What an amazing image. Sorry, I don’t have the photographer credit (please leave it in comments if you know), but the model is Sasha Pivovarova.
I love the idea of wallpaper that invites you to color or otherwise customize it (again, returning to my functional walls obsession). Here are two favorites: On the left, from Fly, is an exhibition by happypets. The artists provide the line sketches and markers/crayons, and the viewers provide the color. On the right is actual, purchasable wallpaper ($40/double roll), from Graham & Brown (via Anh-minh, who always has cool finds). Designed by Taylor & Wood, “Frames” features whimsically drawn picture frames that you can fill with mini-paintings, photos, collages, 3-D collections (keys, shells, butterflies)–you name it.
Above: Constructivist works by Ivan Puni & Antoine Pevsner.
Russian Constructivism inspired many designers this fall. Like Art Deco (another major runway reference), Constructivism obsessively played with industry and technology (think of the creative use of synthetics/plastics this season), bold colors, & geometric forms.
At right, FW07 accessories, from top: Junya Watanabe, Marni, Pucci.
Unlike Art Deco, however, Constructivism was resolutely non-representational. Not merely decorative, it was art with a political purpose, specifically the construction of the ill-fated socialist state.
For more info on the movement, read the Constructivism Wikipedia article here; read more here and here. Constructivist Aleksander Rodchenko was particularly influential; read his Wikipedia article, go through his MOMA exhibit website, and see his worker jumpsuit (another big fall trend). For more visual inspiration, check out related art movements at Merrill C. Berman Collection (Modernism); Decopix: The Art Deco Resource; Pochoir Prints (Art Deco & Art Nouveau), and an excellent V&A Art Deco exhibit site (with Quicktime panoramas).
Examples from major FW07 shows (left to right, row by row): Carolina Herrera, Hussein Chalayan, Alberta Ferretti, Proenza Schouler, Hussein Chalayan, Alberta Ferretti, Etro, Chloe. Not shown: FW07 Marni, Vera Wang, Missoni, Emilio Pucci, Marc Jacobs, Junya Watanabe; SS07 Miu Miu. See full images & collections at Style.com.
Japanese designer Tsumori Chisato and Paris design shop Surface to Air have produced an amazing series of ads the past few seasons. Beautiful clothes and fabrics mixed with excellent art direction = joy & bliss. Above and below examples are from Chisato’s A/W ’06 & A/W ’05 campaigns.