Friday, August 29, 2008

Research Day

We here at Hot City Headquarters have spent the day awash in images. We have a theme, Etherique, and a loose definition. We also have a colour palette (all white).

and so I'm trying to build a visual argument.

and I've somehow managed to work robots into the argument. Robots and geodesic domes. I may need help.

How to Kill a Subculture

As some of you may know (and a lot of you don't), I was heavily involved in my local Goth scene in my late teens, early twenties. It was a scene. There were picnics, parties, dance nights, etc. It was a lot of fun, and is where I learned to make clothes from scratch.

The scene does not exist anymore, here in Quebec there are a couple hold outs. However it is a different kind of thing, it's more commercial, and less involved. It also hasn't evolved in the last 5-10 years. It's a stagnant dead creature.

The fashion and advertising industry have been milking it for everything it has these past ten years, and causing the culture to disappear. And now it's been declared as a great fashion influence and is being celebrated by FIT in an exhibit starting sept 5th in NYC.

Taken from
"OK, kidding aside, the gothic subculture has had a serious impact on contemporary fashion, perhaps never more so than last season, when everyone from Ann Demeulemeester and Rick Owens to Alexander Wang and the Rodarte sisters went a bit ghoulish. Starting on September 5, the Fashion Institute of Technology will present Gothic: Dark Glamour, an exhibit exploring the aesthetic from the perspective of both the catwalk and the streets. This, clearly, is a trend that won't be going away anytime soon. Somebody call Siouxsie Sioux."

Really can we leave the poor lady alone? Isn't it enough to steal her image, do you have to make fun of her for it as well?

-Sarah, who needs to go and listen to some Banshees.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Friday, August 22, 2008

I want this

But I can't have it.

According to the US online shop it ships in september and preorder is completely sold out. There is one YSL beauty counter in Montreal that I know of, and it's in a store that mostly targets older women, so they may not even carry it. Oh well I guess I can't justify going goth this fall.

Thursday, August 21, 2008


Ok so the last post was overly cryptic.

I have just returned from a week long trip of love (hey Giu an Lucia I love you!) and as usual I got a fair amount of shopping and museum browsing done. Some of my purchases went home with a friend so I think I'll do a photo post of them this weekend after I pick them up. But it was the museum browsing that really got my brain going.

In the Philadelphia Museum of Art they had a display cases with three or four Cornell boxes. One of the boxes was laid flat and held two things. Loose blue sand and a large ball bearing. The sand had been shaken away from the ball bearing and there were circular ripples along the edge. The precision and the fragility of the box struck me like a fist. The boxes have a sense of being very old yet very now, and stand almost outside of time with their mixtures of objects. The art is all about the decisions made in the assemblage.

I feel exactly the same way towards Prada and Balenciaga FW08. In both collections I see a trend in the over all work of the designers to continue past themes (both are radical departures from last season, yet both retain similar silhouettes and details), and to make the impact in the decisions of materials and combinations of items.

Also I want a lace suit and I want it now.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008


Cornell Boxes



Saturday, August 09, 2008

I went to an open call

and it was for this rotoscope thingy. and they were all "oh we don't know how anyone will look until we do this process to them, we'll let you know..."

well I know how I look in traced line art.

I look like this.

in a box

Monday, August 04, 2008

oh yah, work in progress

it's actually almost finished, just need to sew the bottom edge.

I have one more cut and ready to assemble, and I'd like to get at least two more done before school starts.

fall inspiration photos