“Heels and red lipstick will put the fear of god into people.” -Dita Von Teese
Just stumbled across this gorgeous photo series:
Juliette Dragon is a total badass. In addition to singing in a ‘Sensual Garage Rock Band’ with her husband called Rikkha, she puts on scintillating cabaret productions with her burlesque company, Le Cabaret des Filles de Joie, and founded the first burlesque school in Paris: Ecole des Filles de Joie. Girls at her school learn more than just how to dance– they are learning not just to shake but to own and feel good about what their mamas gave them. “You have to like and to love yourself to be able to be loved by someone else. In my school the girls are learning how to love themselves and love each other.” Forget the girls in the magazine- “I think every kind of woman is beautiful and the sex appeal isn’t a question of age or skin color… just an attitude.”
For bookings and more information about des Filles de Joie, check out www.lebison.com.
Adult coloring books have recently become all the rage. But if you’re looking for something a little more exciting to shade in than flowers and butterflies, my friend Charlie, AKA Richard Dickens, has just published The World Famous Gigglestick Activity Book. For only $9.99, you’ll find crossword puzzles, word seeks, connect the dots and kinky illustrations galore. It’s perfect for bachelorette parties and even comes with a four pack of crayons. Peek inside:
I’m currently obsessed with these modern vintage collages by California filmmaker and artist Eugenia Loli. She says, “It’s important for me to ‘say’ something with my artwork, so for the vast majority of my work there’s a meaning behind them. I usually do this via presenting a ‘narrative’ scene in my collages, like there’s something bigger going on than what’s merely depicted. Sometimes the scene is witty or sarcastic, some times it’s horrific with a sense of danger or urgency, some times it’s chill. I leave it to the viewer’s imagination to fill-in the blanks of the story plot.”
The internet was abuzz today over a video that featured Shia Laboeuf… in the buff… directed by Alma Har’el for Sigur Rós’ “Fjögur Píanó”, a melancholy instrumental piece from the Icelandic band’s Valtari album. This is the third in a series called “the valtari mystery film experiment.” Description from the band’s website:
sigur rós have given a dozen film makers the same modest budget and asked them to create whatever comes into their head when they listen to songs from the band’s new album valtari. the idea is to bypass the usual artistic approval process and allow people utmost creative freedom.
As I expected, some were quick to label the art house film pretentious (like Todd Martens at the LA Times, who also called it “naked & boring”, “pointless”) but I found it emotionally stirring and quite beautiful.
But if the interpretive underwear dance sequence is too much for you, perhaps you might appreciate these erotic “CHINA GIRL” photographs by Marcus Piggott and Mert Alas (styled by Karl Templer) that I stumbled across from Interview Magazine and had to share.
“Seventies glamour takes a trip to downtown Shanghai and the decadence of the sapphic scene in the opium dens of the ’20s. where girl meets girl, East meets West, and the spirit of ‘le smoking’ meets the knowing elegance of Chinoiserie“:
Must have been a rough day on set. For more Interview galleries, click here.