Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Year to you...

xx.

Platform

SHOP/FASHION::FILIPPA K OPENS IN SAN FRANCISCO

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The Scandinavian label opens its first US store and exceeds expectations with minimalist and comfy designs yet utterly chic clothing. Filippa Knutsson, the designer behind the label says she chose San Francisco because the city's "sense of integrity and respect for nature appealed to her."

OFFICIAL SITE::FILIPPA K 66 KEARNY STREET SAN FRANCISCO CA

MV::KEITH SCHOFIELD DIRECTS CSS "MOVE"

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CSS, the ├╝ber cool band from Brazil goes back to their roots in this newest video directed by Keith Schofield of Streetgang Films. Shot in Sao Paulo, the band goes on a crazy polaroid picture-taking excursion while dancing and wearing funky duds in desolate alley ways.

VIEW::QUICKTIME
ARTIST::CSS
TRACK::MOVE
DIRECTOR::KEITH SCHOFIELD
PROD.CO::STREETGANG FILMS

FASHION/MEN::TIMBERLAND, IS THAT YOU?

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Now this is quite the departure from The Timberland Boot Company's usual ghetto-thug'ish style bootwear. But it seems like they're catching on to the newest trend of vintage workman boots and their popularity amongst the male fashionista community.

BUY::AVAILABLE AT OAK NYC $375

PARTY/VIDEO::BLACKBOOK'S "HOW TO MIX THE BEST NEW YEAR'S EVE COCKTAILS"



Here's a mini-tutorial for all those in dire need of some cocktail mixing skills (ehem..me). Courtesy of BlackBook

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

SONG OF THE WEEK::DEPARTMENT OF EAGLES "NO ONE DOES IT LIKE YOU"

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This week, let's enjoy Daniel Rossen's (of Grizzly Bear) newest venture, Department of Eagles. In actuality, it's really not his newest venture because he's been writing for DOE since his college years at NYU with former roommate Fred Nicolaus. Like Grizzly Bear, Rossen and his bandmate flex the same melodic harmonizing whilst paying homage to an older sounding era.

This track "No One Does It Like You" is off their newest album, In Ear Park.

Enjoy!

OFFICIAL SITE::DEPARTMENT OF EAGLES

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

::HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM PLATFORM::



My all time favorite holiday video.

Happy holidays!

xx.

Platform

ART/FILM::JENNIFER AND KEVIN MCCOY'S "I'LL REPLACE YOU"



Jennifer and Kevin McCoy are multimedia artists, currently exhibiting their newest work, I'll Replace You, at Postmasters Gallery. Their work examines the genres and conventions of filmmaking as they've enlisted fifty actors to display their day to day tasks and how their roles as artists, parents, spouses, and friends fit into their lives. The show, which opened Nov. 22, will be on view until Jan. 10th.

MORE INFO::JENNIFER AND KEVIN MCCOY

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

READ::GUS VAN SANT IN INTERVIEW MAGAZINE

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In the new issue of Interview, writer Armistead Maupin gets a few words with Milk director, Gus Van Sant. He talks about what lead him to the making of the film, starring Sean Penn as Harvey Milk, that chronicles the story of the first openly gay person to be elected to a public office in the United States, when he took his post on the San Francisco board of city supervisors in January 1977.

READ::GUS VAN SANT

Monday, December 22, 2008

FASHION/VIDEO::SHOWSTUDIO LAUNCHES FASHION FILM "CHRYSALIS"

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Initially shot for Dazed Japan's January issue, SHOWstudio's Jez Tozer showcases the six stages of love and beauty in his accompanying video for the 'Hounds of Love' editorial. The result is an airy capsule of moving images that define the Spring/Summer 2009 collection(s).

Fashion by Yves Saint Laurent, Givenchy Homme and the refined barbarism of Christopher Kane. -SHOWstudio

VIEW::CHRYSALIS

FASHION/BUY::LIMITED ACNE/LANVIN COLLECTION NOW AVAILABLE AT ACNE STUDIO, NY

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Acne + Lanvin = a very exciting collaboration.

"Juxtaposing the elegance of Lanvin's couture legacy with the dauntless work-wear aesthetic that has inspired Acne for a decade, this collection is set to appeal to women and men of all ages".

MORE INFO::ACNE STUDIO 10 GREENE STREET NEW YORK NY 10012

SONG OF THE WEEK::GLASSER "APPLY"

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Platform's Song of the Week is finally back up and running! (view in upper-right corner).

West Coast artist, Glasser, is a fuse of melodic vocals that sing in a chant-like tone, occasionally hiccuping to emphasize the beats. Don't deny the urge to close your eyes and sway from side to side...I didn't.

