Simon Alcantara

“I see beauty everywhere I look. What are you looking for?” Simon Alcantara

Posted in 1 by simonalcantara on May 17, 2011

Photo: Berlin Jan 2010. Simon Alcantara

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Sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast. Lewis Carrol Photo: Berlin, Jan 2010. Simon Alcantara

Posted in ART AND CULTURE, CULTURE, photography by simonalcantara on May 16, 2011

Love Me.

Posted in CULTURE, photography by simonalcantara on May 3, 2011

Photo: Simon Alcantara. Berlin Jan 2010

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NEW WORLD COLLECTION

Posted in Egypt, fashion, siwa by simonalcantara on August 3, 2010



This collection is based on several series of photographs I have taken within the last year in different parts of the world at various times of day.  This particular collection references, New York and Berlin at sunset, New York City and Tokyo at night, and the Siwa Oasis in Egypt at daytime.  In most of the photos I played with the exposure to make something familiar reveal a different aspect, a different perspective.  “ When we change the way we look at things, the things we look at change”. The world is changing at an accelerated speed, which we have never witnessed before, and it is apparent in the drastic storms, earthquakes and volcanoes we have experienced just in the last few months. We all need something familiar to steady ourselves, familiar but not exactly the same as in the past. We are looking for a new angle, a new perspective we had not observed previously. We need something to remind us “All Is Well”.

The runway images on my inspiration boards were my favorites from the collections and which I felt reflected this new way of looking at familiar things.  I imagined what jewelry one would wear to complement these clothes and I created them using my design vocabulary.  I hope it speaks to you.

Simon

AMBER, SERPENTINE, CARNELIAN AND TIGER EYE NECKLACE COPYRIGHT SIMON ALCANTARA 2010

STERLING SILVER WOVEN BANGLES AND EARRINGS COPYRIGHT SIMON ALCANTARA 2010

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NEW WORLD COLLECTION

Berghain

Posted in ART AND CULTURE, fashion and photography, MUSIC, photography by simonalcantara on January 11, 2010

Berghain in Berlin image from berlin.unlike.net/locations/71-Berghain

I arrived in Berlin on my birthday January 2, 2010.  As I always do research before I travel I already knew I wanted to go dancing at Berghain.  I read that it was the best club in the world, that the door policy was uber strict and chances are you may not even get in after waiting  on the line for 2 hours. Well the only thing I ever waited on line for was an iphone  ( yes I know, for shame) . I grew up in NYC and starting going to clubs at 12, thanks to being tall for a 12 year old, a fake id and an obsession with fashion that started in the womb and sheer bravado.  I headed out to Berghain at 5 am  because I read that things really get started around 7am.  The club opens at 11 pm and fills up quickly, but a change happens around 7am.  The cab driver could not find the place! It is in a remote industrial park.  If you don’t know where you are going chances are you will not find it.  So he made a suggestion and dropped me off somewhere where I can’t even remember the name of but it was not for me.  I took another cab back to the hotel, got more detailed information, mapped it on my iphone ( the one I waited 4 hours to buy because I just had to have it on the very first day. Yes that one), and alas I was at Berghain.  I was shocked at how long the line was, but I was determined.  I met people from Switzerland, and Berlin on the line and you start to build this sort of bond while waiting in the freezing cold.  They all kept telling me it was worth the wait and that I was going to love it.  An hour and 15 minutes later I am in!   All I can say is WOW!!!!!  I have never seen or heard anything like it in my life and I have been to clubs all over the world.   I arrived back at my hotel at 6pm the next night, forever changed.  Berghain, thank you, you truly are the best club in the world.  The picture below says it all.

Berghain in Berlin image from berlin.unlike.net/locations/71-Berghain

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