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Octopus’s Garden

Everyone’s favorite mermaid, Ariel, kept a curated display of her favorite objects from the land above (on the sands above). She had gadgets and gizmos (aplenty), she had whoozits, and whatsits (galore), she even had twenty thingamabobs. Everyone knows she delighted in using a fork as her very own hairbrush. I guess brushing hair underwater seems like a lesson in futility. What Ariel did not realize is that the colors in her sea-foam world were so much more beautiful than those on soil. I guess the grass is always greener (or the seaweed is always greener in somebody else’s lake).

Karl Lagerfeld, of Chanel fame, dreamed up an underwater wonderland for Paris Fashion Week for Chanel’s Spring 2012 line. The setting was replete with mother-of-pearl stages, seahorses, a tunnel of bubbles, oversized coral, glimmering curtains (mimicking the iridescence of water), and giant shells.

“I absolutely wanted to avoid mermaids and things like that,” Karl said backstage, wearing a seashell pink shirt and matching tie. I was inspired by the movement of seaweed, its lightness, and by certain fish that have very modern shapes, like sting rays.”

When in doubt for a color shame, view photos of the ocean (found on National Geographic or ThundaFunda) in order to re-inspire oneself. The ocean never gets its hue combinations wrong. Steal from the briny depths!

(Here.)

A nautically inspired, wave pattern blanket! Clean blues and whites mimic sailor stripes, but also the colors of the bright sea (Here).

Wall textiles created by Mini Moderns using 1950′s linocutting techniques! (Here.)

Cottage style, beach house. The painted wrought iron bedding is the perfect touch. The colors are drawn from yellow starfish, and gently bay waters.

I did not even choose to include the Hermes scarf in the pricing below because it was something like $410 – $870 dollars. I seriously love their patterns, and if I had money to burn this would be a purchase, however I often find similar patterns in a local vintage shop for $3-12 each

Lake Superior Curtain
$208 - anthropologie.com

Spiny Lobster Rug
$498 - anthropologie.com

Edwardian Knob, Aqua
$10 - anthropologie.com

Molten Spectrum Knob, Aqua Swirls
$8 - anthropologie.com

Parsons Bed in Colors – Room & Board
$699 - roomandboard.com
And in case you want to become extremely literal with this under the ocean theme, here are some finds that include FISHES (I am allowed to use the plural FISHES if I am discussing multiple of several species of fish. GRAMMAR POLICE OVER).

4. Lalique Light Blue Angel Fish Figurine - $99 - neimanmarcus.com

4. Lalique Golden Angel Fish Figurine - $99 - neimanmarcus.com

3. Fish Hotel - $35 - crateandbarrel.com

1. Fishs Eddy Charley Harper Fish And Lily Plate - £15 - liberty.co.uk

1. Fishs Eddy Charley Harper Orange Fish Plate  - £15 - liberty.co.uk

5. Fishs Eddy Charley Harper Little Fish Bowl - £8.95 - liberty.co.uk

6. Rhodes Acid Washed Frame - $42 - artgalleryframes.com /  Fish print from Paper Source (actually wallpaper sold by the roll) and Starfish print found at Shop AD by J. Pocker & Sons, Inc.

7. Giona Aquarium – Fish bowl Transparent by Skitsch - £257 - madeindesign.co.uk
Blue, green, grey, white, or black; smooth, ruffled, or mountainous; that ocean is not silent. - H. P. Lovecraft
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Brand Loyalty

Luis Gispert is a Jersey born, Brooklyn-based artist who is enamored with the idea of authenticity and branding. Gispert‘s “Decepción”, was a show at the Mary Boone Gallery in Chelsea, NYC, that was hyper focused on a subculture devoted to making both cars and clothes into personal showrooms for designer-logo fabrics. Gispert became so obsessed with the logo-crazy niche that he has continued documenting this culture via photographs for the two years.

(Luis Gispert, Sprouse Gouse, 2011, C-print)

The New York Times article explaining the exhibition states, “The creators of these logomobiles are fashionistas aspiring to wealth and glamour they can own. One Escalade plunges passengers into a total Takashi Murakami “LV” environment. Another car’s interior is upholstered in the graffiti-scribbled, Day-Glo green patented by Stephen Sprouse. And another is screaming pink, with Coach “C” stirrups covering every surface surrounding its rosy leather seats.”[Read more]