Friday, February 29, 2008

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Jack Walls & Backdoor Book Release @ The Wreck Center Sunday

OFF BOWERY Productions Presents:
ADA- A Series of Collages
Book Singing

…Also The Official New York Release of
The Backdoor Book

The Wreck Center
75 Sullivan St. Soho NYC
Sunday February 24th 2008


$30 per book
$60 for both!

"This photo project is a Who's Who of creative downtown New York. Anyone that wrote, painted, sang, or sewed something rad in New York is caught posing in front of A-ron's back door."
-Kathy Grayson (Deitch Projects)

Some of the mugs you’ll spot in the book include Espo, the Virgins, Amanda Blank, the Rockers NYC crew and tons more.

Available for purchase at

YSL Manifesto S/S 08

A little project I'll be working on ...

"Just as Saint Laurent himself created haute couture inspired the 1968 French student riots, YSL creative director Stefano Pilati seems determined to unleash some anarchic chic of his own. Accordingly, YSL have produced their second Manifesto, featuring Kate Moss and the equally lovely YSL Spring 2008 collection. The above video is just a teaser - the full video documenting the making of the new Spring Manifesto will be available on February 25 exclusively on

Of course, YSL being YSL, Stefano Pilati couldn’t just stop there. To get his message direct to the people, a phalanx of suited and platform-booted mavens will distribute copies of the 24-page, full-colour (and fully recycled, naturellement) Manifesto direct to the public in key locations in the world’s major cities – Political Fashion indeed! YSL’s mission to make our streets that little bit chicer starts with London and Milan on February 23, Tokyo on the 24th, Paris and New York on the 27th and finally Hong Kong on April 19. To coincide with this street distribution, a touring installation of life-sized versions of the iconic Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin images featured in the Manifesto and print campaign will be shown around the world. The first stop is London’s Dray Walk gallery at the Old Truman Brewery, where the images will be on display on February 23 and 24.

If last season’s Manifesto is anything to go by, be prepared for YSL world domination! "

- Thanks Natalie

Clip of New Madonna Track

sample here

New album is due out April 29!!

Pharrel, Timba, JT, Madonna...

Bond no. 9: Andy Warhol Union Square

New York based Bond no. 9 has made me revisit this decision. Their iconic bottle has been a canvas for beautiful designs, each inspired by different neighborhoods of New York. A few months back we announced that Bond no. 9 had launched a series of 12 perfumes with the Andy Warhol Foundation. On March 1st, Bond no.9 is launching its second fragrance in collaboration with The Warhol Foundation: Andy Warhol Union Square. It’s a big, fresh, seductive green floral with equally major inspiration: Warhol’s Flowers silk-screens and Union Square itself, the second location of Warhol’s Factory (and the place where he created his Flowers). The scent is launching in early March because after all: “My favorite smell is the first smell of spring in New York,” Warhol once said.

And can we talk about the design of the bottle? It’s gorgeous. Half the mystique of perfume is the bottle it comes in and Bond no.9 does true justice to Warhol’s vision. If you’re super-serious, and you have money to spend, then the limited edition collector’s porfolio is for you. The collection includes 10 bottles, each with different flower prints.

Limited-edition Portfolio of ten bottles, each a different Flowers print. Suggested retail price: $1500 for ten 100ml bottles.

Available in 100 ml and 50ml flacons, Andy Warhol Union Square will be available at Bond No. 9’s four New York boutiques and at Saks Fifth Avenue nationwide beginning March 15, 2008.

Read Bond No. 9’s story of the inspiration, scent and bottle design ....

The Sweet (and Cool) Smell of Pop Art in Andy Warhol Union Square by Bond No. 9

“My favorite smell is the first smell of spring in New York,” Andy Warhol once said. Perhaps in a similar spirit, Warhol began painting and silk-screening a series of highly stylized, phantasmagorically colored flowers during the 1960s. He returned to this age-old painter’s subject in 1970, when he developed a portfolio of vibrantly colored flower screenprints at the first of his two studios on Union Square. Both the florals and the location were the inspiration for Andy Warhol Union Square, the latest in Bond No. 9’s series of collectible Warhol eaux de parfum, arriving on counter in March, 2008.

