Azzedine Alaïa in the 21st Century, Dusseldorf

An Azzedine Alaïa Exhibit in Dusseldorf? Yes!

A traveler in Germany might be tempted to skip Dusseldorf, which isn't exactly on the style map, instead rushing to the louche underground and übercool neighborhoods of Berlin. And yet, Dusseldorf's fashion importance should not to be underestimated. After all, that's where Claudia Schiffer's sterling career started.

But seriously, there's another reason Dusseldorf matters right now. This summer, the city boasts one of the best fashion exhibits of the year, Azzedine Alaïa in the 21st Century, an ode to the cult designer that was first staged in Groninger, Netherlands, last year. Focusing on his oeuvre from 2003 to 2011, the 70 pieces displayed at NRW Forum effectively summarize his aesthetic, a timeless, universal message of unequivocal seduction, elegance, and simplicity — all of which he's somehow able to express through a body-revealing, hourglass silhouette cut in luxurious and lush textures.

Alaïa is primarily a client-focused dressmaker, so curator Mark Wilson concentrated solely, and wisely, on the clothes. He's displayed them by fabric, offset by vibrant colors. For example, leather pieces are exhibited in a bright green room, while velvet pieces are housed in another blue space.

There are no display cases, so visitors get to appreciate, without touching, the exquisite craftsmanship of the clothes. Pure in shape, user-friendly, and surprisingly logical (summer dresses are often ventilated with small holes), they are the result of expert cutting and ingenuous construction. An ensemble is entirely made of tiny bits of leather held together by hooks; bugle beads are finely inserted into knitwear; and the pièce de résistance is clearly a black zippered column dress that peels away from the body.

The only outside element is a black painting by Christoph von Weyhe, Azzedine Alaïa's longtime partner.

Want still more Alaïa? Then don't miss his retrospective at the Musée Galliera, opening September 28, 2013. That's Paris, so you have absolutely no excuse for skipping.

Aug 20, 2013 20:08:00
Russ Meyers' Vixen!

Hint Tip: See as Many of These Russ Meyers Sexploitation Classics on the Big Screen as You Can

On its calendar of events, Anthology Film Archives correctly says, "The name Russ Meyer evokes two things, and you know what they are." Indeed, the shamelessly, fantastically lecherous 1960s film director was all about breasts, big breasts, the bigger the better, attached to Amazon women who looked like dominatrixes, but exaggerated, and who perhaps moonlighted as such.

In camped-up, sexploitation B-movie roles that would make John Waters blush and feminists recoil in horror, these actresses captivated and titillated audiences as they hunted down, tortured, and otherwise terrified their male counterparts. For these reasons and more, Anthology's mini-festival of Russ Meyers films — The Glandscape Artist — is a must. It's not often his larger-than-life women return to the big screen...

Wild Gals of the Naked West (1962)
Thu, Aug 15, 7:15 pm
Thu, Aug 22, 9:15 pm
Sun, Aug 25, 5:15 pm

Motor Psycho (1965)
Thu, Aug 15, 8:45 pm
Sun, Aug 18, 7:30 pm
Sat, Aug 24, 5:15 pm

Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! (1966)
Fri, Aug 16, 7:30 pm
Sun, Aug 18, 9:15 pm
Sat, Aug 24, 9:30 pm

Mudhoney (1965)
Fri, Aug 16, 9:30 pm
Mon, Aug 19, 7:15 pm
Sun, Aug 25, 3:15 pm

Vixen! (1968)
Sat, Aug 17, 5:00 pm
Tue, Aug 20, 9:30 pm
Sun, Aug 25, 7:00 pm

Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (1970)
Sat, Aug 17, 6:45 pm
Mon, Aug 19, 9:15 pm
Fri, Aug 23, 9:15 pm

Supervixens (1975)
Sat, Aug 17, 9:15 pm
Tue, Aug 20, 7:15 pm
Fri, Aug 23, 7:00 pm

Blacksnake (1973)
Sun, Aug 18, 5:00 pm
Thu, Aug 22, 6:45 pm
Sun, Aug 25, 8:45 pm

Aug 15, 2013 19:03:00

Hint Tip: Crash Course in Science

Looking for something to hear on August 8 and in the mood for cheeky early-80s synth-punk? Well you're in luck, because the American band Crash Course in Science are, after playing live European dates all this time, coming to America for a super-rare gig. We hear they're keeping it real by using as many analog synthesizers as they can, instead of boring laptops. They'll be joined by Brooklyn electronic duo XENO & OAKLANDER and DJ Scott Mou. 

Their songs Cardboard Lamb and Flying Turns put them on the map in the early 80s, inspiring recent remixes by David Carretta, Vitalic and Villalobos...

Here's their original — and funny! — version of Cardboard Lamb...

Crash Course in Science w/ XENO & OAKLANDER
Thursday, August 8, 2013
Le Poisson Rouge
9:00 pm (doors open at 8:00)
$10 - $12, buy tickets here

Aug 02, 2013 20:28:00
by Nienke Klunder

A New Exhibition Removes All Trace of Face

While the topic of bath salts is not part of the exhibition "FACELESS part I" in Vienna, other forms of grotesque muglessness are. Inspired by the events of 9/11 and the rise of the Internet, curators Bogomir Doringer and Brigitte Felderer pulled together contemporary works that address notions of identity loss, self-seclusion, and masking.

Participating artists and designers include Marina Abramović, Gareth Pugh, Viktor & Rolf, Maison Martin Margiela, Slava Mogutin, Jun Takahashi for Undercover, and Katsuya Kamo for Junya Watanabe.

