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Out There Suits by Mira Kovacs

Mira Kovac of Schmeids Puls photographed by christian schneider

Mira Kovacs photographed on stage by Christian Schneider.

Mira Kovacs, who performs under the moniker Schmieds Puls, pays tribute to the suit and Janelle Monae’s style attitude.

Alright, now, I thought this would be easy. I thought writing about what outfits I choose when I perform would be simple. But when I started writing versions of this little essay here, I began to understand that a complicated process starts whenever I think of what to wear on stage. It’s almost a political decision.

The other day I saw an interview with Janelle Monae where she was asked about the inspiration for her grandiose outfits. She replied briefly “Don’t dress for boys”. I loved that answer. I want to believe that I hardly ever dressed for boys in my life. Maybe sometimes during my teenage years, but I would always add an androgynous accessory. I like big boots, big skater sneakers, I think one can combine anything with those. No matter how sweet and nice you may look in a dress or in a skirt, boots will make it look more aggressive, more “I put my foot down”, more grounded. I like that. Plus I can’t wear any kind of heels, they destroy my equilibrium.

Continue reading to better understand Mira’s relationship with the suit…

The use of style to represent otherness in Hidden Figures

Katherine Johnson (Taraji P Henson) with her mainly male counterparts
Image: Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson) with her male coworkers as Paul Stafford gives a briefing. 

Hidden Figures represents other. Something Hollywood has continuously failed at doing well. The excuse for this failure is often that cinema goers (those who generate income at the box office) are usually white and need to relate to a character. An argument I feel is insulting to all parties. First because it suggests that the majority aren’t evolved or complex enough to empathise with people who look different to them.

That argument also undermines the importance of film and art in influencing real life. A power Ava DuVernay’s ’13th’ documentary emphasises as the connection between Birth of a Nation (1915) and the resurgence of the KKK. I say all that to say that representation and diversity and complexity of characters in the arts are important.

Hidden Figures struck a cord in those respects, portraying the lives and works of three African American women (Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson) who had crucial roles (at NASA) in the space race in a beautifully layered way. The complexity of each character (from Katherine Johnson to Al Harrison) triggered curiosity. I found myself interested in how Mary and Levi Jackson had got together, wanting to know where Vivian Mitchell and Dorothy (Vaughan)’s relationship went and much more. It’s a brilliantly told story.

Costume was a pivotal part of telling the story -in highlighting those layers, exploring vulnerability and challenging the boundaries of what might be expected of women -specifically black women -today. It was particularly interesting how varying shades of red lipstick were used to debunk the myth that red lips don’t look good on us. Asap Rocky we are looking at you.

Continue to see 3 stand out style moments from Hidden Figures…

Solange’s fashion expression on ‘A Seat at the Table’

Image of Solange and a costar from her Cranes in the Sky video wearing outfits made from palm leaves

Featured Image: Solange in Cranes in the Sky via Saint Heron

“We put people on a pedestal that are just humans like us.”
Ironically, A Seat at the Table puts Solange Knowles on a pedestal of her own. I’m not sure why I was so taken aback by ‘A Seat at the Table’. I had, after all, got True, discussed its brilliance with friends, watched ‘Losing You’ obsessively and shared with Solange (via twitter) how I had almost lost a finger listening to it in the kitchen.  True, while brilliant, is different. Ahead of the 2017 Grammy award (which we will be live tweeting via @lostintalent), we share thoughts on the unique style expression featured with Solange’s ‘A Seat at the Table’ album .

Continue reading to find out more about Solange’s ‘A Seat at the Table’

Google and Ivyrevel’s Data dress

From the Muslim ban, use of alternative facts to many alleged embarrassing phone calls with world leaders, US President, Donald Trump, has provided comedians and journalists with ample material. So its no surprise that politics is expected to be a huge talking point during the upcoming New York Fashion Week (which kicks off in New York Feb 9).

Already the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) has announced a campaign, spearheaded by Tracy Reese, to support Planned Parenthood. During the New York shows 43 designers including Prabal Gurung will be spotting Planned Parenthood pins on their final walk. Beyond the politics, NYFW is expected to be somewhat different this season –as Phillip Plein makes a move to New York and both Raf Simons and Jonathan Saunders make their debuts at Calvin Klein and Diane von Furstenberg respectively.

Continue reading to find out more about Google and Ivyrevel’s Data Dress…

Noteworthy: Politics and fashion collide

Backstage at Prada by Virginia Arcaro

Image: Backstage at Prada by Virginia Arcaro for Dazed & Confused

Stories and opinions from around the internet compiled by Lost in Talent on a bi-weekly basis.

Fashion’s response (or lack of response) to Trump’s #MuslimBan discussed by Business of Fashion.

“My sentiment for 2017 is one of caution”. Bernard Arnault of LVMH, the biggest largest luxury group, warns on the impact of a ‘Hard Brexit’ and Trump presidency after reporting record revenue and profit in 2016. Reuters reports.

Is gender-blending good for the business of fashion? With merger of men’s and women’s shows this year, the Financial Times investigates how this is having an impact.

11 ringleaders of fashion share what influences their choices of clothing. Read about their influences via 1843

Trend forecasters predict Brexit and Trump will impact what we see on the runway and thus what is in stores this season. Loud statements are forecast to be all the rage. Find out what other fashion trends they are predicting via Racked.

Packing for Catching Kelce, Avery Schlereth on fashion and dating

Catching Kelce was the most amazing, insane, and trying experience I have ever endured…and packing for the show was a beast of its own. We were not told anything about what we were going to be doing on the show, so when I was putting my suitcases together my thoughts were to over pack. I would rather have way too much than too little, so I packed pretty much everything.

Since it was a dating show, I wanted to be sure that I stayed true to myself and didn’t over do it just because I was going to be on TV. Fashion is one way I can express who I am. Although, fashion is often defined by clothes we wear, it is so much more. Fashion, to me, represents a world where confidence, inspiration, personality, and creativity collide.

Continue reading to find out more about Avery Schlereth’s take on fashion and dating…

We Marched, What Next?

Women's March London: We Marched What Next?

On Saturday 21st January 2017, as thousands of women across the world gathered to march for women’s rights, the message was loud and very clear. We have had enough. The energy at Trafalgar Square (the Women’s March London rally point) was inspiring, as we strained to hear those speaking. But, whilst we were walking away after the rally rather than feel settled; I was distressed. The questions “Where will we go from here?”, “How long will this anger last?”, “What will be done about it?” and “What Next?” looped through my mind as I walked to Leicester Square (and until I arrived home). From social media, it seemed many others were also thinking ‘What Next?’.

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