October 28, 2010

F is for Funky Fashion

Meet Astrud Crisologo. She is a Filipina designer of funky fashion.

Yesterday I told you about a special art exhibit I attended. Astrud and some of her creations were there. I did not interview her in any way, but we did chat a bit. I like her fun, friendly and funky style, in both her personality and her work.

I'll let my fotos do the talking, but her flexibility is clear. Look at her photographs printed on her reverse satin dresses; French toile inspired Filipino images on chair seats, lamp shades, even water bottles; metal chandelier with blue roses; bags and accessories. 

But perhaps the funkiest of her fashion creations is her footwear. About these a sign says:
These shoes represent the artist's love affair with fashion - something Filipino but with Occidental influences. It depicts the constant struggle between practicality and frivolity, vanity and modesty, comfort and pain. It serves as a weapon and a security blanket all at the same time. The artists reflects the good vs the bad in the contrast of textures, the sharp with the blunt, the familiar with the strange.
Fabulous, right? So without further fanfare, a potpourri of images; each can be enlarged:


 
 

 

 
Manila, 2010

And this is my F post for Jenny's Alphabe-Thursday. It's a fine bunch and there are always fantastic takes on the week's letter.

37 comments:

Kay L. Davies said...

Oh my goodness, Francisca. There are some lovely things there, but my brain can't get past the shoes. I would fall and break my neck in those shoes. LOL
(Mind you, there were some pretty funk shoes in my past, I must admit.)
-- K

Tracy said...

I would love to be able to wear thhose shoes what fun

Pat Tillett said...

Love all those colors. Not just anybody can wear shoes like the ones she has on...

H said...

I love the colours. They are so vibrant! But I couldn't walk in those sling-backs. I would break my ankle!

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

Love the colors and the shoes!

Not quite my style, but fun to look at!

Mary said...

What funky shoes~ and what fashion sense! The photos printed on the fabic are amazing, love that idea :-)

Nora Johnson said...

Love those shoes - great ‘F’ post!

Happy Alphabe-Thursday,

LOLA:)

Btw Your quick Alphabe-Thursday link

Evelyn said...

The alphabet posts are fun.

CollectIn Texas Gal said...

Funky Fashion...ForSure! Crazy Shoes! Fun post for the Letter F. Gosh, I wish I had those shoes to go with my Witches outfit!

Jo said...

that would have been an interesting exhibit to take in ... i love her dress fabric ... and the shoes ... beyond interesting!

Shiju Sugunan said...

That is an amazing collection of funky fashion.

Judie said...

The shoes! OMG! The shoes are FABULOUS!!! Good post!!

myorii said...

Wow, those are some fun and funky looking creations! The shoes look pretty fun albeit a bit painful to walk in... Her dress is definitely interesting to see. Glad you enjoyed her exhibition!

Teresa said...

What an incredible F post--fabulous!

JDaniel4's Mom said...

I love her dress. Thank for sharing it in a fun post.

Annesphamily said...

This is truly funky and fun! Thanks! I enjoyed shopping with you! Fab designer! Anne

EG Wow said...

This is such a FUN post. Her funky style really is wonderful. How lucky you were to get to talk to her!

cieldequimper said...

What a ffffantastic & ffffun post!

Kaori said...

Fabulous dress! And a girl can never have too many shoes...I love the ones on the wall :-D

marisworld said...

I love her designs, what a fascinating lady but I don't think I'll be stepping inton those shoes as I'd break my neck!

Jacob said...

Fun and funky is right! What a great set of images! For some reason I would guess the two of you hit it off well! Maybe fun and funky is the connection.

(I'm going to try to get an email off to you today...got to play golf this morning, though! :-))

Theresa said...

O My! What a fabu find!

Beth F said...

Those are some wild shoes! Wow! I love the blue roses.

BEAR's Mom said...

F.A.B.U.L.O.U.S....
I'd break my neck on the shoes but they are wowzer {{{is that a word}}} This gal looks like she'd be a FUN FRIEND :D
great post...

Pondside said...

I'd never turn down a chance to look at shoes - these are pretty wild!

astrud said...

Many thanks Francisca! Rose mentioned your post and I'm truly honored. Thank you so much! I'm inspired to create more. Love your pics! I've always wanted to have a photoblog on my travels but didn't have the guts and time. You inspire me! You're a kindred spirit!

Cheers,

Astrud

Francisca said...

@Astrud... how great! I'm so glad you like this post. It was a blast to meet you and see your funky creations. You can see from the feedback here that others like it a lot too! I'm sure our paths will cross again. Ciao!

'Tsuki said...

Those shoes are really stunning : it so creative ! And I just love your first picture : it is such a delight in the compostion !

Cheryl D. said...

Wow! Her designs are so unique!

Ames said...

The dress is really unique. And those shoes are really funky! ~Ames

Terra said...

fabulous fresh and funky f post. Crazy shoes!

Jenny said...

Although I would totally break my neck in those shoes, it would still be fun to try them!

What a fresh and fantastic link to Alphabe-Thursday.

I enjoyed learning about this textile artist...

There is so much talent in the world.

Thank you for linking.

A+

alisonmillerwoods said...

love the shoes, especially the quoted description of them-
So fun to see pictures from different places. Thanks for sharing!

JM said...

Cool!

Jingle said...

what fun style,
love those shoes, they are refreshing to look at.

Fantastic F post.

Anna said...

What fun F-words! Funky Fun Fashion!
I love fashion whatever the letter!
Really fun shoes, but I don't think I could wear them!
Great post!
Best wishes,
Anna
Anna's Alphabe-Thursday-F

NatureGirl said...

I love the blue flowered tree thingy. I don't know what it is...but I like it. Happy AT and thanks for commenting on my post!