It’s indeed here, the last day of 2011. Time to don your best sparkly tights, drink too much champagne, and then work it off at the gym tomorrow. Time to make all sorts of promises of less of this and more of that, and see how long that sticks. I have added an easy resolution to the obligatory ones, which is to read the famous Herman Melville novel, “Moby Dick”. I have seen every movie adaption, and I believe while very good, they are all probably, missing the boat. If you love astrology as much as I, you must read your horoscope for the week from the illustrious Rob Brezsny, he is truly poetic. A very Happy New Year to you and yours.
Here’s a sumptuous new Cecily Brown painting called “The Hunter”, and a New Year’s Eve outfit inspired by it. If you click on the image you can view it larger, and really get caught up in the action of the painting.
click on items for shopping info
View more of Cecily’s work by watching this video from her 2008 show at the Gagosian.
I kind of need these…
And you know I am not waiting for spring to wear them. I’ll wear them right now with this:
Who says you can’t wear flowers in December? Oh by the way…I am mildly addicted to instagram now, look me up @chrissystyles.
I recently did a little project with the Independent Film Channel where they filmed me out and about using the very awesome Canon 7D camera. I had boat loads of fun shooting at my friend Jennifer Behr’s hair accessory studio in Brooklyn, and at the vintage clothing and accessory rental resource Early Halloween in Manhattan. Click on the arrow to watch the 60 second profile. :)
Here are a few of the things I wore in the spot. Click on the photos for shopping info.
Black velvet Current/Elliott tux pants
Jennifer Behr headwrap. Mine was black leather, but here is the taupe suede version, also nice.
Adidas moss green sneakers. Yes, I am a tom boy…
Dior Mohotani sunglasses
Keltie Ferris is a Brooklyn based painter born in Louisville, KY in 1977. She starts by using a palette knife to scrape acrylic or oil paint across the surface of her canvas, and then she sprays paint on top. What develops is a matrix of space, and shapes playing visual games with your eyes. Her work feels ethereal and mystical yet filled with city energy to me.
She is apparently inspired by the neo abstract expressionists of the 80′s (I had to look that one up… it means artists like Ida Applebroog, Basquiat, Schnabel etc), but I would rather think of her as a Piet Mondrian of today’s city life.
Here is my outfit inspired by Keltie’s painting. I really want the Jil Sander sweater for myself! Click on the objects for shopping info:
Here is a link to a fantastic 7 minute video of Keltie getting ready for a show: Art21
I tried to embed the video, like I usually do, but for some reason it wasn’t working..click the link instead!
I have been super busy over the last couple of months, so I thought it would be cool to show you a visual diary of what I have been up to. These are photos from my everyday life; work, art, and things that catch my eye. Click on the images if you want to see the whole photo.
from left to right, top to bottom
1. black feathers and flowers from hair accessory designer Jen Behr. She let me borrow them for a crazy Gibson Girl hair-do for a party I attended.
2. love this ring, reminds me of Giorgia O’Keefe’s animal scull paintings
3. everyone needs a black heart ring
4. candle display at a party. It was a great way to give some interest to a boring corner area of the room
5. my lithograph titled: “Whatever You Say”. This was featured in W Magazine
6. dear friend makeup artist Ashleigh Ciucci. She has the best style. Love the orange lipstick
7. with model Ursula in wardrobe room. Someone sent us the wrong sized jeans.
8. A new species of plant: Chichi-anthalious relaximus.
9. Neal and I at IPC opening for their summer show. I had two pieces selected for it! We are doing a little Great Gatsby look here.
10. vintage bathing headband. I bet it had a matching bathing suit at one point
11. Robert Rauschenberg artwork at MOMA. I loved all the prints of old newspapers.
12. zodiac cuffs in the Seventeen Magazine fashion closet.
13. model Shu on set. she is super cute, love her
14. white sweet peas, so pretty and fresh.
15. my lithographs drying on a rack
16. Jersey shore swimming pool: this shot would be much better if everyone knew how to do “pretty feet”
17. Lithograph ready to go to my friend’s cupcake shop in Maine
18. seeing the light on a all girls camping trip
19. Tina getting made up in the woods by Carmindy. We did each other’s hair and makeup and took great pics running around the woods.
20. fresh seafood pic I saw in a magazine.
21. “Lady Cinnamon”. I ended up printing her in a burnt umber color.
22. a piece I did for Hublot Watches
23. monoprint I am especially proud of
24. another version
25. and yet another version
26. loved the way my friend, artist Celia Gerard, had her hair so casually knotted
27. fresh fruit from the stand
28. Celia enjoying the bounty
29. Anchovy starring in her own film noir
30. adorable penguin sweater by one of my clients, Little Miss Matched
31. doing research for my t-shirt post for Equinox’s new magazine called Q
32. lithotine poured on a litho plate. Love the effect
33. researching new brands
34. Albertus Swanepoel hat I want to pick up from Target at the end of this month
35-42. me pushing toner powder around on a litho plate. wild how much things can change right? I ended up scrapping it, as it got very Bootsy Collins…
43. vintage military pins etc for a Rebel Youth inspired story
44, vintage bra tops from Early Halloween
45. Vintage military hat
46. fantastic Aldo shoes…cheap and cool!
