NOT WHAT I GREW UP ON: THE WAY DRESSING STYLES HAVE SHIFTED

Woman in White Long-sleeved Dress

“I wish I understood.”


what a strange dressing style

I look at the styles from fashion and the first thing I think is I know I could have designed this outfit. Because o me I always thought fashion was this luxury and classy style with a little sexy flare. But today it just seems that everyone is going for who can look the poorest. Like people went to a trash can and found outfits typically worn by men and women sleeping in the street and thought, why not attach a large price tag to this. And yes, people are truly buying these items. These products are fetching for price tags in the thousands of dollars. But what has happened in our culture of fashion this has become the trend on the runway?

disturbed or trying too hard

People have this mind frame today where they are the disturbed and troubled artist. But when you look at it for what it is, they are far from disturbed. In fact, they are just people in their right mind trying to feel as if it makes them someone by feeling crazy. And the problem with this is that our culture has become addicted to having a troubled mental capacity. Because those who are truly disturbed try everything to keep from being this type of person. They create things that are the opposite to keep from being in that mental space. And then you have the people who are just keeping up with what everyone else is doing. These people years ago used to be called posers. But to me if you want to dangerous, be dangerous. They dressed like they have nothing, then go into their comfortable coves.

i still love the classics

Say what you want, but I love the former looks. I love when you look at something and say to yourself, “I cannot afford that, and I could not create that.” Anything that makes me go I do that is not amazing. I just don’t feel it is special when anyone feel they can get into it. You should look and say to yourself, this is too much for me. You should feel like you have to leave the planet and fly to a far away place to be that good. But not today, today is totally different.


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SNAPPING THE CATWALK: WHY THE IMAGERY IS COOLER THAN THE DESIGNERS

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“The colour of fashion.”


In the recent months, as I work on my next indie short film, I have taken an interest in photography. And what type of photography, fashion photography. The reason for photography is because it keeps me in that creative aspect of life as I work on my films, screenplays, playwrights, books, and blog posts. But most of all, I love the blend of colors that are used in fashion, and not necessarily the designer. In the world of fashion, people are so into designers, but I like imagery of the photo shoots. So once I am finished with my second short film, I am going to delve into photography while I continue to write. Because as an artist, you must learn to keep your mind and options open. A good filmmaker is talented in other areas of interest which makes the filmmaking process that much more interesting.

Currently the fashion week event is being held in Paris, France, and while people are focused on the runway, I have been looking at the pictures people post. What is it about colors that stand out to me? I love how using colors we can tell a story, even the mood in a scene of some sort. How we use bright or even illuminating colors when observing a heightened mood, but more dull and dark colors in a mood in which the person is depicted in a sunken place. But for me, I would like to depict people vice verse at times, where people in a good mood can be outfitted in dark attire, while Image result for fashion photographysomething lively and joyful is dark in nature. How to get your point across using this could be tough with photography because the brain receives information through the eye and tells us how to feel about a particular situation. Now the photo attached to this paragraph that I found on the internet is of a woman with the colors which are dark in nature. She is seen through the eye as provocative, and might aim at trying to appeal to the viewer sexually. But she could very well be dancing at a nightclub having fun and was captured in a sexy moment.

Now was that the intent of the photography was to catch her in a sexy and provocative moment? Only the the one taking the picture knows. But the above photo is a perfect example of how our minds are manipulated into thinking that what we see means what it is supposed to mean. Now what about the photo that is attached to this paragraph. This Image result for fashion photographyis a photo by photography Jeff Tse, who takes photography up close to show the expression of a certain aspect of the human face of an emotion perceived. The photo is bright and colorful, but the woman may not feel as such. She could appear happy, but the colorful flower over her eye could be her hiding a scar or wound.

See, in the end, the same emotion you want to evoke on film applies to photography. And the still imagery paid attention to frame by frame, could make the imagery of the story being told flow through motion picture. All I know is that 2018 is going to be an upside year for me. Now I am learning, but with my understanding of space, imagery, blocking, already via film, I think I can step up to the learning curb quicker in photography.


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COLOURS: WHY I HAVE DECIDED TO GET INTO PHOTOGRAPHY

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“The art direction and production design: practice in lieu of filmmaking.”


I am currently in the process of making my second short film. In the meantime, I am working on this blog, writing my novel & book of short stories, and thinking about what screenplay to write next. But filmmaking is so much of a hustle that I am going to need a consistent pay. But I don’t want to be out of the groove of things as it pertains to the artistic aspect of filmmaking. And that’s when it hit me, photography. And not necessarily because I am a huge fan of photography itself. It’s the artistic direction, the production design, and the person being shot in frame. Lately, I have been interested in the fashion world’s photographic imaging.

