Not long ago, French photographer Thomas Dozol had a gallery show at French Riviera in London, an exhibit of semi-nudes cast in black light. A friend of the Japanese men's label ATO showed up, liked what he saw, and suggested that Thomas and ATO team up on graphic tees and sweatshirts printed with the images. The results are stunning: despondent figures rendered in black and white against retro pops of color.
Around $124 - 268 at ATO in Japan and (soon) at Opening Ceremony, NYC
The lengths some people will go to be cultured! Cheese — actual cheese — has been grown from bacteria extracted from artist Olafur Eliasson's tears, curator Hans Ulrich Obrist's nose, and chef Michael Pollen's navel. We joke not.
The project, called Self Made, is the brainchild of Norwegian scent expert Sissel Tolaas and American scientist Christina Agapakis. They say everyone has a unique and diverse set of microbes living on their skin that can be grown in milk to create real cheese.
The dairy products won't go into production, of course, but somewhere Lady Gaga is writing her next single, ARTCHEESE.
London duo Meadham Kirchhoff's fourth installment of their collaboration with Topshop launches tomorrow and, oh my god, it's huge. In fact, the 80-piece collection — which includes not just separates, but accessories, jewelry, and shoes — marks Topshop's largest designer collaboration to date. These pics represent only a fraction of what's available.
The inspiration was an imaginary band named The Cherrys, composed of Cherry Cherie, Cherry Satanika, Cherry Pikka, and Cherry Blossom. Each has her own signature style, so the pieces in the collection can be combined like that of one Cherry or any combination of Cherrys. "The overall aesthetic," say designers Edward Meadham and Benjamin Kirchhoff, "was influenced by Marilyn Manson and the Spooky Kids, Kembra Pfahler and glam rock."
Available beginning November 21, 2013, at select Topshop locations and online
These Lanvin dolls don't just bring joy to those who receive them, they bring life-saving income to those who make them. They're the product of a partnership between Alber Elbaz and Dessine l’Espoir (Designing Hope), a group dedicated to improving the lives of HIV-positive women in Swaziland and, by extension, their families. The dolls are clothed in mini-versions of Lanvin's greatest hits, hand-embroidered and lovingly sewn in Africa, with part of the proceeds going to Dessine l'Espoir.
Zowie Broach and Brian Kirkby, the nonconformists behind the British label Boudicca, are once again branching out on their own terms. Following their Wode fragrance, which goes on inky and fades to colorless, the duo has collaborated with the American luxury eyewear label Morgenthal Frederics on two exquisite styles of sunglasses, in either black or slate, each hand-carved from buffalo horn by master craftsmen in Germany. Only 40 pairs have been produced in total, a reminder that these are among the finest sunnies in the world.
Inquire in Morgenthal Frederics stores worldwide
Tis the season for fun at Fendi. What started as furry lucky charms called furries (see video below) have grown into playful it-bags for adults. The best of these is the leather Peekaboo bag adorned with menacingly cute, geometric bug eyes on the side — worn either as a box tote or a shoulder bag.
In response to "endless customer enthusiasm," Project No. 8 has launched a website dedicated to their simple yet descriptive keychains. Whether you're an assassin, fawning parasite, biter, or zombie, there's a keychain for you — or the person you're gifting with an epithet.
Now that Fashion Month is winding down, you'll need a new distraction. Animals in clothes, perhaps? Through the magic of Photoshop (never let anyone tell you it's bad), Madrid-based advertising photographer Miguel Vallinas has dressed up nearly 50 animals — i.e. zebra, peacock, goat, swan, deer — in uncredited clothing. In Segundas Pieles (Second Skins), he's thus taken fanciful anthropomorphic notions to realistic and humorous extremes. Plus, no animals were harmed or embarrassed.
Although the Communist Party has barred artist Ai Weiwei from leaving China since his three-month "detention" in 2011, his message is still getting out — and it's loud and clear. Behold his Perspective silk scarf, made in collaboration with Third Drawer Down, a kind of international museum shop, though based in Australia. Because clothing can be so much more than mere decoration.
$140 at Third Drawer Down