In the past week or so we’ve witnessed breathtaking Olympic athleticism, prowess pushed way beyond what seems humanly possible, and also have been saddened by the tragic loss of the designer, Alexander McQueen, who expanded our notion of what’s possible in the rhelms of fashion, comfort and style. Perhaps the greatest result of such steadfast dedication to pushing boundaries is that we as a people see by the examples of such superhuman abilities, that we can step a little farther out of our comfort zones, can expand our own visions a little more, can push our own ideas in ways we may not have thought of before.
The February 7th issue of The New York Times Magazine features a beautiful photo essay by Ryan McGinley of Olympians on the move, dressed in clothing designed by Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte. Here’s the cover. Check out that fantastic fringe taking flight on Emily Cook’s sweater!
Oh man, Jeret (Speedy) Peterson as he’s never been seen before!
Rachel Flatt, Beautiful!!
An other worldly Hannah Kearney…
and the incomparable Johnny Weir…. It seems knitwear is definitely back!
This photo essay dovetails nicely with the Quicktake: Rodarte show, curated by Gregory Krum, at the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in Manhattan, February 11th through March 14th. You can see more beautiful pieces from the Rodarte collection at: http://blog.cooperhewitt.org/category/Rodarte/.
Alexander McQueen’s edgy work wasn’t loved by everyone. His designs weren’t always kind to women’s bodies (and sadly, he wasn’t kind to his own), but there’s no denying that he was incredibly creative and imaginative.
I’m loving the sea and butterfly influences of his recent collection. Here (as featured in The New York Times Style section from February 14th) he used digitized clown fish and butterfly wings to great effect in his patterning, and several weeks ago one of his lobster claw shoes was also pictured there.
Isn’t this what couture is all about, exquisite details and elaborate designs we probably wouldn’t wear for everyday dress but which flavor our daily outlooks on style and fashion?
For the Valentine’s Day issue of The New York Times Magazine, Amanda Hesser challenged a couple of creative chefs to put a modern spin on a chocolate caramel recipe from 1881. The result is what looks like a plate of oysters on the half shell, made of dates, walnuts and melted cheese(!), with a fascinating blow by blow of the transition from one dish to the other.
I’m ready for such a challenge myself! The February 14th cover of The New York Times Magazine features a photo montage by Carin Goldberg based on “George Washington Crossing the Delaware” by Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze, from 1851 (after an original painted in 1848).
I have the Olympics on my mind, so I will use this as a springboard to Johnny Weir, with his swirly sparkly spandex and his huge crown of celebratory red roses. The chefs used molasses as the underlying element tying their dessert to the earlier recipe. I’m keeping the flag for mine and I’ll slice the sword in half to make a couple of skate blades.
Perhaps my Grecian paper doll was one of the earliest Olympians.
Here’s Evan Lysacek, one of our new gold metalists, at the top of his game.