Archive for October, 2008
This week I watched a beautiful film by the genius Jean Renoir. Definitely my favorite film of his. Set in India, the perfect place for his first film in color, it is the story of 3 young girls coming of age. A story told in a way that anyone can relate to, and what great colors and scenery! The colors are AMAZING, the culture is amazing and it is so beautifully shot. This 1951 film is based on the novel by Rumer Godden, and is completely enchanting and such a beautiful way to explore another country and it’s culture. Check out a clip of the film showing the Diwali festival here
I really like the cleanness and simplicity of this new line called Duskin by designer Stephanie Tran. To find out more about this line check out her blog.
Mark Borthwick is one of my absolute favorite photographers, his use of light leaking into his photos is incredible – I wish it was easier to find more of his work online. Many of Vanessa Bruno’s beautiful ads have been shot by him and he has been featured in Purple’s last couple issues.
Aside from being a photographer, he is married to the incredible Maria Cornejo (what an amazing couple!) and is an artist who experiments with experiences that reach beyond just one field, from film maker, to chef, to experience maker.. if there was a photo/audio book documenting one of his incredible dinner party experiences, which sound amazing, I would buy it in a heartbeat. See and read more about his work here.
I discovered Abelardo Morell’s work years ago when I came across an Alice In Wonderland book that he did the photographic illustrations for. The bottom image which is not part of this exhibition, but is for an Art for Obama auction, reminds me of how the book itself was photographed within the Alice In Wonderland book, and relates back to this idea of an image inhabiting an another image’s space. Projecting onto spaces has been something I’ve found fascinating ever since I saw this White Stripes video by Michel Gondry. The idea of changing a tiny room by giving it an entirely new atmosphere through projecting is something for New Yorkers with tiny apartments to think about, a new way to transport yourself from your dark apartment with a view of nothing but an ugly building’s wall, to being able to feel as though you are anywhere in the world and beyond. Abelardo Morell’s show is on view till December 6th at Bonni Benrubi Gallery in New York.
via The Moment
Another small shop I love in downtown LA is Ooga Booga. Owner Wendy Yao curates a small but amazing collection of clothing, interesting objects, accessories, and rare and harder to find back issues of books, magazines and zines such as Here and There, Paperback and Purple Journal. Right now there is a special installation by Mary Ping of Slow and Steady Wins the Race. Wendy also has a pretty great webshop.
I had been waiting for so long to see the LIVE FOREVER Elizabeth Peyton exhibit at the New Museum and then sadly I moved, but if you are in New York, go see this show! This is her first major retrospective at a museum. Elizabeth Peyton’s portraits have such a personal feel and far more sentiment and character than you find in so many major artist’s work today. If you can’t make it to the New Museum you can still see a slide show and listen to an audio interview with Peyton and curator Laura Hoptman here.
As someone who created their own doll houses with great intricate details growing up, I find this piece by Rachel Whiteread very intriguing. Best known for her casts she creates of the negative space and absence of objects and places, this piece is unique to her work, in that they obviously are not casts, but are remnants of something past. I love that each one is wired to have the ability to light up on it’s own. To read more about her and this piece check out this article from the Guardian.
I finally had a chance to go visit the New High (M)art shop that opened up in Los Angeles while I was away in New York last year. It is an ever evolving space that completely transforms itself with a new theme each season. This time it’s “Cosmic Collision: Intelligent Design for the Second Big Bang” a futuristic array of unique clothing and accessories, and it’s only up until November 5th, after that the shop will evolve into a new theme for the next season. Previously the shop has hosted a pop-up shop for Brian Lichtenberg, Alex + Chloe, Grey Ant and has more recently exhibited the theme of “World Fringe: An Ethno, Boho, Afro, Pow-Wow” While it is ever evolving with new themes, the shop does a great job of maintaining the same appeal each time, and I am looking forward to finding out what the next theme will be.
today was crazily windy, back with more tomorrow!
Fashion month is over, and surprisingly this season has provided more variety in the ideas presented. This time it’s not just all about ombré and tribal prints, etc.. There were favorites for me this season from those who I would not have expected. Ann Demeulemeester’s collection had so many dresses that really came back to the style that I originally loved her for. Sonia Rykiel had an incredible anniversary presentation with a surprise for her which included looks designed Margiela, Rodarte and other amazing designers.
I of course loved Charles Anastase’s show (still hoping I will someday own a dress of his!) I love the Princess Leia headphone-like headbands from Limi Feu. I was Princess Leia for Halloween so many times growing up so this hits a soft spot for me. I also loved the barbapapa-like hair in the Comme Des Garcon show. The paper crane necklaces from VPL are the perfect accessory to make anything you are wearing instantly more interesting and fun. I was also so into the Victor Glemaud men’s show I’ve included it as well because I would love all of those sweaters for myself. And for a bit of the fantastical, although still not so many places to wear it, some more amazing creations from John Galliano and Olivier Theyskens for Nina Ricci. I am not so crazy about the patched leather pants from Givenchy, but the rest of that outfit just looked too amazing on Kasia not to include! Here’s my collection of the best of the best this season.