British fashion photographer David Sims focuses his lens on the beauty in imperfections. Some of his most iconic work—a portfolio that is said to have set the tone of late 1990s fashion photography—captures the incongruous chink in a flawless image. Models with knotted hair, a wrinkled shirt, asymmetrical blush or a cowlick—through Sims's perfect lens, with Sims's perfect light, it all looks, yes, perfect. You wouldn't imagine it any other way.
For his debut show as Dior's creative director, designer Raf Simons stitched together a setting reminiscent of the fashion house's founding themes—femininity, romance, and flowers. Once again, the house of Dior was a house of flowers.
Sun printing on fabric lets you use the plants in your garden to create beautiful patterns, and the resulting fabric can be made into clothing or a framed work of art.
Michel Tcherevkoff has imagined a line of shoes that is, quite possibly, perfect: they will never scuff, fade, or wilt; they don't take up any space in the closet; they will fit anyone. It's true, they cannot actually be worn, but the NYC-based photographer has convinced me (in a heavy French accent) that's a trifling technichality. His Shoe Fleurs are fashioned with flowers, leaves, and grasses that he's culled from friends' gardens, local NYC markets, and exotic locations.
In our latest post in our series about fabric made from plants, we take a look at piña, a fabric made from pineapple leaves and used in traditional Filipino clothing. Check out our first post about blazers made from lotus flower fiber.
Lines are insane—and we mean insane—at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, for the last days of the Alexander McQueen show, "Savage Beauty." The show ends this Sunday, August 7, and tomorrow and Friday, August 4 and 5, the museum will stay open until 9:00 p.m., and on Saturday and Sunday, August 6 and 7, until midnight. (The line is so long that the museum has even come up with a scavenger-hunt style game for people to play while waiting in line).
Straw hats for every budget!
While botanic fashion has yet to see urban streets and Bill Cunningham's lens, the concept has been flourishing on the runway and in the artist's studio. Here are three designers who have culled their materials from the plants that inspire them.
'Leaf Series', Dave Rittinger