with -still-lots of reminiscences of the most influential Balenciaga collection, two different takes on structured classic-future suits. My fav the grey Burberry 2-09 fallowed very close by the black Calvin Klein 2-09
"Partisan is a socio-political plaything designed by Maria Horn, a member of the Bond design collective in New York. This trio of 3D puzzles leads to thinking about crucial global issues through pieces that represent energy, religion and power. The puzzle includes interlocking pieces that are negative and positive; by putting all the positive pieces together, the user creates a dove of peace, but all the negative ones will end up as a weapon of destruction. The pieces are housed within stylized humans, just as we harbour varying slates of negative and positive feelings and outlooks inside ourselves"....MORE
The textures and visual language developed for the history channel are eexquisite. "Koppel on Discovery: The People's Republic of Capitalism" is IF's sixth collaboration with the Koppel Group and The Discovery Channel. "The People's Republic of Capitalism" is a four part series that focuses on China's emergence as an economic power. The title sequence is an explosion of China chic, juxtaposing classic imagery with modern symbols of industry, fashion, and culture. Executive Producer Tom Bettag and Producer Peter Demchuk worked closely with IF to convey the rich contrast they discovered during nearly a years worth of research and production, all in 45 seconds.
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Sarah’s Pompom Palaver
By MAUREEN DOWD
I had hoped I was finally done with acting as an interpreter for politicians whose relationship with the English language was tumultuous.
There’s W.’s gummy grammar, of course, like the classic, “Is our children learning?” And covering the first Bush White House required doing simultaneous translation for a president who never met a personal pronoun he liked or a wacky non sequitur he could resist.
Poppy Bush drew comparisons to Warren G. Harding, whose prose reminded H. L.
Mencken of “a string of wet sponges. ... It is so bad that a sort of grandeur creeps into it.” When Harding died, E. E. Cummings lamented, “The only man, woman or child who wrote a simple declarative sentence with seven grammatical errors is dead.”
Being mush-mouthed helped give the patrician Bushes the common touch. As Alistair Cooke observed, “Americans seem to be more comfortable with Republican presidents because they share the common frailty of muddled syntax and because, when they attempt eloquence, they do tend to spout a kind of Frontier Baroque.”
Darn right. And that, doggone it, brings us to a shout-out for the latest virtuoso of Frontier Baroque, bless her heart, the governor of the Last Frontier. Her reward’s in heaven. At Sarah Palin’s old church in Wasilla, they spoke in tongues. Maybe that’s where she picked it up.
Hillary Clinton and John McCain ran against Barack Obama by sneering that their prose was meatier than The One’s poetry. Sarah’s running against the Democrat’s highfalutin eloquence by speakin’ in homespun haikus.
We could, following her strenuously folksy debate performance, wonder when elite became a bad thing in America. Navy Seals are elite, and they get lots of training so they can swim underwater and invade a foreign country, but if you’re governing the country that dispatches the Seals, it’s not O.K. to be elite? Can likable still trump knowledgeable at such a vulnerable crossroads for the country?
Did Joe Biden have to rhetorically rush over to Home Depot before Sarah could once more brandish “a little bit of reality from Wasilla Main Street there brought to Washington, D.C.?”
With her pompom patois and sing-songy jingoism, Palin can bridge contradictory ideas that lead nowhere: One minute she promises to get “greater oversight” by government; the next, she lectures: “Government, you know, you’re not always a solution. In fact, too often you’re the problem.”
Talking at the debate about how she would “positively affect the impacts” of the climate change for which she’s loath to acknowledge human culpability, she did a dizzying verbal loop-de-loop: “With the impacts of climate change, what we can do about that, as governor, I was the first governor to form a climate change subcabinet to start dealing with the impacts.” That was, miraculously, richer with content than an answer she gave Katie Couric: “You know, there are man’s activities that can be contributed to the issues that we’re dealing with now, with these impacts.”
At another point, she channeled Alicia Silverstone debating in “Clueless,” asserting, “Nuclear weaponry, of course, would be the be-all, end-all of just too many people in too many parts of our planet.” (Mostly the end-all.)
