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.
These videos are random. Why am I posting them? I stumbled upon this article on CNN today, Ten Japanese Fashion Flops. Number 5, "Glamour Nails" led me to research the bizarre concept of Japanese gyaru (translation: gal) fashion. Please read this article, but comment in particular on numbers 3 & 4. I am fascinated. I want to learn more and more and more.
In Ganguro fashion, a deep tan is combined with hair dyed in shades of orange to blonde, or a silver gray known as 'high bleached.' [...] The ganguro culture has evolved its own synchronized dances, called Para Para. Participants do predetermined moves at the same time, usually as accompaniment to J-pop music.
Hence my posting of these Para Para videos. This one below, is a television ad for a certain Japanese "pasta sauce" where the ingredients are cod roe, and not much more. I became obsessed with this Tarako ad a few years ago to the point of learning all the words in Japanese. I didn't realize the moves are Para Para too until today. Now all I have to do is get the Para Para moves down. Oh no, I feel a new obscure obsession coming on. How do they do those elbow swivel arms?