Archive for October, 2008

we have something to share with you.

it is called un dia, and it is an album by a fantastic lady named juana molina. it came out earlier this month, and we are officially obsessed.

the sound is kind and melancholy, in a happily tender sort of way. think chamomile tea, nubby blankets, three-legged dogs, tapas, balloons dispersing into the atmosphere with no risk of bird death, grey skies, flower girls, hand-knitted hats with earflaps, copper pots and pans.

here is her myspace: www.myspace.com/juanamolina

you are very, very welcome.

[ stefanie ]

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as residents of virginia, philly, and virginia, we are always bitter when super things happen in new york and we can’t make it to the city in time to attend.

i.e. it really sucked when, after spending quality time with the original paris-based colette, we didn’t have a chance to see the gap + colette store when it sprung up in september and then quickly vanished. bum.

now, we are once again missing out on yet another enticing culture pod: karl lagerfeld’s ode to a purse, currently taking up residence in central park. the “chanel mobile art pavilion”, commissioned by largerfeld and designed by architect zaha hadid (she, is really really wonderful, and also one of three fantastic guest editors for the current issue of wallpaper), contains loads of art inspired by the Chanel 2.55 bag. the roving museum’s international tour also includes stops in hong kong, tokyo, london, moscow, and paris. new york magazine has very kindly posted a video tour for those of us who can’t make it to manhattan in time.

(for those of you who can, the exhibit is open until 9 november, and tickets are free)

we will admit, we were expecting 200+ artfully done yet eventually dull photos of purses, but to our gleeful surprise some of the pieces seem to be really well done, both in concept and execution. definitely, absolutely, worth your time.

[ stefanie ]

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sometime last year we noticed a smashingly outfitted girl on facehunter sporting a fantastic necklace in the shape of a human heart. observe:

neat, right?

after a few months of quietly pining away for said necklace, we stumbled across paraphernalia, where a woman named vanda makes an eye-boggling assortment of really unique, dark, quirky necklaces and pins, including the above pictured heart. i bought it right away, and continue to ogle the sleuth camera necklace to this very day. most of the jewelry is between $20 and $30, which is not bad at all when you imagine this massively talented woman hunched over her kitchen table with a pen and a magnifying glass (whether or not this is an accurate representation of her artistic process, we still think her stuff is pretty damn special) handcrafting a super awesome conversation starter, just for you.

support small businesses. save the world’s economy. look nice.

[ stefanie ]

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a membership to MoMA is an extremely worthwhile investment.

our favorite exhibition of the summer was by copenhagen-born artist olafur eliasson, called take your time. his art is absolutely conceptual in its orientation, but it was conceptual with a purpose in mind other than just proving itself edgy or avant-garde, which we feel is an enormous problem with a lot of contemporary art these days (the spring exhibition at palais de tokyo, for example, included a room full of men playing paintball and it made us giggle but it felt half-hearted and did not stimulate any of our senses, and did not provoke any sort of thought, and art that doesn’t even intrigue is just sorta lame). eliasson’s room-sized installations explore color, light, and temporality, in simple subtle ways that cut straight past intellectualism and wordiness in favor of overwhelming the senses in a warm yet mind-boggling manner. in the room pictured up top, the walls slowly and almost imperceptibly shifted colors from one neon pastel to another, and we felt warm and serene as if we were standing in a fluorescent womb.

eliasson also rigged up some waterfalls around manhattan which got rave reviews. i craned my neck to see one while riding the subway out to coney island for the village voice siren festival as we passed over the brooklyn bridge, but was facing the wrong direction. bummer.

[ stefanie ]

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Speaking of Rodarte, never would I ever have believed someone could convince us, and even make us want, to wear spikes. The most unique thing in their show, in our eyes, were these studded fingerless gloves for the Ready to Wear line. The scrunched fit is more often employed with boots, the look of which is common and rightfully so, but it was refreshing to see it used with an accessory item not linked to the legs. And back to the studs – what does it for us is the use of spring 09 colors – the lighter shades of power and attention demanding oranges, being one. Silver and black studs bring to mind skulls and pitt-bulls, and perhaps some S&M in between, and although some might and do find all of these things awesome, the larger public seem to get too much of an intimidating, and often confused, vibe from all. Particularly in the context of fashion.

While we are a bit less excited about the shock induced when looking at the models feet, there is nice consistency with image. The platform heels in this show were spotted with studs and spikes as well, reminding me of those picture-happy paparazzi and their tendency to always capture Mary-Kate Olsen wearing similar clunkers. Needless to say, they do help us height-challenged girls stand tall.

Ultimately, when it comes to Rodarte’s interpretation and execution of this previously viewed fashion tool, we continue to appreciate the choice to often fashion the studs in the same shades as the main materials. It takes away my inclination to categorize these shoes as smut-model material. I say: We are respectful, if not converted fully.

[ diane ]

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