Friday, December 24, 2010

David Hockney, Vogue Paris

Given the scandal surrounding Carine Roitfeld's departure from revered fashion magazine Vogue Paris, it seems an apt time to showcase one of my favourite spreads to come off the publication's printing press. Above are a few of the 40 pages of photo collages, paintings, drawings, and writing that David Hockney contributed to the Dec 1985-Jan 1986 issue.

Words To Live By

As inscribed on a postcard from The Smiths' Morissey to Linder Sterling.


Total Art Matchbox by Fluxus artist Ben Vautier, 1966

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Clingstone Mansion

"Mr. Wood, a 79-year-old Boston architect, bought the house with his ex-wife Joan in 1961 for $3,600. It had been empty for two decades."

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Crime & Punishment

An outside exercise in retribution by Yoshikazu Yamagata of writtenafterwards.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Displacement Wallride

Michael Leon

Feline Fashion

Miu Miu/Mew Mew:

Vivetta Autumn A/W 2009-2010:

Lanvin A/W 09:

United Bamboo Cat Calender:

From EVERYTHING FUREVER, the book documenting Katie Gallagher’s A/W 07 collection:

Concrete Island


Concrete Island was created by Daniel Askill, Lorin Askill and Michelle Jank to showcase Acne’s Cruise 2011 collection. With a mesmerising sense of perpetual motion, cameras rotate 360 degrees around a smoky room. This is juxtaposed with still imagery of models, mannequins and mirrors. It’s a surreal carousel ride in metallic and grey hues, and it’s beautiful, albeit dizzying, to watch. The collection itself is characterised by elegant drapery and sleek evening dresses.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

House of Holland for Debenhams 2010 T-shirt line

Print illustrations by Jessica May Underwood.

Future Beauty

Currently exhibiting at The Barbican in London is Future Beauty, a comprehensive survey of Japanese fashion from the last 30 years. Organised around four themes – blackness and shadows; flatness and form; tradition and innovation; street style and popular culture – the exhibition explores the most precocious and left field of styles to come out of the land of the rising sun. Think Issey Miyake's pleats and porcelain buttons, the avant-garde silhouettes of Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garçons and Yohji Yamamoto's draped monochrome masterpieces.

How to get a job

I wish I could write a cover letter that was even half as convincing as Hunter's.


October 1, 1958 57 Perry Street New York City


I got a hell of a kick reading the piece Time magazine did this week on The Sun. In addition to wishing you the best of luck, I’d also like to offer my services.

Since I haven’t seen a copy of the “new” Sun yet, I’ll have to make this a tentative offer. I stepped into a dung-hole the last time I took a job with a paper I didn’t know anything about (see enclosed clippings) and I’m not quite ready to go charging up another blind alley.

By the time you get this letter, I’ll have gotten hold of some of the recent issues of The Sun. Unless it looks totally worthless, I’ll let my offer stand. And don’t think that my arrogance is unintentional: it’s just that I’d rather offend you now than after I started working for you.

I didn’t make myself clear to the last man I worked for until after I took the job. It was as if the Marquis de Sade had suddenly found himself working for Billy Graham. The man despised me, of course, and I had nothing but contempt for him and everything he stood for. If you asked him, he’d tell you that I’m “not very likable, (that I) hate people, (that I) just want to be left alone, and (that I) feel too superior to mingle with the average person.” (That’s a direct quote from a memo he sent to the publisher.)

Nothing beats having good references.

Of course if you asked some of the other people I’ve worked for, you’d get a different set of answers.If you’re interested enough to answer this letter, I’ll be glad to furnish you with a list of references — including the lad I work for now.

The enclosed clippings should give you a rough idea of who I am. It’s a year old, however, and I’ve changed a bit since it was written. I’ve taken some writing courses from Columbia in my spare time, learned a hell of a lot about the newspaper business, and developed a healthy contempt for journalism as a profession.

As far as I’m concerned, it’s a damned shame that a field as potentially dynamic and vital as journalism should be overrun with dullards, bums, and hacks, hag-ridden with myopia, apathy, and complacence, and generally stuck in a bog of stagnant mediocrity. If this is what you’re trying to get The Sun away from, then I think I’d like to work for you.

Most of my experience has been in sports writing, but I can write everything from warmongering propaganda to learned book reviews.

I can work 25 hours a day if necessary, live on any reasonable salary, and don’t give a black damn for job security, office politics, or adverse public relations.

I would rather be on the dole than work for a paper I was ashamed of.

It’s a long way from here to British Columbia, but I think I’d enjoy the trip.

If you think you can use me, drop me a line.

If not, good luck anyway.

Sincerely, Hunter S. Thompson

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Ladyboy Luxe

The Gentlewoman Issue No. 2 vs. Vivienne Westwood A/W 2010
Via: Lynn and Horst


Nicholas Kirkwood has just been nominated for a British Fashion Award for his collaboration with the New York-based Keith Haring Foundation.

Primary Colours

The Horrors’ frontman Faris Badwan is more than just a fierce voice – he draws ferociously too. The above images are extracted from an exhibition of over 100 of his drawings that showed at The Book Club in Hoxton, London throughout August.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Swan More Take

The Marjan Pejoski designed dress that Bjork made famous.

Parachute Test

Albino Deuxieme Spring/Summer 2011

Two looks that instantly fill me with desire. Any man who wears socks and sandals is Superman to me.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Fuck everybody else, the world wants us to be happy

"It's about girls who sleep in abandoned cars and set things on fire. It's about the great things in life. The stars in the sky and lots of malt liquor." - Harmony Korine

Eye/Ear Slittingly Good

Amazing album, smokin' babe.