Take futuristic touches, sporty cuts, and resort wear, fuse them all together, and you have Jean-Charles de Castelbajac's Spring 2013 collection. Bright colors and loud prints, including breezy palm trees, all screamed warm-weather getaway. Details like sharp ruffled shoulders, clear plastic jackets, and slit sunglasses all pointed to the future, while sporty jackets and vests with hoods and ribbed collars added variety to the funky mix. Lending a touch of edge were a few looks with black leather details. Green, yellow, and blue were the main punchy colors in this collection, with black, white, and beige mellowing things out.
At Jean-Charles de Castelbajac's Paris show, models wore retro-red lipstick and dark, obviously-drawn-in, highly-arched brows. And to finish off the look, a few even wore eccentric fascinators featuring some rather fierce black and white imagery. Seeing that it's Mardi Gras, afterall, I can't think of a more perfect day to showcase such a quirky concept. See more pictures of Castelbajac's wildly wacky headpiece creations now.
At an exhibition in Paris this month, designer Jean-Charles de Castelbajac has created likenesses of what Marie Antoinette might look like if she were a modern woman fond of plastic surgery. Ms. "let them eat cake" was known for being one of the most image conscious women of her time, after all.
The three busts of the queen that Castelbajac developed are differentiated by where Marie might have had her plastic surgery done, since different "looks" are popular in different places. For the purposes of his exhibition he picked American, Russian, and French cosmetic surgery styles. Check out the busts below and tell us whether or not you think the actual queen would have gone for any of these procedures.
Paris Fashion Week is no stranger to the avant-garde. In the fashion capital, the crazier, the better. But some designers take the concept of fashion-forward to a whole new level. Comme des Garçons, Maison Martin Margiela, Manish Arora (who often provides costumes for Katy Perry), and Viktor & Rolf are some of the orchestrators who liven up the Parisian catwalks. Face paint, fuzzy helmets, and antlers (left) are just the tip of the iceberg. Let the kookiness begin.
Paris 03/10/09. Photos by Nathalie Lagneau/Catwalking/Getty Images.
Just like we have the MTV Video Music Awards here in the states, other parts of the world have the MTV Europe Music Awards. Fabulous. This year, the likes of Beyonce, her sister Solange, Katy Perry, Pink, and Leona Lewis all showed up to represent. Some strutted the London red carpet in looks that maintained their signature style while others tried something fresh. Which MTV Europe Music Awards singer was most Fab?
Jean-Charles de Castelbajac seems bent on proving that if you don't have an original thought in your head the best way to ameliorate the situation is to glom onto pop cultural and hold on for dear life. We love to name drop the Canon and obscure artistic movements too and lord knows that we rely on Baudrillard too much to help us grapple with the mind fucks of fashion but Castelbajac saying that Jeff Koons is his kunst makes us want to slap him. Entartete Kunst or degenerate art was called as such by the Nazis because they viewed it as elitist, morally suspect, and too often incomprehensible. We never thought we would say this but we are sort of on the Nazi side here. Throwing together some Disney, name dropping Koons and then likening it to an act of social courage like the original Dada, cubist and surrealist artists is just plain presumptuous. And yes we happen to think its morally suspect as well. A melange of pop cultural references is not artistry and attempting to trick viewers into believing it is a fool's errand. Castelbajac is no Takashi Murakami or Jeff Koons either. And frankly we view those artists with a little bit of suspicion ourselves. What do they say about art being dead again?
Paris Fashion Week Jean-Charles de Castelbajac Spring 2009 Photos by Pierre Verdy. Le Carrousel du Louvre, Salle Delorme, 1st