Ah, the mighty power of The Logo. Whether negative or positive, it can evoke a feeling that compels us to “just shut up and buy”. For most of us, it’s the main reason why we gravitate toward certain foods, restaurants and stores (my mom told me my first word ever was “Macy’s”. Sad, I know.) But what if the labels that you’ve grown to love were replaced with one entity; a Super-Brand, the Mutha of All Logos? That’s the idea Italian film and art director Davide Bedoni played around with, letting Prada be the Grand Puba of them all.
To see more Prada-oriented logos by Davide Bedoni, and to check out his other works:
The wide world of Instagram has introduced me to so many amazing and talented people. Everyday I’m exposed to a new kind of art form that makes me want to get to know the actual person behind the creative pieces. That couldn’t be more relevant regarding Mississippi-bred graphic artist AVERY NEJAM. Her bright hues will make you smile, her humor and pop art aesthetic will make you laugh, but her story will make you stand up and cheer. I’m on Team Nejam, and after hearing what drives her, you may want to reach for some pom-poms:
When did you discover your love for creating visual art?
Skateboarding is where it all started. It’s the root of everything I do. I started skateboarding when I was 5 years old, so you can say somewhere between then and now(I’m 22), a spark of creativity was lit.
What’s your mindset before you start a new piece?
Stay awake. Stay informed. I like to try and keep four eyes open at all times (do my red glasses count as an extra set of eyes?). I never know where that next piece of the inspiration puzzle might come from. Keeping my mindset open to anyone, anything, anywhere is a vital mantra to nurture my creativity.
The music that you surround yourself with, do you find that it reflects in your work?
Music is the driving force in my workflow; it encompasses the mood and feel of each individual piece I create. It allows me to visually taste colors and shapes through whatever I may be listening to at the time. It’s safe to say my taste in music is wide and far, crossing over many genres, which I think can be picked up on through my body of work as a whole and some of the music artists I’ve created work around.
“If you’re a creative in any business, think of yourself as a doctor giving a patient medicine that will save his life. I’m dead serious.”
“To me, a true creative spirit means to fight the good fight, always rejecting Con…and creating Icon.”
I feel artists in any field “create to relate” most prominently through music, but if I can create that experience visually…I’ve done my job.
Ever heard of a designer doing a knockoff of knockoff of their own work? That’s exactly what happened at the Tom Ford Fall 2014 runway show during London Fashion Week:
The tee that Jay has been wearing during his Magna Carta tour is from BlackBoyPlace, and Tom Ford’s “version” is on the right. There may be talks that this was indeed a collab, but according to WWD.COM that doesn’t sound like the case:
..But the look that will send Twitter into overdrive is Ford’s sparkling dress bearing the number 61 — “My year of birth,” he said with a groan. It’s actually a riff on the $65 counterfeit Ford football jersey that Jay Z has been wearing to perform in stadiums. “I knocked off the knockoff — in sequins,” Ford deadpanned.
Can’t wait to see the social media coverage about this.
Old school horror v-day stickers by Norman Saunders in 1966.
They don’t make valentines like this anymore!
So by now, you’ve undoubtedly heard about the popular game Flappy Bird flying the mobile app coop. Now you can commemorate the unforeseen demise of quite possibly one of the most addictive apps ever. You’ll soon be able to feed your need for the Bird, thanks to the collab by Nineteenth Letter Chicago x Joel Gonzalez:
Check them out to see what else these two have under their wings:
Talk about bringing your imagination to life!
At first glance this seems like your typical, quickly-executed illustration, but don’t be fooled; these aren’t your average doodles, people.
The basic white backdrop coupled with the ingenious maneuvering of colored wires takes your brain on a wild ride of perception. The functional furnishings were conjured up by Japanese student Daigo Fukawa for his Senior thesis at Tokyo University for the Arts.
This definitely reminds me of Harold and the Purple Crayon. (if you’re too young to know who that is, Google is your friend.)
If you’re looking for a more aggressive style of sketch furniture ideas, then South Korean designer Jinil Park has you covered:
On the opposite side of the 3D spectrum is Maya Selway, a British jewelry designer and contemporary artist that’s known for her elegant and more minimalist conceptions.
So the next time you decide to doodle on a sketch pad, just remember… it doesn’t always have to stay there!
I just love it when Sports and Fashion collide!
The NFL, in conjunction with mega-retailer Bloomingdales and the CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America) have teamed up to create one-of-a-kind helmets to celebrate Super Bowl XLVIII. The bedazzled, feathered and studded pieces from 48 design houses are up for auction, and it’s for a great cause. 100% of the proceeds will go to the NFL Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports team charities and provides youth assistance in multiple communities. Sounds like a win-win!
Here’s a few of my favorites!
To see all 48 helmets and bid on your winning piece before the auction ends on Feb 4, go to NFL.COM/SUPERBOWLHELMETS!
Photographer Karim Sadli captured Ms. Badu for Purple Magazine. She was draped in Givenchy from 2008 – 2014.
Just breathe it all in.
There’s nothing I love more than an innovative individual, and Viviana Belle is no exception!
