By definition, art is the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power. But for me, art is really just waking up in the morning and starting my day. You really should see the process if you ever get the chance. It’s fascinating.
As part of The Armory Show this week, The Standard, New York has welcomed Ross McNicol of The Wallis Gallery and Rassa Montaser in curating their latest two-part show entitled, NothingEverTouches, featuring works by Eloise Fornieles, Juliana Cerqueira Leite, Olympia Scarry and Amelia Newton Whitelaw. This show focuses on the different levels of confrontation and makes you question the conundrum of touch without the sensation of actual touch.
Last nights Academy Awards delivered 3 Oscars for The Social Network (out of it’s 8 nominations), however it was dethroned in the biggest category of all, Best Picture, by The Kings Speech. We think the movie is tremendously important and probably the most relevant for our generation today. We are nonetheless disturbed to learn about the very latest app that was released recently called (cue Psycho shower noise) “The Breakup Notifier”.
Just when you thought your Facebook couldn’t get any creepier. Agency Spy just reported a new Facebook app, Break Up Notifier that’s been released for free. What does that mean? Well, you know those little notices people post on their profiles — “in a relationship”, “it’s complicated”, etc?
Now, through the grace of technology, if somebody is stalking your page daily fantasizing to be your soul mate, they can simply use this app to alert them when you change your status to “not in a relationship”.
Just a little tough love from The Standard… we think you should keep your relationship status private anyway. Breakups are hard enough.
Published by Hatje Cantz, Walls, Diaries & Paintings includes essays by Isolde Brielmaier, Greg Tate, & Michael Betancourt. If you can’t make it Saturday, the book can be purchased at The Shop at The Standard, New York and of course online, at shopthestandard.com.
Get your book signed at 442 West 13th Street, New York, from 6:00-9:00pm on March 5th. We look forward to seeing you there!
Take a peek. This is the closest you’ll ever get to “the envelope”. Not everyone is concerned with the only the designers on the red carpet, but apparently, in the design world, everyone is eyeballing who got the big gig — designing the Academy Award notices this year.
"And the winner is"…… Marc Friedland. He’s been selected to design whole shebang in terms of announcement cards and envelopes for the 83rd Academy Awards. His color palette? Iridescent metallic gold paper stock, with a red-lacquered lining.
Read more design details at the Academy Awards website, just in case you get inspired to hold a talent show in your home and bite the style for yourself —- just to elevate the fantasy when you’re a movie star one day.
First of all, I would like to thank the Academy for giving me this blog with which to touch daily all of your souls out there. I also have to thank Papa and Mama D’arde, (and that third martini mama had on her wedding night), because without them, I would not be here today. Lastly, I want to thank all of my Fan D’ardes scattered across the globe. If it wasn’t for the three of you standing beside me through this incredible journey, I probably would not have made it this far.
Ricky Saiz is a lover not a fighter. More importantly, he’s a lovely spirit we all adore having seen him grow up in the creative circles of New York City. His main gig is serving as one of the head designers for Supreme — the epicenter of the skate scene in New York, as well as a respected clothing label worldwide. The other designer is Brendan Babenzien, who we’ll feature at a later date. This month, their campaign for Supreme with Lady Gaga has hit the streets and the internet— spreading like wildfire with one of the most loyal fan bases from New York to Japan.
Recently, Ricky just directed a music video for “Love One” written and performed by Hanni El Khatib. The narrative is short and simple… a night of mayhem at Coney Island. It’s taken from the forthcoming album entitled Will the Guns Come Out.
Ricky gave us a few minutes to discuss inspirations, work, and a crazy night in Amsterdam…
If you haven’t already been, make sure to join us for Lazy Sundays at The Standard Spa, Miami Beach soon. Doesn’t spending your Sunday with a delicious BBQ, cold drinks by a bay and a pool with fun people and great tunes sound perfect? We thought so. See ya soon.
