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Havana hosts ‘Fashion Art’, becomes a destination for fashion lovers and art fans alike

Fashion Art Havana is the latest event in the Fashion Art series, spearheaded by Manuel Fernandez, a Spanish designer who has traveled the world and worked with more artists than he can count. His goal is to create one-off garments that meet at the crossroads of art and fashion. In an interview, he said that "art doesn't have to always be hung on walls, it could also be on floor tiles, earrings, tights or many other places." Adding to that, a participating artist, Jorge Perugorria, also said that "fashion is also art, and this is a concept we need to start understanding here." All of the artists that participated had very positive hopes for the event, and for the objective behind it. They pray that this will help the rest of the world see Cuba as a fashion destination and an art haven, not just a mere communist territory where consumerists and capitalists can indulge as they please. ...
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Filipino celebrity hand-paints designer bags

Heart Evangelista is a Manila-based Filipino actress. She joined the entertainment industry in 2000 and has made quite a name for herself since then. Aside from being an actress, singer, and VJ, Heart is also a painter. Also known as Love Marie Ongpauco-Escudero, it was only in 2014 when Heart launched this facet of herself as an artist through a solo exhibit that was held in Ayala Museum entitled "I am Love Marie: The Art and Works of Love Marie Ongpauco". It was a huge success that it was followed by 9 other exhibitions and collaborations. Although her earliest works comprise of traditional paintings in a canvas, she became particularly known for her hand-painted designer bags. She first took a risk by painting on her Hermes Birkin bag with an acrylic for leather. It scared her the first time but the finished product was great and she never looked back since then. Aside from handbags, Evangelista has also been painting on clutches, dresses, collars and even children’s...
Creativity

This photographer captures the unconventional beauty of the dark side

 Рина Драгунова (Rina Dragunova)  is a photographer from Saint-Petersburg, Russia. The compositions featured in front of her camera are very unusual. A subtle dance between the fantastical and the macabre, her pictures are gloomy, eerie, disturbing and provocative, but beautiful nontheless. To enjoy more of her work you can follow her on Facebook, or visit 500px.            ...
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Art Dad debuts in Fashion Week, showcases clothing that embodies responsible yet fun fatherhood

Gone are the days of the traditional dad. The dad who focuses on working during the day, watches the game at night, and gives a stern look to misbehaving kids. Now, we have Art Dad. What is Art Dad? “Art Dad is a reaction to everything being about ‘youth youth youth’. There’s something to be said for being responsible, having health care, taking care of business but still having fun.” This is how co-founder and collaborator Tremaine Emory explains the phenomenon. He says that Art Dad doesn't always have to be a dad. It's about embodying creativity, style, and a good fashion sense while harboring maturity beyond your years. At the OFF-WHITE Paris show, Art Dad opened with an oversized shearling coat, leopard print boiler suit, graphic tees and socks, and a whole lot more. You can learn more about Art Dad by following Emory on Instagram or checking out his ShowStudio profile. ...
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Fashion designer creates authentic, historically-inspired outfits

Angela Clayton is a self-taught designer/seamstress from Long Island NY. She fell in love with historical fashion and will walk you taught the painstaking process of creating accurate garments from scratch, including the whole "learning from your errors" parts. Finding the right fabric, the design, creating/adapting the pattern, adding details like beading, embroidery, complementary hats or headdresses. Enjoy the detailed creative process or just admire the final results following on her website, Instagram, YouTube,  Wordpress, Tumblr or Pinterest. ...
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The role of Art Deco in fashion and textile designs over the years

During its conception, Art Deco was the newest style of its kind while boasting of strong attachments to other art styles and periods. It nurtured elements but at the same time reacted and even turned away from others. It gets a lot of similarities from its predecessor, Art Nouveau, such as geometric forms, exotic elements, as well as multiple dimensions and perspectives. During the Art Deco period, a lot of attention was given to textile design. At the time, fashion was the second biggest industry in export and carried heavy importance in the recovering economies right after WWI. Furthermore, Art Deco associates the technological innovations of the machine age, carrying with it a tendency to lean towards the urban and industrial scenes, which are prevalent in the metallic color palettes and the clean ergonomic lines of vehicles and objects. All of these were seen clearly in the evolution of textile and fashion design. The images below show the evolution of Art Deco design....
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Canadian fine jewelry brand focusing on fresh and contemporary designs for women

