It’s so much fun to see something old get a makeover and a chance at a fresh life. This time its origami paper by RBTXCO celebrating their 7th anniversary.
It’s not impossible to find some quirky origami paper, but unless you’re making your own squares, you’re usually stuck with single pantone colors, foil or traditional patterns. You’ve never seen origami paper like this before!
Rie Hosokai calls herself a balloon artist, although most of her floaty sculptures take the form of dresses and gowns. So then it was a surprise to me to open up one of my favorite technology blogs this morning and see her and her partner Takashi Kawada’s work as duo “Daisy Balloon” being featured for a LEGO dress they made for PARCO last year. One thing led to another and I`m back on the Daisy Balloon website checking out the latest collections. They are stunning, to say the least!
Artwork : Daisy Balloon Photographer : Satoshi Minakawa Hair : Dai Michishita Make : Kanako Yoshida
I have often said that new silhouettes are extremely difficult to invent in fashion anymore (everything’s been done already!) but not only is designing with balloons quite innovative, but Rie & Takashi took it another step further by incorporating balloons with illustrations and patterns printed on them for some next-level artistry.
Cover Artwork : Artwork : Rie Hosokai / Art Direction : Takashi Kawada Photography: Hiroshi Manaka / Make-up : Ebara Hair : Koji Ichikawa / Stylist : Koji Oyamada Model : Ira Shushiebina / Photo Retouch : Yoshiaki Sakurai Set Production : Yoshihito Tada
Making dresses out of non-fibrous materials like plastic is not new, but making them out of objects is always fun to see from an artistic perspective.
There was a time I aspired to be a music video director, after seeing a behind-the-scenes documentary on Christina Aguilera’s video for “Fighter”. I rushed to the internet to learn how one might break into the business (know someone important) and even studied the lingo, like “treatment” (screen boards). For that video, the director was a woman named Floria Sigismondi and she had wild black hair and wore a leather motorcycle jacket and chunky boots..a boss with style.
I think more than the idea of being a music video director, it was Floria’s worldview told through music videos that caught my attention. She got her start in the industry as a fashion photographer so there’s always an emphasis on fashion, dress and incredible costuming in every video. It’s a bit dark, twisted, beautiful and usually surprising….she was described as “unsympathetic” [to the viewer]. I think this fits.
She has gone on to produce an amazing number of videos for the world’s top artists including David Bowie’s newest single, Justin Timberlake, Sigur Ros, MUSE, Pink, The White Stripes, and Katy Perry.
She also JUST premiered a new short on NOWNESS.com for Lawrence Rothman called Montauk Fling check it out here
Her breakout video was probably “The Beautiful People” by Marilyn Manson, and it was so incredibly shocking yet stylish at the same time… watch that one and a selection of my favorites below to fill time on a lazy Sunday.
Buggy is the Japanese Warhol, turning fashion and music icons into saleable products, and he’s pretty damn good at it. His most famous series is “Icons”, where luminaries like Anna Wintour, Karl Lagerfeld, Iris Apfel et al are given bloody noses.
Their expressions make it seem like they are completely oblivious to the bleeding spout though, which is disturbing to say the least. If I were to analyze it, I’d say the fashion world is SO much a domed society that a thing such as a bloody nose is merely a triviality; it doesn’t matter. OR that if one person is getting a bloody nose, then everyone else will want a bloody nose, too! Because it’s cool to follow the crowd! Am i right?
Buggy is from osaka and I met him there, he was telling me how he actually is deeply ingrained in the Japanese fashion scene. He regularly works with magazines like Numero Tokyo and he was just in Tokyo to paint at the Stella McCartney party.
He’s been painting/drawing as a fine artist for 10 years although his POP-art seems to be getting the most attention. It’s funny how Andy Warhold only had to print faces of celebrities in pop-colors to cause a sensation, and now artists have to fight with each other to see HOW WEIRD they can force their subjects to be. If Andy were alive today to see this pandemonium….he would probably relish it.