A political jukebox, she drowned out Biden’s specifics, offering lifestyle as substance. “In the middle class of America, which is where Todd and I have been, you know, all our lives,” she said, making the middle class sound like it has its own ZIP code, superior to 90210 because “real” rules.
Sometimes, her sentences have a Yoda-like — “When 900 years old you reach, look as good you will not” — splendor. When she was asked by Couric if she’d ever negotiated with the Russians, the governor replied that when Putin “rears his head” he is headed for Alaska. Then she uttered yet another sentence that defies diagramming: “It is from Alaska that we send those out to make sure that an eye is being kept on this very powerful nation, Russia, because they are right there.”
Reared heads reared themselves again at the debate, when she said that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac “were starting to really kind of rear the head of abuse.”
She dangles gerunds, mangles prepositions, randomly exiles nouns and verbs and also — “also” is her favorite vamping word — uses verbs better left as nouns, as in, “If Americans so bless us and privilege us with the opportunity of serving them,” or how she tried to “progress the agenda.”
Poppy Bush dropped personal pronouns and launched straight into verbs because he was minding his mother’s admonition against “the big I.” Palin, by contrast, uses a heck of a lot of language to praise herself as a fresh face with new ideas who has “joined this team that is a team of mavericks.” True mavericks don’t brand themselves.
Under the direction of Franca Sozzani, Italian Vogue has developed issues that expose and oppose the political status quo of fashion business. The latest issue pays tribute to black women in all their splendor. Page after page is filled with the most beautiful and influential black women in fashion nowadays. My favorite is model Toccara Jones: an american woman that is far from a devoid of personality flimsy model: all the curves, all the attitude I think is beautiful in women. Interesting issue.
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The series is in participation with Pearl Lam's Contrasts Gallery in Shanghai and the result of a scheme set up to introduce European designers to local Chinese practices. Baas took inspiration from time spent observing daily life and culture in Shanghai.
'It's a city full of contradictions', the designer says, 'old/new, high-tec/low-tech, tradition/revolution, fake/real, cheap/expensive, original/copy. Together all these contradictions seem to form an interesting paradox. The exhibition 'The Shanghai Riddle' is also full of paradoxes and experiments. It's inspired by a city in which everything seems possible.'
Baas' interpretation comes in the form of hand-carved elm replicas of plastic mass-produced furniture, highlighting the contrast between treasured Chinese handcraft and contemporary, mass-produced and mass consumed. As with all Baas' work the unlikely aesthetic is humorous but thought-provoking rather than gratuitous.
In addition to these pieces Baas has also added to his 'Sculpt'series with a grand piano and a Chinese instrument called the 'pipal'. And proving the breadth and depth of his talent the designer hopped onto the stool and played a quick jig on the piano at the exhibition's opening."
I found this very interesting article where Mr Lagerfeld (le major freak) talks about how the German Werkbund style fits more with his New York space rather than Paris. In my humble opinion Industrial fits very well with romantisim; it is an interesting contrast...but well, he sells his dogmas like nobody else!
"How do you live with your art?
I had beautiful Old Master paintings; I sold them all. But now I have a collection—it’s not on the wall—that I really love, of German posters from 1905 to 1915. They are the beginning of modern advertising, like huge Pop-art paintings, with unbelievable colors and modernity. They show the strangest products: AEG electrical equipment, coal, chocolate, sometimes fairs, or exhibitions. But they are divine, and they are impossible to find.
Where do you find them?
I get all the catalogues, and I have people who buy for me. The other day, one of them said, “You cannot pay $50,000 for a poster.” I bought it for nearly $80,000, and a week after, at a sale in New York, a poster by the same artist—not as good—went for $120,000.
But you don’t hang them on the wall.
I want to put them in my place in New York. They don’t work in France; it’s not a French style at all. I will do the New York apartment in the style of the [Deutscher] Werkbund, the architectural movement that had designers like Bruno Paul, Hermann Muthesius and Peter Behrens, who taught Walter Gropius and Le Corbusier. They did modern things differently, in 1910, before the Bauhaus. I have a collection of furniture bought 20 years ago that is stunning, very colorful, in bright red, yellow, green and gold. Suddenly people are discovering Werkbund. Everyone knows Vienna Secession, but there is not much left. Werkbund is Germany for me, a Germany that I can identify with."
