Sunday, December 20, 2009
From the delicious archive of Full Frontal Fashion, Here Mademoiselle Agnès interviews Anna Wintour who icily states Paris Vogue should be supporting new designers, brilliantly done ladies!
About the tres chic Mademoiselle:
Agnès Boulard, better known by her TV pseudonym, Mademoiselle Agnès, is a bona fide celebrity in France. She has been covering fashion for nearly two decades and sits front row at all the shows. (We don’t really have a Mlle. Agnès equivalent in America; compared with CNN alum Elsa Klensch, Boulard is downright zany, yet she’s far more serious about couture than any of the hosts of MTV’s House of Style.)
Boulard regularly collaborates with Loïc Prigent, best known Stateside as the director of the acclaimed documentary MARC JACOBS & LOUIS VUITTON and the doc mini-series THE DAY BEFORE. Now Prigent — a fellow contributor here at FULL FRONTAL FASHION — has turned his camera on his friend, following M.A. during the Spring ’10 shows in both New York and Paris for the program HABILLÉES POUR L’ÉTÉ 2010 (DRESSED UP FOR SUMMER 2010).
In addition to being a lighthearted work of you-are-there/behind-the-scenes filmmaking, the one-hour special is built around the not-so-happy premise that Paris isn’t doing enough to support its emerging design talent. It’s broken into six 10 minute long segments. The first starts with Mlle. Agnès in Manhattan for New York Fashion Week, where she gives props to Anna Wintour for helping fledgling American talent thrive. Not only does the editor regularly feature up-and-comers on the pages of American Vogue, but the magazine sponsors the Council of Fashion Designers of America’s Fashion Fund mentoring program.
The first segment also features celeb cameos by Kirsten Dunst, Elijah Wood, Jason Schwartzman, and Kate Moss as well as interviews with burgeoning designers Joseph Altuzarra and Alexander Wang. Also interviewed is Diane Von Fürstenberg, who, through the aforementioned CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, acted as Wang’s fashion godmother.
Also highlighted: Tavi Gevinson, the 13-year-old blogger from Oak Park, Illinois, known for her Style Rookie website and a collaboration with Rodarte for Target. I find her obsession with high-end fashion at such a young age slightly disturbing (she started when she was just 11!), but ultimately, I can’t help but be charmed by her enthusiasm and Dawn Wiener eyewear.
For more video, visit (text from): http://www.sundancechannel.com/fullfrontalfashion/blog/2009/12/meet-agnes-b/
Sunday, December 13, 2009
It's interesting to see the twitterverse get aflutter over sightings of the new v,3 iPhone in the "wild" and now the new Google phone is leaking...presumably on some larger marketing schedule from the greater powers at Google.
Everyone is so smitten with the technology and and the necessities of operating systems (android vs....) that the symantics of design and function are eclipsed as part of the experience. What Apple does do so well, is they have evolved the way we interact with technology while others are simply good at providing technology. Yes, Virginia there is a difference between a PC and a Mac--and therein lies the difference.
Where Mac wins in this red-state/blue-state competition (of sorts), is that they've paved their own path toward computing enlightenment by creating an interface that is simplified, elegant, esoteric and even somewhat egalitarian. I have no idea how they do what they do, but sociologically speaking they've created hardware and software that appeals to our inner desire for things that are simple and beautiful. Sony struggles with this, as has HP. Sony creates beautiful hardware, but is a brand that no longer stands out-it is as close to a Mac in strength-of-design as any PC but the brand has lost its way over the years and is now heartily eclipsed by others and is left with a Vaio niche for afficionado's. HP suffered a similar fate by introducing a lackluster touch-screen PC whose interface was a great idea but so poorly executed the buzz quickly waned and they're an also ran.
All will change when Apple launches its rumored tablet, with all the talk of content created for it, the interface will allow users a new way to surf the net. Like it or not--it will be this launch that everyone talks about--and the new v,3 iPhone next year, that will keep Apple on top of the computing and communications race in 2010.
Let me know your thoughts...
Image from: http://francisanderson.files.wordpress.com/2008/01/cult_of_mac_400x503.jpg
Thursday, December 3, 2009
The RoundTable NYC is a terrific group focusing on the creatives in the fields of film, photography, music and art. I am involved in developing the programming for the new site coming soon. We are hosting an event next week, and Last week, we shot our inaugural episodes of Conversations With at Norwood in Chelsea, featuring award-winning filmmaker Josh Gilbert of "A/K/A Tommy Chong", legendary artist Sophie Matisse, and producer-musicians Ron Haney and Bart Schoudel of The Churchills.
Images and info on the upcoming series of videos "Conversations With..." are located on their blog, and will soon be posted to the web. I am a co-host with founder Blu Ellis on the series--we're very excited to send you this preview!
www.theroundtablenyc.com is the main site
Enjoy--and let me know if you'd like more information!