Friday, January 29, 2010

Simplicity is the Ultimate Sophistication

Lady Rouge with Franz Ferdinand

The second chapter of the Lady Dior campaign has finally dropped, and this time around it includes the sultry Marion Cotillard teaming up with Franz Ferdinand on a new track titled The Eyes of Mars. While the song itself isn't exactly mind-blowing, Cotillard's breathy vocals have combined with Franz Ferdinand's signature style and dynamics to create a vintage sound fit for loungy morning-afters. And if this all still isn't enough for your palate, rumors are floating about David Lynch directing Chapter 3.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Writer's Block

Fire & Knives

While many financial axes are chopping down the fluffy food publication rabble, Fire & Knives may be the ones to pick up the sickle and revive the fields of gastronomic creativity. Led by Tim Hayward, the beautifully designed magazine dives into a fresh realm of thoughtful content and simplistic design sans the gloss, advertising and - wait for it - online content. With no compensation for the writers involved and not a speck of mainstream to be found, F&K is an ultra-stylish project of great respect and ambition, making the £20 subscription well worth the investment.

Warren Beatty

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Steven Alan x ACL & Co. Oxford Shirt

In what might seem a long overdue collaboration, Steven Alan and Michael Williams (whom you might know from A Continuous Lean) have dropped the much anticipated Steven Alan x ACL & Co. Oxford Shirt. While the shirts themselves come fully equipped with attentive details like single-needle stitching, garment-dyed fabrics and the Williams-signature flap pocket, it's the rather stark black colorway that - along with striking a blow to every axe-swilling hipster - has people like The Moment buzzing with intrigue. For me, I'll be saluting the man in black. Take a look at more images below and get yours here.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

John Barrymore

Banksy Strikes Sundance


It's difficult to explain what makes old movie posters so appealing. And I must say that Ira M. Resnick's collection has me - once again - nothing short of speechless (he is, after all, the founder of the Motion Picture Arts Gallery). Set for release next month comes a book highlighting Resnick's personal collection of beautiful vintage movie posters, aptly titledStarstruck: Vintage Movie Posters from Classic Hollywood (Abbeville Press). This tour-de-force of Hollywood's "Golden Era" (1912 to 1962) is a stunning look into a past of finely-crafted movie advertising, featuring such notables as Gary Cooper, John Barrymore (whom you might better know as Drew Barrymore's grandfather), Gloria Swanson, and Orson Welles. And did I mention a foreword by Martin Scorsese? Trust me, your coffee table and dinner guests will thank you for this purchase.

Monday, January 25, 2010