Q&As

February 14 2013

MODEL SPOTLIGHT: MEGHAN COLLISON
How were you discovered?
When I was 18, in a mall in Edmonton, Alberta (where I’m from) by my mother agency Mode Models. 
Your vice is _____
Chocolate Chip Cookies. 
If you could trade closets with someone, who would you choose?
Jane Birkin 
What’s your fashion week fuel?
Starbucks Vanilla Lattes
Tell us about your daily makeup routine.
MAC Studio Fix Powder, Chanel Mascara, Clear eyebrow gel from MAC to brush up my brows. It’s a nice, clean and simple look.
Describe your style in 3 words _____, _____, _____. 
Laid-back. Thrifty. Simple
What’s currently playing on your iphone/ipod?
Josh Ritter, Matthew Good and The Tragically Hip
Your favorite model of all time is _____. 
Actually an Actress, Barbara Steele
What’s NY’s best kept secret?
Northeast Kingdom in Bushwick, Brooklyn 
When fashion week is over the first thing you will do is ______. 
Going back home to Canada! I’m so excited it’s for a wedding!
You never leave the house without _____
My favorite ring. It’s an awful looking thing from the 80s. It’s a big, silver and chunky. It’s one of those pieces, where I know when I’ve forgotten to put it on and will make my boyfriend run back into the house to get it for me.      

MODEL SPOTLIGHT: MEGHAN COLLISON

How were you discovered?

When I was 18, in a mall in Edmonton, Alberta (where I’m from) by my mother agency Mode Models.

Your vice is _____

Chocolate Chip Cookies.

If you could trade closets with someone, who would you choose?

Jane Birkin

What’s your fashion week fuel?

Starbucks Vanilla Lattes

Tell us about your daily makeup routine.

MAC Studio Fix Powder, Chanel Mascara, Clear eyebrow gel from MAC to brush up my brows. It’s a nice, clean and simple look.

Describe your style in 3 words _____, _____, _____.

Laid-back. Thrifty. Simple

What’s currently playing on your iphone/ipod?

Josh Ritter, Matthew Good and The Tragically Hip

Your favorite model of all time is _____.

Actually an Actress, Barbara Steele

What’s NY’s best kept secret?

Northeast Kingdom in Bushwick, Brooklyn

When fashion week is over the first thing you will do is ______. 

Going back home to Canada! I’m so excited it’s for a wedding!

You never leave the house without _____

My favorite ring. It’s an awful looking thing from the 80s. It’s a big, silver and chunky. It’s one of those pieces, where I know when I’ve forgotten to put it on and will make my boyfriend run back into the house to get it for me.      

February 14 2013

MODEL SPOTLIGHT: KEL MARKEY
How were you discovered?
Wasn’t! I did it myself. 
What item from the Helmut Lang Fall 2013 Collection would you like to wear off the runway now?
It’s hard to pick just one, but I love the COOL slouchy trousers! They look great with the pony hair tops. 
Your vice is _____
Frozen desserts. 
If you could trade closets with someone, who would you choose?
It would probably be with a boy…
What’s your fashion week fuel?
My darling boyfriend.
Tell us about your daily beauty routine.
Moisturizer! Sometimes it’s tinted. 
Describe your style in 3 words _____, _____, _____. 
Relaxed. 90’s. Dark Colors. 
What’s currently playing on your iphone/ipod?
Ben Howard
What’s NY’s best kept secret?
South Brooklyn! (Specifically my neighborhood and around Cobble Hill)
Reading any books you can’t put down?
Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger 
You never leave the house without _____
Chapstick.   

MODEL SPOTLIGHT: KEL MARKEY

How were you discovered?

Wasn’t! I did it myself.

What item from the Helmut Lang Fall 2013 Collection would you like to wear off the runway now?

It’s hard to pick just one, but I love the COOL slouchy trousers! They look great with the pony hair tops. 

Your vice is _____

Frozen desserts.

If you could trade closets with someone, who would you choose?

It would probably be with a boy…

What’s your fashion week fuel?

My darling boyfriend.

Tell us about your daily beauty routine.

Moisturizer! Sometimes it’s tinted.

Describe your style in 3 words _____, _____, _____.

Relaxed. 90’s. Dark Colors.

What’s currently playing on your iphone/ipod?

Ben Howard

What’s NY’s best kept secret?

South Brooklyn! (Specifically my neighborhood and around Cobble Hill)

Reading any books you can’t put down?

Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger

You never leave the house without _____

Chapstick.   

February 14 2013

MODEL SPOTLIGHT: NATASHA REMARCHUK
How were you discovered?
A model scout found me in Minsk, Belarus. 
What item from the Helmut Lang Fall 2013 Collection would you like to wear off the runway now?
All the Jackets.
Your vice is _____
Sweets and chocolate.
If you could trade closets with someone, who would you choose?
Marc Jacobs
What’s your fashion week fuel?
Healthy foods and coffee, coffee, coffee!
Tell us about your daily beauty routine.
Sleep. I try to get as much sleep in as I can, but usually only get 5-6 hours
Describe your style in 3 words _____, _____, _____. 
Simple. Comfortable. Black. 
What’s currently playing on your iphone/ipod?
30 Seconds to Mars 
Your favorite model of all time is _____. 
Linda Evangelista
What’s NY’s best kept secret?
The Model Lounge
When fashion week is over the first thing you will do is ______. 
To go home to Minsk.
Reading any books you can’t put down?
A Russian book I don’t know how to translate….
You never leave the house without _____
My phone.    

