Friday, April 30, 2010

More goodies from Benetton

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Guess what I found in my mail today? Not one, not two, but three items from United Colors of Benetton, as a token of thanks for blogging for them.

Nice clean IT'S MY TIME logo for the t-shirt. I remember the first tee I bought from the brand was more than a decade ago, when I went to Rome. I think I still have it, the fabric still soft. But what I am more excited to use is the navy blue tote underneath it.

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Insects and crustaceans! This will be perfect for those days when I wake up late and have no choice but to throw in everything I need in one single container. The bag was designed by Catarina Carreiras for Benetton Bags by Fabrica. Fabrica is the Benetton Group Communications Center, based in Treviso, Italy.

Fabrica is not a school, advertising agency or university. It is an applied creativity laboratory, a talent incubator, a studio of sorts in which young, modern artists come from all over the world to develop innovative projects and explore new directions in myriad avenues of communication, from design, music and film to photography, publishing and the Internet.

These artist-experimenters are accompanied along their research path by leading figures in art and communication, blurring the boundaries of culture and language and transgressing the traditional borders between a diverse range of communication mediums.

Communication research at Fabrica services a wide variety of social causes and disciplines such as economics, social or environmental sciences. Fabrica’s aim is to grasp the future by giving innovative exposure to cultural or scientific projects which open a window onto tomorrow’s world.

Sounds amazing, like something from Google's creative headquarters. Take a look at the ancient villa that houses Fabrica. It would definitely be Fab-ulous to see the place in person.

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Aside aside (isn't life all about asides?), here is another tote/shoulder bag that came with the package. Not so sure though if I can pull off a monogramed article, as I've tried to avoid anything in that sort of pattern. But even if my sister wants it for herself, I will definitely keep this 100% bamboo fabric scarf, which is woven like mesh and feels like something between socks and stockings.

You know what I'm thinking? I'd think I'd like to wear the soft, breathable fabric as a shirt! (Yes, of course, it will also be a little sheer.)

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Last but not the least is a cute little USB disc that I most probably be enjoying just looking at. Oh, wait. It can hold 1GB!

Special thanks to Sarah for all your help along the way!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Street fix: Man's best friend, Washington Street


Am referring to both the dog and the tote.

How long, how long, before I move to New York?

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Portraits by Henri Cartier-Bresson

01 Joseph Alsop and Stewart Alsop, New York. 1947
Joseph Alsop and Stewart Alsop, New York. 1947

I almost missed the MoMA's exhibition of Henri Cartier-Bresson's photographs at its top floor. At first glance — unlike Irving Penn and Richard Avedon — the pictures did not have an immediate hold on me. But when I approached them, just as with paintings, I became transfixed.

There is a magnetic quality to the images, which appear frozen in motion even if the subjects are in repose. I fell in love with the richness of life that Bresson captured in his photographs, the personality that he prodded from his portraits.

They do not require any words (except of course their titles). Here are scans from the book that was released with the show: Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Modern Century.

02b François Mauriac, Paris. 1952
François Mauriac, Paris. 1952

03 Albert Camus, Paris. 1944
Albert Camus, Paris. 1944

04 Julien Gracq, France. 1984
Julien Gracq, France. 1984

05 Pierre Bonnard, Le Cannet, France. 1944
Pierre Bonnard, Le Cannet, France. 1944

06 Henri Matisse, Vence, France. 1944
Henri Matisse, Vence, France. 1944

07 Pierre Josse, Alberto Giacometti's studio, Paris. 1961
Pierre Josse, Alberto Giacometti's studio, Paris. 1961

08 Alfred Stieglitz, New York. 1946
Alfred Stieglitz, New York. 1946

09 Truman Capote, New Orleans. 1947
Truman Capote, New Orleans. 1947

10 William Faulkner, Oxford, Mississippi. 1947
William Faulkner, Oxford, Mississippi. 1947

11 George Balanchine, New York. 1959
George Balanchine, New York. 1959

12 Jean-Marie Le Clezio with his wife, Paris. 1965
Jean-Marie Le Clezio with his wife, Paris. 1965

13 Carl Jung, Küssnacht, Switzerland. 1959
Carl Jung, Küssnacht, Switzerland. 1959

14 Ezra Pound, Venice. 1971
Ezra Pound, Venice. 1971

15 André Malraux, Paris. 1968
André Malraux, Paris. 1968

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Sheer on sheer, back to back

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Say hello to my sister's puppy, Panda (don't ask). He's half Japanese Spitz and half Shih Tzu. Trying to wrestle free from my grasp, only to approach me later and bite at my shoelaces and my jeans (when I'm wearing slippers, my toes!).

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Though my cK Calvin Klein tee is not in black and white, it is in white and stripes. Reversible from a roundneck to a v-neck, with the white layer made of cotton pique that is only a little sheer and the semi-transparent striped one, if I'm not mistaken, in Tencel (made from "fiber obtained from wood pulp using recyclable solvents": so my dictionary says).

But whatever fabrics the tee is made of, it is a fashion breakthrough for me since I swore before that I would never wear clothing that is dual-purpose or two-in-one (well, I swore before Junya Watanabe came out with his Spring 2009 collection), like shirts with built-in cardigans and the rest of its ilk. But of course the sheerness of it got me. A major weakness.

