Pendu – “Post Fetish” elegance

Todd Pendu Zana Bayne “Magnum Opus” Collection SS14

dievca ran into a collection of leather goods from Todd Pendu & Zana Bayne called, “Magnum Opus” SS14.  she purchased two items: a bracelet and a necklace which she modified slightly to make it a leather collar. How? she added holes at the buckles to tighten it and removed the attached triangle piece so Master could attach His lead.

The term “Post-Fetish” was coined by Todd Pendu as “decontextualizing traditional fetish gear into aesthetic accessories to be incorporated into everyday wear”.

Originally, dievca was focused on the person in the co-collaboration whose name was on the worked leather, Zana Bayne. But, she starting looking deeper into the gorgeous work of co-Creative Director, Todd Pendu after viewing some of his photographs.

Paz de la Huerta, lensed and styled by Todd Pendu
All wardrobe from the Zana Bayne “Moonbathers Collection”.
Shot in Los Angeles, August 2016

Todd Pendu is a multi-disciplinary artist and image-maker currently living and working in NYC and Los Angeles. PENDV JOURNAL is an online platform and portfolio for his creative projects and art/photographic works. He is the founder of DEVIL’S WHOREHOUSE STUDIO. He is also co-Creative Director at ZANA BAYNE.

Email: info @ pendvjournal . com

Website: http://www.pendunyc.com/

I am a self-described ‘Duchampian Punk’ and a proponent for Libertine Culture. I work independently outside the Establishment. My art doesn’t always fit in to convenient aesthetic categories. I’m interested in personal freedom and expression. I do what I want. I create for those outside society – for those who live by their own rules – not for everyone, but for everyone else.” – Todd Pendu

CREDITS:
Cheyenne, lensed by Todd Pendu
Shot in an apartment in Paris. March, 2017.

Todd Pendu is a multi-talented person who is able to walk the edge and create elegance. dievca would like to Thank him for allowing her to share some if his work. Please stop by His site and wander.


Show me the $

In honor of dievca almost finishing her Grand Jury Term, she ran into a simulacrum of the money rolls she heard about in Court Room.  At $4995.00 a pop, she imagines that a number of glassine envelopes filled with whatever, would need to be sold to buy the bag. Too bad it has sold out…

The Limited edition Judith Leiber x Alexander Wang bag was designed to resemble a roll of hundred-dollar bills. Made of over 10,263 Swarovski Austrian crystals in black, gunmetal, green, and clear-Hand beaded by one artisan. It was enclosed with an industrial rubber band and had a removable chain shoulder strap.

dievca’s sense of humor was tickled. Actually, many Judith Lieber’s bags tickle dievca’s fancy. This small tribute to Judith Lieber, who died this year at the age of 97, talks all about that – click here.


What do you wear for Civic Duty?

So, dievca got placed on the Grand Jury on Monday, Voted on Tuesday, back to Jury Duty – Weds. Clothes had to be comfortable for sitting around, but be able to walk the neighborhood to the polls, plus last through a concert…

What did she wear?

Jury Selection – train downtown, rain 50’s (10+ Celsius)

Voting – In the neighborhood, Thunderstorms, 60’s (15+ Celsius) also needs to be used for a concert in the evening – retro feel is good. fits right in (bought the tickets for Master’s B-day, but he’s traveling – one of His kids had a baby, going with the friend who suggested the band to dievca in the first place.)

1st day of sitting on a Jury – bike ride, upper 50’s (13+ Celsius)


If you do it once, well. Do it again…and again.

Apparis Sophie Faux Fur Coat in Emerald $295

dievca and her friend spend a day at the Whitney Museum and then stopped by Intermix on the way out. dievca’s friend was due for a new coat and she fell in love with the super soft, cozy Sophie coat for Apparis in chestnut (brown). There were no other colors available in the store and her friend bought the coat. dievca, of course, had to check out the brand…look what she found:

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So, if designers have developed a winning design — they are willing to repeat in a multitude of colors.

APPARIS co-founders Amélie Brick and Lauren Nouchi created their outerwear collection to offer luxurious yet stylish faux-furs. Immersed in the fashion industry from a young age, the design duo bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to their label.

Amelie fondly spent her childhood in her grandfather’s vintage shop and father’s shoe stores. Her early introduction to business encouraged her to move to the U.S. to pursue a Master’s degree at Michigan State. After graduation, Brick moved to NYC where she worked for Hermès. Brick credits her time at the legendary fashion house with shaping her high-standard of a quality garment. Following Hermès, Brick held executive positions at Coach and Chanel before joining Louis Vuitton where she met Lauren Nouchi, her future business partner and co-founder of APPARIS. Born in the South of France, Lauren was also raised in a fashion retail environment developing an entrepreneurial mindset at a young age. Nouchi moved to Boston at the age of 17 to pursue studies in Global Business and Marketing. While finishing her degree, she worked at Louis Vuitton in Boston where she became well-versed in quality craftsmanship and brand storytelling.


First Gala of the Season 2018

Dries van Noten Ribbon Fringe Dress SS 2015

The dress – Dries von Noten SS 2015, soooo dievca might look a little bit muppet-ish, the swish is too fun to miss out on….

Here’s how Dries styled it:

Dries van Noten Runway SS 2015

OK, no patterned cardigan available in dievca’s closet, but a Club Monaco Soft Trench might do the trick:

Club Monaco Elila Soft Trench

And it works!

Shoes? Initially, dievca was thinking boots. Tall, black patent leather boots, but Dries styled it with an ankle strap sandal for Spring/Summer. What else does dievca have?

