January 30, 2015

MY PROJECT | Diller Scofidio + Renfro : New Book Launch Event

Book Launch | Diller, Scofidio + Renfro: The Look | Swiss Institute | February 3, 6:30-8:30pm


ARTBOOK + Swiss Institute
invite you to join

Elizabeth Diller + Dennis Freedman + Matthew Monteith 
in a conversation moderated by Henry Urbach

celebrating the publication of

by Diller Scofidio + Renfro with Matthew Monteith

Commissioned by the DESTE Foundation for Contemporary Art

Tuesday, February 3
6:30 - 8:30pm

Space is limited / Please RSVP to rsvp@swissinstitute.net

Each year, the DESTE Foundation commissions an artist to curate a capsule collection comprising five to ten designs from that year’s international fashions. The artist may interpret the selected works and integrate them into an independent project. Diller Scofidio + Renfro was selected to curate the capsule collection for 2013.

Swiss Institute / CONTEMPORARY ART
18 Wooster Street
New York City

About the panelists:
Elizabeth Diller is a founding principal at Diller Scofidio + Renfro, an interdisciplinary design studio that integrates architecture, the visual arts, and the performing arts. 

Dennis Freedman is the Creative Director of Barneys New York and was formerly the Creative Director of W Magazine for 10 years. 

Matthew Monteith is a photographer whose editorial work has appeared in many magazines, including GQ, The New York Times Magazine, Interview, W, and Dwell.

Henry Urbach is the Director of The Glass House, New Canaan, CT and previously served as Curator of Architecture and Design at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA).

Diller Scofidio + Renfro: The Look

Published by Deste Foundation for Contemporary Art
Photographs by Matthew Monteith

Boxed, Paperback, 12 X 18 IN. / 40 PGS / 18 Color
ISBN 9786185039097
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 couture and ready-to-wear collections are “assisted” classics, so highly mannered that they live in a state of the past-present. The Glass House is a key protagonist.

Distributed by ARTBOOK | D.A.P. | www.artbook.com

September 5, 2014

SPECIAL PROJECT | Fashion Editor and Consultant

The Look for the DESTE Foundation's destefashioncollection. Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s 2013 commission examines the notion of lifecycles and their transcendence in fashion and architecture. Since shooting The Look's 18 tableaux at Philip Johnson's Glass House, the project has continued to evolve and spark conversation. The latest updates: 
The Look is currently on display as part of DESTEFASHIONCOLLECTION: 1 to 8, an exhibition that brings together all of the destefashioncollection commissions for the first time. The show will remain on view through October 12, 2014. More information is available here.

Benaki Museum, Pireos St. Annexe
138 Pireos & Andronikou St.

The tableaux from The Look will be published in a book of the same title which will be available in the fall. More information on the book release to come.

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.

Fashion Director: ALLEGRA COLLETTI

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

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.

tape-Ei-Wada (3)

tape-Ei-Wada (4)

tape-Ei-Wada (2)
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 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 14, 2013

Hangin' with Mister Mochi...

Anglomania by Vivienne Westwood

June 12, 2013

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

I'm not afraid of the dark...

Pearl and silk cord necklace w. chrystal and chains by Lanvin

May 13, 2013

The One That Got Away...

Mermaid Bag by Fendi

I've never seen this bag in person. I don't even know if it ever went into production but the image of this has haunted my dreams for years. It is made of laser cut skins and is just what I imagine a mermaid's tail would be like, hence the fact that it has come to be known as the Mermaid Bag in my lexicon. I hope someday to come across it in my wanderings and capture it for myself.

April 25, 2013

How to wear a hat...

olive wool felt hat by Club Monaco — !
black wool circle sweater w. notch collar by Y's Yohji Yamamoto
black rayon tunic w. side slits by Ann Demeulemeester
dk grey wool jersey track pant by A.L.C.
olive leather platform flats by Dries van Noten

April 10, 2013

Question: What is Punk?

Photo by Mario Testino

The spirit of punk lies in not ingratiating oneself to preordained values nor accepting standard authority.

— Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garcons


Yohji Yamamoto shows 'em who's boss.