"With life-sized works of modern art scattered around the Grand Palais, German designer Karl Lagerfeld unveiled his latest vision for Chanel. The Grand Palais was transformed into a gigantic white-walled hangar of paintings and sculpture all seventy-five of them made by Lagerfeld during his Summer of Prodigious Creativity. He didn't actually make them himself but he drew the pieces or made maquettes so his studio could realize the finished product. Just like Jeff Koons. And, as with Koons, Karl's reference points were identifiable, though he cleverly twisted them so they each included some element of Chanel: a camellia, a pearl, a bottle of No. 5. Some of them had red dots beside their titles, like they'd already been sold. Postshow, he wearily insisted he had no intention of doing any such thing; he'd already been asked a thousand times, just like he'd been asked to sign the whole lot.
Cara Delevingne, starring.
"Before Eiko Ishioka brought her strange, gothic splendour to Francis Ford Coppola’s erotically charged Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992), the Count’s stiffly caped onscreen image had been as frozen in time as the vampire himself."
The people behind Veronica Mars know what their fans want.
More properly Halloween related: Ridley Scott says Prometheus 2 is written.
All the rage: "The California-raised, Paris-based designer recruited step dancers from college sororities all over the U.S., including Maryland, Washington, D.C., and the Los Angeles area to come to Paris and perform."
Penumbra: Bill Cunningham reports on guests arriving for the Rick Owens Paris show (video autoplays).
"Warsaw is much more hipster than Paris which is elegant."
"J.P. Prewitt was right. The fashion industry has been behind every major political assassination in the past 200 hundred years."
"The urges and purges of the avant-garde priestess and No Wave predator."
For example: This Side of Nowhere.
"A magnetic filament of solar material erupted on the sun in late September, breaking the quiet conditions in a spectacular fashion. The 200,000 mile long filament ripped through the sun's atmosphere, the corona, leaving behind what looks like a canyon of fire. The glowing canyon traces the channel where magnetic fields held the filament aloft before the explosion. Visualizers at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. combined two days of satellite data to create a short movie of this gigantic event on the sun."
Hat tip to Mr. Campbell.
Alexander McQueen: Fall/Winter 2013-2014 Menswear.
"When we introduced Tom Ford to the five regular British blokes on these pages, he immediately asked them one question: 'Where do you see yourself in ten years?' Then he dressed each man for his future, right then and there."
"Inspired by timeless Hollywood glamour and fronted by a modern icon, Blake Lively, the new Gucci Premiere fragrance is an invitation to embrace one's own red carpet moment. The Director's Cut was shot by director Nicolas Winding Refn in the historic Sheats Goldstein Residence, one of Beverly Hills's most famed and opulent locations with an unrivalled view across the city."
Music: M83 - Midnight City (Eric Prydz Private Remix).
"In this short, Jad puts on his music hat and shares his love of Dawn of Midi, a band that he recently started using on the show."
Live at Inage Candy, Chiba (Japan), October 8, 2010.
"This 80-minute documentary focuses on the growing "wealth gap" in America, as seen through the eyes of filmmaker Jamie Johnson, a 27-year-old heir to the Johnson & Johnson pharmaceutical fortune. Johnson, who cut his film teeth at NYU and made the Emmy®-nominated 2003 HBO documentary Born Rich, here sets his sights on exploring the political, moral and emotional rationale that enables a tiny percentage of Americans - the one percent - to control nearly half the wealth of the entire United States. The film Includes interviews with Nicole Buffett, Bill Gates Sr., Adnan Khashoggi, Milton Friedman, Robert Reich, Ralph Nader and other luminaries."
"Hoping for an angry tirade, I called up Penny Rimbaud, one of the founding members of Crass, at his home in England. Instead he took the opportunity to tell me how much he dislikes the current crop of DIY punks."
Via Five Feet of Fury.
"Traditional wisdom has it that a man’s winter overcoat should be classic and even sedate, and that a man hunts down an overcoat the way he might hunt for a sofa, by stalking a solid, timeless specimen that goes with everything, whether in his closet or in his living room. If you want a garment with flair, the thinking goes, stalk a wild sport coat.
"So it’s surprising to find that not only have designers come out with overcoats that are anything but sedate, but that men are ponying up for them."
"Although she did not appear in ads for Chanel No. 5 during her lifetime, Marilyn might just be perfume's best-known ambassador. And now, more than five decades later, Chanel is tapping into its most famous fan by featuring her in an ad campaign for the fragrance."
Hat tip to ODOU Magazine.
"In 1937, when Kennedy was a college student, he toured France. While there, he did what any red-blooded American male does while on summer vacation on the French Riviera: He struck up a conversation with a strange Frenchman about the fragrance he was wearing."
