Tuesday, 09 July 2013
NATASHA GORNIK GIVES GOOD KINK
Please go check out Natasha Gornik at the first exhibition of her photography in Paris. Natasha is a Brooklyn based artist who describes herself as a professional Experiencer. For the past decade, she has been photographing the kink culture and capturing the dynamism of the individual through portraiture. Her photography is a visual journal of sexuality, her travels and the individuals that she meets along the way. Still life plays an important role in her work especially in contextualizing the more visceral images. Her goal is not to document but capture the essence and experience of the scene through the camera. She also participates, making her images part of a personal narrative. Natasha's blog is a diaristic mix of my words and photography which are about food, fuck and a couple things in between. She has been included in numerous group exhibitions throughout the United States and her photography exists as limited edition fine art prints.
Sunday, 02 June 2013
POPARCHIVES BY DUSTIN PITTMAN - EARLY LOU REED BY DUSTIN PITTMAN
FROM THE PHOTOGRAPHY JOURNALS OF PHOTOGRAPHER DUSTIN PITTMAN
LOU REED SURVIVED A LIVER TRANSPLANT THIS MONTH. I AM SO GLAD THAT HE IS FEELING BETTER AND THINKING ABOUT PLAYING "LIVE" AGAIN. LOU AND I HAVE BEEN FRIENDS SINCE 1970, BACK IN THE MAX'S KANSAS CITY DAYS. I WILL ALWAYS LOVE HIM.
LOU REED 1974 PHOTOGRAPHED BY DUSTIN PITTMAN
Saturday, 01 June 2013
AGI & SAM FOR TOPMAN LAUNCH PARTY AT APARTMENT 58 TEXT BY YASUYUKI ASANO PHOTO BY DAISUKE HASHIHARA
Dear Diane and Shaded Viewers,
Last evening I attended the launch party of Topman and Agi & Sam collaboration at Apartment 58 in London.
Agi Mdumulla and Sam Cotton, the british duo behind Agi and Sam, met while working at Alexander McQueen and started their menswear label a few years ago. Their collection is know for the vibrant prints on sharp-tailored pieces with a great sense of humour, which makes modern charming men. They have already showed 3 collections at MAN, and their first solo show is scheduled on SS14 London Collections: Men on next month.
Inspired by last year's Olympic Games in London, this collection for Topman is titled 'The Owls', whch is a fictional football team by Agi and Sam, and has more sporty feels with iconic prints.
Here are snaps from the playful party.
Sam Cotton and Agi Mdumulla
The 20 piece capsule collection is launching on 4th June.
Friday, 10 May 2013
Happy Birthday, Patrick McDonald! Text by Glenn Belverio
Dear Shaded Viewers,
I stopped by the Soho Grand Hotel on Tuesday night to wish my friend Patrick McDonald, New York's #1 dandy, a happy birthday. Patrick celebrated amidst Susanne Bartsch's marvelous new soiree, which takes place in an intimate 2nd floor lounge in the hotel every Tuesday night. It was a magical evening that mixed Old Home Week legends (Johnny Dynell, who DJed, Anita Sarko, Dustin Pittman, Raven Oh, David Barton, Carole Pope, Paul Alexander, Michael Musto, Stephen Knoll, Flotilla DeBarge) with nubile young satyrs who were shaking their fine fannies to the best DJ set this side of the Mississippi.
Joey Arias, one of the evening's hosts, got up and sang a few songs (with live piano accompaniement) and legendary model Pat Cleveland joined him for an encore. I was exhausted (I'm a working girl, and morning person, now) and forgot my camera, but I had a fabulous time and will definitely be back again next Tuesday. Perhaps Dustin will post some of his photos here from that night?
Thursday, 11 April 2013
Liberatum Cultural Honour for John Hurt - by Silvia Bombardini
Dear Shaded Viewers and Diane,
For his precious contribution to the world of cinema, last night in London Mr. John Hurt was awarded the prestigious Liberatum prize 2013. With 185 roles and counting, Mr. Hurt has been in almost every remarkable crew you could think of, seamlessly moving from Alien to The Elephant Man, Nineteen-Eighty Four and Midnight Express to Shooting Dogs and most recently, Melancholia and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. One of his personal favorites apparently was in Richard Kwietniowski's 1997 Love and Death on Long Island, which was screened next door while we were invited to celebrate with dinner at the W hotel in Leicester Square. Despite its lavish interiors and suitably delicious food, a lovely laid back, festive atmosphere was there to be felt, and some amazing creative guests came along to the toast. Amanda Eliasch was there, and Pam Hogg (she send her love, Diane), and at my table alone were two famous artists and a delightful sword swallower that recalls her time at ASVOFF 4 most fondly. To my left sat Deborah Curtis, director of the child charity The House of Fairy Tales, and everyone was impossibly sweet. The award itself was created by Russian sculptress Svetlana K-Lie, a knotty statuette reading a script, of a certain delicate Giacomettian elegance.
