Monday, October 6, 2014

Mooi en Lief x Calur Villade

This summer I had the opportunity to collaborate with Mooi en Lief, a Dutch brand that specializes in making wellington boots. They contacted me asking me to customize a pair of one of their boots in whatever way I desired. It's been a total blast, and I am so happy to share the final product with you guys! The boots you see before you are originally the Mooi en Lief Pirate boots, until they were hit with a few coats of paint and added embellishment. I was very inspired by the pastel colours of suburbia (more so the suburbia seen in movies, like Edward Scissorhands, where everything matches from the cars to the houses to the napkins, and where the grass is green and neatly cut)  whilst working on this project. In addition I was really into the aesthetic of hand painted items, when lines aren't extremely precise and there are still brush strokes visible. I just think there's something really sweet about painting things by hand without using the aid of a ruler. I applied these ideas towards the boots and I love how they turned out. Below are some of the sketches I did for the project as well as my final photos of the boots! 

   Check out Mooi en Lief and their cool boots on their website (I am all about their Maria boots)

I am supppeeeerrr excited to start sharing all of the stuff I have been doing and working on this summer. I will be posting about my recent trip to Paris during Paris Fashion Week soon. I am also back in London! It feels really great to be back and starting school again. I will definitely be posting the work that I will be doing throughout the year on the blog. 

Friday, July 11, 2014

An Homage To My Pink Hair: If only temporary wasn't so temporary

Dear pink hair, 

You were patchy, stained my pillow and only lasted a week. But I miss you... Next time can you remind me not shower in hot water? Thanks.

Paolina Alexandra Russo

Monday, June 30, 2014

New Vibes

I have been obsessing over vintage beauty videos lately, specifically the one I will post below. Im so attracted to them simply for aesthetics, although they do offer insight to the lifestyle and ideals being promoted to women at the time. Not that I agree with all of the ideas being promoted in the video, I still find it all extremely interesting and almost soothing to listen to. The manner in which people presented themselves, the way they looked, walked, spoke seems like that of a dream. And the way the film saturates and dulls certain colours, giving a soft filter over everything. I find it to be magical :)

I am currently at home back in Canada for the summer. I am hoping to keep myself busy, since I don't have the same kind of access to culture and entertainment as I did when I was in London. Coming back home is almost like entering a dream, the the first few weeks that I was here was surreal. I forgot how quiet my surroundings could be, and how spread apart I am from people and activity while living in the suburbs. 

In attempt to keep myself busy as well as help pay off some student debt I am in the midst of setting up an online shop. I have a lot of clothing I want to sell, as well as some of my art (drawings, prints, paintings etc.). It will be up soon, and I will post a link up on my blog when it is ready, but I was just wondering what kind of things you guys might want to see in my shop? Let me know in the comments below!

Until next time,
Paolina Alexandra Russo

Friday, January 31, 2014

I am blogging today, yes yes yes

All scans of final photographs and illustration

I have been having the time of my life in London for the past few months studying at Central Saint Martins. I have been specialized into the fashion pathway on Foundation, and I won't lie it has been a lot of hard work. But I love it! I just wanted to give you guys a taste of what I have been up to. These are some shots from the final outcomes of my last project. What inspired me was a longing for home and for the people I love like my family, my friends and my boyfriend. The main concept that drove this work was  exploring the idea of weights, or anchors of the mind. About the thoughts and memories that people hold onto due to its figurative heaviness. I experimented with wrapping different foams to create boulder like structures which would sit on the body. I also drew from the colours and textures of rocks and minerals as inspiration for what the "weights" or "anchors" would look like, as well as colours and textures I wanted to mimic throughout the garment. I also made reference to Canadian outerwear, being the anchor I was exploring was my anchor to home in Canada. I deconstructed a jacket which I integrated into the back of the dress and did a play on the whole wrapping your jacket around your waist thing (as you cans see from the front). It's something my boyfriend does a lot and I thought it would be a playful little reference to him :). 

I want to start posting some of the work I have been doing in school onto Calur Villade. I also have some outfit posts and features that are way overdue that I would like to show as well. I'm nearing the end of this semester, and have reading week coming up so I will be able to catch up on some blogging :) Hope all is well!

Paolina Alexandra Russo

Monday, September 23, 2013

Art School Confidential

graphics on Make A Gif

Im in London! I've been here for almost a month now doing a fuck load of awesome shit in school. Here is a little taste of some of the work I've been up to. I am also in the process of putting together some outfit posts so expect those soon. I will keep you guys updated. 

Paolina Alexandra Russo