Friday, July 12, 2013

Music: Tom Odell "Another Love"

We are obsessed with German producer,  Zwette, his Tom Odell mix will blow your mind, enjoy! 

Architecture for Dogs

Architecture for Dogs, invented by architects and designers, is an extremely sincere collection of architecture and a new medium, which make dogs and their people happy. By looking at the diagrams our pictures or watching the videos, people all over the world can make these themselves. Dogs are people's partners, living right beside multitudes of breeds. Reexamining these close partners with fresh eyes may be a chance to reexamine both human beings themselves and the natural environment. For their first project they presented 13 pieces of architecture. Please take the time to carefully examine the details of these elaborated designed ingenious structures, and because it's free download the blueprint, you find one you like, make it yourself for your dog.

Our Top Favorite Dog Homes
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Which one are you building?

Fiat 500 by Gucci

Director Chris Sweeney Celebrated the Italian Fashion House's new Twist on an Automotive Icon
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High heels, handbags and perfume bottles are transformed into a steering wheel, car exhaust and wheel rims by a vacuum-forming machine in director Chris Sweeney's short for the new Fiat 500 by Gucci. Originally launched in 1957, the latest iteration of the doe-eyed classic has been specially customized by Gucci's Creative Director Frida Giannini, who enhanced the Fiat 500's distinguished traits and added the fashion house's signature detailing via a signature red-green web down the side and the unmistakable "Guccissima" leather print on the seat. Invited alongside visionaries such as Italian Vogue's Franco Sozzani and Purple's Olivier Zahm to dream up a film celebrating the partnership between the Italian automaker and fashion house. Sweeney created a giant plastic model kit of the Fiat 500 by Gucci like the ones he used to make as a kid. "It's an extreme, austere fashion version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory or Wallace and Gromit, which are very playful, silly, colorful and magic," explains Sweeney of his film. An established music video director who has made shorts for the likes of Foals, Friendly Fires and original Pop Idol Will Young, the London-based Sweeney's graphic rhythms have been sought by luxury brand YSL, hairstyling prodigy Charlie Le Mindu and fashion titles Vogue and i-D. "The Fiat 500 is a car that everyone holds close to their hearts," says Sweeney. "It's an icon of design."

Thursday, July 11, 2013

KENZO Fall/Winter 2013 Campaign Images

Discover the images of Kenzo's brand new Fall/Winter campaign by TOILETPAPER
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TOILETPAPER was founded in 2010 by Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari with the art direction of Micol Talso as a picture-based magazine. In the last three years, photos published in the magazine haven been applied to a variety of products and media, exploring the multiple possibilities for images to live beyond the pages. In June 2013, TOILETPAPER images have featured on Palais de Tokyo's front window. In this frame, TOILETPAPER creative team, has met Kenzo and ideated the advertising campaign for the next season.
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TOILETPAPER images have been reviewed by weekly and art magazines worldwide and appeared in special issues of magazines such Vice and Hunger. TOILETPAPER was also exhibited on the High Line Billboard in Chelsea, NYC in May, 2012. In the same year images taken from the first six issues have been published in an anthology, together with selected narrative texts, that was reviewed in the New York Times' Top 10 Photo Books. 
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At the core of their approach, there is a love for travel, art, culture and fashion that manifests in all that they do. In the image of young Kenzo Takada, the founder of this famed house who managed to cleverly upset the codes of the 70's, this creative duo breaks away from the expected and instills a real joy of living though their persistent introduction of new and exciting influences to the brand. 
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"There's something so exciting about watching the TOILETPAPER team work. Maurizio, Pierpaolo and Micol express a huge essence of freedom in their methods and when we initially discusses the inspirations for the campaign, we were blown away by their immediate suggestions for interpretation. As soon as the shoot began, the images evolved even more. 
We couldn't have imagined better, sharper or more perfect images to present our Fall/Winter collections and are delighted to have had the opportunity to collaborate with such an inspired group."
- Carol Lim and Humberto Leon
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Mara Hoffman: Summer 2013

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Yayoi Kusuma: Self-Obliterarion

Japan's Polka-Dot Pioneer on a Life at the Mercy of Her Art
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She says that if she doesn't paint she wouldn't exist," says Martin Rietti of his latest subject, 84-year old Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama. "Her work has an authenticity that I don't often seen in contemporary art." The Argentinian director visited Kusama at her studio in Tokyo ahead of her latest show that opened at the Museo de Arte Lationamericano de Buenos Aires, curated by Deputy Chief Curator of MALBA, Philip Larratt-Smith, and Francis Morris, who curated her retrospective at the Tate in 2012. This first major retrospective in Latin America opened on June 30th before traveling to four other cities in South and Central America over the next year and a half. It leads the viewer through over 100 works created between 1950 and the present day, spanning her early period in Japan Cornell, and her return to Tokyo, where she had been living voluntarily in a psychiatric clinic since 1977. "Her work is not only a revelation of her inner psychic reality but also a sort of time capsulate of the emancipatory and utopian moment of the 1960's," says Larratt-Smith. "She is a very seductive person, secretive and charming. When she speaks the obsessive cast of her mind becomes immediately clear: she talks in circles, often repeating the same thing many times. It is clear she has deep psychic wounds, but also that her work sustains her and keeps her going."