The scent, a seductive green floral that’s simultaneously cool and warm, is housed in the slim Bond No. 9 superstar flacon, this time displaying Warhol’s flowers as its surface design. Outsize, otherworldly flowers such as these are of course a major fashion statement for spring 2008—with multitudes of designers taking their cue from the Warhol Flowers series. Likewise, Bond No. 9’s Andy Warhol Union Square is in tune with the times (as perfumes should be). But let us go one further and propose that this latest scent of ours, enveloped in Warhol’s iconic flower motif, raises the art of perfumery to—dare we say it?—a new level of sophistication.

The Fragrance

Let’s start with the scent itself. While most floral fragrances just hint at cool, and vice versa, this one is an ambi-sexual, daringly balanced mix of sweet and cool. Sometimes the gentle scent of lily of the valley seems about to prevail, looped together with blue freesia, golden amber, and animal musk to enhance its sensuality. At other times, crunchy green-stem notes and white birch wood are poised to turn this scent into one of pure, clean energy. But then the sweetness and the coolness merge, and stay merged.

The Bottle/Warhol’s Flowers on Display

Now let’s take a look at the bottle. Its surface design places Warhol’s artistry in a new medium: the surface of the sculpted glass perfume flacon. We present fuchsia, red and yellow colored flowers with blue colored blades of grass. Like nothing found in nature, these flowers remain on the two-dimensional plane. They are like psychedelic paper cut-outs superimposed above the blades of grass, which have an outsized life of their own. Yet the two coalesce in the overall composition, just as the scent’s floral and green notes merge in their own artistic composition.

High Fidelity Canopy Bed by Edoardo Carlino

This bed is pretty sweet ....lets just hope its comfy.

Hi-Can is an “High Fidelity Canopy” designed by Italian designer Edoardo Carlino. The Hi-Can high fidelity canopy features beautifully designed equipment that allows you to surf the web, watch movies, play games, and listen to music all from the comfort of your bed. This bed really provides you a lot of technology at your fingertips from the moment you just woke up. A perfect tool that aims to make our lifes more sedentary. You get a projector, a sound system, a projection screen, a DVD player and all the relevant input.


Smirnoff Remixes Vodka with Rappers

Smirnoff takes its mantra, “Mix Well, Drink Responsibly” to another level with their new music campaign. This February, the spirits brand known for a flavorful range of vodka, enlists Just Blaze, Cool and Dre and DJ Premier to remix classic material by Common, Q-Tip and KRS-One for the Signature Mix Series. .” Click to download the songs for free.

Snippet of the press release: "Each artist/producer pairing represents a Smirnoff mixed drink made by blending one of the best-selling Smirnoff flavored vodka products with a popular mixer. 'The Southside,' made with Smirnoff Green Apple flavored vodka and cranberry juice, is the inspiration for Common and Just Blaze's collaboration. 'The Blueberry Abstract,' made with Smirnoff Blueberry flavored vodka and lemonade, is linked to the partnership between Q-Tip and Cool & Dre. 'The Cypha,' an exciting blend of Smirnoff Raspberry flavored vodka and pineapple juice, represents the collaboration between KRS-One and DJ Premier."

Here is the invite for the NYC launch event ..

All Points West to Be Radiohead's Only NYC Appearance

All Points West to Be Radiohead's Only NYC Appearance

New Yorkers hoping to brag to future generations that they saw Radiohead on the In Rainbows tour at Madison Square Garden are shit outta luck. Looks like your only chance to see Radiohead on this tour will be at the All Points West Music and Arts Festival, as no other New York area appearances are planned. (Except for the private show they're going to play at Cake Shop just for me and my friends. Right, guys? Right??)

