Swept Under the Rug No More: Problems the Fashion Industry Needs to Answer

Fashion has long been considered to be one of the highlights of the luxury market. The fashion industry is a multi-billion dollar market and there are big names that are associated with them. Luxury brands like Armani, Marc Jacobs, Louis Vuitton, and so many others corner the market. They transcend just clothes. They are also involved in handbags, fragrances, jewelry, cosmetics, and so many other things.

Those who are after the status symbol that luxury brands can bring will always have dozens of high fashion names in their collection. Fashion provides jobs for millions of people all over the world and frankly they make everything seem a little bit prettier.

The trouble begins when you start diving a little deeper and peeling the layers of the latest big trend. The fashion industry has always been plagued by ethical issues that the world has been rather intent on ignoring before. However, as information is not a lot easier to share, more and more people are starting to care about ethical issues and are demanding that fashion brands be made accountable.

Here are a few issues that people care deeply about:

Child Labor

What is the true cost of fashion? While they are marketed heavily in western countries, they aren’t actually made there. It is in the poorer countries in the world where fashion sweatshops that use child labor that a majority of the product is made.

Inhumane Working Conditions

Fashion brands, even those that are linked to celebrities, are often linked to inhumane working conditions. While they may not utilize child labor, they still go to third world countries and put people in grave danger. A building in Bangladesh collapsed in 2013. From that event, it was found that several big name department stores and high luxury brands were utilizing that unsafe space to produce their products.

Unsustainable Fashion

Fast fashion brands like those seen in Forever 21 are often criticized for pumping out a lot of collections yet have substandard quality. As such, their pieces are often thrown away. As you can imagine it adds quite significantly toward the pollution that our planet is already dealing with.

Little to No Pay for Workers

The reason why a majority of large brands outsource is because of how affordable the labor is. Exchange rate being what it is, you can spend $40 to buy you labor for about a month. In certain areas in the world, laborers aren’t even paid for their troubles. Luxury fashion brands really need to step up their game and provide well for their workers. After all, given home much one bag sells for you’d think they can afford to be generous.

To Conclude

The fashion industry as a whole really needs to step up and address these issues once and for all. The ethical problems that have plagued them for decades need to stop. As someone that supports high fashion and luxury goods, I am completely appalled at the fact that deplorable conditions are given for those who work tirelessly to produce the products that those who support brands patronize.

What other issues do you think the fashion industry needs to address?

Artful Photography: What Makes a Truly Artful Photo?

Since the moment that the camera was invented, people have clamored to immortalize their likeness and memories on film. Eventually, cameras were used to capture sights and pretty important events in our history. Eventually, it came to pass that photography and the images that it produces were considered to be art.

The term is actually fine art photography. This is completely different from the sort of photography that is used in journalism and even on special occasions like weddings and birthdays. Fine art photography is often subjective in the sense that it is up to the photographer to determine the message that they want to convey. Many people argue the fact that any person with a smartphone can now capture photographs, what separates someone’s Instagram shot to actual fine art photography.

This is something that gave me pause a few years back when IG first came out. If you can now take shots, put filters on it, and just instantly share it, what makes it so different? To be honest, not much! Fine art photography is all about:

Subject

The subject of the photo is what usually what will strike the audience first. A lot of fine art photographers like to focus on people, objects, and buildings. The subject is normally the focal point and what will give the photographer the idea of how to compose the image.

Think of it in terms of taking a Snap or an IG photo. You determine the subject. It can be your feet, the food you are about to eat, or the people you are with. That is the subject.

Composition

The composition of the photograph will refer to the lighting, the angle, and the treatment of the photo. You can choose to have it in color, in black and white, or even under a filter. The composition adds drama to the photo and can either emphasize or detract from the subject.

In terms of Snaps or IG photos, the composition is how you decide to portray the subject. You can try shooting it from an angle or straight or even flat-lay. You determine the mood and color and even the filter before uploading it. if you have done any of this, congratulations. You have successfully composed a photo.

Good photographers will know how to angle the shot and to formulate the overall composition so that it delivers the message that they want to convey. Or it should at least illicit a response in the viewer. A well taken fine art photograph will make you feel something despite yourself.

To Conclude

Fine art photography like most visual art is fluid in its message. It can try to express one thing but end up being understood as something else entirely. This is what makes art so exciting. It is all about the person viewing the art piece that will determine its worth and its final message. Do not limit yourself with the understanding of an art critic or someone that has something to say about the message of an art piece.

