Saturday, 30 June 2007
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French, hails from Aldershot, England, a town best known for it's army base. A good place to start an interest in torn body parts I suppose. Filled with Aldershot pride, French moved to Brixton, London to further his career in depicting all things evil, grotesque and morbid. An obsession with metal music informs French's work that literally draws the line between the magnificent and the repulsive. French's detailed linework shows the beauty in the revolting. And I mean revolting.
French will show his meticulous black and white drawings and prints in the Monster Children Gallery next to an extensive mural.
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Monday, 25 June 2007
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Friday, 22 June 2007
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Tuesday, 19 June 2007
Monday, 18 June 2007
The Queens of Noize (a.k.a. Mairead Nash and Tabitha Denholm) are two of the savviest girls on the London club scene. The BBC radio hosts have not only inspired several songs (including the Von Bondies' Mairead and Graham Coxon's No Good Time), but they're also Kate Moss' DJs of choice—she even brought the effortlessly stylish duo to New York to play the party for the launch of her Topshop range at Barneys. So, who better to provide a summer party playlist? Here's what the Queens of Noize suggest for your warm-weather sound track:
1. Yo Majesty, Club Action (Chris Bagraider's Sailing to Baltimore edit)
2. Lo-Fi-Fnk, City
3. Plastic Little, Get Close
4. Roxy Music, Virginia Plain
5. LCD Soundsystem, Someone Great
6. Florence and The Machine, My Best Dress
7. Sinden & Count of Monte Cristal, Beeper
8. Fight Like Apes, Lend Me Your Face
9. Justice, D.A.N.C.E. (MSTRKRFT remix)
10. The Jesus and Mary Chain, Just Like Honey
- The arrival of the high-waisted, flared jean. Kiwi designer Karen Walker started selling hers two years ago. Now, with labels like Anlo, Deener, and Superfine offering versions, trendsetters are finally trading in their skinnies for the wide-leg style. Also new again at the denim bar is that big-in-the-seventies brand, Dittos. Frankie B.'s Daniella Clarke, the L.A. designer famous for her bum-revealing ultra-low-riders, has done an about-face, reintroducing the colorful high-rise bell-bottoms to the Me Generation's offspring.
- The Whitney's Summer of Love show—a buzzy cocktail of record jackets, spin paintings, and an electro-bright furniture environment by Verner Panton—has been roundly trounced by the critics, mostly for its sugarcoating of the late-sixties moment it sets out to celebrate. But there's no denying the influence that the psychedelic movement has had on contemporary artists like Assume Vivid Astro Focus, a.k.a. Eli Sudbrack, and designer Cassette Playa.
- The cinematic resurrection of Janis Joplin, the bisexual, Porsche-driving, bluesy rocker who died at age 27 of a heroin overdose, has been nearly as tumultuous as her brief existence. At one point there were warring biopics in the works. Now Piece of My Heart, a rumored vehicle for the incongruously ladylike Renée Zellweger, is languishing in development, and Gospel According to Janis, directed by Wayne's World's Penelope Spheeris, is slated for a 2008 release. the role finally went to the raven-haired, blue-eyed Zooey Deschanel. Not who we imagined as the reincarnation of the singer once nominated "The Ugliest Man on Campus," but that's what hair and makeup are for.
- There's a reason why the artwork by the likes of Joplin, Ronnie Wood, and Jimi Hendrix in the traveling exhibition 1967 isn't on view at the Whitney: For the most part, its provenance is more interesting than its execution. If you're looking to get your groove on, may we suggest logging on to Wolfgang's Vault instead? The memorabilia site sells authentic concert ticket stubs, vintage T-shirts, and original and reproduction posters that will set your walls spinning.Wolfgang's Vault, www.wolfgangsvault.com.