MODEL SPOTLIGHT: NATASHA REMARCHUK

How were you discovered?

A model scout found me in Minsk, Belarus.

What item from the Helmut Lang Fall 2013 Collection would you like to wear off the runway now?

All the Jackets.

Your vice is _____

Sweets and chocolate.

If you could trade closets with someone, who would you choose?

Marc Jacobs

What’s your fashion week fuel?

Healthy foods and coffee, coffee, coffee!

Tell us about your daily beauty routine.

Sleep. I try to get as much sleep in as I can, but usually only get 5-6 hours

Describe your style in 3 words _____, _____, _____.

Simple. Comfortable. Black.

What’s currently playing on your iphone/ipod?

30 Seconds to Mars

Your favorite model of all time is _____.

Linda Evangelista

What’s NY’s best kept secret?

The Model Lounge

When fashion week is over the first thing you will do is ______. 

To go home to Minsk.

Reading any books you can’t put down?

A Russian book I don’t know how to translate….

You never leave the house without _____

My phone.    

February 14 2013

MODEL SPOTLIGHT: KATE BOGUCHARSKAIA
How were you discovered?
I’m from a little village in Russia called Samara. A model scout found me 9 months ago in Moscow at a bus station. 
Your vice is _____
Cigarettes and coffee in the morning before breakfast. It reminds me of Milan. 
What’s your fashion week fuel?
Vitamin C. 
Tell us about your daily beauty routine.
Shower and Avène cream. 
Describe your style. 
Foxy Lady. 
What’s currently playing on your iphone/ipod?
Incubus – Promises. 
Your favorite model of all time is _____. 
I don’t have a favorite, but I like Kate Moss. 
When fashion week is over the first thing you will do is ______. 
Sleep and see my mother, who I haven’t seen in 7 months. 
Reading any books you can’t put down?
Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts 
You never leave the house without _____
My phone.  

MODEL SPOTLIGHT: KATE BOGUCHARSKAIA

How were you discovered?

I’m from a little village in Russia called Samara. A model scout found me 9 months ago in Moscow at a bus station.

Your vice is _____

Cigarettes and coffee in the morning before breakfast. It reminds me of Milan.

What’s your fashion week fuel?

Vitamin C.

Tell us about your daily beauty routine.

Shower and Avène cream.

Describe your style.

Foxy Lady.

What’s currently playing on your iphone/ipod?

Incubus – Promises.

Your favorite model of all time is _____.

I don’t have a favorite, but I like Kate Moss.

When fashion week is over the first thing you will do is ______. 

Sleep and see my mother, who I haven’t seen in 7 months.

Reading any books you can’t put down?

Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts

You never leave the house without _____

My phone.  

November 09 2012

GREY AREA FOR HELMUT LANG: ENGINE BLOCKS BY SHELTER SERRA

For this series, New York based artist Shelter Serra cast vintage engines that have come to define the American car culture of the late 1960’s and 1970’s. Five unique car engines were used to create 17 custom sculptures for Helmut Lang. Engine Blocks will be displayed in our stores from November 7– January 7, 2013.

Shelter, who is the nephew of American sculptor Richard Serra, is well known for his cast-silicone sculptures of Fake Roley Bracelets, Birkin bags, and Beer Cans. He explores a sculptural practice of casting everyday objects in unique materials to replicate archetypes of our culture.

Q&A WITH ARTIST, SHELTER SERRA

What model engines are these casts from? 

Among the five car engines are the 351 Windsor V8 from the 1969 Ford Mustang, a 426 Chrysler Hemi Long Block, and a few Chevy 454 “Tall Decks.” The engine blocks have been reduced to a solitary form, cast with injected foam that has been uniquely dyed in a variety of colors.

What is the process and material?

The foam injection process is an extension of conventional injection molding. First, an inert gas is introduced to a liquid polymer. Then, the high density polyurethane foam is used to fill an empty mold creating a solid object. It is a very similar material and process akin to the fabrication of car interiors and machine prototypes.

What is the inspiration for the work?

This project developed from a sculptural practice of casting everyday objects in unique materials and replicating archetypes of our culture. Through altering the materiality and context of the engine blocks, aspects of our everyday environment are reexamined. 

ABOUT THE ARTIST

California native and New York-based artist, Shelter Serra transforms his ideas into a wide range of media from drawing and print to sculpture and video. Born in 1972, Serra studied studio art at the University of California at Santa Cruz and received a Master of Fine Art from the Rhode Island School of Design. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at galleries including Cystem Gallery (Tokyo), Space 1026 (Philadelphia), Perry Rubenstein Gallery (New York), and Renwick Gallery (New York). 

