Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Kate Moss for Cavalli


Kate Moss is featured in the Just Cavalli Spring/Summer '09 ad campaign. Looks like Kate will continue to shine in '09.

Roberto Cavalli

Friday, December 19, 2008

Hedi Slimane for Prada SS 09


Hedi Slimane injects the Prada Spring 09 ad campaign with some punk rock chic by capturing Prada-clad Louis Simonon and Claude Simonon (sons of The Clash's bass player and manager Paul Simonon) "in moments of reflection and introspection".

You would never guess that these two youths had never modeled before and this ad campaign illustrates how seamless Hedi Slimane's transition has been from former creative director of Dior Homme to high fashion photographer. Hedi Slimane is definitely capable of, and he has already begun, making men's high fashion cool and coveted again. Although he isn't designing skinny jeans, smoking coats, and dressing Pete Doherty anymore - he is shaping and forming an aesthetic of how rock stars should look and be understood in the media.

Source: WWD

Prada

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Raf Simons Does Denim For Jil Sander Spring 09



Raf Simons, creative director for Jil Sander, has extended his genius to denim for Jil Sander Spring 09. Off-white, blue, and gray denim will be tailored and structured into slim five pocket and boot-cut pants and skinny two-button lightly shoulder padded blazers. I have never entertained the notion of owning a denim blazer, but I am definitely feeling this fashion forward aesthetic!

Source: WWD

Jil Sander

Friday, December 12, 2008

Diesel's Foot Fetish Ad



Diesel has always had interesting and thought provoking ad campaigns and their latest ad featuring an elderly foot fetishist being gratified by model Jon Kortajarena’s Diesel high-top sneakers continues to challenge comfort zones and push buttons. The whole point of this new ad campaign is to "intrigue and provoke thought". I LOVE it!

Apparently, films surrounding each new ad image will be available on the Diesel web site.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Luxury Bottled Water





My latest piece for slice.ca....

Just in time for the holidays, French mineral water brand Evian has collaborated with Jean-Paul Gaultier and Christian Lacroix to design special luxury bottled water. Two bottle variations have been designed by each designer: a limited edition Haute Couture bottle and a regular Pret-a-porter bottle. (Read more)

Friday, December 5, 2008

Madonna for Louis Vuitton









Madonna stars in the new 2009 Louis Vuitton ad campaign shot by Steven Meisel. When looking at these ads one can truly appreciate the magic known as Photoshopping as Madonna is 50 years old and you can not see a single line on her face. We all know and get that Madonna does yoga and that she is flexible, but is it really necessary for her to always have her legs in the air?

Nonetheless, Madonna will definitely influence the sales of Louis Vuitton with this ad campaign.

Source: WWD

Louis Vuitton

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Punisher War Zone Review



The Punisher War Zone picks up 6 years into the Punisher storyline. Frank Castle (Ray Stevenson), a.k.a. the Punisher, continues to enforce his vigilante style of justice on mobster families in order to get the bad guys that always find a way to beat the system. During an attack on a mob party, the Punisher unknowingly murders an undercover FBI informant and later in the same attack, he severley disfigures the face of one of the leading mafia gangsters - Billy "The Beaut" Russoti (Dominic West). This facial mutilation leads the gangster to proclaim his new villain name, Jigsaw. These two events set up the plot of the film as the Punisher learns of his wrongful kill and his ensuing remorse leads him to want to leave the punishing business, but he can't because the monstrous looking mobster Jigsaw is alive and seeks revenge on the FBI informant's wife and child and revenge on the Punisher for being the cause of his disfigurement. Predictably, the dead FBI informant's wife and child get kidnapped by Jigsaw and in order to save them a huge war-like battle ensues between the Punisher and Jigsaw's army of mobsters, gang-bangers, and thugs.

This film falls under the Marvel Knights brand which is basically the grittier and darker division of Marvel comics. Marvel Knights products are intended for a maturer 15 years or older audience so that the stories and characters may be re-envisioned without the limitations on explicit content that are in place with the regular Marvel brand. The Punisher War Zone definitely exercised pulp style violence and gore to the point of gratuitousness. Perhaps the excessive and gratuitous violence will create box office interest because overall the story was predictable, the script and acting was painful at times, and the film was 20 minutes too long. I would recommend this film if you are in the mood for a mindless shoot 'em up massacre, otherwise wait for the dvd so that you have the options of fast forward or doing something else while you watch it.

Punisher War Zone Official Site

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Lady Gaga - Toronto 11/30/2008























I saw Lady Gaga perform here in Toronto the other night at Circa nightclub. As this was a club performance/PA, she only performed for 30 minutes and the show was basically one big medley or megamix of her hits and potential singles from her album. It was refreshing to see her in an intimate environment, although Circa, the venue, is not conducive to concert live performances as the layout of the venue is too obtrusive and junky. Perhaps that's why it was a brief half hour set. I was over it before the show even started due to the constant battle of having to weave through the crowd and the inability to properly see the stage.

Lady Gaga's performance was definitely FIERCE, innovative, creative, visionary, intimate, engaging and performance art - it's too bad that many of the people there, including myself, did not get to fully enjoy her show. The highlights for me of her performance were the incorporation of her self-made props into her performance (her disco stick - a stick with a disco ball light, and the infamous sunglasses that flash LED words) and the rapport that she had with her fans. There were many hardcore fans in attendance and I am glad that she did not disappoint them in any way and she even signed autographs for them during her performance!

Lady Gaga has class, style, ferocity, and she is a talented performer who moves beyond traditional pop acts by embodying pop and artistry in all respects. Thanks to Youtube and a hardcore fan - you can view the concert above to get a feel for the Gaga madness that went down that night!

Lady Gaga

Monday, December 1, 2008

World AIDS Day 20th Anniversary

Red Ribbon Awarenes Decoration from Toronto



20 years ago today, the World Health Organization declared December 1, 1988 the first World AIDS Day. This is a special day in which individuals and organizations unite globally to bring attention and awareness to the AIDS epidemic.

I remember the first World AIDS day and at that time HIV and AIDS was highly stigmatized and only associated with homosexual men or intravenous drug users. As a result of the ignorance and inaction surrounding the AIDS crisis, ACT UP (AIDS Coalition To Unleash Power) formed in order to bring awareness to the epidemic - "ACT UP is a diverse, non-partisan group of individuals united in anger and committed to direct action to end the AIDS crisis. We advise and inform. We demonstrate. WE ARE NOT SILENT." ACT UP was the first HIV/AIDS awareness organization and it was definitely instrumental in paving the way for other HIV/AIDS awareness related organizations.

Governments and public authorities turned a blind eye to the AIDS crisis in 1988 and it is only now, 20 years after the fact, that this epidemic has started to be taken seriously. AIDS has touched all of our lives in one way or another, whether personally by losing a loved one or a friend or indirectly through the loss of an artist, musician, actor, celebrity, writer, poet, politician, or by anyone who has made a difference in the world and made it a better place on any level. Let's not forget all the people the world has lost to AIDS and let's educate, inform, and prevent any further unnecessary losses to this epidemic.

World AIDS Day

ACT UP

ACT UP Oral History Project