ItsNotYouItsMe Blog: 2012-08-26

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Apotheosis: Ralph Pucci

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The Revolutionary Mannequin Designer On Fashion’s Unsung Models In his spacious West 18th Street loft-cum-factory, visionary mannequin creator Ralph Pucci muses on perfection and body image in filmmakers Nick Sweeney and Aaron Peasley’s new short. Over the past three decades since taking over his parent’s mannequin company, Pucci has elevated the figures from shop window clotheshorses into works of art through groundbreaking collaborations with the likes of illustrator Ruben Toledo, artists Kenny Scharf and Stephen Sprouse, and supermodels such as 60s icon Veruschka. “When I started making them in 1976, mannequins were very modest and predictable,” says Pucci. “I set out to introduce fun and fantasy.” Breaking the rigid conventions of the day, Pucci introduced action poses like diving or head-stands, ushered in a new streamlined aesthetic while working with French designer Andrée Putman, and presaged America’s 80s fitness obsession by introducing chiseled athletic figures inspired by Bruce Weber’s body-conscious photography. More recent collaborations have seen supermodel Christy Turlington recreated in elegant yoga poses, and Pucci invent the industry’s first high-end plus-size mannequin. However, Pucci admits his vision of beauty is not an attainable one. According to him, today’s “perfect” female mannequin is around six feet tall, a size two and has measurements of 32–22–32. “Like all art forms, mannequins reflect the times we live in,” says Pucci. "If you keep your eyes and ears open, that's how you'll know what's next.”

Friday, August 31, 2012

Video Premiere Bob Dylan - Duquesne Whistle

American singer-songwriter, musician, artist and overall legend Bob Dylan has released his first single off his upcoming album Tempest (his 35th album over all due September 10, 2012) which sounds like a modern day Louis Armstrong set to an upbeat country rock tune.

 The video directed by Aussie director Nash Edgerton is as quirky as the songs lyrics and features dancer and itsnotyouitsme favorite Cloud Campos on a dangerous quest to catch a hearts attention only to end up in the path of Dylan and his merry entourage (that some how look menacing and fun at the same time).

 Hear The Duquesne Whistle below and tap a toe!


John Todd by Markus Lambert

Photographer Markus Lambert captured Next model John Todd in Mawi jewellery with makeup by Guiliette Jimaa. Courtesy of -

Newton’s Law By Kai Z Feng

OUT — SEPTEMBER 2012 NEWTON’S LAW photographer: Kai Z Feng stylist: Grant Woolhead MODEL(S): Tomas Skoloudik; Tucker Des Lauriers Courtesy of -

Jake Shortall by Joe Lai | Abra Kadabra

The beautiful Jake Shortall is photographed by Joe Lai and styled by Nicholas Galletti in the story 'Abra Kadabra' for Hunter magazine. Courtesy of - Homotography

The Brant Brothers by Steven Klein

Brothers Peter Brant II and Harry Brant are photographed by Steven Klein and styled by Karl Templer for Interview magazine. The two young men are the sons of supermodel Stephanie Seymour and Interview publisher Peter Brant. Courtesy of - Homotography

Carly Rae Jepsen Rocks 'Fashion' Magazine

Carly Rae Jepsen vogues her first ever cover girl feature for Fashion magazine’s October issue! Strutting an Alexander McQueen dress parred alongside a pair of snazzy leopard printed Christian Louboutin heels.

On pop stardom... “Nobody can do Britney again. She did a great job at it. I just want to be the best Carly Rae I can be.”

On finding love... “I definitely have a little attraction to bad guys, but they have to be sweethearts underneath. After all, I like to be treated well—it’s important to me.”

On her upcoming album, Kiss (out September 18)... “My new songs are like clothes done by Versace or Moschino… my music is bejeweled, it’s colorful, it’s romantic, it shines.”

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David Bowie Resurfaces And He Is Neither 'Devastated', 'Heartbroken' Nor 'Uncontrollably Furious'

Music Legend David Bowie has emerged from a seeming disappearing act to clear up some news regarding an upcoming art exhibition held in his honor but he wants you to know what he isn't.

The reclusive David Bowie has spoken -- and on Facebook of all places.

As rock stars go, few could match the musical and theatrical virtuosity of Bowie, nor could they approach the recognizability of the glam rock pioneer, despite his many reincarnations over the decades.

But Bowie, who turned 65 in January, has become something of a specter in recent years. He currently lives in his luxury apartment in New York's SoHo district with wife Iman, somehow eluding cameras and reporters even as questions about his failing health persist. The singer was airlifted to a hospital after collapsing at a 2004 live performance in Germany, where he was operated on for what turned out to be a massive heart attack.

Bowie has performed exactly twice since that concert. He appeared onstage with Arcade Fire at a Fashion Rocks event in 2005, then the following year shocked a crowd at London's Royal Albert Hall by appearing onstage to accompany Pink Floyd's David Gilmour on two songs.

Bowie turned down an invitation to perform at the London Olympics Closing Ceremony -- but his music was celebrated there, anyway, most notably in a strange sequence set to his song "Fashion" involving moving billboards and supermodels.

But it was an upcoming retrospective of his life and career at London's Victoria and Albert Museum that got Bowie to break his silence, in a statement posted Tuesday to his official Facebook account -- his first in over two years.