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PHOTOGRAPHY BY CONNIE ZHOU

September 27 2012

GUEST BLOGGER SERIES Q&A: PIPPA LORD OF SOUS STYLE
Tell me about the Fall 12 Helmut Lang / HELMUT “daily uniform” essentials you selected. 
My favorite things are a black blazer, black stretch pants (it feels like I’m at the gym but way chicer and the best ‘go to item) and white T’s. All of which HL does perfectly.
What’s your favorite JAM to cook too? 
Frank Ocean - he is one sexy and talented man.
In the kitchen you swear by ____.
GOOGLE.COM
If you could cook for anyone, who would it be and why? 
I wouldn’t cook - I’d mix up a few awesome cocktails and small bites for ‘the women’ - Hillary, Oprah, Tina and Arianna Huffington. I’m sure after the first cocktail world peace would be sorted. I need to send them an invite via paperless post or something….
Tell us about your “ah-ha” moment that made you start Sous Style. 
My ‘ah-ha’ came from an ‘oh no.’ I started Sous Style because for years I hated food, my bedroom and I wanted to live in a villa in Tuscany. I made friends with these two sides of my life, food and home and fell in love with the idea of homemaking. Furthermore, I realized no one was talking to my generation of homemakers. I’m all about living a fashionably imperfect life full of sexy things in food, home and lifestyle. Hey, why not live your ‘best life ever’ now?
Best meal you’ve ever had was at ___.
I love it at Playa De Los Aristas that is located in the surf village of Montezuma in Costa Rica. It’s a super low key but elegant dining experience right on the beach. 
What is NY’s best kept secret? 
Her name is Elva. She is a fabulous soulful Russian woman who does the best ‘cheap and shriek’ wax ever while counseling clients on life’s ‘big questions.’
Your motto is ____.
I have a different motto for most days of the week but today it is ‘what would madonna do?’ 
Favorite site for discovering new recipes? 
sousstyle.com
Favorite coffee table book you own is _____.
Bob Richardson, House and Garden Almanac 1973 and Derek Blasberg’s Classy to keep me in check. 
Your vice is ______
Paula Deen on YouTube
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GUEST BLOGGER SERIES Q&A: PIPPA LORD OF SOUS STYLE

Tell me about the Fall 12 Helmut Lang / HELMUT “daily uniform” essentials you selected. 

My favorite things are a black blazer, black stretch pants (it feels like I’m at the gym but way chicer and the best ‘go to item) and white T’s. All of which HL does perfectly.

What’s your favorite JAM to cook too?

Frank Ocean - he is one sexy and talented man.

In the kitchen you swear by ____.

GOOGLE.COM

If you could cook for anyone, who would it be and why?

I wouldn’t cook - I’d mix up a few awesome cocktails and small bites for ‘the women’ - Hillary, Oprah, Tina and Arianna Huffington. I’m sure after the first cocktail world peace would be sorted. I need to send them an invite via paperless post or something….

Tell us about your “ah-ha” moment that made you start Sous Style.

My ‘ah-ha’ came from an ‘oh no.’ I started Sous Style because for years I hated food, my bedroom and I wanted to live in a villa in Tuscany. I made friends with these two sides of my life, food and home and fell in love with the idea of homemaking. Furthermore, I realized no one was talking to my generation of homemakers. I’m all about living a fashionably imperfect life full of sexy things in food, home and lifestyle. Hey, why not live your ‘best life ever’ now?

Best meal you’ve ever had was at ___.

I love it at Playa De Los Aristas that is located in the surf village of Montezuma in Costa Rica. It’s a super low key but elegant dining experience right on the beach. 

What is NY’s best kept secret?

Her name is Elva. She is a fabulous soulful Russian woman who does the best ‘cheap and shriek’ wax ever while counseling clients on life’s ‘big questions.’

Your motto is ____.

I have a different motto for most days of the week but today it is ‘what would madonna do?’ 

Favorite site for discovering new recipes?

sousstyle.com

Favorite coffee table book you own is _____.

Bob Richardson, House and Garden Almanac 1973 and Derek Blasberg’s Classy to keep me in check. 