ARTIST SITE::GLASSER

Friday, December 19, 2008

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Between ’07 and ’08, I practically stumbled over the most overused term heard around New York: Gentrification (particularly as I am a Brooklyn resident). Now, in the throws of a recession, I predict “because of the economy” will be the term of ’09. Not in a depressing way, of course - but rather in a conscious consumer-saving way. Because of the economy we can’t afford all the luxurious accoutrements some of us were so conditioned to buying at our disposal: travel, designer accessories, anything plausible within our lifestyle. But before we throw in the towel, I have listed Platform must-haves for the holiday, putting the economic downturn on the backburner, even if it’s just for the rest of ’08.

Enjoy!

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CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN PUMPS (CONTACT SALES FOR PRICING)

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CRITERION ESSENTIAL ART HOUSE VOL.1: $99.95

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JCREW, WHO KNEW?

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TASCHEN: LENI RIEFENSTAHL "AFRICA" $4000

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DESIGN PUBLIC IPOD ALARM CLOCK $199

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KORNER SWAROVSKI CRYSTAL SKINCARE 390 (EUROS) AT COLETTE

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STRIDA FOLDING BIKE $550 & UP

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MARIA BERRIO PAINTING (CONTACT SELLER)

Thursday, December 18, 2008

ART/MUSIC::SPECIAL SCREENING OF EARLY MUSIC VIDEOS BY DAVID BOWIE AT MOMA

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David Bowie is nothing short of an innovator and icon. His videos in the early 80s gained him recognition as an experimentalist with a keen sense for self-expression. Frequently collaborating with photographer and filmmaker Mick Rock, (best known for his photos of 70s glam and punk icons Iggy Pop, Queen, the Ramones, and Lou Reed), he influenced a culture both musically and visually.

Moma (Museum of Modern Art)) will host a special screening of Bowie's early videos tomorrow night that showcase his colorful videos that will surely leave you wanting more.

MORE INFO::DAVID BOWIE @ MOMA

MUSIC::KARIN DREIJER ANDERSSON (OF THE KNIFE) TALKS ABOUT HER SOLO PROJECT, FEVER RAY

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As a devoted listener of The Knife, I was ecstatic to learn that lead vocalist Karin Dreijer was planning her debut as a solo artist. Fever Ray is all her own and she gave listeners a sneak peek earlier last month with a sound-byte from her single "If I Had a Heart". Interview Magazine got a few words from the enigmatic artist, who says the name Fever Ray came from holding out her hand and touching the sound waves of what she had done and it felt like a Fever Ray—a beam of fever...

OFFICIAL SITE::FEVER RAY

IMAGE::BARACK OBAMA, THE COLLEGE YEARS

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Time Person of the Year 2008 is none other than President-elect Barack Obama. The candid pictures accompanying the article were taken while he was attending Occidental College in 1980, when a budding photographer by the name of Lisa Jack asked Obama if she could take some black and white photos of him, to which he obligingly replied yes.

FULL ARTICLE::TIME MAGAZINE

FASHION::SEVEN NEW YORK AUTUMN/WINTER SALE 35-50% OFF

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The progressive New York store is having their annual A/W sale. Great deals on

1TO3
APRIL 77
GARETH PUGH
BERNHARD WILLHELM
BLESS
BRUNO PIETERS
B STORE
CNEEON

and more...


MORE INFO::SEVEN NEW YORK

Friday, December 12, 2008

IMAGERY::PIERRE DEBUSSCHERE

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Sometimes in life, you just need to look at a beautiful photo in order to realize how many wonderful things there are in the world to appreciate. Photographer Pierre Debusschere's photos evoke the kind of feeling of being present when you're not. It's the way the air looks, crisp and clammy at the same time. His work moves from personal photography to the more mainstream world of fashion. A talent, no doubt, Debusschere's photos ignite a feeling of tranquility and familiarity.

OFFICIAL SITE::PIERRE DEBUSSCHERE

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

MV/DIRECTOR LOOKOUT::JON LEONE



For a director like Jon Leone, it’s surprising to learn that he once worked for Playboy. “I shot and edited video. Trust me, I did not seek that out. A family friend is the Editor-in-Chief and I was bribed. Well, not exactly…but anyway...I was young!”. Leone doesn’t dwell too much on that experience though. Instead, he’s steadily moving forward working with bands like Animal Collective, White Williams, and Ariel Pink.

He recently posted his reel on his JON LEONE website, where music videos for aforementioned bands are featured as well as videos for Beach House, Dungen, Priestbird, a promo for Pitchfork.com, and a party projection excerpt for The New Yorker. His style is completely independent from current directors whose work revolves around campy and 80s style references. But instead, Leone transcends the literalness of vocals and instead creates moody imagery that is all his own.

