Opposites Attract: Minimarket

Posted April 20th by in Fashion

Minimarket, a label based in Stockholm, is designed by three sisters: Sofie, Pernilla and Jennifer Elvestedt. The design philosophy is based on using opposites for perfect balance. It’s proper contra sensual, comfortable combined with extravagant. Pictured above is a sample of their Spring/Summer 2011 collection. www.minimarket.se


[INFLUENCERS] The Psychomagic of Alejandro Jodorowsky

Posted April 20th by in Culture, Film

Film still from El Topo

With gallons of blood, dwarves, and maimed circus performers, weirdness is almost always guaranteed. Your money’s worth? Not so much if you’re not ready for the holy mountain that is Alejandro Jodorowsky.  A gunfighter on a violent quest for enlightenment, a feverish search for a mythical holy mountain, and a man serving as his armless mother’s arms, carrying out vengeful murders on her behalf, all summarize, albeit briefly, the trifecta of Chilean filmmaker and artist Alejandro Jodorowsky’s surreal and mystical cinematic masterpieces: El Topo, Holy Mountain and Santa Sangre. Or maybe they’re a summary of all the alter-egos of the man himself, the cult legend, the auteur of weird. (READ MORE….)


Ones to Watch: Trevor Powers of Youth Lagoon

Posted April 19th by in Music

Meet Trevor Powers, a 22 year old singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist from from Boise, Idaho.  His voice and lyrics speak for itself in decibles beyond the music.  There is a certain trouble in this young man’s heart that he seems to be working out with his music, and through the reverberating echoes of his voice his songs scratch on the very frosted windows of all the unanswerable questions of the universe – all with a raw, lo-fi romanticism. In that frailty and rawness Powers kind of reminds me of the romantic poet John Keats, and Power’s first album a sort of post-modern, 21st century Ode to Solitude. Powers’ debut album, The Year of Hibernation, is expected to drop May 11th on Juno Beach Records. The album is comprised of eight beautiful, nostalgic and angst laden arrangements.  www.youthlagoon.bandcamp.com

Youth Lagoon – July

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Treasures of Heaven: Saints, Relics & Devotion

Posted April 19th by in Art, Culture

Reliquary With the Man of Sorrows

Treasures of Heaven: Saints, Relics & Devotion in Medieval Europe, on view this June at the British Museum, brings together for the first time some of the finest sacred treasures of the medieval age. It features over 150 objects from more than 40 institutions including the Vatican, European church treasuries, museums from the USA and Europe and the British Museum’s own pre-eminent collection. It was during the medieval period that the use of relics in devotional practice first developed and became a central part of Christian worship. For many, the relics of Christ and the saints – objects associated with them, such as body parts or possessions – continue to provide a bridge between heaven and earth today. Relics were usually set into ornate containers of silver and gold known as reliquaries, opulently decorated by the finest craftsmen of the age. They had spiritual and symbolic value that reflected the importance of their sacred contents. The earliest items date from the late Roman period and trace the evolution of the cult of the saints from the 4th century to the peak of relic veneration in late medieval Europe. Relics featured in the exhibition include three thorns thought to be from the Crown of Thorns, fragments of the True Cross, the foot of St Blaise, the breast milk of the Virgin Mary, the hair of St John the Evangelist, and the Mandylion of Edessa (one of the earliest known likenesses of Jesus). Treasures of Heaven: Saints, Relics & Devotion in Medieval Europe – June 23 – October 9 2011 - www.britishmuseum.org


Sons and Daughters of Fascination: Moonspoon Saloon

Posted April 19th by in Art, Fashion

Cabinet of Wounds

Moonspoon Saloon is here to take your breath away – to a magical, wonderful place where no one has been brave enough to take fashion before.  In fact, bravery, along with creativity and a healthy predilection for the weird,  all seem to be one of the many variables in the algebraic equation that is the spirit of this Danish fashion collective. Moonspoon Saloon’s collections are whimsical, but always explode with limitless imagination. You could even call Moonspoon stream of consciousness fashion.   In the Moonspoon universe fashion is performance art: a grand, dadaist experiment in the “character” behind the clothing. Their new collection, entitled Cabinet of Wounds, is inspired by “the wounds of the soul.” The current lookbook, which is set in old cemetery, looks like a voodoo scrap book. Sara Sachs of Moonspoon Saloon, a collaboration between designer Sara Sachs and painter Tal R., had some incredible answers to a few questions posed by Pas Un Autre. (READ MORE…)



Posted April 18th by in Culture, Photography

LOS ANGELES – OHWOW and Leadapron are to host a book release and book signing event for Patrick Hoelck’s Polaroid Hotel.

Press, flash, picture. Simple. Then wait. And wait. And wait some more. The anticipation to see what you have captured is a thrill that has been lost with modern technology. In a world full of instant there have been unfortunate casualties. Polaroid instant film was almost one of them. It’s not just the nostalgia that makes Polaroids alluring. It’s the unpredictability. You never know if you’re going to end up with a masterpiece or a disaster but it really doesn’t matter, it’s yours. (READ MORE….)


Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty

Posted April 18th by in Art, Fashion

This May 6 the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York will present Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty - a posthumous retrospective of the late designer’s brilliant career. The exhibition, organized by The Costume Institute, will celebrate Alexander McQueen’s extraordinary contributions to fashion. From his postgraduate collection of 1992 to his final runway presentation which took place after his death in February 2010, Mr. McQueen challenged and expanded “the understanding of fashion beyond utility to a conceptual expression of culture, politics, and identity.” (READ MORE…)


Jacques Henri Lartigue’s Floating World

Posted April 18th by in Photography

If it wasn’t for a friend with connections and the assassination of John F. Kennedy it is quite possible that we may have never known of a photographer named Jacques Henri Lartigue.  Lartigue, born in 1894 to an illustrious French family, started taking photographs when he was only 6 years old. A hilarious photograph of a young Lartigue at 11 years old is a self portrait…in the bath….with a toy airplane.  Being well off afforded Lartigue camera equipment and time to explore  his photographic interests – which for most of his life was mainly a hobby.  Lartigue’s happy go lucky images of a divined, French upperclass, attending automobile races, prancing on the beach, and laying about were all common divertissements of this bon vivant photographer during a burgeoning 20th century. He also photographed his lover and muse, the romanian model Renee Perle, a strikingly beautiful apparition that appeared in many of his photographs through out his oeuvra. (READ MORE…)


For Adarsha….

Posted April 17th by in Art, Film

Directed by Oliver Maxwell Kupper
Starring Adarsha Benjamin


Charles Brittin’s Freckled Shangri-La

Posted April 15th by in Photography

Beverly Walsh, 1958

Charles Brittin, who died in January of this year at 82 years old, stole the ethos and the zeitgeist of the 1960s West coast in all its subtle wind-blown, freckled, ocean spray glamour – as well as the political angst of youth on the verge of revolt in honor of their young ideals. Charles Brittin: West & South, a retrospective exhibition of work by Los Angeles photographer Charles Brittin, featuring more than 100 photographs, many of them previously unexhibited is on view starting tomorrow at the Michael Kohn Gallery in Los Angeles. (READ MORE…)





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