The Chef’s Table Season II

Art

Food is becoming the new form of artistic expression and the public may have to start reserving its dinner spots soon enough. On May 27, Netflix surprised subscribers with its original documentary series, The Chef’s Table Season II. The good news is it has not disappointed following up from its impeccable first season. This time, Netflix followed six new exquisite international chefs and their journey of success.

I always thought  chefs are artists in their right creating their traditional cuisine into something new and exciting. This is a way for chefs to challenge their dining guests to think about the beauty of food. For instance, American chef Grant Achatz created a dessert, which is completely assembled in front of the guests and they can eat it on the table. It is like a painter working on a painting in front of a person and it is some type of spectacle.

However, one quote I thought it was inspiring and summarized the season was, “I had my struggle, I don’t want to go back there. I don’t want to go back, I want to go ahead,” Indian chef Gaggan Anand said.

Each chef had one particular connection, which tied them together was moving forward and continuously to evolve with their food. Also, the season depicted how important food is in society and we need to help preserve it.

Manus x Machina

Art, Fashion

I tend to see fashion more as an art form and this is why I am writing about The Metropolitian Museum of Art‘s latest exhibition Manus x Machina on the kcmhappy website — rather than the kcmhappyfashion website.

Before I went back to Los Angeles for summer break, my best friend Kelvin and I went on our end-of-the-year city trips. We normally visit a museum exhibition and have dinner after. Last year, we attended The Whitney Museum‘s grand opening and here is the link to read more about that journey.

May 6, we went to see The Met’s Manus x Machina exhibition and it was glorious. I did not realize how simplistic the exhibition was going to be. Each section of Manus x Machina took the viewer on the journey how couture evolved and the different technique applications were made or perceived.For instance, there were application sections of feather, pattern, floral, leather, drape and lace works.

I enjoyed learning about the new applications as well — especially from Iris van  Herpen. She has made and worked with architects to create gowns from a 3-D printer. It is similar to how an artist uses mix media in their art like Jackson Pollock to Robert Rauschenberg. Herpen is one of the new modernists in the fashion world. She is my new favorite designer.

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However, two Ensembles I could not keep my eyes off were from Victor & Rolf and Comme des Garcons. The pattern making and draping from both had a simplicity and craftsmanship. These two were breathtaking to see. Also, there were quotes written near each piece and explaining why how their designs were made.

“I express a concept to patternmakers in words or through nuance. Design starts with how my staff interprets the concept,” designer and founder of Comme des Garcons Rei Kawakubo said. “The patterners are  in fact designing. We don’t apply the usual patterning routine to our conceptual making process. It is just cumbersome.”

Here is a photo of the garments:

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I admired how curator, Andrew Bolton wanted the exhibition to focus on the garments and to slow down the fashion world. He did it justice and when Kelvin and I went — people were observing each garment tremendously. The couture pieces spoke themselves. It just saddened us how there were this group of women constantly taking photos of themselves with the exhibition pieces only for social media.

Manus x Machina will be on view to the public until August 14, 2016 and it is a must-see!

-km xoxo

 

Writing Again

Art, Fashion, News

Hi everyone,

I apologize for my lack of absence and this year has been so hectic with school. Now, I am officially on summer break and I want to continue my writings about art and fashion. So far, I am revamping the kcmhappyfashion blog and I will soon announce when it is finished. However, the original kcmhappy does have a new format and I hope you enjoy.

Thank you for your patience and support still following both blogs!

-km xoxo