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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING: DAVID BOWIE'S The Next Day

'The song Where are we now? is a comparison between Berlin when the wall fell and Berlin today''The song Where are we now? is a comparison between Berlin when the wall fell and Berlin today'

Jonathan Barnbrook on the rationale behind 'The Next Day's' artwork,

CURRENT VIEWING: THE HUNGER: TONY SCOTT

Catherine Deneueve laments the loss of Susan Sarandon and still  looks chic while doing itCatherine Deneueve laments the loss of Susan Sarandon and still looks chic while doing it

CURRENT LISTENING:GIORGIO MORODER: E= MC2

Giorgio Moroder was the producer behind Donna Summer's genius "I Feel Love". There's a famous story, which David Bowie likes to wheel out, about that time in the late 70's when Brian Eno rang him up screaming that he had just heard the future. He dashes over to Bowie's hotel room and puts on "I Feel Love" . " That wonderful soulful singing over that cold Germanic machine music! It's the future!" Eno was said to have declared. He was right. TI loves cold Germanic machine music and this track is taken from Moroder's solo album E=MC 2. Get into the shout-outs to the production team at the end. Hilarious!

CURRENT VIEWING: CHRISTIANE F:Ulrich Edel

Christiane F: Directed by Ulrich EdelChristiane F: Directed by Ulrich Edel

Chloe Sevigny once commented that every single outfit the lead actress wore in in this cult German classic was perfection. Which doesn't mean Christiane F's looks were in anyway flamboyant or self-consciously quirky. What is perfect about this chronicle of a nice German girl's descent into the wilds of urban nightclubs, heroin addiction and prostitution is the exquisite lack of self-consciousness on the part of the young lead actress, Natja Brunkhorst. What she wears is super-normal, almost to the point of banal . But Christiane is too tall...with her too long arms and too long legs and so the poportions of what she wears are always off. Too small jackets, dangling vests...sweaters that never cover her wrists. There is a scene where she is running away (all knock knees of course) from the police in a German shopping mall with her new found posse of bad boys and girls. It's just her in a tiny satin baseball jacket, jeans and heels but as her lanky body bolts through the flourescent wasteland of that shopping mall she looks so much like the perfect Marc/Miu-Miu/Balenciaga/Calvin model that you realize where the appeal of the awkward gamine stems from for so many designers. And of course there is the spectre of Bowie hovering over the film making him seem iconic before he was actually an icon. This film is a must buy for every art school kid/fashion fanatic/model scout/emerging photographer. Wonder what ever became of Natja though?

CURRENT LISTENING:EVERYTHING PATRICK WOLF

Zeroes Hero: Patrick Wolf: The Magic PositionZeroes Hero: Patrick Wolf: The Magic Position

I was at a Halloween party last night and the host decided to have a "sensitive man" fest...David Bowie segued into Marc Almond which faded into Anthony &The Johnsons, climaxing with some vintage Patrick Wolf (Wind In The Wires) mixed with the latest Patrick Wolf. It was very strange party music I must say. I've resisted "The Magic Position" for months now but maybe because of all the dress up shenanigans that went down over the past 24 hrs I finally downloaded the album and got into the kitsch carnival spirit of the cover. And now that it has a context I love it. I think Patrick Wolf is going to be more than a fad. I think he's going to be a long distance runner and a great style icon. If The Imagist were in print he'd get a cover! Speaking of covers...Rufus Wainwright has model credentials now. He just signed with Public Image Worldwide. That just leaves Devendra Banhart, no?

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