Tara Oceans

Photographer Spencer Lowell Boards agnès b.’s Innovative Seafaring Research Vessel  

Windswept nautical views, choppy seas and cloud-mottled skies mingle elegantly with marine laboratory close-ups in this short documentary from the lauded Los Angeles director and Time magazine photographer Spencer Lowell. Captured over a five-day trip aboard “Tara”, the scientific vessel owned by agnès b. company director Étienne Bourgeois, Lowell’s images reflect the rhythm of the unknown waters while distilling the advanced work undertaken by the ship’s crew and researchers, often assisted by artists and journalists, towards understanding how what lies beneath impacts our lives above. “The most emotional moment was waking up on a Saturday morning and going onto the deck to be surrounded by 360 degrees of water,” the filmmaker recalls. “I had never been out where you couldn’t see land anywhere. It was completely surreal.” Having made expeditions across the seas of Greenland, Antarctica, Patagonia and South Georgia, “Tara”—formerly Sir Peter Blake’s “Seamaster”—reveals the surprising yet critical importance of plankton and other micro-aquatic organisms, which generate 50 percent of the oxygen in the atmosphere and consume 75 percent of the carbon dioxide. This is something the designer and culture doyenne agnès b. has paid a key interest in over the past decade. “She believes that the situation today will be the humanitarian crisis of tomorrow,” Secretary General and Operations Manager of the Tara Oceans project Romain Troublé says of her involvement. “There is scientific activity around plankton all over the world, but we also look at the environment and its neighbors—something that’s rarely, or never, been done on a global scale as we do with Tara.”

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    a lot of the films you are showing on nowness are sticking which is very frustrating just thought i would bring this to your attention

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    Oh Land: Nordic Fantasia

    The Scandinavian Pop Star Takes An Animated Ride in Matthew Donaldson's Film

    Danish pop-electro songstress Nanna Øland Fabricius, aka Oh Land, takes a dramatic turn as she cycles aimlessly about Copenhagen’s animated streets in director Matthew Donaldson’s short. Though Oh Land has called Brooklyn, New York, home since early 2010, the Copenhagen native still pines for the Nordic mini-metropolis. “I miss being able to go everywhere on my bike. It’s so freeing and such a nice way to explore your city,” she says. “In New York it’s so dangerous, it’s not the same experience.” This fall, the knockout chanteuse—known for her whimsical vocals, fantastical lyrics and idiosyncratic dance moves—has been touring the United Kingdom, opening for Katy Perry and performing hits like “Wolf & I” and “White Nights” from her eponymous second album. Later this month, Oh Land embarks on her U.S. tour with a new skill set in tow: “I can’t actually whistle, but throughout the shoot for this film, after pretending to whistle for so long, I think I got a bit better!” Here the Scandinavian songbird, one of Louis Vuitton’s latest Amble Ambassadors, reveals her preferences when it comes to fine dining, high fashion and boy bands.

    Ballet or break dance?
    Ballet, for sure.


Fox fur or faux fur?
How about a real live fox? 

    Nude or Neon? 


    Caviar or Cadbury’s?

    Vivienne Westwood or Viktor & Rolf?


Bad boy or Prince Charming? 

    When I was younger, definitely the bad boy… the older I get, I want more of Prince Charming. 

    Fact or fiction? 

    Fiction, for sure. 

    Footloose or Flashdance?


Sequins or subtlety?
That’s tricky because sequins can be subtle. 

    Night owl or early bird?
    Night owl.


Brooklyn or Copenhagen?
Oh shit. I can’t answer that—at the moment I miss Brooklyn because I haven’t been home for a long time, and my dog and boyfriend are there.

    Justin Bieber or Backstreet Boys? 

    Do I have to choose? That just leaves a really bad taste in my mouth… but I guess I have to say… Justin Bieber, but only because he plays the drums.


Gym bunny or cuddle bug?
I would like to say gym bunny, but I think I must say the latter.

    See Oh Land’s guide to Copenhagen on the Louis Vuitton Amble application here.
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    Laure Shang: Perfect Night

    China’s Gothic Pop Star Reveals Her Darkly Romantic New Video

    Mixing steely electronic beats with her deep and powerful voice, Chinese chanteuse Laure Shang Wenjie performs a haunting tale of love and war in her new video for Perfect Night, directed by Theo Stanley. Wearing sculptural dresses by local designer Masha Ma, the Shanghai native morphs into an eerie nocturnal creature enveloped in smoke and flames. Shang rose to prominence by winning the third season of China’s television singing contest Super Girls, and last year took Music Radio’s Best Female Singer award to cement her place as China’s pop icon of the moment. Also a fashion muse, Shang has modeled for L’Officiel Hommes, regularly attends couture shows around the world, and works with emerging Chinese designers, such as Central Saint Martins graduate Ma. “The white and black forms worked well for the composite effects, and provided a canvas for the prismatic color projections,” says Stanley of Ma’s creations. “I developed a visual treatment which focused on a combined language of prisms, crystals, smoke and fire elements.” The track is taken from Shang’s forthcoming album Ode to the Doom, on which the 29-year-old explores spirituality, love and death, inspired by goth subcultures and the macabre romance of Alexander McQueen. Here the singer shares her preferences for mohair, Katy Perry and Alexander Wang.

    Beijing Fashion Week or Shanghai Film Festival?
    Shanghai Film Festival.

    Minx or mohair?

    Black or White?

    Smokey eye or cat eye?

    Electro-pop or chanson?

    Croissants or Shanghai Dumplings?
    Shanghai Dumplings.

    Alexander Wang or Limi Feu?
    Alexander Wang.

    I Kissed a Girl or Blame it on the Girls?
    I kissed a Girl.

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