While on my Puma kick... (yes, i tend to get excited and research about things in bursts)... we had the Marcel Wanders collection for Puma Beach Ball linked as .org #4644, which took you to see the pics from the launch party at Tokyo design week... and somehow i never got around to finding the actual products over at Puma. So yes, i'm late, BUT their black and white goodness warranted a post of their own. I want this canopy/tent! And the pool floaters. And the beach towels. Absolutely gorgeous. Some pictures of my favorites below - and view the full collection here - it is "a collection for those who hate camping: The collection introduces portable, sophisticated products for the city dweller looking to enjoy the outdoors without compromising looks or convenience."
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Ok so we all went nuts for that Harper's Bazaar Simpsons go to Paris fashion spread... what's better? The images displayed gallery style, WITH the real designers in matching outfits, at Colette in Paris. Try not to swoon until you've seen all the pictures, i wish i could be there in person. A few pics to get you started below featuring Marc Jacobs, Karl Lagerfeld, alber Elbaz, and some great simpsons champagne glasses and other products... view the full gallery here. Oh, and the movie was awesome and worth seeing by the way, it's basically a giant episode, only they can do all the things they can't do on tv.
So for day 2 of our NotCouture launch week ~ Win a pair of Kasil Jeans!: I'll give you till Friday Midnight to let us know in the notes what makes designer denim well worth it to you, and why you'd need a pair of the latest Kasil (and i'll put the winner in touch with our man at Kasil to hook you up with a pair in your size - don't be shy, they make guys and girls denim). Also, don't forget the 25% off at Standard Style is still good today!
Now, for more about Kasil Denim (since i've already told you about their website and washes) - time to show you why we love their jeans, not to mention why i'll be jealous of whoever wins the pair friday! Read more below to see closeups of why we love their button and pocket details, their falcon logo, some sneak peeks of their downtown LA 1920's ballroom turned denim factory/studio, and their latest look book shots by Mike Rosenthal (yes, the top model one) in an old theater.
On pretty flashy sites, a few weeks ago i was browsing denim lines and came across Kasil's site which stood out in its nicely textured, layered site (versus the usual hard to navigate boring same old lookbook imagery?). My favorite part of this side of Kasil is their naming of their washes! (see image below) The washes are named Atlantic, Baltic, and Pacific - with a corresponding cylinder of dark to light blue gradient (complete with subtly moving bubbles). It's refreshing to see a denim site thats gone out of its way to really give its brand a unique look which goes beyond its logo, buttons, and pocket details, with this artistically playful feel.
More exciting news about Kasil's jeans... but before that i just wanted to take a second to focus on their great graphic+web design.
NOTE: TYPO IN THE IMAGE - its a two day, it was July 30-31! Standard Style is one of those sites I came across a few years ago when I had a renewed interest in denim. I was searching for Paper Denim & Cloth jeans, and was happy to find that this site offered a lot of other stuff I could see myself wearing too, like the much-loved 3.1 Phillip Lim, SEE by Chloe, and of course Marc by Marc Jacobs. I love the selection of brands for both girls and guys. The folks at Standard Style are nice enough to offer a special discount to NOTCOT readers to celebrate the launch of NotCouture this week! The 25% off discount code: notcot25 is valid starting on July 30th at midnight Mountain Time, and will run through Tuesday, July 31st Midnight. Happy shopping!
Not sure where to start? How about check out some NotCouture Standard Style picks below?
NotCouture launch is official! Click any of those pics up there to find out more about them... I know, regular readers have been hearing about it for a while, but outside we've been keeping it pretty quiet, and everything needs a proper announcement! So to celebrate our 4th site (1st NOTCOT.com, then NOTCOT.org, followed by TasteSpotting, and now for your luxe and fashion indulgences...) NotCouture... we are going to have a week of extra fashion and wearable posts, and all the usual designer inspiration as well of course... we will also be having a giveaway (you'll hear more about the great denim tomorrow) as well as some exclusive 25% off discounts to some of our favorite online retailers, because, honestly, if you are nearly as tempted as we are by all the mens and womens fashions and accessories, the 25% off certainly helps to soften the blow to your wallet!
How can you help? Spread the word! Tell your fashion loving friends (or those who could use some shopping inspiration). And definitely feel free to help contribute posts of designers, shoes, bags, dresses, belts, products that you love! (Don't forget - we'll have some fun new announcements every day this week.)
I think i may be getting hooked on a new magazine, and i haven't even see the print version yet... Conde Nast's Portfolio (so far it reminds me a bit content-wise of Monocle) - and i just discovered Glaser Designs in their article.
