Friday, July 30, 2010

She Has Your Gaze

Apologies if this amazing video makes your browser crash.  You may recall the video's images from a previous entry that I posted while I was near death (apparently, death is close to San Diego). They are part of Simon Procter's Renaissance-inspired photo editorial  for Vs. Magazine titled 'The Fall'.  A link to Procter's mesmerizing digital experiment found its way into my email inbox and I just thought I'd share.  BEAUTIFUL and even magical, isn't it?  Please watch this in HD, fullscreened!  It's almost like peering into a creepy sort of heaven...with angels dancing to opera.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Art for Your Everyday, Everywhere - Poketo x Target!

This morning, I checked my stuffed-to-the-brim email inbox during work and found the Poketo newsletter.  Subject: Poketo for Target Sneak Peek


Just when you think Target's collaborations can't get any better, they...well, you can't really top Alexander McQueen but Poketo is totally breath of fresh air!  Poketo is quite a young design company that plays an integral part of the Los Angeles art scene, IMO.  The company has collaborated with over 200 artists, including some names you might recognize (Kate Bingaman-Burt) due to the viral status of their work.  I found out about Poketo last year when the company brought out their merch for the first Renegade Craft Fair in LA. and since then I haven't forgotten their varied collection of colorful and quirky designs.

Anyway, I had to resist myself from posting the same images that you can already find on the Poketo + Target sneak peek site.  Since this morning, a TON of blogs have re-posted them for your viewing pleasure.  So what did I do?  Search blogs for images that we HAVEN'T seen yet!  Poketo actually announced the collaboration with Target (and Macy's!) in mid-June.  Seems like one blog even posted the entire collaboration line!

No doubt about it, that spotted tote is going to be a big hit. As I just inherited my younger brother's laptop ( YOUNGER brother''s terrible how technology advances so quickly), I'll be keeping my eye out for those laptop cases. These products will be available on August 10 at Target stores nationwide, so in the meantime, you can decide on your favorites!

Here's the roster of artists whose designs have been featured in this collaboration:
Betsy Walton, Camilla Engman, Catalina Estrada, Cole Gerst, Dan Funderburgh, DGPH, Joe Rogers, Kate Bingaman-Burt, Katharina Leuzinger, Leah Chun, Leif Parsons, Lisa Congdon, MAKI, Marco Cibola, Melissa Contreras, Mike Perry, Niels Oeltien, Oksana Badrak, Peskimo, Pietari Posti, Silvia Portella

Images: Unplggd, Poketo blog, HOW Blog

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Shine On, Renegade

Yeah okay, felt isn't really shiny but there was plenty of jewelry at Renegade Craft Fair LA this weekend. Once again, most of the merchandise I liked were a bit over my spending limit but at least my family members all left with something. I left with some free Etsy and Amoeba stickers, a Threadless bag, and a $7 off Threadless coupon. Let down of the day: issues of Uppercase Magazine weren't free......they were part of a free raffle, however.

My cousins, being the lucky minors that they are, scored limited edition Threadless shirts that were given out to kids for free. Did I really not pass as a kid? An eighth grader mistook me as a 14-year-old not too long ago... Note to self: find a baggy shirt to hide my chest (or whatever's there) and cute ankle socks. Should also wear my retainer at all times.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Best Picks From 2nd Annual Renegade Craft Fair LA

It's that time of the year again! The 2nd annual Renegade Craft Fair in Los Angeles is happening this Saturday and Sunday from 11AM to 7PM!  Last year's event was located on the 13th floor of a high rise (not at all ominous), Renegade is moving its booths, workshops and festivities to the Los Angeles Historic Park, conveniently located at downtown (convenient because I'm from east county and everything tends to happen left of mid-city...did I mention that it's on ground level?).  I don't recall getting any freebies last summer but a bigger fair calls for more stuff!  Free photobooth, free raffles, and the best freebie of issue of Uppercase Magazine.  I KNOW.  A relatively hidden gem (not many in American stores) loved by designers, artists, and indie enthusiasts, Uppercase Mag is TRULY something you'll want to try to get your hands on!

