The all american sweethearts have officially grown up (Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens and Pretty little liar main star Ashley Benso) on this Korine film that deals with what often stigmatizes the lives of the american teenagers: the culture of “spring break”. Visually stunning, a film that successfully combines elements of video gaming, soft porn and neon colors to narrate the story of 4 american girls in their teenage crisis, caught somewhere between the end of innocence and the beginning of the absolute mal (perfectly captured in the Britney Spears scene). As this film suggests, springbreak is often the perfect form of escapism that we all seek in one form or another (call it drugs, call it shopping, call it exotic journeys). However what happens when this “break” from reality becomes too permanent?
This movie, though limited in real caracter development or intriguing plot (after all the director gives us clues of the ending way earlier) manages to question the substance of the american dream and expose its futile nature. For some it is the notion of absolute power (see James Franco), while for others a simple LA trip away, yet all with the same expiration date.
In its effort to caricaturize our overconsumerist, superfluous society that many teenagers represent and assume today, the film ends up almost idolizing those behaviors and elevates these girls to real contemporary icons. Have we officially reached the age of un-innocence?
The beauty about fashion is that every season, things change, models dissappear and new faces and norms emerge. For this season, although designers seemed to be in a less inspiring mood than the spring shows, we got to see new trends/faces emerging.
1. Chloe Norgaard and hair as the ultimate accesory: After Charlotte Free, this model gave us a signature hair look that gave her a well deserved 15 minute of fame, from Moschino to Proenza Schouler, Chloe’s rainbow hair was a living proof that color is alive.
2. It’s a FunFur: Peta lovers won’t be happy, as fur is still dominant this season. Playful accesories (Chanel hats, Wang’s boxer gloves and even Fendi’s very furry hair) stood out.
3.Tying the knot: Wrapped around the waist, in all sizes, the knot seemed to emerge as some kind of a new fetish that i really appreciated in Philo’s Celine and Givenchy’s rockers.
4. Tartan: Brits were never especially renowned for their exquisite elegance, however something tells me their punk influence made the cut, with tartan ever dominating the catwalk in all fashion capitals.
5. Go big or go home: Big, bold and beautiful. Size will always matter especially when it comes to cool prints as seen in Mary Katrantzou or Comme des Garcons.
6. Like a prayer: For some fashion is a religion and what better proof than the Italian boys’ hommage to Virgin Mary and christian references.
7. Wang does it better: Many changes occured the past few seasons, but among the 3 (Hedi Slimane, Raf Simons and Alexander Wang) it was Wang who proved that a fresh start is always possible.
8. Boots, start walking: thigh high boots became an obsession yet again.
9. Last night a PJ saved my life: Put on your night gown and be sexy was the message that Marc Jacobs infused both of his shows with.
10: It’s a wild blog world: Season after season, a new culture has evolved: the blogger mania. Outside those tents is where the attention has moved, commercialization of fashion or victims of ephemeral fame? it’s up to you to decide.
Dropping the Yves might have been a fresh new start for the otherwise visionary Slimane who made Dior Homme cool again with his ultra skinny boy toys, however one couldn’t help but wonder: what happens when Couture itself is dropped in the name of mass market fantasies?
Last season, Slimane sucessfully revisited some YSL classic references with a modern yet commercial twist (blame it on the hats, who was not to love?) With an ad campaign reminiscent of Zadig & Voltaire, Slimane gave us what he knows best: black&white set, tattoed loving girls delicately wrapped in a very rock aesthetic.
However, this season he did it again. Undoubtedly, this time around, the YSL girl dropped the hat yet not the attitude and gave us punk.
Overall, instead of old plein yet safe Zara, this collection came more or less across as Primark. And in an era where true fashion aficionados are more and more obsessing over tailor made, distinctly chosen garments, something tells me that selling a cheap look, will probably fail selling expensive outfits.
Fashion’s boy genius did it again. Wang managed to stand out from the crowd yet another season, this time around by making the right cut. Even if the colour palette was quite austere (not surprising given his past collections) the overall result was far from mundane. The Wang tribe was all about the creation of lines; Lines that reconstructed american sportswear (who is not to love the baseball revisited outfits) and femininity (a true evening wear temptation). The tribal music together with a Tron overall tone (see blue light at the end of the show) only assured that the Wang warrior is stronger than ever. Wang is already setting the tone and raising the bar for the rest.. After all his message seems clear: Cut or get cut..
If I were to align this blog, by choosing one collection that encapsulates what JesusWasSize0 is all about, Mr Tisci’s collection for Spring 2013 would be the One. Managing to turn digital prints into iconic statements and fashion into massively followed and worshiped is where the success of the brand lies.
Forget panthers, rottweilers and birds of paradise, this season was all about the queen of all good: the Virgin Mary. Religious references were prominent, channelling gowns from a child’s communion, holy images and soft, heavenly palettes. All in all, this collection is the quintessence of Givenchy under Riccardo Tisci: edgy, urban, androgynous and to die for, hopefully leading one to the Givenchy heaven. Let us pray (and pay) for more..