Oscar, a conservator at the Natural Sciences Museum, passes the days exercising his passion for studying insects; if only there still were days. As long as people can remember, the sun only releases a few pathetic rays for fifteen seconds before noon. The rest of the time, the world is plunged into a night without end, a permanent eclipse. Coming home after work, Oscar finds an African woman in his bed. Suffering from a mysterious and incurable disease, she seems to have come to his place to die. Trapped between desire and repulsion, Oscar gradually abandons his life to terrifying phantoms.
Li Lykke Timotej Zachrisson March 18, 1986), better known by her stage name, is a Swedish indie singer.
Li was born in Ystad, Skåne, in Sweden, in 1986 and was raised by artistic parents; her mother was a photographer, her father is a musician. The family moved to Stockholm when Li was a toddler and later moved to Portugal when Li was six, where they lived for five years; the family also spent time in Lisbon and Morocco and spent winters in Nepal and India. She moved to New York for three months when she was 19, where she recorded her album, before returning to Sweden. At one point, she worked as a dancer on Swedish TV shows.
Carlos Saura's exquisite Cría cuervos… heralded a turning point in Spain: shot while General Franco was on his deathbed, the film melds the personal and the political in a portrait of the legacy of fascism and its effects on a middle-class family (the title derives from the Spanish proverb: "Raise ravens and they’ll peck out your eyes"). Ana Torrent (the dark-eyed beauty from The Spirit of the Beehive) portrays the disturbed eight-year-old Ana, living in Madrid with her two sisters and mourning the death of her mother, whom she conjures as a ghost (an ethereal Geraldine Chaplin). Seamlessly shifting between fantasy and reality, the film subtly evokes both the complex feelings of childhood and the struggles of a nation emerging from the shadows. " Source
"You might want to excuse me for not reading it as a childhood drama or the political allegory it is often described to be. I did not connect with those allusions here. Childhood is about harmed potential, the gradual restriction of ambitions, and this film here is quite the opposite. It is no ‘Zerkalo’ either. It is another exercise in the Spanish narrative tradition." Source
here are extracts from the NewYorkTimes editorial titled:
"If Heather Locklear had a parasitic twin emerging from her sternum who happened to be a nun, this would be something they would agree they could wear to Starbucks."
"The tomblike dressing rooms have elegant, tall backlighted mirrors. The light illuminates only the sides of the mirrors, for a solar-eclipse effect that makes the mirror seem to hover in retrograde Satanic ecstasy, watching as you struggle blindly with openly hostile mutant-octopus cardigans that suddenly have 117 sleeves, no neck holes and no capacity for mercy.
I felt lucky to get out of that cardigan alive.
As I stumbled out of the dressing room, clammy, gasping and disoriented, the salesman appeared.
“We unfortunately sold out of the dress with the instruction manual,” he said, shrugging. “You had to wrap it around yourself three times.”
I pushed past him and fled into the street."
"Near the subway, I saw a Hare Krishna struggling to get off his bicycle; his big gauze diaper-dress had become tangled in the chain. I wanted to clutch his beads, weeping. Brother, I failed. I didn’t have the training. But you … there’s hope for a fashion warrior like you."
The whole thing here
SILVIA HAS SPENT YEARS IN THE FASHION WORLD WORKING WITH BOUDICCA IN LONDON, AND SEVERAL UP AND COMING BRANDS IN NEW YORK.
KATRIN ON THE OTHER HAND HAS A LENGTHY BACKGROUND IN THE GRAPHIC DESIGN WORLD CREATING TEXTILES FOR THE LIKE OF JUST CAVALLI, HEATHERETTE AND CALVIN KLEIN.
TOGETHER THEY HAVE FORMED 'PEPPER AND PISTOL', A WOMEN'S WEAR LINE FOCUSING ON CUSTOM PRINTS AND FEMININE CUTS CREATED WITH SHINY SOFT SILKS, AIRY VOILES AND JERSEYS - ALL WITH A DEFINITE LOVE FOR DETAIL AND FINISH.
