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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

I'm Moving to A New Blog!

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Friday, February 7, 2014

The Aftermath of ShowGirls: What Ever Happened to Nomi Malone?


***Attention: I don't feel like summarizing the plot of Showgirls...so if you don't know the characters, go watch the film***

A few days ago, HBO blessed me with the screen presentation one of my all time favorite films, Showgirls  around one in the morning. Despite feeling exhausted, I had to pull through and watch the entire film. Every time I watch this film, I search for an explanation of why everything turned to shit in the ending. One of the many reasons this film drew my attention was the anticipation and build up that Nomi Malone, our emotionally scarred protagonist, will rise up and succeed. The first hour and thirty minutes of the film, I rooted for Nomi to nail that audition for chorus line at the Stardust hotel. You see that she had talent and that she didn't haveto gyrate and thrust against a pole at the Cheetah Strip Lounge. I had all these expectations for her and for some reason her characters failed to make me like her at times. Nomi walked away (or ran out of something, *Literally*) she didn't want to be in because of her dignity. If she didn't want to sleep with strangers in exchange for money, she didn't do it. In all fairness she wanted to be careful of how people treated her in the business, but she was also very selfish and stubborn. She didn't want to fall back into the dark past she ran so far away from. So she let others suffer, especially the people who wanted the best from her.

I wasn't expecting all to go well in the finale, but why is it that Molly was left alone in the hospital after suffering the traumatizing rape incident with Andrew Carver. Nomi got her vengeance out on the guy, which is great and all, but now Molly practically was unemployed and handicapped. Maybe she would have received some hush money in the end. I just don't see the point of her being abandoned after she rescued Nomi from being homeless and kept quiet after witnessing the whole stair case shit with Cristal. 

As for Cristal Connors, Nomi's arch enemy, I secretly wanted them to develop an actual relationship with one another. It didn't have to be sexual or anything like that. Cristal could have been a mentor to Nomi and show her how the business works. But that film was memorable because of that awkward  tension between the two characters. So I guess if the plot changed than Nomi wouldn't find the ambition to become a Show Girl. Or even get an audition Thanks to Cristal.

Going back to Nomi, according to her cases she dealt with drug abuse, dealing with the law and all types of weird twists and debauchery. I knew that Nomi was a bad ass and she wasn't very good at hiding her past. She always gave a bad reaction when people offered her coke or sex. How come no one was suspicious about her past? (DIFFERENT PLACES! is never a good answer, honey!)

I still wonder what her upbringing was like, how did she become a dancer, and what gave her the initiative to go to Vegas out of all places to dance. Wasn't she from New York? Couldn't her dancing be appreciated in a city where Broadway and musicals have such a strong career point?

It's really confusing because although Nomi's past bercame exposed, she still had a chance to continue to be the Star of the Show. The only thing is that she would have to deal with the infamy and hatred of the other Showgirls. I guess thats why people go on to write fan fictions about what could have happened. But I don't have time to write fan fiction because Im not getting paid to do that.


Sunday, February 2, 2014

My Plans for the Super Bowl: From the perspective of a designer who has no attention span

It's Sunday and today's the Super Bowl. Because I consider myself to be a social butterfly, I'll do anything to be out of my house and mingle with ma boos. Today we all plan on spending an evening full of class watching the big event on tv while getting turnt up and making regrettable decisions to be seen on Instagram (*Oh, the perks of being 21 are endless*).
 
Here's the thing, I have no idea to behave while watching any sport events on television without inquiring about every detail because I can not find anything interesting about it. Sorry about it, I'm only here for the booze and food.
 
 
Said perfectly from Goddess Kim Zolciak, I hope to know the rules of football by the end of the night without being a jackass to my friends and interrupting the game.


Most of the time, I'll be staring at the bodacious booties of most of the players and make remarks with my girlfriends because we are all perverts and when we see something we will give each other some sassy side eye.
 
 
And rumors have been going around about the Red Hot Chili Peppers performing at Half Time. I may have to fangirl internally or just scream and giggle every time the lead singer gyrates his fit torso. I hope to not embarrass my poor boyfriend from drooling over a teenage crush of mine...
 
 
And my friends will have to tolerate all of my antics until one of my friends has to put me in check.
 
Lets see what happens tonight :)
 
 
 
 

My Reveal for my Resort 2014 Collection Has Arrived!

So as you may know, I am a designer and doing renderings and illustrations is most preferred of the things to do (*Hopefully sewing will become less of a challenge and more of a habit*). In the Fashion world, this would be overdue, but this is at my own pace and I couldn't be more proud of my work as a designer. I have always had a special place in my heart for this color story. And for those who say that you can't design for yourself are missing out on so many possibilities. I admire my work and I know that there are some of you who will too.

