Saturday, October 30, 2010

Trick or Treat??

Treat!
A few years back while I was still living in New York, a very good friend of mine and I decided to have a scary movie night on the 30th of October... to get into the 'Halloween spirit'. I was in charge of the movie, so I brought Suspiria (1977), a cult movie by director Dario Argento (who also directed Deep Red). It is one of the coolest scary movies that you will ever see. Trust me.... Meanwhile, my friend was in charge of the booze, so he chose to open an Absinthe bottle. A pretty scary experience in itself as it turned out. That was indeed my first and last time to drink that!

...by the way, New York is about the best place you can be for Halloween! I miss it so much this time of year. And Suspiria... if I had to describe it, it's sort of like a Sleeping Beauty on acid. Well that's my guess anyways hehe. The colors in this movie, just for starters, are insane! So rent it, buy it, or download it!

Or at least watch this scene:
Happy Halloween Everyone!!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Neon, Dancing and 3D!

I was checking out HORT's website, a design studio from Berlin, and found these Digital Covers they created for Resopal Schallware- A German record label. Of course, I have a soft spot for neon colors and retro-sort-of-electro things... So I wanted to share them with you!

By the way, the guys from HORT have also been designing all the album jackets, etc, for Booka Shade. If you own any of them, then you know how incredible they are!

...and it made me think of some of these crazy party looks that Marc Jacobs sent down the runway for Louis Vuitton's S/S 2011 collection a few weeks ago in Paris:
Photos via Style.com

Ok, maybe I'm being completely crazy and ridiculous and this comparison doesn't make any sense hehe. But one thing they do have for sure in common: They both make me want to jump on my patent-heels and go out dancing!... I'm not sure I liked every look in this LV collection, but it sure was fun. And, I will (not would!) kill for that last dress when it comes out!

One last surprise: 
Viktor & Rolf 3D Showreel
A short Fashion Film with model Nadia Shapoval
Please follow the link to marceloburlonblog to watch it, since I wasn't able to find this video anywhere else! 

It's so worth the click! Specially if you have a pair of 3D shades...

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Lara Vs The Savage Pack

Forget about anything else.... THIS is one AMAZING video!!
Plus I have been crazy about Midnight Juggernauts for a while now. Their album Dystopia is just incredible. And as it turns out, a great travel companion as well!

But back to this video, it was made in stop motion by Lucinda Schreiber and Béatrice Pegard. Which means that every itty bitty tiny move is a different picture taken. That means A LOT of pictures! And about 2000 pages were printed (According to Fubiz). Wow!

Again, I am crazy about geometrics patterns, and black & white... therefore this was sort of a visual feast! hehe. So just for fun and general nerdiness, I'm adding a little sequence from the video so you know what I mean...




Cool right?!
Here is the video:

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Todo o Nada

Between one thing and another, I almost forgot to mention 2 great fashion photography exhibitions that are taking place right now in Madrid. Lucky us!

The first one is Todo o Nada (All or Nothing) by Mario Testino at the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza. It runs from September 21, until January 9, 2011. So there's PLENTY of time for you to go. No excuses! And it is simply delicious! Maybe you have already seen many of the pics included in the exhibition on the pages of Vogue before, but it is an entirely different experience to see them in such a large scale. Trust me!



The second one, which I still haven't seen, but plan to go very very soon, is  A Message for You by Guy Bourdin. It is now [finally] up on the Sala Canal de Isabel II (Santa Engracia, 124), until January 9.

I am including some pics here as a little visual appetizer of what the exhibition might hold. Crazy/Amazing right?! You can see why he is THE fashion photographers' photographer. And by that I mean that every fashion photographer that has come after him has admired and referenced Bourdin in one way or another. Seeing these pics, it's easy to understand why, isn't it??

Also, there has been a lot of attention and buzz around Guy Bourdin lately because of last year's explosion of the 'Fashion Film phenomenon' (Yes... I'm calling it a phenomenon lol!). Where's the connection?... Bourdin was the first one to create (and therefore invent) a Fashion Film... WAY back in the 70's. A visionary! That's how they are calling him nowadays, anyways. The only problem was that while the creativity was there, there was no platform [such as the internet now] to really distribute this kind of content. At least not to the 'masses'. So his films went through the decades fairly unknown until now.
  
In short... can't wait to see the show!

Most pics are from Vogue [All from Guy Bourdin's website]:
But if you're far away from Madrid... you can find all his work (also his short films!) on his website: GuyBourdin.org, or go to a special page SHOWstudio has created for his films. 

Have a great weekend!
x
D.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Daily Wisdom

My inspirational pics of the day!
From the Lisa and Wilfredo Blog by Lisa Congdon. Her illustrations are really cute!

Also, I found that blog through her other blog: A Collection A Day, 2010. Her 1 year art project. Sort of. Which will become a book. Smart. And it is really fun to see what collection of objects she manages to come up with every day! Wow.... and I though I was a collector... This is the real thing! It's so cool that she gets to share her love/obsession. You should definitely check it out.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Tread Over It

Now this is really fun advertising!

To introduce its new P87 Cushioning System, Camper got together with Spanish band Klein, and created a music video for the shoes. The band members 'played' music by jumping on huge musical instrument spread allover the floor. Watch it!:

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Interieur 2010

This contemporary design fair in Kortrijk, Belgium began last friday, celebrating its 22th edition. I wish I had know about it before! It looks very promising (Specially because there's an emphasis on 'Contemporary' & helping young designers!)... so I'll have to make a mental note of it for next year. Check out their website for more info.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

I ♥ Nanimarquina

Well, I was so disappointed to not have seen Nanimarquina at the Feria Habitat Valencia that I HAD to go and see her new shop in Barcelona. Finally. Didn't I say that I was going to??

Nanimarquina is a handmade designer rug brand based in Barcelona. And the 750-m2 shop is located on the corner of Avenida Diagonal (Think Gaudí's Pedrera/ Casa Milá) and Calle Rosselló, on a former car park (According to FRAME this area is the epicenter of design in Barcelona...). The 3 floor space was designed by architect Robert Pallí, who kept the car park 'layout', making this shop quite original.

I loved the space, and was so-totally-happy to finally see all those beautiful rugs LIVE!

Here are some pics:
Spiral by Martín Azúa and Gerard Moliné
Little Field of Flowers by Studio Tord Boontje
Victoria by Sybila
...where the parking used to take place. Now a rug heaven!
Awful photo, awesome chair!
Do-Lo-Rez by Ron Arad
Samples
Hairy stuff 
♥♥♥
[On the flor] Calder by Nani Marquina
Rangoli by Nani Marquina
'Recycled' Vintage Kilims: It's such a trend right now!
...I was so focused on my 'blogger duties' that I completely forgot about my cushions-collecting habit. I do LOVE cushions and rugs and that sort of thing, and those (above) would have been an excellent addition! Oh well, I guess it'll have to be next time! (Always unfinished business in Barcelona.... or at least an excuse to go back!)

Did you like Nanimarquina? I think this is one of the best design brands coming from Spain.
Nani Marquina, I would love to meet you one day!

Here is a promo video I found on their website:
...and forget about the promo side, it is just so cool to see how the rugs are done!