Friday, October 30, 2009

The man shops globe

“Big is the enemy of cool.” Richard Hayne, an anthropology graduate, was referring to owning all the stores instead of going for franchising. But the three-story Anthropologie store opened this month on Regent street in London, with a gigantic whale made of wasted packaging, a fabric tree made from thousands of tea bags, and a vertical garden, is anything but a small venture outside of the U.S.

“I don’t want anything in the store or in my home that doesn’t have soul and a sense of history” with Keith Johnson, the man who shops globe and haggles like a local in flea markets, villages, and art studios, the anthropologie stores acquire one-of-a-kind pieces. Hopefully those stepping out of the store, enjoying one-of-a-kind aftertaste, would range as wide as the span of Glen Senk and Keith Johnson’s relationship—from teen age to the 50s. Maybe that's what Hayne really meant by "complete lifestyle".


Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Psycho Clowns

What style elements can you think of putting on to make a clown costume? We’ve seen, every November of the year, argyle, polka dots, and colors—lots of colors. And where does the fear of clowns come from, btw? What is scary could not possibly be the pleated collar of Bozo, or the bulbous nose of Weary Willie, or the black and red mask of Harlequin. It might not be just about how bizarre and grotesque the characters are, but the exaggeration and idiocy you may effortlessly identify through the white face.

The expansion of clown elements, imperceptibly, is not short of diversity, and sure won’t have much complaint for a cotton candy-like wig.

I wonder what Bozo would think looking at such an assortment of costumes in Comme des Garçons’s Spring 2010 Ready-to-Wear. After the chiffon veils seen at the latest Fall 2009, here comes the cotton candy wig, much less creepy and much more silly.

No matter what the costumes mean to be—entertaining, or frightening, the best part of it—they are not afraid of the likelihood of being related to foolishness.


Sunday, October 25, 2009

Haute and Haunt

Whoever reunited corpse bride with her beloved united Haute couture and Haunt couture once again for this Halloween.

Required on the list are: An Oscar de la Renta gown, eye patches, a witch hat... and most importantly a motionless stiff look.

Photo credit: Harper's Bazaar Oct2009

This one seems to be shot at the same session but was not included in Harper's Bazaar.