Archive for July, 2011

McQueen Sensation at the Met
July 30th, 2011
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Fashion shows, at their thrilling best, are about a moment — and about movement. Yet fashion exhibitions are rarely able to capture this energy. Unless you’re the kind of person who gasps about a Fortuny pleat or a St Laurent shoulder, you’re left wondering what all the fuss was about. But this show — with its spectacular staging — sets a new standard for what a costume exhibit can be. To see it is to experience the thrill of a truly sensational fashion show.

McQueen shows had a reputation for the theatrical gestures, but the clothing itself was always underpinned by exquisite details and a genuine inquiry into how women should dress. This is why his talent was so compelling.

What resonated for us is his ability to chose a small detail and consider it deeply. For example, a simple feather was a regular source of inspiration to him. But he took it further: what about a bird could be interesting in dressing a woman? The lightness and movement of flight? The menace and strength of a hawk?

The exhibition also recreates one of McQueen’s greatest runway moments: when the last look of one collection was delivered as a hologram. A swirling Kate Moss materializes, and then evaporates again into the cosmos. The effect is haunting and astonishing. We wanted to applaud at the end of it. (We didn’t, but we really wanted to.)

For those who weren’t able to see the show, there is an equally exquisite catalogue. Beautiful chocolate brown cloth binding, a lenticular cover (that flashes between a skull and a McQueen portrait), and photography by Solve Sundsbo that brings the mannequins eerily to life — a slightly unnerving effect McQueen himself would surely have enjoyed.

There’s also a great feature with extensive photographs and video on the Met website.

* Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty, Metropolitan Museum, NY. May 4-August 7, 2011.

A Card for New York
July 20th, 2011

One great thing about having a card company is that you’re never at a loss for the right card. Or you hope so. But sometimes that means you need to design one within 24 hours.

When New York reached its wonderful and historic decision to sign gay marriage into law, we thought we’d have a bit of time to create exactly the right card to celebrate this. But within that same weekend, a pair of our closest friends were engaged — suddenly, we needed a card pronto!

Here’s the result, above. We happened upon the idea of two knights — because let’s face it, arriving at gay marriage in New York was definitely a fight hard-won. And deciding to marry, whatever your orientation, is a very noble idea.

(This card is so new it’s not yet in shops. But if you’d like to place an order for your store, or just buy one individually, please let us know at info@jfalkner.com and we’ll make it happen! Stay tuned, we’ll be creating one for women, too!)