Undercover: A Twisted Fairytale

Bosch meets Black Swan in this balletic inspired coming of age fantasy

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I remember one design project in which we had to pick two seemingly disparate objects, ideas, concepts to be inspired by and cohesively and cleverly bring the two of them together to create a couture collection. I chose chemistry and fantasy (geek) and told the story of faeries emanating from chemical compounds, dragons, fabrics woven from the vapors of fuming beakers…. Continue reading

Art + Fashion: Dr. Martens X Hieronymus Bosch

Working for a company like Dr. Martens comes with some special perks: like getting my hands on exclusive, limited styles before anyone else. It’s a blogger’s dream. But when I found out my dear friend Rachel was not only coveting these particular boots herself, but was also an art history major (!!!), I knew she was the perfect person to pen this post.

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Heaven Above and Hell Below. Stomp the streets with alchemical allegories and unreal demons with Dr. Marten’s Bosch printed footwear and bags.

There’s pretty much no outfit that isn’t improved with the addition of a Dr. Marten. When the boot is sporting a bad ass painting – well it’s just that much better.

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Takashi Murakami x Shu Uemura 6 Hearts Princess Collection

Japanese Pop Artist Extraordinaire Takashi Murakami is no stranger to collaborations. In fact, his international renown in the west can probably be attributed in part through working with other artists and designers. Who could forget those iconic, highly covetable Louis Vuitton collaborations? And how many of us discovered the artist only after studying that surreal,  eye-catching cover for Kanye West’s Graduation album?

Well, this holiday season, we’ll have the opportunity to get our hands on a piece of his latest collaboration with Japanese beauty brand Shu Uemura. Why should you care? Well, aside from it being great product, with beautiful packaging, you guys…. it’s totally anime themed! If you’re a fan of the “majokko” or magic girl, (HELLOOOOOOO, SAILOR MOON!!!!) You’re going to want a piece of his tribute to the sub-genre: 6 Hearts Princess, or 6HP. Beyond cosmentics, Murakami, being his remarkable visionaire self, has created a fully realized world. Telling a story in an anime ad campaign for the line! Take a look at the world of 6 Hearts Princess below, then get a closer look at some of the product.

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PRADA + FAIRIES

 
Prada is a name synonymous with luxury, quality, and innovation. Even in the cyclical world of fashion, leave it up to Miuccia Prada to reinvent the wheel, and offer a largely unexpected twist on the RTW collection, season after season.
For Spring 2008, she playfully mixed the old—late 60s, early 70s silhouettes—and the new—playful cutaways, and the art nouveau-meets surrealist-meets manga masterpieces by the profound James Jean, printed in segments onto silks and chiffons. Gown-up, yet whimsical, pants, tunics, skirts, dresses, all marched down the runway, to sing a song of fairies.
Not enough can be said about how masterful James Jean is (update: I have recently discovered FABLES. Those of you who are familiar with the series, have seen Jean’s work grace the covers of this much loved story!) . More than eye candy, his work is porn for illustrators. And if you didn’t happen to snag one of those highly coveted Prada fairy bags (I know I didn’t), I now invite you to click through the images below and see up close for yourself.
Make like Miuccia: take it in, be inspired, and create. No fairy dust required.
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PRADA + FAIRIES (a sneak peak)

Watch the story of nature and fantasy inspiring fashion. Soothe your soul with the gentle cooings of CocoRosie as you take in the groundbreaking surrealist eye candy from the master, Miuccia Prada and the awe-inspiring, swoon-worthy art of James Jean.

From dreams, to reality, watch how the look below came to be…. well, sort of.