Wednesday, July 29, 2009


This summer rain / hail /thunder / lightning is making me go b a n a n a s

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Mr Ward, Photo Hugh Lippe

Hugh Lippe photographed Tony Ward for Contributing Editor on June 7, 2009 with stylist Vasoula Barbagiannis.

Contributing Editor Editorial
Model: Tony Ward
Photographer: Hugh Lippe
Stylist: Vasoula Barbagiannis

French Vogue August 2009 preview - Regina Feoktistova, Photo: Inez Van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin, Stylist: Joe McKenna

Inez Van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin photographed Regina Feoktistova for French Vogue on June 2, 2009 with stylist Joe McKenna.

French Vogue August 2009 Editorial
Model: Regina Feoktistova
Photographers: Inez Van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin
Stylist: Joe McKenna

Special thank to Maud of Lexposure & Fashion Does it Better for the preview photo.

Interview Magazine August 2009, Jamie Bochert, Photo: Daniel Jackson

Daniel Jackson photographed Jamie Bochert for Interview Magazine on March 3, 2009 at Fast Ashley's Studio with stylist James Valeri.

Interview Magazine August 2009
Model: Jamie Bochert
Photographer: Daniel Jackson
Stylist: James Valeri
Hair: Kevin Ryan
Makeup: Osvaldo Salvatierra

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

The Burning Bed

Any man who puts his hand on a woman, especially in front of his children is a piece of shit.

Farrah Fawcett showed the horror of being a mother who regularly gets beaten by her husband, with no one to turn to for help, in "The Burning Bed" .

Today there are resources for women who are being abused - hotlines, shelters, support groups, the police.

The National Domestic Violence Hotline is 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or 1-800-787-3224 (TTY) –This is a crisis intervention and referral phone line for domestic violence.

The Burning Bed is a non-fiction book by Faith McNulty about battered Dansville, Michigan housewife, Francine Hughes. After thirteen years of domestic abuse at the hands of her husband James Berlin ("Mickey") Hughes, she set fire to the bed he was sleeping in on March 9, 1977. James Hughes was killed and the house destroyed in the resulting inferno.

On the night of the fire, Hughes told her children to put their coats on and wait for her in the car. She then started the fire with gasoline poured around the bed Mickey Hughes was sleeping in. After the house had caught fire, Hughes drove with her three children to the local police station in order to confess.

Hughes was tried in Lansing and found by a jury of her peers to be not guilty by reason of insanity.

Having turned the book into a made-for-television movie, McNulty's screenplay, "The Burning Bed" premiered on NBC on October 8, 1984. The movie, directed by Robert Greenwald, starred Farrah Fawcett as Francine Hughes and Paul LeMat as Mickey Hughes.

It is not always easy to recognize abuse, even for victims themselves.

If you are not sure, you might be abused if:
• Your partner does things that make you afraid.
• Your partner does things to control you.
• Your partner threatens to hurt you.
• Your partner physically abuses you.

• You are not alone.
• You are not to blame.
• You do not deserve to be abused.
• There is help available.

Domestic Violence and Abusive Relationships
Are you ever afraid of your partner?
Does your partner threaten to hurt you?
Does your partner control all the money?
Has your partner ever pushed you or shoved you, thrown things at you, or forced you to have sex?

Does your partner stalk you and show up uninvited at your job or when you’re out with friends?

If these experiences are part of your life, you are not alone and help is available in your community. If you are in New York City and are being abused by your partner, Safe Horizon can help you. Safe Horizon is the largest provider of domestic violence services in the country. Their counselors are compassionate and experienced, and our goal is to ensure that you and your children are safe. They understand how painful it is to live with abuse and how difficult it can be to talk about your situation. You might feel hopeless, desperate, confused, and alone. You may not want to tell people about your situation because you feel afraid, ashamed, or embarrassed. If you are in immediate danger, call 911.

Spousal abuse and battery are used for one purpose: to gain and maintain total control over the victim. In addition to physical violence, abusers use the following tactics to exert power over their wives or partners:

Dominance — Abusive individuals need to feel in charge of the relationship. They will make decisions for you and the family, tell you what to do, and expect you to obey without question. Your abuser may treat you like a servant, child, or even as his possession.

Humiliation — An abuser will do everything he can to make you feel bad about yourself, or defective in some way. After all, if you believe you're worthless and that no one else will want you, you're less likely to leave. Insults, name-calling, shaming, and public put-downs are all weapons of abuse designed to erode your self-esteem and make you feel powerless.

