From Kanye to Kate, Celebrities Come Together to Provide Hurricane Relief for the City They Love
The latest project launched to aid the overwhelming aftermath of Hurricane Sandy is Re/Create, a round of three eBay auctions that begins this Friday (viewable as of today) offering celeb-handled covetables such as actress Julianne Moore’s special effects breast-plate from the forthcoming remake of Carrie, Kanye West’s customized Nike sneakers, a vintage Miu Miu dress from Les Misérables star Anne Hathaway’s wardrobe and a rarefied Louis Vuitton golden arrow with feathers designed by Kim Jones—all photographed for NOWNESS by Dan Forbes. Each luminary’s donated item is accompanied by their personal Spotify playlists. Conceived by the team at the digital agency CreateThe Group, Re/Create is a platform that can be engaged annually to benefit a variety of causes. “We’re based in New York," says company founder and CEO James Gardner. "We thought we’d put our heads together for Sandy but hope that what we create can have a longer-lasting impact." Photographer Craig McDean contributed an original print and signed copies of his latest publication. "There were many homes and businesses in my neighborhood of Chelsea affected by the storm including art galleries and my favorite book store, Printed Matter," he reflects. "It was the least I could do to give back to those more seriously impacted." Fellow New York resident, Re/Create participant and Mugler Creative Director Nicola Formichetti meanwhile donated a "Naboo" bag in custom blue, covered in his signature graffiti. "I wanted to give something positive and personal," he says. "It’s a one-of-a-kind piece for a one-of-a-kind city."
Let the Grammy-Winning Guru of Record Production Guide You Toward New Year Nirvana
Recording artist whisperer and all-around wizened sage Rick Rubin contemplates life and art on the stunning cliffs outside his Malibu residence in this short film by Alison Chernick. The mogul ruminates on living in harmony with nature, the importance of recreating its perfection in art, and the transcendental power of sound before leading us into a guided meditation, a practice he has followed since becoming fascinated with yogis as a teenager. His trademark beard, untouched since he was 23 years old, pays clear homage to their spiritual influence. The story of Rubin’s beginnings at Def Jam Records with Russell Simmons in 1984 from his New York University dorm room has become the stuff of legend. He has since become one of the most influential producers in the history of pop music, producing seminal hip-hop albums by artists such as LL Cool J, Run-D.M.C., and The Beastie Boys, with an unparalleled knack for genre-bending and critically acclaimed covers. He has also masterminded the late-career resurrection of a number of artists via American Recordings, exemplified by Johnny Cash’s victorious comeback. Add to that eight Grammy awards, being named one of Time’s most influential people in the world, and a co-presidency of Columbia Records, and Rubin has more than earned his magic reputation. “He is on a journey through the spiritual and creative wilderness,” says Chernick. “It’s transformative to witness.”
Illustrator Tara Dougans' Buzzing Short Film Celebrates the Debut Men's Fashion Week in London
Inspired by the Burmese proverb "beware of a man's shadow and of a bee's sting,” Canadian-born, London-based illustrator Tara Dougans juxtaposes the graphic beauty of the honey-making insect with a selection of striking menswear designs from the F/W12 season. In anticipation of the first ever London Men’s Fashion Week, which kicks off June 15, Dougans illustrated some of her favorite designs, including Alber Elbaz and Lucas Ossendrijver's striped three-piece suit for Lanvin, Riccardo Tisci's star-emblazoned sweater for Givenchy, Walter Van Beirendonck's trompe l'oeil prints, and Kim Jones's travel blanket-inspired bomber jackets for Louis Vuitton. “Menswear somehow feels more open to interpretation,” explains Dougans. “Visually its delivery tends to be more subtle than womenswear, so a little twist of playfulness goes a long way.” Executed in her trademark hand-drawn style, Dougans’ works are brought to life with subtle movements and a haunting soundtrack by London-based composer Johnston Sheard. “I wanted to explore something multisensory while retaining my original craftsmanship of hand,” the artist says of working with moving image. “I love the idea of subtle, unexpected movement—a playful wink.”
Credits, in order of appearance: Dries Van Noten, Juun.J, Lanvin, Thom Browne, Givenchy, Walter Van Beirendonck, Louis Vuitton