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Autumn Kisses………Johnny and Mary

The film clip for Kisses brilliant cover of Robert Palmer’s song ‘Johnny and Mary’,  has finally been released, filmed in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro….capturing the daily life of a place a world away from their hometown of Los Angeles, is beautiful despite the obvious hardships lived there, for it captures the lightness and fun that people anywhere seek……….just as I am starting to feel the cool air arrive in Paris, this song makes me feel like it’s always summer…….

 

 

 

 

 

Rentrée A.C. Journal…..

Ahhhh……as Paris reawakens to the new year or as they call it rentrée here…..it was time for the A.C. Journal too…..many discoveries and magic have been found….and I can’t wait to keep sharing them here……xx

Wes Anderson’s World….Moonrise Kingdom…..

 

Wes Anderson, is some kind of film genius, the kind that makes me not leave a movie, even after I have walked out of it….I am still there, in my head…….he has created something so entirely original, that there is no reference point, just emotion, when it comes to describing his films……and his newest is one of his best…..without detailing the whole story and preventing you from making the little discoveries along the way, I will say it’s the most modern coming of age film I have ever seen, set in another decade……how does he and Roman Coppola remember what it feels like to be a kid so well, to write something so heartfelt and so a little bit off the charts…..the films heroine, Kara Hayward,  will be sure to become the newest and most praised actress, if only her next film could be by Billy Wilder, she most definitely has the presence of a young Natalie Wood…..and her characters style is bound to inspire many out there…..my other high light other than our young hero of course was Jason Schwartzman, when he appears on screen, he brings that voice and his Wes Anderson history and you know, things might go sideways and back to front but they will always find their way on the right track……

Photos: Christophe Rihet, Le Monde

Charlotte Fever……L’effrontée….1985

 

Ok……. a little of Charlotte Gainsbourg fever going on…that’s what happens when you don’t update posts for a couple of weeks, you want to write it all down in one day……..L’effronté film by Claude Miller, is quite a sad coming of age film, and a little harrowing to watch at times, much like other Charlotte Gainsbourg films, but this, her third film won her the César Award for, Most Promising Actress and as a result she gave the most heartwarming speech ever…….

 

 

Charlotte Gainsbourg, Encore……Le Cigale, Paris….

Monday night at Le Cigale in Montmartre…..there was magic on stage, Charlotte Gainsbourg is the real thing…..much is written on what makes women have their Parisian magic here, but I can tell you the otherworldly Charlotte Gainsbourg could have come on stage in Balenciaga shopping bag and still have been amazing and the most stylish woman in the room……..instead she came out all in white in Balenciaga clothing onto a set not unlike one of their stores…..joined by a great band of English and American musicians, most especially by the very talented boy from Wellington, London based, Connan Mockasin……together, they played music that was far more ethereal and beautiful than the recorded versions……she has a quality that is very hard to name, she is without ego, and the respect she showed her musicians was so considered……..when she sang a couple of songs from her 1980′s record, with the same earnestness of that 14 year old girl who sang them the first time, you knew she wasn’t above anything………..her cover of David Bowie’s Ashes to Ashes was perfect too……but then came the encore, and she gave more, and then in that very French tradition, the audience wasn’t giving up, they kept clapping and she obliged and gave her first second encore of her tour………and now I am left wanting to visit planet Charlotte Gainsbourg, because it sure isn’t in Europe……

The Modern, The Unlikely, The Futurists………Elsa Schiaparelli & Muiccia Prada at The Met…..New York

This coming week will see the opening of a new show, “Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada: Impossible Conversations”, at the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum.…until last year, with it’s now legendary Alexander McQueen show, it seemed the opening party, with it’s incredible guest list of  fashion makers from all over the fashion world and their latest muses creating the most incredible fashion moments of the year, would at times overshadow the actual show……..a shame really since the Costume Institute has consistently created the best curated shows since Richard Martin and Harold Koda took over in the early 1990′s…..for the uninitiated or the obsessed, a walk through any random show could be one of the best fashion educations you could get, my all time favourite was the show dedicated to the Floral Dress………but the latest one will soon be one of it’s best…….it’s been many years since a major Elsa Schiaparelli show has been held and the first one with Prada……..many times a Prada collection will remind me of a Schiaparelli….for they are both modernists of their time, who are disinterested in trends or the the rules of good taste… they have created their own language…..Elsa Schiaparelli created one with her surrealist and Dada artists friends as major influences, having Cocteau and Christian Berard contribute art work to some of her best pieces……..you can see her avant garde influences on such varied labels as Bless, Jeremy Scott and Issey Miyake……but it’s Prada’s love of the female form and elegance as well as her very modern take on fashion that makes them a great pair…..they both have loved using highly unusual materials such as monkey fur, celophane, nylon, plastics, wood……but it’s the attention to the execution that makes them strictly high fashion, and it is this that takes to a level beyond novelty and into art…..But all this is best explained in last weeks New Yorker article on the show…..’Radical Chic’ by Judith Thurman…..

