Two Christmases ago Craig Ellis and Erin Deering were living on tinned food in Hong Kong. They couldn’t afford to fly home to Oz.
Unemployed, and with just $500 between them, they had moved to the Asian city with dreams of starting a swimsuit company, after a fateful chat on a Melbourne beach in 2011.
We realised if we could just sell one bikini per day that would make $30,000 per year. Continue reading “Is this the World Hottest Bikini?” »
Movie trailers have a reputation for spoiling what they’re meant to be promoting. Studios seem to have such little faith in the power of mystery, that their marketing materials tell us what happens deep into the second act of most upcoming films. But the new trailer for Inherent Vice, one of the year’s best and most difficult to follow films, does that rare thing: it makes seeing the movie more enjoyable without giving everything away. Continue reading “See the trailer before you see the movie…” »
The Holiday Season is upon us…for some it starts around Halloween night…when we find a way to transcend all that has plagued us thought the year and put it out there for everyone to see in the form of a ghoulish costume or sometimes just a different kind of make up…Something a bit more in tune with our state of being. Looking beyond the fake eye lashes and the mascara punctuated with droplets of red….try it next time….I came across this story this morning in the New York Times…The Ebola epidemic that has plagued many people in Africa and has reached our shores in cases where the carers have become the patients. Amongst the horrifying sights and the appalling news we have been able to witness if even from afar, we have been privy to some of the best that the human spirit is capable of…This the story of Dr. Ian Crozier. Many are the unsung heros in this battle that has taken such a toll in human lives. I am happy to transcribe this one. It represents to me the essence of the Season and even more so, the essence of what is so right about humankind and kindness… Continue reading “The Best Side of Us: An Ebola Doctor’s Return From the Edge of Death” »
Heston Blumenthal is a mystery. Bald man with a head of thick, ginger hair. TV gimmick-meal maestro (dormouse lollipops, dildo jelly) with a restaurant, The Fat Duck, that has held three Michelin stars for a decade. Frenetic founder of a multi-million-pound business (five eateries, 400 staff, eight books, nine TV series) who looks, this morning, as if he’d like to lie down on the floor of the Sydney restaurant and sleep for a year. Continue reading “Heston’s Strange Brew” »
Heather Kemesky, the 25-year-old model who hails from Orange County, Calif., hasn’t always had such an androgynous look.
“I think I went through this phase of being confused about what I wanted to portray”. Her hair, which was chopped into a boyish pixie cut eight months ago, used to be long and blonde when she first started her career over a decade ago.
Continue reading “O.C. Model Heather Kemesky” »
Wallpaper prints, inspired by a nostalgia for ’60s geometry and ’70s florals, spring to life in the 2015 Resort collections, worn with the rebellion and individuality of today’s girl. Continue reading “Wall Flower” »
PARIS — For more than four decades, Hollywood insiders, financiers and dreamers have been obsessed by the quest to recover “The Other Side of the Wind,” the unfinished last film of Orson Welles. Cinema buffs consider it the most famous movie never released, an epic work by one of the great filmmakers.
Endless legal battles among the rights holders, including Welles’s daughter, kept the 1,083 reels of negatives inside a warehouse in a gritty suburb of Paris despite numerous efforts to complete the film — a movie within a movie about the comeback attempt of an aging, maverick director played by John Huston. Continue reading “Orson Welles’s Last Film to be Released…The Other Side of the Wind” »
James Bay has the indie rocker thing going to the extent that one initially suspects he’s a poser. He’s got the dreamy, would-be model face; long stringy hair; gangly, pipe-cleaner build; perfunctory leather jacket, and folksy Panama hat. His British lilt disguises totally normal utterances as poetic ruminations. He’s funny. It’s like he was built in a factory.
“I thought about the lifestyle of our audience, in terms of an everyday experience and utilizing everyday items, while infusing a sense of humor and novelty into this collection. For me, having fun is such an important part of the job. You have to love it and have fun with it.” —Alexander Wang
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Patrick Demarchelier was born outside of Paris in 1943, and any movie about his life would necessarily include the poignant scene of his stepfather giving the self-professed troublemaker an Eastman Kodak camera for his 17th birthday. After assisting the likes of Hans Feurer, the young Demarchelier struck out on his own, moved to New York, and developed his now signature, striking style of fashion photography. Destabilizing an elaborately staged fashion editorial or a portrait of Diana, Princess of Wales, for whom he was the official photographer, with a spark of spontaneity, Demarchelier creates a kind of verve, a frisson that has made him a legend, and his name a byword for fashion royalty—the very first thing Miranda Priestly wants to know of her hopeless new assistant in The Devil Wears Prada is “Did Demarchelier confirm?”
The Duchess (2008) star Keira Knightley knows a little something about onscreen royalty. In November she will appear alongside Benedict Cumberbatch in the WWII dramaThe Imitation Game, about the Enigma-code-breaking machine. Here, she tries to decode Demarchelier, getting the photographer to look at his life through the lens. Like theDevil‘s do-gooder assistant, she’s got Patrick.
Continue reading “Keira Knightley poses and chats with Patrick Demarchelier” »
Yesterday’s midterm election results are the equivalent in a parliamentary system of a vote of no confidence in Barack Obama. They also reflect America’s serious crisis of confidence.
At one level, Americans should be in an upbeat mood. After all, since Obama came to power in 2009, unemployment has fallen from 10 per cent to less than 6 per cent. The budget deficit is in decline. And the economy could break the 3 per cent annual growth rate for the first time in nearly a decade. Crikey, even the hapless Dallas Cowboys – America’s Team – have a 6-3 winning record in the NFL!
And yet the President’s national approval ratings are in the low-40s and in some crucial battleground states they’re in the low-30s. Continue reading “America mid term crisis.” »
John Galliano’s name is officially back in the news — first because of his recent appointment as creative director of Maison Martin Margiela, an ideal Maison for the exiled designer at this point in his career…. and again on Tuesday, when he lost his unfair dismissal lawsuit against his two former employers: Christian Dior SA and John Galliano SA. Continue reading “Galliano is back” »