Friday, August 29, 2008

Ms. Stella continues to shine...

Stella McCartney is really a designer extraordinaire. Not only is her own line amazing each season, but also her brand extensions. I am often skeptical of the clothing and accessories that get designed when a high-end designer partners with another brand or retailer (think: Richard Chai and Target, Vera Wang and Kohl's). The premise is respectable --- bringing design to the masses --- but the output always falls short. Stella is different. Her partnership with Adidas and now LeSportsac has increased her credibility even more as far as I'm concerned. Whenever I'm by Adidas, I always stop by to check out her stuff. I'm a junkie now. It makes you want to take up new sports and exercise more!
Gym Yoga Collection
Running Collection

And, good news for fans is that she just released her new fall travel bags with LeSportsac. Here are two of my must-haves:

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Thursday, August 28, 2008

Polka dots for NYC

Thank goodness for the creativity of those who are brave and exuberant enough to articulate it. I came across Trash: Any Color You Like, a public art installation project by an artist named Adrian of Ak-Studio based in NYC. The premise is to replace the traditional bags of trash you see lying on NYC streets with artist-created bags. If you've noticed pink polka dotted trash bags, you're looking at Adrian's work. The city is always in dire need of brightening, especially in the warm summer months!

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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

New street peepin'

There are a lot of street style sites out there. It's incredible how these street style photographers have impacted fashion and style both high and low. There has almost been a democratization of how style is defined. I came across Street Peeper and am hooked! One cool differentiator for this site is that you can click on the label that someone is wearing to see photos of others who are wearing the same. Pretty nifty!

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Friday, August 15, 2008

New reality on

Web-based short-form programming has become extremely popular in the last 18 months ever since LonelyGirl 16 popped up on YouTube. Now Vogue.TV has joined these media upstarts to feature a reality show focused on three beautiful, young IMG models: Austria Alcantara, Cate van Ee, and Madeline Kragh and their quest for runway stardom. The series Model.Live, will follow the girls across 4 cities as the fall fashion season kicks off. Premieres on 8/19.
Austria Alcantara
Photo courtesy of Bebo
Cate Van Ee
Photo courtesy of
Madeline Kragh
Photo courtesy of Vogue


Thursday, August 14, 2008

A design pair

New York Times' Home and Garden section did a great one pager today on Wary Meyers Decorative Arts, a husband-wife design team based in Portland.
The pair embarks on a neverending scavenger hunt at garage sales, flea markets, and antique malls. They then repurpose their finds for their clients and/or make them into new objets d'art. Some fascinating stuff. Photos of some of their interior work below.
Photos courtesy of

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Tuesday, August 12, 2008

The opening ceremony to top all ceremonies

Enough has been written over the course of the last four days to capture the worldwide reaction to China's opening ceremony for the Olympics. I was utterly breathless as I watched the 2,008 drummers served as an analog clock counting down to the evening's festivities. Zhang Yimou, director extraordinaire truly understands the Chinese existence in such a deep way. His artistry is unparalleled. I can't help but post these photos so I can have a record for myself of the visual and artistic brilliance in Beijing on 8/8/08.
An ode to the Tang Dynasty
Confucian teachings live on
The Chinese invented fireworks, after all...
The power of unity
Beauty in the Bird's Nest

All photos courtesy of New York Times

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Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Please give Burial a won't regret it!

Even though it's super late in NYC and I should be off my computer, I am just so excited to share news about an artist/producer whom I sincerely respect and just can't get enough of. Classified as "dub step", Burial is an artist from south London and his music is at once complex, ethereal, melodic, and haunting. It just continues to prove that electronic music synchronizes with human emotion. Layered on Burial's beats are various female and male voices that add so much. For awhile, Burial's true identity remained under wraps but just this week, Will Bevan has come forward on his MySpace profile to share his identity. I really respect him because he is truly about the music and not about notoriety. One of my favorite tracks is "Archangel" (downloadable via the link). If you want to sample, check out the links below and you surely won't regret it. This is *real* music and the kind that should be made.

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Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Move over American Apparel

For all those who love cotton, there's another provider in town. Sophomore, based in NYC, is a new label that has created a coveted collection of comfortable separates. Not only will you love the material but you will also appreciate the sense of design in the pieces. The label designs for both men and women so no one is left out!
Check Sophomore out; available at physical store locations and online at Bona Drag.

Photos courtesy of Sophomore

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Monday, August 4, 2008

Best iPod covers

I've gone through about 3 different iPod covers since purchasing my most recent iPod classic a few months ago. I have had a hard time finding something that is stylish but low key (i.e. no sequins, no shiny leathers) Either I didn't like the material or the cover just made the device to bulky. I always insist on a cover to keep the device-that-I-can't-live-without scratch and damage free. I came across Miniot, whose wood covers are just gorgeous. They create the covers from one single piece of wood and they are customized by type of wood for an iTouch, iPhone, or the iPod. You can even get it engraved. Depending on the device, prices range from 80 to 95 euros.

Photos courtesy of Miniot