Kawaii! » Yum Yum for a Rainy Day

October 4, 2012

The strange property that allows ketchup to change from a gel like thickness to a free flowing liquid and back again is called thixotropy.

Just taking a little coffee break here at the office to enjoy another animated short from London’s Yum Yum studio. Like all the other great stuff they do, the video is brimming with suspense and humor. If you fall in love with the characters (hard not to) don’t fret, you can pick up the soft vinyl toy versions of some of Yum Yum gang here.

Weak in the Knees for Fashion Week: The Next Frontier in Fashion

October 1, 2012

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Markus Lupfer Ready-to-Wear Spring / Summer 2013Markus Lupfer Ready-to-Wear Spring / Summer 2013Markus Lupfer Ready-to-Wear Spring / Summer 2013

Markus Lupfer’s ice queens
also know how to have a little sequined fun.

If space is the next frontier in fashion, British designer Markus Lupfer is leading the way. He married his London roots with galaxies beyond, showing mod-style A-line dresses (reminiscent of swinging ’60s London Town) in shimmering fabrics. The look was confident – clean tailoring and classic shapes – but not without subtle handiwork that required closer inspection. Lupfer is known for his sequined embroidery skills and he decorated the arms of sweaters, fronts of mini dresses and sheer silk blouses.

But these ice queens also knew how to have fun. Amidst the metallic blues and silvers were his signature funny slogans and quirky graphic imagery: a closeup of lips, a trio of (sequined) lightning bolts, a big hot air balloon, and our favorite – the word “CHILL.” Which is precisely what this coolly futuristic collection accomplished.

Weak in the Knees for Fashion Week: Summer, We’ll See You On the Flipside. Wearing This.

September 26, 2012

Auria x Margot Bowman SS 2013 SwimwearAuria x Margot Bowman SS 2013 Swimwear

“What the Greek goddess Artemis would wear if she fell from the heavens and onto the set of Baywatch.”
— Diana Auria

Here in NYC, the summer already seems like a distant memory – but there’s always the chance of a final freakish weekend of Indian summer weather. So here’s a bit of swim-ready style to keep in reserve for our return to the beach or that rooftop pool. London Fashion Week was certainly bursting at the seams with colorful, exuberant patterns, and the collaboration between swimwear/lingerie designer Auria (Diana Auria Harris) and illustrator Margot Bowman was a standout favorite for the Lo’s List gang.

What we love even more than the campaign shots that initially caught our eye was a snap from Diana’s blog of some badass-looking chicks wearing the collection with fierce conviction. The suits, easily integrated into après-swim cocktail party attire, are 80’s and Baywatch and pastel-pop, but also elegantly constructed and oozing sex appeal. Oh, and the brownie points for this collection don’t stop there. Although you’d never know it, all the fabrics are ethically sourced and 100% recycled. They’re made from – somehow quite fitting – fishing nets, along with other reclaimed materials.

Weak in the Knees for Fashion Week: Absurdly Cool Amstrup

September 26, 2012

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Louise Amstrup Spring/Summer 2013Louise Amstrup Spring/Summer 2013Louise Amstrup Spring/Summer 2013

Bathing beauties with chameleon heads and swan centaurs graced superbly constructed separates.

Imagine the cuts and artistry of today’s Balenciaga blended with a cheeky approach to print and color. That’s Louise Amstrup. The Danish-born, London-based designer just showed her best – and dare we say most imaginative – collection to date for her eponymous line. Known for striking, offbeat ready-to-wear, Amstrup advanced her work with absurdly cool anthropomorphic prints. Bathing beauties with chameleon heads and swan centaurs graced superbly constructed separates.

Her bold hues and textures were a visual feast this season, too. Amstrup punctuated her surreal prints by color blocking with kiwi green, electric pink and metallic blush tones. And she used color gradation nicely on a few select pieces. One of the best looks was a dazzling handwoven plastic skirt with a hot pink floral swath of fabric peeking from the waist and topped with a matching floral bustier midriff top. Styled with sick sunglasses by Zanzan, classic black platform pumps rimmed in copper by Camilla Skovgaard, and wide brim linen hats in collaboration with Noel Stewart… We’re thinking Nicolas Ghesquière better watch his back!

