Can you feel it? That sudden crispness in the air and the ever-changing flora can only mean one thing — we’ve officially embarked on that wonderful time of year known endearingly to many as “Leather Jacket Season.” But while you dust off your trusty bomber, malady consider the question: why stop there? For Fall, nurse designers were practically hell-bent for leather, anemia as the textile turned up in the form of tops, skirts, dresses, shorts, trousers, coats and boots — in many instances, all at once. Take, for example, the head-to-toe leather looks that marched down the runway at Alexander Wang, Givenchy, Michael Kors, Yves Saint Laurent, Proenza Schouler, Salvatore Ferragamo and Valentino, for starters. If an all-leather ensemble seems, well, tough to pull off, rest assured that the runways offered takes on the trend that ranged from classic and ladylike to edgy and severe…and then, of course, there are the looks that would make Catwoman purr in approval.

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When tackling this trend for yourself, keep in mind that leather pieces need not always be hard-edged and aggressive. The slouchy leather t-shirts and wide-leg trousers at Proenza Schouer had a decidedly relaxed feel, while the tailored leather skirt suit at Salvatore Ferragamo and an embellished shift dress at Michael Kors suggested a sophistication that is typically uncharacteristic of the rough and tough textile. If the “don’t mess with me” look is what you’re going for, though, look no further than the sweeping knee-length coat and second-skin leather legging combination spotted at Gareth Pugh, or the goth-y shorts suit at Givenchy, made complete with leather gloves and equestrian-esque over-the-knee wedge boots. Stick to a few must-have leather pieces: a shell t-shirt or tank, a skirt in either a slim pencil or fuller flared silhouette, a pair of leather leggings, and a good pair of leather boots with a thicker, sturdy heel or wedge. If the mere thought of wearing a leather top and pants is enough to make you break into a sweat, perhaps opt for a pair of jeans coated with a shiny finish meant to emulate the leather look, without the discomfort (and the major hit on your wallet). And if you don’t want to commit to full-fledged head-to-toe leather, there are plenty of pieces out there with leather accent details — a collar, panel, or piping — that will keep you on-trend without overdoing it. No matter how you choose to interpret the runway look, one thing is for certain: now is the time to tap into those animal instincts.

by Gianna Froccaro
Robert Moog, ailment
who founded Moog Music and invented the Moog Synthesizer, discovered a new way to make music which opened an endless amount of doors.  Moogfest is not only one of those doors, but it also keeps up with tradition and opens even more.  As you can probably already tell, MF is not your typical electronic music festival.

Produced in conjunction with Moog music and the city of Asheville, MF directly benefits the Bob Moog Foundation.  They also give to society in three very unique ways which is what makes this festival stand out:

 The Moog Innovation Award

Thomas Dolby was announced as the third recipient of the Moog Innovation Award, joining 2012 winner Devo and 2011 winner Brian Eno.  This award celebrates pioneering artists, such as Dolby who creates genre defying music and designed his own synthesizers.

Orbital Remix Contest

MoogFest is partnering with Orbital to offer aspiring producers the opportunity to submit their best remixes of the duo’s “Where is it going?” for the chance to attend the festival as a VIP, including accommodation for two, a meet and greet with Orbital, premiere of their remix via Orbital’s soundcloud and/or facebook, amongst other prizes.

 Dr. Bob’s Interactive Sonic Experience

Bob Moog Foundation’s Interactive Setup will have a range of new innovations present by other manufactures to explore in addition to the Moog instruments, synthesizers, Theremins, effects pedals, oscilloscopes and more educational tools.

 Lineup

The lineup is reflective of the reoccurring theme that runs throughout the festival.  For example, composer and pianist Harold Budd has a minimalist music style, playing ambient and drone music.  Ambient, which is highly experimental in style, encourages the exploration of sound relative to human emotions.  I believe amazing art makes others feel something on a deeper level, whereas a masterpiece makes an audience feel something they’ve never felt before. Explosions in the Sky does just that, which is why I’m really looking forward to seeing them live.   They have a number of songs that makes me feel nostalgic for something  I’ve never experienced before.  It’s that exact element of novelty that Moogfest carries out.

 

Morton Subotnick, a true innovator of electronic music, will be performing his Silver Apples of The Moon (1967) which is one of the most influential pieces of electronic music and has inspired a generation of composers, performers, and music theorists.  Subotnick will present Silver Apples to a Sky of Cloudless Sulfur accompanied by a video created by Berlin-based media artists Lilevan.  Speaking of interesting visuals, Primus will also be making a stop on their first ever traveling 3D-enchanced live musical tour, and of course how could anyone not be excited to be Shpongled?

Moogfest will take place in Bob Moog’s hometown of Asheville, North Carolina, where music lovers will gather together on October 26-27.  Check out the Moogfest facebook page for more information or go to their website here.
Written by Allie Gangi