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August 23 2014

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You’ve Got Mail From Miranda July

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Miranda JulyWriter, filmmaker, and performance artist Miranda July has never shied away from inviting the public into her world. Childhood injuries, sexual proclivities, insecurities about aging—no detail or eccentricity is off limits. Oftentimes, July encourages the audience to take part in the (over?)-exposure. For instance, her seven-year Web project, “Learning to Love You More,” culminated with more than 8,000 people submitting responses to online assignments like: “Take a picture of your parents kissing.”

In fact, much of July’s work hinges on interrogating the outer limits of breaking down the boundaries between “me” and “you,” and what it means to be close to someone in the Internet era. Her latest work, “We Think Alone,” adds a new angle to the intimacy project. Here, she invites such friends as Lena Dunham and Sheila Heti, as well as newfound acquaintances Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Lee Smolin, among others, to contribute a series of their personal e-mails to be read—without context—by whoever would like to receive them each week.

“I made a list of 20 different kinds of e-mails— an e-mail about money, an angry e-mail, one to your mom. Then I sent the list to 10 different notable people whom I admire,” explained July of her process. “I was quite nervous—just asking people to do it seemed sort of presumptuous—but the first person to send hers to me, the artist Catherine Opie, sent all 20 at once and filled me with confidence. It was a lot more nuanced than I had imagined.” Continue Reading “You’ve Got Mail From Miranda July” »

Mostly Models Edition: Iman In The Window, Laetitia On Screen, And Catwalkers Get The Campaigns…

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Actresses, don’t quit your day jobs. Models have edged out celebs for the prime spots in ad campaigns. [WWD]

Sandra Bullock reveals secret, adopted baby. This may not be the right question to ask, but who styled this kid for his People cover? That necklace! [People]

Rodarte commissions photographer Catherine Opie for…something. An ad campaign? An art project? Speculate away. [Hint Mag]

Window shoppers will get an eyeful next month when Barneys installs a tribute to this year’s CFDA Fashion Icon honoree, Iman. They’ll include words of praise from fans like hubby David Bowie, Diana Vreeland, and RuPaul. (Fun fact: RuPaul’s “You better work” catchphrase was inspired by the Somalian model!) [WWD]

And in other model news, the first pics of Laetitia Casta as fellow Gallic stunner Brigitte Bardot in the upcoming Serge Gainsbourg biopic have hit the Web (pictured). Ooh la la indeed. [Grazia]

L.A. Eyeworks: 30 Years Young

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“A face is like a work of art. It deserves a great frame.” That’s the trademark tag that West Coast optical brand l.a. Eyeworks has used for the past 30 years under the many famous faces in its iconic campaigns. They started with Go-Go Belinda Carlisle in 1979 and through the years have featured Andy Warhol, Sharon Stone, John Waters, Amy Sedaris, Divine, and RuPaul—a diverse and talented cast of characters who have all had some deeper connection to the brand. “Many of the stars in the campaign are the result of an organic relationship,” insists Gai Gherardi, who co-founded the label with Barbara McReynolds. But their 30th birthday isn’t all nostalgia and glancing backward. Their special birthday box set of limited-edition cleaning cloths, out in September, involves a new creative crew: artists Gary Panter, Catherine Opie, and Barbara Kruger.

Photo: Courtesy of l.a. Eyeworks