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On The Stands: Vogue Hommes International: Fall-Winter 2007-2008

James Franco: Ph: Terry Richardson: Vogue Hommes International Winter 07-08James Franco: Ph: Terry Richardson: Vogue Hommes International Winter 07-08

Does the designer think it's more exciting, more fun, if he puts bags everwhere? Is he trying to tell us that he's very good with accessories? I don't get it!
Calvin Klein in VHI #6 Fall/Winter 07-08

The New VHI hits the stands yesterday and it is champion. When Carine Roitfeld assumed the editorial chair skeptics tsk, tsked as if to say runnning both Paris Vogue and Vogue Hommes was a case of overextension. Last laugh goes to Madame because she is turning out one of the freshest and frankest men's mags on an overcrowded market. The James Franco cover is a sell. The "Fur Men" edit by Carine and Testino features all the skin the happily superficial will need. David Sims and Joe McKenna collaborate on a beautiful story titled "Ray Of Light" , an ostensible tribute to legendary stylist Ray Petri that ends up looking oddly like an early 90's Meisel sitting w. the great male model Sean Bohary. Hottie Lara Stone prances around with no pants on for Sorrenti. The video of Lara bouncing uncontrollably at the SS08 Prada is hilarious. Cleavage! That has not been seen on a directional runway in a decade.

Reference Library: A Legendary Makeover

Maschile: Ph. Peter Lindbergh: Vogue Italia March 1988Maschile: Ph. Peter Lindbergh: Vogue Italia March 1988

TI woke up this morning to this contribution by new member "Max". This archival find was so genius I almost cried. Thank you Max!

Do Co Mo Maniac!

Men's No No: Product PageMen's No No: Product Page

I confess. Half the reason I write for Spur is to score the comp copies of their brother magazine, "Men's No No". I especially love the tech pages full of all those sexy gadgets I can't get and can't use in The States or Europe. I mean the Do Co Mo L 740i is seriously the business. You always want the thing you can't have!

The Prada Praxis

Adina/IMG: Girl 1 Prada SS:08Adina/IMG: Girl 1 Prada SS:08

Well its finally over..that ne plus ultra of Spring 08 shows. The Prada army wheeled down the catwalk some six hours ago and who was Girl 1? None other than IMG's mysterious Adina Forisz, a girl both seen and unseen over the past month. In the entertaining battle of the new faces IMG answered back with 6 newbies on Madame Prada's catwalk for a grand total of 14 girls in the cabine. My inbox at MDC is full of exclusive videos so check out my homebase tommorow morning for a clear look at IMG's new generation? Very well! Now we can turn our thoughts to Paris and the last big "make or break " on the calender, The Balenciaga.

Prada's New NouveauPrada's New Nouveau

I got a text this morning that said “What did you think of the clothes?” . Weirdly enough, I didn't have an opinion then. My mind was totally thrown. All I could think to text back was “Flashback Prada”. But I finally got a chance to think about it and so this is my true two cents.

CURRENT VIEWING: The Djarleeing Limited!

Still from The Djarleeing Limited: Fox Searchlight PicturesStill from The Djarleeing Limited: Fox Searchlight Pictures

The beautiful men's suiting in varying shades of gray played against the searing reds and orange of India...The kooky "Vuitton" luggage by Marc Jacobs ... Anjelika Huston, Waris Ahluwalia AND Natalie Portman in supporting roles...It is a wrap ! We're off to a screening of Wes Anderson's " The Darjeeling Express" fully convinced that this movie is going to be a huge influence on the FW 08 presentations in Europe next January. You can never go wrong with Wes anyway, he of the beautiful and peculiar men's suits, the brilliant choices of Paris hotels (Le Raphael on Avenue Kebler) and the always enviable casting. Bet the soundtrack is going to be pure wickedness too.

PS: Said "Kooky Vuitton" luggage can be yours via a silent auction benefiting UNICEF and the Rawal Mallinathji Foundation, a medical treatment charity in India. Place your bids immediately at a Vuitton store near you.

Lara Stone Phone Home!

Lara Stone for CK Beauty: Photographed by David SimsLara Stone for CK Beauty: Photographed by David Sims

The kids at TI's sister site frillr.com just posted this hot to death shot of Ms Lara Stone profiling for the CK beauty line. How jealous are we of that scoop. TI loves Lara Stone. Not just for the modeling thing but because she's so...not worried. A friend of mine who worked the door at The Box told me about the night Lara showed up in typical "whatever" style." Whatever " jeans, "whatever" T-shirt. Scuffed kicks. Lank hair. Very East Village 1994. But its Lara Stone, so of course he sweeps her in. One of the managers stomps up to him seconds later and yells " Who was that grungy chick? Why'd you let her in!" My friend answered "Go stand at the corner of Lafayette and Broadway and look up at the CK Jeans billboard . That might give you a clue" . Classic Lara. There are girls who have been working for all of two years who are already calling from the back seat of their cars commanding that they're not into shooting today and could the car please turn around and take them back home. But not Lara. She knows what it is like not to be most wanted. She commits to the camera each and every time. Runway is another question but she's the first to tell you it is not a great love of hers. We Q+A'd her for Spur this summer and she kept it so real. Here are some choice moments of Lara's dry dry humor.

WS: How long have you been modeling Lara?
LS: Too long (laughs).For about seven years now starting from 2000.

Ghurron Briscoe's Artscope: Day 2

Mr Chris Ofili Ph:Ghurron BriscoeMr Chris Ofili Ph:Ghurron Briscoe

TI's always elegant art correspondent Ghurron Briscoe swung by the Chris Ofili opening at the David Zwirner gallery and made Mr. Ofili's acquaintance. The David Zwirner gallery issued this press release regarding the event.

Opening on September 20, 2007, David Zwirner is pleased to present an exhibition of new work by artist Chris Ofili, who lives and works in Trinidad. This will be the artist’s debut solo exhibition at David Zwirner and the first to unite his work in painting, sculpture, printmaking, and graphite drawing. A fully-illustrated catalogue will be published by Steidl/David Zwirner in conjunction with the exhibition.

The exhibition title, Devil’s Pie, is derived from singer-songwriter D’Angelo’s 1998 lyrical meditation on temptation and retribution, reaffirming the artist’s longstanding relationship with music, especially hip-hop sounds and culture, as well as his continued exploration of Biblical themes. According to the song, the ingredients of this metaphorical dish include “materialistic, greed and lust, jealousy, envious/bread and dough, cheddar cheese, flash and stash, cash and cream.” While addressing specific aspects of the black urban experience, the song maintains a universal significance, questioning the nature of sin, desire, and redemption. Similarly, in its diverse references and inextricable dichotomies, Ofili’s work functions as a magnet for viewers’ own meanings, ideas, or arguments and encourages them to disagree freely, even with themselves.

The Hedi Cult

Photography by Hedi Slimane for hedislimane.comPhotography by Hedi Slimane for hedislimane.com

"The seasonal collections don't relate to anything anymore because everything is on the Web in a second. Because it is impossible to adapt the logistics, the fashion business is running to keep up with fashion. Once upon a time all that made sense, but not any more."
Hedi Slimane to Le Monde

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