Above Designs from Olga Lomaka’s look book.
Above Olga Lomaka with Sophie Ellis-Bextor.
Fashion, much like contemporary art, is often misunderstood by society. Unwearable, kitsch and simply bizarre are just some of the words used to describe that wedding dress from last month’s Jean Paul Gaultier show. A lot of fashion statements over the last few years have been causing a stir of controversy in the masses. Why has fashion become so “statemented” and why can it be hard to accept, just like it once was hard to accept Andres Serrano’s Piss Christ?
Contemporary art has been causing a mixed reaction for nearly as long as it had existed. Is it a good idea to bring it into the everyday objects and turn it into fashion? I decided to find that out for myself through the works of Olga Lomaka, a London-based thought-provoking artist that has recently launched her own clothing line. ‚ÄėArt and fashion are so intertwined,’ says Olga. ‘They are a way of self-expression and self-identification. Fashion is the oxygen that makes me who I am, a mirror that reflects my personality and makes me unique.’ For her, taking art out of its usual framework of confined galleries and museums was the cornerstone of her project, Parasites of the Mind. Like a missionary, Lomaka tried breaking down the boundaries and turning an everyday object, such as a simple sweatshirt, into an art object, thus bringing art to the masses. Just like how fashion broke out of √©litist circles into the crowds many years ago; just like Andy Warhol blurred the line between a supermarket and an art gallery with a simple Campbell’s Soup can.
It kept me wondering whether popularizing something as precious as art would take it a step too far to losing its own value. The value of thought, the meaning. Would a consumer even pay any attention to it? Would they see the effort behind it or would they just spot a pretty bright pattern that is so “in” this season?
‚ÄėTransforming art on to fabric takes it to a new level, making it easier for everyone and anyone to reach. Nowadays art no longer shows privilege or relation to the upper class, which makes the artist open to a wide audience and allows him [to] create without hindrance and restrictions. If anything, the prints of Parasites of the Mind on sweatshirts add more value to the original pieces. They make the art even more sought-after and are interesting to the public, showing modern views and cultural values ‚Ä¶ Thanks to this, as an artist, my dialogue with the viewer became so much more intimate ‚Ä¶ If a person is interested in modern art, follows trends and has a basic understanding of psychology he won’t be shouting about it. Instead, his intelligence will be seen through [the] actions and objects that surround him.’‚ÄĒElina Lukas
As with previous years, the British Fashion Council has announced its Outstanding Achievement Award winner at the British Fashion Awards before the big night: Karl Lagerfeld will receive the award on November 23 at the Coliseum in London.
The Council notes that Lagerfeld’s contribution is ‘unrivalled’: ‘For over fifty years Karl Lagerfeld has remained a formidable force in the fashion industry and has taken the helm of numerous iconic houses‚ÄĒincluding Chlo√© and Fendi. His eye for detail has proved transferable, juggling successful careers as photographer, publisher and art director alongside his numerous design undertakings.’
It credits Lagerfeld for turning Chanel into a ‘global superbrand’, redefining fashion advertising and establishing how a brand can be revived.
Previous winners included Alexander McQueen (posthumously), Sir Paul Smith, Manolo Blahnik, Terry and Tricia Jones, and Anna Wintour.
Natalie Massenet, chairman of the Council, stated, ‘Karl Lagerfeld defines outstanding. He is the champion of excellence, the master of the exceptional and one of the most iconic figures globally from our industry. His life’s work for his own and so many extraordinary brands has written the language of fashion. He is the ultimate visionary and we celebrate not only the decades already passed but those yet to happen. In Karl’s hands the future of fashion will be an exceptional one.’
This year’s sponsors include MAC, Toni & Guy, Marks & Spencer, Mercedes-Benz and St Martin’s Lane Hotel.
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The Miss Universe New Zealand Grand Final at Skycity Theatre, Auckland, on October 24 saw the return of two winning teams behind the scenes: Samala Robinson Academy and Premier Hairdressing Academy, both of which went all out to make sure the 20 finalists, as well as some of the VIPs, looked as stunning as they could be on stage. There was the added bonus this year of Samala Cosmetics, Robinson‚Äôs own line of make-up that meant organizers didn‚Äôt have the additional burden of organizing a range from another cosmetics‚Äô company. The SRA team was familiar with what was on offer, and worked their magic accordingly.
Robinson herself is an international make-up artist who worked around the world before returning to New Zealand and setting up her academy in 2000. Like Premier, SRA is very well known for its professionalism and high standards of training. She established her cosmetics’ line more recently and her current focus is steering her new brand’s direction.
On the night, Samantha McClung took the title of Miss Universe New Zealand 2015. McClung coincidentally is a trained make-up artist, which should serve her well when she competes for the Miss Universe title alongside other national delegates in Las Vegas, Nevada, at the end of the year.
As previewed on our Facebook page, Kylie Minogue turned on the Oxford Street Christmas lights on Sunday evening outside the Pandora Marble Arch store, with Dave Berry and Lisa Snowdon hosting, and Foxes, Fleur East, Ben Haenow, Gabrielle Aplin and a cast member from Matilda the Musical among the acts.
The 56th annual event, in association with radio station Capital, saw Oxford Street bathed in silver lights and 445 gold baubles amongst them. The event was streamed live on screens right down West Oxford Street.
