They had me at balsamic (corporate video autoplays at the link).
"Using fifteen million popsicle sticks, five thousand school children worked together with stuntman Robert McDonald to create a life size viking ship."
"This island is 1,4 km out of Vestmannaeyjar (in Iceland) and goes by the name Bjarnarey (Bear island)."
Louis Vuitton opens the doors of its first Cabinet d'Ecriture in the Saint-Germain District of Paris and starts a new journey into the world of writing.
This new field for Louis Vuitton is an expression of poetry, modernity and sophistication; it is a celebration of the House's unique heritage, which binds it to the art of writing through its founders, renowned customers, traveling authors who embarking on long voyages, enjoyed the emblematic travel goods.
Directed by Romain Chassaing
Music by Birkii
Produced by Des Quatre/ Mathias Vayer
"Louis Vuitton reinforces its ties with Gstaad by inaugurating a new 'winter resort' store in a traditional chalet built in 1913 and located on the renowned Promenade."
Middle-aged edit (hat tip to SondraK).
William S. Burroughs - The Technology and Ethics of Wishing. June 25, 1986, Naropa University.
Peter Gzowski interviewing William Burroughs on 90 Minutes Live in 1977.
"Literary outlaw, word virologist and post-modernist punk rock scum Kathy Acker and her mentor William Burroughs, the hombre invisible, smartly crack linguistic whips in this insightful conversation from 1988, which took place at the October Gallery during Burrough’s first British art exhibition."
"Lake Tyrrel is a salt lake in the Mallee region of Victoria, Australia. The area was once home to Boorong people and the name "Tyrrel" is the Boorong word for sky. When there is water in the lake on a cloudless still night the whole sky can be seen reflected in the water."
The all-night time lapse shows setting Venus, followed by the the bright band of stars and dark nebulae of our Milky Way galaxy and then Jupiter in the morning. The ground becomes softly illuminated by the Moon light around 3 am."
"It's well known that religious faith can help believers cope with stress and anxiety, by providing them with a sense of meaning and control at times of uncertainty. It now seems that a 'belief' in science and a rationalistic outlook might do the same for the non-religious."
"Fishing guide Graham Nielsen had seen wolves and bears swim between islands around Nootka Sound but never a cougar, and never at such a clip as he witnessed last week."
Blumarine fall 2013 campaign video starring Candice Swanepoel.
And while we are on the subject: "FashionTV brings you the latest scoop on the hottest models with . Candice Swanepoel is one of the most famous models on the runway today. She is South African and was born in Mooi River, South Africa. She was born on October 20, 1988. She closed the Blumarine show this Fall/Winter 2011/2012 season. She's also appeared in Fendi and Viktor & Rolf."
Tom Ford's first UK store has opened its doors on London's Sloane Street.
Images at the link.
Karla Martinez de Salas shares images from her stay at Villa Castello. I am particularly taken with the lemon tree.
Moschino Cheap and Chic Ad Campaign 2013 - Directed by Giampaolo Sgura - Models: Ginta Lapina and Jonatan Frenk
Recording artist Kimberly Cole joins Australian rap sensation Iggy Azalea for a promo photo shoot with famed celebrity photographer Brooke Nipar.
Architizer takes a look at the "manses, pied-à-terres, and decorating habits of Calvin Klein, Rick Owens, Ralph Lauren, Tom Ford, Diane Von Furnstenberg, Naomi Campbell, Martin Margiela, Karl Lagerfeld, and Alexander McQueen, as well as Versace."
"Vadim Makhorov certainly has an adventurous spirit! The Russian photographer braves 'interesting, unusual, and hard to reach areas' in order to capture urban landscapes from creative perspectives."
I figured my American history on the point was lacking and turned to Benjamin Franklin's "Journal of Occurences in My Voyage to Philadelphia on board the Berkshire, Henry Clark, Master. From London" for answers. This lead me to guess, incorrectly.
Ben Franklin's journal is well worth reading nonetheless; a testament to a more civilized age. I was particularly touched by his description a chance meeting at sea.
"Minimalists may want to avert their eyes. Maximalism is back - and it's more high-octane than ever before."
