Saturday, November 19, 2011

OBSESS(ion): ...TRANSP(art)SY...

It's one of those days when I was going through collections of some new up-and-coming designers in the region - and the one that I can't miss is my fellow Malaysian, Jonathan Liang's collection, NUE.  Jonathan is probably one of the most consistent and visionary designers that I've seen out there today.  Yes - of course his collections recall some of the world's greatest designers' work, but nevertheless, the details and craftsmanship that go into his work are absolutely stunning and really impressive... he reminds me of Alexander Wang and Jason Wu - two really passionate, directional designers who work on neutral color palette, and create the perfect wardrobe for ladies who are aspirational, independent and feminine.



Through my studying, TRANSPARENCY is the ground that he's constantly playing with.  Many people often relate transparency to vulgarity, but in fashion, transparency is interpreted as a form of texture that creates visual differentiation.  Obviously Jonathan and designers alike aren't expecting any ladies to walk down the streets with their body parts exposed, but then again, it all depends on the wearer's discretion.

Check this out -> this is SOOOOO wrong though!!!

I personally find transparency a little mirage-like - it works perfectly well for layering.  In this part of the world when everyday feels like you're living in a sauna - when transparency and a textured garment are layered together, the look can create an impact without being obscene, perverse or vulgar.  Just look at these Chrissie:Girls!!!

Now, check out all these great works from the past and present...
get INSPIRED and get STYLED!

Balenciaga SS 11

Christopher Kane SS 10, SS 09

Givenchy SS 11, SS 11 haute couture, FW 11 haute couture, FW 11

Jil Sander SS 08

Marc Jacobs SS 08, SS 10

Valentino FW 11 haute couture

Yves Saint Laurent SS 06, SS 09

*** There's a great article on "The History of Transparency in Fashion" on The Fashion Spot:
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