Thursday, August 5, 2010

New Tumblr Bad Yearbook Photos Is Soooo Good

Posted By on Thu, Aug 5, 2010 at 3:36 PM

Bad Yearbook Photos

Common fashion faux pas on Bad Yearbook Photos: mullets, gross facial hair, huge perms, inappropriate t-shirts, awkward poses, dumb facial expressions, incongruous backdrops, and bad accessories. Also, excessive shirtlessness. Less common: eye patches. Submit yours today! (TheDailyWhat)

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Monday, August 2, 2010

L TV: Rebecca, Part Fashion Designer, Part Cat

Posted By on Mon, Aug 2, 2010 at 1:36 PM

Hey, it's another L TV episode of The Fashionable Bystander, starring Rebecca the Designer. Yay! (Also, dream catchers, srsly?)

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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

So Here's an Italian Fashion Ad Directed by Kenneth Anger

Posted By on Wed, Jul 28, 2010 at 2:47 PM

Below the jump is a new two and a half minute film by Kenneth Anger, long known for making impressionistic short films of beautiful, provocatively dressed people, in a style distinguished by gauzy filters, saturated color schemes, and superimpositions and double-exposures underscoring a quality of mystic otherworldliness also alluded to by the glimpses of pagan imagery.

This is like that, except it's an ad for the Italian fashion house Missoni, and features the several generations of the eponymous owner-operator family. Watch, and ponder the easily commercialized aesthetic appeal of semi-abstract art; the artistry of commercials; and Anger's always swanky, opportunistic style (I mean that as a compliment). [Via]

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Forget Horizontal Stripes: Gulf Oil T-Shirts Are the New Summer Hotness

Posted By on Tue, Jul 27, 2010 at 3:46 PM

I Helped Clean Up the Gulf oil t-shirt

Well here's a novel way to help get oil from BP's Deepwater Horizon rig out of the Gulf of Mexico: wear it. I Helped Clean Up the Gulf prints t-shirts with ink that includes trace amounts of oil from the spill in the Gulf of Mexico (they also sell oil in a pendant, which seems even more dramatic). All items are $20, $5 of which goes to either the Tri-State Bird, National Wildlife Federation, or National Audubon Society. The amusingly specific oil-printed tees read "I Helped Clean Up the Gulf," and then in the fine print: "Oil amounts are nominal and meant to be symbolic." Really, they should say, "I Didn't Help Clean Up the Gulf, and All I Got Was this Smelly T-Shirt." (TreeHugger)

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Only Poor People Appreciate Logos

Posted By on Tue, Jul 27, 2010 at 2:01 PM

Let everyone know how poor you are
  • Let everyone know how poor you are
How to spot a poor person? Look for a logo on their clothes and accessories. According to a soon-to-be-published study, rich people "high-end consumers" prefer status symbols on their fashion products that mainstream consumers can't decode, like "distinctive design or detailing," what the Times calls "subtle signals". In one telling statistic: 87 percent of sunglasses between $100 and $200 have a brand name or logo on them, compared to 28 percent of sunglasses $600 or more.

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Friday, July 16, 2010

Leading Designers Create Custom Fixed Gear Bikes for Charity

Posted By on Fri, Jul 16, 2010 at 3:34 PM

Designer fixed gear bikes

The environmentalist non-profit ACT Responsible asked 12 leading designers to customize 12 fixed gear bikes, which will be auctioned off at an as yet undetermined date, although if the Damien Hirst x Lance Armstrong bike is anything to go by, they will be basically unaffordable. However, they sure are pretty! Bikes by Antik Batik founder Gabriella Cortese (left) and Kenzo founder Kenzo Takada (right) are pictured above, and other participating designers include Jean-Claude Jitrois of Jitrois and Agatha Ruiz de la Prada. Check 'em all out here. Surely tenants with bike valet will be the best buyers for the fashionable fixies. (TreeHugger)

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Thursday, July 15, 2010

L TV: The Girl with Soccer Balls on Her Feet

Posted By on Thu, Jul 15, 2010 at 10:03 AM

Do you have the temerity to wear Commes des Garcon soccer ball shoes on your feet? DO YOU? Designer Eri does. Watch.

