April 22nd, 2014

This original 1966 lithograph announcing a Donald Judd exhibition at the Leo Castelli Gallery in New York City was designed by Judd himself. Exceedingly rare, this announcement was originally folded and mailed to patrons of the Castelli Gallery (via 1st Dibs).

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My latest additional to the home. I can’t stop staring at it.

>>> TO SHRED

April 21st, 2014

So, this happened today.

Armload of day-after-Easter-candy from Target. Check.

Shopping in a Shredder mask with intent to shred some candy during the car ride home. Check.

>>> FURMINATOR

April 20th, 2014

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1. “What’s gonna happen to my friend?”

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2. “The brave little bunny must be bound on the first night of the blood moon. And on the following Sunday, it will unleash the magic.“ 

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Enjoy this. I took you from worried to proud in one picture hop. See what I did there?

Happy Easter!

<3, F

 

>>> BELLY CRAWL

April 19th, 2014

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Forbidden fruit. Image courtesy of JAKUBOWSKI.

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I’m been here a lot lately because the pictures are great. I’m chipping away slowly trying to get to the end. I hope that my computer doesn’t crash all of a sudden because I’ll lose my place.

Dearest computer, stop purring so hard and be strong.

>>> STARTER

April 18th, 2014

Screen captures via iPhone of the movie Beginners (2010), written and directed by Mike Mills.

>>> CONTRABAND

April 17th, 2014

Alberto Giacometti. Objet désagréable à jeter [Disagreeable Object to be Thrown away]. 1931. Wood. Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art.

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(Image and excerpt courtesy of The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art.)

This wooden object is designed to be picked up and played with, and can stand in several different positions. It is satisfying to hold, but is also sinister and possibly offensive. Although it looks as if it has been built for a purpose (possibly sexual), the artist has left this for the viewer to decide. It is similar in shape to a type of stool made in Western Africa, although one of the ‘legs’ is fixed to the top of the ‘seat.’ Giacometti made this piece while working with the surrealist group.

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If you were able to take a glimpse at my browser history from this morning, you would see that I read an interview on partners Christophe Lemaire and Sarah-Linh Tran. Lemaire’s responses were interesting, but a couple of Tran’s answers were so charming. When she mentions the Giacometti sculpture, I was so intrigued that I hit the link as if it were a prize button. And you know what? I won a new little curiosity.

(Style Counsel: An Under-the-Radar Parisian Designer by . Excerpts of interview courtesy of Remodelista)

RM: How would you describe your personal style?
Christophe Lemaire: I like the concept of a personal uniform, it is what I am looking for myself. I don’t like clothes that are too fragile or precious. I like functional and durable garments.

Sarah-Linh Tran: Practical and discreet.

RM: Are there any styling principles you rely on when preparing the show of each collection?
Christophe: Never trying hard, and never too obvious.
Sarah-Linh: I picture a better version of myself.

RM: What is the last thing you purchased for your home?
Christophe: A Korg keyboard.
Sarah-Linh: A pasta machine to make homemade pastas…

RM: Favorite art piece or architectural work of the moment?
Christophe: The work of architect Adolf Loos and painter Odilon Redon.
Sarah-Linh: Giacometti’s Disagreeable Object to be Thrown away.

>>> GIFTS OF MIRTA

April 15th, 2014

Excerpts below from Visionaire’s Fashion 2001: Designers of the New Avant-Garde by Stephen Gan via cotonblancPhotography by Rick Owens.

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It is entirely possible to count the fashion designers Los Angeles has produced over the years on one hand, and most of the fingers will be allocated to designers who specialise in the glitzy stuff. Accordingly, the odds of finding a designer like Rick Owens in Los Angeles should be approximately zero. And the odds of Rick Owens actually thriving there? Worse still. “People will ask me who am I dressing for the Oscars,” Owens says. “Who the fuck would want to wear my clothes to the Oscars? My stuff is not about status. It’s all greyish-beige or beigish-grey.” And yet, oddly enough, after nearly ten years in business, Rick Owens likes it there.

