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Monday, March 30, 2009

did i say goth?

Well, yes. I said it was all around me, did I not? Here we go with some Nordic goth from Scandinavia which is happening right now:

Ingmar Bergman may be dead, but his spirit lives on in Sweden. After a couple of decades of the Swedes trying to be upbeat, morose has become chic again. In particular, a group of young women are promoting a sexy new gothic vibe that seems inspired by horror movies and long dark winter nights.

...hanna liden’s images exude a raw and primal sense of threat and fear...

Hanna Liden (above)
The Sweedish-born New York-based art photographer (and Whitney Biennial alumna) Hanna Liden works with ominous imagery of strange figures in stark and barren landscapes that exude a raw and primal sense of threat and fear. She is also preparing to direct her first horror movie.

Helena Horstedt
The fledging designer Helena Horstedt creates extremely elaborate, all-black clothes for women that look as if they’re costumes for a sexed-up remake of “The Seventh Seal.” Her collections have names like Broken Shadow and the Black Whole and are made-to-measure in her Stockholm studio.

Hanna Hedman
The jewelry artist Hanna Hedman’s debut collection of floor-length oxidized metal necklaces and synthetic twig brooches is called Enough Tears to Cry for Two and is based on feelings of loss and grief and artifacts of mourning, including condolence letters and decaying flowers.

Karin Dreijer
Formerly the Knife, the electronic musician Karin Dreijer just released an album as Fever Ray. It’s a dark and moody record in which a voice transmitter makes her voice sound male and ghoulish. The video for the single “If I Had a Heart” shows children floating on a dark river and wandering through an abandoned castle.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

paris fashion week fashion week attendee...

Thursday, March 26, 2009

broadcast yourself

"Broadcast Yourself", an new exhibition at Pratt Manhattan Gallery (April 1st - May 2nd), will address the issues of power and control extended by traditional media outlets in contrast with the do-it-yourself attitude pervasive in the tech-savvy younger generation. Symposium panelists will also speak to the impact that radio and television can have in shaping the events of our time; how artists can directly engage, challenge, or subvert the structure and authority of broadcast media; and how our culture is shaped by the actions of individuals and artists.

...sweet independence..

This is a first of it's kind show and goes for anyone. In my profession and most others, Internet-savvy kids or young adults can completely surpass any traditional methods of marketing themselves and their art or their commercial business. Do you grasp what that means?! You finally get to do and say exactly what you want and you can show and say it directly to consumers worldwide via laptop, cell phone, TV, etc.

I am waaaayyy pumped about this development because it will and has already changed the whole geography of what will be consumed and how. The younger generation is on the steering wheel and it becomes more squeaky clear every day.

Why is Barack Obama president now? Because he is a part of that new generation and he had the knowledge and the desire to change the world and he was able to be elected with the help of some of the tech geniuses of our time. It doesn't get any better than that. It shows what is possible now - let that recession end and pay back that debt (Obama still has to get it right. Why not start a whole new banking system, instead of fixing this toroughly broken one?) and this new reality will be prominent - but it is already going on no matter what. It's 2009 do you know what Analytics is??

We finally can decide our own future and become (I guess more or less) independent of the mob. So watcha wait'n for??

Monday, March 23, 2009

dark glamour

...the book...

...ruben toledo "dark angel" illustration...

Gothic is an epithet with a strange history, evoking images of death, destruction, and decay. It is not just a word that describes something (such as a Gothic cathedral); it is almost inevitably a term of abuse, implying that something is gloomy, barbarous, and macabre. Ironically, its negative connotations have made it, in some respects, ideal as a symbol of rebellion. Hence its significance for youth subcultures. Today the words "goth" and "gothic" are popularly associated with black-clad teenagers and mascara'd rock musicians. But the gothic has many layers of meaning.

The imagery of death and decay, the power of horror, and the erotic macabre are perversely attractive to many designers. John Galliano, for example, has described the "Gothic girl" as "edgy and cool, vampy and mysterious." Alexander McQueen, Rick Owens, Yohji Yamamoto, and Riccardo Tisci of Givenchy have also created what could be described as gothic fashion. Ann Demeulemeester may reject the gothic label, associating it with the ubiquitous skull accessory, but Owens proudly recalls that he once was a goth, just as Vivienne Westwood was a punk.

I got wind of the exhibit: "Gothic, Dark Glamour" at FIT and I took a moment, a deep breath. Wewh! It gets really rarely amazing like that.

