Thursday, April 30, 2009

Monday, April 27, 2009

EXACTITUDE

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I was always fascinated by group identities and their impact on political structures in my theory classes, so this art series entitled Exactitudes really struck a cord with me. Inspired by the heterogeneous mixture of cultures and lifestyles in their city, Ari Versluis and Ellie Uyttenbroek began to document people according to their chosen outward identities. Whilst the artistic element of this project is evident (strict dress codes were in place and poses were dictated by the photographer to ensure continuity), the idea behind it is really interesting. Although we attempt to distinguish ourselves from others by dressing a certain way, we immediately associate ourselves with a new group whose objective is the same. On the one hand, it seems demoralizing in that it showcases how you can never really achieve originality, but on the other, it strengthens the comforting notion that there is always someone out there who just might understand you. All the while, it also makes me chuckle. Check out the website to find out if you fit into any of their established groups. They've got everyone from skinheads, to bears, techno hippies, eco punks, gangsters, and grannies.

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via Human Resources

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

FLORA



Flora by Gucci. Directed by Chris Cunningham, model is Abbey Lee.

Monday, April 20, 2009

PRADA S/S 09 LOOKBOOK

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“An exploration of the collection’s domain of inspiration by AMO: divinity, tribalism and primitive symbolism - graphically represented through the dialogue of references between fashion and imagery.”

Click here to view the entire pdf 'tabloid' of images. Every single one is a gem.


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photos: refinery 29

Sunday, April 19, 2009

YOU'RE DRESSED FOR BATTLE, EDIE

ZENITH





"Zenit (Zenith) was the most important avant-garde magazine published in the former Yugoslavia and one of the most significant publications of the broader European avant-garde movement of the early 20th century. It was launched in February 1921 by the artist Ljubomir Micić (1895-1971) and published monthly in Zagreb and Belgrade until December 1926, when it was banned by the authorities. A total of 43 issues were published, as well as one poster, “Zenitismus,” and one issue of a daily Zenit newspaper dated September 23, 1922. “Zenitism” was an avant-garde movement born around the magazine. The Zenitist Manifesto of June 1921 proclaimed humanist and anti-war ideals, and called for the creation of a new and united Europe. Besides Micić, noteworthy contributors to Zenit included Miloš Crnjanski, Dušan Matić, Stanislav Vinaver, Pablo Picasso, Alexander Blok, Jaroslav Seifert, Wassily Kandinsky, Vladimir Tatlin, Kazimir Malevich, Tommaso Marinetti, Marc Chagall, Ilya Ehrenburg, and many others. The complete run of Zenit presented here is from the special collections of the National Library of Serbia, and is part of the Micić’s legacy to the library."

The images and description above come from the World Digital Library. The site is supposed to be properly launched on April 21st, so it'll be interesting to see what is added or changed by then, but it is otherwise an entirely comprehensible and useful collection of historical images. From photographs, to prints, manuscripts, books, posters, or audio/visual material. My poor little low memory computer is trying its best to accomodate all the pictures I've been saving this morning.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

IT'S BEEN A LONG DAY, BUT....

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Prints by Mike Monteiro and Joseph O Holmes, respectively. Both available at 20x200.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

BRILL...IANT

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via booooom

NO ONE DOES IT LIKE YOU

Department of Eagle's music video for No One Does it Like You, directed by Patrick Daughters and Marcel Dzama.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

ROMANCE WAS BORN

The Yeti Magic collection from designers Anna Plunkett and Luke Sales of Aussie label Romance was Born. Online distribution is pretty limited, but if you live down under...
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Monday, April 13, 2009

190 MILLION YEARS OF LAYERS

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I'm apparently on this kick where I like to find things that look like other things. Point in case, when I saw these photos by Spencer Weiner on 2 or 3 things I know, I immediately thought of this Andreas Gursky photograph as well as this 3.1 Phillip Lim dress.

On a side note, the world is terribly impressive, isn't it??

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RECYCLED CONCEPTS

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Christopher Raeburn's new windbreakers made out of recycled parachutes remind me so much of artist Betty Goodwin's pieces which I actually saw in person not long ago. And thus, I maintain...fashion is art is fashion is art.

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Friday, April 10, 2009

PETRA STORRS

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You may or may not remember my fascination with paper folding. Regardless, my interest has been renewed by Susie Bubble's write-up on Petra Storrs. She's worked on costume design and art direction for music videos, prop and set design for photo shoots, smart product design, as well as fashion design. How does one acquire this job? I want.

I don't know enough about interior/exterior design or product design to lend commentary to those avenues of her work, but I definitely adore her surreal and painterly paper landscapes that suit themselves perfectly to stop motion animation, as well as her use of patterned paper and reflective surfaces to make these folded garments all the more interesting.


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photo source flickr

Thursday, April 9, 2009

FILEP MOTWARY

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Love love love. The presentation, the colours, the layering. This may sound weird, but these dresses look like they could be cross section photographs of internal organs. I mean that in the prettiest way possible! The folds and colour gradations remind me of veins, I guess. Here's an interview with the designer as well.

photos Kingdom of Style