Posts Tagged ‘fashion’

Bindi Booth

Published May 13, 2010 by Molly

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Bindi Booth’s illustrations, prints, posters and textile designs have a palette of cherry-blossom pink, egg-cream white and French vanilla-yellow. They’re good enough to eat, in other words (though probably non-edible) and maintain a lusciously soft mood while still packing a punch on the printed page.

Booth also produces lovely hand-made and limited-edition folio books, which might be our new favorite collectibles. Check out the whole roster of projects here, and keep your eyes peeled for illustrations in places like Bust magazine.

Alex de Mora

Published May 5, 2010 by Molly

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Alex de Mora has an unerring eye for complicatedly beautiful scenarios, panoramas, and models in Metallica accessories. It’s important, these days, to be versatile, and de Mora fits that bill. He’s equally astute at photographing live music and adorable cats— a range to be envious of, for sure!

The artist’s blog is a running document of his adventures in picture-taking, and we highly recommend a visit. Not to mention the portfolio—which is truly a thing to behold.

Danny Sangra

Published May 4, 2010 by Molly

Danny Sangra’s FILM NUMBER 9 is an ode to woodsy rambles and sweet leather jackets. It combines a few of our most favorite things— tangly trees, pretty ladies, heavy percussion, and exploration—into a kooky pastoral odyssey.

More of the artist’s films can be spotted over on his Vimeo page, including the trailer for DOOMSDAY KIDS SAY HEY, which combines water towers, chalk drawings and greasy breakfasts into an irresistible set of clues for something we can’t wait to unravel.

Archive Check Shirt

Published April 30, 2010 by Molly

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Dang, would you look at that pattern? It’s hard to define the beauty of those checks: they’re part video-game, part pastoral, part traditional. You’d never guess that the fabric for this shirt was sourced from the 1980s archives of a Portuguese textile mill and then re-colored to form an “archive check” pattern in loose, unbrushed cotton flannel. Also rad? This shirt would look equally swell on a lady or a dude, and we always dig the unisex vibe.

Emily Cheng

Published April 5, 2010 by Molly

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Emily Cheng’s projects are tinged with humor and exquisite taste and influenced by everything from Mexico City architecture to fallen trees to radio infrastructure maps.

Her experiments—some documented online here— include a USB teddy bear based on Deleuze & Guattari’s writings on the rhizome (see above), a hypothetical tour bus for Chaucer’s pilgrims in The Canterbury Tales (it features wall-sconce lighting and goblet holders) and an installation that metaphorically (or metonymically?) contains the elements of a cloud storm in one room via white balloons suspended at varying heights.

The connecting thread among Emily’s works is a conceptual rigor matched with technical perfection and…most importantly…a distinct element of zaniness. Behold.

X-Girl ‘94

Published March 10, 2010 by Graham

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Kim Gordon designed it, Chloë Sevigny worked the runway, Mike Mills drew the logo, Kathleen Hannah pimped it out, and Spike helped run the fashion show. X-Girl was a perfect storm of creative energy in 1994, and here’s the very Nineties video to prove it:

If that’s not enough nostalgia for you, how about a Vice Magazine photo shoot with Chloë showing off the X-Girl line? Still begging for more? Here’s Vice’s interview with co-designer Daisy Von Furth, where she talks about styling some “cute kid” named Mark Ronson in a photo shoot for Spike’s Dirt magazine, and mentions that Chloë will soon be starring in some movie written by “this kid Harmony Korine.” Also: Doc Martens, flannel and black skinny jeans are so out in ‘94. Which, if I’m predicting the trend cycles correctly, means you’d be wise to invest in some ringer tees and vintage X-Girl before the kids on Gossip Girl start sporting A-line minis.

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Backyard Bill

Published November 9, 2009 by Graham

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In a refreshing departure from both contrived celebrity fashion shoots and impersonal street safari style sites, Backyard Bill is a blog that showcases the personal predilictions of regular ol’ chic people. Choosing one subject for each post and then shooting them in beautiful real-world environments wearing their own clothes, photographer William Gentle creates delicate, naturalistic images that elevate to an art the seemingly simple genre of fashion portraiture.

Following each beguiling photo essay with a brief interview, Gentle’s work teases us with brief, yet somehow intimately revealing glimpses into the lives of these dapper New York denizens. Backyard Bill draws easy comparisons to stunning interior decoration documentary blog The Selby, whose eponymous creator, Todd Selby, has his own photo shoot on Backyard Bill.

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Cool Kid: Arlo Weiner

Published October 14, 2009 by Graham

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When I spotted Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner at the Hollywood Farmer’s Market, I couldn’t help but notice that one of the four kids with him was randomly dressed in a tuxedo. “Maybe he just came from church,” a friend suggested, but then why would he be the only one dressed so dapper? The only plausible explanation was that this precocious boy was just constantly stylish, channeling the effortless suavity of Don Draper himself. My hopes were confirmed upon the discovery of GQ’s profile of eight-year-old Arlo Weiner, complete with Arlo’s satorial commentary on mixed patterns, ascots, turning bathrobe belts into neckties, and the juxtaposition of red against black. He’s got his old man’s eye for detail!

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Where the Fashion Things Are

Published July 30, 2009 by Graham

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This weird little gem of an image was unearthed in a stack of old Interview magazines that were headed for the recycle bin. Part of a 2004 children’s lit-themed spread called “Once Upon a Time in Fashion,” which also pays tribute to Madeline, Eloise and The Hardy Boys, the photo was shot by Cleo Sullivan with set design from rad illustrators Yuko Shimizu and Sam Weber. The caption reads:

Who’d have thought that this season’s fashion wild card would remind one of Maurice Sendak’s wild things? Clothes by Jean Paul Gaultier. Shoes by Cesare Paciotti.

Just another testament to Where the Wild Things Are’s insanely far cultural reach, to say nothing of its tendency to illicit widely varied, incongruous tributes.

And one more thing: this behind the scenes photo from Yuko Shimizu’s site. Posting without comment.

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Hartmann Nordenholz

Published July 2, 2009 by Molly

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Hartmann Nordenholz is a German-Austrian fashion label founded by boy-girl duo Filip Fiska and Agnes Schorer in Vienna. How to describe their aesthetic? Fluid, to start. The collections shift hugely from season to season, from futuristic tea frocks to funereal poof dresses.

Autumn/Winter 2009/10 brings cozy layered knits in undulating shapes, splattered and sprayed with a palette that’s pure Blade Runner. These are clothes for romping, going to the moon, scaling dangerous surfaces or appearing on Sesame Street.

For those who can’t make it to the Paris collections, it’s all documented on the Hartmann Nordenholz website.