Glaser Designs produces leather and fabric bags which are handmade in their San Francisco Studio (yes, they are on my list of things to look into further next week) - as you can see from above the craftsmanship and design look incredible, and clean and classic. What REALLY drew me to these bags were the Insiders line of various organizational components... Laptop sleeve, adjustable modular holsters, wine organizers! Even folder holders, mesh organizers, and suitors that fit (see more images below). These components fit into their many bags, from the gorgeous leather duffel i'm craving above, to their more serious briefcases (see image below). And if you have specific requirements, they even do custom sizes - so you can have the exact combination you desire.
i|m active: There are hair things and there are hair things... and there are hair things in great packaging... foil ziplocs! AND great labeling as well as an ActiveHold Technology TOUCH window! And seriously, how can you resist that. Well beyond the great packaging... this line of active hair accessories actually has a whole new kind of grip on the outside! It weaves two types of rubber strands on the surface of the bands for extra grip, as well as having no metal clasp (the connector actually looks a lot like heatshrink). I picked up the elastics, as well as the head wraps which look like giant elastics (instead of their other wide flat headbands) - in addition to their extra tension claw clip/elastic hybrid (more images below!). And i'm impressed, my buns and ponytails aren't going anywhere as much as i shake my head... nor are my bangs that tend to escape! What else is in the line? Barrettes and award winning shoelaces! all with the same grippy technology.
Now for the unexpected part - i|m active is by the makers of Industrie which produces high end salon tools... which are a business unit of Newell Rubbermaid. Yes, THAT rubbermaid... of tupperware, etc.
Puma Urban Mobility - Ok, i've shown you the stuff... and gushed hard about the design and wood integration in the products already... but thats nothing compared to how i'm feeling about the icons and imagery on the site that goes with. I will let the screenshots speak for themselves, but i'm all over this one for: 1. the icons... esp when animated. *swoon* 2. the maps 3. the drop shadowed speech bubbles... oh and also the colors and flatness... as well as the old school "fit the pieces in" packing puzzles!
Sidenote: on Puma iconography... remember these great inspirational ones on the door during construction?
Puma's Urban Mobility line... there's been much talk of the Urban Mobility Bike (folds up... i've included the collaborative short NSFW film PUMA and Ryan McGinley teamed up with the Serpentine Gallery on at the end of the post) as well as the limited edition Urban Mobility Bag (top left, whit bag with the wood bottom)... but i've heard little about the whole collection, OR the incredible website they've made around it (which is SO awesome, i need a separate post for it, coming next). So here are the products i'm in awe of currently... more or less everything integrating wood into the products: The roller is just incredibly sleek and gorgeous! The totes with the contrast of the wood paneling are just breath taking... and that wallet! OH, and the belt? It's airport friendly! No metal parts, so you can keep your pants up while you go through security! And that black sleeve for laptop accessories was just too pretty not to share as well. Close ups below of products, as well as
Remember the Diesel Global Warming campaign? Well the catalog to go with is just as great... "The World's Coolest Hotspots Guide". Besides the images from the ads and the product shots, what really grabbed me about these little red hardbound catalogs were the maps of the future world. Check out pictures of the maps below - london becomes an island, the us only has some large cities and mountains left, italy becomes a more anorexic boot, etc...
Insufficient Data! Tom's Cruise! Crazy giant squid factory/symbol thing! This map blew me away, and i impulse bought it. Actually it's a shirt. The fabric details were just far too funny to not buy (its a 55DSL diesel men's shirt - it was on sale). Check out the details of other great places like Current Data Uncertain, Cape Beer, and the Stall Votex as well as some other creatures. My favorite phrase has long been "hic sunt dracones" which medieval map makers put in unknown regions... perhaps today's version is now "insufficient data"? More close ups that amuse me below, and yes, i finally show you the shirt in its entirety as well. I'd love to turn this shirt into the lining for a purse or something, somewhere where you look for unknown things......
Rebecca Minkoff's (of Morning After Bag fame) latest for Fall is the Matinee Bag. And in the oh so trendy grey leather, it will surely be one of the more coveted bags this season. Although i haven't been hands on with one of these yet, they've sent over many a picture... and the most interesting details look like the suede flaps which can add that extra flare of color/texture when up, and hide the two secret side pockets when down (more pics below!). Equally cute is her description of the bag:
Meeting him at noon? Perfect. The Matinee bag is ideal for holding all of your work day essentials as well as your must have products. The Matinee has dual pockets on each side and is accented with a reversible suede pullback, these discrete zipper pockets open up allowing room for all those unmentionables. When has your lunch break been sexier.
See more pictures below of the model shots, purse angles/colors, and even a few sneak peeks of the launch party display of the fall collection... the display of bags delicately balanced on wood is quite interesting.