Jewels is based mid-air between London and Berlin, and she will perform in London later tonight. You can find more about her on her website here.
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Wednesday, 27 March 2013
From Everyday to Everyman, from Stardust to Space Oddity: The David Bowie is Exhibition at The V&A. By Tamara Cincik.
The Press Opening of the David Bowie is Exhibition at The V&A. The first international retropective of David Bowie's career.
I think a lot of us hold David Bowie dear to our hearts: like a precious friend who has seen us through so many versions of ourselves. We've grown up with him looking back at us across album sleeves and TV performances. Depending on our age, perhaps we were there right from the start: watching his personas shift from cute quiffed boy next door to asexual alien, from rakish matinee idol, to troubadour. There is something somehow both avant-garde, yet comforting; if David can do it, so can we. If he can push himself to change, be creative, let go of success, of characters, identities, in search of new challenges, then so can we. We don't have to accept anything less from ourselves, we don't have to settle for second best. We can reinvent ourselves.
When I was starting to style, I was confronted by the fact that the work I was doing, was less than I wanted it to be, than how I dressed myself. I'd been perfectly confident working as a fashion assistant to some amazing fashion editors, but once it was my name on the page, I felt nervous of being brave, or stepping out of line, of creating stories which were as rich as my imagination. All of which was obviously frustrating. One afternoon, I I bought a secondhand copy of 'Hunkydory' from Record and Tape Exchange on Camden High Street, where I lived and played it incessently on my record player. The album would catch and I would have to nudge it over the jump, and the sound was both stereo and scratchy in that way that only records can be. One song became my repeat play mantra, 'Quicksand' and it was these lyrics which pushed me to be braver, to reveal more of myself in my work, to dare to rise to my potential:
I'm not a prophet
or a stone age man
Just a mortal
with the potential of a superman
I'm living on
I'm tethered to the logic
of Homo Sapien
Can't take my eyes
from the great salvation
Of bullshit faith
If I don't explain what you ought to know
You can tell me all about it
On, the next Bardo
I'm sinking in the quicksand
of my thought
And I ain't got the power anymore
I loved the way this ballad spoke of magic and dreams, of self belief and stripping away the bullshit. That someone from Bromley could work hard, plug away and never give up on his creativity, spurred me on to try to be as good as that song. I wrote a list to inspire myself with my aspirations and top of the page was: 'To be as good a stylist as Quicksand is a song.' Whether I have achieved that is open to debate, but what I do know is, I tried. I tried really hard. I let go of the fear. Can you say the same?
I was looking forward to the press opening for weeks, would it live up to my hopes, I had a feeling it would, as The V&A consistently holds well curated exhibitions and to take on the popular culture god that is David Bowie, well you have to be brave and you have to have done your research.
I got a great sense of his collaborations, such as how at an early stage in his career learning dance and mime with Lindsay Kemp informed his performance personas, from Ziggy through to Ashes to Ashes, via a fascinating video of a long haired Bowie visiting Warhol at the Factory and nervously miming opening up his chest to pump his heart to camera.
Similarly the clothes, the collaborations with fashion and set designers to create radical stage personas; these are not simple set builds or indeed costume changes. If I learnt anything, it was how fully engaged he is with all levels of image control, from the mock-ups of album artwork he drew in coloured pen, to cardboard stage sets.
By the end of the exhibition, I actually felt very moved. I really appreciated that this is a man, who like me, perhaps like many of us, has felt like an outsider. Perhaps this is his appeal? The normal boy from the suburbs, quite a shy boy, it seems judging from the interviews at the exhibition, who was drawn to keep trying, plugging away at being a singer, reading avant-garde novels on his way into work at an advertising agency, and for a time, 10 years in fact, nothing much happened. And then when he created his first alter-ego in Ziggy, he was able to act, to manifest a stage identity to launch a messianic Martian: part space Odysseus, part Clockwork Orange anti-hero, somehow it struck a chord, a chord of the alien outsider, the leader from the everyday world made supergod from outerspace.
David Bowie is 23rd March - 11August 2013
By Tamara Cincik.
PS If you read this David, the curators said please could you come to see the exhibition. If you do, I hope you like it. I did x.
Tuesday, 26 March 2013
ASH NYC Pop-UP Shop
For all my New Yorker's this is one is not to be missed!
ASH NYC, the New York-based interior design and real estate development firm, is launching a hand-selected assortment of their high-end vintage and antique finds from across the world.
When: Open to the public March 29th (hours will be M-F by appointment, Sat and Sun from 12-7pm)
Where: 450sq space 13 8th avenue, NY
*Notable Vendors will include: Anna Karlin, Le Labo, Rizzoli, and works from renowned photographer Adrian Mesko.
