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Stepping on the Tail of a Rainbow

To me, religions are a narrative…Natural catastrophes, earthquakes, are things caused by nature. Such chaos is natural, but we have to make sense of it somehow, and so we had to invent these stories. That is what I wanted to paint.

—Takashi Murakami

Looking for a momentary escape from it all? Head straight toward 555 West 24th Street, NYC to the Gagosian Gallery and treat yourself to the incredibly imaginiative and psychedlic world of artist Takashi Murakami’s In the Land of the Dead, Stepping on the Tail of a Rainbow.

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Walking in past the welcome desk, I was instantly wowed by the remarkable size of the exhibition. Immediately, three of my most favorite things were found: flowers, bright colors and skulls, all of which are key characteristics of Murakami’s infamous works. You also may recall the artist’s name and his style from several collaborations with Marc Jacobs for Louis Vuitton starting in 2002. 

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(I’m rocking a vintage Enzo Angiolini reversible trench coat, shaggy sweater vest from LF Store, Gap skinny corduroys, Dolce Vita booties with snakeskin heels, an All Saints silk & leather handbag, vintage mink hat)

Utilizing key religious symbols of Japanese culture, depicted in a rather forboding and grotesque, yet inviting, fashion, Murakami portrays the battle between faith and the uncontrollable elements.

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Also depicted is the innate and inescapable human condition to engage in war. No matter how much we try to avoid it, we cannot escape it. Has it always been survival of the fittest? Must there always be a struggle, a fight, or a war?

Our entire existence has been plagued by these neverending battles. We look to religion to explain this as well and keep us motivated during the most difficult of times, yet this in and of itself is the root cause of so much war. Nature may be unpredictable, but we humans are uncontrollable.

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Make sure you don’t miss this stunning exhibition, which I certainly will be visiting several more times! It’s running until January 17th and is free admission to enjoy.

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Black and White and READ All Over

One day I woke up and said, “I want to make an insanely amazing dress out of shredded newspaper” and I did just that. It was a Christmas Eve a couple of years back and my father, with a mixed look of bewilderment, disgust and amusement, asked me what the hell I was doing. I toiled away into the night, making this couture craft concoction with hot glue and a lot of patience. The final texture was exactly what I was looking for: fluffy yet structured, crunchy yet soft, simple yet detailed. As my dad contemplated where the hell he went wrong in my upbringing as he stared into the paper catastrophe strewn across the living room floor, I reassured him with

“Don’t worry! I will get MARRIED in this dress!”

Shredded Newspaper Close-up

 

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Seated Color Pop

Dress, belt and headpiece, Olga’s own; Red suede booties, Dolce Vita via Marshalls

This color palette, reminiscent of the old “what’s black and white and READ all over” adage, definitely spewed into my wardrobe ethos. I executed the same mixology, peppered it with practicality but didn’t lose my eccentricity. 

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Outfit BW Plaid

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Hat, Diane Von Furstenberg via Woodbury Commons; Faux fur coat, Zara; Fur pins, found in the Garment District NYC; Plaid Jacket, BCBG Generation; Belt, The Limited; Plaid pants, Express; Grey suede heels, Mark & James by Badgley Mishka via TJ Maxx

So, these are the adventurous tales of Olga Turka. As I passionately meander about this world and through its beautiful chaos, I realize more and more that I have an insatiable thirst to learn, to discover new places and faces and to collect one-of-a-kind treasures along the way. My daily travels and interactions inspire my limitless imagination. I grow restless rather easily, and while donning a suit of vintage armor, and with laughter and bright lipstick as my preferred weapons in tow, I strive to battle mediocrity and see the beauty in everything. 

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Photography/Bad Ass Motherf*cker: Patrick Eves

Hair/Makeup/MILF : Angelique Londino

PS. A red, spray painted version of this dress can be seen here worn by the gorgeous rockstar Kimberly Freeman in One-Eyed Doll’s music video, “Committed”:

 

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