Sunday, 21 September 2008
_So I may sound like a right geek by saying this, but Friday was possibly one of the best days of my life - After 3 months hard work, Issue.1. of the 'Luella Newspaper' launched. And this Creative Director was a very happy boy - and 5,000 prints later I'd nearly wet myself - EVERYONE should see newspapers on the press, and its even better when its your own work.
A massive thanks to everyone involved.
Pick one up from any of the Luella Stores, from London's Bond Street, to Paris, Hong Kong and Moscow.
Posted by _RBPM at 09:18
Thursday, 18 September 2008
_The 'library' section on the ground floor of Dover Street Market, and what makes me enjoy it even more is the fact that I own half the books there, and paid about 3% of the price they're selling them for.
I just wish i had the space for my books to look like theirs do.
_When the celebrated toy brand, Margarete Steiff GmbH, decided to branch out by creating the first “haute-couture” Teddy bear, they naturally approached the master of contemporary luxury; Karl Lagerfeld.
The matching of these two German titans was imminent. It was with all his characteristic spirit, humour and curiosity, that Karl Lagerfeld responded to Steiff’s invitation to create a Teddy bear in his likeness. Signed by Karl Lagerfeld, the Teddy bear is produced in a limited edition of 2500 pieces which will be exclusively distributed in the most renowned luxury boutiques and select toy stores. Created in plush white alpaca, with five pivoting joints and stamped on the ear with the legendary Steiff button – gold-plated – it is already considered, in all its 40 centimetres, as a prized collector’s item. Its “haute couture” costume created in the Parisian studios of the great couturier is added with irreproachable hand applied detail. Karl Lagerfeld’s unique “uniform” is meticulously recreated for the Teddy bear down to the style in which it is worn; K Karl Lagerfeld collection lacquered jeans, wool jacket and black silk tie raised with a tie tack, all in the habitual style of the “maestro”. The striped poplin shirt is matched with a high collar and a “trompe l’oeil” buttoning emblematic of the couturier’s brand. The black sunglasses were created by Karl Lagerfeld Eyewear, the eyewear line of the couturier.
An unprecedented and out of the ordinary collaboration that demonstrates once again that Karl Lagerfeld is present on all fronts; especially those one would never expect. The Steiff label continues, in its own right, its great innovative tradition, releasing for the first time a children’s Teddy bear into the chicest of adult playgrounds.
Available in Selfridges for a mere £799.00
Friday, 12 September 2008
_Just as a passing comment:
If anyone would like to summit work for consideration for 'Johnson', please dont hestate, anything from illustration, to photography and Journalism (seriously this month a guy from wales has written me a 400 fantasy David Beckham story - its ACE) Or even if you wanna nomitate a cute guy for 'boy of the month' or if you are a cute guy and wanna nominate yourself
please contact us at: RBPMFANZINE@HOTMAIL.COM
Posted by _RBPM at 17:08
_So, as a teenager I spent my days being jelous of the fact that even though we were born on exactly the same day, my life couldn't have been any different to that of Kelly Osbourne, she had a rockstar father and lived in one hell of a kick ass house in the Hollywood hills. My dad was a machanic, and I lived in a dorma-bulgalow in the middle of the Yorkshire countryside.
And now, I find myself jelous of her again, as she gets to date this cute little punk ass thing - whatever.
If anyone knows of a cute 'Worral-alike' I could bag, drop me a little email.
Posted by _RBPM at 10:23
_So after the lower blog post (Copy Right?) I rediscovered the joys of Dash, and have decided that while I'm in my orchid city later this month, my style icon will be him.
Now, I've got the hair, and can definatly work braids and Misfit T-Shirts, the problem comes with growing a beard? maybe i just work 'mildly hairy' and the Tattoos? - who knows, New York makes me do crazy things.
Posted by _RBPM at 06:26
_At this point everyone has seen this tattoo that Mike Giant put on Dash Snow in 2000, right? (top image)
...but check out this new Vans shirt (you should click the image to see it larger)...
...I guess you can't really copy write a tattoo, and inspiration can come from anywhere, but come on.
Posted by _RBPM at 03:45
_'The Birthday Ceremony'
Made in 1998 the work has its origins in the years 1980 to 1993 when Calle invented and sustained a series of private and shared rituals around her birthday. These are now manifest as art, demonstrating how closely her life and her art are intertwined. Over this fourteen-year period, aside from the occasional year of disruption, Calle held an annual dinner party on the evening (or around the time) of her birthday. To each celebration she invited a group of friends and relatives, the precise number of invitees corresponding to the number of years of her age, with one additional, anonymous guest nominated by a chosen guest, in order to symbolise the unknown of her future. Calle initiated these dinner parties to ensure that her birthday was remembered each year. They were the most ambitious of a series of rituals Calle had invented to override an obsessive insecurity she experienced in early adulthood. The guests brought gifts, tokens of love and affection, and these Calle displayed in a glass-fronted cabinet, as a constant reminder of this affection. At the end of the year the objects were boxed up and put away, their places taken by the gifts of another birthday dinner party. At stressful moments over the years Calle was able to unpack the boxes and reassure herself of her networks of support. When she became forty in 1993, Calle realised she had been cured of this obsessive insecurity and no longer felt the necessity to recall her friendships and family ties in such a formal way.
The Birthday Ceremony brings together fifteen cabinets based on the medical design of the original, which had been given to Calle by her father. Thirteen individual cabinets and one pair, each contain the gifts of a single year. The gifts are displayed unwrapped and range from the banal to the bizarre. They include works of art, hand made tokens of affection, books and letters, junk and antiques, plastic trivia, items stolen from a restaurant, bottles of wine, chocolates and so on. Encased behind glass they become objects of magnetic desire and frustration to the viewer, who cannot hold, cannot taste, cannot unwrap. On the glass of each cabinet is a list of items. The donors themselves are not always named and it is therefore often impossible to tell if the works of art were given by the artists themselves (probable in the case of Christian Boltanski or Annette Messager, improbable in the case of the late Yves Klein). In some cases it is easy to identify a donor. Calle's mother is clearly responsible for the sensible and substantial gifts of domestic equipment that arrive each year - deliberately too large to display behind glass -and which are represented by the manufacturer's warranty. In other cases a particular theme emerges over time: someone often gives hats, another is interested in bull-fighting ephemera. On occasions, most notably with the fabulous painted-wood angel received on her fortieth birthday, guests join together to share a gift.
Posted by _RBPM at 01:54
_Well actually, its the top of the book case, because its that nice.
When those in the magazine industry need inspiration, they look to Purple. It has influenced countless other magazines and spawned trends that have trickled down through all levels of culture. To celebrate its fifteenth anniversary, this volume brings together the best in fashion, art, and culture from Purple’s illustrious history. Purple revolutionized fashion photography in the nineties by commissioning fine artists to shoot fashion editorials. What resulted was a raw, improvisational aesthetic, which continues to exert its power today. Many of our most promising artists contribute to Purple’s pages, including Terry Richardson, Juergen Teller, Jack Pierson, Richard Prince, John Currin, and Vanessa Beecroft. Among the celebrity muses who appear regularly are Kim Gordon, Chloe Sevigny, Kate Moss, Catherine Deneuve, and Vincent Gallo. Along with images, the book also presents essays by such renowned writers as Glenn O’Brien, Gary Indiana, and Dave Hickey. These texts further the book’s larger purpose: to chart the development of art and fashion during the past fifteen years. This is the ultimate deluxe collection for serious fashion, art, photography, graphic design, and magazine aficionados.
Posted by _RBPM at 01:45