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April 29, 2010

Street Art vs. House Art.

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Two things quite impressed me today. I discovered this piece of street art on Juxtapoz Magazine. Isn’t it lovely?

The other thing is (was) a temporary installation in our house today. I call it “Transitoriness”. It shows us that things are not necessarily what we think they are. You think this subject used to be two simple kitchen rolls? The artist gave the kitchen rolls a completely new meaning by deconstructing them. Isn’t this piece of art also… well… lovely?

This must have been a pretty exhausting job…

Those shoes. Revisiting Tom F. for YSL. And new inspiration.

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Apart from Anna dello Russo’s overall fabulousness and stylish genius I specially envy her fantastic shoe collection. My favourite shoe (I can’t stop looking at the pictures) is the Tom Ford for Yves Saint Laurent cherry pump – and that in all colours, which he used back in 2003 (and in fact Anna dello Russo has got them in all colours).

(Images via amazing Jak & Jil blog.)

Unfortunately, there is no way of getting hold of them or at least finding similar ones (velvet combined with plexi/plastic and strass can easily look cheap and ugly). Bad luck. But I revisited that collection, Tom Ford did in 2003 to see how he combined the shoes, colours and clothes. Amazing! I wish he would start designing clothes for women again. Actually simple, but super sexy. And what I loved most about his collection: the boudoir-like feel achieved through the use of shiny fabrics and the combination of black and brown with pastel or bright colours. Enough said.

(Images Tom Ford for Yves Saint Laurent Fall 2003 via Style.com)

Anyways, I decided to keep my mispurchase from last fall – the shiny pastel green silk blouse (worn exactly once) – and combine it with something black and my yellow-gold crystal Zanotti sandals. And if it turns out well I will show you the result here. 🙂

The end of the designer’s unique creative process?

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(Image by Fashion Stake)

To be honest, I didn’t really understand or maybe just can’t quite imagine how this is suppose to work what I read about this new website Fashion Stake on Reuters today. To me it sounds like the end of a designer’s individual creative process. But maybe it’s not that bad. I have no clue. Think I will have to wait and see once this thing is up and running.

Here’s the original Reuters article:

New website brings crowd sourcing to fashion.

An Internet startup called Fashion Stake launching in coming weeks aims to shake up the fashion industry, just as peer-to-peer file sharing changed the music industry.

Fashion Stake will allow customers to directly fund fashion designers by browsing on-line collections and buying a stake in a collection in return for credits to buy clothes. Patrons can also share ideas with designers and vote on collections. The model, inspired by Internet-based social media networks like Twitter and Facebook, taps into a growing business model called crowd sourcing where entrepreneurs go directly to customers for content, funding, and distribution.

Daniel Gulati, the firm’s chief executive and a student at Harvard Business School where the project was born, says creative, high margin industries are moving away from a “gatekeeper” model where executives decide what the public consumes. “We think this can be a real game changer,” he said. “What we’re basically doing is redirecting the margin to fans and cutting out the retailer altogether.” Advocates of crowd sourcing say it offers consumers a cheaper, more flexible alternative and frees artists from having to get past big corporations.

New York-based designer Althea Harper says the new model could help her find funding, scarcer after the financial crisis, as well as bypass buyers at retail outlets. “It’s hard getting the retailers to trust in you as a new designer,” she said. “I’ve seen them pick up horrible lines from more established houses just because they’ve got the reputation.” Olga Vidisheva, a former model and Goldman Sachs equity analyst, who is Gulati’s classmate at Harvard, is looking forward to using Fashion Stake.

“You usually don’t have access to the starting designers. There’s a lot of pain that they go through until they can sign with Saks or Bloomingdales, said Vidisheva, who spends “several thousand” dollars a year on clothes.

POWER TO THE CROWD!

Recent years have seen a rapid growth in interactive business models and Internet-based social media, or so-called Web 2.0. Global communities centered around services like Facebook and Twitter are millions strong. Peer-to-peer lending, linking individual lenders with borrowers, has taken off in the U.S. through companies like Prosper, while so-called open innovation companies like NineSigma allow corporations to outsource problems to networks of innovators. “You can crowd source, you can crowd fund, you can get economies of scale, and you can customize the output to deal with local markets,” said Alec Karys, a consultant advising Fashion Stake.

