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Modelspotting, Art Barons and The Face Of The Zeroes

Gemma Ward : In the Days When She Walked ShowsGemma Ward : In the Days When She Walked Shows

At Haru while having lunch with the nicest model manager you could imagine, the following happened. As usual, the talk had turned to agency gossip. Not malicious, or particularly competitive but just...idle. " Yeah and Gemma Ward's been looking particularly happy these days". he said in a fairly loud voice, "Cause as we all know she's not always the happiest camper" I sat facing the door, so I could see, literally as he spoke the approaching figure of...Gemma Ward, in these little denim hot pants and a totally non-descript tank top with that model staple, an army coat thrown over it. She looked great, tall and slimmer than the last time we glimpsed her with long tousled blonde hair, looking very much like a beautiful teenaged tourist. She was with her IMG agent. I completely blanched and my lunch companion followed my eyeline to its conclusion. At that point we burst out laughing.If this were a scene in a movie, the audience would go..."Yeah Right!" Poor Gemma probably felt over scrutinized at this point and whether under the weight of our gaze or by pure chance, Maja and Gemma soon elected to take an outside table. I waved hello as they went by and left it at that.

Ghurron Briscoe's Artscope

Paul P in PersonPaul P in Person

Mr Ghurron Briscoe is back on the beat popping into the Salon 94 Freeman's Alley bash with Huma Bhabba and then at Paul P's Printed Matter launch party for his new monograph "Nonchaloir". And he nabbed a picture of TI's latest art crush, Marilyn Minter.

Paul P's NonchaloirPaul P's Nonchaloir

The Magnificent Marilyn Minter with a friend  at Salon 94's Freeman Alley partyThe Magnificent Marilyn Minter with a friend at Salon 94's Freeman Alley party

Huma Bhabba with husband Jason Fox  at Salon 94's Freeman Alley eventHuma Bhabba with husband Jason Fox at Salon 94's Freeman Alley event

Fast Fashion : Live Battles

House of Diehl's Style WarHouse of Diehl's Style War

The House of Diehl (you know ; makers of that infamous giant croc fake Lacoste T-shirt ) wanted us to tell all you aspiring designers out there about its upcoming Style War competition.The idea is designers go head to head on stage instantly whipping up killer outfits with the aim of wiping out the competition while live DJ's keep the night hyped.

Judges Include: Princess Superstar, Casey Spooner (FischerSpooner), Mick Rock, Whitney Museum curator Shamim Momin, Seven New York’s Joseph Quartana, The Style Network’s Jess Zaino, Bronques (Last Night’s Party), Julie Fredrickson (Coutorture.com), Alexander Allen, stylist, Georgina Graham (Tank magazine), Aaron Hicklin (Out), Riley John-donnell (Surface magazine), Laura Schreffler (NYDailyNews). Competitors must register at www.moli.com/stylewars by Sept 29 and the events take place in the following five cities!

October 11th - San Francisco @ Mezzanine

October 13th - New York City @ Don Hill’s

October 20th - Miami @ Pawnshop

October 23rd - Los Angeles @ Cinespace

October 26th - Chicago @ Subterranean

For more info Jessica Rotter - (212) 989-2222, x137 or Jessica@girlie.com

Plus! Check out 2 sneak-peek Style Battle tour warm-ups, on Friday 21st and Friday 28th Sept, at 205 Club, 205 Chrystie, NYC. 8-11pm.

TI Shout Out: Earsnot

Ace Boon Kunle: A/K/A  EarsnotAce Boon Kunle: A/K/A Earsnot

Regular readers of TI have probably picked up on our fetish for NY cult figures: the Teri's of the 80's, the Jenny's of the 90's and now our new Zeroes fixation, graf master Earsnot. Leader of the immortal Irak crew, openly gay downtown enfant terrible, scene stealing star of the cult film "Infamy", Mr Earsnot is a latter day icon to the arbiters of NY cool. And as is the way of life these days the Irak posse (Dash Snow was an early member) also has a clothing line and now offers its services as fashion and lifestyle consultants. How we would love to see Earsnot with folded arms at a corporate conference table. You have to wonder what Mr C.E.O would make of the legendary Earsnot tattoo featuring an attractive Hussein Saddam with a bulge in his pants. Paging Harmony Korine white courtesy telephone please.