"Contrary to recently published reports relating to the announcement by the V&A of an upcoming David Bowie Exhibition," the message reads, "I am not a co-curator and did not participate in any decisions relating to the exhibition."

"The David Bowie Archive gave unprecedented access to the V&A and museum's curators have made all curatorial and design choices," Bowie continues.

The London Mirror hints at a rift between the museum curators and Bowie, with Bowie fearing the exhibition will come off as a "vanity project."

But, perhaps anticipating such rumors, the man behind Ziggy Stardust and The Thin White Duke closes his remarks with a joke, writing, "A close friend of mine tells me that I am neither 'devastated', 'heartbroken' nor 'uncontrollably furious' by this news item." -

Spoon Fed| Sky Ferreira - "Everything Is Embarrassing"

Itsnotyouitsme favorite Sky Ferreira is at it again with "Everything Is Embarrassing" a track off the upcoming October 2nd EP, Ghost. The songs feel is very reminiscent of the 80's freestyle R&B genre (like this and this) but is no surprise coming from Sky who's tracks connect in the most genuine and ahead of the mainstream flow of anyone on the pop scene.

So click play below as we proudly spoon feed you the latest release from Miss Sky Ferreira!

Like the track? Download it for free here.

Minnie Mouse Had To Go On a Diet For Barneys’s New Disney-Themed Holiday Campaign

Fashion is for everyone even Disney Charaters! Check out an article from explaining what happens when luxury department store Barney's and some of our beloved Disney characters go shopping.

Last year Barneys famously used the cartoon-like Lady Gaga as the over-arching theme/inspiration for the holidays, and this year it’s using real cartoons: Disney characters.

Disney and fashion have had a pretty good relationship lately–Christian Louboutin just designed a Cinderella shoe, and Minnie Mouse had her own OPI nail polish collection. (Plus, polka dots–which are very Minnie–are everywhere this season thanks to the Louis Vuitton/Yayoi Kusama collab.) So Disney x Barneys is not so farfetched.

So how is the high-end retailer making Disney high fashion? Some of the most beloved characters are being dressed by some of fashion’s most beloved characters: Minnie Mouse in Lanvin, Mickey in Balenciaga, Goofy in Balmain, Daisy Duck in Dolce & Gabbana, Cruella in Rick Owens {Ed. note: LOVE!}, Princess Tiana in Proenza Schouler, and Snow White in Nina Ricci. Called “Electric Holiday,” the premise is that Minnie wants to go to the Paris shows.

A “moving art short” will have Disney characters walking down the runway, and, according to a release, fashion people–including “designers featured in the fantasy runway show, revered hair and make-up artists, photographers, respected journalists and editors, and the celebrities and notable guests that typically attend the high profile shows”–will be turned into “Disney types.”

Barneys’s creative director Dennis Freedman said they hit a roadblock with the Disney animators, because, well, Minnie’s body is more real woman (mouse?) than runway. “The standard Minnie Mouse will not look so good in a Lanvin dress. There was a real moment of silence, because these characters don’t change,” Freedman told WWD. “I said, ‘If we’re going to make this work, we have to have a 5-foot-11 Minnie,’ and they agreed. When you see Goofy, Minnie and Mickey, they are runway models.” They even brought a real life model to the Disney animation studios so animators could see how she walked a runway. [Ed. note: What would Lanvin designer Alber Elbaz, who just released a fall campaign featuring real women, say about this!?]

In addition to the film, a 3-D electric light show, and window displays, there will obviously be merch galore. Designers like Paul Smith and DVF designed Vinylmation figures, and Rag & Bone and L’Wren Scott designed Mickey Mouse ears. Must. Have. The retailer will donate 25% of the sales from “Electric Holiday” purchases to a yet-to-be-named charity.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

River Monster

When your name is River what do you expect to happen trying to daintly scoop a soccer ball out of New Yorks East River? Momma is going to make you come in.

Check out a limber super model River Viiperi fail at a balancing act, but hey its better then falling on the runways.

2nd Single From No Doubt's Upcoming Album - "Push And Shove"

No Doubt's has unleashed their 2nd single which serves at thee title track from the reunited band's upcoming album in over 11 years, "Push And Shove." This supa kawaii band premiered on Ryan Seacrest’s radio show the Diplo-produced track giving this stellar reggae groove synth-pop tune a dramatic yet sensible quality. Without further ado kiddas, turn up those speakerphone's and take an earful of No Doubt's official second single, "Push And Shove!"

Emilio Tini Creates a Cinematic Story for Citizen K Featuring Alfred Kovac, Benjamin Eidem ,Greg Nawrat & Theo Hall

The Damned–For his latest fashion story published in the spring/summer 2012 issue of Citizen K magazine, photographer Emilio Tini pays tribute to Luchino Visconti’s 1969 movie titled “The Damned”. Joining forces with stylist Jérôme André, Tini captures models Alfred Kovac, Benjamin Eidem, Greg Nawrat & Theo Hall in a series of striking images. Black is the main color of the story, and it defines a strict and severe military-inspired wardrobe, reworked in a more contemporary way thanks to modern textures and proportions. Black silk night-gowns add to the editorial a softer and more refined allure, while optical white shirts illuminate the captivating portraits. /Makeup by Michiko Ikeda. Courtesy of -

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