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Takashi Murakami Superflat Monogram for Louis Vuitton

In Artsy Fartsy, Fashion, Movies on June 10, 2010 at 11:50 am

many of you may remember Takashi Murakami for his out of nowhere revamp of the classic louis vuitton monogram, or for the international museum tour of his paintings and life size figurines  which brought more celebrities to the opening nights of an exhibit than…idk, but it was more than usual. whatever. anyway his work is awesome (despite contestations that his paintings are really done by apprentices and understudies). i remember seeing the show when it came to LA in ’08 and feeling like he’d managed to invent not only a new way of painting, but new colors to paint with as well. good stuff. anyway here’s an animated short he did in the spirit of his work for louis v. those who’ve seen Hayo Miyazaki‘s Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, & Ponyo may feel a little tingle of remembrance watching this.




Magic Rolling Board (1976) [FADER]

In Fashion, Fun Fridays!, History, Movies on June 7, 2010 at 12:43 am

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oh how i wish skateboarding was still like this…



HBO’s new series ‘How To Make It In America’

In Fashion, Miscellaneous on May 27, 2010 at 9:56 pm

its not bad. yoni and i decided it not as great as it could be. it’s kinda predictable, but watching it reminds me of some of my friends from LA and it could become something interesting. don’t forget to stop the video at 40 seconds 😉


Beauty Icon: Iman []

In Africa, Artsy Fartsy, Fashion, Profile: People Places & Things of Peace, World News on April 4, 2010 at 8:40 pm

every month takes a “look at the faces that have made history.” this month’s “beauty” is none other than the exquisite Iman…

more photos after the jump…



“My dream woman is Iman.” So said no less an arbiter than Yves Saint Laurent. And those words still ring true today: The CFDA will honor the Somalian-born beauty as its Fashion Icon later this spring.

The supermodel—one of the first, long before the reign of the Trinity, the rise of the waifs, or the Eastern European boom—has well earned her one-name status. She was Iman Mohamed Abdulmajid when the American photographer Peter Beard discovered her as a young student at the University of Nairobi. Her elegant, sculptural beauty—the impossibly long neck, the regal features, those cheekbones—was a revelation when she hit the international scene in the late seventies and eighties. At a time when the glossy pages were dominated by athletic, all-American girls, she was an instant favorite among editors and nearly a religion among designers, many of whom called her their muse.

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Made in Africa: Sawa Shoes [Fader]

In Africa, Fashion on March 23, 2010 at 11:30 pm

Feted as the first 100% authentic African-made sneaker, Sawa shoes had their official worldwide launch today [March 4th]. The label’s assembly line spreads a little love at all four corners of the continent: the laces are made in Tunisia, the rubber soles in Egypt, the leather in Nigeria, the canvas in Cameroon, the packaging in South Africa and the final product is cooked up by craftsmen in Cameroon. For now the kicks will be available at Soula in Brooklyn and Dover Street Market in London (probably one of the best stores ever)—Comme des Garçons has put in an order too. An online shop featuring the footwear and other Sawa-related treats is also in the works, and their African school notebooks will probably replace our obsession with French scribble pads as soon as it goes live.

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Profile: The Sartorialist Scott Schuman

In Fashion, Profile: People Places & Things of Peace on December 30, 2009 at 6:53 pm

Scott Schuman: Photographer, columnists & blogger extraordinaire. Aside from being the force behind one of my favorite blogs (and one of the few I’ve checked religiously for years) Schuman also writes for GQ magazine and does photo-shoots for, Italian Vogue and the like. I, no doubt, have butchered what I’m sure is a long list of his other accomplishments and endeavors but what I love most of them all is his blog. The Sartorialist is basically a collection of beautifully photographed people that cross Schuman’s path on his travels around the world. It’s not just a fashion blog, or a travel blog but the most wonderful mix of both. And The Sartorialist dont discriminate. On any given day he’ll post pictures of men, women, children, workers, celebrities, students, fashionistas and people just dressed for the day; everyone all peppered in with no favor shown to the wealthy or famous. And what, as a fledgling photographer, I love most and just can’t get over, is how well lit everyone is and how no matter what he’s always able to find some happiness and humanity in each person.

For those of us who read his blog Schuman is gifting us with a life of travel that very few have the privilege to explore. And he’s not showing us the sites; pictures of the Eiffel Tower and places we can google. He’s sharing people. Strangers he sees on the street with shoes he loves or with a scarf tied in a way he’d never thought of. He finds beauty everywhere in all kinds of people and what is more he shares it. By showing that there are well dressed people everywhere beautifully expressing themselves in their clothes, shoes and accessories, and not just on the runway, he affirms that fashion is in art and art is in life.

Lastly, as a final plug for his blog, let me (1.) say that at the very least it is great inspiration for outfit ideas on nights when your closet looks like the great abyss of nothingness and (2) provide you with the smallest sample of his beautiful photographs I could bring myself to narrow it down to cause really they’re all stunning.



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