as a visual communication student, i’m constantly dealing with paper stocks and its not uncommon for me to get papercuts which i hate with a vengeance. like a sneaky ninja, papercuts strikes when you’re not watching. the damage will only be realised when you’re in the shower and it hurts.
the beautiful pictures titled Papercuts, rock my socks. Shot in a what i believe is the backstage of a theatre, the model wearing delightful paper costumes which reminded me of the dada theatre and the triadic ballet. both having very exaggerated body forms and silhouettes in costumes. oh yes, i could definitely see the surrealism reference (especially Giorgio De Chirico) in the shots, starting with the set design, where sculptures and items seems to be displaced at this seemingly random areas but yet forming quiet relationships with each other through the weird juxtaposition.
somehow, i no longer hate papercuts anymore.
the triadic ballet
Photography by Lena Kholkina
Design by Venera Kazarova
Model(s) Ira Patrikeeva @ Aquarelle Models
image credits: theones2watch.com
found it among the many files revived from my dead hard drive.
easy ingenious styling with trash.
so easy even my unborn baby son can do it. so can you.
Photography: Mark Pillai
Styling: Bryan McMahon
i’ve been through 2 years of national service. in these 2 years, there was alot of tears, sweat, vulgarities and blood.
but, one of my fondest memory was when me and my friend Alfri (who was a fashion graduate) created an army inspired fashion show for our company as part of recruits’ night. the entire collection was made entirely with military objects from groundsheets, helmets, mosquito nets, blankets, boots and everything you could possibly think of.
and we manage to convince the platoon to be a fashion model for the day wearing dresses and frocks.
this photoshoot from GQ style China, transported me back to time allowing me to have a moment of silence as i look down at my rather untoned belly after finishing the military term.
Photographer: Li Qi
Stylist: Dan Cui
image credits: fuckingyoung.es
you know every halloween people on your facebook friends’ list will start posting photos of them in costumes, frolicking away. and its always that same old costume.
super heroes, zombie nuns, angry birds, undead grandmother etc. same old same old.
no one seems to be putting any effort in their costumes.
my friend Lara, Ruiwei and female friend (think her name is vanessa or rebecca) wore this to the hottest night club, Zouk in Singapore. my jaw dropped.
it is fucking awesome! first i thought how many poor barbies were decapitated for this project and on the other hand im like yes! kill more barbies! so after much investigation (in a form of a poke and a wall post) i found out that the brainchild for this outfit was Yasee Poh, a set designer from Zouk who is multi talented.
she brutally jolly goodly destroyed 100 dollars for each top and that means 300 barbies came under the knife. i wonder how many hearts of Ken did she break.
Oh yea not forgetting my dear dead friend Ian Kong’s paper mache head piece! that thing looks nasty!
image credits: Ian Kong
special thanks to Yasee Poh on the lovely insights to the awesome top
i’m developing a huge crush (pun intended) for Comme Des Garcons this Paris fashion week. i quote style.com‘s Jo-Ann Furniss saying ‘ ”Crushing” was the answer.’
it seems like the collection itself was extracted from the recycling plant where all materials fuses and interact with each other. the crowns made with biscuit tins and parts of a unknown appliance towered above the heads of the models. they were the works of artist Graham Hudson (he’s kinda awesome actually.)
oh, let’s not forget about the clothes. needless to say they were graced with impeccable details. though i must say staying true to the whole essence of hybrid forms and materials in this collection, the clothes looked as if Rei Kawakubo has designed them in the washing machine itself. all scrunched up and yet seemingly works well as one.
in simpler words, you just picked up your laundry from the washing machine and stuck all of them onto yourself.
image credits: style.com
burlap is what’s hot for spring according to designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana.
just make sure you have lots of baby power on. helps with the itch.
but on a serious note, these burlap pieces and the earrings (just look at them!) are sex. couldn’t find a better word to describe it.
image credits: style.com
i see electrical tape (or even the furry side of a velcro), paper dollies and telephone cords.
don’t you just love fashion week?
*edited i must be blind to have missed out on another great piece from this collection. LIKE OMG PLASTIC BOLTS AND NUTS?! comes in transparent one as well.