Your vice is ______

Paula Deen on YouTube

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September 20 2012

GUEST BLOGGER SERIES Q&A: JAYNE MIN OF STOP IT RIGHT NOW
Tell me about the Fall 12 Helmut Lang / HELMUT essentials you selected.
Comfort is key! I love slouchy comfy things I could essentially sleep in. Structured minimal jackets are always a nice, modern wardrobe staple. And Helmut Lang leather leggings are a fashion girl must have no?
What’s your Jam of the moment?
364 Days by Murder City Devils
Your all time favorite cult-film is ____
Pump Up The Volume.
What’s the last great art show you’ve seen? 
I enjoyed the Anton Corbijn photo exhibit at Fotografiska in Stockholm.
Best meal you’ve ever had was at _____
There’s a chicken dish at Bar Marmont that makes my cholesterol cry and my heart sing. 
What’s currently trending in your wardrobe? 
Black, always black.
Who/ What are your main sources of style inspiration?
Regular people. The way businessmen and grandparents and kids wear everyday clothes.
What’s NY’s best kept secret? 
They’re all secrets to this Cali girl!
Reading any books you can’t put down?
Ashamedly, most of my reading is online these days. I’ve always been a read-a-good-book-in-one-sitting kind of girl, so lately when I have small windows of time I keep it light with whatever short online article is available. I’d love to have some time to just chill and read a book. What is downtime?? (nonexistent)
Tell us about your “ah-ha” moment that made you start blogging.
Mine was more of a heh? moment when I started blogging. The “ah-ha” didn’t come til later when I finally figured out what I was doing. I just haphazardly started, not really knowing much, and eventually realized I wanted to be different and offer something other than what was already out there. I wasn’t seeing a whole lot of variety at the time.
We can’t get enough of Instagram. What’s your favorite filter? 
Mostly Valencia, the occasional Amaro, and when I’m feeling especially broody, X-Pro.
Favorite coffee table book you own is _____
The Skatebook series 
Top 3 Favorite personalities you follow on Twitter are….
@kellyoxford, @whitelightning, and @cultistzine
You never leave the house without _____
Chapstick!
Any new digital discoveries?
I really can’t afford to take on any more digital platforms. The analog 90s me has been maxed out.
Your vice is ______
eBay :)
What’s your current social media addiction and why?
Instagram is taking over my digital presence. It’s the easiest, quickest, most painless posting method. I try to keep my blog, tumblr, twitter, and Instagram all different. It’s a challenge, but I personally am not a fan of people’s various feeds being all the same content repeated. It’s like what’s the point? Why not do just one then? I think in the long run people appreciate getting glimpses of different things.
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Tell me about the Fall 12 Helmut Lang / HELMUT essentials you selected.

Comfort is key! I love slouchy comfy things I could essentially sleep in. Structured minimal jackets are always a nice, modern wardrobe staple. And Helmut Lang leather leggings are a fashion girl must have no?

What’s your Jam of the moment?

364 Days by Murder City Devils

Your all time favorite cult-film is ____

Pump Up The Volume.

What’s the last great art show you’ve seen? 

I enjoyed the Anton Corbijn photo exhibit at Fotografiska in Stockholm.

Best meal you’ve ever had was at _____

There’s a chicken dish at Bar Marmont that makes my cholesterol cry and my heart sing. 

What’s currently trending in your wardrobe? 

Black, always black.

Who/ What are your main sources of style inspiration?

Regular people. The way businessmen and grandparents and kids wear everyday clothes.

What’s NY’s best kept secret? 

They’re all secrets to this Cali girl!

Reading any books you can’t put down?

Ashamedly, most of my reading is online these days. I’ve always been a read-a-good-book-in-one-sitting kind of girl, so lately when I have small windows of time I keep it light with whatever short online article is available. I’d love to have some time to just chill and read a book. What is downtime?? (nonexistent)

Tell us about your “ah-ha” moment that made you start blogging.

Mine was more of a heh? moment when I started blogging. The “ah-ha” didn’t come til later when I finally figured out what I was doing. I just haphazardly started, not really knowing much, and eventually realized I wanted to be different and offer something other than what was already out there. I wasn’t seeing a whole lot of variety at the time.

We can’t get enough of Instagram. What’s your favorite filter?

Mostly Valencia, the occasional Amaro, and when I’m feeling especially broody, X-Pro.

Favorite coffee table book you own is _____

The Skatebook series 

Top 3 Favorite personalities you follow on Twitter are….

@kellyoxford, @whitelightning, and @cultistzine

You never leave the house without _____

Chapstick!

Any new digital discoveries?

I really can’t afford to take on any more digital platforms. The analog 90s me has been maxed out.

Your vice is ______

eBay :)

What’s your current social media addiction and why?

Instagram is taking over my digital presence. It’s the easiest, quickest, most painless posting method. I try to keep my blog, tumblr, twitter, and Instagram all different. It’s a challenge, but I personally am not a fan of people’s various feeds being all the same content repeated. It’s like what’s the point? Why not do just one then? I think in the long run people appreciate getting glimpses of different things.