Says Felderer: "The grotesque faces the media bombards us with not only affect our sense of self, not only confront us with unequal reflections, but also ensnare us in excessive self-control. They have long since left marks that are indelibly engraved in the almighty web. Eternalized in the book of faces, we become findable, identifiable. Ultimately, all our projections and desires are revealed, and worse yet are divulged to entities of control both legal and secret. We emerge and can never disappear from view again."

Which brings us to the second part of the exhibition. Currently, non-artists who want to "join the research" may upload their own faceless pics, some of which will be selected by Doringer and presented in “FACELESS part II,” opening September 27.

"FACELESS part I" (July 4 - September 1, 2013) and “FACELESS part II” (beginning September 27, 2013), Freiraum Quartier21 INTERNATIONAL, MuseumsQuartier, Vienna

Jul 27, 2013 17:36:00
Still from 1965's Loves of a Blonde (Lásky jedné plavovlásky)

Hint Tip: agnès b. at Anthology Film Archives

The eccentric French designer agnès b., who once decorated her New York store with movie posters, is an avowed cineaste. In various ways, she's collaborated with a range filmmakers, most memorably Harmony Korine and Gaspar Noé. Which makes her uniquely qualified to curate a film series at New York's Anthology Fim Archives. For two weeks beginning July 10, she'll present ten of the more formative films she saw in her youth, both popular classics and avant-garde gems from the 1950s and 60s. These include Bernardo Bertolucci's Il Conformista, Godard's La Chinoise, and Ken Russell's Women In Love.

She explains her selection: "Born and raised in Versailles, where I received a classic education in {the} humanities, I had little exposure to the culture of those who speak of life, of feelings, of desires in a freer and even rebellious way. Literature and contemporary films from different cultures opened other doors for me. All of the films that I have chosen are films I saw in my 20s and 30s. They taught me to appreciate other points of view, seen from a different angle, showing passion and the wounds, of every sort, that left their mark on me forever." 

Visit Anthology Film Archives for the full schedule

Jul 12, 2013 10:15:00
Lou Reed T-shirt, part of the RIPPED collection

Hint Tip: RIPPED Punk Tees

RIPPED, an exhibition of three decades worth of authentic rock and punk T-shirts and memorabilia, will go on display beginning June 7, following a stint at the L.A. fashion school FIDM. "Those disgusted with the Met's ambitious punk rock failure," says curator Cesar Padilla (who also owns the Manhattan vintage store Cherry), "will be relieved to hear names like The Damned, Descendents, and MC5, among many others." Concert tee fanatics may recall that RIPPED is also a book with an introduction by punk legend Lydia Lunch, who'll read portions of the book at the exhibition launch, as will other contributors.

The exhibition is part of a larger program of shows called El Campo de Mañana, which also includes photographs by Bob Hower, sculptures by Radford Brown, and Destroy Fashion by Patrick Thompson. Following the opening reception on June 7, the Lydia Lunch-fronted RETROVIRUS project will perform. RETROVIRUS has been described as “a harrowing cross section of aural schizophrenia from No Wave skronk to bludgeoning Hard Rock and sleazy Jazz Noir to propulsive Psychedelia.”

The only catch to all of this is it's in Kentucky. So grab your Skoal and skankiest punk tee and head on down to Land of Tomorrow, 233 West Broadway, Louisville.

Jun 02, 2013 17:40:00
Carpetalogue (2012), M/M Paris (Paris)

Hint Tip: M/M (Paris)'s C'est Wouf!

You know Agent, the recurring pixelated dude in the work of M/M (Paris)? Well, he's morphed into a dog-like creature in the graphic-design duo's latest exhibition, a show of specifically three-dimensional pieces.

C'est Wouf! comprises Mise-en-abîme (2011), a miniature catalogue raisonné of M/M's artifacts atop a replica of the table in their studio. Around this nucleus are works that have either never been shown or specially created for the exhibition.

Wouf, the pixelated canine who shares his name with the exhibition, can be spotted in Carpetalogue (2012), a group of four carpets incorporating M/M's various artistic languages: drawing, geometry, photography and writing. 

C'est Wouf!, April 12 - May 18, 2013, Air de Paris, 32 rue Louise Weiss, 75013 Paris

Apr 11, 2013 10:40:00
ARRRGH! Monsters in Fashion, Benaki Museum, Athens

Hint Tip: ARRRGH! Monsters in Fashion

If Lady Gaga has taught us anything, it's that monsters are nothing to be afraid of. In fact they're pretty cute and cuddly. Now they're gathering for one monster of an exhibition coming up in Paris. First shown at Benaki Museum in Athens, "ARRRGH! Monsters in Fashion" is the first exhibit based on monster forms in fashion and costume design. A wide range of designers and labels are participating in the creature feature, from the luxury-minded Alexander McQueen and Rick Owens to the more pop-inspired Craig Green and Walter Van Beirendonck.

ARRRGH! Monsters in Fashion, February 13 - April 7, 2013, La Gaîté Lyrique, 3 bis rue Papin, Paris

Feb 03, 2013 19:39:00
Silencio Paris

Hint Tip: Silencio at Art Basel Miami

Shhh! Silencio, the culty Paris nightclub, is heading to Art Basel Miami. The brainchild of David Lynch and the home of many a fashion after-party will take up temporary residence at the Delano Hotel's FDR club.

This marks Silencio's third off-site event—or, as the French say, hors les murs. Previously, Silencio installed pop-up clubs during the Cannes Film Festival and Serpentine Gallery's annual Future Contemporaries Party during London Fashion Week.

As usual, Silencio Miami will present eclectic programming encompassing music, film, fashion, art, art, and more art. Plus, they promise bespoke cocktails!

Silencio Miami
Tue, Dec 4 - Sat, Dec 8, 2012
11 pm - 5 am daily
The Delano
1685 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach
Members only

Nov 16, 2012 20:24:00

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