Mejuri is the brainchild of former engineer Noura Sakkijha and seasoned art director Justine Lançon. It is an e-commerce fine jewelry brand based in Canada which gives a whole new light on making personal jewelry decisions. The two founders are concentrating on making sure that all women are given a positive experience when shopping for jewelry, and that all of their items reflect their consumers' personality, needs, and goals in life. They create contemporary and minimalistic bracelets, earrings, rings, and necklaces, which are exclusively available online. This is to reduce unnecessary markups common in retail practice. The brand aims to be able to bring new and high-quality jewelry to women for their daily lives. This is made possible by constantly designing and creating new, fresh designs that are crafted by expert jewelers, which they offer to their consumer base at accessible prices. These factors make Mejuri stand out from the crowd. Check out some...
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Photographer sets out to find the first generation of “skinheads.”

In his astonishing photo gallery, Gavin Watson documented the identity of the first skinheads in Britain. Perhaps surprisingly, they had nothing to do with the neo-nazi movement. The generation of skinheads that emerged in the 60s was different in its dressing style and music taste. They were really no different in terms of any other counterculture such as the punk, rock or reggae movements of that time. British skinheads were definitely one part of the New Wave and Watson’s documentary photographs represent this social period very realistically. The photographic is called Skins. This is probably one of his most important records in the career of this London-based photographer. ...
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When art gets under your skin: photos show people who tattoo famous paintings on their bodies

Those who fall in love with the paintings of the great artists, sometimes decide to honor their art by tattooing it on the skin. By tattooing these famous paintings, art lovers are able to forever carry their favorite pieces with them. In the pictures bellow, you can see some of the famous paintings and the way they look on human skin. Picasso, Klimt, Van Gogh, Da Vinci, Schiele, Matisse… Sometimes it is not enough to wear the art in your soul, but under your skin too. ...
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Designer duo makes gender-fluidity a reality in fashion week debut

Over the past few years, we've seen Hollywood and big clothing brands try to capitalize on the current cultural relevance of being "gender neutral". While the sentiment may be good-hearted, it is a long way towards being genuinely authentic. Then, enter Art School - the brainchild of Eden Loweth and Tom Barratt, the design duo that's creating all the fuss in the fashion community. For these partners, queer identity is beyond just another trend. It is a reality. Their reality. It's not just about jumping aboard the bandwagon, but rather, about living their life in the real world. The duo made their debut for fashion week at Lulu Kennedy's Fashion East showcase. Art School was presented with a non-model cast, directed by Theo Adams (who also happens to be a performance artist). ART SCHOOL is an official presentation at this year's Fashion East Men’s Presentations AW17. ...
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Beards celebrate the holidays too!

In cultural terms, the body is a communicator without words. People in all societies around the world have been decorating it as a means of non-verbal self-expression - and they still do. Symbols and messages could be read in many different contexts. One would think that we would have run out of new and exciting ways to adorn our bodies. However, body decoration in the 21st century is more interesting than ever. An excellent example of it is this Beard Christmas decoration found during the “East village London” Christmas market. In December this year, the hipster boys of London had an opportunity to celebrate Christmas together with their cool beards. Why not? Check out this beautiful photography showcasing this whimsical holiday celebration of bodily expression. ...
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Slavic folklore as inspiration for fashion photography

Fashion portraits made by Moscow-based photographer Andrey Yakovlev takes on traditional elements to put a fresh spin on fashion photography. Together with the other cultural decorative elements, Andrey created a whole new imaginary and magical cultural narrative. It feels like walking through the history, cultural richness, passion, and power. Take a look also at these intensive and vivid fashion portraits. ...
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Multimedia artist taps into the powerful effects of ‘Transformational Makeovers’

Erica Prince is a multimedia artist based in Brooklyn. She is the genius behind Transformational Makeovers, the product of exploring her real-life experiences of making over her friends. It all began as an honest, simple hobby. In the end, she began considering herself as a creator of inanimate images and objects. After a long time, she realized that make-up can become a BIG part of her art, especially when she saw how her friends acted and felt differently after she made them up. This reaction made her understand that this was something powerful. So, she started experimenting with different colors and materials on human flesh. She found herself lost in the psyches of the subjects, letting her find a clearer perspective on that very person. Prince clarifies that the process is "not about beauty" but instead, it is a project that acknowledges the humanity of the participant by letting their guards down and letting an artist make them her blank canvass. See more of her...
Fashion

