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THE LINGERING FLICKER: ALISON NIX BY MICHAEL SCHWARTZ

Alison Nix: Women: PH:  Michael SchwartzAlison Nix: Women: PH: Michael Schwartz

Something beautiful and sultry coils around Alison in this snap by Mike. This weekend I drag a whole pile of Hood By Air gear to the country for a shoot with Schwartz . He's so persuasive, which is a great trait in a photographer.

WILLIAM CORDOVA'S FILIGREE OF DEBRIS

Willaim Cordovas's epic "Badussy (Or Machu Picchu After Dark)Willaim Cordovas's epic "Badussy (Or Machu Picchu After Dark)

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.

GOOD AFTERNOON MR. HERZER

Karl Herzer: Major: PH: Joe LallyKarl Herzer: Major: PH: Joe Lally

Mr Joe Lally shot Mr Karl Herzer of Major and offered us this teaser of a shot, all the more to ensure that the eye candy quotient at TI remains at a high level. Thank you Mr Lally!

DIRECTIONAL HOLLYWOOD

Mariah Carey for ID: PH Vincent Peters Eva Menes for Vogue Italia: PH: Steven Meisel via the fashionspotMariah Carey for ID: PH Vincent Peters Eva Menes for Vogue Italia: PH: Steven Meisel via the fashionspot

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.

CURRENT READING: PROUST AT THE MAJESTIC:RICHARD DAVENPORT-HINES

Proust At The Majestic is a brilliant piece of literary criticism mingled with social gossipProust At The Majestic is a brilliant piece of literary criticism mingled with social gossip

HEDI SLIMANE's IMMACULATE EYE IS HIS ALONE

Image via hedislimane/diary.comImage via hedislimane/diary.com

TI would like to set the record straight regarding a story we ran a week ago about Tsunemitsu Chiba, a purported in house web designer for Hedi Slimane. Mr Slimane's press office released the following statement on Friday :

HEDI SLIMANE DESIGNS HIS WEBSITES AND DIARY ON HIS OWN, WITH HIS COMPUTER ENGINEER IN PARIS AT HEDI SLIMANE'S OFFICE.

HE ALSO TOTALLY DESIGNED, WITH HIS TECH IN NY, THE DIOR HOMME WEBSITE FROM
2000 TO 2007.

ANYTHING ELSE IS PURE CONTERFEIT.

KIND REGARDS
THE PRESS OFFICE
HEDI SLIMANE

We apologize for the misinformation but we're equally excited to know the very influential design style of hedislimane.com can be directly attributed to Mr Slimane. Consistency of line is everything, no?

NATHAN COLEY' S INSTRUCTIONAL STRUCTURES

Nathan Coley has a message for youNathan Coley has a message for you

TI loves structure in everything we do. British artist Nathan Coley, nominated for a Turner Prize in 2007, creates installations driven by architectural theory and ideas. This is the artist, for instance who created a scale model of the Manchester Marks and Spencer building which was damaged by an IRA bomb and subsequently demolished. Think of the aesthetic possibilities of an artist who revists lost sites, ghost monuments and evaporated buildings. In his new work at the Haunch of Venison gallery in Berlin he creates a Western film set facade in the gallery. I love though that he renders the buildings in a kind of black wood. Coley finds the ghosts in our monumental 20th century structures and that is humanistic and poetic and inspiring!

EMMA SUMMERTON BASKS IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Catherine McNeil: Next Models: PH: Emma Summerton: British Vogue June 08Catherine McNeil: Next Models: PH: Emma Summerton: British Vogue June 08

Emma Summerton. Get into that name. In an editorial landscape suffering from a lack of new energy and new forces Ms Summerton is racking up the magazine credits at fast and furious pace. Tastemaker Kate (Moss) is into it. ID magazine is into it. British Vogue, via this image that I just uploaded onto MDC is very into it. Katja, KT and now Emma. I think the name-droppers of the trade are going to have to add some new buzz-names to their call-list!

CURRENT READING: ALEXIS: THE MEMOIRS OF THE BARON DE REDE

The Memoirs Of The Baron de Rede is old school shade in its highest formThe Memoirs Of The Baron de Rede is old school shade in its highest form

On those dreary nights when I'm being yelled at for being such an unrepentant hissmonger, I brew a cup of tea and settle down with a chapter from Baron de Rede's tasteful memoirs. An aristocratic aesthete who had the good luck of being "taken care of" by South American scion Arturo Lopez-Wilshaw , the good baron was known for his incredible luncheons and dinners at his impeccably restored residence, Hotel Lambert. But the hiss he releases in the memoirs is comic genius at its driest. Tales about the likes of Barbara Hutton, The Duke and Duchess of Windsor and Nancy Mitford proves they don't make them like they used to. There is no shade like old school shade, no?

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