Isolation — In order to increase your dependence on him, an abusive partner will cut you off from the outside world. He may keep you from seeing family or friends, or even prevent you from going to work or school. You may have to ask permission to do anything, go anywhere, or see anyone. Source: Domestic Abuse Intervention Project, MN

Threats — Abusers commonly use threats to keep their victims from leaving or to scare them into dropping charges. Your abuser may threaten to hurt or kill you, your children, other family members, or even pets. He may also threaten to commit suicide, file false charges against you, or report you to child services.

Intimidation — Your abuser may use a variety of intimation tactics designed to scare you into submission. Such tactics include making threatening looks or gestures, smashing things in front of you, destroying property, hurting your pets, or putting weapons on display. The clear message is that if you don't obey, there will be violent consequences.

Denial and blame — Abusers are very good at making excuses for the inexcusable. They will blame their abusive and violent behavior on a bad childhood, a bad day, and even on the victims of their abuse. Your abuser may minimize the abuse or deny that it occurred. He will commonly shift the responsibility onto you: Somehow, his violence and abuse is your fault.

Domestic abuse falls into a common pattern, or cycle of violence:
Abuse — The abuser lashes out with aggressive or violent behavior. The abuse is a power play designed to show the victim "who is boss."
Guilt — After the abusive episode, the abuser feels guilt, but not over what he's done to the victim. The guilt is over the possibility of being caught and facing consequences.
Rationalization or excuses — The abuser rationalizes what he's done. He may come up with a string of excuses or blame the victim for his own abusive behavior—anything to shift responsibility from himself.
"Normal" behavior — The abuser does everything he can to regain control and keep the victim in the relationship. He may act as if nothing has happened, or he may turn on the charm. This peaceful honeymoon phase may give the victim hope that the abuser has really changed this time.
Fantasy and planning — The abuser begins to fantasize about abusing his victim again, spending a lot of time thinking about what she's done wrong and how he'll make her pay. Then he makes a plan for turning the fantasy of abuse into reality.
Set-up — The abuser sets up the victim and puts his plan in motion, creating a situation where he can justify abusing her.

The Full Cycle of Domestic Violence:

A man abuses his partner. After he hits her, he experiences self-directed guilt. He says, "I'm sorry for hurting you." What he does not say is, "Because I might get caught." He then rationalizes his behavior by saying that his partner is having an affair with someone. He tells her "If you weren't such a worthless whore I wouldn't have to hit you." He then acts contrite, reassuring her that he will not hurt her again. He then fantasizes and reflects on past abuse and how he will hurt her again. He plans on telling her to go to the store to get some groceries. What he withholds from her is that she has a certain amount of time to do the shopping. When she is held up in traffic and is a few minutes late, he feels completely justified in assaulting her because "you're having an affair with the store clerk." He has just set her up.

Your abuser’s apologies and loving gestures in between the episodes of abuse can make it difficult to leave. He may make you believe that you are the only person who can help him, that things will be different this time, and that he truly loves you. However, the dangers of staying are real.

Domestic abuse often escalates from threats and verbal abuse to physical violence and even murder. And while physical injury may be the most obvious danger, the emotional and psychological consequences of domestic abuse are also severe. No one deserves this kind of pain—and your first step to breaking free is recognizing that your situation is abusive. Once you acknowledge the reality of the abusive situation, then you can get the help you need.

Your abuser’s apologies and loving gestures in between the episodes of abuse can make it difficult to leave. He may make you believe that you are the only person who can help him, that things will be different this time, and that he truly loves you. However, the dangers of staying are real.

Domestic abuse often escalates from threats and verbal abuse to physical violence and even murder. And while physical injury may be the most obvious danger, the emotional and psychological consequences of domestic abuse are also severe. No one deserves this kind of pain—and your first step to breaking free is recognizing that your situation is abusive. Once you acknowledge the reality of the abusive situation, then you can get the help you need.

What is Domestic Violence?

Domestic violence, sometimes called battering, relationship abuse, or intimate partner violence, is a pattern of behavior used to establish power and control over another person through fear and intimidation, often including the threat or use of violence. Domestic violence is a crime that can include physical abuse, emotional abuse, economic abuse, and sexual abuse. Batterers use threats, intimidation, isolation, and other behaviors to maintain power over their victims. Domestic violence impacts everyone, regardless of income, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or religion. Thirty percent of Americans say they know a woman who has been physically abused by her husband or boyfriend in the past year (Lieberman Research, Inc., Tracking Survey conducted for The Advertising Council and the Family Violence Prevention Fund, July-October 1996). Domestic violence also affects same-sex relationships and men as victims.
If you are being abused, call the hotline 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

It's impossible to know with certainty what goes on behind closed doors, but there are some telltale signs and symptoms of domestic violence and abuse. If you witness a number of warning signs in a friend, family member, or co-worker, you can reasonably suspect domestic abuse.

