Monday, June 30, 2008
Friday, June 27, 2008
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Today is Hope Sandoval's birthday. Hope was the lead singer of Mazzy Star. I love how sincere & beautiful her voice is. The visuals for Fade Into You are very mysterious - Hope is either shot in tones of blue & black, or with glasses on. She sings while gazing at her shoes. The eyes are the window to the soul, and she hides them from the camera & the crowd. However, through her voice, she bares her soul. This contradiction is intriguing, and part of why her music is classic. "Fade Into You" was a big hit on 92.7 WDRE during the summer before I entered high school, and I will always remember it that way.
I wanna hold the hand inside you
I wanna take the breath that's true
I look to you and I see nothing
I look to you to see the truth
You live your life, you go in shadow
You'll come upon and you'll go black
Some kind of night into your darkness
Close your eyes with what's not there
Fade into you
Strange you never knew
Fade into you
I think it's strange you never knew
The strange light comes on slowly
A stranger's heart is out of home
You put your hands into your head
And your smiles cover your heart
Friday, June 20, 2008
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Friday, June 13, 2008
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Monday, June 9, 2008
Narciso Rodriguez called his Resort show "an homage to Hélio Oiticica"—the Brazilian artist who had a mad passion for color even as his work morphed from modernism in the vein of Mondrian to a more organic form of found-object art.
Hélio Oiticica (July 26, 1937 – March 22, 1980) was a Brazilian painter, sculptor, plastic artist and performance artist.
Color became a key subject of Oiticica's work and he experimented with paintings and hanging wooden sculptures with subtle (sometimes barely perceptible) differences in colour within or between the sections. The hanging sculptures gradually grew in scale and later works consisted on many hanging sections forming the overall work.
In the 1960s, he produced a series of small box shaped interactive sculptures called Bólides (fireballs) which had panels and doors which viewers could move and explore. Throughout the 1960s and 1970s he made installations called penetrávels (penetrables) which viewers could step into and interact with. The most influential of these was Tropicália (1967) which gave its name to the Tropicalismo movement. He also created works called Parangolés which consisted layers of fabric, plastic and matting intended to be worn like costumes but experienced as mobile sculptures.
Friday, June 6, 2008
Thursday, June 5, 2008
On newsstands today is the June 9 & 16, 2008, Summer Fiction Issue of The New Yorker which features the story "Natasha", by Vladimir Nabokov, published for the first time in English. Written around 1924, when Nabokov was in his mid-twenties (five years after his family fled Russia, and two years after his father was assassinated in Berlin), it was discovered in the writer's archives at the Library of Congress a couple of years ago, and was translated by his son, Dmitri. "Natasha" tells the story of a young woman who cares for her ailing father, in their ramshackle one-room apartment in Berlin while he mourns their exile from their Russian motherland.
The entire story can be read here.
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Monday, June 2, 2008
Yesterday I styled a shoot with photographer Jonathan Leder and model Natalia Chabanenko in Prospect Park. Natalia is a real beauty. She is totally comfortable in front of the camera, and in nature. We all love animals -we saw chipmunks, squirrels, geese, ducks & robins in the park. Jonathan shoots using 35 mm film & polaroids taken with a vintage Polaroid camera. I admire Jonathan for sticking to film - it has a sincere quality that can not be manipulated. He is staunchly commited to aesthetic excellence & realness - he types the labels for his print boxes on a vintage typewriter, he does not have cable TV & maintains an extensive library of 1970's French Vogue's.
Yves Saint Laurent, Portrait by Kenneth Paul Block.
Yves Saint Laurent's 1965 Piet Mondrian dress, illustrated by Kenneth Paul Block
Yves Saint Laurent's 1976 Ballet Russes collection, illustrated by Kenneth Paul Block
Yves Saint Laurent died on Sunday at his apartment in Paris. He created a whole world. His fashions, colors, patterns, silhouettes will live forever. His fragrances, such as Opium & Rive Gauche will always remind me of what a genius YSL was.