For more information on the POP-UP or ASH NYC please visit: http://ashnyc.com
Tuesday, 12 March 2013
ATELIER NOTIFY OPENING by Sophie Trem
Dear Diane, Dear Shaded viewers,
Last week was the opening of the french jeans maker NOTIFY first concept store, for both men and women.
Notify is known for its perfect "sculp sizing" jeans worlwide approved, that's why many designers such like Stella Mac Cartney, Karl Lagerfeld, Ron Arad or Manish Arora have given trust to the Master aka Maurice Ohayon.
Today the house is going even further proposing a new approach of the jeans : you can order a custom tailored jeans in the basement where the Atelier is, it takes around 15 days to have your own unique life lasting pair... what else?!?
1-3 rue Saint Hyacinthe - 75001 Paris
Thursday, 21 February 2013
Cairo's Fashion Nights + interview with Pashion magazine editor & CFN organizer, Susan Sabet. By Glenn Belverio
Dear Shaded Viewers,
I'm back in New York after 11 glorious days in Egypt. At the suggestion of my friend Susan Sabet, the editor-in-chief of Pashion magazine whom I met during Alta Roma in 2009, I traveled to Cairo to attend the 2nd edition of her event Cairo's Fashion Nights. This edition was held at the upscale First Mall, which is next door to the Four Seasons at the First Residence where I stayed for 3 luxurious nights.
I really enjoyed meeting the young and established Egyptian designers; seeing their work and making new friends, and having long conversations with Cairenes who work in fashion, interior design and PR. We discussed everything from Cairo's salad days of the Roaring Forties to today's state of affairs. Besides fashion, I learned a lot about the nuances of Egyptian life, religion, class and, of course, the current political situation. While people were having a great time relaxing with wine and fashion, more than a few could not refrain from filling me in on the current political troubles. It was quite illuminating, and a refreshing change from the specious, sloppy and agenda-ridden reporting on Egypt by the Western media.
While fashion might seem frivolous to some in light of Egypt's current situation--the country's journey on the long, rough road to democracy--many see it as another example of the vitality and resilience of the Egyptian spirit. The culture of fashion emphasizes the importance of the larger role that creativity plays during times of civil unrest.
Glenn Belverio: As you know, American Vogue launched Fashion’s Night Out in the fall of 2009 in response to the economic downturn that started with the market crash of 2008. Anna Wintour wanted to inspire people to go shopping again. But lately, many fashion critics, particularly Cathy Horyn, have rightly complained that there’s no need for the event anymore, which is held in many cities from Milan to Paris. I think the New York version has become a pointless free-for-all for bridge and tunnel hoi polloi who would otherwise never be invited to a fashion event. Plus, the American economy is up and people are shopping again. Now Fashion’s Night Out just feels like a Vogue branding ego fest.
However, in Cairo it’s a completely different situation. Egypt is in the middle of a political transition, to put it mildly. Amidst tumult and uncertainty, Egyptians are just trying to get on with their lives. What were some of your hopes and goals for this edition of Cairo’s Fashion Nights?
Susan Sabet: Based on the initial idea of Vogue's Fashion’s Night Out to get the retail business up again, we launched Cairo’s Fashion Nights in November 2011, ten months after the Egyptian revolution. Another year down the road, retail is still not what it used to be in the pre-Revolution era, and people need encouragement and extra enticement to go down to basically resume their old way of life. The full house we had I think is proof we succeeded. But Cairo’s Fashion Nights is also aiming to promote the many young Egyptian designers that have started to appear on the scene in the past couple of years. Many of them do not have the means to open up a store or find it difficult to find local key retailers that specialize in high-end international brands to display their products. So an event like this is the perfect platform to get their name and product out there.
GB: You have a delightfully refreshing gung-ho spirit when it comes to organizing CFN. You were running around the First Mall, dressed for the event, but schlepping rolls of backdrop paper, tripods, glue guns and mannequins up and down the escalators, like a determined, hands-on producer putting on a play at a renegade theater. “The show must go on!” What was your creative process for launching this event and how did you decide who would be hawking their wares and services at it?
SS: Unfortunately there are always last-minute hang-ups and unexpected bad surprises, so I prefer to take care of the final details myself. CFN’s first edition was held in the Zamalek district, home to many high-end retailers and local designer ateliers. This set-up had the charm of moving from store to store, even if more difficult, as we do not have shopping avenues as in Europe or NY and stores are scattered. Hence, we had to do the event over two nights to give shoppers the opportunity to be able to visit all the participating stores. Due to the political turmoil in the past months, I felt it is easier and more encouraging to find a compact outlet that boasts high end retailers as well as offers space for visiting designers. So the First Mall Cairo was the obvious choice and right partner to go with.
