Friday, February 29, 2008

Wonder Woman T-Shirts

Keeping up with the Wonder Woman theme here I included a few cool T-shirts featuring the most famous daughter of Paradise Island's Queen Hypolite.
Prices range from US$9.00 to US$26.00
Available at 80'

Wonder Woman Theme Song & Lyrics

I've been feeling a little nostalgic today so nothing like a bit of the fabulous Wonder Woman to cheer up my mood! I added the lyrics so you can also hum along to this great clip from the TV show's opening sequence. If you are at work refrain from doing your own version of the "Wonder Woman spin" as your co-workers might look at you funny. Enjoy!

Wonder Woman, Wonder Woman.
All the world is waiting for you,
and the power you possess.

In your satin tights,
Fighting for your rights
And the old Red, White and Blue.

Wonder Woman, Wonder Woman.
Now the world is ready for you,
and the wonders you can do.

Make a hawk a dove,
Stop a war with love,
Make a liar tell the truth.

Wonder Woman,
Get us out from under,
Wonder Woman.
All our hopes are pinned upon you.
And the magic that you do.

Stop a bullet cold,
Make the Axis fold,
Change their minds, and change the world.

Wonder Woman, Wonder Woman.
You're a wonder, Wonder Woman.

Bruised Barbie

Either Barbie has some closeted S&M kinky side that we are not aware of or Ken has some explaining to do...

Prada's Spring Summer 2008 Ad Campaign

On Prada's current advertising campaign you will see this vast mural used as a backdrop for their models as they showcase the latest in must-have accessories and intellectual fashion. The panel was designed by Los Angeles artist James Jean as a wallpaper format that measures an impressing 17' x 200'! The artwork can be seen hanging on Prada's flagship stores in Beverly Hills and Soho's Epicenter.

Prada says it “represents the somewhat perverse intersection between Hieronymus Bosch and Aubrey Beardsley. The image depicts an intense landscape of man-eating flowers, dragons, hybrid creatures and eerie fairies.”

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Rei Kawakubo @ NYT Magazine

Great article on Comme des Garcons' Rei Kawakubo on the NYTimes magazine by Cathy Horyn. It gives great insight on the whole creative process and operation of the world's most conceptual and avant-garde fashion house, founded by Kawakubo almost 40 years ago. Under the Comme de Garcons' umbrella she gave room for the talents of Junya Watanabe and Tao Kurihara, that unlike cheaper CDG collections are separate labels with their own identity and creative independence. Kawakubo claims that the first time she sees their collections is when they are shown on the Paris runways, though they all work on the same office building in Tokyo.

To read the whole article click here

The Art of Zhang Pen

These cute/creepy little Asian girls are the brain-child of Chinese artist Zhang Pen, that through photography and painting creates these eerily beautiful tableaux. Some images can be a bit unsettling as the mix of little kids and blood-like fluids as not an usual visual choice. The doll-looking girl holding the large knife in front of a birthday cake is my favorite image, with it's icing done with several dead gold fish. Creepy!!!
To see her more of her cool work pay a visit to her site.

Milo By A Bathing Ape

New for 2008 is this cute baby gorilla plush toy by A Bathing Ape. This soft, cuddly and furry toy is known as Milo, a character often used on many of Bape's products such as the recent collaboration with Nickelodeon for a Milo x Spongebob Squarepants toy. Love it!!
Available now at Cliffedge.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Stuffed Wacky Packs

These stuffed toys are nothing short of a stupid miracle -- they're Wacky Packs that have been lovingly enlarged and turned into Wacky Pack Pillows. If you remember Wacky Packs from your troubled youth, they're a new twist on nostalgic lunacy. If you're new to Wacky Packs, they're just plain, old funny! The style and artwork of the original Wacky Packs have been remarkably converted to 3-D form. The colors are perfect, and the artwork superb.
Each 3-D Stuffed Wacky Pack is between 5-6 inches tall and about 4 inches wide and they cost US$6.99 each . There are twelve different styles in all with precious names like:
Ratz Crackers, Slum Maid Raisins, Hawaiian Punks, Chock Full of Nuts and Bolts Coffee, Mutt's Apple Juice, Struggle Stool Softener, Krusty Krumbs Doughnuts, Suffertone Tanning Lotion and Gutterade Sports Drink. Love it!

