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Archive for the ‘Art and fashion’ Category


Sights in the Garment District, NYC

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

I usually don’t have much reason to wander around the Garment District in NYC (roughly 34th-40th Street and between 6th Avenue and 9th Avenue), but last night I had tickets to the N.I.T. Final Four at Madison Square Garden, and was in search of something to eat before the games. The fabric stores were especially a big source of bright and wild color, but there was plenty of visual interest all over, as these four examples below indicate. You can see more of Artsology on Instagram here.

fabric samples and lots of buttons, as seen in the Fashion District in NYC

fabrics seen in Fashion District stores in NYC


The pensive rock-n-roller

Friday, March 28th, 2014

It seems this rock-n-roller is deep in thought as he wanders the streets of NYC. I couldn’t resist snapping this discreet picture due to such an unusual jacket.

A man deep in thought walking the streets of NYC


Pharrell Williams, Jack Kerouac, and hats

Friday, March 14th, 2014

I finally got around to watching Walter Salles’ movie adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s On The Road last night. My wife, who hasn’t read the book, had a hard time following the story, and I think I would have been a bit confused if I didn’t know the story so well. At any rate, after it was over, I found myself looking through my collection of Kerouac and Beat-Generation-related books, and when I pulled out “Angelheaded Hipster” by Steve Turner, I saw this picture (below right) on the cover and thought: maybe all of the recent hype about Pharrell Williams and his Canadian Mounties hat might be partially inspired by Kerouac and his French-Canadian background and his funky hat. Jack has the odd-hat look 60 years before Pharrell!

canadian rockies mounties hat by Pharrel and Jack Kerouac


Michelangelo’s David in the Ski Shop

Monday, February 17th, 2014

If Michelangelo’s David were a skier, do you think he’d wear “multifunctional headwear” like this one? Seen at the ski shop at Bromley Mountain in Vermont.

using Michelangelo's David to market ski wear products


Matisse, Picasso, and their pets

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

It has been said that there are many ways to describe the relationship between Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso. It could be called a rivalry, a dialogue, a chess game – Matisse himself once compared it to a boxing match. We can see here that they certainly had different philosophies when it came to how they dressed around their pets!

Henri Matisse and cat, Pablo Picasso and dog


Honey, can you pick up my Gauguin from the dry cleaners?

Sunday, January 26th, 2014

I saw an article on a recent fashion show in the NY Times this morning, and one of the outfits, below left, created by Maison Martin Margiela, instantly looked familiar. I could pick out that it was inspired by a Paul Gauguin painting, but it wasn’t recognizable at first which Gauguin painting it was. I did a little research and found the match: it’s taken from “Te Aril Vahine,” (The King’s Wife), a 1896 painting by Paul Gauguin, below right. The coat looks pretty cool, although that face mask doesn’t look comfortable …

Paul Gauguin Te Aril Vahine painting as overcoat by Maison Martin Margiela

Here’s one more close-up look:

Paul Gauguin, The King's Wife painting used as inspiration for fashion


Who said the Super Bowl couldn’t be artsy?

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

I saw a few things in the newspaper recently that pointed to the idea of trying to get football fans to cross-pollinate with art a little bit. The Newark Museum has an exhibition titled “City of Silver and Gold, from Tiffany to Cartier,” and showcases the very first Super Bowl trophy (now named the Vince Lombardi Trophy), which was handcrafted in Newark in 1967 at Tiffany & Co.’s silver factory. You can see both the trophy and the original factory below, which has now been converted into luxury apartments.

The Vince Lombardi Super Bowl Trophy was made in Newark by Tiffany's

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is also angling to get some football fans in their doors with the upcoming exhibition “Gridiron Greats, Vintage Football Cards in the Collection of Jefferson R. Burdick,” which opens on January 24th. Burdick was an electrician in Syracuse who donated his collection of approximately 303,000 trade and postcards to the Museum. Below are two examples from the exhibition, including the legendary Jim Thorpe. I didn’t previously know anything about Ted “The Bull” Fritsch, but he must have been an incredible athlete, as he played running back for the Packers in the NFL, and also played two seasons for the Oshkosh All-Stars of the National Basketball League, as well as an outfielder for several minor league baseball teams.

vintage football cards at the Metropolitan Museum of Art to coincide with the Super Bowl

And lastly, we’ve got Bloomingdale’s getting in on the act. In celebration of Super Bowl XLVIII and in support of the National Football League Foundation (NFL Foundation), the CFDA (The Council of Fashion Designers of America) and Bloomingdale’s have teamed up on a unique collaboration of customized football helmets, created by a number of famous designers, including Diane von Furstenberg, Donna Karan, Kenneth Cole and Narciso Rodriguez, among others. Check out some of these funky helmets below, as well as the full collection here.

CFDA football helmets at Bloomingdale's for the Super Bowl


If Arman and Pat Steir decided to do some street art together …

Friday, January 17th, 2014

Happening upon this wall on the Lower East Side, it makes me wonder if Arman and Pat Steir decided to join forces to start doing street art together? I can’t find anything online about these jeans, maybe it’s all by one artist? But it’s got the Arman/Steir vibe, though, don’t you think? Scroll down to see a clue we picked up about this …

#backtoblue

I noticed that the roll-down gate in the middle has the phrase “#backtoblue” painted on it, and a Google search for that hashtag pulls up results showing a recent ad campaign for The Gap and their jeans. Does this mean that a corporate entity has decided to get into illegal street art/graffiti in order to look hip?

#backtoblue, is this street art tied to a Gap clothing ad campaign?


Pop art and perfume at the Newark Airport

Wednesday, January 1st, 2014

When we went home for the holidays, we flew out of the Newark Airport. While waiting for our plane to begin boarding, I noticed a big picture window for a fragrance store, and these two items caught my attention: a Ralph Lauren Polo fragrance that had the boxes colored in bright, multi-color combinations … while these color schemes and the images were not made by Andy Warhol, they certainly mimic the look of some of his work, where he would use the same motif several times on the same canvas but with different colors. And at right we have some sort of perfume container with Keith Haring drawings on the top … I don’t have any interest in the perfume or cologne, but I wouldn’t mind having that Haring vessel to place on a shelf.

Ralph Lauren Polo perfume boxes in the style of Andy Warhol, and perfume bottle with Keith Haring drawing


Modigliani – or Akhenaton – in Madison Avenue store window

Friday, December 20th, 2013

There’s a store on Madison Avenue in NYC (near 90th Street, I think it was), which seems to like their mannequins look like characters out of a Modigiliani painting. We saw one there last March (see this comparison), and happened upon this one, below, just this past weekend. Although now that I’m looking at a comparison again, I’m wondering if she looks more like a Modigliani, or like King Akheneton? Maybe she’s the offspring of a Modigliani-Akhenaten union?

does the mannequin look like Modigliani or King Akhenaten


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