Tom Ford interview at the Regent Street Apple Store, April 2014.
"After conquering the fashion industry for decades, Karl Lagerfeld is branching out into the music business."
"Suspended in time, in perfect balance between harmony and simplicity, the strong and sophisticated beauty of Mariacarla Boscono, Amanda Murphy, Suvi Koponen, Felix Hermans, and Jason Anthony is captured in by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggot in the new FW15 ADV campaign. Art direction by Massimiliano Giornetti."
Details: Massimiliano Giornetti.
"An imaginative lad of about ten has a couple of problems: he wets his bed, and his parents are abusive and disgusting. In a spare room, he finds a bag of seeds, which he plants in soil that he's placed in the middle of a single bed. The seed sprouts and grows into a grandmother, who's loving and approving. Life with his parents and with his imagination continues. Is a smiling grandmother enough to get him through?"
Andiamo: As I hadn't posted Episode 1.
"Bike safety wear no longer has to look like armor. These reflective pieces are subtle enough to be integrated into daily life, going seamlessly from the staff meeting to happy hour."
"On March 19, Simon Schama was joined onstage by Adam Hochschild to talk about The Story of the Jews, Mr. Schama's multimedia account of Jewish history from 1000 BCE to present times. He also showed clips from the five-part PBS documentary series. Although Judaism is the only religion that commands us to remember for future generations, Mr. Schama is determined to portray Jewish history not as a history of suffering or Jews as a people apart. It was an entertaining evening with two charming intellectuals on subjects usually discussed reverentially."
"At an artists' studio in a run-down part of Brussels, the next chapter in Belgium's rich comic-book history is being sketched out."
"Two souls run to each other in a maze of corridors. The claustrophobic atmospheres are interrupted by mirrors where transfigured images lead the viewer to a dreamlike dimension. The young protagonists, a man and a woman, are portrayed in plastic poses. They are romantics and diaphanous and are standing out in long corridors while searching to each other in a timeless space.
"Due anime si rincorrono in un dedalo di corridoi le cui atmosfere claustrofobiche sono interrotte da specchi che trasfigurano le immagini e rimandano lo spettatore a dimensioni quasi oniriche. Ritratti in pose plastiche, i giovani protagonisti, un lui e una lei diafani e romantici, si stagliano nei lunghi corridoi, alla ricerca l’uno dell’altro in uno spazio al di là del tempo."
"This week, Paris' iconic 1,063-foot iron-lattice tower unveiled four viewing sections with see-through glass floors."
"A journey deep into Cartier time, from the first inventions – today’s grand classics – to the latest concept watches that show tomorrow's watchmaking."
"Iain Banks speaks to Kirsty Wark about his life's work and discusses his cancer diagnosis."
Hat tip to Mr. Percifield.
You need a single idea that people can remember.
With Gisele Bündchen, Michiel Huisman and Lo-Fang, directed by Baz Luhrmann.
"Six years after construction began, the ‘Fondation Louis Vuitton‘ is ready to open its doors to the public for the first time."
"A little something for the paraben-hatin' mermaid in all of us."
"For centuries, reading has largely been a solitary and private act, an intimate exchange between the reader and the words on the page. But the rise of digital books has prompted a profound shift in the way we read, transforming the activity into something measurable and quasi-public."
Louis Vuitton's Celebrating Monogram Creative Stories: "In the spirit of innovation and collaboration, Louis Vuitton has appointed six photographers and directors to tell creative stories for each of the six iconoclasts of the Louis Vuitton Celebrating Monogram project. Here, Pierre Debusschere interprets Frank Gehry's Twisted Box."
"Inspired by Judy Garland and his mother’s couture habit, a young oil scion gets into the fashion game."
Why the rise of cosplay is a bad sign for the U.S. economy.
"Acclaimed Proenza Schouler designers Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez share their thoughts about the intersection of fashion design and technology and discuss their rapidly expanding luxury brand with Kinvara Balfour. Winners of five CFDA Awards, including the inaugural CFDA Vogue Fashion Fund Award, Proenza Schouler has played an important role in reinvigorating American fashion."