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September 14 2012

GUEST BLOGGER SERIES Q&A: CHRIS CANTALINI OF GORILLA VS. BEAR FEATURING LEAD SINGER, DEE DEE OF DUM DUM GIRLS
Dee Dee - Tell us about the Fall 12 Helmut Lang / HELMUT essentials you selected.
It is very easy for me to wear Helmut Lang considering the color palette, loose but structured cuts, and gorgeous textures. Simple, sharp and lots of black. I’d never seen anything like these Midnight Floral boots, an almost tie-died marble leather. I am a total sucker for ankle boots, and the red popped in contrast with everything else. The Burnished Suede Tall Boots looked like a challenge as well as a statement. You don’t even need to wear anything else of note. A white tee shirt and necklace with black skintight boots up to your mid-thighs? Perfect. I loved the shoulder structure and leather detailing on the Wool Viscose Blazer. It added an instant polish to an otherwise very underwhelming pairing of a few basics of my own. The striking marbled leather Drift Print Belt  was a way to break up an all-black ensemble, this worked very well. I plan on incorporating this into my stage wear. The Lush Voile top, is my ideal top - tight but comfortable sleeves and a flattering loose bodice. The cropped front hem works well with all the high-waisted shorts and pants to which I’m loyal. Of course my cat ruined it during the shoot, but now the blouse and that day will forever be fused in memory.
Chris - What made you select lead singer, Dee Dee from Dum Dum Girls as your musical muse for this project?
I’ve been a huge fan of Dum Dum Girls for almost 4 years now — back then it was Dee Dee’s solo project — and I’ve really enjoyed seeing her sound evolve. The band played our SXSW showcase a couple of years ago, and I was blown away by their live show. Their last full-length “Only in Dreams” was one of the best records of 2011, and based on what I’ve heard so far, their new “End of Daze” EP could be her prettiest work yet. Dee Dee also has a very distinctive, uncompromising personal style that seems sort of effortless, and that made her a natural choice. And I had a feeling she’d be a fan of Helmut Lang’s Fall ‘12 line (I was right, she even has a cat named Helmut).
Chris- What’s your Jam of the moment?
So many jams at the moment, there’s no way I could name just one. Let’s go with Ariel Pink’s “Mature Themes,” Usher’s “Climax” (jam of the year), Moons’ “Bloody Mouth,” Laurel Halo’s “Thaw,” Kendrick Lamar’s “Swimming Pools,” White Denim’s “Darlene,” Mac Demarco’s “My Kind of Woman,” Dean Blunt & Inga Copeland’s “The Narcissist,” and all of Jessie Ware’s “Devotion” and Chromatics’ “Kill For Love” LPs.
Chris -  Your all time favorite cult-film is ____
I’m not even sure what still qualifies as a cult film in 2012. Maybe “City of God,” which I think was considered “cult” for a while there. It remains one of my favorite films ever. Or if we’re talking true cult films, in that no one ever saw them: there’s an insane Swedish exploitation film from the ’70s I found out about last year called “Thriller: A Cruel Picture,” that was allegedly one of Tarantino’s inspirations for “Kill Bill.” I also feel like the John C. Reilly comedy “The Promotion” was pretty underrated. If Harmony Korine’s next film “Spring Breakers” ends up being as ridiculous as it looks, that could be a contender too.
Chris - Tell us about your “ah-ha” moment that made you start blogging.
I can’t recall a specific revelatory “ah-ha” moment, as I wasn’t really that aware of music blogging as a platform or movement when I started Gorilla vs. Bear in early 2005. It was more of a gradual inclination  to archive things — in this case, all of the brilliant, under-appreciated music that was coming out at the time — and to share with friends that were getting too busy to do the digging themselves anymore.
Chris - What new indie act should we have on our radar?
There’s a really good new band from Toronto called Diana. I think they only have two songs on their Soundcloud at this point, but I was lucky enough to get a copy of their excellent debut album, and I have a feeling people are going to love it. Also: Ryan Hemsworth, Laurel Halo, Fear of Men, Disclosure, Jessie Ware.
Chris- What music festival(s) are you most looking forward/ have been to this year?
We just held our own little mini-fest here in Dallas called GvsB II, and while I’m obviously biased, it was unreal. Chromatics put on the best show I’ve seen all year. Also, although it’s not technically a summer fest, I’m always psyched about Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest. It's probably my favorite festival, and this year's lineup is inspired as always.
Chris - The anthem this Fall is _____
Most likely something from Holy Other’s new album “Held” or the xx’s “Coexist.”
Chris - Are you on Spotify and/ or Soundcloud? Who are your favorite people to follow?
I love Spotify and Soundcloud, both play an integral part in my search for new music for the blog and for my SiriusXM radio show. My favorite people to follow on Soundcloud include Johnny Jewel (of Glass Candy/Chromatics), Nicolas Jaar, and an endless list of great labels.
Chris - As a blogger constantly traveling for shows, what’s the coolest destination you’ve been to?
We’ve been invited to festivals in Norway, Belgium, and Montreal in the past year or so (all very cool), but the coolest place to me is Big Sur. The Henry Miller Library is in the middle of a redwood forest,  easily my favorite place in the world to see a show.
Chris - We can’t get enough of Instagram. What’s your favorite filter?
Big fan of Walden for its washed-out effect and Rise for its warm/faded vibes, but I think I have to go with #nofilter.
Chris - Top 3 Favorite personalities you follow on Twitter are….
Jose Canseco, Grimes, and NBA player Marquise Daniels.
Chris - You never leave the house without _____
My iPhone, and lately, my 1-year-old daughter.
Chris -  Any new digital discoveries?
Not exactly new, but I’ve been using Spotify and Instagram daily for the past year or so, just like everyone else. Also the Yo Gabba Gabba iPhone app.
Chris - Your vices are ______
Buying vinyl records. Good 2 Go Taco here in Dallas. Bourbon
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GUEST BLOGGER SERIES Q&A: CHRIS CANTALINI OF GORILLA VS. BEAR FEATURING LEAD SINGER, DEE DEE OF DUM DUM GIRLS

Dee Dee - Tell us about the Fall 12 Helmut Lang / HELMUT essentials you selected.

