But it makes perfect sense when Missoni’s Spring 2012 collection clearly has a huge Spanish influence. Pedro Almodóvar, the sensational Spanish film director who’s also a great provocateur, adds irony to the pic above, wearing a Missoni jacket. My faves are the ones that are a lot more understated if that’s what you want to call it, where it’s just the model, the look + a solid color background as seen here.
Look at the fabulous + sickly talented actor, Rossy de Palma, wearing brown + yellow against the green.
Loving the lighting in this one below, giving it that vintage 70s look.
KENZO’s Fall collection is sure to delight.I mean really, when you have Opening Ceremony‘s Humberto Leon + Carol Lim’s in charge of the label’s creative vision, was there ever any doubt? As these pics can attest, Kenzo‘s Pre-Fall 2012 collection, is a play on texture, shape, silhouettes + of course, prints – but it’s how they do it that makes me go crazy.
Take this Kenzo look (below) for instance – at plain sight, one might dismiss it as a simple monochromatic look comprised of a top with a slight blouson effect + trousers. Yet, upon closer inspection, the only words that you can utter are,”IT’S ALL ABOUT THE DETAILS”. The Kenzo top/sweater for one looks like a nubby stuffed animal that was sacrificed to create this relaxed, cozy little number, balanced with flat front trousers in the same brick red tone. But what really kills me here, are those damn color block gloves (cognac with brick red) + purse-perfection!
To shine bright like a mustard yellow star, you have a utility jumpsuit perfect for both day or night. With a thin brown belt, the jumpsuit is given vintage appeal as brown is not a likely choice for evening. And rather than do a tapered leg down to the ankles, the pants are cropped with a slim cut. perfectly showing a hint of skin, while giving the cognac leather wedge ankle boot center stage.
Blame adidas Originals by David Beckham for making you stand out from the crowd this Spring with lots of bright colors! Featuring Beckham’s personal style, David Beckham + UNDFTD‘s James Bond present the adidas Originals by David Beckham S/S 12 collection complete with kicks in eye-popping colorways including orange on gray (shown above) to neon yellow with light gray + bright orange with blue accents.
The sneaker styles include the Mega Torsion Flex ClimaCool based on the ClimaCool Runner 1, the Forest Hills Mid, ZX 800, Doley + Grand Prix. The gear which is just as exciting, like this water-repellent windbreaker pant with contrasting tape + ankle zips (below), is sure to make a liar out of most, in saying they workout just to wear such cool pieces or just appear to look like Beckham.
The collection is due to drop in Feb at adidas Originals stores.
With primary colored Legos as inspiration for her Pre-Fall 2012 collection.
By taking a mix of textures + color blocking looks, with primary colors as surprising accents, designer Roksanda Ilnincic’s many silhouettes spark a fun yet flirty sex appeal in the simplest of ways, as pictured throughout. Above, she manages to make a simple b&w color block shift mini-dress pop with a hint of red peeking through the high front slit.
Above, she takes a black long-sleeved dress, with blue bell cuffs + sparks interest by adding a high neck in bright yellow. And it’s all these little nuances that make this collection so appealing. The use of color always manages to change the look of the wearer, no matter the makeup or hair paired with it. Just imagine how much different this dress would look if the model were wearing shoes in a bright salmon or even a harsh metallic?
Love what she does here with this 3/4 length coat – there’s the right amount of volume on the sleeves in what appears to be a patterned black + gray fabric (maybe wool?) accented by a large rectangular patch of red from the top of the back of arm, over the elbow + mid-forearm. The coat is then completed with deep, front square outer pockets, exposing side and bottom folds in slices of blue, which is a little hard to see from the picture but it’s there. I adore the slightly flared yellow trouser pants paired with this coat-truly a great play of silhouettes.
This look below shows how well Ilnincic knows the modern woman by pairing a bright yellow parka jacket with such an adorable mini dress. A bright light blue bell skirt, with a tight top in black accentuating the waist by adding an almost blush band across it, also found on the high neck’s color further implicates Ilnincic in being a master of silhouettes at play.
Then there’s this subtle babydoll style dress made to pop with color blocking and contrasting ruffles starting at bottom in the back.
photos: Roksanda Ilincic
There’s no mistaking Ilnincic’s Pre-Fall woman will definitely stand out, but luckily, it won’t just be for her bold choice of bright color but also, for wearing pieces that say enough so simply.
Eva Zeisel died over the weekend at the age of 105. For those unfamiliar with her work, Hungarian artist Eva Zeisel managed to amaze + inspire with her hundreds of pieces that were all about curves. (At 103 she was still designing.)
