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Posts Tagged ‘fashion’

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

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

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

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

Gerhard Richter, Andy Warhol, Cars and Dresses

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

My last post on unusual fashion and elevators actually came as the result of searching for what I wanted to show you in this post. I had seen a fashion ad in the New York Times which depicted a woman wearing a dress (at left) that looked like a visual cross between a Gerhard Richter painting (top center) and an Andy Warhol painting (bottom center). After I finally found information about this particular dress, I learned that it was based on the Monaco Grand Prix … for more information and the full coverage, check out the “investigation” here.

fashion that appears to be inspired by Gerhard Richter and Andy Warhol

Why don’t you wear your Jeff Koons dress tonight?

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

When I was walking around NYC after the Whitney Biennial this past weekend, I did a double take as I passed a clothing store on Madison Avenue … hey, those are Jeff Koons art works on those dresses! (below left, with the original Jeff Koons art works to the right).

As I looked a little closer, I found out that these are a “limited edition collection, inspired by Jeff Koons,” by designer Lisa Perry. “Inspired?” I’m not sure there’s much inspiration going on here, since she simply slapped the image on some dresses … it’s not like she re-interpreted the images, or gave them a different twist, it’s pretty much “as is” on the fabric.

There is one twist to this whole thing which has a positive side: a portion of the price tag for each dress will go to an organization that Koons founded after his son became a victim of parental kidnapping (a story which I hadn’t heard before, in which his ex-wife took his son to Europe against his wishes). “The Koons Family Institute” is an initiative of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, so let’s hope this project of art and fashion can do some good.

images of Jeff Koons art on Lisa Perry limited edition dresses

Speaking of Arcimboldo, some other riffs on his work

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

I’m not the only one who enjoys making my own Arcimboldos … I’ve seen two magazine features recently that had Arcimboldo-themed pictures. Below left, you’ll see one image from a group of fashion shots in the New York Times that have an Arcimboldo-inspired look. And then in the current issue of National Geographic, they have a feature on photographs by Klaus Enrique which use actual vegetables (and fish, flowers, and other materials used by Arcimboldo) to create what are pretty much spot-on perfect recreations of the paintings. Absolutely amazing … you have to check them out.

fashion shoot with arcimboldo-inspired dresses
photographs by Klaus Enrique that perfectly match Arcimboldo paintings

Clyde Frazier’s visual style

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

I was watching the Knicks the other day, when former player and current announcer Clyde Frazier showed up with this wild animal pattern jacket, below right. I know Clyde has always been known for his fashion flair, but as you can see by the picture below left from the 1970’s, he’s been doing this for 40 years! I can’t imagine the visual overload one must get when opening his closet door. I wonder if he would like furniture by Gaetano Pesce?

funky fashion worn by Clyde Frazier

A vintage look for more-recent art

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

This art work describes exactly what the Artsologists were up to today … skiing at Bromley Mountain in Vermont! If you look closely, you’ll see this art work, which hangs in our lodge rental, was done in 2005, but there’s no skiers around here wearing the type of ski fashion depicted, with red sweater, cap, and scarf fluttering in the air! This chap looks like he’s from the 40’s or 50’s, which does add a nice vintage feel to the art. But the visuals we’re seeing on the mountain range much more like the pictures below the art.

vintage style art work showing a skier at Bromley Mountain in VT

ski and snowboard fashion in 2012

Radical fashion … maybe not, someone else did it 74 years ago.

Monday, September 6th, 2010

Saw a photograph from a fashion collection being released this fall which features a high-heel shoe lined with rabbit fur. At first glance, it seems like an outrageous and original idea … except a surrealist artist, Meret Oppenheim, created a “fur breakfast” sculpture in 1936, which is now in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art in NYC. Sometimes the distance of a few decades can make an idea seem brand new all over again.

surrealist fur covered coffee cup with saucer and spoon

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