Now known as Saint Laurent, the luxurious and classic brand went through a huge makeover in 2012 that included more than just slightly changing the name. Since Hedi Slimane took over for Stefano Pilati the label has taken a darker turn, featuring black suits and wide brim hats for Spring, which was fabulous, but the recent Fall collection gave a preview of what Slimane had up his sleeve.
For the Saint Laurent Music Project, Slimane enlisted the help of rockers Courtney Love, Marilyn Manson and Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth for the Fall 2013 ads, which premiered on Dazed Digital. Slimane has been no stranger to the rock world, but this all feels so...dated. This would have been cool back in 1997, when I last truly cared for all of these artists, or their music at least. Courtney couldn't help but tweet after the Fall 2013 that "someone actually got the look right." What look? The grunge look that many designers, most famously Marc Jacobs when he was with Perry Ellis, copied when Nirvana and Pearl Jam ruled MTV back in the day. Later on Facebook she added:
"No offense to [Marc Jacobs] but he never got [grunge] right. This is what it really was. Hedi knows his shit. He got it accurate and MJ and Anna [Sui] did not."
Get it right, he did. The Fall collection featured a number of skinny, pale, and somewhat unfortunate looking models scowling down the runway. I'm all for dark and gloomy, but this has been done before and in a much better way. The collection was famously panned, some critics didn't even bother to properly review it, and with good reason. Maybe "ruining" is too strong of a word, perhaps we should say Hedi is being too experimental? The 90s are back in a really odd way. Girls who were barely alive during the decade are wearing jelly shoes and platform sneakers like they aren't ugly. Now this mess.
Of course Courtney Love loves it, the collection is a big tribute to her and that whole era. What happened to beautiful girls in beautiful clothes? If I wanted this, i'd go drive by that shady part of town and yell out "FREE CRACK GIVEAWAY!" and watch the druggies shuffle over to my car like zombies on 'The Walking Dead.'
Written by: Brittani
I saw the new trailer for Quentin Tarantino's latest film Django last night and I'll be darned if it didn't make me want to see it. As much as I love Q's work, I don't care for Westerns as a rule and Jamie Foxx and Leonardo DiCaprio both tend to stomp on my last good nerve, so the fact that I still would like to see this film speaks volumes.
Here's a quick synopsis of 'Django Unchained' if you're unfamiliar:
Set in the South two years before the Civil War, DJANGO UNCHAINED stars Academy Award®-winner Jamie Foxx as Django, a slave whose brutal history with his former owners lands him face-to-face with German-born bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz (Academy Award®-winner Christoph Waltz). Schultz is on the trail of the murderous Brittle brothers, and only Django can lead him to his bounty. The unorthodox Schultz acquires Django with a promise to free him upon the capture of the Brittles - dead or alive. Success leads Schultz to free Django, though the two men choose not to go their separate ways. Instead, Schultz seeks out the South's most wanted criminals with Django by his side. Honing vital hunting skills, Django remains focused on one goal: finding and rescuing Broomhilda (Kerry Washington), the wife he lost to the slave trade long ago.
Written and directed by Academy Award®-winner Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchainedis produced by Stacey Sher, Reginald Hudlin and Pilar Savone. The executive producers are Harvey and Bob Weinstein, Michael Shamberg, Shannon McIntosh, and James Skotchdopole. Starring Jaime Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Kerry Washington, Leonardo DiCaprio, Samuel L. Jackson,
Dennis Christopher, Laura Cayouette, M.C. Gainey, Tom Savini, Anthony LaPaglia and James Remar, Django Unchained is scheduled for theatrical release on December 25th, 2012.
See what I mean? Looks good, huh? I don't know if I'll see "Django Unchained" on Christmas Day, but I do think I'll venture out into Seattle's bone-chilling sideways-rain to see Taranatino's latest film. What do you guys think?
Written by: Diva Julia
Old Man Winter is rapidly approaching. I’m coming to terms with watching my local produce stand close, I'm reminding myself that Fall may take the beautiful display of seasonal fruits and veg from my dining room table, but they will never take my hand blown glass bowl. Putting it too good use, I've decided to look into keeping my kitchen looking lively through the chilly months with a plant that in the Northwest is proving to be, too good to be true.
Air plants or epiphytes are everywhere here in Seattle. There are designers creating bowls, arches, domes... you name it specifically geared to attract the allure of Air Plants. With working, Mothering a tiny man (AND two full grown men) the beauty of this plant is alarmingly simple. All we need is Love you say? All they needs is air.
