge
of the angels, who have been sent at my word,
and of gods in their seasons by my counsel,
and of spirits of every man who exists with me, and of women who dwell
within me.

I am the one who is honored, and who is praised,
and who is despised scornfully.
I am peace,
and war has come because of me.
I am an alien and a citizen.
I am the substance and the one who has no substance.

Those who are without association with me are ignorant of me,
and those who are in my substance are the ones who know me.
Those who are close to me have been ignorant of me,
and those who are far away from me are the ones who have known me.
On the day when I am close to you,
you are far away from me
and on the day when I am far away from you
I am close to you.

I am … within.
I am … of the natures.
I am the creation of the spirits.
I am control and the uncontrollable.
I am the union and the dissolution.
I am the abiding and I am the dissolving.
I am the one below,
and they come up to me.
I am the judgement and the acquittal.
I, I am sinless,
and the root of sin derives from me.
I am the hearing which is attainable to everyone
and the speech which cannot be grasped.
I am a mute who does not speak,
and great is my multitude of words.

Hear me in gentleness, and learn of me in roughness.
I am she who cries out,
and I am cast forth upon the face of the earth.
I prepare the bread and my mind within.
I am the knowledge of my name.
I am the one who cries out,
and I listen.
I am the one who is called Truth
and iniquity.

You honor me and you whisper against me.
Judge them before they give judgement against you,
because the judge and partiality exist in you.
If you are condemned by this one, who will acquit you?
Or, if you are acquitted by him, who will be able to detain you?
For what is inside of you is what is outside of you,
and the one who fashions you on the outside
is the one who shaped the inside of you.
And what you see outside of you,
you see inside of you;
it is visible and it is your garment.
Hear me, you hearers
and learn of my words, you who know me.
I am the hearing that is attainable to everything;
I am the speech that cannot be grasped.
I am the name of the sound
and the sound of the name.
I am the sign of the letter
and the designation of the division.
And I will speak his name.

Look then at his words
and all the writings which have been completed.
Give heed then, you hearers
and you also, the angels and those who have been sent,
and you spirits who have risen from the dead.
For I am the one who alone exists,
and I have no one who will judge me.

For many are the pleasant forms which exist in
numerous sins,
and incontinencies,
and disgraceful passions,
and fleeting pleasures,
which men embrace until they become sober
and go up to their resting place.
And they will find me there,
and they will live,
and they will not die again.

lyrics from:  Thunder Perfect Mind- Prada 

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Design Work, Guillaume Henry of Carven

OMG, he is so lovable!

And, yes, I buy Carven. Because you can buy it. Because it’s fresh. And fresh is not question of age, it’s a question of identity.

 

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Design Work, Take Off Your Shirt

This beautiful dress is made by Latvian fashion designer Ingrīda Zābere.

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The dress is made  from 8 shirts. More about www.recycled.lv here

 

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Design Talks, Mainstream Codes

Ok guys, I ‘ve to admit, I ‘ve a tendency to be a late mainstreamer. I’m honest and serious about it. It takes me a long time to like some products. And than: it’s to late…
Ok, maybe I’m not a late mainstreamer, maybe early, but I’ve done so many fashion mistakes recently that I’m starting to worry about my taste.

So, following fashion bloggers, I’ve found out, that there are some products that on some point work as mainstream codes: almost every blogger who posts their stuff, owns ( or borrows) them.

For me it’s a sign: stay away, you are 40!

A very classical example:  Isabel Marant sneakers + Celine Boston bag

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( photo via www. marantphiles.com)

Thanks God, my sneakers are well- worn now ( and it didn’t take so long) .The thing I hope for  is, since now everyone is so busy choosing between  Dunk A.P.C.+ Nike and New Balance,  maybe Marant sneakers look more like an old-fashion, classic piece this spring…

The first time  Mainstream Codes I’ll dedicated to Celine.

1)  Celine Trio Bag www.celine.com

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2) Celine Square Glasses here

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Design Talks, Soviet Design

I grow up with Soviet Design.Generally it was pretty depressing experience.

But there were some examples I find almost genius.

This is one of them:

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In Soviet time all dairy  products were sold at the same type of  a glass bottle. To find out what is in a bottle you could because of a cap. The silver one was for milk, but the green one was for kefir, for example. The glass bottles were collected after . So, the only one thing  you needed to produce again, was a cap.

Kids use to collect the caps and play money games with them.

A picture via Шедевры рекламы

 

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Design Talks, The Concept of the New Luxury

Recently I’m posting many thing on Dutch designer Alexander van Slobbe.

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I met him in the moment  I was in the process of organizing the seminar  The Future of Retail at Westerdals School of Communication. I had a great programm with really great professionals: Robert Thiemann,  the Editor-in- Chief of Frame magazine; Thomas Mick, Director of Dior Interior Retail & Visual Merchandising and Charlotte Bjorklund from Li Edelkort’s  Trend Union, but I was missing something.

I guess, I was still missing my personal answer where the future of retail is for me.

And somehow this man, that I had not have any idea about before I came to Amsterdam and just  walked into his shop,  who was taking very slowly,  gave me my personal answer. ( Specially after Robert Thiemann told me the whole his story : about  Alexander van Slobbe going  to Japan, becoming a big brand there and after leaving for home.)

I believe that his New Luxury is my Future of Retail: designers and products made and sold locally not because of a wish to make a fashion super-empire ( I believe this time is over: Armani was the last one) , but doing the things you believe in. Do it differently than even your friends do. Choose yourself what to read, what to buy and what to eat.

Yes, about eating. Now when everyone is some kind of  “healthy ” diet, the most popular is to  avoiding carbohydrates,  I believe, that sourdough bread, made in the bakery on the corner from your house,  is luxury. Because it’s fresh, solf and tasty. It’s not about a brand: is it Åpen Bakery or United Bakeries, it’s about the right way of making  and selling bread.

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But in terms of New Luxury, I’ve already contacted Eventarchitectuur, who did the shop for Alexander van Slobbe.

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I hope, they will make The Future of Retail in Oslo next year.

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Buy Design, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Millard House For Sale

Originally built for Alice Millard (a humble book dealer) (1923) in Pasadena, California for $17,000 USD Frank Lloyd Wright’s Millard House  has been listed with Crosby Doe Associates for $4,495,000 USD.

It is definitely worth buying this house, because Wright stated he would rather have built the Millard House than St. Peter’s Cathedral in Rome, claiming it as one of his favorites and affectionately nick-naming it, ‘La Miniatura.’

More pictures on www.home-designing.com

 

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