Fashion Week Observed
Last night, at what is widely hyped as the best night in New York fashion, the attendees of the annual gala benefit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute did not disappoint. Patterns, we saw a few: a lot of black, a lot of neon, a lot of feathers, and a lot of sheer. And Read More
In celebration of the long desired end of Fashion Week, DeLeon Tequila and Nur Khan hosted what would be the last of their fabled Electric Sessions last night at the Hiro Ballroom (which, for the record, is still open) with Guns n’ Roses.
Over the summer, Steve Stoute, the CEO of the brand-marketing firm Translation, went to Wimbledon with his friend and business partner, the rapper Jay-Z, to cheer on Rafael Nadal during the Spaniard’s fourth-round battle with Juan Martín Del Potro. With the match tied in the third set, BBC cameras spotted them. “The man is still here,” said BBC tennis analyst Boris Becker in his heavy German accent. “The Jigga Man, that’s what they call him—Shawn Carter.”
Where most viewers saw a star-sighting. Mr. Stoute saw a “tanning moment.”
Mr. Stoute, in his recent book The Tanning of America: How Hip-Hop Created a Culture That Rewrote the Rules of the New Economy (2011, Gotham Books), defined “tanning” as “the catalytic force majeure that went beyond musical boundaries and into the psyche of young America.” That’s a pretty thick slice of marketing-speak, but the gist of it is simple: hip-hop has radically changed culture and corporate America.
And Mr. Stoute has had a central role in the transformation.
In October 2010, The Observer’s Irina Aleksander made a bold prediction: that Justin Timberlake would someday quite soon be a movie star. It was right there in the headline: “Justin Timberlake, Movie Star.” It remained to be seen quite how well his performance in The Social Network might fare with audiences, critics, and Oscar Read More
Terry Richardson may have shot Mila Kunis for this month’s GQ, but the Transom saw him walking the red carpet for the actress’s casual-sex rom-com Friends With Benefits with a beautiful brunette of the totally opposite vocation. The mystery Read More
What is Frederik Eklund’s secret to landing all the bold-face clients, the Justin Timberlakes, Daniel Craigs and Jessica Albas?
The Times says it’s personality and skill:
Perhaps because of his upbringing in Sweden’s ruling class, he moves easily among other public figures. He runs with a glamorous set of Swedes, like Princess Madeleine, Read More
It may seem like world-famous musicians intent on making it in Hollywood have a leg up on everyone else, but in many cases it’s the opposite. A preconceived notion about a certain rock or hip-hop star can spell doom for their chances on the big screen, simply because audiences will refuse to believe in their Read More
The Social Network
“The Facebook Movie in One Minute” gives us a condensed, hyper-sexualized version of The Social Network: After creating Facebook, a pint-sized Mark Zuckerberg and Eduardo Saverin take the next logical step, which in this case turns out to be wild sex in graffiti-covered bathrooms. The NMA subtitles describe this as “allowing Mark and Eduardo Read More
The Social Network
As trends go, movies now translate to the Internet, and vice versa. The Social Network is the story of how Mark Zuckerberg, a nerdy, 19-year-old Harvard doofus with his face glued to a computer screen and all the personality and charm of road kill, invented a Web site one drunken night in 2003 that evolved Read More
The irony of MySpace hosting a screening and Q&A for the upcoming Facebook film, The Social Network, was not lost on the teenage audience in Union Square last night.
“This must be really weird for them, cause MySpace is like a social network too” said Amy, a 14 year old from the Upper East Side. Read More