Till my next animal post! (My sister also has a rabbit at home, but I don't think it's a muggle.)

Monday, April 26, 2010

Kinekt gear ring

Kinekt gear ring

Geeks like me will be happy with this accessory cum play thing cum stress reliever.

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The Gear ring, designed by Glen Liberman, is made from high quality matte stainless steel. This ring can be your interactive pastime. Instead of maltreating your stress ball, why not turn any of the two rims that move in unison as the gears pass through their jagged teeth. (Sound geeky enough?)

Just don't expect to be transported to Oz, for some masked hero to suddenly appear, or for all of your work to be suddenly finished right before your eyes.

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Currently comes in these US ring sizes: 9, 10, 11, and 12 (5, 6, 7, 8, and 13 to follow. Lifetime warranty.

Watch the video below for a demo.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Mark Ronson for Gucci: a sneaky love affair

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At first I loved the polka dot pair and maybe the flannel from Mark Ronson's Gucci Icon-Temporary collaboration (more on this funny-sounding name later), but then when I look at them again right now, they don't really appear that distinctive. My conclusion: it must just be the celebrity marketing.

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See, I told you. I mean, I'm not going to tell you which brands have done flannel and polka dot sneakers better, but maybe I can say that Frida Giannini has thought more about the value of image peddling. Fashion is, of course, one of the biggest businesses.

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I love the idea of flannel, but I think the laces do not match, in terms of material. Or maybe the transition from fabric to laces could be made smoother by heftier eyelets?

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Giannini and Ronson at the New York launch of the sneaker line.

The Gucci Icon-Temporary concept was first launched in October 2009, where "flash sneaker stores" (guerilla as others would call it) were to be opened in various cities, which will have their own design exclusives. There are 18 limited designs in all.

If I'm not mistaken, Ronson is wearing clothes from Gucci's Fall 2009 collection, the season when his "infatuation" with the brand began. (Am not sure since I only discover now that although I wrote 28 reviews for Fall 2009, I didn't bother with Gucci at all.)

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"Infatuation" is what the author of Homme Times suggests about the artist-label relationship. He has created collages juxtaposing Ronson's outfits with runway looks.

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The question doesn't really matter, but I'm going to ask it anyway: what do you think came first, the musician's "infatuation" for the label or talks of the collaboration? I ask since certain pieces fit.

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In a business sense, before makes sense, but of course, he may really just love the clothes, if he's willing to be seen wearing them again and again (see bottom image).

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An unexpected surprise: the Gucci logo disguised as a polka dot.

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Fine, I relent. It is not hard to love this micro-houndstooth suit. In blue!

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Though velvet is only for rock stars.

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The main difference from runway to red carpet: the hair!

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Yes, Mark Ronson is part of my style icon list, even if I may not be thrilled by all his fashion choices. The only important thing is that he wears his clothes and not the other way around. (I wonder how Kanye West's LV collaboration went...)

I also wonder who will be Gucci's next 'temporary icon', as unflattering as that sounds...

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Gustav Broström at Sweden's A Perfect Guide

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Remember Gustav Broström? He used to blog on his personal blogger page, but now, with a flower in his mouth, he dispenses his musings on his very own section on one of Sweden's largest online blogs, A Perfect Guide.

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If you still can't remember, here are two pictures of him on The Sartorialist. He calls this period his preppy days.

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You can see a slight transformation in these images taken by Facehunter.

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With his leather jacket and finalized pompadour, he says: "By the way, I have become a rebel. I'm wearing Dr. Martens, listening to Bowie and trying to be cool..."

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Of course we're convinced, with or without the help of a stuffed pheasant.

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Or his face showing. (Nice ring!) "This is how i looked on the club Good Pussy at Spybar here in Stockholm."

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Lots of interesting stuff on Gustav's blog, from fashion and style to art and contemporary culture. Also these well-coordinated collages.

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Which, reminds me: I've only done two!

Fellow Filipinos at the Benetton party

Filipinos at The Standard

Kiko Rustia, the winner from the Philippines; Mara Binudin (half-Filipino and half-French), who accompanied another winner, Magali Berthon, to New York; and of course me, with my shiny forehead.

Photo by Tina Weiss

Friday, April 23, 2010

Popeye: The Seersucker Classics

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I found this magazine along with Tune at Narita airport. Yes, the cover and title suggest teenybopper sugar, but don't be misled. (The issue I bought at the airport is for May 2010, issue 757.)

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I think the magazine packs some serious editorials — young, of course, but also seriously stylish. This first one that I fancied is entitled The Seersucker Classics.

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I love the fabric, the mix of patterns, the accessories, and the play of cuts and lengths.

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Shorts are beginning to stick to my imagination, which means they are a step before window shopping, which then leads to fittings, then you know what...

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Do you remember somebody who appeared on a reality TV show sporting similar markings on his neck? Clue: the show is fashion-related. On another note: club collar!

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Now the saddle shoes and the hat I have already fit, but I'm still waiting for the perfect pieces. The cut of the trousers seem more sophisticated than they look.

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I don't know why, but amid all the preppy items mashed into this image, it still appears rock to me. Is it the shades? The swagger? The loosened tie that he doesn't care as much for as his scarf? I spy an earring and my increasingly gnawing yearning to live in another city...

Photography by Seishi Shirakawa, Styling by Akio Hasegawa