It is very easy for me to wear Helmut Lang considering the color palette, loose but structured cuts, and gorgeous textures. Simple, sharp and lots of black. I’d never seen anything like these Midnight Floral boots, an almost tie-died marble leather. I am a total sucker for ankle boots, and the red popped in contrast with everything else. The Burnished Suede Tall Boots looked like a challenge as well as a statement. You don’t even need to wear anything else of note. A white tee shirt and necklace with black skintight boots up to your mid-thighs? Perfect. I loved the shoulder structure and leather detailing on the Wool Viscose Blazer. It added an instant polish to an otherwise very underwhelming pairing of a few basics of my own. The striking marbled leather Drift Print Belt  was a way to break up an all-black ensemble, this worked very well. I plan on incorporating this into my stage wear. The Lush Voile top, is my ideal top - tight but comfortable sleeves and a flattering loose bodice. The cropped front hem works well with all the high-waisted shorts and pants to which I’m loyal. Of course my cat ruined it during the shoot, but now the blouse and that day will forever be fused in memory.

Chris - What made you select lead singer, Dee Dee from Dum Dum Girls as your musical muse for this project?

I’ve been a huge fan of Dum Dum Girls for almost 4 years now — back then it was Dee Dee’s solo project — and I’ve really enjoyed seeing her sound evolve. The band played our SXSW showcase a couple of years ago, and I was blown away by their live show. Their last full-length “Only in Dreams” was one of the best records of 2011, and based on what I’ve heard so far, their new “End of Daze” EP could be her prettiest work yet. Dee Dee also has a very distinctive, uncompromising personal style that seems sort of effortless, and that made her a natural choice. And I had a feeling she’d be a fan of Helmut Lang’s Fall ‘12 line (I was right, she even has a cat named Helmut).

Chris- What’s your Jam of the moment?

So many jams at the moment, there’s no way I could name just one. Let’s go with Ariel Pink’s “Mature Themes,” Usher’s “Climax” (jam of the year), Moons’ “Bloody Mouth,” Laurel Halo’s “Thaw,” Kendrick Lamar’s “Swimming Pools,” White Denim’s “Darlene,” Mac Demarco’s “My Kind of Woman,” Dean Blunt & Inga Copeland’s “The Narcissist,” and all of Jessie Ware’s “Devotion” and Chromatics’ “Kill For Love” LPs.

Chris -  Your all time favorite cult-film is ____

I’m not even sure what still qualifies as a cult film in 2012. Maybe “City of God,” which I think was considered “cult” for a while there. It remains one of my favorite films ever. Or if we’re talking true cult films, in that no one ever saw them: there’s an insane Swedish exploitation film from the ’70s I found out about last year called “Thriller: A Cruel Picture,” that was allegedly one of Tarantino’s inspirations for “Kill Bill.” I also feel like the John C. Reilly comedy “The Promotion” was pretty underrated. If Harmony Korine’s next film “Spring Breakers” ends up being as ridiculous as it looks, that could be a contender too.

Chris - Tell us about your “ah-ha” moment that made you start blogging.

I can’t recall a specific revelatory “ah-ha” moment, as I wasn’t really that aware of music blogging as a platform or movement when I started Gorilla vs. Bear in early 2005. It was more of a gradual inclination  to archive things — in this case, all of the brilliant, under-appreciated music that was coming out at the time — and to share with friends that were getting too busy to do the digging themselves anymore.

Chris - What new indie act should we have on our radar?

There’s a really good new band from Toronto called Diana. I think they only have two songs on their Soundcloud at this point, but I was lucky enough to get a copy of their excellent debut album, and I have a feeling people are going to love it. Also: Ryan Hemsworth, Laurel Halo, Fear of Men, Disclosure, Jessie Ware.

Chris- What music festival(s) are you most looking forward/ have been to this year?

We just held our own little mini-fest here in Dallas called GvsB II, and while I’m obviously biased, it was unreal. Chromatics put on the best show I’ve seen all year. Also, although it’s not technically a summer fest, I’m always psyched about Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest. It's probably my favorite festival, and this year's lineup is inspired as always.

Chris - The anthem this Fall is _____

Most likely something from Holy Other’s new album “Held” or the xx’s “Coexist.”

Chris - Are you on Spotify and/ or Soundcloud? Who are your favorite people to follow?

I love Spotify and Soundcloud, both play an integral part in my search for new music for the blog and for my SiriusXM radio show. My favorite people to follow on Soundcloud include Johnny Jewel (of Glass Candy/Chromatics), Nicolas Jaar, and an endless list of great labels.

Chris - As a blogger constantly traveling for shows, what’s the coolest destination you’ve been to?

We’ve been invited to festivals in Norway, Belgium, and Montreal in the past year or so (all very cool), but the coolest place to me is Big Sur. The Henry Miller Library is in the middle of a redwood forest,  easily my favorite place in the world to see a show.