Not that there's anything to complain about. As you know, All Points West is taking place August 8-10 at Liberty State Park in Jersey City, and Radiohead will headline both Friday and Saturday nights (Jack Johnson headlines Sunday). Other acts slated to perform include Animal Collective, Cat Power, the New Pornographers, Girl Talk, the Roots, Underworld, the Go! Team, Metric, CSS, Andrew Bird, Black Kids, Chromeo, Amadou & Mariam, Rogue Wave, and Mates of State. It's shaping up to be a pretty cool time.

Pitchfork spoke to festival organizer Paul Tollett of Goldenvoice, who filled us in on some of the logistics of All Points West. Although Goldenvoice is the company behind Coachella, Tollett stresses that APW is not Coachella East. For starters, it's a lot smaller. Tollett estimates that the festival's capacity will be "about half" of that of American behemoths like Coachella, Bonnaroo, and Lollapalooza, meaning that they will cap attendance at around 30 or 40 thousand people.

There will only be three stages and about 40 bands, as opposed to the 100+ that swarm Coachella. This will allow bands to play longer sets than usual, thus letting everyone who doesn't want to see Jack Johnson leave super early on Sunday night and get a good night's sleep for work the next day.

But the biggest difference between Coachella and APW has to do with location. Coachella takes place on a polo field in the middle of the desert. It's beautiful and all, but it's very, very difficult to get to the festival without a car. (That will be changing this year, Tollett says, as they are partnering with Amtrak to set up a special stop for the festival.) APW, on the other hand, is in an urban park that's just a brief train or ferry ride away from Manhattan. That means less driving... plus getting to watch bands play against the backdrop of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and the Manhattan skyline.

Hmm... a three-day music festival that's relatively small, features three stages, is located in an urban park with a beautiful skyline backdrop easily accessible by public transportation, and features performances by Cat Power, the New Pornographers, CSS, and Girl Talk? What a great idea!

Since we had Tollett on the phone, we had to ask, even though we knew it was a stupid question: Any chance that one of the promised additions to the All Points West lineup might be My Bloody Valentine?

No. No chance at all.



Friday, February 22, 2008

Radiohead to Play All Points West Festival - TWICE

Radiohead to Play All Points West Festival - TWICE!

Looks like those rumors about Radiohead playing the inaugural edition of the All Points West Music & Arts Festival were true, as reported by URB Magazine and subsequently confirmed. All Points West, produced by AEG Live and Goldenvoice (aka the people behind Coachella), takes place August 8-10 in Liberty State Park in Jersey City, New Jersey. Radiohead will headline the first two nights, August 8 and 9.

More North American tour dates should be announced soon; they will probably be in July and early August, per the big gaping hole in Radiohead's touring schedule right now. According to Radiohead authority At Ease Web, Japanese and South American tours should pop up in the fall.

Radiohead dates:

05-05 West Palm Beach, FL - Cruzan Amphitheatre
05-06 Tampa, FL - Ford Amphitheatre
05-08 Atlanta, GA - Lakewood Amphitheatre
05-09 Charlotte, NC - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
05-11 Bristow, VA - Nissan Pavilion at Stone Ridge
05-14 St. Louis, MO - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
05-17 Houston, TX - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
05-18 Dallas, TX - Center
06-06 Dublin, Ireland - Malahide
06-07 Dublin, Ireland - Malahide
06-09 Paris, France - Bercy
06-10 Paris, France - Bercy
06-12 Barcelona, Spain - Parc del Fòrum
06-14 Nimes, France - Arenes
06-15 Nimes, France - Arenes
06-17 Milan, Italy - Civica Arena
06-18 Milan, Italy - Civica Arena
06-20 Neuhausen ob Eck, Germany - Southside Festival
06-22 Scheeßel, Germany - Hurricane Festival
06-24 London, England - Victoria Park
06-25 London, England - Victoria Park
06-27 Glasgow, Scotland - Glasgow Green
06-29 Manchester, England - Lancashire County Cricket Club
07-01 Amsterdam, Netherlands - Westerpark
07-03 Roskilde, Denmark - Roskilde Festival
07-04-05 Werchter, Belgium - Rock Werchter Festival
07-06 Arras, France - Main Square Festival
07-08 Berlin, Germany - Wuhlheide
08-08 Jersey City, NJ - All Points West Festival
08-09 Jersey City, NJ - All Points West Festival

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Buy My Love

Insa's latest opening entitled "Buy My Love" at Recoat Gallery in Glasgow.

you might recognize her work from this shot can you not love the high heels ;-)

On the Radar

Heatherette For M.A.C. Cosmetics

M.A.C. Cosmetics has tapped Heatherette to release a limited edition line after the Fafi collaboration, set to debut on March 27th. The collection will include eyeshadow, lipstick and pancake base, the packaging looks very retro 80’s glam.

