A couple of nights ago, Turner Prize-winning UK artist and cross-dresser Grayson Perry appeared as his alter ego, Claire, in a documentary about the iconic London store Liberty of London — and he sported a very unusual bag. Take a moment or two and study this image. See if you can...oh, yes, it's coming to you now?
Called Scrotal Sack, it is exactly that, a leather handbag designed by himself and modeled after a human scrotum, wrinkles and goosebumps and all. And there's more. That flappy frontal nob? Yes, that would be a penis pierced in the foreskin with a little bell. Now take a look at the back. Uh-huh, yup, buttocks with a starfish in the center. Please, please, please someone produce these.
Slogans are nice; Susan Sontag quotes are better. L.A. designer William Anzevino has emblazoned tees and sweats with the outspoken art theorist and cultural critic's more memorable musings: "Passion paralyzes good taste," "Sanity is a cozy lie," "Desire has no history." For the bolder bibliophile, the designer has even made dresses and button-down shirts printed with all-over type.
Sontag's most famous essay, Notes on Camp (1964), appears to have been left out, but given that Anzevino's previous obsession was the proto-porn homoerotica photographer Bob Mizer, we think he gets it.
Following their Where the Wild Things Are collaboration from 2009, Opening Ceremony has once again teamed up with Spike Jonze, this time on a capsule based on his forthcoming film, her. Think endearing misfit.
Putting the off in office, costume designer Casey Storm created a distinctively nerdy look for the film's protagonist, Theodore Twombly, played by Joaquin Phoenix, as he develops a curious intimacy with a computer operating system, voiced by Scarlett Johansson. Their strange love informs the women's and men's collection of color-blocked sweats, patch-pocket jackets, quilted shearling coats, and tees printed with scenes from the film.
$105 - $450, exclusively at Opening Ceremony in New York, Los Angeles, and London (beginning in January) and online (beginning December 2)
Not long ago, French photographer Thomas Dozol had a gallery show at French Riviera in London, an exhibit of semi-nudes cast in black light. A friend of the Japanese men's label ATO showed up, liked what he saw, and suggested that Thomas and ATO team up on graphic tees and sweatshirts printed with the images. The results are stunning: despondent figures rendered in black and white against retro pops of color.
Around $124 - 268 at ATO in Japan and (soon) at Opening Ceremony, NYC
The lengths some people will go to be cultured! Cheese — actual cheese — has been grown from bacteria extracted from artist Olafur Eliasson's tears, curator Hans Ulrich Obrist's nose, and chef Michael Pollen's navel. We joke not.
The project, called Self Made, is the brainchild of Norwegian scent expert Sissel Tolaas and American scientist Christina Agapakis. They say everyone has a unique and diverse set of microbes living on their skin that can be grown in milk to create real cheese.
The dairy products won't go into production, of course, but somewhere Lady Gaga is writing her next single, ARTCHEESE.
London duo Meadham Kirchhoff's fourth installment of their collaboration with Topshop launches tomorrow and, oh my god, it's huge. In fact, the 80-piece collection — which includes not just separates, but accessories, jewelry, and shoes — marks Topshop's largest designer collaboration to date. These pics represent only a fraction of what's available.
The inspiration was an imaginary band named The Cherrys, composed of Cherry Cherie, Cherry Satanika, Cherry Pikka, and Cherry Blossom. Each has her own signature style, so the pieces in the collection can be combined like that of one Cherry or any combination of Cherrys. "The overall aesthetic," say designers Edward Meadham and Benjamin Kirchhoff, "was influenced by Marilyn Manson and the Spooky Kids, Kembra Pfahler and glam rock."
Available beginning November 21, 2013, at select Topshop locations and online
These Lanvin dolls don't just bring joy to those who receive them, they bring life-saving income to those who make them. They're the product of a partnership between Alber Elbaz and Dessine l’Espoir (Designing Hope), a group dedicated to improving the lives of HIV-positive women in Swaziland and, by extension, their families. The dolls are clothed in mini-versions of Lanvin's greatest hits, hand-embroidered and lovingly sewn in Africa, with part of the proceeds going to Dessine l'Espoir.
Zowie Broach and Brian Kirkby, the nonconformists behind the British label Boudicca, are once again branching out on their own terms. Following their Wode fragrance, which goes on inky and fades to colorless, the duo has collaborated with the American luxury eyewear label Morgenthal Frederics on two exquisite styles of sunglasses, in either black or slate, each hand-carved from buffalo horn by master craftsmen in Germany. Only 40 pairs have been produced in total, a reminder that these are among the finest sunnies in the world.
Inquire in Morgenthal Frederics stores worldwide
Tis the season for fun at Fendi. What started as furry lucky charms called furries (see video below) have grown into playful it-bags for adults. The best of these is the leather Peekaboo bag adorned with menacingly cute, geometric bug eyes on the side — worn either as a box tote or a shoulder bag.