01. Basquiat: Dressing to Conjure
“Journalist, author and downtown New York legend Glenn O’Brien first met Jean-Michel Basquiat in 1979 while researching an article on the city’s graffiti culture. Basquiat, then just 19 years old, was peppering walls and sidewalks with confrontational statements and cryptic aphorisms under the name of SAMO©. Immediately sensing Basquiat’s exceptional talent, O’Brien invited him to appear on his iconoclastic public access show, TV Party—an experience the young artist reveled in. It was the beginning of a long friendship that led O’Brien to write and produce the film Downtown 81, in which Basquiat starred. O’Brien, who has worked as creative director of advertising for Barney’s and as the editor-in-chief of Andy Warhol’s Interview magazine, is currently known as “The Style Guy” at GQ. Here he ruminates on Basquiat’s status as a fashion pioneer.” (nowness).
02. Paul Smith: Designboom Interview
“Since the menswear collection first showcased in paris by british fashion designer Paul Smith in 1976, the ‘paul smith label’ has expanded into 23 different collections including womens wear, accessories, fragrance, watches, pens, rugs and jeans. Designboom interviewed him recently.” (designboom).
03. The Retail Experience
“A May bank holiday cleanup has unleashed the nostalgia again. E-retail is a soulless experience (though folks like Eastman Leather Clothing at least try) and physical retail seems to have gone the same way. Spaces sullied by synthesized aging, and hapless attempts at instant vintage are no fun. A white space, devoid of dust would beat these Bristol Downs League attempts at Ivy League any day. When the much-discussed J Crew* shifts a stack of yellowing Steinbeck novels for pricks to pretend to read at heavy markups, you know you’re in herbsville…it makes sense shifting ’50s editions, what with them being founded in 1983 and all, and some oak-laden Gant concept store with blog support shows what happens when dad-wear mania goes wrong, can we expect a Marlboro Classics push in the next few months?” (Gary Warnett).
04. The 2010 LA Modernism Show (above)
“The opening night of the Los Angeles Modernism Show, held for the first time at Barker Hangar at the Santa Monica Airport, was defined by intriguing pieces by both modern favorites and less-known—even anonymous—designers. There were happy discoveries, specifically, chairs by French designer Maria Pergay and Italian designer Gigi Radice. The 1970s made a strong showing this year, with macramé and clay sculptures mixed in with wood, chrome and steel pieces. Standouts included a Tony Duquette starburst sculpture from 1974, Le Corbusier chairs re-envisioned in concrete and rebar, and a complete 1960 prototype Holiday House trailer parked right outside. The show runs through Sunday, May 2.” (Dwell).