A 1.5 tonne sculpture by Stuart Chapman of constructed polystyrene in the shape of Rick Owens has just been unveiled at Selfridges to mark 20 years of the eponymous designer and the curation of the Wonder Room. The initiative forms part of The Masters campaign which also includes a series of short films by SHOWstudio hero-ing various designers from Gaultier to Yohji Yamamoto.
Grimes is the perfect pop star. The video for ‘Go’ is proof. Co-directed by Roco-Prime (i.e. Claire/Grimes and Grimes’ brother Mac Boucher) with art direction and concept by Claire Boucher aka Grimes (well that was complexed). The video sees an almost sequel to the Genesis video with Grimes taking on the warrior role from Brooke Candy and a neon scraped back blonde hair club moment for the Blood Diamonds produced dancier and Rihanna-intended elements of the track.
The clip was inspired by Dante’s Inferno, and opens with a reading from the book narrated by screenwriter David Hayter. Grimes said: “In the inferno, people’s actions in life echo eternally. Mike (Virgil) and I (Dante) wander through the circles of hell. It’s not a traditional hell, it kind of reflects stuff that’s going on today. We shot a bunch at the Salton Sea, which is basically an apocalyptic wasteland filled with dead fish because of human carelessness, [and in] a hallway of bullet holes a la Korn “Freak On a Leash,” etc. If you look closely you can find clues. But in the usual fashion it is also abstract enough to just be a trippy visual accompaniment to the song.”
The video references pop cultural iconography throughout in a somewhat subversive and intelligent way, something that Grimes has carved into an art form rather than mimicry. Fashion featured includes Iris Van Herpen, Rodarte, Manish Arora, Alexander McQueen and Steve Madden.
Two tracks. One singular minimalist aesthetic. London based electro-duo Pale (who opened for Sky Ferreira) are unveiling their EP The Comeback via 80s pseudo inspired tracks Silence and New Man. There is so much potential here and the duo is being repped by Purple, which can only mean good things. Enjoy the darkness. The artwork below speaks volumes for the almost monochromatic sound.
Charli XCX is the voice of not one, but two generations. This video is a massive proof point. It goes back to 90s high school dark comedy era, inspired literally by Jawbreaker and even features a cameo from scream queen Rose McGowan. It also begs the question whether the video Fancy was actually Charli’s brainchild. Seeing Charli at the VMAs last night, holding her own with the emerging pop starlets was somewhat of a moment. She totally deserves this. Also, so hot.
Charli’s sophomore album Sucker is out October 21st via Neon Gold/Atlantic Records.
Filmed in one take on Boulevard Princess Grace de Monaco in Villefranche-sur-Mer, Nice, France comes the beautifully enigmatic video for astronomyy’s Nothin On My Mind, presented by DAZED.