(Some nsfw language.)
@ICALondon @Ghostofaflea That's a brilliant reference to compare it to. Are you saying Banksy is using the past to recycle into new rules? #WhatisArt
@Ghostofaflea I am saying a clever tactic of self-promotion repeats itself. First as tragedy, then as farce. #WhatIsArt
Visual Anthropology: Style Wars (1983).
"Directed by Tony Silver and produced by Tony Silver and Henry Chalfant, it was awarded the Grand Prize for Documentaries at the 1983 Sundance Film Festival. STYLE WARS is regarded as the indispensable document of New York Street culture of the early '80s, the filmic record of a golden age of youthful creativity that exploded into the world from a city in crisis.
"STYLE WARS captured the look and feel of New York's ramshackle subway system as graffiti writers' public playground, battleground and spectacular artistic canvas. Opposing them by every means possible were Mayor Edward Koch, the police, and the New York Transit Authority. Meanwhile MCs, DJs and B-boys rocked the city with new sounds and new moves and street corner breakdance battles evolved into performance art."
"The spontaneous Turkish designer talks Basquiat, fuck ups and the Istanbul riots."
Hypermasculine subcultures:Umit Benan: Fall 2013 Menswear.
And: Umit Benan A/W 2012-13 "Military."
"Vanilla, saffron, patchouli. For centuries, spices and flavorings like these have come from exotic plants growing in remote places like the jungles of Mexico or the terraced hillsides of Madagascar. ...
"Now a powerful form of genetic engineering could revolutionize the production of some of the most sought-after flavors and fragrances. Rather than being extracted from plants, they are being made by genetically modified yeast or other micro-organisms cultured in huge industrial vats."
"David Bowie has been crowned the best-dressed Briton in history. The musician came top of the BBC History magazine's shortlist, which is chosen by various historians, fashion experts and curators."
"This was the challenge. Going to Ponte Tower in the middle of downtown Jo’Burg. A 70′s architectural monstrosity from the outside that houses an astonishing dystopian science fiction atrium. For quite some time THE place to live in the city, if you were anyone you lived in the massive 3 story penthouses with roof jacuzzis. Post democracy, it turned into something quite different."
Mega-City One: "Welcome to the Ponte Tower, the 54-storey-high concrete tube that has soared over the skyline of Johannesburg since 1975. Also known as the Ponte City apartments, it’s hard to believe this brutalist design by Manfred Hermer was once one of the most coveted addresses in the city.
"In the midst of the South African Apartheid, Ponte City was emblematic of the country’s dehumanising system of racial segregation. Here, only wealthy white families were allowed to live in the outward-facing apartments, while the tube’s inner apartments were reserved for their black servants, who lived in permanent gloom."
"Charlize Theron in an exclusive interview on the occasion of the launch of J'Adore Voile de Parfum."
Parts of three Elizabethen plays - Arden of Faversham, The Spanish Tragedy and Mucedorus - might have been written in collaboration with by William Shakespeare.
"The Editor's Eye. The documentary highlights the visual and historical contribution Vogue editors past and present have made not only to the magazine, but also to the world of fashion itself."
Featuring: Anna Wintour, Carine Roitfeld, Hamish Bowles, Grace Coddington, Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele, Alber Elbaz, Nicolas Ghesquiere, Tonne Goodman, Marc Jacobs, Nicole Kidman, Polly Mellen, Camilla Nickerson, Sarah Jessica Parker, Phyllis Posnick, Babs Simpson, Vera Wang.
"A fibreglass replica of Ronald McDonald having his shoes shined by a real live boy. The sculpture will visit the sidewalk outside a different McDonald's every lunchtime for the next week. Today: South Bronx."
"Meet the authors who've mastered the unlikely art of the video book promo."
"Angela Ahrendts and Christopher Bailey have transformed the way Burberry engages with the world, from its consumers to its associates, leveraging disruptive technology to share its pure brand vision through content-rich, compelling storytelling.
"Blurring the lines of physical and digital—with a flagship store that mirrors the website and a website which shares live experiences from concerts to runway shows—Burberry constantly challenges itself to keep pace with society.
"Angela shares how brands can effectively target millennials and engage global audiences through digitally-led authentic and emotive storytelling."
"Macs to Macs": Angela Ahrendts to leave Burberry, join Apple.
Background: Angela Ahrendts on Burberry's connected culture.
"The Museum of London has commissioned British Master Perfumer Roja Dove to reimagine the scent of London’s vanished past. The perfume will feature as part of a major new exhibition, The Cheapside Hoard: London’s Lost Jewels, opening at the museum this October."
