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GIRLS, MEN'S / July 29 2010 3:00 PM

Takashi Murakami x G-Shock Collaboration

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It’s been awhile since Kanye West favorite Takashi Murakami‘s collaboration with Louis Vuitton took the fashion and art world by storm.  On a much smaller but no less awesome scale comes this Frogman model G-Shock.  Vibrant like most of Murakami’s work, the pillow’s definitely gotta be the coolest thing.  Click!

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Uncategorized / April 24 2009 1:49 PM

And The Lawsuit Saga Continues…

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And The Lawsuit Saga Continues...

For any of you law aficionados out there, the case Liebeck Vs. McDonald’s probably rings a bell. If not, heres a brief synopsis: Liebeck sued McDonald’s, winning herself nearly $3 million, for burning her lap after spilling hot coffee. Hm, doesn’t coffee imply that the beverage is hot? Regardless, here’s another foolish lawsuit to add to the mix:

Clint Arthur, a businessman and fine art collector, bought special Takashi Murakami for Louis Vuitton prints at L.A.’s Museum of Contemporary Art two years ago.  A little while down the road, Arthur realized that these prints were made from scrap pieces used to make purses. His resolution: take Louis Vuitton to court for fraudulent deception.  Apparently, Arthur was a bit miffed that his prints cost $6000 each when the purses, which require far more craftsmanship, only cost $1000. While Vuitton claims that Arthur should have known the prints were made of scraps, offering the collector a full refund plus interest, Arthur presses onward in the hopes of correcting this “fraud” and collecting around $12 million. 

Really, the price discrepancy is totally reasonable. While the prints used are exactly the same, purses use far less of the material than the hanging prints. To me, this lawsuit sounds sounds like a bit of mid-life crisis drama and sought after entertainment. Seriously Arthur, go watch Gossip Girl or something. That should feed your petty drama craving for a few hours. 

 

Thanks NY Mag!

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FASHION / August 6 2008 4:13 PM

Five Contemporary Artist Which Will Have More Influence On Our Generation Than Andy Warhol and None of Them Are Damien Hirst

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Andy Warhol’s overrated and we can prove it. Here are five up and coming artists who are establishing their position in the art world as contemporaries who will stop at nothing to get noticed. 

 

Five Contemporary Artist Which Will Have More Influence On Our Generation Than Andy Warhol and None of Them Are Damien Hirst

Banksy – Little is known about the elusive graffiti artist (who till this day hasn’t been officially identified) and his criminal nature is what has drawn so much attention to his work. A modern day anarchist, Banksy’s subjects covers a multitude of daily vices drawing inspiration from pollution, African poverty, governmental influence, the war on terror, and adultery.  A true artistic renegade, Banksy’s work and history will one day resonate as the true start of the modern anti-art movement. Recently, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt put down $400,000 to own a Bansky piece a sign that this artists work will only appreciate in value. Suddenly makes you want to rip down some of his wheat pasting that line the Lower East Side, eh?

 

Five Contemporary Artist Which Will Have More Influence On Our Generation Than Andy Warhol and None of Them Are Damien Hirst

Terry Richardson – The photographer which questions the sexual depravity of todays youth, Terry Richardson’s kick to the balls style has garnered attention from mainstreamers looking to connect to indies everywhere. Often the subject of his own work, Terry explores the dirty little things that turn us on, the celebrity figures that influence our popular culture, and takes fashion photography to new heights with a gritty perversion that blurs the line between art and pornography.  A rebel without a cause, Terry’s own addiction level involvement with sex and his own phallus has given us some of the most controversial pieces every developed from a cheap little Sure Shot. 

Five Contemporary Artist Which Will Have More Influence On Our Generation Than Andy Warhol and None of Them Are Damien Hirst

David LaChappelle – One of the most visually engaging artists of today, David LaChappelle is a true voyeur of celebrity culture.  Transcending photography his feature film Rise was a stunning orgasm for the eyes and his continued shoots and fashion spreads have changed society’s perception of Hollywood. And how can you not love the man that put Amanda Lepore on the map.

Five Contemporary Artist Which Will Have More Influence On Our Generation Than Andy Warhol and None of Them Are Damien Hirst

Shepard Fairey - Andre the Giant has a Posse may remain the defining piece for this artist, but his more recent work focussed around Barack Obama is what will cement Shepard as a true creative for indies everywhere.  The founding father and mastermind behind OBEY, Shepard has taken the merger of art and commerce to a new level by forgoing the galleries for the runway with a collection of graphic tees that have allowed thousands to wear their art on their sleeves. 

Five Contemporary Artist Which Will Have More Influence On Our Generation Than Andy Warhol and None of Them Are Damien Hirst

Takashi Murakami – While it’s his collaboration with Louis Vuitton that has garnered this artist the most statewide praise, it’s his years as a contemporary craftsmen in Japan that will deserve this indie his memory.  Exploring themes in anime and sex, Takashi’s work has created a tailspin of interest in Japan’s hypervisual culture.  With a new collection on the horizon with Marc Jacobs and a highly successful exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum, Murakami will most likely become a major influencer on style and the art scene.

 

 

 

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FASHION / August 4 2008 4:25 PM

I Want Style like Victoria Beckham?

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I Want Style like Victoria Beckham?

Agyness Deyn

I Want Style like Victoria Beckham?

Victoria Beckham

I Want Style like Victoria Beckham?

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I Want Style like Victoria Beckham?

Alber Elbaz

I Want Style like Victoria Beckham?

Serge Normant

Hitting the newsstands is September is Glamour magazine. Normally Glamour is always hitting the right notes; a fun read to divulge into the world of beauty, fashion, news, and tips (not before Fashionindie of course), but we can’t say we agree with one of their articles in the making. Glamour is set to release an article, in their September issue, featuring “Seven People Who Could Change Your Style”. The list is less than impressive. The seven “fashionistas” include Pat McGrath, Victoria Beckham, Christian Louboutin, Alber Elbaz, Takashi Murakami, Serge Normant, and Agyness Deyn. Though many of these men and women have made significant names for themselves, I think it’s a little overboard to say that these seven people would change anyones style. Don’t get me wrong, their individual and unique and they let their clothes speak for themselves, but to say they start the trend? It’s ridiculous!

Thanks to fashionista for the pic!

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