In the meantime, check out pics from Vince Vernet (his photo blog here!) from last Sunday’s fun day below:
Ever seen the film L’Age d’Or (1930) directed by Luis Buñuel? He was one of the original surrealists along with his buddy Salvador Dalí whom he co-wrote this film. The film was automatically banned in Paris and named “the most repulsive corruption of our age”. If only they could have imagined the Housewives of Beverly Hills coming along 70 years later. The beautiful film surrounds a trippy evening in a bourgeois party. The rest is wildly open to imaginative interpretation.
Anyway, in 1933, the film was screened at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. After being held from distribution for 50 years, L’Age d’Or finally got its official US premiere Nov 1979 at the Roxie Cinema in San Francisco.
Anyone who knows anything about industrial design will tell you that Eva Zeisel is pretty much the shiznit. She’s literally one of the most important modern designers ever. But don’t let Ms. Zeisel hear you describe her as an industrial designer, she instead prefers the title, “maker of useful things”. Adorable, we know, but she’s got some serious street cred, too. In 1946, she was the first woman to ever have a one-person-show at MOMA. Her design for that show, the Museum line, was the first ever table service created in the US that was entirely white, prior to that fancy tableware was sparkly and gilded and covered in ornate birds and flowers. Using organically curved plates and dishes Eva Zeisel single-handedly invented a new modern way of being formal.
(This picture makes mid-century modern collectors cream their pants. Museum line: Creamer, relish tray, small bowl and spoons by Eva Zeisel. Photo courtesy of the MOMA)
Fashion is art. No, really. It is. We swear. We realize we hear this alot, but lately, it’s all about the celebrity, or the red carpet, or which supermodel, or which party was coolest, or who had the most famous DJ, blah blah blah….
Time to strip things down. Just like Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte explains, it’s time to “examine the vessels without the bodies”. This is why we’re over the moon with the fact MOCA is presenting the first museum exhibition of Rodarte’s work in Los Angeles.
Expect to see more than 20 pieces from Rodarte’s Spring 2010, Fall 2010, and Fall 2008 runway collections, and original ballet costumes designed by Rodarte for the feature film Black Swan.
“By removing the garments from the figure and creating an installation around them, the focus will be entirely on the dresses and tutus as singular sculptural objects rather than pieces that are reliant on their relationship to the human form,” said Associate Curator Rebecca Morse. “Their inherent narrative qualities will be revealed.”
The new Radiohead video, “Lotus Flower” launched Feb 16th and has already garnered 3,880,858 views on YouTube. We know you’ve seen it because it’s infiltrated all of our Facebook’s, Twitters, and Tumblr’s… God Bless a good ol’ fashion viral video.
Now that we are on week 2, prepare for the “spin-off”s… here’s a highly enjoyable version from our Mexican connoisseur friends Mexnthecity. It almost seems like we’re watching the last guest at some hip Mexican wedding.
Los Angeles based artist and designer, Christopher Bettig (of The Mountain Label), is known for his bold colorful graphics and playing with a variety of mediums. He’s always down for a good collaboration and has worked with Puma, Converse, Carhartt, and Urban Outfitters, to name a few. Just to add a cherry on top, he’s one of the sweetest dudes around.
We’ve talked him into designing The Box this month at The Standard, Hollywood and the end result is downright amazing.
Christopher took a few moments to chat with us about his inspiration, gentleman’s clubs, and some other projects he’s got cooking in the pipeline.
Grammy fever has finally subsided in Los Angeles. The town is back to normal except for those still itching for some new music. Fear not. Desert Nights is back this Wednesday night with it’s usual round-up of three bands doing their own acoustic sets. Here’s the batch of musicians this week…
”Adrienne Pierce finds a way to sing about ugly things in the most beautiful way.” Adrienne’s songs have been heard on TV shows such as Grey’s Anatomy. The track “Lost and Found” from the album Faultline appeared on the soundtrack for Veronica Mars alongside Spoon and the duo Tegan and Sara. Pierce’s third album, Oh Deer, came out in September 2010 and has earned rave reviews, significant airplay, and made many year-end lists. A recent review described Oh Deer as a “mesmerizing combination of Edie Brickell and Blossom Dearie”. Performer magazine praised the album’s adventurous aesthetic and Adrienne’s addictive voice — at once passionate and atmospheric.