Fafi for MAC

Loving it ...


What I'm feelin' ...

Uffie sportin' a Fafi MOB shirt

Hard to see but I adore this hoody (especially the color)

photos by cobrasnake

Look who's posing as Marilyn Monroe

Tuesday, February 19th 2008

Lindsay Lohan as Marilyn Monroe in "The Last Sitting"

Fast forward to present day for a moment. Ok so I'm definitely feelin' the black and white images with the brightly colored flowers. However I did have the opportunity to peep the actual issue today thanks to my receptionist. I'm definitely NOT one to hate but YUCK. Lohan is too pale and too freckled and simply NOT attractive in any of the the color images baring too much skin. With the exception of those particular photos I'd say job well done.

View the whole shoot

Behind the Scenes

In 1962, photographer Bert Stern shot a series of photos of Marilyn Monroe that have collectively come to be known as “The Last Sitting.” Taken during several boozy sessions at the Hotel Bel-Air, the photographs are arguably the most famous images ever captured of America’s most famous actress: Monroe, sleepy-eyed and naked, sips from a Champagne glass, enacts a fan dance of sorts with various diaphanous scarves, romps with erotic playfulness on a bed of white linens. Six weeks after she had posed, Monroe was found dead of an apparent barbiturate overdose.

The photos endure partly as artifacts—as the last visible evidence of the living woman (a legacy reinforced by Stern’s decision to publish the contact sheets Monroe herself had crossed out in red marker). But the pictures are also remarkable for the raw truths they seem to reveal. In them, we see an actress whose comedic talents were overshadowed by her sex appeal, a woman who is cannily aware of her pinup status, yet is also beginning to show her 36 years. In many shots, she is obviously drunk. This was an unhappy time for Monroe. Notorious for her on-set antics, she had been publicly lambasted by Billy Wilder after Some Like It Hot, then fired from the production of Something’s Got to Give; she’d endured two recent divorces and, in 1961, a brief stint in a psychiatric ward.

Stern excavated and preserved the poignant humanity of the real woman—beautiful, but also fragile, needy, flawed—from the monumental sex symbol. In our armored, airbrushed age, his achievement feels almost revolutionary.

Forty-six years later, Stern has revisited his classic shots with Lindsay Lohan, another actress whose prodigious fame is not quite commensurate with her professional achievements. Stern, who shot the photos on film rather than digitally, told me he was interested in Lohan because he suspected “she had a lot more depth to her” than one might assume from “those teenage movies.” Indeed, many in the film industry believe that Lohan has yet to pursue projects equal to her gifts. Without putting too fine a point on it, you might say Lohan has, like Monroe, a knack for courting the tabloids and tripping up her career. (Readers will remember that Lohan had her own Billy Wilder moment two summers ago on the set of Georgia Rule.) Stern said the project also grew out of his interest in “controversial women,” or “bad girls,” like “Britney, Paris, and Lindsay.” Monroe was, in a sense, the original tabloid queen.

Though Lohan’s willingness to reprise the photos might seem a sly nod to her scandalous past, the actress offered a straightforward explanation. “I didn’t have to put much thought into it. I mean, Bert Stern? Doing a Marilyn shoot? When is that ever going to come up? It’s really an honor.” During a break in the daylong shoot, Lohan sat cross-legged on a bed in the four-room suite and spoke to me, in that familiar throaty voice with its staccato rhythms, about her abiding obsession with Monroe. Her interest took root a decade ago with multiple viewings of Niagara during the London filming of The Parent Trap. She has even purchased an apartment where Marilyn once lived. “If you saw my house … I have a lot of Marilyn stuff,” she told me, including a huge painting of Monroe.