Once more with élan.
Featuring Naomi Campbell.
Anche: Gianni Versace’s iconic Miami mansion, Casa Casuarina, is up for auction.
"The world knows Valeria Lukyanova as the girl who turned herself into a real-life Barbie doll. Controversy has surrounded her every move since her computer-perfect visage went viral last year." (hat tip to Nadya; videa autoplays at the link)
She throws like a girl (YouTube link; hat tip to Josh).
"Integrity; having a point of view; staying true to yourself; and understanding the relationship between creativity and business: those were the resounding secrets of creating a great British brand this afternoon at the Vogue Festival in association with Vertu, where Jonathan Akeroyd, ceo of Alexander McQueen, Anya Hindmarch, Jimmy Choo co-founder Tamara Mellon and Christopher Kane all sat down to talk shop."
"In February 2014, key patents that currently prevent competition in the market for the most advanced and functional 3D printers will expire, says Duann Scott, design evangelist at 3D printing company Shapeways."
Also: 3D printing with bees!
"Since the 19th century, pipes have been made from briar wood - a fire-resistant wood from the root of a Mediterranean heather shrub."
Hat tip to Alexei.
"Karl Lagerfeld has chosen the obscurity of a Parisian cinema as the backdrop for the Fall-Winter 2013/14 pre-collection."
"For most photographers, having your computer stolen is the stuff of nightmares - it happened to photographer Melanie Willhide."
"Researchers from the University of Tübingen have successfully re-attached the newly discovered head of a prehistoric mammoth-ivory figurine discovered in 1931."
"Nina Garcia, the fashion editor and Project Runway judge, invites Architectural Digest into her family's stylish Manhattan apartment."
"Ikea, omnipresent Swedish purveyor of flatpack furniture, has announced that, come next month, they'll once again produce the three-legged table that started the build-it-yourself furniture revolution."
"The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced its shortlist for the 2013 Stirling Prize."
Unrelated: Homes with slides!
“Basically if I can, I will shoot every movie for the rest of my life in Toronto,” he says. “I think it’s the most livable city in the world. Honestly, my family and I are in love with the culture here. We’re in love with the restaurants, the bookstores, the parks. I’ve been able to get to know the city pretty well.”
"Last week’s heat wave did not faze the stylish. For many younger men, the trend to abandon socks has only grown stronger." (video opens at the link)
CHANEL N°5 advertising film from 1979. "La piscine," by Ridley Scott, music by Vangelis.
Hat tip to Mr. Percifield (NSFW, bare bottome, racy).
"Veteran photographer and National Geographic grantee Carsten Peter is also an accomplished climber, diver and caver who has photographed some of the world's most extreme environments. Here he shares stories and images from a cave system in Vietnam that may be the world's largest."
Hang Son Doong Cave: "There’s a jungle inside Vietnam’s mammoth cavern. A skyscraper could fit too. And the end is out of sight."
"If you want to live in a London village, you have to pay for the privilege - and it seems an increasing number of people can’t afford to."
Hat tip to Mr. Jané.
"Mark Pauline is the founder of Survival Research Laboratories, a mythical moniker among weird-techies, art-punks and general violence seekers across the globe. Pauline began his work in the 80s in the San Francisco punk and art scene defacing billboards and organizing public pranks. Through the decades, he has become a pioneer in technological and performance arts. His vaguely anthropomorphic creations are some of the most dangerous machines ever made, rivaling the military, but instead of turning their threats on us, the machines blow each other up and let us watch."
"If artists, musicians and furniture designers Simon and Nikolai Haas feel they don't have a sufficient number of adjectives before their collective name, they can surely pick up a few this week at Design Miami/Basel."
"This $14,000 armchair, designed by CTRL ZAK and Davide Barzaghi uses a beechwood lattice and upholstered, giant geometric shapes that resemble quartz crystals."
Hat tip to Alexei.
Profile of British fashion designer Alexander McQueen.
"No one knows exactly when Calcio Storico - historic football - was first played here, but its pitch, the piazza of Santa Croce, dates from the 14th Century and the rules of the game - in so far as there are any - were written down in the late 1500s."
