In his latest multimedia project, renown photographer/videographer Nick Knight unites with model Alexia Wight and couturier Lady Amanda Harlech for an unique look at the marriage of art and science- a subtle homage to the collaborative efforts of Districts 1,2, and 8 in the latest Peacekeeper armor redesign. “The Elegant Universe” is a beautiful amalgamation of several prestigious couture pieces from names like Armani Prive, Chanel Haute Couture, Dior Haute Couture, Atelier Versace and more, collected in a scientific, technologic setting to “create a stunning, mathematical universe out of each individual piece of couture.”
The unique endeavor strives to display beautiful images next to their more scientific, abstract-appearing 3-D scanned texture maps. The project also embraces its science+art theme on multiple levels: all photos are taken with a scientifically advanced iPhone, model/narrator Alexia Wight is a student of theoretical physics at Imperial College London and delivered her voice track unscripted and unprepared. Knight says of the work, “I wanted to juxtapose what I, the photographer saw, against what the computer saw. […] that view is totally different.”
Capitol Couture salutes Nick Knight, Alexia Wight, and Lady Amanda Harlech for their collaborative efforts and their continuing commitment to the united vision of One Panem.
“White is very in right now,” states the new Capitol Minister of Affairs, smiling as she slides off a tailored ivory glove to show us her morning manicure. Elegant and dignified, Egeria’s hair sits piled on her head in an intricate twist, her gold eyeliner catching the glint from a set of heavy, jewel-inlaid earrings. She sports a muted brocade skirt suit- the epitome of modern conservative, the buttonless jacket bookended by a Nehru collar and her ever-present gloves.
“They’re my assistants, in a way,” Egeria says, pulling the removed glove back onto her hand. “When I’m nervous my hands fidget considerably; gloves bring attention to the hands, and therefore the brain to keep them still. It reminds me there’s always someone watching and ready to criticize what I do.”
As the newly-instated leader of the Capitol Ministry of Information, what Egeria does is no small task. A government branch in its infancy, the CMI is dedicated to improving system-wide functionality of Panem through information collection and analysis. The branch extends through the Capitol and all Districts, and while Egeria delegates expertly, she is ultimately in charge of ensuring the divisions work together to the utmost efficiency. A former Director of Labor Operations in District 2, Egeria is no stranger to management. The exposure her new position involves, however, is a different matter.
“Being in the public eye is accompanied by a certain amount of pressure, so I try to lead by example in all things. Living the One Panem mindset everyday is always my focus—we can do truly astounding things together. I believe that with all my heart.”
Submerge your features in the projected radiance of OMOTE- a brand new way to transform your aesthetic in an instant. Prismatic and bold, this technological breakthrough could change the world of body modification as we know it. For more information, head on over to Capitol TV for the full article and more.
The recent unveiling of the District Heroes billboards has made these Panem iconics simply larger than life! The enormous posters debuted all over Panem and are featured in some of the most populous areas of the Capitol and districts. This series is part of the “One Panem” initiative launched by President Snow and the Capitol Ministry of Information to bring awareness to our districts and commend their commitment to this great country.
We sent one of our in-house reporters, Natasha Svedsen, to interview passersby and gauge their reactions. Local socialite Franco M. says, “I absolutely adore them, especially the one covered in ink, yum!” Meanwhile a young stylish couple from the west end had this to say, “The heroes are an absolutely inspiration, it almost makes us want to pick up and move to 4.” Capitol citizens have been leaving flowers and baubles next to these icons as tokens of gratitude for their dedication. In fact, the billboards have proven to be quite important to top advisors in the Capitol, as many are under constant surveillance by Peacekeepers.
The launch of the billboards coincides with the Caesar Flickerman’s highly-anticipated interview with the heroes. Tickets to be in the live audience sold out in minutes and the event turned out better than anyone could imagine. You can read the transcript of Caesar’s interview with these marvelous heroes over on Capitol TV!
