Guest Post: Casee Marie!

July 14, 2011

Hi guys! I’m here today with the first ever TTTS guest blog entry! Writing for you today is one of my favorite blogging ladies, Casee Marie! I hope you enjoy her lovely piece on the unity of fashion and art…something very relevant to my own personal beliefs!

Hi, everyone! I’m Casee Marie from The Girl Who Stole the Eiffel Tower, here with a little guest post for the lovely Melanie’s fabulous blog. I was very excited when she invited me to contribute here at TTTS and I knew exactly where I wanted the theme of my post to dwell: art, and how it works together with design in the world of fashion to create memorable, fabulous pieces that open our minds to untold levels of style possibilities. There are countless designers who have broadened our mindsets with their interpretations of fashion as art: John Galliano, Christian Lacroix, Junya Watanabe, Kate and Laura Mulleavy, Jean-Paul Gaultier and the late, great Alexander McQueen, to name a few. While those of us in deep affection with the world of fashion will likely be familiar with those designers and their works I decided to paint a picture for my post with a perhaps unanticipated name.

Brazilian footwear designer Andreia Chaves truly fuses the worlds of art and fashion in a way that draws on the world around us, the science of shape and the limitlessness of the human imagination. Her “Invisible” shoe (above right) is created with asymmetrical mirrors that give it the illusion of being unseen in the midst of its environment. It’s a fascinating shoe that boggles the mind and enchants you with its uniqueness. Andreia also created the “Naked” shoe (top left) as part of the collection, which maintains a transparency devoted to the wearer rather than its surroundings. The attention to detail in the shape of it is nothing short of amazing.

One of my other favorites designed by Andreia Chaves is the “Twirled” shoe, which was made from metal and PVC. I love how easily the shoe defies the standard structure of footwear, proving that the rules you assume must apply to the creation of a shoe don’t really matter at all. The possibilities of what can be created by maintaining the simplest outline – a sole and a heel – are amazing, and sometimes I think it’s easy to forget that in fashion. The same goes for clothes: from designers to us, the consumers and how we style our everyday outfits, nothing is off-limits to our imaginations.

Designers draw on everything from the earth to history to mythical tales for the conception of their creations – and, perhaps most importantly, they never forget to look at the world as an artist, embracing the infinite promise that allows art to mold itself into any medium the creator can dream of. It inspires me and reminds me, as an ardent admirer of art, as a fashion blogger and as a graphic designer, to look for inspiration in unexpected places; because if my eyes and mind are open enough, I’ll be certain to find it.

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Casee Marie July 14, 2011 at 12:52 pm

Thanks again for inviting me, Melanie! You’re too sweet. xo


Jenmarie July 14, 2011 at 1:22 pm

I’m officially obsessed. These shoes are incredible! I really want to see the other two pairs on a model to see what they look like on! My favorite of these three would have to be the Invisible heels. I think it’s fascinating that they’re covered in mirrors! Could you imagine what it would like look like walking around a brightly lit city at night? Amazing!

Wonderful post, Casee!


Kelsey July 16, 2011 at 2:01 am

I rather like your blog! The layout is very clean and easy to navigate.
Mine is a bit messier, but I’m a pretty messy gal.


Melanie July 18, 2011 at 12:04 am

Thank you! I actually just cleaned it up, lol. And mess isn’t a bad thing….you should see me room right now, lol.


Nnenna July 18, 2011 at 8:16 pm

I love this take on art as fashion. Thanks for sharing these amazing designers Casee! It really hit me when I went to see the McQueen exhibit at the Met how varied the interpretation of fashion as art is- so cool! =)


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