Thursday, February 28, 2008
There's something about goth/darkness that always inspires.
by Ivy Izzard
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Blazac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Saijie is a beautifully written tale of two friends who are exiled to the Chinese countryside for "re-education" during Mao's Cultural Revolution. It's charmingly funny and tells of the boys' adventures and the people they meet; including Four Eyes, a boy with a secret stash of Western novels, and the Little Seamstress, for which neither one of the boys will ever forget. There's even a dash of fashion in the story with the role of the Little Seamstress, which is quite delightful. A tale of friendship, love, and the power of storytelling.
Historical fiction at its sweetest.
Imagine my excitement when I read about Crate & Barrel's new environmental initiative!
- Eco-friendly upholstery - The majority of the upholstered sofa and chair frames are certified sustainable by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) or other conservation organizations. The petroleum-based foam cushions are being replaced with soy and corn-based foam and fiber cushions.
- Eco-friendly outdoor wood collections - The woods used in the outdoor furniture are certified sustainable.
- Furniture and housewares in collaboration with the TFT (Tropical Forest Trust) - The hardwoods are sourced from plantations that are responsibly and socially managed for their long-term conservation. Some teak and mahogany collections are TFT-supported through the entire production process (harvest to final production).
- Green kitchen, bed, and bath - Using sustainable bamboo, renewable acacia wood, recycled materials, 100% certified organic cotton (free of artificial dyes), and natural plant fibers.
Crate & Barrel helps make eco-friendly goods with great design more accesible and affordable. Hooray!
I especially love the Seguro media console (1st image, right) made of reclaimed Peroba wood with refined mahogany. Probably even more amazing in person.
image credit: crate&barrel
Junya Watanabe, Paris Fashion Week - rtw fall 2008
Junya Watanabe, Paris Fashion Week - rtw fall 2008Junya Watanabe, Paris Fashion Week - rtw fall 2008
Junya Watanabe's collection offered a buffet of beautifully wrapped jersey fabrics in greys, blues, and blacks with a short appearance from a floral print. Besides feeling bad for the models having to have their lovely faces wrapped in gauzy fabric (not the easiest way to strut down the runway), the head/face wraps added an interesting architectural element and allowed for the focus to be completely on the clothes. The coats were the highlight for me with crisp lines and a sleeve that lended itself to a cape-like appearance. Structural divinity.
Rei Kawakubo did it again for me this season. The collection was a bit trashy, but an artistic and capitvating take on bad taste, as are most things Comme des Garcons (artistic and captivating, that is). Desconstructed ruffles, petticoats, jackets, and pretty dresses. And, more braids! I adore the hearty red coat in the first photo, so Corpse Bride.
image credits: style.com
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Vivienne Westwood enlisted 8-year-old school children in a unique collaboration for her Fall 2008 collection & asked them to envision designing for jungle-dwelling eco-warriors. The child-like inspiration came across as the obvious theme in the show with a focus on all things wild and pretty. And what a fabulous collection it is. A successful pairing with playful fabrics & prints, billowing dresses, capes, ponchos, faux fur, knee-high socks, braids (oh, the braids), butterflies, snakes, and, most importantly, the stilts (fab).
The collection combines eco-warrior with wearable & extremely cool.
I feel the need to put on my skivvies, find a rope swing & throw myself into a river (?).
image credits: style.com
The Fall 2008 collection offered another coveted look into the mind of the artistic genius who has been in the business of transforming fashion since the 1980's. Always avant-garde, his latest collection offered the usual fashion inspiration by way of new ideas, interesting form, and dimensional fabrics.
I loved the look of the rolled waists, even though they are realistically unflattering. Not wearable for the average woman, but Yohji's woman is anything but average. The collection featured his signature black along side a few pops of color and volume along side fitted form. The show ended with a 5-model walk to debut his leather portfolio bags, a collaboration with Hermes.
A fix for the fashion junkie.
image credit: style.com
Monday, February 25, 2008
In thinking about my place of birth, The Natural State, I recently discovered this photo of 60's rock 'n' roll band, Black Oak Arkansas & had to share it. The band was originally called Knowbody Else, until they moved to L.A. and changed their name to Black Oak Arkansas, after their hometown. Described as "pure southern-fried rock", the lead singer Jim 'Dandy' (not Jim Bob?) Mangrum's voice was known for its raw sexual energy.