All photos by GoRunway via Vogue.co.uk

Weak in the Knees for Fashion Week: Fashygram

September 12, 2012

@psimadethis reveling in the classic style that is Oscar de la Renta
@songofstyle shows off her killer styleA quiet, in-between moment for @manrepeller from a week of weather extremes@mbfashionweek celebrates the details in craftsmanship at the Concept Korea show
@refinery29 goes in for a lacey closeup at the Catherine Malandrino presentation@glamourmag captures the paint palettes of the makeup team at Proenza Schouler@bof at the Ostwald Helgason presentation
@eholmeswsj loves Marimekko too!@mbfashionweek savors the edgy, androgynous pinks in this Clover Canyon ensemblefor @bof the front row at Lacoste just might steal the show
1. @psimadethis reveling in the classic style that is Oscar de la Renta
2. @songofstyle shows off her killer street style
3. A quiet, in-between moment for @manrepeller from a week of weather extremes
4. @mbfashionweek celebrates the details in craftsmanship at the Concept Korea show
5. @refinery29 goes in for a cutout closeup at the Catherine Malandrino presentation
6. @glamourmag captures the paint palettes of the makeup team at Proenza Schouler
7. @bof at the Ostwald Helgason presentation
8. @eholmeswsj loves Marimekko too!
9. @mbfashionweek savors the edgy, androgynous pinks in this Clover Canyon ensemble
10. for @bof the front row at Lacoste just might steal the show

I must say, it was hard to stomach day after day of unworthy, too-blurry-to-discern-a-thing Instagrams of fashion week’s runway moments. For an industry brimming with editors, where had all the editing gone? The need for a hash tag along the lines of #holdstill or #frontrowcantfocus needed to be released upon these despicable shots. Photo faux pas!

Yet, scattered throughout this NYFW refuse were some gems: true photojournalistic moments that painted a picture of the whirlwind week. I’ve gathered up my top ten to share here. #decisivemoment

Weak in the Knees for Fashion Week: Alex Wang and His Gang

September 11, 2012


As if my Rocco duffle isn’t reason enough to love Alexander Wang (it is). Now he sits the snarky duo – Yo-Landi Vi$$er and Watkin Tudor Jones aka Ninja – that are Die Antwoord front row and center at his SS 2013 show and has them headline his after party. True, they are quite the poster children for Wang’s reptilian bondage SS 2013 presentation and have previously collaborated with Wang on a video promoting the designer’s Spring 2012 T campaign. Happy to see that Wang wasn’t just riding the Zef wave.

Weak in the Knees for Fashion Week: Earbuds for the Fashy Types

September 8, 2012

Kate Spade Signature Spade Earbuds


We can’t wait to get our hands on the SS 2013 Post Street Little Nadine satchel we spotted at Kate Spade’s NYFW presentation. But, in the meantime, we’ve got our eyes square on these anything-but-ordinary Signature Spade Earbuds to replace yet another shitty pair of Apple iPhone buds tossed to the trash over our vacay. Now, where is that new Flying Lotus track that I can’t stop listening to…

Weak in the Knees for Fashion Week: Marimekko Store Visit

September 8, 2012

Marimekko x Converse CT HI Papajo Sneaker

Puffy navy blue jackets with warm yellow polka-dots, oversized sweaters with grey and green stripes, and those chucks. I must have those Chucks!

Thursday, as preparations for Fashion’s Night Out were underway, I had the rare opportunity (sleeping baby!) to do a little window shopping in the city; more specifically, at Marimekko’s 5th Avenue flagship store. My love for the brand runs deep and far back, to these quintessential Pikku Bo Boo children’s sheets that I’m sure many of us had. Then there was my 1967 Marimekko prom dress (more on that here) which I will be pulling out of the closet for Marimekko’s very first New York Fashion Week show on Monday… Now, looking around the house, I need more than the digits I have to count the Marimekko that has found its way into my life. It’s a good fit: the Finnish brand is an explosion of glowing colors and painterly textiles, channeled into clothing (and beyond) that need not follow seasonal trends of color ways and cuts. Each fresh collection has me counting my pennies and coming back for more: something that I cannot say for many other labels making their way into my closet.

