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What’s Up Doc?

4 Jan

I am getting back to reality after a two-week holiday stint spent relaxing with my husband, watching movies, eating and drinking with friends and sleeping longer than usual.

I am sure you all indulged in your own version of that as well. To that, I say cheers and well done!Well good morning 2011, now it is time to get back into the swing of things and start anew. Whatever that means, right?

I realize I have been straying away from fashion posts but I go with what I feel and lately I have been digging a bit deeper and looking outside of the “what to wear” scope. (Hope you don’t mind) I promise there is more fashion on the horizon.Anyway, as with most things in my life, I lean toward the uncontrived and what is more organic and real than documentaries? They evoke real emotions and shed light on people, places and events that otherwise would remain unknown.

I consider myself a connoisseur of the arts in general, (if you haven’t already picked up on that) and think these should land in your “What to Watch” queue for the cold and sometimes listless month of January.

Luella says…Document Everything.

Exit Through the Gift Shop

“This is the inside story of Street Art – a brutal and revealing account of what happens when fame, money and vandalism collide. Exit Through the Gift Shop follows an eccentric shop-keeper turned amateur film-maker as he attempts to capture many of the world’s most infamous vandals on camera, only to have a British stencil artist named Banksy turn the camcorder back on its owner with wildly unexpected results.”


Surfwise

According to the NEW YORK TIMES, “There are many different ways to drop off the grid, but few dropped off with such style and urgency as Dorian Paskowitz, the paterfamilias of what is lovingly and at times enviably described as the first family of surfing. It was an intensity in part born of his passionately felt engagement with history as a Jew, which took him from Stanford Medical School in the 1940s to button-down respectability in the 1950s and, thereafter, on the road and into the blue yonder with a devoted wife, nine children, a succession of battered campers and the surfboards that were by turns the family’s cradles, playpens, lifelines and shields.”

 

Funky Monks

One reviewer writes, “this independent production in living black & white was shot of the Red Hot Chili Peppers as they became “Funky Monks” with producer extraordinaire Rick Rubin and retreated to a virtual monastery of an empty house in the hills above L.A. to record their greatest musical achievement ever, 1991’s “Blood Sugar Sex Magik”.

The personality of L.A. is every bit as much the star of this film as is the personalities of the Chili Peppers themselves. The feel of the town is everywhere, from the record offices where the executives explain the concept behind the recording taking place in the fashion it did to the locations where Anthony is interviewed regarding the lyrics of “Under The Bridge” to the wrap party that is held at the house once the recording has been completed…the soul of Los Angeles (such as it is) and the symbiotic association it has with the band are factors that set this filmed “making of” documentary a step above all the others; there is much more than four guys in a studio and a producer in a booth…it is an encapsulation of a city and its most identifiable band, frozen in time forever.”


Helvetica

Gary Huswit says, “Helvetica is a feature-length independent film about typography, graphic design and global visual culture. It looks at the proliferation of one typeface (which celebrated its 50th birthday in 2007) as part of a larger conversation about the way type affects our lives. The film is an exploration of urban spaces in major cities and the type that inhabits them, and a fluid discussion with renowned designers about their work, the creative process, and the choices and aesthetics behind their use of type.”


So watch the above documentaries and let me know what you think. We found them profound in their own subjects.

There is also something very appealing to have the opportunity to see things for myself, a peek behind the curtain if you will. What would your life’s documentary be about?

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Where the Wild Things Are.

9 Dec

A colleague of mine suggested I look into the photography of Gregory Colbert. I had never heard of him before and was completely blown away by his unbelievable images.

He is Canadian by descent and began his career in Paris making documentary films on social issues he believed strongly needed a voice.

He has much matured since then and his latest exhibition entitled, Ashes and Snow has been viewed by over 10 million people and is the most attended exhibition of a living artist in history.

View the video below of the actual shoot.

Gregory says, “In exploring the shared language and poetic sensibilities of all animals, I am working towards rediscovering the common ground that once existed when people lived in harmony with animals. The images depict a world that is without beginning or end, here or there, past or present.”In my own humble opinion, I think it is important to reflect back on a time centuries ago, when we were able to live symbiotically with nature and animals. Colonization and the progression of technology will never allow us/ Earth to go back to those simpler times but there are places in our world where this does and can exist.

I feel privileged to have found these photos and hope you enjoy them as much as I did.

Luella says…Through the Lens –

Gregory Colbert.

