Juergen Teller on shooting Sofia Coppola for an old Marc Jacobs campaign (above). I really like his process and attitude. He's been profiled at The Independent, read it here.
June 30, 2009
"There's a beautiful girl, in a beautiful coat and she's carrying a handbag. We go for a walk. A squirrel comes and she shows the handbag to the squirrel, the squirrel is interested in the handbag. It just happened and that's how I experience life. I was just thinking, what does a woman do with a handbag, she carries it around. She doesn't sit in a studio holding it up so you can see it more clearly."
"You cannot poke fun at the fashion world. It is a stereotype that we are only concerned about appearance and drugs and that is not true. We are also concerned about parties." - Bruno
A lot of my friends think that my job is silly, and they're probably right. Writing about dresses isn't exactly heal the world, make it a better place type work. And yeah, fashion can be a little bit ridiculous (parties, being harassed at parties by social photographers, posing, over-the-top fashion shows, liggers, free booze, goody bags, overly emotional designers). But I'm OK with that. We can't all be doctors or lawyers, and everyone needs a bit of escapism. Right? It does kind of get on my nerves though when people take the industry and themselves too seriously. Hello, it's just clothes! This is why I am quite looking forward to seeing Bruno. Because sometimes a healthy dose of mockery is a good thing.
June 29, 2009
"Appreciate what you've got, even the really small things. For me, those small things are often domestic… Everyday happiness, as opposed to one-off great bursts of pure ecstasy, is intricately tied in with everyday events: the jaunty-looking teapot that pours without dribbling, the children's bathtime, blossom in spring, an especially good book. These things aren't sexy, or glamorous, or envy-making, but they are the fabric of all our days. Concentrating on them, and on all the small joys they provide, can be intensely fulfilling. Moaning because you can’t afford a $500 pair of shoes is not."
I really like India Knight's The Thrift Book, especially the final chapter on 'emotional thrift'. And while I'm not one for vomit-inducing mantras or life mottos, I think this paragraph is quite inspiring. I often feel that people put too much pressure on themselves to have this wild and grandiose existence, but I think it's nice to be able to appreciate the little things in life, like sweet treats, baking in high heels, fresh sheets, doing nothing with your best friend, a pretty flower, and yes, jaunty-looking teapots.
“Be regular and orderly in your life so that you may be violent and original in your work.”
Picasso, Stefan Bruggeman, Geert Goiris
A tidy room, a diary and a routine. No-one can work in chaos. Call me obsessive compulsive, but I cannot even think about starting to work until all the dishes are done, clothes are hung up, and I have all the essentials within arms reach on my desk.
There is this book that I adore. It's called Letters to a Young Poet, and it's by Rilke. Now, I'm far from a poet, but I think the things that he writes about are transferable across any creative endeavour, and besides, it's not all about poetry - a lot of it is about love too.
Don't tell anyone, but I almost always carry it in my handbag, and when I'm sad, or confused by things, I read it. It's a little bit dorky; and verging on a sort of Franny and Zooey style, breathless and blind following - it's dangerous to believe the words of one person too much. However. It's good, and it usually helps.
I like this bit:
People have (with the help of conventions) oriented all their solutions toward the easy and toward the easiest side of the easy; but it is clear that we must hold to what is difficult; everything alive holds to it, everything in Nature grows and defends itself in its own way and is characteristically and spontaneously itself, seeks at all costs to be so and against all opposition. We know little, but that we must hold to what is difficult is a certainty that will not forsake us; it is good to be solitary, for solitude is difficult; that something is difficult must be a reason the more for us to do it.To love is good, too: love being difficult. For one human being to love another: that is perhaps the most difficult of all out tasks, the ultimate, the last test and proof, the work for which all other work is but preparation. For this reason young people, who are beginners in everything, cannot yet know love: they have to learn it. With their whole being, with all their forces, gathered close about their lonely, timid, upward-beating heart, they must learn to love. But learning time is always a long, secluded time, and so loving, for a long while ahead and far into life, is solitude, intensified and deepened loneness for him who loves.
Conversely, of course, there is the alternate approach. Project Icecore - no wimpy simpering about unrequited love, no more tears, no drunken texting, or emailing this thing I just had to share. No more mixtapes. It's straight up 'tough love'. I've realised recently how pathetic girls can be, me included, and you know what? If you have to talk about it, or ask questions, he's not that into you.
June 28, 2009
June 26, 2009
"If you want to write, if you want to create, you must be the most sublime fool that God ever turned out and sent rambling.
You must write every single day of your life.
You must read dreadful dumb books and glorious books, and let them wrestle in beautiful fights inside your head, vulgar one moment, brilliant the next.
You must lurk in libraries and climb the stacks like ladders to sniff books like perfumes and wear books like hats upon your crazy heads.
I wish you a wrestling match with your Creative Muse that will last a lifetime. I wish craziness and foolishness and madness upon you.
May you live with hysteria, and out of it make fine stories - science fiction or otherwise. Which finally means, may you be in love every day for the next 20,000 days. And out of that love, remake a world."
I like this Ray Bradbury quote, especially the part about lurking in libraries and sniffing books like perfumes.
June 25, 2009
You have no doubt read about this
10 1000000 times by now, but I think we should just all take a small moment to honour the brilliance of both the Farrah flick and Michael Jackson's entire wardrobe. And the moonwalk -watch the video of the first time he did it here, it's bloody awesome.
So, I think Ricardo Tisci is a genius. And I adore the work of Antony and the Johnsons. If you're not familiar with either, which I am sure you are, Tisci is the designer for Givenchy - moody, sharp, sculptural pieces with a nod to the gothic; and Antony and the Johnsons are a band, fronted by Antony Hegarty, who make the most ethereal music of despair.
A perfect fit then, that Tisci has just designed a costume for an upcoming Paris show.
CAT’S MEOW: Marking his foray into gentlemen’s couture, Givenchy’s Riccardo Tisci has designed a bespoke ensemble for Antony and the Johnsons’ front man, Antony Hegarty, for his performance July 9 at Paris’ Salle Pleyel. The look artfully bends genders, however, featuring a “cat jacket,” constructed from sculpted rows of stacked felt panels that form a cat’s head on one shoulder, and a long dress in beige washed silk satin and matching wide pants. The jacket is said to have been inspired by Hegarty’s pet cat that had passed away just before his first meeting with Tisci. The look’s accessories include gloves and gold glitter shoes. (WWD)
So. Givenchy, a gender bending singer, and a dead cat. Miaow.