Born in 1848, Omega are a renowned watch brand known for their innovation, superior quality and iconic design. Their reputation has been cemented in film – most notably the James Bond franchise – as well as having been worn on the wrists of numerous celebrities over the years.
As the only watch to qualify for the 1968 Apollo 8 first mission to the moon, the Omega Speedmaster Professional has furthered an innovative and adventurous spirit by having a presence in every NASA space flight since. In honor of the watch’s initial encounter with the dark side of the moon, Omega design an all-black zirconium oxide ceramic wristwatch featuring a listening Co-Axial caliber 9300 movement viewable from the back. The watch’s striking resemblance to the mysterious allure of space left notable attendees to discuss watch’s innovative design, function, and impressive history.
A watch of intricate detail, this special edition Speedmaster utilises innovative Omega technology whilst harking back to the golden age of space travel. The case is constructed from a single piece of black ceramic, giving it a quality of feel that is simply unmatched. Of course, no expense was spared with the design and this is most apparent with the 18k white gold hour markers and hands. Furthermore, both the scratch resistant sapphire crystal glass and the rugged coated nylon strap ensure that the watch is as durable as it is beautiful.
For a brand associated with luxury and opulence, a star-studded party to launch this new timepiece just had to take place. The Whitney Museum of American Art in New York played host to numerous big names, including actor Patrick Wilson, actresses Taylor Schilling and Jaime King as well as model Coco Rocha. DJ Hanna Bronfman provided entertainment on the night and lucky guests were treated to a video installation that highlighted the design process and inspirations of the new watch.
Josephine Meckseper comes from a family of artists, and she’s always known she was fated to continue on a creative path. Before moving to Los Angeles at a young age, Josephine grew up in Germany, attending political demonstrations and rebelling against the status quo — a nature that affects her art. She has long been fascinated by the voice of the people, and our interaction with consumerism. “You should never live in fear,” she wisely offers. Josephine’s life has been one of confident decisions.
In this film–one in an ongoing series of mini-docs created in partnership with Belstaff–Josephine describes the confidence and rebellion that have informed her life.
Julia Chaplin, a journalist, author, editor, and designer, is best known as the creator of Gypset.com and its companion book and resort clothing collection, inspiring an aspirational gypset lifestyle. Julia’s family has always been constantly on the move, their life philosophy informing her to this day. She always say ‘yes’, and she’s totally unafraid of taking a risk. Such boldness is cultivated over a lifetime.
In this film–one in an ongoing series of mini-docs created in partnership with Belstaff–Julia discusses the rebellion that inspires the travel and adventure that make up such a great part of her life.
Actor Annabelle Dexter-Jones has always been driven to make her own name for herself, standing out among her creative and talented family. Her rebellion was essential in establishing her own identity. She’s careful to point out that to her, rebellion isn’t about danger, but rather a curious state of mind. “Comfort is death,” she says definitively, and it’s clear that she lives by these words as she brushes aside moments of self-doubt and pursues her career on the screen.
In this film–one in an ongoing series of mini-docs created in partnership with Belstaff–Annabelle discusses the rebellion that drives her spirit of adventure and creativity.
Rachelle Hruska MacPherson moved to New York without knowing a soul in town, without a job, and even without a place to live–a gutsy move for anyone but particularly for a Midwestern girl from Nebraska. But it didn’t take her long to find her footing. Shortly after arrival, she then started the now famous site Guestofaguest.com. Motivated by an enthusiasm for the city and its people, she built the blog into the wildly influential chronicle of scene and social life that is today.
In this film–the first in an ongoing series of mini-docs created in partnership with Belstaff–Rachelle discusses the spirit of rebellion that drove her to roll the dice and ultimately achieve the kind of success that only comes to the bold.
Lately, it seems like Jack Antonoff has been all work and all play. The lead guitarist for Fun., and Lena Dunham’s arm candy, has just finished recording an album for his new solo project, Bleachers, much of it recorded while he was touring with Fun. The lead single, “I Wanna Get Better” – video directed by Dunham – is a slice of frenetic pop rock complete with anthemic chorus and sputtering piano that summons a time and place—New Jersey in the early 90s—that defined his childhood. As for his monicker, Bleachers, “it reminds me of the shitty parts of being young that ended up being the most important moments in my life,” he told Vogue.com. That’s a feeling we can all relate to.
