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i moved into a new apartment this past summer, and my roommate and i were determined to decorate it in a (thrifty) fashion that would not shout “COLLEGECOLLEGECOLLEGE” from the rooftops. ergo, no magazine cut-outs on the walls. ergo, i was fresh out of interior decorating experience. but THEN i discovered 20×200, a website whose mission is to sell very excellent art at a wide range of prices, starting off at $20 (for a smallish version of a photo or print or drawing, produced in an edition of 200) and topping off at $2000 (for a large version of said photo or print or drawing, with only 2 reproductions). we have a theory that, once you start your art collection, you have taken the first step on the path to genuine adulthood (whether you are 15 or 40, dear reader, we really don’t think you’re a real live adult if your walls are art-less; posters of van gogh paintings, no matter how mind bogglingly wonderful the originals may be, do not count) and this is a fantastic way to buy actual, original art at ridiculously reasonable prices. you will be cultured and sophisticated, and your friends will be jealous.

while trolling the site for nifty things to purchase, we came across jason polan, an artist living in new york. here are some things we like about mr. polan: his current project is an ongoing mission to draw every person in new york (see yoko ono, below); he is a member of the taco bell drawing club; we think he knows dave eggers; he made this bag, which i would totally ask for for hannuka if i didn’t feel too guilty to ask anyone for presents this year; he draws many giraffes; he is rather funny; there is no wikipedia article about him, lending him an exciting air of mystery.

yoko-ono

one of the things he is selling on 20×200 is called “hand project”: for $20 he’ll send you one out of 200 photocopies of his hand, for $200 he’ll send you a drawing of his hand (“it is always available and i can mold it into different positions”), and for a mere $2000, he will come to your house and shake your hand. allan kaprow would be so proud.

[ stefanie ]

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from allison arieff’s blog on nytimes.com:

For a couple of months there, it was sort of exciting to witness how dramatically higher oil prices were affecting human behavior. Ridership of public transit was up, homeowners were swapping exurban houses for urban condos, S.U.V. sales were down, people were walking. T. Boone Pickens threw cash at a wind farm. But in more recent weeks, as oil prices dropped, I started hearing indications of backpedaling on all of the above. With gas back down in the $2 to $2.50 a gallon range, there was talk of this all being less urgent, something that could be addressed later. Pickens even scrapped plans for the wind farm (for now). This is such a strange notion: that an interim price drop somehow solves the larger issue of our dependence on oil.

isn’t that sort of terrible? dependency on oil is always a scary concept, and it shouldn’t only be scary when it gets expensive. whether filling up your tank costs $15 or $50, it is always (always always) a better idea to bike or walk or subway or bus. petroleum is not sustainable, and never will be, no matter how much of an impact it may make on our wallets at any given time.

(not that it should be about style, at all, but we feel obligated to admit, that there is no better way to be kind to the environment while looking positively adorable, than riding a bicycle. just ask scott schuman.)

[ stefanie ]

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a friend sent me a link to this blog the other day. it is called voodoo funk, and it’s full of super fun african pop music from the 1970s, that a man named frank found while collecting vintage records in guinea, sierra leone, ghana, and benin. if you live in new york, frank throws voodoo funk parties every thursday night at santos party house (on lafayette). thank you frank, and thank you friend.

happy friday.

[ stefanie ]

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so this one time we were sharing a bottle of wine (um. a few bottles of wine) at la perle, a super-cheap bar in the marais in paris that never fails to provide excellent people watching (especially if the people you like to watch are stylish and cool), and during a discussion of fashion and facehunter we noticed a particularly well-dressed gentleman at the table next to ours. inspired and inebriated, we ogled him for a few minutes before diane gathered up the cajones to ask him if, perchance, she could take his picture.

this is what happened:

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( his neck bow provided the initial intrigue, although the more we looked the more we found to admire. glasses, off-kilter cardigan, an old man’s slacks. )

i, not so ballsily, furtively took a picture of some girl’s back:

img_9537( we enjoyed her textural combination of furry vest with sofa upholstery skirt. )

and thus ended our foray into streetstyle photography.

[ stefanie ]

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I have began a photographic journey. It was inspired during a planning conversation centered around this blog-to-be-website-once-i-learn-adobe dreamweaver. The title of my on-going series: Enlightened knockoffs. The concept is simple – be a good photographer during social events and all other times and capture people I know in poses and situations that resemble the image of well-known fashion brands. I will update with new pictures as they arise. The following is the collection thus far.

Enlightened Knock-off, American Apparel

Enlightened Knock-off, American Apparel

This one emulates the casual pose and a subtle sexuality that American Apparel is recognized for.

Enlightened Knock-off, Marc by Marc Jacobs

Enlightened Knock-off, Marc by Marc Jacobs

Her expression and hair are what caught the feel of Marc by Marc for me here, in addition to the bright red bag.

At this point, all of the images remain in their original form. One inspired day, perhaps I will work some Photoshop magic and make them scream their respective designer brand images all on their own. More to come, when the fashion gods strike their glory while camera in hand.

[diane]

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One of the most enjoyable things about my Thursdays are getting to pick out what clothes to put on the one-year-old baby girl that I babysit. Her name is kate and I like to imagine how one day she might be really fashionable and that my styling of her might possibly have something to do with it. I will say that it is no easy feat, however, when all of the color choices given me within a 50 piece wardrobe are pink, pink, pink, green, pink, white and blue. There are no more obvious examples of forced gender roles amongst kids than this. Somehow, they tend to be drawn towards babydolls/ war toys on their own, respectively. But, I’m rambling.

The reason for this post is my recent discovery that Jean Paul Gaultier (who happens to make a favorite scent of mine, Le Male) will be launching a children’s clothing line for ages 2 to 14 within an agreement singed with France’s Zannier Group. The first collection will consist of 120 pieces for both boys and girls and is to be unveiled during the 2009/2010 Fall Winter show. His line will join Zannier Group’s current brands such as Little Marc Jacobs, Kenzo, and Levi’s.

Little Marc Jacobs

This photograph is for Little Marc Jacobs from one of his previous collections. I wanted to include a more recent image but have not yet found a way to get the designer’s images. So, to make up for it, I will give you the link and implore you to have a look through his SS 09 Ready to Wear collection. In addition to being phenomenal fashion photographs, you can dissect the cultural-implication-shit out of them Sally Mann style. Cruelty to kids? Maybe, but I think it’s a lot of fun.

So this is not brand new, that is, designers creating pieces for the miniature people of the earth. However, what I hope, and what I have the inclination foresee, is more designers considering the other half of the population, and hopefully inspiring creativity amongst department store commercialism. Things that are actually affordable, that is. By the time I have baby, I hope it’s wardrobe has the same potential for diversity as my own. And if I can’t buy it, I’ll make it.. or get someone on Etsy to for me.

For those of you with babies: Little Fashion Gallery

[diane]

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down with pants

maybe that’s a little harsh. there’s nothing inherently wrong with pants. it’s just that, tights are so much more exciting these days. we are especially excited about free people‘s really wonderful selection of patterned tights–plaid and flowered and paisley and argyle and feathers. if we had $30 to spare and any room left in the hosiery drawer we would probably buy two pairs of each. but we don’t, and there’s not, so instead we encourage you to buy and look fantastic on our behalf.

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