Pre Paris

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

Freaky Faces

Posted 2011-06-21 16:48:24 | Views: 14,976

Freaky Faces

Just discovered these. They are very simple but the faces look weird. It makes you second guess if the model actually looks this way or it's some photoshop trick.

Stella McCartney, Resort 2012

Posted 2011-06-20 13:24:41 | Views: 14,280




Stella McCartney, Resort 2012


Some photos by Stina Maria

Posted 2011-06-15 19:13:38 | Views: 12,880

Stina Maria

Just came across Stina's Flickr account. Some pretty cool pictures to look at and pass the time. I really enjoy pictures where you can tell the photographer is still trying to figure out what their main subject will be, and they post the process of it.

Gabrielle Bakker's take on Picasso

Posted 2011-06-15 07:57:15 | Views: 15,727



Gabrielle Bakker gathers in a mélange of historical styles and subject matters, each clearly and easily recognizable, but she manages to integrate and own them beautifully. There's some classical mythology and overt references to Picasso (an avid interpreter of greek myths himself) plus 18th and 19th century Japanese imagery, which had such tremendous influence upon the post-impressionists (and others). Her painting and composition have a beautifully crafted, almost sculpted feel that reminds me of the art deco painter Tamara de Lempicka. All of this collecting of historical references plays well into questions regarding their role in contemporary painting, and the validity of representation and traditional media. I think she makes a tremendous argument in favor of building upon the past, not merely breaking from it in search of the new, a tendency that has led to an almost maniacal fracturing in the arts over the last 60 years or so. Tradition and innovation are still viable partners as this talented artist aptly demonstrates.Check out her website:

"Geisha Icon"  oil and 22k gold leaf on panel  13.3" x 12"  2009


Gabrielle Bakker's work is a fusion of an eastern style mixed with Picasso's iconic form of modernism.

"Studio"  oil on panel  60" x 52.5"  2005

Begging Minotaur 2010 - Oil and 22k Gold Leaf on Panel - 25"x25"


Are You Going to Art Basel? New App Helps you Browse without Attending

Posted 2011-06-14 13:45:58 | Views: 12,227 invites you to explore Art Basel and find more art you'll love. Powered by The Art Genome Project, the iPhone app lets you identify work at participating galleries, learn more about them, and discover related art at the fair.


Even if you're not attending Art Basel in person, you can still explore the fair from home by browsing work from participating galleries and discovering related art.

Explore Art Basel with the iPhone app.


Art Vs. Fashion

Posted 2011-06-14 07:15:59 | Views: 13,671


Creative makers always grab ideas from other creative’s and build on top of what each other see. This is most obvious within the fashion world. Designers usually grab concepts and visuals from art being made in the art world and combine it with fashion. Here’s a small list of examples that are obvious and not so obvious.


Victor & Rolf Vs. Hans Op de Beek

Rachel Freire Vs. Jan Fabre 

Christopher Shannon Vs. Felipe Secco

Mariel Haenn Vs. Keith Haring 

Daniel Sannwald Vs. Sarah Applebaum

Italian Designer: Riccardo Tisci

Posted 2011-06-13 08:10:28 | Views: 12,391



Like any competitive industry, fashion understands the market need for a constant infusion of fresh blood and untapped talent. But among the crop of sartorial prodigies to have emerged in recent years, none has ascended from young upstart to master of the universe as rapidly as 36-year-old Italian designer Riccardo Tisci.


Setting aside the fact that his name flew about amongst the barrage of rumors this past spring over who would fill the golden shoes at Christian Dior, Tisci has become in short turn a maestro of shock and seer of chic, with a magical touch capable of blending a rebellious love of goth and the deep urban street with a refined sense of style and sexuality. It’s hard to believe that it’s been only six years since he was placed at the helm of Givenchy—a surprise appointment in 2005 for a brooding art-school graduate with only two previous collections to his name. But if the French house understood that it needed to revolutionize its rather prim mid-century image, then the risk has paid off as Tisci has unleashed surprising collection after surprising collection, mixing influences, genders, fabrics, prints, and silhouettes like he’s making his own personal mixtape. Over time—and with the addition to his portfolio of Givenchy’s notoriously buttoned-up menswear, which he took over in 2008—the mix hasn’t gotten any less diverse. (A transgender model, barking Rottweilers on T-shirts, and Jerry Lee Lewis all found their way into his recent work.) But a single Givenchy mindset has started to stick: highly sexual, almost primal, but tough-as-nails and maybe just a twinge romantic.


