Nameless paints






ima moteki, a design duo in japan, has just created a set of nameless paints that aim to completely change the way children learn and think about color. instead of using color names, each white tube of paint is labelled with an “equation” showing which primary colors, and in what proportions, were used to make the color inside.

the designers, yusuke imai and ayami moteki, believe that color labels are problematic. “by not assigning names to the colors we want to expand the definition of what a color can be, and the various shades they can create by mixing them,” said imai.

in addition to rejecting labels, the paints also teach color theory. the equations on the paint tubes help children understand some of the basic concepts behind color theory and how to mix and create new colors. by lb

gucci 2016 campaign by glen luchford vs nick cave and jarvis cocker fifteen feet of pure white snow


gucci’s 2016 video ad campaign shot by photographer glen luchford

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nick cave and jarvis cocker – fifteen feet of pure white snow

this nick cave video is a favorite of ours. not only the song and the lyrics are incredible, but so is the video and then there is the bonus of spotting jarvis cocker in the crowd just before they pull off what appears to be a signature jarvis stint (think back to pulp and common people group dance sequence). the gucci peace is not as great as nick caves video of course but yes we do like the references mister luchford. by dd

Rick Owens Models Wear Each Other Down the Runway…


introducing the ‘human backpack’





rick owens’ spring/summer 2016 collection for paris fashion week.

“i’m not good at subtlety, if you’re not going to be discreet and quiet, then just go all the way and have the balls to shave off your eyebrows, bleach your hair, and put on some big bracelets.” by lb

nick knight teaches lady gogo how to dance: tom ford SS16


tom ford spring summer 2016 – the video to replace all runway shows

i want your love – le chic c’est le freak!…. disco days are back on saturday night and john travolta will be happy to know… master of all ceremonies mister nick knight kills it with this feverish demonstration of tom ford’s spring summer 2016 released today. as halston did a few years back “a video is apparently worth a thousand shows” because the show is for 15 minutes and a youtube video is your BBF forever… did we mention its also much cheaper? i wonder if someone ever thought of doing a catalog in that way? hmmmm….

“instead of having a traditional show this season, i decided to try something new. i wanted to think about how to present a collection in a cinematic way that was designed from its inception to be presented online.” – tom ford

well done tom we like that man, and nick you just cant do wrong mister. of course it would have helped if the models could actually dance! was coco not available? and what about karlie kloss? she had a bit of experience in i’ll be there the inez and vinoodh clip we posted a few months back, coincidentally it has a song by the same band “chic”… the cast include: social media (sig!) character lucky blue smith, alongside fellow male models alex dunstan, david agbodji, tarun niijer (who was the first model of indian descent to open burberry) as well as mica arganaraz, kayla scott, xaio wen ju, valery kaufman, aymeline valade, lida fox, lexi boling and some pop star called lady gaga – i want your love, chic. by kc

Trevor Paglen

Trevor Paglen satelite

“nonfunctional satellites” – 2013

placing these higly reflective sculptures into low-earth orbit would create a visible “sculpture” in the night sky

Trevor Paglen classified satellites.

“The Other Night Sky” – 2007

project to track and photograph classified American satellites

Trevor Paglen code names

“code names of the surveillance state” – 2001 to present

ongoing list of classified military and intelligence programs

Trevor Paglen drone

Untitled (Reaper Drone) 2010

photographs of surveillance drones

paglen talking about some of his work


following up on our snowden post, here is one on trevor paglen, a new york based artist documenting the surveillance society. his work was featured in the must see documentary “citizenfour” and he has previously been showing at sfmoma, tate modern and walker art center among others. paglen is now showing at metro pictures in new york until october 24th. by kt

cheap great sneaks: and they are called “greats” – ok that parts lame!

hand-made-italian-sneakers-for cheap  classic-sneakers-from-greats HAND-MADE-ITALIAN-SNEAKER-GREATS-ROYALEbrooklyn-shoes-company-greatssneakers-like-common-projects  the-royale-court-greats-basketball-shoes

