When the guys at the cult men's accessories label KILLSPENCER handcrafted a black mini-basketball, leather net, and maple backboard to goof around in their Silverlake workshop, all they did from then on was exactly that. And they realized they had a hit on their hands. Thus, the Indoor Mini-Basketball Collection was born, available for the holidays in classic black or a special-edition 24-karat gold option, featuring a gold-plated breakaway rim and gold-foil skirt — all conflict-free, of course.
$795 (classic) - $995 (gold) at KILLSPENCER
Following collaborations with Proenza Schouler and Christopher Kane, the Californian denim label J Brand has joined forces with Simone Rocha for its latest capsule collection. Part of a new wave of young London talent, the graduate of Central Saint Martins and a favorite of Rei Kawakubo has brought her trademark ruffle embellishment to denim jackets, pants, dresses, and shorts in solid pink, red, or black.
Available at all Dover Street Market stores (November 14), Montaigne Market, 10 Corso Como, and Isetan (December 1) and online
The Apple Watch may have fanfare, but Pebble watches now have watchface apps made of pure energy, making them "more like ghosts than real things." So says the company that designed them, TTMM, winners of several awards for these new watchface apps, which, owing to their simplistic, black-and-white, retro aesthetic, makes some of them all but impossible to read — more like playing Space Invaders than telling time. But who needs time when you have ghosts?
Pharrell Williams is not only happy, but busy. His many recent collabs — with adidas, Comme des Garçons, Timberland, Uniqlo, G-Star Raw — now include bags for Moynat. According to the heritage maker of leather goods, during the rapper's visit to the Paris atelier a year ago, he was taken with a collection of vintage trunks and discovered an old Moynat label with the image of a train. He said it reminded him of the 1940s musical The Harvey Girls, a tribute to the working women of New England who helped settle the West. Coincidentally, Moynat's artistic director had been listening to Jimi Hendrix’s Hear My Train A Comin’. Thus a train theme was born. The Moynat x Pharrell Williams collection consists of four bags: a minaudière in hand-tooled plastic resin, a clutch in hand-sculpted ebony, and two pochettes, one featuring a toy train in leather marquetry and the other printed with Constructivist-style graphics.
At Colette in Paris starting October 13, Moynat boutiques starting October 20, and Isetan Shinjuku in Tokyo and Dover Street Market in New York later in 2014
Not exactly a big fan of the Internet, Miuccia Prada let her view of the digital realm be known today with the screening of the latest in Miu Miu's short-film series, Women's Tales, at the Venice Film Festival. Called Somebody, the ten-minute short tells the story of an app that lets users text emotional messages to each other, but delivered verbally by the nearest stranger, thereby rehumanizing communication between people.
The brainchild of Miranda July, the short captures the cockeyed, ironic tone of the actress-screenwriter's work, particularly her feature-length film Me and You and Everyone We Know, which won the Caméra d'Or prize at Cannes in 2005.
Naturally, pieces by Miu Miu appear throughout, a motley selection of items from the fall 2014 collection mixed with vintage and streetwear. “With this collection Miuccia Prada seemed to be drawing from the everyday, utilitarian world around her," says july. "I fantasized that I was reverse-engineering the clothes back to their origins.”
In the biggest twist of all — a meta-twist, if you will — the Somebody app has been made for real users in the real world in real time. With support from Miu Miu, July worked with a team of developers to create the free app, downloadable here. It's hard to imagine anyone using it for more than novelty reasons, but it's at least good for a few laughs in Venice today. Let's see, what could we get Lena Dunham to say to Ed Norton, both of whom are expected at the post-screening dinner at Ca’ Corner della Regina.
Fergus Purcell, aka Fergadelic, is the go-to artist for a number of houses that rely on his street-influenced graphics to spruce up their collections around the periphery — which is to say, not the collections themselves. The spring men's collections from Marc by Marc Jacobs and McQ Alexander McQueen are but two houses that come to mind.
Now Fergadelic is venturing into fashion with a collaborative men's capsule for McQ, consisting of two custom designs for fall: the 'Scarred McQ' (on jersey tees or as knitwear) and the 'Frankenman.' The conjured images of unrefined, imperfect cretins are a seamless fit with Fergadelic's fetish for retro comics and homemade tattoos and with the brand's recurring themes of destruction and regeneration.
Available from August at select stockists globally and Alexander McQueen
If you happen to need a leather case custom-made to the dimensions of, say, your favorite recliner, trophy collection, kitchen sink, the letter L — anything, basically — Sarah Williams is there for you. With her company, Williams Handmade, the graduate of the London College of Art (who majored in Fashion Artefact, hmmm) harnesses the power of age-old craftsmanship to concoct hand-held marvels of engineering, some of which look like they belong in a museum. Well, in fact, Williams exhibited in the recent Power of Craft exhibition at the V&A.
Williams' futuro-artisanal cases and bags aren't just for moneyed eccentrics whose every move is made-to-measure. Aside from her bespoke service, she crafts of-this-earth satchels, wallets, and, most recently, sandals. They may not get as many gawks as a U-shaped suitcase or an S-shaped briefcase, but they'll last just as long because her leather, all of it, is only the finest. In the end, each piece is truly handmade, usually by Sarah Williams herself.
For artist José Rodolfo Loaiza Ontiveros, nothing is sacred, not even the princesses and wizards of universally adored fairy tales. In "Profanity Pop" at La Luz de Jesus gallery in L.A., he portrays an alternate magic kingdom, where Minnie Mouse tokes on a bong and a plus-sized Snow White takes a very immodest selfie, and where princes and the seven dwarves are free to kiss openly. So, progress.
Profanity Pop, José Rodolfo Loaiza Ontiveros, La Luz de Jesus, L.A. thru Aug 31
You can never start too early teaching your kids the value of acquiring art. That's one message — probably not the right one — behind Bugaboo's three limited-edition Andy Warhol strollers adorned with the artist's 1980 portrait of Debbie Harry, circa Blondie. Starting next week, in partnership with the Andy Warhol Foundation, Bugaboo — the Dutch baby-mobility company — will auction them off, with all profits going to the UK charity Kids Company.
This is just the latest art-minded collab for Bugaboo, who've previously created Warhol-created strollers, and who've previously partnered with Marc Jacobs, Missoni, Henrik Vibskov, and Viktor & Rolf. The latter came up with My First Car, a gray-drab stroller costing in the four digits, souped up with hand-stitched leatherette and a separate footmuff. The allusion to Victorian-era baby pushers was no doubt lost on the little tykes who rode in them. But pop art, on the other hand — even adult babies are dazzled by that.