Month: February 2016

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// FLEUR // a photo editorial by Anaïck Crozon

We put on our faux-sex coats / Flooded lungs grafted to our ribs / Girls in phagocyted dresses / With whiskey throats / In dislocated rhythms / Men with tobacco voices / And baroque hair / My cigarette’s medulla ablaze The pomegranate resonates as / We bite into its meat / The cloudy ceiling melts on your face / Pearly as semen now canonical / Now fragmented now teratological God, we were more glorious last night / We looked so much better seen  / Through the looking-glass —poem “Fêtes Galantes” by  Gabriel Kunst, Photography Anaïck Crozon, stylist & casting Rhona Ezuma, makeup Lara Himpelmann, hair Issac Poleon, Model Fleur at M+P Models, stylist assistant Christelle Rogers  Jumpsuit SUPERSWEET X MOUMI Top MINKI CHENG, skirt PULLA, trainers K- SWISS Coat MONKI, dress TO BE ADORED, skirt stylist’s own, trainers K-SWISS Top AK STUDIOS, trousers GYO YUNI KIMCHOE Zip shirt stylist’s own, dress TO BE ADORED  

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The Pop and the Personal. Radiation City – “Synesthetica” LP review

Food Writer Regan Hoffmann posted a tweet in February, as part of the “music writing exercise” #mwe hashtag campaign, speaking on The Carpenter’s “A Song For You”: “I’m finally able to look past the offputting sugary arrangements to understand how dark Karen Carpenter was. #mwe” Much of the most timeless Pop music flirts with darkness. From the sexual exploits of Led Zeppelin, to the “watching-a-train-wreck-as-its-happening” voyeurism of Amy Winehouse’s career, we seem to prefer our sweetness with a little bit of the bitter. Historically, much of this darkness is implied, behind the scenes – from Stevie Nicks’ cocaine enemas to Karen Carpenter’s tragic eating disorders to the expat bacchanalia of the Rolling Stones Exile On Main Street. We find out, after the fact, all manner of disturbing, fascinating details. Maybe it’s because we’ve had nearly 100 years of eccentric pop stars. We’ve learned to peel back the shiny outer layer, looking for a scoop, some kind of narrative to hang a batch of songs on. Something juicy. Many of today’s pop artists realize this fact, and …

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Pillar Point – Dove (Music Video)

Dove is a dance music video about desire and betrayal shot throughout the streets and markets of Bogotá, Colombia. The story begins as our hero realizes her lover has left – and stolen her prize bird. We took Pillar Point’s seductive soundtrack as inspiration and worked with the sensational Vogue artist Kia Labeija to bring the story to life. —Jacob Krupnick “Dove” appears on Pillar Point’s full-length album, Marble Mouth. Available at polyvinylrecords.com/marblemouth. Dancers: Kia Labeija (as Dove) Taina Larot (as Bird Thief) A Wild Combination Production Director, Producer, Editor: Jacob Krupnick (wildcombination.com) AD + Line Producer: Victoria Rivera Cinematographer: Soren Nielsen Additional Operator: Luke Taylor AC: Carlos Torres Colorist: Stormcrow Stylist & Wardrobe Design: E’KW=L Hair: Daniel Obed Taveras Title Design: Jen Mussari Special Thanks: Josefina Santos, Beto Cañon, Robespierre Rodriguez, Juan Sebastian Rivera

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The World’s Happiest President, José Mujica

It was almost a year ago when former Uruguayan leader José Mujica humbly stepped down and passed the presidential torch to Tabaré Vázquez after 5 faithful years in head of state. As sad as fans across the globe were to see him go, there is no doubt that he had a good run. José “Pepe” Mujica is many things. In the sixties he was a guerilla fighter and one of the leaders in Marxist group Tupamaro, inspired by the Cuban Revolution and opposing Uruguay’s ongoing military dictatorship. Then, he was a prisoner who spent 13 years of his life in solitary confinement, locked away under a well where he would share his crumbs with rats and talk to ants biding time. Mujica was released in 1985 when constitutional democracy was restored in the country and he vowed to change things once and for all. He was the Minister of Livestock, Agriculture and Fisheries until 2008 and then won the presidential election in 2009. Despite his remarkable story and international fame, above all Mujica is a …

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Walking Two Feet Above the Ground: DIIV – Is The Is Are, album review

Is The Is Are is a record born out of hardship and tumult. Coming four years behind Zachary Cole Smith’s breakout debut, Oshin, Is The Is Are describes the confusion & contradictions of stardom, addiction, early romance, dappled in shadows and clouds of reverbed guitar and distant vocals. From Smith’s own mouth, he will tell you much has changed in the last four years, and guitar music isn’t precisely en vogue at the moment, as he told Pitchfork during an interview, “Guitar music isn’t what people are talking about, and I don’t know if it’s 100 percent what the world needs, My ambitions are higher, of course, but I have to consider all options, because I don’t know what will happen.” So does the world need another distant, detached Dream Pop/New Wave romantic depressed shoegaze record? In this instance, the answer is absolutely yes. We need Smith’s voice. And not only for its redemptive powers, but also for describing the journey to the edge of night, along the way. It is tempting to talk about Is …

