5 Artists who Moonlight as Style Icons below the Mainstream Radar

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Annie Clark a.k.a. St. Vincent

St. Vincent is the ultimate heartbreaker in unrequited style love. This is partly because she is painfully gorgeous, with her Snow White-esque hair and complexion and lithe figure, but most especially because designer 3.1 Phillip Lim supplies much of her tour wardrobe (and keeps a special place [in the front row] of his NYFW shows especially for her). Annie Clark always keeps it classy in the style department, making her well-thought-out, feminine but not precious look a useful foil for some of her more heady material (or heavy, if you’ve heard her live covers of Big Black and The Pop Group). Add to her credit a recent collaboration and subsequent tour withDavid Byrne, one of the most stylish eccentric suit aficionados in alterna-rock history, and Annie Clark is ineffaceably the holy grail of indie rock star-meets-style icon.

[image via Danny North]

 I have noticed that in general media programming — even if there is a compelling gay character present — it’s very rare that such a character is female. Beyond shows like The L Word, it’s actually a very difficult task to think of cool, queer female characters in the media who have agency within a show, or have personalities that extend beyond their sexual identity.

The following list is a bit of a mixed bag — it’s not all American, they aren’t tokenised and many of the women featured definitely aren’t good girls. Diversity, yay!




By Madeleine Rebbechi / July 21st, 2011 in Tech / California / 205 views

With the invention of the iPad, the Kindle and other newfangled reading technology, it’s becoming harder to define what a book actually is. Blurring the line between real life and Harry Potter more than ever is The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, an iPad app that allows readers to interact with the picture storybook as they flick through the pages. Based on the award winning short film by William Joyce andBrandon Oldenburg, the app tells the story of Mr. Morris Lessmore and his love of books. Readers can swipe a page to animate the image, create a soundtrack through the animated keyboard, or move objects around on the page. The animation is, of course, breathtaking–we wouldn’t expect any less from illustrators who have worked on Toy StoryA Bug’s Life and Robots.

Created by Moonbot Studios, both the app and the film are available from iTunes. We can’t wait to see more.