Chanel, Christian Dior, YSL, Givenchy, Lacroix, Ungaro. Window-shopping at the Place du Vendome this morning made me realize the French are a tour de force in the world of fashion. But with the US dollar at an abysmal low, it’s prohibitively expensive for Statesiders to purchase anything. The other big impediment….size. (We all know that French women are considerably more petite than their US counterparts). But fear not, you can have your vol-au-vont and eat too. Explore the city while whittling your waistline with “velib”.
As you might have guessed, a Monkie like me has no real life. Which means, I don’t go out parting with friends, chat on the phone or even leave the building for more than a few hours a week. My idea of getting out is jumping on my electric bike and going to the farmers market to pick up 60 pounds of veggies to juice. For the most part, I pretty much stay glued to my eco steelcase Think Chair and stare at my three 30 inch Apple Cinema Displays. Which means I am always checking out what itunes is giving away for free and lucky for me, they give away some good stuff.
The latest gem found was a music video by the artist named Lykke Li. The song is called I’m Good, I’m Gone. The video is a bit odd, but in a good way. The entire video moves in this choppy rhythm, which seems to just an extension of how the artist herself moves on stage. Checkout both the video and the interview below.
G Living | Fashion turns our lens on British Fashion Designer Katharine Hamnett, and her extensive history of using style to spotlight world issues. She has a flair for building content into fashion, and using her connections to some of the hottest models in the business to promote them. These organic cotton SAVE THE FUTURE tanks have been seen on high profile models such as Lily Cole, Naomi Campbell. With Hamnett’s help issues such as child labor, blood diamonds, and pesticide use in the garment industry have captured public interest and concern.
If living in an apartment is your excuse for not having a garden, you can always move to China and take up residence in Knafo Klimer’s Agro-Housing. It’s about as sustainable as a building concept can be, from the construction materials to the design. Plus each unit has its own greenhouse.
Your own personal greenhouse. In an apartment.
Designed to make multi-complex living more enjoyable and self-reliant, even in crowded cities, Agro-Housing was among the winners of the 2nd International Architecture Competition for Sustainable Housing. It’s basically a high-rise apartment building with plenty of personal space for the growing of food — which is good news for the Chinese, since a UN report estimates that 50 percent of their population will be fighting for city space by 2010.
We descend 1500 feet into this ancient caldera to explore this most beautiful and natural wildlife haven. Black-maned lions, huge-tusked elephants and black rhino roam freely protected by the walls of the crater itself. We move on through the Olduvai Gorge, said to be the birthplace of man, into the Serengeti to witness the migration north of millions of wildebeest and zebra with the big predators following them.
This park is the product of one of the largest animal relocation programs ever undertaken. One of the surprising successes of the program, was the flourishing packs of wild dogs.
On this edition we will see: Hyenas, Black Maned Lions, Wildebeest, Leopard, Wild Dog, Antelope, Elephants, and many more.
“I’m the dark side of green,” says Jonathan JJ Hudson, designer of Noki – House of Sustainability. Which is weird because we here at G Living are also the darker side of green. Only we don’t look like that. By “that” I’m referring to a look that seems at home on the streets of Harajuku — shredded heavy metal tees, roughed up taffeta dresses, defaced brand labels like Disney, Adidas and Evisu, as well as cut-out argyle knee highs, pantomime wigs and painted germ protecting masks — all of which were on display at London’s Fashion East earlier this year.
Supermodels have come a long way since Linda Evangelista famously said she wouldn’t get out of bed for less than $10,000 a day. From the old guard, some went on to host TV shows (Tyra, Heidi), others married movie stars (Christy, Cindy), others became embroiled in cocaine scandals (Kate), while others continue to make headlines for all the wrong reasons (Naomi). But hey, at least they were colorful. In comparison, the new breed, lead by Gisele Bünchen seem, well, boring.
That is, with one notable exception. Liya Kebede shows us that real beauty comes from the heart.
(Looking back at 2006 when George Clooney and his father, traveled to Sudan to see for themselves what was happening)
George Clooney has been speaking out in Washington to urge aid for the Darfur Crisis. George along with his dad Nick Clooney smuggled cameras into the Darfur refugee camps in April 2006 for five days to report on the genocide first hand. Over 200,000 have been killed and over 2 million have fled their homes since 2003.
Yesterday, George Clooney addressed the U.N. Security Council to urge them to send peacemakers to Sudan’s Darfur Region to prevent genocide. Clooney warned them if they did not, millions will die in what he called the first genocide of the 21st century.
Clooney told the council members, “It’s not getting better. It’s getting much, much worse.
And it is only the international community that can help us. Now, I know there are members of you here that, for what I’m sure are sensible reasons, have failed to use leverage at times to keep the — to get the peacekeepers on the ground. Well, we now have a date. The date is September 30. The 1st of October will leave these people with nothing. Whatever the reason, it’s not good enough. On October 1, it won’t just be the Janjaweed murdering and raping with impunity or Minnawi’s SLA slaughtering the Fur tribes.
Amidst the all excitement that surrounds socially conscious fashion these days, it’s easy to forget about the basic principle that either makes or breaks beautiful garments, green or otherwise — the cut. There’s no such oversight when it comes to Japanese design duo, Kaito Hori and Iku Furudate. Their Paris-based label Commuun has been presenting exquisite collections at Paris Women’s Ready to Wear Fashion Week since its debut in 2005.
Just fifteen kilometres from the city, yet a million miles from anywhere, before setting out on our train ride to Ifakara. This is our jumping off point for the river trip on the Kilombero River into the Selous, the world’s largest wildlife sanctuary a 50,000 square kilometres wilderness, with wondrous bird life, huge buffalo and elephant herds and the river full of dangerous hippo and crocs. This is the time of the great wildebeest migrations.
On this edition we will see: Hyenas, Lions, Wildebeest, Antelope, Elephants, and many more.
Actress Alicia Silverstone has done a complete turnaround from her days of acting an airhead to becoming someone we should all look up to. In case you’ve been living in a cave, Alicia’s a big supporter of PETA and a vegan.
Oh, and she’s in the middle of a scandal.
Unfortunately, her newest PETA ad has been banned in Houston, Texas — all because of her partial nudity in the 30 second clip. When I read that Comcast Spotlight (the advertising and sales division of Comcast Cable) pulled the commercial at the last minute, I was once again stunned by the ridiculously prude nature of our society.
It’s the human body, for goodness sake.
Let’s look back at some famous art in history. We have Dali, Donatello, Da Vinci, Michelangelo, to name a few — all of whom are world famous for their nude paintings and sculptures. Why is it when people look at their nude art, it’s seen as beauty and sensuality in natural form?
This is the story behind the multibillion dollar fever that has led internationally renown geologists to the most unlikely place on earth – a land package the size of Texas in the empty, remote and vast barren lands of the Artic. Fueled by the fever of the hunt for that rare and precious find and in spite of deathly obstacles, geologists began what has become the biggest staking rush in world history. This is the search for the oldest, hardest, and most valuable gem in the world.