Archive for the ‘Fashion’ Category

While the T-Mobile boogey flashmob ad has been the talk of the month, I’ve been invited to take a look at a new viral ad created by Kickers, the rock & wolling shoe brand. The brand has been synonymous with the British popular culture for as long as people from the 80’s and 90’s can remember, as such its shoes are still worn by the popstar feet from Jarvis Cocker (see below) and Arctic Monkeys.

jarvis-shoes

To carry on with the long-standing tradition Kickers pitched in at music festivals around the Britland last year to gather up revelers to throw down their fanciest footwork to come up with below crazy-snazzy viral.

Can you crowdsource a good pair of dancing legs like Kickers?

The first blog post in the brand new sizzling hot year of 2009!! Hope you’re feeling non-taxated and somewhat adrenalised in this post festive period.

There’s no doubt 2008 was a year full of doom and gloom with so many twisted  ironies and occasional idiosyncrasies, but I’m impatiently waiting to see what 2009 holds for pop-culturalist, sub-modernist trends inspectors like me.

So before I choke to death with my own excitement, here’s some interesting trend forecasts freshly delivered from the web:

General trends

Jeremy Gutsch at Trend Hunter:  Hot Trends in 2009 Forecast

Predictions: DIY crafting, Hollywood virals, Shockvertising, Geek pride, Humanisation of pets, Style over tradition, Pop gaming, Brag materialism and Political Remixing.

Art

Telegraph: Top 10 websites for art in 2009

The Independent: Highlights of 2009: Art

Prediction: Don’t think anyone knows it yet!, I reckon  it’ll be the usual wacky, harebrained, controversial, extremely talented and non talented stuff. Apparently, Linz, the Austrian city will be the European Capital of Culture in 2009, excited to see what the city regorges up with.

Music

Guardian Music: Hotlist 2009

The Vine TV: UK music predictions 2009

Predictions: 2009 will be the year of pop sensation Clare Maguire, and a  host of other bands and artists, as listed below.

  • Florence and the Maching
  • Everything Everything
  • Golden Silvers
  • Little Boots
  • The Big Pink
  • Doves
  • Antony & The Johnsons
  • White Lies
  • AutoKratz
  • And the mighty Franz Ferdinand comeback album!

Fashion

Fashionising: Fashion Trends 2009

Trend Hunter: Spring-Summer 2009 Fashion

Predictions: 2009 SS Women’s fashion will consist of wrecked denim, fetish garments, fairy tale dresses, see-throughs, flat abs and all other things that I’m happy to ignore.

Consumer technology

Telegraph: Future technology: our predictions for 2009

Digital Trends: Tech Trends for 2009

Predictions: Touchy feely screens, Netbooks, Blu-ray players, live-streaming technology and more social networking shabangs.

The web/Social Media

ReadWriteWeb: 2009 Web Predictions

Lightspeed Venture: Consumer Internet Predictions for 2009

Predictions: Free web, Virtualisation, Better social media management tools and more mashups.

Science

Telegraph: New Year 2009: Leading thinkers offer predictions of ‘next big thing’

Predictions: Radiotelepathy, green energy technology, genetic re-engineering, Artificial Intelligence, personal genomics and funnily enough the End of Optimism.

Who said paper was the only way of printing and distributing news? According to a new invention by T-Post, a quirky Swedish company, you can now have your news printed on a t-shirt. Once you’ve digested the news on your t-shirt, you can then go out in the street wearing it. It’s revealed that T-Post have more than 2,600 subscribers and 1,027 fans from around the world with new issues appearing every six weeks. What’s more you can also model for your T-Post too, but only if you live in Sweden and willing to stand in your pants for the photoshoot.

I think T-Post is a great addition to my previous post SME Hunts for T-shirt Heavens, as one of the best places to get your hands on rare uber-trendy t-shirts.

Observer published a feature today called the 08 Cool List, with effortlessly cool Alexa Chung, the Channel4 TV presenter being on top of the list. I think she well deserves to be named the coolest, as she’s uber talented, stylish and has really quirky sense of humour, and let’s not forget she bagged herself an Arctic Monkey.

Here’s rest of the top 10 cool people out of 50.

2. Miranda July

An author, film-maker, artist and god know what else, July is a neo-punkist who made a prizewinning film Me and You and Everyone We Know and a collection of stories, No One Belongs Here More Than You. She is working on some very cool web projects, go and check the out.

3 & 4. Camilla and Marc Freeman, designers

This Australian siblings who make bold yet wearable dresses worn by cool Hollywood kids like Kirsten Dunst, Mischa Barton and Scarlett Johanson. They must have inherited their coolness from their uber fashionista grandma or something.

