ItsNotYouItsMe Blog: 2013-02-17

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Have A Very Merry Birthday Dakota Fanning

Hannah Dakota Fanning born February 23, 1994, is an American actress and forever that little girl in her breakthrough performance in 2001's I Am Sam at the ripe age of 7, making her the youngest nominee for a Screen Actors Guild Award.

Some of our favorite films of Dakota over the past 11 years (doesn't it seem like shes been around forever now) Trapped, Uptown Girls, The Secret Life of Bees, Coraline and her most dramatic role yet playing Cherie Currie or all girls punk band The Runaways in their biopic.

Dakota is one of those beings that come around every so often whom are born with a old soul, years older then their age and we honor you today Miss Fanning on your 19th birthday and your amazing achievements in film thus far.

Iam Sam

Dakota with the help of Orlando Bloom for her Critics Choice win

Dakota As Cherie Currie performing "Cherry Bomb"

Friday, February 22, 2013



 It's finally here! Over the last few weeks we have been teased with grainy images of the Rihanna and Kate Moss editorial shoot for V magazine and atlast the playfully sexy shoot by Mario Testino is here!


Last November, my phone was cha-chaing across the table with unnerving frequency. What was the dilemma? Family drama? Saucy gossip? The vibrations, I discovered, were a direct result of the countless music and fashion blogs erupting over the images that you see here. Hacked from an insider’s computer, the saucy pairing of Rihanna and Kate Moss engaged in S&M-esque poses melted everyone’s brains and even Rihanna’s Instagram account. “I posted them because I was so excited,” she revealed during our interview, adding that she deleted them when she realized it was the result of hackers. “I was so bummed because I thought they were so sick. It goes to show how badly people wanted this cover. I guess it was as big a deal to them as it was to me!” We received requests from all over the world for the rights to reproduce the pics, but weren’t ready to give them up or the story behind them, until now.

The truth is that someone unexpected is to thank for this blessed pairing of fashion’s and music’s favorite bad girls: Kate Moss’s young daughter, Lila Grace. “I was a fan,” recalls the model of the pop star, “but what really started it was my daughter and her friends running round the house singing all the words to her songs.” So when Moss cohosted the 2009 Met Gala with Marc Jacobs and found herself sitting next to Rihanna, she did what any mother would do and whipped out her phone and sheepishly asked for a picture together. “I was, like, Are you fucking kidding me?” remembers Rihanna. “I was so starstruck. I’m not going to lie.”

When Moss explained that the photo was for her kid, Rihanna was even more gobsmacked. “I didn’t know she had a child, and she still looks like this? So there’s hope for people who want babies and still want to be sexy,” she laughs. Moss remembers Rihanna that night too—“those amazing eyes”—and got her shot for Lila. Rihanna took a picture of them on her phone too, which she still proudly shows off today.

The two bumped into each other again last February at another fabulous fête: Stella McCartney’s presentation for a one-off dress collection, held at an old London church. Stationed at different tables, models and dancers had secretly learned a choreographed number, which turned into a surprise flash mob that included Amber Valletta, Shalom Harlow, and Yasmin Le Bon perched on dinner chairs and vogueing to Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song.” That should have been enough excitement for the fashion-heavy crowd, but an equally thrilling collusion was developing nearby. The chemistry between Kate, in a body-hugging cutout minidress, and Rihanna, sporting a long bias-cut slip dress, was brewing.

Mario Testino had a front-row seat to their girlish antics, and when the photographer asked Rihanna when they could schedule a shoot, Moss was keen to participate. “Kate overheard us talking and she said, ‘I want to do it with you!’ Again, I was like, Are you fucking kidding me?” says Rihanna with a laugh. “I was dying on the inside. All my fantasies were coming true all at once: Mario, V, Kate Moss. I was like, This is an amazing threesome!” (On the subject of that night, Moss is a little more cryptic. “I can’t remember what we talked about,” she says, then with those trademark wide-set eyes dancing, adds, “It was a really good night.”)

Moss—famously discovered at 14 by a modeling agent at New York’s JFK Airport and then revolutionizing the concept of high fashion and beauty—and Rihanna—the Barbadian babe turned pop sensation and nonstop hit machine—might not at first seem a likely pairing. One is the queen of London cool, the other a hip-hop fantasy. But it turns out the two have more in common than fashion-icon status: meager beginnings, careers that started in the trenches of industries only the toughest can survive, and climbing to the absolute tops of their fields amid both cultish worship and criticism.

Both women have made entirely their own choices, and done a terrific job at keeping writers for high-fashion glossies and down and dirty tabloids extremely busy. They have been bold, beautiful, and unapologetic. They are, put bluntly, our culture’s favorite badass bitches. Though when I ask Moss if she would call herself a bad bitch, she shuts me down: “That’s not very English, darling.” Rihanna, not surprisingly, was a little more into the classification. “That is true!” she cheers. “I know for sure I’m a control freak. I am definitely in control. That’s the kind of woman I am.”

Moss is notoriously tight-lipped when it comes to the media, and though she loosened up a little to grant a few interviews last year, in conjunction with the publication of her eponymous book, she remains mum today on the topics of tabloids. Rihanna’s personal life has always been part of the public domain. “But I don’t read it anymore,” she says, adding that all the opinions coming at her via the Internet and her active social-media streams can sometimes overwhelm her. “I already have too many voices in my head right now! I don’t have room for that other stuff. If I let that other stuff in, it’ll take the space of productive shit, and that isn’t good.” Has she ever posted anything on the Internet that she wanted to take down, or tried to correct a rumor? “It wouldn’t make a difference. There’s nothing we can do about that. There will always be them, and there will always be me.”

