Before I start this week I want to thank James Taylor of Werkhuis Designs once again for fixing my blog. A lot of people have been having trouble with the way the photographs are, or rather aren’t, loading on tablets and phones. James has now fixed this irritating problem so hopefully the blog is looking the way it’s supposed to on all devices!
“Fashion is about the way we compose ourselves every day,” Miuccia Prada.
Last week, I read Andrew O’Hagan’s interview with Miuccia Prada aged 64 that he did for T magazine. Prada has always fascinated me with her design and thought process and her collections always reflect her interest in the changing world around her. I think she is an extraordinary designer who will be remembered in years to come as being truly revolutionary.
I love the way she is so aware of her surroundings and is constantly looking at things from different points of view. She is always moving on to something different and thoroughly embraces change, Andrew O’Hagan describes her as ‘properly responsive to change’ It is so important and is vital to seeing life. As you get older it is so easy to stick with what is familiar and remain in your comfort zone but she never does. Every collection comes from a different place and reflects her experiences in life. She knows herself and is content with who she is.
Her view on design is that ‘If you don’t scream, no one listens. If you are too delicate, too subtle, your voice gets diluted. But you don’t have to give up the sophistication.’
An exert from the article,
O’Hagan: “Why do women behave as if age is a prison? Isn’t our era’s obsession with youth a form of mass hysteria?”
Prada: “It is much more of a drama for women, the business of aging. No one wants to age, and I really think we should find a solution. Especially because we live so much longer. It used to be that a woman would have only one life, one husband, and if you were bored that was that. Now, you can have two or three lives. So even the concept of family is changing. I think this question of aging will define the society of the future.”
“So why not use older models sometimes?” O’Hagan
“Mine is not an artistic world, it is a commercial world. I cannot change the rules.”
“But you change the rules,” O’Hagan “If you put an old lady on the runway, other people would do it too.”
Prada: “Let’s say I’m not brave enough. I don’t have the courage.”
On her work, “It comes from me. It’s my soul. It’s my life. My work and my life are more or less the same thing, and I never consider that the work is something different,” she said. The job, the foundation, my personal life, it’s all one thing.” What’s important is to know yourself. “If it’s fake, it doesn’t work,” she had said. “It has to be true to yourself first and then it might be successful.”
The entire interview is well worth reading on the following link.
The weather has been so lovely recently that all I’ve needed is a long sleeved shirt and closed shoes.
Magda Sayeg who is considered to be the mother of ‘yarn bombing’ has done two beautiful trees in The Strand Arcade in Sydney. Yarn bombers are known for wrapping public architecture—e.g. lampposts, parking meters, telephone poles, and signage—with knitted or crocheted material. The mission is to make street art “a little more warm and fuzzy.”
I bought a silver necklace similar to the one in the photo from Louvisa a few months ago but it was a very shiny silver and everytime I tried to wear it it just seemed too bright and shiny. I loved the chunky shape of it so I decided to experiment by wrapping the links in coloured satin binding. I think I will get much more wear out of it this way.