Category: Art

FashionHats Off to Stephen Jones’s “Hats: An Anthology”

 
If you know about Stephen Jones, then you’re probably already excited. If you don’t, then don’t worry, neither had I. And boy, am I excited now!
 
 
The hat has been making some bold statements lately, thanks to the Duchess Kate craze and Lady Gaga alike, and you can be sure that these ladies are no strangers to Stephen Jones Millinery. Millinery? What’s that you say? Not just plain old hatmakers, no! Milliners are far more fabulous than that! “Distinct from hat-making, with its large-scale production of standard hat types, millinery focuses on the creation and decoration of elegant, experimental and often whimsical hats.” Why, thank you for clearing that up, Victoria & Albert Museum.
 
As perhaps the most widely respected name in millinery, Stephen Jones is following in the tradition of the V&A’s first fashion show in 1971, Fashion: An Anthology by Cecil Beaton, and putting hats on the map as museum-worthy works of art, with his exhibition: Hats: An Anthology by Stephen Jones.
 




 
This amazing collection is currently on display here in the US, at the The Bard Graduate Center in New York City. So if you’re in the vicinity, you may actually have the opportunity to witness the evolution and life cycle of what Jones calls, “the cherry on the cake, the dot on the ‘i’, the exclamation mark, the fashion focus. Everyone from showgirls to dictators knows that by wearing a hat they will be the centre of attention.”
 




 
Carefully hand selected from the museum’s 17 centuries’ worth of headwear, Jones describes his process: “This is my very personal anthology of hats, a mish-mash of dates, places, stories and illusion that are squished into a sense of order by a mad hatter’s logic… It is my own viewpoint of where hats come from, how they are made, where they are sold and the extraordinary people who wear them.”
 


 
Also, check out Jones’s website for more amazing eye candy!
 
 
(Images courtesy of the Victoria & Albert Museum & Stylelist)

FashionBlogger Spotlight: Breanne from Flattery!

 

This week I have been thinking a lot about winter layering and how to stay warm while still looking cute. I was recently introduced to this blog, Flattery, created by the lovely Breanne. Breanne’s blog had me visiting over and over again because she has the knack for creating super adorable outfits while staying warm in her native, Canada. 

Whether it’s windy or snowing, Breanne layers up with perfect boots, tights and a cute scarf!

 

Another great combo with boots and sweet layers!

 I love these cat eye glasses with cute ribbbon-detail tights!

I love the oversize sweater and polka dot tights!

I love tan and red together! So cute when paired with a patterned dress!

Khaki and green create my favorite outfit on Breanne’s blog!

Make sure to stop over to her site, Flattery, to say hello and get some great winter outfit inspiration!

Art“Vanitas” by Collage Artist Ashkan Hornarvar



Vanitas by Ashkan Hornavar.

ArtDot-to-Dots for Grown-Ups? Yes, Please

 
Anybody recognize this famous lady?
 
Watch this video…
 
 
How about now?
 
 
Allow me to introduce Thomas Pavitte, a New Zealand-born, Melbourne-based graphic designer who makes the world’s most complex dot-to-dot drawings. His first project, the Mona Lisa (above), is composed of 6,239 dots, and took Pavitte 9 hours and 15 minutes to connect. To keep track of all the tiny, numbered circles, he color-coded them to change every 400 dots. Pretty cool. Plus, the smaller and blurrier it gets, the more it really looks like da Vinci’s muse.
 
Since Mona Lisa, Pavitte has moved on to create several more dot-to-dot creations, this time with a transformation twist. The first 335 dots in his Michael Jackson portrait reveal a young Michael, then (Pavitte recommends changing colors) the remainder of the dots morph into the late King of Pop at the time of his passing. Watch:
 
 
 
Also loving his “Yes You Can”/Obama portrait:
 
 
 
What’s so cool is that anybody can do it! You can actually purchase a print online and experience the dot-connecting magic for yourself!
 
Dear Santa….
 
 

ArtRemarkable Remakes from the Booooooom Photo Project

 
 
Some artists have a gift for bringing their subjects to life on canvas. Now, some people over at Booooooom have given us the gift of the “Remake” project, which challenged art lovers all over the world to actually bring works of art to life. LOVE this.
 
The challenge: take a classic work of art, (Booooooom master Jeff says: “I’m not looking for remakes of contemporary artwork, album covers, or fashion photography”), and “remake” it in a photograph (Jeff also stresses: “This is a PHOTO project! I’m looking for photos only. This means no paintings, drawings, collages. The idea is to put all your creative energy into re-creating and re-staging the image. All the work here happens before you take the photo, rather than afterward. Please refrain from adding special effects and other things to your image on your computer.”).
 
And, voila! My faith in humanity is restored.
 

 
Inspired by a contest in the UK hosted by Adobe, Jeff created a challenge of his own, open to submissions from all over this wonderfully creative planet. Users uploaded their submissions to Booooooom’s Facebook page, and then Jeff posted the majority of them on the site. One lucky winner will walk away with the entire Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 Master Collection ($899). I’m just glad I don’t have to pick the winner. I was, however, more than happy to select a whole bunch of my personal favorites.
 

 
Some contestants chose to recreate some pretty darn close copies of the original artwork (above), while others took the subject and reimagined it in modern, original, or even silly ways (below). Not to be biased, but my favorites definitely have a creative twist to them.
 

 
I love the way that Wanda Martin reinterpreted Vermeer’s “Girl reading a letter by an open window” as a woman holding a telephone by an open window (below). Love the simple, modern touch.
 

 
Similarly, the way Or Eitan recreated Edward Hopper’s “Automata” in a McDonald’s (above) makes a powerful, yet subtle statement.
 
However, if I had to choose, I think these two might be my favorites:
 
Georges Braque’s “Woman with a guitar” recreated by Niklas Enhag:
 

 
And Emily Kiel’s remake of “Ohhh…Alright…” by Roy Lichtenstein:
 

 
So much cooler than planking….
 
If you want to see more, and there is a lot more to see, go ahead and check out the rest of the submissions (new ones are popping up all the time), and watch for the winner! Just be ready to spend A LOT of time scrolling through…

(Images courtesy of Booooooom!)