Remix: Il Palazzo

24/01/2012 § Leave a comment

Il Palazzo
Prada Fall Winter 2012 by Miuccia Prada

What Power Art Thou (The Cold Genius)
Aria from King Arthur by Henry Purcell, 1690
(Klaus Nomi’s version is even more famous)

by John Foxx, 1980

Power Play: Prada Fall/Winter 2012

18/01/2012 § Leave a comment

“Coriolanus has grown from man to dragon.”

“O, me alone! make you a sword of me.”

“I do beseech you,
By all the battles wherein we have fought,
By the blood we have shed together, by the vows
We have made to endure friends, that you directly
Set me against Aufidius and his Antiates;
And that you not delay the present, but,
Filling the air with swords advanced and darts,
We prove this very hour.”

As I delved deeper into the Tragedy of Coriolanus by Shakespeare, Miuccia Prada’s Fall Winter 2012 menswear collection debut in Milan last week felt perfectly spot-on, with its old-world, militaristic influences and dramatic staging — apart and aside from the appearances of actor/models Adrien Brody, Gary Oldman, Willem Dafoe, and Jamie Bell.  While can give you a more in-depth look at the clothing, I felt Scott Schuman best captured the feel of the show in his moody and darkly-lit photos.  Remarkably easy to envision any one of them demanding to be “made a sword,” is it not?

All images via the Sartorialist.
Text from the Tragedy of Coriolanus by William Shakespeare.

Featured: Quite Continental on Two Inch Cuffs ~ “Carmen Jones: Rebellious Bird”

04/05/2011 § 3 Comments

Image via Twentieth Century Fox

“Carmen Jones: Rebellious Bird”

Happy to share with you my first piece as Culture Contributor for the online style guide Two Inch Cuffs, cherie.  I’ve chosen my Spring 2011 Fashion Muse, and she is Dorothy Dandridge as Carmen in Carmen Jones (1954).

Head here for a discussion that includes mention of: spring fever, historic firsts, the opera, Miucca Prada, The Hill-Side, Georges Bizet, wanton hedonism, colorblocking, LIFE Magazine, and floral pocket squares.  Yes, really.  All that and a darling Prada bag of chips, no?

Dat’s Love ~ Carmen Jones (1954)

Music: Habanera by Georges Bizet
Libretto: Oscar Hammerstein II

My lovely 1954 Dandridge edition of LIFE Magazine.

Be sure to head here to read the feature on Two Inch Cuffs.

Video: Prada S/S 2011 + Ratatat

23/01/2011 § Leave a comment

This definitely puts me in the mood for spring on a frigid New York weekend!


Daria Werbowy for Prada Parfum: “Thunder Perfect Mind”

05/08/2010 § 1 Comment

Thought I would resurrect a beautiful short film shot in 2005 by Jordan Scott (daughter of Ridley), starring model Daria Werbowy, to promote Prada’s first foray into perfume.  The text is from “The Thunder, Perfect Mind” a monologue found in the Nag Hammadi Library.  The excerpted text is a series of intriguing, paradoxical statements about a divine female figure.  Echoing the “woman as paradox” theme, Werbowy plays different female archetypes in the film – the wife, the mistress, the virgin, the mother, the daughter – frequently passing herself in her different incarnations.

Simply lovely.

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