Friday, April 23, 2010

Design // Interiors Now!


Kickoff your weekend with a little design inspiration, courtesy of Taschen books! Another add to the coffee table "wish list".


Fashion // Très Chic & Earth Friendly


What better way to recognize Earth Week than to highlight fashionable and earth-friendly finds.

"At Matières à Réflexion, in the Haut Marais, the partners Laetitia Azpiroz and Cyrille Railliet transform old leather duds into cool new bags. They first got the idea of giving worn goods new life six years ago during a visit to Africa. Noticing the volume of clothing that was recycled there out of necessity, they brought home the inspiration and added a French touch, creating a collection that now encompasses more than 40 styles. You can commission your own unique piece (A red leather clutch? Pourquoi pas?) or select from soft, seasonal models like the current Flat series, smallish shoulder bags of slightly metallic patinas embellished with chains and tassels, or the more utilitarian UrbanBags, which are made from brown or black leather jackets and patched with denim or army canvas."

SHOP::Matières à réflexion

Thursday, April 22, 2010

MV // Jamie Harley Directs How To Dress Well "Decisions" Feat. Yüksel Arslan

This visual stunner takes a glimpse into the world of Mardi Gras and the tribal traditions that come along with it.


Platform Sale Rack // H&M Charity Drive

H&M will host a clothing donation drive in honor of Earth Day named Clothes for Kids in all of its stores that carry the kids' collection. Donations of gently worn clothing will be accepted and donated to the Boys and Girls Club across America. Customers who make a donation will receive a coupon for 20 percent off a future H&M purchase from the children's collection. Through 4/28. Th–W. Various hours and locations.

Imagery // Hedi Slimane Takes On Coachella


For more, visit // Hedi Slimane

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Song of the Month // Battles "Atlas"


You may recognize this one from the Warp, All Tomorrow's Party trailer. It just stuck in my head! Enjoy.



Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Interiors // Art & Rural Alabama Collide On This Modern Compound

Self-taught artist and home builder, Butch Anthony, sought out to make the quintessential country escape with a contemporary-modern twist. With wooden moldings accentuated by Anthony's thoughtful art works along with his partner and mother of his four year old daughter, Natalie Chanin's embroidery, it all came together to create this self-contained universe. Anthony, who is also host of the Doo Nanny art fair - similar to Burning Man - considers his home an atmospheric turf created all on his.

Documentarian, Les Blank, who describes Anthony as a "national treasure" has been filming him for the past 12 years in an attempt to showcase his undeniable talent to build homes.

"Like a medieval village, Butch Anthony’s 80-acre family compound is a self-contained universe, and every inch of it is an expression of his prodigious creative spirit. It makes a tempting destination for folk art aficionados, as well as the sort of art world tourists who’ve already ticked Marfa, Tex., or Joshua Tree, in the California desert, off their lists."

Read on...

Warp Films Presents: All Tomorrow's Parties

We are so excited about this.

Warp Films has released a 10 minute clip of their film, All Tomorrow's Parties, a documentary about the music festival featuring Belle & Sebastian, Animal Collective, Portishead, Grizzly Bear, Daniel Johnston, Battles, and many more. The film is currently screening throughout the U.S. and will be available for purchase in the upcoming weeks.

Watch the film - you'll know exactly how we feel.


Tuesday, April 13, 2010

MV // Jon Miller Directs The Press "Jellyfish Wrangler"


Gas masks, sparklers, and a lofty warehouse space filled with enough fluorescent light fixtures to make Dan Flavin jealous, turn out to be the perfect visual formula for the equally enticing ballad, Jellyfish Wrangler, performed by Brooklyn-based band, The Press.

The song for the video comes off The Press’ newly released album, INTEOTWIJTEOAE. And the video, directed by seasoned cinematographer Jon Miller, is sure to get the attention of music video goers and fans alike.


The Press is currently touring with The Gay Blades throughout the U.S. and Canada. For more information on dates, visit their Myspace .

MV // Gia Coppola Shoots The Like For Zac Posen's Target Collection

It runs in the family. Talent, that is.

The next Coppola to take to the camera is budding filmmaker, Gia Coppola, daughter of Francis Ford Coppola's eldest son, Gian-Carlo Coppola. And in this video, albeit at the ripe age of 23, Gia proves she can hold rank amongst her cinematically talented lineage.

"Zac Posen's new collection with Target is aimed at a younger girl—the designer describes it as “the best summer of a girl’s life”—so when the time came to make a little video teasing the range, he called one up. Posen and Gia Coppola—who also lensed the recent Opening Ceremony teaser video—first met when Posen traveled to L.A. for a trunk show; Coppola, then 14, and her friend Natalie Love (the daughter of Teen Vogue’s Lisa Love) showed him around the city. Now 23, Coppola is trying her hand at the family business—and not the winemaking one. “She’s going to be the next Coppola force to be reckoned with,” Posen insists. “They just genetically, aesthetically, have something—they’re able to capture magic.”

Fashion // Alexander Wang Gang


Right out of Parsons, designer Alexander Wang, 2008 winner of the coveted CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America/Vogue Fashion Fund Award), was quickly ranked amongst the fashion elite, gaining reputable notice sure to give him longevity in an industry that very rarely uses the term.

