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Project A15 Video Mapping

Projection Mapping RotterdamThis image might look like it’s a CGI mockup or a scene from Bladerunner, but it’s actually a video still of projection mapping in Rotterdam. Below is a photograph of the OMA-designed skyscraper that the visuals were projected onto.De Rotterdam OMA Building by Raban HaaijkDe Rotterdam building, as seen from Erasmus Bridge. Photograph by Raban Haaijk.

Project A15 – the idea that this event was promoting – is an initiative that seeks to make the busy highway running from Rotterdam to Nijmegen into the most sustainable highway in the world. The projection itself can be seen in the video below, and bear in mind that the height of the De Rotterdam building is 150 metres. That’s taller than London’s Centrepoint, which stands at 117 metres!

Louis Vuitton Spoof

Louis Vuitton JourneysBrilliantly simple spoof of the Louis Vuitton ‘Journeys’ campaign. The original features the likes of Angelina Jolie and Keith Richards, with straplines like, ‘A single journey can change the course of a life’ and ‘Some journeys cannot be put into words’.Angelina Jolie Louis VuittonKeith Richards Louis VuittonAnd here’s the spoof one by Daniel Pianetti, which uses a court photograph of the increasingly ridiculous Lindsay Lohan. The tag line reads: ‘Some journeys have no end.’ Oh, Lindsay…Lindsay Lohan Louis Vuitton

Dita Von Teese Models First 3D Printed Dress

ImageThis elaborate, lattice design dress is a collaboration between stage costumier Michael Schmidt and the innovative Francis Bitonti Studio, based in Brooklyn, New York. Michael Schmidt has created stage outfits for some of the most outlandish and exciting performers – from Iggy Pop, Debbie Harry, Courtney Love and Grace Jones to Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry and – obviously – Dita Von Teese. Schmidt’s design for the gown is based on the Fibonacci sequence and was 3D modelled by Francis Bitonti, before finally being 3D printed in Nylon by Shapeways. Once the 17 separate pieces of the garment were completed, they were dyed black, lacquered and embellished with over 13,000 Swarovski crystals.3D Printed Gown DetailDita also wore the dress at the unveiling at New York’s Ace Hotel last night.Dita Von Teese Ace HotelAlthough the cartoon-like burlesque star said that the dress was quite comfortable and ‘super light’, I’m not entirely convinced. Undoubtedly, the dress looks pretty cool, but it seems like it didn’t take her long to change out of the gown into a more practical Roland Mouret shift dress.

Your Bag Is Rubbish. And So Is Your Book Club.

ImageYour ‘book club’ only reads wine labels? Really? I mean, seriously? Fuck me, that must be really dull. I’d rather attempt to plough through ‘Bleak House’ by Dickens. Although, given the choice between reading wine labels and ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’, I’d take the wine labels any day.

Tind Cards: Sneak Peek

Leonie Cumiskey Card Drying PrintsTind Handprinted CardsLeonie Cumiskey WriterMy business cards are ready. They should be arriving in the post soon – yay!

Studio XO

Studio XO Digital DrapingFollowing Charlie Brooker’s second installation of the futuristic ‘Black Mirror’, and with London Fashion Week just around the corner, it feels apt that Crane TV have featured Studio XO – a fashion collective who I had never heard of until today. These fashion and technology pioneers make science and robotics integral to their pieces, pushing the boundaries of fashion and making garments interesting through interactivity, projection mapping and lighting. Despite the possibilities that new technology has brought us, fashion seems to have remained mostly unchanged by it. While we have developed new fabrics, these are not as comfortable or aesthetically pleasing as their natural counterparts – traditional materials like leather, silk and cashmere are still preferable to polyurethane, polyester and acrylic. The image below shows the amazing dress that Studio XO created with Philips for their Design Probes initiative. It was this brand collaboration which got them noticed and led to them working with the likes of JLS, Lady Gaga, The Black Eyed Peas and Azealia Banks.
Philips Bubble DressWatch the video with Crane TV to get more of an insight into their intriguing work.

The Rodnik Band Put the Fun in FASH-UN!

Rodnik Band Pop Art CollectionFor those who don’t know, The Rodnik Band is the fashion label by London-based Scotsman, Philip Colbert. The line is really fantastical, and reminds me of some of my favourite designers, like  Jeremy Scott and Jean Charles de Castelbajac. While these designers don’t really reflect my personal style, they embody some of the things that I love most about fashion – that whole cartoonish aspect, and indulgent outfits that celebrate being ridiculous and surreal. I really wish that more people wore outlandish clothes like this – it kind of bores me to see the rich and famous making such sensible and subdued fashion choices! I mean, when you have that much cash, would you ever need to justify something as an ‘investment piece’ ever again?

