Friday, September 7, 2012

Paris to Dakar

Some of the design details were a little too fussy for me but I love the layers (showing up on a lot of the spring runways) and the colors. Start your engines.

 Rag & Bone, Spring 2013 RTW

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Best Foot Forward

A solid choice for a fall shoe/bootie. If these were in my closet I'd pair with a boxy top and pencil skirt or slim trousers (and roll the cuffs high).

Fendi Victorian Galaxy open-toe bootie, 
$995 at Bergdorf.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Image of the Day

Spread from Blind Spot magazine, issue 8, 
designed by Tony Arefin (1962-2000).

Tony Arefin, a self-taught designer, produced catalogs for many significant British art exhibitions during the early 90s (he was described by one design critic as  "single-handedly processing the print needs of the entire British art scene"). Arefin went on to become Creative Director at I.D. magazine, and art director for Bomb, Blind Spot, and Art + Auction. (He later worked for Wieden & Kennedy in Portland, OR, and Ogilvy & Mather, NYC.)

An exhibition of Arefin's work opens at Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, on September 12. In case you happen to be on the other side of the pond.

via ArtInfo



Not exactly my style, but I can appreciate the appeal.

Gary Graham, Spring 2013 RTW.

Hang Loose

New York Fashion Week begins today. has some suggestions on who's new to pay attention to.

I'm loving this:

Jonathan Simkhai. Start thinking about next summer.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Just the Essentials

At far right, fashion illustrator Antonio Lopez 
(who died of AIDS in 1987 at the untimely age of 44) 
with, from left, Eija Vehka Aho, Juan Ramos, 
Jacques de Bascher, and Karl Lagerfeld.

Today Rizzoli releases Antonio: Fashion, Art, Sex and Disco, by Roger Padilha and Mauricio Padilha of MAO Mag (including contributions by Bill Cunningham, Anna Sui, and Andre Leon Talley). The book focuses not only on Lopez's illustrations but also showcases his photographs, for which he is less well known.

Antonio Lopez and Jerry Hall, 1975. 
Photograph by Norman Parkinson.

A show at the Suzanne Geiss Company gallery in NYC, covering three decades of Lopez's career and sounding chock-full of interesting gems (including 8-millimeter films shot by Lopez), opens on September 7 (more info here).

Below, some of Lopez's earlier illustrations.

Beauty Head, 1963

For British Vogue, 1965

Model Carol LaBrie, 1971

 For The New York Times, 1966