Earsnot and friends amuse themselves terribly: Polaroid: Dash SnowEarsnot and friends amuse themselves terribly: Polaroid: Dash Snow

Early Warning Signal: Rad Hourani

Rad Hourani by Rad HouraniRad Hourani by Rad Hourani

"I STARTED IMAGINING CLOTHES THE SAME WAY I STARTED CREATING IMAGES:
WITH A SENSE OF CURIOSITY AND INNOCENCE DRIVEN BY MY NO-BACKGROUND
BACKGROUND. NO SCHOOL. NO TEACHERS. NO TELLY. NO BOUNDARIES. NO FORMATTING.
I LIKE THE IDEA OF A WORLD THAT WE COULD LIVE AND SHAPE BY OURSELVES, ONLY BY OBSERVING.
EACH OUR OWN. MY CLOTHES HAVE ERUPTED FROM THIS WORLD OF MINE. THEY ARE ASEXUAL, ASEASONAL,
THEY COME FROM NO PLACE, NO TIME, NO TRADITION, YET THEY COULD BE HOME ANYWHERE, ANYTIME.
THEY EXUDE A SENSE OF DISCREET CHIC, THE ESSENCE OF TIMELESS STYLE, DRAWN ON A MONOCHROMATIC
AND GRAPHICAL CANVAS. PALETTE OF BLACKS, TOUCHES OF PURE WHITES AND INTENSE REDS. SOPHISTICATED
MODERN CLASSICS FOR ANTI-CONFORMIST INDIVIDUALS."

Identity TextIdentity Text

Tyler Brule Strikes Again

Fashion Edit from The Monocle. Ph:Akio HasewagaFashion Edit from The Monocle. Ph:Akio Hasewaga

You grew up on Wallpaper though you were convinced Tyler Brule was a nom de plume.

Mad Americans

Mad Americans: Tom Browne and Marc Jacobs SS08 at style.comMad Americans: Tom Browne and Marc Jacobs SS08 at style.com

I think upon seeing a designer's collection, whether at a preview, on the runway or in re-see, you should walk out , shut your mouth, go home and think really carefully about what you have seen before saying a thing. Because the powerful collections will stay in your mind, imprinted so to speak , while the bad ones will mercifully evaporate, having had no impact on you visually or emotionally.
Do you buy it? That's the obvious question, as obvious and vulgar as “Will it sell?” But did you buy the collection as being honest and felt and compelling. Only two collections after the long calvacade of two weeks of NY shows and presentations linger. One was for men, the other for women. You can guess them before I announce them: Tom Browne and Marc Jacobs. Not very original choices but really, think about any other designers who went there and put out a collection that was personal and committed and visually challenging.
That is not to say they were good collections. Or bad. What those collections did however was to take the consistent and central ideas of these designers and push them until they came apart. And for all the tut-tutting about their "crypto-European" pretentiousness these two collections were beautifully American in their peculiar and mad way.

Ah Helmut! We Hardly Knew You.

Helmut Lang Fragrances Ad IconographyHelmut Lang Fragrances Ad Iconography

It has been a very Proustian weekend, one about nostalgia and the realization that moments that you lived through with complete frivolity, were actually powerful turning points in your life. And now these moments are lost forever, except for maybe the memory of a smell. The time that is haunting me is the late 90's and the scent? Helmut Lang. In 2000, just at the time the tides were turning against them, the Helmut Lang company introduced a line of fragrances, starting with the unisex duo Eau de Cologne and Eau de Parfum created by perfumer Maurice Roucel and then shortly afterwards Cuiron composed by Françoise Caron. Like Lang's clothes Eau de Cologne was clean and simple yet lush and sexual at the same time. It was sweet and powdery enough for women with a strong base of amber and almond, so much so that some cultists were comparing it to the long lost Belle Epoque masterpiece, Jicky. But like a classic fougère, (the fresh citrus, the herbal lavender) it was complex too with touches of oakmoss and coumarin so that it perfectly suited a man. Especially a man in a suit. Its as if Roucel has created a masterpiece of musk .

The House Of Jansen

The Dining Room Of Chateau Solevig from Jansen: Acanthus PressThe Dining Room Of Chateau Solevig from Jansen: Acanthus Press

Maison Jansen was just about the most haute of Paris based decorating housing in the 20th century with a client list that ranged from the Duke and Duchess Of Windsor to the President and Mrs. John F Kennedy to the Shah of Iran. And obviously if you were a client of theirs, your decorating budget tended to be on the far end of the no-limit scale with awe inducing spectacle a key ideal for your interiors. So what's modern or relevant about that? The work of Gaston Schwartz who became the President of Jansen in1928 is . He's the one responsible for the decoration of that eccentric concept: a modern country house reveling in Arte Moderne glamour.

The house in question, Chateau Solveig in Switzerland looms incongrously in Jansen's oevure in that it departs radically from the firm's solidly traditional aesthetic. Chateau Solevig's interior is a beautifully contained exploration of what was then modern, played out in decadently luxurious materials. There was tons of mirrored glass veneering, a dramatic foyer in matching bronze panels and a three story central staircase of white marble with hand railings and balusters of clear crystal.

March In The Name Of Art

Voloptuous Horror In Full EffectVoloptuous Horror In Full Effect

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