Florence + The Machine Release ‘Big God’ – About Religion & Ghosting

 

The newest Florence + The Machine single, “Big God,” strips Florence Welch down to the accompaniment of only a piano at first – but in typically dramatic fashion, it all builds to a triumphant chorus.

She told the New York Times that the song is about “Obviously, an unfillable hole in the soul, but mainly about someone not replying to my text.”

The band’s new album High as Hope is out June 29, so we don’t have long to wait for what is sure to be the soundtrack to our summer. Indeed, we’ve already had previous singles “Sky Full of Song” and “Hunger” on endless repeat.

 

Florence + The Machine Announce North American Tour Dates

 

Florence + The Machine have announced North American concert dates as part of their upcoming world tour, supporting their forthcoming fourth studio album, High As Hope. 

The band have announced 23 shows, with stops at Los Angeles’ Hollywood Bowl, Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, and San Francisco’s Outside Lands, amongst others. The North American leg will kick off August 5 in Montreal and conclude October 20 in Minneapolis.

Grizzly Bear, Wet, St. Vincent, Lizzo, Kamasi Washington, Billie Eilish, Beth Ditto, and Perfume Genius are all confirmed as opening acts for various dates on the tour.

High As Hope will incude the previously released singles “Sky Full of Song” and “Hunger,” two of the greatest anthems of 2018 so far.

Take a look at the “Hunger” music video below.

 

Gaga Will Collaborate With Florence Welch on New Album

In a radio interview on Friday with BBC Radio 1, Lady Gaga confirmed that on an upcoming track on her new album she’ll duet with Florence + the Machine’s Florence Welch.

“I started to work on an idea for a song that I really wanted to do with a girl,” said Gaga. “You’ll see why when you see what the song is about.”

She continued: “I just thought, ‘Who do I want to sing with?’ She’s really, to me, if not the best, one of the greatest vocalists in the world. She’s incredible.”

Gaga revealed more in a Monday radio chat with Elvis Duran: that the track would be called “Hey Girl,” and that the song begins with “Hey girl, can you hear me, are you holding out your heart.” Florence then responds with “Hey girl, do you feel me, sometimes I go too far.” Gaga also revealed that other collaborators on the record include Beck and Father John Misty.

Mother Monster said the album would be arriving soon—”this year” was as precise as she could get. But if “Perfect Illusion” is any indicator of what’s to come, we’re really, truly freaking out.

Fashion + Celebrity: The Lady in the Size-Six Pumps

Before email Blasts went out proclaiming “Celebrity X spotted in Brand Y at Red Carpet Event Z,” the relationships between actors and designers were less transactional. One of the most intriguing of these relationships is the subject of an exhibition at the Museo Salvatore Ferragamo in Florence. The exhibit, entitled simply Marilyn, explores the disparate worlds of the Florentine cobbler and the Hollywood starlet and how they overlapped from the late 1950s to her death in 1962.

Though the two never met, Monroe was Ferragamo’s most devoted client. She wore, almost exclusively, his five-inch size 6 pumps, which she ordered at his Park Avenue boutique in an endless variety of colors and textures. As curator Stefania Ricci writes, “The shoes forced her to wiggle her hips as she walked, so seductively and in a manner that was all her own.” The shoes, therefore, were integral to turning Norma Jean Baker into the icon and eventually into the myth of Marilyn.

But the exhibit also seeks to draw parallels between Monroe and the broader Florentine cultural history from which Ferragamo also emerged. Juxtaposed with Tom Kelley’s infamous pinup photographs is Francesco Furini’s Penitent Magdalene from the 17th century. Monroe’s pouty beauty is prefigured in sketches by Michelangelo of Cleopatra which were, fittingly, completed a few blocks from the Ferragamo museum. Exhibit continues through January 2013.

Global Street Beauties: Winter Faces

Street Style bloggers go nuts for layering and accessorizing, but total style calls for just the right amount of makeup, finished off with the perfect—or perfectly undone—coif. Darker lips accentuate wintry hues, hat-hair needs to be kept in check, and embracing new trends, like minimalism, calls for a complimentary hairstyle. Here are some winterized beauties who’ve adapted their looks to their climes, captured in recent street snaps around the world.

New York image Model Sara Blomqvist keeps warm under a fur topper, and pairs berry lips and porcelain skin with a natural color palette and flowing, healthy hair. Photo: Models of Duty

Milan image Her eccentric pieces—a fur cowboy hat and over-sized, cheeky necklace—are subdued by a clean, glowing face. Her vibrant skin is a sight for sore eyes in the dead of winter. Photo: The Sartorialist

Paris image The new minimalism in fashion calls for complimentary beauty looks: stricter hair with slick parts and defined lines. I love that her hair, parted straight down the middle, brings out her angular features. Photo: Phil Oh for Street Peeper Florence image This head-to-toe menswear look calls for elements of girlish beauty. Her ruby lips, Latin-inspired side bun, and wispy hair pulled down around her face balances the otherwise masculine look. Photo: The Sartorialist

Miami image Salty sea air mixed with humidity and bright, pastel prints pair nicely with her simple, slicked-back hair and sharp, retro glasses. Photo: Phil Oh for Street Peeper

London image Achieving this total “look” takes commitment: parochial lines are nearly Gothic when paired with her severe haircut and extremely defined brows and lips. Photo: Phil Oh for Street Peeper

Old Fingers on Display in Florence

Florence: Renaissance art, leather goods, American college coeds on study abroad. As if that weren’t enough, now there’s a whole new compelling reason to visit the Tuscan town: Galileo’s fingers.

