The Wintour Diaries

V I S U A L . S E Q U E N C Y

Visual Sequency is the use of certain elements that are either repeated or complemented in a composition. It’s about similarities, of an implementation of a feeling, a colour, a certain shape or contents of an image. Ie, it’s about rhythm.

In these first two pictures, it isn’t very hard to find the rhythm. Both images are focussing on braiding

Alexander McQueen – RTW 2011, backstage

Maison Martin Margiela ‘Artisanal’ colletion, 2008 – elastic jacket

The Winged Victory of Samothrace

The Winged Victory of Samothrace, or Nike of Samothrace, is a marble sculpture of the Greek goddess Nike in the form of a winged woman standing on the prow of a ship, braced against the strong wind blowing through her garments.

The work presents a pose where violent motion and sudden stillness meet. Since 1884, it has been prominently displayed at the Louvre and is one of the most celebrated sculptures in the world.  It was discovered by a French archaeologist in 1863 on the island of Samothrace in the Aegean Sea. It had been housed in a small building at the highest point of the religious sanctuary on the island.

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The statue stands 5.57 m highand stands atop the prow of a warship and was intended to commemorate some unknown naval battle. Sadly, no dedicatory inscription has ever been found, so exactly what victory the Victory was celebrating will remain a mystery.

Rembrandt’s ‘Bathsheba’

In this painting we see Bathsheba the wife of Uriah, a general of King David’s army. The king upon seeing Bathsheba bathing, had her summoned, and led her into adultery. In this, one of his major works, the artist focuses his representation of the episode on Bathesheba at her bath. She is portrayed as both victim and sinner, deeply disturbed by the royal message.

In order to marry Bathsheba and conceal his sin, David sends Uriah into battle and orders his generals to abandon him, leaving him to certain death. The letter shown in Bathsheba’s hand contains a demand from David for her to choose between fidelity to her husband or obedience to her king.

The warm harmony of the painting, in tones of gold and copper, was inspired by great Venetian painters. Rembrandt’s skill in depicting light was at its height in this becalmed, mature work. The gold brocade cloth in the background and the dazzling white of the linen provide a luminous setting.

Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘Mona Lisa’

The Mona Lisa, only the best known, the most visited and the most written about work of art in the world, is believed to have been painted between 1503 and 1506. It is now the property of the French Republic, on permanent display at the Louvre.

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The Mona Lisa is thought to be of Lisa Gherardini, wife of a Florentine cloth merchant named Francesco del Giocondo. However, is it to be believed that Da Vinci took the completed portrait to France rather than giving it to the person who commissioned it. It was eventually returned to Italy by Leonardo’s student and heir Salai. The Mona Lisa is the earliest Italian portrait to focus so closely on the sitter in a half-length portrait.

The figure is shown in half-length, from the head to the waist, sitting in a chair whose arm is resting on balusters. She is resting her left arm on the arm of the chair, which is placed in front of a loggia. Lisa has her right hand resting on her left. Leonardo chose this gesture rather than a wedding ring to depict Lisa as a virtuous woman and faithful wife.

The Mona Lisa’s famous smile represents a visual idea of happiness suggested by the word “gioconda” in Italian. Leonardo made this notion of happiness the central motif of the portrait: it is this notion which makes the work such an ideal. The nature of the landscape also plays a role. The middle distance, on the same level as the sitter’s chest, is in warm colors. Men live in this space: there is a winding road and a bridge. This space represents the transition between the space of the sitter and the far distance, where the landscape becomes a wild and uninhabited space of rocks and water which stretches to the horizon, which Leonardo has cleverly drawn at the level of the sitter’s eyes.

In late 2005, researchers from the University of Amsterdam ran the painting’s image through “emotion recognition” computer software. The technology demonstration found the smile to be 83% happy, 9% disgusted, 6% fearful, 2% angry, less than 1% neutral, and 0% surprised.

Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘Vergine delle Rocce’

This painting by Leonardo da Vinci shows the Virgin Mary (Madonna), both Christ and St. John the Baptist as a child, and the archangel Uriel within a cave. The original painting was done by Da Vinci in 1485 whilst living in Milan.

We see the Virgin Mary stretching one hand to include John the Baptist and raising the other hand above the head of Christ in a blessing. The infant St. Jogn is making a gesture of prayer to the Christ child. The Christ child in return blesses St. John. Mary’s left hand hovers protectively over the head of her son while the angel Uriel looks out and points to St. John. Normally when we see the Virtin Mary and Christ, Mary has been enthroned as the Queen of Heaven. Here, in contrast, we see Mary seated on the ground. This type of representation of Mary is referred to as the Madonna of Humility.

In 1508 a second paintin of Madonna of the Rocks was created. It is believed it was made by Da Vinci and some others artists. This painting – which contains brighter colors, but is almost identical in form – can be foud at the National Gallery of Art in London.

Christopher Bailey likes ‘em young…

A few days ago, Burberry put out a preview of their Spring/Summer 2013 campaign featuring Romeo Beckham. Granted, while David 2.0 looks stylish and handsome and cute, he doesn’t seem to be taking fashion as seriously as I would’ve expected him to.

Burberry is not a joke, Romeo. Fashion is not a joke!

The Sun will come out tomorrow..

Don’t even try to shield your eyes from the feast that is Fei Fei Sun covering the latest issue of Vogue Italia. With the help of Steven Meisel, Fei Fei is channeling none other than China Machado, a pioneering force in the fashion industry who became the first non-white model to nab a major editorial with Harper’s B. in ’58.

This truly historical moment is making me realise I might need to step up my game.. Ideas are always welcome!!

O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?

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Romeo Beckham has made his modelling debut in the new Burberry campaign! The 10-year-old son of D&VB has been unveiled as the new face of the British label, claiming his place in the world of beautiful people. Alongside Burberry favourites Edie Campbell and Cara D, Romeo is to star in the spring/summer 2013 ad campaign, shot by none other than Mario Testino.

Brad Pitt for Chanel? Girl, please! This is how it’s done!

 

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas..

Yes, you guys, it happened: Oscar de la Renta and Cathy Horyn have finally made peace and moved on from the infamous meat feud which was really the only exciting thing at NYFW.

For those who don’t remember: Cathy called Oscar a “hot dog” which led to Oscar calling Cathy a “stale three-day-old-hamburger.” And with none other than Lady GaGa and Hedi Slimane joining Team Oscar, one could only feel sorry for poor little Cathy. Anyway, just yesterday Horyn was spotted sitting front row at Oscar’s Pre-Fall show, wearing one of his dresses. And in another astonishing display of maturity, ODLR claims to have read “every single article she wrote on fashion.” Really Oscar? Really?

So, there you have it, our very own Christmas Miracle!

Just Like a Pill

After releasing one of the most expensive bags ever created, the girls from The Row have upped their ante, creating a $55,000 backpack! And why wouldn’t they? If one is called Mary-Kate or Ashley Olsen, one shouldn’t be limited by something as irrelevant as money.

That’s why the girls have decided to work with none other than Mr. Controversial himself: Damien Hirst. The resulting project is a fascinating study in contrasts; the classic elegance of The Row’s black, crocodile leather backpack, adorned by the ever so rebellious hand of Hirst.

 

Signed by mister Hirst himself, each backpack features uniquely individual embellishments, from an assortment of real prescription pills (provided by none other than Ash and MK!), to Hirst’s signature spots. For a mere $55,000 one of these 12 statements can be yours!

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