Artist Mark McCloud has an unusual claim to fame: He owns the largest and most well-documented collection of printed or embossed LSD blotter papers in the world, aka the “Institute of Illegal Images.” Now, he wants you to “open your mind” and stuff, too. At Blotter Barn (classy name!) you can purchase large-scale, photographic digital prints of your favorite blotters signed by the man himself. There are modest 17″x22″ prints for $120, or 35″x35″ ones available for a mere $1,000. Man, these days that stuff sure costs more then it did in high school! (Kidding kids, don’t do drugs!) Seriously, though, the paper these cuties are printed on is 100 percent acid-free. [Blotter Barn] Keep reading »
If you’ve ever wanted to be truly feared, we’ve got the costume for you. We’re not talking “scary” in the way that zombies or pre-Twilight vampires are. That’s child’s play. We’re talking grown women (and men) crying in closets in your wake. For that kind of terror, Vogue editor Anna Wintour is your only option. Keep reading »
“Fashion trends speak volumes about the human condition and wordlessly point us towards the zeitgeist,” writes South Africa Times columnist Jacquie Myburgh. Huh? They do?
Ms. Myburgh, like many a fashion journalist, didn’t originally seek a career in the style world, acknowledging the frivolous-sounding nature of such work. She explains: “Telling your parents you want to go into fashion is right down there with acting and air hostessing on their list of favorites.” But, over the years, she’s come to understand its importance in society, when, especially in an economic downturn, our instincts are to shun conspicuous spending and get back to less “superficial” activities.
However, maybe we should start taking the fashion industry more seriously. Keep reading »
You remember that whole açaí berry craze, no? Sure ya do. Well, now in addition to drinking it up, you can slather it all over your face. This summer, my combination, acne-prone skinned self and I cleansed, toned and moisturized with Kiehl’s Rare Earth Pore Minimalizing collection, which definitely got the job done and kept oil slicks at bay. But now that it’s getting chilly out, you may have noticed your skin is getting drier (and sadder!). Luckily, Kiehl’s is to the rescue again with a line of hydrating products that use açaí, a powerful antioxidant, to repair damaged skin, like oh, say, the kind you acquired over the summer on those days when you forgot to apply sunscreen. The Cleanser feels extra refreshing — it smells light and fresh and vaguely herbal/medicinal in a really good way. I’m addicted to spritzing the Toning Mist on my mug; the serum feels like it packs a serious punch (indeed, clinical tests showed using the products improved the look of aging considerably, probably owing to the highly concentrated, 10 percent, main ingredient), and the rich, creamy moisturizer hits the spot on my getting drier by the day complexion. Though if you’re an oily type, I would only recommend it for every other day. Bonus points: The whole enchilada is environmentally friendly (EcoCert labeled), organic and paraben-free. Damaged goods? I think not. [Kiehl's] Keep reading »
Liam Gallagher must’ve observed Lindsay Lohan
‘s design trials and tribulations, and decided, “Hey, if she can do it, I can too.” He has a new clothing line in the works called Pretty Green and even filmed this highly informative promotional video! It’s packed full of fantastically
insightful quotes and Zoolander-esque moments involving brooding and smoking cigarettes against a gray backdrop. My favorite highlights: “You get a bit more classier as you get older,” “I’ve got some time now, I’m changing gears, but I’m still speeding,” and the philosophical, “Wearing top clothes and singing f**king in tune is pretty important isn’t it? I think it’s pretty much the same thing isn’t it? I can do both.”
What a renaissance man indeed! I also appreciate that he expressly reiterates the fact that if no one likes the clothes, at least he’ll get a new wardrobe out of it. My friend who sent this to me wrote, “What a tosser!” I say he’s just being a totally honest bloke, and, clearly, he takes
himself his fashion expedition very seriously. Tell it like it is, Liam! [arkitipintel] Keep reading »
Want to get rid of a pimple fast? Wash the area with some acne cleanser, dab on a bit of organic toothpaste and leave overnight, rinse thoroughly the next morning. Voilà — no more pimple! Keep reading »
Despite expressing dismay that the previous ad — featuring an extremely whittled-down Filippa Hamilton — had made it to print and that it didn’t represent their “image,” it’s not the only example of Ralph Lauren execs being a bit overzealous with Photoshop. Check out this ad from a Ralph Lauren window display in Sydney. Mmm, doesn’t she look hungry and chic? [Photoshop Disasters] Keep reading »
If you’re anything like me, you’ve got piles of mail, loads of little bottles littering the bathroom, keys, sunglasses, tubes of lotions, et cetera et cetera. The one super-fast way to tidy up? Buy a pretty tray. Not only do they provide order when there is absolutely none (think: that surface where you drop everyone and anything when you first walk in the door after work!) and make sense of even the most desperately random items, but they corral and pretty-up spots like your coffee table. Check out the coffee table belonging to The Moment‘s Rita Konig: without the tray you have a bunch of tiny, unrelated items, but add that sucker and you have a small decor vignette. After the jump, a few great tray options, use ‘em all over your house…. Keep reading »
Here’s one way to make your pad truly a home sweet home: by decorating your walls with Vivienne Westwood’s new wallpaper line. The designs, which were brought to life in partner with Cole & Son, actually take inspiration from Westwood’s runway creations and put some of her signature prints back on to the page. Rolls feature a rich terra cotta orange with green squiggles, illustrated white flowers against a black background, and graphic floral prints.
We’d imagine that, like Vivienne Westwood’s clothes, these wallpaper rolls are pretty pricey. Ah, say la vee. Still, good for decor inspiration. [Grazia] Keep reading »
People have poked comic fun on how to get a coveted pic on fashion photo blog The Sartorialist (“own something double breasted”). Thanks to the U.K. Times‘ latest interview with the man behind the camera, Scott Schuman, we now know a bit more about what he looks for out in the street—which is interesting, because part of the allure of The Sartorialist is its variety and style’s elusive meaning. With many of his subjects, you think, Why’d he choose this one?, even if you recognize something about it that’s interesting and beautiful. When looking for someone to photograph, Schuman says:
“I try to stay open to the moment. I’m usually just reacting to what I see, and don’t know what I like “best” about someone’s style until I sit down to view the photographs later. I’m always looking to be surprised or to see something familiar in a new way: it could be about color or proportion or just a person’s posture.
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