Chris - We can’t get enough of Instagram. What’s your favorite filter?

Big fan of Walden for its washed-out effect and Rise for its warm/faded vibes, but I think I have to go with #nofilter.

Chris - Top 3 Favorite personalities you follow on Twitter are….

Jose Canseco, Grimes, and NBA player Marquise Daniels.

Chris - You never leave the house without _____

My iPhone, and lately, my 1-year-old daughter.

Chris -  Any new digital discoveries?

Not exactly new, but I’ve been using Spotify and Instagram daily for the past year or so, just like everyone else. Also the Yo Gabba Gabba iPhone app.

Chris - Your vices are ______

Buying vinyl records. Good 2 Go Taco here in Dallas. Bourbon

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August 30 2012

GUEST BLOGGER SERIES Q&A: COLUMBINE SMILLE
Tell me about the Fall 12 Helmut Lang / HELMUT essentials you selected.
I choose the Voltage Rib Tee and Kinetic Jersey Skirt, because you always need great basics that fit and go with everything. The Drift Print Dress is definitely a more versatile piece than you might think. Just throw on some fabulous sunnies, your favorite accessories and you have the perfect look for a Fall getaway! 
Best meal you’ve ever had was at _____
El Chico Perro in Bilbao. I love that restaurant!
What’s currently trending in your wardrobe?
Comfortable jersey pieces, boxy jackets and baggy pants.
Who / What are your main sources of style inspiration?
My grandma has always had a strong impact on me. She’s the kind of lady that walks around the house wearing leopard printed blouses, caftans and golden heels. Other than that, I’m  inspired by strong women who have the ability to transform their visions into reality and possess that sort of confidence that shines through and creates an aura around them.
What music festival / concert are you most looking forward to?
I’m really looking forward to Way out West and seeing Florence and the Machine, Hot Chip and Bon Iver.
Reading any books you can’t put down?
Joan Didions “Blue Nights” has put a spell on me.
Tell us about your “ah-ha” moment that made you start blogging.
I actually started out blogging with a close friend of mine. As we looked at other blogs and had a big interest in fashion and style we felt that we could add something new to the fashion blog community, something, I don’t know, a bit more personal in terms of style. People in Sweden tend to want to look the same and are a bit afraid of standing out. I felt it was important to bring the catwalk trends into real life in a sort of unpredictable way. I really wanted to spice things up a bit and make people think about how to wear pieces in new ways but still keep it wearable. Back then it was just for fun, I’d never imagined that the blog would grow this big and get this kind of international interest that it has today. 
What’s your current social media addiction?  
Definitely Instagram! You can follow me @columbinesmille
Favorite coffee table book you own is _____
Mario Testino’s “Let Me In,” “Henri Matisse” and “Gypset Style” by Assouline books.  Also, the Yves Saint Laurent book.
You never leave the house without _____
My watch, multiple bracelets and necklaces from Stéphanie Radenac and Maria Nildotter. I can’t live without accessories!
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GUEST BLOGGER SERIES Q&A: COLUMBINE SMILLE

Tell me about the Fall 12 Helmut Lang / HELMUT essentials you selected.

I choose the Voltage Rib Tee and Kinetic Jersey Skirt, because you always need great basics that fit and go with everything. The Drift Print Dress is definitely a more versatile piece than you might think. Just throw on some fabulous sunnies, your favorite accessories and you have the perfect look for a Fall getaway! 

Best meal you’ve ever had was at _____

El Chico Perro in Bilbao. I love that restaurant!

What’s currently trending in your wardrobe?

Comfortable jersey pieces, boxy jackets and baggy pants.

Who / What are your main sources of style inspiration?

My grandma has always had a strong impact on me. She’s the kind of lady that walks around the house wearing leopard printed blouses, caftans and golden heels. Other than that, I’m  inspired by strong women who have the ability to transform their visions into reality and possess that sort of confidence that shines through and creates an aura around them.

What music festival / concert are you most looking forward to?

I’m really looking forward to Way out West and seeing Florence and the Machine, Hot Chip and Bon Iver.

Reading any books you can’t put down?

Joan Didions “Blue Nights” has put a spell on me.

Tell us about your “ah-ha” moment that made you start blogging.

I actually started out blogging with a close friend of mine. As we looked at other blogs and had a big interest in fashion and style we felt that we could add something new to the fashion blog community, something, I don’t know, a bit more personal in terms of style. People in Sweden tend to want to look the same and are a bit afraid of standing out. I felt it was important to bring the catwalk trends into real life in a sort of unpredictable way. I really wanted to spice things up a bit and make people think about how to wear pieces in new ways but still keep it wearable. Back then it was just for fun, I’d never imagined that the blog would grow this big and get this kind of international interest that it has today. 

What’s your current social media addiction?  

Definitely Instagram! You can follow me @columbinesmille

Favorite coffee table book you own is _____

Mario Testino’s “Let Me In,” “Henri Matisse” and “Gypset Style” by Assouline books.  Also, the Yves Saint Laurent book.

You never leave the house without _____

My watch, multiple bracelets and necklaces from Stéphanie Radenac and Maria Nildotter. I can’t live without accessories!

