Sunday, June 28, 2009

Porta's Look!..." THE SEPTEMBER ISSUE "







" This is HUGE! "
, she's hilarious.


-the portastylistic







This documentary, that follows legendary Vogue magazine editor in chief Anna Wintour and legions of team members and artists through the process of creating the September issue of the magazine (the biggest and most coveted issue of the year), gives us an inside-look into the life and work of one of the most influential women in the fashion biz. We're so excited, and we just can't hide it, you can love or hate her but there's no denying her power.

For the 2009 Sundance Festival R.J. Cutler Reveals the Impenetrable Mystique of Anna Wintour

- The documentary follows Vogue staff in their daily work activities…

Most notably Anna Wintour, Editor in Chief, Grace Coddington,
Creative Director, and a whole host of other fashion celebrities make little appearances throughout the film, such as Vera Wang and representatives from high fashion labels as Balenciaga.


“ It’s a remarkable world, filled with great complexity,” said Cutler,
who marveled over how “ exhilarating and exhausting ”
it was to maintain the glamor associated with

“ living on the top of the world.”



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" September is like the January of Faaashionnn..n! "


IN THEATRES THIS FALL


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All about
Anna Wintour



The legendary editor-in-chief of Vogue magazine for twenty years, is the most powerful and polarizing figure in fashion. Hidden behind her trademark bob and sunglasses, she has never allowed anyone to scrutinize the inner workings of her magazine. Until now. With unprecedented access, filmmaker R.J. Cutlers new film, takes the viewer inside a world they only think they know. Every August a record-breaking number of people cant wait to get their hands on the September issue of Vogue. The 2007 issue was and remains the biggest ever, weighing over four pounds, selling thirteen million copies, and impacting the $300-billion global fashion industry more than any other single publication. He takes us behind the scenes at Fashion Week, to Europe, on shoots and re-shoots, and into closed-door staff meetings, bearing witness to an arduous, entertaining, and sometimes emotionally demanding process. At the eye of this annual fashion hurricane is the two-decade relationship between Wintour and Grace Coddington, incomparable Creative Director and fashion genius. They are perfectly matched for the age-old conflict between creator and curator. Through them, we see close-up the delicate creative chemistry it takes to remain at the top of the ever-changing fashion field.

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A great interview more on...60 Minutes

Anna Wintour




The sunglasses come off the high-queen of haute couture in this rare interview, in which the Vogue editor reveals why she always wears them and much more to Morley Safer.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Porta's Listen...The Monocle Summer Series





The
MONOCLE Summer Series

To ease into the summer Monocle has developed a brand new audio show featuring
live music and cultural insights from our favourite cities





To kick off your summer weekends in the mountains, on the Med or upstate, Monocle has developed a brand new audio show featuring live music and cultural insights from our favourite cities. The launch edition of the Monocle Summer Series comes to you from London with two of the capital's most innovative cultural thinkers joining us in the studio. Julia Peyton-Jones OBE discusses the artistic landscape of the city ahead of a groundbreaking summer programme at the Serpentine Gallery. Alessandro Cajrati Crivelli, celebrated urban planner and property developer, is on hand to give insights into the changing face of London and exciting projects in Europe. We have also flown in some great musical talent from Stockholm in the form of Quiet Nights Orchestra, who will be performing their best tunes for our panel, which includes editor Andrew Tuck, culture editor Robert Bound and our editor in chief, Tyler Brûlé


video

Download Edition 1 (mp3)


The Monocle Summer Series is brought to you in association with BMW.




THE BAND
QUIET NIGHTS ORCHESTRA

The Quiet Nights Orchestra is an eight-piece Swedish jazz group who met at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm. Originally formed as a sextet by trombonist and band-leader Peter Fredriksson, extra percussion and Sophie Norling's sweeping vocals were later added to complete their unique and uplifting sound that exemplifies the very best of the Nordic jazz tradition. Their debut album Chapter One is out now and features a selection of original instrumental and vocal pieces.
You can find out more about the Quiet Nights Orchestra here and you can buy their debut album - Chaper One - in our London and Palma shops.


CONTRIBUTORS

THIS WEEK IN THE STUDIO
-26 June


Tyler Brûlé
Editor in chief


Andrew Tuck
Editor in chief


Rob Bound
Culture Editor


Alessandro Cajrati Crivelli
Director, Estate4










must see and listen more on...monocle


Porta's Look!...Tim Burton Takes on 'Alice in Wonderland'










First looks amazing beyond all reason!

