October 4, 2008

Can I ask you guys a favor?

Hi, it's been a while! I noticed that there are a few readers who still check this blog occasionally so I'm posting this over here in addition to my new blog...
To help me for an upcoming project for one of my classes, I want to ask you a question:

What do you think is the difference between design and art?

I know lots of books and articles have been written on this topic but I want to ask real people how they feel about this. Can design be art and vice versa? And how would you define the terms?
(Something to think about: Milton Glaser reckoned that "whereas a design must convey a given body of information, the "essential function" of art is to "intensify one's perception of reality." Sometimes, he said, these functions coincide, as in a medieval stained glass window, but in modern times they have diverged.")

Your answer can be a word or a paragraph or a link--anything will help.
I look forward to reading your answers over the next couple of months (i am hoping hoping hoping i get a few!)


September 6, 2008

Kohbunny can i borrow your fur

Terence Koh is a funny furry man and he makes me excited about fall.

Gareth Pugh fur
Alaia fur

Fendi fur!

September 5, 2008

What is pink

Silk pullover dress by Therese Rawsthorne. I would wear this.

August 30, 2008

The pearl of the adriatic

Dying to visit Dubrovnic, the gorgeous little Croatian town that inspired the setting of Miyazaki Hayao's animated film Kiki's Delivery Service.

August 29, 2008

I'll have the power to make my evil take its course

I've been looking for this Ann Demeulemeester vest for a while now. They also made it in black but I reckon the white version would look so dramatic in the winter.

August 26, 2008

To infinity and beyond

FUCK YEAH! I finally got this Nike SB backpack I've wanted for so long (i mentioned it here as well) they were only stocked in like two skateboard shops in tokyo and I'm soo excited. It's a bit big for a little person like me but I'll manage. Can't wait to pair it with dresses and I'm definitely gonna use it for my next backpacking trip abroad. Nike SB made some really great backpacks this season, I liked the elephant leather print ones too.

August 25, 2008

"Minimalism is laziness"

I think the Hermes x Yohji bag collab is kind of perfect. I'm more of a CdG girl when it comes to clothes but I love Yohji Yamamoto and Y's bags because most of them are really simple and use that thick and smooth kind of leather I find nicest. Classic Hermes' bags are also very simple compared to the it-bags that come and go every season (the Birkin is like my ultimate dream accessory it's so gonna be the first thing I get once I start working). Since both brands focus on utility and quality but differ in aesthetics I really think this is an ideal collaboration.

PS the quote above is something I remember Yohji saying in an interview. I thought it was hilarious and can be so true.

August 22, 2008

Betty said she prayed today for the sky to blow away

It seems summer's over already. I'm currently in the countryside visiting my grandparents and the breeze here is cool and smells like fall. I'm sitting by the window in my ADD hoodie feeling kind of sad, kind of nice. Perfect time for listening to Nick Drake's River Man.

August 19, 2008

A hero

I just saw a documentary about the Japanese animation artist and dirctor Hayao Miyazaki. Bits and pieces of it made me cry because I kept realizing how much of a genius he is. I dunno, there's something so beautiful about people who are able to find their true calling and give it their all. An especially memorable part was when he talked about how a little American girl told him that she thought Spirited Away's Chihiro was very cool, and that it was such comments he got from kids that made his work worthwhile in the end.
In between interviews there was a quick filmography and it literally gave me goosebumps to think that all those masterpieces like My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki's Delivery Service, Laputa, Princess Mononoke and Nausicaa came from the mind of this one man alone.

His last movie is out in the theaters right now. It's about a little fish that wants to become a human girl. I'm excited to see it but at the same time I'm sort of devastated that this is the end. I'm really going to miss Mr. Miyazaki's work.

August 17, 2008

Get down get down

I got a new haircut which looks exactly like Uma's in Pulp Fiction except maybe my bangs are shorter and thicker. I look so trashy it's hilarious. I have this sudden urge to wear Betsey Johnson and L.A.M.B and leopard print and Claire's chokers but I reassure you it's not gonna happen. I've found some relief in these acidwashed AA denimshorts though, they look so cheap and yucky paired with heels, I really love them.

August 15, 2008

You like to fork yourself

This outfit is so right.

August 12, 2008

Honey i'm home

The trip was an incredible experience. Haven't managed to sort it all out in my head yet but it was completely worth it, that I know for sure.

Anyway here's Rick Owens peeing into the mouth of Rick Owens from his book L'Ai Je Bien Descendu (named in honor of his favorite Parisian cabaret dancer... so bizarre)

photos via Jargol

July 28, 2008

Modern-day pocahontas

I like the shapes, I like the brown/camel/black color scheme, and I absolutely love the combination of different textures (something I feel Toga excels at and keeps improving on with every season) --leather, fringe, thick knit and I think I see some velvet in there as well. Maybe the overall impression is a bit Prada meets Martin Margiela but I'm not complaining. Yasuko Furuta is doing great things for Japanese fashion and that's more than I can say for a lot of the uninspired imitative designers here.

July 27, 2008

The dream that you wish will come true

I fell asleep and forgot to bid on this jacket (cdg disney) which was up on auction for pretty cheap. I'm dying inside.

I can't believe I'd forgotten how fantastic this collection was. Looking at it now, I'm coveting everything all over again. I hate you Rei for making me want to wear stuffed animals on my chest.

Which reminds me... CdG X Louis Vuitton: what a tacky and exciting collaboration! The limited-edition sucker inside me is wanting this so much.