View the art yourself and consider building your own opinion.

Guard Your Feelings: How to Properly Invest in Antiques

One of the things that I love the most in the world is antiques. There is something that is just quietly dignified about them when you see them. They come in forms of iron or wood; they could even be big and small. Each comes with its own delightful charms that are sure to enthrall and captivate antique lovers.

However, when you are looking to invest in antiques, it would be important to put a cap on your enthrallment and captivation. When it comes to opening the purse strings and choosing antique pieces, you need to guard your feelings well. It is not surprising in the least that there are fake antiques that are going around in the market.

Why wouldn’t it? There is a lot of money that is to be made of antiques since they’re worth so much. One of the first pieces of antique that I bought with my own money turned out to be counterfeit—much to my endless chagrin. Since then, I’ve decided to really refine my process for choosing and buying antiques. I wanted to share what I’ve learned so far:

Go with sources you can trust

In the world we have now, you will always have choices. There will be online stores, physical stores, and even catalogues that offer you their pieces. After the debacle I experienced, I now only go through channels that I can trust.

Learn to inspect

Another way you can be sure that the pieces that you are looking for are legit, you need to learn how to spot fakes yourself. There are actually classes that you can take. Visit your local museums to see if they offer any tutorials or seminars about it. If not, you can always go online and join groups on social media. They will usually have the leads and connections toward spotting authentic pieces.

Price is not everything

Antiques actually come in a myriad of prices. They aren’t just in the higher end of purchases. There are actually antiques that don’t cost much but are genuine. It is the location where you find them that makes the difference. Don’t be blinded by the high price and don’t limit yourself to establishments that sell antiques for a living. When you see or hear about flea markets, you should go. There are gems there waiting to be discovered.

To Conclude

Antiques are a joy to have. They are an ever present reminder that there are those that have gone before you and left you something special to find. Antiques are also a great way to feel connected to those who have passed on which is why it is so disheartening to realize that what you purchased is a fake.

So if you are in the market to add pieces of antique to your collection or your home, please guard your feelings accordingly. If there was anything that you shouldn’t impulse buy or use your feelings to decide on a purchase, it would have to be antiques.

Is Art So Overrated: Differences between Contemporary and Classical

When the topic of art comes up, there are always some pretty standard responses. There are those that bring up the time of the classical masters and the contemporary greats. There are those that bring up the latest filters and how to use your camera phone to get the angle just right—this is also art. Today, I wanted to talk about the core differences between classical and contemporary art.

I feel that this discussion is needed since these are the two that are often pit against each other. I believe that through a better understanding of both topics, there would be less vitriol thrown around. So without further ado, let’s get started:

Contemporary Art

By definition, contemporary art refers to any art that is made today. It is any art that was produced in the latter part of the 20th century. This is not to be confused with Modern art. Yes, I know, they can be quite confusing. However, it is all about the time period.

Modern art is any art that was made between 1860 to around 1970. Cotemporary art is what followed. Everything that you see after 1970 is considered to be contemporary art. Contemporary art is usually a culmination of global influences. As you may imagine, society is not longer as constricted as it was back then. There’s very little threat of war so people are free to come and go and as they please.

Of course, this exchange leads to influences that result in artists like Yayoi Kusama and Jean-Michel Basquiat.

Classical Art

When you say classical art, this does not actually refer to the works of Leonardo Da Vinci and the people of his age. Classical artists are the likes of Nicolas Poussin, Laurent de la Hyre, Lola Mora, and Hohann Halbig.

Their works of art usually depict the ‘classical period’ of society. It is mostly western in its subjects and is very specific in the ways the colors are used. Classical art is often confused with different styles like Baroque. While they can be confused for each other they are actually quite different. Classical art is usually worth millions and even billions of dollars because the method in which they are created are often hard to replicate.

To Conclude

Art does not just belong to a certain period or era. Art is fluid and is something that is the physical representation of a person’s creativity. Of course the art that is produced now is completely different from the art that was produced centuries ago. Whenever there are debates about how classical art is so much better than contemporary art and how contemporary art is sacrilege to art in general, it’s a lot like being mad at classical artists for not drawing the way cavemen used to do it.

Yes, cave art is still art. So instead of pitting one against the other, it would be better to remember that art is progress. It will be future generations that will determine if the art we have now can stand up to the greats of the classical age.