Come together – Christmas spirit of Wes Anderson’s short commercial film

One of the most loveable American filmmakers made a commercial short film for H&M Christmas campaign. Even those who are against the culture of consumerism will absolutely love new short movie made by Wes Anderson. Christmas stands for time of year when we all have an extra opportunity to make someone smile for whatever reason. Wes visualized this idea in a brilliant way. So, jump into the H&M Winter Express and don’t delay whatever reason to make someone happy. <iframe width="950" height="565" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/VDinoNRC49c" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>...
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Humans and Barbies – The evolution of an icon

Since the iconic Barbie doll was first released in 1959, she underwent various transformations. The doll actively lived the imaginary life according to the dominant picture of female beauty. As feminism got stronger with its practice of deconstructing the objectified images of female beauty, Barbie finally got her new looks. The new idea of creators is to “copy reality”. However, herein lies the confusion - are humans copying the dolls or dolls copying the humans? <iframe width="950" height="633" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/vPETP7-UfuI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>...
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Curious Bandari burqua

Bandari people live in the Iranian province. Their culture is colorful and rich in a traditional sense. Part of their tradition is their unique women’s veil called the “Bandari burqa”. This is a certain type of mask which covers women's face. The mask is more of a fashion item than a religion status symbol. These kinds of veils are worn only by married women. The pictures below are made by a traveler and a photographer Kares Le Roy. He travels in lesser known regions of the world and brings us an amazing view of another people’s culture. For more, check his blog. ...
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This hair of mine – a celebration of African hair styles

Hair is a symbol of strength, resistance, of ethnicity and womanhood. Cyndia Harvey, a London-based artist, gathered together with African women from the African Diaspora and researched their connection with African heritage and meaning of beauty. Cyndia moved to London when she was 11 years old and African culture and hairstyle were always an important part of her identity. The short video she made is a beautiful representation of various cultural flows and meanings it produces. Hairstyle fans and students of culture are going love this.    ...
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Elaborately-dressed bagworms dresses female consumer culture in Japan

Aki Inomata is tackling female consumer culture in Japan as part of her elaborate series in an odd and creative way! The artist dressed female bagworms with pieces of extravagant attire, designed to be protective cases of sorts. She purposely chose to use female bagworms because, unlike their masculine partners, they retain their protective cases for the entirety of their lives. The work was exhibited in Japan and serves as Inomata's commentary on what women go through to be accepted by society in terms of their looks. Check out some of her creative bagworm dresses below and find more on her website. ...
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Beautiful orb-like sculptures made from textiles from Mariko Kusumoto

Mariko Kusumoto has been turning textiles into orb-like sculptures for a while now (previously) and her creations never cease to amaze. The sculptures can be worn in the form of necklaces, brooches, and rings. Each artwork is inspired by patterns and shapes found in nature but Kusumoto has opted to retain some form of ambiguity here and there for the user's imagination. She writes in her artist statement, "My work reflects various, observable phenomena that stimulate my mind and senses; they can be natural or man-made. I ‘reorganize’ them into a new presentation that can be described as surreal, amusing, graceful, or unexpected." Check out some of her new works below and find more on her website. ...
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Fashion tribes: more than hipsters

“The street is the theater of life” Daniel Tamagni is a freelance photographer and an identity explorer from Italy. Although a fashion oriented photographer, he finds his subjects outside in the wild streets of Africa, Cuba, Bolivia and Burma. He adopts a specific socio-anthropological perspective while looking through his lens. One of his latest project titled “Fashion tribes: Global street styles” represents an amazing insight into the exotic subculture groups of young people in the developing countries. The fashion styles these groups create is a mishmash of modern and traditional. They are mirroring the globalization and its heterogeneity. Hipsters, punks, hard metal rockers, everyone is there. For more photos click here. ...
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Spilled paint inspires unique clothing designs

