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Name: Patrick Li

Age: 41

Occupation: Art Director, Graphic Designer, Creative Director and Principal of the branding firm Li, Inc.

Patrick Li, Packaging Your Sartorial Experience

Patrick Li, Packaging Your Sartorial Experience

Known for: Integrating the inscrutable design aesthetic of your favorite amazian fashion designers (from Alexander Wang to Philip Lim to Jason Wu) into the strangely-important little pieces–like label tags and gift boxes.

The NYTimes did a fascinating profile of Li over the weekend, in which he is depicted as both a design and communication genius. In the article, Rodarte co-designer Kate Mulleavy explains Li’s gift: “I would describe Patrick’s work as like distilling something to the purest form”–likely why the boldest and most complex of the fashion world flock to him when trying to determine their season’s essence.

We fancy ourselves a bit complex… now, all we have to do is see if he’ll redesign the DISGRASIAN logo in exchange for both of our first-born. And maybe a nice bottle of scotch.

[NYT: The Graphic Designer Patrick Li Translates Fashion From Silk To Paper]


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Tiger Woods Wants You To Step Off. Will You?

Tiger Woods’s domestic fiasco is undoubtedly the most exciting squabble of the holiday season so far! For those who missed it, the haiku wrap up is:

He maybe cheated
Elin his wife was so mad
Car crash and scandal

But if you need more details, TMZ has predictably posted the full play-by-play. They will continue to uncover every ugly detail, we’re sure!

Tiger and Elin: Privacy, Please

Tiger and Elin: Privacy, Please

Tiger released a statement on his website, kindly asking for the privacy “he deserves” while staying mum:

“As you all know, I had a single-car accident earlier this week, and sustained some injuries. I have some cuts, bruising and right now I’m pretty sore.

This situation is my fault, and it’s obviously embarrassing to my family and me. I’m human and I’m not perfect. I will certainly make sure this doesn’t happen again.

This is a private matter and I want to keep it that way. Although I understand there is curiosity, the many false, unfounded and malicious rumors that are currently circulating about my family and me are irresponsible.

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File Under: Baby Docs We’ll Watch Over And Over Again Because They’re About Babies

If you haven’t heard, Focus Features will soon bring us Babies, a Thomas Balmès documentary that follows “four babies, in Mongolia, Namibia, San Francisco, and Tokyo, respectively, from birth to first steps.”

Quick question: Can you possibly watch this trailer without blurting out, “I want one in every color?”

More questions, actually: Is it, like, wrong to get totally baked and watch Babies, like watching Planet Earth while going munchy in couchlock? It’s not like the babies in the movie can see you. Or that you have to keep ‘em out of drawers or support their neck or anything.

[Trailer Addict: Babies]
[Film In Focus: Press - Domestic Rights To Unique Documentary Baby(ies) Acquired By Focus Features From Studiocanal]

Thanks, jRu!

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Hansel from Basel SALE! 25% Off Everything

Our friends at Hansel from Basel are having a holiday sox and tights sale.


In conjunction with Daily Candy, they’re offering a special 25% discount…ON EVERYTHING!

Special Checkout Code: dailycandy

We’ve already snagged these sweet Curtain tights and these sexy silk thigh-highs.

Way cooler than a Zhu Zhu hamster.


[Hansel from Basel]

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The Racist Michelle Obama Photo And WTF Is Up With Google?

HuffPo reports today that the racist Michelle Obama photo depicting the First Lady as a monkey which appeared at the top of Google Images search results has been taken down by its host site.

The removal of the photo from “Hot Girls” was accompanied by an apology in Chinese and English:

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The Chinese reads:


And sure enough, the offensive image no longer comes up first or second in a Google Images search on any SafeSearch setting. There has been, however, one disturbing new development. Now, when you type “Michelle Obama” into a Google Images search with SafeSearch set to either “Moderate” or off, you’re offered this “Related search” option:

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Jesus, Google. Who’s writing your awesome algorithms? You’re gonna have to take out a whole other ad to explain away this whatthefuckery.

