Friday, April 29, 2011

Oh! The Hats! At The Royal Wedding

The Royal Wedding of Prince William & Catherine Middleton wouldn't be complete without the... HATS!  The Kentucky Derby is probably is as close as we can get here in the U.S. 

No doubt, we still have some catching up to do with the Britts!  These hats are amazing in shapes, design, and the details, my oh my the details.  Most of the hats you see worn at the wedding today (and some VIP guests) are created by Mr. Philip Treacy, an Irish Milliner. 

Flip through below and view these classy hats worn at the Royal Wedding.

Princess Anne

Zara Phillips, Princess Anne's daughter

Tara Palmer-Tomkinson

Sister Princesses Beatrice & Eugenie
Philip Treacy  Born in Ireland, Philip is a miliner who have designed hats for Alexander McQueen's white haute couture collection at Givency in Paris.  His hats have also been seen on the runways of Karl Lagerfield at Chanel, Valentino, Ralph Laruen, and Donna Karen.  You can check out Philip's work by scrolling down further but first, some more hats from the wedding.
Lady Amelia, Lady Eliza, and Lady Kitty, daughters of the Earl of Spencer

Sophie Winkleman, Lady Frederick Windsor

Carole Middleton, The Queen, The Duchess of Cornwall

David & Victoria Beckham

Source of Royal Wedding pictures above: BBC News & US Weekly

The Works of Philip Treacy

Harper's Bazaar, Phillip Treacy for Alexander McQueen (2008)

Via Daily Mail UK

Source Haute Macabre
Source Haute Macabre

Source Haute Macabre
I just love his hats.  The architectural designs of his work just can't be beat.  Who knew that hats can be so three dimensional?

Can you imagine the amount of time is put into each of these amazing pieces of art? Yes, they are pricey but my goodness a lot of work was put into each one.  From the designing to the modeling and then the production.

Definitely a show stopper.

The Royal Wedding Dress

Finally! The world now knows the dress in which the Duchess of Cambridge chose to wear:

Designed by Sara Burton of Alexander McQueen.  The dress epitomizes the British Tradition in workmanship and the talent of the people. 

She worked closed with Sarah Burton in the design ensuring to keep the royal tradition but with the touch of modernity in the ways of McQueen's fashion house.  The lace applique of the bodice and skirt were hand-made by the Royal School of Needlework.  While the wedding shoes were also handmade by Alexander McQueen's team from ivory duchesse satin with lace hand-embroided by the Royal School of Needelwork.


Source: Royal Wedding Org.
Source: US Weekly
Source: BBC News
Source: Royal Wedding Org., US Weekly, BBC

Thursday, April 28, 2011

L'Art de L'Automobile

Source: Vanity Fair, A 1958 Ferrari Testa Rosa, center, surrounded by other Ferraris from the 60's, 70's, and 90's.
Like his elegant, timeless and iconic apparel designs, Ralph Lauren had always seen cars as pieces of art.  Vanity Fair's Todd Eberle had a chance to enter the inner sanctum of Ralph Lauren's "museum like" garage and photographed some of his beloved car collections.

This week 17 of his rare and exceptional cars will be on displayed at the Louvre's Musée des Arts Décoratifs for the show entitled: L'Art de l'Automobile.

The show opening car is the 1938 Bugatti Atlantic, a masterpiece that is estimated in the upwards of $32 million.  You'll have to scroll through the post to see it!

Vanity Fair, A 1938 Alfa Romeo Mille Miglia Spyder.

Vanity Fair, In the foreground, a 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Alloy Gullwing. (2)

Vanity Fair, A 2006 Bugatti Veyron.  

Vanity Fair, A 2010 Lamborghini Murcielago Super Volece.

 "They're all like children to me... They're all similar, yet very different.  Each one amazing."  - Ralph Lauren

Vanity Fair, A 1955 Morgan +4 Drop Head Coupe.

Vanity Fair, A 1929 Bentley 4 1/4 Litre Blower.

Vanity Fair, Interior of a 1954 Ferrari 375+. (10) A 1965 Ferrari P/23

Vanity Fair, A 1965 Ferrari P2/3.

Vanity Fair, Cockpit of a 1955 Mercedes-Benz steel-body Gullwing.

"A collector sits back and doesn't live with it.  I love every one of them." -Ralph Lauren
Vanity Fair, A 1938 Bugatti Atlantic
The Art of the Automobile runs through August 28, 2011.

Source: Vanity Fair (pictures), Style.Com "The Art of the Automobile"

Washed Ashore

Washed Ashore aims to help educate us about marine debris and plastic pollution through art. 

This fish is made from debris and pollution found along the coast of Oregon.  Community members unite to pick up our beaches each year.  They use these debris to create artful creations from fish toother marine life sculptures.

