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Balenciaga and Spain: the tome that accompanies the exhibition is the closest one can get to the real thing (if the real thing is impossible). Indeed, for many a lazy afternoon, this book has been to me: part exhibit, part history lesson, and a total immersion in a culture foreign. The sartorial aspect was the inherent guiding force, as the main subject being studied was none other than the legendary designer, Cristóbal Balenciaga (1895–1972).
What fascinated me most in my perusals was the context-sensitive aspect of fashion explored. Here, the influence of country, culture, custom, and art, were all carefully curated to form an irresistible invasion of the designer’s genius.
Inspiring images, ranging a wide and complex gamut, form most of the content: at times, richly textured with life, at others, almost monastic in a strict embodiment of style and chic. But throughout, the theme is constant: that of Spain, for this is a country “stamped indelibly on the souls of its children.” As evidenced indeed, in the life and work of its visionary, Balenciaga.
Balenciaga believed ‘in the unquestionable elegance of black and white, in the color of the Spanish earth and rocks and olive trees, in the red of the bull ring, in the effective accent of turquoise, in the Goya combination of black with beige, gray with black, and in yellow.’
This Spanish house abides by the great rule that elimination is the secret of chic.
Goya, whether Balenciaga is aware of it or not, is always looking over his shoulder. He believes in lace and ribbon bows – never used in a fussy way but rather with true Spanish dignity.
For Balenciaga, designing clothes was more than a craft, more than art: it had the characteristics of a religious vocation.
…the warp-printed carnations seem, on their pale ground, like the flowers scattered on the clear yellow sand of a bullring in the blazing heat.
Black, in all its tones, was a motif of Balenciaga’s work…So, too, were the brilliant yellow and red of the Spanish flag. This is a color combination so inherent in the Spanish identity…
If a woman came in a Balenciaga dress, no other woman existed.
All images (except the first) are taken from the book. Composites were created by myself.
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Anakin : (On the battlefield) You call this a diplomatic solution?
Padmé : (Armed with blaster) No, I call it aggressive negotiations!
-excerpt from Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
My previous post featuring Natalie Portman in Star Wars Episode I was so much fun that I decided to do a sequel. Because everyone ♥’s sequels, right? And of course this post is in no way related to the fact that:
STAR WARS EPISODE I RELEASED IN THEATERS WORLDWIDE IN 3D LAST WEEK!!
Weirdly out-of-sync with the rest-of-the-world’s time-line? Indeed. I happen to be president of the Life Under the Rock club. Thank Hollywood for the glory of the rehash. Ahem. Now’s a good time as any to see Queen Amidala in all her out-of-this-world glory. Hope you enjoy my random Star Warsing! ♥
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My favorite (one and lonely) wristwatch here was a birthday present from my dad *thanksdad!* I’ve had it for almost two years now, and I still don’t think I’ll ever get tired of it. It’s become my #1 accessory! So, I figured that it deserves a blog-post/rave/national holiday of its own…
The best thing about it is the color: I just love that fresh shade of mint-green! (Rather rare too, I know *snob*) Plus, it being solar-powered makes it green in just about every sense of the word *eco-snob* Wearing it everyday makes for a nice, sporty accent that pretty much clashes with everything. Here’s to color-pops and all that! ♥
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Qui-Gon Jinn:…Obi-Wan, you’re sure there isn’t anything of value left on board?
Obi-Wan Kenobi: A few containers of supplies, the Queen’s wardrobe, maybe.
―excerpt from Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
Although Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace came out almost 12 years ago, I don’t think I’ll ever cease to be amazed by the costumes. Natalie Portman as science-fantasy-fiction royalty with gorgeous costume changes in nearly every scene? That’s some prime re-watching value there. I’ve been even more smitten since re-discovering photos of said costumes featured in a Vogue US May 1999 issue. Shot by Irving Penn in all their lavish glory, the regal gowns glow with an otherworldly elegance. Designed by Trisha Biggar, each costume cost more than $60,000 each. Something “of value” indeed, Obi-Wan.
Anywho, just trying to justify my geekiness here: I made Polyvores of ’em. Yes. I. Did. Just being weirdly out-of-sync with the rest-of-the-world’s-time-line, making irrelevant sartorial tributes to yesterday’s geekdom in my own little corner of the bloggy universe ^_^ Or you can think of it as making yesterday’s geekdom relevant to the rest-of-the-world via totally-in-sync sartorial tributes. Whatever rocks your boat.
♥ Edit: I’ve made a sequel! Clicky here for Natalie Portman in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones ♥
I’ve tried to pare down my list of resolutions to the bare minimum this year. This was difficult, as I tend to get them confused with my to-do list and thus write out too many resolutions to actually keep ;P Anyways, I finally solved the problem by creating two separate lists. I also jotted down the “rewards” of keeping each of my resolutions: This will serve as
a reminder as to why I even bother doing this ENCOURAGEMENT. I’m determined to keep them all!
Here’s to 2012!! ^_^
Study an hour a day. DON’T FREAK OUT ON ME DAD (I know you’re reading this!) My study time ranges from 6-8 hours on regular days. But I’m trying to study everyday, and I tend to forget about the time once I’m really into the textbook. So, yeah, I like playing mind games with myself. Weird, much?
Reward: I won’t have a ♥ attack every time I get called on in class.
Keep blogging. I know, I hardly need to be making this a resolution as I’ve been reasonably consistent with my 4 posts a month mantra. However, exams are coming up soon, and this is to remind me to create content well ahead of time.
Reward: I’m hoping this pressure will help substitute focused blogging for mindless drifting on the internet. Plus, with all the studying I need to do, methinks my little bloggy habit will help keep me SANE.
11pm bedtime on school nights. Believe me, 11pm is a huge improvement. I especially like how the last three words sound like a caveat. (It’s not. But don’t tell my brain that.)
Reward: Makes me more productive in the morning; Kicks my caffeine addiction; Gets rid of dark under-eye circles.
Keep a planner. I love planners. Blank ones. But I’m determined to fully utilize them this year.
Reward: Better time organization. Plus, I’ll know how many days are left till the world ends…oops, I mean, till my exams.
Work out 5 minutes a day. I usually get excited about exercise only 5 minutes AFTER I start. I figure that instead of terrifying myself with the thought of a daily workout, I’ll trick myself into doing it instead – by making it sound TOO easy. (Even if this doesn’t work out, I’ll still enjoy the torturous mind games. TMI?)
Reward: Makes my body work better, makes my body FEEL better…and makes me feel better about my body :D Plus, it helps me sleep at night!
- Crack the denim code. I need a pair of jeans for family vacation. We’re visiting a lot of theme parks this year. (Oh, the joys of having a huge age gap among siblings ;)
- Watch all the Studio Ghibli movies in my collection. I keep putting this off. I’m pretty scared that they won’t all be as wonderful as Spirited Away.
- Make more Polyvores. ♥They’re fun!♥
- Write the sequel to my Wardrobe Staples: Real vs “Ideal” (Part I) post. This is waaay over-due.
- Comment on more blogs I like. I’m shy, so this will be hard.
Congrats if you made it all the way to the end. As a reward, you get a magical unicorn! *sprinklesrainbows* However, since there are no such things as magical unicorns, you basically get nothing ^_~
Oh wait…Here you go! :D