Monday, November 21, 2011

Screamin' SATAN

THE DEVIL AND GOD ARE RAGING INSIDE ME. No, but really. As many of you know, they totally are. In fact, this constant inner-battle has created an unnerving obsession with all things related to the aforementioned. It's not surprising that I am often found returning from shopping binges with an array of both questionable and borderline offensive merch. Sorry? Not sorry? I suppose a bit of both.

However, I am always intrigued when I spot the mainstream mass of retailers capitalizing on the Jesus train. Or is it the Devil that's leading the way? (Can you see the conflict here?) Whatever. Once a hush-hush trend confined to goth girls and a ring of underground bloggers, sporting religious paraphernalia has morphed from being a symbol to announce your beliefs to (in extreme cases) an artistic way of flipping the bird to whoever's looking. The fashion world has taken a symbol of faith and created yet another symbol of status.

Being one who is always looking to cause some type of inappropriate scene, I have found comfort somewhere in the middle of this religious massacre. Despite my personal beliefs being roughly non-existant, I feel that there's a true artistic trend to be found in crossing the line (yup, shitty pun intended.) History has seen the shape of the cross evolve not just in Christianity, but in various forms of Paganism, the Gothic culture, and on bad ass babes like Madonna.

So, rage on, my cross-laiden ladies and gents; DO YOUR THANG. May you never feel as conflicted in choosing between the Devil & God as I do on a regular basis.

Also, here's the picture/album/artist responsible for my questionable body art. enjoy!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Kei Kagami, the "Anti-Postmodernist Futurist," and his 10 Year Retrospective

If you thought the recent shoe collections from fashion kings like McQueen and Jean Paul Gaultier were something to ooze over, prepare yourself for the work of Kei Kagami. Far ahead of the futuristic shoe game than any other mainstream designer, Kagami is now being honored for his avant-garde designs with the opening of an exhibition in Amsterdam showcasing his most memorable collections from the past 10 years.

Having left a career in architecture to tackle the fashion world, it's no surprise that Kagami is recognized as being a key player in the integration of both worlds. His footwear, as well as Ready-to-Wear, all display underlying themes focused on the mechanics of the body's movement and elements of technical design. Kind. Of. Incredible.

The exhibition will feature 60 pairs of his out of control footwear and feature a live performance highlighting the design process. Kagami told Dazed Digital, "Three performers are going to be sewing, exploring the form as a connecting activity. Sewing clothes, pieces of textile, and paper to each other, they will create a huge assemblage. Created in one hour, the assemblage will be in constant movement - expansion/contraction - since every object and move are connected to each other."

So, for all my friends overseas - check this dude out. I can almost guarantee his work will change your life!