Monday, January 19, 2009

Goo Goo Ga Ga

New style icon alert.

Rampant girl crush on Lady Ga Ga … yes .. Crystal Plumage adores her futuristic 80’s look. She obviously loves a Balmain shoulder and Gareth Pugh's extravaganzas. She is highly stylized and forced and hardly in the authenticity category where icons like Chrissie Hynde or Karen O live, but wow, what an amazing sex/art mix.

Her penchant for wearing undies and jackets hits hard at one’s olfactory senses, however, you have to admire a woman that dresses like this, even at the airport. Talk about living a character.


Lick My Boot

Well with these gorgeous Top Shop heels on, who would not want to indulge in a little foot fondling and saliva on leather connection.

These guys must be doing some serious financial damage to the designer shoe business. Pair 4 could easily have been spliced in amongst the latest extraordinary "Josephine Baker-esque" collection from Louis Vuitton and oops ... none the wiser!

Express Post anyone?

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Werewolf, sex, magic

Thought that would get your attention.

I first saw the work of David Altmejd when he represented Canada at the 2007 Venice Biennale and was enthralled by his kooky blend of natural elements (foilage, crystals and werewolves), high camp (beads, glitter and mirrors) fairytale characters (Jack & the Giant) and filmic references (David Cronenberg is an influence). It's as if Liberace got hold of some plaster!

His new work, which features in the latest edition of Dazed + Confused, features mashed up plaster 69'er and tongue pashing figure sculptures.

From Altmejd himself:

I was trying to think what were the strangest things I’ve ever seen … I think it was the first time I saw that stupid video of the autopsy of an alien. In my mind, culturally the alien was always supposed to represent something specific – it was a symbol of the ‘other’. It wasn’t about its organs. It wasn’t supposed to be opened up. So, that feeling of seeing the inside of something that you’re not supposed to see was really interesting to me”.

What next …. Cinderella as a deconstructed furry mirror ball?

Monday, January 5, 2009

Artists & Models

I constantly harp on about how the gap between fashion, architecture, art and style is closing at a lightning pace. Well, get a load of this bunch of hotties. Models …. actors, no …. artists. Hard to believe we once had to contend with the unsightly mugs of Picasso, Warhol and Pollock. Is it just me, or are American artists now more beautiful than ever?

With the plethora of “Art Issues” now upon us: Dazed + Confused, Interview and W Magazine all have one, I guess it was only a matter of time before an artist’s image loomed larger than their work.

Next they will be fronting ad campaigns for major fashion houses such as Givenchy and Chanel, usurping all those desperately needy, innocuous actors that grace the pages of our once sacred fashion magazines. At least this lot have substance to back the beauty.

Artists: Matthew Barney (an oldie, but a goody), Banks Violette, Agathe Snow, Taryn Simon, Damien Loeb.

Nick Off

If his attitutude towards the Aria Hall of Fame is anything to go by, he would be beside himself to be discussed in terms of style, but come on Nick, you obviously love fashion. Lately he has really been turning me on with his "70's Wild West Porn Star" looks - jesus, look what he does for a white shirt and picking the kids up after school.

It won't be long before he is courted as the face of Tom Ford's bespoke suit line. Yikes.

Catch him at the All Tomorrow's Parties event when it comes to Australia in January 2009. I will be and believe me, seeing Cave live is something not to be missed.

Jingle Bowels

It's official .... Christmas reeks! Is there anyone out there that did not suffer a family dispute, get abused while parking, wait for a table in a cafe for an hour or get a crap present?

Image: Ronnie van Hout, 2006 "Father to all goods and services", Jingle Bowels show, Hamish McKay Gallery.