Owens grew up in northern California and moved south to study painting at Otis Parsons. He learned how to cut patterns at a local technical school and procured a job in the LA garment district with a company that made designer knock-offs. “They would only let you look at the Versace jacket for half an hour before they returned it to the store,” Owens recalls. “It was the most amazing training, though. It made you really accurate and really fast.” Before long he was making his own designer originals. (via cotonblanc)

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Points of inspiration run the gamut from monsters to mummies to Tristan and Isolde to the work of Francis Bacon. “He was more tortured than Picasso,” Owens says of the artist. “His paintings distorted people but you could still see a figure you recognised. It’s not playful; it’s gloomy.” If there is a glimmer of Hollywood screen glamour in Owen’s fur jackets and bias-cut dresses, it is of the faded variety. His is an aesthetic patched together from washed-out and second-hand materials, combining intricate cutting techniques of the 30s and the 40s with the nomadic and world-weary outlook of the young punks who hang around his neighbourhood.

“My stuff looks kind of vintage,” Owens says, “but from what planet?” And while finding people skilled enough to do his production work is often a problem, it only makes him work around it and Scotch-tape something else together. Owens, for example, has circumnavigated the need for clumsy zippers by attaching knit pieces to bias pieces to create an evening gown that skims the body unencumbered by closures. “There are people on Hollywood Boulevard who devote their lives to shining the stars on the walk of fame and think they have an elevated purpose,” Owens says. “My elevated purpose is making gowns.” (via cotonblanc)

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I like the weathered, impreciousness of the first Owens gown above. I like thinking about how he ages and tints the fabric (makes me think of the process behind how Eulyn Womble, designer for The Walking Dead, roughs up each costume). It looks like ancient marble. It appears as though it is fused to the dummy form – as if it were conceived there and then grew up unsheltered, learning to fend for itself.

It reminds me of the tattered sheets on the statues all around Rome -covered, neglected and waiting to be restored.

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>>> READ: Rick Owens, Master of Disaster by Eugene Rabkin. (Rabkin teaches critical writing at Parsons the New School for Design.)

>>> FITTING

April 14th, 2014

And more Designer Inspiration for Spring 2014 via The Cut. 1. Zero + Maria Cornejo, “Heritage.” 2. Araks “The Grand Parade.” Photo Courtesy of Araks. 3. Novis ,”Puzzle.” Photo Courtesy of Novis. 4. Vena Cava, “Memphis”. Book: Ettore Sottsass, Architect and Designer.

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April 13th, 2014

1. Dries Van Noten and Ann Demeulemeester in Florence (ca. 1987). Fashion! Antwerp! Academy!: 50 years of Fashion Academy, Lannoo Publishers. Via: the blog to be mentioned. 2. Page 29 screen capture of cotonblanc. I love this blog. There are old pictures of my favorite designers- like image #1.

>>> LUCHFORD

April 12th, 2014

Surf Party Fun Time USA! Editorial from Self Service (Summer 2014) photographed by Glen Luchford. Via burbuja8910 on The Fashion Spot.

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You can thank stylist Marie Chaix for my favorite picture: left in spread #8.

I’ve concocted a story around it. It had been decided from her superiors that the Michael Kors sweater and khakis must be included in the story. In an act of restrained defiance, Marie makes the nondescript articles of clothing relevant by simply adding bands of gaffer tape.

Voila. I’ll be thinking about that picture all day.

I wish to see more personal touches in editorials. Magazines have gotten so boring.

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Bonus: Oh yea. Click here. Click here. Please. Just do it.

>>> SURPRISE

April 11th, 2014

Designer Inspirations for Spring 2014 via The Cut. 1. Tome, “Mendieta.” (Photo Courtesy of Tome). 2. Noon by Noor, “Tree of Life.” (Photo courtesy of Noon by Noor).

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Happy Birthday to Kerri!

<3, F

>>> CLEAR COAT

April 10th, 2014

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1.Clear rain gear with multicolor trim via per temperitas. 2. See through men’s jacket at Jil Sander, Spring/Summer 2012 via Ateisto. 3. Slow and Steady Wins the Race, Clear Collection via jillsies. 4. ”Dirty Looks,” Diana Gartner photographed by Wayne Maser for Marie Claire UK (December 2002) via editorial archive. 5. Citron Céline sandal displayed in plastic via ROPA VIEJA. 6. Kyle Martens‘ collaborative project, “Lightweight with Drawstring,” with Brandon Brookbank via lost. 7. Patrick Bateman in a raincoat dancing for Paul. American Psycho (2000).