Moving on to Renegade's main attraction...the booths!  Initially, I thought I was going to find a lot of Renegade alums in the list of artists showcasing their stuff for the LA fair but I actually found tons of merchants that weren't at last year's event.  By the way, the artist list has been upped from "more than 200" to "more than 250"!  The following items are my favorite products with each respective artist's info.  Yes, I've looked through every artist's website!  Start writing your to-buy list...

1. Verameat  2. mikinora  3. Chime Designs Made of cymbals!  The earrings actually chime!  4. Thief&Bandit  5. The Harbinger Co.  6. Thea Starr
7. Paz Sintes Made of string!

1. Janie XY  2. raeburn ink  3. moth written  4. Prix-prix
5. Mary Mungoven (mmsomewhere) The images on that wallet were taken at San Diego.  6. PASTE 

1. Fomato  2. Miriam Dema She calls this screen print 'Los Angeles Sky'! 
3. Disconsolator  4. The Birds and the Bees  5. Sycamore Street Press  6. Studiobenben   7. DKNG Studios  8. Nate Duval 

Speaking of events taking place tomorrow, Decadestwo is having their famous $150 and under shoe sale.  Sure I would drive over there and camp out early in the morning if I had auto insurance and didn't have to ask family and friends for rides...

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Those Were The Days

Firstly, I should mention how much I LOVE my subscribers.  LOVE YOU!  Sorry that I haven't been posting slows down during school breaks (but time doesn't, unfortunately).  Either that or I really am busy.  Who knew that sitting in front of a computer for eight hours a day sucked so much?  Anyway, I've finally checked off two things from my Crimble wishlist from last December.  That picture above should be a clue...I got a magazine internship!  Interesting timing, because I've decided that I want to work for a non-profit.  But I guess I'll try out publishing this summer!  I also got a DSLR.  FI. NAL. LY.  I've been waiting for the perfect camera at the somewhat perfect price since high school!  And not too long ago, Canon released the T2i!  So....I BOUGHT THE T1i!  It just made so much sense!

One great thing from being in the publishing industry is that I can peruse the old magazines to see what kind of content was in the stands back then.  "Back then" was less than ten years ago, but nevertheless, I've found some cool advertisements.  I ripped out a Prada ad from a 2002 issue of the magazine I intern for, thinking that it was the Jacquetta Wheeler ad mentioned by Daul Kim in her blog (that was a while ago, of course).  Turns out that I have a poor model memory bank, but doesn't that model really look like Jacquetta??  Although that's not her, Jacquetta appeared in the same Prada spring 2002 campaign.  The model you see above is Kristina Chrastekova.

I found another Prada ad -- a double-pager -- in a 2004 magazine issue. This fall campaign looks much busier with all that outerwear and accessories, not to mention the color.  If you flip through fashion magazines at all, you can easily recognize Raquel Zimmermann as the model featured here. Not quite sure who the other two models are. Personally, I like the spring '02 ad more. It's simpler and even more endearing since it's focused on a model rather than smorgasbord of clothing. What do you think?

Images: and meeeee

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Stay Classy, Couture

Couture -- a dying art?  I've only been around on this planet since the early '90s (barely missing the '80s, thank goodness) so I have no idea what couture used to be like.  So maybe people were more enthusiastic about high quality (and expensive) couture pieces.  And maybe people just don't think about couture as much anymore.  Should it be labeled a "dying art"?  Look at what has come out of Couture Fashion Week.  Materials are still of the highest quality and craftsmanship is still top notch.  Perhaps not everyone is always thinking of couture because it's simply out of reach.  Couture's not dying.  The upper class are just jaded.  There.

