Friday, 10 July 2015

// This is My Hair // I Don't Wear Wigs //

Men's hair, much like a lot of other things for men, can be weak, limp and lifeless (I dare you to find out where that statement was from. Say it in a Geordie accent and you might get it). And much like anything to do with men’s fashion and style, I try to do the complete opposite of what we should follow. Who wants to look like everyone else? I know I sure as hell don’t. 

I had been growing my hair for a while; letting my Egyptian curls dominate my life for months on end. Yes this got annoying at times with countless products used and thinking about when I could wash my hair calculating hours to the t of what I should do to my hair for a certain event, party, occasion. Shall I be curly? Straight? Wavy? Slick back? The options were endless which was exciting and gave me another thing to think about when getting ready. On the flip side, it gave me another thing to think of when getting ready!! I already enough to think about as it is! You can’t win with me. So it was time for a change.

I was approached by a hair stylist who gave me a great deal and I jumped on that mo fo like there was no tomorrow. 

And this is how it went:

Step 1: Bleach

Now with this, you have to aim to achieve the Side-show Bob look.  If you don’t get this part right, you’re doomed

Step 2: Bleach Again

For the second bleach if you don’t feel like the wrath of Satan taking a steamy hot turd on your head, you’re definitely not going to get the result you want. Remember, beauty is pain, pain is beauty. Trust, I still kept smiling while I could feel the top of my head slowly burn and my soul being tormented by philosophical theories of what pain truly is. Does the body rule the mind or does the mind rule to body, I really did NOT know! 

 Step 3: Colour

After the pain was washed out, using very cold water, we applied the colour. A lovely grey tone; the whole reason why I did this in the first place. My dreams of being a Silver Fox were nearing, beating Mother Nature to the punch.

--> Step 4: Selfie

After 3 hours of pain one deserves to take a few selfie’s to document this procedure. Consider it an act of selflessness to explain to everyone.

Selfie 1: Crazy Scientist:
 Selfie 2: Slutty bitch in heels

 Selfie 3: The summer bae

Selfie 4: The BAB. Boss Ass Bitch.

After a week of not really wanting to touch my scalp in fear that my whole head would fall off, I finally got my ass to a hairdresser, washed my hair a few times and this is now the end result. 

Thursday, 9 July 2015

Chicken? Egg?

And we are back to the age-old question; what came first the chicken or the egg? Art or fashion? Buddha only knows. 
Many fashion designers talk about what they do as an art form. Yet another way for one to express ones self. We are the blank canvas, the clothes the paint, and the details the technic and finishing touches to make us stand out from each other. In the wise words of the world’s best drag queen,  "We are all born naked and the rest is drag". - RuPaul

Other designers claim fashion has no correlation to art and are simply dressing their clients and producing for their target market. The clever ones collaborate with their clients creating something that would obviously generate money for the designer, because, hey, we all need to eat and pay the bills, and have enough money for alcohol and holidays...and yachts and art and houses and sunglasses and bags.... you catch my drift?

Viktor & Rolf created an incredibly whimsical collection for 2015 Fall Couture this week. Literally removing structured garments off their runway models and hanging these pieces on the wall behind the catwalk.

This isn’t the first time Viktor & Rolf introduce the thought element to the runway. Their shows have always consisted of thought provoking themes; displays and performances usually lead by them. So is it fashion or art? Is it FART? Is it ARSHION? Let's try assessing this:

What is art?
The quality, production, expression, or realm, according to aesthetic principles, of what is beautiful, appealing, or of more than ordinary significance. (dictonary.com)

Disagree or agree? To me is does what is says on the tin. And a bitch aint about to argue. 


Wednesday, 8 July 2015

// doug abraham //

Fashion marketing seems to have taken the simplistic approach to advertising as of late, which I believe is incredible.

Terry Richardson’s continuous collaborations with strong fashion brands, the coolest designers and models, has given fashion the youthful playful sense that also allows it to be more accessible.  Each picture gives you the feeling that they were taken whilst drinking at home with friends and one thing leads to another and guys end up naked playing dress up with the skimpiest outfits you have, channelling your inner porn star. Don’t pretend you haven’t done it. Everyone is playing around with the “Terry Richardson” style of over exposure.  

This is brilliant technic because it gives that element of the unpolished and the exposed in such a refined and over thought industry.

More campaigns are going this way to demonstrate that source bit of edge that everyone obsessed with fashion wants.
From commercial campaigns to experimental artists using fashion more and more as their subject matter in sculpture and other medias, I came across the brilliant Doug Abraham. His collages speak for themselves. Combining high fashion campaigns with cuts from x-rated images, cartoons, images of rioters, thieves the list goes on and on. Subtlety merging the two creating a sense of harmony between commerciality and how brutal and over sexed of the world may be. His work seems to be the balancing between reality and fashion.