Owner of Philly’s Bitten Beauty Bar, this talented MUA (MakeUp Artist) not only gives her clients great face, but she really shines when her creative juices start flowing. This photo was my first introduction to her gifted artistry:
I love her use of different color combos and applications; she changes the whole mood of each look! Compare the light and sweet lily to this next dark and mysterious flower:
She also likes to showcase her love for sweets in a unique way!
She even finds inspiration in the wildest places…
…and from decadent accessories!
Viviana is also a pro at Halloween! Here she is as a Geisha, but don’t think she’s afraid to get down and dirty with special effects:
Keep up with all things VIVIANABELLE:
I stand by my belief that the 80s were the most influential era, EVER. Think about it: the movies, music, celebrities…and don’t get me started on the STYLE! The essence of that time period continues to remain relevant and inspirational to this day. I’m so glad Sergio Scott — the creative director behind clothing brand NINETEENTH LETTER CHICAGO – echoes those same feelings!
Be on the lookout for this crewneck and bomber jacket on NINETEENTH LETTER CHICAGO!
P.S. can we talk about these customized Sergio Scott timbs? He’s dubbed them “KAWS and EFFECT” giving tribute to the famous artist KAWS. Love them!
Check out more from Sergio Scott x NINETEENTH LETTER CHICAGO:
TWITTER: Sergio Scott
Sooo, apparently no one in the Fendi house was worried about offending anyone from PETA. Don’t know what I mean? Two words: Fur. Runway.
All animal rights aside, I enjoyed this collection. From the chunky knits to the winter-weight outerwear, this collection made me want to sit in front of a fireplace and drink a big cup of hot chamomile/ginger tea while I get ready for my snowy Sled Night out with my girls in Aspen. You know, the usual.
…and YES, they sent a Pokemon bag down the runway. It’s so random and I love it!
Nike wants you to celebrate the New Year in a flashy way, and since the Ball Drop already happened in Times Square, this is the next best thing!
These disco ball-esque kicks come in three popular Nike styles – (from L to R) the Air Max 1, the Blazer, and the Dunk Sky Hi.
I personally love these! There’s a look for every kind of chica: a dance choreographer, basketball lover, haute DJ, workout enthusiast, and every woman in between! You can pick your favorite style when Nike debuts them January 20th online and in select Nike Sportswear stores.
The slander! The sleaze! And now it’s on a shirt! The great minds at Nineteenth Letter Chicago made a tee that’s sure to get people talking.
NINETEENTH LETTER CHICAGO:
The sheer admiration I have for someone that’s artistically inclined is definitely an 11 on a 1-10 scale. Whether it’s with a pencil, paintbrush, spoken word or a camera, I’m usually drawn to their raw talent, especially the ones who are self-taught. To be able to find your passion and just go for broke is beautifully amazing to me. Here is one example: illustrator JOVAN ROSARIO.
THE JUNQUI: How did you get into illustrating?
JOVAN ROSARIO: Well drawing was always & still is my passion. My imagination was somewhat different from others in elementary school; I was a bad ass, I would always find myself sketching during class. I really started fashion illustrations 2-3 years ago & have been practicing ever since. With portraits, I’ve only been sketching for about a year. I had no idea what I was capable of until I tried it.
THE JUNQUI: What are your influences?
JOVAN ROSARIO: Music, Fashion designers & my mood influences a lot of my work. A few people that have influenced my work are Alexander Wang, Marc Jacobs, Olivier Rousteing, Rihanna, Kim Kardashian, The Olsen Twins & Beyonce.
TJ: Where would you like to travel to draw inspiration?
JR: One of my dreams is to travel to two of the biggest fashion capitals, Paris & Milan.
TJ: How would you describe your work?
JR: To be honest my work represents me; fashion forward, minimal yet bold & detailed.
TJ: What do you want people who view your work to take away from it?
JR: I want people to be inspired to do whatever it is they want to pursue in life. If I can inspire someone everyday, that would be an amazing accomplishment.
TJ: I see you illustrate celebs with great accuracy. Have you received feedback from any one of them?
JR: I have been fortunate enough to have my work seen & acknowledged by Rihanna, Cara Delevingne (model), Rosie Huntington (model), Willy Cartier (male model), Kim Kardashian & Beyonce. Rihanna & Kim Kardashian also follow me because of my artwork. To this day, I still have that feeling of shock; it feels so surreal. I’m just so grateful for all the love and recognition.
Check out more from Jovan Rosario:
She makes this simple phrase seem fresh and relevant again. Love this top!
Check out more from Europe Angelique:
She’s 12 years old…serving it like her soul has been here for twice that long. You’ll see what I mean!
This chica with style definitely packs a punch…check out the many looks of the 22-year-old Toronto native SCHENELLE DIAS!
THE JUNQUI: Describe your style!
SCHENELLE DIAS: I would describe my style as versatile and care free. I don’t like to think too much or too ahead about my outfit, but when it’s time to get ready, I just know what to wear.
THE JUNQUI: What influences your looks for each day?
SCHENELLE DIAS: Everyday is different, depending on how I feel and how accessible my outfit will be. Old Chanel and Versace mixed together is my favorite. I love the bold and over-accessorized look!
