Did you attend any NZ Fashion Week shows over the past week? I was fortunate enough to attend the (first) S/S 2014 ‘COLD WASH’ menswear range for ‘The Lucid Collective’ at the Gow Langsford Gallery in Auckland Central. The handsome crowd packed-out the swanky gallery; sipping complimentary Hopt soda, Liberty Brewing Company Beer or Thomson Whiskey NZ while mingling and admiring the majestic art through out the space. Heads turned as six dapper men took their positions on small benches, to model the garments. The colour palate was off-white, grey marl and contemporary black in utility shorts & pants, wrestler tops, long sleeve symmetric tees and beanie headwear. Impressive clothing brand for Gen Y entrepreneurs: Chloe Swarbrick & Alex Bartley-Catt. This duo are (disruptive) innovators in the fashion landscape. Catch them if you can.
Let the storytelling begin!
‘Whore’ is a collection of monologues based on true events; about sex workers who live in Auckland, New Zealand. After extensive research, meetings and interviews; the work can (now) start.
The stories have unique titles called: Illegal Migrant, ‘Married Woman’, ‘Transgender’, ‘Underage Sex Worker’, ‘Rent Boy’ and ‘Refugee’. Performing in late May, in an alternative space: ‘charlatan clinic style’.
The cast involved: Rebecca Parr, Lee Ah Yen Faatoia and Geraldine Creff.
This project is in collaboration with up to 20 ‘creative’ people, and I am excited to be leading this process.
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“Vincent Ikihagai-Fasi and Bryson Naik are artists of the new generation. Growing up on a diet of internet, mainstream media and Western-cultural apathy, the young men are the embodiment of the disillusioned Generation Y.”
Art, Etcetera presented by The Lucid Collective, is a collaboration (Gen Y) between street and visual art verses fashion, held at Method and Manners Studios.
The art is provocative in it’s themes: elements of sobering truth in our society, emotive, sometimes poetic and alarmingly engaging.
All of the work is fit for sale at modest prices, apparently sold a few pieces and there is much interest brewing for further commissions.
Gen Y is our future.
‘The Lucid Collective’ Interview for #projectsalt
1. Where did you get the name ‘The Lucid Collective’ from? What does it mean?
Words have always been important to us. Obviously, they’re fundamental to communication, but
in a modern world a lot more hangs on literal meanings when so much of our conversations no
longer happen face-to-face.
‘The’ denotes one or more people assumed to be common knowledge. It’s a word often
overlooked, but if you ever happen to look at it in its context, there’s an inherent assumption
that the word’s user thinks you know what they’re talking about it. ‘Lucid’ refers to clear
expression and ease of understanding, or the period of clarity between intervals of insanity.
‘Collective’ evidently refers to a group of people. Tying all of these words together serves to
underscore our mission to outfit the current man in timeless attire.
2. What makes ‘The Lucid Collective’ different?
Our goal was never to…
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This exhibition was loaded with design – fashion (clothing), interiors, jewellery, furniture, architecture and figurines: film, stills and mannequins wore the design, with sheer glamour.
I personally was drawn to the fabulous ‘woman’s swimsuit’s’ by Margit Fellegi in the 1950’s (think Marilyn Monroe) that exuded femininity and style.
Furniture made by German-born designer, Kem Weber who was (notably) known for the concept ‘store-within-a-store’ shopping. Weber’s ‘Desk and Chair’ was made with satinwood, primavera, chrome, aluminium, resin and leather. I want it.
‘Who ever said that pleasure wasn’t functional?’ – Charles Eames
The architecture by Carlos Diniz, created ‘alluring images that helped potential clients place themselves in the frame’ (translated from technical drawings). Collaboration with magazines and museums – made the ‘ideal’ flat box home, desirable to the ‘rich and famous’, in Hollywood.
There was more – much more. Go and see it for yourself.
‘Good design is seldom accepted. It has to be sold.’