Yes, two of the astronomer’s fingers will be on display at the newly reopened Museum of History of Science, now appropriately called The Galileo Museum. While the notorious G died in 1642, some admirers removed three of his fingers, a tooth, and a vertebrae from his body when it was moved to a monumental tomb in 1737.

Galileo’s thumb and middle finger turned up at an auction last year after having been passed down from generation to generation in one family for years. The family’s records and historical documents helped confirm that the fingers did indeed belong to the famous scientist. The thumb and middle finger will join a third finger already on display in the museum. These fingers helped figure out that the sun, not the earth, was the center of the solar system; they, along with the greater body they were attached to, were condemned by the Church and put under house arrest.

Proenza Schouler Inflames Florence

Last night in Florence, something spectacular happened. At 9pm I boarded a bus that drove through the snaking streets in the hills above the city to the magnificent Villa Grand Petraia, where the boys from Proenza Schouler — Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez — staged a fashion-meets-art-world spectacular. The event was held to debut their 2010 pre-spring collection and to launch the new issue of A Magazine the designers guest-edited. And while their traditional fashion shows held in New York every season may be the hottest tickets in town, the duo opted to present their collection with a multimedia extravaganza as they took to the international stage for the first time. Working in conjunction with Pitti Immagine (the organization responsible for Florence’s fashionable trade fair that takes place twice a year) and with Art Production Fund, the designers invited three of their favorite artists to present their collection using various mediums.

First up was an installation by acclaimed artist Haim Steinback in the main hall of the villa. Steinback arranged their latest accessories amongst a neatly organized collection of his found objects — a bed frame here, a pair of strappy flat sandals there. It was a terrific, sparse, modern piece of work smack dab in the center of the most Baroque of rooms with walls covered inch-by-inch by the preexisting frescos. “I was playing with the idea of a layout of a classical garden,” says Steinback, who describes the work as an indoor version of land art, a medium McCullough and Hernandez have always draw inspiration and interest from and that they explore throughout their issue of A Magazine for which they commissioned photographers and artists to create special projects at sights like Spiral Jetty and at the Judd Foundation in Marfa, Texas.

Past the adorned walls, in the sprawling gardens overlooking the Renaissance city, came the camp factor. Performance artist Kalup Linzy created a music video featuring Chloë Sevigny and model Liya Kebede, who were also among the evenings revelers. “I feel good about the art that is happening here,” said Sevigny, whose face shot by Richard Burbridge graces the cover of the magazine project. “We are showing Italy how it’s done. We’re killing it.” The real star of the video was Linzy himself, all dolled up in drag (Proenza-style, of course) and singing the chorus to his own song that mainly consisted of two words, “Fuck You.” Linzy’s film was accompanied by a series of portraits he photographed of Kebede wearing the Preonza Schouler prespring collection and reinterpreting poses from classic Renaissance works of art.

And as if this all wasn’t enough entertainment, the climax came with a performance by Kembra Pfahler, aka the Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black. Face painted, teeth black, hair dreaded, and tightly corseted, Black entered the gardens with a clone army of backup dancers from the Ballet Academy of Florence. Of course, they had forgone their little pink tutus for a more sinister-but-sweet makeover. Songs included “Tarantula” and a heavy metal cover to Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On.” The concert left audience members mainly pumped but a few were sprinting for the gilded doors (this is a city with a church on every corner, after all). Whatever the reaction, it didn’t stop Kembra from feeling optimistic after the show, “I feel the most beautiful I’ve ever felt in this outfit,” she said with a sly grin. “The world is about to change for the better tonight.” Well put.

Event photos: Egonipse for Pitti.
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With Two Looks, Thom Browne Says It All

Leave it to Thom Browne — the Brit designer synonymous with making high waders cool — to keep the fashion industry on its toes, even amid arduous economic times. At the menswear fair in Florence this week, Browne showcased a pared-down collection of just two looks in a presentation that was nothing short of genius. Suzy Menkes of the International Herald Tribune called it “simply perfect.”

In a faux office setting, which included a boss and his minions all dressed in identical slimly tailored suits in a setting accented by “the metallic clatter of typewriters and … modernist Mussolini architecture,” Browne alluded to the globe’s current economic suffering, as well as the fact that men can still look flawless while toiling away at their dead-end jobs. “You knew that there was a Clark Kent Superman under the prim gray cardigans, trimmed with buttons at the side and short pants (with more buttons at the back to strike a faint fetishistic note),” says Menkes. Meaning, despite the office-drone façade, the show presented an idyllic image of the modern man — one who may spend his days slaving away in a cubicle, but, who, underneath it all, is a superhero. Even in such a sour economic climate, that’s one image that sells.

Foto dall’Italia: Fresh Prosciutto @ Il Santino, Florence

Only open a few days, Il Santino (Via S. Spirito, 60/R, +39 055 2302820‎) is drawing crowds that spill out into the street — not too difficult really, considering the capacity is about 40. As an apertivo bar, this is a good spot for wine, cheese, and of course prosciutto before catching your 8:30 dinner reservations down the street.