7.23.2010

Untitled

I have discovered the creative universe of the late Dash Snow (1981-2009) recently. I fell madly in love with his harsh, brutally honest, often uncomfortable images covering sex, drugs, poverty and anti-social behavior, giving these some kind of intimacy that came from his lifestyle and personal affection. Explore his work and life here, here and here. The last piece was partly written by another favorite artist of mine, the genius that is Ryan McGinley.





Photos from here

7.20.2010

MAC for Rodarte: raising awareness?

I love Rodarte. I love MAC. I wrote about their collaboration on Sminkblog a few days ago without being aware of the emerging debate on Temptalia.com. Christine is a great blogger and she allowed an open debate on her site without censoring negative comments on MAC. To be honest, I was not fully aware of the tragedy that affects the life of thousands of Mexican women in Juarez until Christine posted the following two statements from MAC and Rodarte about changing the product names in the collection. They intended to call their nail polishes "Juarez" and "Factory", and they gave the name "Bordertown" to one of the eyeshadows.


Statement from MAC Cosmetics on the MAC Rodarte collection

We understand that product names in the MAC Rodarte collection have offended our consumers and fans. This was never our intent and we are very sorry. We continue to listen carefully to the comments we have received and have the following plans to address concerns:

We are committed to donating USD 100,000 to a non-profit organization that has a proven, successful track-record helping women in need and that can directly improve the lives of women in Juarez in a meaningful way.

We are changing the product names in the MAC Rodarte collection.

As we have done in the past, please be assured that we will communicate details regarding our progress in this matter.

Statement from Rodarte on the MAC Rodarte collection

We recognize that the violence against women taking place in Juarez needs to be met with proactive action. We never inteded to make light of this serious issue and we are truly sorry.

Helping to improve the conditions for women in Juarez is a priority for us and we are thankful for all the comments calling attention to the urgency of addressing this situation.

Our makeup collaboration with MAC developed from inspirations from a road trip that we took in Texas last year, from El Paso to Marfa. The ethereal nature of this landscape influenced the creative development and desert palette of the collection. We are truly saddened about injustice in Juarez and it is a very important issue to us. The MAC collaboration was intended as a celebration of the beauty of the landscape and people in the areas that we traveled.

In a way, this shows me how powerful the Internet and blogs have become, on the other hand though, I am not sure what that really means. I watched this video and it made me cry. I read all the comments and I tend to agree with some readers who say that this makes people aware of the tragedy in Juarez as it made me aware of it. Some say that high fashion and makeup are not the appropriate way to comment on these type of problems, but I do not agree with that. Raising awareness with the tools at our hands- that is important.

The Mulleavy sisters' a/w 2010 collection was based on the same trip and exploring their Mexican roots. I really feel that their work is a commentary on the violence without "glamorizing" it. Some critics, however, say that they capitalizing on human misery without offering up real critique. What do you think?

I would really love to read your opinion on this matter.

Source: Temptalia.com
Image from here

7.14.2010

The daily fix of couture

Hey, darlings, how have you been lately? I am really busy- that is nothing new. I visit your blogs every day, however, I do not have the time to comment; sorry for that. I would like to thank you for your support and love, they mean a lot to me. I would like to welcome my new followers too- thank you for your sweet comments & messages. As you can see, it has been really difficult for me to keep up with the new comments, readers and posts, so if you would like to see your link on my blogroll, wish to exchange links or just have something to say, please send me an e-mail.

Now onto the interesting stuff! I was blown away by the Paris haute couture fall 2010 collections. My favorite of all was the one of Valentino. What do you think?


















Photo credit: Style.com

7.08.2010

Bugged

Dóra Mojzes is one of my favorite Hungarian designers. She is innovative, interesting and cool. Oh, she is nice-nice-nice too. Her 2010 s/s collection is based on the BUG, which is a piece of jewelry that is made using the origami technique and contains a digital thermometer sensor. When switched on, the BUG flashes every thirty seconds and reflects light that changes its color depending on the temperature. It is available in the forms of a Hercules beetle and a stag-beetle. This collection contains basic pieces like vests, t-shirts, leggings and lightweight summer dresses.

The BUG has been invented by Bence Ádám Kiss. He contacted Dóra with the idea of a cooperation, which materialized in the form of an origami bug that functions as a pin brooch.

Wow, I am in love. What do you think? (I will definitely get a white bug... and a black one... and...)













Photos: Mark Viszlay
Makeup: Richard Fazekas
Hair:  Tamás Tüzes- Hairclub.hu
Hair assistant: Kinga Nyoszoli
Model: Vanessa- Attractive
Stylist: Zsófia Baksa
BUG: Bence Ádám Kiss

7.05.2010

Slow

I have been pretty much into photography lately. I love blurry, extended exposure shots, they give me the time to think, to rethink, to relax and dive into the beauty of art. I am not a fan of much color, but I have been totally blown away by Benjamin Lennox's photographic style. What do you think? Just lay back and enjoy the moment.









Photos from Cyana Trendland