The Lighters are Waving

Monika Ata. 20111231. Taman Pelangi Mojali, Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

I think I fall for you twice will you make it into uncountable?

Dance of the Lighters

Monika Ata. 20111231. Taman Pelangi Mojali, Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

I am not deleting the old pages, I am just saving them to be old memories.

2011 Alessi project

Alessi project which received the 22nd Compasso d'Oro award in July 2011, inspired by classical Dutch painting. Love the composition of this picture.

Exclusive interview with emerging fashion designer Giuseppe Virgone

For my last interview of the year, I am proud to introduce you to the work of Giuseppe Virgone, an Italian emerging fashion designer who launched his first collection in 2010. Let's dive into his gothic and almost theatrical universe paved with historical references.

When is your brand born?
The project started in late 2009 when I gave birth to a first collection called  "An animal must die". It was unveiled at the RA shop in Antwerp a few days after its opening. I presented my work as a performance with an installation which related to this universe.

Who, from the fashion or "creative world" do you take inspiration from?
I am inspired a lot by the past, by strong characters, Greek mythology, and religious belief.  Also from the works of contemporary artists such as Romeo Castellucci, the Chapman brothers etc. and strangely music inspires me a lot too.

Can you tell us a bit more about your background please?
I am a young fashion designer based in Brussels trained at the National School of Visual Arts of La Cambre in Brussels.

After an internship at Gaspard Yurkievich as a “modist”, I launched my first men winter collection in 2010 called "An animal must die."

This collection evokes the fate of a mortal man, an unconditional love for an animal and the incomprehension of unjustified actions. Space and movements of the body are the essential focuses of my work.

Can you tell us about your latest collection?
I called this collection "Broken agreement" because it defines what Savonarole (an Italian Dominican friar) lived. First, there was a religious belief. This belief drove him mad.  Politics and religion were mixed in his mind, he wanted to control everything but nothing worked. All this power drove him to his loss and his death.
This collection reflects the time when the religious soul is confronted with a half human, half monster shell!
It is a portrait of Girolamo Savonarola, a priest who died in the bonfire in Florence, Italy in 1498. This character took over the city, censored nudity and the vanity of painters of the time. Contemporary thought was not welcome.

This collection is a transformation of the body and the mind. We begin with a very simple world, a mix of sacred and religion which then breaks down and merges into more contemporary shapes, materials, animal tissue, aggressive embroidery stifling the body.

In the end it will give way to fantasy where reality mixes with dream.
 Bodies are cracking, the power falls, burns the vanity, the mind becomes king! The garment is made up as if the body wanted to say something, a moment of pure grace in which all souls oscillate. Nothing has value, while there, everything disappears. There is not even a border between the body, between words and surfaces.

My work is very dark.

What do you think about French Fashion's scene?
I really like Paris for the Menswear fashion week.  Collections are always right, but perhaps a little hard to penetrate when you are a young fashion designer. I wish for a Belgian fashion week. It would make things easier for us to show our work.

Have you had any support from other fashion figure?
As we speak, I am alone showing this body of work.

What are you expressing through your designs?
First of all I dress a space, a movement and then the body. I like to create a tragedy before suffocating the body. 
I really like the ritual of dressing and undressing. I like to say that throughout our movements, a celebration will be born.

Are you showing at Paris Fashion week or any other fashion weeks?
Yes, I will present my work as a video-performance-look book. I don’t have any space yet.

Where can we find your designs?
My first collection was sold in Antwerp at the RA shop and next month it will be available on:

To finish with, what would you wish to this blog and what do you think about it?
Your blog is well designed, a kind of diary for fashion. If you need any fashion information, your blog surely gives the answer.
I’d like to see a list of buyers and some "showroom space".

Thanks to  Giuseppe.

This is exactly how I feel...

Season's greetings from Banksy?

Interesting picture

Really like this image from I-D.

Raf Simons for Jil Sander, The Pick Me Up Issue

Photography: Willy Vanderperre
Styling: Olivier Rizzo

I wish you a punk Christmas

I wish you all a punk Christmas ! Enjoy the break and stay tuned for more interesting content on Art is Alive.

R.I.P scultpor John Chamberlain

Exclusive: the first look at Madonna's fragrance ad

Madonna's Truth or Dare fragrance ad has strangely leaked on two famous blog / website and I wanted to share it with you in exclusivity. Shot by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, it it pretty much inspired by Lee Miller.

What do you think about it?

Louis Vuitton condom

By Irakli Kiziria, architect and artist. To F*ck with style !

