Wednesday, March 30, 2011

J.Crew Goes to Italy - About A Print

The last installment of J.Crew's documentary, on their trip to Italy has finally been released. This time, it is all "About A Print". Jenna Lyons and her team travel to Como where highly esteemed mills Ratti and Canepa are located. With archives reaching back to the 19th century, we get a glimpse of fabrics that could easily be taken as ones created today. Nobody really does print and colour like the Italians.

More importantly, nobody does mainstream fashion like J.Crew. Rather than go with the fast fashion craze that is striking many a retailer, J.Crew has made the decision to go back to times of bespoke fashion where no detail is too small nor unimportant. This has definitely contributed to their success in an age where consumers (both female and male) have access to large amounts of information and they are becoming smarter about what they buy. Value is slowly overcoming brand names and super-low prices; something which has mysteriously stumped many formerly successful companies. It will be interesting to see how J.Crew develops as a company and whether a new fashion empire has been born. Watch out PPR and LVMH.

Video and Images from J.Crew

Monday, March 14, 2011

Dior + Kate Moss + Duran Duran =

I need to get me some lipstick pronto.

Video: Kate Moss for Dior Addict lipstick via Fashionista.

Dior + Kate Moss + Duran Duran =

I need to get me some lipstick pronto.

Video: Kate Moss for Dior Addict lipstick via Fashionista.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Daddy's Little Girl (Forever and ever and ever)

Boyfriends may come and go but a daddy will always be at your beck and call.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Currently Loving: Céline

The clothes, the bags, the hair and makeup. J'aime le tout.

Images: Garance Dore

Friday, March 4, 2011

The Loneliest Whale in the World

It seems that as most people get older, the more they worry about being alone. The fear of not having someone to lean on as your body breaks down or someone to still remember who you were when you have left this world can be quite paralyzing. But what if nobody can even hear you? To not even have the most basic of friends?

I recently read something that sabino wrote on his tumblr a few days ago via julia

i (sabino) just read a comment from a 2004 article by the ny times about the loneliest whale in the world. scientists have been tracking her since 1992 and they discovered the problem:
she isn’t like any other baleen whale. unlike all whales, she doesn’t have friends. she doesn’t have a family. she doesn’t belong to any tribe, pack or gang. she doesn’t have a lover. she never had one. her songs come in groups of two to six calls, lasting for five to six seconds each. but her voice is unlike any other baleen whale. it is unique—while the rest of her kind communicate between 12 and 25hz, she sings at 51.75hz. you see, that’s precisely the problem. no other whales can hear her. every one of her desperate calls to communicate remains unanswered. each cry ignored. and with every lonely song, she becomes sadder and more frustrated, her notes going deeper in despair as the years go by.

Image: we heart it

Thursday, March 3, 2011

The 4 Icon Challenge

Saw the cutest designs when browsing through my Google Reader today thanks to Stephie. These logos which represent legendary movies are by the artist Kyle Tezak. I can totally see this idea being used for wedding letterpresses and labels. A great way of sharing the couple's love story with their guests.

Images: Kyle Tezak via Stephie Says

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

EF Language Schools

This is what I should have done instead of going to little Jouy-en-Josas where the trains to Paris were always on strike. Merci beaucoup RER! To be honest, I loved my professors at HEC and I learned alot from them. However, my French did not improve one bit. If I ever get the chance to go abroad and study a new language, I will probably go with EF Language Schools. Such beautiful and original videos!

Videos: EF Language Schools via design work life

Currently Loving: Repetto