Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Kim Hastreiter

Continuing the train of thought started last week re Vivienne Westwood, let's just contemplate for a moment the inspirational style of Paper Magazine founder and editor Kim Hastreiter, shall we? She has her signature big red eyeglasses and a custom fashion uniform in various brilliant colors designed just for her by David Wilson. An amazing look. So super cool.

The Prune Costume

Over the summer they did a thing at preschool of dressing up in costumes, and Mabel's class decided they wanted to be fruits. And Mabel decided she wanted to be a prune. Of course she did. We may not be good at every single thing there is to be good at around chez nous, but one thing we are fabulous at is whipping up a costume on short notice. Some black hefty bags, some black electrical tape, a purple tee-shirt, and bam! prune costume! done and done.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Sugimoto for Hermes

Have I seriously never blogged this? Never?! It's one of my favorite art projects of the past several years! In 2012 a special project within venerable fashion house Hermes, called Hermes Editeur, that makes limited edition silk scarves with artists, collaborated with amazing artist Hiroshi Sugimoto on a scarf edition. Sugimoto is known for his black-and-white photos, but this time he used expired Polaroid film to shoot brilliant abstracts of pure light and color. The resulting images are so perfect they make my head want to fall off every time I look at them. Feast your eyes!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

The Poem Series About the Spring of 2006 Resumes With This Latest Installment

April 20, 2006
The best thing about today

is my new full skirt
with huge pale-brown polka-dots
worn with a turquoise sweater

I can’t say that my mood
matches how cheery I look
but I suppose
a nice facade
never hurts

image source is here

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Green Editorial Pouch and Its Progeny

Working at Chronicle Books frequently entails gathering up your notebook and your pen and your wallet and your cell phone and your swipe-card for the elevator, and taking them all downstairs with you to Ironside, the cafe in the ground floor of our building, for a caffeinated meeting with visitors or coworkers. And if you are me, when your hands get that full of that many things, you frequently start to drop and/or forget stuff. So as a present to myself (on the occasion of my promotion to Senior Editor (which, honestly, I still can't get over, eeeeee!)) I bought myself the kelly green leather pouch with yellow zipper, pictured above, from American Apparel, to throw all my stuff in and carry down to coffee meetings with me. And I love it. That was what this Publishing Wednesday blog post started out to be about: a recent new enjoyable accoutrement to my job as editor. But what happened? Well, I did a google image search to find a picture of the thing, sorted my search by the color green, and almost immediately found myself tumbling down the image search rabbit hole: photos of pouches, photos of green apparel, photos of random green things. This is what happens. Nor am I inclined to resist it. See for yourself...

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Dame Vivienne Westwood

Can we just talk for a moment about how kick-ass Dame Vivienne Westwood is? Seriously. It's kind of mind-boggling. She might just be the coolest person on the planet. A shining inspiration to hold in our minds' eyes as we age; if we could all be one-one-hundredth as awesome when we are old ladies (and I use that term with both consideration and admiration) we will be lucky lucky ducks.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Father's Day!

The girl and her father on Father's Day. This picture makes me really happy.