Author: allyshanila

Rock Your Cock — What’s So Gross About Genitals?

Everyone is freaking out in disgust that Rick Owens sent down a few dick tunics down the runway. Surprising? Nah. What’s surprising is the collective reaction — you type ‘penis’ on Google, the Wikipedia page for the organ is drowned by dramatic headlines of the designer’s show in Paris, like this one: 5 Places It’s OK To Wear Rick Owens’ New Penis Cloaks (VERY NSFW) or Wait—Is This A Penis On The Rick Owens Runway? (NSFW PHOTOS).  Glancing through the photos before all the hoo-hah, I barely even noticed. The penis, dangling in all its casualness, peeped shyly from the holes of understated tunics. By no means was it a dick parade. Sometimes it doesn’t even appear at all. You can’t even see it that much in the collection snaps on Style.com. Most of the press coverage has been condescending in trying to understand the point of all this, but I can only laugh and take it lightheartedly. Yesterday, Walter Van Beirendonck also sent down models in normal-looking suits, only pinned on them were butt plugs. If anything, I’m happy that menswear …

Vulnicura, Deoxys and Vaginas

Yellow has never seemed melancholic until it appeared on Björk’s new album, Vulnicura, that was released on iTunes yesterday as a surprise after its online leaks. Nonetheless, it’s a heck of a treat for all. Foreign, artificial, yet familiar and natural, the cover artwork suggests a transformed, mature Björk clouded in serenity. What else does it say? Björk’s studio album covers carefully follow a formula: a self-portrait from the stomach up (in Volta, only her head is really shown — the rest is a statue, so it’s technically not her), laid against a digitally rendered background, and she’s dressed in an outfit that epitomises the sound of each album, threading a narrative (or rather, worlds) together. Debut saw her diving into a new world, where she felt homesick and resulted in Post; her frustrations erupted into Homogenic and calmed down in Vespertine, where she fell in love; Medulla commemorated the birth of a child, Volta encapsulated the spirit of a mother; and in Biophilia, everything seemed to have come together as she ruled the universe. Four years later, however, Vulnicura contradicts the sentiment. It says: …

The Only Books to Give A Damn About in 2014

Merry Christmas to all, and especially to broke fashion students. The 25th not only marks a wonderful, blessed night, but is also a stark reminder that the year is coming to an end. I’ve bought plenty of books (and magazines) this year, with some still on their way, and these are the only three worth your cents. I confess, these are probably the most expensive. After some thought, I have decided not to reveal much of the content of the book in this post because it’ll screw your experience. Maybe I’ll decide to, though, in 2015. Ann Demeulemeester — Ann Demeulemeester, Rizzoli The Belgian designer left her company this year, shocking many. She left us a parting gift in the form of a simple book archiving her collections. That’s it. Pages after pages of runway photographs printed on thin, beautiful black-edged paper chronicling the brand’s 30-year journey. That is all, apart from the brief introduction written by Patti Smith. Humble, wholesome and not to mention weighty, it’s obvious that this print will become a bible to her die-hard fans — some …

Fashion Exhibits Are… Too Static

I’ll make it simple. I went to London. I saw exhibits. Good and bad. Here, I talk about why a particular one disappointed me, while the other restored the joy in my life (sort of, I’m almost exaggerating). Plus, I’m exploring why curation is increasingly important and yet we don’t get enough educational value as much as entertainment while we’re at these exhibitions. Okay. You’ve probably made your decision whether to proceed reading my long-ass post. If you’re on board, here we go! Going to The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk (long title, I know) was a tremendous experience. I think it’s fitting to publish this now, in conjunction with his last ready-to-wear collection and presentation. To see his work in person was a huge sigh of relief. When I was there, I felt as though someone had rescued me from the clutches of death that extended from the halls of the Victoria and Albert Museum, trying to drag me into the pits of hell. I’m referring to Wedding …

What Makes A Talk Fruitful?

I remember getting irritated over Phobe Philo’s seminar at Vogue Festival, and I find it disappointing to listen to my hero failing to further elaborate on some of her extreme statements. One of them was: “I hope that when women wear Céline, they feel good and confident and strong. And I guess there’s a political statement behind Céline, which is that the woman should go out there and do what she wants to do.” Of course. I paid $2000 for that viscose-cotton skirt. I should feel invincible in that Resort 2014 piece. How political. *scoffs* Thing is, like in many political systems of many countries, the Céline woman derives her leadership, power and status from money. I don’t think I buy Céline to be stuck, nor do I think any woman buys luxury goods to stay in and be forced to do things she doesn’t want to do. I buy into what Philo produces simply because she offers something appealing, original, utilitarian and meaningful. But at that interview, what was Philo saying? It seemed like nonsense you throw out …

VB Came to Our School — So?

