Everyone loves to wear wellies but sometimes you want to wear your favorite shoes out despite the rain. Shuella have come up with the perfect alternative to the typical rain boots with their self-described shoe umbrellas. The clencher here is that you can throw these on over your favorite heels and still look really stylish with the appearance of wearing cool boots.
What would possess someone to knit a power cord? Or a life-size Ferrari? Or a piece of sushi? Why Would You Knit That? showcases amusing, hideous, laughable, and outrageous feats of knitting along with the requisite snarky commentary. Lesson learned? Those knitting types certainly have a tendency to go overboard. (Via Neatorama.)
Worth checking out is Brooklyn-based designer Feral Childe’s Fall collection, Daily Planner. Inspired by office culture, modernist architecture, and furniture design, the line features unusual silhouettes, silk screened prints, and handcrafted resin buttons. The clothes look, quite simply, very fun to wear.
Check out the entrancing new music video for Ponytail’s Beg Waves, a track from their 2008 album, Ice Cream Spiritual. Kaleidoscopes of color coupled with sublime seascapes make for something special in this vid from Michael Guidetti and David Berezin.
The City Paper’s Crafty Bastards is as close to a DC institution as an event can be after just five years; the massive indie craft fair has gotten SO big that this year it even has its own Twitter feed. From 10-5 this Sunday, September 28 at the Marie Reed Learning Center in Adams Morgan (18th & Wyoming, NW) you can check out 150+ vendors, including CB regulars like Daisy Lacy and out-of-towners Loyalty and Blood. In true craft fair fashion it’s held rain or shine, so don’t forget that umbrella...
Sunshine, good looking people, cuban food, andThe Walkmen at the Miami Urban Outfitters? Well, you've got the good people who've been hooking up the FreeYrRadio concert series to thank for that. If you are in town on Monday, October 6th, please come to the store (653 Collins Ave.) at 8pm sharp to get down with the get down. (Get tix here. Donate to WVUM.)
For All Cut Up, the current show at Brooklyn’s Roebling Hall, curator Rita de Alencar Pinto selected 17 artists from the U.S. and Europe working with collage. Looking to preexisting images as well as reinventing ones from remnants, the diverse roster of participating artists use collage to reinterpret the visual cues of their subject matter. Through October 4. (Image by Bjorn Copeland via Art Cal)
Brazilian designer Alexandre Herchcovitch teamed up with Band Aid for these insanely pretty bandages. I'm not saying you're going to want to purposely fall next time you're skating but you may do it just to put on one of these lovelies.
Jamie Lidell's latest CD is simply too happy. We dare you to find a more upbeat or soulful release this year. You can't do it. That said, we are on pins and needles waiting to see him bring that infectious soul-glow to our Costa Mesa store (2930 Bristol St. ) this Saturday, 9/27. It's all a part of the FreeYrRadio concert series and we're glad they're doing it up big. (Get tix here. Donate to KUCI here.)
Theo Allen, a photographer/student/painter/musician from Los Angeles, is good friends with Clara Balzary, our last AAG girl. Theo also finds the time to hang out with her beau in NYC, see live music, hunt for thrift and vintage finds, wander in nature and play in a band.
We like to think of ourselves as individuals and one of the fundamental ways we distinguish ourselves from the pack is with how we dress. The Rotterdam-based duo, Ari Versluis and Ellie Uyttenbroek, stick a wrench in that idea with their ongoing project, Exactitudes. For 14 years, the pair has photographed thousands of people all over the world painstakingly categorized them by their style of dress, and compiled their collection into a website and a book. A fascinatingly thorough and somewhat deflating project that might makes you feel like just one of a million.
Artists Carrie Collins and Beth Brandon have teamed up for the current show at Copy Gallery. Entitled 10% Tiger Fire, “the remaining 90% of the exhibition is as follows: 40% function as it applies to ‘non-functional’ objects, 10% home-coming party, 20% interior decor, 10% fantasy, 10% whiskey.” Corseted tiger-printed costumes, sculpted headdresses, Cleopatra-style makeup, a full-size bear rug painting, and fortune telling from Sweatheart’s Rose Luardo make for quite a spectacle. Through September 25; contact the gallery for hours.
Look out Bay Area because King Khan and his band of merry noise makers are getting ready to open a can of audio whoop ass on our San Francisco store (80 Powell St. ) this Weds, 9/24. It's all part of the FreeYrRadio juggernaut and this show will benefit local radio station KUSF. Show starts at 7pm. (Get tix here. Donate to KUSF.)
Tights don’t last forever. We’re lucky if we can get a few wearings out of a pair before we snag them or they run. Smaggle Style figured a way to lengthen the lifespan of her hole-y, otherwise expired tights by cutting them up into pieces and combining them with studs to create a great-looking necklace. She’s been kind enough to share a how-to on her blog so that we, too, can imbue our hose with a second life.
If you've ever wondered where Iggy Pop, Mick Jagger and Blondie scored their awesome clothes look no further because Worn Free have been recreating these rock icons duds and delivering them to your doorstep. This is kind of the coolest idea ever, I just wish they had Lemmy from Motörhead's gear!
Sometimes when we're sitting here blogging it out we just want to kick up our feet and dream about traveling to a foreign land, one with clouds and sunsets and maybe a unicorn or two. Well, now the Desktop Landscape peeps have made that a reality. We just stare at one of these bad boys and we're there.
TV On The Radio's new CD, Dear Science, is coming out next Tuesday, 9/23. To celebrate this fact, and to show you just how much we love you, we're having a pre-release listening party of Dear Science at ALL OUR STORES across the country this Saturday, 9/20, from 12-5pm. So please stop on by....if you mention TVOTR when you're there you'll get a free poster (while supplies last). And because we can't stop there, we are also giving away a trip to see TVOTR in LA and you can sign up here.
Put Gate 54 at Cafe St. Ex (1847 14th St., NW) on your "places to be" list for tonight - and every third Thursday, for that matter; from 10PM on DJ Neville Chamberlain spins a staggeringly awesome mix of tropicalia, samba, and everything in between. This month's party is presented by both Peroni Beer and local fave Som Records. No cover! No joke!