Imaginary Foundation show opened at the Stussy store on Haight tonight, so i stopped by on the way to Magnolia. Here are some pics to give you a feel for the show... my favorites were their sculptural pieces (see that floral gramophone, the cup in the store window, and the magritte like door)... the shirts and prints didn't blow my mind as much as i'd hoped.
Belkin held their SF Press Event today at Vessel, and Linhchi and i stopped by to see their latest products up close and personal. It was (or is, since its on for another half hour) a dark underground lounge space that managed to feel dark when it was an extremely hot and sunny day above ground... and filled with open bar, appetizers, washable mice, more ipod and iphone cases than you knew what to do with, routers, laptop coolers, USB hubs galore, and more. So, honestly i don't even know where to start... how about you jump below and you can get a feel for the event, what was there, what we liked... and everything in the Belkin gift bag too (which feels kind of like a back to school bag... go see, and it will make a bit more sense). And it was far too fun to play with the washable mouse in person!
Harper's Bazaar August 007 ~ "The Simpsons go to Paris with Linda Evangelista" "Models": The Simpsons, Linda Evangelista, and various designers with Illustrations by Julius Preite. Marge lets down her hair for Versace. Lisa gives up her pearls for Alber Elbaz. Homer dresses as Karl Lagerfeld. Selma & Patty in Viktor & Rolf. Maggie rides around in Jean Paul Gaultier's Birkin Bag. Quite possibly the most incredible fashion spread i've seen (ok maybe tied with the Marie Antoinette Vogue spread?). To see the spread, see the pics below, and for some great animated versus reality pics of the dresses and designers, check out Oh No They Didn't's LJ. Wow. I am breathless... just go see more images already (and click any pic to see larger).
Initially Paul Smith was collaborating with classic motorcycle line Triumph on "Triumph by Paul Smith", a modern collection of accessories and jeans wear inspired by the bikes... and somewhere along the way they got inspired and created nine Bonnevile T100's customized with individual paint schemes designed by Paul Smith to complement the clothing line... and after so much interest in those 9 bikes, there are now two original Bonneville T100's for retail. See more of the line and the story here.
Perhaps the most honest or realistic portrayal of the future of humanity... by our brutally/cheekily honest Diesel campaign of the season: Human After All. They have hit on some of the underlying oh so human things that probably wont change... (if history has anything to say about it)... like the boyf/girlf fights with clothes being thrown out of an apt, flight delays, balls breaking things they shouldn't, pancakes sticking to the ceiling, cars breaking down, and of course... (wtf?) putting ikea furniture together? Well, personally i hope that ikea retires that terrible coffee table by the future (i think ive known too many people with that table!). (thanks, alex)
NotCouture in the July 16, 2007 Newsweek. Featured on the Checklist of The Tip Sheet, Newsweek says "SURF notcouture.com. Submit posts to this design-centric fashion Web site where editors pick the most stylish products for public viewing and voting and, of course, buying."
We're all really excited about this mention, and big thanks to all the readers who sent it in, and an extra big thanks to Victoria for sending me these scans (especially since i've been having a bit of trouble tracking down this issue!). We're especially flattered to have this mention, since we're still in beta, and the official launch (with goodies to go with) will be July 30th for NotCouture.
The ladies of Delight.com sent over a fun surprise package that really brightened up my weekend ~ and that was before i even got to seeing what was inside (but more pics of unboxing and goodies below). For those who don't know, Delight.com is an online shopping destination that announces a new product each day at lunch (noon central time) and keeps it in the store up to 30 days (when its gone. its gone!).
What i didn't know until this package showed up was how impressive their gift wrap was ~ certainly a joy to open (and if you don't get gift wrap, you still get the exciting burst of tissue paper and shopping list sticky notes!). Bookmark this one for quick gifts that are sure to impress. That being said ~ go see a sneak peek of Thursday and Friday's black and white goodies that were in the box after the jump.
Hermes SilkyPop bag is a new take on their classic silk scarves and those "fold up into the tiniest pouch imaginable" shopping bags. At a mere 700 euros a piece, these bags zip into a gorgeous little leather pouch, and are quite the beach bag for the summer. Also, how adorable are their sketches to go with?
Erica Weiner has brilliant dark and beautiful jewelry... and since we last wrote about her her site has had some serious redesigning going on thanks to Jenny Kwok, and i love the aged paper, dusty old apothecary feel with creepy crawlies everywhere... not to mention some of the great new pieces. Can you believe that is a bronze cast of a Ruby Throated Hummingbird's Skull? And she has many great pairings of bird+bird whistles, birds+planes, etc. Snap shot of the site below...
Click the images to find out more! While i was doing a NOTCOT.org roundup, figured it'd be a good time to show you some of what has been showing up on NOTCouture... top row is filled with some fun bags (i'm trying the themed roundup out here) and bottom row is filled with some things for the boys.