Chinese Work Ethic Sunny Fong

Men's fashion carnage etcetera in all its naked glory…

Category: design

“Honey, lemme check Tripadvisor…”

You can stay here if you want.

Keep it in the closet

I just started new subscriptions to two major men’s magazines because they’re finally offered a good deal to Canadian readers. It’s usually $50 plus tax but now they’re going for under $2 an issue. Well worth my money since I won’t be doing much shopping so I can certainly look. Some might say that this will entice me to shop more but not if they keep featuring ridiculous items like this for a “spruce up your closet” editorial:


This ugly “As-is Section” of Ikea mirror by Semigod is a grand. For $1000, the cocaine better comes with the mirror.


How about this John Lobb shoe cleaning kit that costs more than what a shoe factory worker in China makes in a month? $880 for some brushes and oil.


Are there people out there who are too lazy and too rich to wind your watch? Buden Zorweg seems to think so. $6340 for this watch winder. My Cartier costs more than this so what’s worse?

Alexander Chen’s Conductor


Conductor turns the New York subway system into an interactive string instrument. Using the MTA’s actual subway schedule, the piece begins in realtime by spawning trains which departed in the last minute, then continues accelerating through a 24 hour loop. The visuals are based on Massimo Vignelli’s 1972 diagram.”

Try it here.

Alexander Chen’s explanation here.

18-2120 for 2011


Pantone recently announced the colo(u)r of the year for 2011 is Pantone 18-2120 Honeysuckle. Snoooooooozers. I’ve never been a fan of pink on men  so this news makes my eyes glaze over with indifference.  But is this color prediction accurate? Design circles and North America’s recent day-time talk show obsession with interior design seems to think so. The 111 chair, textiles, accent walls and even kitchens have showcased variations of honeysuckle. Keep your eye on it at this weekend’s Interior Design Show. IDS11 already has it on their website.

For those who aren’t familiar with honeysuckle, here are a few examples of it leaking into the men’s collections:

Long Fred Perry classic polo by Raf Simons.


Pantone cufflinks.


Leopold Ripley cardigan.


Raf Simons high tops.

I’m such a hypocrite because I literally just ordered a honeysuckle oxford shirt during my online shopping phase addiction.

Leatrice Eiseman, Pantone’s ED explains, “In times of stress, we need something to lift our spirits. Honeysuckle is a captivating, stimulating colour that gets the adrenaline going – perfect to ward off the blues. Honeysuckle derives its positive qualities from a powerful bond to its mother colour red, the most physical, viscerally alive hue in the spectrum… Honeysuckle may also bring a wave of nostalgia for its associated delicious scent reminiscent of the carefree days of spring and summer.”

Doesn’t that make you want to vomit in your own mouth? Pass me the Pepto.

I’ll see you in Hello Kitty Hell

Who knew?

Killing time on Etsy…

I’ve been ordering stuff off Etsy for a loooooong time so it’s nice to see more and more indie designers, crafters and artists put up new stuff on a daily basis. Lots of great items for guys. Now that Christmas is over and I have no job, the logical thing to do is shop online, right? Suuuuuuure…

Here are a few finds:

Woolrich jacket at Prance and Swagger.


Duffel from W Durable Goods.


Fleece tuxedo sweater from Hackwith Design House.


Sweatshirt by Loyalty and Blood.


Vintage motorcycle jacket from Blowup.


T-shirt from Monsieur T.


Netbook case by Byrd and Belle.

More to come…

TV-B-Gone Jacket


Not only is this a cool looking jacket but wearing it can make you look like someone with super powers: “The jacket’s embedded TV remote is activated by a switch along the zipper made from conductive thread, zapping all sets in range.”

And check out another favourite of mine, Vicodin jewelry:

Designed by the very geeky but fashionable Sternlab.

Online store here.

French Vogue = Prostitots?

Or as my friend Kmac would say “painted whore babies.”

Tom Ford guest-edited a very controversial December issue of the very influential and widely read magazine French Vogue. Here is a quick look! This is my cadeau to you…

I think Tara McGinley was wrong to immediately project latent pedophilia onto these images. As a person who works used to work with children, I absolutely think sexualizing children is immoral and unethical. But I also think people sometimes jump to conclusions. I would’ve never thought that these kids looked like “whores” until she mentioned it in her post. I’m more fascinated by the provocative nature of the styling. They don’t look like prostitutes at all. They look like overly glammed up Park Avenue princesses which brings up issues about standards of beauty, feminism and the sexualizing of children in art (which is different than child pornography).

And yes, I studied semiotics and ethics in advertising but I think calling these models “whores” is not only kinda douchey but is a bit of a stretch.
Just to compare, here are what real prostitutes look like:

Anyway, this is fashion carnage at its best!

33.3

These are cute reworked album covers done by individual artists over at 33.3! Sea Change weirds me out for some reason. I feel almost… traumatized when I look at it. Maybe I was diddled by a giant Lego man when I was kid or something.

More here.

Whoa

When my friend Max, a lighting designer, asked me to go to The Room, I got super excited about watching the interactive blockbuster hit directed by Tommy Wiseau with a theatre full of crazy fanatics. But I was sure I checked the tour schedule and it said it wasn’t playing.

Not until he gave me the address that I realized it was a dark, slate grey and moody bar on Sullivan. The beers are great and the modular seating awkward but I had a nice time catching up with my buddy.

When I went to the restroom, I was greeted by this giant vagina sink.

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