Sure, If you look at me now or have during the past decade, you may be like: "What the heck is she talking about!?" But I swear I was goth in my 20's. There are not many pictures to proof it but if you go back to my home town St. Gallen and talk to some of the regulars of the local scene, they will confirm it.

idil vice with model, both wearing idil vice fashion in 1994

They remember the days when I was working at the boutique Soho, where I was ultimately inspired to become goth. I think it was a girl with the name Andrea (Pipilotti Rist's sister) on whom I first saw the style: B. L. A. C. K. There were plenty of clothes to choose from right there at the shop and I started tapping into the world of Goth in St. Gallen.

model wearing an idil vice scull print top on the runway in 1997

There was a whole scene, a club, bands, people. It is all a bit sketchy now in my memory, but I remember jumping on it.

I don't believe I was ever caught up in the macabre side and philosophy of goth. I mostly, quiet bluntly and simply, just explored the fashionable side of the movement and probably the music. I used goth as a way to rebel. I was never esoteric nor particularly dark in my mind and character, in the contrary, I always kept a positive spirit and once I was over the period, I indulged freely in color with a vengeance.

But there is this strange fascination with goth that has always remained. Even today I sometimes still look a tad goth, depending on the mood of the day.

...picture taken by carl posey of idil vice, yesterday at the gallery...

I am not alone and goth is as alive as ever, everywhere I look:

etsy treasury labeled "goth"

mcqueen fall '09

By the time I entered the cold, humid hall at FIT museum I was completely taken in:

...a mugler dress and the original dress from the movie dracula...

...rodarte '08...

...mourning dresses...

Just 2 shots of the extraordinary jewelery displayed:

Needless to say the whole gamut of goth style on attendees at the opening night was there:

...and yes, I just survived another incredibly unique night out in NYC...

Sunday, March 22, 2009

sign of the time

Very busy right now overseeing production of my collection which is being shipped starting next month. Just wanted to share this image which I thought was interesting and kind of a sign of our time (do you also always remember that Prince song?)

At a recent John Galliano show in Paris photographer Habbah snapped this shot of a model snapping her own picture of something that impresses her, while we look at her like: "What could be even more of a worthy subject than her own self in premier Galliano gear..."?

In a multi media world, this is happening all the time and media is created from all angles. It's just so damn exiting!

Saturday, March 14, 2009

ahead of the game at last?

It's always difficult to move on to the next post if I happen to like the current one. You can see I have been hesitant to shove down The New Yorker cover for nearly a week now. But the time has come, where I must do the inevitable, if I want to keep the readers (you) interested in this feed that is.

But before I move on to a completely different subject, I would like to say how much I appreciated Patty Marx's article and the fact that she mentioned me in it.
Love the cover too! At first I thought it's the artwork of Love and Rockets comic book artists Los Bros Hernandez, Gilbert, Jamie and Mario Hernandez. I was wrong. The illustration picturing a few (!) Michelle Obamas smoothly modeling some garments down the runway is credited to Jean-Claude Floc'h.

Interesting that Floc'h puts emphasis on Michelle's unique color choices - of which I have been talking about in my previous posts - of the outfits along with some key style elements that the first lady is getting known for: classic sheath cuts, decorative waist belts, layering, etc. The only thing missing was something sleeveless.

While Michelle is wearing American made designs, she is - like all of us - sporting lots of China made wear (J.Crew) these days. It's therefore fitting that Patty's article, which dissects the history of production in the U.S.A, is a cover story of the style issue.

I am Swiss. We Swiss are very proud of the label "Made in Switzerland" or "Swiss Made"- if not obviously - and for good reason. Just look at the watch market, anything worth your time and money is Swiss Made, the same goes for chocolate sweets and sewing machines (Bernina), not to mention the fabulous St. Galler Kinderfest Bratwurst, which I am missing every day. The "Swiss Made" label is of quality.

So when I moved to New York in 1992, I did not care about anything but me, sure....

Then I started realizing that I am now producing an item made entirely in the U.S.A. At first I did not embrace that fact and lamented that I would love the Swiss made label instead. However, since I was now living and working here, I started to get friendly with the Made in USA label and I made sure it was known to the customer, via hang tags.

...imports once felt exotic: now homegrown goods seem special...
illustration silja goetz, the new yorker

Little did I know that in the year 2009 I am one of the very, very few left that is actually producing in New York, in a city where originally in 1910 something like over 70% of woman's wear was produced. I learned that today it is a mere 10%. Over 300'000 people worked in the garment industry in the 1950's, today the number is 20'000 and stagnating as we read. If you read The New Yorker article you already know that.

