Friday, 30 August 2013

3d design, real world

These images look like CAD vector drawings that have been put into real-life environments:


I've been noticing more and more similar art projects over the past few months; it's interesting that within an increasingly digital, virtual culture, aesthetic inspiration for physical art works can be taken from computer aided design.

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Estefania Cortes Harker

I might be a little bit late on the pick-up here, but these panelled, glitter-structured garments are awesome.

Friday, 23 August 2013 Curating IRL

An article I wrote for investigating content curation and the connection of links both online and as experience events.

LFW: upcoming lack of tech

There are no designers incorporating 3D Printing into their collections for upcoming London Fashion Week. The closest point of relevance I can find is that Christopher Cane uses 3D mapping techniques as inspiration. 


Reflecting on Prada for A/W 13

Here's a piece I wrote a few weeks ago that I forgot to post. I'm still so excited about this collection because I'm seeing it everywhere NOW. The influence that outstanding fashion design can have is incredible, and I get really excited watching people on the street develop trend in their own way.
It's also really good fun writing about a collection after having given it a few months to mature, as opposed to writing reports asap directly after a show.

Prada A/W 13


One of the greatest shows of the A/W '13 season was Miuccia Prada's Ready-to-Wear collection - and for some, this success could simply be put down to just how truly wearable the looks she presented were. There was much to be recognized: the slug-sole shoe, along with the importance of the skirt length in each of the looks, attested to an almost trademark silhouette. However, what drove the collection far beyond her previous work was the transparency of emotion evident. A coherent, romantic narrative was central not only throughout the show but throughout every outfit,and the strength of this theme has only been made stronger as the season has developed over the summer and into the oncoming autumn trends.

Styled beautifully with limp, wet hair and a subtly stained lip, the normality of femininity was suggested further by the embellished grunge of the looks on offer. The neat suburban plaid and cinched waist combination featured heavily, but were undermined and juxtaposed by off-shoulder layering which only allowed the (almost) androgynous pin-up to come undone. The intriguing story behind the women (rather than the outfits) was was just as important as the garments themselves - and this drama elevated the collection into more than just fabric.

Throughout the summer - and especially during the current lead up to autumn and winter - looks initiated by Prada Fall '13 certainly seem to have quietly amounted into street-style and trend. This only lays testament to the easy, relaxed wearability of the collection as more than a selection of outfits, but as an attitude into which many people have come to understand and appreciate. The skirt length (in particular) looks to be a key feminine piece for the next few weeks and months, critically undermined by androgynous beauty or a tough coordination. This toughness was evident at Prada through a careful choice of material, but it is the emotional feel of this intriguing collection that has followed through from catwalk to street style. As far as collections go, that is a rather worthy achievement.

Alex Mattsson SS14 PINEAL DAWN

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

'To Be': innovative networking

Link to article I've written for aqnb which explores further my investigation into To Be from gear talk a few weeks ago.
I'm really happy as its provoked some interesting conversation between myself and those in charge of the design of the network; I've also been invited to become a beta user, so I'm excited to start creating.

I'm hoping to develop these ideas further as a means of improving my BA dissertation ahead of its submission for the Digital Humanties conference I'll be attending in Russia in October. If anyone can help with travel grants or conference funding, please get in touch!

Identity crisis

3D Printing nationality shells for hermit crabs.