Beyoncé - 4
We swear this isn't an ironic listening. We love Beyoncé and 4. OK, we might unironically skip straight to track 5, 'Party', produced by Kanye West and with rap by Andre3000, because we ain't no stay-home-mums that need all those ballads about being broken hearted and finding the right person. But, after that, the album turns into a beautiful compilation of classic r'n'b, soul and a bit of sweat-inducing booty tracks - not too many though - that sound surprisingly courageous considering the actual state of pop music. And for that, we bow down and hail Queen B. P.S. Get the deluxe version, for those extra couple of amazing tracks.
Bassike
The name of this label has been interpreted in many ways; from 'bass-seekey' to 'base-ike', but the correct way describes exactly what this label is about: BASIC. Bassike delivers easily breezily cut staples with an interesting little twist that keeps them from being your run of the mill. For those that live in climates like that of Australia (where Bassike hails from) or Brazil, you'll know how easy it is to make fashion faux pas when the weather gets hot and the prospect of wearing anything but a bathing suit becomes slightly unappealing; Bassike is all and everything you need.
Game of Thrones
Before watching HBO's Game of Thrones, I assumed the series would tend a bit more towards the blood-dripping Danish movie Valhalla Rising rather than fairy-tale stories a lá 'Lord of the Rings'; and for that I didn't really like the series at the beginning. But slowly, I found myself submitting to tales of bad kings, midget juggernauts, savage warriors and... dragons. And that happened probably because there aren't exactly good guys and bad guys here, like there are in Tolkien stories - and that is, of course, a simplification of his work. Another reason I relented to this series is because of the intriguing political backstage element that leads to the ever-happening dance of thrones. Oh, and did I mention the gratuitous nekkid-ness?
The Norfolk // Sydney, Australia
Of the slew of new spots having opened up in Sydney in the last six months, The Norfolk on Cleveland St in Surry Hills has been one fated with success. Owned by some of the same kids that have brought The Flinders back to life (and currently, it's incredibly quick onset of 'The Norms'), you'll undoubtedly find The Norfolk rammed with all kinds, vying for a bite, a beer and a spot in the garden out back. The aim of the game is to cultivate Aussie pub culture at it's best; and it's doing a pretty decent job so far - if only you could get a table!
Super Sad True Love Story
Super Sad True Love Story is the third book from the writer of the best selling Absurdistan, Gary Shteyngart. Incidentally, I read him name dropped in Flavorpill's Ultimate Hipster Reading list and in the same sentence as James Franco (they're buds, apaprently) just before I finished his latest offering. Don't let any of that put you off, or take away any of the sad scary brilliance of Super Sad True Love Story; written from the perspective of one 39 year old Lenny Abramov, son of Russian immigrants and in love with the impossibly cute and cruel Eunice Park. A satire that cuts to the bone, Super Sad True Love Story is exactly it's title. And it's good.
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Kolors by Daniel Askill for Ksubi

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Notorious Australian fashion label Ksubi have just kicked off the re-launch of their coloured denim range, entitled Kolors in an attempt to bring back their old covetability factor of yore. A stroke of brilliance was getting the supernaturally talented Daniel Askill to direct this short film featuring Cisco Gorrow, Heidi Harrington-Johnson and model it girl of the moment, Bambi Northwood-Blyth.

 

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Ksubi Kolors Babes

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Even though I'm not really sure what it is, Askill worked a Phantom camera to collect frames at a rate of 1500 per second. The result is absolutely beautiful, and in fact incredibly relaxing to watch three Ford Farlanes spewing coloured smoke from their tires whilst three girls in coloured jeans move through the air like it's molasses.

 

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HIYA // Paul Bui!

Models + Paul Bui working his magic (he's the babe with the black hair) via

 

Soundtracked by Gabriel Fauré's 'Requiem (Pie Jesu)' (and with additional additional production and sound design by Nick from Van She) this is a fantastic piece of work. Check it:

 

Ksubi Kolors by Daniel Askill

 

Necking Kanye and Condo
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Yo // Young Ye

 

Oh Kanye, Kanye, Kanye. He's been a little quiet for a while, no? Mr West, we miss your 'Ye-isms, where you been? One thing's for sure, his scarf collabo with M/M Paris' Mathias Augustyniak and Michael Amzalag is due to be released on Monday over at MMParis.com and Colette.

 

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Now, there's been rumblings over these scarves for some time, and I really do think they're beautiful (and I would really really love one - ANY one! I find them all wickkkked). But fat chance of that methinks, since only 100 of these French-made silk twill scarves were done in each of the five designs, which were based on the George Condo paintings commissioned for My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. Its 250 euro a pop to have a piece of Kanye/Condo around your pretty little neck. Which one is your fave?