Back to the windowshopping: nearly impossible for me to concentrate, everything in the store was catching my eye. It all started with the perfect puffy Origo jacket slowly circling overhead: dark blue with warm yellow polka-dots. Perched nearby on a log were another killer pair of Chucks from the Converse ❤’s Marimekko collaboration (seen above). Further in the store, past the floor-to-ceiling library of Marimekko fabric bolts, I drooled over a wall of striped shirts, leggings, and socks: Even our closets look alike! Nearby, the children’s section was whispering: “buy us Lo! Henri needs a bright red backpack covered in pencils.” Realizing I was in too deep, I scurried back around the other wall of the store toward YZ waiting patiently with Pip by the exit. But not so fast as to miss the wonderful, oversized grey- and zephyr green-striped Ympäripyöreä sweater waiting patiently for me to welcome it into my home. Marimekko. Lo ❤’s you. See you on Monday!

Weak in the Knees for Fashion Week: Mandula

September 6, 2012

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A little bit Middle Ages, a little bit Gypsy,
and perfectly urban.

It’s a moody, coastal day in New York, and with the end-of-summer cooler weather creeping in just in time for New York Fashion Week, we all have the chance to really switch up our wardrobes and surprise the fashion lenses out on the streets! I’m more than ready to leave behind the days of glaring colors and to plunge into a fall of deep and moody hues, punctuated by – at most – a dash of zephyr green here and there (YZ, are you listening? Zephyr Green).

Mandula, the six-year-strong fashion label of Hungarian-born Hajnalka Mandula is full of just the right rich and layer-ready garments for your shift out of summer. Hajnalka’s style is an unorthodox mix of vintage, upcycled materials and craftsman-level dyeing and construction techniques. Her attention to detail and the quality of her fabrics shine through each piece, making each of these garments more than just an addition to your overflowing closet. Dip-dyed tanks, rumpled oxfords fraying at the hem, utilitarian bucket bags, and billowing hemp pants: Mandula feels a little bit Middle Ages, a little bit Gypsy, and perfectly urban.

Our favorites include a pair of cashmere hot pants (yes, Lo would wear those), hemp drop crotch pants with a vintage leather strap, and a stunning metallic linen cap-sleeved dress.

Special Feature: Weak in the Knees for Fashion Week

September 5, 2012

Fashion Week Special Feature: Weak in the Knees for Fashion Week

For the next two weeks, Lo’s List will be chock-full of Fashion Week coverage of our tent favorites and reviews of brands that are just killing it on the regular.

After a three-month stint abroad (London, Lo ❤’s you!) it is great to be back home in the concrete jungle of NYC. And what better time to be in buzzy New York than Fall and Fashion Week?! Yes, yes, many of you industry regulars despise this time of year – but as a bit of an outsider (or just a late-comer), I revel in it all: the défilés, the newbies, the street style… So, of course we’re doing a feature!

For the next two weeks, Lo’s List will be chock-full of Fashion Week coverage of our favorites (Marimekko, Osklen, General Idea, Lela Rose, Mathieu Mirano, etc…) and reviews of brands that are just killing it on the regular and that you should all know about. We hope you enjoy all the hullabaloo as much as we do! You might even catch a glimpse of Lo at the tents interviewing one of our favorite writers (and frequent contributor to Lo’s List) Rebecca Prus, as she sets us straight about what to wear and what she wouldn’t be caught dead in. Let the circus begin!

Go for the Gold » Midas Touch Found in Columbus, Ohio

August 14, 2012

Vintage Doc Martens by CWhatPhotos via Flickr
image via Flickr user CWhatPhotos

Dip those Docs in gold, forever preserving this
iconic ‘90s footwear and emblem of teen angst.

Investigative journalism is not our usual beat, but a recent parental text message to Lo set us off on an unexpected quest: “Mom wants to know: do you need to keep those old Doc Marten boots?”

“Yes!!!” we replied immediately, thinking of all the trouble those boots got into with us in junior high. If they could write a book – well, we wouldn’t let our little Henri read it. “Dip ‘em in gold,” we added sarcastically. And then we did the classic double-take: maybe we should dip those Docs in gold, forever preserving our iconic ‘90s footwear and emblem of teen angst. And why stop there? Bronzed baby booties may be a parental cliché, but there’s a ton of stuff we’d be willing to glaze in gold if we know how.

Enter Valley Forge Gifts. “You can preserve almost anything from a hard-won game ball to a unique gag gift,” their website claims. We discovered that, like most retailers offering the service, they outsource to American Bronzing – the oldest and largest bronzing company in America. Since they were established in Columbus, Ohio, in 1934, AB has bronzed over 14,000,000 baby shoes. They use authentic electroplating – not painting – using multiple layers of real-metal plating to coat your keepsake. All 22 steps of the process are done by hand, and the workmanship is covered by a full 25-year warranty.

