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Olive Loves: Bonkuk Koo

There are times, my dears, when fashion moves far beyond the runaway or the street and becomes something much more like high art.

Seoul Korea-born and Fashion Institute of NYC educated Bonkuk Koo is one of those designers. His is the kind of creative mind whose imagination stretches past the confines of the ordinary.

“I want to make a dress which can be exhibited in her living-room rather than kept in her closet, “ say Koo on his blog. And boy, does he deliver!

Bonkuk Koo makes dresses inspired by the storm-tossed waves of the Hudson river, the intricate detailing of an antique guitar, by leaves in the wind, flower petals or geometric patterns.

These dresses that look more like sculpture and make the ladies wearing them – look as if they stepped from a dream.

Oh Bonkuk Koo, Olive loves you!

Hand-cut, crafted with care, each of his fantastical pieces is stunning look at what miracles can be achieved with mere scissor, thread and fabric. This young fella is a talent on the rise, my darlings! So keep your eyes open wide for his utterly unbelievable creations!

I attended his show this morning at New York Fashion Week – A total breath-taker! Here are a couple pics from Stoli. More pics to come soon XOXO

 

 

Olive Goil: Julia Holter

My, oh my, oh my, my dears!

Do you know how there are moments when you hear a song and the sound of it tears you in two?  Just shatters your little ‘ol heart? The first time I heard the sweet, sweet voice of Julia Holter I felt just that, a sharp splinter glass break in the my chest that moved me in a way I can’t explain.

I know – you think I’m exaggerating. But I am not, my darlings, I swear!

I admit, I may be a bit of a drama queen at times, but take a listen to Miss Holter and I dare you not to feel the same!

The lovely young Julia graduated from prestigious CalArts with a degree in composition (Yes! She is a smarty pants!). Her first album, Tragedy, was released in 2011 and her second album, Ekstasis, followed in 2012.  Both are shimmering, angelic masterworks of synthesizer and electronica and experimental musings and oh dear readers, again, I must say it again – that voice!

Holter sounds like she has just swooped down from above, all diamond bright and beautiful!

Listen my dears… and feel your heart break, in a good way…

OLIVE GOIL: Jacqueline Castel

I know that I have told you this before my friends, but I am telling it again – women directors rule!

Alas, there are still far too few of them, and that is why it is up to us all to give loud and long shout- outs, to the fine filmmakers of the female persuasion!

Today I am singing the praises of a lovely lady who creates the dreamiest music videos and experimental shorts, a mystical, magical sort of gal who has imagined alternate worlds and mysterious messaging for acts like Lola Jesus and Moon Duo.

Miss Jacqueline Castel studied at fine schools like CalArts and NYU and honed her directing skills by doing it, by commitment and exploration and experience. Over just the last few years, Jacqueline’s work has been featured internationally, on the BBC, MTV2, NME, The New York Times, Pitchfork, and VICE. Her short film work has been exhibited at The Director’s Guild of America, The Museum of the Moving Image, and SXSW.

Take a close look at her work and I think you’ll agree that Miss Castel has a voice all her own – a strange, slightly spooky, but utterly beautiful – aesthetic that reminds me of exotic lands and outer space and deep woods and high seas.

Miss Castel is a filmmaker that manages to create images you have never seen before, except for maybe in the deepest of dreams.

Olive Loves: Kimbra

Let’s shake a tail feather my dears, step out on the dance floor and show them what we’ve got. There’s nothing like a pure pop song, a melody you can’t get out of your head and a rhythm that makes you take to your feet. I have claimed before to love to dance and no one right now makes me dance more than Kimbra.

A young gal from the far away climes of New Zealand, Kimbra has been making music since she was a wee lass. She won a contest in her home country when she was still a teen and from there on in ,she’s been rising up, up, up.

Put your ear to the ground and you’re be sure to hear, somewhere near and somewhere soon, her sweet high voice matched with simply irresistible melodies – fun, catchy tunes that are cozily familiar yet still beautifully all her own.

Kimbra, in addition to her song and dance chops, also sports an utterly invincible stage style, a cross between Snow White and a Twenties silent screen star, all black hair and bangs and wide, giant dolls eyes and pretty pouty lips.

Miss Kimbra is that rare bird, lovely and talented and on the rise – so let’s all look up… and watch her fly.

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