Luka Sabbat and Noah Dillon Present Their Provocative Photo Collab, ‘Hot Mess’

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After posing for what must have been the thousandth photo in twenty minutes, Luka Sabbat looked restless. You could feel his frantic energy filling the lobby of Milk Studios Sunday afternoon, as he moved between a clothing rack, video installation, and navigating endless handshakes. He was presenting his first exhibition, Hot Mess, a collaborative effort with photographer Noah Dillon more than two years in the making. After years on the fashion scene, the 19 year-old model, influencer, and certified cool teen presented his first non-fashion related project—a series of photos documenting youth in LA, New York, Paris, and, somewhat randomly, Durango, Colorado.

Durango is Dillon’s hometown, where he lived up until 2015, when Sabbat discovered his work through Twitter. A couple of direct messages later and Dillon was on a flight to Los Angeles, where the two connected and began what eventually became Hot Mess. The series of photos, shot by Dillon and styled by Luka, explore aspects of global youth, using models so obscure that the duo professed they can no longer find them on social media.

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Alongside the photos were a number of poems by writer Curtis Eggleston, a childhood friend of Dillon’s. While studying in Sao Paulo, Dillon sent Eggleston the completed photos, and Eggleston crafted poems in response. The final product depicts the millennial generation honestly and brutally—girls with acid green hair in woozy states of bliss, blurry shots of “Jesus Saves” neon signs, and endless cigarettes.  Apart from the photos, all for sale, was a small clothing rack. The “merch,” as Sabbat reffered to it, included patched denim and tees emblazoned with “HOT MESS,” as well as some Vetements-esque sweats that were for sale “by appointment only.”

Sabbat and Dillon said they hoped to transition Hot Mess into a creative agency similar to DONDA, Kanye West’s creative imprint. If the exuberant crowd was any indication, they have a fair chance.

Diesel’s SS17 Campaign: ‘Make Love Not Walls’

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Diesel’s powerful spring ’17 campaign sends a much-needed message of hope, unity and acceptance amidst Trump’s deeply divisive administration. The clip and accompanying imagery, directed by iconic photographer David LaChapelle, features a gay wedding, diverse cameos and, naturally, a rainbow-colored tank.

Notably starring in Diesel’s latest is transgender model Laith Ashley, who appeared on Whoopi Goldberg’s reality show Strut, RuPaul’s Drag Race season 3 alumnus Raja and ballet dancer Sergei Polunin, among others.

“At Diesel, we have a strong position against hate and more than ever we want the world to know that,” said Nicola Formichetti, Diesel’s creative director. “Love and togetherness is crucial in creating a society we all want to live in, and the future we all deserve.”

Check out the full campaign, below.

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5 Movies We’re Looking Forward to in 2017

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2016 was rough, and 2017 is already seeming like a dark, daunting sequel. But there are several films coming out next year we’re excited about, not least of which are these five flicks we intend to see at their midnight premieres.

Snatched – May 12

What do you get when you combine comedy god Amy Schumer, legendary Goldie Hawn, and a South American island vacation gone horribly wrong? Snatched, which looks to be the raunchy irreverent followup to Trainwreck. 

The Circle – April 28

Beauty and the Beast isn’t Emma Watson’s only big film hitting theaters in the New Year – she’ll also star in The Circle, a creepy tech thriller that’s assembled an impressive cast including Tom Hanks and John Boyega. It might be time to start putting tape over our laptop cameras after watching this trailer.

The Book of Love – January 13

Maisie Williams stars as a homeless child alongside Jason Sudeikis, a suburban architect trying to help her out. We’re excited by the casting, which also includes a long-absent Jessica Biel, although we’re still trying to come to terms with Williams’ accent for the role. Is it Southern? Still British? We need answers.

Star Wars: Episode VIII – December 15

This is perhaps the movie we’re most itching to see next year – no word yet on any additional title, although it’s rumored Tom Hardy will join the cast as a Stormtrooper. And we know Carrie Fisher had already wrapped filming for her role as General Leia Organa.

Murder on the Orient Express – November 22

Ok, wow. Daisy Ridley. Johnny Depp. Kenneth Branagh as the calculating Hercule Poirot. Agatha Christie. We’ve just named the four people we’d like to be stranded on a desert island with, as well as the cast and minds behind next year’s film incarnation of one of our favorite murder mysteries of all time.

