Liz Ash, a New York City-based Art Director, Creative Writer, and Stylist, combines her love for art, fashion, fit, and form to illuminate 'Beau Monde'...

My current obsession: Jason Brinkerhoff.

California-born Brinkerhoff and his Untitled nudes take us into a world of surreal and convoluted beauty, where swooping lines of charcoal, fuzzy clouds of color, and distortions (cuts and substitutions of body parts) explore art’s exploration of western femininity, and western femininity itself. De Kooning’s brushwork and Klimt’s modest nymphs lie side by side with the deconstructed physiognomy of Picasso.

Before 2011, the self-taught painter from Menlo Park had never had his work on display. Nobody knows what he did, apart from collecting non-professional photographs and accumulating old fashion magazines that were displayed in 2012 at the Chelsea gallery ZieherSmith. His works take form on aged paper and pages of antique books, as if his language, that rather resembles the process of street art, were challenging history, searching for its position within it. 

“Jason obsessively reworks his images; often times producing hundreds of drawings inspired by one simple pose in a Picasso painting. It’s as if he is curating an image, drawing from historical references, or from his own point of view, allowing all of these histories to co-exist.” - Matthew Higgs (Director who discovered Brinkerhoff)

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Photographs taken from here.

The Chromatics - Kill For Love

Floral bombers, boyish camo minis, sporty track pants, groovy tie die trousers….Once again, Massimo Giorgetti has stolen my heart. The 2014 Cruise Collection by MSGM combines bright floral patterns and belted moto jackets to illuminate an edgy-yet-feminine take on this seasons popular boho and punk themes. (A nice departure from last season’s Cruise collection which was much more sporty.) The structured printed biker jackets over flowy floral dress is a brilliant combination, and the platform sneakers are hot too! Kudos to the stylist for exceptionally executing the layering.  MSGM remains one of my favorite designer brands. 

Kenzo, the multicultural brand founded in 1970, teamed up with image-based magazine TOILETPAPER for a brilliant FW13 advertising campaign. Teaming up with Maurizio Cattelan, Micol Talso and Pierpaolo Ferrari – the creative minds behind TP, the results see male model Sean O’Pry and Japanese actress Rinko Kikuchi alongside everything from a kitten and tiger-striped dog to slippery banana peels. Surrealist,  pop-arty, and heavily symbolic. I LOVE.

Novella Royale, a bohemian-couture brand based in LA, was founded on the principal “reduce/reuse/recycle” and aims to produce luxury clothing and accessories without creating waste from new materials.

Founded by Mary Myers in 2009, Novella Royale began with 5 distinct purse designs crafted from vintage leather jackets. They were an instant hit. In 2011, Myers introduced clothing to the line to include epic bells, caftans, genie pants, jumpsuits, and more, hand-made in an elaborate array of 70’s rock n’ roll prints.

I die for the Janis Bells. I love the whole gypsy-retro vibe of the brand. While it’s been done before, Novella Royale’s approach makes it stand out.  Too bad almost everything is sold out on the website, I want to order!!

Images from here.

DYLANLEX & THE ART OF STATEMENT ACCESSORIES

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ME & LEX is a sister-duo who create custom statement necklaces and other accessories. Inspired by chandeliers and ethnic tapestries, these sisters take accessorizing to a whole new level. Combining flea market finds with designer baubles, they are able to create unique looks with a rocker-edge. dylanlex.com coming soon! You can sign up now for updates, and sales by going to the site. 

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EXCESS IN MINIMALISM. Photographer Alex Wessely collaborates with one of my favorite fine artists of the moment Ashkan Hanover for London-based fashion magazine Dash, a biannually released publication that focuses on illustration. In hand-made collages, Hanovar accentuates the theme of the project, “ Excess in minimalism,” by contrasting the natural and unnatural. LOVE

The only way that we can live, is if we grow. 
The only way that we can grow is if we change. 
The only way that we can change is if we learn. 
The only way we can learn is if we are exposed. And the only way that we can become exposed is if we throw ourselves out into the open.
-C. JoyBell C
4 days until Fashion Week NYC is officially over. Sorry for lack of posts these past 2 months, readers! 

The only way that we can live, is if we grow.

The only way that we can grow is if we change.

The only way that we can change is if we learn.

The only way we can learn is if we are exposed. And the only way that we can become exposed is if we throw ourselves out into the open.

-C. JoyBell C

4 days until Fashion Week NYC is officially over. Sorry for lack of posts these past 2 months, readers! 

OPTICAL DELUSION & THE GIRL 

Concept/Creative Direction by Liz Ash // Photography/Art Direction: Joey Falsetta // Model: Lily Walker // Styling: Dani Michele & Liz Ash // Hair: Kirsten Bodi // Makeup B.Niles

All photos are copyright by Liz Ash & Joey Falsetta xxx

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Designer 3.1 Phillip Lim’s pre-fall 2013 collection is brilliance: street-chic and edgy with the perfect splash of feminine elegance. Impeccable leather detailing, funky, structured, side-zip sweatshirts and a recurring rebellious glam-girl-meets-tom-boy theme (thigh high leather boots included) are just a few of the noteworthy aspects of this collection. Inspired by Old Master paintings and Brooklyn-born photographer Danny Lyon’s  black-and-white imagery of renegades and their outlaw girlfriends cruising across the American Midwest, Lim sailed the hyperluxe neo-grunge trend into an uncharted nomadic sea while balancing the ebb of classic and the flow of modern with both curiosity and celebration. Classy yet rebellious, upbeat yet dark, Lim’s pre-fall collection is not only desirable but highly functional and diverse. The convertible trench coat is a perfect example of a classic garment turned modern and versatile by Lim, the impeccably tailored trench can be worn in endless manners creating incalculable options and outfits. And it is all about the journey, the process of arriving to a destination (rather than the destination itself), for Lim, which makes the designer all the more inspiring and beloved to me. “It was about journeying into a paradise that’s been lost,” he comments. “But we often find the thing we’re searching for is right in front of us.”  So, so true. 

Photos courtesy of 3.1 Phillip Lim

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