A couple weeks ago I had the lovely pleasure to meet the ladies of Black Flamingo. I saw them play at a show that was right down the street from my studio. Tropical Goths?? FUCK YEAH!!! these girls are all super cool and struck an instant cord of inspiration for me. I gave them my info and was super stoked when they called me and asked if they could wear some of our clothes for a video they were making withThe Wilcox Sessions. They also have a blog documenting their adventures, that is definitely worth checking out.
For the summer I decided to take a course at Central St. Martins. I took an experimental fashion knitwear course and learned so many techniques. I cant wait to get a knitting machine to knit up all sorts of different creations. Grant currently has a shoe design internship, which should be amazing. Really excited to get back and produce some new designs.
London has been so inspiring. Art and Fashion around every corner. I have mostly taken photos of art I have to admit. And the fashion report here is that Top Shop rules the streets. Can you blame them?
Earlier today I stumbled across these photos on Flickr. It made me remember San Francisco and how much fun doing this shoot was. I haven't been back there in over 2 years and I started wondering what these guys were still doing. We used to live about 2 blocks away from this barber shop. I would get my haircut there and always have some great conversations with all the guys working. I love Curtis's "STOP Hating" shirt, we didn't need a stylist to pull that one off.
I know it has been way to long since I have updated the blog but.. I did want to put out some of the new photos of the work Judy and I have been doing. We are also working on getting the new site up again soon. To See more please go to www.pleasedressup.com
Skirt & top by Please Dress Up! This morning I woke up to the smell of smoke and went to our roof to take a look around and saw that the entire Los Angeles skyline had disappeared into a thick cloud of smoke. We thought it would be a good way to hight-light some of our recent work. Perfect for this weather, a silk jersey top and the skirt is a vintage african print. This is part of an apocalyptic chic photo series. Behind me is downtown but I wont see that for a few days.
As some of our friends know, we are big graffiti enthusiasts and appreciate the unique art form. So, when we saw ads for a graffiti exhibit at the Grand Palais we did a double take but decided we would probably check it out. On a rainy Saturday afternoon we went to take a look at graffiti in a famous museum.
Inside of a huge room hung 300 pieces of artwork by 150 artists from all over the world. The idea was that every artist had two canvases the same size to write their name on one and on the other to paint their idea of love. I think somewhere after viewing only a quarter of the show I was getting the feeling that most of the artists took this exhibit as a joke and most could not think of anything to paint except hearts.
The crowd was made up of all kinds of people: young, old, kids, parents, tourists. All intently taking photos and following the announcer as he deciphered every painting and artist. It was quite funny in my eyes having seen some of the best graffiti in San Francisco and Los Angeles on the streets for free. There weren't even any west coast writers represented so I was a bit disappointed.
Some of my favorites were Horfe, Amaze, Ghost, L'Atlas and Miss 17.
(vintage jacket, hand knit PDU sweater, PDU private label dress, Gaspard Yurkevich tights, Melissa for Herchcovitch Alexandre shoes) (Lanvin Jacket, Vintage sweater, Burberry shirt, Liberty Tie, Vintage Pants, Ferragamo shoes) For a few months now, Grant and I have been taking a french course near our place. At the moment we are on one of many school vacations for a couple of weeks. Last week we were a bit early to class and the lighting was perfect for a photo op in front of our school. Our teacher loves us and always makes a point of talking about fashion during all of our classes. She always comments on our outfits and our style. Bonne Vacances!
This is Judy and Grant from the label Please Dress Up! All of our work is made in Downtown L.A. exclusively by the two of us. Our studio is located within the Catalyst Artist Collective which is a 15,000 sf gallery run entirely by its members, for more information visit www.catalystla.com