Month: October 2014

Femme Fatale

Halloween is coming.  Here is 10 of my favourite beautiful and deadly on screen female killers and villains.

Nicole Horner and Christina Delassalle in “Les Diabolique” (1955) by Henri-Georges Clouzot

Carol Ledoux in “Repulsion”, 1965 by Roman Polanski

Bonnie Parker in “Bonnie and Clyde”, 1967 by Arthur Penn

Matsu Sasori  in "Female Convict 702: Scorpion", (1972) by Shunya Ito

Matsu Sasori  in “Female Convict 702: Scorpion”, (1972) by Shunya Ito

Carrie in “Carrie”, 1976 by Brian de Palma

Catherine Tramell in “Basic Instinct”, 1992 by Paul Verhoeven

Hedra Carlson in “Single White Female”, 1992 by Barbet Schroeder

Mallory Knox in “Natural Born Killers”, 1994 by Oliver Stone

Asami Yamazki in “Audition” 1999 by Takashi Miike

Anna in “Martyrs”, 2008 by Pascal Laugier 

Glass Labyrinth by Robert Morris

A pyramid shaped, glass walled labyrinth created by Robert Morris has been installed in the Donald J. Hall Sculpture Park at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City. The work is commissioned by the museum to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the sculpture park.

Here is the museum description of the work by the Kansas City native artist: “In form and material this labyrinth is a departure from the more familiar circular and rectangular labyrinths of old. Triangulated and constructed of glass plate walls capped with bronze, it speaks to the present in the language of modern architecture and design–streamlined, dynamic, transparent, and elegant.

R.I.P. Oscar de la Renta

Oscar de la Renta, one of  the world-renowned fashion designer, also known as the Sultan of Suave has sadly passed away on Monday. Born in Dominican Republic, de la Renta studied painting in Spain and later joined Balenciaga and Lanvin in Paris. He went solo and launched in his own label in 1965. His elegant and feminine designs gained him a loyal and dedicated fan base, which through the years included everyone from Jackie Kennedy to Audrey Hepburn and Sarah Jessica Parker, as well as influential figures such as Betty Ford, Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama.

Here is a look back at the legendary designer’s incredible life and his most iconic designs.

“The qualities I most admire in women are confidence and kindness.” – Oscar de la Renta

1956

For Balenciaga

Jackie Kenneday in Oscar de la Renta

With his first wife, Françoise de Langlade

1967

1969

Penelope Tree, 1970

Jean Shrimpton for Oscar de la Renta 1970

Jerry Hall in Oscar de la Renta, 1980

1982

with Audrey Hepburn, 1989

Linda Evangelista 1991

1991

Oscar De La Renta for Balmain 1994

Oscar de la Renta for Balmain couture, 1995

1995

1999

Spring 2001

2005

Fall 2006

2006

Agyness Deyn in Oscan de la Renta 2007

2008

Doutzen Kroes in Oscar de la Renta by Patrick Demarchelier for the Vogue Dec 2009.

2010

Fall 2010

Kate Moss in Oscar de la Renta by Mario Testino for Vogue Aug 2011.

2012

SS 2012

Couture 2013

Catherine McNeil in Oscar de la Renta by Mario Testino for Vogue Sept 2013.

2014

Sarah Jessica Parker in Oscar de la Renta for Met Gala 2014

Oscar de la Renta Spring/Summer 2015 Collection

At his final catwalk show s/s 2015 Oscar de la Renta collection

Aphex Twin – Syro Limited Edition Vinyl Box Set

The wait is over! Warp Records has finally released the limited edition vinyl box set of Aphex Twin’s new album, Syro.

The stunning artwork has been created by The Designers Republic. The packaging lists every cost involved in the making and promotion of the album.

The limited edition vinyl box set contains:

– SYRO – 180g vinyl 3xLP pressing in printed inner sleeves and triple gatefold sleeve, with download code card

– SYROBONKUS – 300 x 300mm Intaglio print from metalwork mother plate, hand printed on 280gsm Somerset Velvet Radiant White, presented in casebound print folio

– Presented in 324mm x 324mm x 30mm acrylic slipcase. Finished by hand and silk screen printed to front

Leandro Erlich

Argentinean artist Leandro Erlich is known for installations that seem to defy the basic laws of physics, challenging audiences’ sense of reality.  In Erlich’s own words: ‘We usually take familiar spaces for granted; I find them important because this is where life actually happens. The ambition is to create a fiction from the ordinary.’

Swimming Pool, 2001

Elevator Shaft, 2011

Single Cloud Collection, 2012

Dalston House 2013

Erlich’s works also draws inspiration from film directors like Alfred Hitchcock, David Lynch and Roman Polanski.

The View, 2005

Window and Ladder, Too Late For Help, 2008

Cabinet de Psychanalyste, 2005

Smoking Room, 2006

Through the wall 3, 2007