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July 31, 2013

Burial At Sea (2013) / This Gun for Hire (1942)

"BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea‘s key art look familiar? We thought so, too. Turns out, it was inspired by the French poster for the 1942 film noir This Gun for Hire."

Posted by the Flea at 07:28 AM

Givaudan Pharaone 10%

They had me at balsamic (corporate video autoplays at the link).

Posted by the Flea at 07:27 AM

M83 - Graveyard Girl

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July 30, 2013

Swedishness

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Sea Heart

"Using fifteen million popsicle sticks, five thousand school children worked together with stuntman Robert McDonald to create a life size viking ship."

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Bjarnarey

"This island is 1,4 km out of Vestmannaeyjar (in Iceland) and goes by the name Bjarnarey (Bear island)."

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Barry Dransfield - The Water Is Wide

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July 29, 2013

Louis Vuitton Presents "L'Ecriture est un Voyage"

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

Posted by the Flea at 08:07 AM

Louis Vuitton Presents Gstaad Resort

"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."

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Louis Vuitton Presents Check-In, Check-Out with the Spring/Summer 2013 Collection

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Louis Vuitton Prefall 2013 Lookbook

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New Order Performs - Bizarre Love Triangle

Middle-aged edit (hat tip to SondraK).

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July 28, 2013

William Burroughs - The Technology of Wishing (1986)

William S. Burroughs - The Technology and Ethics of Wishing. June 25, 1986, Naropa University.

Audio recording of a lecture & writing class with Q & A with students at Naropa University. Poet Allen Ginsberg is also in the audience. Burroughs covers topics including paranormal phenomena, magic, synchronicity, precognition, dreams, his cut-ups technique for writing, & he answers many questions from students & from Ginsberg in a Q & A. He reads from some of his fiction & non-fiction writings. The woman who asks many questions near the end & thanks him at the end I believe is Anne Waldman of Naropa U.
Posted by the Flea at 08:28 AM

William Burroughs on CBC (1977)

Peter Gzowski interviewing William Burroughs on 90 Minutes Live in 1977.

Posted by the Flea at 08:27 AM

Kathy Acker interviews William S. Burroughs (1988)

"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."

Posted by the Flea at 08:24 AM

July 27, 2013

Alex Cherney - Reflections. Lake Tyrrel

Reflections. Lake Tyrrel from Alex Cherney on Vimeo.

"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."

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Atheists turn to science during times of stress

"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."

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Cougar spotted swimming off Vancouver Island

"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."

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KYUSS - Space Cadet

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July 26, 2013

Blumarine Fall/Winter 2013

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."

Posted by the Flea at 08:05 AM

Tom Ford opens first UK store

Tom Ford's first UK store has opened its doors on London's Sloane Street.

To celebrate the 8,000 square foot retail venture, the former Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent designer has created a new fragrance, Private Blend London. Described as a 'rich and spiced, woody animalic fragrance,' the scent: 'captures London's cultural vibrancy and unique dynamic between elegant, urbane composure and sometimes scandalous carnal amusements'.

Images at the link.

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Off to Capri

Karla Martinez de Salas shares images from her stay at Villa Castello. I am particularly taken with the lemon tree.

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Moschino Cheap and Chic - Chic Petals

Moschino Cheap and Chic Ad Campaign 2013 - Directed by Giampaolo Sgura - Models: Ginta Lapina and Jonatan Frenk

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Grimes - Be A Body (Live @ Fingerprints Records in Long Beach, CA)

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July 25, 2013

FM - Kimberly Cole with Iggy Azalea

Recording artist Kimberly Cole joins Australian rap sensation Iggy Azalea for a promo photo shoot with famed celebrity photographer Brooke Nipar.

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Home suite home

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."

Posted by the Flea at 07:57 AM

Vertigo: Dubai

"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."

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Asa Soltan - Tehrangeles

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July 24, 2013

Benjamin Franklin Journal of a voyage from England to Philadelphia 1726

Yesterday, Demeter Fragrance Library tweeted a question:

Today's Fragrance of the Day is related to Benjamin Franklin sailing back to Philadelphia in 1726. Can you guess what it is?

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.

In fairness, they did post another clue later. It turned out I was over-thinking the problem (the answer).

