You cannot deconstruct unless you know how to construct. - Alexander McQueen

archive for March, 2010

Karen Elson’s “The Ghost Who Walks”

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

After seeing that Spin Magazine included supermodel Karen Elson’s performance at SxSW as a “Best Moment“, I got curious. I first came across Elson in a musical capacity several years ago with Melissa Auf der Maur covering Danzig’s “Devil’s Plaything”. Elson has improved since then. “The Ghost Who Walks” is a very pretty song, and her album releases May 25th on husband Jack White’s Third Man Records.

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photo of Karen Elson by David Swanson

Punk Bene Gesserits and Biomega in Paris

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

The Autumn/Winter 2010/11 shows at Paris Fashion Week come - for better or worse - leather bound. Also, “tribe” and “tribal” are words that often get tossed about in reference to this season’s collections. Sarah Mower of quoted Rick Owens as saying that his women are, ‘a sect of nuns with inner discipline’. Well, naturally I think Dune:

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Punk Bene Gesserits at the Rick Owens A/W 2010/11 show

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Bonkuk Koo

Saturday, March 6th, 2010

“I want to make a dress which can be exhibited in her living-room rather than kept in her closet.” This is the solitary statement on Bonkuk Koo’s blog. His beautiful dresses are staggeringly complex works that should not be shut away in a closet, out of sight and out of mind. “It is not just clothes for wearing, it’s art that people can get a lot of emotion and energy from.” Whether they are displayed in a gallery or on the body, Koo’s dresses cannot fail to be regarded as outstanding artistic achievements.

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a dress by Bonkuk Koo


Private Hell 36

Friday, March 5th, 2010

I love crime jazz, and there’s a wonderful crime jazz special on the Retro Cocktail Hour radio show, hosted by Darrell Brogdon. It includes the “Checkmate” theme by John Williams, a selection from “Twin Peaks” composed by Angelo Badalamenti and “Marlowe’s Theme” from Farewell, My Lovely by the incredible David Shire. Don’t miss the cover gallery.

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Album cover for Private Hell 36 (1954)

Masters in Milan

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

Milan has produced some stellar output this season. Favorites for Fall/Winter 2010/11 are Gabriele Colangelo, Albino, Gaetano Navarra, Francesco Scognamiglio, Marco de Vincenzo, Prada and Marni. All photos from

A look from Gabriele Colangelo’s geologically inspired Fall/Winter 2010/11 collection