Born This Way
Sort of reminds me of my own birth. Ladies & Gentlemen. Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” as envisaged by Nick Knight.
Sinew (detail), Juliana Cerqueira Leite, 2010 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...
For the Lazy Facebook Stalker
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...
A hearty congratulations to our modern day Audrey Hepburn for her most awe-inspiring role to date… and yes, Natalie, you were perfect! Image by thehipsterkids
Jose Parla Book Signing
To kick off Armory Week in New York, The Standard is pleased to usher in a splendid book created by one of our Standard collaborators, Jose Parla. This Saturday, March 5th, we invite you to join Jose Parla at the Top of The Standard for the signing of his new book, Walls, Diaries & Paintings. Published by Hatje Cantz, Walls, Diaries & Paintings includes essays by Isolde Brielmaier, Greg...
Graphic of the Day: Movie Titles
We love it when movie titles read like their own little narrative. Get your betting pools together, the big show is tonight — Oscar.com
And the Winner Is...
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...
The Academy Awards (Which I Didn't Win)
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...
Ricky Saiz's New Video
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...
Free Listen to Lykke Li
Lykke Li is streaming her new album, Wounded Rhymes for free… if you care to give it a whirl before purchasing. Give it a listen. Lykke Li - Wounded Rhymes (Hype Machine Album Exclusive) by LykkeLi
Lazy Sundays at The Standard Miami
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: ...
Don't Mess With The Olsens
Happy Birthday Luis Buñuel
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...
Graphic of the Day: Soho Billboard
We think they should stop and go get some lunch. Taken by a photographer we are loving right now, Leeta Harding.
Eva Zeisel's Bellybutton in our Lobby
(Eva Zeisel is the bees knees) 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...
Rodarte + MOCA
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...
Arriba Thom Yorke
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...
Christopher Bettig is for Everyone
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...
Desert Nights: Feb 23
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… (Listen to Adrienne Pierce here) ”Adrienne Pierce finds a way to sing about...
36 Epic Pics from NY Fashion Week
(A Look Back at Fashion Week Mayhem) 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...
Girls In The Windows by Ormond Gigli
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...
Graphic of the Day: Keith Richards
Today’s graphic is an honest yet endearing sketch with a caption that reads “today some girl asked me who Keith Richards is” — found on ConfusedandHungUp.
Who is Elsa Schiaparelli?
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...
Nicolas Jaar Live At Le Bain
FEBRUARY 26TH SHOW SOLD OUT! 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,...
Rodarte + Opening Ceremony
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...
Our Foot Fetish This Week
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...
Reminder: Hot Chip Tonight
(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). Doors open...
Meet Matt Goldman
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...
Graphic of the Day: Megeve
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...
More Happy Feet
Here are some more happy feet presented this week on the runways of New York Fashion Week. The blue boots/hose selection was seen at Oscar de la Renta Fall 2011 To see the entire collection, go to Oscar de la Renta Fall 2011. Photo by Marcio Madeira.
Carlos & Matt's New Spot
(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,...
Rassi Made Milk
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...
Johan Lindeberg's BLK DNM
(Johan Lindeberg’s BLK DNM on Nowness.com) 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...
Bryan Boy Live All Day Long
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!) ...
TV on the Radio Coming to NYC
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...
More Party Pics
(Michelle Harper, Zac Posen, and Heidi Hayden) 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...
Happy Socks for The Standard
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...
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...
Tiny Vices Gallery for MilkMade
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...
Graphic of the Day: Showers
We hope everyone had a good Valentine’s. Even the grumpy ones.
Go Arcade Fire!
To the little band that could…. props to Arcade Fire.
Purple Magazine's Madness on Top
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...
Elise Overland's Ice Skating Spectacular
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...
ESPO's Love Letters
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...
Fashion Week Streaming
(There are Plenty of seats for you) 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: February 14 1pm Ohne Titel show 2pm Study show 6pm Kevork Kiledjian show 7pm Anndra Neen show February 15 10:30am Rad by Rad Hourani...
Desert Nights: Feb 16
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...
Graphic of the Day: Valentines
This is for all the singles on Valentines’. Here’s a graphic from 100notes. We think it’s a little dark, but we’ve all been there…admit it.
Alexa Chung in High School
Snapshot taken by Teen Vogue with a note reading “Alexa Chung on her way to the principal’s office. Photographed by Andrew Bevan at a NYC highschool where the Rachel Antonoff presentation was held.”