Mass-production can be difficult to steer clear of in our modern-day world- and truly, in many instances it is a phenomenon to be embraced and celebrated. In the case of burgeoning designer Noa Raviv (who engineers in District 3 have been clamoring to get their hands on), however, mass-production is the antithesis of her most recent collection. A marriage of 2D textiles and 3D printed objects, Raviv’s Hard Copy collaborative collection was brought to life in collusion with Stratasys—a manufacturer of cutting-edge 3D printing devices and software. Hard Copy challenges the current conceptions of 3D printing and mass production and instead focuses on the value contained in singular, unique works of art.
“When the model walks, it creates a game between 2D and 3D,” Raviv states at her graduate fashion show. She goes on to state that a visual point of interest in the collection’s compositions is the viewers’ uncertainty on whether what they are seeing has two dimensions or three. Indeed, the clever patterning of both the 3D printed pieces and the textile structures underneath make this a difficult separation to decipher.
Arguably the most intriguing aspect of Raviv’s designs is her conceptual process, choosing to work with imperfect images and distorted grid designs instead of structurally sound templates. By beginning with these flawed blueprints, Raviv adds another dimension of innate singularity to her creations.
Capitol Couture salutes Noa Raviv and Stratasys for their collaborative efforts and their continuing commitment to the united vision of One Panem.
Last year, the Capitol went wild for Annouk Wipprecht’s proximity-sensing spider dress and the latest hip trend in body modification, nano-bots. This season, Capitol Couture invites you to look past the visually apparent in to the realm of The Unseen- a science and biology-based design house that specializes in “enhancing matter at the hidden level”. At the helm is artist and artistic director Lauren Bowker, who recognizes that a visually stunning headpiece never goes out of style in the Capitol. Bowker works with a small team of like-minded individuals to produce extraordinary capsule pieces that interact with the hidden world around them in revolutionary ways.
Bowker’s current collection consists of two extraordinary works: an untitled headpiece- constructed in collaboration with Swarovski Crystals- that changes color based on brainwave patterns, and AIR- a shawl-like piece and the stunning headdress seen here, both of which contain pigment responding to multiple factors in its environment. The Swarovski headpiece contains over four thousand cloned crystals, chosen for their similar properties to human bone. Once combined with Bowker’s “Magick” ink the effect “becomes a reflection of the inner human thought”. The Air collection’s responsive inks and dyes are imbued in the fabric rather than added on top, and reflect several stimuli including airflow, temperature, pressure and sound.
Capitol Couture salutes Lauren Bowker and the entire team at The Unseen for their collaborative efforts with Swarovski Crystal, and their continuing commitment to the united vision of One Panem.
In light of our recent emphasis on collaboration and celebration of the combined talents of the people of Panem, Capitol Couture feels it is deserving to feature designers who may not have current collaborative projects, but who have embodied the spirit of teamwork in an exemplary fashion during their previous work. Therefore, we are thrilled to bring you the latest collection of stunning menswear from noted designer Thom Browne.
Browne’s previous work has included collaborative work with a number of other designers and houses, including Brooks Brothers and renown outerwear giant Moncler. For his solo Spring/Summer 2015 collection it seems Browne might have taken inspiration from Panem’s sleek military forces, conveying the stark contrast between robotic and organic shapes while modeling both after the contours of the human body.
Browne has shared that it was not uncommon for the jackets in his collection to incorporate anywhere from sixty to eighty pattern pieces per jacket, a staggering undertaking for even the most accomplished designer. The “exoskeleton” feel of the pieces in the collection echoes colorful Peacekeeper armor, giving Capitol citizens a chance to channel our upright protectors’ aesthetic in exciting everyday fashion.
Capitol Couture salutes Thom Browne for his past collaborative efforts, and his continuing commitment to the united vision of One Panem.
The Capitol has outdone itself once again. Still basking in the stoic radiance that was last year’s stunning Capitol Portraits, we here at Capitol Couture have nevertheless been waiting eagerly for the next wave of incredible images of our cherished elite. Fresh from the excitement of the most eventful Quarter Quell to date, we are thrilled and honored to present the new Capitol Citizen Living Portraits.