“It’s eerie,” Lohan said of the painting, a Christmas gift, “because it’s this picture of her, and it’s kind of cartoony, and there’s a big bottle of pills next to her, and they’ve fallen over.” Lohan called Monroe’s suicide “tragic,” and then added, elliptically, “You know, it’s also tragic what just recently happened to someone else.” I asked whether she was referring to Heath Ledger. She nodded: “They are both prime examples of what this industry can do to someone.” Why some and not others, I asked, since it has often seemed that the thrice-rehabbed Lohan might meet a similar fate. Lohan replied with a flicker of annoyance: “I don’t know. I’m not them. But I sure as hell wouldn’t let it happen to me.” Still, one wonders whether Lohan’s participation in this project, given all the spooky parallels, isn’t the photographic equivalent of moving into a haunted house. (Which, in fact, she may have already done.)

Lohan viewed the shoot as a theatrical performance, as a chance to inhabit the role of an idol. “I wanted to portray the book and get it point-on as much as I could, to bring it back to life,” she said. Hence the strict mimesis: scarves, nudity, and all. “Not more than fifteen minutes had passed since she’d arrived, and already she had agreed to take her clothes off!” Stern writes of Monroe in his swaggering introduction to The Complete Last Sitting, the book in which all 2,571 photos have been collected. He might have said the same about Lohan. “I was comfortable with it,” the actress remarked of the nudity (though she did confess to doing “250 crunches” the previous night). All made up, in winged eyeliner and shellacked blonde wig, Lohan, who has returned to her former voluptuousness, at times appeared more Marilyn than the thin, somewhat diminished woman of the original Marilyn photos. “It was very similar, déjà vu you might say, like revisiting an old street,” said Stern.

The original photos, however, were distinguished by an almost claustrophobic intimacy between photographer and muse. In the first session, Stern persuaded the entourage of stylists to leave him alone with Monroe. The shoot thus took on the symbolic (if not the actual) contours of a liaison. The rise of the celebrity industrial complex has rendered this sort of tense pas de deux all but impossible. At the Lohan shoot, the crowd included Lohan’s manager, her security guard, and her younger sister, Ali; a makeup artist and assistant, a hairstylist and assistant, a stylist, a manicurist, a sentry to watch the borrowed diamonds; Stern, his manager, and two photo assistants. Lohan and Stern worked in an adjoining room, while the rest of us hovered outside like groupies at a backstage entrance.

“Here is a woman who is giving herself to the public,” Lohan said, about the Monroe photos, when we spoke the next day by phone. “She’s saying, ‘Look, you’ve taken a lot from me, so why don’t I give it to you myself.’ She’s taking control back.” Like any tabloid veteran, Lohan understands the potency of a photograph, and that the best way to respond to a society that views you only as an image might just be on its own terms.

Monday, February 18, 2008


(Friday, Dec 14 2007)

So for our holiday party, I was able to convince the president of our company to take the office to dinner and to the latest Fuerza Bruta show at the Darrell Roth Theater.

No camera flash is allowed but here are the shots I was able to capture.

not sure if you can see the girl inside there immersed in water? both are spinning in motion...

this looked like too much fun! these girls were running on the wall doing flips and flying through the air..

something about this shot I simply love.

mid air rotating disc - notice the girl suspended

mid air rotating disc - notice the girl suspended on one side and the guy suspended on the other as it spun

suspended in water in mid air


this girl was arm's length away

she was looking for me ...

I think I've been found ..

ouch.. is she doing the splits?

dead man's float

every straight man's fantasy?

and that's a wrap ...

Cory Pavitt Shoot

(Sunday, Dec 9 2007)

Came home just in time to do a test shoot with photographer Cory Pavitt

Much love and thanks to the following:
Chris at Toni & Guy for hair and make-up.
Tara at Covet and Jan at Triple 5 Soul for hooking me up with clothes.