Friday, February 26, 2010

Hankjobenhavn Eyewear

As a sucker for tortoise shell and any brand I can't pronounce, I will happily admit that the latest collection from Copenhagen's Hankjobenhavn continues my excitement for summer and the refreshing direction of modern eyewear. Clean lines, classical styling and a dedication to craftsmanship are just a few of the fine characteristics that make this Danish brand both wearable and iconic.

[via Selectism]


Thursday, February 25, 2010

The King

The Art of the Film Title

The art of the movie title is something that has sadly lost some luster in recent decades. Luckily, Stephen Heller (a former art director at the New York Times) has written a great piece on the importance of title art in old Hollywood - specifically, post-1950's - and the fine collection that Dutch wed designer Christian Annyas has cumulated at his website, The Movie Title Stills Collection. Heller makes a few interesting points on the role of these scripts and sparkles in the glittering moments that lead to the film's opening sequence - some even participating in the opening shot (see "Sunset Blvd."). While the eye of "Vertigo" is still a personal favorite - as well as the deft closing sequence to "Masculin Feminin" (see below) - I'm particularly fascinated by the work of Lotte Reiniger, a German animation artist who - from 1923 to 1926 - hand cut figures out of black cardboard with a pair of scissors, joined the parts, and then proceeded to animate them in order to create an astonishing 250,000 frame-by-frame stills. In the end, it's a refreshing focus on a quite art that speaks volumes to both the viewer and the film, and hopefully a spark to bring back a somewhat lost craft.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Doris and Rock

"She behaves as if she was beautiful. Most American women do. It is the secret of their charm."
- Oscar Wilde

Monday, February 22, 2010

Criminally Sartorial

After a weekend in Vegas, I find it rather fitting to stumble across the images presented today. In fact, I'm thinking that if I should commit some sort of ghastly crime to both humanity and style, I plan on going down dressed like the Australian criminals that litter the pages of Crooks Like Us. The images themselves are a marvel to look at, revealing a time when even the lowliest criminal dressed in the highest of class. And to be quite frank, such criminal style kind of makes Steve McQueen's "classic" mugshot look a little bland (note the complete lack of "peace" signs found below).

Friday, February 19, 2010

Apolis x Rapha Transit Elite Sweater

[TRANSIT ELITE from Dave Christenson on Vimeo]

In a rather inspiring collaboration, Apolis Activism and Rapha have teamed up to create theTransit Elite Sweater as part of AA's Nepal Project. In keeping with AA's product-with-purpose model, they've created a beautiful video that beautifully highlights the Nepalese women who stitched the sweater, allowing the viewer that rare opportunity to actually see the who and how behind their product. And just like everything else from these two brands, the quality is impeccable - think merino wool, cashmere, vintage styling, and signature Rapha cross stitch. 50 women, 3 months of hard work, and and one amazing sweater that's actually worth the price.

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