Decadence. Late nights. Abandon. It took one good weekend to recover from the marathon session of events that just transpired the last 10 days. Now that we are all rested, here’s a flashback snapped up by Refinery29.com entitled 36 Epic Pictures from NY Fashion Week. Just to get you warmed up, here’s a snapshot of Susan Bartsch ushering New Yorkers into Valentine’s this year. As you can see, she doesn’t do anything lightly.
And in case you missed it, check out live.milkmade.com - our Fashion Week site which featured stunning commissioned photos plus user generated pics and video.
The argument that fashion and art don’t live in the same realm is most commonly argued by fashionistas and artists themselves, but this morning, I want to share with you the definitive answer to this perennial problem in seven words. ”Girls In The Windows" by Ormond Gigli.
By far one of my most favorite works and one of the most exemplary pieces of the 1960s, Gigli merged the worlds of fashion, art and architecture with one click of his camera. In an effort to immortalize the brownstones on East 58th Street across the street from his own home, which were to be razed the next day, the photographer orchestrated this moment in time that would live on forever as a symbol of the decade.
I can’t help but wonder if this photograph wasn’t the inspiration for one of my favorite television commercials of the 1990s…CHANEL’s advertisement for their men’s fragrance, Egoïste.
We congratulate all our New York friends for surviving Fashion Week last week. After discovering tons of new designers, we thought we’d go reverse in time to introduce you to a fine lady you may never heard of.
(Elsa studies charts of her new collection, circa 1938.)
It is noted that when Coco Chanel was in the realm of “B-List” (and still coming up the pipe), there was another designer who was the belle of the ball in the 1930’s — Elsa Schiaparelli. She was most popular and busy in the period between the World Wars.
Nicolas Jaar is probably one of the most acclaimed and innovative new artists in electronic music. A New York based musician, from Chilean and French parents, Nicolas started his career on the Wolf + Lamb label. At only 20, he has been compared to Ricardo Villalobos and Aphex Twin and had toured internationally from Fabric in London to Panorama Bar in Berlin.
Now, in a very rare private appearance, Jaar will perform live with his band at Le Bain atop The Standard, New York on February 26th. There are only a few tickets left, so make sure to purchase yours now. In the meantime, Jaar let us sit down with him for a quick Q&A.
We’re really feeling the freshly announced collaboration by Rodarte with Opening Ceremony. Some of the items are available for pre-order. Here’s a few wonderfully scattered inspirations to expect: aztec patterns, laced up shorts/pants, pleated skirts, and lace suit high-waist pants.
How about the collection of Roy Orbison shades in 5 colors? To view the whole collection and reserve your pieces, go to Rodarte for OC.
OK. So we admit it. We are discreet “feet-philes”. This Fashion Week, we’ve launched our very own sock collaboration called Happy Socks by The Standard. So we figured why not cover Fashion week from the bottom up?
The ethereal feet you see above are from a model at the Marchesa show. If we’ve got your attention, go to this link to see an incredibly jaw dropping display of dresses to follow.
(Alexis Taylor of Hot Chip. Photographed by Paul Weatherell)
Fashion Week is over. But wait, there’s more! We got Alexis Taylor of Hot Chip as special guest DJ’ing tonight at The Standard hotel in New York, Friday, Feb 18th, with Neil Aline. If you haven’t RSVP’d yet, get to it.
Read the details and RSVP here (and download his mix to get you in the mood).