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Friday, July 9, 2010

Jenny Holzer Designs Keds for the Whitney

Posted By on Fri, Jul 9, 2010 at 1:06 PM

Jenny Holzer Keds limited editions

Every time you buy a pair of Jenny Holzer's new limited edition Keds sneakers (available in high- and low-top from $70-$75), the majority of the proceeds from the sale goes to help fund the Whitney Museum of American Art's summer exhibition program. (Which, as long as we don't have to start calling it the "Keds Whitney," is okay, I guess.) Each pair is emblazoned with her trademark sharp, sans-serif font spelling the sentence "Protect Me from What I Want," which is ironic because what I want is a pair of Jenny Holzer Keds. But how will they protect me from themselves? I need them to go with my matching Jenny Holzer t-shirt. (Artnet)

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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

L TV: Kim Does It Old-School

Posted By on Wed, Jul 7, 2010 at 12:07 PM

We interviewed Kim about her one-of-a-kind style and wrote it down (and took pictures) here. But, BUT, we also totally filmed it... Woman's a natural:

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Our Neighbor(hoodies) is Under Attack by the New York Times!

Posted By on Wed, Jun 23, 2010 at 2:37 PM

jean seberg, herald tribune
  • Sigh.
Oh no! Two floors below the L Magazine offices in DUMBO sits Neighborhoodies, your source for custom-made hoodies emblazoned with the names of Brooklyn neighborhoods (and other things). One of their recent designs is a nod to Jean Seberg's t-shirt in Breathless, you know, the one that says "New York Herald-Tribune" on it?

Well, guess who's pissed off about that? In another brilliant bit of community outreach, the New York Times is suing for rights to the logo, and sent a bullying cease and desist letter. But as Neighborhoodies co-owner Elissa Shevinsky told the Brooklyn Paper:

We’re tired of being bullied so we’re not going to take this shirt down. [The Times] doesn’t sell the shirt and they’ve never shown interest in the logo.

To which we say, "right on." And Ms. Shevinsky, should you need any extra muscle to repel Times thugs, please let us know. We like to be extra muscle.

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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Watch America's New National Moustache Champion Discuss His 'Stache Technique

Posted By on Tue, Jun 22, 2010 at 3:35 PM

On June 5, funnily-facial-haired folks descended upon Bend, Oregon, for the first ever Beard Team USA National Beard and Moustache Championships, which bestowed $1,000 prizes upon gentlemen competing in the mustache, partial beard, full beard, contestants’ raffle and freestyle categories. Larry McClure of San Francisco took the mustache competition with his white, wide-screen whiskers, which have gotten him stuck in a few tight spots, as he explains in this inspirational interview. (dlisted)

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Saturday, June 12, 2010

How to Get Your Significant Other Interested in the World Cup

Posted By on Sat, Jun 12, 2010 at 11:07 AM

  • Vanity, Avarice, Cupidity, Caprice and Frivolity go shopping on the high street.
As the biggest game in the brief history of the east eastern branch of the USA supporters club approaches we will take a brief respite and look at a lighter and very unique side of our upcoming opponents psyche. The infatuation of the English media with the WAGS.

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Monday, June 7, 2010

Young Designer Su Beyazit Lives the Life (and We Have Video Evidence)

Posted By on Mon, Jun 7, 2010 at 2:21 PM

We featured designer Su Beyazit in our You Should Dress Like... series last week... Well, we also had videographer Emmanuel Cruz at the photo shoot to record an interview. Enjoy!

Interviewed by Crystal Gwyn.

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Thursday, May 27, 2010

TrustoCorp Makes Debt Memorial in Most Mall-Like Section of Soho

Posted By on Thu, May 27, 2010 at 1:02 PM

Trustocorp debt memorial in Soho
Remember when we told you that Soho was getting good again? Here's further proof that it's not all touristy big box madness down there, or rather, that the touristy big box madness is self-destructing: those street art pranksters TrustoCorp were in the area overnight, and just posted pictures of their latest installation at the corner of Prince and Broadway to their Facebook page, a memorial to a fictional woman's credit card debt (pictured). The text on the sign above the ghost bike-styled shopping cart, since the pic isn't great, reads: "R.I.D., Anita B. Frank, who maxed out her last credit card on this corner. You will be in our thoughts. Rest in Debt." Don't feed the beast, feed the hipsters.