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Days in a Day, Amba Baker and Pia Priewe in some of the looks of the season

Poetry is the fact of finding a childhood mark (…) a baby watching alternately the moon through the window and then his dad’s face lighted up by the white light of his computer. All sort of the same magic, triggering a million baby dreams… Photographer Manuel Obadia-Wills at MOW Studio captures models Amba Baker and Pia Priewe at Supreme Management Paris on some of the key looks of the season, outfitted by Theophile Hermand, hair and make-up Camille Siguret. Words above inspired by 90s web art piece Days in a Day by Pierrick Calvez. Top J.W. ANDERSON Dress VERSACE Coat CARVEN, boots VERSACE Jacket VIVIENNE WESTWOOD, bra AGENT PROVOCATEUR Dress MARNI, socks & OTHER STORIES, shoes NICHOLAS KIRKWOOD Dress MARNI Coat CÉDRIC CHARLIER, pull over ACNE STUDIOS, trousers CARVEN Left to right, dress JEAN COLONNA, dress ACNE    

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Accepting No Defeat, about former French minister Christiane Taubira

On January 27th, French minister of Justice Christiane Taubira rode her bicycle home from a meeting with the president at Élysée Palace that morning, blowing a kiss farewell as she had no plans on returning to her job. “I left the government over a major political disagreement” Taubira said. “I am choosing to be true to myself, to my commitments, my battles and my relationships with other people.” The former minister is referring to the controversial new anti-terrorism proposals that stemmed after the November 13 Paris attacks, in which 130 people were murdered. Following the attack, President Hollande and Prime Minister Manuel Valls introduced plans of stripping French citizenship from dual-nationality citizens who were convicted of terrorism. [“Because French citizenship can be granted to those born on French soil, the country has many dual citizens who also have citizenship of former French colonies, often in north Africa. Under current law, only dual-national citizens who have been naturalized and acquired French citizenship less than 10 years before a convicted crime can be stripped of their French …

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Mirror for the Middle Class: Duane Hanson in Retrospect

Winning over the general public isn’t always a good thing in the art market, where popularity with the middle class frequently translates to poor sales among wealthy patrons and art collectors. So it’s fitting that the late sculptor Duane Hanson’s body of work is seeing a resurgence of interest just as the middle class — the subject of his life’s work — slowly erodes in the face of technological innovation and industrial automation. Brushed aside by the tastemakers of the seventies, Hanson’s startlingly life-like portrayals of average Americans have been called “achingly beautiful” by The Guardian, drawing comparisons to Edward Hopper and other classic realists. Editorial attention tends to play up the time-traveling effect the works have on the viewer. The appeal is part fashion tourism, part self-recognition. While the clothing choices are garish and the moments captured depressingly banal, the imortalization of seemingly meaningless moments is bound to resonate with the selfie generation (or the older generations trapped in it with us). Pieces like “Young Shopper” and “Tourists II” have a certain voyeuristic appeal, …

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Sunlight through deadened skies, Sia – “This Is Acting” album review

Today’s pop star – no matter what genre they’re working in – exists in a strange, contradictory limbo of expectations. In a world rife with Celebrity Instagrams, Twitter feeds, Facebook pages, blogs, vlogs, and Tumblrs, fans have come to expect a 24-hour voyeuristic glimpse into a star’s lives. High profile celebrity antics, broadcast across the world thanks to Social Media, and endless beefs seem to keep these big names permanently trending, and the cycle continues. The message seems to be that a certain amount of authenticity is expected of our pop stars. Those that step out of line, or toy with ideas of persona ala Lady Gaga or Lana Del Rey, can bring down a fiery rain of outrage and derision. Oddly enough, female musicians seem to suffer from this more than anybody. While somebody like The Weeknd can be almost applauded for “playing a character”, in a way pioneered and popularized by David Bowie in the ’70s, people seem to expect every single song written by a woman to be 100% autobiographical, that she …

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Valeria Petrone Plays With Witty Characters And Odd Situations To Create Fantastic Illustrations

The world of Valeria Petrone is filled with many characters. They animate the illustrations she draws for adults in magazines and for children in books. From men and women with big observant eyes to cats, dogs and birds casually striking a pose; the cast is deliciously enchanting and entertaining. The artist is an illustrator with many talents. She juggles from children’s books to serious editorials for magazines, newspapers and ad campaigns from Italy, the UK and the US. She keeps a humorous style whether she’s designing for an informative article or a playful story. Valeria Petrone is often commissioned to create an atmosphere to go along a text. Her methodology consists of letting her mind wander while reading the text. While doing so, images come to her mind.  She associates these snapshots to the words and then begins drawing. The set-up and characters express an idea or a feeling. We could imagine the entire story by only looking at the imagery. The main character is always put in a situation that makes us wonder about …