Exclusive: ‘A Monster Calls’ Star Lewis MacDougall on Tapping Into Emotion

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A Monster Calls is being widely touted as one of the great films of the year – a quite unexpectedly beautiful fantasy story that deals with grief and loss in a way few other films seem to be able to capture as authentically. The story’s success in large part relied on the strength of its lead: newcomer Lewis MacDougall, who was a mere 12 years old during production and is now 14. MacDougall goes through the ringer in the film: he cries, he screams, he gets beaten up, he gets picked up by a giant animatronic tree, and he survives the steely glare of an unhappy Sigourney Weaver. We sat down with the blossoming actor about how he handled such a demanding role, and the parallels he made, or didn’t make, between his character and his real life.

Exclusive: J.A. Bayona Talks Inspiration Behind ‘A Monster Calls’

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A Monster Calls, directed by J.A. Bayona, tells the story of a young boy, Conor, who grapples with his mother’s battle against cancer by dreaming of a giant tree monster played by Liam Neeson. The film has received rave reviews and was called “A sensitive and beautifully made lesson in the limits and power of storytelling” by The Hollywood Reporter. Bayona’s film stars Lewis Macdougall, who was 12 during production, in an incredibly demanding performance both physically and emotional. The movie also features gorgeous artwork and animation. We sat down with the director to hear about what drew him to the project, how he cast his lead, and the importance of storytelling as an art form.

An Exclusive Look Inside the First Free People Gather Dinner (Photos)

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Free People, the go to brand for contemporary bohemian style just launched their Gather Dinner series and celebrated their 2016 Holiday Dress Collection, at the Foundry in Long Island City. This series revolves around hosting organic, healthy meals and gathering people from different industries together to share a meal filled with simulating conversation and wonderful food all in a picturesque setting.
This first dinner hosted some of New York’s top influencers, fashion bloggers, and editors; names in attendance included Kimbra, Alexandra, Theodora, and Ella Rose Richards, Angela McCluskey and Laura Love.
This year, they aimed to create a Holiday Dress collection that was the perfect combination of sparkle and shine while remaining effortless and cool. In order to debut this, each influencer in attendance at the dinner was dressed from this years beautiful holiday collection.
Free People is a lifestyle brand that actually follows through on their title: in addition to being the largest retailer of organic beauty and wellness products in America, they have a huge commitment to healthy, sustainable food. That’s why for the Gather Dinner Free People employed the talents of Chef Greg Glowatz, who exclusively used farm-to-table ingredients from The Farm at Doe Run. Dishes served included a green vegetable salad, roasted beet salad “carpaccio”, butternut squash “ravioli” and apple crumble.
The congregation enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and wine prepared by Malvira Roero Nebbiolo Trinita Reserva, La Spinet Toscana Vermentino and Contratto for England Rose Brut before settling down for dinner. Models at the event shared their night on Instagram and Snapchat.

Take a look at the fabulous party pictures below:

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Backstage with The Blonds at NYFW

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David and Phillipe Blond, fashion’s resident power couple, are proving with each show that blondes really do have more fun. They’ve designed for iconic performers like Lady Gaga and Britney Spears, and no matter if they’re showing busty, diamond-studded corsettes or leather bodysuits, their label is unmistakable.

Backstage at their New York Fashion Week event, where they debuted their S/S 17 collection of leotards and gowns, all drenched in crystals, we caught up with the pair to get a little insight into their inspiration.

Blackbook: Who’s exciting you in the fashion world? Who are you looking at right now and hoping to dress?

David: We love Zendaya. And Kylie Jenner went blonde, so we’re really excited about that. I also love that Willow and Jaden do whatever they feel in the moment. That photo, in Interview, where they’re in the jacket together is amazing!

What makes this collection different from your past work?

D: This collection is special because it’s our 10-year anniversary as a label. This season is very “Heavy Metal” inspired meets “Clash of Titans” (the ’80s version). We’re going for more neutrals, nudes, a stripped-down, more elevated direction with the pieces. We’d like to start offering more red carpet options and garments everyone can wear on special occassions, but still fun with a Blonds twist!

Is there a significance to the inclusion of male models in this show?

D: We’ve done boys before. They’re mostly just props for the girls. The guys stuff turned out pretty tight though and looks very cool, but it’s unisex and some of it was on the female models as well. Then again, who can tell?

How did the two of you meet, and how has it been collaborating together for so long?

D: We met 16 years ago at The Roxy, one of the biggest clubs in NYC at the time. He was wearing a shimmery “Midsummer Night’s Dream”-inspired look and we immediatley spotted one another and connected. It’s great—even when we had other gigs before the line, we collaborated on everything. Phillipe’s personal sense of style is definitely a main source of creative inspiration for our collections.
Phillipe: We’ve been collaborating for 10 years and haven’t killed each other, so I think that’s something to celebrate!