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.

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Excess all areas

"Minimalists may want to avert their eyes. Maximalism is back - and it's more high-octane than ever before."

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Ghost City

The lost rivers of Toronto.

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Lara Fabian - Je t'aime

Once more with élan.

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July 23, 2013

Atelier Versace Haute Couture Autumn/Winter 2013-14

Featuring Naomi Campbell.

Donatella Versace is in a nostalgic frame of mind. First she sends Naomi Campbell down her couture catwalk, then she talks about the perfection and elegance of old black and white photographs and films that influenced her Atelier Versace collection, which opened Paris Couture week

Anche: Gianni Versace’s iconic Miami mansion, Casa Casuarina, is up for auction.

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Space Barbie

"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)

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South Korean rhythmic gymnast Shin Soo-ji's first pitch

She throws like a girl (YouTube link; hat tip to Josh).

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Rihanna - Stay ft. Mikky Ekko

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July 22, 2013

Vogue Festival - The Secrets Of Creating A British Brand

"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."

Posted by the Flea at 07:28 AM

Public domain printing

"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."

... a rise in competition, and a huge drop in price is likely to play out again in laser deposition 3D printers, says Shapeways’ Scott. “This is what happened with FDM,” he says. “As soon as the patents expired, everything exploded and went open-source, and now there are hundreds of FDM machines on the market. An FDM machine was $14,000 five years ago and now it’s $300.”

Also: 3D printing with bees!

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How It's Made - Smoking Pipes

"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.

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Grimes - Dream Fortress

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July 21, 2013

Karl Lagerfeld - Women Only

"Karl Lagerfeld has chosen the obscurity of a Parisian cinema as the backdrop for the Fall-Winter 2013/14 pre-collection."

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To Adrian Rodriguez, With Love

"For most photographers, having your computer stolen is the stuff of nightmares - it happened to photographer Melanie Willhide."

“It was completely quiet,” began Willhide. “We’re the sort of friends where I know exactly what she’s thinking. She doesn’t have to say anything. And we’re looking through all of these images and I can sort of feel her body and she’s leaning forward and I said, ‘Oh my God, do you think it’s better?’ And she’s like ‘well, you know … ’ so I said, ‘I think it’s better.’ And she said, ‘Yes, it’s better.’ ”
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Vogelherd Cave

"Researchers from the University of Tübingen have successfully re-attached the newly discovered head of a prehistoric mammoth-ivory figurine discovered in 1931."

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Ivan Dorn - Stycamen

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July 20, 2013

Nina Garcia's New York City Home

"Nina Garcia, the fashion editor and Project Runway judge, invites Architectural Digest into her family's stylish Manhattan apartment."

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LÖVET

"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."

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Shortlist

"The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced its shortlist for the 2013 Stirling Prize."

Unrelated: Homes with slides!

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Cocorosie - Gravediggress

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July 19, 2013

Strip The City - Ice City: Toronto

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Guillermo del Toro

“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.”

Posted by the Flea at 08:37 AM

What Netflix Does

Why is Netflix secretly cropping movies?

Posted by the Flea at 08:34 AM

Steve Aoki & Angger Dimas Feat. Iggy Azalea - Beat Down

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July 18, 2013

Hedi Slimane for Saint Laurent Spring Summer 2014 Paris/Menswear

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Bill Cunningham - Sizzle

"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)

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La Piscine - CHANEL N°5

CHANEL N°5 advertising film from 1979. "La piscine," by Ridley Scott, music by Vangelis.

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Goldfrapp - Drew

Hat tip to Mr. Percifield (NSFW, bare bottome, racy).

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July 17, 2013

Vietnam's Infinite Cave

"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."

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Gentrification

"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."

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Farrow & Ball

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Natalia Clavier - Trouble

Hat tip to Mr. Jané.

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July 16, 2013

MotherboardTV - The Survival of Mark Pauline

"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."

Posted by the Flea at 07:48 AM

Haas brothers

"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."

The new collection of reptilian brass tables and feral fur seating has a brutish quality that both attracts and repels. The brass coffee tables and stools employ the designers' groundbreaking hexagon-tile surface to unusual amorphous effect, creating a shape that appears to physically skulk.
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Quartz crystal armchair

"This $14,000 armchair, designed by CTRL ZAK and Davide Barzaghi uses a beechwood lattice and upholstered, giant geometric shapes that resemble quartz crystals."

