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The Social Climbers Guide To Paris Fashion Week: Post Party Post

Ms Coco Rocha: winner of the Best Brand Narrative Award at the TI dinner!Ms Coco Rocha: winner of the Best Brand Narrative Award at the TI dinner!

I was standing somewhere in the massive stone sprawl of The Louvre late last night when this American friend of mine, now living in Paris smashed one of the city's last remaining illusions into fragments. “You do know, don't you that a lot of Paris' architecture is faux. In the 18th century they made a lot of changes to the 17th century buildings. In the 19th they adjusted aspects of the 18th and today they preserve, preserve, preserve. But when they preserve and restore they use 21th century materials. So you're not looking at anything exactly the way it was. The whole core of the city is a face-lift.” True or not, what my friend taught me though was useful and it was useful for fashion. Because now as I sit a CDG waiting to my flight back to NY,( back to that all that restless, ruthless modernity that preserves very little), it occurs to me that a city can infect your creative process.


Ugo Rondinone: "The Third Mind" Exhibit: Palais de Tokyo: ParisUgo Rondinone: "The Third Mind" Exhibit: Palais de Tokyo: Paris

New York couldn't do it. Whatever the information overload that comes with NY Fashion Week, it was still possible to keep TI's output flowing. But the convergence in Paris of a Fashion Week, tonight's Nuit Blanche and a sporting extravaganza (a Rugby World Cup) has this staid and monumental city crackling with a dynamic energy that made us pass out. It was there first and foremost at Rad Hourani's unveiling this morning in a little gallery on a side street of The Marais. I went prepared to be polite and encouraging and then left shaking from the completeness of vision on the part of one so young. When Vogue Italia cover girl, Meghan Collison stalked out in jet black, hair in the face, head down , purposefully marching , that was it! Jouissance! If you missed it, you missed history. We begged Rad afterwards to bring that complete vision to NY next season. I don't want to over-talk what I saw. I snapped tons of pictures and as soon as I download them onto a disc I want you to see the images over at OTM on MDC for yourself

It Is Set To Be An Event!

Rad Hourani Show Invite Pt. 1Rad Hourani Show Invite Pt. 1

Less than 48 hrs to go to Rad Hourani's unveiling and Mode's 20th. The physical invite has been described by some pretty unsentimental critics as "major". Anticipation meter is in the red zone. Stay tuned!

Rad Hourani Show Invite Pt. 2Rad Hourani Show Invite Pt. 2

And Now For The Antidote!

Peter Coffin: Emmanuel PerrotinPeter Coffin:Emmanuel Perrotin

The Imagist might be more image than text in the next two days as we go through information intake. That might take a little time to process before output. Weds will be an antidote to yesterday's fashion marathon. The previously mentioned Crasset/Halley collab at Thaddeus Ropac tops the bill but can't wait to see this Peter Coffin exhibit at Galarie Emmanuel Perrotin.

The Social Climber's Guide To Paris Fashion Week. Pt 1

Balenciaga SS08: First LookBalenciaga SS08: First Look

For TI the Paris booking sweepstakes came down to one crucial moment. The first exit at the Balenciaga SS08. The honor, as is visible, went to one Kasia Struss at Women, the nicest Polish nineteen year old you could ever hope to meet. Given all the girls who came out after her, I think that was a little bit genius of Monsieur. Give that girl another season of model currency! The clothes,as was the case at Prada, served as a kind of summary of the the last three collections. Coloration that reminded you of SS 07, shapes seen at the FW 06 and the global pattern recognition strategy from FW 07. Its all I kept thinking in my blissfully jet-lagged state..."pattern recognition system" at the mad chintzs and super-70's fabric treatments that poured out. Stylists will be mixing the Prada and Balenciaga pieces with maximum ease thise season. Look, after that rapid rush of ideas over the last two years, the guy is allowed to provide a summary collection. And god bless him for that 7am call time

In Transit: Paris Posts Start Tommorow

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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!

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