Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
H&M recently announced its intentions to work alongside Italian brand Marni on its spring design collection. The essence of Marni will be captured in this collection featuring pieces for both men and women. A modern touch on this upcoming release provided by the label headed by Consuelo Castiglioni reportedly integrates a playful aesthetic with high manufacturing standards. The use of all-over prints mixed with solid colors blended with sporty utilitarian sensibilities characterizes the collection.
Sunday, November 27, 2011
BOAT Magazine is an extremely interesting concept, a magazine that focuses on a different location per issue.
Following issue one’s trip to Sarajevo, the Boat team have been to Detroit. Here’s a teaser for that issue out this week. Video by Jonathan Cherry.
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Monday, November 21, 2011
SKY+ celebrates Ten years of being able to pause the telly with a collaboration with some of the design industry's brightest talents, asking them to create a bespoke Sky+ Box. Just what every fashionista needs in their sitting room
So last night Saturday me and my Da organised a surprise party for my Mother's 50th. Her birthday isn't until February, so thats were the surprise part came in!
And if anyone has organised a surprise party, you'll know how stressful it is. Stealing my Mam's phone, copying numbers, calling people out of the blue, hanging up on them when my Mother walked into the room, convincing her to come out at the arranged time, making sure that no one lets the surprise slip. And then theres the cake, the decorations, hiring the band, getting the venue, and the crowd all in the same place by Ten o' clock on a sleepy Saturday night in November!
All the worry, stress and panic was all more than worth it when my Mother walked into the pub and about 100 of her friends and family all ROARED surprise! If anyone has seen The Help yet (highly recommended by the way) it was just like the final Church scene in that film! Mam started clapping along and asked "Why we clapping?".
It was a tremendous night, great food, great people, great band (The wonderful Trevor Handsbury) and just a great night in general!
So Happy Birthday to my amazing mother, and heres to another 50!
Friday, November 18, 2011
Sean O'Pry lands another campaign, shot by Inez & Vinoodh for Viktor & Rolf's latest scent "Spicebomb". I am hoping a TV advert will follow, with Sean dancing along to Spice Up Your Life...
Also Viktor & Rolf's other perfume, Flowerbomb, is fucking dear. €65 in Brown Thomas for the small gift set... bananas!
Hello blog buddies, how is everyone this Friday? Its another cold & wet day here in Ireland.
On Wednesday night I was in Galway, doing some work on The Lid, a new Irish Arts Magazine that a friend and I have started. More news on that to follow. Seeing as we were in Galway and had nothing to do, Ciara & I decided to check out some comedy at the Roisin Dubh, one of the most laid back venues in Galway.
Phill Jupitus was headlining, with new material fresh from his Edinburgh show. Phil mostly DJs now, and does the odd bit of Who Line Is It Anyways style improve, but the show was straight up stand up. And it was terrible! He seemed to have no passion at all for what he was doing, or the audience for that matter. He seemed drunk, or high, or possibly both. It was just a long drawn out 40 minutes of shouting, jokes about his daughters virginity, and him generally being obnoxious and listing out all the things he doesn't like.
Support on the night came from the equally terrible Gerry Mallon, who admittedly was trying out new material, or so he said he was. We suspected that this was a meer excuse for his boring, and frankly depressing routine. Which was predominately taken up by talk of his ex-wife and divorce. Suddenly what was meant to be a night of comedy turn a horrible turn into self pity and what seemed like a therapy session.
The MC for the night was Ian Coppinger, who started off okay, warming up the audience with the usual audience interrogation, where are you from, what do you do in college. It was all going well until he made an ill judged and unfunny joke about Dublin's Front Lounge gay bar, which he suggested should be renamed The Back Door. This was met with complete silent from the audience. It was an awkward moment, and he never really got the audience back after that comment, which surprised me, I thought there would be a few fools in the audience that would appreciate a dumb gay joke, but to my pleasant surprise, no one thought it was funny. A progressive Ireland? Maybe. I think it had more to do with the fact that it was just a lame joke. Who can say?
