Posts Tagged ‘fashion’

AI Walks You Out of Your Privacy

The gait is not a catwalk privilege anymore but a controversial privacy breaker, helping artificial intelligence (AI) to identify and thus to control you. Chinese authorities have started using a new surveillance tool: “gait recognition” software which uses people’s body shapes and the way they walk in order to identify them. According to Huang Yongzhen,…

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Intertextuality of Architecture, Style, Fashion and People

Le Corbusier said once, “Style is like a feather in a woman’s hat, nothing more.” When it comes to architecture he described it as “the masterly, correct and magnificent play of masses brought together in light”. Architecture is in general hard to define, according to the American architecture and writer Witold Rubczynski. Have you ever…

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INSTANT SOFTWARE TRANSLATORS AND THE PHILOSOPHY OF LANGUAGE

The AI assistance, which once started with telling us the weather and timing our eggs while they cook, is now breaking into our linguistic zone. Soon we could be able to communicate in every language on Earth with certain limitations found in Esperanto. In past 18 months Apple, Google, Amazon, and Microsoft have seriously advanced…

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The “Open Space” of Style

Office dress codes have gone through a certain change recently, following the development of the street style accompanied by sportswear in the aesthetics of fashion. The appearance of new work/home lifestyle has also contributed to the transformation. However, the tailoring is slowly coming back, compromising the average quality of the fast fashion concept and teaching…

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“Surprise”-Effect of A Fashion Collaboration

Today a lot of brands are a subject for different types of collaborations such as Louis Vuitton & Supreme, Vetements & Canada Goose. Nevertheless, some things can be learned from the retail experience of the former Parisian store “Colette”. A retail store had a goal to bring together products they liked and couldn’t find in…

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The Little Black Dress – “Bauhaus” of Fashion

“Scheherezade is easy; a little black dress is difficult.” – Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel Almost every female and sometimes even male wardrobe accommodates at least one LBD (little black dress). The idea of the LBD is often ascribed to Gabrielle ”Coco” Chanel, who might have renegotiated the concept of dress by putting it into the contemporary…

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The “Monarch” of the Fashion System

For many people today the word fashion would immediately be associated with a name of fashion designer. Vetements and Balenciaga are today strongly associated with a Georgian young man wearing a baseball cap and having a name Demna Gvasalia. The fashion house of Dior would even today, after more than fifty years since the death…

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Futuristic Odyssey of Smart Fashion

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Who of us today remember the new futuristic story “Things to Come” (1936) directed by William Cameron Menzies, displaying “social and political forces and possibilities”? Well, we can at least recall “A Space Odyssey”, which is an epic science-fiction story first told in 1968 and in 2001 produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick . In…

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Commodification of Counterculture in Fashion Advertising

The year was 1976, when the Sex Pistols’ God Save the Queen went to number one and despite that fact, the band was refused air time by the BBC. Meanwhile, Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren, who were dressing the band, reopened their famous shop Let it Rock at 430 King Road offering transformed straps and zips…

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“Champagne Wishes and Caviar Dreams.”

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In 1898, when the Ritz Hotel in Paris first opened its doors to a “glittering reception”, caviar with champagne came very soon to be one of the signatures of the bar menu. Indeed, caviar is associated with something luxury, exquisite and extravagant at the same time. What is caviar? The term caviar (sometimes called Russian…

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Iconoclasm of The Oldest Paris Fashion House

The sun has sunk below a cloud, after I saw the headline in Business of Fashion, “Olivier Lapidus Joins Lanvin Amid Plans to Make Brand ‘A French Michael Kors’”. WHAT? My mind immediately flashed back to the interview with the former fashion director of British Vogue for 25 years Lucinda Chambers, which was courageously published…

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Behind The Film Scene of the 1910s

The Mediterranean climate and relaxing atmosphere brought my thoughts into the Dream Factory. Therefore I have a desire to share few words about fashion in connection with the film history in Hollywood. Between 1905 and 1915 film actors were required to supply their own garments for film. However, it didn’t directly mean lack of interest…

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