Little did I know. For me it was not really an option to out-source. As a small business, I wanted to keep production as close to home as possible, so that I could literally smell the oil burned by the industrial sewing machines. Sure in the early 2000's I considered, in order to lower the prices, producing elsewhere. There was Turkey, where my cousin (yes, I am half Turkish) was head of a production company. I made a couple of attempts to find a production managing company in NY. But after checking out my options, there was no way that I was in the position to move manufacturing. At that point it would have required a huge amount of money to add jobs (in a foreign country), which I did not have and did not care to look for. So I kept on producing my line in the fashion district just about a mile from my studio. It just made sense to me.

While more and more big companies are shutting down altogether, I have a strange feeling that I am, at last, ahead of the game. Able to sustain an economic downturn, because of the size and local of my business and the uniqueness (not mass produced) of my product, made entirely in the U.S.A.

...always close to the production facilities... day and night...
photo by carl posey

Monday, March 9, 2009

the new yorker

On newstands worldwide now:

Read the article Patricia Marx, On and Off the Avenue, “Made in U.S.A.,” The New Yorker, March 16, 2009, p. 64 featuring Idil Vice's collection "Fashion Rocks".

ABSTRACT: ON AND OFF THE AVENUE about buying American. What does the label “Made in the U.S.A.” mean, anyway? According to the FTC, it designates that “all or virtually all” of the product and its components were made in the fifty states, D.C., or any American territory or possession. Where else to begin the search for indigenous stuff but at Lord & Taylor, the first major emporium to spring up on Fifth Avenue? The retailarchy Bloomingdale’s has yet to go multinational. Mentions St. John Knits. What could be more American than Early American furniture? Shakers who can’t afford Shaker can acquire dovetailed pieces for their meetinghouses at Thos. Moser Cabinetmakers (699 Madison Ave, at 62nd St). Simon Pearce’s eponymous emporium (500 Park Avenue, at 59th St) has for decades specialized in glassware, ceramics, and sundry other breakables, most of them handmade in the company’s workshops in Vermont and Maryland. In 1950, nearly a third of employed Americans worked in factories. Today, it’s about ten per cent. Mentions Sephora, Guitar Center, Kaufman’s Army & Navy, American Apparel, An American Craftsman,, American Girl Place, Anna Sui, Oscar de la Renta, Fresh Meat, Lingo, Idil Vice, Jacques Torres, Kee’s, The Container Store, and Dave’s New York.

"If you can't be a rock star, you can at least wear one on your chest. A Swiss-born New Yorker named Idil Vice designs cotton jersey clothing silk screened with large images of pop icons. They are cool, but do you dare to have David Bowie staring out from the front of your strapless dress? Or Elvis on your high-waisted skirt, with tulle and petticoat attached? Or Billie Holiday posed on your goth bell-bottoms? ( $98.95, $400 and $269.)"

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

we treasure david bowie and rock 'n' roll

There is no doubt that Rock 'N' Roll is having a complete revival as of late... especially classic rock and it's icons (hello Fashion Rocks!) Everything rocks too, such as having a bank account with a specific bank now supposedly rocks... everyone wants a piece of the cool sounding action and so we all keep rockin'...

Etsy, one of the coolest marketplaces to date, is of course not completely save from the rock craze either and so it comes as no surprise that my pictorial Fashion Rocks garments have been featured countless times. Lucky me!! They make it easy and tempting to use them in Treasuries. I liked this new one created this morning by MrsPandora: Rock N Roll (stop the traffic). You can go to it directly here.

I've discovered another really cool spot to purchase journals made from original record covers!! They are dope!

Check 'em out! As I love sets in fashion, this is going to be my new accessory to run around with while wearing the Fashion Rocks collection, yeayyyh!

Go ahead put it on together! Buy the T. Rex Slider dress.

Someone already made another treasury pairing my B-52's skirt and one of those journals! Pair them up!

Go to this treasury right here...

Conclusion: Recycling rocks! Sets rock! Fashion Rocks rocks! Mock The Rock rocks!



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New York, NY, United States
Just like the rare Swiss mountain flower Edelweiss - a symbol of prestige and distinction - the clothing brand IDILVICE (pronouced "Edel-vice") was born in the mountains of Switzerland and since then it's flourishing on the concrete of Manhattan and recently even in the rolling hills of the San Francisco Bay Area. However as the spelling indicates, the label is not meant to be associated with too much folkloric alpine tradition, but rather and probably in the contrary, with unconventionality. The IDILVICE label was founded in 1995 by Swiss Native fashion designer Idil from the city of Saint Gallen, Switzerland, who's foundation dates back to the 7th Century and which became famous for their quality textile products, especially embroidery textiles, which are still popular with Parisian Haute Couture designers today. In search for something less traditional, Master Graphic Designer Idil ventured out to New York City where she fell in love with American Pop Culture.