Saturday, January 31, 2009

They Call Him Benoit!

"Benoit Pailley lives and works New York and Paris. He is inspired by contemporary art and his passion is reflected in his elegant still life and installation photography. The objects become “works of art” in an environment that recreates gallery spaces. When conceptually appropriate, he builds installations that frame the objects in unique and stunning ways...."

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Souvenir de Chine - video directed by Körner Union

How many creatures does it really take to make this video? the world may never know

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Louis Vuitton Has Gone National Geographic On Us!

as corny as it might sound, this commercial provided me much inspiration at a difficult point in my life. i was sitting waiting for a movie to start one day, when this commercial showed. At that time in my life, I was having to make a decision about which road of two I would take. It made me have faith that whatever road I decided to travel would be OK, I would make the journey what it was plus it made me want a new Louis Vuitton!!!

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Friday, January 30, 2009

Kanye West: "Louis Vuitton Don" and now designer

Louis Vuitton has just announced yet another fashion collaboration with none other than ten time Grammy award winning Kanye West. The self-dubbed “Louis Vuitton don” is working with the fashion house to create a limited edition collection of sneakers available in Louis Vuitton stores from June this year.

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Omahyra Mota Garcia for Indie Magazine

Omahyra Mota is a Dominican model and actress. She made a name for herself in the fashion industry as a chic punk model. Mota has modeled for designers such as Bill Blass, Alexander McQueen, Cynthia Steffe, Fendi, Nina Ricci, Sean John, Baby Phat, Heatherette, Jean Paul Gaultier, Roca Wear, Samantha Treacy, and Jay McCarroll. Also, she was flown in especially by Gwen Stefani for L.A.M.B.'s show during New York's 2005 Fashion Week. She has also worked with Terry Richardson. The 25 years old Mota is known for modeling in both men's and women's clothing. Mota was voted one of People magazine's 50 most beautiful people in 2001. She walked the Victoria's Secret runway in the same year

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Thursday, January 29, 2009

A Camera Made Out of Socks?

First there was the camera cake, then there was the gingerbread camera. Now -- surprise, surprise -- textile artist Neta Amir has gone and made a camera out of some gym socks. Like the other camera shaped objects, it's a cool looking, thought provoking image that probably doesn't provoke any thoughts worth thinking. What do socks have to do with a camera? Even still, it's pretty awesome.

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Has Erwin Wurm's Art Gained Weight?

Austrian artist Erwin Wurm is a chubby chaser. Well, not so much a chubby chaser as a chubby maker. And when we say "chubby," we mean "fleshy, volumnous sculptures." These are from Wurm's 'Fat Cars' series

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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Mimo Memo?

The latest Mimo Bot Flash Drive is made from recycled materials and promotes sending files rather than printing and overusing paper.

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Zack Snyder tells all!

Even in high school, Zack Snyder—the director behind the brawny graphic-novel adaptation, 300—was quite the Renaissance man. Back then he played sports, nerded out to comic books, shot film shorts with his Super 8 camera, and literally hung out at, yes, Renaissance fairs. That quad-fecta of hobbies has converged handily with his latest movie, Watchmen, a doomsday thriller based on the seminal superhero miniseries by writer Alan Moore and illustrator Dave Gibbons. And it’d be no sweat off Snyder’s back, were this intricate work not deemed unfilmable, as directors Terry Gilliam, Darren Aronofsky, and Paul Greengrass, who have all tried, may attest. NYLON Guys spoke with the indefatigably enthusiastic Snyder—currently scripting his dark action pic Sucker Punch and prepping his animated owl film Guardians of Ga’hoole—about this Herculean feat. You’re both jock and geek. Aren’t they supposed to be mortal enemies? It’s true. I’d been making movies since I was about 11. It was very Rushmore-ian. I needed the parts to be played by all sorts of characters, so I needed jocks and geeks alike. It was good that I had both in my camp. My senior year, I kind of quit sports after meeting this supercool bodybuilder named Jim Arden [who was a teacher at his school]. He had a big, gray beard and his hair in corn rows—I’d never come across anyone as eccentric. He had a gym in the basement of the school; I went and trained with him for about three years. What was your geekiest phase? The kids I hung out with were Dungeons & Dragons types, sort of drama geeks, if you will. Those guys used to dress up and go to Renaissance fairs. I did go, but I didn’t dress up as much: I would wear some, like, crazy lace-up boots, but no puffy shirts. People associate you with nerd culture, but didn’t you actually go to art school? It’s funny because for 15 years I directed commercials. It’s like you’re required to use aesthetics, that’s all you have—there’s no geek culture to help you out. There’s pressure, hundreds of thousands of dollars on the line, and it’s all about shot-making. [With Watchmen] I tried to go for the same feeling that I had when I read the graphic novel, what those pictures did to me. The movie will hopefully do that to the uninitiated viewers across the country who’ve never read the comic book. Meanwhile, fans of the book are debating stuff like the fate of Dr. Manhattan’s package, after the trailer blurred out the frequently nude, nuclear-powered hero’s franks and beans. There’s this thing called the MPAA. They barely let me show it in an R-rated movie, let alone a trailer. But you know what? For whatever reason, it’s OK to watch a flaccid penis for a while [on screen]. It’s like Forgetting Sarah Marshall. So [Billy Crudup] is naked through a fair share of the movie. It’s helpful that he’s CG, too. And blue. Why on Earth would you cast your 11-year-old son in this movie as a younger version of Rorschach, an abused sociopath whose mom was a hooker? My son was in 300, too, as the young Leonidus—he fights the dad, and then he punches a kid in the face. [Laughs] I feel like he’s together enough actually, that he can handle [the Watchmen role]. I didn’t try to get to deep into it. Though there is a woman yelling at him, “I should’ve had that abortion!” [Giggles] There’s a lot of money riding on this picture. What do you do during opening weekends? When 300 came out, I was in downtown Los Angeles shooting a Miller Beer commercial. That felt good. So I could always go, “Look if the movie doesn’t open, I’ve got this other job I can do.”