GB: What are some of the things you think Egyptian designers can contribute to the worldwide fashion industry? How is their viewpoint different from, say, designers in New York or Paris?
SS: Young Egyptian designers like most young designers in the world aspire to show one day in NY, Paris, Milan or London. They are exposed to international fashion through local retail, media and travel and follow the international trends. I think that the ones that are using traditional local fabrics and handcrafts, or take inspiration by our culture and know how to adapt it to the current trends, are the ones that will succeed to stand out, provided of course they get the chance to show abroad and can deliver the quality needed to compete.
GB: What do you think the future holds for Egypt’s fashion industry under the current political administration? How do you think it can adapt to the changes in the economy and society?
SS: Egypt’s fashion and textile industry has always been big. The current situation has maybe slowed down many of the businesses but it is temporary, I believe. After all, we are 91 million people that need to be dressed.
GB: What advice would you give to young, emerging Egyptian designers for making it in the local and global markets?
SS: Whether it is to succeed in the local or global market your product has to be in demand and of high quality. I tell them to go and visit trade shows in Paris or Milan to see what the designers show, what sells, what the prices are and where they can position themselves to find maybe a niche they can fill to lure buyers with something special.
The fashions of Deana Shaaban
I chatted a while with designer Amina Khalil who founded her brand, Amina K, in 2009. Amina studied fashion design and marketing in London and it shows because she comes off as very savvy and versed in the international fashion scene. The brand is inspired by and dedicated to Egypt: Amina almost exclusively uses Egyptian resources, fabric and workmanship. (However, the much-touted Egyptian cotton is often hard to find. The global demand is so high--all those high-thread count Egyptian-cotton sheets!-- that most of it gets exported.) Her limited-edition pieces put a modern Western spin on traditional Egyptian silhouttes. I really like how she does the layered look...all those scarves and other knit pieces are so chic for hanging out in the desert.
Layered look from Amina K
Designer Deana Shaaban and CFN reveler. Hedda Hopper is looking up from Hades, green with envy over those hats....
Jewelry designer Azza Fahmy, Indjy Hosny and Rawah Badra. I visited Azza's workshop outside of Cairo during my trip--story on that to come, stay tuned.
Rana Kandil, who does PR for Azza Fahmy, models one of Azza's pieces.
"I'm just crazy about Tiffany's! Nothing very bad could happen to you there." Especially when they're serving Egyptian sparkling wine, which was pretty top-drawer. At one point, the young waiter shot a cork cannon-like across the small boutique and it almost split a yellow diamond like an atom, and we all laughed and drank 8 more glasses and thought it divinely tres fou. Hibba Bilal, my host and the Director of PR at the Four Seasons at the First Residence, and I chatted at length about Egyptian society, pop culture, art and politics.
Hibba, me and Ricky Martin outside the Bulgari boutique. We went in and ogled the bijoux for a few moments.
In the middle of the evening, there was a catwalk show of Egyptian designers. Here's a look from Nevine Altmann.
A look from Hany El Behairy
My new Egyptian friends! Jewelry designers Ahmed Sabry and Daki Marouf of the brand Sabry Marouf. I will be doing a longer post on their work next week, but here are a couple of their very cool pieces:
Sabry Marouf necklace accented with bullets. Radical chic, darlings! The Revolution will be gilded.
Sabry Marouf Ankh necklace. "The Love Machine", Egyptian-style!
Me modeling a Sabry Marouf silver-plated metal tie. I like how it looks with my pink Paul Smith shirt. Fashion! Turn to the left.
Shahira Fahmy, Susan and Laila Al Far. I had a long chat with Shahira. She is a real renaissance woman. She used to design for the brand Mix' n Match and now does creative direction for them. She also designs interiors and did the suites at the Four Seasons at the First Residence and other hotels in Egypt. She really filled me in on Egypt's political situation, it was very informative.
The night more or less climaxed with a rather giddy French wine and dance party at a club in the First Mall called 35. The party was hosted by the French Embassy and the theme was "The Best of French Fashion in Cairo" and there were new looks there from Nina Ricci, Lanvin, Celine and Kenzo. Pictured above is Camilia Galey (left), the wife of the French Ambassador to Egypt, Nicolas Galey. Mrs. Galey really tore up the dance floor and was the life of the party! I had pizza with her and her husband, cousins and friends afterwards and it was a hoot. She is from Algeria and we talked at length about the Middle East and New York.
Thanks for reading and please visit Egypt and support Egyptian fashion and tourism! Egypt is safe if you possess common sense and now is the time to visit some of the world's most spectacular sites without having to deal with huge crowds of tourists.
Previously on 'Glenn Belverio in Egypt':