Monday, June 30, 2008

#90 Paris Fashion Week Day 3

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Sunday, June 29, 2008

#89 No Magazine Likes Robots


Robots are genius. Prada knows it – their cute keychain robots were insanely popular, even with their not-so-cute pricetags. Colette, the uber-design store in Paris, has cartoon robots to welcome you to their website. All sorts of cool and funny stuff grabs a bit of robo-cred: Futurama, Knight Rider, Bladerunner, Austin Powers’ sexy fem-bots, Transformers, Radiohead’s Paranoid Android, Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots by the Flaming Lips, and especially Kiwi comic artist Toby Morris’ Pirate Technics strip, featuring robo-pirate DJ wars.

Robots are best when they are not trying to be too human, which is why R2D2 beats C3PO and Number 5 from Short Circuit is much cooler than ‘David’ from Artificial Intelligence. So we were very excited to see the preview for the film Wall-E (out in September) – it’s about a super-adorable clean-up robot left on Earth after humans trash the place and nip off to another galaxy. In fact, Wall-E’s kinda of a mash-up of our favourite movie robots – director Andrew Stanton admits his look may have been influenced by Short Circuit, and Wall-E’s voice is provided by the legendary Ben Burtt, the voice behind R2D2’s whistles and chirps.

It makes us want our very own adorable clean-up robot, but they’re probably a way off. In the meantime, we’ll make do with a Roomba. It’s a flat, circular little vacuum-robot that happily vroombas around your house, sucking dirt up off your floor, reversing when it boinks into walls and driving your dog or cat totally insane. Who knew cleaning house could be so much fun?

#88 Paris Fashion Week Day 2

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1-6 Junya Watanabe 7-8 Comme Des Garcons 9-10 Richard Chai

pics: men.style.com

Saturday, June 28, 2008

#87 Franz West by Jerome William Lee Webby















Turning his back on the traditions of the ornamental, sublime and polished forms of Modernism, Franz West’s work stands as a triumph of innovation.

We are confronted with a dichotomy – between the serious, and the casual, dysfunctional and seemingly thrown together form. Critics have spoken of West’s work inhabiting the ‘in-between’. That is, they do not lie in Modernist sculpture with the likes of Robert Morris and Donald Judd, for they are too sarcastic, too slapstick, too chaotic and un-polished. But his sculptures cannot be deemed merely ‘junk art’ either – for they are too ridden with references to the psyche, to sexuality, to people, or the social inscriptions of the artwork itself.

West’s works are not complete until a relationship with the viewer is established. Some of West’s more recent works are meant to be handled, carried around and worn. They become a kind of social furniture, whereby the erratic bodily behaviour of the viewers move in relation to the work they are faced with; this physicality elucidating West’s underlying interest in the human psyche.

So what does this say about art? How does this emphasise the fact that West’s work is totally devoid of any artistic precursor, while seemingly displaying an awareness of thousands of years of human-created art? West’s work is derived from life. Its organic evolution of bodily and natural references creates a forum for the public.

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I like Jerome. He's 19, but seems to have the mind of a middle aged academic in his prime. As well as being a budding scholar, he's also an accomplished photographer who's had his work hung in galleries and even shown on TV. What's not to love?




#86 Paris Fashion Week Day 1

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1-7 Yves Saint Laurent 8. Louis Vuitton 9. Dries Van Noten 10. Veronique Branquinho 11. Yohji Yamamoto

Thursday, June 26, 2008

#85 Generosity (Virtue of the Week)

Generosity is giving and sharing. It's sharing freely, with no expectation of receiving something in return. It's finding ways to give other people happiness, and giving just for the sake of giving. Generosity is a fantastic way to show love and friendship, and to help someone out in a tight spot.

BE GENEROUS!

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

#84 Milano Fashion Week Looks of the Day

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#83 Prince Caspian



















I began my relationship with the Narnia series as a five year old, when the BBC miniseries of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe played on TV in New Zealand. My dad taped it, and I used to watch it over and over again throughout my childhood. I was also a big fan of the books, and I'm fairly sure that over the years I've read all of them, and never been disappointed.

When the first film came out a couple of years ago, I have to admit that I was disappointed by it. It just didn't hold the magical appeal of the books or the BBC miniseries. I'm not one to hold grudges or write things off though, so I went to see Prince Caspian last night with my good friend Sheida. Within the first two minutes I was hooked. My heart was beating hard, I was sitting on the edge of my seat, nudging Sheida every 30 seconds, "phwoar did you see that? Freaky man! What's going to happen next??" There was a moment when the youngest girl Lucy almost slipped off a ledge, and I swear my heart just about exploded - and that wasn't even a big event!

I don't want to give any of it away because you all should see it, but seriously, this film has me believing in the magic of cinema again. Prince Caspian has my vote to join the fantasy hall of fame alongside Lord of the Rings. And the best part? Not Aslan, the battle scenes or the scenery (which was New Zealand at its finest), but the villains. The villains were a bunch of conniving, backstabbing, deceitful and swarthy Spaniards - which made for quite a refreshing change in these days of "hmmm who should we have as the bad guys?" "Arabs of course!" Know what I mean?

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

#82 Milano Fashion Week Looks of the Day

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1-3 Allesandro Dell'Acqua 4-6 Gucci