*image credits: style.com
Denise Reytan could be the only jewellery designer i have seen that has placed so much effort and creativity through her design process. the story in every jewllery does not require a very complicated plot nor it requires fluffy vocabulary or words. but all it requires is chemistry and soul which i think Reytan has successfully infused them into her work. it’s a very strong personal statement she has made through her finds and methods of production that has interests me. Largely, wearable art especially in the form of jewellery can get lost in the context of fashion. but i found marriage between art and fashion in Reytan’s work. One could say that her jewellery pieces could share the vibes of Christian Dior jewllery or even Marni. But i would say Reytan is marching to the beat of her own drum. quirky, unconventional and made from found objects, every piece seems to be able to stand alone as an art work.
i think that is what her jewellery is all about.
With a rich amount of press (eg.Vogue) behind her back, im sure in no time, she will be producing more astounding works of wearable art.
image credits: reytan.de
this is a totally legitimate excuse for not wiping myself with a towel after my bubble bath.
Photographer: Truls Qvale
image credits: trendland
when is the last time you happen to look at something so common and had a eureka moment?
Aisling Farrell did when she witnessed a magical moment with fabrics like organza n chiffon n PVC were rubbed with styrofoam beads. The static electricity causes the balls to hover in between them like a snow globe. The play with physics in fabric manipulation and contrast is simply innovative and has created a certain playfulness to it. Definitely, one technique i hope to see being used by other designers. or even better, coming up with similar scientific reaction and applying them into highly wearable fashion.
Hayley Grundmann is one fashion odd ball. She manages to find inspiration from the most mundane chore every women has to go through and made it exciting. THE LAUNDRY. It was transformed into this delightful knitted collection with shreds of woven laundry bags that everyone knows. and in Singapore’s context we call it “Ah Ma” bags (granny bags) because of its durability and how every granny in Singapore manages to own one. Well its not uncommon to see the laundry bag being used in a fashion collection, take for example, the Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 07 collection, Rami Kashou’s first challenge outfit in Project Runway All Stars to a wallet from Analog (which i happened to own one) but Hayley took on a more oddball approach by experimentation and incorporation with thickness of plastic and wool and of course pegs. The styling also took on a rather bizarre approach, just take a look at her glasses and hats complete with ankle lengths socks. Indeed, Hayley’s collection is nothing short from her inspiration and i couldn’t get enough of it.
news credits: stylebubble
image credits: stylebubble
Chanel Spring 2009 Haute Couture
i shall not say much about this post. because i’m too awed to speak.
Spotted at the Oestudio S/S 2013 show, Brazil Fashion Week.
check out the modular paper origami props used in the show. reminded me of what my grandma likes to do during her sleepy afternoon days.
over at recyclofashion we believe in local crafts and design as part of our strive for eco fabulousness.
and what kind of fireworks will they be if a world renowned fashion blogger like Susanna Lau, also known as Susie Bubble will to embrace indigenous crafts?
you get FIERCE outfit from head to toe without looking like a !kung bushmen with a spear and lost in the city.
image credits: style bubble
what are the odds when you see cork being used in fashion?
fashion has always been a risk taker but eco-fashion opens up your vision for alternative materials.
Ostwald Helgason is a creative duo made up of Susanne Ostwald and Ingvar Helgason from UK who are very proficient in textile creation n manipulation. but what caught my eye was their S/S 12 collection with the usage of cork. which is commonly seen as utilitarian objects such as wine corks, cork boards and coasters.
what made this collection stood out for me wasn’t just the manipulation of this unique material but the juxtaposition against modern fabrics such as patent leather and plastic made it utterly divine. not forgetting the simple silhouettes and cuts of the blouses accentuates the quality of the cork.
if you’ve missed out, this duo also manage to showcase at the recent Blueprint show in Singapore.
i can have cork on my head
i can have cork on my back
i can have cork on my body
i can have cork on my legs
man that sounds so wrong but right.
just like when we said cork ain’t wearable and Ostwald Helgason made it right.
meanwhile check out their facebook page as well. (i absolute adore their structured colour block dress from F/W 12)
image credits: style bubble
one of the treasures revived from my dead hard drive.
coco rocha with twix wrappers.
on her head.
with everything ostentatiously placed on her, it was the wrapper head dress that took my breath away. tell me again why we need trash bins?
