Sep 19, 2010

designer spotlight: alejandro ingelmo

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on everyone's fashion radar this week is CFDA/Vogue Fashion Awards 2008 finalist alejandro ingelmo, who celebrates his first boutique opening! replete with light boxes, full-length mirrors and walls lined with ornate shoe boxes (YES! cleverly designed wall-to-wall storage!), his SoHo address is sure to attract the hipsters that do (and don't) already know about his sexy shoe aesthetic.
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the man himself-- wot a looker!
hailing from a family of shoemakers, the fourth-generation shoemaker ingelmo chose to keep the feel of his boutique nostalgic in a respectful nod to his heritage. that simplicity of design gets a sophisticated lift with modern accents (above!!!). Apt then, that his store is located on the lower level of a Wooster St brownstone--with a discreet sign merely saying "shop".
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BUT ON TO THE MAIN ATTRACTION: HIS CREATIONS.

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ingelmo's signature are towering, sexy, fetishist strappy creations which first got him noticed by the fickle fashion insiders who passed them onto their celebrity clients, giving him even more visibility.
but he has recently expanded his collection to include a robust selection of casual-cool flats.
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of particular note would be his burgeoning men's collection, which has been garnering RAVE reviews approaching cult status of covetability. no pictures because i'm not that into menswear or shoes, but suffice to say his sneakers are FLY.
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Another most exciting collaboration (i'll just leave out H&M x Lanvin because i have no way of getting my hands on any pieces given that there is no H&M boutique in Singers...) is between my favorite ballet flat label repetto and the ever-hip, eternally-cool Opening Ceremony. While i favor their simple classic black flats, OF COURSE they would be funkily reincarnated for the hipster boutique.
Hopefully on pedder bring some in to Singapore-- although i was just there last week and only silver and gold repettos are in stock at the moment. BOO HOO.
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picture credits: rantingsofashopaholic, newyorkmag, style.com

Sep 13, 2010

on art and artistry: paula parrish

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NY-based photographer paula parrish had her exhibition at the Visionairs Gallery paris (not to be confused with the independent gallery of the same name in NYC) open just a week ago. Her work is highly evocative of fantasy, that dreamscape achieved using experimental techniques in printing, mounting and reshooting images.
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Her work is highly layered, textured and multidimensional, incorporates many techniques. While her artistry is clearly evident and appreciated in the art world (hence the exhibition!), she came onto my radar through her more commercial work in fashion, which she started in 2004.
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the exhibition is on at:
VISIONAIRS GALLERY paris
14 Rue des carmes 75005 Paris,

during the period of:
7-30 September 2010.
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and on a personal note...
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in the same vein, the musical
"Scruples: A Tale of Trial and Error"
will be showing from:
24-26 September 2010 at
NUS Law Faculty (NUS Bukit Timah Campus), Auditorium.
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i suppose it seems slightly shameless... but truly this musical is what i've poured my heart and soul into for the last 2 months. In all the theatre work ive done, never have i attempted a musical. Incorporating live music into a piece of art onstage is definitely no easy task, but for something so apparently foreign to me, doing theatrical work again just makes me remember and realize how happy any manifestation of artistry makes me.
slightly pensive, obviously, because this really is a swansong for me, effectively. ironically, it is also a debut in many ways--first musical, first time directing a musical, first time working with amateurs, first time working with law classmates,... the list does go on. i can only hope i get to look upon this as fondly as i do much of my other theatre work in teh past.