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British designer Matthew Harding has a wonderful sense of structure in his latest collection. It’s fluffy and  rigid at the same time. It makes me want to snuggle my face into the fabric like it was Mr. Marmar after a kitty spa day. I also really like the column of white silky tubes- although it reminds me of a Charmin toilet paper roll. There’s something galactic about those ensembles that appeals to me. I’ve been on a Star Wars marathon lately, thanks to my 5 year old son and I have a new sense of appreciate for the costumes, especially the later Star Wars movies. Anyway, Matthew Harding is definitely one to watch.

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Artist Pei-San Ng’s “Passionis a collection of artwork made each with over 2,500 matches. That is more tedious than plucking one thousand ingrown hairs from your southern region. Seriously, these matches are all perfectly aligned and standing upright. Even Rain Man is impressed! I love the ones that have been set on fire. I sound like such a pyro! HAHHAHA! Iswear the only thing I light up is my damn Yankee Candle every night. Anyway, brilliant work Pei-San and congrats on having the world’s shortest last name (see below)!

photos: Pei-San Ng

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Because you know a dude is not gonna steal a bike named Nina! Write A Bike is the creation of French designer Juri Zaech and is at the prototype stage. So, you’re gonna have to wait a little bit for this one to hit the market. I really love the colors of the bikes, too. You know how some names are longer than others, like Hatmaguptafratarinagarosterlous? How does that work? And what if your name was a little malnourished and only two letters like, Ed? I think you would fall off the bike, is what. Anywho, I would totally get this if my fear of riding a bike would subside. Blame it on my brother running me over with a bike when I was 5. Thanks, man.

photos: Write A Bike

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If you ever wanted to blend into your Nana’s basement wall or be all ninja in front of your shady uncle’s station wagon, this may be for you. Rodarte sent models down the runway with woodgrain (‘faux bois‘ if you wanna be all fancy-like) print ensembles for their Spring 2011 collection. Seriously, the only reason I would wear head to toe woodwork was if I wanted to get all stealth in the woods and get up close to nature and stuff. But with my luck, some angry chipmunk or aggressive woodpecker would probably try to peck or bite me, so ….NO, that would actually be a bad idea come to think of it. I have to admit I have a pair of Puma trainers that are wood grain with pink neon laces that I designed through Mongolian BBQ/Puma. Although, I have yet to wear them in the woods, whenever that will be! I’ll be sure to pack my mace.

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Check these cool hats by Zara Carpenter and Dadaya!

Let’s start with the wounded Bambi- As you may know, I love gnomes and deer. So this would be fantastic addition to my wardrobe. Although, the arrows in the deer’s butt is cruel, I still like it because it’s so macabre. It costs about $450, so I better start saving those pennies!

The mini-beret is adorable! Perfect for my gnome in my garden!

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photos: Zara Carpenter, Dadaya

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Here are a few looks from the Central Saint Martin’s fashion show featuring designs from this year’s graduates. I see visions of Viktor & Rolf, Klaus Nomi, Avatar, marshmallows, and the (Tr)Olsen Twins in this collective. Now we know what goes on in their dorm rooms. Something involving those listed. Anyway, I actually think I like the puffy, cloud outfit… I would wear that on a plane so I can rest my head on the puffs of awesomeness during the flight. And one can never have too many arm warmers (first photo)- love those! The white boxy cape (third photo) is perfect for cleptos. You could totally jack a microwave with that coat on.

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A fascinating exhibit in the Morono Kiang GalleryTraces of Being: Iran in the Passage of Memories showcases mixed media and installations by Pantea Karimi, Hushi Mortezaie, Amitis Motevalli, and Fereshteh Toosi. All these artists share one thing in common- their memories of the Persian culture, Iranian history and how it was and how it has been perceived through their young eyes and how it inspired their enthralling creations.

Through the eyes of artist/designer Hushi Mortezaie, fashion and his passion for the pop culture is translated in his pieces for this exhibit, aptly called ‘Chic Boutique’. Silhouette life-size cut outs of the women in traditional Persian dress decorated with high fashion labels, money, newspapers, and yes, a Metallica patch proved to be a interesting take on the traditional vs. modern. With faces of superstar singer, Googoosh and Michael Jackson among others, the Pop culture knows no cultural boundaries in Mortezaie’s works. Beautiful vintage pieces from his avant-garde Michael & Hushi collection were on display linking the gap between fashion, self expression, art and the traditional Persian attire popular in the many quaint often mountainous villages of Iran. One stunning piece features a leather bomber jacket with a painting of ancient Persian miniatures made popular in poetry books by Hafez. A belt made of bullets, a Chanel bag as a hat and to die for heels with a curled up toe that would make a genie jealous. Nationalistic slogans written in Farsi proved his love for Iran and the freedom it deserves. Beautiful, thought provoking, kitschy, and at times, political, Mortezaie knows how to balance it all in the name of fashion.

Other installations included an installation of marble slabs in pastels with Farsi written phrases in gold, intricate sketched drawings and a particularly colorful installation by Fereshteh Toosi involving yarn, neon plastic strings, and the formation of spheres and squares.

An interactive installation was created on one wall of the gallery. Historic images and happenings translate differently to different people. This installation explores those translations by the way of a timeline on the side of one wall of the gallery. You may post and read other people’s recollections at different points of history. Of course, the most filled point was 1979. However, this year is filling up fast. 

Here is my memory:

As a Persian-American, I have not actually been to Iran. I speak Farsi, well enough to drop f-bombs when needed, (I’ve been told with a New England accent!) and celebrate Persian customs. My family came to America to attend university nine years before the revolution. At the time of the overthrow of the Shah, I was 2 going on 3. I remember watching the 1979 Islamic Revolution unfolding on the evening news unaware of the huge impact it would have on Iran’s future, my family, and how it would shape me as a person.

One vivid memory I had was when I would finish bathing, I would put a towel on my head and baby talk “Ma-sha-shaw’, throwing my fist in the air Arsenio Hall –style. I’ll be my own translator: ‘Margh bar Shah’= ‘Death to the Shah.’ Heavy words for a 3 year old, but I was merely a parrot mimicking the images on the nightly news. After all, The Muppet Show was coming up after the news so I was hyper and excited!

me waiting for The Muppet Show at saying 'Ma-sha-shaw'

me waiting for The Muppet Show at saying 'Ma-sha-shaw'

As history repeats itself, I wonder if my son notices the green flags, the frenzy on Twitter, and the brave Iranian people chanting the chants for freedom. I bet he does, but he probably still wonders when Yo Gabba Gabba will come on. One day he’ll remember, too.

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Visit:

Sept 10-Nov. 21, 2009

MoronoKiang Gallery

Los Angeles, CA

photos: Me!

PS- ‘TEACUPS & COUTURE’ TURNS ONE YEAR TODAY! I’m gonna celebrate with a cupcake and lots of kitty hugs. 😀

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