I’m always on the hunt for cool t-shirts, made from luxurious types of silky cotton. Here are my favs right now. Click on a shirt for more info…
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I’m always on the hunt for cool t-shirts, made from luxurious types of silky cotton. Here are my favs right now. Click on a shirt for more info…
I am loving tie dye right now. Less hippie rainbow and more like Japanese Shibori technique, the fabric and colors are much cooler these days.
A long way from this:
And this (Ack!!):
And more like this:
Michael Kors S/S 2o12 via style.com
click on items to see shopping info:
I am thinking very seriously about buying these rad Alice & Olivia floral pants. Although I would style them differently and pair them with a white T by Alexander Wang tee, half tucked, very slouchy cardi or Rag & Bone jean jacket, messy hair and big sunglasses.
Is it crazy that I want these pants? Maybe I just want Spring to arrive in full force..
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
I have been styling up a storm lately, and now it’s time to retreat to art. I have two prints in the New Prints Summer show at IPCNY, which opens June 9th, and today I am going to the Gagosian Gallery to view the Picasso paintings of his much younger lover, Marie-Therese. (Their odd relationship is fodder for a whole other blog post, let me tell you.) For now, let me inspire you with another Pockets and Paintings post, this time about the very talented and heady painter, Mark Tansey.
Mark Tansey is a post modern painter born in California in 1949. His large scale paintings are monochromatic and are rich with conflicting and contradictory images, symbols, visual puns, and hidden imagery. He employs lots of art history in his work, and in fact in one painting you see the figures of Picasso, Pollack and Duchamp and other art luminaries all standing together in a sort of post-apocyliptic landscape.
His use of art history is also interesting since his father edited several versions of Gardner’s “Art Through the Ages”, which every art history student lugged around, including me.
Tansey has a very interesting system for coming up with ideas and subject matter. He has created what he calls “color wheels” filled with phrases, nouns, and objects and spins the dial so-to-speak, to come up with ideas for his next painting. Possible generated phrases may be: “Borgesian cartographers redeploying jouissance” or “stock characters suspending disbelief in unshakable foundations”. Wild eh?
Here he is with the table version, where he can generate 5 million different phrases.
I am trying to figure out what the phrase might have been for this painting below. Any thoughts? I love his use of blue. It looks like Delft pottery or like a blueprint.
Here is my outfit inspired by his painting above titled: “EC 101″.
Happy Summer everyone!
I styled a nautical-inspired summer catalog last week for a tween company called Little Miss Matched. It was very cute, and super fun to shop for. Nautical is a recurring theme in fashion, and so it’s not that difficult to find adorable sailboats, stripes, and anchors galore when the spring and summer clothing starts hitting the stores. I love the Jean Harlow image. She’s so sexy, but she looks so fresh in her crisp sailor dress. And who could forget Jean Seberg in her impossibly cool striped Breton shirt in Breathless.
Here are some of my favorite nautical fashion items out there right now. As always, click on the photos for shopping info:
This anchor pin by Madewell is inspired by a 1930′s bakelite pin. It’s $28 and also comes in ivory. The size is substantial, which I like, and looks good pinned on a lapel of a boyfriend jacket, or hung on a necklace. Madewell is making lots of cool nautical jewelry this season, which you can see at their online store.
I used this Alloy tank recently on a Seventeen Magazine shoot and it was adorable. I may not be 17, but I would wear this in an instant…and did I mention that it is only $24.50?
This Lands End rope belt is really cool…
And I love their classic double-breasted striped sweater:
Nothing says summer like a boater! This one from TopShop is $40:
I love these $39 twisted bangles from Banana Republic.
I have a passion for Giles & Brother jewelry, and I would wear this anchor necklace forever:
I’m going to end with this great Betsey Johnson ring. It’s $45, and it’s pretty noteworthy:
In big fashion news, longtime French Vogue stylist Emmanuelle Alt has been named to replace Carine Roitfeld as the new EIC of French Vogue. I thought it might be nice to put together an outfit inspired by this incredibly cool chick who always looks amazingly put together and relaxed at the same time. She’s a pants girl, which I can relate to, and I love her sexy rock-n-roll French vibe. She always has bed-hair, which is a nice change from the blown out hair of a lot of other editors, and she can rock a Balmain jacket like nobody’s business.
