Things that inspired and aroused us this month.
- Alaïa.This one is a keeper. The only major monograph on the highly influential designer Alaïa can be found again after being out of print for over a decade. This is the 20th anniversary of a book that celebrates Alaïa’s sculptural haute couture universe. It includes archival photographs and works by famous photographers, excerpts from literary texts and other sources of inspiration for the couturier, and contributions from his closest friends. The new introduction was written by Carla Sozzani and Christoph von Weyhe from the Association Alaïa.
- The Art of the Teese. Dita von Teese, the queen of burlesque, will be touring Europe this autumn, and some of her shows are already sold out. Be sure to catch a ticket before they all vanish like a woman who wastes no time.
- Interview. The magazine that Andy Warhol founded is back in business after having filed for bankruptcy four months ago. Complicated financial issues aside, the first issue of what seems to be a new era is made under the creative helm of Mel Ottenberg, Rihanna’s stylist and ex-fashion director of 032c. Legendary French director Agnès Varda appears on the cover, a tribute to the first ever issue of Interview, that she also covered. Ryan McGinley and Petra Collins are among the photographers who collaborated at the September issue.
- If you are into period films, here’s two that you should definitely watch in the coming month:
Featuring Keira Knightley as French writer Colette and Denise Gough as the reclusive, trouser-wearing Marquise de Belbeuf, Colette, the biopic directed by Wash Westmoreland, is all about courage and vision, in all the right words. Plus some amazing costumes assembled by Andrea Flesch.
MURMUR fixations Kristen Stewart and Chloë Sevigny star in Lizzie, a take on the infamous story of Lizzie Borden, who was accused (and later acquitted) of axing her father and stepmother in 1892. Directed by Craig William Macneill, this film focuses on the intimate relationship between Lizzie and Bridget (played by Stewart), an Irish maid who comes to live with the Borden family and sets everything ablaze.
- Travelling to big cities is nothing without a stop at the museum. We know that there are thousands of things to do and see in London, including the upcoming Frieze Art Fair, but if you happen to be there this autumn, be sure to visit Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up at V&A. The exhibition features personal artefacts and pieces of clothing that belonged to the ever-inspiring painter. Locked away for 50 years and never exhibited outside Mexico, they are, as art critic Laura Cumming put it, “an extraordinary testimony to suffering and spirit”.