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Sunday, February 21, 2010

paris in new york, february 2010

Malcolm McLaren says good art is banal. He named his new movie "Paris City Of The XXI Century", not because it is the city of the 21st century, but so that people have a reason to go to see it now. The feature length film is basically a repeatedly (sometimes annoying and also amusing) repetitive edit of old - I am talking about 1920's, 1950's and 60's up to I believe he said 1985 - French commercials, underlined with music mostly from his album Paris from 1994.

Photo stills by Carl Posey of "Paris, City Of The XXI Century", by Malcolm McLaren, the US Premier at The Swiss Insitute in NYC.

I thought the mix of visuals and sounds were extraordinary and it felt like the video that could have easily accompanied his 1994 compilation.

Photo stills by Carl Posey of "Paris, City Of The XXI Century", by Malcolm McLaren.

But I am not here to critique the movie, as I had way too many of these addictive St. Germain cocktails to recall more than a few striking visuals.

I am suspecting that it was meant to be like that. Malcolm wanted everybody, except himself (sipping from a bottle of Poland Spring all night) to be toasted and watch his stylish retro movie.

The crowd, not surprisingly a pretty stylish crowd (it's Fashion Week in New York), mixed in with now older 80's punks or Generation Xer's.

I think I remember Malcolm mentioning banality in context with the Sex Pistols as well. He loves the color grey in fashion. Grey pants, grey sweater even grey socks. And he loves to talk and listen to someone talking about him, but who doesn't like that? It's like butter on ones soul.

I sported a Malcolm & Me badge (a laminated photo of me and Malcom hanging out at the after party of Pipilotti Rist's "Pour Your body Out" opening at MoMA). Once I entered the Swiss Insitute's locale on Broadway I went to say 'Hi" to Malcolm and gave him a copy of the badge.

Me holding up my Malcolm & me badge.

The idea of the badge displays my conceptual and commercial interpretation of art in connection with my Fashion Rocks clothing collection.

I adore Malcolm's image as the cruel manager of the ultimate punk gods and former business partner of Vivienne Westwood.

And I guess I appreciate that he can nowadays - in the post punk era - make sure punk ware is not sold as original if it isn't indeed the real thing. Read "Damien Hirst Got Punk'd" the embarrassing story of Mr. Hirst who bought - for an incredible high number of a quarter of a million dollars or something - what he believed were original punk items on Ebay which Malcolm later declared all fakes.

I also love to see him here in NYC and he can make more music if it were up to me!

My Malcolm & Me give away/promo cards.

Merci, au revoir et à bientôt!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

snow man fashion

Let's have some fun! Shall we?! Me, I am from Switzerland and I love snow storms! We've had quiet a few here in NYC in the past decade or so, but the blizzards coming around this winter do not get better. I always go for walks, packed in my unstylish but toasty warm down coat and my moon boots. I love it! I even love that there are not so many places to go to. Suddenly the opening of that hot new club or that fancy Cuban restaurant does not sound so pressing anymore... When these storms hit, I just stay home and work a lot. And I go for lonely, fresh air walks at night or visit friends.

When this new storm hit a couple of days ago, I walked to the park and saw some people who made snow men... but these works of... - definitely not art - left a lot to be desired for. Hastily smashed together bulky creatures - if you could call them that! - Not even a carrot nose, not to mention eyes or arms...

So there I heard my Swiss heart telling me: "You know how to do this! You are from Switzerland! The home of the fabulous fairy ice sculpture landscapes and snow man land par excellence! Go show these Americans how to make a real snow man!"

Alright, so I had to proof myself that I have got it and so I started building and building.... and V O I L A! A real snow man by a Swiss woman! All photos are the explicit copyright of Carl Posey.

All photos are the copyright of Carl Posey.

I loooove my Jack Frost! I dread the day when he's melting away...

Shoot! I can't believe I spent all this time making a snow man! I've got deadlines to meet for Fashion Week and here I am, making snow men!! Once Fashion Week is over, I'll post some more wonderful snow landscapes. You stay tuned!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

R.I.P. Alexander McQueen

And just like that a life - this time around it happens to be the life of an über talented colleague of mine - is over. His creations have already made fashion history a long time ago.

R.I.P. Alexander Lee McQueen.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

free give away sweepstakes

Yeyy! I am so happy to announce a free give-away sweepstakes of this Woodstock Skirt from the IdilViceFashionRocks collection! You choose a size between XS - XL, more information on sizing is posted here.

Check it out! All you have to do is leave a comment below this post and you are automatically entered. The winner will be announce in our March newsletter. If you are currently not a monthly newsletter subscriber you can sign up here. You can unsubscribe at any time.

Once you let us know about which size you wish to receive it takes between 2-3 weeks for your skirt to arrive in the mail, just in time for Summer - it'll be your Summer Of Love!

Can't get enough hippie, Woodstock, peace + love, Summer of love?

Monday, February 1, 2010

dressing for cold weather art by carl posey...

The temperatures have been at their lowest that I recall the past few weeks. Arctic air such as I don't even remember ever having felt in Switzerland, except maybe way high up on the ski slopes in the St. Moritz mountain region, while in downhill motion. Maybe. For these weathers I have my goose down duvet style coat which - let's be honest - is a bit ugly. Warm but ugly. At the least it's not flattering. So instead of wearing it out on a chilly Friday night, I will pile on layers, layers and layers instead to make warm my stylish Marithé François Girbaud nylon coat which I bought for $2000 a couple of years back.

...idilvice in front of new wall art in the meat packing district, photo by carl posey...

It's not a solution, I know. I guess I will have to invest in a beautiful goose down coat next time around, it's the only thing I would consider weatherproof in this type of weather. There is a warm parka from North Face for $299 - which I considered - but there are way too many people that choose it and I can't simply ride the same wave as all of them. My eclectic fashion designer heart can't cope with such mass and simply won't allow it. Yeap. That's the kind of stuff I wrangle with.

Your sharp eye has detected it. I am standing in front of the same wall we recently shot some Madonna fashion at. Yes. It's the same wall - Madonna is still peeking out from underneath - except that new art has taken over the Madonna Celebrations advertising. And you guessed right, we took some more photos in front of this John Lennon themed piece. It's coming up in one of the next posts, so stay tuned and warm!


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Just like the rare Swiss mountain flower Edelweiss - a symbol of prestige and distinction - the clothing brand IDILVICE (pronouced "Edel-vice") was born in the mountains of Switzerland and since then it's flourishing on the concrete of Manhattan and recently even in the rolling hills of the San Francisco Bay Area. However as the spelling indicates, the label is not meant to be associated with too much folkloric alpine tradition, but rather and probably in the contrary, with unconventionality. The IDILVICE label was founded in 1995 by Swiss Native fashion designer Idil from the city of Saint Gallen, Switzerland, who's foundation dates back to the 7th Century and which became famous for their quality textile products, especially embroidery textiles, which are still popular with Parisian Haute Couture designers today. In search for something less traditional, Master Graphic Designer Idil ventured out to New York City where she fell in love with American Pop Culture.