5. Camille, musician

Parisian 30-year-old Camille’s 2005 album, Le Fil, starts with an intake of breath. Later, there are hand claps and moments of human beat-box. Her recent release, ‘Music Hole’, is quirky in the best possible way” Observer says. Here’s her song Paris in french 🙂

6. Henrik Vibskov, fashion designer

Danish designer Vibskov, 35, makes films and funny, colourful, brilliant cropped trousers like these ones.

7. Yvan Face Hunter, photographer/blogger

Yvan, cam-shoots rare stylistas around Europe for his street fashion blog Face Hunter and as previously posted he also has street fashion show which expolores fashion beyond Europe.

8. Steve Gullick, photographer

London-based Gullick, rose to fame as a punk photographer before starting seminal anti-music-press magazine Careless Talk Costs Lives. He photographed the likes of Kurt Cobain, Neil Young and Bloc Party and all his photos are vintage looking.

9. Brian Gathii, graphic designer

Kenyan-born Gathii uses innovative, non-fading techniques to create hilarious, neon t-shirts. Check the dude’s interview on NYLON magazine.

10. Fafi, artist

Parisian street-artist Fafi, paints feminine graffiti – curvy, sassy girls all around the world. Her profile reads “her sexy, funny, and sometimes aggressive girl characters made the whole world look and help kick-start a whole new graphic language; exploring feminity through stereotypes, and using it to her advantage, she drew enormous attention and thus started to travel the world with thousands of Fafinettes in her brushes and paint cans”

Threadless BesteesMy trend ball tells me that we’re getting ever more loved up with our second wardrobe – our t-shirts. Forget about the Man-U t-shirts, I am talking about the trendiest and artiest t-shirts on earth.

Have you noticed the trend savvy young things wearing the insanely snazzy t-shirts, just like the ones seen on D.A.N.C.E video from Justice. Well, I personally fell in love with lots of t-shirts worn by others, but never dared to ask where they possibly got them from, sometimes I’d wonder whether they were sent by the aliens as a modern day fashion fix.

Anyhow, without being too superstitious, I went on a hunt for the most original t-shirts online and I can tell you that there is plenty of t-shirt loving culture going on and below are my Top 5 online destinations for t-shirt aficionados, in no particular order.

1. My first stop was a site called A Better Tomorrow, the site offers some really cool graphic and cartoon style t-shirts from various designers. The selection is absolutely humongous with a price tag of €16 for a tee.

2. Threadless, the only site that has a ready built community around designing and making t-shirts. Thanks to its whole-hearted DIY approach and ever revolving customer base, it has become something of a mecca for an original t-shirt lovers. Those who submit their own designs, gets a huge cash reward and as a customer you get the most inspirational, unique and random t-shirts ever made. Price: depends on your choice.

3. SP:UK is an up and coming UK clothing brand that sells the coolest and urbanist t-shirts in limited edition. It also guarentees that your t-shirt is made from an organic source. Currently they’re inviting all scribblers, doodlers and aspiring artworkers to submit their t-shirt designs to a competition here. Price: Starts from £16.50

4. BustedTees Defunker, an online t-shirt seller based in US, offers some of the most good looking t-shirts and has handsome pictures to prove it. Price: $22 (£12) for a t-shirt.

5. Uniqlo UT T-shirts has over 700 invidual designs some of which are so ecclectic and vibrant that you can’t resist not buying and once bought there’s no chance you’d find others wearing the same stuff, not to mention your t-shirt comes pickled in a jar. Price £12.99 for a funky tee.

Uniqlo UT

If you’re interested in more information about custom T-shirts I found the following blogs to be very useful T-Shirt Talk Blog and The T-shirt Around the Internet.

Oh, and you can use Pleasedress.me, a dedicated T-shirt search engines to find all the latest t-shirt designs.

The world’s favourite street fashion blogger Yvan Rodic at Face Hunter has reportedly launched a show that will capture the weird and wonderfulness of the world’s fashion at it’s rawest.

Shot to fame after taking thousands of photos of street fashionistas around the world, Yvan is said to be embarking on a bigger project of capturing the modern fashion and culture beyond still images. In a recent interview with PFSK, Yvan explained how he got the inspirations:

“After two years of chasing the elegantly strange, the aesthetically sensual and the discretely eccentric in the world-wide playground of Face Hunter, I feel like it’s high time I share more than just my photos. It became almost frustrating not to show to the world the creativity of all the people I was meeting, who happenned to be not only well dressed but for lots of them very talented as well.”

You can catch up with the rest of the show by visiting Facehunter.tv on Myspace.