Still crescent fresh: Roja Dove's tour of Harrods' Perfume Diaries exhibition.
"Today, we give you the next instalment of his ultimate history of perfume - the 1900s , the decade when the fragrance houses began to realise, as perfume legend Francois Coty said; 'a perfume needs to attract the eye as well as the nose' -- enter jewellery designer Rene Lalique and whole new era of beautiful perfume bottles."
"The grandson of Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson attempts to bring Sissinghurst, one of the most famous gardens in the world, into the 21st century."
"When it is cold outside, the only acceptable outerwear with a suit is an overcoat."
The complete session recorded by The Human League on 8 August 1978 for the John Peel show on BBC Radio 1 and broadcast on the 16th of that month.
"We travel to Ljubljana, Slovenia, to meet superstar Communist philosopher and cultural theorist Slavoj Zizek. The 'most dangerous philosopher in the West' talks about his new film, The Pervert's Guide to Ideology, and lectures us on the importance of being on time. If you're curious about that poster of Stalin on his wall, it's 'purely to annoy idiots' when they visit."
"The announcement that this year’s Nobel Prize in Literature has been awarded to Alice Munro probably strikes many readers and writers as deliriously incredible."
Ryan Teague's "Tetramery" sounding very Philip Glass.
"In the same way that fashion designers scour the trunks and attics of the past for inspiration, perfumers periodically dip into the well of classic French perfumery when creating new fragrances."
Via Business of Fashion.
Elsewhere in the desert of the Real: Lawrence Roullier White compares designer fragrances to a variety of own brands.
Banksy staged an unannounced pop-up sale in Central Park.
"The latest fashion event to come to television is the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, the competition initiated by Anna Wintour to recognize young talent and reward the top winner with big money."
introduced by Roald Dahl.
"'Pataphysics (French: 'pataphysique) is a philosophy or media theory dedicated to studying what lies beyond the realm of metaphysics."
Related: "On November 24, 1948, Vernon Sullivan disappeared."
Vocabulary builder: Oulipo.
Quentin Tarantino is correct.
Weniger, aber besser: "So who is Dieter Rams? I know who he is but I asked around the office and nobody else did – that’s sort of shocking considering what I do for a living."
Dieter Rams: Ten Principles for Good Design.
"Why is it that--in movies and in comics--genre fiction completely and comprehensively kicks not-genre-fiction's ass?"
"An Icelandic movie filmed in 1981, detailing a blood feud that took place in Viking times, taking place between 940 - 980 AD."
"We used to be the whole food chain and create all sorts of middle class jobs. Now, increasingly, we don’t design the future—we just think about it. That makes some people rich, but not many."
"Is it IKEA furniture or a death metal band? Choose one."
Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring
Radio Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Jaap van Zweden
Recorded November 14, 2010 during the Sunday morning concert at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam
"It is a hazy morning on a typically blue-grey day in Brittany, and inside La Maison du Voyageur, an 18th-century merchant spice house on the Cancale coast, a group of beauty journalists are looking puzzled. A low wooden table is set with a decanter of whisky, a glass jar filled with seaweed, a bowl of peppercorns and a flacon of unidentifiable brown liquid.
"Standing over it are Jean-Claude Ellena, the in-house perfumer of Hermès, and Olivier Roellinger, the Breton chef."
And in studio. He's got a Gordon Lightfoot vibe.
What is now possible for storytelling in video game.
"In the season two premiere, Cara Delevigne visits the Well Dunn kitchen to play sous chef, learning a thing or two about shrimp tempura and being a 'proper wifey.'"
"The perfume fair Pitti Fragranze 2013 was striking. The eleventh edition held in September 2013 was enormous. More than 220 brands, more visitors than ever."
Also: Árstíðir - Lost In You.
Iggy Azalea addresses race in Hip Hop, Illuminati, and Interscope asking her to dumb down (nsfw, language).
"They should have made a viewing of Our Man in Tehran mandatory before every screening of Argo."
- Sister of the Flea
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* The title above is a bold faced lie.
"... and the sea will grant each man new hope, as sleep brings dreams of home."
"Swedish flat-pack furniture giant IKEA will start selling residential solar panels at its stores in Britain."
No word on what they are planning to name them...
The film consists of interviews in English with Borges, as well as short dramatizations in Spanish of several of his stories. There are no subtitles, but the dialogue in the dramatizations is fairly sparse.
Funes the Memorious
The Circular Ruins
Death and the Compass
"This season, Paul Smith heads to the French Alps with producer and director Sébastien Montaz-Rosset and slackliners Antoine Moineville and Tancrède Melet."
Tim Blanks with runway, backstage, and dancing-water from the Kenzo Paris show (video autoplays).