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August 22 2012

GUEST BLOGGER SERIES Q&A: SUSIE LAU OF STYLE BUBBLE
Tell me about the Fall 12 Helmut Lang / HELMUT essentials you selected.  
The outerwear that I chose conveys the overriding protective theme of the season - the big hooded puffa and the oversized fur collar on the leather jacket are all good for pulling up to your face to protect you from the elements.  Then I chose some of the printed fluid pieces such as the jersey skirt and the printed chiffon dress which are always such a feature in Helmut Lang.
What’s your Jam of the moment? 
Bloc Party’s new track Octopus
Your all time favorite cult-film is ____
Todd Solondz’s Welcome to the Dollhouse 
What’s the last great art show you’ve seen? 
The Gabriel Kuri exhibition at the Kurimanzutto gallery in Mexico City
Best meal you’ve ever had was at ____
An amazing seafood feast in Hong Kong’s Saigon area.  
What’s currently trending in your wardrobe? 
William Morris type florals.  
Who/ What are your main sources of style inspiration?
Whatever I see/looking at - films, books, art, weather, magazines, people… anything really.  
What music festival/ concert are you most looking forward to this summer? 
Port Eliot.  It’s not strictly a proper music festival but I love the blend of literature, comedy, fashion, music and art.  
What is NY’s best kept secret?
Not really a secret but Fox & Fawn vintage in Greenpoint is great.  
Reading any books you can’t put down? 
Re-reading Lucy Siegle’s “To Die For”
Tell us about your “ah-ha” moment that made you start blogging.
There as no “ah-ha” moment. It was more like “Ahhhhh…. I’m bored.  I know!  I’ll start a blog to kill time!”
We can’t get enough of Instagram. What’s your favorite filter?
I only just got on to Instagram (I’m an ANDROID user!)
Favorite coffee table book you own is ____
Diana Vreeland’s “The Eye Has to Travel”
Have any summer getaways planned?
Not yet… might be heading out to Hong Kong for a few days.  
Top 3 Favorite personalities you follow on Twitter are ____
Alex Fury, Giles Coren and Issac Lock.  
You never leave the house without ____
My camera.  
Any new digital discoveries?  
http://ilikethisart.net - not exactly underground but it’s such a good round-up of everything… 
Your vice is ____
McCoy’s crisps (what you guys call chips).  They’re quite calorific but I can literally go through mountains of them.  
What’s your current social media addiction and why?
I’m quite into Weibo (Chinese Twitter) - gives me a chance to brush up on my poor Chinese writing/reading skills.  
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GUEST BLOGGER SERIES Q&A: SUSIE LAU OF STYLE BUBBLE

Tell me about the Fall 12 Helmut Lang / HELMUT essentials you selected.  

The outerwear that I chose conveys the overriding protective theme of the season - the big hooded puffa and the oversized fur collar on the leather jacket are all good for pulling up to your face to protect you from the elements.  Then I chose some of the printed fluid pieces such as the jersey skirt and the printed chiffon dress which are always such a feature in Helmut Lang.

What’s your Jam of the moment?

Bloc Party’s new track Octopus

Your all time favorite cult-film is ____

Todd Solondz’s Welcome to the Dollhouse 

What’s the last great art show you’ve seen? 

The Gabriel Kuri exhibition at the Kurimanzutto gallery in Mexico City

Best meal you’ve ever had was at ____

An amazing seafood feast in Hong Kong’s Saigon area.  

What’s currently trending in your wardrobe? 

William Morris type florals.  

Who/ What are your main sources of style inspiration?

Whatever I see/looking at - films, books, art, weather, magazines, people… anything really.  

What music festival/ concert are you most looking forward to this summer? 

Port Eliot.  It’s not strictly a proper music festival but I love the blend of literature, comedy, fashion, music and art.  

What is NY’s best kept secret?

Not really a secret but Fox & Fawn vintage in Greenpoint is great.  

Reading any books you can’t put down?

Re-reading Lucy Siegle’s “To Die For”

Tell us about your “ah-ha” moment that made you start blogging.

There as no “ah-ha” moment. It was more like “Ahhhhh…. I’m bored.  I know!  I’ll start a blog to kill time!”

We can’t get enough of Instagram. What’s your favorite filter?

I only just got on to Instagram (I’m an ANDROID user!)

Favorite coffee table book you own is ____

Diana Vreeland’s “The Eye Has to Travel”

Have any summer getaways planned?

Not yet… might be heading out to Hong Kong for a few days.  

Top 3 Favorite personalities you follow on Twitter are ____

Alex Fury, Giles Coren and Issac Lock.  

You never leave the house without ____

My camera.  

Any new digital discoveries? 

http://ilikethisart.net - not exactly underground but it’s such a good round-up of everything… 

Your vice is ____

McCoy’s crisps (what you guys call chips).  They’re quite calorific but I can literally go through mountains of them.  

What’s your current social media addiction and why?

I’m quite into Weibo (Chinese Twitter) - gives me a chance to brush up on my poor Chinese writing/reading skills.  

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