Fashion

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...

Today's Obsession: Lucy McRae

Going back to Wednesday’s Obsession, let’s look more at the work of Lucy McRae, the woman who created the sculptures in the Robyn video for Indestructible. First of all, she has her own blog on Blogspot with her collaborator Bart Hess. The idea I found most interesting is that humans in the context of...

Inside the California Design Biennial: Five Curators Speak

The Pasadena Museum of California Art’s fourth California Design Biennial exhibition that opened a few weeks ago is organized into five categories, but the divisions are very loosely defined. Prius ads in the form of blossoming floral growth along the state’s freeways are considered Graphic Design. A music video takeoff on Fischli & Weiss’s...

Today’s Obsession: Think Pink

This is “Think Pink,” from 1957’s Funny Face, starring Fred Astaire, Audrey Hepburn, and in this scene, the magnificent, imperious Kay Thompson. If you’ll hold your titters at the clip’s campiness for a few moments, look at that marvelous visual direction!

Barbie, Ken, Sterling, Cooper, Draper

Mad Men returns next Sunday, July 25, and a new line of well coiffed and clothed Barbie dolls – Mad Barbies – are in the wings. Will the new 4th season bring us as much pain and joy as the previous three? “When I hear ‘Mad Men,’ it’s the most irritating thing in the...