THE JUNQUI: What kind of music/music artist are you vibing to right now?
SCHENELLE DIAS: I will forever only listen to old school Hip-hop. That’s where my heart is. I truly believe Tupac is part of my soul, and helps me with day to day situations.
THE JUNQUI: What’s the one thing you couldn’t live without / the one thing that you could never wear?
I can admit it. I grew up thinking that high school was going to be just like Saved by The Bell, couldn’t wait on Friday night to watch 2 hours of TGIF, and could recite the whole theme song from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (And I still can, by the way!) And chances are, if you agreed with one or all 3 things, then you’re an 80s baby. If you want to commemorate being born in one of the best decades EVER, then zip up your windbreaker, lace up your LA Gears, and feast your eyes on this:
Clothing brand Young & Gifted shows their love for the classic sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, while representing for all the 80s Babies with this bold and retro design.
Whether you live and breathe throwback style (complete with a high-top fade) or you’re just a lover of all things from back in the day, you can’t go wrong with a chill-out piece like this!
Get Fresh with all things Young & Gifted:
What do Prince, Guns N’ Roses, and 2 Live Crew have in common? In the late 80s through early 90s, they were part of the first group of musical artists to have their albums emblazoned with the PARENTAL ADVISORY: EXPLICIT CONTENT sticker. The controversy regarding the new generation of music that was being produced stemmed from parents not wanting their teenagers to be exposed to questionable content, and whatever they deemed to be derogatory lyrics. The pseudo-ban and media frenzy seemed to only further intrigue potential listeners, making the music more popular than ever.
Fast forward to 2013, and what would have been considered risque and taboo back in the 80s and 90s is now seen and heard everywhere. (Do they even make Parental Advisory stickers anymore??) So being a lover of all things that are throwbacks, imagine my reaction when I was going through my Instagram feed and saw this crazy homage to Le Old School:
When one accessory can conjure up memories of “back-in-the-day” music history, while simultaneously being a sick standout statement piece, I’d say that’s a win/win that you don’t see everyday. This must-have bag was produced by designer and fly girl extraordinaire Shay Kawaii (she resides in NYC but she’s originally from Paris. Ooh la la!) whose pieces can not only be seen on her website, but in the Patricia Field store in NYC!
I just love this chick’s style, not to mention her clutches. She made this bandana one also, it’s so CHOLA and I love it!
Keep up with all things SHAY KAWAII:
Don’t double check your calendars. It’s not December 31st, but the countdown has begun in Times Square. The most anticipated H&M Grand Opening for it’s 12th Manhattan location is literally minutes away. (GPS info for those glued to their phones: 4 Times Square between West 42nd and 43rd streets to be exact.) For those brave souls who are planning on venturing out in this suddenly December-esque degree weather to experience the multi-collab event, I salute you.
Not that you won’t be rewarded handsomely for waiting for-evv-verr just to get on the other side of those double doors. Here’s a short list of what you can expect if you dare to brave the icy NYC wind gusts and 30 degree temps (and possibly faint from sensory overload?) for a chance to snag some much blogged-about Isabel Marant goodies…or at least snap a pic of them:
1: Three Words — Twenty. Four. Hours. You heard right. For the launch, the T.S. locale will be open the ENTIRE DAY starting at 12:01…and oh, did I mention Mother Monster will be in da HAUS? If you are one of the 20 lucky Golden Ticket recipients, you will actually get to have a “meet and greet” with the music icon. It just got real. (The artist’s latest album, ARTPOP, will also be sold in store. Get ready to hear Applause and Do What U Want on a constant loop. (I’m guess-timating, but don’t count that idea out!)
2. The first lucky 1,000 customers will get Fashion Access Passes, a.k.a. (possible) gift cards that willrange from $10 (a tank top) to $1000 (complete fall/winter shopping spree!) on top of other giveaways that will be announced every hour. If there was ever a time to rock a fanny pack (for necessity of course) then this event is it.
3. The 42,000 square foot fashion playground will be equipped with a charging station, (because you know your phone will need more juice after posting all those selfies and hashtags) iPads, as well as interactive mannequins. And if you’ve found the perfect pieces in the fitting room but LOATHE the lines, you will be able to pay for your items with their new “Try and Buy” feature. Welcome to the future.
4. Get ready to strut yo’ stuff on the virtual catwalk: there will be a digital runway on hand that projects you in your fave ensembles to the world on the huge LED screen that faces the heart of Times Square. Get ready for your closeup! (and possible hashtags. That charging station idea sounds better and better, right?)
5. Isabel Marant — the name that’s been blogged about since news first leaked of the mega-collab — will officially debut to the public FIRST at 42nd st before anyone else can, worldwide. So make sure you have a solid game plan for getting those $199 gray sequin pants that you already paired with all of your holiday nightlife ensembles in your head. I guarantee there will be someone else clawing for those same pantalones, and she ain’t going home without them.
So enjoy the bumping music, futuristic fixtures and displays, and most of all the great deals. Just try to show some class and restraint…but if you see homegirl hesitate for even a second on those pants…then all bets are off!