Fashion

What to Wear to a… Protest?

So, Steve Heller pointed out yesterday that the New York Times, for some reason, felt it necessary to commission logos for an occupation the rest of the media landscape had barely acknowledged prior to two weeks ago. That, in and of itself, was weird enough—and it was weirder that the logos they were given were...

Wiggy Wigs

Bring back wigs for men. No, not ratty toupees, I mean wiggy wigs. The Louis XIV variety that made him three feet taller and could serve as a nest for small birds and large insects. Its that time in the fashion cycle for Louis to return. He was rightly called “La Grand Monarch'” or...

What the Best Dressed Policeman Was Wearing

The men in blue had to look sharp in neatly tailored uniforms that expressed authority while exuding style. “Each tailoring step is carefully checked and rechecked to insure absolute uniformity. . . ,” which is a good thing when you are manufacturing and selling uniforms. “The transaction is complete only when you are entirely...

La Dolce Vita, Domani

I got to my local Target store at the Palisades Mall in Nyack, NY, just before 11:00 a.m. yesterday morning to check out the limited-time Missoni collection on opening day. I was three hours too late. Every shelf and rack of Missoni merchandise was empty. Well, there were two sweaters in the children’s section...

Paulina Reyes' Beautiful World

The artist Paulina Reyes has completed a series of striking prints that have been interpreted by the designers Whitney Pozgay for her Winter and Spring collections (www.whit-ny.com) and Harvey Faircloth for their Spring collection (harveyfaircloth.com). Reyes’s work contains a playfulness that allows her designs to achieve an intimacy with her audience that helps transcend...

SONIC FABRIC Needs Your Help

I met Alyce Santoro in 2006, in Brooklyn, not too long before she moved to Marfa, Texas. Filled with curios and the materials of her multimedia artwork, her basement studio made an impression on me as a place of cramped enchantment. I was there to learn about Santoro’s SONIC FABRIC, an equal parts blend...

Is it Nostalgia, or Is it Memorex?

I’ve been seeing a lot about ideas of retro and nostalgia in the news lately, and a couple of them click together realy nicely. In The New York Times, there’s a rather poignant piece about the (probably) impending 1990’s nostalgia, now that we GenXers are hitting our 40’s. A lot of talk about doing...

Today's Obsession: Prada Candy

Alias, whose work you’ve probably seen glaring at you from the magazine racks in your local bookstore, creates (primarily) typography for fashionable concerns like AnOther Magazine and the London 2012 Olympic Games. They’ve recently expanded Prada’s iconic logotype into a full alphabet, which is lovely. Also a fascinating potential propaganda bomb if it gets...

Today's Obsession: In It Together

So, I am obsessing over another video like I did a few weeks ago with Robyn’s “Indestructible.” Same reasons too: amazing simple ideas, immaculately implemented by talented artists, bringing a song to life in a rush of pure pop adrenaline. This is Human Life’s In It Together, which is an amazing mixture of late-80’s...

Today's Obsession: Vogue on Vogue on Vogue

From Livejournal member shrubrub in the fashion community, here is every cover of Vogue from 2010 from every county it publishes in. How marvelous that generative, impressionistic art can be made so easily, and has become so entrenched the public consciousness that it’s immediately accepted. Computers are no longer strange when we stop responding...