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So this collection called from inspiration of the effervescent textures, shapes and cosmic colors of the deep blue sea. Because we are still suffering with the so-called winter blues, the anticipation of the warm weather is on countdown. Everyone is dreaming about the freedom of wearing less bulky clothes and celebrating the new season.


Image 1: Jumpsuits are by far the essential for comfort and style. You can never look like a regular going to the Flea Market in this outfit.  


Image 2: Nothing says vacation without the perfect beach party or candlelight supper. Elegance with ease, flowy dresses bring out the free spirit in you.


Image 3: If just your'e getting a gorgeous tan to brag about to your co workers at the end of summer, these are the combo swimsuits you must bring to any trip to get all the attention from the attractive locals.


Image 4: Clubwear. No one wants to go on vacation without having a few moments where you loose all of your inhibitions and let your freak flag wave. Lets just hope that you'll have all articles of clothing with you at the end of the night.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Recap on Fashion Week Spring 2014 Collections Couture: Let's Not Forget This is a Fashion Blog Too!



Award Shows and Fashion Week are by far the most essential events for designers to display their collections with the high volume of press and media. Every one gets to see all the incredibly constructed garments that bring attention to the importance that Fashion will never die. Despite the fact that the media portrays mediocre brands to have a significance in fashion such a Victoria's Secret (Every year I shun myself from ever watching the shows), the real artists have to come back and prove that luxury can be appreciated as well. 

When I say real artists, it can vary from a wide range of designers in different hierarchies of the fashion world. From Haute Couture to Contemporary and Ready To Wear, the line of work has a place for every niche. 

So I'm going to do a quick recap from Spring 2014 Couture:

So because it's the Spring 2014 everything is about looking like a cupcake or dressing up for a Batmitzvah in juxtaposition to the dark heavy fashions for the Fall Trends. Its a all a celebration of beauty that we expect to happen after we finish the depressive hibernation in winter. 

Valentino: I swear I couldn't feel any moodier after seeing that show or maybe I wanted to have some Olive Taponade on my toast because the color story was sort of bland with uses of grey, light mustard, dust, oxblood and olive. I thought the whole collection was a funeral march to the sad state of getting older. The first look was by far my favorite (The one below with the music notes, but as you progressively view the whole thing, I felt like everything felt dirtier and more matronly.) I may have aged a few years...


Alexis Mabille definitely got the idea that Spring was coming so I give him brownie points for that. The whole set design was quite a mix between whimsy and royal chochki with a roman-greco feel. The clothes were fine. Not in particular my taste and I thought some of the dresses came out of a Russian Boutique in a busy part of Queens. Super lavish and some what tacky looking by the way the fabric picks up light. The one look that really stood out what this dynamically pleated shawl that made me gag and shed a few pretentious layers under my skin. 


I'm talking about this statement right HERE!


 Maison Martin Margiela once again decided to wave their freak flag for Fashion Week by mixing textiles and draping fabric while intentionally showing the unattractive and odd patchwork. Art Deco meets circus freaks. Who ever likes this, they can choose to be anyone they'd like to be, but the only interesting item of clothing was the Ed Hardy like patchwork tank top with the sequin circus freak pants (Seen below in the middle of the picture).  


And maybe this one, because the accessories are crafty.


Stephane Rolland's Spring 2014 Collection summed up in one word: Citrus. As usual, the collection was bright, effervescent and stunning. Yes some of the few pieces were more bland than the usual waves, but the final pieces are the piece de resistance of why Fashion Week exists. Im in love yet again with Stephane Rolland.




Viktor and Rolf decided to outdo their presentations by putting together a dance number performed by classically trained Ballet pieces while wearing tight fabric with ink like scriptures all over. I'm a sucker for anything artsy fartsy, but tastefully done. If you look closely at the garments, you'll see that the ink stains resemble flowing fabric and drapery.



I'm too lazy on doing the rest because I already chose my favorite ones!





Friday, January 24, 2014

Blogger Diary Entry 4,309,349,96,589...

For anyone who thinks that this is a first world problem, than they are probably right...but in all honesty I have a feeling that every 21 year old has a difficult time adjusting from being a child to becoming a responsible adult. I'm out of college and I have a job. I should be thankful, Yes, but I feel stuck knowing that I have so much more to learn and improve on. And being the know it all that I am I hold onto this arrogance that I have figured everything out. I'm stuck in this world where I am trying as a daughter, as a designer and as an employee.  
 
But because I live a comfortable life, I don't know how to push myself.
I'm currently working with a few clients, and I can focus on is self promotion (*Whatever that is*). For now on, I'm sewing and updating my Facebook Page as much as possible. I can only access the internet at my job whenever the hour seems kinda dead. From now on I really want to build up a real cliental and not be so lazy. I've been stretching my video game sessions for a few more hours rather than to be productive with my free time. I mean I have been releasing photos of my new Resort Designs on my Facebook Page (Facebook.com/Designsbykika) and I am preparing for going back to college. I'm just not as busy as maybe a 21 year old should be.
 I'm not saying this because of the new year and all.. This is just me being complacent.  
 
