The Eight-Day Week
The 54th annual CLIO Awards ceremony, held last week, seemed to straddle some kind of line between innovation and industry nostalgia—much like the ads they were celebrating. Instead of The Waldorf Astoria, they were held at the Natural History Museum. Instead of Paul Newman, who gave the keynote speech on a recent episode of Mad Men, the ceremony was hosted by Modern Family’s Eric Stonestreet. And instead of dinner, there were hors d’oeuvres during a pre-ceremony cocktail hour.
But some things never change.
“What this night is really about is getting through these awards as fast as we can so we can all go drink again,” Mr. Stonestreet said, to cheers.
They just don’t make them like George Lois anymore. As we’re perpetually reminded when looking at the dreariness of the contemporary newsstand, the Esquire art director who gave us some of the most instantly recognizable covers of the modern magazine era is simply not replaceable. But he didn’t arrive on the scene fully formed, as Read More
Between the years 1962 and 1972, art director George Lois produced Esquire magazine covers that showed Virna Lisi shaving her face, Norman Mailer as King Kong holding a pleased Germaine Greer, and Richard Nixon‘s face being powdered and made-up. But his favorite would have to be Muhammad Ali as St. Sebastian pierced with arrows on Read More
George Lois is nothing if not opinionated. The universally heralded adman and creator of Esquire‘s most canonical covers from the ’60s, shares his take on AMC’s Mad Men with The New York Times Magazine‘s Alex Witchel this week:
When I hear ‘Mad Men,’ it’s the most irritating Read More
Is This Thing On? Time‘s James Poniewozik put out a call to his readers for their reactions to VH1′s Rock of Love. "I’m not really qualified to hold forth on VH1′s Rock of Love II, having joined the series for, oh, about the last half-hour of the finale (I won’t spoil, don’t worry). Read More
After running into Ally Hilfiger, daughter of fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger and the recent subject of a Page Six Magazine cover story, we decided to ask her how she reacted to the piece.
“My mom’s name is not Sheila; it’s Susie, which is funny, because we kind of laughed about that. But Read More
Before getting into what’s wrong with Malcolm Gladwell, it helps to talk about what’s been right about Malcolm Gladwell. Mr. Gladwell, the nimbus-haired New Yorker reporter specializing in the coverage of ideas, has laid down a significant number of the milestones by which the educated, New Yorker–reading citizen of the year 2006 has found his Read More
Left, RADAR (via Gawker); Right, Esquire, April 1968.
Update: It turns out that the art director with the balls to rip off George Lois’ legendary Esquire cover was none other than… George Lois. (Very sneaky, RADAR!)
From a press release just received at Mob HQ:
Radar magazine’s Maer Roshan Read More