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U.K.’s Next Top Model

Posted by Kim on August 26, 2008

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Move over Agyness Deyn and Kate Moss, England's got two new top models (and ones that are more easily manageable).

Popular claymation cohorts, Wallace and Gromit, are featured in adverts for the chic Harvey Nichols department store.

Cheddar-hoarding Wallace looks sharp in an Alexander McQueen suit and Dolce and Gabbana shirt.  His trusty pooch pal, Gromit sports Ray Ban sunglasses and a posh Paul Smith scarf.  Wallace's paramour, Lady Campanula Tottington beautifully models a floor-brushing Alexander McQueen dress and Christian Louboutin stilettos.

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According to an interview with BBC News, Wallace and Gromit creator Nick Park is pleased with the transformation. "[Wallace] isn't exactly known for his up-to-the-minute fashion sense but I know he's feeling pleased with himself," he said.  "It's great to see him looking so chic and stylish."

Wallace and Gromit is a popular British short film series. Their films include A Grand Day Out, The Wrong Trousers and A Close Shave – which were first shown on BBC in the late 80s and early 90s. The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005) is Wallace and Gromit's most recent film venture.

 
 
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Bicycle Racks by David Byrne

Posted by Sloane Kelley on August 26, 2008

Multi-talented David Byrne has added something new to his resume: bicycle rack designer.

New York City's Department of Transportation along with the PaceWildenstein art gallery has brought nine David Byrne designed bike racks to various parts of the city. Eight of the red, black or silver racks are in Manhattan and one is Brooklyn.

The racks are considered a temporary art installation but the goal is to promote bicycling as a mode of transportation in the city.

According to the New York Times City Room blog:

“It was important to me that these new racks be the same thickness and material as the existing racks—to help identify them as practical bike racks and not just modern art,” Mr. Byrne said. “The locations [are] about as perfect as one could imagine — Wall Street for the dollar sign and Bergdorf’s for the giant high heel!”

My personal favorite is the guitar shaped rack. It's in Williamsburg, of course.

 
 
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