In time of Austerity and cut backs it makes perfect sense to resuscitate a work of art and surprise the anxious fan of the famous Pirelli Calendar… A double whammy effect. Continue reading “Retro Pirelli” »
Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first black president and an enduring icon of the struggle against racial oppression, died on Thursday, the government announced, leaving the nation without its moral center at a time of growing dissatisfaction with the country’s leaders. Continue reading “The passing of an Icon.” »
At 30, Susie Wolff has been racing for over two decades. Her early karting competitions led Wolff to Formula Renault and Formula Three before she moved on to DTM, the German touring car series, and then made the leap to Formula One, the highest echelon in motorsports. And yes, the hype, both positive and negative, surrounding the first woman to get this close to possibly qualifying for an F1 world championship race in 40 years is to be expected. But I can’t help but think that no male driver would get this much attention for simply being a man in a racecar, and that bothers me. Continue reading “On the fast track” »
At the Cannes Film Festival last May, Oscar Isaac was anxious. He had been to Cannes twice before—with the film Agora, in which he played Rachel Weisz’s suitor, and Robin Hood, in which he protected the honor of Léa Seydoux. In both cases, he had been told that the films and the festival would change his life, that he would be transformed into a major movie star. Isaac had half-listened; he wanted to believe the praise, but, over his career, he had learned not to have crazy expectations. Despite a twenty-minute standing ovation at Cannes in 2009, Agora, which takes place in ancient Greece, was deemed too esoteric for American audiences and received a very limited distribution—and Robin Hood just didn’t work. Continue reading “Mr. Inside Out: Oscar Isaac” »
Ann Demeulemeester, one of the pioneers of the goth style that characterized the creations of the Antwerp Six designers and the one with the impossible name to spell…. has decided to leave her company.
She was happy, depressed, content, exhausted wealthier and wiser, she said on Wednesday.
With characteristic understatement, Ms. Demeulemeester made her announcement in a handwritten letter sent by email to news outlets. Continue reading “Ann Demeulemeester says goodbye to her fashion label.” »
Behold the swirl. At the brunch last Sunday at Christie’s auction house for bidders and attendees of this past Tuesday’s history-making sale of postwar and contemporary art, hundreds of well-dressed art lovers sipped Champagne and nibbled party food while standing just inches from canvases, some of them valued for millions of dollars. Continue reading “The Millions of reasons to buy Art. With the capital “A” that is…” »
One brisk afternoon this fall, a few weeks after Rachel Comey showed her spring collection at a dinner in Red Hook, Brooklyn, a few fans dropped by her studio on lower Broadway to browse the new designs.
“Ooh, I love this,” said Loring Randolph, a 32-year-old gallery director, examining a capacious denim smock.
Elizabeth Roberts, 44, an architect, was interested in a navy jumpsuit. “Ever since I started buying her clothes, it’s so easy to wake up in the morning,” she said. “I could have a meeting in my house and then go to a meeting at MoMA, and it all works.” Continue reading “Brooklyn’s Fashion Goes Mainstream: Rachel Comey” »
When it comes to the origin myths of young musicians, the story of the overnight success is the most popular and, let’s face it, the most romantic. The Justin Biebers, Britney Spears and Lordes of the world have sprouted a myth about a myth: that true stars appear overnight, that ambition, discovery, charm, talent and luck all conspire in an instant to produce a star – a celestial being who enters our pop-cultural consciousness already fully formed. Continue reading “Baby’s got back…and she can rap” »
It was to be expected, after all when you no longer want to pay for the best you get someone else…So it goes that Nicolas Ghesquière was appointed on Monday as the women’s design director for Louis Vuitton, taking over from Marc Jacobs, who left the fashion house last month. Continue reading “Ghesquière: the new Louis Vuitton Women’s Design Director” »
In the second edition of the Queer New York International Arts Festival, a celebration of contemporary performance and visual art that explores and broadens the concept of “queer (in) art.” Co-curated by Zvonimir Dobrović and André von Ah, the notion of queer relates not only to gender and identity, but also falls under the bigger umbrella of otherness. The event offers a look at artists working in anomalous, eccentric and even otherworldly forms. Continue reading “Celebrating Queer in New York” »
They reappear at the front counter of drugstores every year: the Halloween makeup displays, bearing inky black nail polishes and blood-red lip shades. “Go Goth,” they whisper, “Channel your inner Wednesday Addams.” Continue reading “A New Shade of Goth” »
“I’ve always believed that there’s an amazing number of things you can do through a rock ‘n’ roll song,”…
“and that you can do serious writing in a rock song if you can somehow do it without losing the beat. The things I’ve written about wouldn’t be considered a big deal if they appeared in a book or movie.” Continue reading “Goodbye Lou.” »