Inspiration: Viviane Sassen

I have neglected this site for so long. When I started The Style Factory my main intention was to write articles, create stories and document it with pictures, but I no longer have time to write, and it would be terribly sad to see my blog come to an end for that reason alone.

Perhaps I’m taking a break from writing, but still love imagery and music, they have always been my main source of inspiration, and so my blog returns! I will be blogging more from now on, continue to showcase songs or playlist, and photos of all things that catch my eye, inspire me and influence my work as stylist.

I am not a writer, am just really enthusiastic about sharing what I find beautiful and interesting.

Today I want to share some images from Viviane Sassen‘s work. Her use of  colour and geometric shapes, and art and fashion combined create such striking photos, she is more than a photographer, she is an artist, one of many whose work I admire and find divine.

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Fashionable Alice

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Alice is probably the most iconic character having transitioned from a children’s book heroine to muse of many influential artists; film and art directors, fashion designers and stylists, who have reinvented her look over and over again.

The new exhibition The Alice Look at V&A Museum of Childhood marks the book’s 150th anniversary, It explores Alice’s wardrobe from follower-of-fashion to trend-setter through a selection of illustrations, several editions of the book, videos and garments. I found very interesting to see the evolution of her outfits over the decades in all the different publications of “Alice in Wonderland”by Lewis Carol, also in rare editions of the book in other countries.

I enjoyed the exhibition, but I would have liked to see more garments inspired by this iconic character, such as the Vivienne Westwood A/W 2011 Collection,  and the dresses designed by John Galliano for the “What you waiting for” video by Gwen Stefani. The concept for the video is “Alice’s adventures in Wonderland”and “Through the Looking Glass”, and the outfits and styling are incredible. In 2011 Tim Burton’s adaptation of Alice in Wonderland the costumes are also very interesting and beautiful.

 Alice Liddell  has strongly inspired fashion and will continue to influence contemporary and future artists, and be a famous character  among generations to come.

 Vogue Shoot by Annie Leibovitz with Natalia Vodianova as Alice Liddell in 2003.

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Gwen Stefani in What You Waiting For video in 2004.

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Mia Wasikowska in Alice In Wonderland movie by Tim Burton 2010.

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Anne Hathaway in the Alice in Wonderland movie.

Anne Hathaway in the Alice in Wonderland movie.

Vivienne Westwood A/W 2011 Red Label Collection.

Vivienne Westwood A/W 2011 Red Label

Wild Bluebell women fragrance by Joe Malone launched in 2011, inspired by Alice.

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Window Display at the Temperley London  store in February 2015 during Fashion Week, to launch their A/W15 collection.

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 The Alice Look exhibition at V&A Museum of Childhood runs until November 1st.

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Five days of LFW A/W15 Street Style

The madness and buzz of London Fashion Week is over, and so is the fun I had taking pictures of street style.

Five days and thirty five photos later, this is what I liked.

See you in September LFW!

PASTEL PINKS

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FUN ACCESSORIES

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RED & BOLD

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RETRO VIBES

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Alexa Chung & Pixie Geldof

PRINTS

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CHIC & SOPHISTICATED

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ALL IN BLACK

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Alexander “The Great”

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Exactly five years ago on February 11th, the news about Alexander McQueen’s death shocked the world Fashion industry.

Famous for his provoking fashion shows and spectacular designs, he is without a doubt the most iconic and inspirational designer of this generation. If he was alive today would continue to amaze us with his creations, produce the most imaginative shows and be the best British designer.

Savage Beauty is the most awaited exhibition, coming to the V&A in London on March 14th, it celebrates McQueen’s extraordinary contribution to fashion and features work from his incredible nineteen year career. Previously shown at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York it became the eight most popular in the Met’s history, and will finally open here very soon, I can’t wait to see this wonderful exhibition!

“Everybody else calls him Lee, I call him Alexander, because I think of Alexander the Great”. 

– Isabella Blow.

The spectacular white dress being spray-painted by two robots.

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His Spring/Summer 2008 Collection was an homage to Isabella Blow.

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Paris Fall/Winter 2009

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Thirty Shades of Colour

This weekend seemed the perfect time to do a post on eyewear, how could I not be inspired by the beautiful sunshine there has been above us? It feels like it’s finally spring and I’m so excited about  wearing a different pair of shades every day and hopefully until the end of summer, they are simply my favourite accessory ever.

Let’s see what we’ve got here, Wildfox, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Topshop, Luella, Chloe, 80’s Ray Ban, & Other Stories, Beyond Retro, Vintage from Camden, Bricklane and even from an LA store, but the most special to me are  two pairs my grandmother left me from the 1960’s, also  70’s Ray-Ban Aviator  shades from the first collections they made, which I found at an antique market in Mexico City.

I did have fun doing this post but It was hard at the beginning I must admit, I’m not a narcissist  so having seen my face over 30 times while doing this made me cringe, luckily I got over that quite quickly and here it is, my sunglasses collection and definitely my obsession, well, one of many.

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Madame Westwood & my dream collaboration

The recent Vivienne Westwood’s collaboration to rebrand the English National Ballet made me think about successful women and “girl power”, so I started fantasising about what would be my dream collaboration…with my top four women of all time!

The idea is simply overwhelming but here it goes in no particular order, Vivienne Westwood, Frida Kahlo, Yayoi Kusama and Janis Joplin!

Let’s just imagine that Kahlo and Joplin were alive, and right now this extraordinary quartet are in the same room, would it work? would they even get along? At some point Westwood would share her strong political views and talk about human rights, which I believe all four of them would quite enjoy considering they are free spirit and open minded.