The beauty of Soviet brutalism by Taschen

Photographer Frédéric Chaubin reveals 90 buildings sited in fourteen former Soviet Republics which express what he considers to be the fourth age of Soviet architecture. His poetic pictures, published by TASCHEN in the book entitled CCCP Cosmic Communist Constructions Photographed reveal an unexpected rebirth of imagination, an unknown burgeoning that took place from 1970 until 1990. Contrary to the 1920s and 1950s, no “school” or main trend emerges here. These buildings represent a chaotic impulse brought about by a decaying system. Their diversity announced the end of the Soviet Union. 

Fascinating and scary ! A nice Christmas present! Anyone?

Lana Del Rey - Born To Die

Love this video! Pease folks take notes because we will soon see Lana del Rey on every single cover of magazines from Dazed to Vogue ! I am sure ! I love her style, her universe, her fragile and not-oh-so naive attitude... She's the next big thing for sure...

"When Nico ruled the world" dixit Lou Reed today on Facebook

The Francisco Godia Foundation presents a major exhibition of works by contemporary artists from private collections

This exhibition curated by Sara Puig, the director of the Foundation, features artworks by Anish Kapoor, Cristina Iglesias and Andreas Gursky, Robert Mapplethorpe and Bill Viola, Ignasi Aballí and Cindy Sherman, among many other originating from private collectors based in Barcelona.

Barcelona Colecciona. From December 14, 2011 to March 26, 2012

Fundació Francisco Godia, Diputación, 250. Barcelona

King Karl wishes you a Beautiful Christmas

Karl who will style the next edition of the Paris Biennale des Antiquaires has also styled the windows of the Printemps shop in Paris - Opéra, wishing us a Merry Christmas ! Thank you Karl !

Marilyn ice cream

Stoyn were selling their crazy ice creams at Fountain Art Fair in Miami during Art Basel Miami Beach, 1–4 Dec, 2011.

The Thailand International Furniture Fair

These sofas will be exhibited at the next Thailand International Furniture Fair will take place from 14 to 18 March 2012 in Bangkok. I love them !

Florence + The Machine's Choice

I really like Florence + the Machine, especially her song "What the water gave" played at the recent Chanel song which was a beautiful moment. She's now taking part in an interesting campaign called Secret 7.

Secret 7 is an exciting project combining music and art in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust. Seven bands and recording artists are inviting creatives to design the artwork for a seven inch vinyl sleeve inspired by one of their songs. The project will culminate in 700 unique vinyl sleeves displayed in Idea Generation Gallery in London in the week leading up to Record Store Day 2012. On that day, each of the vinyls at the gallery will be available to purchase with all of the profits going to Teenage Cancer Trust.

None of the buyers will know who created the sleeve, or even which song it's for, until they are holding it in their hands - the secret lies within.

In this challenge, Florence + The Machine has selected the track 'Only If For A Night' and are inviting creatives to interpret the song, however they please, via an original piece of seven inch artwork. This is an incredible opportunity for aspiring artists and designers to collaborate with one of the world's most loved bands, to have their artwork seen by millions, be exhibited alongside established artists and in the process, raise valuable funds for Teenage Cancer Trust.

Hedi Slimane Exhibition at MOCA’s Pacific Design Center

Little people know why Slimane revolutionized men's fashion: because he cut suits in a way that had never been done before. Inspired by the Bauhaus school, his cut was almost feminine. He's the reason why Lagerfeld lost so much weight...

 After he left Dior Homme in 2007 at the top of his game, he became a full-time photographer. The results of his career as a photographer is currently exhibited at the MOCA in L.A where he spent significant time photographing Venice-beach skaters and celebrities...

 MOCA Director Jeffrey Deitch said:
“Hedi Slimane has created a new and fresh visual language for youth today… his black-and-white images capture the essential expression of the emerging art, fashion, and music scenes around the world.”

The Hedi Slimane Exhibit runs until January 22, 2011. Let me know what you think if you have a chance to see the show... I won't have the chance to.

Quote of the week: Trent Reznor on Bowie

"It started to feel like if I didn't force myself into a change I would regret it. It's a fear of not wanting to try things because you're in a comfort zone. I always think about my hero David Bowie and his fearlessness to destroy something that isn't ready to break yet and start something new. He'd throw out an identity, confuse his audience and it's a great risk career-wise. But he had the balls and didn't milk it out to the last drop".  
Trent Reznor on releasing another album in 2012 with NIN.

Rooney Mara is on the cover of Dazed

David Fincher's "the girl with the dragon tattoo" kills this cover, in McQueen !

Azzedine Alaïa at the Groninger Museum, the Netherlands

From 11 December 2011 to 6 May 2012, the Groninger Museum presents an exhibition dedicated to the fashion designer and artist Azzedine Alaïa. This exhibition displays the most fantastic creations of the last ten years. This show is a follow-on to the overview of his work shown in the Groninger Museum in 1998, which was subsequently displayed at the Brant Foundation in New York in 2002.