The highlight of the night came in the form of a Hot Chicken Roll. Halfway through Phill's rantings, all I could focus on was how numb my arse had gotten from the uncomfortable bar stools, and how hungry I was. I spent the next 20 minutes fantasising about how a Hot Chicken Roll from Centra would be a million times better than this comedy... so as soon as Phill slurred "Galway, thanks for hav..." I grabbed my coat in one had, Ciara in the other, and we bolted for the nearest deli!
Maybe myself & Ciara just too sober for the show (Alcohol is a very important part of stand-up) or maybe the three performers were just having a bad night. Or maybe, they really are just crap, and I wasted €12.50. I could have brought 3 more Hot Chicken Rolls and a Freddo bar for that. Sigh.
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
I was pretty upset that I didn't get a chance to see Melancholia in the cinema, unsurprisingly, it didn't make it to Ennis, I'll just wait for the DVD. In the meantime the movie posters will keep me visually satisfied.
Lim Heng Swee is an illustrator and visual artist living and working in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He sells his fantastic doodles and illustrations via his ETSY SITE.
Monday, November 14, 2011
Is that Terry Richardson? Or Chloe Sevigny?
New cover Candy magazine, “the world’s first transversal style magazine”, sees Chloe Sevigny drag kinging it up as Terry Richardson.
Annalaura Masciavè, 21, freelance photographer from Rome, Italy.
Annalaura's talent for capturing a mood, and feeling, a sensuality is like no other. THE NAKED PROJECT sees her first exploration into nude photography and portrait.
More of Annalaura's stunning work can been seen on her website, ANNALAURA MASCIAVE.
Sunday, November 13, 2011
Immortals star Kellen Lutz was on the red carpet to celebrate his cover issue of Nylon Guys magazine. Bringing a whole new meaning to the term Geek Chic. Kellen was wearing a colourful sweater and navy pants, both by Jack Spade.
Last Friday I was invited to the Irish Premiere of Immortals, Tarsem Singh's latest visually captivation release. But like Singh's other visual masterpieces, The Cell, and The Fall, the story is somewhat lacking, and has problems with pacing. All the action takes place in the final 30 minutes, and while the stunning sets, costumes, make up and effects will keep you entertained through out, the build up is quite slow.
Former Home & Away Aussie actress Isabell Lucus is captivating, and perfectly cast as Goddess Athena, while Twilight star Kellen Lutz, and Luke Evans provide the muscle in their roles as Gods Poseidon and Zeus.
The mortals are also convincing in their roles, Henry Cavill is the Hero Theseus, Mickey Rourke plays to his villainous strengths as the evil King Hyperion, and Frida Pinto rounds off the impressive ensemble as the Seer Phaedra.
Like I said earlier Tarsem's films are not know for their intricate plots, or he is not known for brilliant storytelling or fine direction. To me, Tarsem is an artist first, and a director second. Each and every scene in the movie could be paused and printed as a one of a kind masterpiece. The costumes are stunning, rich golds for the Gods, malicious head wear for Hyperion's army, and the locations look lush and epic.
While with most films of late, the 3D is completely unnecessary and at times distracting, and only every used to full effect in the film's final moments.
Overall though I enjoyed the movie a lot, for all if faults in the story, the action on screen is unlike anything you will have seen in a long time. While it may not stimulate your brain, it is certainly a feast for the eyes, and I left the cinema with many unforgeable images lodged in my mind.
Me and my mate Elaine getting ready for the film to begin.
afterwards we hit up Nandos for some of its world famous Peri Peri Chicken!
the next day while having a look around Grafton me and my boyfriend Pa went into Tower Records where Camille O'Sullivan was performing a live set at the back of the store. She sounds so incredible live, at first we thought it was a CD playing as we browsed around the story, only to see the woman herself on stage. She was performing as part of Movember's day of musical acts in Tower Records.
Before we heading back to Ennis we had time for a stop in YO Sushi! Im pretty sure that this place is Pa's favourite restaurant in the entire city, and I am becoming a Sushi converter too. The firecracker chicken and the deep fried squid are becoming my YO Sushi favourites.
before beginning the FIVE HOUR BUS TRIP home, I had just enough time to run into BT to start my Christmas shopping. A fantastic weekend in Dublin was definitely had by all.
(special thanks to MOVIES.IE for the Immortals tickets)