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Kanye West was just at the Paris couture shows, and he visited the Goyard atelier, apparently, or someplace where one person can keep warm with a T-shirt and another would shiver without a fur coat.
Here are some photos of him with the robot face backpack he designed. I would make this robot carry my shoes to the gym. Sometimes I need to bring two pairs, and my tote gets cumbersome. I’d be super glad to have a robot helping me out in those situations.
UK accessories and fabric house Liberty of London celebrates its 50th anniversary with four (so far) collaborations for spring summer 2010. Liberty’s known for its small scale prints, and the collabs show different take and applications for the patterns.
The collection for Milan’s edgy 10 Corso Como store are mostly black and white with some faded colors. It looks like someone tried to recreate Liberty prints from memory, except the person’s Givenchy fan who’s never been to a picnik or a beach. I should add that person on Facebook. Get Liberty x 10 Corso Como now at Liberty’s site.
“Dreaming” is darker and harder-hitting than the upbeat dance pop of previous releases. Well, there’s a long way to go toward anything truly goth from the Pet Shop Boys sound of early Le Sport, and other recent tracks “16 December” and “Love in Stereo” are more in line with that sunny mood. Though not as party-infused as “Tell No One About Tonight.”
Photographer Nick Knight directs Raquel Zimmermann in a Gareth Pugh dress and black wig as the model dances, sweeps, and creeps to Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face.” It’s beautifully done and – surprising for a fashion production – super funny. I love the shots with the broom starting at 1:28.
Shot by Nick Knight, Alexander McQueen‘s spring summer 2010 ad campaign features model Raquel Zimmermann enmeshed in a web of snakes. The colorful scales play off the digital print of the jumpsuit and the finish of the lobster claw shoes, and the concept translates the runway nicely to print.
While the fall seasons tend to set the serious direction for silhouette, it’s spring collections that get to have more fun. Here are some obscenely fun handbag charms from Vuitton‘s spring 2010 range. I guess the proposition for these is recession driven. If you can’t buy a whole ridiculous spring bag, you might be tempted to squeeze a charm out of your budget.
New York-based designer Thom Browne creates amazingly crafted, highly influential menswear. His shrunken Pee Wee suits shaped the menswear silhouette during the latter part of the last decade. What’s cool is that his collections always integrate an absurdly funny theme per season, and the presentations add another level of absurd yet quotidian theatricality to the line.
Though I’m obsessed with the Beatles and Swedish indie pop, it was actually the Israeli singer Roni that inspired me to try music for myself. She’s something of a local Britney Spears, except cuter and cleaner. Seems that I can safely add smarter and more gracious, too.
I actually met Roni at a radio station last time I was in Israel. I was really impressed with how she took on tricky interview questions. She was unassuming and straight forward even as the DJ asked her about marketing sexy images to tweens. She just said she liked her photos and didn’t philosophize about role models, the media, or commercialism. That’s her job, right?
It’s silly that we ask pop stars questions we ultimately don’t want them to answer. The worst Gaga moments are her declarations of high art in her work.
Anyway, Roni’s back with the new single “Lo Sham” after a two year hiatus. The lyrics are more grown up, the cabaret-inflected sound is more mature, and the video is darker and more arty. The transformation is incremental; the essential fun of Roni is still there. Unfortunately for most people reading this blog, so is the Hebrew. Not the most melodious language.
I always feel strange seeing my name attached to someone else, let alone another blond Israeli! But, yeah, that’s how it started, so thanks, Roni!
Mexican designer Valentina Glez Wohlers created a chair that juxtaposes traditional European and Mexican icons: the Rococo chair and the cactus. The concept of combining two stereotypes is already funny, and the absurd execution takes full advantage of the premise. Doesn’t look like you can sit on this chair – its buttons sprout thorns!
This dollhouse is a 1:12 scale reproduction of Arne Jacobsen‘s home in Charlottenlund, Denmark. Inside are more of the architect’s work like the Egg Chair and the Swan Chair. All are made by Danish firm Minimii, which launched the designer dollhouse concept with Danish design licensed from Fritz Hansen and Arne Jacobsen. More 1:16 editions of iconic pieces include lighting from Normann Copenhagen, textiles from Daisy, kids play furnitures from Bobles, and kitchen and bathrooms from Design by Us.