In the current issue of Interview, Wang and his mentor Diane Von Furstenburg gab about everything from how he rejected Furstenburg (read on) to his inspirations and future projections for the house of Wang.


Platform Sale Rack // Elie Tahari Sample Sale, Tomorrow (NYC)


Menswear, womenswear, shoes, and handbags are 70 to 80 percent off at the Elie Tahari sample sale. The black jersey jeweled halter dress is $129 (originally $698), the long chocolate-brown leather jacket is $279 (originally $1,198), and the metallic leather sandals with beaded detailing are $99 (originally $498). Through 4/17. 510 Fifth Ave., nr. 43rd St. (212-398-2622); T–F (8:30–7:30), S (10–5).



I can definitely attest to the fact that I rarely "follow" shows on TV, through my lack of knowledge and inability to understand Lost references, among others. But if I had to pick a show to follow, I believe 9 By Design, which premieres tonight, would be it.

"Artsy downtown couple Bob and Cortney Novogratz, who gut-renovate dilapidated city buildings and transform them into multimillion-dollar homes, are set to star in "9 by Design," a Bravo reality show premiering April 13th that chronicles their chaotic Manhattan life where real estate is the constant family drama".


Thursday, April 8, 2010

MV // Legs Directs Florence & The Machine "Dog Days Are Over"

This video gets our attention for sheer uniqueness alone, as well as for optimal lighting and costuming.


Do You Know How We Feel About Tilda Swinton?


Tilda is one of those women who influences and provokes thought, i.e. how are you so cool, woman?

Therefore, a little Q&A with fashionista-slash-Platform inspiration, courtesy of AnOther Magazine.

The AnOther Proust Questionnaire | Tilda Swinton

In anticipation of this week's UK release of Luca Guadagnino’s film I am Love starring Tilda Swinton, which showed at the Sundance Film festival earlier this year to critical acclaim, Jefferson Hack asked the award-winning and uncompromising actress to reveal herself in 21 responses.

What are you thinking of right now?
Where are my warm stockings for the morning?

What makes you laugh?
My children’s plays – invariably – especially the ones involving beards.

What makes you cry?
Bagpipes when abroad.

What do you consider to be the greatest invention?

Do you have a mentor or inspirational figure who has guided or influenced you?
My paternal grandmother.

Where do you feel most at home?
In bed.

Where are you right now?
In bed.

What is your proudest achievement in work?
My collaborative relationships.

What is your proudest achievement in life?
Pretty bottomless curiosity.

What do you most dislike about contemporary culture?
Industrially sanctioned unkindness.

What do you most like about the age we live in?
Digital access to over a century of world cinema

At what points do life and work intersect?
At what points do they depart?

What’s the best advice you’ve been given?
Never to be jealous.

What is the biggest risk you’ve ever taken?
Having children.

Recommend a book or poem that has changed your perspective on life.
Great Expectations.

What is your earliest childhood memory?
Trees from my pram.

What’s the most important relationship in your life?
That with my invisible friend.

What’s the most romantic action you’ve taken?
Continuing to love him who was once sick on my head.

What’s the most spiritual action you’ve taken?
Having children.

If you could wish for one change in the world what would it be?
Compulsory monthly mudslides for all.

If you could add one question to this project questionaire what would it be?
If you had a word tattoed on the underside of your top lip, what would it be?

Jefferson Hack is the publisher and editor-in-chief of AnOther Magazine, AnOther Man and Dazed & Confused

Film // Marco Ferreri's Dillinger Is Dead


Here's a noteworthy add to the Criterion DVD "must buy" collection list: Marco Ferreri's, Dillinger Is Dead.

"In this magnificently inscrutable late-sixties masterpiece, Marco Ferreri, one of European cinema’s most idiosyncratic auteurs, takes us through the looking glass to one seemingly routine night in the life of an Italian gas mask designer, played, in a tour de force performance, by New Wave icon Michel Piccoli. In his claustrophobic mod home, he pampers his pill-popping wife, seduces his maid, and uncovers a gun that may have once been owned by John Dillinger—and then things get even stranger. A surreal political missive about social malaise, Dillinger Is Dead (Dillinger è morto) finds absurdity in the mundane. It is a singular experience, both illogical and grandly existential."

Put it on my tab.


Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Film // Michel Gondry Directs The Thorn In The Heart


Director Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) has done it once again...except this time, he's turning the camera inwardly and giving viewers a glimpse into the family life of a man critics claimed, time and time again, as a cinematic genius.

The film, centers around the relationship between two characters: Gondry's aunt, Suzette Gondry and her son, Jean-Yves Gondry. And although the plot line is rather simple, mainly capturing the day-to-day actions between mother and son, Michel uses his camera to explore their relationship in a subtle and sensitive way, as new family stories are unearthed.

"Gondry’s newest film, THE THORN IN THE HEART (L'Epine dans le Coeur), further propels his filmography into the realm of the unvisted with a personal look at the life of Gondry family matriarch, his aunt Suzette Gondry, and her relationship with her son, Jean—Yves. Michel examines Suzette’s years as a schoolteacher and her life in rural France."

THE THORN IN THE HEART had its world premiere screening in the official selection at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival."

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