20 May 2011

Interesting Shit that I'm Too Lazy to Write Anything About: May 20, 2011.

Treme: The Big Uneasy: a preview of the second season of HBO's oft-overlooked masterpiece, a look at a post-Katrina New Orleans from the geniuses behind The Wire. Don't read this if you missed the first season.

Louis Vuitton named the world’s most valuable luxury brand for the sixth consecutive year (and check out this creepy-ass accompanying picture...seriously, isn't the look she's giving her dad a little odd?).

So you want a career in fashion? Start here

18 May 2011

Old news at this point: Chrysler 300 commercial featuring John Varvatos.

I'm a big fan of the marketing campaign for the new Chrysler 300, with the slogan "Imported from Detroit" being one of the wittier slogans of recent memory.  The most recent installment is entitled Attitude and features good ol' John Varvatos, a Detroit native himself.  Check it out below, it's a pretty commercial.

[edit: Blogger crashed the evening this was posted and lost this, and just re-posted it now.  So, you've probably seen this by now.]

Shit You Should Be Aspiring To: This guy's shoe collection.

Uhh, wow.  This is some random Japanese dude's shoe collection, which he posted on Flickr seemingly for not reason other to make us all feel bad about ourselves.  My kind of guy.  Check out his whole collection here (ya, that's right, this isn't even all of them; he's up to 200 pairs now), where you can see a larger HQ pic of each pair and its details.

Jealous ones envy.

17 May 2011

Shit Worth Checking Out: David King's photographs of Muhammad Ali in 1974 while training for The Rumble in the Jungle.

In 1974, Muhammad Ali trained for sixteen weeks in the Pennsylvania Mountains in preparation for the Rumble in the Jungle, his historic heavyweight title fight against George Foreman in Zaire.  These photographs were taken by David King during that training session and appeared in his 1975 photographic biography of Ali I Am King.  See more of his photos below the cut.  These are awesome in every way.

16 May 2011

Shit Worth Checking Out: "Savage Beauty": The Alexander McQueen retrospective at the Met.

When I’m dead and gone, people will know that the twenty-first century was started by Alexander McQueen.”  The Metropolitan Museum recently launched its Alexander McQueen retrospective, "Savage Beauty", and The New Yorker published a great article by Judith Thurman in relation to the exhibit.  The article gives a good overview of the exhibit itself, of course, but its real value lies in offering an overview of McQueen himself, and of his impact on the world of fashion.  Thurman offers a high-level biography of the late McQueen, from his upbringing to his early days at college and on Savile Row to his suicide early last year, speculating on the influence some of the more momentous events in his life might have had on his art. (Particularly interesting was Thurman's observation that McQueen's "puberty coincided with the explosion of AIDS, which is to say that he was forced to witness a primal scene that haunted the youth of his generation: sex and death in the same bed.")

Alexander McQueen as a label has never been one of my favourites, as far as the men's line is concerned; I think his best work has always been womenswear, and most of his pieces that do appeal to me ruin themselves by being adorned in skulls, something I try to leave for those who enjoy wearing the likes of Affliction.  Sarah Burton took over for McQueen upon his death, and seems to be taking the line in a more favourable direction as far as my personal style is concerned.  That being said, I appreciate McQueen's work as the art it is.  Nobody can deny the sheer bravado and originality of the man's shows, and based on Thurman's article it seems that Savage Beauty captures this well.  I'll be heading to New York in July, and will definitely be checking out the exhibit when I head over to the Met.

source: The New Yorker