Behind the scenes preview footage of Kelechi Odu’s latest collection “Gilded Beast”.
There is going to be a livestream of the show itself on ustream as well in a couple of minutes I believe so check it out.
Keywords: “Gilded Beast” “Kelechi Odu”
Nigerian Sculptor and Painter, the late Ben Enwonwu in his art studio in Ikoyi, suburb of Lagos, Nigeria.
‘’I will not accept an inferior position in the art world. Nor have my art called African because I have not correctly and properly given expression to my reality. I have consistently fought against that kind of philosophy because it is bogus. European artists like Picasso, Braque and Vlaminck were influenced by African art. Everybody sees that and is not opposed to it. But when they see African artists who are influenced by their European training and technique, they expect that African to stick to their traditional forms even if he bends down to copying them. I do not copy traditional art. I like what I see in the works of people like Giacometti but I do not copy them. I knew Giacometti personally in England, you know. I knew he was influenced by African sculptures. But I would not be influenced by Giacometti, because he was influenced by my ancestors.”
This is so good. Brings a tear to my eye T.T
Sexy” is too simplistic a word to describe these clothes, though Saint Laurent at his worst overemphasizes a woman’s shape, and then his clothes look tarty. When he’s at his best, their sex appeal is part of something larger—a sense of pride, even of power. His clothes also convey intelligence, dignity, integrity, arrogance, sophistication, and a respect for order. The dread and hopelessness that pervade so many of the recent clothes by Japanese designers, notably Rei Kawakubo, are nowhere to be found in Saint Laurent’s collections. Japanese fashion in its more extreme forms prefigures a world that no one is looking forward to. The woman who wears Comme des Garcons (Kawakubo’s label) is well off but not proud of it, unwilling to dress herself up so that other people have something pleasing to look at, and overburdened by the news she reads every day in the paper.”
— “The truth in Fiction” by Holly Brubach The Atlantic May 1984
Reminder of how Rei Kawakubo and Yohji Yamamoto were discussed by press post their debut. Often time Saint Laurent was used as a juxtaposition and example of what was considered “good.” (via organization)
Kelechi Odu presents his latest menswear collection “Gilded Beast” on the 5th of May in New York.
There will be a boxing match between the designer and “Rockstar Charlie” Charlie Himmelstein, the model/boxer and founder of “Friday Night Throwdown” fame alongside a presentation of the collection.
Wish I was in New York :(