GaryCard has done it again.
previously featured on our site here, GaryCard challenged himself to create dynamic styling and art direction for the editorial titled ‘Salad Days’ for T Magazine with Richard Burbridge and Robbie Spencer. Using only salad ingredients such as seafood, meat, noodles and vegetables. He sure knows how to whet my appetite.
The looks created by him was very much Alexander McQueen and Christian Dior (John Galliano) inspired and no doubt very romantic and passionate.
Check these out and make sure you wipe your salivation dry.
image credits: garycard.iology
just months ag0, my hard disk crashed into the gates of hell and i managed to recover most of the data with a hefty price.
while looking through my hard disk data, i came across these few awesome pictures but i only have some details about it! so do tell me what i’m missing out!
Dazed and Confused Oct’09
Styling: _______ Spencer?
but nonetheless, still god damm awesome
as you sing along to the ultimate old skool tune by ‘Aqua’, we present you another plastic awesome-ness.
this is so forking good.
view the whole set of pictures here
Photographer: TOMAAS www.tomaas.com
Stylist: Carla Engler
Represented by BryantBantry Reps
Make Up Artist: FionaThatcher For Make Up For Ever.
Hair Stylist: SeijiUehara, Represented By Ennis, Inc
Post Production:Elena Levenets
Model: Lisette @ Ford Models
image credits: behance.net
not only this raincoat will protect you from the fury downpour, it will also make you the fierce-ist b***h out in a hurricane weather.
oh did i add that, its biodegradeable as well?
check out more of their raincoats here
image credits: treehugger.com
The newly revamped Praisehaven Family Thrift Store was revealed on March 16th, 2012 by the Salvation Army Red Shield Industries, in conjunction with its 10th anniversary. The entire store are collectively re-designed by Out of Stock, Triggerhappy, Foundry, Hjgher, HOKO, Studio Juju, Super mama and Jarrod Lim. Creative consultant Tracy Phillips helped rebrand a section of the thrift store as well as collaborated with the Salvation Army staff on visual merchandising and pricing. Fashion Director and Show Producer Daniel Boey will be producing a fashion show during this Friday’s store opening to feature clothing redesigned by students from Raffles College.
Yay or Nay?
I personally think its not a bad idea to inject new life into the current thrift store Salvation has but it still proves to be quite a challenge as the donated items in the store tends to be a little difficult to carry off as a fashionable item. Think Ulu Pandan’s 48th Anniversary Walkathon Tee Shirt or ‘I <3 Singapore’ tee shirt from Hang 10. yikes.
then again, treasures are meant for those who wait patiently and dig relentlessly.
news credits: fash-eccentric.com
image credits: fash-eccentric.com
kinda eccentric and creepy at the same time.
on the other note, as you guys have noticed, we’ve been posting much on our site. our dear Shi Ying is currently in Loughbrough, UK for her exchange and i just finished school and i am too preparing for our exchange in NZ. so time isnt really on our side but we promised to post as much as we can starting from this moment.
bear with us recyclofans!
next time when you hurl that can into the recycle bin, think again.
it just might be the next fashion statement.
Ion Fiz has a Spring/Summer 2012 collection at Cibeles Madrid Fashion Week that has a tropical imprint with a bohemian spirt, in ruffles and patterns with colors like orange, beige, pale pink, brown, beige, and blue that tie the whole show into a sophisticated line of silks mixed with snakeskin, straw clutches, embellishments, blended fabrics, and flowers in the hair.
some yay and nay for this show but overall still rather interesting with the usage of jute in his pieces such as the dress (02:12 in the vide0).
will try to check out more of his stuff.
look closely at the fringe detail.
absolute genius i say.
