Through the lens of Karl Lagerfeld, artist and timeless CHANEL/Lagerfeld muse Baptiste Giabiconi poses for brand’s pre-fall 2013 collection campaign. It’d be interesting to see if Unkle Karl shoots with Marlon Teixeira for SS14 as he recently walked for the brand in Paris. Again, the dark, solemn artistry of the shoot below are almost refreshing as a desexualised Giabiconi takes on more of his grittier guise as a music artist versus his cleaner apparition as a model.
So in non-TROPICO related news, announced at the premiere itself earlier tonight, Lana confirmed the name of her new album…ULTRAVIOLENCE. As a word, it is a completely perfect follow up to Born To Die (beautifully tragic). She mentioned it on YouTube a few days ago, which sent Twitter into a queried frenzy (from Lana stans at least). Watch the video moment where she announces it here. Basically goddess of indie/not-so-indie pop is coming back in 2014 and it’s about to be epic. Paint your nails black and dye your hair a darker shade.
Oh and with regards to foreshadowing, let’s appreciate the lyrics from her “leaked” track ‘Hundred Dollar Bill’ on the God Bless America mix tape.
Culturally apt dance tracks that have the potential to go HUGELY viral are few and far between. This is one of them. Style Of Eye is Swedish DJ, producer and songwriter Linus Eklöw. The track is called ‘Kids’ and features Soso. The word genius doesn’t even cut it. It has the lyrically aptitude of Lorde’s ‘Royals’ with production levels akin to a superior Zedd (Style Of Eye actually officially remixed Clarity). I really hope this becomes a world wide hit. Generic hipster got no sex appeal.
Shot by Tim Walker and styled by Jacob K, this has to be one of the finest editorials of 2013. It features Kristen McMenamy as a marmaid in Tim Walker’s ‘Far, Far From Land’ story for the December issue of W Magazine. Designs featured include McQueen and Dior and the scenes where Kristen is submerged in the tank are proof in point that she one of the finest models on the planet.
So I was kinda waiting for this to drop. Intended as the third single from Pure Heroine, TEAM was released a few weeks before the album officially launched in the US – I almost thought it had been sidelined as a buzz single, but low and behold, it now has an accompanying (and brilliant) video. Production value has unsurprisingly increased. Lorde maintains her charisma and barely features in the visual. It’s good, it’s really good. The lyrics “we live in cities, you’ll never see on screen” still remain as one of the best introspective pop commentaries for the tumblr generation in 2013.
The story behind the video, in the words of Lorde:
“This video was borne from a dream i had a few months ago about teenagers in their own world, a world with hierarchies and initiations, where the boy who was second in command had acne on his face, and so did the girl who was queen. i dreamt about this world being so different to anything anyone had ever seen, a dark world full of tropical plants and ruins and sweat. and of this world, i dreamt about tests that didn’t need to be passed in order to be allowed in: sometimes the person who loses is stronger.”