The new york-based creatives explore a range of natural panoramas subtly interrupting, or greatly obstructing them to alter their viewer’s perspective. For their ‘colourant’ series, the artistic duo (Floto + Warner) has chosen the barren landscape of Northern Nevada as their stage in which they have conducted floating sculptural events; capturing fleeting moments in which vibrantly pigmented liquid has been thrown into the air. Taking many attempts to perfect the technique of tossing the fluid substance in just the right way to obtain a range of free-flowing configurations, the resulting images express shapes that are non-discernible and ephemeral in their existence.
THE WEEKND, COURTNEY LOVE & MORE STAR IN CARINE ROITFELD’S BAZAAR ICONS
Music and fashion collide in the best of the Fall 2017 collections.
By Carine Roitfeld and Interview by: Brooke Mazurek; Photographs by: Brigitte Lacombe; Creative Direction by The Style Council, Lacombe, Aug 3, 2017
The Weeknd hates giving interviews. In the past, they’ve required the 27-year-old Canadian singer-songwriter to make himself available backstage or at his condo, only to have his body language scrutinized and his hairstyle woven into elaborately clumsy metaphors.
Before releasing Starboy, the hugely successful 2016 album that established the Weeknd as one of the biggest pop stars on the planet, he chopped off his famous dreadlocks and stashed them in his manager’s safe. But his new, softer coif, which plateaus ever so slightly above his forehead, still attracts annoying questions that he would prefer not to answer. Instead he offers a glimpse into his psyche by way of e-mail.
Ask the press-shy cinephile about his favorite movies, for instance, and he’ll opine about his favorite villains. “The last one I was really infatuated with was Heath Ledger’s Joker,” he writes. “David from the new Alien saga who has no remorse for human life” also piques the Weeknd’s interest. He adds that when he was 10, Nas and Puff Daddy were his style gods for their “haircuts and baggy clothes,” and that until a few years ago he loathed wearing suits.
He’s gotten good at it lately, though. In May, when he and girlfriend Selena Gomez made their debut as a couple at the Met Gala, it was his bespoke Valentino tuxedo, accessorized with a diamond-and-sapphire Cartier woman’s brooch, that landed him on nearly every best-dressed list.
On the rare occasion that outsiders make their way into the Weeknd’s orbit, what they often discover is a man more earnest and kind than the one whose lyrics can seem ripped from the pages of a Bret Easton Ellis novel. While his music is rooted in experience, he offers up a simple explanation for the disparity between his lyrical and real-life personas: “I’m not in a rush to let people know everything about me. Mystery is always great.”
But by “great,” maybe he means important. Because before the Weeknd became the Weeknd, he was mystery incarnate. Born Abel Tesfaye in Toronto to Ethiopian-immigrant parents who fled the country in the late 1980s to escape a civil war, he was raised by his mother and grandmother in the suburb of Scarborough. At 17, he dropped out of high school and moved into a one-bedroom apartment in downtown Toronto with his best friends, La Mar Taylor and Hyghly Alleyne. Rent was paid mostly with welfare checks, food was sometimes shoplifted, and copious substances were consumed, all while the future star crafted what would become his 2011 avant-R&B trifecta of online mix tapes: “House of Balloons,” “Thursday,” and “Echoes of Silence.” Even before the Weeknd’s highly explicit and intimate music received an endorsement from fellow Canadian Drake, his decision to upload his work to YouTube under his stage name helped him amass a cyber following that had no clue what he looked like.
If his ascent to superstardom seems somewhat effortless, it’s by design: The Weeknd’s approach to his music’s sonic complexities is a closely guarded secret. “Abel is always going to be that guy, the one not giving away too much information,” says Taylor, now his creative director, who collaborated with the stage designer Es Devlin on the shape-shifting light sculpture that floats above the stage on the Weeknd’s current world tour. “Abel worked on the set design as I imagine he works on the music—composing every nuance in scrupulous detail,” Devlin says, adding that the Weeknd has synesthesia, which allows him to “see specific colors in the music. Certain chords are a precise shade of blue; others are blinding white.”
Having achieved A-list status, the Weeknd is grappling with the notion of being both known and unknown in a world where fans expect more access than ever. So how will he preserve his mystique?
“Luckily, the only thing the world demands of me is music,” he says. “I don’t have to give them anything else for the rest of my life.”
Still, he engages with his 14 million Instagram followers and even responds to interview questions. Perhaps the key for him will be to do so only up to a point. Asked if he would ever tinker with his public persona for his next album, he expresses interest. “Kind of like pulling a Ziggy Stardust. Maybe I’ll retire from being the Weeknd,” he says before backtracking. “Or maybe I’ll just give him a break.”
This article originally appears in the September 2017 issue of Harper’s BAZAAR, available on newsstands August 22.
Uchouten Kazoku/The Eccentric Family 2 Stamp Rally in Kyoto
Right now, from April 7th to September 18th, with the airing of Uchouten Kazoku season 2, there is an on-going promotion in Kyoto for a Stamp Rally that takes you around the city, to various locations featured in the anime, where you can collect stamps and also pick up an exclusive clear file folder (and maybe a can badge if they ever restock). It’s a lot of fun to see the locations scenes take place in, especially for a show like Uchouten Kazoku which has such beautifully and accurately rendered backgrounds. Below, I detail where to get all the stamps as well as other locations you can find that show up in the anime!
Towering Sculptures Made of Flowers Honor Vincent van Gogh
If you’ve not yet heard of Corso Zundert, it’s a legendary parade of giant floats adorned with thousands of dahlia flowers that makes its way through the streets of Zundert, Netherlands. This year, the theme was to celebrate the life and work of Vincent van Gogh who was born in the same town 162 years ago.
This is just a short little drabble I came up with over the course of a few hours. Kind of rough, but I needed to get my Leo feels out somehow. Also I’m pretty new to scenario writing so I hope this is how it goes. Ran a bit long too. Inspired by cheesy pickup lines and the fact that Taekwoon believes in love at first sight. (Also not my photo)
The unsettling feeling of being watched followed you all night as you gazed at the sculptures and the paintings that were scattered about the building. No matter how many turns you took, how many rooms you went into, you couldn’t ignore the fact that someone’s eyes were on you. Yet every time you glanced around the myriad of strangers surrounding you, no one was giving you more than a glance. The eyes that were locked on you so fiercely were nowhere to be found.
Our unique architecture has been affectionately called a Brutalist doughnut, what does it remind you of?
Architect Gordon Bunshaft conceived the Hirshhorn as “a large piece of functional sculpture” among the shrine-like structures of the National Mall. The hollow-centered, elevated cylinder floats above the sculpture garden.