I'm having visions of spandex-infused performances by hillbilly hippies. How about you?
Arkansas = The Rock 'n' Roll State
Paris Fashion Week is here & I am anxiously awaiting the Fall 2008 rtw collections from my favorite avant-garde Japanese designers; Yojhi Yamamoto, Comme des Garcons (Rei Kawakubo), and Junya Watanabe.
I want to acheive anti-fashion through fashion; that's why I am always heading in my own direction, in parallel to fashion. Because if you're not waking up what is asleep, you may as well stay on the beaten path - Yohji Yamamoto, Harper's Bazaar
A.F. Vandevorst's Fall 2008 collection was so pretty on the Paris runway. Soft drapey fabrics in lovely oranges, blues, blacks, and greys. Structured capes, long cardigans, quilting, and cotton leggings w/ stripes were the highlights.
Sunday, February 24, 2008
Make art! - Glen Hansard
This line of handbags, by designer Amy Hall, is lust-worthy for so many reasons:
1. Unique design & fabrics
2. Eco-friendly & cruelty-free (100% vegan)
3. Great shapes & beautifully made
One of my favorite posessions is my Amy Kathryn gold clutch.
image credit: amy kathryn
A must have!
image credit: humanitaire
Friday, February 22, 2008
I have an on-going love affair with all animals (and this love runs deep), but there's something extra special about the wolf. So magnificent, distinguished, and sophisticated. Yet, there is a sadness in their eyes, which I attribute to the species' long and harrowing struggle for survival.
In my update from The Daily Green today, I read about a new obstacle that is facing the gray wolf - Gray Wolves No Longer Endangered*
*At Least Not According to the Law by Dan Shapley.
Looking into the matter further, I found this press release on Defenders of Wildlife.
Here's my synopsis on the issue...
Years ago, the hideously despicable & disgusting practice of hunting (can you tell that I hate it?) nearly eradicated the gray wolf population in the U.S. Eventually, the government stepped in with protection measures in an attempt to avoid the complete extinction of the species. Tireless & steadfast conservation efforts that followed can be credited with the presence of the wolf in our world today. Protection under the Endangered Species Act has given the canis lupus a chance at survival. The gray wolf population in the U.S. is currently 1,500 with at least 100 breeding pairs living in Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming.
Due to the success of population growth and sustainability, the northern Rockies gray wolf was removed from the national list of endangered species (signed yesterday by a-hole Pres. Bush). Although this may sound like a success story, some conservation groups are calling it premature & a cause for great concern. In fact, the Sierra Club has plans to sue the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and other conservation groups to obtain a reversal on the decision. They fear that the lack of genetic diversity in the wild wolf population is not strong enough to survive a new disease outbreak or other threats without the protection of the ESA.
Also, according to Defenders of Wildlife, this leaves the gray wolf vulnerable to the state management plans developed by Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana, which calls for drastic reductions in wolf populations in the region. This could allow eradication of up to 70% of the population, which would again polarize the issue of wolf killing with the residents of these states & debar the possibility of the northern Rockies wolves to interconnect with larger populations in Canada or the possibility of new populations in other states.
The success of the wolf comeback is a great one thus far, in that they have grown in population and are planting their roots of continued presence on the earth. But, the removal of the government protections that allowed the wolves to flourish in the first place is a cause for great concern. Will it cause the species to falter in their continued struggle for survival?
Donate to the cause of the wolf here:
Defenders of Wildlife
image credit: national geographic
My day job (besides blogging) is in the interior design industry and we recently ordered from The Rug Company for an upcoming project. I was amazed to see their beautiful catalog & website with highly stylized roomsets & inspiration pages. The layouts offer great design/architectural ideas in addition to showcasing their fabulous rugs & wall hangings in a unique way. My favorites are pictured above.
Thursday, February 21, 2008
I recently discovered Gabriela Camerotti's (Face it.) photos on flickr and they are magical.
View her gallery here.
Beautiful imagery, superb lighting, and a twist of darkness.
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
I can't help but wonder why she's gone though. The only explanation I can think of is that she read my blog (although I didn't consider this possibility when I wrote it). Yes, yes of course she did. Nemesis girl read my blog and is too embarrassed to show her face again in class (and really scared that I will punch her like boxing champ Kim Duk-ku above, because I'm that good), so she stays home, gets fat & has permanent orange cheeto fingers.
The end (I hope).
image credit: here