Thursday, August 21, 2014

Designer Discovery: Claudia Li

Claudia Li Parsons graduate collection
all photos courtesy of Parsons The New School For Design [via]

The wonderful wormhole of Pinterest recently led me to Claudia Li, whose graduate collection for Spring 2014 was a standout among her classmates at Parsons. The voluminous cocoons Li sent down the runway may not be all together wearable, but they exhibit a pairing of drama and simplicity that's rare to find among fashion veterans, let alone students.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Azerbaijani Rug Art by Faig Ahmed

Section rug sculpture by Faig Ahmed
Section sculpture of plastic and woolen handmade carpet

Born, bred and based in Baku, Azerbaijan, Faig Ahmed takes the art of traditional Azerbaijani rug weaving and turns it completely on its head with his handmade wool carpets, sculptures and installations. Disassembling traditional rugs and rearranging their compositions, Ahmed creates entirely contemporary works of art based on an age-old technique, and the results are incredible. Check 'em out!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Top 3 Picks from Altuzarra for Target

Altuzarra for Target structured crane dress

It's here! The full Altuzarra for Target lookbook landed in my inbox today, and while I wasn't totally on the money with my predictions (no cutouts or faux shearling), I was right about those slits, which make an appearance in each of my favorite looks from the collection.

First up is an Asian-inspired structured dress with crane embroidery at the collar paired with ankle strap heels and a faux croc belt. Striking, no?

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

3x9 House by a21studio

3x9 House by a21studio
3x9 House by a21studio
3x9 House by a21studio
all photos via a21studio

If you thought East Coast city living was cramped, meet the 3x9 House, a project completed by a21studio in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. At 3 meters wide by 9 meters deep, the architecture firm was tasked with renovating an old house in the highly dense city to create a more comfortable and functional space. In total, the home is just 27 square meters, or around 290 square feet.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

You're Invited: 9W♥InStyle Fall Launch Party


Ooh, a party! Head over to Nine West at Copley this Wednesday evening to celebrate 9W♥InStyle's Fall collection, which looks pretty fabulous based on my sneak peek. InStyle accessories director Leah Karp will be on hand with expert styling tips, and you'll walk away with a swag bag curated by the fashion magazine. That's in addition to the new heels/clutch/jewelry you won't be able to resist, of course. Be sure to RSVP to

*This is a sponsored post for Single Edition Media on behalf of InStyle and Nine West. However, all opinions expressed here are my own. Read about my policies regarding sponsorship here.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Fashion Logos by Mike Frederiqo

YSL logo by Mike Frederiqo
YSL [all images by Mike Frederiqo via imgur]

I'm just loving these quirky and totally unofficial brand logos by Dutch artist Mike Frederiqo. Reinterpreting iconic fashion imagery, Frederiqo creates interlocking Cs of Coco Chanel, seats Ralph Lauren on his ubiquitous Polo pony and has Anna Wintour doing acrobatics to spell out Vogue.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Conceptual Designs by 1 Week 1 Project

Casa Futebol by 1 Week 1 Project
Casa Futebol by 1 Week 1 Project
Casa Futebol by 1 Week 1 Project
Casa Futebol [all images by 1 Week 1 Project

Based on conceptual designs for repurposing Brazil's World Cup stadiums into apartments, Mashable today bemoans the failure of concepts like these to take shape. It's a fantastic article that questions the purpose of all conceptual design, but what a boring world it would be if designers were dissuaded from imagining the improbable!

In fact, the firm behind the Brazil plans tasks themselves only with the improbable. 1 Week 1 Project (or 1W1P), founded by École Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture de Paris-Belleville graduates Axel de Stampa and Sylvain Macaux, does exactly as its name implies, creating one conceptual project per week. While they may never amount to much, it is conceptual works like these that fill the design world with inspiration for what is possible. Just take a look at the work...