Dumbo Walls

Whether it’s good or bad, there’s no shortage of street art in New York. You’d be hard pressed to find a pristine wall in the city. But in Dumbo they thought: let’s just get some more, shall we. And do it proper. The Dumbo Walls Project rallied up eight renowned artists to provide giant murals under the Brooklyn Queens Expressway. And since last summer, that area, just off the F stop at York Street has become a destination. On a recent bike ride from Williamsburg to Smorgasburg on Pier 5 in Brooklyn Bridge Park (which takes less than fifteen minutes by the way) I discovered the work by Shepard Fairey (famous for his “Obey the Giant” stickers and the “Hope” graphic for Barack Obama’s presidential campaign in 2007-2008) and two huge Yes murals by Sagmeister & Walsh in collaboration with Yuko Shimizu. I love the scale of them. Very impressive.

And just one thing about the crazy bathing suit, if I may. At the time I was working with Tsumori Chisato in Paris, the one remark I repeatedly heard, whether she was referring to the models, the clothes, or the looks her stylist put together, was: “No… too sexy…!” Tsumori is a whimsical, colorful designer who draws from fantasy and fairy tales. She paints and designs most of her own prints by hand and prefers boxy and flowing over body con. Her silhouettes are basically never sexy, and seldom feminine. Girlie at best. And then she made this black bathing suit…. Call it temporary insanity or a sudden reclaim of Japanese kinkiness, but this baby is anything but cutesy… I don’t think the suit ever made it on the runway. I think I found it at one of her samples sales. And for obvious reasons I have never dared to wear it. But maybe today I am also temporary insane. Or all the time…

Vintage white denim and lace custom jumpsuit; Vintage black mesh bathing suit by Tsumori Chisato; Vintage black off-the-shoulder sweater by Alexander McQueen; Black leather knot skirt by Veronique Leroy; Striped platform espadrilles by Soludos; Vintage bucket bag by Chanel; Woven Panama Hat by Bailey of Hollywood; Black rubberized sunglasses by Kris Van Assche for Linda Farrow; Vintage gold cross earrings from Le Grand Strip.

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August 7, 2014

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6 Responses to “Dumbo Walls”

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    sophie katt - Reply

    I Love Sagmeister and Walsh ! … and that Marant leather skirt, OMG!!! @by.sophiekatt

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