We might be getting ahead of ourselves, but with these last few days of rain, we can’t help but long for summer when every day is 75 and sunny, and every weekend is packed with crazy antics at our pool parties. For that, we have Matt Goldman to thank. The multi-talented Matt – at once a graphic designer, artist and big boss at MFG Productions - has been a long time member of The Standard’s extended family, and who better to tell his story but the one and only. Matt took a moment out of his busy (understatement of the decade) schedule to fill us in.
Today’s graphic is a poster created in homage to a special town in France named Megeve.
If you are an aficionado of everything French at the highest level, you’ll want to read the travel articles on La Belle France. It is a sophisticated guide to the nation for at least 25 years. What sets them apart from other travel guides is the fact La Belle France’s editors are extremely discerning — each writer pays their own way while they experience service anonymously. This means when they rave about a charming little bistro in the mountainside, they are speaking the truth. They also don’t accept advertising so this eliminates the other agenda of misdiagnosed write-ups. In essence, they speak from the heart, and the passion of traveling.
To celebrate the country (and La Belle’s new blog launch), La Belle France enlisted the design firm, Heads of State, to create travel posters for various regions of France. The first poster was designed for an area called Megeve.
Here’s a short history lesson on the town…
In the late 18th century, Megeve was a thriving town of 2,400 farmers, herders, and lumberjacks, but the rural status ended in 1916 when the mountain hamlet was “discovered” by Baroness Maurice de Rothschild who decided it would make an excellent French rival for Saint Moritz.
By the time that Jean Cocteau nicknamed Megeve “the 21st Arrondissement of Paris,” millionaires outnumbered the hill folk. Even if Prada rules the après-ski scene, the strong decorative leitmotif for Megeve is “simple country”. What Megève has is charm… Gingerbread mansions… Horsedrawn carriages… Old money.
The poster is a special edition of 500 and are hand signed and numbered. Visit La Belle France to secure the poster or just peruse the pages of French Luxury.
(Carlos Quirarte and Matt Kliegman. Photo by Jeff Henrikson)
We’d like to take a moment to shout-out two of our favorite restauranteurs, Carlos Quirarte and Matt Kliegman, who are featured in a Q&A in New York Time’s T Magazine this week. The men own an eatery named The Smile which is one of our favorite restaurants.
Carlos and Matt are announcing their new space, Westway, located (you guessed it) on the west side of Manhattan - on Clarkson Street and West Side Highway to be exact. All we know is that Westway will be an “ironic hipster strip joint”, and that the men worked diligently on the sound and lighting.
In a rare one on one interview, our very own Valentine Uhovski got to spend a little time with the man known as Rassi to ask the questions that we were all dying to have answered.
Mazdack Rassi, the founder and creative director of Milk Studios is one of the busiest men in Gotham right now. After founding M.A.C & Milk Fashion Week four seasons ago, the event grew into even better and greater things with this season’s partnership with The Standard, expansion of MilkMade.com, best designer line-up so far, and plenty of dinners and concerts to keep everyone in Meatpacking District and beyond exceptionally happy.
Today was the digital premiere of Johan Lindberg’s new BLK DNM line, directed by Martin de Thurah. The result? A beautifully inspired tale of love, fear, insecurity, and strength between man and woman. The short is not overly scripted or under scripted. It’s just the right amount of dialogue and mysterious nuances to showcase the Swedish designers new collection. The term “branded content” has been carelessly toiled with throughout fashion week, but in the case of BLK DNM, we feel this is a proper experiment in the new genre.
Johan Lindberg confessed to Nowness about the fact the storyline hints at his own real life, “I went through a recent break-up and wanted to use my own dynamic to inspire the film,” Lindeberg says. “I am fascinated by the way in which fashion both provokes and reflects the human narratives around it.”
Who doesn’t love Bryan Boy? Very few people can say they don’t. This third world fashion blogger came out of nowhere a few years back and now he’s EVERYWHERE!
