BMW Art Cars: Esther Mahlangu
April 19, 2010, 9:04 pm
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I’ve been meaning to post about this for a while, but haven’t gotten around to it until now.  Earlier this month, when Jeff Koons and BMW unveiled the artist’s (sadly Bubbles-free) concept for his contribution to the auto-maker’s famed art car collection, I took the opportunity to look back at some previous entries, from such contemporary art icons as Olafur Eliasson and Jenny Holzer.  My favorite, though, has to be the car designed by South African artist Esther Mahlangu back in 1991.  Forget Navajo, I want a Mahlangu print jacket.

More photos and a BMW promo video featuring Mahlangu after the jump.  Bonus points to anyone who can understand her weird baboon analogy.

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Saddle Shoes for Everyone, by Everyone

In the fall of ’07, bolstered by a strange fascination I had at the time with The Specials, I decided I wanted to purchase a great pair of black and white saddle shoes.  This is weird on a few levels, namely that I just tried to find a picture of anyone in The Specials wearing saddle shoes and wasn’t able to do so, even after a stalker-deep Google search.  So, I’m not sure where I got the idea that they wore them.  Also weird that I wanted to dress like a semi-defunct British ska band, but it must have resonated pretty deeply, because I also bought a pair of Fred Perry suspenders for the same reason and wore them in public approximately once.

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Philip Crangi
March 9, 2010, 9:32 pm
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Jewelry designer Philip Crangi embraces many elements of personal style that would give lesser men pause: copious tattoos, prominent glasses, a full-on mountain man beard and, of course, more jewelry than Mickey Rourke (RIP Loki). And he does it with an ease and an effortless cool that has won him countless admirers, from The Sartorialist to Teen Vogue.  Despite all of the ornamentation, you never get the sense that Crangi’s playing a part or dressing in costume; the impression is he’d be wearing a railroad spike cuff and an anchor pendant no matter where he lived or what he did.

“Everything you wear, you should feel like yourself when you’re wearing it,” Crangi said in an interview with GQ a little while back.  True words from a man with one of the most clearly realized visions of personal style.  After the jump, a brief survey of Crangi’s signature look.

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Vegas Bound
February 13, 2010, 3:13 pm
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After a few days of Fashion Week — including the Robert Geller show, pictured above — I’m off to Vegas with (capsule).  Check We Are the Market for updates from the show, and I’ll be tweeting up a storm, too, I’m sure.  See you soon, NYC.

Bomber Jackets, Bombs, at Acne AW10
February 4, 2010, 3:08 pm
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Perhaps taking the Amelia Earhart theme one step too far, a male model at the Acne show demonstrates what can only be referred to as his take on the infamous “side boob.”  Blame it on the lighting (or maybe soy milk)…

Mr. Dool Approves: Unhappy Hipsters

Dwell Magazine teaches its readership to be at home in the modern world, accompanied by beautifully-shot, if strangely emotionally detached, photos of grandiose homes, elaborate backyards, unconventional furniture and other stuff white people like.  Here to push it over the edge of self-parody: Unhappy Hipsters, a Tumblr with captions like the one above that will make you laugh out loud.  Who knows how long it will remain active before Dwell steps in to take it down, so enjoy it while it lasts.  If you’re so inclined, you can also follow the site on Twitter here for updates when new entries are posted.

Bye Hater
January 27, 2010, 9:20 pm
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One of the things that I’ve always hated about the anonymity the internet affords is how easy it is for bloggers and commenters to fall back on snark for snark’s sake, nitpicking, name-calling, bitching, moaning and the like.  This is not by any stretch of the imagination a profound observation on my part — there are entire books devoted to the topic, and blogs that have done very well peddling this sort of discourse.  I read those blogs and I’m guilty of a good amount of sarcasm, cheap-shots and cynicism myself.

There’s also a very specific type of writing that seems to plague a lot of style bloggers, probably stemming from the cooler-than-thou attitude that is so prevalent among fashion snobs.  You can see it on blogs telling people what not to wear, what unfortunate, everyday people are doing wrong, why this label is better than that, why this site sucks and this boutique is over, why tucking your pants into boots is awesome or lame, why scarves are cool or Americana is out.

Quite frankly, it’s exhausting.  And it undermines the point of developing a sense of personal style, which by definition is an individualized, unique manifestation of your own perspective and opinions.

From here on out, I’m adopting a more positive stance.  I haven’t been too bad on here, but for a blog that’s supposed to just be a collection of things I like, there has been a little too much negativity for my taste.  So, now, I’ve got a new attitude: if I like it, it’s going on here.  If I’m on the fence, there’s a way to talk about things without spiraling into a snark attack.  And if I hate it, I just won’t post it.  That sounds to me like it would be more enjoyable for everyone involved.

Now, having said that, there are a few things I need to get off my chest.

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