Currently unsigned, Leone is working on video projects and shooting independently.

MORE INFO::JON LEONE
PROD.CO::UNSIGNED



IMAGE/FASHION::STEVEN MEISEL'S RISQUE LAYOUT FINDS A HOME AT V MAGAZINE

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Initially meant to be featured in Italian Vogue, transgressive photographer Steven Meisel's layout was deemed to racy for the Euro magazine. Instead, the layout was bought by V and is featured in their newest issue - completely uncensored.

VIEW::STEVEN MEISEL FOR V MAGAZINE

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

FASHION/READ::T MAGAZINE FEATURES THE RE-INVENTIVE WORLD OF KARL LAGERFELD

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T Magazine's Profile in Style column takes a viewer inside the enviable and inspirational world of Lagerfeld real estate. The famed designer recently bought an 1840s home in Vermont, which he is currently revamping to his liking. His affinity for high design reaches far beyond clothing and into the world of interior makeovers - a total of 20 residencies to date. With each new purchase, he takes on a whirlwind of renovations, creating each home as a haven of beauty.

His friend, photographer Helmut Newton put it best when he said "Little Karl, the clairvoyant, who brings the future to us".

READ::T MAGAZINES PROFILE IN STYLE, KARL LAGERFELD

FASHION/EVENTS::DIANE VON FURSTENBERG SAMPLE SALE THIS WEEK

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Get ready to fight New York fashionistas for some major DVF deals at their sample sale this week. Dresses, sportswear, and knits are all up to 75 percent off and new merchandise will arrive throughout the week. The sale ends this Saturday.

OFFICIAL SITE:: DIANE VON FURSTENBERG

EVENTS/NY::CHARLES BUKOWSKI TRIBUTE AT CORNELIA STREET CAFE, NY

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Three Rooms Press and Cornelia Street Cafe Present: SON OF A PONY READING SERIES 2ND ANNUAL CHARLES BUKOWSKI TRIBUTE READING.

At this tribute reading, anyone is welcome to bring their favorite Bukowski poem, or read an original poem that was inspired by Bukowski. They'll be showing videos of Bukowski, plus giving away his books and other prizes. Plus a select number of readers including Host Kat Georges, and poets Peter Carlaftes, Angelo Verga and Ryan Buynak will bring Bukowski poems to life in four very unique ways.

"Doors open at 5:45. Admission is $7 which includes (naturally) a free drink! Arrive early to sign up on the reading list, or just come and enjoy the fun. Cornelia Street Cafe is at 29 Cornelia Street, in the West Village, between W. 4th Street at Bleecker."

MORE INFO::CORNELIA STREET CAFE

Saturday, December 6, 2008

BOOKS::PETER BEARD'S COLLECTION OF IMAGES FROM TASCHEN

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New York born artist Peter Beard, is widely known for his mix media images featuring models, mostly naked, in the African outback.

"Photographer, collector, diarist, and writer of books, Peter Beard has fashioned his life into a work of art; the illustrated diaries he kept from a young age evolved into a serious career as an artist and earned him a central position in the international art world"

As a major figure in the art world in the 70s, he made diaries with Andy Warhol, was painted on by Salvador Dali, and toured with Truman Capote and The Rolling Stones.

His book, available through Taschen publications, is a documentation of his travels and affinity for safari landscape.

BUY::TASCHEN/BEARD AVAILABLE $100

MUSIC::THE KNIFE COMPOSES "TOMORROW, IN A YEAR" OPERA FOR HOTEL PRO FORMA IN DENMARK

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Musical duo, The Knife, has recently been invited to write and compose an opera for Danish performance house, Hotel Pro Forma.

The opera, titled Tomorrow, in a Year, explores English naturalist Charles Darwin’s perception of nature and time. A performance of evolution and change, of transformation and mutation. One that does not deal with Darwin but acts like Darwin. "The Swedish music group creates completely new compositions that challenge the conventional conception of opera. The form is experimental and exploratory" (Hotel Pro Forma press release). The opera is set to play sometime in 2009. That just might be reason enough to take a trip to the Nordic country.

MORE INFO::HOTEL PRO FORMA
OFFICIAL SITE::THE KNIFE

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

MEDIA/NEWS::ACNE ONLINE REVAMPS WEBSITE

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Swedish art collective, ACNE, reemerges with a clean and modern site that showcases their company's vast areas of interests, including: Acne Advertising, Acne Digital, Acne Film, Acne Paper, Acne Jr, Acne Studios, and Acne Art Department. The site's opening, which includes a "Welcome to the Acne Family" screen and an image of their entire fashionable staffing that makes all the divisions success possible, stays true to the content and accessibility to peruse their sleek site.

OFFICIAL SITE::ACNE
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