THE NAME PEPPER AND PISTOL DERIVES FROM A GERMAN TALE THAT IS BOTH SCARY AND AMUSING AND REFLECTS THE FACT OF COMBINING TWO DIFFERENT ELEMENTS:
FASHION + GRAPHIC TO TRIGGER SOMETHING NEW AND WICKEDLY WONDERFUL."
Ashlee Dupree, infamous call girl, made a splashing public display of her assets last week, when being photographed as she was hotel hopping, boutique shopping with a married men. Her public persona has grown to the point of creating interest in the very few things that make all this "pretty" or even "safe". She is even being offered a 2 million dollar contract for a reality show.
I do not judge her career choices, but I do find extremely interesting that she would totally pass as any other trophy wife when it comes to fashion. -perhaps, making her an equal in materialistic terms-
In fact she has a very typical NewYorker sensibility for "sexy"...
-In my opinion equally trampy-
In these images there is a comparison of the wife of the married men (TJ EARLE) and Dupre. Who will win the war of skin showing heeled angst, mares in full display of attributes.
This affair seems to be in its early stages and I'm enjoying the fashion statements/war with the "respectable" women in here social scope of action. If it wasn't for the flashy humorous fashion, all this would be just ugly.
Here is is the lovechild of this two creative minds collaboration.
She kept the LV wholesome identity, to the point of redundancy.... Like the idea, still don't like the very boring monogram bag.
"Marc Jacobs, Louis Vuitton Artistic Director, who has long been an admirer of Comme des Garçons, comments: "It is impossible to overstate Rei Kawakubo's influence on modern fashion. I find it wonderful to think that, thirty years ago, this immense talent, someone who has inspired so many others, was inspired by Louis Vuitton, and now that inspiration has now been realized."
Yves Carcelle, Chairman and CEO of Louis Vuitton, says: "This project not only brings a new meaning to luxury, but also speaks volumes about how the know-how and heritage of Louis Vuitton have always been perceived in Japan, including by its foremost designers. We are very proud to have been able to help Rei Kawakubo relive her memories in such an original and creative way."
Rei Kawakubo, President of Comme des Garçons, says: "These are party bags to celebrate the 30 years of Louis Vuitton in Japan. In designing them, I have kept Louis Vuitton's traditional concept as it is, but sometimes two handles become one, sometimes two handles become eight... It has been a remarkably exciting opportunity for me to have been able to participate in Louis Vuitton's traditional design and heritage.""source
Riggs has a bast array of haunting blues like melodies though... This video is an example of his hardcore edge, displaying the energy of this man...but he has a deep soulful sound; definitely a new classic.
" Deadboy & the Elephantmen was a Houma, Louisiana based indie rock band fronted by Dax Riggs, the primary songwriter, vocalist, and instrumentalist. Their music is difficult to classify, though influences from alternative rock, goth rock, blues-rock, grunge, and post-punk are audible. In its most popular incarnation, the band was made up of Riggs and Tessie Brunet, and signed a three-record deal with Fat Possum Records in 2005. For the latter part of 2005 and most of 2006 they were on the road touring, but near the end of 2006 Brunet left the band for undisclosed reasons. The band announced its official end on April 16, 2007.
Riggs played guitar and handled lead vocals. Brunet played drums and sang backup. Deadboy marked her first time playing in a band."
Interesting set of videos for Gucci, my favorite element is the music. The woman having a provocative rendezvous with an inanimate armor (maybe a new giagantic purse) is really funny. Nice transitions, and nice promotional piece.
"Byredo is a Stockholm-based newcomer onto the perfume scene as a brand founded by Ben Gorham, a graduate of the Stockholm Art School and an ex-student of interior design. Acting as creative director for the new line, he has assembled the talents of perfumers Olivia Giacobetti, Jérôme Epinette, and Michel Almairac to compose a collection of five fine fragrances, six home fragrances - and drawing on his love for interior decoration - one for boutique hotels.
The five Eaux de Parfum are titled Green, Rose Noir, Gypsy Water, Pulp, and Chembur. Says Gorham,"I have always been fascinated by the world of fragrance and its effects on my memories and impressions. Through BYREDO I want to communicate my own personal experiences - to contribute to an almost collective memory of time and place. I also believe in a modern approach without loosing olfactory techniques - of simply bringing together the best of old and new." ....."
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