Posts tagged ‘design’

May 2, 2011

ALEXANDER MCQUEEN: SAVAGE BEAUTY, A Retrospective

by Accidental Bear

All hail the Queen!

The questions that still floats in the air, “Why?” Alexander McQueen may have gone elsewhere but his work is no less of a heavy influence on the fashion world today and the future. This retrospective is all that and a bag of chips. Alexander McQueen is watching and loving it!

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The late Brit designer gets a major retrospective set up in his honour at New York’s Costume Institu

via www.dazeddigital.com
Learn more about the exhibition Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty on view at the Met May 4, 2011–July 31, 2011: http://met.org/egDSui

The exhibition, organized by The Costume Institute, will celebrate the late Alexander McQueen’s extraordinary contributions to fashion. From his postgraduate collection of 1992 to his final runway presentation which took place after his death in February 2010, Mr. McQueen challenged and expanded the understanding of fashion beyond utility to a conceptual expression of culture, politics, and identity. His iconic designs constitute the work of an artist whose medium of expression was fashion. Approximately one hundred examples will be on view, including signature designs such as the bumster trouser, the kimono jacket, and the Origami frock coat, as well as pieces reflecting the exaggerated silhouettes of the 1860s, 1880s, 1890s, and 1950s that he crafted into contemporary silhouettes transmitting romantic narratives. Technical ingenuity imbued his designs with an innovative sensibility that kept him at fashion’s vanguard.

April 29, 2011

Q & A with Nick Burns Co-author of The Bearded Gentleman: The Style Guide to Shaving

by Accidental Bear

I have never had such an informative, enjoyable and dare I say smart conversation about facial hair. My usual conversations goes something like this, ” Uhh, you got something in your beard.”… ” Thanks!” Nick Burns co-author of The Bearded Gentlemen: The Style Guide to Shaving is loaded with helpful information to care for and tame that overgrown bush on your face or perhaps just your upper lip. His extensive back round as a journalist,  has covered skin care, fashion, and health for leading magazines and newspapers including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, GQ, Details, Elle Accessories, Out, and Zink, and he pens the popular men’s style blog, HommeGrooming.com., makes him over qualified for me to ask him about how to best trim my unruly nose hairs (But I ask anyhow). Nick’s writing is witty and sharp as well as his answers to my questions I brainstormed for him.

Q & A:

Interview by Mike Enders

Accidental Bear:  How is it that you and Allan Peterkin came together to produce this much needed book together?

Nick Burns: Allan wrote a book called 1000 Beards: A Cultural History of Facial Hair and I interviewed him for a piece I wrote for the New York Times about the return of the mustache–a bunch of hipsters in Williamsburg started sprouting whiskers above their lips in 2008. We worked together on a few other articles after that and when his publisher asked him to write the follow up to 1000 Beards, he asked me to help out.

A B:  I would love to call you King of whiskers. What has been the fire under you that make you want to write about the topic?

Nick: I think “King of Whiskers” is too lofty of a title for little old me. Maybe Prince of Whiskers? Well, when your name contains “Nick” and “Burns”, writing about shaving is kind of like your birthright… sort of like being born into the royal family.

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April 23, 2011

Forget Diamonds, I Want Wood; Salontafel

by Accidental Bear

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April 21, 2011

Watch a Teaser for Whisker Wars, the Competitive Beard-Grooming Show

by Accidental Bear

Watch a Teaser for Whisker Wars, the Competitive Beard-Grooming Show.
Much, much more hairy details to come!!!

April 14, 2011

Mjolk; Modern Day Peter Pan Looks/ Winter 2011

by Accidental Bear

This collection is for a modern day Peter Pan. I am dying to find or make an occasion to wear red pants, pink jacket combo. This is my introduction to Mjolk, but I am now all ears. I must confess that this may be a gratuitous moment to post a ginger model. Don’t hate , congratulate. Gingers unite! 

Mjolk Autumn/Winter 2011 Looks

via Selectism 

Following up on the Mjolk video shown recently, we bring you styled looks from their forthcoming Autumn/Winter 2011 collection. The collection features some of the more interesting knits for the season. While slightly oversized, they fall “flat” on the body, like many of the collection’s tops (standouts shown above). Trousers run the range with drop crotch and fitted looks that should work for most. (cqc)

March 20, 2011

Bill Cosby called, He wants his sweater back

by Accidental Bear

Laduma Ngxokolo’s Xhosa-influenced Knitwear Collection

Laduma Ngxokolo's Xhosa-influenced Knitwear Collection

Designboom takes a look at Capetown’s Design Indaba Conference which invited “an international selection of recent design graduates to present their work in the form of Pecha Kucha. among this year’s delegates, was homegrown South African, Laduma Ngxokolo who shared his fashion collection which interprets Xhosa beadwork aesthetics into a range of men’s knitwear for Amakrwala.” Ngxokolo’s range of knit wear was made for the Xhosa’s traditional rite of passage from boyhood to manhood.

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BILL YOU THE MAN COSBY!

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March 1, 2011

Light up a Room with Style

by Accidental Bear

I am neurotic about lighting. I enter every room with a suggestion of dimming, switching or flat out turning off of lights. I think I have found my lighting utopia. Design and light quality made to perfection.

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via www.curatedmag.com

Lighting from Monocomplex

monocomplex lighting 01 curatedmag Lighting from Monocomplex

Monocomplex, a design firm located in Seoul, Korea, has unveiled two new lighting fixtures. The first (seen above) is called “Retro TV Lighting.” The firm says, “According to digital time’s advent, analog things are being protruded to the back seat. Retro TV lighting intends to deliver warmness in memories to users by moving the warm nature of wood materials along with analog emotion to the illumination.” “Retro TV Lighting” was designed by Park Hyunwoo.

After the jump, check out “Spool Lighting” designed by Hwang Eunsang. This piece hinges on associations with the spool and mothering – specifically the connection between the spool and sewing. It is a contemporary nostalgic reinterpretation of the object, proposing a natural warmth.

That warming glow is the connector between the two designs.

 

 

 

March 1, 2011

Selectism.com, MY FASHION GO-TO

by Accidental Bear

Fashion, just add beard!

Thank you www.selectism.com for being my fashion go-to!

Denim Demon ‘Skuvie’ Sweatshirt

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How many sweatshirts does one man need? That’s the question we ask ourselves, and the answers usually ‘as many as humanly possible’. We like this one because of the chambray chest pocket and the side pocket, making it useful for those days when you’re travelling light. (C Store)

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Our Legacy O Neck Jumper

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Our Legacy have gone all aran on us with this jumper. While we do feel a little silly recommending a heavy knit when it’s nearly March, sometimes the weather doesn’t play along and warm up when it’s supposed to. And – if you’re in the UK – now is one of those times. (Our Legacy)

February 26, 2011

BEARDED: Mark Jan Krayenhoff van de Leur (via Dressed for Dinner)

by Accidental Bear

Good stuff

BEARDED: Mark Jan Krayenhoff van de Leur You might say that Mark Jan Krayenhoff van de Leur pioneered a beard movement that is stronger than ever before. At the age of 12, a young Mark itched for the opportunity to grow facial hair, but it wasn’t until a post-pubescent 18 that everything came together. Mark is a leader and not a follower, but such esteem and notoriety has its setbacks – for example, with a beard 12 inches off the chin, there is no longer a reason to wear a bow tie or fo … Read More

via Dressed for Dinner

 

February 22, 2011

Use me like a Barbie Doll, Dress me Up! Dolce & Gabbana Fall/Winter 2011/2012

by Accidental Bear

I want an excuse to look this good.

Dolce&Gabbana Fall/Winter 2011/2012 Man show at Milan Fashion Week

February 18, 2011

WTF App Of The Week: Beard Tracker

by Accidental Bear

Ha Ha, really? Gruff, Scruff, Grind….why not. I have held off on getting an iphone and still using my old-skool basic phone. I think this keeps me safe from hours of nonsense spent on things like Angry Birds ( isn’t that what the kids are playing ?) and Beard Tracker apps. But because of peer pressure, I will have to cave soon! FYI, the term CULT OF MAC scares me.

