(not so) random links

-i adore the idea of creating "fake" luxury bags, the idea of art and fashion melding in a devilishly conceptual way. artists and designers who have played with the idea of fake luxury include my friend and artist stephanie syjuco (of anti-factory fame) and her counterfeit crochet handbag project, zinoo park's FAKE 3-in-1 bag (available at poketo), and the lovely silkscreened totes by showpony that meld trompe l'oeil images of vintage bags with simple totes in the cleverest of ways. -if you're planning on being in/live in/near NYC and consider embroidery to be a valid medium to make art, check out the recently opened pricked: extreme embroidery, a show that's on right now at the museum of art and design, conveniently located just across from the MOMA. MAD is the same museum that did the recent and popular exhibition some of you might be aware of, radical lace and subversive knitting that commenced earlier this year. the husband and i stopped by pricked whilst in NYC a few weeks back, and even his code-monkey-left-brained-self quite enjoyed it. if you do make it there, be sure to check out the work of andrea dezsö and nava lubelski...some of my favorites from the show.

-i agree with gala, being negative about/rating other people's style is tired. such nasty behavior should be banished. instead, be positive and accepting! spread love, not hate by chiming in on gala's thread about beloved aesthetics, i.e. what we FAVOR amongst the looks of other people. the whole thread gives me warm fuzzies...because i for one believe that kind behavior and positive interactions with the world can only beget kindness and positivity. give goodness, and you will get goodness back when it comes to matters of fashion and style, and obviously, far beyond.

-apparently the second-hand shopping in sweden is REALLY good? so says the international herald tribune, who posits that one of stockholm's best kept secrets is it's superb second-hand shopping. where's my plane?! i'm so there (if only in my jet-set-stye, internationally-flavored thrifting fantasies)!!