Weekend Reading: The Modernist Years

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When I came across this book Imogen Cunningham: The Modernist Years, the images looked so current, I couldn’t believe they were taken in the 1920s. Who knew that her affinity for capturing tropical plants would be trending today. The black and white imagery highlighting the similarities between the curves of a woman’s body and the stripes of a zebra reminded me of how similar we are to animals and reinforced my view of why we should treat animals humanly. Cunningham’s obsession for purity of image and clarity of detail became increasingly important during the 1920s when she took these images. It is clear that she is focused on the subject and nothing else.

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Weekend Reading: Essentialism

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If you haven’t noticed, I am constantly pursuing a minimalist lifestyle. This doesn’t just involve  owning less material items, but it also pertains to how I spend my time. I went on a road trip a few weeks ago and as I drove, I listened to the book Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less. It changed the way I make decisions, plan my schedule and approach life’s challenges. I’ve gathered some of my favorite quotes from the book which acts as a Cliff’s Notes version. The book delves into real life examples of how people implement each of these things and how it positively effected their life.

“The way of the Essentialist means living by design, not by default. Instead of making choices reactively, the Essentialist deliberately distinguishes the vital few from the trivial many, eliminates the nonessentials, and then removes obstacles so the essential things have clear, smooth passage.”

“Remember that if you don’t prioritize your life someone else will.”

“What if we stopped celebrating being busy as a measurement of importance? What if instead we celebrated how much time we had spent listening, pondering, meditating, and enjoying time with the most important people in our lives?”

“We can either make our choices deliberately or allow other people’s agendas to control our lives.”

“Essentialism: only once you give yourself permission to stop trying to do it all, to stop saying yes to everyone, can you make your highest contribution towards the things that really matter.”

“the killer question: “If I didn’t already own this, how much would I spend to buy it?”

“It is about making the wisest possible investment of your time and energy in order to operate at our highest point of contribution by doing only what is essential.”

“If it isn’t a clear yes, then it’s a clear no.”

“EVERY DAY DO SOMETHING THAT WILL INCH YOU CLOSER TO A BETTER TOMORROW. —Doug Firebaugh”

“NO IS A COMPLETE SENTENCE. —Anne Lamott”

More recommended reading:

99U // Stop Trying to Do it All

Steve Paulina // 10 Reasons You Should Never Get a Job

Business of Fashion // The Real Dangers of Border Adjusted Tax for Fashion

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Weekend Reading: Anti_fashion

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After listening to Li Edelkoort speak at the BoF Voices conference, I immediately ordered her Anti_Fashion manifesto. I have followed her trend forecasting career for years and have always had great admiration in the way she gathers, processes and presents information. This Anti_Fashion manifesto highlights ten reasons why the fashion system is obsolete. It was refreshing to hear from someone so influential in the fashion industry scold editors, schools and manufacturers on the way the industry is run. You will have to order your own copy to read about all ten reasons, but here are some of the highlights:

On Marketing: “Marketing has taken over power within the major companies and is manipulating creation, production, presentation and sales. All aspects are seen from just one perspective, which is how to produce better figures. Not to bring out a better product or to generate a better culture, let alone to stimulate a better human working environment.”

On Presentations in showrooms: “The clothes are rapidly shown by style and color so that the buyer is able to create his or her very own collection. All beige at Harrods, all navy at Dover Street, all bright at Barneys… difficult for the average consumer to even recognize the brand.”

On Advertising: “All pictures in all magazines, all the same…The same clothes, more or less, are used in the editorials that are heavily art directed by the economy of advertisements; a new brand has little to no chance to be featured. Halting the progress of the fashion economy that used to hunt for the new and exciting.”

On Retailing: “More than often one can overhear visitors to select department stores sigh that there is nothing to be found… the few thousand references patiently waiting on hangers apparently did not register anymore… Therefore we can conclude that too much merchandise is killing the taste of the consumer and that edited store environments such as Dover Street Market are able to reinvent and rekindle a multi-brand environment. Suddenly shopping becomes fun and entertaining again.”

More recommended reading:

George Monbiot // The Gift of Death

The Art of Simple // Add a Think Day to Your Schedule

Brain Pickings // Legendary Anthropologist Margaret Mead on Work, Leisure, and Creativity

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Weekend Reading: Georgia O’Keeffe & the Camera

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As promised, I am here to share my weekend reading with you. This weekend I am diving into one of the new books I received over the holidays, Georgia O’Keeffe and the Camera: The Art of Identity. While the text in this book is a mere 36 pages, the images are worth a lifetime of style inspiration. I began reading the text this morning, and I’ve already added three more books about Georgia O’Keeffe to my Amazon wish list (see list below).
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As a little girl, I remember an O’Keeffe flower print that hung on my mom’s bedroom wall, I would sit in front of it for hours. It’s fitting that my mom gave me this book. As an adult, the images of O’Keeffe herself are what continue to inspire me today. O’Keeffe’s personal style, independence, and strength exuded in her portraits captivate her timeless look. This book features photographs from some of the most famous American photographers including her husband and art dealer, Alfred Stieglitz, Eliot Porter and Ansel Adams, among others. The images also capture her home which was an extension of her art. She mixed traditional adobe housing with mid-century furniture and sculpture creating a new interior style that is still copied today. weekend-reading-georgia-o'keeffe-and-the-camera-the-art-of-identity-3-desmitten

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More recommended reading:

Business of Fashion // The State of Fashion 2017 // Is Marijuana the Luxury Industry’s Next Big Opportunity?

Bloomberg // The Future of Fashion is Mushroom Leather

NY Times // For the Trumps, ‘Made in U.S.A.’ May Be a Tricky Label to Stitch

 Weekend Reading is a series highlighting articles and books that I find impactful, meaningful or educational.

 

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Weekend Reading: NJAL Editor’s Letter

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As you settle into the holiday weekend, I’m sure you will find some down time to read something worth while. Read the Editor’s Letter from Stefan Siege and his team at Not Just a Label. Here’s a little preview…

“Thanks 2016, it’s been weird! We now officially live in a post-truth society – so much of what we believe in has been overturned this year. Post-truth implies that we willingly live in a world where truth itself has become irrelevant. Though I feel the opposite is the case: thanks to digital and a connected society we now discover the truth and the lies behind social, political and commercial frameworks, and realise why innovation, transparency and progress are so hard to implement. Especially in fashion, where it has never been so apparent how outdated and uninspired the established system has become.”

For more insight into the notion of discovering truth to how the digital age is changing fashion and how Not Just A Label is at the forefront of this movement, read the full letter here.

 Weekend Reading is a series highlighting articles and books that I find impactful, meaningful or educational.

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