We contacted longtime American Bronzing staff associate Sue Maynard and inquired about gold. “We used to coat objects in gold – until about a year and a half ago. With the sky-rocketing cost of gold, it just wasn’t profitable anymore, so we stopped offering it.” You can, however, still bronze those boots! Our pair of Docs would run to $75-100 with an 8-10 week turnaround. “The metal shines like a brand new copper penny,” Sue says. Doc Martens, welcome to the new Bronze Age.

Go for the Gold » Brass Takes the Cake

August 10, 2012

Oji Masanori Brass Paperweights


Set these paperweights down on the top page of your finished novel by the window on a breezy day…

Although brass is not a traditional medalling metal – and although paperweights belong to the class of less-than-necessary desktop equipment – we’re awarding gold to these exceptional objects by Japanese designer Oji Masanori. The solid brass polyhedra will oxidize over time, building up a gorgeous patina. They come in three different shapes, each with a satisfying heft and unfussy integrity. These paperweights are clearly made for more than holding down a stack of bills: they’re meant to be admired and held in the hand and set down on the top page of your finished novel, for example, by the window on a breezy day. Buy the set from one of our favorite shops for all things home, Toronto-based Mjölk.

Go for the Gold » Royal Tee

August 7, 2012

Martine Rose Gold Tee from August/Winter 2011 Collection
Image via i-D Magazine

Although a bit of a throwback, this gold tee from Martine Rose’s Autumn/Winter 2011 Collection has just the right degree of pomp for a king of the track field. Imagine sweating through a 10,000m speed workout in this number! Royally cool. The London designer has been whipping together eclectic collections for four seasons now, building on inspiration ranging from Zephyr Team skate style to Man Ray’s artifact collection from his post-Paris “exile” years in Hollywood. This particular Lo’s List favorite is made from hypothermia blanket fabric, making it ideal for a post-workout cooldown. Get your own bit of Martine Rose over at Daniel Jenkins or brick and mortar shops GR8 in Japan and Joyrich in Los Angeles.

Go for the Gold » Grin and Bear It

August 5, 2012

Frédéric Perigot Gold Bear Bag Large Shopper


Just the right size for a heptathlon
of Olympics-watching treats!

Care about the planet? Might as well be cute about it. Let your green credentials shine with this golden shopping bag by French designer Frédéric Perigot. It tucks away adorably into a little matching golden bear when not in use. We’d bust it out to shlep around our farmer’s market provender – or, better yet, to hold a heptathlon of Olympics-watching treats: Ritter Sports bar, Kind snacks, Volvic, TJ’s trail mix, watermelon, gum and Ella’s Kitchen squishies for the little guy.

The Perigot site is definitely worth a perusal, full of utilitarian-gone-chic household wares and minimalist bags made from one of our favorite materials, Tyvek!

Go for the Gold » Sunnies that Shine

August 2, 2012

Miu Miu Noir SunglassesMiu Miu Culte Sunglasses

Dazzling gold peepers that make all other sunglasses look lackluster by comparison

Nothing says style champion like a pair of Miu Miu sunnies, and their recent eyewear designs are pure gold. No, really: both their 2012 Spring/Summer and Resort collections included pairs of dazzling gold peepers that make all other sunglasses look lackluster by comparison.

It’s not only their bright gold color that makes these glasses stand out (though the glitter of the Noir is rather spellbinding). It’s the unique shapes Miu Miu pioneers that put these specs in a league of their own. The Culte frames are pentagonal and grow dramatically thicker at the temple, finished in brushed gold with brown gradated lenses. Showy yet chic. Think Jackie O with a futuristic twist. Or simply look to Rihanna, snapped on a yacht off Saint Tropez wearing them this very weekend. Need we say more?

If the super-sized geometric shape is not really your steez, try the Miu Miu Noir instead. The Noir takes the classic cateye frame and amps it with a more extreme arch. Featuring skinny metal arms that give a bug-eye effect, you add the gold glitter and basically get a 1940s Hollywood ingénue on the cusp of catastrophic mega-stardom. Wide-eyed beauty gone haywire…in a good way.

Of course, both pairs of handmade in Italy with 100% UV protection and custom fitting. But these sunglasses already got the gold – all that is just gravy.

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