Kusama and Joplin seem to have a lot in common, although there are a few years difference between them they both experienced the sex revolution and movement in the 60’s and this clearly inspired both of their careers.

In my opinion Yayoi was the queen of psychedelic art and her obsession with polka dots is her trademark, she was part of the Pop Art movement, an influence for Warhol and also the only female artist in that scene at the time. She  participated in protests against the Vietnam war, which often involved nudity so it wouldn’t be a surprise if Kusama and Janis had met during one of the protests, perhaps  even at Woodstock, the festival that celebrated what was happening in history at the time and which defined the 60’s.

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Yayoi Kusama in 1960

Janis performing one of my favourite songs, “Summertime” in Stockholm 1969

The voice of this woman doesn’t cease to amaze me,  it’s incredibly powerful and the spirit of blues.

Janis Joplin at Woodstock in 1969.

Janis Joplin at Woodstock in 1969.

Now, Westwood was clearly more interested in the 70’s Punk movement, a rebel at heart, daring and unconventional, she is from a completely different generation to Kahlo but they are  both visionary,  although Frida wasn’t a designer her distinctive look and style has had a  impact on fashion, just as Westwood has, both are and have been an inspiration to many artists and designers worldwide.

Westwood is an intelligent and talented woman, famous for reinventing fashion by combining English traditional 17th and 18th century elements with punk, while Frida has become the universal modern symbol for female suffering, which is reflected on her self portraits, she is the only female painter whose work fetch as much as Picasso’s or Pollock’s, they are both global icons.

So what do they all have in common? they are/were strong, ballsy and talented with unconventional ideas, needed a way to express themselves and whether it was consciently or not they made a difference through their art. Decades have gone past and they continue to inspire us, in music, fashion, art, film, photography and even performance.

I can’t  imagine what they would produce as a team but I know it’d be beyond expectations.They could be the fantastic four and I would quite happily live in a world ruled by these women, what a wonderful and magical place that would be!

Madame Westwood, a total visionary who changed Fashion forever.

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"It wasn't that I purposely wanted to rebel, I wanted to find out why it had to be done one way and not another", Vivienne Westwood.

“It wasn’t that I purposely wanted to rebel, I wanted to find out why it had to be done one way and not another”, Vivienne Westwood.

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Vivienne Westwood Red Label SS13

Her bright and colourful outfits and adornments, such as the flowers and ribbons on her hair have had an impact on Fashion, she is a style icon and her image has become so powerful that she is much more than an art star.

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I took this photo when I visited Kusama’s exhibition at the Tate Modern in 2012, it was a glimpse into her hallucinatory world, full of  twinkling lights, dotty images and fabric-stuffed phallic objects.

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Kusama in Dots Obsession-Night.
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The Style Factory “My Room”, I’m so inspired by Kusama.

Juergen Teller & The Pioneer of colour photography

Juergen Teller’s exhibition: Woo, opens tomorrow at the ICA, he is considered one the best photographers of his generation with a successful career in fashion and art photography.

His photographs are provocative and often controversial, he likes pushing the boundaries, whether it is of erotic nature or  an off-centre idea but the ending result is a marvellous picture that simply captures you,  it’s what designers or anyone that collaborates with Teller find so appealing.

A distinctive characteristic of his work in fashion ad campaigns is the imperfection of the images, they are not conventional fashion photos, there is a sense of raw beauty about them that makes them so real and almost natural.

Juerge Teller for Marc Jacobs 2010.

Juerge Teller for Marc Jacobs 2010.

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The keys to the house No. 28, 2011.

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Teller for Vivienne Westwood in 2012

Model Irina Kulikova for  032c Magazine 2013.

Model Irina Kulikova for 032c Magazine 2013.

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Bjork for Wallpaper Magazine.

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Kate Moss for Vogue

Scandalous shoot for 032C Magazine 2011.

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Kristen McMenamy for 032c Magazine.

I’m a fan of Teller’s work but when I look at his photographs I’m constantly reminded of William Eggleston, years ago when I was at university I came across his work and then I watched a documentary about him called “The Real World”,this film really changed my perception of photography,  it instigated a passion to take photos of anything and everything that attracted my attention, it also made me appreciate the beauty found in the smallest things we see in every day life, objects, an old faded wall or even a person walking down the street and it made me so aware of the colours in our surroundings, I thought it was wonderful and inspiring.

I guess what I’m trying to say is,  there wouldn’t be a Juergen Teller if Eggleston hadn’t exited, he is the beginning of modern colour photography and  the outcome of his dye-transfered printing method was incredible images and some of his most striking work. He was inspired and perhaps passionate about by the simple and strange things around him, it’s the colours in his photographs combined with the weird world that he captured behind that lens that I find so fascinating.

It is evident that Eggleston has been a great influence on Teller’s work, just as he has been to many others, in fact they did a collaboration for a Marc Jacobs ad campaign in 2007, featuring William Eggleston.

I’m a bit obsessed with the vision of this man and I wonder if seeing “The Red Ceiling” made me addicted to have a splash of red in my room. If you have never seen his work you will be hooked after this post.

Collaboration with William Eggleston for Marc Jacobs SS07.

Collaboration with William Eggleston for Marc Jacobs SS07.

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William Eggleston “The Red Ceiling” one of his most famous photographs.

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William Eggleston 1975

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Blue car on suburban street, 1970.

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Near the Greenville, Mississippi in 1984.

William Eggleston in Paris 2008.

William Eggleston in Paris 2008.