Posts Tagged ‘Hot Couture’

Hot Couture 2017 – The Beautiful Ones

Netta Brielle sings a tribute to Prince at the 2017 Hot Couture fashion show. (bryan farley)

Last month I photographed the Hot Couture fashion show at Oakland’s Crucible. The 2017 Hot Couture fashion show was inspired by the artist Prince and called “The Beautiful One’s.”

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This is the fourth consecutive Hot Couture that I have photographed and I tried to be inspired by Prince. I created an 84 image photo gallery. Prince released the album and movie Purple Rain in 1984. “The Beautiful Ones” is a song on Purple Rain.

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While “The Beautiful Ones” is not my favorite Prince song, it probably captures my feelings about him. The song captures the contradictions. He was an artist who was passionate. (“You were so hard to find”) He was a passionate artist who yearned to “paint the perfect picture.” He was like all the beautiful ones, “You always seem to lose.” We lost him too early.

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When Prince died, I lost something. One year ago today, Prince performed in Oakland.… Read the rest


Hot Couture 2015 The Crucible Oakland

Before I continue writing about Hot Couture 2015, I should include a disclaimer. I wore a beanie both nights to the annual fashion show at The Crucible in Oakland.

The Crucible's Hot Couture 2015 fashion show is held on January 9 and 10, 2015 in Oakland, California. The avante garde fashion show features local artists and celebrates the four elements: air, earth, fire and water. (bryan farley)I do not know a lot about fashion, but I know that I was not fashionable. This year’s theme was “Air/ Earth/ Fire/ Water.”

The Crucible's Hot Couture 2015 fashion show is held on January 9 and 10, 2015 in Oakland, California. The avante garde fashion show features local artists and celebrates the four elements: air, earth, fire and water. (bryan farley)I did not remember seeing any of the models wearing beanies, but there were many hats and headpieces.

The Crucible's Hot Couture 2015 fashion show is held on January 9 and 10, 2015 in Oakland, California. The avante garde fashion show features local artists and celebrates the four elements: air, earth, fire and water. (bryan farley)I know enough about photography that I thought about “The Fashionable Gordon Parks” and his fashion photography while I shot and edited. Parks photographed runways without flash photography. He used movement to his advantage. His New York fashion pictures captures something real and artistic. Perhaps that is the nature of fashion. It is art and reality.

 (bryan farley)Last year when I photographed the fashion show, I was inspired by designers. Occasionally I return to my three posts from last year when I need motivation.… Read the rest


Fire and Flight – Runway Show 3

The Crucible's Hot Couture Runway Show 3 opened with designs by Sam Waller & Sophia Constance Ellis. "Hot Couture 2014: The Fusion of Fashion & Fire" showcased Bay Area designers and artists on January 10 & Saturday, January 11, 2014 in Oakland, California. (bryan farley)

Hot Couture Runway Show 3 Photo Slideshow

Before an artist can fly, an artist must fight.

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A good artist argues with him or herself.

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Artists are their own collaborators, their own muse, their own liberators.

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An artist’s process is uneasy. Art is the fire, the wood and the shadow. Non-artists usually only see the final product. They miss the messy struggle.

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At The Crucible‘s 15th Annual Hot Couture fashion show in Oakland, California, I photographed all three runway shows on Saturday January 11, 2014. The third show was more personal, because I know designer and dancer Alexandra Candia.

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Alex teaches my two children how to dance. She also teaches my children how to perform and collaborate. She teaches them how to listen to their inner drummer; she teaches them to dance with a group. My daughter, who turns 10 next month, fought with Alex in the beginning. Both of my kids struggled, until they performed.… Read the rest


Shadows in the Jungle – Hot Couture 2014 Second Runway Show

Photo Gallery for Runway Show 2

“Life is wasted on illusion….”

Bow Wow Wow, from Do You Want To Hold Me

Bay Area fashion designers present The Crucible's 15th Annual "Hot Couture 2014: The Fusion of Fashion & Fire" on Friday, January 10 and Saturday, January 11, 2014. The Crucible is an Oakland, California non-profit art education facility. (Bryan Farley)

Since last weekend’s Hot Couture fashion show at The Crucible in Oakland, California, I have contemplated the relationship between the music and fashion industry. Popular artists influence hairstyles. New styles of music force designer to create new outfits. A new dance craze provides a new excuse for more shoes… not that anyone needs an excuse for new shoes.

Bay Area fashion designers present The Crucible's 15th Annual "Hot Couture 2014: The Fusion of Fashion & Fire" on Friday, January 10 and Saturday, January 11, 2014. The Crucible is an Oakland, California non-profit art education facility. (Bryan Farley)

So what does Hot Couture have to do with the lyric from 1980’s band Bow Bow Wow? According to legend (or in this case, Wikipedia), Bow Wow Wow was recruited by Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren to promote Westwood’s new clothing style. Westwood and McLaren used music to change fashion. Westwood’s “Pirate Collection of 1981” made punk stylish although the former school teacher probably used a different word. (I am a current school teacher so I will say “stylish.”)

Bay Area fashion designers present The Crucible's 15th Annual "Hot Couture 2014: The Fusion of Fashion & Fire" on Friday, January 10 and Saturday, January 11, 2014. The Crucible is an Oakland, California non-profit art education facility. (Bryan Farley)

I watched the old Bow Wow Wow music videos today while writing this post; I was surprised by the band’s sophistication which I probably missed when I was a young teenager.… Read the rest


Putting It Together – Hot Couture First Runway Show

Last weekend, I photographed The Crucible’s 15 annual fashion show in Oakland, California. The Crucible is an arts education non-profit that promotes collaboration. Here are my photos from Runway Show 1.

Bay Area fashion designers present The Crucible's 15th Annual "Hot Couture 2014: The Fusion of Fashion & Fire" on Friday, January 10 and Saturday, January 11, 2014. The Crucible is an Oakland, California non-profit art education facility. (bryan farley)

As an art educator, I appreciate the collaborative process. I also understand that if something is easy, it probably is not art. Nothing about Hot Couture seemed easy, but it was artistic.

Bay Area fahsion designers present The Crucible's 15th Annual "Hot Couture 2014: The Fusion of Fashion & Fire" on Friday, January 10 and Saturday, January 11, 2014. The Crucible is an Oakland, California non-profit art education facility. (Bryan Farley)

The designers and industrial artists prepared three separate walks for Hot Couture 2014: The Fusion of Fashion & Fire. Kimberly Ayotte, Heather Wakefield, and Jennifer Remmers, designed costumes for Runway Show 1. Perhaps because this was my first Hot Couture, I have slowly been captioning photos. If you notice an omission or error, please help me update the information. Did I miss John Williams?

Fashion designer Heather Wakefield presented at The Crucible's 15th Annual "Hot Couture 2014: The Fusion of Fashion & Fire"  on Friday, January 10 and Saturday, January 11, 2014. The Crucible is an Oakland, California non-profit art education facility. (bryan farley)The event was divided into three separate Runway Shows. Each show was different. This post includes photos from the first Runway Show.

Bay Area fashion designers present The Crucible's 15th Annual "Hot Couture 2014: The Fusion of Fashion & Fire" on Friday, January 10 and Saturday, January 11, 2014. The Crucible is an Oakland, California non-profit art education facility. (Bryan Farley)

Hot Couture might not be your standard fashion show, but it has something in common with popular fashion shows — the designers do not create outfits for the general population.… Read the rest