School- on everyone’s minds this week- no matter if you’re packing the lunches, putting on that backpack or reliving early fall memories from your school days. Here’s a little nostalgia for your Monday morning…
I noticed this Louis Vuitton ad campaign in a magazine this summer (couldn’t find it online yet- weird, or maybe I should have looked harder). Since then, I haven’t been able to get it out of my head and finally, there it was- in my New York Times Style magazine on Sunday- yay! Lovely, all of it- the lapels, jewel toned colors, over-sized crinkly hats, wig purses (a good place to practice Pinterest braid ideas in your downtime).
I’ve been reading The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern in which there is a train and it’s set in the early 1900′s. The author does a great job of scene description and clothing colors and fabrics- especially the gowns. Let’s just say, thanks to Louis Vuitton, I’ve got some pretty great images in my head as I read. I’ll let you know how the book finishes up.
The more I see the more I love of Italian artist Aldo Lanzini’s work. Brilliant master craftsman of thread, needles, ribbon and wool his creations are intriguing and nonsensical, a cacophony of color and creativity. When asked if he is an artist or a designer he states, “Definitions are always quite liquid. I use my needle as if I were a sculptor. I move instinctively and I don’t think about the design of my work: I create straight away. Needlework makes me think three- dimensionally: I start working on a little piece, than I stand in front of a mirror and I imagine the next step. Sure I have a vision, but I often change my mind when I’m midway. And what was supposed to be a dress turns out to be a jacket“. Ushers at Missoni’s Spring/Summer 2011 show in Milan.
The work of Aldo Lanzini, among many others, is to be featured in a new book Pretty Ugly, a sampling of the “new ugly”, groundbreaking graphics, art and design coming out next month. A book about what it looks like when designers are out to break all the rules… what could be more intriguing?