Saturday, January 29, 2011

Friday, January 28, 2011

Weekend Love

Simply amazing!
I love the contrast between the soft colors
and textures of the dresses, against the
graphicness of the details in the back.
And the colors... THE COLORS!!

Dolce & Gabbana Floral Wedge S/S 11




Saturday, January 22, 2011

Vincent

As I was checking out Blu's stop-motion graffiti on YouTube the day before yesterday, a couple of Tim Burton-inspired videos started to pop up. What where these short stories I wondered?... So a few Wiki-links afters, this is what I found out:

When Tim Burton graduated from CalArts in 1979, he found his first job at Walt Disney Productions' Animation Studio. Although, needless to say, his artistic tastes weren't quite aligned with that of the Disney house style. Surprise, surprise. But whilst working there, he created his first short, Vincent, in 1982. A stop-motion film based on a poem written by himself, which depicted a boy who fantasizes about being the horror movie star Vincent Price.

And about Burton's poems... I also learnt that he had written and illustrated an entire book of children's poetry, titled The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy & Other Stories, back in 1997. And if you know anything about Burton... you can easily imagine how these mini stories are full black humor and "special" characters. Special being an euphemism. With titles such as Roy, the Toxic Boy, Voodoo Girl and The Boy with Nails in His Eyes. Brilliant. Dark and twisty?... Oh yes!

And yes, all the other Tim Burton-inspired videos I found on YouTube are based on the poems from this book. Although none of them are done by him.

In short: It's on my Amazon cart! But really do check this link containing all the poems!

The Book
Vincent

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Street Art & Animated Graffiti

I finally saw Exit Through the Gift Shop the other day, directed by brilliant british street artist Banksy, and it was fantastic... even hilarious at times. Specially with the whole Mr. Brainwash character, that I still can't figure out how real this person is...

Well, hoax or no hoax, mockumentary or not, it was great to see other renown street artists like Space Invaders (who's little mosaics I have been searching for, and finding, since my days in NY) and Shepard Fairey, a.k.a the OBEY guy, in action.

If you haven't yet seen it... What are you waiting for??

Banksy

Space Invaders
Invader in Paris. 2007
(All images from artists' websites)

But...
I also wanted to show you another great street artist:

He goes by the name of Blu, comes from Italy, and creates these amazing stop-motion graffiti animations. Or as he calls it: Animations painted on public walls. Awesome. He has been busy, during the the past few years, creating large-scale graffiti everywhere from Berlin, to Milan, to Lisbon, to Buenos Aires. And the drawings are just so cool and unique! I need to go hunt some of his work around Europe soon...

Pages from Blu's website

And here are some of my favorite animations:
...they are truly insane!!

Also check out his Vimeo channel


Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Kaleidoscoping

Following my recent discovery of musician Devendra Banhart (last post), curious me of course went on to check out his website. And oh surprise!... the Index page is so much fun. Nothing too fancy, just a simple good idea to keep a fan, or a graphic design geek like me, entertained for a little while: As you move your cursor around, the image mutates into different versions of a kaleidoscope. I bet whoever designed it was thinking in terms of mobile visitors. iPods, iPhones, iPads. Since using your finger is a lot more fun these days...

Seriously, I would love to have some screensaver like this on my future iPad. Food for though people!

Banhart's Index

And...

Gareth Pugh was invited to participate in Pitti Imamgine Uomo 79 (on Jan 13) as the Guest Womenswear Designer. His response: A new Fashion Film. At this point it should come as no surprise that Pugh always presents his collections with a cool and kind of dramatic (...with a slight Neo-Matrix complex) short film, instead of with the usual runway (He was amongst the first to do this). And they're always done in collaboration with Ruth Hogben, from SHOWstudio. Come to think of it, I might be doomed to repeating the previous sentence for seasons and season to come, since it's hard to imagine a Pugh video not created with Hogben at this point.

This is actually his 5th collection film, and just like the previous ones (and not unlike the brand's image and clothes, of course), focuses on the use of black and white; includes [as usual] some dark beats, and uses a lot of reflection or "mirroring" in its compositions. Very much like a kaleidoscope! One that would in all probability scare away the kids...

The video also makes me think of a futuristic silent film. Set in the year 3.000, in which the girl-hero is sent back to earth to fight. To finally reclaim it for humankind. Whether she wins or not... well that might just depend on her warrior-clothes. Yeap, that's my imagination working....

And by the way, seeing this video projected onto the ceiling of a 14th-century church in Florence must me really something! Just sayin'. Future warrior-hero fantasy or not.


Saturday, January 15, 2011

Balmain & Oliver Peoples

Well... what can I say that I haven't already last season. Bla bla bla new Fashion Films of the season, bla bla bla. Yes something along the lines of that. Not that I'm not excited about these new finds. And that as soon as Fashion Month begins, a whole new batch of films will surely pop out from all the corners of the web. Yes, exciting! Specially now that I'm WAY more knowledgeable about everything concerning fashion online (I haven't been blogging this long for nothin'), so this time I'll be looking for more 'Indie Fashion Films'... meaning short films coming from lesser know young brands. Let's see what I'll be able to find.

For the meantime, these are my first finds: 
via NOWNESS


Created by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin. This is basically the 'behind the scenes', or the 'making of' of the brand's Fall/Winter 2010-11 ad campaign. This little sub-genre of Fashion Films tends to be the most common one. Well, it is the easiest to produce after all (-$$!). YSL has made an entire online + offline experience out of its Manifestos (also created by Dutch duo Lamsweerde + Matadin), and it is also the focus of SHOWstudio films, created by Nick Knight and Ruth Hogben. Who always deliver the most amazing videos, just out of super clever editing and imposing music. No narrative needed there.

