03.29.2010 § Leave a comment
these are to die
03.22.2010 § Leave a comment
While half of Austin’s SXSW fans were making deals with street scalpers trying to get a coveted pass to see Muse at Stubbs, I was intrigued and determined to snag a wristband to watch Broken Bells; a “left-field” type and unlikely collaboration translate into concert.
I literally ran in flip flops from 5th St. to the south side of the Austin Convention Center to get to the Lustre Pearl Dickies SXSW 2010 showcase. Holding my breath that I would be the first to get to the door in time to blurt out the pass code I saw on their Twitter to get wristbands for the Dickies Sounds SXSW gigs, I tried to catch my breath I mumbled “847.” “What did you say?” said one of the shows promoters at the west gate. “847!” I repeated.
After being escorted into Lustre Pearl, a.k.a. the old wooden house on Rainey St., I planted myself on the porch steps in their fenced-in backyard after grabbing a bottled water and watched the sound guys prep the stage.
For those of you that haven’t heard of Broken Bells, it’s fronted by James Mercer (lead vocalist of The Shins) and artist-producer Brian Burton (Danger Mouse) who has scored with Beck, Gnarls Barkley and who had a run-in with the industry via his controversial “Grey Album” mash-up of The Beatles and Jay-Z.
Starting off with a guitar strum under a giant pink orb, same imagery from the album cover, and progressing into a black and white halftone texture that was projected onto the white tent ceiling above us all pulsating as the band started their songs from their freshman album.
Making tons of live appearances at this years music and film festival, Broken Bells was the highlight of my SXSW experience. For many it was an introduction but as they got deeper into their set list, the backyard crowd at the intimate venue grew. Brian Burton showed off his talents as a multi-instrumentalist starting off playing the drums and moving back and fourth from the guitar to the keyboard while James Mercer’s vocal range was at its best; melodic and experimental. They started a bit behind schedule, yet managed to throw in a great interpretation of Tommy James and The Shondells hit; Crimson and Clover, and beforehand playing tunes like the ‘60s pop influenced “Your head is on Fire” and the toy-piano propelled “October” off their album.
Carefully layered modern psychedelic and tuneful pop sounds with lazy-moving vocals are indeed a perfect match. A hoped for show for my SXSW weekend… and it did. thank you twitter hashtags.
03.16.2010 § 1 Comment
Bounty Hunter stars dressed in Dolce & Gabbana, Alberta Ferretti, Wolford’s hoisery and Lanvin shoes, Jen and Gerard heat up the Californian desert even more with their role-played photo shoot.
1. Munnu/The Gem Palace’s platinum, aquamarine and diamond earrings, price upon request, 212.861.0606. 2. Dolce & Gabbana’s cotton and polyester shirt, $375, 877.70.DGUSA. 3. Carine Gilson Lingerie Couture’s silk bra, $495, and silk lace briefs, $340, at Agent Provocateur, New York, 212.965.0229, and Los Angeles, 323.653.0229; Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310.550.5900. 4. Stella McCartney’s garters, $75, at Stella McCartney, New York, 212.255.1556, and Los Angeles, 310.273.7051, and at lilleboutique.com 5. Alberta Ferretti’s silk chiffon dress, $1,695, at Alberta Ferretti, Los Angeles, 310.652.9000. 6. Wolford’s hosiery, $45, at neimanmarcus.com 7. Bates’s boots, $125. 8. Lanvin’s shoes, $1,195, at Lanvin, Bal Harbour, Florida, 305.864.4254
Beauty Note: Aniston smolders in the sunset with Dior Beauty DiorSkin Airflash Spray Foundation in #300; 5-Colour Eyeshadow in Stylish Move; Le Crayon Khôl pencils in Black and Magenta Brown; DiorShow Iconic Mascara in Black; DiorBlush in Rosebud; and Rouge Dior Replenishing Lipcolor in Rita Beige.
Hair by Chris McMillan/Solo Artists; makeup by Lucia Pieroni/Streeters for Clé de Peau Beauté; manicures by Ashlie Johnson/The Wall Group; men’s grooming by Jamie Taylor/The Wall Group for La Mer. Set design by Arabella Serrell; production by North Six. Photography assistants: Tristan Fitzpatrick, Dominick Sheldon, Sebastian Mader, Sigurd Widenfalk and Kaita Takemura. Fashion assistants: Kathryn Typaldos, Katie Casamassimo and Andy Salmen.
1. Fendi’s silk jersey dress, $1,540, at Fendi, New York, 212.759.4646, Beverly Hills, 310.276.8888, and Bal Harbour, Florida, 305.861.7114. 2. Prada’s vinyl and hemp clutch with crystal detail, $995, at select Neiman Marcus stores. 3. Agent Provocateur’s polyester and elastic garter belt, $100, at agentprovocateur.com 4. Wolford’s nylon hosiery, $45, at neimanmarcus.com.
1. Agent Provocateur’s polyester and elastic garter belt, $100, at agentprovocateur.com 2. Wolford’s nylon hosiery, $45, at neimanmarcus.com 3. Lanvin’s silk satin shoes with chains, $1,073, at Lanvin, Bal Harbour, Florida, 305.864.4254. 4. Dolce & Gabbana’s silk jacquard bodysuit, $1,150. 5. David Yurman’s watch, $4,500, davidyurman.com 6. Dolce & Gabbana’s silk lace jacquard culottes, $995. 7.Dolce & Gabbana’s necklace, $425. 8. Dolce & Gabbana’s silk lace top, $1,595. For shopping information on all Dolce & Gabbana pieces, call 877.70.DGUSA
The Bounty Hunter is out March 19th.
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03.15.2010 § Leave a comment