If you're working in the studio, things are bound to get messy. Olya Glagoleva and Lisa Smirnova have used this as inspiration for their latest collaborative project. The duo have captured this messy look and given it an elegant spin. The clothing has been embroidered in Russian artist Smirnova's style, with patches of what appear to be accidental paint drips and doodles. The one-of-a-kind pieces turn the clothing into unique works of art with each piece taking nearly 100 hours to produce. Check out some of the outfits below and find more of Glagoleva’s designs with her line GO on her [email protected]_with_olya, and follow Smirnova [email protected]_smirnova. Find more from this collection on Behance. ...
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Bunnie Reiss transforms old leather gloves into funky works of art

Transforming old things into something new and fresh isn't easy. Bunnie Reiss has been a collector her whole life and knows this better than anyone. The artist has a knack for taking old things and making them into totally unexpected pieces of art that you'd want to own. She has an ongoing project that involves turning a collection of old leather gloves into artistic creations complete with symmetry and images to reflect its past, present, and what it might bring for the future. The gloves feature elegant  eyes, noses and ears to provide personality. Check out the funky little gloves below and find more of her works on her website and Instagram. ...
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Innovative design keeps cyclists safe on the road

This Swedish company has created an inflatable airbag/helmet, which is good news for every cyclist. We all know that in a match of bike vs car/pole/nature, the bikes stand to lose, along with the unfortunate rider. However, this design is seeking to give the bicyclist more of a fighting chance, in the event of an accident. The helmet works as any airbag, reacting to impacts  and inflating in a 0.1s to protect the biker - absorbing the shock 3X better than a regular plastic helmet! This helmet is designed to be comfortable to wear, to not block your view, and even match your style with the different designs. Wrap it around your neck, zip it up, turn it on, and you're ready to go. You can check their website, Facebook or YouTube for more info.      ...
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Beautiful jewelry glows eerily in the dark

Manon Richard is a jeweler based in Gore Canada, she works with Maggie, her daughter and assistant. Together, they design and handcraft the Papillon9 luminescent lovely pieces of jewelry. These glowing handcrafted pieces can be charged with any ambient light, but natural sunlight or black light will work better.  The turquoise color shown here will bright for ±9 hours duration after a single charge, and you ca just keep recharging them indefinitely, during a lifespan of ±20 years. An extra appeal for clumsy people(like me) is if your jewelry falls and rolls under the bed, you won't need go fetch a lamp in order to find it. On their Etsy store you can find more of their beautiful pendants, rings, earcuffs, book markers, etc.               ...
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Facial tattoos: the people behind the ink

Mark Leaver is a photographer with an amazingly curious eye for those known as “Others”. One of his latest projects called "Tattoos" personifies the mystery of body decoration in Britain’s facial tattoo community. "What is always interesting about tattoos in the European context is the reason behind it," says Leaver. "Sometimes is just a body decoration, the way people describe beauty or attractiveness. Sometimes is the way someone feels about a specific life occasion that they want to be forever remembered. Nevertheless, people often like to be seen as somebody else. Tattoos can make them appear like different but how they feel 'inside' is harder to reach." To see the rest of the project and more of Mark’s work check out his website....
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New ethereal universe jewelry by Secret Wood

We're back with some new jewelry by Secret Wood (previously on Design Faves) with mythical worlds encapsulated within them. According to Secret Wood, “Every ring is handmade, and one of a kind. It’s impossible to make exactly the same piece.” And that's exactly right. Each ring contains a unique, ethereal universe frozen within the resin geometric dome. Some involve buildings set under a purple sky background while others feature flowers and entire gardens that can live forever on your finger. Check out the new pieces below and head on over to their online store to pick one up, and be sure to follow them on Instagram, and Facebook for more! ...
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Adorable handmade shirts with cats peeking out of pockets

Plain pockets are boring. Why not spice them up with some embroidered cat portraits? Embroidery artist Hiroko Kubota began immortalizing internet cats on clothes in 2013. Fast-forward to 2016, there's an entire clothing line based off of the quirky attempt. Go!Go!5 is an online store where Kubota asks customers to send in portraits of their cats. These pictures are then embroidered on her handmade clothes. Hundreds of shirts have been made until now. Check out some of them below, and if you'd like to request a custom shirt, head on over to Etsy. ...
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