A stunning visualization of melancholy & nostalgia
felt at the passing of an era
This weekend the Museum of the Moving Image will be holding screenings of the classic grande epic, The Leopard, as part of its See It Big!series. Long hailed as thee film to see by Luchino Visconti, The Leopard, chronicles the fortunes of Prince Fabrizio Salina and his family during the unification of Italy in the 1860s and the dissolution of 19th century Sicilian nobility.
Based on the acclaimed novel by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, the film is a remarkable cinematic achievement superbly illustrating a refined way of life; elaborate and luxurious, but internally cramped, dour, and confined by rigid restraints. Visconti translates di Lampedusa's book seamlessly with brilliant pictures, almost like paintings, illustrating the autumnal mood of change and decay that the onrush of social revolution brought to one family and to the spirits of one strong man. A more than 40 year old evocation of an era now some 150 years in the past, we can still feel the ache, sentiment, and sadness deeply felt by the Prince of Salina.
The Fondation Pierre Bergé | Yves Saint Laurent has devoted its 17th exhibition to the exquisite art of Japanese Kabuki costumes. The first exhibit of its kind held in Paris, the exhibit displays costumes accompanied by accessories, engravings, photographs, and documentary footage of Kabuki performances.
Kabuki, a form of classical Japanese drama, emerged at the beginning of the Edo period (1603-1868) and is still quite popular in Japanese culture. The costumes tend to be extravagant, sumptuous and colorful, contributing to the flamboyance of the show. Performances historically took place over the course of a whole day and are based on popular legends and characterized by striking costumes, highly stylized acting, impeccable keshô face paint, and the use of both male and female roles by male actors.
The exhibition is divided in three parts. The first displaying costumes belonging to iconic Kabuki plays. The second, to costumes used for dance scenes and the last devoted to costumes manifesting certain special features. Iconic and inspiring, this offering of extravagant fashions will take you down the fantastic history of this avant-garde theatrical art form.
Launching this week, Vitis is a flash-sale wine site that packs a punch. Each day Vitis will have up to four sales of amazing wines at prices from 30% to 70% off.
Boasting an incredible tasting team including two Masters of Wine, the experts at Vitis are determined to make selecting easy. Tasting and vetting each wine, they also include a little history on their featured selections as well as the ideal recipe and cheese pairing.
DÉMIURGE (n.) THE ROOT OF CRAFTSMANSHIP AND AESTHETICS
Démiurge New York is proud to introduce timeless European design for the new American aesthetic. Rachel Shorr picks up where her aunt, legendary antiques dealer Amy Perlin left off, and will carry on the tradition of rare and eclectic antiques and contemporary antique furniture while bridging her passions for fine art and fashion. For those of you who knew Amy, we thank you for your support throughout her impressive career. We hope to inspire you for many years to come.
IN/VIEW will serve on as the online hub of daily inspiration for Démiurge. Our showroom will open in the the New Year.
Fashion legend Polly Mellen has a rich history of fabulousness. Protégé of über legend Diana Vreeland, Mellon started her career as sittings editor at Harper's Bazaar. She then moved on to glossy bible Vogue, which she edited for 28 years. From Vogue, Mellen moved to Allure, where she was creative director for the bulk of the 90's. At 84 years young, Mellen resides on an converted apple farm in Connecticut (click for VOGUE feature) and consults on various fashion related projects.
Polly has worked with photography legends Irving Penn, Richard Avedon, Helmut Newton, and Arthur Elgort. Her favorite? Avedon. Together they captured the famous NASTASSJA KINSKI AND THE SERPENTstyled with the eternally chic Patricia Von Muslin ivory cuff. Avedon said of Polly "She was and still is the most creative sittings editor I ever worked with." Major.
Hamish Bowles is European Editor at Large for American Vogue.
He began his career as Fashion Editor at Harper's and Queen in 1984 and by 1989, he became the magazines Style Director.
While in London– Hamish had a GOOD TIME and we love him all the more for it.
Mr. Bowles became American Vogue's Style Editor in 1992 and by 1995 he was promoted to his current glamorous European Editor at Large Vogue title.
Bowles has written several books, among them Vogue Living: Houses, Gardens, People, and The World in Vogue: People, Parties, Places and Jacqueline Kennedy: The White House Years: Selections from the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum– among other fabulousness.
Arianna Huffington is the co-founder of web phenomenon THE HUFFINGTON POST. But before The Huffington Post– there was Ariannaonline.com.
In 2009, Huffington landed the no. 12 spot of Forbes first ever list of Most Influential Women In Media. The Guardian lists Huffington at no. 42 in their Top 100 in Media List.
Adriana Huffington describes herself as a Progressive Populist. She was born in Athens, relocated to England at 16 to attend Girton College at Cambridge University. While at Cambridge she became president of the Cambridge Union Society, the third woman to hold the position.
She wrote for Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher– which is not unlike his latest show Real Time with Bill Maher. For her work, she and the writing team were nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Variety or Music Program.