Inspired by Style Statement, by Carrie McCarthy & Danielle LaPorte

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Cai Guo-Qiang

Cai Guo-Qiang is an artist who works with explosions. Fireworks, gunpowder, spectacle.

His work deals with the intersections of Communism and modernity (see below for Berlin Wall reference); spirituality and destruction (see left).

His 2008 show at the Guggenheim, I Want to Believe, was like a good movie: thoughtful, with clear themes, exciting, well-paced, and of appropriate length--I walked through in 1h30.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Tavi: The Style Rookie

Tavi Gevinson teaches me how to dress for fun, in times when I find the management of my appearance to be only an expensive and overly-serious affair. She has a delightfully distinctive sense of style that she never imposes upon me--she leaves me to my own aesthetic, reminded of what I already knew.

Her blog The Style Rookie deals seriously with feminist issues as well as personal style. I'm glad I'm reading now, and I only wish I'd had Tavi around in middle school.

Let it Sway - Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin

This band just makes me want to put on my favorite sweater, drink a favorite beer, and talk to my favorite friends.

Sounds like The Hold Steady, except made of nice boys from Springfield, Missouri who probably bake cookies when they're drunk.

If you're in Springfield, the band is playing Saturday night at Randy Bacon's. If you're not in Springfield, check their tour schedule because they're probably coming to you soon.

At time of publication, the new mp3 album is going for $5 on Amie Street.

The first single can be downloaded for free:

Monday, August 16, 2010

Alexander McQueen - Fall 2010

Alexander McQueen's last collection speaks to the royal dignity of the individual. To some this may seem incongruous, given the circumstances of Lee's death. Yet I would say that an insistence on the truth of individual dignity is what allows someone to fight as long as Lee did.

The automatic dignity and worth of each individual is, without a doubt, the value I hold most dear. I've learned that others don't necessarily hold this value, especially in regards to their own self-worth, which many think to be earned. As of now, this is the point of view I'm (earnestly) working hardest to be able to relate to.


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A happy student of Economics at Columbia University in New York City.