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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

The Ultimate in Locavore Fashion: Rice-Growing Bra from Japan (SFW)

Posted By on Tue, May 18, 2010 at 10:58 AM

Japanese Rice Bras
Thank you, Japan, for continuing to sublimate your sexual urges in some of the most constructive and imaginative ways conceivable, like this hot new bra/bikini top that grows rice. That's right, women's chests need not just be un-acted upon erogenous zones for expressive men in suits to try very hard not to think of sexually: make those things work for you! Presumably the rice harvested from those cups is then shipped to naked sushi bars for assembly. Not to get all gender binary-reinforcing on you, but the male equivalent of this would underpants potato patch? Watch a rice bra demo after the jump.

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Monday, May 10, 2010

Hot New Trend: Food Beards

Posted By on Mon, May 10, 2010 at 12:21 PM

Food Beard

So many delicious food puns on the second great new food-themed Tumblr I've discovered today, Food Beard, where foodie facial hair is Photoshopped onto famous people and characters: eg. Darth Tater, Fleetwood Mac 'N Cheese, Liz Lemon, Monty Pie-Thon, Straw-Berry Manilow and the Breakfast Club (above). May I make a request: Tiger Frozen Foods? (TheDailyWhat)

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Friday, May 7, 2010

Expensive Artist for Expensive Fashion House: Anish Kapoor Designs Shiny Ring for Bulgari

Posted By on Fri, May 7, 2010 at 3:41 PM

Anish Kapoor ring for Bulgari
While Whitney Biennial darling Aurel Schmidt was designing trashy-cool white Ts for the hipster set's new fashion fav Opening Ceremony, and Shepard Fairey was getting in trouble for using a public art space to promote his wares (an accusation he's not too pleased with), international art star and creator of large, rounded, often reflective things Anish Kapoor was designing a pink gold and steel limited edition ring for Bulgari.

Though the cost of said ring—whose name, B.zero1 (pictured), seems more appropriate for a West Chelsea supperclub, or one of those giant stainless steel, energy-saving fridges, or a pair of really fancy snowboard pants, or... you get the point—hasn't been released yet, it's presumably a little more than your average OBEY hoodie or $60 Aurel Schmidt for Opening Ceremony shirt. But honestly, I don't see how anyone could spend more than $5 on something that, no matter how shiny, sounds like a new Gatorade flavor. (ArtInfo)

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Cautionary Charticle Illustrates Slippery Slope from Hipster to Hippie

Posted By on Fri, May 7, 2010 at 12:21 PM

From Hipster to Hippie part 1
San Francisco blogger Hanah Snavely recently wrote a very thorough, diaristic treatise for The Bold Italic on the shifting geographic focal points of that city's various subcultures, a piece that is accompanied by this presumably more widely resonant infographic that charts the evolution of your token cleancut hipster (Step 1, pictured) into your token grungy hippie. Check it out in all its semi-sociologically astute stereotype-examining brilliance right after the jump.

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Fashion Slideshow: In Which Dali Meets Norma Desmond

Posted By on Fri, May 7, 2010 at 11:23 AM

Here is your weekly pictorial stroll through the sartorial personality of a fashionable, young New Yorker. I honestly don't think I could pull off the boots, but that's just me.


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Thursday, May 6, 2010

Hottest Young Label Teams Up With Hottest Young Artist: Aurel Schmidt for Opening Ceremony

Posted By on Thu, May 6, 2010 at 9:37 AM

Aurel Schmidt for Opening Ceremony
Stylish, young artsy types love Aurel Schmidt's finely drawn giant trash minotaur at the 2010 Whitney Biennial, and stylish, young artsy types love Opening Ceremony's clean vintage lines with subtle contemporary flourishes, so, of course, the latter has commissioned the former to design a line of t-shirts emblazoned with what could be the first 11 letters for the official Aurel Schmidt typeface—that is, all the letters necessary to spell "Opening Ceremony" (like the bacon-y "G," pictured).

The young art star was apparently also commissioned to design the window display for the fashion house's new shop at the Ace Hotel, which should help it blend in with its very gritty wholesale district surroundings. The white Ts will run you $60 a piece—or $900 if you want to spell out "Opening Ceremony" in full for some reason (since there's no B or S, this may be my only logical option)—all of which is peanuts compared to the Takashi Murakami Louis Vuitton purses. (ArtInfo)

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