Anyone who knows me well knows I want to live in Sao Paulo at some point in my life. It's been described as the city that feels as if New York threw up on L.A.- who wouldn't love that? The art and fashion scene reflects the same idea resulting in pops of bright and breezy colors against both edgy and classic lines. Sometimes you'll even see traces of traditional and indigenous elements thrown in there. Here are two shows from Sao Paulo's Fashion Week that caught my eye.
Backstage at the graduate show for the Royal College of Art's Master's in Fashion 2009 program held this June.
The fruits of the RCA fashion MA students' labor were finally revealed and Dazed Digital was there to capture the collections backstage at the show. Earlier in the month we got a preview of the students' work with sketchbooks and inspiration images and here are the final results of what are the beginnings of great things to come.
Combining an new-age retro aesthetic, Eskuché presents itself as a combination of both design and performance. With their LR Soundsystems, the headphones recognize the need to properly balance sounds for the best in listening pleasure. The vintage aesthetic is evident with some brilliant metallic finishes as an added contemporary touch. For more information, check Eskucheme.com.
Interactive art was all the rage at the 2009 Venice Art Biennale last week, and not just the marquee installations showing on the main strip at the Giardini. Set in a beautiful old palazzo off the beaten path was Ukraine's offering, titled The Steppes of Dreamers, where Ukrainian artist Ilya Chichkan collaborated with Japanese fashion designer Mihara Yasuhiro to produce a dreamlike setting, complete with a sand-filled entrance hall. (Not since Hussein Chalayan for Turkey last year has a fashion designer represented a country at the Biennale.)Upstairs in the palazzo, a labyrinth of smoke-filled dark rooms lured one in with an interactive system of noises and half-human kinetic installations that moved or made sounds upon entry. Themes such as travel and consciousness were examined, looking at the past, present and future of the Eastern European landscape through various cinematic metaphors inspired by Ukrainian film director Kira Muratova. The installation was made all the more spooky by the palace's grand fireplaces, flock wallpaper and huge chandeliers with multi-colored bulbs. But stranger still, the piece was curated by Volodymyr Klitchko, Ukraine's world champion boxer!