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Obsession du Jour: Fashion Film

Posted in Obsession du Jour by Ciara on April 9, 2010

As part of my thesis work for my MFA in Media Design I am researching fashion films as well as the impact of fashion on film and vice versa.  Motion graphics and video art have always been my favorite mediums to work in.  Through my initial research I’ve found so many amazing short films that merge video art and experimental film narrative with beautiful clothes.  I’m interested in the idea of the story that a beautiful piece of clothing or a collection inspires.

Here are a few videos I’ve found that I’m really into.

And anyone who was a fan of Sofia Coppola’s Miss Dior Cherie Commercial (a forever favorite of mine) will enjoy the new Tucker by Gaby Basora Web Shop video viewable on Facebook.

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How to Wear it: Ombré

Posted in How to Wear it, Trend I Love by Ciara on January 14, 2010

My most influential design professor often reminded my classmates and myself to use gradients with caution.  It’s a good rule to follow in graphic design and, perhaps, in fashion and beauty, as well.

In fashion, ombré generally refers to a fabric-dyeing technique that results in a subtle-to-dramatic color gradation.  Recently, this term refers not only to the clothes on the runway but models’ hair as well.

photo courtesy of Stazee's tumblr

As with the gradients one might attempt in Photoshop, ombré hair should also be approached with wariness – while this beauty trend can look amazing in photographs and on runways, in real-life it might seem as if you’ve just let your roots run wild…

This actually makes me wonder…  Is this some sort of ironic homage to the recession?  Wealthy individuals paying hundreds of dollars to get a dye job that looks like the hair of lower-income women who haven’t the means to maintain their own (at-home) color…?  I’m not sure of the implications.  I’d definitely like your thoughts on this, whether you love this look or hate it.

So, all subtext aside, maybe this (hair) trend is not for you.  There are still a lot of ways to embrace the ombré trend, from a fabulous ombré-inspired manicure to some sweet lace, color gradation tights from Urban Outfitters.

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