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.
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.
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?
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 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.
How appropriate and ironic that the ginger and the platinum blonde from the Harry Potter films find themselves combining their powers to model the label's latest FW collection shot on location at Magic Castle; a night club that doubles as a venue for illusionists and magicians to make shit appear and reappear. And stuff.
Most surprising to me though is that they actually look totally comfortable and cute. And cool. And the clothes look great. I don't have too strong an opinion on them either way besides a mild amusement at their bit parts in J.K. Rowling's film franchise, but their collective adorable factor after this series of pics went from mild amusement to near fondness. Check them out:
Go check some more of the polaroid look book in the gallery below:
Friday // February 25, 2011 at 13:46 // filed under Fashion
Fanny and Jessy surprise me with every new collection. Their 4th of which is entitled 'The Dissection' and is a more mature and pared down side of the duo. The girls state their initial influence as the Hunterian Museum in the London College of Surgery; quite macabre images that have translated into the realms of more slick, feminine elements that still walk strong with that totally bad ass FAJ aesthetic.
It's really refreshing to see that they've grown on from the tough, all black, leathers, sheers and mesh vibe, despite doing it so very very well. On the average person on the streets of East London and LES New York, it's a look for me that was getting a little bit stale and tired. It's awesome to see that attitude with a different skin on.
Skills they learned whilst hanging out at Jess' farm in Somerset dissecting chickens were applied to create the seams which are an ongoing theme throughout the collection. It was the examination of internal environment of animals that gave them their colour palette and textures.
This is a deceptively simple collection compared to their past efforts, but I'm loving this direction just as much. It has a quietly sinister mood that gives out a delighted cackle every now and then in the jingle of the brass coins littered throughout the pieces, and gives a cheeky wink in the cut out of the burnt orange Robin Hood balaclava, in typical FAJ style.
And of course, the marvellous Danny Sangra made a little behind the scenes film of the lookbook shoot, check it out, and then take a look at some more looks in the gallery below that. Fresh work from FAJ, well done girls!
Wednesday // February 23, 2011 at 15:20 // filed under Fashion // Art
HIYA // Charlie
Charlie Le Mindu's show during London Fashion Week
quickly become a landmark spectacle in the circuit since his debut
around this time in 2009, and two years later for this AW 2011 season
was no different. Taking a darker turn this Autumn/Winter, Charlie's
influences were striking and brutal. Drawing from a war time brothel
used for spy purposes during World War 2 called Salon Kitty and Stephen
King's Carrie, Charlie delivered his most eerie and haunting collection to date.
Charlie made his predictably strong statements accompanied by his usual
jaw drop factor; this time throwing in blood, hand drawn penises (male
models too) as well as profanity to the nekkid/naked factor...AND he
threw in some clear plastic pieces in amongst all of that (which some of
you might know I'm absolutely obsessed with. Romain Kremer, Christopher Raeburn, Jean Charles de Castelbajac have all had some fantastic clear plastic moments that rival Blade Runner. Love).
Check the rest of the review, as well as all the juicy NSFW runway and backstage pics after the jump! >>
Thursday // December 16, 2010 at 16:30 // filed under Fashion
I'm all about a bit of asymmetry, and finding balance without something being symmetrical; juggling extremes so that they balance each other out without ending up being a mirror image if you fold it in half. Did that make sense?
Anyway, Helmut Lang has always been a classic. This season's pre A/W collection for 2011/12 has found the perfect cominbation of sleek and simple, quietly draped, suggestively minimal and asymmetrical. All resulting in clothes that are so so so wearable. Thigh high splits in floor grazing length skirts, rollercoastering hemlines and subtle gathers give this collection regal yet functional strength. They're the kind of clothes you need to whip about like the eye of a storm in (don't forget to check the full gallery below my faves).