New age, no age, or none age. K-HOLE, NYC based trend forecasters, have a lot to say about the time we are living in. Let me just say they have us read. Thanks to the Internet our age lacks individuality. Lucky for us they have teamed up with Brooklyn based skateboard company Mood to do something about that. Together the two have designed a t-shirt that addresses an arising issue for skateboarders: SD vs HD video recordings. I wasn’t aware there it was a debate going on, but I guess you learn something new every day. The shirt is available to buy online here. You can celebrate the collaboration with K-HOLE and Mood at the MoMA PS1 Print Shop (22-01 Jackson Ave. Long Island City, NY) this Sunday, November 17th at 6:00PM. I dare you to miss it. —ALEX PENA
A new short film for the Swedish hosiery brand Happy Socks
An abusive mother, throwback “Crazy Eddie” fan commercials from the 80s, and a prostitute sporting magic, multicolored knee highs — and that’s only in the first 3 minutes of ‘Exorsocks,’ David LaChapelle’s new short film for Happy Socks. The Swedish hosiery outlet gave the provocative photographer license to do whatever he wanted for the ad, and the result is just about what you’d expect: a bizarro journey through sexuality, socks, and dance, filtered through LaChapelle’s uniquely demented vision of camp and gore.
The 10-minute clip, drawing inspiration from Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale The Red Shoes, revolves around a down-on-her-luck prostitute who finds a mysterious pair of Happy Socks’ polychromatic knee highs that give her the insatiable urge to pirouette her problems away in an incredible, Girl Talk-soundtracked dance number. Of course, this being LaChapelle’s particular brand of candy-colored insanity, the dancing quickly becomes brutal, and our unlikely heroine finds a grisly, super-NSFW end to the uncontrollable dancing.
Check out the video below:
Angel Kent is a young Fashion Illustration student at the Fashion Institute of Technology that lost his virginity at 17. He is originally from Mexico City, he doesn’t play any sports, but loves to dance Hip-hop, latin music and Reggaeton. The favorite part of his body is his neck and he works out 4-5 times a week (including dancing). He mantains his beauty with a very simple regimen, “I Let my hair dry by itself, apply Oribe hair products to get the desired effect. I love Palmers’ Cocoa Butter on my body.”
When it’s time for bed, he doesn’t sleep naked, he likes to wear soft t-shirts and boxers and he always covers his eyes with a sleeping mask. He is single at the moment, and he told us that his dream date would be “for somebody to take me to a beautiful aquarium, and it would be perfect on a summer day.” For those of you living in NYC and looking for a date with Angel, now you know what to do.
We recently took some photos of Angel wearing underwear by Stonemen. The jewelry and shoes are his own, and as you can see he looks very handsome wearing our GAYLETTER t-shirt. If you see him around don’t be afraid to say: Hello, Angel.
A 4 decade retrospective of a fashion legend at the Brooklyn Museum.
I went on a date with Jean Paul Gaultier in 1991. He took me to the opening night of Madonna‘s ’Blond Ambition‘ tour in a white stretch limo. My boss and brilliant photographer, David Seidner, friend of Jean Paul’s, couldn’t go so I went in his place. Warren Beatty sat right in front of me. The concert was banging but the date didn’t go so well, I heard him talking about me in the limo on the way back in French. Guess he thought I wouldn’t understand. How wrong he was. We pulled up at a traffic light and I wished him well in French and exited the vehicle. What an extraordinary genius he is, but I didn’t know it at the time. Not until I finished an extensive tour of his retrospective, ‘The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk To The Catwalk‘ opening on October 25 at the Brooklyn Museum did I realize it.
The show features 130 haute-couture and pret a porter ensembles as well as photos, videos and sketches spanning four decades of the designer’s cutting edge carreer. The custom created mannequins are brilliant. Video of human faces are precisely projected on the life-sized mannequin faces. Some talk, some cruise you and some just wink and smile. Quite honestly they left me gagging in the best way possible. There’s even one of JPG himself who greets visitors in his own voice.
All the stand outs are on view, from the iconic cone bra corsets from the ‘Blond Ambition’ tour, to his rabbi collection and on to recently worn costumes by Beyonce as well as artistic collaborations with Warhol, Avedon, Cindy Sherman, Pierres and Gilles and much more. Museum director Arnold Lehman notes, “Jean Paul Gaultier’s mastery of the complex technical demands of haute couture is matched only by his rich and unrivaled artistic collaborations.”
Make sure you leave plenty of time in your schedule to see the show. It’s organized into seven thematic sections with titles like The Odyssey, The Boudoir and Punk Cancan (instead of in chronological order) because there is a multitude of engaging layers to “unpack.” You have until February 23 to see the exhibition but I suggest you go right away — you don’t want to be the only one at your next cocktail party with nothing to say…about the show that is.
