I’m in leisure mode these days, so my thoughts have been gravitating towards lazy, fun topics– namely, Sweden and tennis. The Sweden fixation arises due to the fact that I’ve been compulsively reading nothing but books set there (The Girl Who Played With Fire and the marvellous Martin Beck mystery series from the sixties) and daydreaming about visiting the country. Tennis… I’m in Newport, and it’s a fun summer sport, so how could my thoughts not go there?
Anyway, rambling aside, these two fixation lead inevitably to thoughts of Bjorn Borg and his legendary awesomeness as both a tennis player and a style icon. Since I’m too idle to go much into sports stats and so on, I’ll focus on the fashion sense end of things.
Classic pictures are below. Dig the vintage sports styling:
(casual picture, revealing the existence of a forehead!)
Nowadays Borg heads up his own fashion line, which is quite popular in Sweden. The website is rather hilarious and can be found here. I strongly urge you to check it out. Here’re some of the examples of the violently printed underwear you’ll find on it.
It’s apparently girls-dressed-as-boys day here at Casa Musie, which is surprising as I personally am swathed in the girliest of diaphonous layers in an attempt to beat the oppressive heat. Also, I can’t pull off menswear looks, tragically. Regardless, I love the idea of women dressed up as men, and so I thought I would put up this little transformation-story from Marie Claire August 2007, featuring Ashley Olsen and shot by Ruven Afanador. I’ve never particularly been interested by the Olsens, apart from respecting them as businesswomen, but I do really enjoy Ashley’s look in this shoot, and the whole moody energy of the story.
A Love Letter For You is a new project by artist Steve Powers. The idea is to make signs on the blank walls between 63rd and 45th street along Market Street in Philadelphia. Each is a message about love, in some way or other. The paintings are made using old signpainting techniques. Power hopes to use this to draw the community in, rather than having them be opposed to his project. The result is some of the most interesting street art I’ve ever seen.