Here is my outfit inspired by her fantastic style:
Alt’s go-to Balmain leather jacket is totally covetable, but it’s $4,500 price tag is outrageous. I found this great Theory leather for $815.
These Antik Batik boots have a similar feel to the Isabel Marant ones she loves so much. These are on sale for $230
On another note, I am showing new lithographs this Month, so if you live in New York, please come check the show! Click on the invite below to see all the info.
I was remiss in my blogging last week because of some personal issues, both good and bad. One of my dogs is having some health issues which is scary but hopefully manageable, and on the flip side I am a finalist in an art contest which is really exciting and full of possiblilities. If you are in the New York vicinity, I would LOVE to see you at the opening for the Kipton Art Rising show on October 5th. Click here to rsvp.
I am putting all of this news aside right now to talk about the brilliant Miucca Prada, whose Spring 2011 show is so inspiring, that I had to write about it.
Set to a soundtrack of crackly tango music, the models walked confidently through a gridded architectural structure filled with panels of fluorescent lights which flickered on right before the show started. Out first comes a girl in a bright orange “hospital scrub” shirt, and a fitted pencil skirt. bright greens and blues follow and another orange outfit. This time the skirt has a ruffle on the bottom and the outfit is transformed into (dare I call it?) “sexy minimal”. The models’ hair have a slight marcel-wave thing happening, and they are wearing some very large scrolled sunglasses.
Then there are the stripes. I am a big fan of stripes, and am instantly drawn to them. It makes me think of France, because the Breton shirt is such an iconic fashion staple. First used as a part of the official French Navy uniform starting in 1858, then adopted by Coco Chanel and others, now it seems your closet is not complete without one.
Stripes have so many connotations. Be it navy inspired, or preppy, the graphic nature of the stripe is very very cool. Miucca features a bunch of striped looks, in different sizes and colors, a real glorious graphic statement. (There were plenty of striped bags, stoles, hats and shoes as well.)
And then came some crazy prints which have been inspired by early 1900′s American-born, France-resided actress, dancer and singer, Josephine Baker.
Huh? Hospital scrubs, stripes, and Josephine Baker? Well Miucca’s disparate influences melded perfectly and here are my favs from the Spring 2011 Prada show:
runway photos via style.com
Spring 2011 NY Fashion Week is over, and now I can give you the rest of my favorites for the week.
First up is Proenza Schouler. These boys have really nailed it this season, and their inventiveness is truly inspirational. How do you make “lady” modern? You take fabrics like lace, tweed and chiffon and turn them into something cool, that’s how. I am a bit of a tomboy, and their crazy mixed up version of “lady-like” really spoke to me because it was soooo not fussy. It was easy, relaxed and very very cool.
One of the many innovative techniques they used was taking a computer drawing and having it embroidered on tulle. The tulle was then burned away with acid, and what is left is something resembling lace, but oh so much more modern. They also added some bright colors (trend!) to the mix and some large hook and eyes (trend!) and touches of lingerie to work under the sheers (trend!), which all make you feel like how in the world did they know exactly what you want to wear this spring? Bravo Lazaro and Jack, you win the prize.
This is definitely the time for Francisco Costa at Calvin Klein. He produced a concise collection devoted to minimalism that will make everyone stand up and take notice. He used some color, but I have chosen to show you mostly white, as I think the purity of form is best displayed in these very strong looks.
Phillip Lim is always a great go to designer for well made clothes at contemporary prices. This season he played with layering sheers over solids, and made a lovely geometric clean statement. Every girl needs a light weight trench for spring and his organza version piped in black is a perfect update to the same old camel topper. He included a lot of textures in his looks, which added interest, while still looking effortless, chic and modern.
Michael Kors picked up a lifetime achievement award this summer from the CFDA, and showed a really confident collection for spring. Easy and relaxed in luxury fabrics seemed to be his vibe, and his love of sportswear really shined. I am kind of nuts for the pink jersey dress as it looks sexy, but comfortable, and oh so very effortless.
Lastly I have to throw a little love out there for designer Prabal Gurung. His attention to detail and clean looks are so very perfect for spring and I know he will be a force to be reckoned with the more he creates.
all photos via style.com