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The clear outerwear. You spent such a long time picking out what to wear. It would be a sin to cover it up just because of something unexpected like the weather. This is a perfect way to cover and reveal simultaneously. Oh, and get ready for the inevitable condensation.

>>> THINK PINK

April 9th, 2014

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 1. An overhead shot of my desk. Sketchbook and bougainvillea. Center focus cut from Vanity Fair back issue: Jean Shrimpton, cover, Harper’s Bazaar, April 1965. 2 & 3. Christo and Jeanne-Claude. Surrounded Islands, Biscayne Bay, Greater Miami, Florida, 1980-83. Photo: Wolfgang Volz. 4. Christo. Surrounded Islands (Project for Biscayne Bay, Greater Miami, Florida). Pencil, charcoal, pastel, wax crayon, enamel paint, aerial photograph and fabric sample. Photo: Wolfgang Volz © 1982 Christo. Ref. # 36. Images 2 to 4 courtesy of Christo and Jeanne-Claude.

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This Bazaar cut-out from Vanity Fair has been on my desk waiting to be referenced and written about for over a week and a half.

I saw it and immediately thought about Christo and Jeanne-Claude – a husband and wife I learned of in design and art history. My professor was a huge fan of the duo. She showed us videos documenting the making of Running Fence (1972-76) and Surrounded Islands (1980-83). Her respect and admiration for them was contagious. I learned that the two financed each project by the selling the plans and collages. Both worked together seamlessly like a perpetual energy source – a two person Kickstarter way ahead of their time.

I love their process of self-made. I love the idea of two people in unison, actively working towards one creative goal.

When I think of Christo and Jeanne-Claude, I am wholesomely happy for many reasons. Mainly, because their creative process is incredibly pragmatic and so simple when you strip down the steps to bare bones. One, they think of an idea – to wrap ______, to run a fence, or add curtains to a park. Two, they finance the plan with the sale of tangible goods (i.e. drafts, sketches, plans). Three, they do it.

And when they do, it is breathtaking (example: Wrapped Coast, 1968-69). It is moving. It is monumental.

My opinion is all based on the final documenting on their site and in art books as this is all that is left of the installations. I don’t need to study the pictures in detail. I absorb what I can and regularly activate them by memory.

When I think of Christo and Jeanne-Claude and their body of work, it makes me hopeful and reminds me that anything and everything is possible. This is absolutely encouraging and helps me tremendously. It helps with everything small to large to merely getting up in the morning to undertaking a risky new project.

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>>> Weird Fact: They flew in separate planes: in case one crashed, the other could continue their work. [Miller, Stephen and Crow, Kelly (November 20, 2009). "Part of a Creative Powerhouse Behind Ephemeral Artworks"The Wall Street Journal (Dow Jones). Retrieved 2009-11-20.]

>>> Side Note: You see their bartering skills in the inspiring documentary Herb & Dorothy (2008) which I highly recommend.

>>> OUTSIDE THE BOX

April 8th, 2014

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1. Geoffrey Mac’s inspiration reference for Fall 2012: “OMNIDIMENSIONAL” Photo Hybrid Sculpture by Dev Harlan courtesy of Christopher Henry Gallery via The Cut. 2. Geodesic dome installation by Danish architect Kristoffer Tejlgaard for The Roskilde Festival in Denmark via Inhabitat. 3. Geodesic dome made by Anthony Liekens for his chickens. 4. The unattainable wooden geodesic side table at Urban Outfitters that inspired this post captured via iPhone.

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I was at U.O. a week or so ago and saw nothing I wanted except for the wooden geodesic block which was not for sale. I must make one (or add it to my home list). Now, I need to find the perfect stump and a chainsaw.