Some shoppers waiting for the switch-on donned Kylie Minogue masks and waved Australian flags.
It was also the event’s first traffic-free Sunday, and shoppers got to enjoy exclusive deals through the day at 40 high street stores by downloading tickets from the Oxford Street website.
Minogue said, ‘There’s no way I thought I would be turning on the Oxford Street Christmas lights. What an honour. It’s the first for me so I’m really excited. To be involved in this is so much fun. I’ll probably be down here on Oxford Street myself to get my last-minute Christmas gifts.’
Steven Medway, Managing Director of Trading Environment, New West End Company, said in a release, ‘We are thrilled that Kylie Minogue, a global pop icon switched on the Oxford Street Christmas Lights this year, one of London‚Äôs most iconic annual events. There‚Äôs a wave of anticipation on Oxford Street as the festive footfall starts to build, with our first ever traffic-free Sunday switch-on moment and a series of exclusive one-day-only retail offers and events. The street is shining under our fantastic silver and gold lighting scheme and each store will now be revealing its Christmas window display.’
Over the next six weeks, Oxford Street and the West End are predicted to take ¬£2,300 million through the tills.
Trilogy has reformulated its Age-Proof Nutrient Plus firming serum and Line Smoothing day cream with new botanical actives, designed to firm and nourish the skin. Glycablend, Trilogy’s new breakthrough ingredient, is a plant oil blend of pomegranate, blueberry, strawberry and chia seed oils. Trinity Bioactives, an independent science lab, has found that Glycablend reduces the breakdown of collagen by up to 88¬∑9 per cent.
Trilogy has also included botanical hydroxyproline, a natural amino acid that stimulates the contraction of collagen fibres, strengthens the skin barrier, and protects against free radical damage; while hyaluronic acid helps draw moisture to the skin.
The Trilogy Age-Proof Nutrient Plus firming serum has the above ingredients, but adds antioxidant-rich licorice and mulberry root for soothing and brightening the skin, marula oil for skin health, and evening primrose for nourishment and condition. It retails at NZ$48¬∑90. The day cream, meanwhile, retails for NZ$55¬∑90 and includes melon extract for conditioning and strengthening in addition to Glycablend, botanical hydroxyproline and hyaluronic acid.
They are available nationally in New Zealand from selected Farmers, health and department stores, and pharmacies. For further information, visit trilogyproducts.com.
Schwarzkopf Professional has added four new products to its BC Bonacure Oil Miracle range: Oil Mists for either thick or fine hair, a light oil shampoo, and a warming treatment, exclusive to hair salons.
This collection uses nourishing oils to bring life back into dull hair. While other oil-based treatments can leave hair feeling heavy and damp, the Oil Miracle range revives hair and gives it an instantly dry feeling with a lighter, livelier texture.
The Oil Mists feature marula oil for light hair and argan oil for normal to thick hair, and with their micro-dispersion technology, the hair dries faster.
Some treatments strip hair of their natural oils to remove the greasy shine it can sometimes have. Schwarzkopf, on the other hand, uses healthy oils to revitalize damaged hair and to give it the natural shine it needs. Give yourself and your hair the love it needs with this luxurious new range.
The Oil Mists (A$34¬∑90) and shampoo (A$34¬∑90) are in stores now. For stockist information in Australia, call 1 800 251-887.‚ÄĒAlex Barrow
Malaysian-born Chris Lim, who has worked with luxury brands including Ralph Lauren, Giorgio Armani, Hugo Boss, Versace and Gucci, has created his own fragrance and body care brand, Maraca, in New Zealand.
Roseraie, the latest fragrance in the Maraca candle range, has a blend of rose, violet and blackcurrant in its top notes, white tea and green leaves in its mid-notes, and base notes of musk, jasmine and cedarwood.
The candle has a lead-free cotton wick and a total burning time of up to 45 hours. It retails for NZ$54¬∑95, while other scents range from NZ$49¬∑95 to NZ$54¬∑95, at selected retailers nationally and online at www.maracanewzealand.com. A stockists’ list can be found on the website.
Lim has had a life-long love of fragrance since his childhood and his first foray with Maraca saw a collection of candles, diffusers and body care products. He created the scents, which are formulated in France, while the candles are made in New Zealand using natural soy wax.
MAC Cosmetics has announced that Ariana Grande is its new Viva Glam spokeswoman, following in the footsteps of Lady Gaga, Cyndi Lauper, Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, Ricky Martin, Miley Cyrus and others.
Grande, 22, will lend her name to a deep plum lipstick and a baby pink lip gloss.
One hundred per cent of the proceeds from the sale of Viva Glam products go to the MAC Aids Fund, which to date has raised over US$380 million to fund HIV and Aids programmes.
Grande announced on Instagram, ‘I am beyond honored and excited to be working with a brand that stands for and always has stood for EQUALITY. my lipstick & gloss will be available in January and EVERY PENNY goes to people effected by HIV & AIDS ‚Ä¶ I have loved & supported @maccosmetics ever since I was a little girl walking through the mall and saw your first #VIVAGLAM girl in the window @rupaulofficial. I’m so honored!!!’
MAC Viva Glam Ariana Grande hits counters in New Zealand on February 11, 2016.