Wednesday, June 30, 2010


I call this one "Funky Weekend Ballet"

This look is composed of...

Chanel Resort 2010 bow shoulder cardigan

Cheap Monday patchwork jeans

Alexander McQueen iridescent leather ballet pumps

Valentino polka dot tote

Roberto Cavalli ceramic and crystal earrings

Yves Saint Laurent Arty aventurine ring

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Woman 2

Pro Surfer Kassia Meador

Monday, June 21, 2010

Whica What?

Have you seen Katy Perry's new video for "California Gurls"???.....

    First of all, I just want to once again point out my UNCANNY ability to sense what's on trend. At this point, I'm just bragging. It was only a couple of weeks ago that I begun fantasizing about being in one of Will Cotton's paintings (read Here). And, what do you know, Ms. Perry goes ahead and bases her entire video on his imagery!
     In the first scene, Ms. Perry walks over to a grove of taffy trees. Complete with puffs of cotton candy, they are more than just reminiscent of Will Cotton's painting "Taffy Forest."

Will Cotton “TAFFY FOREST” 2007

 Katy walks into a forest of candy canes, which look an awful lot like Cotton's "Candy Stick Forest."

A screen grab from the video

Will Cotton “CANDY STICK FOREST” 2005

     Next, Katy crosses a licorice bridge, suspended over a landscape that is a mash up of Cotton's "Kisses" and "Flan Pond"....the chocolate kiss trees, pirouette cookie sticks, and floating flan are EXACT copies of the scenes from the paintings.

Will Cotton "KISSES" 2004, Oil on Linen

Will Cotton "FLANPOND" 2002, Oil on Linen

     Then, Katy and her tarty friends visit a gingerbread man living in an cheap replica of Cotton's "Candy House," on a hill overlooking a forest of his frosted shortbread trees.

Will Cotton "CANDY HOUSE" 1998-99, Oil on Linen

Will Cotton "ENDLESS WINTER" 1999, Oil on Linen

     And the entire video is interspersed with clips of Ms. Perry preening atop one of Cotton's most recognizable motifs - the cotton candy cloud.

Will Cotton “COTTON CANDY CLOUDS” 2006, Oil on Linen 

In fact, the reference is so direct, that it seems that the background of Ms. Perry's set is in fact a copy/ paste of one of Cotton's originals.

     Now, I understand that these days everyone takes influences from everywhere else - sampling in music is a prime example of that. And I get that there is "nothing new under the sun." But frankly I am pretty disgusted about Katy Perry's cheap knock off of Will Cotton's sensitive, transportive work. If his work could be likened to a soothing bubble bath, then the video for "California Gurls" is like going to a Russian sauna to get a sand scrub from a babushka, topped off with several firm wacks of an oak branch.

 We know you have nice boobs, but are more than the sum of your parts!!!

    I know Katy Perry has distinguished herself as a kitchy, pin-up-y, pop songstress, but her voice is good enough to stand on its own (at least compared to other acts in pop music today). Obviously, Top 40 isn't about subtlety, but why can't we do something with a little bit of grace? Something more sophisticated? Does it ALL have to be bright lights and shock value? And she's got a look that's her own, even before she piles on the sequins and pastel wigs. She doesn't need to shoot whipped cream out of her bustier to get our attention! Jeez, girl don't try so hard! 

P.S.....That curly, lollypop thing in the background, to the left, is also a direct reference to a reoccurring motif in Cotton's work...

Will Cotton, RIBBON CANDY, 2008, oil on linen

   I am a big fan of Will Cotton, and although I am glad to see his imagery proliferated, I am frustrated by the fact that Ms. Perry uses such a direct reference (even so far as to replicate original work) without any acknowledgement of the artist. I wonder if this verges on legal intellectual property infringement - surely the unauthorized use of original artwork warrants some kind of legal action. Maybe Cotton was paid for his work, who knows. But I couldn't find a single reference to Will Cotton in any of the dialogue about the video. 
   So it wasn't a flattering reference, but a straight-up grab and go. Tisk,Tisk Katy Perry.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Fake It until You Make It

Great song, great video

It's so refreshing to come across someone so talented, creating something that they really believe in. It's clear Aloe Blacc really has something to say. And with a voice like that, I'm sure he can get a lot of people to listen.

This song is also the theme of How to Make it in America on HBO. As I've said before, it's a really interesting show about young people in New York, trying to make something happen for themselves. There's a lot about the show that resonates with me, and many of the characters remind me of friends I've made in this city. The 1st season is over now, and I was glad to find that it maintained the same message throughout - no matter who they are, everyone in NYC is hustling. No one's going to give it to you, you have to take it.

I was talking to my friend Gerry about this just the other day. I don't know many people here who just want to skate by - certainly not anyone who has moved here. You have to expect a lot of yourself, want a lot for your life....New York has amazing things to offer, but if you're not looking for amazing things, it's just too damn hard to live here. It's loud and crowded and dirty....if there's not something you want that's worth climbing over people for, then there's no point being here. It's only an easy life if you're wealthy and well connected, otherwise be ready to work your butt off.

Gerry is incredibly hardworking.......he expects so much of himself and doesn't relent until he feels he has done his best work. And he's fearless. He was telling me stories of walking into boardrooms as an intern and throwing out crazy ideas to head designers - something most people wouldn't have dared to do. But it got him noticed, and coupled with really good work, it got him a job. And now in no time flat he's bolting up the career ladder, with the ultimate goal of being able to have his own design firm. I have not doubt that he'll see that through.

Jay, Me, Gerry, PK and Tristan in Amsterdam

Friday, June 18, 2010

Dogs on Film....Part 4

Jack in Martha's Vineyard, MA

Diaries: Sea Turtle...

...You think you know, but you have no idea.

Read This, then Watch cool.

Oh Yeah.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Vineyard Heaven

Martha's Vineyard is an amazing place, and a few of us had the pleasure of spending a long weekend there for Memorial Day....

To have a good trip to the Vineyard, you only need a few things:

1) Good Friends

James (and Remi!)


DJ and Me

Josh, James, Nick, Me and DJ

...including a few very happy dogs...


Remi with James


2) A Good Patio 

Nick, Caroline and DJ


Gin and tonic....a necessity!

...preferably, attached to a lovely house!

View from the patio
3) Plenty of Time in the Sun

Throw the toy!


Jack and Nick

DJ kayaking to the beach

Remi leads the way!

A captain never leaves his ship.

James and Remi

James and Caroline

4) BIG Dinners!

Me and Caroline in the kitchen



Kiss the Cook!


Caroline, James, Nick, DJ and Me

5) Amazing Sunsets

Josh and Me

6) After Dinner Games

Josh and Nick play backgammon

DJ and I play Jenga



...and when it's all over, you still get

7) A Lovely Ferry Ride 

View from the Ferry

Me and Nick

Caroline and James

What a great weekend!
Thank you Jim and Emily for letting us all stay at your beautiful home!
Thanks Caroline for all these great pictures!
Thank you Josh for putting this all together!