[UTTERLY TRANSPARENT] Manuela Dack Autumn/Winter 2011

Posted April 15th by in Fashion

Manuela Dack has released a her new Autumn/Winter collection – which was designed to be layered and seasonally transitional.  Moreover, the “layering of sheer fabrics and embellishment over leather, wool and raw silk stay true to the designers aesthetic of subtle modern chic, while showcasing the attention to detail.” (READ MORE….)

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PICASSO AND MARIE-THÉRÈSE: Crazy Love

Posted April 14th by in Art

“You have an interesting face. I would like to do your portrait. I have a feeling we will do great things together.” – Pablo Picasso

In 1927, on a street in Paris, Picasso encountered the unassuming girl, just shy of eighteen years old, who would become his lover and one of modern art’s most famous muses. “I am Picasso” he announced. The name meant nothing to Marie-Thérèse so he took her to a bookshop to show her a monograph of his paintings and asked if he could see her again. Flattered and curious, she agreed, and thus began a secret love affair that would establish Marie-Thérèse as the primary inspiration for Picasso’s most daring aesthetic experiments in the decade to come. (READ MORE….)

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Rimbaud, Symbolism’s Pretty Young Thing

Posted April 14th by in Culture, Poetry

“The paths are rough. The knolls are covered with broom. The air is motionless. How far away are the birds and the springs! It can only be the end of the world, ahead.”

It is true that Arthur Rimbaud was a rabble-rouser and a libertine with louse infested hair, but he was a genius, on par with Mozart, whose provocative, symbolic lyricism was seemingly divined.  At only the tender age of 17 and 18 Rimbaud composed some of the most transcendent poetry the world had ever seen – Victor Hugo described him as “an infant Shakespeare.”   A bright star indeed – whose comburent creativity seemed to burn out like a magnesium flash: at 21 the fire was out completely and Rimbaud quit poetry for good – at 37 he was dead. Rimbaud, who was raised on a farm in Charleville-Mézières, believed in some way that poetry was mysticism – that the poet was a “seer” by the practice of a “systematic derangement of all the senses.” This derangement meant total abandonment of morality, judgement, and all things that make a modern man refined, and refined Rimbaud was not.  In the early 1870s he developed a relationship, that some debate was homosexual in nature, with the much older poet Paul Verlaine. The two poets would visit London in 1873 where Verlaine would attempt to assassinate his young lover, but it was by Verlaine’s side that Rimbaud would write his masterpiece Illuminations, an ”intense and rapid dream.” A long awaited new translation of Rimbaud’s Illuminations, translated by John Ashbery, considered a “major literary event,” is due out this May by W.W. Norton and Company. books.wwnorton.com

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[Lingerie] Yasmine Eslami

Posted April 14th by in Fashion, Sex

After 10 years with Vivienne Westwood and 10 years of work as a stylist for fashion magazines Yasmine Eslami has launched a lingerie line.
“If lingerie is the first thing we put on ourselves, it is also the last that is removed.” (READ MORE…)

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John Lennon, Man of Letters

Posted April 13th by in Culture, Music

Turns out John Lennon was a prolific letter writer – who would have doubted it? Lennon penned letters to friends, family, newspapers, and fans alike – often times leaving his tiny, recognizable doodles in the margins. The collection of letters, with a introduction by Lennon’s widow Yoko Ono, is due out in October 2012 on Little Brown.

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Claude Montana: Fashion Radical

Posted April 13th by in Fashion

Claude Montana’s eponymous, and infamous, brand went bankrupt at either exactly the right time or wrong time – the late 90s – before google, before animated gifs, and before blogs. As the world of high fashion entered the 21st century haute couture became saturated and the glamour died as the gilded lid of exclusivity and luxury was peeled slowly away.  Famous designers at their zenith became zealously celebrated, and with the tsunami of the blogosphere designers became objects of only a post-modern, digital obsession. Claude Montana, whose career is now being celebrated with a new book, dominated the fashion scene in the 80s and 90s, and now serves as inspiration to many of this century’s designers. www.thamesandhudson.com

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Last Full Measure: A Collection of Civil War Photographs

Posted April 13th by in Photography

One hundred and fifty years ago yesterday America began a war with itself.  Over half a million would die. It was the bloodiest war in American history.  It was a war that defined our nation –  proof that goodness could triumph over oppression and evil – that common sense and justice would always prevail. We were a young, united union of proud, idealistic, and powerful Americans in the throes of a world wide industrial revolution. The first musket shots rang out on April 12th 1861.  Abraham Lincoln had just become president. All the Northern States had already abolished slavery. Lincoln planned to do the same and much more down South where slavery was still mostly legal. In response, the Southern cotton growing states succeeded and created The Confederacy, seeking independence from the United States.  The Civil War was not only a quagmire of differing political views – it was a fight for the protection of the old way and cheap labor – slavery. It was a fight born from stubbornness, refusal and also fear.  After fours years, famous battles were fought, entire cities were razed, states were won and lost, and in the end the North had won and the Emancipation Proclamation was signed, freeing all the slaves.  Now, one hundred fifty years later, we look back with intense curiosity at the thousands upon thousands of ambrotype and tintype photographs of the men who fought that fateful, hard-won battle. (READ MORE….)

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Paris at Night: Brassai, Ilse Bing, Doisneau & Kertesz

Posted April 12th by in Photography


Left: Brassai, La Casque de Cuir, 1932 Right: Robert Doisneau, Untitled, 1952

“Night only suggests things, it doesn’t fully reveal them. Night unnerves us and surprises us with its strangeness; it frees powers within us which were controlled by reason during the day…” -Brassai (READ MORE….)

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Forget Coachella, We’re Going to the Austin Psych Fest

Posted April 12th by in Music


The Black Angels 

Austin, Texas has long been considered the counterculture capital of the American Southwest and the primary birthplace of the psychadelic rock movement, and this year’s Austin Psych Fest, which takes place from April 29th-May 1st at the Seaholm Power Plant in downtown Austin, will be the fourth annual synaesthetic three-day tribute to that title, showcasing and celebrating innovative visual art and experimental psych-rock from across the country. (READ MORE…)

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Juergen Teller “Man With Banana”

Posted April 12th by in Photography


Vivienne Westwood

It could be noted that the true face of Marc Jacobs is Juergen Teller. The german fashion photographer’s images are so recognizable that the images in and of themselves are a personification of Teller himself. Teller, who was born in Germany in 1964, invented his own brand of ‘snapshot’ photography that has been imitated into oblivion. (READ MORE…)

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