Archive for February, 2009

New Croc

February 23, 2009

2076_1_cottoncandyblWelcome the Malindi Leopard Croc Shoe, one of the newest additions to the resin shoe family. Check out the rest of the new arrivals, new colors and new beach styles. Whether you love them or love to hate them, these slippers with “animal appeal” are sure to fly off the shelves.

Breakfast Beauty

February 23, 2009

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The first Pop-Tarts to jump out of toasters in the 1960’s were basic rectangles of pastry, frosted or not, with simple jam fillings. Over time that plain white frosting has been replaced by brightly hued icing adorned with squiggles of complementary colors and rainbow sprinkles. Hello Kitty Meow-Berry Pop-Tarts are fluorescent pink, festooned with adorable flower shaped sprinkles. I figured Kellogg had no new worlds to conquer, at least as far as the appearance of this product was concerned. I’m pleased to admit I was spectacularly wrong; they’ve really outdone themselves with NASCAR Printed Fun Pop-Tarts.

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Dancing in the Streets

February 23, 2009

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There is nothing in this world designed quite so elegantly as a Fred Astaire tap solo. The first time I saw him dance in Broadway Melody of 1940 with Eleanor Powell, I was hooked. Never improvised and always meticulously rehearsed, Astaire made everything look as easy as 1, 2, 3. Yet up until Astaire waltzed into popular culture during the 1930’s, ballroom dance was considered an unsophisticated expression of the masses. The scandalous dancers of Moulin Rouge come to mind when thinking of the state of dance around the turn of the century.
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Adaptive ReUse: Making Communities Out of Unused Structures

February 23, 2009

Abandoned Walmart building, Bardstown, Ky., Julie Christensen   

Abandoned Walmart building, Bardstown, Ky., Julie Christensen

 

What can be done with architecture that doesn’t work? Demolish it and rebuild? Ignore it? How about use it!

As part of a symposium by the Museum of the City of New York this past weekend, Emmanuel Blaumont, an associate from Ateliers Jean Nouvel in Paris, briefly described a vision of transforming abandoned Wal-Marts into new communities with inner courtyards and changing gruesome low-income high rises into functioning office buildings with shops and restaurants on the ground floors.  This is all about converting formerly single use structures into mixed-use organisms; recycling to an extreme.

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My Kingdom for A Butterfly?

February 23, 2009

NBC Kings

Last November, NBC ran ads for Kings, its latest attempt to reclaim viewers from CBS. Soon after, on-line forums where filled with questions—What were those commercials? Were they about President Obama? Why was the president’s limo covered in butterfly flags?

By now, the confusion has been somewhat ironed out. NBC has revealed more of the plot for Kings, their latest attempt to reclaim the viewers they’ve lost to CBS. Based on the biblical David and Goliath tale, Kings is the story of a soldier named David Shepard who defeats Goliath, an army tank in this case. In the process, he happens to rescue the son of the King of Gilboa. The rest of the series focuses on David’s rise to fame and power among Gilboa’s people.
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Googling the Bounding Main

February 23, 2009

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Early cartography bore the fearful notation “Here be dragons” for points beyond the existing boundaries of knowledge, far out in the cold uncharted seas. While Google Earth has long allowed us to safely explore the planet’s landmass via virtual flyover, until now the program gave no clue that anything at all existed on the two-thirds of the Earth’s total area that lies under water. Google Earth’s oceans were represented by blank blue spaces. Here were (undigitized) dragons.

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Keep Fashion on the Grass

February 23, 2009
A model walks the grass covered runway during the Monarchy Collection Spring 2008 fashion show at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week at Smashbox Studios in Culver City, Calif., on Thursday, Oct. 18, 2007. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)

A model walks the grass covered runway during the Monarchy Collection Spring 2008 fashion show at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week at Smashbox Studios in Culver City, Calif., on Thursday, Oct. 18, 2007. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)

 

Twice a year, Bryant Park picks up the grass on the lawn and calls in the tent assembly teams with all the Aggreko HVAC tubes you can imagine, the Josephine Shaw Lowell Memorial Fountain becomes the center of a tent facing the Avenue of the Americas, and traffic choreography becomes a challenge for the area. But the trouble is all worth it for a major event like this; all the fuss is symbolic of an event aiming for high flossy drama and reaffirming New York’s value to the world of fashion.

Fashion Week is expected to move to Lincoln Center by September 2010, but why would the major fashion event move to the performing arts center of New York City? A place centered on high and intellectual performing arts in a neighborhood steeped in bohemian intellectuality doesn’t seem like the right environment for the flamboyance of Fashion Week.

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Keeping Down with the Joneses: “How it’s Cooler Not to Spend”

February 16, 2009

“Rag Chair” by Tejo Remy, available at droog, opening February 25th in New York.

Image: “Rag Chair” by Tejo Remy, available at droog.

Economic recession has become the excuse of the year – businesses have closed, people have lost their jobs, supplies are limited, recent college graduates and tenured professionals alike are scrambling for ways to pay the rent. With any luck, the recently approved economic recovery package will encourage long-term growth, but it won’t be easy, and it probably won’t happen fast. So, how can this all be put into perspective? As in earlier depressions and recessions, designers, celebrities, and regular people are recycling and innovating with items they already have. (more…)

Fashion’s Theater of the Absurd

February 16, 2009

cigarettepin1New York City’s Fashion Week shows feel noticeably somber this season as the nation’s plummeting economy casts a gloomy shadow over the catwalks. The grim mood grows tiresome, and clothes junkies are trekking to small pop-up venues around the city for wearable offerings far more delightful than anything happening under Bryant Park’s familiar white tents. Absurd fashion, which first poked its refreshing little head up during the 1930s, turns up this week in the form of cigarette-shaped lapel pins, complete with a long burned-down ash, designed by Theodoric Bland Willoughby. Ridiculous, lighthearted accessories are as startling as smelling salts, small affordable talismans to revive us from our collective financial swoon.

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Your Choices Are Killing Me!

February 16, 2009

Word has gotten out that we’re in a recession and I know exactly what you’re thinking, ladies. How will you ever be able to afford a different handbag for each outfit? Well never fear, the world isn’t going to end yet. Salvation comes in the form of the Miche bag, the latest product to compete against the Snuggie for Best Infomercial of the Year.

The Miche Bag

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