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September 28, 2015


Filed under: andre courreges — Tags: — jherzlinger @ 7:28 am

I am very fortunate to have grown up in the time of my favorite design stars.  Andre Courreges being one of them . My mother was one of his biggest fans and my memories of her in his clothes is very prevalent in my mind.  I was looking through one of the fashion magazines

recently and saw some of Marc Jacobs new spring collection.  Absolutley stunning!

It  reminded me of Courreges.  So I wanted to give you a peak into some stunning clothing, you can still find at vintage stores and I will have some pieces in the boutiques once JAMIE launches.

André Courrèges, (born March 9, 1923, Pau, France), dress designer who first made a reputation in the Parisian fashion world of the 1960s for futuristic, youth-oriented styles.

Courrèges wished to be an artist, but his father directed him into engineering, at which he was successful. In 1948 he joined the staff of the couturier Balenciaga and eventually advanced to the position of Balenciaga’s first assistant.

In 1961 Courrèges opened his own fashion house, and by 1964 he had become established as one of the most original couturiers in Paris. His collection featured proportionate, well-cut pants, rigidly constructed clothes with smooth “trapeze,” or trapezoidal, lines, and short skirts,

with white midcalf boots and large, dark glasses as accessories. White became his trademark.

Because his simple designs were widely copied, in 1965 he established strict control over the manufacture of his designs. In 1967 he showed both haute  couture creations and ready-to-wear fashions for his boutique, Couture Future, with distribution controlled through licensed outlets.

His designs remained dramatically simple, with a complete lack of nostalgia, and included such innovations as hip-hugger pants with halter tops, transparent tops, sequined jumpsuits, and vinyl-trimmed suits and coats.

Often using white, Courréges created space-age, unisex styles and is known for dresses and trouser suits featuring straight, flat lines and sheer tops that sometimes sported cut-outs. He is often credited with the invention of the miniskirt,

which he frequently paired with shiny white boots. He later experimented with such looks as “gladiator” and ethnic outfits.




September 23, 2015


Filed under: adolph gottlieb — Tags: — jherzlinger @ 7:40 am

Gottlieb (1903 – 1973) was born in New York and left high school in 1920 to work at odd jobs while taking night classes at the Art Students League with John Sloan and Robert Henri.Through these painters,

Gottlieb learned of the revolutionary breakthroughs in European painting. After a disappointing trip to Paris, where he met none of the French artists he had heard about, he returned to the United States to finish high school

and continue painting. By the mid-thirties, Gottlieb was exhibiting regularly with ‘The Ten’, a New York group of avant-garde painters. In 1937 he moved to a small community outside Tucson, Arizona with his wife Esther.

In Arizona, his subject matter changed as he became concerned with the natural forms that would continue to mark all of his subsequent work. A feeling of isolation prompted his return to New York in 1939 and from there he went

to Gloucester where he began to paint beach still-lives in three-dimensional boxes set against deeply receding spaces. He soon abandoned this form, but these experiments led to his pictographs of the forties-stylized motifs based on

human and natural forms isolated in compartments. For Gottlieb the pictographs were his adaptation of Surrealist automatism-the result of free association. Later, he would reduce these pictographs to an increasingly basic structure:

the grid. The next step occurred in a painting divided into two parts: in the lower section he placed the interwoven lines of a grid; on top of this he drew a horizon line above which floated five areas of colour in varying geometric shapes.

This was the first of a series to be known as ‘Imaginary Landscapes’.



Over the years, Gottlieb’s canvases became increasingly monumental in size while the images grew simpler. In 1957 the rigid format of the Landscapes dissolved into the fluid space of the ‘Bursts’ in which two images are contrasted: a peaceful sun-like disc above, and an angry ball of undifferentiated matter below.

As Gottlieb’s structures became simpler he became increasingly concerned with the intensity, nuance and feeling inherent in the juxtaposition of colour.

Gottlieb spent the last part of his life in East Hampton, Long Island, amid the natural things that gave him the greatest inspiration. He suffered from paralysis during the last years of his life and died in 1973.


September 18, 2015


Filed under: BLU — Tags: — admin @ 7:22 am

Everyone who has had contact with artists and designers knows that, to one degree or another, art and design are often as much about process as they are about product. A built environment, be it public or private, is the culmination of many factors interacting over time. 


A compilation of some of his most famous and compelling work, this series of graffiti animations is nothing short of amazing. A white figure crawls from battered bricks and leaves a trail of paint wherever it goes, morphing and twisting along the street-side wall as it goes. As his works move along they transform unpredictably and become uncanny new creatures and interactive objects.