THAT BEING SAID, let's move on to...what else?  COUTURE!  This isn't a formal review because I really only liked a few looks (maybe couture is dying, in that case).  But I can't tell if I like that red Elie Saab dress because it's gorgeous or because Liu Wen is wearing it.  Both, I guess.

I never have a definite response for Chanel collections.  Usually, I'm bored of the first half of the collection but I'm head over heels for the second half.  But for the first time, I think I liked the whole thing!  The flowy hair, those dark roots, the red lips, the brooding faces.......feels a bit vampish, doesn't it?  I'm not going to go into the whole uh, you know, vampire/werewolf fad thing so I'll stop there.  This collection is much darker than previous Chanel collections, partially due to that fall color palette of cranberry, bronze, and brown.  But other colors added into the mix (aqua, royal blue, bright red) provide some relief from this gothic medieval vibe I'm getting.  Armor-like silhouettes, voluptuous sleeves (reminiscent of peasant dresses), chains and medallions are balanced with pearls, florals (still very royal-looking, though), and cropped tops over flowing skirts.  A really seductive collection...which Natasha Poly alone can prove with that dark blue dress!  GORGEOUS.

I don't think I've ever written about a Christian Dior collection.  Honestly, it seems like John Galliano does the same thing for two seasons, then switches to another theme that will inevitably carry over to the next season.  So maybe he just got over an equestrian phase.  This perfect-for-spring collection came out of nowhere!  First of all, it's an autumn couture collection.  We often associate this season with crunchy yellowing leaves, not blooming flowers.  The backdrop remains orange but the models walk out in ombre dresses as well as pastels and fluorescents.  We needn't a fancy box to gift these dresses, folded and cinched like tissue paper with ribbons as belts.  I love the Stephen Jones human bouquet headwear though I can't help but think of the suffocation hazard.  Whatevs, the models are adults.  Most of them. 

Images: Coutorture,

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Blue, Green or Both?

Can you believe that the nail color you see in both those photos above are supposed to be the same??  It's the sold out Chanel Nouvelle Vague, a supposedly aqua color.  But I swear that you won't find two swatches of this color that look the same (at least in magazines)!  I thought I dropped $23 on a light baby blue lacquer but it turned out to be way more green than I thought, at least under room light.  Once I'm outside under the sun, my nails look robin egg blue!  That used to be my favorite crayon color, by the way.

So what prompted me to buy this overpriced polish?  Hasn't the jade green fad passed?  Actually, I didn't intend to buy another green nail polish.  I wanted that light blue color on Shu Pei's nails for an editorial titled "Lollipop Girls" in Vogue China June 2010.  My Chinese is a tad rusty but I've confirmed with my Chinese native cousin that according to the make-up details for this photo, the color is Chanel #475, described as a "lake blue".  A quick Google search reveals that Chanel #475 is actually a blood red color called "Dragon" -- a similar match for the lips but not the nails!  The closest thing I came up with after some additional searches was Chanel #527 Nouvelle Vague.  I immediately ordered my bottle from the Chanel online shop, but I still wondered if Nouvelle Vague was just Jade with a different name slapped on.

I received my order and felt some regret, especially when I compared the Chanel bottle (13 fl. oz) to a bottle of Essie Mint Candy Apple (15 fl. oz). Chanel is so good at milking its makeup fans of money.  I've become accustomed Essie's matte finish so once I tried Nouvelle Vague on my nails, I was impressed by the smooth finish and the slight shimmer.  The color is hard to pinpoint, though.  Sometimes it's obviously green, sometimes it's obviously blue and other times it's ambiguously in the middle!  But I think I can conclude that it's a slightly metallic swimming pool blue color.  Mostly green on a cloudy day but greenish blue on a sunny day.

All in all, I don't think I regret this purchase.......but recall that I was trying to find Shu Pei's powder blue nail color!  That mystery has yet to be solved...

Images: My own webcam pics with color background from, my own capture of my Vogue Nippon June 2010 issue, Asian Models Blog, and ME again