“the best, for the most, for the least”– as charles eames would say… now lets see if this fits the bill? born in brooklyn, made in italy (we are told). they do give common projects and the others a good run for their money at under $200 a pair. leather interior, simple lines, clever double stitching, and yet this royale (and royale court high) model(s), being the simplest of the footwear line,  still have a bit of fat to trim… the rest of the line is not to our taste, maybe the hirsh could work, we love the heel detail, if it was not for that complicated sole. judge yourself, wed love to test drive one and write about the feel… worth a look for all you post-normcores. by ac

MM6 Maison Margiela Spring 2016

Maison Margiela RTW Spring 2016

Maison Margiela RTW Spring 2016

Maison Margiela RTW Spring 2016

Maison Margiela RTW Spring 2016

Maison Margiela RTW Spring 2016

Maison Margiela RTW Spring 2016

an army of eclectic-looking models stomped out to showcase the MM6 maison margiela ready-to-wear collection, which highlighted clothes that looked as if they’d been culled from a futuristic thrift store.

one model wore a camisole dress seemingly crafted from plastic bags, while another wore an oversize sweater with an airbrushed mystical horse motif. according to the label’s show notes, the collection took its cues from “london and the creative community surrounding MM6,” and it certainly had a messy, all-over-the-place, over-sized, mismatch feel. shoot me now if this is where fashion is headed. margiela, i am disappointed. by lb

what really happened to edward snowden?


what happened to edward snowden? terminal F documentary

i was looking up london fashion week and the latest on lady gaga, and came up with this awesome video of byonce that then, of course, took me to this rare behind-the-scenes clip of an old reality show with baby kendall jenner, when i randomly stumbled upon this downer, which basically ruined my day! but you know what, us millennials know how knowledge is like the awesomest asset, so i thought why not… ill give like 5 seconds of my precious time… and here’s the blah blah about the film:

“the documentary, made by german investigative journalist john goetz and danish documentary filmmaker poul-erik heilbuth, tells edward snowden’s story from the moment he left the US for hong kong to his arrival to terminal F at moscow’s sheremetyevo sirport in 2013. snowden was granted temporary asylum in russia in 2013 after spending a month in the Terminal F of the sheremetyevo international airport. having received a three-year residence permit in 2014, he continues to live in russia.”  by xy

happy birthday to the original sartorial


friendly snap of brian ferry of roxy music during breakfast one summer morning


damn this looks just like hashtag dave! brian ferry extended play LP, it’s only love, heart on my sleeve and the price of love

did you know that our beloved brian ferry was once a pottery teacher at holland park school in london before forming his seductive carrier in pop music? well that is true! in any case, happy birthday mister ferry… 26 september 1945… damn that’s old now. by dd

art history lesson for average fashion folks


robert smithson nonsite earthworks 1969


james turrell indigos 1979


michael heizer  boulders 1967


mary miss earthworks 1978

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observatory by robert morris 1974


bauhaus master herbert bayer 1968 very little was known about his earthworks by the general publicmaya-lin-phillip-lim-fashion-week-NYFW-2015

architect maya lin’s installation for phillip lim’s fashion week show – NYFW 2015

we actually love the gestural installation for philip lim’s show and well gladly take that over any old runway/catwalk… but before we all run out and comment “that’s awesome” on instagram, it would be good to understand a bit of the history and where it came from. thanks to the internet, we create very little new content, its the curse of our generation, and we, ourselves, are guilty of that many folds. its simply too easy to just regurgitate what has been there. and the info is so readily available in cliff notes version. but the least we can do is to study the things that attract us just a bit, and understand what came before us. if nothing, when we want to copy some one, and we always evidently do, we can go to the source and the origin of it, and maybe learn a bit about its history first… now that’s not an ‘outdated way of doing things’ doll… that’s just  “super awesome!!by xy

tabitha simmons: love these shoes in silk




the dolly black white silk shoes…. maybe a bit too late for this summer, but non-the-less, love these simple summer espadrille lace-ons by tabitha simmons. bit steep at $395 especially when you consider you’ll be getting them sandy and dirty in no time, but maybe ‘yall can pick em up on sale in a few weeks… just not yet. by kv