How are you guys interpreting the current shift in fashion toward a more androgynous approach?

D: We’ve been doing androgyny forever—it’s nothing new. We’re just having fun. There’s no political statement about it or anything.
P: It’s how we live. Do what or who you want, whenever you want, however you want!

You designed Lady Gaga’s corset in the “Paparazzi” music video. How do you like “Perfect Illusion?”

D: It’s great, and we’re all sort of growing up together. With experience you learn to do things for yourself and not live for others. Gaga has had a great influence on the culture and helped people loosen up when it comes to what they wear and how they feel about gender.

Did you both always see yourselves as becoming fashion designers, and a design duo?

D: I really can’t see us doing anything else at the moment, but we always love to collaborate with companies that are not typically fashion related. This season we actually did car wraps with Lexus out of our signature prints.
P: Absolutely no regrets—we love what we do!

What’s been your favorite moment thus far in 10 years of a career in fashion?

P: There have been so many, we live in the moment and right now I feel like this is it!

Check out The Blonds’ full S/S 17 line here.

Norwegian Songstress Dagny Rocks the Ludlow House

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Last night, up-and-coming Norwegian musician Dagny, a pop blonde with the soul and spirit of a punk group, took her first New York City stage, performing a five-song set at the Lower East Side’s Ludlow House. In a dimly-lit lounge packed with Manhattan’s chicest listeners, Dagny blasted her way through the show, accompanied by two loud guitars and clashing drums.

She opened by singing “Fight Sleep,” the first single on her new EP, Ultraviolet, which came out Sept 2. Take a listen to the anti-napping anthem below.

She also performed “Backbeat,” an upbeat, dancey track about – you guessed it – heartbreak.

And perhaps our favorite song of the night was “Fool’s Gold,” about the glamorous facade of a relationship based on materialism and fake promises.

Dagny’s electric new EP, Ultraviolet, is available on Spotify.

Meet the Artist Behind the Color Matching Collages on Miu Miu’s Instagram

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If you’ve been following NYFW, chances are you’ve been refreshing your feed every two minutes. There’s one brand that offers more than runway shows and prep shots and that’s Miu Miu. Here you’ll find the fantastical color matching collages created by mixed media artist Beth Hoeckel. Produced exclusively for Miu Miu’s Instagram feed, Beth assembled an assortment of treasures to best suit pieces from their accessory collection in a reimagined way.

For example, seashells, pink frosted birthday cake, toast with jam and a strawberry daiquiri surround a new eco-shearling bag in coral. Additionally, cherries, a floppy disk, a fire extinguisher, and lifesavers come together to float around Miu Miu’s new Automne ’16 backpack for a most playful digital display.

Beth’s work extends passed fashion and moves across many editorial platforms including stories from publishing heavy weights like Conde Nast and Penguin Random House. With a new book in the works and an exhibition this fall, I was curious to learn more about her inspiration and background.

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How did you become interested in mixed media?

I started experimenting with mixed media techniques quite a bit in high school. I went to an arts magnet high school and mainly focused on painting and photography, and wanted to try combining the two. It also partly came from not being able to afford expensive art materials, and subsequently using whatever was around. I was very drawn to collage and mixed media artists like Robert Rauchenberg and Joseph Cornell. In addition to all that I’ve collected old books and photographs since back then and loved using those elements.

Where do you like to pull images from?

It all comes from vintage books and magazines, or any old printed material. My favorite era of National Geographics are from the late 1940’s and early 1950’s, I love old cook books with color photographs and random sewing and craft catalogs.

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What do you love about communicating with collage?

I love the familiarity of the found images in contrast with the surreal nature of the context I place them in. In that way it can be very relatable. In some ways I think it more readily allows viewers to draw from their own memories and experiences to construct a narrative than some other art forms.

Is there a particular thought you are projecting with your work?

There are several themes. Memory, nostalgia, being lost, getting lost, loss in general, bygone eras and their ideals, hope, longing, and daydreams.

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How did living in New York shape your work?

I moved there in 2001 right after graduating from SAIC (Chicago), I was only 21 and it was right after Sept 11 so it was a strange time. It was a struggle to say the least, I had to work a lot of jobs to pay the bills so I barely had time and definitely didn’t have space to make art. I tried to find ways to make money off of my work so I made cards and t-shirts and sold them to shops on Bedford and even sold them by myself on the streets on occasion.

Where do you find your inspiration?

In music from PJ Harvey, Bob Dylan, Patti Smith, Rimbaud, Paul Bowles- to be honest the book The Sheltering Sky has influenced many of my works over the years.

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Discover more work from Beth Hoeckel here.