“It’s My Party”
model Querelle Jansen
photographed by Ben Toms
Dazed & Confused October 2011
nature can be such a great beauty and it will be nice to own a small piece of it. but it such a contradiction that some of the greatest beauties comes from animals and we are taking away their lives to just own a mere part of them.
but British fashion design grad student Stefanie Nieuwenhuvse and her collection titled: Biomimicry has proved to us that using discarded materials in sustainable ways can recreate nature’s work without the expenses of the environment. She took her cue from the discarded, laser-cut plywood chips she saw strewn on the floor of her school’s workshop. In collecting them, she used hand-sewing to re-make these waste pieces into a fabulous collection that also mimicks the natural patterns of snake’s skin.
her collection includes a diverse range of wearable pieces such as a bustier top, a full-length gown, trousers, neckpieces and shoes, all mimicking the skin of a snake.
” It is this quality to both retain nature by mimicking its attributes, and making use of the product’s tendencies to last, by means of its lifespan and its aesthetic perception, that makes it sustainable.”
this is truly a stunning piece of work and it has made my heart slither away like a mythical naga woman.
news credits: treehugger
image credits: behance
only realised a few days ago that i haven’t posted about Osborn shoes yet! how my favourite shoe brand slipped my mind i do not know, perhaps because i tell so many people about them that i thought i’ve written about them already.. in any case, Obsorn shoes, founded by Aaron and Carla Osborn, is a project that “combines humanitarian efforts with a fashion project”. every shoe is one-of-a-kind, handcrafted and signed (!) with pride by an artisan from Guatemala City. the project promotes fair trade and re-enchants the production process by preserving the producer’s connection to the product, recognising and remunerating the artisan’s skills and effort. not only so, many of the materials used in making the shoes are reclaimed. some shoes use recycled tires for soles (and some for heel cap), some of the fabric are reclaimed (and/or handwoven), but i must say what i love most about my pair of Osborns (got mine more than a year ago) is the quilted insole. it is the quilted insole that i think is most telling of the effort, attention to detail, and heart that went into the design of the shoe — it shows me exactly how every part of the shoe, down to the insoles(!!) is handcrafted and makes me feel the heart-warming sincerity of the artisan who wants to make sure that my feet are well taken care of.
this (image above) is one of my favourite pieces, and i’m sure it’s one of harng’s favourite too. we both have something for simple shoes that use burlap in its design. love how the burlap contrasts with the denim!
i love Osborn’s booties — the cut is amazing. no one does booties quite the way they do it!
the loafers cut is relatively new (they weren’t around when i bought my pair last year). i like how Osborn reinvents classic cuts (oxfords and loafters) and gives them fresh feel.
simple, black, velvet booties
this design is Osborn’s collaboration with artist Justine Ashbee launched earlier this year – the first collaboration with artists with more to come. looking forward to the exciting designs!
and this is simply my favourite, favourite pair! would have bought without second thoughts if not for the tinge of guilt from buying yet another something i do not need…..
my year-old pair of Osborns. still looking good!! Osborns are really worth buying and the ones on sale are a steal! something needs to be done about the crazy shipping rates though. the shipping for this pair of shoes were about half the price of the shoes, if i remember correctly..
‘Taste the unwearables’ is a project of Eric Meursing and Marjolein Wintjes (de Culinaire Werkplaats, Amsterdam, the Netherlands) during the Amsterdam international fashion week, summer 2009. They designed especially for this occassion edible fashion accessories and for the grande finale a wedding dress made of edible rhubarb paper, and since then many more edible papers made from vegetables and fruit.
The paper created from the juice of blended plants is laid flat in a de-hyrdrator and later used for a variety of purposes.
Wintjes and Meuring have also used the paper in other projects, promoting the idea of sustainable fashion by creating clothing and accessories with the edible paper.
won’t it be nice, if a whole outfit is created by edible rice paper used by the white rabbit sweets?
news/image credits: toildrops
the V Ave Shoe Repair SS12 caught recyclofashion’s eye (and ear!) with the chunky, handcrafted wooden accessories that “echoed the sound and construction of a wooden castanet”.
and what susie bubble said about these woodblocks resembling castanets just made me wonder if we could give it a more local/southeast asian twist, using bamboo instead of wood, a collection inspired by the angklung:
in any case, here’s the video for the V Ave S.R. SS12 show: