On style

Oct. 6th, 2011 11:37 pm
bennet_7: (I: The Pointman)
1. [livejournal.com profile] cobweb_diamond has started an amazing blog called Hello, tailor. It's all about fashion history, current trends, costumes, and designer commentary. She really knows what she is writing about and writes with great wit. Forsooth.

2. Today I went to the Camden Markets which impressed me with their size but disappointed me with the prices of their vintage. £60 for a dress I'd still have to get mended? I don't think so! Hopefully this is just a Camden Market thing and not a London thing.

3. nerdboyfriend.tumblr = how to dress your boyfriend like nerd icons.

4. A little old but GQ's "The 25 Most Stylish Men on TV" is surprisingly decent at recognising different styles worn on TV. Gloriously, Chuck Bass is way down the list, although Barney Stinson is still way too high (Barney has not impressed me in a couple of seasons).
bennet_7: (10 Things: Stupid teen cliché)
Woo! The Powers That Be have made a second series of Dance Academy, the sometimes ridiculous but generally awesome show about teenagers studying ballet in Sydney. I've previously discussed it a little here and the new trailer is below:



Damn, that looks like some high-quality brain candy.

A lot of season 1 is available on YouTube and the episodes are uploaded in the usual places. Definitely give it a shot if you like dancing and well-handled teen issues (the gay storyline is particularly well done and actually kind of fresh).
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This is about a documentary called Bill Cunningham New York. Actually, it's a plea to watch a documentary called Bill Cunningham New York. For some of you, knowing that it's about an eighty year old photographer who has been chronicling New York's street fashion for decades will be enough to induce you to seek it out and watch it: you like fashion, you like photography, you like New York, you just plain like documentaries. But even if this film doesn't immediately sound relevant to your interests, give it a chance because it's a wonderful story, a very human story, about a man who has a passion, who has integrity, who doesn't allow himself to be bowed by other people's opinions, and who is kind in a cut-throat industry and and cut-throat city.



Bill Cunningham is fascinated by fashion and one of the few photographers to be invited to sit in the front rows of designer shows instead of being crammed into the press gallery at the end of the catwalk. But what he truly loves is how regular people take what the designers produce and wear it, reinterpreted through their own viewpoint, on the street. He spends most of his life riding the streets of New York on an old Schwinn bicycle or walking the pavements so that he can dart off at any moment to get the perfect picture of someone's outfit. He doesn't care if they're rich, famous, or a complete nobody - he only cares about the clothes. By taking so many pictures he notices trends that everyday people are generating - sometimes it's a colour or element. This he makes the focus of his "On The Street" feature in The New York Times. On other occasions he chooses to focus on something that fascinates him like shoes or the rain ponchos people wear in bad weather.



At night he goes to photograph charity galas, choosing them not for their guest list but for which cause he wants to devote column inches to. No matter who is there, he always finds something interesting, something beautiful, and the rich and fashion elite recognise and respect him for his choices. Anna Wintour says early in the film - and it's in the trailer so it's not too great a spoiler:

"I think everyone knows Bill and understands who he is and what he represents will always be thrilled to be photographed by Bill. I mean, I've said many times that we all get dressed for Bill."


But Bill himself is a man of contradictions. He doesn't wear clothes that are expensive, designer made, or particularly stylish. Most often he can be seen in the blue smock worn by the street cleaners of Paris because it's got a lot of convenient pockets. Nor does he accept any of the perks that are offered to him, not wanting his integrity to be compromised. He lives in an apartment in Carnegie Hall that is crammed with filing cabinets full of negatives, sleeping on a tiny camp bed, and uses a bathroom across the hall.

Bill's life is strange, but he obviously feels that it is incredibly rich because he gets to do what he loves. He's warm and funny, ready to laugh and be delighted, and thoroughly engaging when on screen. His story is fascinating and his contribution to fashion and photography will surprise you.

If you want to watch the film but are at a loss where too find it, drop me a line. For those that don't mind a little more spoiling, I hope this picspam whets your appetite for more.



It isn’t what I think, it’s what I see. )
bennet_7: (1909: Laura does the right thing)
One of my favourite authors, [livejournal.com profile] scott_lynch, has written an excellent post on his struggle with depression that I really recommend reading. One part in particular resonated with me due to what I've witnessed in others.

Portrait of the Artist as a Special Snowflake

There is another truly unfortunate undercurrent / tradition which holds that "creative types" are simply destined by nature or nurture to be less emotionally stable than those around us. Our mental illnesses are ignored, idealized, and even romaticized as part of what makes us so terribly precious and special. I don't claim that I've never indulged in this fantasy myself, or that I don't understand how madness, delirium, and death make for much spicier artistic narratives than long lives and stable investment portfolios. There is, however, a line between being creative / absent-minded / quirky and being completely dysfunctional as a human being.

Do not fucking romanticize and applaud the inability to live happily in yourself or in others.
bennet_7: (I: The Pointman)


I just found one of my favourite documentary series on YouTube, cleverly titled Savile Row because it is about the tailors of Savile Row and their bespoke craftsmanship. If you've ever been interested in what makes and what goes into making a good suit, then this is well worth a watch, especially the first episode (there are three). It also discusses the changing market and how mass produced and designer wear threatens this niche industry. Above all, it shows how good tailoring is an art form and that these skills need to be passed on and treasured.
bennet_7: (Dork (Jimmy Stewart))
If you didn't really understand the 2008 Global Financial Crisis (I certainly didn't. Honestly, the only subject I ever failed was Economics 101) then HBO's recent TV movie Too Big to Fail does a pretty good job of unpacking what went down on Wall Street while still managing to be fairly entertaining and suspenseful. It's making the rounds of the usual places and I recommend it. Fans of The West Wing will definitely get a kick out of all the wheeling and dealing.
bennet_7: (jazz hands)

This post by [livejournal.com profile] herowlness is a fantastic look at Logan and Veronica and mirrors my thoughts exactly. Read it. Now.

Renaissance Boy by [livejournal.com profile] amaria is a brilliant Logan fic. Different styles are used in a series of vignettes and it is illustrated as well!

I have joined [livejournal.com profile] vm_macchiatos because though Jackie may not like P&P, she's growing on me ;-)

 

Also I'm rewatching Season 2 of VM and I noticed something in the background.

Couples who buy art together...don't stay together )

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