We have extended the deadline for ASVOFF 9 to September 30th. Please go to www.asvoff.com click submit and download the submission form. Follow instructions, do not send a film, just the vimeo link. Once filled out please send your submission form to: email@example.com.
Our friend Bruce LaBruce has just announced a collaboration with the artist Damien Blottiere and the apparel brand PAOM. Damien Blottiere's collages using film stills, photographs, movie posters and polaroids for the graphics. There are 20 unisex pieces produced by the online platform for clothingcustomization, Print All Over Me and timed to launch at the same time as LaBruce's solo retrospective show FAGGOTRY at Lethal Amounts Gallery in Los Angeles.
NORWEGIAN RAIN has collaborated with ALLY CAPELLINO to create 'the waterproof bag" and we all know, no one knows how to protect yourself and your belongings better from the rain than our friends at NORWEGIAN RAIN. The collaboration combines their take on urban coolness using NORWEGIAN RAIN'S trademark Japanese recycled PET fabric, taped seams and weatherproof zips with ALLY CAPELLINO"S luxurious details such as Italian bridle leather straps and trims.
NYC is counting down for fashion week and part of the current political campaign is futurising - isn’t it? I hope the new president will help contemporary designers to finally climb and be recognized, and not become a huge brand as their market is mostly represented. No candidate has mentioned yet how fertile and promising the American ground for fashion is looking in the coming four years. How are those mono-thinker fashionistas supposed to make suitable choices without this information? We will help them out!
The rings are exotic and so is the designer, New York based, raised in Honolulu, Hawaii the designer Bliss Lau ilaunched her career with her body chains that were worn on the skin, under the clothes or on top of them. For the past few years Bliss has concentrated on fine jewelry and pictured above are her ceremony rings. No worries, the body chains continue to evolve along with the collection.
Ceremony rings, illuminate ring, Mirage, Acute Reflection Ring and the Minimalist Ring.
On my only trip to Dubai, so far, I was interviewed by Butheina Kazim, the co-founder of Cinema Akil as part of the Fashion Forward Dubai Design District event. We had a great connection and it was the beginning of a new friendship. I asked her on the spot to join the ASVOFF 8 jury at Centre Pompidou in Paris, she accepted, we met in Paris for ASVOFF8 and then again at the ASVOFF Cannes event this past May. Today she is 32 and what a past not to mention her incredible future. Happy Birthday my friend.
"As a kid I dreamed of being an artist. My grandmother Bluma always encouraged me to be creative- to collage and draw. She was my muse and teacher and always provided the loving inspiration I needed to feel confident in my artistic pursuits. Spending time with her, watching old movies, and looking at the glamorous women all dressed up in her old scrapbooks informed my ideas about style and personal expression. At eight-years-old I began to draw a series of “Fancy Lady” drawings inspired by grandmother’s world.
Grear Patterson has his first solo show at the Project opening August 20th and continues till September 18th. Patterson's mixed media works explore pop-culture, imagery and the processes of perception.
Following the international success of his project “FACELESS,” artist and curator Bogomir Doringer returns to the MuseumsQuartier Wien with a new exhibition: “AJNHAJTCLUB” (until Sep 4) explores the guestworker phenomenon. The exhibition shows this phenomenon in full color, complete with animated 3D avatars, modern folklore, interactive performances and contemporary interventions.
Some of you might remember that I've lost almost all of my archives from back in the day when I was a fashion designer for my own brand. I recently re-connected with Victoria Cohen who used to have a shop in NYC called Style Council. I think she was 19 or something like that and she bought my collection. This was exclusively in NYC at her shop.
This morning I read and watched two fantastic posts by Alex Czetwertynski on takeit.to.
Suzanna Ginczanka was a Poloish writer that wrote verses that mocked the rampant antisemitism of pre-war Poland and although Alex does not speak Polish he managed to convey her verse in both images and sound and he tells you all about that process.
I cannot think of a better reason for wanting to speak German. Imagine Douglas Sirk and Rainer Werner Fassbinder...what a perfect duo considering the influence Sirk had on Fassbinder and more recently on Todd Haynes.
Anyway, if you speak German, this is perfect for you.
This short movie has been shot near Inverness in Scotland in 2013 on Super 8 film. The footage reveals the mystery of Boleskine House, a mansion on the shore of Loch Ness notable for having been the home of Aleister Crowley and Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page which, currently, has no access to public, moreover, it has almost been destroyed by the fire in 2015.
