Monday, September 1, 2014

“Profanity Pop” José Rodolfo Loaiza Ontiveros

 This weekend was the last days to view images of José Rodolfo Loaiza Ontiveros latest exhibition at the La Luz de Jesus gallery. 

 La Luz de Jesus gallery is located inside the Wacko store in Silverlake. The store alone has enough creative inspirations for a lifetime and the back gallery is the cherry on top. 

 The month of August had a really cool selection from "Profanity Pop". José Rodolfo Loaiza Ontiveros showed imagery featuring some of our favorite Disney characters in different reality based situations. Snow White taking selfies, Cruella serving & living in a punk rock look, and vandalism of an evil queens village propaganda. 
 The paintings contained current social issues while including fantasy to bring relevance and reality to viewers. 
 Here are a few photos of Profanity Pop as well as the release provided by the gallery. Also a few images from other artists on display at the La Luz de Jesus gallery. 

     La Luz De Jesus Gallery
  4633 Hollywood Boulevard 
  Los Angeles, CA. 90027  
"Profanity Pop"     
 Mythology, Religion and the representation of power have manifested in all of the great works from antiquity. With Profanity Pop, Rodolfo pays tribute to specific historical works that have inspired many generations. Universal themes are once again narrated by beloved animated characters, but in the guise of the divine and with all the fragility of martyrs. Away from the paradise of happy endings, the pastel sprinkled drama takes on a vulnerability that juxtaposes subversively with situations never similarly interpreted.

The Monarchy of prejudices and taboos crumble in this story. The disenfranchised reach beyond discrimination, and in this narrative no union is sinful or suppressed.

The absorbing worlds of entertainment, fashion, and excesses, with the magic of kitsch, invite us to desecrate the seductive world of POP.

Katherine Brannock
Study of missed chances

Sean Stephanoff 
Spring Break 

Allison "Hueman" Torneros
(This one moved when you did through the angles strategically painted with the ideas of a prism. Maybe it was the top shelf I enjoyed before.)

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Paris Men's Fashion Week: Andrea Crews

 Not in Paris for men's fashion week? Me neither but, thanks to technology we can be! Not really but kinda. 

 While checking out collections via the internet, I was happy to see a new favorite of mine. 

 Parisian brand, Andrea Crews, showcased their S/S '15 collection at Musée d'Art moderne with Maluca Mala, surely giving a great performance. Maluca Mala? Yes. 

 Here is the release of the up-cycle, limited quantity, du jour au, Andrea Crews S/S '15. Up-cycle? Yes. Maluca Mala. Yes. 

photos & release: 

"He has doe eyes and a killer smile: the Andrea Crews man is proudly making his debut 
into Paris’ official ready-to-wear menswear calendar (but acting totally blasé about it).
This season, our long-haired Cupid is being given a makeover by a gang of intellectual twerkers, 
to the live electrical merengue beats of Maluca. The tropical punkette has come straight from Manhattan 
for a residence with Red Bull Studio Paris, to compose a exclusive-explosive creation remixed by 
Parisian eclectronic band Club Cheval.
Our creature from the future is a fearless flâneur, and takes on his American cousin, an artist and rave dancer, 
on a tour of Paris 3.0 : the pair befriends the guards of the Musée d’Art moderne and the souvenir sellers by the Eiffel Tower. 
They stroll around a universe inhabited with pop sculptures by French collective Modèle Puissance.
Prints of large birds ogling masterpieces of art are taking center stage on the duo’s garments. 
The paintings later brighten up sportswear attires, and give a contrasting twist to iconic urban silhouettes, 
such as the classic 90s tracksuit. These artworks are also reinterpreted through the filter of a touristic souvenir stand: 
our mighty gang of two also wears up-cycled scarves bearing silken Van Gogh clouds or 3D impressions of Monet’s Nymphéas. 
Impressionism soaks in the colors of the street and the energy of Naïve Art, for a Street Arte Povera pop style, 
which confronts sunhats and baseball caps worn backwards ; high-tech, raw fabrics and shimmery silks.
Through this Guarana-injected show with an Anormcore boost, Maroussia transforms her crew and the public 
into post-gender barracudas, where men are more virile than ever in tank top-dresses. Always freer, always fresher. 
To be consumed without moderation."

