Superheroes and supervillains, and several strong personalities in between, are reimagined by photographer Sacha Goldberger as Flemish Baroque portraits from the 1600s, complete with handmade costumes, props, and nobly introspective gazes. The photos demonstrate the use of centuries-old painting techniques to convey nobility while at the same time evoking a sense of fragility within us all.
Characters from Marvel and DC comic books, as well as Disney, Star Wars and other 20th-century classics, are represented. But Goldberger was hardly alone in the massive effort. An entire crew chipped in, from costume designers to casting directors. Which may explain why so many portraits resemble the actors who most memorably brought them to life on a screen, from Adam West’s Batman and Christopher Reeve's Superman to Hugh Jackman's Wolverine and Lou Ferrigno’s Incredible Hulk.
Sometimes the sentimental sappiness of the holidays proves too much to resist and you have no choice but to embrace it in all its mawkish absurdity. For those moments, why not don Viktor & Rolf's limited-edition Christmas sweater, from the Dutch label's Monsieur line? In the time-honored tradition of gaudy seasonal knits, the colorful wool sweater depicts the designers' coddled dachshund, Little Swan, with reindeer antlers. Yes, a dog with antlers, because Christmas. Be thankful it doesn't come with jangly tree ornaments.
€480, exclusively at Viktor & Rolf, 370 rue Saint-Honoré, Paris
The short video feels a little like being trapped in a snow globe, which is probably the point...
Like so many great works of art through the ages, the creator of these faux magazine covers — glamorizing princesses and princes from Disney's most celebrated and adored films — is unknown. Which of course adds to the magic. Diehard DIsney fans will assert they could only have come from the studio, given the cleverness of the headlines: Jasmine's Favorite Bikini Bazaars, From the Cinders to the Balls, Everything's Hotter Under the Water, Grumpy Speaks Out. So good! In a way, we almost don't want to know who the artist is, preferring instead to believe the covers are real, because Once Upon a Time...
Cinderella on Elle
Princess Tiana on Vanity Fair
Scar on Vanity Fair
Mulan on Harper's Bazaar
Prince Charming on GQ
When the guys at the cult men's accessories label KILLSPENCER handcrafted a black mini-basketball, leather net, and maple backboard to goof around in their Silverlake workshop, all they did from then on was exactly that. And they realized they had a hit on their hands. Thus, the Indoor Mini-Basketball Collection was born, available for the holidays in classic black or a special-edition 24-karat gold option, featuring a gold-plated breakaway rim and gold-foil skirt — all conflict-free, of course.
$795 (classic) - $995 (gold) at KILLSPENCER
Following collaborations with Proenza Schouler and Christopher Kane, the Californian denim label J Brand has joined forces with Simone Rocha for its latest capsule collection. Part of a new wave of young London talent, the graduate of Central Saint Martins and a favorite of Rei Kawakubo has brought her trademark ruffle embellishment to denim jackets, pants, dresses, and shorts in solid pink, red, or black.
Available at all Dover Street Market stores (November 14), Montaigne Market, 10 Corso Como, and Isetan (December 1) and online
The Apple Watch may have fanfare, but Pebble watches now have watchface apps made of pure energy, making them "more like ghosts than real things." So says the company that designed them, TTMM, winners of several awards for these new watchface apps, which, owing to their simplistic, black-and-white, retro aesthetic, makes some of them all but impossible to read — more like playing Space Invaders than telling time. But who needs time when you have ghosts?
Pharrell Williams is not only happy, but busy. His many recent collabs — with adidas, Comme des Garçons, Timberland, Uniqlo, G-Star Raw — now include bags for Moynat. According to the heritage maker of leather goods, during the rapper's visit to the Paris atelier a year ago, he was taken with a collection of vintage trunks and discovered an old Moynat label with the image of a train. He said it reminded him of the 1940s musical The Harvey Girls, a tribute to the working women of New England who helped settle the West. Coincidentally, Moynat's artistic director had been listening to Jimi Hendrix’s Hear My Train A Comin’. Thus a train theme was born. The Moynat x Pharrell Williams collection consists of four bags: a minaudière in hand-tooled plastic resin, a clutch in hand-sculpted ebony, and two pochettes, one featuring a toy train in leather marquetry and the other printed with Constructivist-style graphics.
At Colette in Paris starting October 13, Moynat boutiques starting October 20, and Isetan Shinjuku in Tokyo and Dover Street Market in New York later in 2014
Not exactly a big fan of the Internet, Miuccia Prada let her view of the digital realm be known today with the screening of the latest in Miu Miu's short-film series, Women's Tales, at the Venice Film Festival. Called Somebody, the ten-minute short tells the story of an app that lets users text emotional messages to each other, but delivered verbally by the nearest stranger, thereby rehumanizing communication between people.
The brainchild of Miranda July, the short captures the cockeyed, ironic tone of the actress-screenwriter's work, particularly her feature-length film Me and You and Everyone We Know, which won the Caméra d'Or prize at Cannes in 2005.
Naturally, pieces by Miu Miu appear throughout, a motley selection of items from the fall 2014 collection mixed with vintage and streetwear. “With this collection Miuccia Prada seemed to be drawing from the everyday, utilitarian world around her," says july. "I fantasized that I was reverse-engineering the clothes back to their origins.”
In the biggest twist of all — a meta-twist, if you will — the Somebody app has been made for real users in the real world in real time. With support from Miu Miu, July worked with a team of developers to create the free app, downloadable here. It's hard to imagine anyone using it for more than novelty reasons, but it's at least good for a few laughs in Venice today. Let's see, what could we get Lena Dunham to say to Ed Norton, both of whom are expected at the post-screening dinner at Ca’ Corner della Regina.
Fergus Purcell, aka Fergadelic, is the go-to artist for a number of houses that rely on his street-influenced graphics to spruce up their collections around the periphery — which is to say, not the collections themselves. The spring men's collections from Marc by Marc Jacobs and McQ Alexander McQueen are but two houses that come to mind.
Now Fergadelic is venturing into fashion with a collaborative men's capsule for McQ, consisting of two custom designs for fall: the 'Scarred McQ' (on jersey tees or as knitwear) and the 'Frankenman.' The conjured images of unrefined, imperfect cretins are a seamless fit with Fergadelic's fetish for retro comics and homemade tattoos and with the brand's recurring themes of destruction and regeneration.
Available from August at select stockists globally and Alexander McQueen