Living That Lux: Why Luxury Goods Will Never Go Out Of Style

When you think of luxury, it is not odd at all to think of champagne glasses, five star hotels, high thread count sheets, and private planes. When you want to reel that idea back a little bit, you think of fashion, bags, jewelry, and wristwatches. Luxury goods are often the subject of massive intrigue and debate. There are those that believe that luxury goods, like when you book a luxury car for your Paris vacation, aren’t necessary. That they are superfluous and are patronized by those that are not happy with themselves…whatever that means.

I would like to beg to differ.

Luxury goods, I believe, will never go out of style—regardless of all the negative things that people say about them. Here are a few reasons why:

It’s a Status Symbol

To be honest, the biggest negative grumblings that are made about luxury goods are from people who cannot afford it. It may sound dismissive but it is true. Luxury goods have always been a status symbol which only a select few may be able to afford.

Let’s be real about this. A majority of the reason why people hate the 1% is the fact that they will be able to afford and experience things that others will never be able to. This is why there is such an intense fascination about the purchases of celebrities who made absurd amounts of money.

Superior Craftsmanship

Luxury goods are often super expensive because the materials and the craftsmanship that goes into luxury goods is something else. Generations of crafters made a name for themselves because of the specialized ways that they were able to develop and build certain pieces.

Leatherworking, clockwork, and so many other fields of expertise were tied to luxury goods. The high end goods are often bought because they last for a really long time. No matter how long you use it, as long as you care for it properly, the craftsmanship helps to keep the piece alive.

Quality Is Not a Fad

The quality of luxury goods simply cannot be beat. If you’ve cared to notice, a lot of fast fashion tend to churn out a lot of goods but are usually tear or ruin easily. The same goes for other mass produced goods. However, luxury goods often carry quality that goes beyond fads.

There is a reason why luxury goods transcend eras and governments. The quality that you can obtain from high end luxury goods is well worth the amount you pay.

To Conclude

Luxury goods will continue to exist and will never go out of style – why not get started and rent a limousine in Dubai? As long as there will be a market for it, the existence for high end luxury goods will continue to persist. The world of glittering things will continue to exist and the world, to be honest, needs it as a distraction and as a good goal. Many work their hardest to secure their first piece of luxury goods and there’s nothing wrong with that in the least.

Why do you think that luxury goods will never go out of style?

3 Movies You Should Not Miss If You Love Art

Hello and welcome to the very first post of Art Antiques! I’m so excited to get started! As you may know, this blog is going to be focusing on the topics of its namesake! So without further ado, let’s get started! You know what’s on my mind? MOVIES!

Movies are actually an artistic form of expression within themselves. There are good ones and there are bad ones, yes. However, one thing that you will notice is that favorite movies are often subjective. You can think something is terrible while others will think it’s amazing. Do you know why that is? That’s because movies illicit emotions! So why are there some movies that stand head and shoulders above the rest and are considered to be truly artful ones?

Why don’t you find out for yourself? Here are three movies that many agree that you should not miss if you truly love art:

Loving Vincent

No matter where you are in the world, you will have heard of Vincent Van Gough. He is one of the best loved artists to have ever existed in our history. He has a way of using colors that did not betray the fact that he was in the throes of incredible and exquisite pain. He was long plagued with mental issues which drove him to cut off his own ear.

Loving Vincent is a masterpiece in itself. It boasts of using painted frames in the style of the artist himself. Immerse yourself in the story of this movie and enjoy the style that is unique to Van Gough and his divine pieces of art.

Exit through the Gift Shop

This film is actually a documentary made by the world famous street artist that goes by the name of Banksy. Politics and art have always been intrinsically locked together. Art, at its very core, is the representation of the pulse of the artist. It is their views snatched from the tendrils of their imagination and given visual form. Banksy is no different.

Exit through the Gift Shop follows the tale of an immigrant in LA and street art. This movie takes the audiences through the grit of modern art and the toughness and complexities of those that pursue art in a modern world.

Girl with the Pearl Earring

This painting is famous for projecting innocence and curiosity. This film on the other hand, discusses the complexities of human relationships—particularly the subject of the painting and the painter. Johannes Vermeer is a complicated man who has to juggle the needs of his family, the demands of his patron, and his pursuit of artistic excellence.

Girl with the Pearl Earring makes use of colors and the emotions that are rife during that time period to convey the swirl of events that may have led to one of history’s famous paintings.

To Conclude

You can immerse yourself in the cinematography of each film and stoke the fires of the art lover in you. The three films above are just above some of my personal favorites. Which films would you suggest art lovers watch?