Archive for September, 2008

Men’s Runway:

Dolce & Gabbana centered their show around elegant comfort.

Dolce & Gabbana centered their show around elegant comfort, offering looks that could go from the office to a night out after a change of shoes.

D&G brings drawstrings and elastic waistbands out of the pool.

D&G brings drawstrings and elastic waistbands out of the pool.

Obedient Sons falls flat with the scrubs look, in line with the shows theme of ill-fiiting feminine gear.

Obedient Sons falls flat with the scrubs look, in line with the show's theme of ill-fitting feminine gear.

Marc Jacobs goes with a grunge, worn-in theme for his show.

Marc Jacobs goes with a grunge, worn-in theme for his show.

European style looks to be far ahead of American in terms of identity and sense of self. While the Europeans have a defined look that they adjust each season to set new trends and refine their image, the Americans appear to be reaching for an image to provide a foundation upon which to build. Moreover, American runway fashion doesn’t bring the everyday appeal that Europe has brought to the runway this season. For example, the morbid “scrubs” look from Obedient Sons just won’t resonate with many shoppers.

I am going to finish off the first entry dedicated to men’s fashion with a few links to some helpful sites for background information and general style advice:

http://men.style.com/

http://www.askmen.com/fashion/fashiontip/

http://mensfashion.about.com/

http://www.gqstyle.com

-Binoy

September 28, 2008 at 1:32 pm Leave a comment

Women’s Fashion Week: Milan

Model who serves a purpose beyond that of coathanger.

Model who serves a purpose beyond that of coathanger.

Prada continues to parade malnutrioned women.

Prada continues to parade malnutrioned women.

Big shapes and bold lines dominated Milans runways this week.

Big shapes and bold lines dominated Milan's runways this week.

As Milan’s fashion week winds down, a noticeable shift in design is taking place. We are seeing the majority of designers lean towards clothes that will weather the seasonal shifts in fashion as consumers look for value in their purchases. The new looks are still gracing the runways with the omnipresent wild looks, but classic looks have made their way onto the runway as well.

I’ll leave you guys with some links to useful fashion sites for women:

http://fashion.about.com/

http://www.style.com/

http://www.fashionforrealwomen.com/

-Binoy

September 23, 2008 at 9:23 am Leave a comment

Inspiration, at last.

I have put a lot of thought into what I wanted to make this blog about and finding something that I was both interested in and knowledgeable about. While I was walking around the shopping district near Duomo, immersed in the fashion week hoopla, I came to the painfully obvious realization. I should blog about fashion!

Now, let me give you an idea of what this blog will entail and why you should keep reading. I am in Milan for the next four months, but I bring with me a New Yorker’s lens on fashion, design, and culture on the whole. Given my unique perspective, I am confident I will be able to shed light on Milan’s fashion industry in an enlightening manner. Granted, I am by no means a fashionist, but I do have a sense of what’s going on and a desire to gain an understanding of the industry while sharing my experiences. I hope that, together, we can learn more about fashion and take a look at what we know from a different viewpoint.

September 18, 2008 at 6:59 pm Leave a comment

Everything is Manipulation..

…sometimes this is good.

We started our visual arts module off guided by this quote concerning design. To be honest, I never really put much thought into the design of things, much less the process of design itself. I would offhandedly comment on how beautiful a landscape was, how “hot” a car looked, how cool a building was, or how a pair of jeans looked, but I never put thought into the art and skill of design.

In some ways, I stumbled upon this class. I simply took it as a means to fulfill a core requirement for graduation at Boston College (BC). Only one class in, I feel confident that design and visual art is something I want to delve deeper in to. That said, I am looking for a way to express this and talk about. I am considering cars, architechture, fashion, and art– all of which interest me in varying degrees. My problem is rooted in the fact that I am having trouble thinking of a creative way to approach any of these topics. Basically, I am looking for a unique frame of reference that I can provide.

Until I find one,

Binoy

September 16, 2008 at 2:42 pm Leave a comment


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