zondag 29 januari 2012

inspiring flyer design

Inspiring artwork on flyers: 
Amsterdam versus Antwerp
One of my favorite things to do is wondering around in a random city. This could be my hometown (Amsterdam), a small town village i have never been before, or ofcourse somewhere abroad. Whenever i can i completey submerge myself in all there is to see. Coming across a lot of restaurants, bars and stores i always find myself collecting cool pieces of artwork. Here are a few, i wanted to share with you.

vrijdag 27 januari 2012

A trip to Antwerp, part one: Cous cous cola

This week i went on a daytrip with a close friend of mine to Antwerp, Belgium. It was great. So here's a little 'Antwerp love part one'.

Abdembi Ben Hadach combines arabic exotism and western modernism in an exclusive collection of fashion & shoes for him and her, plus unique objects, jewellery, handbags and many other finds. A part from the good concept, the design is also great! 

More info:  http://www.couscouscola.be/index.php
Or visit the Cous cous cola concept store:
Schoytestraat 2/4
2000 Antwerpen
Open from tuesdays till saturdays
couscous cola shop
concept store

flyer front

flyer back

Photographer Cat Stevens

Nogstalgic, carefree, zeitgeist

Cat Stevens is a London based photographer that captures the essence of a lazy sunny afternoon perfectly. His style is nostalgic, carefree and relaxed but with a dark twist.
Enough said, let's watch...

Cat Stevens for Effi Briest
Cat Stevens for Bat For Lashes

source: http://www.catstevensphotography.com/fashion/all

donderdag 19 januari 2012

Trend ugly food

The food, the bad and the ugly

On an everyday basis there are tons of vegetables and fruits thrown away because they don’t raise up to our ideal image of a vegetable or fruit. A paprika with a face? Thrown away. A courgette with 3 parts? Thrown away. If a product does not meet our expectations (when it comes to looks) it ends up in the garbage.
Us throwing away perfectly fine food, is a shocking fact, especially when you think about all the people in the world that don’t have enough to eat.  Ugly Food is a Dutch initiative that invokes farmers and producers to give this Ugly Food a second chance.
More information at: www.uglyfood.com  (dutch only)

woensdag 11 januari 2012

The return of the plaid

Who doesn't remember Cher, the popular high school girl from the nineties? Well this fashionable girl wears a lot (and i really mean a lot) of plaids.
Seventeen years later, in an era where nothing seemingly goes right, we fall back on former fashion, former trends and past events. We feel once more inspired, once more relieved by blasts from the past. 2012 proofs to be a true comeback for the geomatrics, uniformity and colors plaids give us.
Amongst the designers who celebrate plaids this upcoming season are Vivienne Westwood, Carven, Alexandre Herchcovitch and Sonia Rykiel.

Clueless 1995

Clueless 1995

a traditional tartan with greens, blues and a touch of red
Carven winter 2011

Streetlook by Charlene O. from Lookbook.nu
Sonia Rykiel Fall/Winter 2011

A more contemporary and updated look from Alexandre Herchcovitch Pre-Fall 2012

donderdag 5 januari 2012

Experiment: analog photography

Ever since i came across some analog pictures from my childhood, i am fascinated with analog photography. I just love it's spontaneity, colors and blurriness.

one of my favorite pictures from my childhood: my dad en i on the beach somewhere in the early nineties
Driven by this curiosity for (analog) photography - and anything that has something to do with history for that matter - i decided to take on an experiment
I found two disposable/single-use cameras which were far past the expiration date (2005). And during a few months i took them everywhere i went. Of course there were a lot of crumbly and dark photos...but to my suprise a few of them turned quite nice.

saturated photo made with camera one [some gardenflowers]

crumly photo made with camera two [my dog]

overlay with 2 photos [my sister]
overlay with two photos [my sister at the dutch coast]

sky high filled with colors

overlighted [my dear friend]

satureted and mysteriously red [my dear friend/housemate and i]  

woensdag 4 januari 2012

Azzedine Alaïa in the 21th century. Exposition at Groninger Museum, Netherlands

Azzedine Alaïa at The Groninger Museum
december 11th 2011 - may 6th 2012

Alaïa is considered to be one of the last remaining great couturiers. He is well known for his use of fabrics, it's almost as if his clothing fits the body like a second skin. He has a great eye for silhouettes and use of fabrics. This unique kind of designing let him on to in vending stretch, which resulted in the invention of the legging.
At the Groninger museum his work of the last decade (2000 - 2011) is on display. Not by date, but by fabric and color. This results in to an interesting glimpse in the head of the master himself.
It shows his love for snake skin, chiffon, leather, wool and lycra.
Also fascinating is the amount of (jaw dropping) handwork he puts into his creations. Every detail, every inch is sheer perfection.

One of my favorite pieces is a black chiffon/snake skin dress from the summer 2010 couture collection.
It shows exactly what Alaïa is capabel of: fine craftmanship with a clear vision.