Viktor $ Rolf
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Stella McCartney is so cool.
Theodora Richards is way cooler.
Paula Froelich PAGE SIX - February 27, 2008 -- ROLLING Stone Keith Richards' model daughter, Theodora, has a new job. The New York City native and rock 'n' roll heiress has been appointed vice president of creative direction of 4 Stroke Jeans, which is described as "a denim collection inspired by rock and roll music and high fashion." Theodora has worked with the brand as a "model and muse" for two years, and her first collection will debut in the fall.
Soft inheritance: Ma Ke leaves a precious legacy
Organic yet theatrical, the experimental work of Chinese fashion designer Ma ke captured the imagination of award winning Director Jia Zhangke. His documentary Wu Yong, traced the preparation and launch of her collection Useless in Paris. His film footage of workers in a Guangdong garment factory contrasts with images of Ma Ke's artisans at their hand looms.
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Paula Froelich - PAGE SIX -February 26, 2008 -- SLEAZE-meister Joe Francis is still in the slammer on tax- evasion charges, but it's not stopping him from expanding his "Girls Gone Wild" brand. The king of naked-coed videos is launching "Girls Gone Wild" magazine, a PG-13 print version of his raunchy video series in which drunken college girls are coaxed into stripping for the camera. The mag, in the vein of Maxim and other "lad" publications, will hit newsstands April 15 with articles including "Wildest Spring Break Moments" and a photo spread featuring Kim Kardashian and her sisters Kourtney and Khloe wearing Francis' signature swimwear line.
Maggie Shuttlesworth / For the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Nathaniel Sheetz, a Penn State masters student from Lancaster, returns to his car after retrieving his handgun from the campus police station. Mr. Sheetz is a member of Students for Concealed Carry on Campus.
Lil Wayne - Stop Shootin
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Translated by Virginia Jewiss
301pp. Macmillan. £16.99.
978 0 230 01776 4
US: Farrar, Straus & Giroux. $25. 978 0 374 16527 7
Gomorrah is the product of several years of investigative journalism in Naples and the Caserta area of southern Italy by a young journalist (born in 1979). Its greatest merit is to show in meticulous detail how the organized crime syndicate in the region, Camorra, has been able to forge relationships of mutual cooperation with a sizeable section of the local and national economies, and how legal and illegal production intersect and support each other. The book aspires to be, and fully succeeds in being, a work of literature: it is written in the first person, in a raw, unadorned yet highly elaborate style. The reader is invited to read Gomorrah as the personal memoir of a young man who cannot turn his analytic gaze away from the evil he grew up with. In Italy, the book has become a literary phenomenon and won a major literary prize. The author is a now a marked man.
Roberto Saviano shows with extraordinary precision the dark side of Italy’s celebrated fashion industry. He tells us that he took part in an underground auction organized by fixers operating on behalf of the fashion houses based in northern Italy and, allegedly, across the Atlantic. The fashion houses turn to fixers to contract out the production of their designs to dressmaking sweatshops in the Neapolitan area. Where does the Camorra come in? Saviano describes a system in which the fashion houses commission several workshops, but pay on delivery to one workshop only; local entrepreneurs therefore need to obtain credit in advance to pay workers. Since this economic activity goes totally unrecorded, firms cannot turn to banks. Instead they fall back on the local Camorra families, which advance credit at highly advantageous rates, between 2 and 4 per cent. Saviano, after witnessing the auction, was invited to a lunch offered by one of the workshops. At the lunch, a representative from the Camorra negotiated the cash advance with the owner.
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Viktor & Rolf, two Dutch designers, opened their one and only flagship store in Milan in 2005. The boutique gives the illusion as though you are walking on the ceiling. All the walls and props are turned upside-down, while the garment still hangs perfectly. Which photo do you think is correct?
Friday, February 15, 2008
Ohio-born Israeli Rachel Papo began photographing female soldiers in 2004. Having worked as a photographer in the Israeli Air Force for two years during her mandatory military service, Papo had experienced first hand being “plucked from her home surroundings and placed in a rigorous institution where her individuality is temporarily forced aside in the name of nationalism” as she describes it in her artist's statement. The project is titled Serial No. 3817131 from the author's own military service.
Thursday, February 14, 2008
To celebrate their centennial UPS collaborated with French designer Karine Arabian to create Youps, a bag symbolizing "Woman UPS." Designed to hold gadgets as well as other necessities, the bag features two large outside pockets, a dual-compartment laptop pocket, a pocket for an MP3 player, a phone, a passport and zippered pockets for cables. It's made from fine leather and can also be customized with various colors, leather and dimensions at Karine Arabian's website and then delivered, via UPS natch.
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
February 13, 2008 -- "THE Vivienne Westwood Opus," one of the largest fashion books ever, was published this week. The book, which costs a whopping $2,700, has 97 original photos spread among 200 pages of Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss, Sir Bob Geldof, Jerry Hall and Helena Bonham Carter.
Sunday, February 10, 2008
DKNY Active Shoes and Semi Precious Weapons frontman/Fetty of Brooklyn jewelry designer Justin Tranter have joined forces to create a limited-edition sneaker. Evoking garage glam spirit of the band and Fetty, the shoes have an upper made of Ballistic Nylon, originally intended for military use and elastic laces with gold-tone aglets and feature removable Fetty "New York Rock" and heart charm hanging from the top eyelet. Only 24 shoes were made 12 for men($195) and 12 for women($175).The Fetty x DKNY shoes will be available on Wednesday 20 February 2008 exclusively at Alter in Greenpoint.
F*cking Georgeous Lip Gloss
Friday, February 8, 2008
RICHARD JOHNSON - PAGE SIX
February 8, 2008 -- DONNA Karan is looking for a new assistant after her old assistant mistakenly welcomed an animal-rights activist into Karan's Manhattan home with open arms on Wednesday.
According to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals rep Michael McGraw, the group sent "a fashionably dressed young woman, clad in knee-high black boots and a denim miniskirt, to Karan's Central Park West home, with a tray of soy lattes in her hand." The PETA operative was actually surprised when "she was invited into Karan's vast apartment, greeted by an assistant and offered a seat. As housekeepers, stylists and other assistants buzzed around, the activist, equipped with a miniature DVD player, waited for Karan," McGraw told Page Six. When Karan, who has been targeted by PETA throughout Fashion Week for using fur in her designs, finally came home, she was accosted by the infiltrator, who immediately turned on a graphic DVD of animals being harvested for their pelts. A horrified Karan said, "I can't watch this now. I have somewhere to be . . . I just really don't have the time." When the PETA lady protested, Karan said, "I've seen all these [videos], but for me it's just purses and accessories." That prompted the PETA woman to shoot back, "But for me and millions of other people, these are animals. They suffer terribly as they are electrocuted, gassed and skinned alive for their pelts." According to McGraw, Karan said, "Look, nobody loves their dogs like I do . . . I feel like my privacy is being invaded. How did you get in here?" Then she walked away. As the PETA operative was being led out by the housekeeper, she heard a "huge commotion in the other room, complete with raised voices," McGraw relates. The house manager then told the infiltrator, "Whatever you were trying to do, you can forget about it," before screaming at the doormen for letting the prankster in. Karan didn't get back to us, but PETA isn't letting up. As the designer displays her collection today at her showroom on Greenwich Street, protesters wearing Donna Karan masks will be outside bludgeoning bloodied stuffed rabbits.