Always wearing the latest in designer fashions, he definitely gives even ME a run for my money. But he’s a good friend, so we keep the rivalry civil…..(keep your enemies close as they say!)
ANYFASHIONWEEKCHAOS…today you’re going to have more Bryan Boy than you can ever have imagined because Kanon Vodka has brought our Bryan on board for the day and is livestreaming his every move. From shows to appointments to lunch (do fashionistas even eat???) to tonight’s Jeremy Scott party at Le Bain!. It’s like having your own Bryan Boy channel on the Oprah Winfrey Network! Too chic.
TV on the Radio is the local home grown band from Brooklyn that was a grand slam out of the ballpark. True to their roots, one of the members maintained their job at the local bar Max Fish for quite some time. To some, their music has been seen brooding, but really, they just love exploring every dark corner of the mind. In truth, they’re influences are just so varied.
"I grew up listening to Joy Division, New Order, Echo & the Bunnymen, the Cure, the Smiths and the Swans," says Kyp Malone. "Some of that qualifies as ‘goth’ but it didn’t make me depressed to listen to that music despite what my parents assumed. It didn’t add to my ‘angst’ as a teenager. I simply identitfied with something in the music."
Singer Tunde Adebimpe challenges the theory they are all gloom: ”You know how people always say that comedians are some of the saddest people in the world? Well, the opposite is true, too. As heavy as some of the songs get, the joking around that goes around between the five of us gets out of control sometimes.”
Just to add to the pretty pictures we posted earlier in the week, here’s some coverage on Style.com about the event hosted by Purple and Z Spoke by Zac Posen, with the magazine’s Olivier Zahm. The evening began at Mr. Chow’s restaurant with a swank VIP dinner and evolved into a powerful punch at the top of the Standard New York.
Go to Style.com/FashionWeek to check out a new gallery of photos from the night. Photos by Neil Rasmus / BFAnyc.com.
The Standard loves Happy Socks, which is why we created our own and are now selling them in our mini bars, shops, and of course online at www.shopthestandard.com! After all, socks are one of those essentials we often forget when traveling.
Originally from Sweden, Happy Socks was created for the sole purpose of taking something you use every day, and making it happy and beautiful! Now, isn’t that a great sentiment.
There are 8 different styles (2 for each hotel) to make your feet just a little bit happier, including LA Robber, New York Goldsmith, Hollywood Bogey and Miami Horizon, just to name a few. Happy Socks are all unisex, high quality combed cotton, and selling at $12.
Sometimes, the most powerful art is the temporary stuff. It’s the sight that only a few get to behold. Somehow, graffiti falls into this category, with tags that get painted over within a few days. Then there are the artists who create with a more fragile medium…
Nele Azevedo is a Sao Paulo-based artist that started putting ice sculptures in city squares and major plazas and took photos of them as they melted. Azevedo’s project is called Monumento Mínimo (or “Minimum Monument”); it explores the idea of the “anti-monument,” subverting the characteristics of official monuments in public places.
"The homage is rendered to the anonymous," she writes in an e-mail. "The ice bodies disappear in the city, in a shared experience."
New York’s Fashion Week is all about images. Each and every activity is documented obsessively via photographers that specialize in fashion magazines or blogs.
(Photo by Tim Barber)
We partnered with M.A.C & Milk Studios to bring you the MilkMade Photo Gallery (check out the details here). There is one little twist in this gallery — it’s safe to say that most of these photographers aren’t necessarily fashion photographers, but more like fine artists.
(Photo by Martin Hyers and William Mebane)
The papa bear curator of this section is Tim Barber, a photographer who launched a collaborative website a few years ago entitled Tiny Vices… the goal being to assemble his creative buddies to post up their work. The result is a wonderfully unconventional approach to everyday life. Check out the list of photographers under the watchful eye of Tim.
