Banksy vs. Pransky No.9

We loved the idea of taking Banksy’s old skool  and replacing with our new skool (which is an awesome San Fran based brand, btw!). We borrowed this super cool BoomCase in lieu of the classic boom box (refashioned from a vintage suit case), and a Fresco loft high chair in lieu of the metal stool.And of course, instead of the luggage, we wheeled in Bugaboo’s newest ride, the Classic Cameleon 3, which we promptly tagged. Photographer: Katrina Tang Style Director: Michel Onofrio Hair & Makeup: Laura Castellano

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Babesta Featured on Cover Junkie

We are so excited to have our Spring/Summer 2014 Babesta Beat cover featured on Cover Junkie, a website that highlights only the coolest magazine covers. Banksy, meet Pranksy!

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Banksy vs. Pransky No. 8

Causing mischief perched on the shoulders of a willing friend. . . Pranksy adds a mustache to a local wild posting. Recognize it?

Photographer: Katrina Tang Style Director: Michel Onofrio Hair & Makeup: Laura Castellano

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Project Runway’s Bad Boy of Fashion, Jeffrey Sebelia, and his brand, La Miniatura Kids

Project Runway's Jeffrey Sebelia and La Miniatura Kids cool fashion line

  Project Runway winner and designer behind kids’ fashion line La Miniatura, Jeffrey Sebelia dishes about his über cool kids’ line.

“First question (it’s on all of our minds!): Given that you and Heidi Klum both have kids’ lines, what are the chances of an upcoming Project Runway Kids show?” He shakes his head and laughs. “She’ll have to really step up her game before that happens.” That’s Jeffrey —the bad boy instigator who had us glued to Project Runway (Season 3) and most recently, Project Runway All Stars.

     “What would be fun,” he continues, “is if the kids worked with professional seamstresses, and you could tap into their minds for design, but a seamstress sewed the garments.”

     Now on his fifth season in kids’ fashion, Sebelia admits that it surprised him how much he connected with childrenswear. “As a designer, of course I love womenswear. I also love menswear and making things that I like for myself,” he says. Although initially rebuffing the idea of childrenswear, he found he was compelled by the challenge of it. “I love creating something that’s both exciting and appropriate, elevated without being too sophisticated.”

 La Miniatura green bird print dress for kids

Banksy vs. Pranksy No. 6

This gorgeous girl was brave enough to take on one of the most provocative shots, that made a great ending to the shoot (and beginning to whatever happens next). We blended two of our favorite iconic Banksy images, the finger-in-the-nose Statue of Liberty and  ”Laugh now, but someday we’ll be in charge”, something ever true about our toddler models.

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To Do in NY: Street Art Exhibit at MCNY

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We’re totally excited about the exhibit City as Canvas at the Museum of the City of New York going on now. The robust art collection of street artist Martin Wong (1946-1999) is on display until July 27th, and it’s something to see. Wong, who was a noted East Village artist, had amassed a collection of his contemporaries’ work in the 70s and 80s, including art by Keith Haring, Lee Quiñones, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Lady Pink, Futura 2000 and more. His collection, as well as Wong’s own work, much of which has never been seen, will be on display at this encyclopedic exhibit of street art styles and techniques. The show is a celebration of urban self-expressionism, housed in the lovely and bite-sized Museum of the City of New York, strategically located right next to Central Park at 103rd. Runs February 4–July 27, 2014.

Shown: A-OneThe Spirit of the Soul (1989), Keith Haring artwork, Keith Haring Foundation; City as Canvas (Rizzoli). Photos courtesy of the Museum of the City of