Available at

M-People By Rodolphe Simeon

Vancouver based photographer Rodolphe Simeon's M-People series is quite a sight to behold.
The M-People serie is about people living behind a Mask or Makeup. They live under the influence of Matthew, Mickey Mouse, Marilyn, Marie-Antoinette,Mick and Marianne, Miles and Magritte, and many others...or so Simeon describes it. It is gory and violent at times, with S&M touches and a slight gay innuendo.
To view more of his great work visit his site by clicking here.

Bond No.9's Andy Warhol Union Square

The nice folks at edgy downtown perfumery Bond No.9 are always sending me fun product updates in the mail and I love getting their samples too! Their new Andy Warhol series scent is coming out on March 1st and it's called Union Square. The second of their Warhol collectibles is named for the environs of the two Union Square studios that the artist and his crew successively occupied during 1968-1984—his years of notoriety. It was at these downtown locations Warhol created the Mao paintings, the commissioned portraits of the rich and famous, and his portfolio of 10 Flowers screen prints - same images that adorn it's new bottle.
Let’s start with the scent itself. While most floral fragrances just hint at cool, and vice-versa, this one is an ambi-sexual, daringly balanced mix of sweet and cool. Sometimes the gentle scent of lily of the valley seems about to prevail, looped together with blue freesia, golden amber, and animal musk to enhance its sensuality. At other times, crunchy green-stem notes and white birch wood are poised to turn this scent into one of pure, clean energy. But then the sweetness and the coolness merge, and stay merged.
Available in 100 ml and 50ml flacons, Andy Warhol Union Square will be available at Bond No. 9’s four New York boutiques, through their site and at Saks Fifth Avenue nationwide. Prices range from US$135.00 to US$195.00 depending on size. And for the serious collector who desires the complete Warhol series there is also a portfolio of ten different bottles. They are meant to be viewed as one, as Warhol intended for his Flowers. Suggested retail price: US$1,500.00 for ten 100ml bottles.

Warhol once said “Another way to take up more space is with perfume. I really love wearing perfume!

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Pink Flamingos & Cotton Candy

Nothing like a bucket-full of cute pink flamingos to cheer up one's day. I came across these (plastic) feathered friends the other day here in South Florida, sitting on a tabletop in front of a local shop.
The cotton candy plastic baggie bellow sports a kawaii-licious clown face and says "It's great. Take some home today!"


Sunday night I went to see Persepolis at my local megaplex. I had read about the movie many weeks ago but it was not playing anywhere around where I live, until this past Friday when it seemed to have opened nationwide, probably because of it's Oscar nomination for best animated movie. A brief resume of the movie:
Persepolis - the movie - is based on a French-language autobiographical graphic novel by Marjane Satrapi that describes her childhood in Iran after the revolution. The title is a reference to the historical town of Persepolis, an ancient ceremonial capital of the Persian Empire.
The film tells the story of of little Marjane Satrapi growing up in politically-unstable Iran. With the fall of the Shah's regime when she was ten years old, her world changed overnight. Girls and boys had to use different doors to enter the school. She had to cover herself with a long dark robe and head veil. Grownups around her began to disappear, including close relatives and family friends. Marjane is a rebel at heart and has several close encounters with the country's morality police and with her strict teachers at school. The Iran-Iraq war comes to her doorsteps as Iraqi bombs fall on the street where she lives. Eventually her parents hoping for a better future for Marjane send her abroad to receive a European education, but she is miserable: she loves her family and country, despite their flaws, too much to stay away for long. She feels like a misfit in Austria for being Iranian but she realizes that she isn't the same Marjane anymore as she returns to her home country.
The movie grabbed me from the beginning with it's stunning (mostly) black & white visuals. After living here in the US for many many years I grew unaccustomed to subtitles in movies, specially when trying to read English subtitles to a French-language animated film. The b&w screen does not help the type either - when trying to take it all in all at once it took me several minutes to get comfortable with it again. Though I wanted to say I loved the whole movie I must confess that I peeked at my watch a couple of times towards the end. This is no cheery Disney-fare - as war, torture, religious oppression and murder don't get much down play throughout the film. This movie won't make you leave the theater a happy camper or humming to some cute critter's sing-along. I was kind of bummed as this was not the uplifting fare that I was expecting. I knew the thematic would involve Iran/religion/politics but I was hoping for a more feel-good ending and that it's not what Persepolis is all about.