Thursday, October 31, 2013

Fashion | Ladies got vicious at Rick Owens

The whole S/S 2014 fashion hullabaloo was done back in September, but the photos and videos are still out there to inspire. Fashion cycles, and not just in the cuts and colors, but also attitudes – especially when portraying the modern/current woman. She is “strong”, she is “bold”, she is “power” – as long as she is pretty, still somewhat delicate which is not hard to achieve if she is very very slim, sexy, and up for ogling (nothing wrong with that; sometimes we dress to be ogled). Then every now and then a designer says, “F%^k this pretty skinny thing. Let’s get real. Let’s get amped!” 

S/S 2014 had Rick Owens. The models came in not-typical-model sizes, i.e. women sizes, and step dancers moved, really moved. All were truly fierce – strong, bold, powerful. Meanwhile, men’s wear collection had an Estonian Death Metal band… 

Ah Rick, rascal you!

Monday, October 28, 2013

Music | Well hello Monday! Ya Mama!

"We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars" – Oscar Wilde

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Art | Jean Paul Gaultier at Brooklyn Museum

Paolo Roversi (Italian, b. 1947). 
Tanel Bedrossiantz, 1992. 
Digital print, 
15 x 12 in. (38.3 x 30.8 cm). 
Jean Paul Gaultier’s “Barbès” 
women’s ready-to-wear 
fall-winter collection of 
© Paolo Roversi
No, there is nothing wrong with your internet connection. It’s just…

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk
October 25, 2013–February 23, 2014
Morris A. and Meyer Schapiro Wing and Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Gallery, 5th Floor
$10 / $15 +
Brooklyn Museum
200 Eastern Parkway
Brooklyn, New York 11238-6052
 2     Eastern Parkway/Brooklyn Museum

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Work & Life | Albert Elbaz on creating and directing

“When you create, you cannot direct 
and when you direct 
it’s very very difficult to be creative. 
So I don’t think that creation and direction are good sisters.”

Elbaz has worked for the Paris fashion house Lanvin since 2001.

Work & Life | How to schedule your work hours a la Simone de Beauvoir

Simone de Beauvoir was a writer, intellectual, existentialist philosopher, political activist, feminist, and social theorist. And she did not spend 24/7 doing just that. Here is an excerpt from The Paris Review on her working hours. By my calculations, it added up to 7 hours a day: 10 am to 1 pm and 5 pm to 9 pm. 

INTERVIEWER People say that you have great self-discipline and that you never let a day go by without working. At what time do you start? 
DE BEAUVOIR I'm always in a hurry to get going, though in general I dislike starting the day. I first have tea and then, at about ten o'clock, I get under way and work until one. Then I see my friends and after that, at five o'clock, I go back to work and continue until nine. I have no difficulty in picking up the thread in the afternoon. When you leave, I'll read the paper or perhaps go shopping. Most often it's a pleasure to work.
The Paris Review, Spring-Summer 1965 | Courtesy of Marcine Miller

Read also: Slate “Daily Rituals: Life-hacking tips” by Mason Currey

Mason Currey’s inactive Daily Routines blog

Monday, October 14, 2013

Fashion | The Fairy of Porn Chic called Carine Roitfeld

Who’d have thunk it. Me?! I didn’t. All I knew is that I gravitated to that je ne sais quoi on the pages of Vogue Paris. When I bought the December 2010 / January 2011 issue, changes were already afoot that I was clueless about. It was an issue that pushed buttons for some with its Cadeaux spread: kiddies made up for a late decadent night, swathed in major bling, all very grown up. The Cadeaux was, let’s say, provoking, creepy in fact, but to be fair the same issue contained Forever Love with very sexy, and also provocative, shots of two adults at the other age extreme. Equality for all age borders! Little did I know that December 2010 / January 2011 issue marked the end of a 10-year reign of its editrice – Carine Roitfeld. Supposedly, Cadeaux was the reason. Or maybe her final salve. Either way, controversy spread beyond the fashion industry. The dust might have settled by now, and you can draw your own conclusions. I found Forever Love quite welcoming and needed. Tit for tat, I suppose… Still, it took me a while to register the name in the middle of it all. When it happened, I was conflicted about the role of fashion editors as cultural mavens, celebrities, artistes in their own right, visual directors or dictators, poachers or patrons of talents, eagle-eyed aesthetes, or just a bunch of bulls**t.
Who’d have thunk it. All that thought about THAT?! But, I did gravitate for a reason, non? So couple of years later, courtesy of well thought out birthday present, I became an owner of irreverent and despite a well-meaning attempt at aloofness, curious of Carine. Oh, but it’s so easy to dismiss, to be disgusted, to laugh at the posturing of that world and the gluttonous triteness of it all; it’s harder to dismiss the quality of the vision and the titillating fantasy. I am sticking with “eagle-eyed aesthete” with a good dash of kohl-rimmed Rock & Roll cool and all the goodness that comes with that. She might’ve been The Client for W Magazine and fit the preconceived mold, but now we have Mademoiselle C and CR Fashion Book and I like to watch people at work, especially in artistic milieus. We all need trifles in our lives. Even me.

Read also: Harper's Bazaar “Fashion's Fairy Grandmother” by Anamaria Wilson

Friday, October 4, 2013

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