- Turn on, tune in, and drop out in Northern California this month at the 40th anniversary re-creation of the Monterey International Pop Festival. Jefferson Airplane will take the stage
- Canadian indie-rocker Feist might bristle at the folk label—she's lived in Berlin and Paris and recorded with Peaches, after all. But like it or not, she's stuck with it: Tree huggers have championed her refusal to accept a million-dollar deal from McDonald's to use her song Mushaboom in a commercial. That's not the only reason she's got us thinking about the sixties and seventies; there's also her resemblance to those icons of the decade, the chanteuses Françoise Hardy and Jane Birkin.
- The drummer for the Germs, a punk band, was recently arrested for possession of…soap. Dr. Bronner's brand, to be exact. Like some Neutrogena and Tom's of Maine products, it tested positive for trace amounts of GHB, liquid ecstasy. This incident is but one act in the very large drama that attends Emanuel Bronner, a German émigré who lost most of his family in the Holocaust and escaped electroshock treatment in an Illinois mental institution before landing in California. There he began handcrafting his hyper-concentrated soap and evangelizing his "All-One-God-Faith" message in eight-point type on its labels. Film buffs will have the opportunity to get acquainted with the company and its "Moral ABC's" when Dr. Bronner's Magic Soapbox, a 2006 documentary by Sara Lamm (who got the idea for the project in the shower—where else?), starts airing in theaters across the country at the end of June. For more information on the company and documentary, see www.drbronner.com and http://www.magicsoapbox.com/.
- Perry Farrell has been doing his part to create social and environmental change since 1991, when he founded the Lollapalooza festival. These days, he and his new band, Satellite Party, are going the extra green mile. Their new album, Ultra Payloaded, which features contributions from Flea, Fergie, and Thievery Corporation, is wrapped in eco-friendly packaging, and their tour is carbon-neutral. In addition, the 48-year-old former frontman of Jane's Addiction has created a collective of philanthropists, artists, and fellow environmentalists, called the Solutionists, whose modern "free love" missive is to "party for progress" and create change through music.
Friday, 15 June 2007
The Cassette Society’s Summer collection "Technicolour Love" shows a continuation of The Cassette Society’s musical roots, with bopping, shimmying and jiving, but incorporates femininity into the label’s sportswear roots, using fabrics such as premium silk, lightweight combed cotton, and sporty fibres including sportsmax. Featuring The Explosion, The Emblem, Space Floral and Heartshades yardage prints exclusively designed for The Cassette Society by graphics aficionados Elke Kramer and Briony Russell, this collection is perfect for anyone who loves the nightlife and has got to boogie on the disco highway
Thursday, 14 June 2007
Julie Verhoeven has worked in numerous ways across fashion and design, from illustration to creative direction and design consultancy. She studied fashion at Medway College (now Kent Institute), graduating in 1987, and began her career as John Galliano's first design assistant. Verhoeven continued this role at Martine Sitbon, where she stayed for seven years as design consultant.
Verhoeven's love of drawing is always at the heart of any commercial work she undertakes. In addition to creative direction for pop promos, record sleeve design and set design for advertising campaigns, she contributes to publications including Dazed and Confused, Self Service, The Face and The Independent.
Wednesday, 13 June 2007
"AGGY and I have been friends since we were 12. She used to serve chips to me when she worked at the local chippy," says Henry Holland, talking about his best friend and model-of-the-moment Agyness Deyn, with whom he is planning a design collaboration. "We're going to launch a line of jewellery together. You can expect a bit of House of Holland in it and a bit of Aggy too - she's got a strong sense of design." Holland, made famous for his cheeky slogan T-shirts last year, chatted to Ella Windsor at the Quintessentially and Van Cleef & Arpel summer party, held in the conservatory of Mayfair's stunning Wallace Collection. Also at the event were Richard Ascott and Philip Colbett, the duo behind contemporary label Rodnik. "We've started a band because it makes selling clothes more interesting. The Rolling Stones and all those incredible bands were dressed by amazing designers and we want to do the same. Fashion's all about rock 'n' roll."
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