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>>> BBRRRRR

April 7th, 2014

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1. Catnap next to some islands made of ice. Elle (October 2000) via Editorial Archive. 2. A polar bear doing his best impression of a Conehead circa 1993 via JAKUBOWSKI. 3. A glorious frozen tree that looks like a character from Frozen circa 2013. 4. A collection of domestic snow globes. 5. An army of light up globes from Krisatomic. (Images 3 & 4 via Sky le Blogs.)

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>>> COLOR FULL

April 4th, 2014

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1. Sean Kennedy‘s Untitled, 2012. View from below via JAKUBOWSKI. 2. From Bad Day, Issue #10 via thank you, ok. 3. Screen capture of Pinterest screen. I like that rummaging thumbnail from vogue.it. 4. A collection of flowers in glass vessels at Junction Flea via thank you, ok.

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That last post was so sterile. Here’s some color and pretty flowers.

Click here to see a really lovely arrangement done by my friend. She’s got mad skillz.

>>> ICY HOT

April 3rd, 2014

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1. The University of Vermont students and faculty and members of The Green Mountain Club from The University of Vermont Library’s Center for Digital Initiatives (via Tomboy Style). I have updated the photo with an OSL<3VE sign from The Guardian. 2. Artforum (May 2010). 3. Isolated house from Town & Country (December 2008). 4. Girl in parka and wellies, jumping a frigid stream with four-legged friend via JAKUBOWSKI. 5. Photographs of the cold by Alexander Gronsky via Sky le Blogs. 6. A very cold place that is melting slowly from Dominik Śmiałowski.

(The pictures above are a mix of chilly places for my arctic mood board.)

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I am very happy to announce that I will be going to Norway with my most favorite person during Winter 2014. We will be visiting our friends in Germany and have a few other places on the prospective itinerary, for instance, Copenhagen (an ultimate must), but the final list will be debated between he and I.

I get excited and obsessed researching things, and when it comes to trips and foreign places, the planning begins to consume me a bit – like Frodo and the Ring.

It’s going to be an icy adventure!

I am totally up for suggestions if you have any at all. Please feel free to email me at flower@dalatdesigns.com.

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PS – Happy Birthday to Greg! Greg is in Bermuda right now and goes to Bermuda with the same frequency that people go to Ikea. Ooooo must be nice.

>>> SOFA KING COLD

April 2nd, 2014

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This is an old spread from Lula Magazine that was added to a folder in my computer back in 2008. (The newest Lula #18 comes out around the 18th of this month!)

I have been meaning to flush out all of the old pictures that I crammed into every nook and cranny. I’m going to just do a blind post where I purge them all, even though this goes against every bone in my body. The are folders labeled properly but within those folders are more and more folders and so on.

Ugh.

I think about the progression of technology affecting the way I work. I seldom save anything onto my hard drive. It gets shuffled and saved somewhere else (like a secret Pinterest board) onto the interwebs.

If only someone could invent something like this for all of my clothes.

>>> BABY IT’S COLD

April 1st, 2014

1. Photos of Steve McQueen and Neile Adams by LIFE, 1963 via Tomboy Style. 2. Japanese bike posse. Unpublished photo for LIFE’s 1964 Japan issue by Michael Rougier via Tomboy Style. 3. Tess Giberson’s inspiration for collection: Christo, ”Wrap”, Harry N. Abrams, Inc. Publishers, NY, 1969 via The Cut.

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“We went on a weekend drive, after a show I was in at the time. We were on a motorcycle, and there was a carload of friends behind us. It was freezing ass cold. We stopped for a bite to eat, and one of the guys said, ‘Steve, why don’t you let Neile ride with us? I can ride with you. It’s too cold.’ And I said, ‘No, I think I’m just gonna stay on the bike.’ 

Steve told me later, ‘That’s the moment I fell in love with you.’ “

Neile Adams

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Happy April Fool’s Day!

<3, F

 

>>> LEEK

March 31st, 2014

1.Helen Appel, The Leek (oil on linen), 2009. 2. Leek GIF from Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs (2009).

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(this is a mild reference to Darren Aronofsky‘s latest controversial film, “Noah“- which I liked. Very much.)

Smile.

It’s the last day of March. We all get to start a fresh new month tomorrow.