Friday, July 30, 2010

Fur Necklaces or Pearl Necklaces with Barbed Wire

Dana Lorenz is the pretty-punk jewelry designer behind Fenton/Fallon and J.Crew's most recent collaborative jewelry collection. Trained as a painter, she started out creating necklaces for herself and friends, layering strands of pearls and Swarovski crystals with spikes and chains. Her jewelry has since appeared on the necks of a slew of A-listers and celebs (including Michelle Obama herself, last year). 

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Treehouses: A new style of living, part 3

This time, it's not a house perched on a tree but an airplane !!
If you have fantasies of living like the Swiss Family Robinson or even the characters in Lost, this rainforest resort near Quepos, Costa Rica may be just the ticket. Situated on the edge of the Manuel Antonio National Park, the Costa Verde Resort features an incredible hotel suite set inside a Boeing 727 airplane. In its former life the airplane transported globetrotters on South Africa Air and Avianca Airlines, and it now serves as a two bedroom suite perched on the edge of the rainforest overlooking the beach and ocean.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Travel Chic with Barbara Rihl

They are handsome, witty, smart and make good companions. Not men - Barbara Rihl's handbags.
Austrian born Barbara Rihl, a student of Karl Lagerfeld and Jill Sander (and the wife of Pierre Herme, the Macaroon king), just launched her flagship store in Paris. Her boutique is dedicated to fabulous creations of handbags and other accessories such as travel ballerina-style flat shoes, cashmere shawls, and cardigans. Her collection is geared towards the chic traveler, the jet setter, the city slicker and those who simply appreciate high quality yet affordable style.

Barbara Rihl's bags are made of lively colors and luxurious materials and reflect her enthusiasm for travel, fashion and over all a bright sense of humor as you will see on her website.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Femke Agema and her Totem Collection

Amsterdam based fashion designer Femke Agema likes to play. For her "Totem" project, she started by making textile installations inspired on totem poles which she used as a starting point for her clothing collection. The Totem project is currently on view at the Moooi Gallery in Amsterdam until the end of August.
Here is a look at these amusing outfits.

Totem collection

Here are some funny pictures from an earlier collection, Hideout (2007).

Images courtesy Femke Agema
To see more, click on Femke Agema Collections

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Hair Wars or Hairdressing Championships 2010

Several years ago, I saw Blow Dry, a delightful movie about two beauty salons in a small English town that are running for the National Hairdressing Championships. Little did I know something similar has been going on in Detroit for quite sometime, and this is what is going on this year ..... A competitive styling.
This is not some eccentric reality show.This is Hair Wars, a 25-year-old Detroit tradition, this year featuring about 34 stylists and 300 models, that has become one of the premier hairstylist events in the U.S. The realization of some of these extravagant hair designs took from 30 min. up to one month to prep.
Here is a selection of the best from Hair Wars.

Beautiful Butterfly, prep time: 10hr

The Hummer, prep time 1day

Fun-House Clown, prep time 1hr

Birdcage, prep time 1hr

Oreo Confusion, prep time 8hr

Alice in Wonderland, prep time 7hr. 30min.

Tropicana, prep time 1month

A Big Bravo to all the participants for their skills and originality .
See more on Time
Images courtesy Time
Thanks to P.P for the tip

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Green Buildings, Green Design

Green Architecture is an integration of environmental elements, spiritual and personal well-being, healthy household practices, architectural designs and non-toxic building materials. The integration of all of these things creates the ideal, modern, nutritious home or work place. Better design for the greater good.

"Organic architecture seeks superior sense of use and a finer sense of comfort, expressed in organic simplicity."
-Frank Lloyd Wright

Green Design is Good Design
Enviro Tower - Singapore

Acros, a Giant Pyramid covered in Green Grass. Fukuoka-Japan

Aston Martin, a luxury resort disguised as a giant mountain of Lush Green in Montenegro.
The perfect place for a covert getaway

The view 

Hill-Shaped French Eco House
A gorgeous green house disguised as a grassy hill in Reims, France

A pic inside 

Maximum Garden House creates Green Urban Space in Singapore.

Vertical living wall and green roof

Source Inhabitat