“Musette” ensemble from Jean Paul Gaultier’s “Ze Parisienne” haute couture spring-summer collection of 2002. Beaded sailor-striped sweater, black stretch wool pantskirt. ©Patrice Stable/Jean Paul Gaultier.
A design from Jean Paul Gaultier’s “French Cancan” women’s ready-to-wear fall-winter collection of 1991–92, as seen at his thirtieth anniversary retrospective runway show, October 2006. ©Patrice Stable/Jean Paul Gaultier.
The images below are from our visit to the museum, photographed by GAYLETTER.
$12, Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY.
With Special performances by Rita Ora, Iggy Azalea and A$AP Rocky
An evening of art and fashion at Strange Loop Gallery
Images from the SHADE event hosted by Ladyfag at South Street Seaport
Images from the NYFW launch event at Highline Stages
Swiss designer Julian Zigerli is presenting his new Spring/Summer 2014 video this Friday at Temp Art Space (the collection that inspired the video was previously shown in Berlin Fashion Week). Julian has been collaborating with different artists since his first collection (A/W 11), this time around he’s working with Berlin-based artist Katharina Grosse (google her now, she’s great) using her prints for the collection. The vibrant video is directed by Michael Patrick Perez. The screening will also feature a dance performance choreographed by Lee Franklin. Julian told me that “the dance is another platform to show the feeling and mood of the collection which he’s titled ‘At The End of The World to The Left’.” This boy is super talented! It all starts at 7:00PM sharp, so show up on time. And please don’t tell us you need an RSVP for every single NYFW event, this one is open to the public. Fashion, Dance and Art all in one night, what more could you ask for homo?
Fashion week is coming. OMG, OMG, OMG is it too late to book a flight the hell out of NYC? I kid, we love fashion week, well we love/hate fashion week. The problem is it’s one of those events the city loves making a big deal our of, yet in reality very few people get to be a part of it. To get in anywhere you need to know someone at one of the big PR agencies, or you could always fuck an assistant at Vogue and steal his iPhone while he’s in the bathroom... For those unwilling to lower themselves just to rub shoulders with annoying fashion queens, there’s this event. It’s a pop-up gallery created by some very creative people who also happen to be a part of the fashion industry. “London based photographer Miles Aldridge, style director Nicola Formichetti, and Kaimin, have come together as Creative Directors to create images interpreting themes of blood, sexuality and subconscious desire. Through the multi-sensory exhibition, ZERO ZERO aims to satisfy viewer’s five senses and awake their Sixth Sense.” Sounds deep. Located in the heart of the Meatpacking district it’s on now until the end of Fashion week. It’s free to view and you don’t have to know someone to get in. How refreshing.
Hot Off The Press
Our friend and Fashion Illustrator Richard Haines came up with an idea to create a broadsheet, the first issue of What I Saw Today, the newspaper! He told us that the project came about in June when he was in Europe “sitting in cafe in Paris during fashion week and my friend Isaac Hindin-Miller suggested it…” It’s a composite of his drawings from the S/S 2014 Men’s collections of several designers including Damir Doma, Carven, Dries Van Noten, Raf Simons, Ami, Kenzo, Prada, Zegna, A.P.C., Jil Sander and many more.
Richard tells us that “Something about print and newspaper felt really exciting — kind of going back to a simple media.” As a big fan of Mr. Haines’s work I am so into this project — the idea of seeing Richards drawings printed in a big spread turns me on immensely. Richard told me that he’s “given a few of the newspapers to people and they love holding it, I want to use it as poster. I hope to do it every season then make it into a book…”
The best part is that he’s going to hand them out during New York Fashion Week, he wouldn’t tell me where exactly, so I suggest you follow him on Twitter and Instagram and track him down… or buy it here.
Since I haven’t gone camping this summer, I might as well bust my tent out now because Target is launching a collaboration worth waiting in line overnight for. 3.1 Phillip Lim + Target is an anticipated collab that my wilting wardrobe has been crying out for. We know we’re a little early (it launches September 15th) but some things are best to plan ahead for. Expect Lim classics like subdued camo prints and interesting seam details, but with a modern fit not seen at such a price point. I would not depend on the website to get a hold of these pieces. Pick up Lim’s personal favorite, the grab and go bag, which contains a matching set of socks, boxers, and a perfect fit tee. Nowadays a matching set like this is a luxury in and of itself. —ALEX PENA
Backstage images from the show "At the end of the world to the left" in Berlin
I was just in Spain where I wore my Riudavets sandals non-stop; not just because it was hot, and they’re super comfortable, but also because, I noticed that when I wore them people stopped looking at me like a tourist. Why? Well, Riudavets are about as Spanish as paella and Pedro Almodovar. Everyone was wearing them; I felt like I was at some cool, Spanish summer camp. Riudavets originate from Menorca, a small island in the Spanish Mediterranean, where the land is dry and hard. Apparently “the Menorcan villagers needed shoes that were strong and flexible, yet simple in design.” …From that Riudavets were born. —TOM