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Natalia has the face that makes sellsNatalia has the face that makes sells

OK off to the Oak showroom to pick up a pile of Hood By Air I just ordered...all the better to play with on new girls for the constant round of shoots I edit with Spur, MDC and TI . We think Natalia from Women (who opened the last Prada) would look brilliant in that twisted gear.

CURRENT VIEWING: SOME PARISIANS UNDER OCCUPATION: BIBLOTHEQUE HISTORIQUE DE LA VILLE DE PARIS

"En suivant la mode, Jardin du Luxembourgh, Mai 1942" Andre Zucca"En suivant la mode, Jardin du Luxembourgh, Mai 1942" Andre Zucca

This show is causing a bit of a stir in Paris, primarily because the photographer being showcased, Andre Zucca worked for a Nazi propaganda magazine "Signal" during the Occupation at the height of WWII. The strange twist is because of his rare access to color film he was able to document the Paris of those war years. Of course as a 'propogandist" he chose to depict Occupied Paris in a far more romantic way that the reality would suggest.

As David Lewis in Artforum outlined, "Mainly the images depict fashionable girls sporting sunglasses and cycling and swimming, working-class and bohemian antics, and the magnificence of Parisian architecture and streets. The Parisians appear better served under the Occupation than history, or myth, would have it. It is for this reason that the show has caused such a scandal. Officially, controversy broke out over a supposed lack of curatorial sensitivity—the photos were at first displayed without much historical information, which was then added—but what is in fact tough to stomach is the lesson these photos offer about indifference, especially in the face of tragedy."

All which just serves to underscore the ever shifting values of truth in a photograph.

CURRENT READING: MAI 68: THE HAYWARD GALLERY

Vive  Revolutionaries with good handbags!Vive Revolutionaries with good handbags!

2008! Its the 40th anniversary of the May 68 uprising in France, an event forever romanticized and fetished in fashion (Ms Prada), film (Bertolucci's "The Dreamers") and music (check Pet Shop Boys "I'm Not Scared"..the crowd noises at the end are a tribute to Mai 68). The Hayward Gallery is exhibiting a collection of posters curated by Johan Kugelberg and Jeff Boardman of original posters from the uprising.
40 of the stunning graphic works have been reproduced into a limited edition poster book and each page of the hand pulled screen-printed reproductions been perforated along the edge for easy removal and framing (only 68 books are being published).

EXPECTING THE UNEXPECTED

Editorial AND Sexy! PH Sorrenti for V53 via thefashionspotEditorial AND Sexy! PH Sorrenti for V53 via thefashionspot

I have to say, nobody in the modeling industry of New York behaved in a predictable way last week. Or have they? From the blood bath (or bloodletting depending on how you care to look at it) at DNA and Women to the delightfully un-corporate IMG agency image in the new V magazine, nothing is quite the way it was . But that's good for fashion and the modeling industry, because despite its efforts that business remains bound by fashion's tendency to change...abruptly, randomly with maximum cruelty . A hundred question abound in the wake of this shift... What does this mean for the girls? What does this mean for clients ? For mother agencies?
Well the more things change... the more you change with them. There was a meeting this morning at MDC and the big decision was to get the POV of all the parties in involve and post a full-on piece of journalistic writing as to the powerful implications of that shift. Tomorrow I pop over for the first time since the shift to the Women/Supreme offices and it will be interesting to observe this new power-pairing of Rowland+ Chabon .

THE SOCIAL CLIMBERS GUIDE TO THE ANTI-HAMPTONS: SUNSET BEACH HOTEL

The best use of yellow and white striped awning since Giorgio Beverly HillsThe best use of yellow and white striped awning since Giorgio Beverly Hills

TI wants to enormously thank Neal Hamil at Elite for turning us on to the very excellent Sunset Beach Hotel on Shelter Island. If you hate the Hamptons but need the escape (and boy was this a weekend that made escape necessary) the Sunset Beach is a brilliant reprieve. Created (and impeccably curated) by Andre Balazs, this laid back Long Island destination features only 20 guest rooms, all with sun decks and a stunning bay view, as well as an excellent restaraunt . A whip smart staff, an unpretentious, laid back vibe and the best use of a white and yellow striped awning since Giorgio's Beverly Hills, TI was turned...so to speak .

AN EXQUISITE AARON BY BELL SOTO

Aaron Bruckner: Major Models: PH: Bell SotoAaron Bruckner: Major Models: PH: Bell Soto

Bell Soto sent these snaps of Major's Aaron Bruckner and the fall of the natural light on his skin felt perfect for this gray and misty morning in NY.

CURRENT LISTENING: EVERYBODY NOSE: N.E.R.D

TI theme of the day brought to you by the beautiful people at hommestar.com

SEISMIC SHIFT

Thursday May 15th 2008 has just about been the biggest day of shifts and changes the NY modeling industry has seen in about a decade. Stay tuned for the full story.

CURRENT VIEWING:GEOMETERY AS IMAGE: ROBERT MILLER GALLERY

Robert Miller Gallery as blank canvasRobert Miller Gallery as blank canvas

In tandem with the Color Chart show at MOMA, this Robert Miller Gallery show is rich reference point for art directors (and art lovers) everywhere. With artists ranging from Nils Folke Anderson to Mayumi Terada, the fact that the show highlights a range of rising talent makes it an all the more compelling see.

May 8 thru to July 30th
Robert Miller Gallery

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