I'm disappointed that the Rupert Murdoch takeover of Dow Jones seems inevitable. I have no faith in Murdoch's integrity and I prefer reading a paper that I can trust. Therefore, if Murdoch takes over, I'll most likely renew my Financial Times subscription and discontinue my annual Wall Street Journal subscription once it expires. It seems that many other disgruntled WSJ readers will also head over to NYT and FT. So goes the market: you gain some, you lose some.
Yesterday we lost one of my favorite directors, Ingmar Bergman. My very first Bergman experience was watching Persona in high school and it had a profound effect on the development of my personal philosophy. He joined the ranks of the other 'greats' who have enormously influenced me: Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Nietzsche, Jung, Freud, Camus and Sartre. Some of my other favorite directors are Fellini, Godard and David Lynch, but Bergman alone has stimulated me in a philosophical way, transforming my vision of self and other. Another film I love is Fanny and Alexander, perhaps because like Bergman, I was raised by a strict Protestant minister. Fanny and Alexander is as much my poeticized autobiography as it was his.
The Swedes want to remind you that politics can be trendy. Swedish company, T-post, has given the ubiquitous tee a makeover by transforming it into a "wearable magazine."
As reported by FWD, "It's basically a subscription to a magazine, but instead of slick
publications, members receive inspiring current events printed on
American Apparel t-shirts.
The way it works is, every six weeks a t-shirt will arrive in the
mail that has some image or drawing on it to represent a hot topic in
the news. The drawings, designed by the T-post team, attempt to
represent an issue or concern happening in the world. Examples include
concerns about the Big Brother effect, water pollution issues,
altruism, gun control, or can even just be something funny overheard on
Inside each shirt is a narrative to represent the image on the
shirt. For example, the topic of the May issue is: "Man and machine, a
match made in…heaven?", a story that focuses on the topic of robots
becoming a part of our social environment. The front of the shirt
represents an idea of this dilemma, while inside an article discusses a
story based on intelligent robot's rights and responsibility as they
become part of society’s citizens."
All this space travel talk has me in a futuristic mood. While Balenciaga's metallic leggings may be a bit difficult for hopping in and out of cabs, Portuguese designer Felipe Oliveira Baptista has some perfect summer dresses. Let it be said though, I am not one who believes that fashion must be limited to 'wearability.' I would gladly don Balenciaga's metallic trouser ensemble for a cocktail party...comfort is secondary to imagination!
What do you want to be when you grow up? "An astronaut," I'd say as a girl...well fashion may be my dream now, but space travel is still on my top list of things to do. A friend of mine at MIT sent me this link to a sexy Biosuit being developed by Dava Newman, a professor of aeronautics and astronautics and engineering systems at MIT. She hopes that its slim-fit design will eventually replace the current 300 lb bulky spacesuit - and you thought your handbag was heavy!
Yes, the dress over trouser trend is wearing out its welcome, but an accidental link to Refinery 29's archives led me to a fresh, contemporary take on this trend by the Milanese label, 6267, designed by Roberto Rimondi and Tommaso Aquilano, who gave it a jazzy flapper makeover. Intrigued by the exquisite looseness, sharp cuts and iridescent satin fabric, I headed to style.com for more.
Will stamp collecting make a trendy comeback just as knitting has? I hope so. I may be the only Gen Y girl who truly enjoys sending (and receiving) snail mail for the mere joy of decorating the envelope via stamps, stickers and collages. And yes, I can happily spend as many hours at my favorite stationary store as I can at Jeffrey. These Beatles stamps are hot so get them if you can! via IHT