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Olga A, 2013 Nino Yap http://www.ninoyap.com

I guess you wonder, what does this have to do with filmmaking. To me, a lot; it has a lot to do with making film simply because of the in frame imagery. Not long ago I sat down and started coming up with ideas for various photo shoots that drive that imagery out of me. And the reason why I felt close to fashion is because of the artistic direction that is similar to the picturesque look I want to achieve through film. I love the use of colors in telling a story. And being able to tell a story through imagery is is like putting together my storyboarding. What’s interesting is that photographers have a story board process as well. Another type of photography interesting to me is food photography.

You ever been driving down the road and see a billboard. Or better yet walking down the street and your eye catch the sight of a sign out front of a restaurant. The photo on the billboard or signage on the street has always been of interest to blur, breakfast, close-upme. I always wanted to know the process of how they achieve the look they do for the food. Then I did a little research and found how they set everything up. The process is just as interesting. Even when photographing a meal, you are telling a story in that frame. Which is yet another reason why I have come to respect photography.

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art direction | food still life photography – Vanessa McKeown

And in the end, that is my real connection to photography. Being able to tell a story in pictures is what you must do after writing your script. Explain in pictures/animation what you are aiming to achieve with this script. This will aid in working with your artistic director and production designer. So for me, like I said earlier, fashion has that interesting artistic and production aspect I find interesting. Because it’s the combination of the look of the photos, background, and clothing worn by the models. Hopefully the journey to where I want to be is as enjoyable as it has been so far.

 


 

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LUXURY SAYS WHO: WHY STYLE, CLASS, AND SOPHISTICATION IS MORE PERCEPTION THAN REALITY

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“It’s not what we perceive it to be.”


Living in New York City, you are constantly inundated with fashion. Especially considering I live in the borough of Manhattan. Doesn’t matter if it’s the tourist attraction that is 5th Avenue, or a more upscale area like Madison Avenue. The jam packed Times Square district, or Lower Manhattan areas like Soho, Nolita, Greenwich, and the Meatpacking District. Fashion is more than just what you where, it is a cultural statement in New York City. And for those that love it the most, it’s what they eat and breathe. But my question to you is, what is real style, real class, and real sophistication? We always say, “Oh, that’s classy, or that person has impeccable taste.” Yet, does it really have meaning?

In my quest to understand the true meaning of what fashion is and why also Related imagethese male and female designers are considered geniuses, I decided to break down fashion. Michael Kors, a staple in the fashion industry, recently purchased Jimm Choo for just over $1.5 billion. Jimmy Choo itself is a well known clothing brand and fashion designer. Now, a lot of people would tell you that both Jimmy Choo and Michael Kors are Image result for jimmy choo logoconsidered style, class, and sophistication. Yet, the meaning of style, class, and sophistication are very broad terms. But more than that, can you truly say that these clothing brands really epitomizes style, class, and sophistication. Just think about it, what happens when you purchase the clothing brand at various locations, does that change the image.

Meaning, what happens if you buy Jimmy Choo at Bergdorf Goodman? Does that mean it’s less valuable than if you made the purchase at a Jimmy Choo store? Or look at Ralph Lauren, another well known designer and clothing brand. If they sold Ralph at a Costco, would it change your ideology on Ralph being style and class? Related imageAnd oddly enough, people would look at Ralph a lot differently than they did prior. Hmmm, that’s interesting, so you mean to tell me that the difference in style, class, and sophistication is the venue in which you made the purchase. That would mean that these fashion brands are not real class; they’re not real style; and they’re not real sophistication. Then again, the ambiguity of the the prior three italicized words can have so many meanings.

Class is a grouping of people who share a common educational, social, and economic bond. Style is the manner in which someone wearing the attire has a distinct appearance in alignment with who they are and how they carry themselves. Sophistication is embodying a worldly view as it pertains to knowledge and views that can be interpreted in a complex manner. All three Close-up of Shoes And Bagwords are open to interpretation given their definitions, yet we in society have defined a singular view on each word. And we usually associate all three words with luxury and wealth. But luxury says who; wealth says who? You can walk inside of Target and if a upscale brand were to sell here it would bring the value down. But if the brand is real, you should be able to sell the brand anywhere. You should be able to sell Jimmy Choos in a Bergdorf Goodman, Jimmy Choo store, or even a WalMart Supercenter.

In the end, fashion is not real style, not real sophistication, and not real class. Wearing fashion, knowing fashion, loving fashion, is a shared experience with those who indulge in the likes of what you have come to love. We place a high price tag on it, build an attractive location, and style celebrities & socialites in the attire. Now it’s supposed to be the end all be all. Yet all it takes is purchased in a different location that we perceive to be classless, lacking style, lacking sophistication, or cheapened; and our experience is ruined. Some people always say, perception is reality. No perception is perception. It’s just that we have built such a culture around fashion, we truly believe it to be real. The most common term is misdirection: what the eyes see and the ears hear, the mind believes. Control the brain and the body will follow.


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