24 Artist-Embellished Darth Vader Helmets Up For Auction Starting February 7th.

Three months ago, 24 local and national artists were selected by HalloweenCostumes.com to create original art pieces with authentic replica Darth Vader Helmets as their base. And what a job they've done! And yes, all of them are shown in this post.

Tattoo artists, prop designers, illustrators, poster designers, graffiti artists, sculptors and more have turned the iconic helmet into original and unusual pieces of art that you have the opportunity to own.

With a starting bid of $50.00 USD, HalloweenCostumes.com is auctioning off each of these artists’ creations with the proceeds benefitting two Minnesota charities, the Midwest Art Catalyst and the Miracle League of North Mankato.

Here are all 24 helmets

Denise Vasquez “FRANKENVADER”:

Jason Goad “The Haunting of Darth Vader”:

Christopher Mark Galiyas “Luke, Put Down That Koi… I Mean Toy and Get Over Here”:

Ryan Peterson “Skevader”:

Brad Smith “Star Roars”:

Lindsey Tollefson “Saturday Night Vader”:

Shane Anderson “Vader’s Got Character”:

R.L. Gibson “Lack of Faith”:

Kelly Bunde “Darth Hoot”:

Staci Queen “The Lord of the Stitch: Tailored for Evil”

Sonny Wong “Wong Vader”:

Karl Schneider “Black Metal Vader aka Darth Throne”:

Weston Brownlee “I Have You Now (2200 AE)”:

Dawn Evans Scaltreto “The Trouble with Hubble”:

Travis Lynn Mattick “Bugs in the Helmet”:

El Celso “Chicha Vader 2011”:

Dheepan Ramanan “Enigma (Darth Vader Helmet)”:

David Melendez “Tiki Torch Vader”:

Jason Knudson “Darkside Dessert”:

Makeba Ische “Sweet, Sweet Daydream for Darth”

Megan Hoogland “Muertos de Vader”

Albert Song 'Guys Gone Right':

John Dickinson “Apocalypse Vader”:

Gabriel Wimmer “Vader from Vader Unmasked”:

Auction Details:
• The auction will begin on February 7, 2012 at 12PM CST.

• Bidding will open on February 7th, 2012 at 12pm CST. When bidding opens, individuals will be able to click on a helmet and enter a bid. The placement of a bid will start a 24 hour timer. If the individual is outbid within that 24 hours, the timer will start again and the new high bidder will have 24 hours to be outbid. This process will continue until a high bidder maintains his or her position for all 24 hours. EACH HELMET'S AUCTION, BIDDING, and TIMER WILL FUNCTION INDEPENDENTLY.

Note: After you place a bid, you will receive email confirmation that your bid has been received. If you are outbid during the 24 hour period, you will be notified that you are no longer the high bidder. If your bid has won the helmet, you will receive an email with further details.

For questions and media inquiries contact Elise at contest@halloweencostumes.com.
Happy Bidding!

Visit here for more images, artist's statements, information and videos of each helmet.

This project is not sponsored or endorsed by Lucasfilm Ltd., and has no relationship with Lucasfilm. Star Wars and all related intellectual property is © or ® 2012 Lucasfilm Ltd. & (tm). All rights reserved.

A Little Lip Service For Valentine's Day. Henry Leutwyler Photo Scarf for Salvor.

Salvor Projects, in collaboration with commercial photographer Henry Leutwyler, has created this limited edition Lip Service scarf.

above: one of Henry Leutwyler's still life product shots for Bobbie Brown

The Lip Service scarf is made with chroma diffusion photography of six lipstick tubes, handprinted with magenta and purple water based inks on double georgette silk with a raw edge finish.

Numbered Print Edition of 100, price $240 USD
order by 2/7 for guaranteed delivery by 2/13 and free shipping in the USA
Buy it here

Harper's Bazaar Undergoes Redesign & Launches With Double Gwyneth Paltrow Cover.

above: 2012 Harper's Bazaar March double cover design by Robin Derrick

After ten years, the US version of Harper's Bazaar has undergone a redesign to be unveiled on newsstands February 14th.

The new March cover is a double cover featuring Gwyneth Paltrow shot by photographer Terry Richardson. It was designed by Robin Derrick, who was the Creative Director for ten years of British Vogue until last June.

I wish they'd had to the courage to simply run the clean cover featuring the obscured Paltrow, but alas, they felt the need to include the more traditional looking one featuring content titles and the face of the blonde beauty- undoubtedly thinking that would sell more issues.

They've returned to their original elegant Didot font for the article titles on the cover and the feel of the stark cover is reminiscent of the timeless work of Harper's Bazaar legendary creative director, Alexey Brodovitch.

above: 1956 Harper's Bazaar July cover design by Alexey Brodovitch

The new clean look of the front cover is also similar to my personal favorite cover of theirs from the past few decades designed by Fabien Baron for the September, 1992 issue featuring model Linda Evangelista shot by Patrick Demarchelier and shown below:

above: 1992 Harper's Bazaar September Cover design by Fabien Baron

Here's a look at the Gwyneth Paltrow editorial photos shot by Terry Richardson for the newly redesigned March issue:

above: Terry Richardson photos of Gwyneth Paltrow for the new March issue

WWD reports:
Glenda Bailey clutched the magazine close to her chest, like a Giants running back about to charge the Patriots’ defensive line. It was the first copy of the first redesign of Harper’s Bazaar in a decade, and she was understandably possessive of it.

“Let’s wait a minute,” said Bazaar’s editor in chief, taking a seat in an otherwise empty conference room on the 16th floor of Hearst Tower. “I just returned from the collections. How are you?”