Back to Balmain, what I really like about Everglade is that it goes a little bit beyond... as it includes these surrealistic illustrations interacting with Kate, created by artist Jo Ratcliffe. So it makes me think of MGMT videos (think KIDS)... and that's always a good thing!

AD
FILM


The other film comes from Oliver Peoples. As part of their 2011 campaign. This short film is simply delish. The latin tune (Brindo: Sang by Banhart), the lazy sunny souther-California afternoon. It was directed by photographer Lisa Eisner, and includes the real-life ultra cool couple: Venezuelan-born Devendra Banhart and girlfriend Rebecca Schwartz. Who by the way is so gorgeous!

And that's just it... all other Oliver Peoples advertising campaigns have included what I like to call the Wes Anderson school-of-cool approved kids. 2009 campaign had Zooey Deschanel on Catch a Tuesday, while last year's had Shirley Manson and Elijah Wood. Do I need to say more??? Both short films where directed by Autumn de Wilde. And they are so compelling.... just because they are so unique. Yes they show the sunglasses, but in return these Oliver Peoples Films give you an entire class in effortless coolness.

...in The Rainbow House 2011
and The Children are Bored on Sundays 2010



Thursday, January 13, 2011

Electro Luxe

This is what the Hermes windows have been 
looking like for the past month in Madrid

Ah! Finally some good old electro inspiration! I could bring my iPod with my fave Tiga songs and just sit in front of this store, and have my own private party. Ok maybe not quite so. Although this multicolored light design did remind me of the 2manydjs set during SLWXMS last December...

...and it got me thinking of other 
electro-fab recent discoveries...

The E-SHOE

The most random of collaborations... Seriously! 
Created by designer Max Kibardin x Chicks On Speed

Ehm... If you've ever felt the need to bring your electric guitar with you to animate an after, well these are the perfect shoes for you! The first ever wireless high-heeled shoe guitar. Or was it guitar shoes? Either way, I'm sure trying to play them will get you noticed! In whatever weird or compromising position that may be...

The girls from Chicks on Speed have been showing them around as a part of their Objeckt Instrument Project in different art exhibitions during 2010, such as "It's not only Rock and Roll Baby" in Milan, and at the Dundee Contemporary Arts. The shoes, alongside other musical hybrids, are all documented in their latest book: Chicks on Speed: Don't Art Fashion Music. Which of course I'm planning to buy just out of general curiosity.

The Shoes
The Book
Spreads from (COS): Don't Art Fashion Music

Want to know more about Chicks on Speed?
Check out this video:
[Incidentally, these shoes also remind me of this song]

And my other discovery was...

BROKENFAB is the brainchild of textile and graphic designer Fabienne Morel, and it specializes in the creation of Disco, Boogie, Synth, Funk, Techno and Electro inspired hand-beaded jewelry. So at the very least... I think I like her a lot! Since I'm also into 'unconventional' textiles. And partying. And neon colors.

Fabienne a.k.a Brokenfab with her creations:


These pieces are just perfect for all your 
neo-hippie, psychedelic party needs!

And by the way... Miss Morel also designed
And if you've been reading this blog....
you must already know how much I Ashish

All this talk about neon colors, dance and electro... 
Also makes me think of Invisible Light
the new song by Scissor Sisters
...Which is sorta-kinda crazy...
So I'm adding a few stills worth looking at further
 Tee design by SO-ME via Coolcats

It's funny how one window display can make
you think of so many other things...
Thank you Hermes. I guess.

Dance!

Saturday, January 8, 2011

New Year's Resolutions

Better late than never right? My resolutions for 2011 are few and fairly straight forward:

N. 1
Art by Marc Weaver

Do I need to say more??

Well, specifically...
I paint, I draw, I can screen-print, I design. Then I went to business school and I stopped doing a few of those. And with moving around all the time, it's sort of hard to bring along all my art supplies. Packing up an apartment always sucks. So I made a promise to myself that once I became more 'stable', I would get my hands messy again. And I think now is as good a time as any!

Steven Klein
 Still from Your Hallucination Is Complete, 2010
I don't think this is actually a painting, 
but if it was, it would be exactly the kind 
of painting I would love to make
Photo via NOWNESS
Collages. My favorite thing!
I need to go back to cutting and glueing.
And well, also do digital ones.


I wish I knew who's responsible for these collages
Cool 10 DE 10 articles from Tenmagblog
[If you can read Spanish]

N. 2

Get a Flickr account

2009 me would've never believed that 2010 me was going to be a little 2.0 addict: With a blog, a Twitter account and a YouTube channel. And now 2011 me is determined to open a Flickr account. Now, I'm not a photographer and I will never presume to be one, but I do have a lot of great pics from all my travels and past lives. And maybe I will have even more good pics from all my future journeys. So why not share, right? I'm also eyeing this new camera for that purpose, a Sony NEX-5. Definitely a step up from my humble yet loyal Point-and-Shoot, but still small enough to carry around in my purse every day. Which is sort of the point.

Daft Punk at Bang Music Festival Miami, 2006
[Best show of my life!]
 Madrid, 2008
 View from the Fundació Joan Miró in Barcelona, 2008
 On the way to St. Moritz, 2009
All photos by me. Duh. What do you think?

N. 3

Have more fun with fashion on a daily basis!

Meadham Kirchhoff S/S 2011
Photos via Style.com

Ok maybe I'm not ready to go this crazy yet, but it was my fave collection from last year. It's so deliciously toxic, and girly, all at the same time!

Last year I was determined to 'commit to blogging', and as you can see, I have. So lets see what I'm capable of committing to this year... Usually though, I'm a girl of my word! And remember.... It's not too late! [Great post by Seth Godin]


What are your 2011 resolutions?

Love, D.