Do you love your cats? Do you also have $35,000 to spare? A California man did, and he used it to turn his home into a live-in playground for his 18 cats. The house includes wall ledges, ramps, and custom tunnels all specially designed for his kitties. The home also has a spiral feline “staircase” and a custom ventilation system to keep the air clean. He wanted his cats to experience daily adventures without having to go outdoors, and paired with the cheerful colors used to decorate the house, the place is basically a kitten’s version of Disneyworld. Check out the full gallery here, and don’t worry – just giving your cat the occasional treat and pat on the head is also considered good cat parenting. Not all of us have pet palaces to build at our disposal! [Gizmodo, Trillium] [Photo: Trillium Enterprises]
Remember when we told you about Angel Barta, the woman who claims Marc Jacobs like, stole her life for his collections and ad campaigns? We have a new entry into the “Maybe This Famous Person Ripped Me Off” category: Brooklyn designer Haleh Nematzadeh says Yoko Ono stole her designs for her latest collaboration with NYC brand Opening Ceremony. The Ono collection, you’ll remember, is full of handsy hands in all the wrong places.
Why Yoko would want to steal the collection and claim it as her own is beyond us: it just wreaks of derivative ’80s streetwear. But nevertheless! Nematzadeh says Opening Ceremony got their hands on her collection after she sent over one of her lookbooks for review. Perusing Nematzadeh’s site, there are a few hands-on designs, though her overall collection is a bit more varied than Ono’s looks. Keep reading »
Every time in my life that I’ve had the opportunity to use a sleeping bag, I have done two things: 1) lamented its lack of leg holes, and 2) pulled the opening up over my head and realized how sublimely happy I would be if I could live my whole life in a warm, cozy tube of flannel and nylon. Femke Agema, the Dutch designer who created this wonderfully creepy snowsuit, is obviously on the same page, and now I know exactly what I want for Christmas. [Femke Agema via Neatorama]
Classic Schwinn not doing it for you anymore? Yearning for a ride that will really get you noticed? How about this one-of-a-kind beech wood bike? Inspired by a famous 19th century chair designed by Michael Thonet (side note: who are the people who are keeping track of famous chairs? Should I know about famous chairs?), it will cost you $70,000, but hey, it’s a small price to pay for total exclusivity. Careful though: that 5-figure price tag doesn’t include brakes. [Huffington Post]
Try as we might, there’s just no denying that it’s fast approaching winter coat season. And we say, why bother with some boring monotone black pea coat? Go for color and pattern in your winter wear. That’s why we’ve selected 10 colorful, pattern-rific winter coats for your perusal. Enjoy!
I’m drawn to art that evokes a strong emotional reaction, and when I look at this beautifully simple picture, a feeling of calmness and freedom washes over me. I’d love to hang this in my office and look into those endless ripples of water whenever I get stressed out. [$60 for 11" x 14" print, 20x200]
I’ve always imagined Vogue editor Anna Della Russo — she of the bizarre hats and wild fashion — as a sort of weird banshee lady, sleepily flitting through life going to high fashion events and occasionally enjoying nights out with her band of wacky friends. You know, sort of like fashion’s version of Britney Spears. Anyway, her amazing style sense is now being squeezed and bottled by H&M for a new accessories line. The collection will include jewelry, along with shoes, bags, sunglasses and a travel suitcase. Sign us up, wild woman.
Today in Karl Lagerfeld Is Really Weird: the silver-gloved fashion kaiser was recently appointed the new landscape planner of Monte-Carlo’s sumptuously swanky Hôtel Métropole, which means he’ll be redesigning the entirety of the hotel’s exterior, including the pool, terrace, gardens, and a brand new restaurant by the Chef of the Century himself, Joël Robuchon. What will Karl be doing with this carte blanche? Oh, just what any sane person would do given the opportunity: decorate the whole thing with photographic frescoes of Baptiste Giabiconi, his male model muse, reimagined as some kind of Greek god. Um, yeah. The results are every bit as bizarre and amazing as you would think, and if you’re familiar with Karl’s previous forays, then you’ll recall last year’s carved chocolate sculpture of the one-time Katy Perry arm candy in his tighty-whities. From the mouth of the Kaiser himself, the world’s highest paid male model is “good with clothes and great with no clothes.” Okay! [Telegraph]
We have officially entered the realm of designer everything: Marni, the high-end Italian brand known for its offbeat prints and artsy-homely styling, has made their way into the furniture industry with a 100-piece collection of metal chairs covered by multicolored woven plastic, and they managed to do some good in the process. The fashion house designed the chairs for Salone del Mobile, a Milanese furniture fair, and worked alongside local charities to hire former Colombian prisoners to create the chairs, with the goal of helping the ex-inmates readjust to working life. The chairs were designed in order to function as props for the show, during which filmmaker Francesco Jodice will photograph employees of the brand for an exhibit. The chairs will also furnish the brand’s offices and stores around the world. They don’t exactly look like the most comfortable chairs, per se (and you can forget about taking a nap on that “sofa”), but if you must have one in your home, they’ll be available for purchase at the Marni boutique in Milan, with proceeds donated to The Institute for Complex Adaptive Matter. [Fashionologie]
Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design is home to one of the world’s oldest and most well-respected fashion design programs. The school has helped launched the careers of Alexander McQueen, Jenny Packham and Givenchy’s Ricardo Tischi, among others. Each year, the school hosts a show from the fashion program’s master’s students, showcasing their offbeat and avant garde collections. Click through to see some of the school’s most wild offerings — and possible future McQueens — in action.