Teaming up with creative people always makes me happy. When in the middle of happening in my life (MA applications, university exams & assignments,new work opportunities, my ski trip, a sudden voyage to Paris, a strained knee…) I get an e-mail explaining an exciting new project, I still fanboy – like I did 2 and a half years ago, when I started this ol’ thing. That feeling always re-assures me this platform retained its own sense and idea. Idea of my own personal visuals & feelings coming across…
My latest companion is a fresh online shop named Trendcy.com, an online fashion destination with a greatly interesting base and an even greater potential. Based on a etsy-ish idea of young talent showing their work, it still has a definite kind of taste and approach to design itself. It is a ‘something for everyone’ shopping destination, but a distinguished point of view remains through everything.
Some of my personal picks include Jelena Aleksić (Croatian designer I modelled for few times), Fete Champetre, Madox, Tašna by Ana Surdilović... They all have absolutely different aesthetics, yet somehow merge into this creative bunch perfectly.
|Fete Champetre nouveau-romance|
|My menswear picks include Madox & Jelena Aleksić|
So, as the Trendcy team asked me to become part of their virtual team within their community page (you can easily join too) – I was surprised with a cute little thank-you gift (and a quite joyful gesture) - a watch from their own shop, and as a biiig watch person I was happy as a little boy. Just don’t be fooled – I can’t be bought with a watch, I just love shiny wrist things. :3
Its design instantly reminded me of steampunk. And while most of Fashion-with-a-capital-F people dread the word steampunk, I somehow enjoy how kitschy that culture is. It’s definition of combining Victorian looks with futuristic technologies remind me of my childhood video-games – namely, every edition of Crash Bandicoot. It has that new-old mixture that’s fun in a proper ha-ha kind of way. I even catch myself from time to time - almost secretly, like I’m trying to do it behind my own back - googling those cray-cray installations and victorian innovations that steampunkers love. You could say it’s a guilty pleasure…
That retrofuturistic creative vision could easily connect steampunk with likes of Pierre Cardin (Dear Fashion-gods, don’t be offended). Of course it’s not the same kind of artistry, nor it’s a friendly connection between the two – but a same Back To Future idea. I could (and probably will) write a whole piece about Pierre Cardin’s unique vision of retro silhouettes and futuristic materials/prints/shapes and genius mind, but I’ll leave it at this half-arsed comparison. It’s something that connected like 2 dots in my mind – maybe it’s because I don’t know enough.
|Pierre Cardin's retrofuturism|
So, to merge everything I had in my mind at the moment – I spontaneously pulled out my retro-futuristic pieces I usually combine in a more basic way. Or I don’t wear them at all. It was a fun mix, and one that was truly inspired by my new watch – its shape, its idea…
h&m striped tee, top hat & denim shirt_ zara blazer_replay vintage sunglasses_terranova pepita-printed trousers_camper x bernhard willhelm sneakerboots_trendcy watch
ps. Sending you a kiss from (more-less) sunny Paris! :*