June 27, 2014

destefashioncollection, 2013 : DILLER SCOFODIO + RENFRO


Project The Look

Architecture is to building as fashion is to clothing: both may be seen as excesses of their functional roots.  Whereas in fashion the adjective "architectural" is an asset, a positive term that applies to a design with distinctively strong structure and form, the term "fashionable" in architecture is pejorative, suggesting a fleeting trend with no lasting worth. Architecture's aspiration to permanence is a product not only of the high investment required to build but also of its commitment to lasting values. Fashion, by contrast, is driven by the manic desire to constantly refresh. The life span of a trend is a season, not a century. Both disciplines converge at the classic, a status reserved for the rare design of irreducible perfection that can withstand the test of time.
...As trends typically come and go, only to return again, the fast wheel of fashion sometimes falls into alignment with the slow motion of architecture. This peculiar synchrony between "fashion time" and "architecture time" is both unsettling and liberating. The Look is a narrative in eighteen scenes about youth, aging, timelessness, and identity. It is set in an ambiguous time. Dispersed throughout are ten accessories that comprise the 2013 capsule collection. These selections from runway...and ready-to-wear collections are "assisted" classics. They are so highly mannered with today's sensibilities that they live in a state of past-present. One of architecture's modernist icons, Philip Johnson's Glass House of 1949... is a key protaganist.


The Look, along with the 10 accessories which make up the 2013 capsule collection, will be presented for the first time as part of  an exhibition entitled DESTEFASHIONCOLLECTION: 1 to 8. The show will be open at the Benaki Museum, Pireos Street Annexe on June 25, 2014 and will be on view until October 12, 2014. For more information on the show, please click below.

May 26, 2014


People who like red are either geniuses or madmen.

— Yasujiro Ozu, film director

May 9, 2014

Current Obsession: Giant jeans

black wool fisherman's cap by Banana Republic
navy wool peacoat by +J by Jil Sander
grey/black cashmere sweater by Vince
giant jeans by Adele Fado
black snakeskin boots by Patrick Cox

April 1, 2014

Creative Chaos

You must have chaos within you to give birth to a dancing star.

— Friedrich Nietzsche

March 27, 2014

Art Attack : Sonic Blast from the Past

Tape Recorder Art by Ei Wada

Obsessed by the analog machines of the past, Japanese musician Ei Wada  mastered the craft of tweaking the sounds from old tape recorders. He performed wild shows with the Open Reel Ensemble, from the stage of TEDxTokyo to last year’s Issey Miyake catwalk, creating unique sounds from analog sources.
The artist recreated the analog magic for the visitors of last month’s Media Arts Festival in his work Toki Ori Ori Nasu. With their wheels slowly turning, 4 old-fashioned recorders poured their tapes into narrow glass containers, creating ever-changing twisted shapes. Once the tapes came to an end, the spectators were in for a surprising musical treat:
Among the elaborate high-tech installations of the festival, this surprisingly simple tribute to analog media resonated well with the audience. The tape patterns mesmerized those who came near the work, and crowds rushed to the recorders as soon as the tapes rewinded. We can thank Ai Wada for showing us that after decades of use – and years of abandon – old media still has surprises in store for us.

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view video here...

reblogged from spoon-tamago.com

March 25, 2014

for Chanel...

Catherine Deneuve

February 26, 2014

Iconic Isabella

Isabella Rossellini

The Edge

I want to stand as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge, you can see all kinds of things you can’t see from the center.

—Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

January 16, 2014

Taking it up a notch...

Beautiful jacket by Antonio Marras

Reminds me of a kimono...

January 9, 2014

Thrifty Thursday

This navy wool moto jacket from the Gap is a great style and fit and way elegant...
Really impressive...

Great sale price : $128.00 $89.99

January 1, 2014

Joy to the World...


July 23, 2013

It's a Feature...

In an age where an increasingly vast array of interaction patterns are available to designers & developers we can't help but admire the restrained palette in use on stylist and designer Allegra Colletti's site. Transitions are punchy and utilitarian with some beautifully thought out visual details.

— Hover States

Very surprised and pleased to learn that my personal portfolio site has been featured on Hover States, a popular blog curated by Hover Studio, London, featuring new and interesting interaction design. Many thanks to Ken and Yoonjai at COMMON NAME for making me look good!

July 17, 2013

Streetstyle : Of the Unwearable Variety

Burlington House Plaza, Sixth Avenue, NYC

A longtime personal fave. I'm only sorry I can't take it home with me.

Follow me on Instagram : allegraco

July 8, 2013


Vintage Courreges circa 1960's

French chic — reminds me of my mom...
And I am finally old enough to wear this without it looking like I'm wearing my mother's clothes. Who said getting older is a bad thing?~!

June 18, 2013

Have you sinned today?

Advertisement for Lanvin's "My Sin" perfume, 1920's

June 7, 2013

Elegantly Wasted...

The streets of New York inspire me every day.

pas de calais...

This is what happens when a Japanese brand interprets the mood of the French countryside—

washed cotton shirt in blue grey...
tiny buttons all the way down the front, reversing two thirds of the way down...
heaven on earth...

June 3, 2013