Pre Paris

Fashion, books, short stories, poems, comics, cartoons, culture and myself. In no specific order.

Richard Chai - Love Spring Summer 2012

Posted 2011-09-08 14:33:23 | Views: 12,850



Love Spring/Summer 2012 Collection


In art, the end of the analog age. (George Sanchez-Caldron)

Posted 2011-08-22 13:19:19 | Views: 11,694

Last March, the “New York Times” lamented in a commentary from David Pogue the demise of the sounds of the analog age. That scratching of a record as the needle leaves the vinyl, signaling the end of an album; the fast forward/rewind screeching zip-zip of a tape; the busy tone of a telephone; the “ka-ching” of a cash register. For the most part, none exist anymore.


So it’s the sound when entering George Sanchez-Calderon’s installation room at the de la Cruz Collection that feels the most immediate: it’s the click, click, click, flip, flip, flip of a train station sign changing times and destinations. The sound emanates from a real, giant Solari train station mechanism and is immediately recognizable to anyone (as in most of the world) who has traveled on trains. It is immediately identifiable as old-fashioned. The aural and visual aspect of the piece is also immediately nostalgic. Today, there are similar signs in airports, flashing updated times and gates, prompting a rush to new exit points — but they are silent. The digital age has left us mute without these telltale cues, which once became synonymous with “Modernism” and are now dated. Funny, isn’t it?


Sanchez-Calderon, whose quirky and engaging works have invigorated the Miami landscape for years, played with the idea of Modernism— its contradictions and its after effects — on a number of previous occasions. For instance, he erected an 80-percent-scale version of Le Corbusier’s classic Modernist house under a freeway overpass in Overtown, which stood for several years back in the early 2000s. On the one hand, here was a representative of “progress” as the Modern age once heralded, sitting in one of the most decrepit and neglected areas of any modern city in the world. As an artist, he is interested in both the literal and metaphorical architecture of our current era.





For his latest installation, called “The Family of Man” (a name appropriated from a mid-century MOMA exhibit from Edward Steichen), the big black-and-white sign flips and clicks, to tell us a new destination, a new time. On opening night, it included lots of repetitions of places, such as Providence (R.I.), and the same times, such as 6:66. Then, names of our corporate masters took the place of the “destination:” Wells Fargo, Merrill Lynch, Moody’s. Where, indeed, are we going?


 “I began to look for and found a Solari sign in early 2009, shortly after the September market crash of ’08,” says Sanchez-Calderon about the inspiration. “An analog device that marked this transition, a marker of sorts for Modernism.” The work will change throughout the month or so that it is up. “It only gets better,” says the artist.


“The Family of Man” site-specific installation, through Oct. 8, at the de la Cruz Collection, 23 N.E. 41st St., Miami;





Story on the new installation "The Family of Man."





































Via: Knight Arts


Wardrobe of Choice: Mara Hruby

Posted 2011-08-18 13:06:07 | Views: 15,039

“Clothing is simply a form of expression to display what lies inside your true soul; you shop to find the clothing that dresses your constantly evolving spirit.

The Wardrobe of Choice

- Mara Hruby


































































































There is beauty in clothing that has history behind it, hence the pleasure of finding vintage pieces with an unknown story.”

Comic Tights

Posted 2011-08-18 11:21:08 | Views: 16,090

Yes! Comic Tights!

These are pretty geeky and sexy all at once. There is nothing wrong with that. I'm not sure what comic strip is printed on these tights since I'm no expert. But, I will say I would like them with Spider-Man or Wonder Woman please?

Anselm Reyle - Funky Chair

Posted 2011-08-17 12:45:11 | Views: 14,823

Anselm Reyle

There's so much going on with this chair. As nutty and wild as it is I gotta say - I kinda like it!

Ohne Titel / Untiteld 
found object, fabric
88 x 113 x 70 cm / 34.65 x 44.49 x 27.56"

The Allure of Loubouins

Posted 2011-08-15 16:21:00 | Views: 11,810

The Allure of Louboutins photographed by Camilla Akrans for Industrie Magazine #1

Blingy Pumps

Kerry James Marshall

Posted 2011-08-08 18:18:43 | Views: 11,844


Born in 1955, Birmingham, Alabama
Lives and works in Chicago

Untitled, 2009
acrylic on pvc
61 1/8 x 72 7/8 x 3 7/8 inches






Untitled (Painter), 2010
Acrylic on pvc panel
47 1/2 x 43 x 4 inches

Although he currently lives and works in Chicago, Illinois, his time spent in Watts, Los Angeles, California where he observed the Black Power and Civil Rights movements had a significant impact on his paintings). Strongly influenced by his experiences as a young man, he developed a signature style during his early years as an artist that involved the use of extremely dark, essentially black figures. These images represent his perspective of African Americans with separate and distinct inner and outer appearances. At the same time, they confront racial stereotypes within contemporary American society.This common theme appeared continuously in his work throughout the subsequent decades, especially in the 1980's and 1990's.


While earning his BFA from Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, he worked under the notable Charles White and Arnold Mesches. At Otis, he developed his realist style after experimenting with large-scale drawings and collage, choosing instead to “mak[e] a meaningful picture that did not have a representational image or a specific story to tell,” over abstraction. Thus, Marshall still retains the political content so important to the Civil Rights Movement while painting a narrative through mural-sized pieces.

Madonna 1990

Posted 2011-08-08 15:02:59 | Views: 15,694


photographed by Patrick Demarchelier in 1990

Spex Club, good even for a Princess

Posted 2011-08-03 10:28:02 | Views: 13,384

See, even Disney princesses know how to rock the geek-chic look! It’s remarkable how a simple pair of over-sized frames can quickly transform Belle, Ariel, Snow White, Alice and her other Disney pals into hip, in-the-know cool kids. So funny! Get Snow White, Ariel + Alice’s Look for $88 w/ RX:  The Jesse

Spex Club


I love these, check out all the frames. Something for everyone...even Disney cartoons.

Making a Princess look Cool

Gonzalo Lebrija

Posted 2011-08-02 11:03:05 | Views: 14,569

Born in Mexico City, 1972.
Lives and works in Guadalajara, México.
Co-founder and director of Oficina para Proyectos de Arte A.C. (OPA)

Gonzalo Lebrija


Gonzalo Lebrija
History of Suspended Time, 2010. Denver, USA

Gonzalo Lebrija
Black Marlin, 2009 - 300 cm x 120 cm - Bronze,  fiberglass, paint.