ContestsName the Dress Contest #66!

 

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Winning Dress Name: Take Meow-t Tonight    

Winner: Cait S.

FashionInsta-Cute! Gigi’s Leslie Caron

 
 
Actress Leslie Caron in the 1958 Oscar-winning film Gigi. Love the pairing of the plaid dress, puff sleeves, and red lipstick! 

ArtGranny Goes Guerrilla: Yarn Bombing Rages On

 
Remember how badass your grandma always looked, sitting there in her rocker, knitting afghans? Yeah, me neither. Which is why yarn bombing (guerrilla crochet, knit graffiti, yarnstorming, or any combo of the former…) is so freakin’ awesome. Sorry Nana.
 

 
The mother of the yarn bombing movement, Magda Sayeg, ambushed ninety-nine(!) trees with some shock and awe here in Texas (above), the birthplace of warm and cozy graffiti.
 
 
This world-brightening practice has gone global, and it manifests itself in a variety of styles, from subtle pops of color against the drab landscapes of the world…
 
 
…to full-fledged assaults on cars, buses, phone booths, you name it!
 
 
Who knew knitting could be so awesome??? I also LOVE what Juliana Santacruz Herrera has done on the streets of Paris, with her own special, super creative take on knit graffiti, below.
 

Called projet nid de poule, or Pothole Project, Santacruz Herrera takes unsightly cracks and potholes in the pavement and transforms them into beautiful works of art that are sure to put a smile on even the crustiest old curmudgeon’s face.

So rage on, knitters! I salute you!

 

ArtSparks Fly: the Artwork of Ignacio Torres

A brief statement from the artist: “This project began from the theory that humans are made of cosmic matter as a result of a stars death”.
Enjoy.
See more of the work by Ignacio Torres here!

MusicNew Artist to Watch: Lana Del Rey

 
In this modern age of Pandora, YouTube, and an unforunate amount of same-sounding pop/rap, the arrival of twenty-four year old Lana Del Rey on the music scene is a refreshing change. With a voice so soulful it came straight of the fifites and lyrics so deep you’d think you wrote them yourself, this stunning siren sold out a London club half an hour after posting just one video on YouTube. That’s it – one. But don’t take my word for it – see for yourself.
 
First, check out her pictures; note the intriguing pout, the poofy hair, and the old Hollywood retro-starlet style (swoon):
 
 
Now, listen to her music:
 
 
 
Convinced yet? A self-taught guitarist who grew up in Lake Placid, New York, Lizzy Grant (Lana’s real name) has been singing since seventeen to the inspiration of artists like Eminem, Biggie Smalls, Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, and Nirvana. Stranger Records reports that she claims her music to be a “mixture of her love of David Lynch, Black and White ’50s movies, Coney Island hip-hop, and heartbreak.” A little bit mysterious and a lot a bit a child at heart, she is definitely a legend on the rise. 
 
 
Want more Lana Del Rey? Read her interview with pitchfork.com, then check out her YouTube Channel and her Facebook page. Download “Video Games” and “Blue Jeans” when they’re released on October 9, or buy them on vinyl October 10.
 
(Info and pics courtesy of  guardian.co.uk, pitchfork.com, and pastemagazine.com.)