Alexander McQueen at the Met

I absolutely can not wait to see Savage Beauty, the new Alexander McQueen exhibit at the Met.

Opening May 2nd and running through July 1st, it is a retrospective of more than two decades of McQueen’s work.  It will include pieces from his MA graduate collection from Central St Martins College of Art, couture pieces from his years as Givenchy’s creative director, as well as pieces from his namesake collection up to his final one, which was shown posthumously in Paris just a few weeks after his passing.

Yale is also printing what looks to be an amazing book based on the exhibit.







Style Icon Weekly Wrap-Up

After a whirl-wind of a week over here, we didn’t get to update as much as we had hoped, but lots more coming this weekend!  Here are this week’s updates over at THERSIC Style Icons:

- Anime Cat Girls

- 1,000 Flowers by Yours Truly

- The Fairy Tale Illustrations of Arthur Rackham

- Clare Rojas

- Ah Xian & Chris Antemann Mash-Up

Details of Thakoon

WOW.  Thakoon’s new Fall 2011 collection has my eye popping.  The clothes are fun, colorful, and wearable, but what I really loved were the details!  Velvet booties, red and cobalt blue plaids (I swear this is the same fabric McQ used a few seasons back.. see my trench below), and not to mention the colorful knits wrapped in the models hair! Love.

On a side note, is this the same fabric as my Alexander McQueen trench?

Thakoon plaid

my McQ trench

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My Favorite Books of 2010: Part III

My third favorite book of 2010 was The Surreal House by Jane Alison.  Published in conjunction with a Barbican Art Gallery exhibit of the same name, it brings together a unique blend of art, photography, film, and architecture, while exploring the idea of dwelling as a place of mystery and wonder.

It explores “the home” in every surreal sense of the word, including “the haunted house, the cabinet of curiosities, the ruined castle, the cage, the cave, the box, the labyrinth, the bell jar, and the womb” all while showcasing classic and rare surrealists works.  Beautiful images and well written.

Also see:  My Favorite Books Part I & Part II

Style Icon: Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?

Where in the world is Carmen Sandiego? Well, in the PreFall line-up at Sonia Rykiel apparently.  Well, the sloppy 2011 version of her anyway.. I feel like she’s got to have more in her suitcase that just that one red trench coat, right?

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Busy Busy

Sorry we’ve been away!  We’ve had a whirlwind week made up of birthday dinners, drinks, work, and traveling (not to mention, some major computer problems.. grrr).   Regardless, here’s a little sampling of what we’ve been up to while we’ve been away:

I had fun painting luggage tags & wallets during events at Reed Krakoff

We had a quick 2 1/2 day trip to Georgia for Wes’ BFF’s wedding

Great food, sunsets, and beaches.. Hell yes.

Came home & spent some down time with this furry beast (yes, I’m referring to cat AND husband)

Style Icon: Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends

I knew there was something in the colors of Jil Sander’s S/S 2011 collection that seemed familiar.  Then while working the other day, I turned on reruns of one of my favorite cartoons, Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends, and realized that some of the characters shared the same color palette!

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Fashion’s Night Out 2010

It’s September and New York Fashion Week is upon us, which means that Fashion’s Night Out is just a couple of days away!  For the 2nd year in a row, FNO will be celebrating with fashion, events, shopping, and giveaways.  Last year I was busy illustrating tote bags over at Coach, so this year I plan on taking advantage of all festivities going on.

First stop?  To see my best gal, the talented Miss Courtney Wotherspoon, who will be creating custom monograms on leather bags over at the brand new Reed Krakoff store on Madison!  With so many great events going on, it’s really hard to figure out just where to go.  Any other good tips?

Quilts 1700-2010

The Victoria & Albert Museum in London is presenting another awesome show that I’d love to see. Quilts 1700-2010 showcases British quilts that date back to the 18th century and features quilters  such as Bishops Court, Ann West, Grayson Perry, and Janey Forgan, just to name a few.

Ark Booktower

The Victoria & Albert Museum in London invited nineteen architects to submit proposals for structures that examine notions of refuge and retreat for their 1:1 exhibition. From these nineteen concept submissions, seven were selected for construction at full-scale, one of them being this massive book tower (almost 6,000 books!) by Rintala Eggertsson Architects. Pretty amazing, wish I could see the show!

On exhibition at the V & A until August 30th.

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Resort Fashion for a Staycationer

It’s been Resort Collection time the past few weeks, and it’s been a case of the ol’ good, bad and ugly! I’m not going to go too in depth with it, since I’m not always too wild about these mid-season shows to begin with (probably because I never seem to vacation anywhere and I’m bitter), but there were a few collections I really loved.  First up, Balenciaga!

I have been really loving what’s been coming from them the past few years and this Carol Brady, 1960′s Pan Am airline stewardess, mixed with some hippie prints really works for me for some reason.

Another Dimension

Opening tomorrow, May 20th, Gallery 1988 LA presents Another Dimension, a  Twilight Zone Tribute show!  50+ artists  were invited to base 1-3 pieces on their favorite episodes.  Below is one of my pieces based on the Eye of the Beholder episode, our pal Andrew Degraff’s piece based on 5 Characters in Search of an Exit and finally, my favorite ABC’s poster ever, by the talented Dave Perillo.

The Unveiling, Kiersten Essenpreis

Andrew Degraff

Dave Perillo

The Shoes that Stole the Show

I don’t care what anyone says, Balenciaga has been on a roll the last few seasons (remember this?)  I have been waiting to do a post on this until I could find every possible picture of their Fall 2010 shoes, because my heart stopped when I first saw them.  Many may disagree, but I LOVE these shoes.

Cosmonauts & 70′s Formica. Packaging & food boxes. Synthetic foam & plywood.

What brilliant mind other than Nicolas Ghesquière can take that as inspiration and turn it into this:

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Makin’ it Rain

Opening tonight at OH WOW Gallery, well known tattoo artist, Scott Campbell is showing If You Don’t Belong, Don’t Be Long. Laser-cut stacks of ones put to much better use than at your typical stripclub.  Sure to be a good show!

April 29 – May 30, 2010
109 Crosby Street (between Prince and Houston)
New York , NY 10012

Black is the New Black

There were a lot of pretty things this year at the Milan Furniture Fair (I think I went through about 12 different slideshows), but I must confess, all of my favorite pieces were black.  I don’t know what it is, but these all looks kinda fresh to me.  Or maybe I’ve been locked indoors too long.

From top:  Comback Chair by Kartell, Monster Sofa & Chair by Marcel Wanders for Moooi, Troy Chair by Marcel Wanders, and Magic Hole by Philippe Starck for Kartell

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