Gulati, a former analyst at investment bank Macquarie, sees creative industries, such as publishing and journalism, with strong fan bases, as a prime target for crowd sourcing. He points to Spot.Us, a website that allows users to select and fund journalistic work that conventional media might overlook. “Why should we leave it up to just a couple of people to decide what the public wants? Let’s actually just go straight to the crowd,” he said. “It’s a two way conversation between brands and their fans. It’s not a one way type of logic anymore.”

Harvard Professor Thomas Eisenmann, who studies platform-based businesses that exploit network effects, says the trend toward interactive business models is accelerating. “You’ve got a whole bunch of businesses that worked well in Web 1.0, and those businesses either need to add social media – social networking functionality – or they’re at risk of getting leapfrogged by newcomers that do this,” he said.

However, Eisenmann says crowd funding has limits where curatorial choice is still desirable, for example at certain newspapers and media organizations that people turn to for editorial insight. “I don’t think the old models are going away,” he said. “I think you’ll see a lot of incumbent players add (network) functionality as an option.”

(Editing by Mark Egan and Alan Elsner)

April 27, 2010

No risk. Just fun.

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Well-priced and risk-free – I don’t know how many times I’ve read these terms related to Vanessa Bruno. Well-priced and risk-free… So what? I love the delicate little blouses, the nude/fire-drencher red combinations, the dusky pink long skirt and little black jackets. And if they’re well-priced (whatever that means on style.com) – that sounds like something I would definitely enjoy.

(Oh, and by the way: Sorry for the bad headline. It’s been used and abused – at least by me – whenever it comes to automobile safety and I don’t know what. Anyways…)

(All images via www.vanessabruno.com)

April 25, 2010

Oh so transparent.

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I’m loving the trend which is heading towards nothing – almost nothing. Plexi looks light and cool as air. Wonder if it also feels as light and cool as air.

(Shoes by Prada and Cacharel. Images via Polyvore.)

Brilliant – the use of plexi glass for furniture design: The Air Collection by Lago, a Padua, Italy-based furniture design company.


April 24, 2010

Ray Caesar.

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“I was born in London, England on October 26 1958, the youngest of four and much to my parent’s surprise, I was born a dog. This unfortunate turn of events was soon accepted within my family and was never again mentioned in the presence of polite company.”

I had already browsed through countless illustrations before I finally came to read  “About” Ray Caesar. And how can’t you love someone who introduces himself in such a charming and funny way. The illustrations of British-born Ray Caesar are featured in an art exhibition in Bristol, England starting from 15. May (no, it’s not from 1. May as stated on Caesar’s homepage – the dates have changed) till 22. August, 2010. Aren’t they wonderfully creepy?

(All images by Ray Caesar taken from www.raycaesar.com)

Charlotte.

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How does this woman manage always, always to look so stunning? It’s a mystery. Took this picture of Charlotte Gainsbourg from Hanneli’s wonderful blog.

April 23, 2010

Very Dali.

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Delfina Delettrez earrings. Seen on www.colette.fr

April 22, 2010

Aloha.

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Love, peace and harmony, folks. The photo wallpaper is back. If you grew up in the 70s when wallpaper murals were seriously considered a genuine interior decoration, you may be horrified when you see the latest photo wallpaper generation. Maybe it’s just a matter of taste. It’s not my thing I have to say.

Maison Martin Margiela and Prada used the photo wallpaper theme in their summer 2010 collections. Do you like? I definitely love the suede Margiela bag and boots. As for the rest… I’m not sure. And Prada? Their campaign is gorgeous. And I adore the deconstructed colourful little jackets and the coat shown here. Put them into a frame and up the wall – I think that’s the only kind of photo wallpaper/decoration which was acceptable for me. 🙂

(Images via Maison Martin Margiela.)

(Images via Prada.)

And just in case you do like the new generation photo wallpaper you can find a selection here.

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