paolo roversi’s talent and evergreen appeal probably has to lie in his relentless body of work. he has seen and shot almost every fashion label and every it girl ever to wear it. my favorites are his distinctive glass-darkly portraits that have been in permanent demand for their rich and beautiful otherness; imbuing an exoticism that transports model, clothing and audience into a sepia haze of timelessness. the subjects in his pictures seem as far away in time and space as 1929 shanghai. his styling is demure but powerful, un-fussed and textured, many looking as if they are suffering from some convalescent malaise; awkwardly posed and often with a shy look of being surprised unexpectedly. mr roversi sights eyes and lips as important and then that eerie shadowy light that he brings into the picture. beguiling and romantic, his work is truly the legacy of someone who not only appreciates beauty but respects it.
koji tatsuno is truly one of those talented enigma’s of fashion… i say kick the kimono and get a cape!
photo robert maxwell
2003 turner prize winner and one of my personal favourites, the inimitable mr. perry, known for among other things, his wit, tapestries and ceramic art
interview by robert gottlieb and ingrid sischy. portait by timothy greenfield-sanders.
10 Men Fashion. Hector Castro and Benjamin Lennox. Fashion Styling and Photography.
this comparison seems far fetched but considering that both garcia lorca and picasso might have listened to their hauntingly inspirational music should be enough for anyone. both works have been sensitively reworked from spanish folk style songs. perhaps my romantic sentiments are too blatant, but as someone that has a distinct liking for the clichéd, these two works definitely puts me in the mood. fransico tárrega ran away from home to barcelona and later to valencia and this piece, played by andrés segovia, illustrates his simple style imbued with feeling rather than complication. maurice ravel’s basque-spanish mother had a rich influence on his compositions. his piéce en forme de habanera has lived through various incarnations; the lamenting violin performances remain my favorite but this rendition is done with über-cellist-talent matthew barley and julian joseph on piano. ravel integrated folk styles into his classical compositions to create moodily contemplative impressionist pieces. he was not only meticulous about his appearance but his intricate compositions were all attempted with precision, i’m also stupidly mad about the wallpaper behind him in the picture.
Joseph-Maurice Ravel (March 7, 1875 – December 28, 1937)
Francisco de Asís Tárrega y Eixea (21 November 1852 – 15 December 1909)
this day is a sad reminder that along with all the beauty and goodwill in our world, one person can still undo it all…
11 May, 1894 - 1 April 1991
remembering the dance of life from the über-influential choreographer martha graham.
I love mixing styles and textures, media and materials. But I believe in respecting personality when it comes to choosing work. There is of course the investment angle which is too boring to discuss here….or anywhere really. It is important to remember that when you live with art, it should be alive to you. That is to say it needs to move you. You need to have an affair with it.
Starting with the roof over your head and the clothes on your back. These are the things we inhabit. Without entering into the fashion vs trend debate. They also shape our sensibilities and the way we present ourselves.
Whether colour or form is your thing. Pattern or plain. What we choose to live with can make our lives easier or more challenging. Consider your commitment and convince yourself.
Since Eden it has been a fascination, inspiration, an indulgence of kings and common gardeners, a joy. No home is complete without it. Whether you go for potted, landscaped or organic, dry or shade, just go for it.
Most of which are filed under S for sentimental. I respect that.
Heirlooms. Bargains. Souvenirs. Gifts. Curiosities. Found Objects. Impulse Buys.
Never hide what’s important or meaningful. Denial is a very ugly word.
Get to know yourself and others. As much as we live in the same world, everyone has their own version of it. Live up to yours, never fear your dreams and ideals lest they remain aspirations forever.