Oh how the world spins and the hiss thins.. It seems every last bit of goss here gets picked up and amplified faster than the speed of scandal. Like just seconds ago I was prepping a post in anticipation of picking up the image of a impending new cover. The image you see would have been the scoop. Seems TI jumped the gun . Apologies all around . But we will not abandon the cause. The next challenge for The Squad is to decipher that previously buzzed Vogue Paris cover event. The issue is said to be "very French" as in defiantly so. Two very French models were booked. One who for years was an iconic face for a venerable designer, the other a tremendously beautiful girl who rose to a more mass market kind of stardom. Will it be both? The one? The other? In any case it seems the directional kids have grown tired of those damn anonymous editorial faces. In a very sustained way. Which brings us to that All American editorial beauty who is about to enter paparazzi heaven. Smart girl. She knows the future is not celebrity vs model, but rather "the-model-as-celebrity". It can be done! It can be done!
Submitted by Wayne on Thu, 2008-05-08 01:59.
Well today has been all about the last minute inspiration. I've been weeping to the Hiss Squad that I'm facing the SS09 Men's shows with a sense of dread. I can already see the knobby knees in baggy linen shorts rolled up three times for that "editorial" look. What is happening to menswear I've been wondering? Why is it so moribund next to the dynamic breakthroughs we saw in womenswear for FW 08. Well via this really great new blog, http://royboticsteez.blogspot.com/, I stumbled across the work of Ute Ploier. It is a very familiar vocabulary (given than Ute was trained by Raf Simons) but backtracking through the season's there seems to be a very interesting signature evolving through the line. It happens on those more "off"/unwearable" pieces. Ute shows in Paris and what I love about the work of Austrian designer is the way she chooses to explore the tension between street/sportswear and tailored pieces. We'll be watching her SS09 show with avid interest.
Submitted by Wayne on Wed, 2008-05-07 23:35.
Every morning I wake up and ask myself the question "Well...What do you believe in today?". Pumping out TI over the past 8 months has forced to me to look all around for inspiration. But sometimes I run dry . This afternoon I got an email from Kayode Ojo from Tennessee who's headed to SVA to study photography this fall, KO wrote :
"I saw this and I thought of TI. The blog is fascinating. It keeps me sane. People in Tennessee are like "What's Balenciaga?"
I checked out KO's recommendation and was speechless. It was a MAJOR thing. Here it is for your viewing pleasure. Thanks so much KO. I'm emailing you after posting this!
Submitted by Wayne on Wed, 2008-05-07 23:05.
TI would like for you to make the acquaintance of Brandon Jamie London (born October 16, 1984 in Richmond, Virginia) . Mr London is a wide receiver for the New York Giants of the National Football League. He played college football at Massachusetts and attended Fork Union Military Academy. Mr London is signed to Boss Models in NY.
Submitted by Wayne on Tue, 2008-05-06 19:54.
Fashion worships Antonioni's "Blow Up" as the most perfect film ever about the subject of fashion and photography. Every frame has been called "an epiphany that calls the very idea of framing into question" . TI loves all that but I also loved the music which was the complete antithesis to the expected "Swinging London" pop. (The director's feelings about modern pop music are pretty much made explicit in the scene where a mob of fans inside a swinging London rock club fight for the remnants of a guitar hero's guitar. The fight spills outside. The last fan standing is left with a fragment of guitar ..surveys it and tosses it away) . How great is the design of this LP cover? It is one of the things I miss in the otherwise fantastic age of mp3's...the space designers had to create via those little cardboard squares.
Submitted by Wayne on Tue, 2008-05-06 19:25.
Submitted by Wayne on Mon, 2008-05-05 19:32.
William Cordova's , "Badussy (Or Machu Picchu After Dark)" composed of ,200 found speakers, candy, pennies, vinyl records and candles is a thing of show stopping beauty for TI. 3D collage, real time bricolage, rich with "Third World" riffs, antiseptic AND visceral...it is as my friend Fabien would say...many, many things.
Submitted by Wayne on Mon, 2008-05-05 19:11.
Submitted by Wayne on Mon, 2008-05-05 18:56.
Directional Hollywood...is there such a thing? Eva Mendes is the May cover of Vogue Italia (looking very Shana Zadrick) , Mariah the June face of London's ID. Is the double whammy of these mega-mainstream babes a fluke or the recession-proof wave of the future? Are old school super-models and new era super-celebs the way to keep the numbers buzzing and the product moving? And what will V and Vogue Paris have to say about this state of affairs. As for TI, we're so confused we're hightailing it back to LA as soon as possible. Because that would be very directional.
PS. Props to WWD for making SURE the VI cover news was scooped by them first and no other forces. But the Hiss Squad won't be caught sleeping next time.
Submitted by Wayne on Sun, 2008-05-04 19:48.