utorok 29. septembra 2015

Throwback: Slovak national theatre

When it gets a bit chilly, I still find it very nice to wear something that exposes a little bit of skin, especially on the legs. So right now, I´m using my very last chances to do so, just to remind myself of how nice the summer was. There´s no signs of autumn here in Stockholm yet, trees are still going strong with green-ness, only, it does get a bitt chillier early in the mornings or later in the evenings.
This post is a tribute to summer (and Ann-Sofie BACK´s collection for that summer). Pictures are analog, by my dear friend Katarina Kri, we took them in July outside one of Bratislava´s pearls, the national theatre, a post-modern monster, which was deemed never to be finished by the skeptics. Well, it did take 20 years for it to be completed and operational, however this was right on time when the metropolitan-styled contemporary residential blocks and shopping/business quarter called Eurovea was finished. I recommend going there for an evening walk and a nice dinner in one of the restaurants on the waterfront, enjoying the view of the Danube, when you end up in Bratislava.

Coordinates: 48 8' 25.14444'' N, 17 7' 15.0258'' E

Wearing: Ann-Sofie BACK suiting wool safety pin dress, trousers, blazer, leather skirt, mama Vinter :) cotton top, Louboutin patent Pigalle

nedeľa 13. septembra 2015

Telefonplans Funkionalismen

Functionalism, in architecture, refers to the tendency to accustom the shape of a building primarily to its function. In my Masters thesis, where I studied the parallels between fashion and architecture, a garment design, yealding foremostly towards its functionality was one of the three pillars of timelessness in fashion that I established.
   The form of an object should follow its function and it should be a bare expression of its inward function; the function or purpose of an object should dictate its shape. One of my favourite fashion/architecture theoreticians, Mark Wigley adds to this: “[…] clothing […] must resist the pull of fashion. It may be a style, but that style emerges spontaneously from a rigorous concern with function” (p.166 in White Walls, Designer Dresses. The Fashioning of Modern Architecture).
   I myself, when making decisions regarding choosing clothing, always look on the functionality first. On what occasions and on what frequency, in what contexts will I be able to wear that specific garment. 
   Funcionality in garments however, as I believe, is both a subjective and an objective merit, which means that it is up to the wearer to develop it and sustain it preferably for the duration of their whole lifetime.
   But back to Telefonplan´s functionalism.
   Telefonplan, as the name sugessts, was built as as factory, creating Ericsson phones. It was built between 1938 and 1940 by architect Ture Wennerholm. The production in Telefonplan was stopped in the beginning of 2000s, when the art and design university Konstfack moved here, along with Försäkringskassan´s (national insurance company) headquarters. From then on, the area started attracting some independent design and architecture studios, so I believe that in a couple of years, perhaps a decade, the area will be strongly gentrified and will become one of the most attractive places to live in Stockholm.

Coordinates: 59° 17′ 59″ N, 17° 59′ 39″ E

Wearing:  Back leather skirt with huge safety pin, Acne cotton mesh top, Volcom swimmies top