#MusicMonday: 1, 2, 3 Sia Swings and Hits with ‘Chandelier’

She’s written haunting hits for the biggest pop diva’s in the world, from Celine Dion (“Loved Me Back to Life”) to Christina Aguilera (“You Lost Me”) to Rihanna (“Diamonds”) to Britney (“Perfume”) to Beyoncé (“Pretty Hurts”)… even David Guetta’s club anthem (“Titanium”).

…and she’s saved the biggest and best party anthem for… herself.

Or is it a party anthem?

Sia’s never been one to write so superficially, so lets look at the dichotomy the lyrics for a moment… On the surface this party girl is flying high. It’s clear that she is struggling for acceptance and love and while she’s holding on to the faux feelings that drinking brings. She’s pretending that, for the moment, tomorrow just doesn’t exist. We all struggle with this in one way or another. No one is as strong as they seem. Sia flips the mirror on reality to show us what we don’t want to see in ourselves, and she does it in the most beautiful way possible… with her incredible voice and crafty lyrics.

Party girls don’t get hurt
Can’t feel anything, when will I learn
I push it down, push it down

I’m the one “for a good time call”
Phone’s blowin’ up, they’re ringin’ my doorbell
I feel the love, feel the love

1,2,3 1,2,3 drink
1,2,3 1,2,3 drink
1,2,3 1,2,3 drink

Throw em back, till I lose count

I’m gonna swing from the chandelier, from the chandelier
I’m gonna live like tomorrow doesn’t exist
Like it doesn’t exist
I’m gonna fly like a bird through the night, feel my tears as they dry
I’m gonna swing from the chandelier, from the chandelier

And I’m holding on for dear life, won’t look down won’t open my eyes
Keep my glass full until morning light, ’cause I’m just holding on for tonight
Help me, I’m holding on for dear life, won’t look down won’t open my eyes
Keep my glass full until morning light, ’cause I’m just holding on for tonight
On for tonight

Sun is up, I’m a mess
Gotta get out now, gotta run from this
Here comes the shame, here comes the shame

1,2,3 1,2,3 drink
1,2,3 1,2,3 drink
1,2,3 1,2,3 drink

Throw em back till I lose count

I’m gonna swing from the chandelier, from the chandelier
I’m gonna live like tomorrow doesn’t exist
Like it doesn’t exist
I’m gonna fly like a bird through the night, feel my tears as they dry
I’m gonna swing from the chandelier, from the chandelier

And I’m holding on for dear life, won’t look down won’t open my eyes
Keep my glass full until morning light, ’cause I’m just holding on for tonight
Help me, I’m holding on for dear life, won’t look down won’t open my eyes
Keep my glass full until morning light, ’cause I’m just holding on for tonight
On for tonight

#MUSICMONDAY: FRANKMUSIK Debuts “Dear Nicole” Single

With a little bit of rock and whole lotta soul, Frankmusik has put his full emotion into his latest single ”Dear Nicole” off his forthcoming album, and you can feel it. It is absolute aural perfection from start to finish.

He’s also featured on RuPaul’s ‘Fly Tonight’ which you need to listen to here

FrankmusikHit up www.frankmusik.com to keep up with Vincent as he takes on another journey through the treacherous terrain of the music industry and stay tuned for my upcoming exclusive interview with him here & on Notion Magazine.

Bon Chance Tillmann Lauterbach!

I want to send a public congratulations to Parisian menswear designer Tillmann Lauterbach. He recently made it on the shortlist for the LVMH Prize. The Top Ten will be selected by an impressive panel of 40 top influential industry personalities in Paris. A jury composed of eight prestigious LVMH Group Creative Directors will then choose the winner to be announced in May 2014.

Since attending the Paris men’s shows, I make it a point to never miss his. The collections are comfortable, elegant, relaxed, raw and edgy.

Congrats Tillmann Lauterbach and all of the other incredibly talented designers in the running! Bon chance!!!

Check out my favorite looks from the most recent AW14 show in Paris.

VIDEO: KENZO Spring Summer 2014 Campaign by TOILETPAPER

Humberto Leon and Carol Lim, Creative Directors of KENZO are happy to announce another partnership with TOILETPAPER magazine (Maurizio Cattelan, Pierpaolo Ferrari, Micol Talso) for the KENZO Spring Summer 2014 campaigns for men, women accessories and kids.

Much in the vein of the KENZO Fall Winter 13 campaign, the collaboration leans playfully towards the surreal and paints another picture of the KENZO universe.

