Watch Out For: Melitta Baumeister

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Pardon me, but this topic may seem albeit outdated but hear me out. Back in September last year, designers/brands were showing their spring/summer 14 collections and I found them largely banal. Maybe safe, digestible, uncomplicated were key words for this spring/summer. The jury is still out. What is out is a lot of yellow and the return of pastels/sorbets. The former I find is universal jaundice inducing while the latter I simply am not a fan of - I mean, why would anyone want to look wash out?

Except for maybe Prada, Celine and Christopher Kane (and Alexander Wang, but I am biased to that). Those are the only collections I still remember. Or wish to remember. (Seriously, who looks good in yellow???).

Oh and this designer: Melitta Baumeister.

Baumeister who? I know, right? Which, really, makes it even more impressive that an unknown designer can stand out in a sea of established designers. Well maybe if they did impactful pieces the way Baumeister did...

But I digress.

Normcore: Why You Shouldn't Say It

Last month, NY mag published an article proclaiming a new term to describe a prominent style: normcore. DON'T USE IT.


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Lately, I've been fascinated by the idea of anonymous. Maybe because I have grown up in the age of celebrity, arguably at its peak - hello sex tapes, paparazzi culture, and reality TV - and subsequently the age of social media where everyone and anyone can experience degrees of celebrity. On the latter, more than ever, has become easier to want to/overshare and the human condition to want to belong has become more public than ever. In Elle Canada, Cate Blanchett comments "Fame can be a fairly limiting, hollow achievement unless it’s backed up by ability and substance.” But for many the attention  that comes with recognition is enough and the meaning and purpose of it is not the point. I am also curious how the subject, the celebrity, can influence perception on the object, the work.