47. working on a litho.
48. Rachel Roy safety pin earrings that I wish I would have bought because they sold out!
49. Steve Madden silver boots I was considering buying for a job
50. RAGE! Royal Family Affair in Vermont
51. purple plant I want to find out more about.
52. satin headwraps and patent bow from Jen Behr
53. adorable knit head kerchief from Jen Behr
54. customizing boots…love my job sometimes
55. on set for Little Miss Matched
56. me trying on a hat, while enjoying a tootsie roll pop
59. Oh Ferragamo, you make such pretty things
60. in between shots for Gen Lux
61. love taking pictures of models when they are not modeling!
62. Anchovy loves the beach
63. Carmindy looking lovely in Montauk
64. me in some Dior sunglasses I wish I would have kept…
65. The outdoor “roof” at the Surf Lodge. I want to do this in our back yard
68. at Pravda. Yes that is caviar in the martini glass
69. Neal with Jimmy Cobra at the Caveman show at Mercury Lounge
70. Anchovy is such a lady sometimes
71. took a quick snap of a Mert and Marcus pic in Interview Magazine
Greetings, and happy New York fashion week! I mostly feature painters in this series, but I couldn’t resist showing you a photograph by artist Daniel Gordon. Born in 1980, Gordon likens his images to photographing loving muses, mixed with a bit of Frankenstein collaging.
Borrowing photographic imagery from the internet, Gordon makes trompe l’oeil, 3-d sculptural portraits of people and still-lifes, and then re-photographs the tableauxs. I love the way he uses recognizable “textures” like hair, and makes them into hair-do shapes, but completely off scale. Some of his work is a bit grotesque, especially with some of the hairy skin textures, but I think the piece I’ve chosen, is quite beautiful. Is the shadow created from the bust “real”? Does the shadow now look like a boy’s? The blurry pixelated blocks work to heighten our view on the subject, just as depth of field does when taking a photograph. The “window” above really makes you think you are looking outside. In other words, he plays with the lie that is photography. Click on the image below to view larger:
Here is my outfit inspired by “Sillhouette” above. Click on items below for shopping info:
Here is a great studio visit video with Daniel by dailyserving.com. He’s messier than I thought he would be..I imagined a laboratory set up, and him wearing a lab coat.
Maybe YOU aren’t thinking about the holidays right now, but I certainly have been. Lately, I’ve been styling wardrobe on lots of photo shoots revolving around fake snow, reindeer antlers,and glitter, glitter, glitter! So to get you in the spirit early, I suggest you purchase one of these little numbers below and hide them away in your closet. Then pull them out around mid November, when all the charming holiday party shoes are sold out, and revel in your smart purchase. (Click on a shoe for shopping info)
And keep an eye out for these Aldo slip-ons. They are not in stores yet, but I got a peak at them while at Seventeen Magazine, and they are really fun.
Hello hello! I have been so wrapped up in trying to create some lithographs that I like, that I have not been blogging lately. bad bad bad! I think I am on the right track now, after wrestling some new techniques, and I will post some pictures soon. While I have been mired in creative dilemmas, I have been thinking about Ellen Gallagher (b 1965), who is an artist who lives and works in both Rotterdam and New York. She is repped by Gagosian, so you know she does well, and I absolutely love the intuitive and visceral nature of her work.
She is most known for her appropriation of old black and white advertisements from magazines like Ebony and Sepia. She then transforms them into narratives, repeating certain characters and adding her own details like googley eyes and sculpty. I have seen several of them in person, and they are mesmerizing and intricate.
Here is my outfit inspired by “Wiglette” above.
As you know, besides being a stylist, I also study printmaking. Here is a fantastic video with Ellen and a master printer talking about the process of taking her work and making multiples.
And here she is talking about her work..
I’ve been spending lots of time in the stores lately and I like what I see! Here are a few of my favorite items available right now. Click on photos for shopping info:
Rag & Bone zig zag sweater. This is a summer sweater, made out of cotton ribbon. It’s perfect for those chilly early mornings and evenings when you need an extra layer. It feels amazing and I adore it.
And this Marc by Marc Jacobs bag looks a bit like a Celine bag, but is way less expensive:
These Rag & Bone cut-out brogues make the perfect “borrowed from the boys” statement:
Do you need red pants? If they are Isabel Marant you do! I would wear these with flats or sneakers for day, and heels and a cami at night. Super versatile, and the color makes them special:
And lastly, a gorgeous link with pave bracelet from the very talented Eddie Borgo. I bet the next move for him is teaming up with a fine jewelry brand to create luxury, tough pieces that we can all drool over…