Written by: Tiffany
The appearance of Prince on my television screen is ALWAYS a happy occasion. Rocking a teeny weeny afro and yellow pants, as usual whatever he is selling, I am happily buying.
But today belongs to another insanely talented guitarist of color, Jimi Hendrix. His death 42 years ago was an epic tragedy for the music industry and helped to cement the notion of the 27 Club. Its membership is sometimes extended to include celebrities of any kind, which is why Amanda Rae is here for 26-year old Amanda Bynes.
A movie about Hendrix, starring rapper/actor Andre 3000 is currently in production. Unfortunately, it will not include any of the singer's signature tracks. The Hendrix estate, with his sister Janie at the helm has stated that they will not release any music without their full participation in the project. To get around that the film will focus on the early years of Hendrix.
It may ultimately prove successful but will not allow Andre 3000 to showcase his potential in full. I want to see him as Jimi at the height of his reign, not during "the making of" years. But if the rumors are true that the estate will not cooperate with any biopic that depicts Hendrix using drugs, I may never get to see the movie I am looking for.
Written by: Kia K.
Song of the Week – Dedicated to Seattle, ‘I’m Afraid of Americans’ by David Bowie (With Trent Reznor) VIDEO
I thought the piece written by a Los Angeles Times reporter was an interesting twist on what's been going on in this normally lovely and seemingly safe place called Seattle. I don't feel safe anymore. I don't want fear to rule my life, but I think about my loved ones...my family, and how we'd walk around every single part of The Emerald City without a single thought as to not making it home that night.
SEATTLE — In a city known for its post-hippie vibe — street fairs, vegan cafes and politics so earnestly committed to consensus that almost nothing gets done — Seattle's violent spring has been a rough awakening.
This glacier-rimmed city that sees itself as an emerald refuge at the corner of a troubled country has been caught in a wave of often random gun violence that has claimed 21 lives since the beginning of the year—as many as in all of 2011.
"Seattleites, we are losing it," Seattle Times columnist Danny Westneat wrote Thursday, a day after the cafe shootings. He told of an email from Bush School — one of several schools that went into lockdown after Wednesday's attacks — reassuring parents that the man seen in a black running suit with a gun wasn't an attacker, just a jogger who wanted to be able to defend himself.
"This is what it has come to: Jogging with your gun," Westneat wrote. "But can you blame him? ... We are a city on edge. A city now in full-fledged crisis. The mayor, the police and the feds need to quit bickering, sit down like adults — now — and hash out what, if anything, they can do. Because the people at this point are literally being caught in the crossfire."
The Cafe Racer, a popular neighborhood espresso bar frequented by musicians, artists and locals near the university district, is hardly a gang hangout. Neighbors said they go in frequently for homemade soup, veggie hot dogs and free music on Thursdays.
"It's just a really laid-back, low-key place. People bring their DVDs and put them on the player and watch movies, there's a little lounge area upstairs. It's not fancy by any means," said Martha Taylor, who frequently stops in with her husband.
The barista, Pugel said, appeared to have "politely" declined to serve the gunman — whom police have not officially identified as Stawicki — at which point he looked around. As one of the patrons stood up to leave, the gunman pulled out one of his two .45 caliber semiautomatic handguns and opened fire.
A bystander Pugel described as "a hero" picked up a bar stool and threw it at the assailant. As the gunman turned and pointed his gun at him, the bystander threw a second bar stool, providing enough of a diversion to allow two or three people to escape through the front door.
The gunfire killed four, including two members of a local folk punk band, Joe "Vito" Albanese, 52, and Drew Keriakedes, 45. A cook at the cafe, Leonard Meuse, was critically injured but was expected to survive.
The violence continued half an hour later, police said, when the gunman fatally shot Gloria Leonidas, a mother of two from Bellevue, Wash., at a downtown parking lot. Then he took her Mercedes sport utility vehicle and drove to West Seattle.
No more. No more false sense of security. I don't necessarily feel safe with the Seattle Police Department cruising around on bikes, horses and squad cars. My feeling is that sometimes they are no better than the criminals who are ready to pop. You can read about the SPD and their issues with excessive brutality here.
Everyone is on fucking edge. This is NOT the gorgeous and cultured city I grew to love and taught my sons to love; now it's just one more gotdamn reason to stay home. And I hate that feeling. Because sometimes we're not safe at home either.
Let's not forget about the serial killer across Puget Sound, on the Peninsula, who's still roaming around and killing people in broad daylight while bringing in their groceries.
I'm afraid SEATTLEITES. I'm afraid I can't help it.
Written by: Diva Julia