The Academy Award nominations are rightly under attack for lack of diversity, but there is one nominee getting the attention she deserves. Antony "Anohni" Hegarty is the first trans-person to be nominated for an Oscar since British composer Angela Morley in the 1970s.
The singer-songwriter of Antony & The Johnsons (named after Marsha P. Johnson, the drag pioneer of the '70s who some credit with launching the Stonewall riots) is nominated for Best Original Song, Manta Ray, in the documentary Racing Extinction.
Last month at Inspiramais, Brazil's leading fashion trade fair, we discovered the unique prints of eight of the country's preeminent designers for fall 2017. Working in themes ranging from Provocative and Disproportion to Ancestral and Primitive Technological, they came together in the +Prints project to share ideas and better compete on an international stage.
Lucius Vilar, an Inspiramais consultant (and creative director of LUV Studio), advised the brands in developing their prints. "It is very interesting to see the way they decode each concept [of Inspiramais]," he said. "We have to remember that the global textile industry is undergoing transformations and requires Brazilian designers to innovate and pioneer. Prints are an area that allows them to provoke new perceptions in the public. Innovation is a peculiar feature that cannot be rapidly or easily reproduced by competitors."
Last year, Dolce & Gabbana made derogatory comments about same-sex parents and surrogacy to an Italian newspaper, including this doozy: "The only family is the traditional one. No chemical offspring and rented womb.” As a result, they felt the full fury of same-sex parents the world over, with particular fury coming from Sir Elton John and his decidedly non-traditional family.
The world lost Alexander McQueen to suicide nearly six years ago, leaving a rich yet tragic legacy spawning everything from blockbuster retrospectives to stage productions. Now comes news of a big-screen biopic.
Directed by Andrew Haigh — maker of the critically acclaimed gritty gay drama Weekend — the film will trace the designer's extraordinary life and career, the highs and lows, the social swirl and the inner turmoil. Playwright Chris Urch has also been tapped, to write the script, said to be loosely based on the biography Blood Beneath The Skin, by Andrew Wilson.
Fashion-world biopics have a tendency to be hit or miss. Still, hopes are high for this one, pending who plays McQueen of course.
She may never have gotten those cha-cha heels, but John Waters' muse Divine could get something much better — her very own monument.
Baltimore store owner — and superfan, clearly — Michael Makarovich has officially proposed the eight-foot marble statue of John Waters' foul-mouthed muse. Plans even call for bronze dog poop. He's campaigning to have the city's Public art Commission come up with the funding, expected to be between $50k and $100k.
Earlier this month at Inspiramais, Brazil's leading fashion trade fair, we discovered the clever work of Jefferson De Assis. The Brazilian designer had been deployed by Inspiramais to research the Carimbó — a lively dance with pre-colonial roots, declared an "intangible cultural heritage" of Brazil in 2014 — and create a capsule range of accessories.
Gay porn star (aren't they all stars?) and budding artist Colby Keller is the scruffy face and body of Vivienne Westwood’s full-frontal spring campaign. As usual, it was photographed by Juergen Teller, he who notoriously snapped Viv in the buff.
Shot around Venice, Italy, the new campaign highlights not only the spring collection or Colby's chiseled bod, but the "urgent need," says Westwood, to save the ancient city. "The problem there is one of repair, mass tourism on cruise ships, and of climate change."
David Bowie now has his very own constellation. Following the legend's death last week, Belgian astronomers looked to the night sky for a fitting tribute. They found a cluster of stars in the shape of Ziggy Stardust's face-bolt and, naturally, christened is 'Starman.'
Those star-gazers weren't just avowed Bowie fans, but astronomers belonging to MIRA Public Observatory, working at the behest of the radio station Studio Brussels. "It was not easy to determine the appropriate stars," MIRA's Philippe Mollet explained in a statement. "Studio Brussels asked us to give Bowie a unique place in the galaxy. Referring to his various albums, we chose seven stars — Sigma Librae, Spica, Alpha Virginis, Zeta Centauri, SAA 204 132, and the Beta Sigma Octantis Trianguli Australis — in the vicinity of Mars. The constellation is a copy of the iconic Bowie lightning and was recorded at the exact time of his death."
Further, the interactive Google Sky initiative Stardust for Bowie allows fans to create personal tributes within the constellation's borders, either naming a favorite song or leaving a short message in remembrance.
In other Bowie naming news, New York City mayor Bill de Blasio has proclaimed January 20 as David Bowie Day.
It's a testament to her enormous influence and still-rising profile that Grace Coddington tweaked her role at Vogue and people are losing their chic with end-of-an-era proclamations. Announced today, Vogue's 28-year Creative Director will now be its Creative Editor at Large.
Essentially it means she'll realize fewer fashion stories for the behemoth to pursue more outside projects, for example a fragrance collab with Comme des Garçons and, more intensively, a film adaptation of her 2012 biography Grace — a must-read, by the way.