Friday, November 28, 2008

Dirk Bikkembergs' Golden Underwear

Dirk Bikkembergs' limited edition golden underwear ad campaign is interesting to say the least. The "Antwerp Six" designer always has interesting and provocative ad campaigns and this campaign definitely speaks to a variety of audiences and markets. Hypermasculine or homoerotic or both? Interesting.....

Dirk Bikkembergs

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Gucci Tattoo Heart Collection feat. Rihanna

Gucci has designed this special collection of white handbags and accessories featuring a tattooed heart graphic surrounded by trademark Gucci symbols. 25% of sales from this collection will be donated to the Gucci Campaign to Benefit Unicef which supports orphans and children in Africa affected by HIV/AIDS and provides them with healthcare, education, protection, and clean water initiatives. The collection will be available globally from November 19, 2008 - January 31, 2009.

I applaud Gucci for this charitable venture and I applaud Rihanna for using her celebrity status to support and raise awareness for such a great cause. Socially conscious luxury goods definitely help to alleviate consumerist guilt and I have a feeling that this Tattoo Heart collection will quickly sell out.


Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Takashi Murakami Animation Studio Opening Soon in LA

Japanese artist Takashi Murakami is set to open an animation studio in Los Angeles next year under the name of his production and artist-management company Kaikai Kiki. Murakami is the Japanese Andy Warhol and his pop art has globally impacted pop culture as we know it. He created his own pop art style, known as "superflat", which incorporates graphic character art derived from Manga and anime on flat planes of bold color. His pieces speak to and about consumerism, sexual fetishism and the "otaku" culture in Japan which is a culture which revolves around an obsession with video games, Manga, and anime. On this side of the Pacific, Murakami is known for his pop art bags and wallets for Louis Vuitton and for his collaborations with Kanye West on West's album covers and music videos.

I love all of Murakami's work and he is truly a 21st century visionary - creatively and artistically. He has the potential and ability to shape and move pop culture in a new direction that would redefine and raise artistic standards and notions of art in general. All of his pieces move beyond mere eye candy and the visual sensory overload which ensues upon articulating a Murakami piece may be understood as Murakami's signature style - you can't resist the impression or impact that each of his pieces makes. As with all great art, you either get it or you don't.

Source: LA Times

Kaikai Kiki

Nike "Playstation 3" Blazer High Tops

Nike has made these Playstation 3 inspired Blazer high tops which incorporate the brand's colors into the detailing of the sneaker. Gamers and gaming are a multi-billion dollar industry and Nike is smart to try and tap into this market by doing something as simple as using the Playstation 3 colors in one of their many shoes and referencing the brand in the shoe's name. A clever collaboration that will definitely be coveted by gamers around the world.


Couture Money - Coco Chanel 5 Euro Coin

Karl Lagerfeld has designed a 5 Euro coin to commemorate the 125th anniversary of Coco Chanel. Available on December 1st, only 99 pieces of the gold coin will be made at a purchase price of 5900 Euros and 11900 pieces of the silver coin will be made and sold at a significantly lower price of 45 Euros.

This is as close to coutured money as we'll get and Chanel loyalists, fashionistas, and coin collector's will snatch these up in a flash. This year the high fashion ateliers have truly expanded their empires from teddy bears, cell phones, water bottles, cameras, and now to designer money. Is it excessive to have luxury money? Apparently, the Kaiser and Chanel don't believe so and acquiring these coins is the ultimate act of conspicuous consumption.

Source: High Snobiety

Monday, November 24, 2008

Urban Fashionista's Winter Style Tips

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This past weekend was the first bitterly cold weekend here in Toronto and everyone was bundled up and dressed to battle the elements. Winter is definitely my least favorite season of the year because staying warm and maintaining a sense of personal style can be a bit of a challenge due to the limiting nature of winter attire. Ski jackets, ski gloves, and moon boots are perfect for a weekend skiing getaway, an Arctic excursion, or for extended hours in the cold, but on a day to day basis these articles can be a bit excessive and unwarranted. In order to stay stylishly warm this season I recommend the following winter style tips and trends: (Read more)

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Alexander McQueen For Puma Promo Videos

I came across these promotional videos for the Alexander McQueen for Puma 2008 collections. In true McQueen style, these videos are sleek, innovative, visionary and totally COOL!

I have secretly been coveting the pointy sneakers, but I would be happy with any piece from these collections. The design of these shoes easily allows for style versatility - from casual to dressy, day to evening, gym to work, or dinner to the club. Alexander McQueen is slowly expanding his empire and his next collaboration will be with retail giant Target in 2009.

Alexander McQueen for Puma

Monday, November 10, 2008

Kate Moss the Siren

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A few weeks back, I was in London, England for some rest, relaxation, and shopping! I used to live in London and this was the first time that I had been back in ten years. It was refreshing to be back in the British capital and I realized just how much I missed London street style. London is a fashion and style mecca and anything and everything goes in this huge cosmopolitan fashion mish mash. I started to think about Britain's contributions to fashion and style and looks and people that came to mind were: punk, mod, glam rock, Vivian Westwood, John Galliano, Alexander McQueen, Stella McCartney, Paul Smith, Burberry, and Kate Moss.....(Read More)

Friday, November 7, 2008

Dolce and Gabbana/DandG Cruise 2009 Ad Campaigns

These are the ads for the Dolce & Gabbana and D&G 2009 cruise collections. I find the fact that designers create cruise collections interesting because these "cruise" collections are merely extensions of their Spring/Summer collections. Re-branding extended pieces of their Spring/Summer collection as "cruise" wear somehow imbues these swimsuits and beachwear with luxury and glamour. Clever marketing...

Claudia Schiffer is featured in the Dolce & Gabbana campaign and she is another 90's supermodel featured in a major ad campaign. This is just another indication that the 90's are truly coming back in full force.

Dolce & Gabbana

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Paul Smith for Lomography Cameras

Hipsters and fashionistas will all be adding this Paul Smith fisheye Lomo camera to their Christmas wish lists this year. Lomo cameras allow users to take creative photographs by means of their unique cameras which are specially constructed to create a specific desired photographic result. Fisheye lenses (which allow for super wide angle exposures), multiple exposures, different colored exposures, split images, and many other creative photographic effects can be achieved with Lomo cameras. You can find these cameras at select photography stores or at Urban Outfitters.

Paul Smith is definitely a kitsch and visionary brand and the this collaboration with Lomo is fitting. Designer collaborations are definitely the way of the future and this point in time is clearly the beginnings of designer collaborations that move beyond fashion.

Paul Smith

Lomography Society International

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Kate Moss for Topshop: X-Mas 2008 Collection

The Kate Moss and Topshop diffusion collection has been invigorated for the 2008 holiday season. As usual, pieces of this collection sold out within hours. I love all of these looks that she has come up with for Topshop and the impact that she has on her own collection is interesting. Apparently, she wore one of her own dresses (the panther dress) to a Vivian Westwood show and this dress was the most coveted piece of the collection and sold out instantly. Kate Moss continues to be a fashion powerhouse, whether it be modelling or "designing."


Chanel's Gun Inspired Heels

Karl Lagerfeld has pushed the envelope once again with these gun heeled shoes for the Chanel Cruise 2009 collection. These will definitely be a collector's item and the perfect heel for all Bond girls.

I have a feeling that the influence of James Bond and the new Bond film, Quantum of Solace, will not only significantly impact pop culture, but fashion as well. It will be interesting to see which other ateliers delve into espionage and spy chic in the upcoming fashion seasons.

Photo: Chanel