Japanese designer Anrealage is the spirit sister of American sportswear designer Thom Browne. Both play with proportion and shape, and in the process create new forms and bodies. And Anrealage’s designer Kunihiko Morinaga is guided more by architecture than by current fashion trends. She loves Spanish architect Antoni Gaudi most. “I love all of Antoni Gaudí’s work. The way he used patterns and recurring motifs was really cool and I love the design process behind the La Sagrada Familia. Gaudí made scale models and hung wires upside down to create the curves of the building. Also, his philosophy about architecture fitting within nature can be applied to fashion too.” But the body — and more expressly the obfuscation of the body — is at the core of Morinaga’s work. “We set ourselves the challenge of designing clothes in sizes and formats that had never been seen before. So yes, we were challenging the perception of the “normal body,” but just by trying to create a new way to design, rather than attacking anything.” Check out some of her incredible, effervescent designs. [Vice]
Questions for Guy Fieri, regarding his new line of men’s jewelry. Does this line include barbecue sauce, or barbecue sauce-flavored gems? If not, why? What about a container for hot sauce or a secret compartment for other choice condiments? Was your intention in creating the line to enable ladies to quickly and swiftly identify the d-bags in the room, or was that simply an unintended (but helpful) byproduct of your design? Get back to me, Guy. Thanks!
Ethical Style blogger M.J. started her eco-conscious fashion blog three years ago, thinking she knew a lot about ethical fashion. “I was so wrong,” she says. “The scope is so much more broad than just organic cotton and sweatshop labor.” And her interest in ethical fashion extends far beyond clothing manufacture and fabrication. “Right now, I’m particularly interested in the use of Photoshop in advertising, intellectual property laws in design, and designers who care about sourcing animal products humanely (even if they still use hot-button materials like leather and fur).” Check out her awesome, and informative blog, and take a look at some of M.J.’s most favorite things after the jump!
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The thought of being elderly and sitting on a porch watching the grass grow? Depressing. Rocking on a porch in a fun rocking chair for two? Adorable. [PSFK] Keep reading »
Polyvore and Rebecca Minkoff have gotten together to see if you have what it takes to design the next IT bag. The challenge, if you choose to accept it, is to take inspiration from Rebecca’s “Morning After Clutch,” and redesign it. The “MAC” has been worn by celebs such as Reese Witherspoon, Keira Knightley and Shenae Grimes, and is an iconic bag in its own right. All of the elements — hooks, studs, zippers, tassels, feet and leather — are provided for you on the Polyvore site. You just have to put your design together. Ten finalists will be picked by Rebecca herself and the winner will be chosen by user votes on Facebook. The winner will have their bag shown during New York Fashion Week and it will become available for sale in March! So, will you put your creative skills to the test? Keep reading »
Finally, a new use for the Yellow Pages! Philadelphia artist Alex Querel thought canvas was too dull a medium to work with—so he took to carving phone books to make his photo-realistic portraits of notorious celebs. Says Querel, “In carving and painting a head from a phone directory, I’m celebrating the individual lost in the anonymous list of thousands of names that describe the size of the community. In addition, I like the idea of creating something that is normally discarded every year into an object of longevity.” [Projects Gallery] Keep reading »
Anything used to wipe your you-know-what would be the last place we’d look for art supplies. One artist, however, manages to create beauty out of toilet paper rolls. Pretty incredible, no? [Geekologie] Keep reading »
The fashion world is once again spreading rumors that Karl Lagerfeld will retire from Chanel. Why do people care and why does this rumor resurface so often? Because it’s Chanel. And where do you go when you’re already at the top? Since Karl is famous for topping himself year after year with his larger-than-life fashion show productions, the world is waiting for the day he quits—just to see what he’ll do next.
Anyhow. Uncle K hasn’t announced his retirement yet, but he has just taken on an incredible project: designing an island. (An entire island?!) He’s been recruited by an architecture firm and hotel group to create his own little Lagerfeld Land on the man-made Isla Moda off the coast of Dubai. The resort retreat will be made of “luxury hotels, residential villas, spas, lounges and of course, shopping.” Can we go to there? [Hint Mag] Keep reading »
Crushing on a totally cute dude with absolutely no social skills? Then why not get a Conversacube to make conversation easy? The Conversacube, designed by artist Lauren McCarthy, aims to take the awkwardness out of first dates by providing users with an array of conversation topics. How it works: “As the conversation progresses, each person is personally prompted with directions or lines to keep the conversation running seamlessly with minimal awkward or uncomfortable moments. The microphones monitor audio levels of each participant and the cube responds accordingly, adjusting prompts to enliven, mediate conflict, or balance conversation as necessary.” Yes, we can think of a few guys we’ve dated who could have used this. And no, sadly, it is not actually available on the market. [Neatorama
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Suddenly, table wine doesn’t seem so declasse thanks to Rethink Communications. The company imagined a high-design makeover for jug-style booze. [Lovely Package] Keep reading »