He is definitely one of my favorite artists that I have posted about.  To see graffiti art, you don’t have to go to a gallery or museum.  It is not limited to a computer or a gallery.  Graffiti art is right out in the street among the people.  It is said that great art isn’t afraid to take risks and the graffiti of Italian artist BLU definitely fits that bill!

September 14, 2015


Filed under: lanvin — Tags: — jherzlinger @ 7:27 am

I am totally in love with Lanvin! Alber  Elbaz is beyond designer status and in my book is in the file of designer icon.  His use of materials, for instance, what a wool crepe can do with a bit of stitching, or a stunning jersey draped into a fabulous resort gown!

I just saw the resort collection

at Bergdorfs and all I can say is I want it all!  The collection is fabulous, fantastic and there are pieces that would be insane for spring!

“There are many designers whose work can make women look thinner or prettier. Elbaz seems to have the power to make women appear more interesting.” – Ariel Levy for The Observer

In 1889 Jeanne Lanvin, aged 22, arrived at the Faubourg Saint Honoré to work as a milliner. By the early 20th century Lanvin was one of the Premiere Fashion Houses representing the epitome of French chic.





Her fashion house is the oldest fashion house still in existence worldwide. It has been selling clothing for over a century. Since its creation, Lanvin’s fashion line, titled Lanvin, has advanced the high fashion industry.

Her line became the first to dress the entire family when she introduced a men’s line in 1926. The line continued to innovate the industry as it brought luxurious French fashion to the general public in a recent collaboration

with the clothing store H&M. Lanvin clothing became available in 200 H&M locations worldwide

Flash forward almost 50 years to 2002, when Alber Elbaz, was named artistic director. Best known for his asymmetrical, draped Grecian goddess silhouettes. Alber’s genius vision has once again made the Lanvin collection a must-have

for fashion insiders worldwide.

What else is there to say-except if you don’t follow this genius you will want to!




September 9, 2015


Filed under: Hans-Peter Feldman — Tags: — jherzlinger @ 7:27 am

I, from the time I was a small child, have been totally in love with installation art, and installation artists.  Their philosophy regarding being part of the art as opposed to the art being one

dimensional has always fascinated me.  I am very much drawn to philosophy and find that this expression of art goes very well with my philosophy towards interior design.  In interior design,

I create spaces that you participate in, in other words, you control how the space functions, as opposed to being given the space and expected to live as the space given you dictates.  I know, a lot, right!

You will enjoy this post, this artist is fascinating and his work is highly collectible if you are interested in adding a new artist to your collection.  I have posted a link for a gallery that represents his work!

Düsseldorf-based Hans-Peter Feldmann is a passionate collector of images and stories, an original thinker and one of the first conceptual artists.

NEW YORK — The first thing you might have thought  when you walked  into the gallery where Hans-Peter Feldmann had pinned 100,000 $1 bills to the wall is,

“$100,000 here and $100,000 there, and it’s still a pretty long time before you start talking about real money.”

Which just may be Feldmann’s point. Well, definitely maybe. Feldmann is the eighth winner of the Hugo Boss Prize, set up in partnership between the German clothier and the Guggenheim Museum in 1996 to promote contemporary art,

and his reward for being selected by an international committee is this one-man show in New York and a $100,000 honorarium. Feldmann, a native of Dusseldorf who at 69 is by far the oldest winner yet of the prize, decided that he would cash

out the award and pin it in overlapping sequence on the walls, using only old bills that had been in circulation for some time.

This conforms to Feldmann’s past practice, at least in part. Feldmann is an installation conceptualist and maker of artist’s books, with a penchant for rearranging found photographs or dutifully snapping his own of boring,

everyday subjects (one of his books is called “Photos Taken from Hotel Room Windows While Traveling,” and consists mostly of shots of parking lots). He has also assembled tableaux of old toys and household implements,

all used, and spotlit them to cast looming shadows on the gallery walls.

Feldmann entered the art world in the late 1960s when he began to construct and exhibit editions of small booklets containing found images such as postcards, magazine clippings, and posters. These images constituted part

of Feldmann’s massive “picture archive,” an assortment of images categorized according to the artist’s own system. In the event that a part of the archive was incomplete (an image was missing), Feldmann would capture this

image via his own photography. Using image reproduction, photography or otherwise, as a means to illuminate the mysteries of daily life, he consistently gives credence to under-recognized art forms such as the photo album,

never underestimating the power of the most “common” aesthetic strategies.

Hans-Peter Feldmann lives and works in Düsseldorf, Germany.





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