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.
Obsessed with pop culture and driven by mischievousness, Finnish artist Mari Kasurinen has altered dozens of My Little Pony figurines over the years to resemble a variety of beloved celebrities and characters of fiction.
In her My Little Pop Icons series, she's meticulously outfitted her creations with the accoutrements and mannerisms of their adopted personality. Karl Lagerfeld appears fashionably aloof behind large sunglasses, Ziggy Stardust gazes skyward in legwarmers, and Lady Gaga dons her that meat dress, her most memorable.
Randy Hage — artist, set designer, and former FIT instructor — spends untold hours meticulously, obsessively reconstructing some of New York's most iconic storefronts, less iconic bodegas, and plain random buildings. In miniature! The images you see below are not what they seem, but rather shoebox-sized recreations...