2PM - Unmei (Destiny) Lyric (Rom, Trans)

Ushinaeba Heartache
Kuyan demo Too late
Tsukami tore Freedom
Ima sono-te o Hold on
Hashiridase Tonight
Tashikameta Two hearts
Tamerawazu Go on
Eien made Move on
Jiyū e

Crazy jōshiki no jubaku o For U nugisutete
tobikomu yume yume yume
Kanarazu Crazy atarashī sekai e For U tsurete yuku
kore wa unmei unmei unmei

Mune furuwasu uruwashī kimi no
Hitokoto de change the new world
Tabidachi tachimachi hōkō ugokasu shōdō
Shibara re teta pride nugisuteru no sa too high
Unmei o ima kimi to eien no musubi ito

Afureru jōnetsu ga
Mune o tsuki ugokasu
Moraru ga nanto iou to Futari wa tomerarenai
So you say Crazy kabe o koe hitotsu ni For U tokeaeru
Bokura no yume yume yume
Mayowazu Crazy kasoku suru kodō ga For U furikireru
Kore wa unmei unmei unmei

Toki o matsu yori ima o kanjite itai
Tatoe nani o nakushite mo
Tamashī hikiai finally
Kimi ni deai machigainai Ashiato o ashita to kyō
Tsunagete michi no mirai no niji o
Movin’ on fuan wa isso
Tobasou sora no chiri to
Keshite let me go unmei sa futari de sa ikou

Yurusarenai to yunara
Deai wa hakanaku kiete yuku dake Arienai yo
Crazy atarashī sekai e For U tsurete yuku
Subete wa unmei unmei unmei

Losing Heartache

Too late to regret
Freedom grabs me

Hold on their hands now

Tonight we run out
Two hearts confirmed
Go on without hesitation
Movin’ on to eternity
A spell of common sense Crazy
Dream dream dream dive shed For U
Crazy new world
For U take it die destiny destiny destiny
Shake your beautiful breasts
In short change the new world
Urge to move quickly to the targeted departure

Pride is too high of a shed bound

Yarn with you today for the destiny of eternal knot
Full of passion
Stimulate the heart
Morality may say
Pretty unstoppable
So you say
One Crazy barrier
My dream dream dream suit from melted For U
Crazy accelerating the heartbeat
For U shake off this destiny destiny destiny

I feel I want more time to wait

What can lose even
Finally leads the soul
You and certainly meet
Today and tomorrow in the footsteps
A rainbow connecting the unknown future
will movin’ in to fear together
Fly up through empty dust to the sky
Let's go let me go alone to the destiny

If you say you it’s not allowed
Diminishing encounter only fleetingly.

It unlikely
Crazy to the new world
I will take you away For U
All destiny destiny destiny

romanized and translated by me
maybe taken out with credit

2PM - 100-Nichi Kinenbi Lyric (Rom, Trans)


Oh~ Mmmh yeah~
Kimi no denwa no koe chīsaku furue teru
Mado no soto, kogarashi ga fuiteru seika na kitto
Munasawagi poketto ni oshikomete sase isogu michi
Hyaku-Nichi ni wa ato Futatsuka Suprise mo junbi shitanda
Kimi no egao mitakute kidzukarenai yō ni, Coz I love you

Machiawaseta kimi wa utsumuite hitokoto
Mō aenai tsubuyaita kiki chigai janai yo ne
Attakai café Latte ga tenohira de sotto samete ku yo

Hyaku-Nichi made kimi no koto mamori tsudzuketeitakatta
Dōshitena no konomama dokoni mo ikanaide, I still love you

Futari no Memories of a hundred days
Tarenaka atta tanda mo forty-eight
Kitotte to taka the melody yozetto
Kiyoku no memory the end of love song

Wasurerarenai memories Ima zutsu away
Hyaku-Nichi ni wa ato Ryōsha-nichi Suprise mo junbi shita nda
Kimi no egao mitakute kidzukarenai yō ni

100-Nichi made kimi no koto mamori tsudzuketeitakatta
Dōshitena no konomama dokoni mo ikanaide

Your trembling voice on the phone when I call you

Probably I bet a cold wintry wind is blowing out the window

Rush on the street tucked gets me bad feeling
100 days and 2 days Surprise is also prepared

Watching without being seen by your smile, Coz I love you
With your head down you say that you cannot wait
It's not another miscommunication I am sure we won’t meet again
Im sure cafeLatte cold and warm gently in the palm of your hand
I wanted to continue to protect your 100 days
Do not go anywhere what and why this remains
I still love you
Unforgettable memories
Now one by one away
100 days and 2 days Surprise is also prepared
Watching without being seen by your smile, Coz I love you

romanized and translated by me^^
maybe taken out with credit