What is a piece of clothing that “works”? Who is working whom? Is the one who poses the one who actually “works” hardest? The S/S 2017 collection of Berlin-based, Swedish- Vietnamese designer NHU DUONG entitled ‘WORK COLLECTION’ plays with the ideas of professionalism, leisure and appropriateness through a range of garments that are inspired by work outfits and hobby uniforms. Overalls, raw denim outfits, kung-fu pyjamas, biker pants, baggy tights and gloves, bomber-jackets, bomber suits,… [read more »]
The Congo (formerly Zaire), 2008 (?) – Today’s entry is about the arranged marriage of disparate styles and the intense randomness that springs forth from such unimagined couplings.
Koffi Olomide’s songs are a cheesy Congolese staple. In fact, you don’t need to see more than 60 seconds of this video to know that nothing about him stands out, except for his genius styling choices: think of early-’90s TLC videos, all of the shitty fur and leather stores on Orchard above Delancy, Morpheus from The Matrix trilogy, and see what else springs to mind.
Random enough for you? This triple-combo was clearly overlooked and needed to become synchronized via some thoroughly post-modern choreography. Throw in a giant hall brimming with chandeliers and you have yourself a major breakthrough in styling and art direction. Koffi has even added the words “Coco Chanel” in the very beginning of the song in order to take us there. I could write an essay on this video but I’ll stop right here.