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100 Contemporary Fashion Designers
Taschen
Edited by i-D mastermind Terry Jones, this two-volume behemoth is a compendium of 100 contemporary fashion designers. Unlike Taschen’s multi-tome Fashion Now, which aims to represent the forefront of garment and textile design in the years it was published, this book is intended to be a more superficial catalogue of early twenty-first century fashion. Jones’ alphabetically ordered selection of designers ranges from Ackermann to Zucchelli, placing venerable titans such as Lagerfeld, Lauren, Karan and Versace alongside relative newcomers or fashion outsiders like Richard Nicoll, Jean Touitou of A.P.C. or Adam Kimmel. Each designer’s profile is introduced in a brief paragraph giving an overview of their career, and by an interview consisting of the same series of sometimes trite questions, such as “what is the most important lesson you’ve learned?” But it’s the photos that redeem this sometimes clumsy book. Representing the work of visionary photographers and stylists, and ranging from heavily manipulated formal studio images to edgy editorial work and candid behind-the-scenes snapshots, each image is powerful in its own right and offers an excellent distillation of a defining moment in fashion.

Mika Ninagawa
Rizzoli
Prolific fashion and art photographer Mika Ninagawa may well be the Japanese Andy Warhol. Her super-saturated photographs depicting flowers, fish and celebrities seem colorful, fun, and simply pretty—but upon closer inspection, a malaise grasps the viewer, imparting a feeling of feverish baroque decadence. “Generally, my photos turn out excellent when I take them in extreme heat, so hot that my head is spinning and I want to take shelter in my own shadow,” says Ninagawa in an interview included in the foreword. That sensation comes through vividly in many of the images. Rose petals floating in azure pool water reference dripping blood, cemetery blooms become incandescent against a blindingly blue sky, and even seemingly glamorous fashion shots are plasticized and fetishized, rendered through the kaleidoscope of both traditional Japanese and manga iconography. This first monograph of the artist published in the West includes a probing foreword by Daido Moriyama and contributions by Takashi Murakami, Antonio Marras and Anna Sui. With its highly sexualized images and constant oscillation between vibrancy and darkness, this book, though endlessly inspiring, is best taken in small doses.

These two mega books are sure to tickle any FASHION hearted individual! So run out  & get me both….LMAO

VFJ,

Aisha Keys

Craze Chameleon Studio, LLC

DC/NYC/MI

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About crazechameleonstudio

Craze Chameleon Studio established in 1999 by founder Aisha Keys, a native Washingtonian, is one of the must vintage clothing collections in D.C. At the age of 23, her distinct fashion style turned the heads of many people on the streets of D.C., thus propelling her into a career as a personal shopper and fashion stylist to aspiring models, vocalists, musicians, and local fashionistas. Because of her ability to change her look from day to day, she was nicknamed the Chameleon; thus creating Craze Chameleon Studio. A studio of vintage clothes from the 20’s – 60’s. At the Studio, Aisha creates masterpieces utilizing her creative eye and vintage pieces. “…through my original style and vintage apparel, I show people how to put it all together and create their own unique fashion statement.” Aisha Keys. Craze Chameleon Studio has carved out its own niche among vintage retailers by providing up to the minute fashion that looks as if it is off the runway today, but is an original garment from fashion past. Since opening in 1999, CCS has been one of D.C.’s vintage clothing resource and one of the most celebrated vintage destinations in the D.C. area; supplying clothes to many retailers in the metropolitan area like Kaur, Nana, Meeps, Crossroads, Buffalo Exchange, Reddz Trading and Mustard Seed. CCS has an incredible array of vintage clothing from cocktail dresses, furs, suits, designer garments, accessories for men and women, and household collectibles and furnishings. There is an exclusive collection of used and dead stock items at the studio. To make an appointment call 2022008892 or email crazechameleonstudio@gmail.com

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