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.
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.
Posts tagged with vogue
Crystal Renn // Vogue Nippon October 2011
HIYA // (Asian-eyes-ed) Crystal Renn


Now, we often have little arguments between ourselves about whether something is racist or not (like when we asked you all about whether THIS was racist). Mostly, it's over the fact that I go too far and don't even realise it to which I, of course, will argue back goodnaturedly that I in fact don't go far enough...


In my opinion, Crystal Renn is generally just divine. And she is no less so in this Vogue Nippon editorial for October 2011's issue. Photographed by Giampaolo Sgura and styled by the ridonkulous Anna Dello Russo, the editorial only uses Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana's designs and sees Crystal play with the masculine-feminine aspects of their latest (awesome) collection.






Another thing this shoot literally sees is Crystal Renn viewing through more almond, Asian-afied eyes via the strategic use of tape at her temples to pull her eyes into a different shape. And yes, I do think it was a somewhat inspired move.


I for one, as a person of Asian descent, was not offended by this. Should I be? I mean, is it not a refreshing statement to make a Caucasian girl look more Asian as opposed to, for example, the usual whitening up of every other skin tone that is any shade human other than white? For me, in my fashion-twisted and perhaps industry brain washed perspective, temporarily modifying Crystal Renn's eyes to look more Asian sends a message that an Oriental shaped eye is beautiful and desirable.




Granted, the deeper concept of it being demonstrated on a biologically Caucasian eye (lids and all) is perhaps a mixed message - but WTF isn't a completely convoluted message in fashion/advertising/everything these days?


In all honesty, I'm quite sure that I wouldn't even have noticed this 'styling detail', had not parts of the make up process been shown on the behind the scenes video. Is taping her temples back really all that different to lining her eyes in liquid to create a cat eye? Or changing her hair colour? Or using a belt to cinch in her waist? Or wearing high heels to make her legs look (even) longer?


This isn't a case of 'is this racist or not'. It's a much more complex issue to do with not only race (which I feel is the less pertinent element at stake here), but the fashion industry's M.O., societal and cultural ideals and standards of beauty, as well as the plain old intention of publicity provoking controversy. And I always think it's an excellent thing if we're having conversations about things like this at all!


Anyway, Crystal Renn looks amazing and the clothes look amazing. ANTM wanna bes take note: now THIS is how you work an angle!!


Crystal Renn for Japanese Vogue Behind The Scenes


In another perspective, Refinery 29's Connie Wang doesn't feel too comfortable with it... How do you feel about it?


Let us know what you think...I'm really interested to hear!! In the meantime, check the gallery below that includes images of Crystal Renn's beauty feature in the same issue:



Carine and Vogue by Herbie



You guys remember Herbie right? He was responsible for one of our more fabulous themes (see Herbert Loureiro on your right under themes), as well as the cover of our the very first I M // A \\ PARTY Mixtape!




Besides his usual awesomeness, Herbie was most recently discovered via one of his illustrations of none other than Carine Roitfeld, after it was posted on facebook. Timely, since this all happened to coincide with Carine's stepping down as the editor of French Vogue. As a result, he has been asked to exhibit a series of limited edition prints for LTD Gallery in Brussels during their stint at the Belgian edition of the Affordable Art Fair!


Herbie was commissioned to make a series of 8 drawings of 5 prints, each depicting his vision of the iconic Carine along with the iconic Vogue. Word has it that Vogue Paris might even be given a special viewing. But I M//U R get one too! Check it:




If you're around on the 25th to the 28th of February, go check it and Herbie's series out at the Affordable Art Fair, Avenue du Port 86c, B1000 Brussels.



New York Fashion Week Essentials

kate_young_stylistStylist Kate Young's essentials


As another season of New York Fashion Week hits, Vogue gets new blog now known as The Coveteur (formerly The Coveted; to which there was legal action taken) to take a snapshot of the kind of shit you need to have when you're the kind of person who goes to the most publicised trade event with the tightest door list in America. The best thing about fashion weeks - often even better than some of the shows themselves - is the people watching! And The Coveteur on behalf of Vogue gives us a little perve into the handbags of those enviable creatures that will be flitt about at the Lincoln Centre this season.


Vogue Beauty Director Sarah Brown's essentials:




Jewellery designer Eddie Borgo's essentials:




Modus Operandi's CEO Aslaug Magnsdottir's essentials:




DJ Haley Veira Newton's essentials (including her TO-DIIIIEEE-FOR yellow Celine Boston #cry)




Vogue Market Editor Jessica Sailer's essentials (that red Givenchy...!)




Vogue's Special Events Director Sylvia Ward Durrett's essentials - who can resist those pink suede Manolos?




The Business of Carine Roitfeld



After having just posted about Tom Ford and his SS 2011 collection, it's inevitable that the train of thought lead to Carine Roitfeld. Since her announcement of leaving French Vogue last December, the fashion world was abuzz with speculation of who will take the helm at the highly influential (yet not so highly selling) Paris edition of one of the world's most famous magazines.


She stated that she was leaving to pursue personal projects that were close to her heart; and with Tom Ford having special guest edited Carine's final issue, it's lead people to think that perhaps she was to go back to working with Gucci's rescusitator, throwing back to the day when he, she and Mario Testino were a holy trinity.


Amongst all this of course, are rumors abounding that she was fired, and naturally, speculation on who will replace her, who at this stage seems likely to be Emmanuelle Alt, with an announcement apparently pending next week.


I stumbled across this little documentary on Carine just recently from 2009 (I think), where she addresses the rumors of replacing Anna Wintour at American Vogue in a case of art imitating life imitating art. It's an interesting little look into Carine's world, both professional and personal, complete with short clips of what the people closest to her have to say about the French Editrix; including her own children (Vladimir and Julia) as well as some of fashion's usual high end suspects like Tom Ford, Karl Lagerfeld and Marc Jacobs. There's also a cool behind the scenes-ish look at a couture shoot with Patrick Demarchelier shot at an Agricultural Show.


Carine is, undeniably, a fiercely powerful visionary. Where is she going to turn those smokey eyes to next? Check the doco in three parts below:


Carine Roitfeld Revealed on CNN part 1



Carine Roitfeld Revealed on CNN part 2


Carine Roitfeld Revealved on CNN part 3

Bondage Warriors by Steven Klein
by Steven Klein


So last week it was Rihanna in Vogue Italia that had us a-buzz, and this week, it's the smokin' male Bondage Warriors of Vogue Hommes Japan.




Incidentally, both editorials were shot by Steven Klein who, as NYMAG put it, is the fashion world's current superstar and has become so by "understanding how to be transgressive and commercial at the same time".




I know this word has totally been overkilled and clichéd (yeah yeah, guilty as charged over here) but there really is no other word to describe this editorial styled by Nicola Formichetti. Yes. Fierce. The strength, yet oddly submissive qualities of these shots are only mildly disconcerting and mostly just fierce (particularly my favourite, the pole dancer); perhaps because the subjects are beautiful men rather than women. Anyway. Just sit back and admire. Artistically of course.




Rihanna in Vogue Italia
Cover girl!


Girl is so. Freakin'. Fierce. You've perhaps seen the cover floating around the interwebs already, but check some more of the rest of the spread in the gallery below. Totally gratuitous, but I couldn't help but post it.


Blue Ri-Ri





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