For several years running, French artist Christophe Guinet — aka Mr. Plant — has transformed Nike shoes into a series of organic sculptures called, naturally, Just Grow It.
The assorted sneakers are adorned with flowers, grass, bark, and other plant parts. Or they act as pots, out of which poppies, dandelions, or bonsai trees grow.
Equal parts Marie Antoinette, Alexander McQueen, and recycling bin, Lyle Reimer — aka LyleXOX on Instagram, where he's amassed a devoted following — fashions face art out of little more than found objects and a hyper-active imagination. The Vancouver-based MAC make-up artist incorporates everything from morning cereal and children's toys to shopping bags and the pages of Vogue into his towering, teetering, twinkling mixed-media sculptures that would give Leigh Bowery pause.
Meet Eva Medusa, aka Dragon Lady. The 55-year-old former banker claims she’s the first and only person to have her ears and nose surgically removed to give her a reptilian visage. Certainly she's the first to do it while gender-transitioning at the same time.
That isn't all the Arizonian has had done. As part of her transformation into a "mythical beast," according to the Daily Mail, she's undergone nose modification, tooth extraction, horn implantation, tongue forking, eye staining, and scarification to resemble scales. How better to fill out her full face tattoo, which suddenly seems so ordinary?
Since 2010, wherever Dutch model Saskia de Brauw jets off to for work — e.g. Chanel, Fendi, Givenchy, Prada — she's never without an unusual companion, her document scanner. The Fine Arts graduate (Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam) is captivated by the strange shapes and textures of the found objects she encounters. To her, a popped balloon, corroded CD, dirty candy wrapper, or wad of bird feathers are not trash, but the makings of art that she scans on the spot.
Now, de Brauw — who keeps to a no-selfie policy — has released a self-published book, The Accidental Fold, an artfully arranged compilation of her scans-on-the-go, as well as observations and notes that personalize each image, revealing the poetic texture of her life.
An anonymous Italian artist has been illustrating finger portraits of famous actors and actresses. Signed as Dito Von Tease — why that name, no one knows — his caricatures, while simple, manage to penetrate to the subjects' core. And he hasn't just been diddling Hollywood types. His reach extends throughout all of pop culture. So, with the Oscars still days away, relax and enjoy it...
Earlier this month at Inspiramais, Brazil's leading fashion trade fair, we discovered the clever work of Jefferson De Assis. The Brazilian designer had been deployed by Inspiramais to research the Carimbó — a lively dance with pre-colonial roots, declared an "intangible cultural heritage" of Brazil in 2014 — and create a capsule range of accessories.
Combining Vivienne Westwood's ethos with Juergen Teller's eros, with a dash of Femen's flash politics, the London-based label P-iFashion — short for Politically Incorrect Fashion — has released its fall ad campaign. And, well, the collection is completely invisible, living up to its title. Nary a thread can be found in the au naturel photos by Pawel Tkaczyk. There's no shortage of text, however, which naturally reads like a manifesto. Here's but a partial list of protests...
— Today’s fashion industry is governed by greed and not by vision or talent.
— The time has come to reconsider the way today’s fashion industry exploits rather than inspires.
— [We] reject the fashion industry’s cruelty of using cheap sweatshop factories to produce more and more while spending less and less.
— [We] object to the fashion industry’s ruthlessness of pushing people to buy more and more.
— Either walk naked or reinvent your existing wardrobe in the way you wish.
There are, of course, actual garments — women's and men's basics that have been illustrated by a selection of artists. The provocative campaign is the brainchild of the label's Polish-born creative director, Arkadius. No stranger to shock value, Arkadius graduated from Central St Martins in 1997 with a reputation for irreverence and admirers who included Isabella Blow and Bjork. Clearly, the tradition continues.