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The Annie Hall Star and Timeless Style Influencer Diane Keaton is Born

From The Godfather to The First Wives Club, Manhattan to Something’s Gotta Give, American screen siren Diane Keaton has charmed us with her self-effacing humor and pioneering fashion sense over the course of her illustrious 40-year career. Famously propelled into the role of Hollywood’s most influential dresser as Woody Allen’s flustered muse in Annie Hall (1977), Keaton became the hallmark of the 1970s tomboy look with her unmistakable Chaplin-esque bow ties, hats and oversize tailoring. Sporting offbeat strands of pearls, berets and turtlenecks, her megawatt personality drew the romantic attention of cinema’s leading men, including Warren Beatty and Al Pacino. These and other affairs were considered in-depth when Keaton put acting on hold to pen her critically acclaimed personal memoir Then Again. In 2012 she followed her debut authorial effort with Home, covering her passion for architecture and design. Next up is the onetime face of L’Oreal’s as-yet-untitled tome on “beauty, ageing and being a woman,” which will lend her views on our cultural obsession with youth and appearance. The Oscar-winning actress will also return to the big screen later this year with the The Big Wedding, a remake of the French film Mon frère se marie starring Hollywood greats Robert De Niro and Robin Williams. On her birthday, we raise a glass to this modern renaissance woman.

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    Larry Clark: Marfa Girl

    The Hardcore Vision Behind the Cult Director's First Digital Release

    The ever-provocative photographer and filmmaker Larry Clark delves into the making of Marfa Girl, his first feature in seven years and the winner of the Marco Aurelio Award for Best Film at the Rome Film Festival, in today’s video by NOWNESS regular Matt Black. Set in the eponymous Texas desert town, the new work focuses on the culture clash arising from the area’s mix of Mexican Americans, ranchers, border patrol police and a creative scene founded by minimalist artist Donald Judd, who moved there in the 1970s. Starring a cast of mostly non-actors, Clark’s latest film returns to his signature themes of adolescent sexuality, the dark side of American youth and its unseen subcultures. The 69-year-old maverick achieved notoriety with his seminal 1971 black-and-white monograph Tulsa. His raw, intimate debut feature Kids – the controversial tale of a handful of nihilistic New York skaters – shot him to international fame in 1995, simultaneously launching the careers of Chloë Sevigny, Harmony Korine, Leo Fitzpatrick and Rosario Dawson. “He has a very authentic way of documenting sexual freedom, drug abuse and darkness,” says Black, Clark’s Tribeca neighbor. “When you pick up fashion magazines today, so much of the editorial is done in Larry’s street style. His visual codes are part of our language now.” While Clark’s documentary aesthetic has inspired generations of artists and filmmakers, in Hollywood he remains an outsider. Ratings and censorship led him to the decision to bypass distributors completely this time, making Marfa Girl available exclusively to watch online via his website larryclark.com. “Larry’s in a special position,” says Black. “He’s hugely respected in the fashion industry, the art industry and by young people. Heavyweight artists like Richard Prince and Christopher Wool love him. He can put this film online and everyone will want to see it—whether they like him or not.”

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    Secondhand Rose

    Antique Wallpaper Pioneer Suzanne Lipschutz on Celebrity Clients and Crazy Film Sets

    Suzanne Lipschutz, founder of the original vintage wallpaper store Secondhand Rose, enthralls with her stories of New York showbiz clients including Barbra Streisand, Woody Allen and Madonna in this short from directors Nick Sweeney and Aaron Peasley. For over 50 years the vivacious septuagenarian has been sought out by Manhattan’s finest to ornament their living rooms, boudoirs and bathrooms in her idiosyncratic style. “I’ve always loved wallpaper, I don’t know why,” says the husky toned Lipschutz. “When I was little, there was pineapple wallpaper in the kitchen. I remember touching it, and being told to get my sticky fingers off the wall!” Sourcing antique and rare papers from all over the world, the eccentric Lipschutz has become a quasi-historian, sourcing upwards of 50,000 rolls during the course of her expansive career. “Finding wallpaper, there’s nothing I love more,” she says. “I could sniff it out anywhere; I could ride through a strange town and tell by the building if it had wallpaper in it.” Here Lipschutz talks to NOWNESS about Paris flea markets, the Bauhaus era, and knocking over paint in the Ritz Carlton. 

    On well-traveled wallpaper  
    I’ve bought paper all over the world, I don’t even know where to start! At a Paris flea market, I found LeLeu Deshays’ French studio paper—it was just thrown in the middle of the market, just a knee-high pile of rare wallpaper in a booth. It was the last thing I was looking for.

    On design 
    My favorite wallpapers are from the Bauhaus era. The Austrian artists were phenomenal, and some of them were able to do 20 color prints. There’s an innocence, because it’s all hand-printed and the inks are vegetable dyes. They’re smeared on each other, so there’s this quality that you would never get today. They’re works of art. 

    On work-related calamities
    Once when I was buying wallpaper in Ohio, I was staying at the Ritz Carlton. I was so filthy, because wallpaper is filthy—the dust dirt gets in your nose, in your ears, in your hair. When I got out of the truck, I kicked over a can of white paint right on the carpet of the Ritz. I just said, “Oh my god, I’m so sorry!” and walked in. There are a million stories like that. 

    On set 
    We were doing Natural Born Killers with Oliver Stone. He always had an incredible sense of humor and wanted the wallpaper to be part of the personality of the movie. It was really nuts. As the movie proceeds, the people got crazier and crazier, and in every motel room the wallpaper got crazier and crazier until it was a dripping, green and shocking pink! 

    On color 
    I sell out of black paper right away. Anything with a black background sells out immediately. It’s the most dramatic, such as a black tulle with chenille pompoms and ribbons.

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