“Rahova-Uranus is considered as one of the most eclectic areas in Bucharest, still bearing the scars of a tormented history. Behind the immense shadow of the Palace of Parliament, also known as People’s Palace, there are the derelict remains of former prosperous neighbourhoods erased to make space for the construction of Nicolae Ceauşescu’s infamous dream. Beautiful houses and a local beer factory have now turned into rundown buildings, while the area also boasts the biggest flower market in the city and ARK, a recently renovated 19th century industrial building hosting offices, concerts and events.
It was here that Community Art Centre laBOMBA invited art and fashion collective Rozalb de Mura to organise a project focused on urban situations of social confrontation, exploring the life of the Gypsy community living in this neighbourhood. The event featured electro-jazz band Biluna jamming with the children from Rahova-Uranus and a fashion show with 12 looks made by Rozalb de Mura using discarded clothes provided by the community members during a one-week residency in the area. The looks showcased were testament to the cultural clash and collaboration between the conceptual world of Rozalb de Mura and the work of the most active women in the community and also tackled issues of beauty, femininity and identity. As the fashion show turned into a party with a soundtrack courtesy of DJ Cristina, the Gypsy community, people from the flower market, hipsters, musicians and local kids, celebrated late into the night in the name of equality, inclusion and integration.”
As a fan of Rozalb de Mura and a Bucharest rezident, I was very excited to hear about this. Friends tell me it was a great event – wish I was there!
As for the future…
Rozalb de Mura: We have a few projects lined up: there’s a research residency at IASPIS in Stockholm with Swedish artist Lisa Torell, a performance at Pianissimo Gallery in Milan at the invitation of artist Ioana Nemes, and a recent commission to celebrate the 2nd anniversary of curator Alina Serban’s Centre for Visual Introspection Gallery in Bucharest.
I might not post here until September, but I’m still active online (and still on the lookout for eye candy).
My tumblr: PrettyFuckingNinja, where I posted over 300 photos in the past 2 months. A lot of them are fashion-related, so I saw no point to reblog them here. I’m saving this blog for reviews and rather more in-depth reactions, but if you want a quick fix, check out PFN! I add new pics constantly.
You can also find me on twitter @trinian for other updates and at Post-Indie, linked in the sidebar here.
See you in September!
“22 year old French model Tom Nicon was found dead in Milan this morning after he fell from his apartment window. According to the friend, “He did the Versace fitting this morning. After that he was supposed to go to his agency but he never arrived. I don’t know if it was suicide or if he fell.” His agency declined to comment.
One of the most interesting aspects of being a teenager last decade was the opportunity to experience fashion’s change of focus from gender-specific design to gender-bending fun and the many instances of androgyny that found their way from the runway to streetwear. The new austerity pushed things even further; androgyny is perfect for the clean-cut image that speaks of quality rather than flashiness. Needless to say, the new Givenchy campaign is the only thing that would have made sense in this context for the brand, and it’s a thing of beauty.
I honestly think this could not have gone better.
I never tire of leather, but the tough look with bodycon dresses has run its course for now. So as I pondered this, I remembered the loose light dresses backstage at Acne et voila – problem solved! We can keep our leathers and our attitude (while not succumbing completely to the ’70s, which I hate). And the best part is that I can indulge my tassel fixation for a while.
You know how they say that shoes make an outfit – they’re right. Beautiful textures and counter-intuitive shapes make Kirkwood‘s SS10 collection a treat for you and your wardrobe.
(text and photo from AnOther Mag)
Antonio Marras: For this collection I wanted to create a mix between the French look of Monsieur Hulot, a character created and played by filmmaker Jaques Tati, and the British film Quadrophenia.
Monsieur Hulot has such a unique body language and silhouette, wearing his raincoat over his slightly too short trousers, with his hat, pipe and umbrella. It’s his unconscious anarchy that fascinates me; his eccentricity; his joy and his freedom, which makes him whistle in the street. The proportions in the collection were exaggerated to accentuate the playful nature of his way of dressing: large, short trousers that show off marching socks, with slightly too tight jackets and short-sleeved shirts which reveal printed gloves. It was my way of twisting the codes of elegance.
Style is also about attitude and Quadrophenia inspired the dark side of the collection, giving it a more aggressive look. It added a rebel touch to a classical wardrobe.
I find the entire collection very inspiring, both in tailoring and texture-wise. Monsieur Hulot is iconic, which is liberating when styling with him in mind. And style I did: