Viktor & Rolf

F9F5C583-CEC0-42E6-9BB4-2890AD88F49DIt’s not often that a team of fashion designers catches my attention. While I appreciate the art form, I don’t follow it necessarily.

However, there was a recent Spring Fashion Show which showed up on my newsfeed, and I was compelled.

Viktor & Rolf are fashion designers and their work is completely inspiring. They are clearly drawing inspiration from topics of the moment. And the artistry and skill is firmly in place.

Below are images from their 2019 Spring Fashion Show. However, I am going to provide links to some of their previous work.

They are innovative, cutting edge, and artistic.

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https://www.vogue.com/fashion-shows/spring-2019-couture/viktor-rolf/slideshow/collection#1

https://www.vogue.com/fashion-shows/fall-2016-couture/viktor-rolf

https://www.vogue.com/fashion-shows/spring-2017-couture/viktor-rolf#collection

 

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Oscar Pop Up Shop

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced an Oscar Pop Up Shop in Los Angeles! It’s only open until February 24th, the day of the Academy Awards.

This was like a dream come true for me. I started really investing in the Oscars when I was 17 years old. It brought to my attention the best films around. And it help to expand my worldview, understanding of film as an artistic medium, and encourage my growing interest.

So, this news was amazing to me.

It seems they only started this pop up shop last year. Before, the only way to get any merchandise was by being nominated as part of the goody bag. And that hasn’t happened yet. LOL.

When I went there was a line out the door! You had to wait your turn to enter. Just outside the door was the red carpet (covered in plastic for now) and the staircase to the Dolby Theatre where the Oscars take place. People taking pictures. I was living a dream of my 17 year old self. I was there!

So, I entered and restrained myself from buying the notecards, magnet, mug, etc. I chose to purchase  sweatshirt and t-shirt. Yes expensive, yes worth it.

So, if you can, head over to Hollywood and Highland. And make your dreams come true too.

See you at the Oscars.

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The Gap – Ira Glass

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This is one of the clearest expressions I have seen regarding what it is like to create something.

From Ira Glass:

Nobody tells people who are beginners — and I really wish somebody had told this to me — is that all of us who do creative work … we get into it because we have good taste. But it’s like there’s a gap, that for the first couple years that you’re making stuff, what you’re making isn’t so good, OK? It’s not that great. It’s really not that great. It’s trying to be good, it has ambition to be good, but it’s not quite that good. But your taste — the thing that got you into the game — your taste is still killer, and your taste is good enough that you can tell that what you’re making is kind of a disappointment to you, you know what I mean?

A lot of people never get past that phase. A lot of people at that point, they quit. And the thing I would just like say to you with all my heart is that most everybody I know who does interesting creative work, they went through a phase of yearswhere they had really good taste and they could tell what they were making wasn’t as good as they wanted it to be — they knew it fell short, it didn’t have the special thing that we wanted it to have.

And the thing I would say to you is everybody goes through that. And for you to go through it, if you’re going through it right now, if you’re just getting out of that phase — you gotta know it’s totally normal.

And the most important possible thing you can do is do a lot of work — do a huge volume of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week, or every month, you know you’re going to finish one story. Because it’s only by actually going through a volume of work that you are actually going to catch up and close that gap. And the work you’re making will be as good as your ambitions. It takes a while, it’s gonna take you a while — it’s normal to take a while. And you just have to fight your way through that, okay?

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Tidying Up with Marie Kondo

Marie Kondo wrote the international best selling book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.

Now, she has her own Netflix show called Tidying Up with Marie Kondo.

And I’m betting it’s going to be a bit.

Her work is masterful. It comes from a passion. She is diminutive and yet so clear. Already the trailer for is promising.

Who doesn’t need a little tidying up?

http://youtu.be/WvyeapVBLWY

Shredding the Girl and Balloon – Banksy

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This recent event by Bansky is completely fascinating to me.

At a recent Sotheby’s Art Auction, Banksy had a painting up for auction. And just after it was sold for 1.4 million, it started to fall into a shredder built into the frame submitted by the artist.

It’s such a bold, clever, creative, dynamic thing to do. Ironically, it probably adds to it’s value after such a publicized event. The original owner has decided to keep the partially shredded work.

This sense of the unexpected he has created is truly awe-inspiring.

https://qz.com/quartzy/1417787/why-banksy-shredding-the-girl-with-balloon-painting-wasnt-anti-capitalist/

https://www.theverge.com/2018/10/18/17994350/banksy-painting-shred-girl-with-balloon-auction

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/banksy-video-girl-with-balloon/index.html

Duck’s Cottage

My family just completed our annual beach vacation in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. We have been gathering there for vacations together for over 30 years. It’s always the most special time.

Duck’s Cottage has become a multi-visit tradition. We mostly go there to get their Coconut Crunch Coffee. Something about that drink that just works.

Plus, going in you are surrounded by books and the feelings of familiarity, time off, and even home.

These kinds of places are special because they mark moments in time spent with loved ones.

Sending safe wishes to those in the path of hurricane Florence. Be safe and hold tightly to those you love.

We will see you when the skies clear again.

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The Broad

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The Broad is a contemporay art museum in Los Angeles, CA. It opened on September 20, 2015. And it’s quite remarkable.

Showcasing such artists as Warhol, Koons, Basquiat, they offer free admission, with advanced reservations.

It’s exciting the Los Angeles has a world class contemporary art museum, where the exhibits are moving, thought-provoking, beautiful.

One of the more notable rooms on display is

From The Broad website:

Infinity Mirrored Room—The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away, 2013

On view at The Broad since 2015

Enter this immersive installation with LED lights reflecting endlessly inside a mirrored room

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