After I saw Alexander McQueen’s “Savage Beauty” exhibit at the Met a few years ago, I was convinced that I saw the best fashion exhibit I would probably ever see. I was wrong! The Brooklyn Museum has an insanely cool exhibit by designer Jean Paul Gaultier entitled: “The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk” and if you like fashion, you cannot miss this exhibit. First off, the presentation of the outfits is great. Each of the seven main rooms has a different theme, from the streets of Paris to his cinematic influences and over 140 outfits are on display. As an added bonus, if you are a Madonna fan, sketches, rare photos and iconic outfits (such as the cone bra bustier) are on display.
Madonna’s Blonde Ambition Tour outfits
The exhibit also does something unique (which will be emulated in exhibits to come) whereby the mannequins have facial projections to make the exhibit even more interactive.
The photos you are seeing here are a tiny portion of the exquisite outfits that are on display, and of course, you cannot see the detail that was crafted into each garment.
Clearly, it’s not wise to compare the work of two designers who drew from different inspirations, but McQueen’s “Savage Beauty” exhibit kept coming to mind (possibly because of the breadth of the costumes and the various thematic rooms) and whereas I had a very creepy feeling in the McQueen exhibit (that foreshadowed his suicide), whereas Gaultier’s exhibit is much more colorful and lively.
Don’t worry if you are not a Madonna fan – outfits worn by Kylie Minogue, Mylene Farmer, Depeche Mode, Nirvana and Cameo (yes, Cameo!) are represented in this show.
Remember this outfit that caused a commotion when Madonna wore it?
In the photo below, the mannequins were on a revolving platform that gave the illusion that you were watching a live fashion show. Very well done!
And presented without comment – more amazing images from this must see show!
Jean Paul Gaultier
Jean Paul Gaultier
Unseen Polaroids of Madonna and Gaultier circa 1990
Jean Paul Gaultier
And last but not least…
Gaultier — The Merch!
There is also a fantastic coffee table book of the exhibit that I looked through, so if you cannot make it out to the Brooklyn Museum before February 23, 2014, you should definitely think about getting it.
Hot new band(s) alert! On June 29, 2013, a very hot and steamy NYC night, Bowery Ballroom was home to a sold out show featuring rock and rollers JMSN and The Neighbourhood. The show kicked off at 9 pm with Detroit’s JMSN (pronounced ‘Jameson’).
Christian Berishaj of JMSN
JMSN, who cites influences from Phil Collins to Prince to Radiohead, plays a nice blend of rock and R&B. It’s worth noting that Wikipedia calls this genre “PBR&B” (yes, PBR for Pabst Blue Ribbon)! Love that! Lead singer Christian Berishaj engaged the crowd almost immediately with catchy sing-a-long songs, and his voice was quite strong too. JMSN’s debut album “Priscilla” was released in 2012 and they played the singles “Hotel,” “Alone” and “Something” in their 45 minute set. The audience did not want JMSN to leave the stage, but inevitably, they cleared room for the main attraction – The Neighbourhood.
The Neighbourhood at Bowery Ballroom
California’s The Neighbourhood hit the stage around 10:20 PM and rocked the crowd for nearly an hour and a half. Playing largely in the dark with flashing lights during choruses, the atmospheric mood of the show made it easier (and less embarrassing) for the crowd to rock out! The alt-rock quintet has a ton of catchy songs in their arsenal and the crowd was singing along throughout the entire show. One of the highlights was the track “W.D.Y.W.F.M?” (What Do You Want From Me?) which featured a back and forth singalong between the crowd and The Neighbourhood’s lead singer Jesse Rutherford trading off shouting “What.” The Neighbourhood didn’t just sound great but they also looked great. Tattoos, torn clothes and the moves that any good rock band should have are all qualities The Neighbourhood possess and if the reactions that Bowery Ballroom had during their set are a predictor of future success, The Neighbourhood is going to be huge!
Jesse Rutherford of The Neighbourhood
See the setlist as well as photos of my encounters with the band after the jump.
Welcome Summer 2013! If you live in New York, you simply must experience the Mermaid Day Parade which is held on the first Saturday of each summer in Coney Island. At the Mermaid Parade, you will see Mermaids, Mermen and all sorts of people lively sea-themed costumes. New Yorkers love a good parade and this is the best of the bunch. It seems to be the one time that people of all ages, genders, sizes and shapes get together and express their creativity and freedom and I love it! Enjoy some pictures from the 2013 Mermaid Day Parade, including King Neptune Judah Friedlander Queen Mermaid Carole Radziwill! There might be a bit of sea-nudity, so if you easily get offended by such things, you are probably reading the wrong blog (ha!), but please proceed with caution.
Mermaid Day Parade
Rob and Geary!
Mermaid Day Parade
Mermaid Day Parade
King Neptune Judah Friedlander Queen Mermaid Carole Radziwill
June 21, 2013 was a very great night for music! A sold out show at New York’s Bowery Ballroom featured the talents of Belgian singer Selah Sue and Bushwalla (who hails from America). I saw Selah Sue perform at Bowery Ballroom about a year ago and she opened for Emeli Sande. It was no surprise that she is now headlining her own shows. Her voice has elements of Amy Winehouse and Adele and she often throws in a reggae or acoustic vibes to her songs which makes it impossible not to groove along with her.
The show began at 9 pm with Ohio’s William Galewood, better known as Bushwalla, getting the audience warmed up with a set that featured acoustic rap (yes!), R&B, soul, as well as a cover of Talking Heads’ “Psycho Killer” and Tribe Called Quest’s “Can I Kick It?” Bushwalla was great as he played acoustic guitar whilst rapping. He had a killer smile that the entire audience fell in love with and in between songs, he had everyone in stitches with funny little anecdotes about the music. He wasn’t just all rap and funky acoustic beats though. Bushwalla has a really great singing voice too, and he hit some notes that had the whole of Bowery Ballroom showering him with thunderous applause.
At 10 PM, Selah Sue took to the stage. Starting off with expressing her gratitude that she sold out a headlining gig in New York (which will clearly be one of many many more to come), she sang an acoustic track called “Always Home” (see below for video!) After the song, she was joined by her band and they ripped through great sounding versions of tracks off her self-titled album. There were so many highlights including an acoustic version of “Fyah Fyah.” She also performed a solo version of the song “Please” which was originally recorded with Cee-Lo Green. A video of that will also be coming next week, so bookmark this site if you have not already! Selah took many opportunities to thank the crowd, but the feeling of love was definitely mutual.
If you are unfamiliar with the music of Selah Sue or Bushwalla, I highly recommend that you fix that immediately as there are so many great songs that await your discovery. After the jump, you can see Selah Sue’s setlist as well as my trademark – photos with the performers. Thanks again to Bushwalla and Selah Sue for a great night!
I’m going to go shoot myself for using the word “twerk.” While I do that, enjoy some photos of the super gorgeous Iggy Azalea performing her first of 2 sold out shows at New York’s Bowery Ballroom on June 16, 2013. MTV wrote a review of the show, so I am calling in sick for this one!