 

 

 

Photos: Prada – Resort 2012, Fall 2007, Fall 2000,  BecauseLondon, Victoria & Albert Museum, Kyoto Museum, Schaiparelli by Palmer White

Charlotte Gainsbourg…..Stage Whisper….Mai..2012…Paris…

Sometimes you really can’t believe your luck………I will be seeing the amazingly talented Charlotte Gainsbourg in May……..if her live performance is anything like her ethereal rock records, it should be an incredible show……..Charlotte only came to making her own music a few years ago, having made a brief debut at 14 ………she has also been acting since she was a young teen, and whilst she is a fashion darling of the highest caliber, muse to Balenciaga’s Nicolas Ghesquiere, her public persona and identity remains completely her own, without compromise……….all collaborations on her past 3 records have been strokes of genius, Jarvis Cocker, Beck and Air among them…….her lyrics are left of center and her delivery while soft and at times melancholic, they are in fact quite uplifting, which makes her music a non stop playlist for me…………her musical style is all her own..and as a result make comparisons to her famous parents, void………..here’s a Gainsbourg of our times….

 

Acne Studio……Marais…Paris…

Swedish label Acne opened their second store in Paris a few months ago…..and have once more created a new way to shop……a favourite label with many friends of mine……their jeans fit are the best around…..the store is at once very modern if not a little futuristic but also the easiest to navigate…..their collections have never looked better than here……new leather biker jackets, great pink sweatshirts, new jean washes…..printed dresses…..and great boots……….these colours radiate summer, need I say more?

Acne Studio, 3 rue Froissart, Paris, 75003

Brunch at Leila’s…….Shoreditch….London

Ahhh, with no spring time yet in sight…..I am left to day dream about last summer in London, where the formerly maligned food scene has come of age and with so many wonderful places opening, it is hard to choose only a few favourites……my close by regular was Ottolenghi in Islington, which was always a pleasure no matter what time of day……but Caravan in Clerkenwell, Flat White and Lantana in Soho, were also favourites……the New Zealand/Australian coffee culture in London, is something quite amazing and the standard so exceptional, it was only a matter of time before it took off in Paris……but my most loved of all is Leila’s in Shoreditch, tucked away in a cozy spot, more reminiscent of an English country cafe…with the perfect brunch of baked eggs with sage, delicious coffee and lemonade and a fresh food store next door with veggies, treats and great breads, it’s one of the most relaxed places outside Hyde Park……next visit….brunch will be there….

Leila’s   17 Calvert Avenue, Shoreditch, London E2 7JP

At Home with Julie Verhoeven……….UK Elle Magazine

Last summer in London, I had the pleasure of meeting this remarkable and modest lady, Julie Verhoeven, at a Test Mag film night, where she shared one of her favourites, The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant……(the most chilling and devastating film ever)…..she rates as one of my top 5 all time favourite English eccentrics and is my vision of the modern day Vanessa Bell….and this was confirmed by the new issue of UK Elle…..upon seeing this beyond incredible peek at her beyond incredible home….which proves the Vreeland adage that style is something lived not just worn….I first saw her work in 2002 in The Face magazine, and was bowled over by her talent, imagination and her really……and I am not alone there, even at the film night there were a few Julie clones from different years, quite amazing too and all together unexpected!  But there is something about her and her talent that makes you want to work a little better and give yourself over to what you love a little more…..I never stop getting excited every time she releases new work in every medium, film being one her best yet,  I am still to see an installation, but to see what comes out of this imagination, is the art happening of the year……..for she is a true original in every way…..

 

 

Courtesy of UK ELLE Magazine, May 2012