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Spring Geometry

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Fashion promo mini-films provide a perfect tiny mental/visual inspiration break. New from illustrator and film-maker Quentin Jones for jeweler House of Waris is this gem. Referencing 80s-era MTV videos, it still feels new and fresh with a Spring-y pastel animation of geometric forms morphing into surreal floral forms.

Colorless Craft

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For Viktor & Rolf’s AW 2013 fashion show in Paris, designer couple Studio Job created a dramatic backdrop, all in greyscale. With simply a briefing to create “something with flowers,” the duo created a William Morris-inspired wallpaper pattern of flowing, wilting flowers.  The runway was turned into a grey and white illustrated parquet wood floor, and the bleachers and steps lining it were covered in solid black, adding to the elegant drama. With Vicktor & Rolf’s entirely black and white line, the only hint of color in the show came in pairs of patent reddish-brown shoes on a few models.

Kaleidoscopic Wonder

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One of our favorite sources of visual inspiration is Kelly Wearstler’s great blog, where she collects striking imagery around themes she’s working on. It’s a great insight into her creative process. A recent post on “Urban Kaleidoscopes” was no exception, introducing us to Marco Hemmerling’s Cityoscope installation in Cologne in 2008 (above), and the vivid facade of the Hotel Megaro in Kings Cross in London. And of course, she included the terrific work of artist Olafur Eliasson, with his kaleidoscopic mirrored tunnel for the exhibition “Take Your Time,” and his giant kaleidoscope in the atrium of the Martin-Gropius-Bau Museum in Berlin.

Spring Play

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Hermés has us longing for Spring with its new campaign, Vive le Sport, consisting of mini stop-motion animated videos showing their new wares taking up Spring sporting activities. Against a perfect blue sky and green grass, croquet balls roll over brightly hued ties, shoes play hop-scotch, and lavish pillows snooze on the lawn. One great short shows a trio of Hermés bags shifting on chairs as they watch a ping-pong match between Hermés patterned plates.

Wool on Parade

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Tasked with creating objects to help promote textile co. Kvadrat at this year’s Stockholm Design Week, designers Doshi Levien choreographed a wool ballet of sorts. The Wool Parade consists of abstract geometric objects made from wool, which all take on character-like forms. Inspired by Oskar Schlemmer’s Bauhaus work “Triadisches Ballett,” the duo created a lovely animated video in which the colorful, tactile forms dance and bounce across the screen, making for an endearing and mesmerizing scene.

Stylin’ Drive

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Marking the first time that a fashion designer had the ability to modify the structural body of a car, Smart recently unveiled Jeremy Scott’s design – smart forjeremy. Currently touring the fashion weeks, the small body of the familiar Smart car features chrome accents and the designer’s trademark red-tipped wings, reaching outward from either side of the rear. The white leather and chrome interior shows off an open steering wheel, creating a “horned” look. Smart plans to launch a limited special edition of the car in 2013.

Hats Off

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Philip Treacy has literally made headwear into art with his intricately, exquisitely crafted millinery. The Irish designer’s work and studio can now be seen in a stunning new book out from Phaidon. It collects images from Treacy’s official photographer, Kevin Davies, giving a glimpse into his beautiful work for top fashion houses (Alexander McQueen, Chanel, Valentino), films (Harry Potter), celebrities (Lady Gaga), and international royalty. His surrealistic, incredible creations are shown in their full splendor, alongside catwalk shots and behind-the-scenes views – like his studio overflowing in feathers and fluff in preparation for the royal wedding (shown above).

A Shoe In

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This past Friday, the Museum at FIT opened an exhibition that could resemble some women’s closets. “Shoe Obsession” explores the incredible impact that shoes have had in design and culture, with over 150 shoes from both classic designers and some up-and-coming. Co-curator Valerie Steele stated that “The average American woman has almost two times as many shoes as she did 10 years ago, and the heels of shoes have almost doubled in height as well.” Examining the shoe as a work of art and sculpture, the show runs from February 8 – April 13.

Fashioning Furniture

We’ve seen collaborations between architectural firm OMA and Prada before  – and now the two entities debuted two collections in one show, with furniture from OMA’s research wing AMO alongside Prada’s AW’13 Men’s line. For the show in Milan, models dressed in simple, clean lines and muted colors weaved their way through the boxy and geometric AMO furniture in wood, metal and plexiglass, all arranged in living room formats. The furniture line is a glimpse of a 12-piece line AMO designed for Knoll, which will be further revealed later this year.

Behind the Soles

Getting to peek into the workspaces of creative minds always fascinates us. Todd Selby was one of the first photographers to delve into this subject matter, revealing artistic spaces in all their (sometimes) chaotic wonder. Selby recently visited shoe guru Christian Louboutin’s home and studio in Paris, showing a glimpse into the process that goes into the sought-after, red-soled heels. On the reason for those famous soles, Louboutin said, “It’s a green-light. ‘Follow me young man!!’ Style with the color of passion.'”

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