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out cold(play)

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“Put on your wristbands; they’re part of the show.”

Every few minutes, the circular screens would flash these words, eliciting an eruption of cheering, screaming, and hand-waving. My boyfriend Ben and I had been awaiting this moment with tranquility, meanwhile enjoying the opening acts of bands The Pierces and Metronomy. We’d made the drive down to San Jose through a stressful onslaught of Friday afternoon traffic; thankfully, our impatience had subsided.

Personally, however, I’d convinced myself that this was just a concert despite adoring the main attraction for a decade. I’d forgotten that the music was buried within me, residing comfortably beside the high school memories I cherish beyond all others. I’d lulled myself into a false sense of disinterest. I suppose I was under the impression that I was about to be let down, as if that was ever possible.

As I watched the members of Coldplay assemble onstage, I realized that I had forgotten the emotions that albums like Parachutes and A Rush of Blood to the Head had stirred in the deepest center of my being. And suddenly, as the sounds began to swell, the stadium was glowing with the intensity of a million strands of Christmas lights, and all those feelings returned to me. Instantly.

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bag raiders/bag raiders

The Australian duo behind Bag Raiders may be better known for their remixes, but it’s their first full-length album that proves dance music can last long past Saturday night. The infectious synth melodies and steady beats transcend the forgettable house genre with piano riffs, poetic lyrics, and instrumental electro-pop fantasies. Though the self-titled record was released in early 2010, its tracks aren’t of the sickeningly catchy variety that perish into obscurity after a month or two. The creative flair of DJs Chris Stracey and Jack Glass doesn’t go unnoticed in my book, and despite being underrated and overlooked, “Bag Raiders” is perfect for a good time, no matter where you are or who you’re with.

Recommended tracks: Sunlight; Shooting Stars; Prelude; Golden Wings

For lovers of: Passion Pit; Foster the People; Daft Punk

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ruminating on mark rothko

Lately I’ve been fascinated by Mark Rothko‘s abstract paintings, although I’m not exactly sure why since I’ve known about the artist for quite awhile. Rothko’s large, bright canvases and creation of “multiforms”—a phrase coined by art critics—were met with mixed reviews in the late ’40s when he first debuted them. Some found his paintings a revelation, while others believed their grandiose scale was substituting for a lack of subject matter.

Discovering his signature style later in life imparts a maturity to the paintings which is also felt in the spiritual, enveloping quality Rothko intended. Though it’s up to the viewer to extract his or her own emotional response from each piece, I believe the question one should ask while reflecting upon Rothko’s work is not what or why, but how.

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botanical metropolis

For my final Fashion Design class project, we were instructed to produce inspiration books using photographs we’d taken ourselves. The central idea of the project is to study shape, form, silhouette, and proportion. I decided to use photos of the botanical garden from my last Hawaii trip and of plants around my home in Calistoga for my book, and combine them with my own drawings and collected decorative papers. We’re only a few weeks into the project, so I will definitely post more examples of my collage and art work in the future, but I wanted to give a sneak peek of what I’ve been working on lately.

I’ve been ruminating on the theme of my collection, and though it is subject to change, I’m envisioning a Botanical Metropolis: a futuristic approach to organic shapes in an urban setting; a dystopian society masquerading as a utopian one; a demolished city reconstructed in the heart of a jungle and overrun with flora. Suppressed idealism, perhaps.

In the weeks to come I’ll share more of the project as it develops, including fashion sketches, fabrics, finishes, details, and renderings. I will also be posting photos of my last project—six designs inspired by a country—in its entirety, from sketchbook to finished fashion collection. But for now, enjoy four original compositions of my own creation.

(Above, “Future Burnout”)

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fashion (and music) forward

I yo-yoed between career choices for many of my high school years, uncertain of where my place in the world truly lay. Interior designer? Creative writer? Music supervisor? Needless to say, I’ve chosen Fashion Journalism and am very happy with my decision, but since I’m fond of all aspects of culture I don’t plan on solely focusing on what comes down the runway or who wore what label. I plan on devoting my lifelong passion for writing to my alternate loves: art, music, design, literature, and creativity itself.

I was dead set on becoming a music supervisor (someone who chooses music for film and television) for quite some time, and it’s hard to recall why I veered away from the idea. Perhaps I wanted to distance myself from the music world since I was forced to play various instruments (piano, cello, and then clarinet) during my childhood and well into high school. I came to resent playing these instruments, but the effort I put in was channeled into my love and appreciation of music. All the years I practiced have given me insight into a musician’s mind, and I respect them ten times more because of it. Now, even though my sights are set on fashion and writing, music remains an important part of my life.

Coincidentally, music and fashion are quite similar in structure. Season after season, designers produce new or revamped designs for their collections, maintaining a distinctive image or style that appeals to a specific audience. When it comes to musical artists, their process is much the same. Musicians’ early albums establish their signature sound, which usually can be classified by genre for the purpose of reaching listeners. As time goes on, they develop their sound and lyrics through subsequent albums and EPs, tweaking and reworking their “product,” so that fans will receive different, new and improved manifestations of the artists’ work. The timeline for fashion designers is much more fast-paced than for musical artists, who release albums based on the rate they write new material.

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