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It’s that exciting time of the year again. New York Fashion Week! F/W 11 trends are fresh on the runway and I want to share some new trends that I noticed. Click on the pictures to enlarge!

(Alexander Wang, DvF, Tory Burch)

Glitter

Bold pants have always made a statement, but in F/W 11, pants have been transformed into sparkling glitters. Neutral colors have been paired with sparkles to give a polished look that catches everyone’s attention. If glitter pants are too much for you, don’t worry. Glitter has also been spotted on various tops and coats (Check out more DVF)!

(Marc Jacbos, Y-3, Tommy Hilfiger)

Polka Dots

Some are claiming the polka dots are the new stripes. Polka dots are definitely the new pattern to be looking out for this season. Marc Jacob’s new collection incorporates everything polka dot, from stockings to dresses. Other brands such as Y-3 and Tommy Hilfiger have also followed this trend. You can use subtle polka dots (Y-3) or go for bold dots like Marc Jacobs. Dots are easy to incorporate into your daily outfit!

(Rag & Bone, Y-3, Thakoon)

Red and Blue

Bright colors have been gracing the runway for S/S collection, and the same goes for F/W 11! The combination of red and blue has been seen most often on the runways. Combine two bright colors together to create a neat, yet vivid look. Wearing red and blue separately with more neutral colors to provide a spark for a boring outfit has also been seen! Try it out.

All photos from style.com

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Artists have been called many things before, but probably never… a dictator. However, New-York based Phillip Toledano declares himself a dictator. In an interview with Dazed Digital, Toledano states: “in a way, to being an artist, in that you have to create your own world and then populate that world with believers – people who believe in your creed your ethos.”

And if you know anything about art, you will definitely agree to what Phil is trying to say. As an artist, you have to create your own world that nobody has ever done before. You have to believe in yourself to be able to take a creative and innovative idea and transform it into a piece of art. It’s not always the easiest thing to do! So you definitely have to surround yourself with people you know and trust will help you with your process. Discouraging individuals must be separated, immediately.

So, I find Phil’s new project, Kim Jong Phil, insightful, but mostly witty and humorous. Pay attention to the titles of the paintings as well as the image:

A sporting chance. Oil on canvas, 30x40 inches

It's true. I'm utterly fascinating. Oil on canvas, 30x40 inches

Want to know something even more amusing? These prints were later sent to China to be copied. Does anybody see the iron in that?

Check out the rest of his project at http://www.kimjongphil.com

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Can you create these images? on your iPhone?

Created by Kristofer Strom, these images were drawn on hour-long bus rides that he takes every morning. And most amazingly, on his iPhone using Autodesk, a sketchbook app. More impressive than beating that Impossible Quiz app, huh?

These graphics are proof of how technological our era is. Even 5 years ago, if somebody had said you could created amazing thing using your mobile phone, I bet nobody would have believed them. The strides we have made in technology over the last few years are surprising and shocking: multi-tasking phones, tabs with apps, robot vacuum… and the list goes on! It’s no surprise that artists are taking advantage of this technological age in order to create new, creative pieces.

In this era, in order to not be left behind, artists must use new mediums and ideas to experiment with. The traditional style of art is dying. Like during the Victorian Era when there was a shift in art styles, there is a massive shift happening in our century. Artists have moved from solely traditional ways of creating art such as oils and watercolors to using fabrics, photographs, and iPhones to express their ideas.

However different art mediums may be, the goal stays the same: to spread and convey a message through an image or concept.

View more of Kristofer Strom’s work:  http://ljudbilden.tumblr.com/

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It’s a new year, and I’m ready to start fresh!

Everywhere I go there are always new things that are being invented, useful or useless, creative and new! Like my new year, I’m going to explore that new topic… Hopefully this new topic will be able to inspire me and you to take new steps!

So one goal I’ve set for myself this year is to read more books! Seems like in this century we’re living in, not many people are reading enough literature. I admit the most recent book I’ve read was fun was probably three months ago. I’ve started several books now, and I hope to end them all soon!

To match my goal, the idea I want to share with you is : The Future of Books

Look at it.. It looks totally normal! Another thick book… probably a report about how teens and adults today are not getting enough reading done and that literacy is going to be a rarity again.

Think Again:

The creative work of Kyle Bean, a UK artist, is this “book”. According to him, his piece symbolizes “a book/labtop hybrid model to demonstrate how we are sourcing information”. Using this description, we can guess that he’s suggesting that people now have a wide variety of information (the web to books).

However, when I first saw this picture of the book/labtop hybrid, the firs thing that came to mind was how I was not getting enough reading done. My trusty white steed – or MacBook – has been distracting me from my lands of imagination – or literature books (no wonder my kennings are terrible). My Mac is definitely a tool and a privilege, but it comes with its flaws (facebook).

The project is cleverly named “The Future of Books” but that future is to come very soon, or it has already come! Computers and labtops have most certainly brought our lifestyles to a whole new level – with its downsides.

Check out some more of Kyle Bean’s stuff here. (All pictures from there as well)

What do you think? How is “The Future of Books” for you?

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