There has never been a collaboration I've been looking forward to more than this. Erin Wasson has a style all her own, a mix of rocker and skateboarder and her designs speak just that for RVCA. It's almost hard to believe this hasn't happened sooner. For those eagerly awaiting the collection, it is set to debut Spring 2009.
Heard about the affordable, environmentally-friendly igloo-shaped house made of Styrofoam that two people can assemble in a week? It’s no joke. The Dome House is another amazing Japanese design innovation. We’ve got our fingers crossed that they’ll land stateside soon. (Via Buzzfeed.)
Friends Julie Ho, Nick Andersen, and Karlo Bello had such a blast decorating for pals’ birthday parties, they decided to take it to the next level. Channeling their shared love of streamers, confetti, and party antics, they started Confettisystem, a line of handmade party supplies and jewelry that’s a glam take on all things festive. Not to be missed are the trio’s diamond-shaped piñatas with their complimenting metallic leather and silk piñata-whacking blindfolds. (Via Coolhunting.)
This has got to be one of the best cameo necklaces ever. Hand cast from resin by Philly-based artist and designer Valerie Ferus, each face is one-of-a-kind. The ladies depicted aren’t traditional 19th century regal beauties, but instead are the kind of girls you might run into at your local bar or coffee shop, complete with the appropriate eyeglasses and hairstyle.
Yowza! The clothing on Brazilian designer Amonstro’s website dazzles. Clashing patterns, vibrant tie-dyes, swirling rainbows, shiny metallics, and hand-drawn prints come together for their co-ed collection. If you’re lucky enough to live in Brazil (or any of the other far-away lands where you can score some Amonstro), we’re jealous. (Via The Fader.)
Disassembled stuffed animals, embroidery, found objects and photographs find their way into French artist Annette Messager’s wry, smart body of work. A current traveling exhibition, entitled The Messengers, highlights over 30 pieces from her eclectic oeuvre. After a stint at Paris’ Pompidou Center, the show recently opened at the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo. It’s up through November 3rd. (Via Delicious Ghost.)
FlexibleLove, an ingenious piece from Taiwanese designer Chishen Chiu, begins as a simple chair. With its accordion-like structure, however, it can morph into various couch-like iterations, seating up to 16 people. Props to FlexibleLove not only for its amazing design, but also for its eco-friendly construction: the piece is made from 100% recycled wood and paper products.
If you didn't make it up Wisconsin Ave for any of this Summer's all-local Fort Reno Summer concert series, you best head that way this Thursday, August 14. The Jet Age, Yell County, and John Davis's (Q & Not U, Georgie James) new project, Title Tracks, close the season from 7:15-9:30. Bring your dog/friends/babies/GOOD ATTITUDE and help keep the good times going by donating towards next season at the Fort Reno website.
Tuesday is good, but Techno Tuesday is great. That's because on Techno Tuesday doodler par excellence Andy Rementer brightens up our lives with witty and poignant (Yes, we said poignant. You try communicating your worldview via a weekly comic strip.) meditations on how each technological advancement is yet another step back for the analog human experience.
Last year we had a blast teaming up with The Lomographic Society for Who The Hell Are You?, an international photo competition. Now we're back with URBAN NOMAD, which asks you to provide an analog photographic documentary of your comings and goings – and a lot of solid reasons for why you left your doorstep in the first place. The contest runs from August 21 to September 14. Check out the rules, themes and prize info here. Now hit the road!
Art collective Fighting’s online zine, Graves, is a collection of collages, photographs, and watercolors that are beautiful, textural and disorientingly haunting. The collective’s website features t-shirts and more projects from the crew. (Via Bored and Beautiful.)
Nora Kogan, the women behind the wonderful St Kilda Jewelry is amazing at what she does. Such fine detail goes into each of her pieces and the thought of these snake earrings kind of literally slithering up the ear when worn is amazing.
We love hometown in-store shows. Next Tuesday nite, August 12, the FreeYrRadio concert series rolls into our W. Philly location (110 S. 36th St.). Prepare to get your minds blown people as the Secret Machines and DJ Dave P will definitely be opening up a can of aural whoop ass. The proceedings kick off at 7pm and the show benefits WPRB, an OG indie station outta Princeton. (Get tix here. Donate to WPRB.)
Who better than the always stylish Lou Doillon to design her own capsule collection for British jeans brand Lee Cooper. A perfect collaboration with 3 years worth of more to come, it is a perfect blend of rocker and girly chic that will surely appeal to everyone.
Chloe Sevigny’s clothing line for Opening Ceremony was a spot-on synthesis of her late 80s/early 90s upbringing as filtered through her fashion icon muses. Photographer Mark Borthwick captures Chloe sporting the entire fly girl collection in a recently published companion Chloe Sevigny for Opening Ceremony Book. Including illustrations from artists Marika Thunder, Rita Ackerman, Lizzie Bougatsos, Benjamin Cho, and Dan Colen, the book hits a fashion/art/lookbook trifecta.
Have no fear Chicago...we've got you covered on the music front. Portugal. The Man are playing an acoustic set at our Wicker Park store tomorrow nite, July 7. Festivities start at 5pm. Fix up and look sharp. We know you will.