Michelangelo Pistoletto
September 28, 2008, 4:39 pm
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This, now 75 year old, artist began working in the early 1950’s. He was a main protagonist is the Arte Povera (poor art) movement. Michelangelo is amazing for many reasons but I think we need to bring Arte Povera back. “Poor” is not a description of the works quality; it’s a description of the financial state of its participants. The rule is, you can only use materials acquired for free, or laughably cheap.

With a name like Michelangelo, he was fated to engage religious subjects. His piece “Woollen. The Reinstated Apple” from 2007 was a hit as his “Third Paradise” show. While he began experimenting with self-portraits, some of his most engaging work was the result of his experimentation with mirrors and painting reflective surfaces, directly engaging the reader and effectively making them a part of the piece. Check out “Man with Yellow Pants” at the MOMA now. K$

September 28, 2008, 4:30 pm
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Any fashion whore from Hell to High Water has probably traveled to crazy far flung vintage and retail store locales just to catch a glimpse of the season’s newly fangeled Chanel 2.55 quilted bag. However, it is hardly routine for such a saught after iconic accessory to come to them.

Chanel, along with architect Zaha Hadid, has created an international mobile museum dedicated to the living legend that is the 2.55. Works of over 20 artists depicting their interpretation of the bag’s legacy will be featured in a fluidlike progressive pavilion situated in Central Park’s Rumsey Playfield. It’s understood that art appreciators, architectophile’s and fahion followers alike will be transported to a far away place – where Chanel is clearly the reigning power. Mobile Art will be landing in New york on October 20th and will run through September 9th. NIKKI

September 21, 2008, 9:13 pm
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1. What motivates you?
Everything! Every day brings new lessons, ideas and feelings… I can’t live without dreaming and I think that what i’m doing is kind of making the dream become truth. My plan is clear : keep showing collections, integrate a solid business platform and extend to other activities when the time is ripe. No rush, though…

2. Who are your greatest inspirations(doesnt have to be a designer)?

I must admit that I think a great deal about myself when designing. Of course I didn’t create a brand just for my own sake, but I believe that using what I would like to wear as a starting point to the design process is the most truthful and straightforward approach. It allows me to stay focused on my aesthetic statement and also assess my commitment to wearability, functionality, and comfort. I wear my own clothes because It reflects my way of thinking and want to feel how another person would feel in them. I admire designers who have a complete vision, who pay attention to all the details of their brand’s image, and take that vision even further in abstraction and refinement, all the way into the field of art.

3. Do you see yourself ever using bright colors?
I want to make clothes that give the wearer a bold presence without looking contrived or overdone. I wouldn’t say that my use of black denotes a particular macabre fascination — I am more attached to the notion of purity. And by choosing simple, stark lines, I strive to blur gender boundaries; the androgynous dimension is really key to my line. I hope to reach people who do not define themselves primarily as men or women, who go beyond classic demographic criteria.

4. Who is the most important person in your life?
I’m very detached from everything. I feel like i’m from nowhere and everywhere. It’s a great mental observation, it’s very inspiring.

5. What underwear are you wearing right now?
Calvin Klein and soon i’ll be wearing a Rad Hourani underwear.

September 18, 2008, 11:34 pm
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We’ve had the little black dress, the sac dress, the mini dress, the bubble dress, and so many others, but now we have the lamp dress, and its kind of dirty…Discuss. K$

September 18, 2008, 11:32 pm
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Lets get one thing straight, Jeff Koons is a dick. I know it, you know it, and he knows it. So I hate to give him the satisfaction of getting more attention (’cause you know he’s on the Spiral (bitch)) but his new exhibit at Versailles is just great. Now, as some one who has actually touched Jeff Koons (on my birthday, and don’t ask) I feel I have the authority to assert myself as a Koons scholar (why does the term ‘Koons scholar’ make me uncomfortable?). The combination of site and works is perfect. Both interact with a dialogue of opulence, ego, sexuality, and celebrity. The New York Times has a lovely slide show I recommend you check out. (Also I’ve got it hard up for parenthetical asides today. Deal.) K$

September 17, 2008, 6:30 am
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This shot of Freja, Catherine, and Lara(3 of my favorite girls) is actually my favorite from fashion week. JD really captured a moment. Beautiful. RYAN DYE

Photography: JD Ferguson

September 16, 2008, 2:47 am
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Fashion has come and gone. I didnt know how much more I could take. It was fun, but I’m ready to move on. The only show I went to was Rad Hourani’s and it was, one word, BLACK. It was fabulous. Sleek, sexy, shiny, morbid, all that good shit. He even had some of the top girls work his runway including V Magazine cover girl, Eniko. I’ll admit I was a lil star struck when I saw her strut her shit right in front of me. The show was great, wish I could say the same for his after-party at Gold Bar but I didnt get in. One of the worst things I hate about fashion week. No matter who you are or what you do, if you arrive late, you’re not getting in. Or you can be a total loser and stand there for an hour waiting for people to leave. Keep your eyes peeled, I’ll be posting more pics from fashion week soon. Hold tight. RYAN DYE

Photography: Betty at MODELS.COM