[HuffPo: Michelle Obama Pictures UPDATE: Offensive Image REMOVED, Google 'SORRY' (PHOTO)]

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Revisiting Daul Kim’s “I Like to Fork Myself”


Celebrity death vultures have been busy the last week picking over the bones of 20 year-old, South Korean model Daul Kim, who was found hanged in her Paris apartment in an apparent suicide November 19, which may explain why her blog, I Like to Fork Myself–scoured by reporters as though it were a suicide note (before the alleged existence of an actual suicide note was revealed)–has since been switched to invite-only and is no longer available for public rubbernecking viewing.

I, too, have been guilty of participating in this scavenger hunt, the search for the why behind her death. A year-and-a-half ago, I wrote about Daul Kim and the things I liked about her: her goofy-cool factor, her bangs, and her blog, which I described as a “zany, irreverent diary of her fashism experiences.” When I read of her death, my first impulse was to return to the site and figure out what I had missed. I mean, zany and irreverent? Were these words one could really use to describe someone who had taken her own life? What dark thoughts and creeping shadows had I failed to see on the edges?


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Caption This: Hillary Clinton’s Crazy-Faced Namaste

HRC busting with the anjali mudra before the arrival of Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at the White House, November 24, 2009:

US India Obama Singh



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How To Be Like Warren Buffett

Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.“–Mark Twain

Do clothes make the man?

When the men in question are Bill Gates, the richest man in the world ($40 billion), and Warren Buffett, the second-richest man in the world ($37 billion), and the clothes are suits made by Chinese tailor Dayang Trands so favored by Buffett that he claims to have thrown away all of his other suits, it’s probably worth testing out that theory.

From CNN’s Emily Chang:

[CNN: Buffett sizes up rags-to-riches Chinese tailor]

[Bloomberg: Buffett Praise of China Suit Maker Boosts Shares]

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The Racist Michelle Obama Photo And Why You’re Better Off Hangin’ With Internet Pervs

Google‘s taken out ads on its own site to explain why, when you do a Google Images search of “Michelle Obama,” one of the first pictures you pull up is a disgustingly racist one depicting FLOTUS as a monkey.

Here’s a screengrab of both the photo and Google’s “Offensive Search Results” ad-response:

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Click on the ad, and you get this explanation for the image:

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Oh Moby, you-touchy-feely-techno-vegan-China Hand, you.

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Gaijin = Foreigner. In Japanese.

Dirty laowai would have been “ironic.”

Not to mention less “idiot”-ic.

(I suppose.)

[Moby on Twitter]

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Thanks, Bobby Trendy!

Hi Bobby!

Great AMAs aesthetic.

We have been dying for you to cover your shit up for years. And now, look! You look fabulous!!! And FIERCE! Never better.

Lady BoBo

Lady BoBo

Keep up the good work! Don’t stop it if it’s workin’.


[via DListed]

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AMAZIAN OF THE WEEK! Cho Seung-jin, Piano Prodigy

Everybody Loves A Youngest-Ever Winner

Everybody Loves A Youngest-Ever Winner

Jen and I not particularly well-versed in the goings-on of the International piano competition community (Sorry, Moms), so we hadn’t heard of the Hamamatsu International Piano Competition–a prestigious classical piano showdown that occurs every three years in Hamamatsu, Shizuoka, Japan–until we read about its newly-anounted champion today.

South Korea’s Cho Seung-jin took first prize in the 7th Annual competition, a two-week affair that culminated today, making him the first-ever Asian person to nab the top honor (All winners since the contest’s 1991 inception have been European) of the Asia-based tournament.

OH. He’s also 15.

So he’s the youngest-ever winner of the competition. And our Hardass Asian Parents’ wet dream.

Cho typically practices piano for three to four hours a day (six during heavy competition), and what we love about him is that he seems to be both a consummate professional and fun, dreamy, adorably innocent kid.

The Korea Times pulled this excerpt from the judges’ interpretation of his second-round performance, depicting the nuance and wisdom of a veteran:

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