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Wildfox Couture: Marie Antoinette Photo Shoot

Design, Fashion, Inspiration, Photography

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I love the fun and decadence of this Marie Antoinette inspired photo shoot from Wildfox Couture.

Check out the full set here.

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Cute Rooms in Mawaru Penguindrum

Comics, Anime & Manga, Japan

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Mawaru Penguindrum is one of this season’s new anime. I enjoyed the first episode, but more than the plot I can’t help but fall in love with the show’s beautiful artwork. The quirky details make the rooms both adorable and believable.

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Recent Works by Junko Mizuno

Art, Comics, Anime & Manga, Japan

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I’ve been following Junko Mizuno’s work ever since first being exposed to her work on Japanorama. She’s the queen of the creepy cute or “kawaii noir” and it’s earned her a legion of fans.

These works are from her exhibitions at Gallery  Nucleus including her recent solo exhibition “Flora Delirium”.

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Botanical Fantasy: The Work of Lindsey Carr

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Continuing with the floral theme from the previous post we have these works by Lindsey Carr. I love the decadent mix of botanical and fairy tale imagery in her paintings.

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Photographic Still Lifes by Andrew Putter

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Andrew Putter has created these photographs by arranging South African flowers like 17th century Dutch still lifes. The works are a commentary on South African identity and how it’s been entwined with the history of colonialism, but theory isn’t necessary to enjoy these beautiful images.

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Surreal Pinups: Vogue Patterns

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I adore this eye catching editorial “Vogue Patterns” from Vogue Italia, December 2007 by photographer Steven Meisel. The models featured are Lara Stone, Hanne-Gaby Odiele , Kinga, Marina and Magdalena.

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Featured Wallpaper: xxxHolic

Comics, Anime & Manga, Japan

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I’m always struggling to find wallpapers large enough for my monitor. This is one of my favorites featuring the characters from the CLAMP series xxxHolic.

Via Deep Gray Sea.

Japan Trends: Mori Girl

Fashion, Japan

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Mori Girl (lit. “Forest Girl”)  is a new Japanese fashion trend which can be described as “rustic romantic”. It’s an offshoot of Lolita fashion that’s going in the opposite direction to Hime Gyaru. So what does this mean? Well while Hime Gyaru are obsessed with makeup, Mori Girls wear little or none and usually have short nails. They eschew big brands in favor of vintage finds and they’re obsessed with solitary pursuits like reading, baking, antiquing, photography, playing a musical instrument and taking long walks. If you’re still at a loss take a look at their fashion idols Honey & Clover’s Hagu and the beautiful Aoi Yuu.

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Robo Geisha Movie Posters

Japan

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Noboru Iguchi gained popularity after directing the cult classic Machine Girl and is recognised as a master of kitsch Japanese gore films. However Robo Geisha holds a special place in my heart simply because it features a geisha that can transform into a tank. It also scores points for the hilarious trailer.

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Punk Yukata from Tsukikageya

Design, Fashion, Japan, Traditional Japan

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I’ve discussed the kimono revival before, because I always get excited when I see traditional Japanese dress being interpreted in innovative ways. And this is exactly what designer Natsuki Shigeta has done with her brand Tsukikageya. Yukata are light cotton kimono’s usually worn at festivals during the summer months, so they can be worn more casually than  most kimono which are worn only at formal occasions. It’s this freedom that Tsukikageya designer Natcuki Shigeta has exploited, creating beautiful yukata crafted using traditional method but adorned with contemporary motifs. With designs ranging from animal print, ghosts and pouting lips, and accessories in bright pink, using swarovski crystals and real snake skin, you’re sure to stand out.

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