I just got back from watching The September Issue and could not wait to blog about it. This documentary revolves around Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief of Vogue magazine. Anna is the undisputed queen of fashion having everyone from Oscar De La Renta to Karl Lagerfeld listen to her every word. She has an affinity for wearing unbearable amounts of fur (think Cruella De Vil) and giving everyone the “ice woman” look of death. While the documentary was intended to focus on Anna, the real star of the doc is Vogue creative director Grace Coddington. Grace’s amazing direction in photoshoots and dry sense of humor hijack the documentary and make Anna a mear side note. I highly recommend this documentary to anyone interested in publications, the fashion, or the creative world at large. I left the theater feeling inspired to create, create, create!
Lets Phantom are two designers from Lithuania who apparently animate and direct for food (& money). They’ve just directed their first music video for the crazy Lithuanian electro,noise,hiphop,etc..etc.. band Metal On Metal. Kind of gnarly!
Since I started Beautiful/Decay while attending the Maryland Institute College Of Art I have a soft spot for artists working in Baltimore. There’s something about living Baltimore (see “The Wire” for more on that) that changes you and your artwork forever. Baltimore is a giant pot of crazy that just seeps into your work and wont let go. Keep up the good work Suzanna and make us Alums proud!
Great video with M.I.A. protege Rye Rye by our friends at Coolhunting.com. This video visits the rising star in the studio working on her yet as unreleased album and at a WWD Daily photo shoot. The 18-year-old Baltimore native shares the story of how she came up, a few dance moves and what she likes to rap about.
It’s amazing how kids that are still in highschool are making such big waves w/out major record labels. You can thank the internet for that!
I gotta admit that I was really excited to see Died Young Stayed Pretty, a new full length documentary focusing on the DIY rock poster (see gigposters.com) movement that has brewing in the US and beyond for the the last decade. The doc has hundreds of interviews with big names (many of whom you’ve never heard of) within the close knit rock poster scene,who discuss personal taste, poster philosophies, and what role money,drugs, and 70′s&80′s porn plays in rock posters. Many of the artists interviewed are amazingly talented (i.e. Tyler Stout & Brian Chippendale) and interesting, sharing with the viewer a small glimpse of their creative process.
542,000,000 years after the start of the Phanerozoic eon comes the announcement of self-titled sound clip “Masters of the Universe - part 2″ by collaborative creative group The Russian Frost farmers. The video is a tad on the long side (13 but it’s got the usual psychedelic lo-fi meets shaman noise band sounds that are so prelevenant these days. Worth a look.
Tal Drori is an illustrator, an interaction designer and a graphic designer. She is based in Milan, where she works as a consultant and teaches design. Make sure to check out the Love Story series of work on her site. It’s my favorite.