Warning Signs to look for:

  • Frequent injuries, with the excuse of “accidents”

  • Frequent and sudden absences from work or school

  • Frequent, harassing phone calls from the partner

  • Fear of the partner, references to the partner's anger

  • Personality changes (e.g. an outgoing woman becomes withdrawn)

  • Excessive fear of conflict

  • Submissive behavior, lack of assertiveness

  • Isolation from friends and family

  • Insufficient resources to live (money, credit cards, car)

  • Depression, crying, low self-esteem

Safe Horizon Hotlines

You can call Safe Horizon’s hotlines 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The calls are free, and counselors are able to help you no matter what language you speak. Counselors provide crisis counseling, safety planning, assistance with finding shelter, referrals to Safe Horizon programs or other organizations, advocacy with the police, and other crucial services.

Safe Horizon’s Domestic Violence Hotline:800.621.HOPE (4673)

Safe Horizon’s Crime Victims Hotline:866.689.HELP (4357)

Safe Horizon’s Rape, Sexual Assault & Incest Hotline:212.227.3000

TDD phone number for all hotlines:866.604.5350

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Valentino Haute Couture fall 2009 show

Valentino Haute Couture Fall 2009 Show
Time: July , 2009 at 6:30 pm
Stylist: Karl Templer
Location: Couvent des Cordeliers - 15 rue de l'Ecole de Médecine - Paris 6e

Nimue Smit

Dorothea Barth Jorgensen

Toni Garrn

Snejana Onopka

Nimue Smit

Toni Garrn

Roberto Cavalli fall 2009 campaign preview: Isabeli Fontana & Karen Elson, Photo: Steven Meisel

Steven Meisel photographed Isabeli Fontana & Karen Elson for the fall 2009 Roberto Cavalli campaign on March 20, 2009 with stylist Marie Amelie Sauve.

Fall 2009 Roberto Cavalli campaign
Models: Isabeli Fontana & Karen Elson
Photographer: Steven Meisel
Stylist: Marie Amelie Sauve
Hair: Guido Palau
Makeup: Pat McGrath

Chanel Haute Couture Fall 2009 show

Chanel Haute Couture Fall 2009 Show
Time: July 7, 2009 at 9:00pm
Designer: Karl Lagerfeld
Location: Grand Palais - avenue Winston Churchill - Paris 8e


Kasia Struss

Snejana Onopka

Inguna Butane

Dorothea Barth Jorgensen

Toni Garrn


Snejana Onopka

Kasia Struss

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Givenchy Haute Couture Fall 2009

Givenchy Haute Couture Fall 2009 Show
Time: July 7, 2009 at 5:00pm
Designer: Riccardo Tisci

Kasia Struss

Natasha Poly

Mariacarla Boscono

Monday, July 6, 2009

Chanel makeup fall 2009 campaign preview: Isabeli Fontana, Photo: Inez Van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin

Inez Van lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin photographed Isabeli Fontana for the fall 2009 Chanel makeup campaign on July 7-8, 2008 with stylist Melanie Ward.

Fall 2009 Chanel makeup campaign
Model: Isabeli Fontana
Photographer: Inez Van lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin
Stylist: Melanie Ward
Hair: Oribe
Makeup: Peter Philips

Francois Nars fall 2009 campaign preview: Heather Marks, Photo Francois Nars

Francois Nars photographed Heather Marks for the fall 2009 Francois Nars campaign on December 1-2, 2008 with stylist Patti Wilson.

Francois Nars fall 2009 campaign
Model: Heather Marks
Photographer: Francois Nars
Stylist: Patti Wilson
Hair: Julien d'Ys
Makeup: Diane Kendal

Mulberry fall 2009 campaign preview: Kasia Struss, Photo Steven Meisel

Steven Meisel photographed Kasia Struss for the fall 2009 Mulberry campaign on March 26, 2009 with stylist Edward Enninful.

Mulberry fall 2009 campaign
Model: Kasia Struss
Photographer: Steven Meisel
Stylist: Edward Enninful
Hair: Guido Palau
Makeup: Pat McGrath

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Colin Dodgson: Cadaver Corpse at Space 1026 Gallery

Colin Dodgson is part of the Cadaver Corpse Show at Space 1026 Gallery, opening tommorow night.