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Pretend you're in Coraline before the film's even out.

What if we mixed together the following things: stop motion animation, digital 3-D exhibition, and one hour and forty minutes that results in the first-ever stop motion film to be shot in 3D. Along with 300 artists, 3 years, and 70 million dollars, they add up to a film riding a wave of hype so ridiculous, it might dwarf the sexy vampire in "Twilight" (we said might). The movie is Coraline, starring Dakota Fanning, talking wallpaper, and parallel universes as its main characters. The movie may not come out until February 6, but because the work was so elaborate, experimental, and visually stunning, the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco has curated an exhibit featuring the film's artwork. The show offers a glimpse at everything from sets to puppets, costumes, and drawings, with almost 80 pieces in all. Unlike a movie like Wall-E, Coraline wasn't done in CGI (the computer technique used in animated films), so everything was built by hand. If it's anything like The Nightmare Before Christmas, even the snobbiest film lover might have to wipe that smirk off their face, and take a look.

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Monday, January 26, 2009

Things are looking UGLY for Betty!

In a just-announced Thursday night scheduling tweak, ABC is benching Betty beginning March 26 and replacing it with episodes of Samantha Who? and the new Megan Mullally-Cheryl Hines comedy In the Motherhood. The network's release concludes by saying, "Ugly Betty will return to Thursday nights at 8:00 p.m. following the run of In the Motherhood and Samantha Who?" After crunching the numbers, that puts Betty's return (provided Sam Who/Motherhood don't tank) sometime around (gulp) June -- a.k.a. outside the regular season. Now, granted, Betty hasn't exactly been killing it in the ratings this season, but it's still one of ABC's signature shows. At least I thought it was. "The Thursday night block is a good opportunity to launch these comedies," counters an ABC spokesperson. "That said, Betty is a solid performer and there is no question that it will definitely be back to complete its season, just without repeats." But when will it be back? The net's not saying, and that's the part that has me worried. Do you share my concern? Or is there a silver lining here that I'm just not seeing? Comment away

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Sunday, January 25, 2009

The U.K. definitely seems to be doing them better!

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Michelle Obama Just Can't Catch A Break

Putting aside momentarily the fact that one of them supports the slaughter of defenseless little animals, isn't it enough that Michelle Obama chose to wear threads designed by Americans to the Inauguration Day festivities? Well, the answers is NO for The Black Artists Association. They're upset because our new First Lady didn't wear something by an African-American. Michelle's day wear was designed by Cuban American Isabel Toledo and evening wear by Jason 'animal killer' Wu, an Asian American. One of the BAA's co-founders told Women's Wear Daily, “It’s fine and good if you want to be all ‘Kumbaya’ and ‘We Are the World’ by representing all different countries. But if you are going to have Isabel Toledo do the inauguration dress, and Jason Wu do the evening gown, why not have Kevan Hall, B Michael, Stephen Burrows or any of the other black designers do something too?” And when asked if perhaps the First Lady isn’t 'looking at the world colorlessly' the BAA rep said, “It’s one thing to look at the world without color but she had seven slots to wear designer clothes. Why wasn’t she wearing the clothes of a black designer? That was our moment.” We say, leave Michelle alone! Let her pick her outfits based on whether she's feeling the fashion vibe, not because of the person's ethnic background.

