Water Bottle Feathers and Tea Bag Dresses

Posted: September 29th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: art, fashion | Tags: , , , ,

Dress by Faith Garland. Composed of 200 Aquafina bottles and 1,000 staples.

Boston Fashion Week is now fully underway, and dropping in on today’s shows seems to me to have highlighted why Boston is prime finally to become a fashion center (of sorts).  

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What If The Puritans Were Graffiti Artists, How Cool Would That Be

Posted: September 24th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: art, design | Tags: , , , , , ,

Faces of Dudley, Mike Womble and the MMC, Roxbury, MA, 1995, Acrylic paint

I received my daily update from the Boston Magazine blog with tremendous excitement today, because there were a few posts which touched directly on issues I have been thinking about a lot lately.    The first was entitled “How Boston Shapes City Resident:  A new study proves that we’re still bound by our Puritanical history”.  The post directs the reader toward Emily Badger’s piece for The Atlantic Cities in which she discusses a study entitled “The Cultural Construction of Self and Well-Being:  A Tale of Two Cities“.  Those two cities are Boston and San Francisco.  The idea behind the study is that these cities have a tremendous amount in common, offering a perfect opportunity to examine what factors, then, might be responsible for the cities’ profound cultural differences.

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Why I Love Nigel Lythgoe

Posted: July 13th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: art, other stuff | Tags: ,

My understanding is that it’s an unwritten rule in the blogging world that you never apologize in your posts, in specific, you don’t apologize for having missed some number of postings.  I’m not clear on why, even though the concept does make a certain sense to me.  But I just can’t come back after a nearly two month hiatus without a word.  Life and all of my various obsessions stepped in and took over – and I’ve decided to learn to play tennis.

Not surprisingly, turning back to blogging, the number of things to talk about seem nearly endless.  Rather than diving back into fashion or the visual arts, however, I have to write about my absolute favorite guilty pleasure.  I am actually shocked at how strong my conviction in it is.  But I will not hesitate to defend it’s integrity to anyone who dares challenge me.  I am so happy that So You Think You Can Dance  is back for a ninth season.  If you have never watched it, all I can say is that you are seriously missing out. Read the rest of this entry »

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When Art Meets Art (Meets Art)

Posted: May 21st, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: art, design, fashion | Tags: , , , , , ,

It feels like a collaboration from another century — modern art greats coming together to create a production that pushes the limits in every way.  Great designer meets great architect meets great score meets great conductor.  The LA Philharmonic’s production of Don Giovanni on May 26 features costumes by Rodarte and stage sets by Frank Gehry.  The Mulleavy sisters brought their hair and make-up stylists from the runway to complete the look of the show.  Given how hauntingly beautiful their costumes for Black Swan were, the bar has been set pretty high for Kate and Laura Mulleavy when it comes to costume design.  From the looks of it, they will not disappoint this time either.  You go girls!  The sets and costumes are chilling and beautiful on their own.  Imagine Mozart playing, and this is one show that shouldn’t be missed.  Admittedly, for completely unknown reasons I’ve been feeling rather weepy of late, so that might have something to do with it, but the stills alone are giving me shivers.  Since I’m not likely to make it to Los Angeles this weekend, here’s hoping they reconsider the decision not to film this one time production.  Let’s start a movement now … maybe we can win them over by Saturday.

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San Miguel de Allende

Posted: May 17th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: art | Tags: ,

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