 

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Be ready to get on 'em quick at Colette and M/M Paris on Monday the 9th of May!

If you really really must... (the Royal Wedding)

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If you really really must purchase some commemorative crap in honour of the Royal nuptials, might I suggest some memorabilia by IM//UR artist of the month alumni, Louise Zergaeng Pomeroy?


 

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Louise says:

 

"I've got a very limited edition Royal wedding Tshirt at Super Superficial for the next couple of weeks (FYI I'm not a massive Royalist, its tongue in cheek don't worry)."

 

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Hell, I'd totes wear that, even if it IS a tshirt with balding Willy and Kate Whats-her-face on it!

My Imaginary Coachella 2011 Outfits
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HIYA // Kanye (rocking Celine)

 

In my Imaginary Coachella 2011 experience, where I would have been in attendance, I would have potentially worn the below imaginary purchases. Nothing too nekkid, weather inappropriate (lookin' atchu Lauryn, though I heard you kinda killed it, finally) acid-trippy or hippie-ish (ahem V-Hudge). I would've been all Coachella Classy, and looked totally cute wandering around, hearing snatches of some cool, hyped bands.

 

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HIYA // Lauryn

 

So allow me to begin with a (ridonkulous) shoe. Now, never underestimate the power of a good sturdy platform at a festival. In my imaginary Coachella, I would be so beyond VIP that I wouldn't really have to trek that far to anywhere, taking all the backstage routes to enable me to be driven to each stage. Massive platform wedges such as these Charles Anastase beauties/monsters below would also cut down on - if any - neck craning.

 

 

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At my Imaginary Coachella, I might have carried a bag such as the Alexander Wang Walker Backpack, the print of which was reportedly scribbled out by his interns before being slapped onto a bucket shaped backpack. It would be slung casually over my Californian bronzed shoulders, if indeed I did carry it at all; since I would probably leave my precious possessions somewhere in a secure backstage location.

 

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Since I'm currently rather obsessed with all shades of red and orange; in particular, rude splashes of bright poppy, cherry and coral, I might wear a silk shirt from Adam in this shade of 'lava'.

 

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A pair of shorts of course, are just what the Coachella gods ordered, and these graphic print Diane Von Furstenburg poplin shorts could be worked the RIGHT side of sartorially surfer.

 

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I feel like my Imaginary Coachella experience would be even more amazing if I was wearing these awesome Missoni crochet knit shorts. Now these aren't your usual passé crochet crap that every dog and her bitch tries to work at a festival. Seriously, look:

 

screen shot 2011-04-19 at 1.30.46 amWith such graphic shorts taking the spotlight away from such acts as Kanye and Lauryn Hill, I'd have to obviously tone it down a little up top. Perhaps by nonchalantly donning an easy-going Rick Owens racer back tank in an effortless grey...

 

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I might also choose to flit around in this droolworthy shibori dyed bit of lush from Proenza Schouler. UGH.

 

 

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And of course, it wouldn't be a festival without those ubiquitous denim cutoffs! Here are an artfully bashed pair by Ksubi:

 

p-540x540And, if I were feeling sensible, I'd throw in the towering - and yes, I acknowledge, thoroughly ridonkulous - Charles Anastase platforms for these delicious Jil Sander brogues. The white ones with the fluorescent pink sole might also be an option, but here are the black with the orange soles:

 

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And call me a sucker, but I totally would have bought a bit of Kanye x George Condo merch.

 

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Waaah. That actually didn't make me feel any better about seeing/hearing all about Coachella 2011 on the internets and stuff. Hmpf.

The Unknown Hipster aka JP Delhomme for Kitsuné
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HIYA // JP Delhomme

Bonjour // The Unknown Hipster

If you tend to trawl the web for ironic/witty/hipster fashionisms, then no doubt you'll be familiar with Jean Philippe Delhomme's The Unknown Hipster. Prior to his wry, joyful, mischievous and of course, gently ironic blog (only the most recent outlet for the French illustrator, journalist and poet) is a long and illustrious history in the fashion industry; including illustrations in the pages of Vogue, Interview, Glamour and GQ as well as numerous advertising campaigns...the latest of which is an appropriately hip collaboration with the ever hipster multi-faceted label, Kitsuné.

