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Current Reading: The One By Whom Scandal Comes: Rene Girard

“Why is there so much violence in our midst?” René Girard asks.“Why is there so much violence in our midst?” René Girard asks.

Published on New Year's Day this year, Rene Girard's "The One By Whom Scandal Comes" is the philosopher's latest extension of his great theory of mimetic desire. In a world where post-modern post-structuralism has been so institutionalized so as to form its own orthodoxy (oh the irony), Girard's philosophical certitude, attendant to a Christian theology, moral in its considerations and humanistic in its concerns, hovers at the edge of intellectual unfashionability.

TI IS MAD FOR: THE DEBUT OF GRACIE WALES BONNER

TI is going to lurk through every sodden doorway of London until he scoops  one of these looks for his wardrobe.TI is going to lurk through every sodden doorway of London until he scoops one of these looks for his wardrobe.

Earlier this year, at Central Saint Martin's BA show, Fashion Design and Marketing student, Gracie Wales Bonner, nabbed the L'Oreal Professional Talent Award. Not that we've gone prize mad this week but this emerging designer's work has us at high alert as to what comes next.

I Shot Cory Arcangel

I Shot Cory Arcangel from Adam Rosenberg on Vimeo.

A problematization of Cory Arcangel's "I Shot Andy Warhol," which he created by hacking and rewriting the game "Hogan's Alley" for the NES.

Marc by Marc Jacobs: Maximum Blast Radius

A most impressive media blast radius.A most impressive media blast radius.

The results are in! That great Marc by Marc Jacobs Instagram Model Search for its Fall/Winter 14 campaign drew nearly 70, 000 entrants, generated one of the best ads of the season ( thus far ), and shifts the paradigm not only for the brand, but also for the idea of what a modern casting does.

Fast Forwarding To The Future: Antwerp Academy Show 2014

Antwerp Academy SHOW2014 from Strutter View on Vimeo.

The speed! The speed! How is an erstwhile fashion editor to keep up with the fast forwarding of talent exposure these days? All the London mags prowl outside St. Martins before the bell even rings on a new semester. In New York , V Files does a majestic job of first adopting anything emphatic coming onto the young designer market while Opening Ceremony is rapid firing through all the blogs and Instagrams and Tumbler feeds globally.

Private As The New Sexy At Vuitton

Louis Vuitton Presents Retracing the Trunk from Louis Vuitton on Vimeo.

Wouldn't you love to be a fly on the wall when the House of Vuitton has one of its meetings on its advertising and marketing strategies over the next year or so? As a consumer you're not supposed to even sense that there is construction and strategy behind it all. All you have to do is be convinced, seduced and then spend.

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