Tisci’s Fall 2011 women’s collection for Givenchy has all of the sleek agility of a black panther, which is its signature motif. The romance comes perhaps from Tisci’s background—a very proud Italian, the designer only took his job at Givenchy in the first place in order to support his family. In fact, the Italian in his veins is such an elemental part of his craft that it wasn’t surprising to see a hint of vintage Versace in his most recent collection. He recently spoke with one of his fashion heroes, the also proudly Italian Donatella Versace.

VERSACE: Let’s talk about your last collection, which I found to be very beautiful—super sexy. I would wear all of it.

RICCARDO TISCI: Brava! In fact, as I’ve been saying, it is very Donatella, because it is about a very strong woman. My inspiration comes from many sources, and one of those sources is precisely the maison Versace. You know, when I was a little boy, my family was not very well off. I had a sister who worked in a hairdressing salon. I lost my dad when I was 4 or 5 years old. I grew up with eight sisters and my mom. Nine incredible women all a little “à la Donatella Versace.” Real strong women from the South of Italy, women who had sensuality. They had a confidence in their body and in their sensuality. And it was a poor family, I am very proud to say it.


VERSACE: I find the idea of having eight sisters to be a veryjovial thing.

TISCI: Absolutely. And even if they didn’t have the financial possibilities of dressing themselves fashionably, they were women with an elegant style. The elegance of the South is a very strong elegance and it is one that I bring. It is a sexy elegance—or at least, let’s say less chaste. It was also the late ’70s and the ’80s, which was a certain moment of Versace—especially for me with a sister who worked at a hair salon and brought home fashionmagazines on Saturdays. Of course, Versace is, in my opinion, still the flag of Italy; it represents Italy. It meant the arrival of top models, of celebrities, Gianni, Donatella, all the things that made me dream. Those early visions make a big impression.

VERSACE: The early ’90s were an especially marvelous period for fashion, because it was the peak of glamour and there were no limits as to what you could do. But I see that you haven’t stopped pushing the boundaries, pushing forward. There is always some of that in your collections, which I very much admire. There is this passion for fashion and you’ve had so much success in Paris. You are one of the most talented designers there.

TISCI: Grazie.

VERSACE: Has your initial passion diminished at all? Is it still the same as it always was? Or are you getting used to it?

TISCI: I have to be honest: My great strength, which I very much believe in, is family. For me, family doesn’t simply mean components of DNA. I mean family in the sense of siblings. My mom and my sisters are the energy and inspiration in my life. For me, fashion is a job. I love it. It’s my passion. But the most important thing for me in general is life. I was lucky. From the time I was a little, I was always surrounded by women, and I am very attracted to the feminine world, because I love the strength and romanticism, which in the end, you can find in my style.

Donatella Versace
Steven Klein

Santiago Ydanez - Paintings

Posted 2011-06-12 13:14:23 | Views: 29,470



Santiago Ydáñez‘s work represents another extension of the poetics on the body that have been so influentual over the past years in the international scene. Nonetheless, in his case it is around painting - as it is in other different cases from Luc Tuysmans to Marlene Dumas - that different questions, that seem to interest critics and artists, are formulated about identity or human nature. The fact that a painted portrait is an instrument of choice - and we are purposedly calling it instrument rather than theme - has made it so that he be associated with, above all a tradition that includes Edward Munch and Francis Bacon, rather than the poetics that we are referring to now. Because of this he has been classified as, I think superficially, Expressionist or Neoexpressionist, based solely on the appearance of his work. What is worse is that a careful analysis of appearance, in truth, leads to opposed conclusions.

(Spanish Painter)

Kevin Francis Gray

Posted 2011-06-12 12:53:38 | Views: 20,049

Constructed out of cast resin and glass crystals, these works merge classical forms with a gritty, urban aesthetic. Figures cloaked in modern-day streetwear are given a meditative, somber quality by the smooth, reflective nature of the material. The luster of the works‘ surface captivates the eye as the gaze becomes transfixed on the subtle contours of each shape. Unique to this particular show, Gray has completed his first life size marble sculpture. Rich in opposition, these sculptures project a sense of nobility and admiration for an often marginalized and consciously melancholic inner-city youth subculture.




Is a London based artist. I can't help but notice that the sculpture below reminds me of Cobra Commader from G.I. Joe. lol

Yoshitomo Nara - Park Ave Sculptures

Posted 2011-06-10 07:37:55 | Views: 13,043

If you live in the New York area, don’t miss your chance to see two huge sculptures by Yoshitomo Nara on Park Avenue (one is located at 62nd and Park, the other is at 70th and Park).  The installations entitled “White Ghost.” The installations on Park Avenue will be removed in November 2011. Make sure to check them out before they move!



"White Ghost"