Perhaps I’m still too naive to assume that designer talks, especially those arranged by a design and arts school, would be permeated with discussions of substantial issues, an open dialogue with challenging questions and prompt a great deal of critical thinking. That was not the case when I attended LASALLE College of The Arts’ talk with the one and only Victoria Beckham. The designer recently visited Jakarta and Singapore as part of her tour to promote the collaboration between her eponymous line and OnPedder. What can one expect out of a talk with her? I’m in no way trying to belittle Beckham, but I am questioning why her coming here was so hyped. I was excited, yes, but I soon recall what Mark Oflaherty wrote, “The urge to post anything and everything linked to a fashion event has become frenzied, hysterical and masturbatory,“ which is true, and is an accurate description of Beckham’s event. Everyone went on a frenzy because Victoria Beckham was in our school. Her arrival was welcomed with a standing ovation, accompanied by an uproar of wows and yeahs over a loud applause. It’s indicative of why …

Prada’s A Bitch — An Introduction

Yes. This lengthy article is an introduction, but I guarantee you, it will be worth it. I meant to interest both fashion and music enthusiasts. The latter may consider this bullshit, since music ain’t exactly my turf, even if I do cite proper references. It’s happened in the past. But I don’t want to bastardise the epicness that is Bitches Brew, a phenomenal album that has started fights between me and random people at record stores. Plus, I didn’t intend on having a provocative title. But when your subject matter includes a former pantomime-turned-iconic-womenswear-designer and a musician central to almost every movement in Jazz, how could you not? It won’t do any justice. ‘Prada’s A Bitch’ refers to the relationship between the Italian designer and American legend, referencing the latter’s bestselling album, in the focus of the Fall 2010 collection created by the former. When I was writing this, most of my attention had directed towards constructing a mental Venn diagram demonstrating the intersections between the disciplines of music and fashion. Another related article, written about sounds in fashion, is pending to be published. …

(Follow Up) Dress: “Asking For It?”

 When my boyfriend referred to me this article, I certainly recalled my previous post about self-defense in relation to clothing. Thus, this is basically a continuation on how women have the right to stand up and defend themselves.  This amazing young Indonesian boy, named Hibar Syahrul Gafur (who’s the same age as my 9th grader brother), has invented an ‘anti-harassment’ shoe. It works like a mosquito racket/zapper: so, any contact with the metal plates will result in a shock of 450 volts. It’s enough to fend off the attacker and paralyze them for a whole two minutes. Hibar has been awarded a gold medal at the International Exhibition of Young Inventors in Malaysia. It really gives me hope when the youth devises incentives for support of human rights. I’m proud for this kid, and I am still quite speechless that a 14 year old boy has manifested his concern into a wearable product for potential mass use. You would expect (at this time) for a young high school student to focus on getting good grades on their …

Dress: “Asking for it?”

This is a shout out to all my girl friends, who have constantly been scrutinized about how they’re dressed on a night out, or even go out to the supermarket or show up to school. Because what our society has established is this: a minidress is an open invitation for molestation. A low-cut tank top a ticket to ride. Any item revealing the flesh other than the arms and legs allows others to behave like uncivilized creatures of wanton desires towards the wearer. This is what was conceived at the incident at Clarke Quay just last week, when a female foreign exchanged student was molested by a white man. I knew about it from my classmate, who shared on Facebook a response article. What was more disturbing than the news itself were the countless, bigoted responses from Singaporeans and even expatriates alike. Being a foreign student myself, it’s alarming and distressing to clearly see the reflected attitudes of the very people who surround me. And potentially would be there if I were to go clubbing at Clarke. Yes, …

Fashion: Documentaries Playlist

Last week, I set up a playlist for my classmates to indulge in, in case they ever find themselves with nothing to do during this three-month holiday. Here are my top picks, judging from their content, the subjects (people), and how well it’s filmed. I’ll definitely be updating the picks, since I myself am continuing to watch as many as I can. 1. McQueen and I — (full) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fNK2mKT8n9o Beautifully documented, with insightful perspectives from writers Plum Sykes and Suzy Menkes, personal relations from McQueen’s brother, mother, boyfriends, former employers amongst others. Another doco of this type I recommend is the Saga John Galliano, which documents his beautiful Couture creations for Dior and from days before. All the Galliano/Dior ones are good. 2. The Secret World of Haute Couture — (full) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wqkgo6fV8q8 Bourgeoisie, super rich clientele that can actually afford stuff that’s not even presented on the Couture collections. Documents how shows are actually conceived from design, to atelier, presentation, order and then marketing (if made possible). It’s a great revelation of the upper echelons of society and how …