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via www.cultofmac.com

Men! Pay attention!

BeardTracker! Yes, BeardTracker! Rrrrrrrrr.

Track your beard! Monitor and assess its growth in chronological photographic form! BeardTracker will automatically display an alert to remind you to take a photo of your beard every day. And will show a timelapse animation of your beard’s growth from “clean-shaven” to “Gimli the dwarf.”

It has buttons called “New beard” and “Edit beard.” Beard tracking has never been so cool.

Can also be used by moustache wearers. Not to be confused with BreadTracker or BearTracker.

BeardTracker is free. Grow a beard now, so you can play with it.

(Seriously, though, this looks like a lot of fun, and you could use it for monitoring changes in anything over time. Doesn’t have to be beards.)

February 18, 2011

On Display In Portland: The Art Of Beautiful Beards

by Accidental Bear

Times they are changing. In the past to hunt down a grouping of beards you would have to stalk the local Home Depot, truck stops ( get out of the bathroom men), hunting clubs, biker clubs ( HOT) or hippy gatherings ( FYI, Farmers Markets are great for beard watch). Nowadays getting the same street credit as Michelangelo or Picasso, lovely unusual beards are being put on pedestals in museum and fashioned into a wonderful art collection.

by Mike Enders

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by CLAIRE O’NEILL at NPR

A wise woman — I think it was the Millionaire Matchmaker (or maybe it was my sister) — once said that men hide their insecurities behind facial hair. Well, that’s just one theory. Other men see beards as an outlet for creativity. Every few years, such men from around the world congregate and compete at theWorld Beard and Mustache Contest.

Jeremy of Anchorage, Alaska 

Dave MeadJeremy of Anchorage, Alaska 

In 2009, photographer Dave Mead traveled to the competition being held in Anchorage, Alaska. What resulted is a portrait series that has since traveled the globe and is now at Portland’s Land Gallery through February. See more beards, if you’re so inclined, on his site.

February 10, 2011

Burkman Bros and Michael Sanderson Illustrated Prints Spring 2011

by Accidental Bear

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Take special not to the  fuzzy legs that were added for OUR viewing pleasure!

via www.selectism.com

Burkman Bros and Michael Sanderson Illustrated Prints Spring 2011

To celebrate the launch of their new Spring 2011 Collection, Burkman Bros got together with New York fashion illustrator Michael Sanderson on a series of illustrated prints, showcasing styles from their new Collection. We are always fans of good illustration work fused with fashion and in this case it was simply a great match.

February 3, 2011

The Ethical Man; CRUELTY-FREE, Vegan Fashions

by Accidental Bear

MANLY. After all, real men don’t hurt animals

Store is now launched!
http://TheEthicalMan.com/shop.html  

The Ethical Man — to our knowledge, the first dedicated men’s boutique to feature 100% cruelty-free items — launched in late November 2010. Also featuring an essential-reading blog for men, The Ethical Man brings style, value, and peace of mind to men around the world.

:: ABOUT THE FOUNDER ::
In 2006, founder Dan Mims graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with Honors in Philosophy (and hundreds of hours of activism under his… (read more)

Mission:
We find or create excellent men’s fashion and apparel items, vetted from design to production to your night out on the town, without the wrongness of conventional industry practices. We handpick every featured item, and if we wouldn’t wear or use it — whether for aesthetic, quality, or ethical reasons — you won’t find it here. 

We promise that any items you purchase through us are:

CRUELTY-FREE. No animals are harmed or used to make or test the items we feature.
• MANLY. After all, real men don’t hurt animals.
ECO-FRIENDLY. Avoiding animal products is the single-best thing any of us can do to reduce our negative ecological impact.

Visit us at www.TheEthicalMan.com.

Products:
Men’s Fashion, Grooming Items, and Gifts
Facebook Page:
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January 29, 2011

Blog Alert: Kitschy Living

by Accidental Bear

Who would have thunk there are so many awfully hideous things out there, that when put together with other hideous thing  by the right artful eye ; BRILLIANCE

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