Art imitates life and fashion imitates art and art imitates fashion and life imitates art and fashion. The derivative nature of pop culture, the constant mixing and remixing and changing elements got us thinking as we embarked upon our latest fashion story. Amidst all of the Banksy buzz at the end of last year, we tried to imagine what that life was like on our Babesta terms - what was the elusive artist like as a kid? What would a child version of the provocateur do? be like? look like? Then growing up from graffiti artist to toast of the town, embraced by the elite art circles, while maintaining street cred – the story arch is that of any little guy who made it big – it’s Katniss, Rocky, the Rolling Stones.
Collaborating with Katrina Tang, the creative force with whom we created Mimi & the Magic Forest, we crafted a new story, Pranksy & the Playground Mob. A derivative of a derivative, reworking, reinterpreting the artists’ work from a child’s view to culminate in the story, the musical, the feature film, the creative output that is Pranksy. The child that was always silly, naughty, bold, who was told “no” more times that she could count, who wedged sticks in the wheel of the machine, and who lobbed some piñata-projectiles at life. But, after a while, got people to take notice, and eventually celebrate the risk, the pluck and the artistry. So we conclude, there’s Pranksy in all of us. The Pranksy spirit is alive at Babesta! We had a blast. I hope you like it!
Photographer: Katrina Tang Style Director: Michel Onofrio Hair & Makeup: Laura Castellano
Big thanks to the editors of Pregnancy & Newborn for featuring Babesta in their Specialty Shop round up and top picks! We selected our fave Rockabye Baby CDs, as an essential for any cool city families. They are at once kid-appropriate and soothing, yet give a shoutout to your favorite musicians! This is a perfect gift for a pal or partner who loves their bands. Read the whole issue at Pregnancy & Newborn Magazine.
We got to visit our friends at Bloom yesterday & preview all of their new items! We love the new Retro Crib and Dresser, 100% hardwood, available all in white or in walnut. They’ll be on the floor soon to see in person.
I’m an avid subway rider – it’s the easiest way to get around this city (and I don’t totally understand the bus system). When I read in NY Mag about one intrepid creative’s (none other than LCD Soundstystem’s former frontman, James Murphy) concept of adding some music to the turnstile, I got excited. I remember seeing the piano stairs in the past and other such concepts, and love the idea of bringing a little fun and something unexpected to a rote ride uptown. Like wind chimes for people…Come on MTA, lighten up & let the music play! Read about James Murphy & the musical subway in NY Mag.
Anarchy has left the U.K. and it’s relocated to Philly. The Moore College of Art & Design in Philadelphia shows off a collection of punk era artwork and ephemera, celebrating the rage against the machine, safety pins, combat boots, studs and grommets that symbolized the period. “Pretty Vacant, The Graphic Language of Punk” brings together works by Peter Saville, Gee Vaucher and more collected by Andrew Krivine, on view until March 15. Via Huffington Post.
**If you make it to Philly, you can join Robert Drake, host of “Land of the Lost” on WXPN, for a reception celebrating “Pretty Vacant: The Graphic Language of Punk” with a LOTL Music Mix by Robert Drake and libations donated by the show’s friends at Tattooed Mom, 530 South Street. Free to the public.