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Potap and Nastya - Together

Hat tip to Alexei.

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July 15, 2013

McQueen and I (2011)

Profile of British fashion designer Alexander McQueen.

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Calcio Storico

"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."

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For the Muskoka set, at least

Toronto is having what the fashion world lovingly refers to as a “moment.”

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New Order - Ceremony

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July 14, 2013

Doctor Who Prom 2013

"The most striking thing about Saturday’s Doctor Who Prom was the abundance of red fezzes."

There have been several Doctor Who Proms since 2008 but this, in celebration of the series’ 50th anniversary, was the most lavish. Cybermen and Ice Warriors stalked the aisles, guest appearances were plentiful. Peter Davison, the fifth incarnation of the Doctor, wilfully disregarded the autocue as he introduced a suite of music from the "classic” series. Carole Ann Ford, who played the Doctor’s granddaughter Susan way back in 1963, gave a charming anecdote revealing how she fell about giggling when acting with the Daleks.

Posted by the Flea at 09:58 AM

July 13, 2013

BBC One - The World's Most Expensive Paintings (2011)

"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."

Posted by the Flea at 10:48 AM

Matthew 7:26

“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.

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Le making of

La campagne Emporio Armani automne-hiver 2013-2014.

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Ramin Djawadi's - Hallway Burial

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July 12, 2013

Paul Poiret: King of Fashion @ the MET

Paul Poiret: King of Fashion @ the MET from SOFTlab on Vimeo.

"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."

Posted by the Flea at 08:29 AM

Worldport

"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."

Posted by the Flea at 08:28 AM

Thirty minimalist homes

"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."

Posted by the Flea at 08:27 AM

NOVA

"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."

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David Bowie - Moss Garden

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July 11, 2013

Monocle - Best Bike Shops

"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."

Posted by the Flea at 08:28 AM

Fit for the Queen

"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."

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Harper's Bazzar UK August 2013

Features Michelle Dockery.

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Iggy Azalea - Bounce (Green Lantern's Trap remix)

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July 10, 2013

Calvin Klein - Downtown

"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.

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Deadmau5 - Suite 02

Joel Zimmerman. Toronto, Canada.

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Mulberry Autumn Winter 2013 Campaign

"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."

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Brendan Perry - Archangel

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July 09, 2013

Chanel Haute Couture Fall-Winter 2013/14

Full film of the CHANEL Fall-Winter 2013/14 Haute Couture show that took place on July 2nd at the Grand Palais, Paris.

Soundtrack:
"Airglow Fires" LONE R&S Records / Warp Music

"F For You" DISCLOSURE Universal Island Records / Universal Music Publishing

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Chanel - Fall-Winter 2013/14 Ready-to-wear

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.

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An anarchist of taste

“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.”

Posted by the Flea at 07:44 AM

Alexandre Desplat - L'abandon

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July 08, 2013

Georgina Chapman for Lifestyle Mirror

"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."

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No one wants to kiss a girl in black

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.

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Teddy Girls, 1950s

"Ken Russel’s series of documentary Teddy Girl photographs were published in Picture Post magazine in the summer of 1955."

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The Rank Organization - Look at Life in Gear

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Robin Thicke feat T.I. & Pharrell - Blurred Lines

(NSFW, Canadian content, sexy)

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July 07, 2013

Viktor & Rolf Haute Couture Autumn-Winter 2013-14

"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."

Posted by the Flea at 07:48 AM

Londres

London: the fashion place to be (via Business of Fashion).

Il n'y a pas si longtemps, la London Fashion Week était davantage connue pour l'excentricité de ses fêtes que pour ses défilés. ... Mais cette année, les quelque 5 000 visiteurs présents aux 56 défilés de la LFW [London Fashion Week] surpassent de loin le nombre de ceux attendus à Milan, estimés à environ 2 000.
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Simplicity Dance

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Loboda - Under Ice

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July 06, 2013

Costas Douzinas / Slavoj Zizek - Thought in the Age of Monsters

On the role of the public intellectual.