This week, MilkMade asked Tim Barber to round up a team of photographers to cover all the happenings during NY Fashion Week at Milk. Expect a ‘zine and exhibit soon to follow.
When Olivier Zahm of Purple Magazine called me to say that he wanted to celebrate his new issue with a party on the ENTIRE 18th floor of The Standard, NY for Zac Posen’s new line, Z Spoke, all I could think was “Uh Oh. Here we go again!” And I was right. If ever there was a fashion party to end all fashion parties, it was this one.
As soon as the doors opened up to The Top of the Standard and Le Bain, fashion’s fiercest started to pile in. Everyone showed up to celebrate with Olivier and crew. Let’s begin the roll call… The Olsen Twins, Kanye West, Jared Leto, Alex Wang, Elise Overland, Richard Chai, Costello Tagliapietra, Johan Lindeberg, Waris Ahluwalia, Bonnie Morrison, Calvin Klein’s Kevin Carrigan and Francesco Clemente. I could go on and on, but I don’t want to bore you…
Over the years, I have seen many a fashion spectacle. From a CHANEL show in LA where models were brought down the runway on private jets to a Y-3 show in NY where the Hudson River was lit up via light sculptures floating on barges in the background, but never before have I seen an ice skating spectacle like this one.
On Saturday night, Elise Overland presented her Fall Winter 2011 collection on the ice skating rink at The Standard, New York. As guests arrived, they were met with an empty rink that had a 2 ton ice sculpture built upon it. Slowly thereafter, models one by one were positioned on the ice. As the music began to play, ice skaters in Overland’s creations took to the ice to skate around in a dreamlike winter wonderland fantasy that only could come from the genius mind of the designer.
For her finale, the designer commissioned uber skating wonder, Johnny Weir, for a performance of his latest single, Dirty Love, translated into a Black Swan theme.
Click through for more pics and visit The Gallery for the full collection.
Stephen Powers is one of the most unique artists in the world of graffiti for the last 15 years. His work is unlike other graffiti artists due to the fact his pieces look more like a working class sign from Coney Island than it does a piece of graffiti (Stephen was actually commissioned to create some of the signs in the famous Coney Island park). At heart, Stephen is a sign-maker.
He used to jokingly paint in the light of day with cops walking around who would stop to ask if he was legally painting. His response? “Sure, officer, I’m with the Exterior Surface Painting Outreach Program” explaining his famous moniker ESPO. We’ve always appreciated not only ESPO’s brilliant hand-style, but his smart ass demeanor and slapstick statements. Transcending the streets via graffiti, ESPO eventually was adopted into high end gallery world, such as Deitch, creating some of the most coveted collector pieces for buyers. You can see more of his work in the documentary Beautiful Losers.
This week, the documentary Love Letter For You, directed by Joey Garfield, is being released. The doc follows a project created by Stephen Powers with the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program and is sponsored by the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage through the Philadelphia Exhibitions Initiative. Generous support was provided by the Brownstein Group and Septa.
At the launch of Fashion Week last Thursday, we attended the premiere of the film and spoke to Director Joey Garfield to discuss the process, the ‘hood in Phily, and how this all came together…
If you’re not able to attend every show during this years Fashion Week, fear not, we have you covered. Check back to our homepage (www.standardculture.com) to see the following shows held at Milk Studios livestreamed:
It’s a circus of fashion in New York this week with all the Fashion Show parties in our New York hotel. The Standard Hollywood, however, is experiencing a flood of music vibes as Los Angeles bubbles with Grammy fever last night.
This Wednesday, The Standard Hollywood is revving up for another music lovers night with the weekly Desert Nights. It’s a night to fall back, and hear some raw stuff. Here’s 3 musical acts who will be doing their acoustic sets this week.
In her debut album Howling Tree, L.A. based musician, Anna Su, combines subtle hints of gypsy jazz with old time folk to create a refreshing new take on a traditional sound, bringing musicians together for the simple joy of making music.