Blondie 40 years on…

posted by on 2014.08.18, under articles of interest

Forty years is quite a long time to be in the same job.  Blondie have marked the milestone year with an NME Godlike Genius award, one of the most talked about sets at Glastonbury and Blondie 4(0) Ever, a two-disc album which includes a greatest hits and the brand new record, Ghosts Of Download. Continue reading “Blondie 40 years on…” »


posted by on 2014.08.02, under articles of interest

It is after all the last big storm of the season.

We stand under the lifeguard tower

Looking out to sea,

Looking at the moon,

Cotton candy moon. Continue reading “Surfers” »

A movie star, a supermodel, a pop idol and a billionaire: Why Orlando Bloom punched Justin Bieber

posted by on 2014.08.01, under articles of interest

Pull up a chair, this may take awhile to unravel….a tale of jealousy  a modern day Helen of Troy if you will, is unfolding in Hollywood, Spain and New York right now.

The story involves a love maze between the supermodel, two pop stars, an actor, a billionaire, a wannabe pop star-slash-model ex-wife and a high-profile businessman.

And it reached its climax on Wednesday, when Lord of the Rings star Orlando Bloom took on lord of the brats Justin Bieber in an exclusive Spanish restaurant.

Bloom’s slap is believed to be retribution for the 20-year-old singer breaking one of the 10 Commandments two years ago with Bloom’s then wife, Miranda Kerr. Continue reading “A movie star, a supermodel, a pop idol and a billionaire: Why Orlando Bloom punched Justin Bieber” »

Kendall Jenner

posted by on 2014.07.27, under articles of interest

You know Kendall Jenner, right? She has those sisters on that show on which she sometimes appears, riding horses or attending parties. Her mother is Kris Jenner, and her dad is legendary Olympian Bruce Jenner. She’s 18 years old, 5’10″, a Scorpio, and has more than 9.5 million followers on Instagram. But despite a very public childhood, Jenner sort of came into her own early this year on the runways of New York, London, and Paris, in a debutante season that included appearances for Marc Jacobs, Giles, Chanel, and Givenchy—a maison under the creative direction of her family friend Riccardo Tisci. She was, in the words of stylist Katie Grand, “definitely the girl of the season.” Continue reading “Kendall Jenner” »

like a Rock

posted by on 2014.07.27, under articles of interest

Can you smell what the Rock is cooking? It’s just egg whites, because Hollywood’s charismatic He-Man—and star of the new mega-movie Hercules—likes to keep it healthy. As the former WWE star and member of the 1991 University of Miami National Championship team explains to Andy, he hasn’t always had it so good. So now he’s just living the dream…
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Learning the ABC with London Grammar

posted by on 2014.07.19, under articles of interest

London Grammar realized the importance of the Ivor Novello Awards – Britain’s premier songwriting gongs – when they sat down at their table and looked around the room. Next to them Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page was seated beside his Yardbirds bandmate from almost 50 years ago, Jeff Beck, guitar gods in repose. Standing behind them, deep in conversation, was Chic’s Nile Rodgers, who would subsequently be presented with a Special International award by former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr. Continue reading “Learning the ABC with London Grammar” »

Romeo Santos: Romantico & Caliente

posted by on 2014.07.12, under articles of interest

Pink Floyd’s “The Wall” couldn’t do it, Jay Z got help from Justin Timberlake and Eminem, and Metallica didn’t try. Selling out consecutive shows at Yankee Stadium, with its capacity of roughly 50,000, is nearly impossible for any pop music artist not named Paul McCartney. But Romeo Santos, who will perform there Friday and Saturday nights, is about to achieve that feat. Continue reading “Romeo Santos: Romantico & Caliente” »

Paris Couture Report Fall 2014

posted by on 2014.07.09, under articles of interest

PARIS — The Tour de France may have only just reached Gallic shores after starting in Leeds, England, over the weekend and riding into London on Monday, but in Paris the couture seemed to be holding its own version of Le Grand Tour. Admittedly, the two are not exactly the same thing but these sorts of intuitive leaps are par for the course in fashion: Designers look at the world around them and put it through the meat grinder of their imagination. Continue reading “Paris Couture Report Fall 2014” »

Couture Actually Couture

posted by on 2014.07.08, under articles of interest

PARIS — The question of the future hangs heavy over Europe at the moment — over whether Italy will succeed in convincing Germany that European Union budgetary constraints should change; over whether Britain will leave the union; over whether former President Nicolas Sarkozy of France can make a political comeback given his current legal situation — so it is perhaps little wonder that at the start of the couture season, designers themselves were addressing the issue. It may not be clear what shape the European Union will take in 2015 and beyond, but when it comes to dressing, they have some control over the matter.

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Iris Van Herpen wins the ANDAM

posted by on 2014.07.04, under articles of interest

A prestigious fashion industry jury, led this year by Xavier Romatet, has awarded the ANDAM 2014 Grand Prize to the Dutch designer for her Fall/Winter 2014 collection Biopiracy, combining craftsmanship with technology, biology with physics and the real with the artificial. The First Collection Prize was awarded to Sébastien Meyer, founder of Coperni. Continue reading “Iris Van Herpen wins the ANDAM” »

Splattering of tailoring at Givenchy

posted by on 2014.06.28, under articles of interest

A  four-seat Cessna airplane was dissected and strung over the circular catwalk at Givenchy, exploding in four directions, an installation by by Dutch artist Paul Veroude. Was it a signal of the military undercurrent in Riccardo Tisci’s spring men’s wear, full of multi-pocket aviator jackets dangling ripcord zipper pulls? Or was it perhaps symbolic of a young designer stretched to the limit? Continue reading “Splattering of tailoring at Givenchy” »

Echoes of Armani

posted by on 2014.06.25, under articles of interest

MILAN — When performers start titling their efforts “whispers,” “memories” or “echoes” — like the“Echoes of Armani” show Tuesday — you can usually expect the farewell tour.

Giorgio Armani, on the other hand, isn’t going anywhere. As he has said many times in the press, Mr. Armani, who turns 80 in two weeks, probably will work until he drops. And he will continue to comb through his fertile back pages for ideas, motifs and gestures that have kept him in the game since the 1980 film “American Gigolo” and the body-hugging power suit.

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