it’s clearly a music day here at g&g! i was watching a youtube video this morning that had this song in the background. i couldn’t even finish watching the video, i had to immediately whip out my iphone and shazam it. seconds later i was watching this video. the song pulls on my uk garage heart strings with it’s speeded up beats and gospel influenced songstress. the video starts with a bang (literally) and does an excellent job of doing what music videos are actually supposed to, tell a story.
emeli sande covers beyonce’s ‘crazy in love’ for baz luhrmann’s upcoming ‘great gatsby’. i CANNOT believe i just got to write that! i’m a mega fan of all three and was ecstatic when i heard about this. then i heard it for the first time and…to be honest i was completely blown away. i was intrigued though so i listened to it once more. and then again. and then again. and now it’s been 24 hours. love the 1920’s big band take on it and emeli sande’s voice, as always, is pure velvet.
speaking of b, she also contributes a cover to the soundtrack. beyonce teams up with andrea 3000 for a rendition of amy winehouse’s ‘back to black’. however this remix is way too chopped and screwed and comes off as trying too hard to be cool. all and all, still can’t wait to see the movie though.
for his latest project, flesh love, japanese photographer haruhiko kawaguchi has photographed over 80 different couples…in shrink wrap. he sets up the shot by arranging them like pieces of meet and then sucking all the air out of the bag with a household vacuum. once the bag is sealed, he shoots the couple for 10-20 seconds before releasing them from their body-concious prison. kawaguchi states that the men freak out way more often then the women do. a couple of them have struggled for air and one unfortunate soul even soiled himself. the women, on the other had, just sit pretty.
i’m not going play, this doesn’t even surprise me. just the idea of this is making me break out into a sweat. to see more of this craziness, check out this video.
sophie de oliveira barata’s ‘alternative limb project’ offers clients both realistic prosthetics that blend in seamlessly with the body, as well ‘as unique piece[s] of art, reflecting the wearer’s imagination, personality and interests.’ i absolutely love this ‘standing out’ alternative as an incredibly positive way of reclaiming one’s own body. as barata’s website states, ‘an alternative-style limb can help to break down social barriers, delight the eye and provide an unusual talking point.’ gurl wurq.
‘some lines are clearly influenced by concept-heavy lectures taught in the academy, yet others are refreshingly unique. we can classify paulo succar as the latter’ - hypebeast
i could not agree more. i have often bemoaned how slow to change men’s fashion can be. if women’s fashion is a speed boat, men’s is undoubtedly the titanic. this is why when you do see something truly different, it is that much more inspiring. succar is a young up-and-coming designer from mexico who’s 2013 spring/summer is nothing short of stunning. exploring the theme of ‘obscure biology’, he takes on dinosaurs, skulls, geometric floral patterns, and the solar systems in bold tribal-influenced prints. he contrasts these loud prints by pairing them with sleek tailoring and a neutral color palette which ultimately concludes in the most luxurious of products. now the only question left is, when can i get my hands on these?
i was familiar with ms mr before but was decidedly uncommitted. this video changed everything, however. i’ve always been a fan of their penchant for weirdness but between lead singer Lizzy Plapinger’s blue skin, production master Max Hershenow’s neck exuding smoke, a kid working out next to a silver alien, a cheerleader melting like ice cream, and someone’s boyfriend’s mouth exuding slime this video is simply fantastic. click play and take a trip :)
What makes these dioramas unusual is that they are created in a 200 gallon tank filled with water. Though i sometimes build a scene in front of and behind the tank, most of the ‘action’ takes place in the tank with paint injected into the water for cloud formations. I use whatever materials I can find on the street, in stores and on the internet that might add to a perception of reality that is not quite what it seem.
on tuesday, stella mccartney was awarded an order of the british empire by queen elizabeth II at buckingham palace in london. mccartney wore one of her own designs - a classic cut navy blue suit. she accented the outfit with a philip treacy headpiece made from two cartier jewels, one of which was a family heirloom. ever the quirky designer, she paired the jewels with an antique veil she bought when she was 15 years old. about the honor mccartney was quoted saying:
‘to receive an order of the british empire from the queen is overwhelming. i feel proud, and blessed to be here. this is the kind of moment in one’s life that feels surreal. i am so grateful for this honor.’
this comes only four months after the designer won both ‘designer brand’ and ‘designer of the year’ at the british fashion awards in november. to all these accomplishments only one gayism comes to mind as the correct response, GURL WERQ!
frenchie mike wrobel, the tokyo based graphic designer behind moshi-kun has been one of my new obsessions this year. i’ve become a huge fan of the brand’s pop culture graphic tees featuring everyone from dexter to bruce lee to the goonies. not too long ago moshi-kun unveiled these beauts. when asked about them, wrobel commented:
‘i’ve always been interested in breaking the rules, avoiding the norm. so far i’ve always tried to do things differently as i believe it’s part of the process to create something.
it’s a concept i designed for an armchair. I wanted to create a symbiosis between two radically opposite styles…
louis xvi court would have been really cool with these colorful armchairs!’
monday the world found out that major lazer’s free the universe’s release date was delayed. in an attempt to keep their fans happy however, they released the lazer strikes back. then midweek they released this little gem, “watch out for this (bumaye).” it’s straight up major lazer and as much hype as you could ask, or handle, on a midweek afternoon. now hit play, close your office door, and get to twerkin’.
i came across this little bit of whimsy thanks to our friends over at heads will roll. french designer jean jullien custom created this larger than life avian chef d’oeuvres for a rooftop bar in nantes, france aptly named ‘le nid’ (i.e. ‘the nest’). the stork-shaped body is complimented by egg-shaped chairs and eyes that open and close. so fun :)
*[updated 02/14]: so i wrote a scathing review of this video two days ago when the leaked version surfaced. of course i should known that this wasn’t going to be the final cut. as i’ve said time and time again, she may not be the best singer, and she may not be the best dancer, but she is always produced to perfection. in the first version that surfaced i complained that she looked inauthentic but the way they edit the film here makes it all look believable. i also complained that mikky ekko (who wrote and is featured on the song) wasn’t in the video despite her claiming he would be on the grammies red carpet. again, i stand corrected. it is somewhat ironic that i am re-posting this on valentine’s day but if you’re feeling a bit lonely today, put this on, open a box of chocolates, and grab some tissues. it’s beautiful.