I have to admit that I am jealous of others who seem to have it together. And I often have my days where I compare myself to others and my self esteem turns to shit. This is not at all a healthy way of thinking.  My peers and loved ones keep telling me that everyone follows their own path and being envious of others doesn't get you anywhere in life. But once you feel the envy, you start to think that whatever you'll do for yourself will never live up to the standards of what others have done with themselves.
 
Maybe this seems like a pity party.
 
Is anyone else dealing with this kind of crap? There has to be?
 
 

Monday, January 13, 2014

Fashion Recap of 2014 Golden Globes

The only reason I pay attention to the award shows are for the gowns, the somewhat memorable speeches and for the people who deserve to win the award (*Cough cough, Jennifer Lawrence*). In my head, I consider myself to be a fashion critique, just like any other fashion wannabe in this country. And because of that we all review peoples wardrobe as a test of fate to some ones career, we go hard when it comes to being critical. This is my blog and I am entitled to my opinion of criticizing someones poor taste. In the end, we are all judging one another. So let the blood bath begin!


Maria Menunosss....Quite frankly, I like this color and this dress, but I don't get the whole "I'm not trying to look like a skank because I my hair is formal and I have a clutch in my hand." She should have gone total skank. Commit to the look!


For Lena Dunham, this is a step up from last year. Zac Posen did a nice job with tailoring the dress to her shape. And the color doesn't completely flush out her skin tone like a bad case of discoloration from liver disease. The hair looks like she just put in two barrets to start applying for her makeup and forgot to take them out.


Julie Delpy will  forever be the quirky french goddess in my eyes. I love that belt. Gold is never too much for an awards show. The hair just needed a little more volume. The neckline is interesting, more appealing than a typical strapless look (*Which had been over done way too many times for most award shows*).


The more I look at Taylor Swift, the more I realize that she's trying to be Karlie Kloss. I mean, she looks fine, but damn we need something to distract us from bony chest of hers. I could see her heart pump. Jewelry is necessary.


Upclose, Julia looks phenomenal as usual. Im happy that she didnt go for a big poofy ball gown or something typical. I like simple and chic. It does make me think that she is playing dress up as Carolina Herrera, but that's the style so who cares. 


For any skinny girl, this look will do. The accessories were a little bland, she could have changed her earrings. 


Who ever this lady is, she wanted to be Grace Kelly for a day. And she got a way with it for sure, sadly I don't know her line of work so I might remember her for this look only.


Emma Thompson is a pretty classy woman. And whether or not she was getting turnt up, I was too distracted by the bottom of her dress. See, if she would have worn the shoes maybe the look would have been complete. (Side note, I forget her name so I had to Google "Drunk lady at the Golden Globes" for reference.*)


I always had mixed feelings about Zoe Saldanna's fashion taste. For some reason I'm in love with the bodice, but going all the way down, its like the designer ran out of fabric and just filled in the missing space with extra material.


Emma Watson...The pants are actually cool, but it could be the length of the dress or the cut that makes everything look unbalanced. 


Reminiscent of Angelina Jolie's Emerald ensemble a few years ago. She looks better pregnant for sure.


The ladies of the night. Too American. But just enough to be in the same category of "This will do for Best Dressed"


Kalye Cuoco reminds me of a complicated slutty all American friend who thinks that Reem Acra is the epitome of Fashion. I mean, she looks fine and I guess she wants to feel pretty, so its whatever at this point. 


Let me put this out here, I'm not saying that everyone has to have their hair down for an award show, but for crying out loud WHAT IS WITH THE GREASY BUN?!


EVERYONE GO HOME! WE HAVE OUR WINNER! Diane Keaton can do no wrong with pant suits. 


I hate Amber Heard for the fact that she is bumping uglies with Johnny Depp so no comment for her.
But Old Hollywood Glam suits her more than this.


Tumblr Famous and the Baddest Bitch in Town. She doesnt need to outdo all these skanks because she has her own cult following. 


I am a fan of color. If there is no pink in my life, I feel empty. The lining for the dress really makes me squeal like a fan girl, but the bodice would use some work. 


Her stylist must have killed someone for that dress, because this is the best number featured at the awards. Now this is an introduction to the world of how Fabulous you are.


Like a bouquet of flowers, really charming and lovely...But this look dies so fast. 


For any big girl, proportions matter and god damn, I feel embarrassed for Gabourey Sidibe. COuld that sleeve be any shorter???

I really don't care much for these bias ceremonies. Its the same thing every year, but as a designer I seek to have my work worn on an actress who knows how to carry herself on the red carpet and knows how to pose for the cameras. Hollywood is dead in my eyes. It needs to be brought back for sure.

Once again, this year of the Golden Globes was missing ______________