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cd review: as tall as lions: you can’t take it with you
21 September, 2009, 12:27 PM
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Reviewed on Thursday, August 27, 2009 by Areti Sakellaris
Published on URB.com
Triple Crown Recordings
4 Stars

Making a record isn’t supposed to be easy, but listening to As Tall As Lions’ You Can’t Take it With You, with its dreamy sound, you might be surprised to find out that the album nearly ruined the New York-based quartet. This third album was two years in the pipeline as the follow-up to their self-titled 2006 album. From all the drama and dire days of changing producers midstream, the friends since high school travailed at the brink of combustion to bring out the heart and heat of this project.

Dan Nigro, singer/pianist/guitarist, croons, You had me going for a minute there… I’ll fight your demons when they start to show on spritely “Circles.” Title track “You Can’t Take it With You” evokes a sense of time-slowing down on an album premised on the individual’s detachment from other human contact. Actually, there’s not a lot of extraneous effects on the album, as if their instruments were more than enough. “Sleepyhead” is a whisper song, which holds the lyrics, Nigro’s voice, and the tender instrumentation in an effervescent balance interrupted only by the sound of the heart monitor [spoiler alert].

“There was a black cloud over this album the entire time,” says guitarist Saen Fitzgerald. But with its lush layers and shoegaze indie sound, You Can’t Take it With You forecasts clear skies for the guys.

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“what’s the point of fashion?”
18 February, 2009, 10:10 PM
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Leave it to America’s one and only Michael Kors to explain the role of fashion and why it’s more important now in these tough economic times than ever before.

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marc’s “rebellious classicism”
18 February, 2009, 10:05 PM
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Marc Jacobs is a maestro at capturing the spirit of youth, and he launched a collection oozing color, exaggerated shapes, and bold makeup and hair with unspeakable panache. If someone asked Jacobs what he did for a living, the most fitting response would be “revivalist/hitmaker/futurist.” Somehow this man manages to reintroduce past styles, mainly the 1980s, but breathe fresh life into them so that they are forward-looking; he’s a hitmaker because I find it hard to not love him, the energy he evokes, and the promise he holds before a collection debuts and the succeeding affirmation it (tends) to deliver. Never boring and never a lesson lifted from a fashion history text, the models wowed to the sounds of Katastrophe and Spinnerette



ciao, giorgio
18 February, 2009, 9:43 PM
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Always one to make me smile, Giorgio Armani is and will always be larger-than-life. Perhaps some would find his ways to be too domineering, power-hungry or that he’s a straight-up megalomaniac; Giorgio Armani is many things, indeed, but he is first and foremost a designer.

And I don’t mean designer as in “fashion designer.” This is a man who perceives beauty all around him and it is part of his essence to make things beautiful. Armani, Ralph Lauren, Karl Lagerfeld, Valentino (he does have a last name, Garavani), and Oscar de la Renta are fashion’s “Rat Pack,” if you ask me.

We need more people like him in the world; not fashion designers popping up like weeds along the freeway–here today, party tonight, strung out and passe tomorrow. Armani is blogging about his fashion week experience and the opening of his new store; read on for a peek into his methodical mind>>



you got that beat… dvf blowin’ it up
16 February, 2009, 9:49 AM
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To Do: play tunes from Architecture in Helsinki; look at new styles from fashion’s first lady, Diane von Furstenburg, and the real first lady’s designer, Maria Pinto

DVF fall 2009:  leopard or leathery leggings     leopard print     chunky knits     headpieces     primitive-inspired     accessible 

In the last photo with the designer, is that the assistant from the Rachel Zoe show? Hmm.

Speaking of first ladies, everyone who’s anyone knows that Michelle Obama truly loves fellow Chi-towner and designer Maria Pinto; in turn, Pinto must be loving the attention she’s received because her offerings for fall 2009 are expanded from her usual daywear. Here are some of her chicest looks: 



Stand Up and Clap: African Collective Shows in NYC
14 February, 2009, 1:10 PM
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New York Fashion Week is underway, and we will see tons of the same models, designers we know and love gushing about their visions, and leggy girls sipping champagne–for me, that feels “done.”

Rather, I was excited to see the African Collective in today’s news.

When I was in college, I took an intro to African History course with this old-school professor and I always think back to him whenever discussions of Africa and its place in the world surface; he opened my eyes. If you haven’t noticed, there is so much more to the continent of Africa than leopard prints, safaris and civil wars. Of course the Western world is stuck in an imperialistic trope, but maybe it has to do with our humbled economic position and our new president… I don’t know exactly, but change is in the air. And I like it. Fashion is everywhere and seeing the fashion world become slightly more inclusive makes me want to stand up and clap. Read Guy Trebay’s article>>

 

Alex Wek modeling for Stoned Cherrie, Friday 13 February

Alex Wek modeling for Stoned Cherrie, 13 February 2009