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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 …

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 …

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 …