The March issue finally lands on the table and it’s the cover that subscribers will receive. It shows a leggy blonde, wearing a skin-baring, long black dress from relatively new designer Anthony Vaccarello. Her long, wavy hair is covering her face. Is that a model?

“It’s Gwyneth Paltrow,” Bailey proclaimed. “It’s a very daring thing to do, where you don’t immediately see her face.” Bailey added, “As you know, I was the first to develop this two-cover approach.”

Here’s how the new Harper’s Bazaar can be summed up: it’s like the party guest who you recognize when she enters the room, but you know she’s had work done — a lot of work.

The magazine is larger by one inch, the paper quality is noticeably thicker and there is new cover typography. Inside the issue, the pages look less cluttered and thrown together, with more white space, while sections are more tightly edited. So far, there’s less celebrity and the related popcorn stories that can come with that. But in some ways, it still feels like the old Harper’s Bazaar. The black logo is the same. The emphasis is still on high fashion.

above: an example of an interior editorial from the newly redesigned Harper's Bazaar

“It’s going to take a while to get through it,” Bailey said with some pride, paging through all the advertisements in the front of the book. “It’s up 15.5 percent in ad pages, you know. We’re going to be here for a while.”

These are the results of new publisher Carol Smith, who has called March her first issue even though she joined last May. The turnaround in March ad pages is significant. The prior year, ad pages fell 12 percent, to 235. New advertisers include Tom Ford Fashion, Hervé Léger, David Webb, Alberta Ferretti, Alexis Bittar, RéVive, Nexxus and Lucky Brand.

But while the redesign gives Smith and Bailey a new tale to tell, Bazaar still has a lot of ground to make up — it remains the fourth fashion title in terms of ad pages, behind Vogue, InStyle and Elle.

Bailey landed on the first new section, “The List.” Almost every new section starts with the word “the.”

“This is the ultimate list of things to be aware of this month,” Bailey said. Paltrow has also produced a list of her own, “The A List.” Next up, the first of several “exclusives,” in the issue, beginning with a bracelet from Cartier that was originally designed by the brand in the Seventies. Editors at the magazine had been asking about it for years and it’s been reissued. “It really will be the must-have piece,” she said.

A few more tidbits from the issue: Derek Blasberg’s “Best-Dressed List,” an online feature, has become a monthly magazine column. Another story covers 24 hours with Tom Ford. He woke up at 4:30 a.m., took four baths and ate two doughnuts. The beauty section has been expanded, from four pages to 10 in every issue. Bailey has introduced a monthly travel section, “The Escape.” She plans to report on more news every month, to include the latest on art, film, books and trends. And she has kept the monthly feature “Fabulous at Every Age.” Bailey has even expanded upon it, in the beauty section.

Terry Richardson, a longtime contributor, photographed Paltrow for the cover. Karl Lagerfeld, Dan Jackson and Karim Sadli also shot features in the issue. Artist Liu Bolin painted designers including Alber Elbaz and Angela Missoni. “I just saw Alber and he told me there is still paint on his glasses,” Bailey added.

Mark Halperin and John Heilemann wrote a piece about Sarah Palin, pegged to the HBO movie of “Game Change,” based on their book. Lisa DePaulo has a piece about Stephanie Mack, the daughter-in-law of Bernie Madoff, while Vicky Ward wrote about Bernard-Henri Lévy.

When plans for the redesign were revealed in November, many observers were surprised to hear Robin Derrick, former creative director of British Vogue, was hired to consult. He ended up spending about a month on the project, not just working on the magazine but also on all of Bazaar’s social media. Later this year, the magazine will launch e-commerce — the latest move in the ongoing transformation of magazines from merely editorial and advertising vehicles to brands that literally sell the products they cover. “We’ve started to redesign online and we will see that continue,” Bailey added.

She said the new design approach can be summed in one sentence: “It is Didot Caps, Didot Italics and also an introduction of Gotham,” she said, talking typography and taking the magazine back into her hands.

A reporter asked if she could take the issue with her. Bailey replied: “I wish you could but I’m afraid you can’t. These are extremely rare. The team hasn’t even got a copy yet.”

With that, Bailey took hold of the issue and headed to the elevator. The fashion world will have to wait until it hits newsstands on Feb. 14 to see the new look.

images courtesy of Harper's Bazaar

Drowning In Brands. Underwater Rosae Still Life Logo Series by Alexander James.

A series of identifiable and popular brand logos comprised of red roses and photographed underwater using the subtle light distortions of the water's own energy. From Louis Vuitton to Nike, the rose logos were captured 'in camera' without the use of post production, either traditional or digital.


By taking the red roses, a symbol of unrelenting love, and juxtaposing against a deep dark void, London based photographer Alexander James is making a social commentary on how we ourselves are drowning in a society dominated by a reverence towards branding and celebrity.



Louis Vuitton:

Mercedes Benz:




Yves Saint-Laurent:



images courtesy of the artist and Distil Ennui Studio

About Alexander's work practice in his own words:
"My photographs are always presented ‘as-shot’ without post production either traditional or digital. It is this dedication to ‘in camera’ purity that establishes a predominant focal point for my practice.

The quality of the work and the purity of the process is paramount, distilling elements out with the use of deep blacks; hoping to convey rich layers of meaning in what at first appear deceptively simple images.

Distil Ennui; def... to extract the essence and beauty of life to appease world weariness."

Alexander James is represented by Pertwee Anderson & Gold

C'mon people, it's only a dollar.