Prada Marfa is an art installation built in 2005 by Elmgreen and Dragset. Maison Gray, the photographer behind the piece above has this to say about the situation facing Prada Marfa currently..."The inside of the project cannot be accessed by the public and still holds the original interior. The installation is located 37 miles northwest of Marfa, Texas and has been an increasingly popular destination for many around the world visiting Marfa.
Marfa is known for having a ‘New York chic’ meets ‘cowboy cool’ art scene and blending southern charm with city charisma. The Prada installation has become a ‘pop-icon’ art piece, known for bending limits outside of the gallery and museum environment. Eight years after being built the Texas Department of Transportation has ruled Prada Marfa as an advertisement, rather than an art piece, and therefore illegal. This has started discussion as to whether Prada Marfa can be defined as art or advertisement, bringing into discourse once more the role of pop art in contemporary times." You can support the effort to save Prada Marfa by purchasing Maison Gray's photograph of the installation above, Pondering Prada Marfa, at the special price of $99, during this week only. 25% of the proceeds are going to Ballroom Marfa to help raise awareness about the current law in place declaring that Prada Marfa is an illegal outdoor advertisement, as well as to support the organization’s mission to champion and fund similar projects and artists. I just purchased the photograph myself and here's hoping a visit to Marfa can take place in the imminent future.
Five sites you must visit daily: 1. Fred Flare. With Chris and Keith's "stay cute" motto and vast array of accessories, tees, books and super cute gifts how can one not check this site daily. Plus their video podcast is beyond belief. 2. The "Oh Joy!" blog. Joy, a freelance designer from Philadelphia, shares her random design and style findings from around the globe. 3. Ebay. I'm always searching for something. Most recently it's vintage trophy cups and a Kate Spade white wicker clutch. 4. Craigslist. A great resource for locating jobs, apartment hunting, selling items, and beyond. Currently I'm using Craigslist to search for the perfect apartment in Savannah, Georgia - where I'm moving in a few months. 5. The "Design*Sponge" blog. Grace, a Brooklyn based writer, features store and product reviews, sale and contest announcements, new designer profiles, trend forecasting and store/studio tours on her lovely blog.
Your favorite design/lifestyle publication: Oh I've just become completely smitten with the latest Martha Stewart venture, Blueprint. The "design your life" mag feels like a combination of Domino and Real Simple but with its own unique spin. I just adore a magazine that offers DIY projects that are actually doable. I've heard that some people feel the magazine is a little too all over the place but I think it's worth giving a chance. It's a new magazine and it should be given some time to get into its groove.
Favorite designer: Karl Lagerfeld for sure. How can you not completely adore someone who makes statements like, "I cannot go out without something for my eyes, because someone might throw chemicals in my face." I think he's a brilliant designer but in addition to that his proclamations just kill me. He's so hilarious. Occasionally he spouts out something sane like "luxury, like design, is mostly a question of quality, but inexpensive things need to be well designed as well." With which I concur wholeheartedly. I'm a big fan of the high-end / low-end trend. Karl was actually one of the first high end designers to sell his designs at H&M.
Who is your style icon and why? Diana Vreeland, she was fashion editor at Harper's Bazaar, became editor in chief at Vogue in 1963, and completed her career at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute. Vreeland was not classically beautiful but was always fashionable and extremely creative. She knew what suited her, and she knew what she suited. She was slightly eccentric and demanding but when it came to fashion she was always right. She is also known for her proclamations like, "Pink is the navy blue of India!"
What is your dream purchase for fall/winter? You know I've really always wanted a pair of Tod's driving loafers with the signature pebble sole. The idea of shoes designed specifically for driving seems so luxurious to me. And I love that they've remained popular since their debut in the 70's. Perhaps this will be the fall I'll actually treat myself to a pair.
What is the most beloved item in your wardrobe? A Prada jean jacket purchased a few years ago at a shop called Jeremy's on College Ave. in Berkeley. Although it's more than a few seasons old and has a broken zipper I still adore it.
You’re spending the afternoon shopping in your city of choice, what's the itinerary? I'll go with Seattle since it's the city where I've spent most of my shopping hours. First stop is for cupcakes and a cappuccino at Cupcake Royale in Ballard (fuel for the day and all that). From there it's off to Fremont for a browse at Les Amis (which showcases clothing from up-and-coming designers from the U.S. and beyond), Burnt Sugar (which I've heard described as a more eclectic Anthropologie), then finally to Essenza (which specialize in top-of-the-line imported fragrances, daintily arranged as in an old-style European apothecary). Then I'd likely head to downtown for a browse at the shop Great Jones Home (where you'll get a taste of mixing paradoxical trends in home décor). By this time I'd probably walk to Le Pichet the perfect French bistro for a bite of something. I'd then hit Velocity Art and Design (which specializing in modern home furnishings and contemporary art) before heading down to Pike Place Market. At the market there's lots of little hole in the wall places that are worth browsing through. There's one very clean and orderly antique store I'm particularly fond of that I purchased my first chenille bedspread. There's another store I quite like located down by the market called Watson Kennedy (which sells comfortable chic items for your home). From there I might pop into Barneys NY which is usually out of my price range but fun for a browse. Then I'd stop by Sephora and Anthropologie before heading to Pacific Place (a shopping mall). Inside I might stop in at those chain stores all cities have: Restoration Hardware, Pottery Barn, Williams-Sonoma, Coach, BCBG, J. Crew, Club Monaco etc. Then it's over the skywalk to Nordstrom. Or if I'm not in the mood for the indoor mall experience then it's over to University Village (located by the University of Washington) for the out of doors shopping mall experience. I'd probably end the day with crab cakes at Tom Douglas' Dahlia Lounge.
If you could own the wardrobe of any film character, whose would it be? Definitely Jean Seberg's wardrobe from the 1960's French film Breathless. I adore it all from her flats, striped sweaters, skinny black pants to her rope handled tote. With her close-cropped hair and New York Herald Tribune sweater she's the embodiment of European chic.
The ultimate accessory is... Oh it's got to be a classic handbag. My favorite is a vintage Louis Vuitton Speedy I purchased at an antique store in rural Washington State. I began to have doubts as to its authenticity because I purchased it for a steal at $40. So I took it into the Louis Vuitton store in downtown Seattle and they verified its authenticity for me. Then while living in Berkeley a few years later I spotted a similar vintage Speedy in shoddy condition for $250! Always keep your eyes open, you never know where or when you'll find the perfect classic handbag for you.
[The Speedy is still in heavy rotation, might I add. I'm also STILL coveting a pair of those Tod's driving mocs.]