To demystify self-screening and have some fun with the holidays, the men's cancer-awareness group Orchid has gone altogether ballsy, coming out with a tree ornament in the shape of a...let's go with Christmas present. Dangling in the open, the bauble won't let you forget to, as the website says: "Check your Bauballs." Following Movember's experiments in facial hair, we can get used to this new male fixation. Available online December 10.
Eddie Borgo is broadening his bijoux empire. Fans of the cute-as-a-bauble jewelry designer can now—in time for the holidays—get their hardware-laden hands on a retro-inspired, limited-edition jewelry box. There is indeed a need, as he explains: “Most of my girlfriends keep their jewelry on doorknobs, hanging from nails on the wall, on the corner of a mirror, or, in rare instances, in a drawer. Everyone wants to show you their jewelry collections.” So think of it as more of a display case, and your jewelry as museum pieces.
$2000, in natural snakeskin, black lizard, blue sharkskin, and red or navy crocodile at Eddie Borgo
Don't have enough funny, twitchy, occasionally profound things to look at online? Head over to Moving the Still, a showcase of GIFs curated by Paddle8 and Tumblr on the 25th anniversary of the animated file format that has suddenly found a lot of fashion fans. Prepare to fixate mindlessly for extended periods of time. A selection of GIF art will also be on view in the Moving the Still exhibition at Art Basel Miami.
The idea of a car with wings will either take flight instantly or stall on the tarmac, but leave it to Jeremy Scott to give it a whirl. Unveiled this week in the L.A. Auto Show and available to the public next year, the Los Angeles designer's concept for Smart's first electric car features feather-like shapes on the back, an extension of the rear lights. Called Smart forJeremy, the project marks the first time a fashion designer has modified the body of an automobile, not just the interior or the exterior colors.
Is this the thawing of Yoko Ono? Just weeks ago on Al Jazeera English, Paul McCartney publicly absolved her for breaking up the Beatles, explaining to the legendary TV interviewer David Frost, "She certainly didn't break the group up, the group was breaking up. I don't think you can blame her for anything... When Yoko came along, part of her attraction was her avant garde side, her view of things. She showed him another way to be, which was very attractive to him. So it was time for John to leave."
Now comes a capsule collection based on the high-profile romance, inspired specifically by a selection of playful drawings Ono gave Lennon for their wedding. Opening Ceremony has collaborated with the artist and icon to create Fashions for Men: 1969-2012, a collection that recreates a number of these works, encompassing men's and women's pieces, as well as a limited edition of T-shirts, sweatshirts, and posters.
Apparently in a frisky mood, she told WWD, "I was inspired to create ‘Fashions for Men’ [because I was] amazed at how my man was looking so great. I felt it was a pity if we could not make clothes emphasizing his very sexy bod. So, I made this whole series with love for his hot bod and gave it to him as a wedding present. You can imagine how he went wild and fell in love with me even more."
The collection will be available at OC stores in the U.S. on November 27, the Tokyo store on December 9, and the London store on November 30. All the bases are tidily covered. Plus, to celebrate the launch, Ono will be signing softbound books featuring the drawings at OC's NY store on November 27, 5-7 pm (by RSVP).
Hermès has suddenly gotten very techy and Kraftwerky about ties, normally a stodgy topic. In a new haute-art project called 8 Ties, the house challenges, frustrates, yet ultimately rewards viewers for exploring all the nooks and crannies of the digital space, designed by Miguel Chevalier with sound effects by Jacopo Baboni Schilingi.
It being conceptual and all, you'll be clicking for a little while before you see your first tie, then you realize its pattern takes after early 8-bit computers, at which point you're suitably dazzled and not at all frustrated anymore. Needless to say, you can buy the ties, which are hand-cut and stitched in a heavy twill silk.
Visit Hermès 8 Ties
Among all the speculation surrounding Nicolas Ghesquière's departure from Balenciaga, this much we know: one of his last deeds will be designing a Pudsey Bear. Curated by LOVE magazine's Katie Grand, the new crop of Pudseys will be auctioned off on November 15 to benefit the BBC charity Children In Need. And there's more. Chesquière didn't create just one stuffed toy, but five, all taken from Balenciaga's spring 2008 collection, Flora. Other designer bears include Giles, Louis Vuitton, Alexander McQueen, Burberry, Vivienne Westwood, Victoria Beckham, Versace, Fendi, Gucci, and Prada.
Pudsey Auction, November 15, 7:30 pm - 12 am, Christie's London, 8 King Street, St James's, SW1Y 6QT, and online
No horse? No problem. The latest in its "sport objects" series (aka not for sale), Louis Vuitton has created a luxury polo bike, employing a team of LV's skilled craftsmen to work with the steel, aluminum, leather, and so on. Plus, to remind everyone of the bike's posh provenance, the front wheel is closed with a damier-printed graphite canvas, so as to prevent a wayward mallet from sending the player flying across the hard court. Oh yeah, that's another thing not needed: a grass field.
Here's a sexy video by the porn-inspired (his words) photographer Jonathan Leder showing a girl in high heels introducing the "Louis Vuitton Boys"...
Surrealist jewelry designer Delfina Delettrez—a fourth-generation Fendi and former student of Chanel—has collaborated with Yoox.com on a capsule collection that combines two of her trademarks: the natural world (leaves, bugs) and geometric shapes (hexagons, spheres). The fanciful pieces, made of enamel-painted silver, consist of two earring styles, a bracelet, a brooch, a necklace with pendant, and an interchangeable ring.
$232 - $1813 at Yoox.com