CPxArt

When street meets art and turns it into dope ass fashion, than I can point, scream and shout: That’s my kind of shit!

CPxArt is a young French fashion brand by German designers, who are focusing to put art and fashion together and let the creativity rule over every single piece.  Influenced by Paris streetwear vibes, the label created their motto “God is Art” and “Art is Life” and put their creativity in bomber jackets as significant pieces for their very first collection. And since this is not enough: every product is hand-painted and produced in Europe.

That’s my kind of shit!
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Pictures via CPxArt

IZAIZA

I seriously think that there is nothing more beautiful then putting his own illustration, his own handwriting on somebody’s art. May sound crazy, but here is what I mean: like for example when an illustrator is changing a fashion editorial and gives it his/her own personal touch. And real talk, from what I have seen in the fashion industry, it’s taking it to a whole nother level most of the time.

This is what happend for a fashion editorial by Wunderkind with a little magic of illustrator IZAIZA. Don’t get me wrong the campaign itself is absolutely amazing, but with IZAIZA’s art it just got a little more umpf, if you know what I mean?!

IZAIZA lives and works as an artist in Hamburg/Germany. She has been working as a freelancer art director/ graphic designer since 2005 for a variety of agencies, corporate clients and music labels like whatpeopleplay and wordandsound. An illustration is a visualization or a depiction of a subject made by an artist, such as a drawing, sketch, painting, photograph, or other kind of image of things seen, remembered or imagined, using a graphical representation. And she knows what she’s doing. Check this shit out:

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Pictures via IZAIZA
Photography: Diana Diederich
Stylist: Phuong Lam
Hair & make-up: Marco Hülsebus
Illustration: IZAIZA
Model: Valerie Charlotte

New Face: Ellen Elias

Let me introduce you to a new face. A person that is on every Tumblr and Streetstyle Blog as soon as she enters any Fashion Week, any concert or party. Why? Because her look is absolutely unique and her energy intrigues everybody within a radius of 50m. Meet my friend Ellen Elias.

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Ellen is a stylist based in Stockholm/Sweden and became a good friend of mine during my last visit in New York City. Not only is Ellen’s style on some next level shit, but she is absolutely humble. During an interview with Strangers & Candy she says: “The thing with me is that I don’t like to call myself a fashionista or being into fashion. I don’t like that label. It’s more about being creative. I like creative people and I like to call myself a creative mind. ”
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Her works speak for her, but here is what I love about Ellen: she. herself, is part of her work. Like she is expressing it all of through herself, if that makes any sense… Talking about how she got into styling, she says:  “I was always into styling. Even when I think back to my childhood I used to style friends and family and forced them to wear different garments and outfits. So it was always an interest, but I never thought of it being something I could do professionally. And then when I grew up people were coming up to me and offering me jobs and asking me to style for this and for that. One thing led to another.”
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And there is so much more to get to know about Ellen, her work and her vision. So please make sure to read the full interview now on Strangers & Candy.

Pictures via Madeleine DC

Psychedelic Painting

These psychedelic paintings are absolutely beautiful. And what intrigues me is not the result, but the process of making it. Psychedelic art is any art inspired by psychedelic experiences known to follow the ingestion of psychoactive drugs such as LSD and psilocybin and contains features like e.g. kaleidoscopic, fractal or paisley patterns, bright and/or highly contrasting colors or phosphenes, spirals, concentric circles, diffraction patterns, and other entoptic motifs etc. The best way to understand is to see: 23tumblr_ng6feb5BQs1qa4iv8o6_500

And talking about pychedelic paintings you have to know who Bruce Riley is. Bruce Riley is a Chicago based artist who drips paint into paint in an endlessly layered arrangement resulting in paintings that look like underwater scenes, psychedelic visions and abstract dreamscapes. Aron Packer says about Bruce Riley:
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“Bruce Riley is an alchemist.  It’s an overused term in abstract painting but in this case it’s true.  Using experimental techniques for creating the paintings for his current show, Riley plans his paintings, but along the way he wrangles the accidents and mistakes that are inevitable. In the studio he focuses on flow allowing immediate observation to guide a painting’s progress. He keeps everything fresh within his daily routine by working on multiple works which inform and feed on each other. He cannot say what it is that tips a painting in one direction or the other. It’s just apparent to him when something is done. The process is a living thing that’s of the moment.  The recent paintings have a psychedelic, organic sculptural feel about them. They are process-driven, relying on chance as much as intent. And chemical interactions within the paint are always welcome. Riley paints for himself, but if the viewers were to forget themselves while looking at these pieces, they would be as close as one can get to an understandable meaning.”Unbenannt

This is beautiful.

Pictures via Bruce Riley

Dapper Dan

Harlem chic.
Dapper Dan is the Hip Hop tailor of Harlem and he created counterfeit leather pieces popular with hip hop artists in the 80s and 90s, and wanted to make his clients feel wealthier than they were. He printed luxury logos like MCM, Louis Vuitton, and Gucci on everything from jackets to sweaters. And he actually found a way to print on leather so it wouldn’t bleed when it was raining. His fame and fortune grew, the European fashion houses swooped. Infuriated by the very public knock-off of their trademarks and inflamed by their utter rejection of black, urban culture, they took legal action against Dap and he went underground.

All in all you can say that it’s more interesting than something MCM or Louis Vuitton would have done. Check it out here:
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Pictures via Tumblr

Mario Testino In Your Face

I seriously will never understand why museums and artists do not allow us to take pictures from their exhibitions, especially when it’s photography. Like isn’t art there for to share it? Or are you so so so eager to make money out of it? And I will transform into a undercover agent every single time, gonna take pictures until I got the point why taking pictures is not allowed. So during Berlin Fashion Week for the first time in Berlin, the Kunstbibliothek – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin presents the work of the influential photographer Mario Testino at the Kulturforum.

The show Mario Testino In Your Face (20 January – 26 July 2015) presents the full range of his photographic work, in 125 images, placing particular emphasis on its provocative contrasts. If you don’t know how Mario Testino is by now, you definitely did something wrong with your life (just kidding). Check out Artsy’s Mario Testino page for more information about Testino. But the exhibition is dope as fuck (attention this post contains nudity!):
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