Toronto is having what the fashion world lovingly refers to as a “moment.”
"The most striking thing about Saturday’s Doctor Who Prom was the abundance of red fezzes."
"Art critic Alastair Sooke tracks down the ten most expensive paintings to sell at auction, and investigates the stories behind the astronomic prices art can reach. Gaining access to the glittering world of the super-rich, Sooke discovers why the planet's richest people want to spend their millions on art.
"Featuring works by Picasso, Monet, Renoir, Van Gogh, Klimt and Rubens, Sooke enters a world of secrecy and rivalry, passion and power. Highlights include a visit to the art-crammed home of millionaire author Lord Archer; a rare interview with the man at the heart of the sale of the most expensive old master of all time; privileged access to auctioneers Christie's; and a glimpse of the world of the Russian oligarchs."
“I do think the Broad Beach homes are in jeopardy, and I don’t want to be cold or callous about that,” says Ford. “But we have to recognize that scientists in Rhode Island and New Jersey [and other places where there’s a lot of erosion] are talking about ‘managed retreat.’ ” That means abandoning these houses and moving away, preferably way, way upland. Ford takes a breath. “We simply have to recognize that building homes on beaches is not sound policy,” he says.
"We worked closely with Christopher Noey and The Costume Institute (Harold Koda - Curator in Charge and Andrew Bolton -Curator) to develop the animations, which show the way in which some of Poiret’s dresses are constructed through very minimalistic means, yet reaching highly complex outcomes."
"If the design, by the firm of Tippets Abbott McCarthy and Stratton, wasn’t as sophisticated as Eero Saarinen’s TWA Terminal a few hundred yards away—surely one of the great buildings of its era, transportation hub or otherwise—the Pan Am terminal was the second-best piece of architecture at JFK, and in some ways it captured the feeling of the moment more directly."
"Often defined as reducing an object into its basic necessities, minimalism is also a term that characterizes a popular modern architecture and design current. The residences featured ... are not faithful replicas of Phillip Johnson’s Glass House or of Le Courbusier’s Villa Savoye, yet their interior design is (also) characterized by simplicity and lack of ornaments."
"Zaha Hadid has collaborated with the 'original shoe architect' Rem D. Koolhaas (nephew of the starchitect) to design NOVA, an entirely futuristic shoe for United Nude."
"Makers who bring something special to their industries are easy to love and so is cycling. These elements combine in bike shops in Toronto, Buenos Aires and Zürich, where imaginative artisanship combines with rational urban cycling design."
"This weekend the Royal Warrant Holders Association celebrates the 60th anniversary of the Queen's Coronation with an exhibition in the grounds of Buckingham Palace."
"Rooney Mara's latest role as the face of Calvin Klein's new fragrance Downtown has been unveiled with a moody film directed by David Fincher."
Music: "Runaway" by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
"Mulberry Autumn Winter 2013 celebrates the beauty of the English countryside, inspired by childhood fables, rural landscapes and the secrecy of nature.
"The print campaign was photographed by Tim Walker, and stars Cara Delevingne and the owls."
Full film of the CHANEL Fall-Winter 2013/14 Haute Couture show that took place on July 2nd at the Grand Palais, Paris.
"Airglow Fires" LONE R&S Records / Warp Music
"F For You" DISCLOSURE Universal Island Records / Universal Music Publishing
Full film of the CHANEL Fall-Winter 2013/14 Ready-to-Wear show that took place on March 5th at the Grand Palais, Paris.
Soundtrack: Philip Gorbachev : "Where Is Ronny Douglas ?", "Last Days Of The District", "Sweet Regina", "I Want You So".
Courtesy of Kompakt.
“One day I was having lunch with Karl [Lagerfeld] and Silvia [Venturini Fendi] and all of sudden Karl decided that they had to do the fittings,” Vincent Darré remembers. “I told him I couldn’t go with them to a Fendi fitting now that I was at Moschino and he said, ‘It doesn’t matter, Moschino doesn’t have style anyway, it’s a pastiche.’ I thought it was brilliant and I asked him to write it and sign it on a piece of paper. In the next [Moschino] show, I made a t-shirt out of it and I sent Inès de la Fressange [down the runway] wearing it.”