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Bill Cunningham - Urban Druids

"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)

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Macro Timelapse

Daniel Csobot.

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Stereolab & Nurse With Wound - Simple headphone mind

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July 05, 2013

The VICE Guide to the Venice Biennale (2013)

"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."

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London: Architecture

Tyler Brûlé interviews Alain de Botton on urban development.

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Jacques de Bascher - Histoire d'Eau (1977)

"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)

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Peter Gabriel - Here Comes the Flood

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July 04, 2013

Valentino Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2013-14

Neo-classical.

The elegant salons of the neo-classical Hotel Salomon de Rothschild in Paris’s eighth arrondisement are decorated with displays of curiosities--rare butterflies, fine corals, and stuffed animal heads. Some of the room's ornate style seemed to have been translated into Valentino's 2013 Fall Couture collection from designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli, which debuted there on Wednesday night.

Exquisite.

[Maria Grazia] Chiuri and her partner in design, Pierpaolo Piccioli, were looking at the idea of formal and secret gardens, with mazes, ancient mosaics, and romantic flower plantings. They conceived an idea of padded rouleaux, scrolled into raised decorative patterns on the surface of the fabric, to suggest the elaborate wrought-iron gates hiding the mystery within. And true to the mysteries of haute couture, they presented the design concept to the two Valentino ateliers (who work in proud autonomy from each other) and each resolved it in a very different way, even though to the eye the results are identical. “The ritual of couture is to be secret!” said Piccioli.
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Valentino Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2013

Lou Stoppard and guests Stephen Jones, Oriole Cullen and Shonagh Marshall discuss the breathtaking Valentino Spring/Summer 2013 show (imagery at the link).

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A zig-zag in time

Grazia has two behind-the-scenes videos from Missoni's Autumn Winter 2013 campaign. Windswept rocks feature.

The campaign celebrates Missoni's 60th anniversary and rather than the Italian vibe we're using to seeing from the brand, it has a truly Brit feel this time with our very own Stella Tennant posing on the rocky coast of Cornwall. The legendary model wears Missoni staples including a green geometric suit, a blue rectangular jigsaw shift, an oversized cream coat and cat eye sunglasses. With her strong bob and icy stare, she makes the perfect casting for the eerie campaign and brings a whole new edge to the Missoni zig zags.
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The Rolling Stones | Glastonbury Festival 2013 | 60mins

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July 03, 2013

Bert Haanstra - Glas (1958)

"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."

Posted by the Flea at 08:28 AM

The Gallery of Lost Art

"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.

Posted by the Flea at 08:27 AM

Patchouli for Men

"How clever of Floris to launch their latest offer for men midst Menswear S/S'14 catwalk presentations."

Posted by the Flea at 08:23 AM

Jenna Elizabeth - Spectral (2013)

The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper. - W.B. Yeats

Posted by the Flea at 08:22 AM

Koan - Matariki

Posted by the Flea at 08:21 AM

July 02, 2013

Iris van Herpen, Couture Autumn-Winter 2013/2014

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"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.

Posted by the Flea at 06:48 AM

Ueberbau

Andy Tauer figures out his new wrapping machine, takes a hike.

Reflection also about some of the comments yesterday. Indeed, I tend to forget sometimes. There is this wonderful passion for scents among my readers, and sometimes my readers need to remind me about what is at the core of all the many boxes and labels and excursions here and there in logistics and packaging and all the discussions of legal and financing issues: it is only the tool to present a scent.

A lot of Ueberbau (superstructure) for a few spritzes, I know. But that’s the name of the game.
Posted by the Flea at 06:47 AM

Jimmy Choo Autumn Winter 2013

"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."

Posted by the Flea at 06:44 AM

Roedelius - Inlandish

Posted by the Flea at 06:42 AM

July 01, 2013

Burberry - Trench Kisses

British couple Sienna Miller and Tom Sturridge star in the new Burberry Autumn/Winter 2013 campaign.

Posted by the Flea at 08:43 AM

James Lima - Louis Vuitton Autumn/Winter 2013

"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).

Posted by the Flea at 08:38 AM

In situ

Fifty works of video art you can watch online.

Posted by the Flea at 08:37 AM

New Order - Round and Round

Posted by the Flea at 08:32 AM