Monday, October 19, 2015

FOLLOW CONSCIOUSLY

Long time, no see. . . here on the blog. Hope you´re all well.

But since I decided to focus on my other Blog, Pinterest and Instagram I haven´t really been able to maintain this blog.

I will keep this blog open for now, for the content here not to be lost. If you are new to this blog, you will find my personal opinion on various fashion related subjects and projects I have completed. Check the menu for additional info.


Trine posing in show-dress by John Frantsen

At present, my time is merely focused on Instagram, which I find easier to update and maintain.

But, I can´t help wondering a little as I am looking through some of all the Instagram-accounts. . .

-There seems to be this general urge to get as many followers as possible. There is people and companies who offer to help you and even online classes to do that, so you can monetize and become profitable. And apparently they are very popular. . .

I´ve even seen moms, who are in charge of there young kids accounts, to promote and maintain their popularity and to get the attention they probably never had. I can´t help feeling sorry for those kids.

A lot of brands and celebrities are also very popular. I just hope they are conscious about what effect they have and use their influence in a good way.

What YOU should ask yourself before you follow whoever, is, WHY they are there and if you want to support that.

Ultimately you should follow your own dreams - instead of others !

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Friday, June 26, 2015

FABULOUS DISPLAY

On our way to the Rodin exhibition at Le Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal, we passed by Holt Renfrew and these fabulous window-displays. . .




 


 All photos by John Frantsen

They just stood out and I couldn´t help take a few photos to show here. I found them very creative and inspiring.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

HORST - PHOTOGRAPHER OF STYLE

This exhibition at the Musée McCord here in Montreal is a Must see for everybody who appreciate style and aesthetic. . .
Horst was a creative soul and one of the twentied centery´s most famous photographers.


As I went through this exhibition, I really could relate  to almost every theme and picture I saw.
I couldn´t help thinking how eternal style and aesthetic are. . . to this day, nothing is new - everything has been done before. It´s just a matter of interpretation and consciousness.

Even some of the designs of the "ancient" couturiers would be as contemporary today. . .

The exhibition was very extensive and organised into themes and periods of his life, staged in black and white, except the big Magazine colour-photos, staged in a more minimalistic white enviroment.





 Photo´s by John Frantsen

I couldn´t help, but take a few photo´s without violating any copyrights, I hope - to show you, what you´re missing if you don´t go.

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Thursday, June 18, 2015

LEITMOTIFS

At last a new post here. . .
After moving to Montreal May 1., getting settled and painting our new appartment, I finally got time yesterday to go and see my first exhibition at Musée du costume et du textile du Quebec, at The Bonsecour market.

Always worth a visit, if you are into that kind of thing.















 All photos by John Frantsen


The exhibition Leitmotifs leads us through the most iconic patterns by presenting nearly 100 pieces from the museum’s collection alongside creations by several Québécois guest designers: Betina Lou, Coloré Design, Niapsou Design and Travis Taddeo.

"Whether floral, animal, geometric or figurative, the patterns that grace the surface of fabrics give them personality. Like textile leitmotifs, they reappear over the centuries as the art of printing evolves, pacing fashion through their use on garments and accessories."

Different textile motifs and technics, like Paysley, Chevron, Wax, Tartan, Ikat, Polka dot and Liberty were exsamples.

What surprised me the most though, was all the dresses from Canadian couturier, Arnold Scaasi, a few from Dior and a wrap-dress from Diane von Furstenberg.
Next to the Leitmotifs, it was very interesting to study the design/cuts and bold colours of those.

On top, the exhibition is also displaying hundreds of neckties. Take  a look at it before OCTOBER 25, 2015.

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Friday, March 27, 2015

DANISH FASHION / NOW - A REVIEW

-Just opened yesterday at Brandts. An exhibition, I was looking forward to see - but turned out to be quite disappointing. . .


First of all, my good friend, Tinah and I, was really surprised to see the big crowd - people you normally don´t see or notice, that was attending this opening. Where were they coming from ?

I guess it was partly because of the royal dresses and the celebrity-style that was on display. -And because an exhibition like that, doesn´t come to town often.

The Curators selection of celebrity- and royal dresses was very conventio- nal though, as well as the way it was presented. Of course there were nice dresses, but no surprises and no real vision.

Especially the more commercial part of the display with contemporary retail-designers was hided/covered up in different printed/tranparent textile "walls"/compartments. Because the Curators chose to let one of the known fashion designers stage the display. And again -  poorly selection of clothes for the most part, but with a few exceptions.
Some of the Brands even had staff there to tell people that it was their latest collection and it was available in stores now.

Note! - we were surprised to see how disrespectful some people were touching all the clothes. But maybe they are not used to go on exhibitions. . .

What I missed also, was the lack of information: what was special about each brand and putting the clothes into a context of today.

For that I had to look into the exhibition catalouge, where I found one interesting feature from Maria Mackinney-Valentin. Obviously she knows what she is writing about - and is able to reflect and put fashion into context. She had some good points.

Another part of the exhibition displayed 10 different "fashion-personalities" and their relation to fashion - some of which were already shown in a tv-program with Chris Petersen, one of the Curators. A bit uninteresting, I have to admit.

The exposure of himself in the exhibition was also it bit overdone, for my taste.

All in all - We were not impressed and had to poor it all down with a drink afterwards.

But, go and see and judge for yourself.

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