Better Than Duff Beer: Homer and Marge Simpson-Themed Wine Bottles

07/24/2014 at 01:03 PM ET

Homer and Marge Simpson Wine Bottles
Left: THE SIMPSONS ™ and ©2013 TCFFC ALL RIGHTS RESERVED; Right: Courtesy Facebook

Homer may be more of a beer dude, but the famously funny cartoon dad, along with his better half, Marge, is currently the inspiration behind a pair of chichi-mod wine bottles.

The bottles, shown above, were created by Russian designer Constantin Bolimond and featured on Behance, a social site for designers. Done in the style of Dutch painter Pieter Mondriaan, the color blocks clearly represent the characters wearing their usual outfits, down to Marge’s red shoes. And the label teases to wine that has been aging since 1987, the year The Simpsons premiered on The Tracey Ullman Show.

There’s no question that these bottles are awesome. But there is one big — and ambiguous — question: Are they real and can we buy them? Please?

Unfortunately, that’s a bigger mystery than who shot Mr. Burns (because, of course, that one was eventually solved). The site has no information about pricing or availability, and at press time, Bolimond hasn’t responded to our request to buy as many bottles as we can fit in our fridge. Here’s his somewhat enigmatic statement, which appears on both the label and his Tumblr:

The drink was brought to life together with the cartoon characters in 1987. May be it is wine, may be not. We are inviting you to find out yourselves. The contents have been kept secret for already 26 years now. While the ingredients remain the same, their proportions differ from time to time. That is why you will never get bored from this drink! We can assure you that you will not be left disappointed … The design is inspired by the works of Pieter Mondriaan.

Can he really assure we won’t be left disappointed, which is exactly what will happen if we can’t snag these wine bottles to display alongside our Homer Beer vs. Donut clock? We’re skeptical: The Drinks Business reported that 20th Century Fox has been notoriously protective over the Simpsons brand, even forcing a Colombian company that produced Duff beer to change its name to “DuH” beer. (This is why you need to check out Bolimond’s Facebook gallery before he’s threatened with a lawsuit.)

But we’ll stop speculating for now and raise a glass to Bolimond for his elegantly executed idea. One of Homer’s famous toasts seems appropriate: “Here’s to alcohol: the cause of, and solution to, all of life’s problems.”

—Lexi Dwyer

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

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Tiff on

Ha, That’s awesome!

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Kristi on

I seriously want these. Badly…

Ben Dover on

Does it go well with do-nuts?

Nick on

Better Than Duff Beer: Homer and Marge Simpson-Themed Wine Bottles. even though I do not drink wine.
I like the theme. and the show.