Moroder vs the machines! The robots have returned.
”When Daft Punk last graced our cover in 2010, Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo talked at length about their retro-futurist soundtrack to Tron: Legacy. But there was one subject that they flatly refused to go into detail about – their follow-up to 2005’s Human After All.”
Two and a half years on, the duo are finally ready to reveal all with Random Access Memories, their love letter to the disco era. One of the album’s highlights is “Giorgio by Moroder”, a nine-minute tribute to the Italian synth hero responsible for Donna Summer’s “I Feel Love”, Blondie’s “Call Me”, Berlin’s “Take My Breath Away” and some of the most iconic scores in Hollywood history, including Scarface, Midnight Express and Flashdance. So, we felt that it was only right to bring them face to face for a secret pop summit in Los Angeles. Shot by Hedi Slimane, it is the first time the Punks have been photographed and interviewed with anyone else. To whet your appetite until our Masked Rebellion issue drops this Wednesday – with two covers to choose from – here are ten snippets from the interview that we just couldn’t keep to ourselves any longer…
DAFT PUNK ON MAKING RANDOM ACCESS MEMORIES
Guy-Manuel De Homem-Christo: It was a really special process. Every album we’ve done is tightly linked with our lives. You cannot separate your life and your music and your job; everything’s linked. The internal, personal stuff Thomas went through during Human After All made it closer to where he was at the time, and this one feels a lot closer to me than him. We make music together, but this one took me to some special depths, getting really close to what I was going through personally. I’ve never been too technical; Thomas is more the technician. This album has more soul.
GIORGIO MORODER ON “GIORGIO BY MORODER”
I didn’t have any idea how you guys would use it. I thought you might cut it up into a rap. So I was pleasantly surprised when I heard it the first time. It was also kind of emotional to hear my story and a little bit of my sound in there. I’m one of the few humans alive whose biography is a song.
VIDEO : Daft Punk – Random Access Memories Unboxed
Fault Magazine draws back the curtain on model extraordinaire, Daisy Lowe, in this captivating cover/editorial by Louie Banks for the Spring 2013.
”From Vogue to Playboy and from Chanel to Agent Provocateur, it seems that there isn’t a magazine cover or fashion campaign in the world that has not, at one time or another, featured the remarkable Daisy Lowe. She is, arguably, as close to a genuine supermodel as this decade has ever truly known. Up until now, at least, with Cara Delevigne currently enjoying the fickle focus of the fashion world.”
”Daisy’s enduring popularity, however, makes the majority of today’s ‘bright young things’ seem as transient as sunshine during a British Spring. Still only 24, the plain-spoken North Londoner can already boast a CV to match the best there has ever been. What’s more, she can still claim to be at the very top of her game, as recent work for the likes of Stephen Webster and Tommy Hilfiger attests.” fault-magazine.com
VIDEO : Daisy Lowe for FAULT – Behind the Scenes Exclusive
Always stunning Actress Amanda Seyfried will be the new face of the Givenchy Fragrance Very Irresistible , replacing Liv Tyler. She is also the face of Clé de Peau Beauté.
“It’s an honest collaboration. I’m proud to be a part of the brands I’m involved with because what they do is really cool, especially Givenchy — they’re so artistic. And I feel like I have a foot in the fashion industry now.” said the beautiful girl.
The new campaign for Very Irresistible will include a print and television campaign directed by Cédric Klapisch and shot by Glen Luchford. The campaign was styled by Riccardo Tisci. Amanda’s Givenchy campaign set to debut in September 2013.
Dolce&Gabbana have just opened their 5th Avenue flagship store with an exclusive event. Furnished like a Sicilian home, this stripped back, classic design embodies the journey the two designers have undertaken since 1987. In an interview with Corriere della Sera, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana talk New York, the American Dream and design.
