Monthly Archives: May 2010

neo boy

I was lucky enough to receive a silver Undercover bangle as a gift from a colleague today. The bangle is totally awesome and is inscribed with a Patti Smith poem . It’s called Neo Boy and was originally published in 1978 as part of her book “Babel.” It goes a little something like this….

Neo Boy by Patti Smith

neo boy, neo boy, neo boy,

neo boy melts in jelly machine,

the whole thing is how he can change the scene or be a changeling,

transformation is relative says neo boy.

tropical plants shiver.

what can you say about habitat that hasn’t been said before?

greedy children lap up radioactive jewels spit in the dunes by these so-called know-it-alls.

soon the gleaming bones of innocents will be scattering the sands and some enterprising old soul will gather them up in an old leather bag and sell them to a contact.

some kinda contact.

some kinda roman woman or some kinda bird head.

Someone will come,

a beautiful though thoughtless,

childless shrew who will rearrange the bones with all the discreet adoration of a Japanese boy adjusting his weapon.

neo boy.

he dons,

he dons his bird head,

he dons his bird face mask and plucks up a sharp metal star and cuts a new scene from a sheet of copper.

what can you say about habitat that hasn’t been said again?

we take these pieces of paper.

these precious sheets.

we bend them into birds and we fill the illiterate…

FANCY DRESS

As prematurely as my legs are bare, I have begun sourcing inspiration for festival fancy dress…

‘O, wonder!

How many goodly creatures are there here !

How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world,

That has such people in’t!’

– William Shakespeare,

The Tempest, v.i. 182-5

Bright Idea 1) Ms. Vader

Bright Idea 2) Her arch nemesis…… Yo-Dawg

Bright Idea 3) His Arch Nemesis….. Doraemon

Bright Idea 4) A Queen

Bright Idea 5) The King


Bright Idea 6) In Spirit of the World Cup…. A 4th Official

Bright Idea 7) The 5th Element

Bright Idea 8 The Protector

Bright Idea 9) A Celebrity Slut

Bright Idea 10)  A total disgrace (tone down the celebrity, heighten the slut)

And now for the Big Bucks Bright Idea – One of Phillip Toledano’s creations, I’d probably go Boob suit….. if only I had $2,300 to blow.



HOT SCOTTS

First came  Christopher Kane, then came Jonathan Saunders. Now the latest Hot Scott craftily making her way towards fashion domination is my new No.1, ex Lanvin accessories designer Holly Fulton. Whether a diehard fan such as myself or not, it is inarguable that her vibe is unmistakably modern, unique &  fashion forward. Paradoxically this final aesthetic is achieved through explicit tribute to art deco architerture of the 1930s, both in structure of her clothing and fabric pattern design. Although Scottish born and London based, for her Spring/ Summer 2010 collection, Fulton turns to New York City as her source of inspiration, looking closey at a guide book written specifically for the opening of The Empire State Building and the Pop Art of Scottish artist Sir Eduardo Paolozzi, in particular his screenprint of 1964, “Wittgenstein in New York.”

Wittdenstein in New york by Eduardo Paolozzi

With her collection Fulton transcends Paolozzi’s two dimensional canvas and applies similar geometric design, reflective of the architectural embellishments of skyscrapers such as The Empire State Building and The Rockerfeller Centre, to her three dimensional and highly covetable fashion creations. Meticulously drawn, swirling prints and graphic patterns emblazon silk, light wool and leather mini dresses, knee length skirts and shirts. The various items that make up her collection; simple in shape, bold in design, follow a Paolozzi-esque palette of basic monochromes accented by orange, yellow, blue and green to give them a visual reminiscent of the stylized aesthetic of pop art  and a futuristic edge. These are accompanied by bib sized statement necklaces, dangling earings and giant clutches accented with crystal and metal detail.

The clever entwinement of architectural tribute with art historical appreciation with progressive thought, renders Fulton one of the most exciting designers around. Although the final aesthetic achieved is neither blatantly feminine nor obviously sexy, there is something intrinsically alluring about a look that addresses these things so satisfyingly with the simplicity of symmetry.

G-UNIT

NO silly not 50 cent’s gangster Hip Hop group…

My G-unit is a term that Ive coined for the purpose of this article that I feel adequately describes a) the group that is collectively the Gorillaz and the numerous cult collaborators that joined them on stage at the Roundhouse in Camden last week and b) how fucking bad ass this collective and their performance was.

If seeing Blur perform in Hyde park last summer reawakened my teenage crush on Damon Albarn, his performance last Thursday made me want to marry him. I find it hard to grasp how one man can be so cool. Surrounded by epic visuals, and the likes of   Mick Jones and Paul Simon of The Clash, Bobby Womack, De La Soul, Little Dragon & Kano to name but a few,  Albarn and his “Gorillaz,” resolved the ambitious challenge of expressing the performance of a fictional live band with inspiring style. The show was non stop excitement, continuous colour, energy, spectacle and extravaganza. As well as the various rappers and singers, there were multi-media montages designed by Gorillaz  character creator Jamie Hewlett , there were Ensembles and Orchestras( at times there were over thirty people on stage!) and there were a whole bunch of heads in sailors hats.

For someone with an attention span that seldom lasts over an hour and a half (to put things into perspective, the last hour of Avitar, was a great challenge for me,)  I can say with confidence that I could EASILY have stayed there watching, listening and dancing all night. Never have I been so up for an encore, especially when the encore involved  “Clint Eastwood.” My only criticism was the fact Snoop Dog wasn’t there (instead they had him on a pre recorded video that ran on the giant screen above the performers ,) because his featuring track, “Welcome to The World of The Plastic BEach,” which opened the show, is one of my favorites and also if only for the reason that he’s a total P.I.M.P. However his lacking presence was soon forgotten thanks to the multitude of other people that filled the stage at various points during the show. Highlights for me were; Shaun Ryder’s characteristic apathetic entry onto the stage for a cracking performance of 2005’s no.1 song “Dare,”  “Kids with Guns,” which had my favourite accompanying visuals consisting of  psychedelic guns  flashing up above the heads of the performers. From Plastic Beach “Stylo,” was awesome, as was “On Melancholy Hill” and “Plastic Beach,” itself. nothing was bad, nothing went wrong, I could go on and on.

So far I haven’t read a review that hasn’t rated this gig an impressive 5*s. Although being a sheep is not something I’m usually that into doing, I’m also not into lieing for the sake of not being a sheep so…..Damon, my love….I without doubt bestow on you and your G-Unit 5 wonderful, golden and much deserved stars for a performance that was unforgettable.