Floating in McQueen.

I just came across this new site, NOWNESS, and it’s pretty enthralling. They describe themselves as:

“… the digital leader in luxury storytelling. Each day, NOWNESS showcases an exclusive premiere of the most inspiring stories influencing contemporary culture and global lifestyle, previewing the latest in fashion, gastronomy, art, film, music, design, travel and sport.

NOWNESS collaborates with the world’s foremost designers, creatives and thinkers in the luxury industry. NOWNESS is an innovative space where ideas, both timeless and timely, are first and foremost.”

You should definitely take some time and check out their site, but first you should watch the video they did about the Spring/Summer 2012 McQueen collection. In it, Cathy Horyn (New York Times fashion critic) chats with Sarah Burton at the label’s Paris atelier about the house’s marine-inspired collection.

I couldn’t figure out how to embed the video here, so (after checking out some of my fav screenshots of the video below) click on over to here and bless your eyes and ears!

Fashion Illustration.

Over a month ago I wrote about starting the final for my Fashion Illustration class last semester (here), and this is the end result! Obviously I went with the Alexander McQueen dress (at least I hope that’s obvious). I wish I had taken pictures during the entire process to show y’all, but I was so focused on finishing that I didn’t really think about it. All in all I spent more than an entire weekend on the embroidery for this project and ended up drawing blood a few times. ouch! Overall I was happy with the end result, even though my instructor didn’t seem to be too impressed with my work. I ended up getting an A in the class though!

(If you’re interested you can click on the picture and zoom in to see my handiwork!)

All I Want for Christmas is You. (and a few other things.)

Once again, it’s been quite a while since I’ve blogged. I don’t really have an excuse, all I can say is that the combination of grad school, Thanksgiving, and getting sick all contributed to the lack of posts. Finals end in about a week, and I’m planning on posting more regularly over winter break. This is gonna be a quick one, because I need to start working on my my final project for Fashion Illustration. I’m going to draw these images in my own style, then I will choose my favorite one and lightbox that drawing onto some fabric, and when all that’s said and done I’m going to hand embroider the dress of the fabric drawing.

The one on the left is from the  Alexander McQueen Spring ’09 collection and the one on the right is from the Marc by Marc Jacobs Spring ’10 collection. It’s going to be a lot of work, but it’ll definitely be worth it. I’m going to be posting pictures of it, as well as some of my other design projects after the semester ends, so stay tuned.

Oh also, if you’re interested I’ve added a new link to the LOST and FIND ME page up at the top. It’s a link to my last.fm profile. Before you check it out I want to preface the top artists and songs in my library by saying that I signed up for last.fm quite a long time ago, and then stopped using it for a couple of years… but now I’m back and scrobbling new tunes!

I’ve put together a quick Christmas wish-list for you all to peruse. It was my first time using Polyvore. I had a lot of fun, and I can’t wait to use it more in the future! I would absolutely love everything/anything on the list (obvi), but if I had to choose I’d say that the #1 thing would probably be the Madewell high-riser jeans. I’m so over low-rise/hip-hugger style… it’s not even funny. You all might think I’m crazy now, but just wait and see because the natural waist look is coming back (thank goodness!!).

Okay, I’ve officially spent way too much time avoiding school work… so I’m just going to say enjoy!

The One and Only. McQueen.

This morning news broke that Alexander McQueen was found dead of apparent suicide in his apartment in central London at age 40.

His website currently has this statement posted:

“On behalf of Lee McQueen’s family, Alexander McQueen today announces the tragic news that Lee McQueen, the founder and designer of the Alexander McQueen brand has been found dead at his home. At this stage it is inappropriate to comment on this tragic news beyond saying that we are devastated and are sharing a sense of shock and grief with Lee’s family.
Lee’s family has asked for privacy in order to come to terms with this terrible news and we hope the media will respect this.”

McQueen’s secondary line, McQ, was to be presented TODAY as part of New York Fashion Week. KCD, the PR company handling the show, says the presentation is canceled.

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