Domenico Dolce: “We furnished it like it was our home, going back and forth between Milan and New York. A boutique, yes, but with many suggestive homely niches. The antique Baroque couches taken from a Sicilian dwelling. Here, on Fifth Avenue, in the middle of the city that never sleeps, three floors full of trunks. Objects which evoke memories of a less frenetic gone-by era, but also a place of dreams, the vessels of belongings of a lifetime: an invitation to slow down and enjoy all of this, and restore its meaning. In London, in the Bond Street store we even included a barber, In Milan we have a shoe smith, boutiques with that antique feel in which accuracy and luxury reside. We try to create an atmosphere where all of this can be appreciated, against the speed, the frenetic rush of the hyper-technology, of Twitter. Relaxing, going back to enjoying what is beautiful. To appreciate the attention to detail, the perfection of the craftsman which goes against that immediacy which makes everything the same, that loss of the sense of elegance which we have been dragging with us since the Eighties.”
Stefano Gabbana: “Its exciting to land on Fifth Avenue. Its certainly not our first American boutique, we a lot of stress, but its an imposing challenge, the biggest investment we have ever made. Extremely important, and not in terms of turnover. I’m not saying that money its not important to us, we’ve made plenty. One day, Domenico and I won’t be around anymore, and as we often say we have no interest in being the wealthiest people in the cemetery. We want to be remembered as the happiest.” Thanks to swide.com for the news.
Dolce & Gabbana flagship store opening party on NYC’s 5th Ave VIDEO :
NICOLAS GHESQUIÈRE has finally spoken out about his departure from Balenciaga, revealing that he decided to leave the fashion house after 15 years because he “ended up feeling too alone”. The designer’s exit from the label was confirmed in November last year.
“There wasn’t really any direction. I think with Karl [at Chanel] and Miuccia [Prada], you can feel that it’s the creative people who have the power. It was around that time that I heard people saying, ‘Your style is so Balenciaga now, it’s no longer Nicolas Ghesquière,’” he explained. “It all became so dehumanised. I began to feel as though I was being sucked dry, like they wanted to steal my identity while trying to homogenise things. It just wasn’t fulfilling anymore.”
Until now, Ghesquière had yet to speak publicly about the split – but admits that a lack of support on the business-side of the relationship was partly to blame.
“I never had a partner, and I ended up feeling too alone,” he said. “I had a marvellous studio and design team who were close to me, but it started becoming a bureaucracy and gradually becoming more corporate – until it was no longer even linked to fashion. It the end, it felt as though they just wanted to be like any other house.”
News of his departure came as a shock to many in the industry – and Ghesquière revealed that he kept his decision very close to his chest. Although, he suspects that many might have predicted the move.
“I just said to myself, ‘Okay, well you have to leave, you have to cut the cord.’ But I didn’t say anything to anyone, apart from to a few very close people, because, you know, I’ve become pretty good at standing on my own two feet,” he said in an interview with System magazine, reports The Business of Fashion. “Over the last two or three years it became one frustration after another. It was really that lack of culture which bothered me in the end. The strongest pieces that we made for the catwalk got ignored by the business people.”
At the time that the announcement was made, the designer was on a “spiritual trip” in Japan, and only caught up on the reaction from the public and press when he returned – a reaction he described as “very positive” and “quite beautiful”. He has not yet confirmed his next career move.
“Ultimately, I felt okay in the end because it seemed very dignified. I haven’t expressed myself up until now, but I would like to say thank you to everyone, I really am grateful,” he said. “Whatever choice I make [now], the possibilities are open, and that was confirmed with the freeing of my name from Balenciaga. I’m regenerating again, and that’s very exciting because it’s a feeling I haven’t had since I was in my twenties.” Thanks to Sarah Karmali and vogue.co.uk for the news.
Yohji Yamamoto made his first visit to Germany to present his collection at the Audi presents ” Cutting Age: Yohji Yamamoto” runway show at the St. Agnes Church in Berlin. The japanese designer was seen posing for promo pics while dressed from head to toe in black and standing next to a red Audi RS5 and a white Audi R8 5.2 Quattro.
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