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A digital atelier where inspirational
women in fashion share their ideas

Love her

by guest contributor Ida Klamborn

Photo taken from Caroline Caldwell aka Dirt Worships' twitter account. . Found here. Explore: art, photography
Photo of Angelina, Winona and Murphy. . Found here. Explore: photography
Angelina Jolie. . Found here. Explore: photography, purple
Found here. Explore: art, body
Photograph provided by Ida Klamborn.. Explore: art, literature, pink
Tereza Ortiz for Ida Klamborn.. Found here. Explore: people, photography
Photograph provided by Ida Klamborn.. Explore: photography, pink
Une femme mariée, Jean-Luc Godard (1964). Found here. Explore: black, white
Lisa Simpson.. Found here. Explore: black
Photograph by Ramona Deckers.. Found here. Explore: art, Photograph, purple
"Female Matters" by Maisie Cousins.. Found here. Explore: art, flowers, models
Outtake from Rihannas song "Needed me". . Explore: black, literature, music, white
Sade. . Found here. Explore: music
Art by Sara Andreasson.. Found here. Explore: art, pink, red
Art by Tamara de Lempicka.. Found here. Explore: art
Matthews Island of Misfit Toys.. Found here. Explore: art, blue
Veronica. . Found here. Explore: blue, literature, pink

Ida Klamborn is a Swedish fashion designer, based in Stockholm. Find her here.

RANDOM THOUGHTS

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Summer feelings. Found via Melisa.

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Living room love. From Architectural Digest 1983.

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Marmoreal vase by Max Lamb.

4

Hilma af Klint.

5

Suede mini tote, Edun.

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Masahisa Fukases “Ravens”.

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Dream dress from For Restless Sleepers.

808s & Instabreak

 

‘In life, one is always balancing’
I’ve read Nikki Giovannis poem a hundred times over this past week.
I’ve tasted her words in my mouth like honey, slowly let them melt. Claimed the sweetness in them until they rushed my blood.

I fall out of balance at times, sometimes my heart is heavy and my thoughts weigh on me.

To an introspective person who long for momental solitude, in our time of sharing, and rewarding extroversion, a certain amount of reclusiveness is not only self-preservation, it is self-care. It is reminding myself of who I am without the validation of others, that I’ve only ever existed for myself.

There was a time when I never felt approved. When anxiety would lay thick in my chest at the thought of school, when I would brace myself for comments, wear my body like a bulletproof vest. When a guy who liked me would get bullied to the point where he kept distance, when this shell was not apprieciated, when it was subjected to violence. When I did not possess no such thing as a beauty-capital.

These are different times for me in many ways. I use this same body for my work, I created a space for myself to be normative in. A space where a picture can spawn hundreds of positive comments, some of them young girls stating that they wish they’d look like me. There is a vacuum in these words, a borderline in time that I walk on with my arms stretched. I find ground in the warmth of ‘Salt’ by Nayyirah Waheed: ‘Raising you on beauty alone, you will be starved’ 
No matter how glad it makes me reading someones kind endorsement, I keep reminding myself that it’s not important for me to be beautiful to others. I learned how to love myself when I wasn’t.

In our capitalist society, we use capitalist tools as catalysts for progressive change,
and beauty has become a currency that intersects with, and cut through, the power hierarchies present within social identities. It is a pregorative, a power capital and a subjection simultaneously. A discussion that needs the acknowledgement of it’s complexity.

I balance wanting to stretch the prevailing, narrow template, so that marginalized and non-normative individuals can be reminded that they are beautiful – to the reminder that your worth is not in any way subordinate to your physical appearance.

Balance constantly questioning myself against feeling powerful and chosing positions of power within my work.

Balance the wish to never reproduce harmful ideas –  to the desire to not be pedestal, and the belief that the female experience is a human experiene that is unapologetically flawed and unrefined.

In life, one is always balancing,
and I don’t know if there’s always an evident midpoint, or if it’s ever more than ephemeral, but I do know swaying is inevitable when moving forward.

 

/Vicki

Defining moments

Sharp ladies share their three favorite images.

DEBBIE GONZALES IS A STYLIST AND COSTUME DESIGNER BASED IN LOS ANGELES. FIND HER HERE.

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“I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to travel for work and have been to some cities I’d never even dreamed of. Every new city has a different vibe, language, music, food and culture and it’s all very inspiring to me. I enjoy disconnecting from the world/social media while just focusing on the moment and my surroundings. I took this picture from the top of a stairway and was fascinated by the bright colors, textures, and the ambiance.”

From a club called Pacha, Barcelona. Picture by Debbie Gonzales.

 

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“Being in Berlin makes me want to create. There is so much art, graffiti, history that I always find myself snapping pictures of random things that catch my eye. This steamy gridded glass window was just another regular bathroom window until a red brake light went on in the background. I felt like something was missing so I scribbled “Te Amo” across it. Maybe someone will see it and feel the same way.”

Te Amo Berlin. Picture by Debbie Gonzales.

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“Music is a big inspiration for me. While in Oslo, Norway I came across a bar and instantly fell in love with the song playing in the background. I asked for the name of the song and was given the entire playlist for the night. Later I played every song and found some really cool music videos and songs that I’ve had never seen or heard of. Shout out to the DJ (whose name I didn’t get.)”

#11. Picture by Debbie Gonzales.

TOUCH BASE

Beautiful Zarina Nares, photographed by my Space sister Alexandra Nataf, fashion by me. Make up by Emi Kaneko, hair by Conrad Dornan.

Read more about how to achieve the perfect base and see more pictures here.

Warm Overtones

by guest contributor Amanda Assad Mounser

Picture by unknown found on pinterest. . Found here. Explore: interior, orange
Picture by photographer Tino Razo. . Found here. Explore: blue, nature, people
Picture by photographer Viviane Sassen. . Found here. Explore: cars, yellow
Picture by photographer Harley Weir. . Found here. Explore: photography, red
Picture by photographer Harri Peccinotti, published in Nova, April 1971. . Found here. Explore: fashion, photography, red
Maison du Bresil by designer Le Corbusier.. Found here. Explore: interior
Picture by Guillermo Santoma. . Found here. Explore: interior
Picture provided by Amanda Assad Mounser.. Explore: flowers, pink
Picture by photographer Nathaniel Wood. . Found here. Explore: blue, nature, yellow
Picture of VIPP's shelter en plug and play getaway. . Found here. Explore: nature, orange

Amanda Assad Mounser is a jewellery designer and art director based in New York. Find her here.