Magic of Sartorial Technology

3D printing is an art form that is transforming the way people create and the overall concept of creativity. From medicine to computer engineering — experts have used technology to modify genetics and change the way we listen to music and communicate. But the fashion industry isn’t any exception, especially with the rise of 3D printing entering the sartorial world. With that said, Gabriela Ligenza’s capsule collection incorporates 3D printing technology to render innovative sculptural headpieces. As an English Millinery, Ligenza partnered with many talented experts from engineers to animators and digital story tellers for this project. This inaugural collection successfully showcases the variety and potential of 3D printing, as well as how it can change the future of fashion. In addition, Ligenza also confronts any prejudice against newer mediums of art, which exhibit how traditional art and newer forays of technology can exquisitely coincide.
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Cheers to a chic 2014!

This might seem so cliche… But, as an art and pop culture junkie, I couldn’t resist posting Italian artist, AleXsandro Palombo’s latest sartorial humor– to ring in the New Year. In Palombo’s newest series of thematic illustrations, he features Anna Wintour and Karl Lagerfeld casually celebrating New Year’s Eve, just like any iconic fashion duo would…. Some of Palombo’s illustrations feature Wintour and Lagerfeld taking out their eyes by popping  champagne bottle corks. While others include them bathing in Chanel adorned cocktails, overflowing with maraschino cherries. But, seriously, I wouldn’t mind jumping in the middle of these iconic masterpieces and joining their party! On that note, cheers to a chic 2014! I wish everyone the best and hope your upcoming year is full of happiness and prosperity! xo!

Anna Wintour and Unkle Karl Lagerfeld Happy New Year VOGUE CHANEL Art Fashion Luxury Portrait Painting Cartoon Illustration Satire Sketch Icon Legend Humor Chic by aleXsandro Palombo modifiedAnna Wintour and Karl Lagerfeld Happy New Year ART Fashion Luxury cartoon Illustration Icon Satire Paintin Legend Portrait Chanel Humor Chic by aleXsandro PalomboIllustrations by AleXsandro Aplomb

Style inspiring art!

I have the best subscribers in the world and I’m always elated to hear from you! On top of being a huge art addict, I’m very humbled when my style and blog inspire artists. I was ecstatic to recently connect with talented Toronto-based illustrator and watercolor painter, Kopiha Nathan (though we’ve never met, I think it’s coincidental we’re from the same city)- to illustrate a photo from my Trend Nerd sartorial spread with Sam and Marissa. As a lifelong artist, Kopiha enjoys trying different techniques with watercolors, while incorporating lots of detail into her work. Inspired by the ocean, culture and high quality sartorial photography, I really admire Kopiha’s visionary approach to creating one-of-a-kind illustrations with exquisite, somewhat whimsical and vivid color combinations– giving her artwork a strong personality and mind of its own!

“What interests me most is when a work of art is no longer just an object, but also touches reality and life.”

– Miuccia Prada

Photograph behind Kopiha’s inspiration. Photo credit: Sam Grant, Hair/make-up: Marissa Schwartz. Booties: Giuseppe Zanotti, top: Marc by Marc Jacobs, shorts: BGBGMaxAzria

Watercolor illustration of me by Kopiha Nathan

Kopiha Nathan’s watercolor illustration.

Facial close-up of Kopiha Nathan’s watercolor illustration.

Sartorial close-up of Kopiha Nathan’s watercolor illustration.

Left: Watercolor illustration of me by Kopiha Nathan, Right: Photograph behind Kopiha’s inspiration. Photo credit: Sam Grant, Hair/make-up: Marissa Schwartz. Booties: Giuseppe Zanotti, top: Marc by Marc Jacobs, shorts: BGBGMaxAzria

Carlini’s stylish masterpieces…

My amazing friend, talented Chicago-based artist and rising senior at DePaul University, Eva Carlini can do so much more than paint breathtaking pictures. On top of coveting Carlini’s drawings, I’m particularly enamored by her imaginative approach to crafting exquisitely curated apparel! Carlini’s carefree, non-conforming attitude and avant-garde style bring out the original flair in her artwork. She says, her work is inspired by a wide array of elements including the “…ocean, nature, music, Vogue and [her] mom.” As a lifelong painter and sketch artist, Carlini doesn’t sew and recently ventured into creating garments. Unlike any fashion designer and most artists, her unconventional approach to structuring apparel with wires, mesh and staples render her a pioneer of crafting one-of-a-kind sartorial statements. I’m extremely infatuated with the dark, morbid, and somewhat erotic edge of her latest creations. Although Carlini’s gown is reminiscent of clothing inspired by the goth subculture, its flowing floor length ribbons resemble octopus tentacles and uniquely cut silhouette make this piece elegant for walking the red carpet. While her headdress crafted with wires, mesh and various types of paper preserve a similar motif, it shines in a whole different light with several streaks of contrasting shades and select cuts of paper stapled together that look like hoards of dangling human spines, in all the right ways!

P.S. I wish I could actually wear this dress!

Gown by Eva Carlini. Crafted with mesh, wires, staples and ribbons.

Gown by Eva Carlini. Crafted with mesh, wires, staples and ribbons.

Headdress by Eva Carlini. Created with assorted kinds of paper, mesh, staples and wire.

Headdress by Eva Carlini. Created with assorted kinds of paper, mesh, staples and wire.

Self-portrait on scratchboard by Eva Carlini. Just like the garments, I love how this piece thematically preserves the dark, morbid motif too!