Models love working with Colin - his photos are all about exploring unseen worlds and pushing boundaries.

And he has the best hair & dance moves.

And he is from Oxnard, California (THE OX), home of SRH and the DGAF lifestyle.

Colin's work can be seen at

Space 1026 Gallery is my favorite venue for contemporary artists on the East Coast - their shows have a long history of being presented family style, with a focus on nurturing excellence.

Alison (Lazy Eyes), 2008:

Alison (Yellow Eye), 2008:

7:00PM CADAVER CORPSE Joshua Abelow, Matias Arganaraz, Derek Aylward, Dessarae Bassil, Ben Bauman, James Connolly, Moira Connelly, Garrett Durant, Ry Fyan, Kathy Grayson, Patrick Griffin, Maureen Gubia, Ghazal Hashemi, Bjorn Hegardt, Cody Hudson, Christopher Ilth, Bruce Ingram, Aislinn Jefferies, Billy Kang, Leslie Kulesh, Alex Lengyel, Chris Lux, Kristen MacGregor, JJ Manford, Orion Martin, Eddie Martinez, Mario Martinez, Jude MC, Christopher Milhausen, Zane Morris, Jayson Musson, Jordan Nickel, Aliza Nisenbaum, KC Ortiz, Angel Otero, Eric Perkins, Lucy Perutz, Matt Phillips, Tyson Reeder, Max Roseglass, Kid Sister, Thomas Stavnes, Greg Stimac, Ola Vasiljeva, Justin B. Williams, Josh Young and more.Curated by Tessa Perutz
At Space 1026, a gallery and art collective located on the 2nd & 3rd floor of 1026 Arch Street in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
phone #215.574.7630
July 3rd - 31st, 2009
Opening Reception: Friday, July 3rd, 7 - 10pm

V Magazine issue #60 – The Beauty Issue preview: Valeria Dmitrienko, Photo: Sharif Hamza

V Magazine “Donatella After Dark”–
The queen of evening glamour has never shed away from making a statement – in her work or her personal style. For women who want to embody the fearless VERSACE spirit this season, there’s no shortage of ways to do it

Sharif Hamza photographed Valeria Dmitrienko for V Magazine on June 6, 2009 on the Upper East Side of NYC with stylist Beat Bolliger.

V Magazine issue #60 – The Beauty Issue
Model: Valeria Dmitrienko
Photographer: Sharif Hamza
Stylist: Catherine Newell-Hanson
Hair: Jordan M
Makeup: Asami Taguchi

Special thanks to Austin Smedstad at Starworks.

La sirène du Mississipi / Mississippi Mermaid (1969)

Last night I saw La sirène du Mississippi (1969) at BAM with a friend who is much more knowledgeable about French cinema than I.

Another friend had recently recommended François Truffaut's Jules and Jim....and since then it is always on my mind.

Mississippi Mermaid left me reeling. It had elements of Mulholland Drive (beautiful blonde woman who changes name/character, yet remains the same multi-faceted woman), and the lyrics of Tina Turner ("Whats Love Got To Do With It?" + "Private Dancer"). That sounds messy, and it is. But it has searing flashes of brilliance that burned me with its emotional stabs.

Jules and Jim was all about kindness, fragility, sexual exploration, and honesty. Mississippi Mermaid is all about cruelty, coarseness, sexual exploitation, and deception. Both movies tell a fascinating story about human nature.

Wikipedia info:

Mississippi Mermaid (French: La sirène du Mississippi) (1969) is a French film directed by François Truffaut. The film is adapted from the 1947 William Irish (Cornell Woolrich) novel Waltz into Darkness. The film features Jean-Paul Belmondo, Catherine Deneuve, and others.


Truffaut juggles an Hitchcockian suspense/thriller with deepening sexual obsession. Louis (Jean-Paul Belmondo) owns a tobacco plantation and cigarette factory on Réunion Island, but it's lonely work — so he sends away for a mail-order bride.

Much to his surprise, the beautiful young Julie Roussel (Catherine Deneuve) arrives by ship (the Mississippi Mermaid of the title), looking nothing like the picture he had received by mail. Louis quickly falls for Julie, while discovering that she is decidedly not the woman with whom he had been corresponding.

La sirène du Mississippi is playing at BAM Rose Cinemas on Fri, Jul 10—Sun, Jul 12 / Mon, Jul 13—Thu, Jul 16.