Runway: Proenza Schouler Spring 2015.
"Part of the Gerrard Street East series on the gentrification of the neighbourhood, Coffee Time is a pillar of the community. Not just a coffee shop, it acts as a hub and social centre for people who can't afford the prices of the higher end coffee shops. A home too many in the neighbourhood and a hindrance to others, what does the future hold in store for this dying franchise?"
"Unlike many animals, raccoons 'flourished rather than receded in the face of human expansion,' Pettit points out in an article for the American Psychological Association. Part of the reason for their success may be that the urban environment has contributed to their intelligence."
"David Beckham enjoyed a weekend of hospitality in Scotland as he celebrated the global launch of a new whisky he has helped to create."
"Described as tasting like 'butterscotch-smooth tropical fruit and unexpected, spicy backing harmonies,' the whiskey, which is being sold online for $75, is packaged in a blue flask that resembles a men’s cologne bottle."
"Featured as the backdrop to the Autumn Winter 2014 fashion show, this astronomical film was created by astrophysicist Fiorella Terenzi and Professor Neil deGrasse Tyson in collaboration with Stefano Pilati, who have formulated a set of trajectories created in unique movement that fuse the primordial universe with the Milan CityLife Palace, the fashion show venue."
"My aim in Bowie is very simple: to try and find concepts that do justice to Bowie's art in ways that are neither music journalism, dime store psychology, biography or crappy social history. I still don't think we have a language that gives the huge importance of pop culture its due, that describes and dignifies it in the right way. For me, and for many many millions of others, the world first opened as a set of possibilities through pop music, especially Bowie's music. Bowie is the most important artist tout court of the past six decades and someone just needs to say that and try and explain how his songs justify that claim. That's what I am trying to do in the book."
"Comic Book Heaven is a short documentary that tells the story of Joe Leisner, owner of the comic book store Comic Book Heaven located in Sunnyside, Queens NY."
Whatever your interest in American banking regulation, this is one of the most compelling pieces of investigative journalism I have heard in years.
"First describing the triangular structure of desire -- object, model, and subject -- Girard tells how conflicts are resolved and why human society is not marked by total conflict all the time. He further speaks of the intersection of the universal themes of mythology and Christianity and Christianitys future. History . . . is a test of mankind, says Rene Girard, and mankind is failing that test."
“I always thought of Star Wars as the story of two slaves [C-3PO and R2-D2] who go from owner to owner, witnessing their masters’ folly, the ultimate folly of man… I thought it was an interesting idea in the first two, but it’s kind of gone by Return Of The Jedi.”
"The 6,000-square-foot store—the first retail space designed by Iranian-born architect Farshid Moussavi, who is largely known for building colossal museums like Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland—is perfectly at home on the fashion-forward street. It’s bright and airy, punctuated by monumental, industrial details, such as a central concrete staircase. 'I really wanted the store to feel like me, I want people to be able to walk in an immediately know that this is a Victoria Beckham store.'"
On Gabriel Garcia Marquez and the modern novel.
Minus the audio track due to a copyright claim.
"For Parsons, like Leary and Wilson, there was no difference between pushing inner space boundaries and outer space frontiers—they were simply the Next Steps, ones that Parsons felt religious and political authority stood directly in the way of, an Inquisition just like the one that murdered fellow-traveler Giordiano Bruno in 1600 for suggesting that the stars were distant suns. Bruno, we must remember, was just as steeped in the occult as young Parsons—as were other scientific giants like Copernicus, Galileo, Kepler, Newton and many, many more.
"In this light, Parsons looks less like a mutant and more like a stalwart upholder of the Western intellectual project. Parsons’ seemingly disparate interests in space travel, Magick, drugs, sexual adventurism and science fiction, I will suggest, are really the same impulse—a pushing at the edges of reality."
"It is strange to think that something as multifarious and diffused as Modernism (embracing abstraction, surrealism, symbolism, futurist fascists, socialist photomontagists, apolitical golden age illustrators and millions more) as having a story, since story implies unity--but there is a unity and it's granted by the utter consistency of the villain: the anti-modern."