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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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?
Alexander Wang or Limi Feu?
I Kissed a Girl or Blame it on the Girls?
I kissed a Girl.