Self Made cheese

Would You Eat Cheese Made from Artists' Bacteria?

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.

Nov 21, 2013 12:38:00
Meadham Kirchhoff for Topshop

Something Different: Meadham Kirchhoff for Topshop

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

Nov 20, 2013 18:59:00
Dessine l’Espoir for Lanvin dolls

Something Different: Dessine l’Espoir for Lanvin Dolls

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.

Nov 19, 2013 07:25:00
Morgenthal Frederics for Boudicca

Something Different: Morgenthal Frederics for Boudicca

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

Nov 15, 2013 22:12:00
Fendi Bug Bag

Fendi Bugs Out

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.

$2,095 exclusively at Net-a-Porter (beginning November 13). This furry Baguette style is available now.

Nov 08, 2013 12:58:00
Project No. 8 keychain

Something Different: Project No. 8 Keychains

In response to "endless customer enthusiasm," Project No. 8 has launched a website dedicated to their simple yet descriptive keychains. Whether you're an assassin, fawning parasite, biter, or zombie, there's a keychain for you — or the person you're gifting with an epithet.

Oct 10, 2013 07:43:00
Miguel Vallinas

Animals in Clothes

Now that Fashion Month is winding down, you'll need a new distraction. Animals in clothes, perhaps? Through the magic of Photoshop (never let anyone tell you it's bad), Madrid-based advertising photographer Miguel Vallinas has dressed up nearly 50 animals — i.e. zebra, peacock, goat, swan, deer — in uncredited clothing. In Segundas Pieles (Second Skins), he's thus taken fanciful anthropomorphic notions to realistic and humorous extremes. Plus, no animals were harmed or embarrassed. 

Oct 01, 2013 12:46:00
Ai Weiwei's Perspective scarf

Ai Weiwei's One-Finger Salute to the Chinese Government

Although the Communist Party has barred artist Ai Weiwei from leaving China since his three-month "detention" in 2011, his message is still getting out — and it's loud and clear. Behold his Perspective silk scarf, made in collaboration with Third Drawer Down, a kind of international museum shop, though based in Australia. Because clothing can be so much more than mere decoration.

$140 at Third Drawer Down

Sep 02, 2013 15:28:00

Something Different: Slovz

Move over Uggs and Crocs. There's a new strange, fad-ready shoe with a funny name in town. Slovz! Inspired by the traditional valenki — the boots worn by indigenous Siberians for centuries — and adapted to Western tastes, Slovz are handmade in Russia from one seamless piece of sheep's wool. The resulting snow-tightness and chunky shape keep feet warm and dry even during the most heinous of blizzards.

Slovz come in off-white, brown or black, plus a new ombre, and they're available with a rubber sole or with a galoshe, a removable rubber overshoe.

Now we just need some enterprising Russians to update the ushanka, those funny fur hats with ear flaps.

€159-179 at Slovz

Aug 29, 2013 09:41:00

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