Thursday, July 3, 2014


On rare occasions, the 'good mess' is better than the 'bad mess'.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Jochen Kronier; Shoe couturier of sorts

 Upon arriving in Berlin, I had the pleasure of meeting Jochen Kronier. Mr.Kronier has been involved with customizing outfits for close to 2 decades and has a knack at creating shoes. Considered shoe coturier by some, Mr. Kronier is by all means much more.

 Jochen obtained his first heels at the age of 15 years old. With an interest in performance arts and a new favorite accessory he connected to the heel. He has been inspired by lots but one pair stuck with him. While out one night in Paris he meet a woman. Not any women. This was a statuesque, almost amozonian, woman wearing a pair of thigh high patent leather stilettos. This woman he encountered out in a disco was no where close to being refined. 

 Heelless is what he is known for. Having clients worldwide, custom is the real infactuation. He measures the feet of each client and he highly dislikes reproducing styles already crafted. Kronier has though supplied multiples of a style for a fashion designers graduation presentation but prefers personal touches.

 In 2013 Kronier made available a few pairs of shoes with custom cases. This allowed a more special acquisition. 

  With a love for the stage, his most exciting experience as a creator was during a play. A production regarding the work of painter, Peter Paul Rubens, of Germany. There was a need for a pair of human/animalistic hoofs. These hoofs required a "third ankle" that Jochen made possible meraculousily. 

 The shoe starts most visual concepts for this true club kid. After creating his 4th pair he felt inclined to speak with a speacialist who produces shoes for those with extreme problems of the feet. With new knowledge he continued creating custom, well fitted and superbly padded couture shoes. 

 We agreed shoes present you on a platform. Allowing a great garment to be seen in full view of admirers. A simple accessory such as a handbag is the best way to be styled. This he feels is the best way to be recieved, while wearing amazing heels. 

   However and with whatever you wear your heels do it proudly and be happy. The person who made them probably wouldn`t want it any other way. 

Below are just a few of my favorites he has done so far. Check out his site for more work.

Les Crocodiles Dangereux featured in The Cut

Jochen Kronier

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Trick or Treat?

Have you not decided on a costume for one of the messiest and goulish nights of the year? Well here are a few suggestions for options that require little preparation and still keeps you in the spirit of the night!

Christopher Kane- This is one of the many British designers keeping the fashion world interesting and fun! Mr. Kane has had a way of selling graphics like no other. Shark tee? Gorilla? You had one and wishing now you still had it.

Givenchy- Bless you.... Yes Mr. Ticsi at Givenchy has had graphic print tee shirts and sweaters included in every collection for the past few seasons and it has worked for the brand enormously. Artistic vision and creativity is really hard to put a price tag on. You may pay up to $1200 for a tee shirt (sleeveless) but guaranteed you will be fashionably accepted at every occasion.

Jeremy Scott- Jeremy Scott always brings a quirky and eye catching collection be it for his namesake brand or for a collaborator like Adidas. This SS '14 collection showed great pieces to give you a spooky look with fashion forward shapes and silhouettes.
 Have a great and safe Halloween everyone!!!!!!!!! 

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Milan Men's Fashion Week: Frankie Morello FW '13

The inspirations of the Frankie Morello presentation was a diverse group but put together in the end amazingly. There were prints of NY buildings, tiles/flooring prints, neons, metallics and scenes of someones home. Maybe Mr. Fabio is like the rest of us and love NYC or had someone close to him move there and feel the things they are going through with decorating a new home. Either way, the process in which he displayed all of these were interesting and gave me the thought of home. 
 The colors of the collection consisted of greens, burgandy, and tweed. He added green neon or orange neon and gave the suits or sportswear pieces a pop. The styling of the short sleeved shirts on the blazers really let me see this trend in full effect. Anything shiny is a go in my book.