The two love fashion as much as fashion loves them. How does Rihanna describe her personal style? “It’s an expression of my mood. I’m more of a spontaneous girl. I find myself drawn to the things that come together at the last minute. I hate when a look looks over-thought. I hate when fashion looks too contrived. I just throw myself in the closet and see what happens.” When asked who her favorite designers are, Rihanna cites Tom Ford and Michael Kors. “Tom Ford is just pure sex,” she explains. “Only the baddest bitch can wear that. And he knows how to tailor things to women to make them look so desirable. Michael Kors is just easy fashion that works for any age group. A girl can look sexy in the same dress when she is 20 as when she is 50. He is timeless.”

Asked what designer inspires her now, Moss offers only one: “Hedi [Slimane]’s new collection for Saint Laurent. Obviously. Living for…”

On the set of the shoot, these bad girls kept it playful. “That was hilarious,” Moss says, her nose scrunching up like a feline vixen. Afterward, they’re still gushing about each other. “She is just an awesome, cool little rock star,” Rihanna says of Moss. The concept of playing with each other using masculine and feminine identities evolved organically, she says, and then, naturally, at the end, they got naked. “And that was the best shot,” Rihanna laughs. “Take her top off and put that bitch in my lap!”

So the obvious question: would they get topless with each other again? Kate’s response: “In a heartbeat.” Rihanna: “That depends on the terms,” she laughs. “But I’m sure Kate knows them.”

Jacob Morton for Novembre Magazine

Model Brett Lloyd is a street youth in this stylized short featuring music by Vincent Gallo  for Novembre Magazine.

Brett Lloyd for Novembre Magazine from Novembre Magazine on Vimeo.

Manolo Blahnik By Tim Blanks


 Interview magazine takes a look at the life of legendary shoe designer Manolo Blahnik in a story by Tim Blanks.

Manolo Blahnik glares out a window of his high-rise headquarters just off the King's Road in Chelsea at the Holiday Inn across the way. "If there was an earthquake, I'd be waiting outside for it to collapse," he snaps. The ugliness of the modern world is a constant assault on Blahnik's sensibilities, everything from the "cheap, suburban" interior of his offices ("I can't change anything," he grouses) to the bunch of lilies, newly purchased from a local supermarket, in the reception area. "I'm an old bag—I like old things," he says by way of excuse. He's his mother's son: At the age of 97, with cataracts, she was still sharp enough to notice on the television that ex-Prime Minister Gordon Brown's fingernails were chewed and dirty. "Can't anyone in England tell that man to have a manicure?" she wailed.

Still, mounted on a stand in that same reception area is a shoe from the new collection. It is as fine as a fairy's foot, but it's cut from black leather and it restrains the dorsal with corset-laced metal plates. It would make Baron von Sacher-Masoch's pulse race. And then it makes perfect sense that, as much as Blahnik swoons to Norma Shearer in Marie Antoinette (1938), he is crazy for Claire Danes in Homeland. If he's an old bag, he's a modern old bag, which is why he is full of praise for new shoe stars such as Nicholas Kirkwood, Charlotte Olympia, and Benoît Méléard. They are Manolo's children. Blahnik himself turned 70 in November, but he dodges time as efficiently as he eludes the efforts of cold, hard print to capture the cadence and cascade of his speech. You'll just have to take on faith the crescendos, the diminuendos, the trills, the over-egging, the effortless syntactical glides from hither to yon. And just pray that Manolo will one day take his show on the road.

Scoot on over to Interview Magazine for the entire interview.


Have A Very Merry Birthday Miss Drew Barrymore!!!

Drew Blyth Barrymore was born yesterday on February 22, 1975. She's is an American actress, film producer and director. She is a member of the legendary Barrymore family that derive from a string of American actors and of course, the granddaughter of the late John Barrymore.

From films such as 'Boys on The Side', 'Riding in Cars with Boys', to her most recently acclaimed portrayal as little Edie in 'Grey Gardens' I've said in the past, Drew Barrymore reminds me of the astounding and electrifying ability she has to captivate an audience whether it be on the big or small screen.

Perhaps I have a soft spot for Drew Barrymore because ever since I can remember, it has always been a tradition of my grandmother's and I, to try and catch every new film released of hers. She makes my grandmother light up with a smile every time and for that I celebrate you Drew!

Brief documentary.

Golden Globe win for Grey Gardens.

"Accoring to IMDB this is the third credit for Drew. (The first was a dog food commercial when she was still a baby, less then a year old.) This commercial would have been when she was about 4, and several years before E.T."

Karmen Pedaru by Daniel Sannwald

Karmen Pedaru is photographed by Daniel Sannwald and styled by Charlotte Stockdale for i-D no. 323, The Alphabetical Issue. Courtesy of - fashiontography

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Brahim Zaibat by Sebastian Faena | B Boy

French dancer/model Brahim Zaibat is photographed by Sebastian Faena and styled by Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele in the story 'B Boy' for VMAN no. 29. Courtesy of - Homotography

Matt Lambert's Vice Against Nature

Matt Lambert's Vice Against Nature. Courtesy of - Homotography

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