99U: The Secret to Feeling Energized at Work

Imagine there was something you could add to your car’s engine, so that after driving a hundred miles, you’d end up with more gas in the tank than you started with. Wouldn’t you use it? OK, that product doesn’t exist, and maybe never will. But there is something you can give your team that will have the same effect: interesting work.
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Most of us think of interest in our work as a luxury — something that is pleasant but unnecessary, like chocolates on your hotel pillow. But it’s not a luxury, it is, in fact, a powerful motivator. Research shows that finding what you do interesting and believing it has inherent value is likely the single best way to stay motivated despite difficulty, setbacks, and unexpected roadblocks. Additionally, interest in your work doesn’t just keep you going despite fatigue, it actually replenishes your energy.
In their studies, psychologists at California State University gave participants a task to work on that was particularly draining, and then varied whether the nexttask was difficult-but-interesting or relatively easy-but-dull. They found that people who worked on the interesting task put in more effort and performed much better (despite being tired) than those who worked on the boring task – even though it was actually harder than the boring task.

In another study, the researchers found that working on something interesting resulted in better performance on a subsequent task as well. In other words, you don’t just do a better job on Task A because you find Task A interesting – you do a better job on follow-up Task B because you found Task A interesting. The replenished energy flows into whatever you do next.
So how can you make work more interesting for your team, especially when it actually is tedious or uninspiring? The experience of choice. When people feel a sense of autonomy — when they have some say in what they do and how they do it — they find naturally find whatever they are doing to be much more interesting (autonomy, as it happens, increases creativity, too).
And while true autonomy in the workplace can be hard to come by, the feeling of choice can be created fairly easily, using these three tips:

Liberally share your goals.

First, and most obviously, your team needs to understand why the goal they’ve been assigned has value. Too often, we tell people what they need to do, without taking the time to explain why it’s important, or how it fits into the bigger picture. Don’t assume the why is as obvious to your team as it is to you and be sure to repeat the message often.

Allow your team to dictate their personal processes.

Allowing your team members to tailor the way they work to their preferences and abilities will also give them heightened sense of control. Some people like to do lots of prep and detailed planning before tackling a project, while others prefer a more in-the-moment, spontaneous process.  Some want to check in with you frequently for feedback, while others feel that too much feedback disrupts their flow and feels like micromanaging. Ask your team members about the approach they prefer, and then – if possible – respect that preference. If you can’t give them total free rein, try giving them a choice between two options for how to proceed. If even that is not possible, skip directly to the next tip.

Offer choice, even on the peripheral matters.

If you have to assign both the goal and the method for reaching it, try creating the feeling of choice by inviting your team member to make decisions about more peripheral aspects of the task. For instance, if everyone has to attend weekly team meetings to improve communication and collaboration, you can have team members take turns deciding what the topic of the meeting will be each week, or even what kind of lunch will be ordered in. Studies show that these more peripheral decisions can create the feeling of choice, even when the choices aren’t particularly meaningful.
Take time to reflect on how you might be able create a greater sense of choice in your own workplace using these methods. You’ll make the work more interesting, and wind up with a team that has a lot more gas in the tank.

How about you?

How do you replenish your energy when working on something difficult?

Rihanna X River Island: Autumn Collection

Watch Rihanna as she walks us through her highly anticipated Autumn collection. Get a sneak peak at the new Rihanna for River Island range, and see how Rihanna's sketches have developed from the drawing board to River Island stores.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Scott Gass: How big is the Ocean?

While the Earth's oceans are known as five separates entities, there is really one ocean. So, how big is it? As of 2013, it takes up 71% of the Earth, houses 99% of biosphere, and contains some of Earth's grandest geological features. Scott Gass reminds us of the influence humans have on the ocean and the influence it has on us.

FIGR: Style on the Go

FIGR is a fun and beautiful new way to consume and create fashion on your phone. 

- Re-style looks from the runway, cookbooks, fashion blogs, and street fashion.
- Post your outfits to share them with your Figr followers, Facebook and Twitter. 
- See what looks your friends and fashion tastemakers have created and join in the conversation.
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Monday, July 8, 2013

The Monday Makeover: The Full Brow

In Today's beauty lesson, makeup artist Alice Lane demonstrates how to tame, tweeze, and fill in scarce for unruly) brows.

Louis Vuitton presents Up HIgh On Heels

Louis Vuitton invites you to dance and take a leap in time, moving from more recent collection of shoes to past designs that have marked the House's fashion history.

Trend Alert: Printed Shorts

Printed shorts are a must-have this summer season. 
See how people is wearing this high impact essential, plus shop our favorite styles. 
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