Inspired by the primary KENZO Spring Summer themes for men and women, we are plunged into a fantasy world of giant fish, waves and mesmerizing marine elements.
Expressing KENZO’s love for art and culture, travel and the colorful, model and actress Devon Aoki features alongside Paul Boche in the series of thought provoking images.

#NYFW: VFILES MADE FASHION A/W 2014 Full Show Video

Missed the show? Fear not, watch the complete VFILES MADE FASHION 2 show, featuring collections from ASSK, Melitta Baumeister, and Hyein Seo.

#PFW: Jean Paul Gaultier Homme Autumn/Winter 2014

While I was in Paris for the men’s shows, I was given exclusive access to view the Jean Paul Gautier Homme, Autumn/Winter 2014 capsule collection. I was treated to furs, leathers and zippers in a way that only Monsieur Gaultier can get away with. The tailoring is always impeccable with cheeky detailing, whether hidden or quite obvious.

First I want to highlight the fur. Like a knight going into battle, you need to be prepared for those Polar Vortexes that hit us in NYC like a wrecking ball (so many analogies). I used the knight’s reference because these fur pieces somewhat resemble body armour plated with leather and fur with high necks, detailed with industrial rivets.

The full men’s & women’s capsule collection was inspired by a castle moat and its surroundings, such as the ivy creeping up the castle walls and the cracks in the stone, as shown in this water drop t-shirt, the paisley & ivy/art button up collared dress shirts and  jumpers, and foliage on the varsity jacket.

The collection is rounded out by wardrobe necessities such as zipper accented leather, biker jackets and knitwear.

Check out the full Jean Paul Gaultier Homme Autumn/Winter 2014 capsule collection look book below.

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All images credit @theMichaelshane, taken with @Hipstamatic for iPhone, except all look book photos credit: Grégoire Alexandre for Jean Paul Gaultier.

The Knife announce Shaking The Habitual North American Tour Dates

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The Knife’s long-awaited Shaking the Habitual North American Tour, kicks off at the Coachella Music Festival on April 11th, 2014. These dates mark The Knife’s return to North America, where they have not been seen since their 2006 Silent Shout performances.

General on-sale for all listed tour dates is Saturday, January 18th (with the exception of Oakland on-sale Friday, January 17th at noon PST).

The Knife have released the following statement about what you can expect from their live performance:

“Shaking the Habitual, the album, lays the groundwork for this show. Based on the artistic and political ideas therein, we play with the expectations and question habits of the concert, the dance performance, the club and the music festival.

Working within a highly commercial, professionalized and male-dominated music industry, we strive to twist and strangle hierarchies to find other ways of organizing work and its conditions. Disrespecting borders between digital and analogue, fake and real, professional and dilettante, star and cast, experimental acts and glamorous shows, nature and culture, audience and artist, blood family and chosen family, dance and action, a Buchla and bongo and the sound of a hit and a kiss.

We use the full potential of the electronic concert. In addition to bodies playing electronic music, we suggest different bodily engagements. We suggest dancing together as a mobilization, a collective moment for everyone in the room – on and off stage – to take part in.

In 2013 we played at clubs and festivals in European cities. Now it’s 2014 and we’re about to tour North America. With care and attention, we gathered our impressions and got back together to rework the show.

This is a continuation.
Some songs are the same, some songs are new.
Moves are added and changed.
Some instruments are electrified and more voices are heard.
Things glow and along the way we have elevated ourselves.

This time, we, The Knife, are a group of people with diverse approaches to dance, moves and music. Some of us are musicians, some of us are vocalists, some of us are choreographers, some of us are experienced performers and some of us are not. We are very proud to announce that Shannon Funchess from the electronic punk duo Light Asylum (New York) is joining the show. Already familiar with the project as she sings on the record, she is now with us on stage.

We learn from each other.
We share responsibility.
This is a suggestion. For all of us.”

-The Knife

The Knife N.American Tour Dates:
4/11-Coachella Music Festival-Indio, CA
4/15—Fox Theater—Oakland, CA (on-sale Friday 1/17 @ 12 PM PST)
4/18-Coachella Music Festival-Indio,CA
4/21-Fillmore-Denver, CO
4/23-Aragon-Chicago, IL
4/25-Kool Haus-Toronto, ONT
4/26-Metropolis-Montreal, QUE
4/28-House of Blues-Boston, MA
4/30-Terminal 5-NYC

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