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The Legend of Kristen McMenamy

Kristen McMenamy: Photo: Vanity Fair 90'sKristen McMenamy: Photo: Vanity Fair 90's

In Paris this season when Kristen McMenamy came bounding out at the Givenchy SS08 with her signature madwoman-on-the go walk, one newbie was heard to exclaim, "Who's that old lady". Oh if only she knew. That old lady is a living legend, not only for the face, walk or poses but because of the entertainment she brought to the trade. Kristen has morphed from glamazon to androgyne to Career Woman back to glamazon into her Grand Dame incarnation this October. Here are our Top 10 Legendary Kristen Moments. She's so Marquess ( By way of Philadelphia)!

Seth Price's Vacuum Sealed Chic

Untitled Vintage Bomber:2005:Vacuum formed high impact polystyrene 33X 48Untitled Vintage Bomber:2005:Vacuum formed high impact polystyrene 33X 48

I worked all through the weekend, which I usually hate doing. One of the gigs was a shoot where a rising photographer friend of mine said "I like your Imagist thing. It is well put together, but I'm totally confused by it." Truth be told I'm completely confused by it too. After years of a love-hate tension with the thing, I have finally conceded that I'm seriously in love with the idea of fashion. Same for art. Or at least the idea of art. The relationship between the two, art and fashion, is the seed of the confusion my friend was invoking . Artists like Seth Price perfectly solve this conflict for me. Not because Seth Price is fashionable (god forbid!) but because he has really influential ideas about industrial images : the value of those images and the disposable nature of those images. Lately when I look at fashion images it occurs to me that all of fashion is a high grade form of industrial waste. Which possibly makes me love it more.

New York magazine may have damned Seth with faint praise when they named him as one of their 10 Young Masters of the new art boom by leading his blurb with this sentence "It’s hard to know what Price is best known for—his plastic vacuum-formed sculptures of breasts or contributing the same press release as his “art” to multiple shows." A press release as "art". I love it!

Current Reading: Bob Richardson : Damiani editore

Bob Richardson: Damiani: 2007Bob Richardson: Damiani: 2007

"I want to go beyond cool. I'm bored with it."
Bob Richardson

Bob Richardson, the book, is as lavish and glossy as you would want it to be. Terry Richardson, son of, certified blue chip photographer of our day and the editor of this tome, certainly outdoes himself, along with the Creative Director Doug Lloyd and Art Director Gustaf Torling. They deliver a beautiful coffee table tribute that hits all the right, all the expected notes. The cover is that iconic image . Inside is the legendary shot of the model weeping on the beach and Terry has been vigilant in tracking down all those missing tears , chromes and prints from 60's and 70's issues of Harper's Bazaar, Nova, Italian, French and British Vogue necessary to complete the puzzle.

The Independent Miss Meghan

Meghan Collison: Photographed by Steven Meisel for Vogue Italia Oct 07Meghan Collison: Photographed by Steven Meisel for Vogue Italia Oct 07

Our fave new model star is all over the stands of NY with her October cover of Vogue Italia. TI loves that this strong girl who reads so "edge" in person has been glossed up by Meisel to render one of the most glamorous mag covers of the year thus far. We Q+A'd the Supreme beauty back in August for Spur magazine and here's the abridged translation of what was Miss Meghan's first ever interview. My best memory about it was how completely unaffected she was as well as the incredible life force in Meghan's eyes. She's headed a looooong way from small city shopping malls is all we have to say.

Wayne Sterling:I love your haircut Meghan! It is so cool and perfect for you. Did Paul do it?

Meghan Collison : Nope. I've had this hair...you can look back at pictures when I was three years old...almost my whole life. The only thing that really changed is it just got longer and longer. I went through that "lets grow a bang phase" that all the girls did in grade six but my phase went on right into high school.

WS: Speaking of being a little girl, where did you grew up?

MC: I grew up in a place called Edmonton in Canada. Edmonton, Like the Edmonton Oilers..the hockey team. We have the biggest mall in the world there Its owned by the same people who own Mall Of America. Its huge. I love it though. I love shopping there.

WS: Which makes for a perfect segue, the legend is you were scouted in a shopping mall.

Get Into The InterMix

A selection of EAIA selection of EAI

You go to an art gallery and glimpse a piece of brilliant video art. How show-stopping would it be to have this masterpiece unspooling on your 50 inch flat screen at your next dinner party? But how to find the right work with the right pedigree? Electronic Arts Intermix to the rescue. As a non-profit resource for video and interactive art, EAI has a database of 175 artists and 3000 works including recent works by Cory Archangel, Michael Bell Smith and Charles Atlas . Even if you're not in the market for buying, boy are there tons of graphic design ideas brewing here. Check it out at www.eai.org/eai/index.jsp.

Campaign Trail SS08

But who will meet the unstinting  Prada camapign standards this season?But who will meet the unstinting Prada camapign standards this season?

The frenzy of the runway is done and so the fashion sweepstakes switch to the campaign platform. Which models will explode as new stars for SS 08? Is there another Catherine McNeil, a first season girl who goes on to corner 4 campaigns, waiting in the margins? Or are we to be treated to the joy of fresh faced beauties like Irina K and Anabela flitting through bookings for Prada and Balenciaga. Not likely, because as we noted earlier celebs like Jennifer Connolly, Posh Spice and Claudia Schiffer are already circling the campaigns for Balenciaga, Marc Jacobs and Chanel respectively. Natalia Vodianova, back in fighting condition only mere weeks after having her third child is ready to battle for her blue chip bookings now that she will not be doing Calvin Klein Collection SS08. TI sees Valentino, Lagerfeld Gallery and Missoni in her sights. Otherwise Calvin is spoken for. Gucci is spoken for. Burberry is looking very familiar (I mean how many blue chip Brit babes are there anyway?) Lanvin is calling up its recruits even as we speak and the YSL...well let's just say it will continue to be peculiar. And so that means...

Rad Hourani: Top 10 Up and Comer @style.com

Rad Hourani SS 08Rad Hourani SS 08

Ok I promise to stop being obsessive abt. our beloved Rad but TI just wanted to congratulate him on hitting style.com via its list of 10 most promising up and comers. But you knew that would happen 6 weeks ago no?

Current Listening: Trash Fashion:Mom n Daddy EP

Trash Fashion: Mom n Daddy EPTrash Fashion: Mom n Daddy EP

Trash Fashion :The Spice Girls Wish!

My London massive turned me onto the majestic messiness of Trash Fashion, a band so wrong, they made it right. Want to carry the vibe of Bistroteque and Boombox around on your phones? Trash Fashion will give it you . TI just loves how this bunch looks like four average blokes who got up into their girlfriends make-up kit and then started living the myth. I mean a haircut really can lead your life astray ! As for the music? . Myspace them and you'll hear for ya self what a Guntronic-Disco-Warehouse-Rock band might sound like.I'm so playing this ish at our next LA party!

Trash Fashion: Mom n Daddy EPTrash Fashion: Mom n Daddy EP

The critics say:

"self-consciously now"
NME

"Convincingly menacing and cute, Trash Fashion are The Motley Crew meets The Muppet Show with a splash of Beastie Boys chucked in the mix "
Super Super

"Trash Fashion reeks of east London trendiness...they may yet prove to be a scam!"
Guardian

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