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Dumdeedum, lazy Saturday spent watering plants, cleaning, doing other tasks I’ve otherwise put off… including watching some Say Yes to the Dress, the TLC show that follows brides as they shop for their wedding gear at Kleinfeld in Manhattan.  As reality TV goes, it’s not a particularly brilliant show (The Real Housewives of NY has really stepped it up this season… especially that last episode with Kelly-gone-psycho and Bethenny’s high-larious “46 pinot grigios” comment), but I still get hooked.  It reminded me of this one Gatsby-esque wedding dress that I liked at J. Crew, which sadly is no longer for sale.  In an attempt to find something similar, I google-imaged “Great Gatsby wedding” and stumbled upon Once Wed, a photograph-rich blog chronicling, among other things, hipster theme weddings.  It has to be seen to be believed.

Josh Goleman behind the lens for Great Gatsby wedding

their wedding is in a forest?!

circus wedding!

…really? really? I love that these people have avoided the cheese of 99.99% of all weddings.  It’s so artsy fartsy and dreamy and in the countryside and blah blah. Fantastical.

[mairin]

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What’s up with Urban Outfitters spring ’10 look book being all Lolita?  From fetish-ized shots of awkwardly bent little girl legs & their shoes (mimicking the iconic cover of the novel) to the photos of a very lithe young thing, dressed in culottes and frilly 1950s bikini tops, the inspiration is hit-you-over-the-head obvious.  In theory I’m in favor: I love the book and like the reinvention of its esthetic, but something feels odd about a store for young girls marketing to their audience with tween erotica.  Honestly, then, mission accomplished: the photographer has realized visually what Nabokov elaborated verbally- uncomfortable, voyeuristic beauty.*

Check out the looks here and judge for yourself.   (Oh, and P.S. towards the end, more too-young-for-comfort borderline porn with their night-out looks, but I loves it anyway, especially those vampy, pointy shoulders! Viva los 80s silhouettes! Even if they are tired and blah blah…)

[mairin]

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found genevieve dimmitt on gawker this morning.

 

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her photos are beautifully starkly deceivingly simple.

 

coats1they are also laden with beautiful color, and make us feel warm and toasty inside.

 

cheapfireworkscroppedher style is super versatile, from seemingly-but-not-really sterile black & white shots to photos bathed in saturated grainy polaroid-esque color.

 

her artist’s statement is quite lovely as well. she reminds us, in writing at least (sorta visually, too), of william eggleston, which reminds us of his wonderful (WONDERFUL) show at the whitney (which, apart from crowds of people and a surprising amount of little kids, was my favorite museum-going experience in the past few months), which makes us like this lady even more.  

i want to meet everyone and take their portrait. I want to photograph the landfill and the kittens in your closet. I am interested in all facets of image making. I believe in democratic photography in the sense that all things are capable of being the subject of a beautiful image if the artist has the notion to share this vision. I document my surroundings constantly for this reason. I also create scenes from the imagery in my mind to balance the observed with the conceived. As I photograph I am constantly learning to see again.

chipholdingbook(all photos by genevieve dimmitt)

 

on an unrelated subject (a subject named barack obama), found this and this on ben smith’s politico blog. our soon-to-be-president was once an anti-war, pro-gay marriage sort of guy.

 

we are SO PUMPED for tuesday.

 

[ stefanie ]

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if you find yourself in manhattan before 17 january, make sure to swing by danziger projects (521 west 26th street). the current exhibition, sander’s children, explores photography by and inspired by august sander, a really fantastic fellow who lived and worked in cologne in the first half of the 20th century.

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( august sander / girl in a caravan / 1930 )

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( richard avedon / bob dylan / new york city, 1965 )

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( milton rogovin / untitled / from the lower west side, 1969-1973 )

when every creative venture feels like a distilled version of something that someone else did first (these days), we really enjoy an art show that doesn’t try to treat pastiche as a secret. that, and the photos are really great, and galleries are a nice free alternative to museums (but make sure you don’t go on a monday or tuesday, when visits are by appointment only).

if you don’t find yourself in new york anytime soon, it is still very worthwhile to check out owner james danziger’s blog, the year in pictures. it is nice, to feel like an art world insider at times.

[ stefanie ]

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i had a dream once in which i was wearing the dreamiest pair of flat black lace-up boots.

incidentally i went antiquing a few months later and stumbled across the dreamiest pair of (inexpensive!) flat black lace-up boots, and they have been a staple of my day-to-day life ever since.

we find shoes like this to be just right for many many outfits:

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facehunter-perfect-lace-up-boots

( both photos are from facehunter, the top one from some months ago and the bottom one from this past thursday )

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( those boots would be perfect with these dresses; this photo, by the way, is by diane arbus, who can always be counted on to produce endlessly fascinating images; if you are ever in stockholm, there are three fantastic onces to see in moderna museet )

if you are in the market for some footwear of your own, start with these patchwork boots on ebay, and there are tons more (slightly less mondrian-esque) pairs to be found if you search for words like vintage flat laceup grandma pixie boots. for a decidedly larger sum of money you can get this amaaazing woven pair from urban outfitters. in brown or white, they will attract very positive ogling from all angles.

[ stefanie ]

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black & white photography,

skinny boys,

rock n roll,

close-ups,

aesthetically pleasing compositions,

tattoos,

astronauts,

an interesting eye for detail,

and/or,

feeling hip by association,

check out hedi slimane’s diary. there are no words, only photos, but they are photos that carry a serious vibe along with them. they feel true (they also feel like acne, bruises, callouses, ugly fingernails, and sex), is why we like them so much.

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hedi-slimane-skinny-boy

swoon swoon swoon.

[ stefanie ]

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