Help with the cause and learn more about Washed Ashore by visiting their website.

Bacon? For My MacBook? YES please!

Source: Antjes Shop on Etsy via Path Less Pedaled

Bacon Case for MacBook Air!

The Famous bacon case for your Apple gear is here!

Pharrell Keeps on Beating

Source:, French Vogue
Where to begin... The name Pharrell is synonymous to the world of Hip Hop, Pop Culture, Pop Art and in recent years fashion.

What makes Pharrell, Pharrell? Along with Hugo and Chad, the trio is a crazy talented music producer with an uncanny ability to mix beats and melodies that will get your rump shaking.  His music style is that of hip hop + classic rock, something he listened to growing up.  Double Platinum at 17, they went on to make hits after hits for some of the industry's biggest names: Jay-Z, Beenie Man, Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, Gwin Stefani, Usher, and on and on. 

Music created Pharrell's career.  But like all stories of creation, evolution plays its role.  Pharrell has evolved into many things fantastic and his achievements as an artist has made his mark on Pop Culture and the history of fashion.

The Attention

Hugo and Chad had written many beats in the 90's but their attention getter with its "Neptunes sound" came from N.O.R.E's "Superthug" in 1998.

DLT90's "Yo N-E-P-T-U-N-E-S / the way they lace a beat's like, one of the best"
-Noreaga, "Super Thug" (1998)

Hot in Herre...
Before she shaved off her hair, he helped Britney gain her first worldwide No. 1.  Can't get better than being No. 1

Then Pharrelle and Nelle realized that "It's Getting Hot in Herre"...

Source: MTV Press, 2002 MTV Music Video Award: Busta, P-Diddy, Pharrell & Usher

The Style Icon...

Source: TheNeptunes.Org, Pharrell for GQ
At the top of his game and in high demand for the infectious beats, Pharrell transformed himself once more into a new kind of icon: Style icon.

He can pull off a plain white T-shirt, a pair of Tom's shoes and a trucker hat with swag.  His style is effortless.
Source: TheNeptunes.Org, Pharrell for GQ

Source: TheNeptunes.Org, Pharrell for GQ
I scream, you scream we all scream for...         ICE CREAM!

Pharrell x Nigo, via Highsnobiety

Japan he went, they met and then came BBC Ice Cream.  Pharrell and Nigo hit it off from the start.  Both had very similar interests.  Nigo owned BAPE in Japan and Pharrell likes what he did.  After some interchange, a joint venture started the BBC/Ice Cream street wear in the U.S. It was a rough start at first but the rest is now history.

Below is BBC 2010 S/S collection...  a little behind the time? Yes, but look how timeless it is.
The idea of having limited edition items is just marketing ingenuity... genius.  BBC/Ice Cream items are highly in demand and is the pinnacle of street wear; it is royalty.  Would I buy these? Oh heck yeah!
Via Highsnobiety
And then came The Millionaires...
(c) Louis Vuitton

via The Daily Front Row

A historical collaboration, Pharrell together with Nigo and Marc Jacobs created 8 designs for Louis Vuitton's first sunglasses collection in 2005: The Millionaire sunglasses.  Where's my winning lotto ticket?????

Source: Highsnobiety

Bling Bling... Blason for Vuitton
Source: Provider Magazine, via
Source: BBC/IceCream

Blason, the symbol of dynasty and French Heraldry.  Often synonymous with a coat of arms and conveys aristocratic heritage that spans from one generation to another. 

In 2008, his continued collaboration with Louis Vuitton migrated into the house's fashion jewelry line.  Pharrell worked with Camille Miceli (Marc Jacob's personal public relations and jewelry consultant to LV) to create an edgy collection that is inspired by the music universe.
No doubt, Pharrell's work with Louis Vuitton has helped emblazoned the fashion house history.  But he didn't stop there.  Chairs anyone?

“I had often wondered what it’s like to truly be in love,not lust for once..So I decided not to ask what it was like in someone else’s shoes or what it was like to sit in their seat.." -Pharrell Williams

"Perspective", Source: BBC Ice Cream

"Perspective", Source: BBC Ice Cream
His work of art continued in 2008 with another collaboration with Domeau & Pérès.  The chair and table was in his design for the prestigious Emmanuel Perrotin Galerie show held in Paris. 

With all his successes, Pharrell has not forgotten the roots that helped gave him his start.  His old home ground in Virginia Beach, Virginia, is a big focus for his philanthropy.  He works with local officials to help create a youth resource center that will run academic enrichment programs.  With his mom's help, they created From One Hand to Another, Inc.  Currently, his charity organization and NASA has joined hands to encourage the youths of Virginia Beach to pursue science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). 

Oh! and just for kicks...  ha ha, that was ironic "kicks"

Source: Hidden Garments

Source: Hidden Garments

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