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New York's Party Princess: Taylor Momsen

Gossip Girl star Taylor Momsen has earned a reputation as a sophisticated It girl-about-town, rubbing elbows with power players and finding her way into the gossip columns (Did she make out with her co-star? Was she hospitalized for "exhaustion"?). But there's just one thing: She's only 15. Rachel Syme catches up with NYC's biggest little lady.

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Thursday, January 22, 2009

First Daughter Fashion

We loved Malia and Sasha's outfits on Inauguration Day, but not every first daughter was so fashion-forward. See some hits and misses at http://www. teenvogue. com/style/blogs/fashion/2009/01/first-daughter-fashion. html

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Monday, January 19, 2009

Blake Lively by Mario Testino.

Manhattan is weathering stormy economic times. Yet on Gossip Girl, the pretty young things are partying like it's...well, not 2009. Alessandra Stanley talks to Blake Lively about America's favorite fiction. Photographed by Mario Testino.

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Hudson River Crash Pilot Invited To Inauguration

Who isn't going to the Inauguration? In addition to everyone else hitting up Washington, D.C. this week, Obama decided to add the five crew members from US Airways Flight 1549 to his guest list. Obama has already praised chief pilot Chesley Sullenberger for his "heroic" landing of the goosed aircraft, which he managed to land as gently as possible in the Hudson River and save all 150 passengers. Sullenberger is on top of the world right now after his miraculous landing, and the invitation to Tuesday's events is just one of many tributes the pilot has received.

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Sunday, January 18, 2009

New Make Me A Supermodel Finalists

Bravo revealed the 16 beautiful and talented men and women chosen for the second season of "Make Me A Supermodel," premiering on Wednesday, March 4 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. The creative competition series follows a group of models as they compete for $100,000 prize, a contract with New York Model Management, a fashion pictorial in Cosmopolitan magazine, and the chance to become the next great supermodel. Tyson Beckford returns as the show's host. Australian supermodel Nicole Trunfio joins the show as mentor to the female models, along with a new panel of esteemed judges, including world-renowned designer Catherine Malandrino, model Jenny Shimizu, famed photographer Perou and international model-scout Marlon. A casting special for "Make Me A Supermodel" will air on Saturday, February 7 at 11 p.m. ET/PT. To find out more bout the new season, view the video above, in the coming days we will post some bios, videos and photos of our already fave MMAS2 contestants. Images and videos courtesy of Bravo.

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Monday, January 12, 2009

Happy Birthday Jesica!!!

I love you sis!! I hope you have the best 21st Birthday! and I wish you the best! yay your finally 21!!

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Raquel Zimmerman for Marc Jacobs

Brazilian supermodel Raquel Zimmermann in a shoot by the most avant-garde major fashion photographer Juergen Teller, by most of the critics Jacobs's spring summer collection is the one that will fit the demands of a high end womenswear buyer in these reigning recession days.J

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Make Me A Supermodel Season 2

"Make Me A Supermodel is returning for a second season, and what's even better? Tyson Beckford is returning as host! Sigh. He will be joined as mentor to the models by Australian supermodel Nicole Trunfio, and a new judging panel will decide who goes home each week." The new panel will consist of Catherine Malandrino, Jenny Shimizu, Marlon and Perou, (the change on the panel doesn't come to me as a nice surprise, but we'll see..)

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Saturday, January 3, 2009

Dolce & Gabanna Spring and Summer 2009

The new Dolce & Gabanna campaign shot by Steven Klein for the spring summer 2009 collection, featuring models Mariacarla Boscono, Caroline Trentini and Karlie Kloss.

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Kate Winslet for Elle

Doesn't she look amazing! Kate Winslet in a series of quite stunning photos by fashion photographer Mathias Vriens, for the cover and inside feature in the latest issue of UK's Elle magazine. Winslet is currently promoting her new movie with Leonardo Di Caprio, "Revolutionary Road".

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2009 2009 2009!!!

The holidays are over and its already 2009! I cant believe how fast time has gone...I hope this year is better than the last and I hope to do more this year Happy New Year everyone!

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Ever wanted to smell like Bella? Well now you can!

Hey Bella wannabes! Hot Topic just released a Twilight fragrance just for you. We heart the apple shaped bottle! Hope the scent helps you nab your very own Edward. Ha!

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