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Archive for the ‘Art and fashion’ Category


Mona Lisa is working a new look

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

After our last post, in which we caught Mona Lisa napping, we decided to have a little more fun with the art history legend. She’s been trying out some funky new hairstyles (or lack-of-hair-style) for some of her new modeling gigs. What do you think of her new look?

Mona Lisa modeling high couture


No longer fashionable

Monday, May 25th, 2015

I saw this bit of “urban decay” while walking down 7th Avenue in NYC recently … it appears that it was once the sign for a clothing store, as I’m guessing the still-remaining letters on the bottom were once the word “fashion.” It would make for a cool painting if it was on a large canvas, it almost has a Julian Schnabel feel to it, with the combination of abstraction and words.

distressed store sign on 7th Avenue in NYC


Doc Martens featuring Hieronymus Bosch

Saturday, February 28th, 2015

I was at the mall last weekend, and while looking in a shoe store, noticed these Doc Marten boots (below left and 2nd photo below) featuring the art of Hieronymus Bosch. I used to have a pair of the classic “oxblood” Doc Martens (below center and right) and liked them for their punk attitude and the fact that their soles claimed to be “acid resistant” – how tough is that? But while I love the art of Hieronymus Bosch, and kind of think it’s a cool idea to put it on Doc Martens, there’s part of me that thinks it’s not so cool, because it’s almost trying too hard to be cool. What do you think?

vintage Doc Marten boots and news ones featuring Hieronymus Bosch

the art of Hieronymus Bosch on Doc Marten boots


Art Director’s ad work pulls from Lucas Samaras in the 1970s

Friday, February 20th, 2015

I saw this bold two-page ad for Max Mara in the Sunday New York Times Magazine, and knew right away where the inspiration came from … would you agree that it’s a safe bet that the art director for this ad campaign is a fan of Lucas Samaras’s polaroid photographs from the 1970s …? Scroll down to see two examples of Samaras’s art below the ad.

Max Mara ad borrowing visual ideas from Lucas Samaras polaroids


Fashion clones spotted near the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

Wouldn’t it be confusingly fun if everyone walked around New York City in fashion-matching pairs like this duo? I saw them walking down 5th Avenue near the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and with their huge, fur-covered hoods, they were hard to miss.

Japanese tourists in NYC wearing matching clothes


Fashion inspired by Picasso’s Harlequin?

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014

I saw this dress, below left, at the Short Hills Mall in NJ, and while I do like the bold colors and design, my wife said that she’s glad I didn’t add this to her wardrobe. At any rate, the colors and design reminded me somewhat of the colors and patterns used by Pablo Picasso in some of his “Harlequin” paintings, below center and right. What do you think?

Pablo Picasso Harlequin paintings


Paris Dispatch #3: Fashion Attack

Monday, November 10th, 2014

I’m doing a series of “dispatches” from Paris this week, courtesy of my wife, who is there on a business trip. The gallery where she works is exhibiting at the Paris Photo art fair, and she’s sending me pictures and stories of what she’s seeing in and around Paris.

She was walking across a bridge near the Grand Palais (where Paris Photo takes place), and in looking at a map, that means it was either Pont des Invalides or Pont Alexandre III – she didn’t say which one. At any rate, she noticed a woman in a fancy dress lurking in the dark shadows of the stairs leading up to the bridge (below left), who suddenly sprinted up the stairs to a blast of light and a camera flashing away (below right). It must have been some sort of fashion shoot, and from the shot she was able to capture, it looks like a pretty good spot for a fashion shoot, with the large urn and lion flanking the model. And I have to say, capturing the model at this exact moment with one exposed leg striding forward, I’d say it’s a pretty good shot for someone who just happened upon the scene!

an accidental happening upon a fashion shoot in Paris near the Grand Palais


More wacky Minor League Baseball jerseys

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

If you saw our last post about the Portland Sea Dogs and their Chewbacca jerseys, then you’ll understand the inspiration for this post: more wacky minor league baseball jerseys … these are some of the best ones we saw. Clockwise from top left: the Memphis Redbirds “Egypt” jerseys; the Lowell Spinners “Ugly Christmas Sweater” jerseys; the Fresno Grizzlies “Price is Right” jerseys; and the Kalamazoo Growlers “Selfie” jerseys, which features selfies sent to the team by their fans. Pretty wacky stuff indeed.

wacky minor league baseball jerseys


Star Wars and Baseball: Chewbacca jerseys make the scene

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

The Portland Sea Dogs minor league baseball team wore Chewbacca-inspired jerseys for their August 16th game against the Richmond Flying Squirrels, on an evening billed as “Star Wars Night.” You’d think a team with the name like the “Flying Squirrels” would have some crazy uniforms too, but theirs are actually quite boring. It seems that “Star Wars Nights” are not unusual for minor league games, as the image of Chewie throwing his split-paw-fastball (top right) is actually from some other game … now that’s what I’d like to see, not just Chewbacca throwing out the ceremonial first pitch, but actually pitching the whole game.

As wacky as the Chewbacca jersey is, you can’t give the Portland Sea Dogs total credit for the idea … the Toledo Mud Hens did it once too. But despite not being original, it’s still a great idea.

Portland Sea Dogs Chewbacca jerseys for Star Wars night


Crazy shoes

Monday, August 25th, 2014

As I was taking the train into NYC yesterday, I noticed these sneakers, below left, across the aisle from where I was sitting. It’s a little hard to see from this picture (since I was trying to be discreet about taking it), but there’s splatters all over the fluorescent orange surface, almost like Jackson Pollock had been wearing them in his studio.

And then there’s these boots, below right, which I saw on a woman at the Brooklyn Museum at the Swoon show, and whom I overheard making the claim that she had ridden on Swoon’s rafts down the Hudson River in 2008. At any rate, these boots look like they’ve been customized, as if she took the soles off, inserted the unusual pink and silver metal parts, and then reattached the soles again. Pretty crazy boots, don’t you think? I like the idea of one-of-a-kind shoes, though …

cool sneakers seen on NJ Transit, and custom boots seen at Swoon's show at the Brooklyn Museum


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