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RIP Steve Jobs

Posted in Just Genius by Arcadia on October 5, 2011

You were a true visionary and will be greatly missed.




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Louis Vuitton’s Eiffel Tower

Posted in Inspiration, Just Genius by Arcadia on July 27, 2011

The iconic French brand displayed as the iconic French monument!

(image via: French by Design)

Pencil Art

Posted in Just Genius by Arcadia on July 26, 2011

As a fellow carpenter by trade I am in awe of Dalton Ghetti’s talent.  I use those flat carpenter pencils daily and can’t even begin to imagine how he make’s these tiny, detailed sculptures!!

Although this post has nothing to do with merchandising, his work is too imaginative not to share:

For more information on his work click here.

(Thanks to WTF)







Read Your Book Case

Posted in Just Genius, Props by Arcadia on June 13, 2011

I spotted this cool bookcase on Honestly WTF.  It’s by the Italian duo Eva Alessandrini and Roberto Saporiti of Saporiti.

In case you haven’t figured it out yet, the title of this post is what the bookcase reads!  Cool huh!

Blog Love: Kelly Wearstler’s My Vibe My Life

Posted in Inspiration, Just Genius by Arcadia on June 5, 2011

I haven’t done a Blog Love post in a long while.  Here’s one I hope you will find time to visit and peruse:  Kelly Wearstler’s – My Vibe My Life.  It’s no secret to anyone who knows me how obsessed I am with Kelly’s work (she is an amazing interior designer).  I own all of her books which I reference often and I think she is a true maverick in the world of design.  My heart almost stopped when I found out she was coming out with her own Ready-to-wear clothing line!!

Truth be told I could never “live” in a Kelly designed room, it really  is TOO much going on (the complete opposite of what I’m always telling my students), but you just gotta appreciate her love of bold color, graphics, and statement pieces.  You are inspired everywhere you look!

(Hillcrest Estate)

(Doheny Estate)

All photos via KellyWearstler, Inc. and MyVibeMyLife

Window Shopping

Posted in Just Genius by Arcadia on April 20, 2011

The NY Times has a great little article on various museums that are currently showing fashion exhibits.  Take a look, especially if you are in the area.  I will be heading to the Balenciaga one soon!

Carine Roitfeld to do Barney’s Windows

Posted in Just Genius, Retail News by Arcadia on March 24, 2011

She goes from one highly coveted job to another!  Carine Roitfeld, the former editrix of French Vogue has now been tapped to help style the fall campaign for retailer Barney’s New York. She will work on their catalog, a short film, and the Windows!  I guess a girl can have it all.

She is a styling genius, so I personally can’t wait to see what she comes up with; for more information go to thewindow.barney.com

Galliano is Gone!

Posted in Just Genius by Arcadia on March 2, 2011

I have to admit I’m a little shocked that Dior actually went ahead and fired him!!!  If you don’t know what I’m talking about click here, the bad boy of fashion John Galliano has been ousted from Christian Dior.

I don’t want to debate whether he deserved it or not, as I personally think the things he said are disgusting, racism in ANY form makes me sick to my stomach.  What surprises me is that for once Fashion finally took a stand.  Fashion is the one industry that tends to turn a blind eye to some pretty offensive things and likes to use the excuse “oh it’s just fashion”, “we’re being edgy”, “fashion is suppose to be provocative” – for example: High end magazines showing editorials of models in “blackface” (many deemed this racist, yet no one got fired!).  Advertorials showing models pubic hair .  Advertorials showing model snorting “cocaine” (it was a dress made to look like drugs)

The fashion excuses are endless, but the point being, you can pretty much get away with a lot of bad behavior if you’re in fashion.  Which is why I was pretty shocked to find out Galliano actually got the boot!  I assumed the worst would be, he would not appear at this Friday’s Dior fashion show, or anywhere until the drama died down, and then issue some publicist written statement about how sorry he is, and he will be checking himself into the ubiquitous rehab, to somehow cure his alcoholic racism.

Bernard Arnault and Co. are definitely sending a message, but I can’t help but wonder if there were some other underlying issues and this was the perfect way/excuse to get rid of him?  Because no one has ever gotten fired for being bad; having a bad runway show or collection – yes, but bad behavior – no! I think part of Galliano’s crime is that he got caught on camera, because he is not the only one to have committed such a shameful act while working in fashion, nor do I believe he will be the last.

If fashion wants to fire Galliano for being a racist that’s fine – but what about all the others, those who won’t let you in their stores if you are a certain color, follow you around if you are ethnic, the non-diversity on the catwalks, the lightening of ethnic models skin color and claiming it was the lighting at the shoot…..Fashion is the one playground where you can be bad, haughty, and supercilious and get paid.

I wish John the best and I hope he gets the help he needs.  Fashion is a very forgiving mistress and upon his inevitable return I’m sure we will be singing his creative praises once again as if nothing ever happened.

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Manolo Blahnik steps into the windows of Liberty in London

Posted in Just Genius, Nonpareil Windows by Arcadia on October 11, 2010

This October the World of Manolo Blahnik has come to the windows of Liberty in London.  Manolo Blahnik has scoured through the Liberty Print archives to create this lust-worthy collection, spectacularly displayed, floating against an Art Nouveau romantic setting of illustration and Japanese screens.

The full collection of exclusive shoes, notebooks, umbrellas and cushions all embellished with Blahnik’s beautiful illustrative flourishes are available in the stunning store-in-store, in residence for a 3 and a half month period.

In collaboration with visual communications company Just So, the department store has turned their window landscape into a visual tour de force for the designs of the world’s most sought after shoe designer, so loved by every A-lister, most famously Sarah Jessica Parker who took the brand to iconic status in her role as Carrie Bradshaw.

The windows can be viewed at Liberty, Regent Street, London W1B 5AH

Lucky for us Patrick McAleenan has sent these great photos for those of us across the Atlantic:

Displaying shoes in windows can be difficult because people tend to feel they have to over-embellish their windows.  By adding too much stuff the merchandise can get lost.  These windows are a perfect example of less is more.  The simple art and lighted panels emphasize the shoes and draws your eyes to it rather than steal the focus away from it.  This is simple and chic done really well, much like the Manolo’s we all covet!

(images via: Patrick McAleenan, PR Consultant)

What is this dress made from?

Posted in Discuss This Display, Just Genius by Arcadia on August 20, 2010

Can you guess what material this dress is made from?  Once I learned the answer I was even more impressed because of how difficult it must have been to emulate all the draping.

(image via: If It’s Hip, It’s Here)

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