Store Opening: A.P.C. Melrose Place

October 31, 2014 5:11 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Last week, A.P.C. feted the launch of its new Melrose Place flagship with a party for guests that include Kanye West, Waris Ahluwalia, and Jean Touitou (the brand’s creative director and founder). Designed in collaboration with Paris-based architect Laurent Deroo, the new store features a 2,500-square-foot boutique situated around a small plot of land visible from all points within the store, representing Los Angeles’s unique intersection between architecture and vegetation. The ceramic brick flooring, commissioned for the store, serves as an homage to the Hispanic history of Los Angeles. Click through to see images of the outpost.

Doll Parts: Hilton Als Recalls Some of His Most Poignant Memories of Artist Greer Lankton

October 30, 2014 5:00 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

I’m trying to remember the specifics of Greer, the way her legs and arms moved in her summer dresses. Because that’s the season I associate her with, and I associate her, too, with something diaphanous, but I wonder if that impression is based on Nan Goldin’s famous photographs of her, and the one I’m thinking of specifically was taken against a brick wall where Greer sort of sits and sort of leans, smoking, looking, at first, like another down on her luck artist, but something more, too, like a ruined movie star having a movie star moment in the photograph that was happening just now, first to Goldin and then to us.

Between the Lines: The Hermès Nautilus Pen

October 27, 2014 4:40 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Hermès launched the latest addition to its writing instruments series, the Nautilus pen, at the fashion house’s Madison Avenue flagship store last week. Attendees—including Fern Mallis, Glenda Bailey, and Hermès artistic director Pierre-Alexis Dumas—tested the Marc Newson-designed Nautilus in a faux French-style post office; had their handwriting analyzed; participated in automatic drawing (which was pioneered by The Surrealists including Andre Breton as a door to the psyche); and sat for portraits by a sketch artist.

Cookie Mueller Returns

October 21, 2014 3:53 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Cookie Mueller must come back. Star of an underground art circuit that insisted, and still insists, that bad taste is the only taste worth having, Mueller was an actress, muse, writer, and performer whose presence—on screen or off—blew through the banal manners of normsy America with apostate daring. Her rebellious spirit is attested for in Chloe Griffin’s brilliant and encompassing new book on Mueller, Edgewise: A Picture of Cookie Mueller, a ten-year effort composed of transcripts of interviews Griffin conducted with Mueller’s friends, lovers, collaborators, publishers, and family.

The World of Jacquemus

October 21, 2014 1:04 pm Published by

For Document S/S 2014, Daniele Balice talks to Simon Porte Jacquemus about navigating through emerging stardom in the world of fashion, while maintaining accessibility, humble roots, and his mother along the way.

Exclusive Excerpt—“Track Star” by Andrew Durbin

October 13, 2014 4:16 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Andrew Durbin's new book Mature Themes freely shifts between deep thoughts on the film Clueless or pop star Katy Perry to discussions on the theorist Paul Virilio, police brutality or AIDS—all interwoven with recollections from Durbin's life (and those of others) in Los Angeles and New York City. In Track Star, the ninth poem of the book, the author muses on class warfare, London riots, N.Y.U. students, queer aesthetics, and the emancipatory potentials of the tracksuit. This cultural promiscuity is a marker of not only Durbin's self-awareness as a child of the 1990s, but also our own culture's omnivorous attitude in an increasingly mediated, post-Internet age. Part poetry and part criticism, Mature Themes holds a refracting prism, not a mirror, up to the author himself and contemporary culture.