Maison Martin Margiela Replica 1970’s Tango shoes Argentina in blue patent leather

dievca is going to keep the jewelry simple because the dress has so much going on:

Hair and make-up? Well, dievca’s hair grew out and had gotten long and shaggy as thin hair is wont to do~ Listening to her Master, she kept it long and got a “Lob” (long bob) with the idea that with her hair blown out she would have similar hair to:

Catherine Deneuve, Paris Match 1997, Photo: Ellen von Unwerth

It worked. The color isn’t the same, dievca has red, gold and grey highlights from the Summer (random grey as she cannot decided whether to color her hair or not…Master has no opinion on it.) But, the body and the sweep occurs when dievca straightens her curls. Let’s hope it doesn’t rain….

Smoky eyes, red lips, facial contouring which dievca learned this summer from the photo-shoot!

Voila!

If you cannot be traditionally beautiful, you might as well have fun with Fashion!
and dievca suspects that Master will have fun tossing up her skirt! 😉


If You do it Well, do it Six times

OK, four times, with the fifth in Alpaca.
Sies Marjan Bessie Trench Coat $600-$2000...


Beetlemania

dievca did own this model and color…two words: Heated Seats

Nope…not this type of VW Beetle, it was the following two items that prompted dievca’s musings:

Faliero Sarti Scarf

Markus Lupfer Scarab Sweater

Read enough about the dung beetle, and a picture of its character emerges: patient, optimistic, uncomplaining. ~Elif Batuman

Beetle symbolism and meaning

Beetles express different characteristics, traits and qualities that are important in the world of symbols. There are many different species, but, in symbolical sense, we usually conceptualize them as an entity.

However, some examples are worth of mention for symbolical interpretation.

Progress and hard work – Beetles are associated with progress, dedication to goals, hard work and consistency. Take an example of sacred scarab and its methodical ball rolling. All sorts of beetles are diligent workers, which as a characteristic worth of praise.

They are linked to concept of progress and success. Beetles work hard to meet their goals and there is not much that could stop them or lead astray.

Being devoted and diligent workers, beetles are seen as lucky charms and even used as amulets. They bring good luck and progression, as spirit animals. Because of their fine, strong armor, beetles are resistant and unstoppable in their work.

Persistence and stability – Beetles are persistent and stable. They express complete dedication to their work, which is a trait that could be easily applied to humans. This is one of the reasons why beetles are powerful symbolical creatures.

They represent the everlasting life and constant progress. They symbolize a life path of slow and gradual development, on both minor and greater plan.

Beetles represent things that last and keep its form for long periods. They are associated with change, as well, but those changes that are inevitable.

The ancient Greek, Panta Rhei; everything is moving and constantly changing, which is a solid way to progress. Beetles embody the concept of natural changes, of balance and constant movement.

Creativity and colorfulness – Beetles also represent creativity. They come in different shapes, sizes and colors and are always doing something. Their beautifully painted wings are simply amazing. Beetles are associated with energy of creation, imagination and visualization.

Symbolism of beetles’ colors is also interesting. Each color represents something different (e.g. green for freshness and health, blue for tranquility, red for passion and so on). Therefore, seeing or imagining a beetle of a particular color could be inspiring and even prophetic, in a way.

Solidarity and cooperation – Beetles are good team workers. Most of them live in colonies and work together to create success. They are team oriented and cooperative, which is something worth of looking up to. Beetles represent collaboration, mutual understanding, community and unity.

Intuition and instincts – All beetle insects have special antennas that help them get a perspective of their surroundings. Beetles’ antennas symbolize intuition and instinct. The ability to sense what sort of energies or vibrations are coming your way is of an essential importance.

Beetles as spirit animals

Goliath beetle (Goliathus giganteus), lithograph by Sardi from Poliorama Pittoresco, n 6, September 18, 1841.

As totem animals, beetles are good teachers. They would help you achieve gradual success and go through different stages of your life with no rush or panic.

They would teach you to properly channel your own energy, so that you can reach your goals without any regret. Beetles teach us to stay on the ground and listen to our inner voice and our ratio. They value imagination and creativity, but will not let you go astray. Beetle totem keeps you on track.

Beetle people are:

  • Strong-willed and determined
  • Dedicated and persistent
  • Cooperative and understanding
  • Creative and practical

Beetle people nurture their intuition and their totem helps them polish it to perfection. They are well aware of their environment and situation and know how to deal with it.

People whose totem animal is beetle tend not to overreact to unusual or unexpected phenomena; they are tranquil, sometimes reserved and smart. They would rather stay quiet until they thoroughly think about the matter or situation they find themselves in.

Those people are highly imaginative and creative, but methodical and practical. It means these people are able to practically apply their ideas. They have a lot of imagination and good strategies to implement useful ideas. They are not dreamers, but extremely creative doers.

Beetle people have many talents; their totem will gladly help them discover all of their skills and nurture their affinities.

If beetle is your spirit animal, you are most likely a cooperative person. Beetle people work great in big teams, but are always eager to propose their own ideas.

However, they are understanding and tolerant, so they do not get easily disappointed if some of their proposals are not accepted. These people are not particularly sensitive or emphatic, but they have a good sense for other peoples’ feelings. They would not intentionally hurt anybody, but they know how to defend themselves from insults.

Well, Fashion has gotten into the spirit of Beetles several times, for both Men and Women. dievca has her two pieces, maybe you would like to channel your inner Beetlemania, too!
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