Below are some images from The Rodnik Band’s latest collection and lookbook.
Rodnik PhotoshootRodnik Band Lookbook

Terrible Advice.

Coca-Cola Work It Out‘Great music can put the fun into vacuuming,’ claim Coca-Cola on their Work It Out microsite, ‘Crank up a fast-paced tune and burn some calories while you clean!’ they enthuse.

I really love Coca-Cola, but this site is ridiculously patronising and this is the stupidest fucking workout advice I’ve ever heard. I don’t think I’ve ever listened to a decent ‘fast-paced tune’ and thought to myself, “You know what would make this track even better? The sound of a roaring hoover!”

“I’d like to thank my fans, my family…”

Gwyneth Paltrow blubbing at The OscarsI’ve been given an award by fellow blogger Sarah over at Pursuit of Plenty. Yay! Unfortunately, there’s no awards ceremony so I won’t be blubbing like Gwyneth Paltrow, and I guess I’ve still got a lot more time to write and rehearse any kind of acceptance speech. The award in question is called The Liebster Award and is an unofficial way of honouring the work of other bloggers who have 200 followers or less. However, to accept the award you have to nominate some more Liebster recipients – therefore by nominating more bloggers you’re helping to get other blogs noticed too.

The Rules

1. List 5 facts about yourself.
2. Answer the 5 questions given to you.
3. Create 5 new questions for the bloggers you nominate for the award.
4. Choose 5 worthy bloggers to nominate.
5. Go to each bloggers page and let them know about the award.
6. Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog.

 5 Facts about Me

1. My first word was ‘cat’.

2. In 2008, I applied to be on Paris Hilton’s British Best Friend and made it to the last 300. Yeah, I definitely dodged a bullet with that one…

3. My least favourite job was when I worked at the Toast concession in Selfridges.

4. When I was 20, I was diagnosed with narcolepsy, although it’s probable that I have suffered from narcolepsy since my mid-teens.

5. I hate Marmite.

Sarah’s Questions for Me

1. If you could pick a theme song for yourself, what would it be? Imagine the opening credits in the movie of YOU, or when you walk out into the ring for the biggest fight of your life…
Eww. To be perfectly honest, I think that picking your own theme song is kind of like picking a nickname for yourself – pretty lame! If I could choose my own theme song I’d probably want it to be something a bit villainous and cool, like ‘Queen Bitch’ by David Bowie or ‘Vicious’ by Lou Reed.

2. What one quote/saying inspires you consistently?
Less a quote, more just a piece of great advice from my granny, who is undoubtedly the wisest lady I know. Her advice on worries and anxiety is this: “If you can do something about it, get on with it! If you can’t do anything about it, try and forget about it.”

3. You’ve been given $10,000 to donate to any one (non-profit) cause. Where do you invest?
I’d give my money to a conservation charity because I think it’s important to protect species of endangered animals and, shamefully, I don’t feel that I do enough to try and offset the damage my lifestyle inevitably has on the environment.

4. If you could own one piece of art from any major museum what would it be?
Not sure, but I found a couple of nice pieces I’d like to own on Artsy.Harland Miller Fuck ArtHarland Miller – Fuck Art, Let’s Dance

Howard Hodgkin In IndiaHoward Hodgkin – In India

5. What do you consider to be your most brilliant asset?
Probably my sense of humour. It’s not always easy to see the funny side of a situation, but I think it’s sometimes helpful in life.

My Nominees

The Daily Psychedelic Video - surreal, funny and beautiful videos which are posted every day.

Shiny Shiny New - a great music blog which has introduced me to some great bands, like Temples.

Construct of the Mind - a visual feast that combines music with art to create a multi-sensory experience. The music on this blog isn’t always to my taste, but the choices in art are generally flawless.

Beautiful Stills From Beautiful Films - pretty self-explanatory.

Institute Magazine - so many slick and wonderful fashion editorials on this blog.

Honourable mentions also go to The Style Raconteur and She Walks Softly – both excellent blogs, but they have more than 200 followers.

Questions for my Nominees

1. What would your ideal Sunday consist of?
2. If you could relocate to anywhere in the world, where would it be?
3. What made you decide to start blogging?
4. What do you wish you did more often?
5. What’s the best book you’ve read recently?

Digital & Media Predictions 2013

Research agency, Millward Brown, have released their end of year report on digital and media predictions for the coming year. It’s quite a lengthy read, but I have selected the key learnings from the report to make for some lighter reading.

2013 Digital TrendsSee my summary here, on the Absorb Digital blog.
Read or download the full report here – Digital & Media Predictions 2013.