 

Delhomme kicked off his Kitsuné collabo for their last A/W collection, and is continuing that success with this season's S/S campaign, entitled 'Reporter'. First up, here are some images from Autumn/Winter 2010:

 

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JPD for Kitsuné FW 2010

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Hilariously accurate in his depictions of the denizens of hipsterdom, Delhommes' trademark style also celebrates sartorial splendour. Elegant, funny and just really lovely to look at, here is what Delhomme came up with for Kitsuné's 'Reporter' collection, now instore:

 

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Artist // PEDRO GARCIA
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HIYA // Pedro

Say hello to our latest Artist of the Month: Pedro Garcia! A menswear designer by trade, Pedro is our very first Sydney based artist. Besides being menswear design assistant at one of Australia's most notorious labels, he is also a freelance textile designer/illustrator designing prints for several high profile Australian fashion labels. A graduate of Australia's foremost fashion school, East Sydney Tech, Pedro was always destined for the world of fashion from a very young age.

 

One of my oldest and dearest friends, Pedro and I grew up trawling Sydney together, as teenage dirtbag delinquents with a penchant for observing high fashion and werking out our particular sense of street style, whatever that was at the time. He used to let me steal his clothes (and still does), and we would spend hours dissecting the minutiae of the latest collections (as we still do).

 

Pedro managed to squeeze in designing this month's background in the midst of working on next season's collection as well as whipping up his stellar handiwork as prints for various local Australian labels. For IM//UR though, he was inspired by the darker side of nature, and the imperfectly 'perfect' formation of flowers and foliage. "I wanted the appearance to have a meticulous and obsessive look in the artwork's technique," Pedro says, and meticulous he certainly is. He can be found for hours on end filling in the minute and precise details on his beautiful hand drawn and computer manipulated prints, which are turned into garments any fashionista would kill to have on her back by various iconic Aussie fashion designers.

 

We threw Pedro our usual questions...

How and when did know you were going to be an artist/illustrator/designer?

 

From a very young age, I was drawn to all things creative and visually stimulating. Drawing and painting felt natural to me so I was subconsciously headed in a creative direction early on. I have always been fascinated by the power of visual imagery and everything it can express and suggest.

 

What have been are your biggest influences?

 

Many aspects of my past and present life influence and inspire me. I'm also very fortunate to be surrounded by talented people working across fashion, art, music and journalism.

 

Who would love to work for or collaborate with?

 

Individuals who are not afraid to push boundaries and are singular in their vision.

 

What did you dream about last night?

 

I was at home with Joel.

 

Favourite medium?

 

I love what you can create with just a pen and some paper; but I also enjoy painting, sewing/making clothes and digital art. I love it all.

 

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MIX // The Golden Filter for Oki-Ni

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Tackling the rather dark but appropriately hipster theme of 'suicide', our friends from The Golden Filter have turned out this stellar mixtape from the super cool kids at Oki-Ni. It's a hazily contemplative tracklist; pensive and oddly carefree. The kind of playlist I imagine could be played in that eternal moment when a character decides to let it all go and gracefully dives off into a dizzying waterfall or into the darkness of a bottomless abyss or something. Here's a bit of tumblrism so you get what I mean:

 

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Anyway, well done to The Golden Filter! One of the most interesting and eclectic mixes I've heard in quite a while; one which isn't desperately trendy and therefore exponentially more cool. Perfect for soundtracking your Monday and any Blues that result.

TRACKLISTING

  • Nico Le Petit Chevalier
  • Helium Comet #9
  • Suicide Girl
  • Cabaret Voltaire No Escape
  • White Fence The Love Between
  • The Golden Filter Le Renard D'Or
  • Factory Floor View Too Much
  • Fitzcarraldo Variations Gamma Model
  • Glass Candy The Chameleon (Acappella)
  • Allez Allez African Queen (Quiet Village Dub)
  • Omar Souleyman Labji Wa Bajji Il Hajar
  • The Theatre of Eternal Music B Flat Dorian Blues 19 x 63
  • Roj Bongo Workout
  • Gonjasufi Klowds
  • Micachu & the Shapes Curly Teeth
  • Can Tango Whiskeyman
  • Esben And The Witch Marching Song
  • The Soft Moon When It's Over
  • Slowdive Blue Skied an' Clear
  • Psychic TV Iron Glove
  • Franã§oise Hardy La mer, les Ãâtoiles et le vent

 

 
oki-ni presents SUICIDE by The Golden Filter

Nick Zinner for Lee Jeans

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Denim label Lee have given Yeah Yeah Yeahs' guitarist and budding photographer, Nick Zinner his first ever commercial assignment (Zinner has previously published two critically acclaimed books, I Hope You
Are All Happy Now and Please Take Me Off The Guest List as well as exhited solo shows all over the world), in capturing their Winter 2011 campaign entitled Swagger and Jetts.

 

Shot in the East Village of Manhattan, it's all a bit scrappy, all a bit random and rock and roll, just like Zinner himself. Check some of the campaign images and behind the scenes shots and in the full gallery below:

 

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