You know when you're hanging out in your apartment and the place looks really nice and you're having a good 'messy' hair day and you're just generally feeling pretty into yourself--this is when you wish Todd Selby was there. Don't know what we're talking about? Well, set aside an hour and make yourself a hot cup of tea and check out the next best hipster documentarian out there. Selby, close as he may be with Mark the Cobrasnake, captures subjects from all walks of life, most of whom are poised in the comfort of their own homes. Author Tom Wolfe, publisher of Paper Magazine Kim Hastreiter, and designer Alexander Wang are all featured on Selby's site, their personal effects playing as great a role as do their portraits. What's more, at the end of each shoot you'll find a brief handwritten interview with the subjects.
Here's to the next evolution in online portraiture and the birth of the Coutorture lifestyle section where we can finally talk about something other than sequins (wink, wink). Namely, New York photographers and other well-dressed citizens.
Click the homemade hyper jpg below for some of our favorite Todd Selby shots and don't forget to check out the website proper, right here ladies and gents.
Last night over beer and wine (and, let's face it, a spirit or two) a friend of ours muttered something about canceling his cable to save money. After bowling over with laughter at the drama of it all he set us straight. You see, we don't have television so we didn't know that cable television can cost an innocent person an arm and a leg! Seriously, an arm and a leg! "Better hit the library" was what one of us dribbled out in response to this news.
Gourmet chocolate and buttery cookies with "G"s seem a funny thing to be launching now but the social set types lke Lee Radziwill, Beth Rudin DeWoody, Agnes Gund and Bettina Zilkha all showed up to pay homage to the dainty new collection of munchies.
We find this all a little charming and more than a bit curious as Gloria was known as the punk princess and "Princess TNT" in the 1980s with her lavish spending and nonstop social life. We hate to make a twilight of her youth joke but tea time does come just before dusk. Good thing she looks so fantastic yes?
Jean Paul Gaultier has designed the Evian Prêt-à-Porter Bottle and the Evian Haute Couture for the water powerhouse. Sadly it contains the same vaguely oily Evian water fashionistas have all come to know and love/loathe through countless Fashion Week sponsorships. Now if it were Tom Ford designing these bottles you just know it would be water from the aquifer beneath one of his exotic vacation homes. We can even imagine Karl Lagerfeld bottling the water from his new Vermont farmhouse. So until Gaultier steps it up and provides us water bottled at some special Gaultier safe house we are suggesting equally stylish bottles with better tasting designer water.
There is something magical about a full philharmonic experience complete with box seats, gloves and gown but those intimidated by the idea of classical music might require an easier more intimate introduction to live works. New York Philharmonic Ensembles are just the ticket for those hoping to preserve and praise a smidgen of Western Civilization's rich musical heritage without feeling like the doofus who doesn't know an arpeggio from an andante.
Their chamber concerts highlight each instrument, each note, and every nuance of a piece helping bring even the most timid closer to the music. Beginning in two weeks, every Sunday afternoon at the Merkin Concert Hall at the Kaufman Center the Philharmonic will present composers or performers at their most enjoyable and intimate best. Combine this experience with Lawrence Kramers's Why Classic Music Still Matters and you might just be on the road to keeping America a great cultural economy! Consider it your civic and cultural duty
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Johann Wilhelm HERTELConcerto a cinque in D major Margarita ZELENAIAAugust. Sunset Bloom (World Premiere) Osvaldo GOLIJOVLast Round Richard CARRICKDuo Flow Vladimir TSYPINThree Songs BRAHMSPiano Trio in C minor, Op. 101
Sunday, November 16, 2008
MARTINUThree Madrigals for violin and viola SMETANA String Quartet No. 1, From My Life JANÁCEKConcertino Paul MORAVECChamber Symphony
Sunday, January 25, 2009
SCHOENFIELDCafé Music D'INDY Clarinet Trio FAURÉ Piano Quartet No. 1
Sunday, February 15, 2009
ROSSINI Sonata No. 4 for Wind Quartet KRÁSA Passacaglia and Fugue ZEMLINSKY Clarinet Trio, Op. 3 DEVIENNE Duo for Flute and Viola KORNGOLD Piano Trio
Sunday, March 15, 2009
BEETHOVEN Serenade, Op. 8 BEETHOVEN Wind Quintet, H. 19 BEETHOVEN Piano Trio, Op. 71, No. 1, Ghost
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Roger KELLAWAYDance of the Ocean Breeze MENDELSSOHN String Quartet No. 2, Op. 13 ROSSINI Sonata a quattro No. 4 R. STRAUSSMetamorphosen (Chamber version)