Meet artist Metis Atash and her fabulous sparkly Punk Buddhas. The German artist’s buddha sculptures are outfitted with spikey mohawks and painstakingly clad with Swarovski crystals to emulate fashions inspired by the work of well-known artists and fashion designers. Read more
In the December/ January issue of Vogue Paris a beautiful fashion editorial, Panoplies, transforms models Elisabeth Erm and Magdalena Frackowiak into high-fashion dolls that would make Barbie drool with envy. Packaged like actual dolls they are labeled and surrounded by various accessories, footwear, jewelery and beauty products from 12 well-known fashion brands. Read more
It was a bold move by Karl Lagerfeld and CHANEL to put all their runway models in flat tennis shoes for their 2014 Spring Summer Haute Couture show, but it was a bad move. Read more
Addicted to fashion, luxury or status? These sculptures of blister packs of pills with recognizable logos from luxury brands Hermes, Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent and Louis Vuitton are UV cast in resin by the Los Angeles based artist Desire Obtain Cherish. Read more
For the tenth year, UNICEF France’s Frimousses Creators bring together the greatest designers, artists and jewelers who put their talent toward helping UNICEF and children worldwide by creating one of a kind dolls that are auctioned with the proceeds going toward vaccinating children in Darfur.
The unique dolls (or in some cases, artworks inspired by dolls) were created by such well-known names and fashion houses as Prada, CHANEL, Gaultier, Gucci, Missoni, Issey Miyake, Olivia Putnam, Philip Pasqua, Mathieu Lehanneur, Dolce and Gabbana and many more. The pieces range from couture dressed Barbies to lithographs, knit dolls to robotic sculptures. To show the path of hope and gather people to believe in tomorrow, this year’s theme was “Yes Future!” for which dynamic, lively, modern dolls and art works are the ambassadors of hope and carry the colors of life.
Here’s a look at many of the other dolls from the project.
Agatha Ruiz de la Prada:
Dolce and Gabbana:
Frimousse de Coeur:
Jean Claude Jitrois:
Nicolas Saint Gregoire:
Rallye des Princesses:
See all the dolls here.
What Went for The Most Money:
The Artcurial auction, which took place on December 3rd, 2012 at Petit Palais, raised $251,942. The top five pieces which garnered the most money for the cause were:
In ten years, the auctions of Frimousses Designers have raised over $ 1.5 million, allowing the fund UNICEF vaccination campaigns and saving hundreds of thousands of children.
For this 10th anniversary, UNICEF hopes to ensure the children of Darfur right to be healthy and to grow and thrive, protected from diseases such as measles.
If you want to support the actions of UNICEF for children in Darfur, you can send your donations by check *:
Frimousses Designers for Darfur
3 rue Duguay Trouin
What did the top Luxury brands do this year to connect with their fans, engage their consumers and wish them a happy holiday season? Well, I’m going to show you some of the luxury brand Christmas campaigns. Read more
A series of identifiable and popular brand logos comprised of red roses and photographed underwater using the subtle light distortions of the water’s own energy. From Louis Vuitton to Nike, the rose logos were captured ‘in camera’ without the use of post production, either traditional or digital.
By taking the red roses, a symbol of unrelenting love, and juxtaposing against a deep dark void, London based photographer Alexander James is making a social commentary on how we ourselves are drowning in a society dominated by a reverence towards branding and celebrity.
images courtesy of the artist and Distil Ennui Studio
About Alexander’s work practice in his own words:
“My photographs are always presented ‘as-shot’ without post production either traditional or digital. It is this dedication to ‘in camera’ purity that establishes a predominant focal point for my practice.
The quality of the work and the purity of the process is paramount, distilling elements out with the use of deep blacks; hoping to convey rich layers of meaning in what at first appear deceptively simple images.
Distil Ennui; def… to extract the essence and beauty of life to appease world weariness.”
Alexander James is represented by Pertwee Anderson & Gold