click here to maximize your minimalism!
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are you a fonts enthusiast? a typophile?
find the beauty on your daily walk! take time to notice the details of your landscape.
there is nothing like seeing a great handbag in action.
plastics are our future. how can you resist plastic? it is so shiny and pleasing. I have a penchant for plastics.
chronicling my quest for the one true
have you ever noticed the similarity between nyc fire call boxes and benevolent Kannon, goddess of mercy?
every design, fashion and art magazine I read lately features some important directional artist making big contributions to their genre. and where do they live? brooklyn!
who says there are no more 'new ideas' in art and design? the newness is in the juxtaposition.
this is how I really get things done. with my little green co-worker/task-master.
clothing & accessories design
useful, economical, modular pieces that can be mix-matched in numerous
ways (because why can't fashion be useful and lasting? I think
it can!) So I say Maximize your Minimalism!
Satin Karate Belt featured in Dec 06 Real Simple
Voted Best Designer 2006 Style Bakery
'On the Rise'
Daily Buss Feature
in the blog press
the girl who ate everything
(into) the fray
far too cute
couture in the city
high fashion girl
furniture (especially chairs from the 50s and 60s), uniforms, repeating patterns, menswear, Oscar Niemeyer,
traditional Japanese architecture, the Rimpa School and Ogata Korin's 8-Point Bridge, Matisse, bromeliads,
succulents and other waxy flora
bamboo, coral, moss, woodgrain, silhouettes & other cut-outs, plastic,
low-resolution images, the photo copier, off-registration prints, Max
Ernst's Lunar Asparagus, NYC fire call boxes that look like Kannon, Fauvist color sense, the Noguchi Museum,
pretty much all of Abstract Expressionism
magazines of current
Domino, Elle Decor (British), ARTnews, Art in America, Wallpaper
favorite heel style
the wedge, but a sleek modern interpretation
current shoe obsession
alas, the sneaker. (because I live in nyc and walk a ton!) but not too
sneakery of a sneaker. more of a sneaker disguised as a shoe, like a mary
jane style or a high-tech looking black one with a metallic accent. how
about Royal Elastics? I must go try some on. I really like the non-sneakeryness
of their styles.
bag trend: structured yet soft & slouchy
If you ask me, riding the subway at rush hour is a great time to go bag shopping. You can see a variety of handbags within a short span of time, and
you can vicariously test-drive them before you purchase. As a sea of bags parade before you, rush past you and jam into you, you can see how various shapes 'wear' when they are stuffed and overstuffed, and how they look in action
. In-store you can see a lot of theoretical trends emerge; on the subway you can see how these trends play out in actuality, with the customer.
On the V train last night, I counted over 15 bags that were soft and slouchy, yet structured and elegant, like the examples pictured above. Softer details included leather covered buttons, leather handles, leather zipper pulls, and plenty of pleats.Clockwise from left [images from respective Websites]:
- 'Angie' shopping tote by Linea Pelle, $414 on goldyn.com
- 'Carly' slouchy hobo by Kooba, $595 on saks.com
- Dr. Q Hillier Hobo by Marc by Marc Jacobs, $495 at eluxury.com
- Village shoulder tote by Cole Haan, $395 on colehaan.com
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Labels: accessories, bags, coutorture must read, trend