Monday, April 7, 2014

Fashion Comes Home!

Last week I was involved in the planning and execution of an event for my college. The event "Fashion Comes Home," was a networking event for my post-graduate class to meet and connect with graduates of the program dating back to 2003.

My classroom converted for the evening

We had different teams take on different responsibilities to ensure the night ran smoothly. There were teams working on entertainment, guest speakers, food and beverage, decorations, marketing and more. We even had a photo booth set up for fun, memorable souvenirs.

Here are a few photographs from the photo booth of my lovely friends and I.







And of course, no entry of mine would be complete without an Outfit of the Day description!
Top: #MaisonMartinMargiela
Blazer: #Zara
Jeans: #AllSaints
Leopard Shoes: #YvesSaintLaurent #YSL
Python Clutch: #Gucci
Rings: #YvesSaintLaurent & #SalvatoreFerragamo
Necklace: #Burberry
For more details and photographs of the event, check out my friend Kelcie's post, identically titled, "Fashion Comes Home" on her blog! Here's the link!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Tonnes of Visual Interest!

My room is all about me. It's a reflection of my personal style, it's made up of my ideas, it incorporates my taste, and is a perfect reflection of everything me!
I have a dark wood bed set with matching bedside cabinets set against a deep red accent wall. I had an idea for a focal point for my room that involved photographs of my personal belongings and other things related to fashion. My idea for above the headboard was a collage of mismatched frames ranging from sleek plain black rectangles, bold ornate gold frames, mixed with everything in between. Inside the frames would be the string that ties the chaos together; fourteen photographs printed in black and white, of these fashion-related images. The jumble of frames together on the red wall will create a tonne of visual interest and be the focal point of my room. The items I photographed were all fashion accessories, personal items and spaces where I like to create (my desk and closet).
Below are the images I selected to go up on my wall! Enjoy!

Bangles
Photographer: Priyan Rajdev
Mon Monogram
Photographer: Priyan Rajdev
Leather charm on bag
Photographer: Priyan Rajdev
Assortment of gold, silver and gunmetal chains
Photographer: Priyan Rajdev
Assortment of gold, silver and gunmetal chains
Photographer: Priyan Rajdev
Various washes and applications to denim
Photographer: Priyan Rajdev
Gold Reflection
Photographer: Priyan Rajdev

Charmed
Photographer: Priyan Rajdev
Chucks
Photographer: Priyan Rajdev
Decisions, Decisions
Photographer: Priyan Rajdev
Charmed
Photographer: Priyan Rajdev
Ideas
Photographer: Priyan Rajdev
Inspiration
Photographer: Priyan Rajdev
The Details
Photographer: Priyan Rajdev
 

Friday, April 4, 2014

Recent Outfits: Cruise

Recent Outfits
1. Cruise: Outfit from #ClubMonaco and #AllSaints, Shoes by #ColeHaan
2. Cozumel, Mexico: Outfit by #TopMan, #AmericanApparel and #Converse
3. Honduras: Outfit by #AmericanApparel, #TheGAP, #Gucci and #ColeHaan


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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Photographic Intent


"The Omnipresent"
Photographer: Priyan Rajdev
This photograph is a depiction of the role of the photographer's "self" in their works. The omnipresent bias of the photographer is reified by the shadowy figure, representing the subjectivity of the photographer as it always a factor when taking photographs. I assert that no photograph is free of bias and completely objective. Even in instances when objectivity is required (journalism or documentary-style photography), one's personal experiences; cultural bias, or biases associated with gender, race, age etc., are factors when one shoots with intent. The intent of this photograph was to highlight the importance of critically engaging photographs. Whether in media representations or other, it is important to critically analyze what we take in and be cognizant of possible biases. Even as a viewer, when presented with images or messages to interpret in mass media, we often fill in the blanks with preconceived notions based on our personal experiences. This gives meaning to the phrase "Every picture is worth a thousand words".

"The Details"
Photographer: Priyan Rajdev
This photograph is a depiction of personal style; the little personal details, the calculated choices and points of expression associated with individuality.
The rolled cuff of the jean, and the down-turned leather near the pull straps of the boot, were both choices made to enhance the look of both components of the outfit. I'm reminded of a conversation I had early last week about high fashion being unattainable to the masses and that runway fashion is not practical. If you find yourself in a position like this where you're wondering the same thing, remember that it's all about what you take away from the show. Think more broadly about what you're seeing. The salient features of runway collections can be the idea or inspiration behind the fashion. For instance, Gucci- we saw colour blocking and playing with proportions, Louis Vuitton- we saw feminine elegance with men's tailoring with using a dark pallete with pops of colour, Celine- structured coats etc. A famous quote by Yves Saint Laurent "Fashion fades, style is eternal". Fashion trends come and go, personal style is an extension of your self and a form of self-expression. For some, myself included, expression through fashion is important. Hopefully after reading this and pairing it with the photograph you can see the subtle side of style.

Recent Outfits!

Recent Outfits:
1. Dinner: Shirt and Blazer from #Zara, Riding pants by #RootsCanada, Zipper Necklace by #JeanPaulGaultier, Clutch and Shoes by #YvesSaintLaurent #SaintLaurentParis
2. To Dinner: Top from #ClubMonaco, Shorts from #AmericanApparel, Clutch by #LouisVuitton & Shoes by #BurberryProrsum
3. Art Exhibit: Top by #MaisonMartinMargiela, Dress by #BCBGMaxAzria, Boots and #Hysteria #python clutch by #Gucci & Ring by #SalvatoreFerragamo


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Outfit of the Day: Details

Close-up of Accessories: Portfolio/Clutch by #Prada, Rings by #SalvatoreFerragamo & #BurberryProrsum, Belt from #Coach & Wrap bracelet from #Ferragamo as well.