An artist known for her unique approach as a ceramicist, she led a very interesting life up until the end. Having created Pratt Institute’s ceramics arts industrial design department in 1939 Brooklyn, as the first to disregard ceramics as crafts and where Zeisel taught into the early Fifties, she went on to make everyday objects beautiful (her trademark), especially her reinterpretation of the ‘formal dining setting’.
Adopting sensual curves, they often mimicked the human body. A lot of her work also lent itself to the shape of birds, a nod to Hungarian folk art. In Eva’s hands, a salt and pepper shaker set became a lot more. They become two organic forms eager to entangle themselves in a lover’s embrace
and even a 2d piece was not immune to her touch
like this Tibetan Wool rug called ‘Dimpled Stimpled’.
She also worked in various other mediums. Besides ceramics, Eva also worked with metal, acrylic, wood, and glass. Just look at the beauty behind her ‘Mother + Daughter Trestle Table and Chair’ below.
Having worked for the likes of Sears and Castleton China early in her career to pieces becoming permanent fixtures in museum collections including the MOMA, to reissues of her pieces for contemporaries including Crate and Barrel, Room and Board and others, Zeisel will live on through her undeniably strong contribution to modern living as a whole.
Unlike many who spent their Xmas surrounding an endangered pine tree, tricked out in lights and ornaments, I opted for something better. I chose to spend mine watching Lisbeth Sander (played by actress Rooney Mara) on the big screen. Lisbeth, for those who don’t know, is the femme fatale of all Femme Fatales. She is the leading character in flick THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO (TGWTDT) directed by the talented David Fincher.
A Chick On The Verge
TGWTDT, the first novel of Steig Larsson’s Millennium trilogy, and Fincher’s first Hollywood cinematic attempt surprisingly (since Hollywood usually seems to fuck shit up) engages, captivates, excites and delivers! (hope Fincher directs the next two in the series) This film has it all folks – drama, comedy, sex, kink, murder, wit, intrigue and romance!
True, hottie Daniel Craig’s performance doesn’t disappoint, especially with his gorgeous face beautifully faceted with age, but Rooney Mara, who plays Lisbeth Sander, steals the show, hands down! Not only does she command empathy when at her ‘worst’, lucky for us, but she also does everything without apology, just how all women should be!
Strong Jewelry To Match Revenge
Then came that one scene, much to my heart’s content – Lisbeth’s rings designed by designer Jules Kim of Bijules get their close-up – shiny and huge on the big screen. On the left hand, is Bijules’s ‘Skinny Bar Ring‘ from her BJ by Jules Kim collection shown here:
while sporting Bijules’s ‘Bony Knuckle Ring‘ from her Scream and Spirit Collection (below) on her right hand.
So I urge you to deck yourself out in one if not both of these rings. If you truly want to channel Lisbeth Sander, you’ll need to get your fingers on one of these; they can not be replicated. Unless of course, you find cheaper versions lacking that something special called authenticity.
Drama, comedy, sex, kink, murder, wit, intrigue and romance!
Sure you can hit up mainstream and attempt to channel her with H&M’s Dragon With The Girl Tattoo collection, designed by the film’s costume designer, but why opt for disposable fashion, when you can truly have a keepsake like these rings by Bijules.
A scarf on its own is already geometric as a long rectangle. However, this scarf by accessories designer Aiste Nesterovaite, full of geometric angles and curves can’t help but relish in its originality. Very few scarves can be this versatile. This scarf can be worn as a collar, necklace or just as a scarf, like this one.
What Makes This Scarf Special
True, at plain sight, it looks like just another infinity scarf but this one has something different. What sets this one apart from other infinity scarves is its play with geometric shapes and texture. In geometry, we find both lines + curves, both thankfully found in this scarf. And for that extra something, there is a little fringe attached to the bottom edges along the top or bottom of scarf, depending on how you choose to wear it of course.
Wear it in several ways. You can have the long rectangular geometric shapes hang like a necklace while the knit part cozies your neck like a high collar as seen on the model above. You let it hang there like a necklace, begging for commentary as shown above right. And if that doesn’t move you, just try wrapping it around twice for a layered effect as seen below right.
Playing With Geometry Around Your Neck
Consequently, the versatility of this geometric scarf doesn’t end there. This scarf can be dressed up + or dressed down. As seen in both images above and below, this scarf would compliment both a dressy look just as much as it would a casual one. But isn’t it fascinating to see how wearing the scarf the same way with either outfit, changes the look completely. When wearing the scarf with the tunic dress or pants as a long circle, the dress looks more casual but when layered, it gives it a more sophisticated ‘put together’ feel.
Available in three colorways – dark gray, silver gray and black – this scarf, this geometric scarf, is sure to become that piece which adds interest to your look. Go to Vespoe for purchase. If you want more information on designer Aiste Nesterovaite, click here.