I dunno what is happening in the fashion world, but Franz Kafka is the inspiration for a second line of ladies fashions.
First, Giorgio Armani had a Paris exhibit for his Kafka-inspired line. Now Sally LaPointe, who has put some of the costumes on Lady Gaga's back, graces the runway with a series inspired by Kafka's "The Metamorphosis". As I have previously noted, Kafka did indeed consider himself a bit of a clothes horse, and believed in dressing well. And both these fashion lines follow the theme of 'change' which The Metamororphosis is, after all, all about. My humble fashion eye prefers LaPointe's creations, but I have no idea which Kafka would prefer. However, he would enjoy being seated beside either runway, watching the ladies walk past.
Also, in an odd (dare I say Kafkaesque) post script to this information, I find that there is a leading male fashion model named ... Patrick Kafka. So, if anyone brings out an F. Kafka-inspired line of male fashions ...
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Sally LaPointe F/W 2012: The Metamorphosis
“One day Gregor Samsa wakes up to ﬁnd he has been transformed into a giant insect like creature. He goes through a process of isolation and neglect, consequently leading him to his early death.”
Pulling inspiration from “The Metamorphosis” by Franz Kafka, Sally LaPointeʼs Fall/ Winter 2012 runway tells a tale of morbid transformations. LaPointeʼs designs echo the emotions of the storyʼs adverse effects of change and the untimely yet consequent death of the protagonist. It embodies the creature like qualities of the human-insect in Kafkaʼs novel with emphasized limbs and angular shapes, expressing her avant garde nature with a futuristic medium. The collection is sharp and coherent with strict, clean-cut lines and a theme that seamlessly ﬂows throughout the pieces.
The aura of the show captures the intensity of the tragic isolation that the protagonist in Kafka’s novel endures because of the metamorphosis. MRWILSONDJ set the dark, deep and changing tone for the show with haunting notes from a violin. Gothic and disturbing, the music seemed like a requiem for the metamorphosis that ensues. However, even with all of her attempts to create a funeral aura, LaPointeʼs collection was far from depressing.
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