The most fascinating designer on the planet

“The genie is out of the bottle. I’m never going to be niche again. I’m commercial establishment. I would love to be weird and unattainable again. That’s what I wanted to be—to live in poverty but be like Giacometti.”  Paris-based fashion designer, Rick Owens, when asked about his success. Be sure to check out the interview plus […]

Advertisements

A timeline of colors of Mister Rogers sweaters

What a dataset of colors, rather a barcode of colors. Mr. Rogers sweaters started off neon vibrant in the 70s, red dominated the 90s, and the palette got darker as time went on. And his thoughts were just as beautiful. Mr. Rogers’ commencement speech at Dartmouth is exactly what we need right now pic.twitter.com/Ge7HZpUCoE — […]

Nigeria’s World Cup kits are 🔥

In an interview with Fader Magazine, Nike FC’s Design Director Pete Hoppins says the Nigeria kit was actually the easiest one to design: Nigeria was actually the easiest! That’s everyone having fun. We worked closer with the players and the Nigerian federation to make that happen. The hardest were Brazil and England, just like always. […]

Helmut Lang’s “Global Taxi Project”

Helmut Lang became the first fashion brand to advertise on New York City taxicabs in 1998. Such spots were typically reserved for Broadway shows. Twenty years later, the brand is bringing the mobile ads back on 275 New York City taxis along with an exclusive globally-promoted taxi hoodie on its website. Check out the video of […]

Balenciaga’s $1490 ‘T-Shirt Shirt’ is ugly but awesome

Luxury fashion house Balenciaga knows how to nail the type of ugly design that gets people talking. In Fall 2017, it debuted the Bernie Sanders-inspired logo he used for his 2016 campaign. But this time around, the company once referred to as “the master of all” by Christian Dior, will release a double-shirt as part of its […]

The H(earring) project turns hearing aids into high-fashion accessories

Hearing impaired photographer Kate Fichard teamed up with a former design school classmate at the Paris-based F&D studio to create a fashionable hearing aid. Called the H(earring) project, it just won first prize for accessories at the most prestigious festivals for young designers, The International Festival of Fashion and Photography in Hyères, France. Kudos to the F&D team for injecting some style and […]

Get the cool shoeshine!

“Broadly speaking, there are two kinds of societies: those where you can get a shoe shine and those where you can’t,” wrote Roger Cohen in a 2008 Op-ed. Americans love their shoe shines. The opposite is true of egalitarian societies like France where such a cleaning service “rubs the Gallic egalitarian spirit the wrong way.” But in New […]

The rules are, there are no rules

The rules are, There are no rules, We are putty, Asking to be reshaped, Chasing revolution, Relearning, Staying flexible, Mushy in the middle, Wobbly at the sides, Recorrecting at the ends, The mystery universe.

When ugly is beautiful

In a selfie-obsessed world, it pays to be ugly. Fashion houses across the world make eye-cringing designs on purpose. The crazier, the better. Says Prada’s head fashion designer Miuccia Prada: “The investigation of ugliness is, to me, more interesting than the bourgeois idea of beauty. And why? Because ugly is human. It touches the bad and the […]

New Gucci jacket gives Dapper Dan his due

“How would he feel if that Louis Vuitton pouch became a whole outfit?” remarked the Harlem fashion designer Dapper Dan, aka Daniel Day. And so he made custom clothing for famed sprinter Diane Dixon and rappers Eric B and Rakim, going on to remix all types of designs from the world’s most renowned brands before they […]

Wearing your heart on your sleeve

The individual wears no logos. Punks wear studs and diamonds. Fashionistas signal their hipness with cashmere scarfs. We all brand ourselves in one way or another whether we sport plainness, tattoos, or Prada. We speak through our clothing. Design reveals some of our inside expressions. But most of us are more complex than that. We […]

Thinking hard about culture

Culture is a broad term used to describe the habits and practices of society. Cultures differ because people differ–in looks, tastes, and religion–and when there’s a hodgepodge of cultures, they mix to create something novel, i.e. America, which then becomes its own cultural pillar. As broad as culture is, in say music with its infinite number of […]

Mars Effect: Download the new Nike Sportswear x VSCO filter

The new Nike Sportswear x VSCO filter dropped while I was on vacation last week in the Dominican Republic. It paints a Mars-like effect on your photos. This is how VSCO describes it on its blog: “the preset creates a bold, duotone look using strong black and red hues. The tonal range of each image […]

What’s cooler than cool? 

Quartz published an interesting piece on the neuroscience and origins of “cool.” Today, we define cool through the lens of fashion and consumption. Instagram is the fashion runway for generation thumbs. Social media influencers signal the new trends. Studies show that our medial prefrontal cortex lights up when we see something desirable in our feed. […]