In the year that she would have turned 90, De Nieuwe Kerk will reflect on a great style icon: Marilyn Monroe. From October 1 until February 5 2017, the exhibition about her life and legacy, including numerous personal items from her house at 5th Helena Drive in Brentwood, California, can be visited.
A re-post of my chat with Pascale Montandon=Jodorowsky the day after the screening of Endless Poetry in Cannes. Also a few snap shots from my visit to the home of the Jodorowsky's for a tea and an image from my tribute to Alejandro Jodorowsky at ASVOFF7 Centre Pompidou. Photo by Christian Tarro Toma.
Yesterday I visited a new French brand TOKEN. The collection is a mix of streetwear and more precious techniques and focusing on stage wear with lots of gold and shiny pieces. Grace Jones, Michael Jackson, Freddie Mercury are all represented in the 80's spirit of the collection.
This is three decades old, the beginning of David La Chapelle's photography career. Interview Magazine commissioned him to shoot, I guess we were 'nouvelle couture' NYC style. In the 80's Billy Beyond and Josh Jordan use to have the "Disco Modeling School", this was the beginning of 'Voguing'.
I'm really sick of all this shit happening in France right now and the situation we're all in. Tonight after a usual dinner with my friends comfortably numb sharing our points of view about where is this country going I asked myself what I am doing to change it? The answer was really not much. French people always have the best ideas to change the world but there will always be a strike to prevent us from doing it ;)
It is a rare moment when I can feel tall. When those moments arrive...a document must take place. I have been having fun working on my style evolution page on the new media sharing platform: takeit.to. It is a great professional tool for creatives but it is also fun to trace the development of your style. Yours probably will change much more than mine...
You all know David Szeto for his beautiful clothes, I have been wearing his custom made skirts for a very long time. No one cuts like Szeto and now he takes that same philosophy and puts it into his collection of shoes, comfort and beauty. Nothing worse than a beautiful shoe that puts you into a bucket of tears. Szeto makes shoes with your comfort in mind but not to the exclusion of beauty and originality.
Don't worry, his is not giving up designing clothes, next season you will find both in his collection.
I'll take any excuse to schlep out to EUR—the chic Roman suburb that began as Mussolini's vision of a New Rome in the 1930s—and a Fendi fur exhibit is as good a reason as any. As you've probably read, Fendi moved their corporate offices from the Palazzo Fendi, in the center of Rome, to the Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana (Palace of Labor Civilization), possibly one of the most famous examples of Fascist architecture in Rome. I've been a champion of what is commonly referred to as the "square coliseum" ever since I was taken there, in 2001, by a Colombian Marxist whom I met at the Europa Multiclub gay sauna. This was during a time when the building seemed all but abandoned, and Romans referred to it disparagingly as "the Swiss cheese."
Rome is the kind of city where, just when you think you've seen it all, you suddenly find yourself in a secret subterranean auditorium, or a remarkably preserved Roman house from the 3rd century A.D., or a lavish aristocratic garden tucked away in the otherwise baleful domain of Termini. Organized by Alta Roma, this TALE(nt) of ROME tour was the logical extension of this season's Grand Tour exhibition staged by A.I. Artisanal Intelligence. As we hopscotched across the centuries, we eventually landed in the 20th century (the idyllic 1920s) for a compelling display of 21st-century fashion designs ingeniously juxtaposed with airplane fuselages and hulking, strangely beautiful industrial machines.
I'm happy to tell you that one of the most profound and thought provoking films is coming to you, if you live in the UK. Laura Albert aka JT Leroy is a friend. This image is when we met in Paris about 5 years ago. I saw the film in Paris at the Champs Elysee Film Festival and the chance to meet the director Jeff Feuerzeig. The film played in the Sundance Film Festival in 2016. I highly recommend you go out and see it.
Summer in Rome, during Alta Roma, means that one minute you're indulging in toothsome canapes in the lush, verdant garden of the Dutch ambassador to Italy before being shuttled to the other side of the city by your driver and deposited before the gates of an imposing palace which is heavily guarded by swarthy hunks brandishing big guns. And for a moment, you fear—to paraphrase Ronnie "Z-Man" Barzell—that the portcullis will bar your entrance to Elsinore.