This isn’t selling out. This is being smart and creative and proving that art can be commercial. Here’s FKA Twigs’ short film for Google Glass. It’s called #throughglass, yes there is a hashtag but that is totally valid in this scenario. The film features edited versions of the tracks “Video Girl” (LP1) and “Glass & Patron” and a lot of vogue-ing which is becoming Twigs’ signature.
Following last week’s announcement that David Lynch’s Twin Peaks is making a massive comeback in 2016, it’s only fair that new British duo aptly named Pin Tweaks should have its moment in the spotlight – but the genius isn’t solely in the name. The track Girl On The Wire has this unique yet familiar aesthetic – it is reminiscent of Dev Hynes’ from a vocal and somewhat from a production perspective – the haunting repetition drawing more emotion with every breath. Pin Tweaks has already amassed over 100,000 plays on SoundCloud for the track and this will undoubtedly continue to grow.
Dressed in SS15 Saint Laurent and photographed by Hedi Slimane, here’s actor Ansel Elgort (Fault in Our Stars, Divergent) for HERO 12. HERO as a brand is on the tipping point of mainstream success – launching sister publication HEROINE, showcasing Hedi’s work through billboard advertising in London and consistently delivering the finest menswear editorials. HERO 12 is available to preorder now.
When an iconic artist returns after almost a decade (eight years to be precise), it is risky, always potentially polarising and involves an entire education and re-education process. Gwen is an icon, a pioneer and a genius – her solo career has always been tastemaking and risk-driven which is why playing it beyond safe for her comeback has not only polarised opinions but generated legitimate debate (although maybe not enough).
So let’s go back to the strategy. Age is obviously a key factor in this on an emotional level, rather than a physical level – as Gwen herself hasn’t aged in 20 years. Baby Don’t Lie is co-written by Benny Blanco and Ryan Tedder, which truly does justice to its mainstream potential. This clear strategy for mainstream chart success from a song that isn’t traditionally boundary breaking is coupled by two guest appearances on the Maroon 5 album and the new Calvin Harris record (plus judging The Voice) – there is clearly no doubt that Gwen is seeking guaranteed chart domination with this record. Let’s hope it happens. This now only begs the question of what the rest of the album will offer – here’s hoping for a fine balance between beautifully produced commercial pop and the daring and pioneering pop and cohesively artist vision that LAMB and Sweet Escape offered.
One of the finest traits about Louis Vuitton as a brand, and the reason why I love working with and supporting the vision is because Vuitton loves to collaborate. Whether it is Marc’s creative capsules inspired by Stephen Sprouse or a partnership with Murakami or Yayoi Kusama, even the way that Teller and other photographers are heroed by the brand – it’s part of the ethos and identity.
So, when Georges Vuitton (son of Louis) created the monogram in honor of his late father in 1896, he also created an icon in its own right which has been re-worked and re-imagined for decades, both legally and illegally. Now, over a century later six visionaries in their own right have taken the legend of the monogram and made it their own in ‘The Icon and the Iconoclasts: A Celebration of Monogram’ for the brand’s 160th birthday.
Christian Louboutin, Cindy Sherman, Frank Gehry, Karl Lagerfeld, Marc Newson and Rei Kawakubo were given free rein to create limited edition accessories and bags using the famous monogram print…and here are the results.
The designs are available for purchase on Louis Vuitton’s website from today. Lagerfeld’s designs will be available from this weekend.