Wednesday, May 26, 2010


ever noticed that japanese designers always come back to military themes over and over again and that they do it loads better than the americans, the british, the italians, or the french? from camouflage, to naval uniforms, to flight jackets, to the iconic trench coat, those japanese sure know how to deconstruct and reconstruct all our western fashion archetypes. i reckon its one of the advantages of being an outsider looking in. which works well for me because i've never met a piece of clothing with epaulets i didn't like.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010


design duo and siblings ronan and erwan bouroullec are perhaps my favorite contemporary designers at the moment. mainly because i am pretty fucking besotted with their "steelwood chair" they designed back in 2007. i must say, it is one of the handsomest chairs i have ever seen. just like fashion, i believe that good design should be about function as it is about its aesthetic value. all the while being completely modern by exploring new ideas and expanding on the old ones. i guess to put it in fashion terminology, the bouroullecs are like the helmut lang of industrial design. high praises i know, but i think it rather well deserved.

Monday, May 24, 2010


i'm pretty bored with labels and looks that are too "fashion". sometimes all you really need are good classics and you'll never look like a total tosser. as much as i admire designers who brilliantly push the envelope, there's nothing more attractive than a boy who doesn't look like he's trying too hard. kind of like how the model looks like. he's can totally put a ring on it.

Sunday, May 23, 2010


summer is supposed to be the time for hollywood blockbusters. i'm not gonna lie, i'm a big fan of big budget extravaganzas but after the disappointment of "alice in wonderland" and "clash of the titans" i've given up hope (well not necessarily, i'm still waiting for a decent copy of "robin hood" to circulate around the internet). luckily for my brain i've been absorbed watching loads of really quality documentaries that have greatly contributed to making my unemployed time very well spent.

Monday, May 17, 2010


i am a big fan of anything ghetto fabulous. nails, weaves, door knockers, grills...everything! which probably explains my undying love for lil kim and foxy brown and why i can't help but go mental every time i hear "real love" by mary j. blige.

p.s. those aren't my nails. i'm not that gay.

Sunday, May 16, 2010


jean auguste dominique ingres - grand odalisque 1814

francisco de goya - nude maja (c)1800

henri matisse - odalisque, harmony in red 1926

jules joseph lefebvre - odalisque 1874

amedeo modigliani - reclining nude 1917

i love the composition of reclining nudes. there's something about the serpentine lines the woman's curves create that just draws me in. it might sound weird, but those fluid lines are exactly what i love about mid century modern furniture. not that i'm comparing women to chairs and coffee tables or anything. i'm just sayin'.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010


i have this massive crush on henry cavill. he's the only reason i'm still watching "the tudors" even though it's gotten really boring since anne boleyn's head was chopped off two bloody seasons ago. then again, i'm also a sucker for period dramas because i do love those costumes. which is why galliano back in the nineties was the man for me. i mean, look at this pocahontas meets tudor england collection for dior haute couture autumn/winter 1998. WOW! back then john was like a time machine and travel agent all in one. he took you to exotic places and turned back time simultaneously. now all he does is re-interpret "the new look". that look is fucking sixty three years old johnny boy! don't wait another two years till you retire it. it's done! oh how i miss the galliano of yesteryears when he didn't give a fuck and let his romantic madness run riot. i still got my fingers crossed for a comeback though.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010


no i'm not talking about that band from glasgow (who i fucking love to bits btw). i'm talking about the original camera obscura. the phenomenon where sunlight coming into a room is blocked with a black tarp and a little hole is then cut to allow a solid stream of light in. the pictures above is the result of that light. i'm no scientist so i really can't explain how a perfect image, albeit upside down, is projected to the wall but as you can see from photographer abelardo morell's images, the results are pretty fucking spectacular.

Sunday, May 9, 2010


sorry beyonce, even as sasha fierce, emma s. totally out-fierced you and schooled you on how to work that thierry mugler. she's too funky for you like a george michael video.

Saturday, May 8, 2010


during a time when homosexuality was still looked upon as an act of sexual perversion, there sure were loads of kinky writers back in the fifties and sixties. they probably aren't the best examples of literary brilliance, but i bet its a proper laugh to read!

Saturday, May 1, 2010


it's a mad mad world out there. rei kawakubo's vests may not be made out of kevlar, but who would want to mess with you when you look like a gangsta samurai. forty years in the game and she's still the baddest bitch on the block.