When Bret Easton Ellis interviewed National frontman Matt Berninger for his podcast recently, he credited the band’s 2008 album The Boxer for helping pull him out of depression. If the National’s signature sound—introspective, moody, plaintive—has evolved since their 2001 debut (which was more Tom Waits than Radiohead), Berninger has evolved with it. “Once you have kids, I think we realized how our rock band is actually not at all that important in the grand scheme of things,” he told Interview last year. In March fans got to see Berninger from a fresh perspective in the funny, poignant documentary, Mistaken for Strangers, directed by Tom Berninger, the singer’s younger brother, and as much an inquiry into sibling rivalry/love as a rock doc (Michael Moore described it as “one of the best documentaries about a band that I’ve ever seen”).
Here the two discuss the creative process, finding their audience, and embracing the mainstream.
Murray Bartlett grew a moustache to fit in. He was traveling in Egypt at the time, and facial hair seemed like the done thing. But then he got a call—would he audition for Looking, a new HBO comedy drama following a group of gay friends in contemporary San Francisco. Bartlett got the part—along with his stache. “They wound up asking me to keep it, so I had it all last year” he told New York magazine recently. “I kind of grew to love it, too.” Looking’s first season—twinned in the same hour with HBO’s other pioneering comedy-drama, Girls, earned critical praise, and a second season, in which Bartlett will return as Dom, the 40-something still figuring out how to be middle-aged and gay in a culture where youth is king.
One of the most in-demand costume designers in Hollywood, Michael Wilkinson was nominated for an Academy Award this year for his work on American Hustle. A graduate of NIDA in Sydney—the same drama school as Bartlett (and for that matter, Cate Blanchett—the three overlapped), he has designed costumes for movies as varied as Party Monster, Garden State, 300, and the forthcoming Darren Aronofsky apocalyptic spectacular, Noah. In American Hustle the costumes played a crucial role in propelling David O. Russell’s narrative. By drawing on vintage pieces by Diane von Furstenberg and Halston—and scouring old copies of Cosmopolitan—Wilkinson was able to evoke the spirit of the era without resorting to Austin Powers-like pastiche. “How they [the characters] present themselves to the world says a lot about how they feel about themselves,” he told The Daily Beast. “They use clothes to empower themselves.”
For BlackBook the two sat down to reminisce on their time at NIDA (the National Institute of Dramatic Art), and their life as Australians transplants in the U.S.
Existential crises — we all have them. As an artist, there’s even the potential for post-mortem existential trouble. Just consider that the grave of Piet Mondrian, one of the great artists, was hardly remembered until two of today’s artists stumbled upon it, entirely unremarkable, in a cemetery in Brooklyn’s Cypress Hills.
The discovery of Mondrian’s grave jolted painter Paul Pagk and sculptor Leonardo Drew — what would they leave behind? A body of work, hopefully remembered, and a forgotten body? Here the two ponder their future legacies, and the legacy of those around them.
Fashion can be a fickle business, and as Tom Ford said at the 2013 CFDA Awards, if you’re not absolutely sure about it, you might want to try something else. Rising stars can drop out of sight (as CFDA winners Public School once did before this second, successful self-iteration, strengthened by the Vogue Fashion Fund and the counseling of venerated industry veterans), respected consultants and fashion directors can fall out of favor while at the helm of major department stores just as quickly as they can gather dedicated Tumblr pages (just look to Nick Wooster and his admiring legions of fans). So when two successful examples cross paths and reflect on the influence and talent and rise over time of the other, it’s worth taking a listen.
Nick Wooster recently announced his departure from his latest venture at Atrium, on his own terms this time – we’ve known him to be ousted from stately department stores for perhaps choosing the wrong words, and gone from a more wide-reaching store for being a bit too fashion – so it’s refreshing to hear this menswear hero will be making his own career choices now. The recently crowned Vogue Fashion Fund winners are as eager to watch Nick, and vice versa, as we.