Fashion † Architecture

Innovative architects are designing jewelry. Clothes and accessories are all about creative structure. and 21st-century towers are looking sleek. Trends are defining the new relationship between fashion and architecture.

Geometry can give the body contours that the flesh might not possess, it can also make for a stylishly versatile closet: For example, a smart texture can look both contemporary and timeless, just like some of the world's most dynamic architecture and dazzling towers. As architects explore more complex interesting surfaces and shapes, they are adapting fashion techniques like folding, wrapping, and draping. The sculptural buildings created by Frank Gehry can be spotted a mile away, more often than not they're a riotous heap of gorgeous billowing metal. Today he's designing jewelry for Tiffany & Co. with the same sinuous appeal; its fluid lines transcend categories like casual or dressy and look wonderful with just about anything. It makes sense that the “Star Architect” who helped make his profession so popular should produce both wearable things and livable spaces, underlining the growing affinity between the two. As fashion veers off its once lavishly romantic path, simpler, more structural clothing, often with greater lines and geometric patterns is coming on strong. Designers like Versace have had a consistent architectural identity. Versace's clean and elegant pieces take their shape from the way fabric outlines the body. And, Stella McCartney can switch her style to one that’s sophisticated and classy to subtly sexy and casual. Simplicity in style, in fashion, in architecture; in all things; the supreme excellence is simplicity. Clothes have become portable environment that feels sensual, inhibited and free. A style defined by elegance, a sexy edge and sharp lines that seem to come together in an effortless way.

Curvilinear might not be a word we often associate with architecture, but that's changing as more flexible materials and attitudes allow for buildings that are down right modern and sexy. Roofs and glass facades undulate instead of lying flat. Architects use the word skin instead of facade to describe the high-tech envelopes of glass and other materials that encase their buildings: Perhaps modern structures, with these outer “skins” sheathing underlying supportive “bones,” are becoming more like bodies. The nice thing about the new architectural clothing is that it can be fluid and body conscious, with lean silhouettes that follow the curve of a woman's spine or the swell of a breast or hip but keep them covered tastefully, as more voluminous pieces merely hint at what lies beneath.

Domenique Mora











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