le soleil est là

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We are obsessing over this editorial from H&M Magazine! The pictures, shot by Camilla Åkrans, are so light and airy and warm! Perfect for summer. Also, you might recognize the model, Anne V, from our April catalog. See the rest of this inspiring set at Fashion Gone Rogue!

aleks sennwald

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This charming work is by Brooklyn-based illustrator Aleks Sennwald. I stumbled upon her work on Share Some Candy, and now I can’t get enough! I love the way she draws animals- though the woman in the picture at the top is really engaging too! Aside from her website, Aleks also has a blog which showcases her work, and other things.

You might remember when I mentioned that there was a really cool event this past weekend in Space 1520 by our Hollywood We The Free store. Lauren Dukoff had a special opening party for her new book Family, and Devendra Banhart played a special set! I missed it, being on the opposite coast, but our Store Manager Carla sent me some wonderful photos taken during the event by Sonny Gerasimowicz.

This is a signed copy of Lauren’s book! It features portraits of many amazing folk and indie musicians, including Devendra, naturally!

Here everyone is waiting around for the show to start!
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Devendra is getting ready to go on… He sure is a cutie!
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Devendra is about to go up and everyone is getting psyched! Also, on the left you can almost see the front of the We The Free store – there’s a guy peeking inside! Hope he likes what he sees!
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The show begins!
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Everyone loves it!
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Our Managers-in-Training, Antonella and Laura, are huge Devendra fans, and they watched the show from the store garage. They look so pretty!
Thank you for the fabulous pictures Carla!

yttr -Jul 21, 2009, 11:33AM
sweet!!! thanks for sharing...

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kareena zerefos

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These fun creations are giving me a little inspiration this morning! They’re by Australian illustrator Kareena Zerefos. The girl at the top is just so beautiful – but I think my favorite might be the owl, because of his wonderful colors!
Via Booooooom.

Side Street, Sydney -Sep 10, 2009, 12:03AM
Hello! We love her too! Check out our interview with her: http://www.sidestreetsydney.com.au/search/label/Side%20Sight xx
The Art Cupboard -Jul 22, 2009, 3:13PM
wonderful! i am now in love kareena zerefos art work. her style is wonderful it feels so effortless yet what she is doing is quite complicated. wonderful find :) xoxo ~bree

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I am amazed at the detail of Amanda Michelle Smith‘s ceramic work. The way she draws is also really appealing! Check out this post on If The Birds Knew and click the pictures to see much bigger photos, and more of Amanda’s work! Seriously, do it! The bigger pictures do more justice to the work – the little intricacies are really great!

luminous & hazy

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Part of what makes these paintings so dreamy and luminous is that they are painted on convex metal rounds. I love the subjects of the paintings, the natural patterns and plants, and I love the colors too! Yvette Molina uses layers and layers of oil paint and many transparent glazes to achieve that certain glow. Check out her site if you want to learn more about her!
Via Happenstand.

laura -Jul 21, 2009, 3:33PM
beautiful work!
Caroline -Jul 20, 2009, 2:15PM
Like she painted on the face of the moon...

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waste not

There is an amazing exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City right now by artist Song Dong.
Song Dong’s mother spent her entire life hoarding anything that she got her hands on, and refused to ever throw anything away. All her life she lived in a tiny house packed full with every kind of odd and end you can imagine. Shortly before she died, Song was able to convince her to allow him to clean out the house and use the contents as an exhibition. The exhibition is called Waste Not, and essentially it is all of his mother’s possessions, laid out and organized. The huge mass of stuff makes a really powerful statement. If I can get up to NYC in time, I will definitely be checking out this exhibition in person!

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More info at the Museum of Modern Art website.
Pictures via The New York Times.

Michelle -Jul 21, 2009, 12:07PM
The shoes and paper bags are incredible.
mamie -Jul 21, 2009, 12:06PM
i saw it last week! it was pretty cool, but if you're there you should definitely check out the james ensor paintings because they're gorgeous and trippy!

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junk & shadows

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I can’t even fathom the patience it must take for Tim Noble and Sue Webster to create these amazing pieces! All of their shadow art is created using trash, and each piece takes anywhere from 6 months to a year to complete. It’s amazing that those piles are creating the silhouettes on the wall – I almost don’t believe it! See more of their creations here and here.
Via Neatorama.

weedrobe wardrobe

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I would love to wear that dress made of flowers in the first picture! All of these clothes are part of an amazing collection by artist Nicole Dextras, called Weedrobes. The pieces are each made entirely of plants, with the hope that it makes one consider our relationship with nature, and the symbiotic relationship between one’s body and the earth. See more of these pretty creations here.
Via & Via.

Mallory -Jul 18, 2009, 2:17AM
these remind me of a challenge from my favorite season of project runway (the one with santino & nick)
christina -Jul 17, 2009, 2:39PM
im in love with plants and floral design. thanks for this post, these are amazing :)

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ricky allman

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There are so many things going on in each of these paintings by Ricky Allman, I feel like I could study them for hours! Every time I look at one of them I feel like I see something in it that I didn’t before! The colors and shapes are pretty great too. Check out more of Ricky’s work here.
Via Booooooom!

print & pattern

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These gorgeous shots are from an editorial by Steven Meisel that appeared in Vogue Italia in 2003. The first and last photos are particularly eye-catching, don’t you think?
Via Fashion Gone Rogue.

aza -Dec 22, 2009, 1:28PM
hi this i the bom were did u find this stuff and i have a fashion blog to its called hot fashion and the name is aza is nice hook me up
nicole cupcakes -Jul 16, 2009, 11:19AM
this is amazing where do you guys find all these cool articles/prints

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We’re loving this gorgeous and inspirational set by Ben Watts! Dreamin’ indeed…
Also, you may recognize the model, Noot- she was in our March catalog!
Check out this video to see her showing off all the cool clothes in her closet.

Anastasia -Aug 11, 2009, 10:30AM
This is so beautiful! There is so much freedom in the style of clothing and unkept hair.
Ashley -Jul 15, 2009, 7:37PM
Wow, what a beautiful photoshoot. I want absolutely all of the clothes and accessories used in it!

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