-the
portastylistic









Stunning new concept art offers a first look at Alice in Wonderland as seen through the eyes of director Tim Burton. The images, released by Disney as Burton works on the remake in London, show Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter (pictured above) and provide a fascinating peek at the fabulist director’s vision for Alice, The Red Queen and the movie’s other central characters.

The pictures hint at an elegant, richly textured fantasy world that honors Lewis Carroll’s 19th-century fairy tale while incorporating bits of Burton’s trademark weirdness (check the grimacing flowers in the picture below).

The images are drawn from the world of Alice in Wonderland, as re-imagined by one of the world’s most visually arresting directors. The movie is scheduled for release March 5, 2010.

Alice, played by Mia Wasikowska, contemplates some giant mushrooms.


Helena Bonham Carter plays The Red Queen.


Alice joins Tweedledee and Tweedledum at a very Burton-esque gate.


Tweedledee and Tweedledum (Kröd Mändoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire baddie Matt Lucas in the dual role) look ready to cause trouble.


The White Queen, as portrayed by Anne Hathaway.


The White Rabbit (voiced by Michael Sheen) chats with Alice.


Teacups are a recurring visual theme.


Images courtesy Walt Disney Pictures.

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Mia Wasikowska as Alice

19-year-old Australian actress Mia Wasikowska earned critical praise in last year's HBO drama "In Treatment." She also appeared in the WWII drama "Defiance," and was named one of Variety Magazine's "10 Actors to Watch." Burton says he chose her because "she just had that certain kind of emotional toughness...that makes her kind of an older person but with a younger person's mentality." Alice will be the only character in Wonderland who isn't enhanced in some degree with makeup or digital manipulation.





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Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter

In the book, Carroll only ever calls the character "The Hatter," but he does appear in the chapter "A Mad Tea-Party." The look in the movie is a variation on the book's illustrations by John Tenniel, with his wild hair, oversized bowtie, and "10/6" label pinned to his giant hat. This is Burton's seventh time working with Depp over the past 20 years. He told the Los Angeles Times he likes to work with Depp because "he doesn't like to be the same way twice. That's good, it always keeps it fresh and all."




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Helena Bonham Carter as the Red Queen

The Red Queen is the villain of the second book, "Through the Looking Glass," though in many adaptations the character is combined with the Queen of Hearts from the first story. In the original illustrations, she is depicted as a legless chess piece. For the movie, Bonham Carter's head will be digitally enlarged to about three times its actual size. She has worked on five previous movies with Burton, and they have two children together.





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Anne Hathaway as the White Queen

In "Through the Looking Glass," the White Queen claims to be over one hundred and one years old, but she seems to experience time backwards. So it follows Carroll's twisted logic that when Alice returns the Queen would be young. While Anne Hathaway looks very different in the role with her long white hair, her appearance will not be digitally manipulated. Hathaway told MTV that while she was happy to get a chance to work with Burton, she was most excited to share scenes with Johnny Depp. She said, "I wish I could be so cool about it but I am such a huge fan, I felt really embarrassed. He would catch me staring at him."


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Matt Lucas as Tweedledee and Tweedledum

Tweedledee and Tweedledum appear in several versions of "Alice in Wonderland," including Walt Disney's 1951 animated film, though they actually don't appear until "Through the Looking-Glass." Carroll never specifies they are twins, but that is how Tenniel drew them. English comedian Matt Lucas plays both roles in the movie. Lucas is well known in the U.K. as half of the sketch comedy team on the show "Little Britain."





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Tim Burton will join a favourite Johnny Depp again..n


Awesome!



Friday, June 26, 2009

Hot and Covered...Pop Icon Is Dead at 50












" goodbye moonwalk..."

-the portastylistic












For his legions of fans, he was the Peter Pan of pop music:
the little boy who refused to grow up.
But on the verge of another attempted comeback,
he is suddenly gone,
this time for good.







MJ: 1958 - 2009



Michael Jackson



Michael Jackson, the singer, songwriter and dancer who earned the title “King of Pop” in a career that reached unprecedented peaks of sales and attention, died Thursday, a Los Angeles city official said. He was 50.

As with Elvis Presley or the Beatles, it is impossible to calculate the full effect Mr. Jackson had on the world of music. At the height of his career, he was indisputably the biggest star in the world; he has sold more than 750 million albums.






Michael Jackson’s Career

























Fans React to Jackson's Death.










More Photo by nytimes


The singer was rushed to the hospital, a six-minute drive from the rented Bel-Air home in which he was living, shortly after noon by paramedics for the Los Angeles Fire Department. A hospital spokesman would not confirm reports of cardiac arrest. He was pronounced dead at 2:26 pm.







" Thank you Michael, We Always Miss You."