Our award for the best Japanese avant-garde animated dolls goes to...

Owens

...Undercover designer Jun Takahashi. (Who else?) GILApple, an animated short featuring Takahashi's homemade dolls, was one of several entries in last week's Shaded View on Fashion Film Festival, overseen by capital-F fashion blogger Diane Pernet. Popcorn flicks these flicks ain't, but where else could you see—in addition to the dolls—Steven Klein bloody up supermodel Lara Stone (in Fiction Noir) or the life of Rick Owens in 1:17 minutes (pictured, in Nick Knight's A Portrait of Rick Owens)? Owens himself dropped by the fest to present awards to the winning films, excerpts of which you can see over at DailyMotion. It should tide you over for outré arthouse—at least until Spider-Man 4. (And as for Takahashi, he officially went home empty-handed—GILApple screened out of competition.)

Photo: Nick Knight/Courtesy of A Shaded View on Fashion Film
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Prada's Architectural New Collection

For its latest line of T-shirts, Prada has found a notable way to differentiate itself: enlist the design help of world-class architects like Rem Koolhaas and Herzog & de Meuron. Well, sort of. Koolhaas and co. didn't really design the tees, but they did do the buildings whose floor plans and façades are silk-screened across them (Koolhaas' Soho Prada flagship, above left; Herzog & de Meuron's Tokyo flagship, above left). Hey, if you're going to wear a shirt emblazoned with the blueprints of a retail outlet, better one of Prada's boundary-pushing boutiques than your local Abercrombie & Fitch.

[Hint Mag]

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What to wear with your blacked-out Rolex, Balmain tees, and Air Yeezys

Good luck finding the clothes in stores now or anytime soon—debut date and even season are still heartily TBD—but Kanye West's first Pastelle lookbook shots have just hit the Web. (They're likely authentic; the man himself has worn some of the pieces pictured to his various concerts/awards shows/internships.) The next big things, per the West fashion forecast: more varsity jackets (nattily done in mixed leather and wool with metallic accents), bright colors, and, curiously, tigers. Check out the streetwear blog SwaggerDap for more.

PLUS: Check out West's 10 Essentials.

Photo: swaggerdap.com
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