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jenny holzer is designing a line of sneakers for keds, to sponsor the whitney.

they’re very simple, subtler than most clothes with words on them, and at $70, not insanely overpriced either (kinda). this is what they look like:

 

 

sorta cute, right?

 

either way i really like jenny holzer, she’s that artist who projects words and snappy sayings on a variety of surfaces. seriously snappy.

 

(at moma)

Jenny Holzer, Selections from Inflammatory Essays (1979-82), Survival (1983-85), Living (1980-82) (English)

 

Jenny Holzer, Selection from the Survival Series: Use What is Dominant...”

 

Jenny Holzer, You Are My Own(from artnet)

 

i can’t tell if she’s less angsty or maybe just more complacent about her angst, than barbara kruger. either way, reading her words always makes me say “hm” or “ph” or some other monosyllabic but pleasant thinking sort of noise. she’s in most every museum with a contemporary-type collection. recommend.

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holy shit, these shoes are so fantastic:

am also wild about this silhouette for the summer, from ysl resort 2011:

it’s like the grown-up version of low rise pants + belly shirt (i’m not the only one who wore some variation of that outfit throughout highschool, right?), a way to show summer skin without being summer trashy, and also is much more flattering than previous incarnations of midriff-baring ensembles.

a final thought, is that i recently started volunteering at a arts program for adults with developmental disabilities, and it’s really really wonderful, and has also gotten me back into making art regularly, which i haven’t been doing in a while. the emphasis at the program is about process and mindfulness, not a finished product, and while it’s easy to remember that it’s the making and not the thing that’s important when painting with low-functioning individuals (most of their work isn’t even a little bit figurative, it’s mostly swaths of muddy color and no one really bothers to take any pieces home), the rest of us tend to be really hard on ourselves. it’s bad elementary school art teachers’ faults, really, for conditioning us to create with an end result in mind instead of making art for the feeling and the experience. so, friends, i encourage you to paint with your eyes closed, to collage with color instead of form, to sculpt with your feet, and to embrace your inner pollack. it will come out ugly but it won’t matter, the best art experience is like meditation anyway. do it do it

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i would buy these shoes from swedish hasbeens:

 

you’ll remember that, some time ago, i declared ugly wooden soled shoes to be a priority for this summer (you do remember, don’t you?) under the assumption that i shop seasonally, of course, and have limitless swedish krona to throw about (233.349 dollars’ worth of krona, to be exact), these are the shoes whose ugly wooden soles i want to run around on.

hey diane remember that time we each spent like a million dollars in stockholm in three days?

anyhoo, swedish hasbeens introduces their company by way of this charming anecdote,

Her name was Anita and she was the hottest mum in all of southern Sweden in the 1970’s. While smoking Camel she screamed at her kids until her curlers fell out and just looked fabulous in her white high-heeled clogs.

and, monetary restrictions notwithstanding, we encourage you to think of anita, sweden’s hottest mum, and the 1970s in general (just not the disco parts), as you shop or don’t shop for this summer and next fall. think wide-legged pants, earth tones, and a very young anjelica huston.

oh anjelica, we ooze for you.
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while watching endless summer, i came up with a brief sartorial summer to-buy list. this is it:

 

1. baggy cuffed denim shorts

 

2. super ugly pair of wooden-soled shoes

 

 

3. straw boater hat

 

4. a “boyfriend” blazer (i hate that phrase, it’s almost as bad as a “wifebeater” tank top)

 

 

5. cut-out dress

 

 

am also very into all the beige/off-white/white so-called minimalism going on. it’s trendy, but also elegant and pretty and super for the summertime, as long as your popsicle doesn’t drip on your shorts and ruin everything.

 

 

 

(chloe; celine; mad men)

 

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“you’re just a regular imelda marcos,” they’d say, referring to my burgeoning love of footwear. i still remember my first pair of high heels, a fantastically ugly pair of pink mary janes with platforms that contained what looked like pastel pink marshmallows that i wore to my older sister’s bat mitzvah.

so uh some shoes i am currently considering are the ever-prevalent toms, a company that, for every pair of shoes you buy, donates a pair to a child in need.

these are the toms i want the most

 

the cheapest shoes are $44, cheap if you consider the fact that you’re really buying two pairs. the cordones pictured above are $69, and there are a couple styles even pricier. then again, the whole world is not as stingy as i, and nothing is too expensive if it’s for a good cause and barefoot children and stuff.

 

even more out of my recent-unemployed-graduate price range are these fabulous boots from irregular choice. i wholeheartedly encourage you to buy them for me, size 7.

 

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shop shop shop, friends, and then shop some more.

 

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the best part of fashion week, is the fashion shows.

the second best part (or first best, if you do not have an invitation to go inside) is the opportunity to ogle the passers-by and take notes on the trends that are to come.

in paris in 2007 we saw demolished hosiery, blazers blazers blazers, lace-up shoes and boots, quilting everywhere, shirts with faces on them, and more pairs of orangey-red tights than we could count. et voila, a year later, the lowest of the high street was selling the aforementioned goods.

now it is 2009, and south-eastern virginia is not exactly full of fashion forward ladies.

NO MATTER; we have found the next best thing, and its name is mary kate olsen.

mary-kate-w-alexander-wang-tote(fashionologie)

the most important lesson to be learned from this photograph is:

we were wrong. small round glasses a la john lennon/yoko ono are not silly, they are AWESOME. they are the way of the future. i still refuse to wear them, because my head is gigantic and it tends to dwarf smaller frames; however, you, dear reader, blessed with a normal-sized head, should hightail it to your nearest sunglasses retailer and grab a pair.

second lesson: alexander wang rulezz, and ms. olsen is oh-so lucky to be carrying a tote from his f/w 2009 collection. studs studs studs.

third lesson: layer the lengths of your outerwear.

fourth lesson: motorcycle boots.

fifth lesson: BIG RINGS!

sixth lesson: mary kate olsen is so, so tiny.

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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:

flat-lace-up-boots

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 )

diane-arbus-twins

( 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.

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