As our Quarter Quell victors, Peeta Mellark and Johanna Mason hold the distinct honor of being the first Capitol citizens featured within a Living Portrait. Here we see Johanna in an exquisite Alon Livne creation that “juxtaposes the flowing drapery of classic statuary while the super modern and sculptural iridescent white bodice references the branch motif of the Panem Seal.” With plunging lines and slits as daring and divine as the warrior woman herself, every element of Johanna’s ensemble (including her Alexander Wang shoes and hand-carved marble bangles by Chen Chen and Kai Williams) exudes her fierce strength and enduring pride- a true darling of the Capitol.
Already all the rage with the Capitol elite, Capitol families are lining up to view these astoundingly realistic hologram displays in person. Citizens can witness the artist’s hand-selected series of Capitol Citizen Living Portraits in person at SOCA this summer.
Capitol Couture has been waiting eagerly for the next wave of incredible images of our cherished elite, and here they are! Fresh from the excitement of the most eventful Quarter Quell to date, we are thrilled and honored to present the new Capitol Citizen Living Portraits.
As our Quarter Quell victors, Peeta Mellark and Johanna Mason hold the distinct honor of being the first Capitol citizens featured within a Living Portrait. Peeta stands tall and true in his Capitol Citizen Living Portrait, his matte leather Unconditional ensemble showcasing a stone-like texture and channeling the victor’s quiet strength, completed by shirt and shoes courtesy of Maison Martin Margiela. The paper collar piece, designed by David Mason, mirrors the sculptural elements in Johanna’s dress and gives a stern ambiance to the baker’s son. With an unprecedented two victories under his belt, Peeta is no longer the boy who bravely faced the 74th Hunger Games, but a true Capitol hero.
Citizens can witness the artist’s hand-selected series of Living Portraits in person at SOCA this summer.
Typically at the beginning of an issue of Capitol Couture, you will find a lighthearted preview and a meaningful commentary from the mind that shaped the issue, molding it into the final product you see here. But there’s more than one mind at work at Capitol Couture, and in the spirit of President Snow’s “One Panem” initiative we have reached out to reinforce our connections with the foundation of this magazine: our staff.
Each member of the Capitol Couture team brings their unique experience and insight to every page we construct. Focusing on the collaborative nature of life, art, and fashion, this installment of Capitol Couture will highlight the success we can achieve through working together. This being said, the whole staff at Capitol Couture, would like to collectively welcome you to our special edition issue.
We will visit Peeta Mellark and Johanna Mason, whose united skills have delivered them from yet another arena. We will introduce you to the One Panem initiative and the Capitol Ministry of Information- a fresh government branch with a highly fashionable leader, dedicated to the unification of our country and all its myriad strengths. We will spotlight the selfless, charitable members of the Capitol, donating their time and effort to give back to the people of Panem. And naturally, we will bring you the latest, hottest fashion, featuring designers creating together for the most fabulous future imaginable.
As always, dear readers, we encourage you to be relevant. Be chic. Be collaborative. Be Capitol.
The Staff of Capitol Couture
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In the spring of January 2011, Andrej Pejić took the modeling world by storm. The first model to walk the catwalk in both Jean-Paul Gaultier’s men’s and women’s shows, Pejić’s androgyny lends her a quality rarely found in the world of high fashion. From the runway to the television screen to a music video for the legendary David Bowie, Pejić has made an unique career out of her singular look and extraordinary versatility.
Branching into design territory, Pejić recently collaborated with Sam H Snyder Design to create her first line of jewelry. Self-described as “an amalgamation of Bauhaus and industrial design components,” Sam H Snyder features sleek, clean, chunky jewelry in precious metals with seemingly architectural influences. Featuring precious metals direct from District 2, their collaboration with Pejić remains close to these sensibilities yet seamlessly incorporates organic elements not found in their typical pieces. With Pejić’s collection including rings, bracelets and necklaces, we here at Capitol Couture can hardly wait to see what’s next for this budding designer.
Capitol Couture celebrates both Andrej Pejić and Sam H Snyder Designs for their dedication to the united vision of One Panem.