Something Different: Rainbow Boxers in Protest of Putin

How better to protest Putin's anti-gay laws than with a rainbow hammer-and-sickle pattern covering the nether regions? Belgian designer Kristof Buntinx — who "felt sickened and disgusted" by the violent homophobia coming out of Russia, in particular video footage of young LGBT being beaten and harassed — has created men's boxers in 17 patterns ranging from matryoshka dolls to Russian medals of honor, all in a rainbow of fruity colors. Sometimes a personal and intimate demonstration is the best kind.

Aug 24, 2013 21:05:00
Hermès basketball

Something Different: Hermès Basketballs

File this under things Kanye West would buy. To commemorate the launch of its Beverly Hills store, Hermès has created two blue basketballs (oh please, that joke is so easy) costing $12,900 each and made in the Paris atelier under the creative direction of Pierre-Alexis Dumas.

The idea behind the calfskin curios, which are indeed available to buy and use, is to represent "the sky, the ocean and all the beautiful pools that are a way of life in L.A. and Southern California," says American CEO Robert Chavez. They also feature the same hand-stitching as the house's iconic Birkin bag, so you could call it couture sporting equipment.

Aug 19, 2013 12:22:00

Something Different: The Fashion Friendly Guide, L.A. Edition

In terms of fashion potential, Los Angeles hasn't always had very much going for it, save for movie premieres and assorted award shows. But that's all changing, thanks in part to the arrival of Hedi Slimane for Saint Laurent. L.A. is emerging as a fashion player, and Vogue Paris's US correspondent Carole Sabas is there to document Tinseltown's transformation.

In Los Angeles: The Fashion Friendly Guide — the latest in the Fashion Guides series — Sabas and twenty other fashion and beauty insiders uncover L.A.'s best style spots, and not just trendy new Melrose stores. Think indie stores, botanical perfumers, celebrity facialists, the Rodarte sisters, models Angela Lindvall and Erin Wasson, and the Elder Statesman. Basically, "uncharted, stylish, fun Los Angeles, far away from the touristic cliches."

However, even fashion insiders have to eat, so among the recommendations for private showrooms and vintage dealers are listings for gourmet kale salads and cheap taco trucks, as well as swankier dinner restaurants. Think of it as a parallel universe, far from amusement parks and private beaches.

$15 at McNally Jackson

Aug 04, 2013 15:25:00

Jay-Z Has Problems

He's married to Beyonce, dressed by Tom Ford, collaborating with Kanye West, and he danced with Marina Abramović. Plus he's a phenomenally rich rap mogul. But Jay-Z has problems — 99, to be exact. Some of them — drawn in pitch-perfect detail by illustrator Ali Graham on his hilarious new Tumblr — come from Jay-Z's Magna Carta Holy Grail album, while others are arbitrarily made up. Ali is currently halfway through the list, although how he'll top these, we don't know...

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Jul 17, 2013 19:02:00
Miranda July

What Does Miranda July Want with Email?

Yes, yes, every email is special. But some are more special than others. And Miranda July — filmmaker, artist, and writer whose film Me and You and Everyone We Know is a must-queue — has collected a bunch of them from friends and acquaintances (sent to other people, not to her, and sent before the project started) for re-email to a mass audience.

In the digital project, We Think Alone, people who've signed up will receive a "themed compendium" of ten emails from Miranda. These will arrive every Monday from July 1 to November 11, 2013. They're intended to make the reader laugh, cry, raise an eyebrow, shrug off, feel inspired, internalize, reject with disdain, chortle in agreement, and all the other things one does when viewing art — even more so after fine curation by the likes of Lena Dunham, Kirsten Dunst, Rodarte's Kate and Laura Mulleavy, and Catherine Opie.

Here's what Miranda has to say about We Think Alone: "I’m always trying to get my friends to forward me emails they’ve sent to other people — to their mom, their boyfriend, their agent — the more mundane the better. How they comport themselves in email is so intimate, almost obscene — a glimpse of them from their own point of view. WE THINK ALONE has given me the excuse to read my friends’ emails and the emails of some people I wish I was friends with and for better or worse it’s changed the way I see all of them...Email itself is changing, none of us use it exactly the same way we did ten years ago; in another ten years we might not use it at all."

Who needs the NSA when you have Miranda July?

Jul 07, 2013 07:12:00
Maurizio Cattelan for MSGM

Something Different: Maurizio Cattelan for MSGM

It looks as if Maurizio Cattelan is making good on his promise to leave the art world behind. In addition to publishing the image-heavy art rag Toilet Paper with the photographer and his friend Pierpaolo Ferrari, the satirist has produced a series of all-over sweatshirts with the kitschy Italian street label MSGM.

The brand's founder, Massimo Giorgetti, sampled from the magazine’s archives to come up with the ten seemingly random images on cotton and velvet crew-necks in acid colors and sweet pastels. Mostly they look like subversive indictments of advertisements and consumer culture — exactly what you'd expect from a collaboration with Cattelan.

$230-370 at Colette.fr, Thecorner.com, Lanecrawford.com, Luisaviaroma.com, Ssense.com

Jun 24, 2013 18:55:00
Jeremy Scott for Cybex

Something Different: Jeremy Scott for Cybex

The Peter Pan of designers, Jeremy Scott has collaborated with CYBEX, German makers of strollers and car seats (not cyborgs), on a series of children's products — all in his playful food-fight print resembling something you'd see on a paper placemat at McDonald's. It's fun, it's light-hearted, and will likely soon be banned by Mayor Bloomberg.

Visit CYBEX by Jeremy Scott

Jun 03, 2013 22:49:00
Chiara Ferragamo swing chair

Something Different

Without its precious cargo, what good is a wine barrel, you ask? See for yourself. Fashion progeny Angela Missoni and Chiara Ferragamo, along with 30 other designers and architects including Daniel Libeskind, Marc Sadler, and Arnaldo Pomodoro, worked alongside recovering addicts in the San Patrignano Rehabilitation Center in Italy (Europe’s largest drug rehabilitation center) to repurpose wine casks into colorful, uncomplicated items of furniture. Now that's clean living.

On view May 17-19, Poltrona Frau Showroom, 145 Wooster Street, NYC. Proceeds will go toward the San Patrignano Center.

May 16, 2013 07:39:00

Something Different: the $15 Million iPhone

When it comes to the iPhone, on which we seem spend more time than jobs and children combined, who hasn't thought of the old adage that it's worth its weight in gold? Now comes evidence. An anonymous company in Hong Kong has commissioned high-end gadget bedazzler Stuart Hughes to create a model worth nearly $15 million. Almost 97% of that cost is encrusted in the home button, made from ultra-rare 26-carat black diamonds, making the remaining 600 white-diamond pave in a solid-gold casing seem almost paltry. Rihanna has one in every carat.

Apr 25, 2013 17:07:00

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