(All PHOTOS sourced from www.ashesandsnow.org)

The beauty of photography, dance, the written word, music etc. is the essence of interpretation.

One person’s genius can make another person believe.

You Will Always Have Paris.

1 Dec

In February of 2005, I went to Paris to work Fashion Week at the WHO’S NEXT show. I had studied French from 7th grade through college so I was beyond ecstatic to be able to travel to the City of Light.

Most of my time was spent at Le Porte de Versailles where the shows were being held but I did venture out to see La Tour Eiffel, Brasserie Lipp, Café de Flore, Sacré-Coeur, La Seine & Notre Dame to name a few. To be honest, my favorite part was a two hour stroll looking for a specific restaurant I could never find. Paris was the most peaceful city I have ever visited. So still and quiet yet so rich in culture.

I can still remember thinking how lucky I was to be a relatively small town girl, working for a Danish fashion designer flying on business from Copenhagen to Paris. Good times, great memories.

Paris was perfect, or parfait as they say en Français.

I woke up each morning, grabbed le petit déjeuner on my way to the Métro, worked the show and then finished the evening eating oysters from Provence and drinking delicious wine I will never remember the name of.

In retrospect,  I would have loved to JUST be a tourist but I got the opportunity to live the culture  instead of just visit it. For that, I will be eternally grateful.

Below are some amazing vintage Parisian finds from Etsy meant to remind you of one of the most amazing cities in the world.


Luella says…Paris, Je t’aime.

Gorgeous linen backed Art Deco ORIGINAL 1921 ad for the Au Printemps store in Paris

Fabulous Antique Ornate French Pier Mirror Gesso Carvings

Vintage Handmade Heirloom clay tea set

Antique DAHER TIN PLATE

Romantic Country French Antique Sofa With Carvings 1900’s France

Vintage French Continental Princess rotary phone

Large French Silver Metal Swag Brooch Signed

Muslin Ribbon – French Flourish

Antique Silver Tray Oval French Chic

Antique French Carved Bergere Chair

Hand Picked French Lavender (lavande)

Vintage French Carved Hand Painted Chest With Marble Top Paris Chic

Paris Opera Glasses

Crystal Light Bulb Cover

If you haven’t been to Paris, save up your pennies and go.

It truly is a season-less city. Paris in the Summer or Paris in the Winter doesn’t detract from all its splendor.

Get Out the Map.

11 Nov

If you close your eyes and spin a globe where would you land? Where would you want to land?

In researching fashion photos for my Tumblr, I stumbled upon a blog called Landscape Lifescape and was completely mesmerized. It is dedicated to real-time nature and landscape photos.

I spent a long time looking through the vast archive and finally had to pull myself away. I feel like I just got back from a vacation after staring at all these amazingly detailed images.

These photos got me thinking about perception. Beauty, as we have discussed before, comes in all sorts of packages. I believe it exists in its purest form in nature.

Culture, tradition and heritage shape the earth. Stereotypes and media coverage do not. Sometimes we judge a place before we have seen it. I know I have.

Imagine where you would choose to go if you picked from a book of photos with no captions.

Luella says…Visit the World

(all images below are sourced from LandscapeLifescape)

GREENLAND GLACIER

LASPI BAY, BLACK SEA

PATAGONIA, ARGENTINA

ALIF ALIF, MALDIVES

NORTH CAROLINA COUNTRYSIDE

WONDER LAKE, CHINA

WATERFALL AT MIDNIGHT, ICELAND

PICTURED ROCKS, LAKE SUPERIOR MICHIGAN

PROVENCE, FRANCE

LAVENDAR FIELDS IN FROME, ENGLAND

PAULOSE, WASHINGTON

FARAYA, LEBANON

WINTER IN SWEDEN

KOH SAMED, THAILAND

HUNZA, GILGIT PAKISTAN

MONTREAL, CANADA

 

TYSON, TEXAS

UUMMANNAQ, GREENLAND POPULATION 1,299

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

FJORD IN DENMARK

BENMORE, NEW ZEALAND

METHONI, GREECE

DOMBAY, RUSSIA

MOSTNICA GORGE IN SLOVENIA

DERBYSHIRE, UNITED KINGDOM

LAKE BASIN, COLORADO

OHERI, MACEDONIA

DOOR COUNTY, WISCONSIN

Next time you are planning a trip seek out the location less traveled.

Immerse yourself in the culture and don’t take a guided tour. Live amongst the natives and do as they do.

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