MY ART SHOW
It is said that death and life are in the power of the tongue (Proverbs 18:21), a concept so powerful, that it inspired me to design and create the “Big Mouth” collection.
The collection is built around the notion that words can be used to inspire, to influence and to create, whilst at the same time they can be used to destroy and oppress. The duality in this collection is inspired by women, holding within them simultaneously strengths and weaknesses, the perception of virginity and that of womanly knowledge.
By combining both RTW and couture pieces in the collection, I translated this proverb into a powerful artistic visual, portraying models wearing the collection while lying in a white bathtub filled with milk.
In my vision, the milk represents innocence, cleanliness and new beginnings and the bathtub an intimate sanctuary. The concept is enhanced with the use of ethereal, flowy white dresses, representing wedding day romance, and completed with the long, flowing hair as symbols of femininity and virginity. I see our mouths and lips are a primary part of who we are. They portray the power of our words and are one of the central ways of expressing ourselves. Coming from a place of empowerment and growth, we, as woman, must acknowledge the strength our words possess. Strength that derives from the words we chose to use, and just as much strength from the words we silence. I use the lips motif as a fashion icon, symbolizing passion, femininity, seduction and womanliness, and of course, power and strength.
The Collection consists of many haute couture, one-of-a-kind exclusive pieces, all hand-made, with extreme attention to detail. The pieces have feminine motifs; such as a golden corset, shoulder jewelry encrusted with stones or arm-wrapping floral motifs with thorns, various lip rings, bracelets, necklaces, earrings, rings, hair accessories and belts. The collection incorporates gold, silver, precious stones, zircons, diamonds, and more.
MY LIP JEWELRY
NEW YORK FASHION WEEK PRESENTATION
KEREN WOLF / SEP 17
THE RED TENT
I read Anita Diamant’s “The Red Tent” breathlessly; crying, laughing, loving and hurting with the characters. When I was done I found my mind racing. I could not put the book aside.
I felt that The Red Tent symbolizes the most sacred aspects of womanhood and it made me wonder about my own red tent. Who would be in it? What stories would be told and what secrets revealed.
For me the Red Tent combines the hardship with beauty. It is a place of birth, and also a place of death. It is not always an easy place to be in. Pain and desperation are easily found there. It requires introspect, analyzing who you are, who you wish to become. In the Red Tent the most complex of mirrors are put up, and you are left to face them, and what could sometimes be their ugly truth. With all that, in the Red Tent you are never alone. The Red Tent celebrates women and womanhood, comradery and love. The support that you receive and the words of wisdom that you are privy to are priceless.
My Red Tent collection is a bold one. It does not talk of princesses or goddesses, it is not about glitter and gold. Each piece is a statement, each ornament a token of appreciation. Bold, brash, big and loud. The collection makes you stop and stare. Ponder your life, your relationships, your past and your present. The collection is a tribute to all the women in my Red Tent, and to all womankind. It is the thread that weaves us together, the roof that keeps us safe and warm.