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Recent Outfits!

Recent Outfits:
1. Wine and Cheese Expo: Sweater from #BananaRepublic, Coat by #BurberryProrsum #AllSaints and #Energie
2. Presentation: Shirt by #ChristianDior #DiorHomme, Blazer from #Zara, Jeans by #AllSaints, Shoes by #YvesSaintLaurent #SaintLaurentParis #YSL
3. Cruise: Pants were custom made from a local boutique on Queen W.


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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Recent Outfits: Work Flow

Recent Outfits:
1. To Work: Pants by #BCBGMaxAzria & Bracelet by #CCSkye
2. To Work: Pants by #BCBGMaxAzria (love these!) & Cuff by #Burberry
3. To Drinks: Coat by #YohjiYamamoto, Boots by #Gucci, cuff by #Burberry, Zipper Necklace by #JeanPaulGaultier


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Recent Outfits: Louboutin Exhibit

Christian Louboutin Exhibit.
Top by Maison Martin Margiela
Dress from BCBCMaxAzria
Harem pants by Stacey Zhang
Ring by Salvatore Ferragamo
Boots and Hysteria Python Clutch by Gucci


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Monday, March 31, 2014

Recent Outfits: Earth Tones

Recent Outfits:
1. To School: Outfit Mix from #CheapMonday, #ClubMonaco, #AllSaints, #Coach and #MarcJacobs
2. To School: Outfit from #Zara, #CheapMonday, #AllSaints, #Gucci and #Fendi
3. To School: Outfit Mix from #CheapMonday, #ClubMonaco, #AllSaints, #Coach, #MarcJacobs and #Uniqlo


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Recent Outfits : Work Flow

Recent Outfits:
1. To Work: Outfit mix from #Zara and #HandM, Shoes from #Converse, and Cuff by #Burberry
2. To Work: Shirt from #FrenchConnection, Shorts by #AlexanderWang, Shoes from #AllSaints #AllSaintsSpitalfields & Jewellery by #CCSkye and #VinceCamuto
3. To Work: Shorts by #AlexanderWang, Shirt from a local #NYC desinger from my trip #ArtistsAndRevolutionaries, Boots by #Gucci and Clutch by #YvesSaintLaurent #SaintLaurentParis #YSL


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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Recent Outfits!

Recent Outfits:
1. To School: Knit Top and Clutch by #Burberry, Shorts from #TheGAP, Shoes by #PierreHardy and Cuffs by #Fendi and #CCSkye
2. To Event: Full-Length Tunic by #RickOwens, Leggings from #WalMart, Boots by #Gucci, Clutch by #YvesSaintLaurent #SaintLaurentParis #YSL, Necklace by #JeanPaulGaultier and Cuff by #Burberry
3. To School: Cashmere Top by #Marni, Necklace by #JeanPaulGaultier, Harem Pants by #StaceyZhang, Boots and Bag by #Gucci


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Recent Outfits!


Recent Outfits:
1. To Work: Outfit Mix by #Zara, #ClubMonaco and #Coach, Boots by #Energie, Trench Coat by #BurberryProrsum #Burberry, and Bag by #Gucci
2. To School: Shirts by #HandM & #CheapMonday, Drop-crotch leggings by #TimHamilton, Shoes and Trench Coat #YohjiYamamoto, Bag by #Burberry #BurberryProrsum & Jewellery by #CCSkye and #VinceCamuto
3. To School: Bag and Boots by #Gucci, Cuffs by #Fendi and #CCSkye


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Friday, March 28, 2014

Recent Outfits: All Roots Everything!

Recent Outfits:
1/2/3 to Work: All #RootsCanada!!
Random bits of #AmericanApparel, #Converse & #Coach


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Outfit of the Day: Layers


Coat from #Zara, Top from #BananaRepublic, Pants from #TopMan, Boots from #Energie, Silk Scarf by #Fendi, Cuffs by #CCSkye & #Fendi and Bag by #LouisVuitton #LV


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Thursday, March 27, 2014

York Secrets

I'm so excited! My work, "The Struggle" was chosen to be shown in an exhibit at the Alaska Gallery at York University. The event entitled "York Secrets" showcased sculptures, painting, photographs and interactive media installations from the community. The theme of the exhibit was centered around identity and portrayals of gender, masculinity and femininity etc.
Below is an image taken from my phone of my little space within the gallery. I was thrilled to set up next to the fire alarm haha!


The event was a great success! Thank you so much to everyone who made this possible, it was a great experience to have my work shown! =)

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

In Conversation, With Yohji Yamamoto

I found this interview so inspiring. I love Yohji's demeanor and advice. He's so humble, such a genius and again, so inspiring.


SHOWstudio: In Conversation with Yohji Yamamoto from SHOWstudio on Vimeo.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Homage to Willie Doherty


Willie Doherty is an Irish photographer, video artist and installation artist. Doherty's work is influenced by the tragic events that took place on Bloody Sunday where twenty-six unarmed civil rights protesters and bystanders were shot by soldiers of the British Army. Doherty's artistic practice is rooted in the history of Northern Ireland, and much of his work refers to undercurrents of fear, oppression and the uncertainty that he has experienced. However, his photographs and films convey a timeless quality and carry a broader significance. In his recent works, Doherty has begun to explore wider notions of representation, identity, memory and truth. Through photography and film, he tries to undermine the boundaries of truth and fiction and creates open-ended narratives. Below are his works, followed by my recreations. Enjoy!
 
Photographer: Willie Doherty
Photographer: Willie Doherty
Photographer: Willie Doherty
Photographer: Willie Doherty

My Homage

Photographer: Priyan Rajdev
Photographer: Priyan Rajdev
Photographer: Priyan Rajdev