"Fashion designer Georgina Chapman loves the art of dressing up and wishes the late eclectic heiress—and label's namesake—Marchesa Luisa Casati could wear her designs today."
Marks and Spencer is set to introduce a range of Downton Abbey beauty products in time with Season 4 this fall.
Also: Bygone Beauty Tutorials.
"Ken Russel’s series of documentary Teddy Girl photographs were published in Picture Post magazine in the summer of 1955."
(NSFW, Canadian content, sexy)
"The Dutch purveyors of humor luxe are returning to the couture runways tomorrow after a 13-year absence, and if you were hoping to cast your eyes over the collection before deciding which of the 20 dresses to spend your entire family’s life savings on, your options are now sliced in half. 10 of the dresses have already been bought by an unnamed art collector."
On the role of the public intellectual.
"Summer is the time of the solstice and Manhattanhenge, when the setting sun aligns with the grid of the city's cross streets, illuminating facades on both sides with a lacy tracery." (video plays at the link)
"Every two years since 1895, Venice has hosted the most important contemporary art exhibition in the world. Over a period of six months, the Biennale welcomes over 375,000 visitors and raises millions of Euros in sponsorships. In 2013, 88 nations were represented.
"But while everyone was talking about the art at the Biennale, we went to Venice few months before the official opening to meet artists, curators, and producers, and to understand how such a massive art event is made, as well as its impact on the city and its citizens."
Tyler Brûlé interviews Alain de Botton on urban development.
"Histoire d'Eau was the first fashion film in history, produced in 1977 to launch the first Fendi Ready to Wear collection. Recently restored, it was presented to celebrate 'The Glory of Water' exhibition in Paris. The original film, directed by Jacques de Bascher, tells of a young woman, dressed in Fendi, vacationing in Rome and bathing in the city fountains."
(NSFW, bare breasts, hydraulic engineering)
Lou Stoppard and guests Stephen Jones, Oriole Cullen and Shonagh Marshall discuss the breathtaking Valentino Spring/Summer 2013 show (imagery at the link).
Grazia has two behind-the-scenes videos from Missoni's Autumn Winter 2013 campaign. Windswept rocks feature.
"Glass (Dutch: Glas) is a 1958 Dutch short documentary film by director and producer Bert Haanstra. The film won the Academy Award for Documentary Short Subject in 1959. The film is about the glass industry in the Netherlands. It contrasts the hand made crystal from the Royal Leerdam Glass Factory with automated bottle making machines."
"Destroyed, stolen, discarded, rejected, erased, ephemeral – some of the most significant artworks of the last 100 years have been lost and can no longer be seen.
"Visitors to this virtual exhibition enter a large warehouse where photographs, newspaper cuttings, letters, images and films are laid out for examination, revealing the last traces of lost works by over forty artists across the twentieth century, including such figures as Marcel Duchamp, Joan Miró, Willem De Kooning, Rachel Whiteread and Tracey Emin."
Tate: The Gallery of Lost Art.
"How clever of Floris to launch their latest offer for men midst Menswear S/S'14 catwalk presentations."
The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper. - W.B. Yeats
"Wild nature was in the spotlight for Dutch wunderkind Iris Van Herpen, who produced a typically organic-infused couture display for fall-winter 2013."
Also: De wildernis van Iris van Herpen (video at the link).
And: 3D printed platforms.
"Academy Award® winning actress Nicole Kidman stars in the Jimmy Choo Autumn Winter 2013 campaign. The campaign video explores the film noir genre and references the tension of Hitchcock's empowered heroines to convey the feminine power, luxury, and sexiness evoked by the collection.
"Photographer Mikael Jansson portrays Kidman as the seductive protagonist in a series of images that hint at the brand's recurring themes of empowered glamour."
British couple Sienna Miller and Tom Sturridge star in the new Burberry Autumn/Winter 2013 campaign.
"Backstage is more of a 'backstory' in this film which showcases the sensual and glamorous Louis Vuitton AW13 collection by Marc Jacobs" (NSFW, partial nudity, ennui).