Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Sunday, August 22, 2010
In an industry that can be exclusive towards faces of ethnicity, it's always refreshing to see talent of color whose skills supersede that of even the most sought after mainstream clothier. Inspired by a strong sense of indigenous culture, Ghanaian designer Maki Oh's line emanates a quality that is self-expressive and modern. By challenging predominate notions of beauty through fashion, Oh aspires to initiate a continuous recognition and appreciation for African culture in the form of unique pieces that fuse traditional techniques with innovative construction. A fashion studies graduate of the Arts University College at Bournemouth, her layered, three-dimensional approach is one that is alluring, complex and eclectic. The combination of art and culture along with classic and unconventional silhouettes is one that speaks volumes.
Sunday, August 15, 2010
I keep having the same experience. I'm walking down 34th street, or one of many shopping hubs here in New York City, and I'm inevitably drawn to the fashionable and artfully curated window displays in stores like Forever 21, H&M, and Zara, among many other chain retail establishments. At that moment, I'm filled with a childish glee, anticipating a definite purchase in the form of something unique and up-to-date. But it's all an elaborate rouse, a deceptive maneuver in the name capitalism.