Colour Me Purple

From left: Dries van Noten, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Chloé, and Gucci Image via Refinery 29

With Camel being one of the most desired colours for fall 2010 fashion, it plays the perfect canvas to make accent colours pop. And one of the favoured places for fun accent colours is the nails. Spring/Summer 2010 saw the onslaught of yummy minty green and jade on the nails, made popular by Chanel. So popular in fact that Chanel Jade sold out more than once.

Chanel Jade Polish

But Fall 2010 is the time for grape and violet lovers to rejoice, because polish colours like YSL‘s Belle de Nuit and Chanel’s Paradoxal are what’s hot for the upcoming season.

Chanel Paradoxal

Rich jewel tones will be gracing the nails of all fashion forward ladies (and quite possible a few daring gents). And for those that want to have a bit more fun with their polish, try a spin on the traditional French manicure with a violet nail with a gold tip, as seen in the YSL Rock Baroque Campaign.

YSL Rock Baroque Fall 2010 Campaign with Purple and Gold Tipped Nails

YSL Polish Combination Beautiful Night/ Belle du Nuit

But if the plums and eggplants aren’t where your heart lies, simply go for anything metallic, rich jewel tones or buttery soft neutrals. Grey nails are also a hit for fall, just be sure to stay away from grey tones that can make your nails look ‘dead’. O.P.I‘s You Don’t Know Jacques or YSL’s Stormy Grey are alway’s good bets.

O.P.I You Don't Know Jacques Polish image via http://gliha.blogs.com

YSL Stormy Grey Polish image via http://gliha.blogs.com

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MEN’S FASHION EXCLUSIVE–Quick Study

Photography: Greg Swales

Styling: Amy Lu

Grooming: Sabrina Rinaldi

Model: Taras

Quick Study

Jacket, Pants,Blue shirt, Burgandy Button Up: J. Lindeberg, Blue/Red Paisley Tie: Sand, Brown Dress Shoes: David's Footwear

Black Shirt w/ velvet collar & Grey Velvet Jacket: Sand Xo, Purple Pocket Scarf: Sand, Clear Plastic Frames: Legacy at Spectacle

Jacket, Grey Pants, & Mirror Shoulder: Ezra Constantine, Black Boots (amazonas): Quoddy

White Long Sleeve & Blue Striped Sweater: Suit, Beige Pants: Blue Blood, Desert Boots: Clarks Original

Plaid Deer Button Up & Jean Jacket: Gant Rugger, Green trousers: Gant By Michael Bastianm, Green U Neck: Suit

Navy Sweater, Jeans, White Collared Shirt: J. Lindeberg, Taupe Cord Jacket & Striped Tie: Gant Rugger

Plaid Shirt, Blue Botton-Up, Beige Pants, Plaid Belt, Navy Peat Coat: J. Lindeberg, Tortise Shell Glasses: Grandmaster at Spectacle

Red Check Shirt: Eleven Paris, Navy Blazer & Grey Trousers: J. Lindeberg, Black Shoes: Gravati at Davids Footwear

From Scribbles to Sculpture: When a Pencil Isn’t Just a Pencil

Conjoined Hearts by Dalton Ghetti Image via http://kronikle.kidrobot.com

Typically the role of a pencil in the art-sphere is that of a tool, one that is used to start a project, sketch it out, shade in areas and get the ball rolling. More often than not, that tool is found strewn on studio floors, broken on drafting tables, half-sharpened, or worn down to the nib. But when  Dalton Ghetti gets ahold of the wood and graphite tool, he turns a pencil into something special, something intricate and something that can take years to create. Ghetti transforms a pencil from a tool to make art, into art itself.

Hand Saw by Dalton Ghetti Image via http://kronikle.kidrobot.com

He carves miniscule sculptures out of the tip of pencils and has been doing so for 25 years. His tools are that of a razor blade, sewing needle and sculpting knife. The detail of his work is impressive to say least, especially due to the scale of his canvas. One would think a magnifying glass would be his most prized possession and the key to his work, but one would be wrong.

Dalton Ghetti at work Image via http://kronikle.kidrobot.com

Elvis Bust by Dalton Ghetti Image via http://kronikle.kidrobot.com

The 49-year-old craftsman shuns a magnifying glass and relies simply on a steady hand, skill and patience, patience the majority of us in the technological world of instant messaging, social media and the likes simply cannot comprehend.

Some of his sculptures can take years to finish, especially with the more complicated pieces, such as the 23-link chain he created in the middle of a pencil. Last year he finished a series of 26 pencils, each one with a letter of the alphabet carved into its tip. The series took two and a half years.

23 Chain Link Conjoined Pencil by Dalton Ghetti Image via http://sarahpaolucci.wordpress.com/

Alphabet by Dalton Ghetti Image via http://kronikle.kidrobot.com

“When I’m inspired, I can sit down and things just flow,” said Ghetti to NY Daily News. “You can’t force yourself to do those things. I do it just for fun, it’s pretty much like a hobby, a kind of meditation work that I do.”

His work is based on creative passion and attention to detail. He uses a sewing needle to make holes or dig into the graphite, scratch and create lines all while slowly turning he pencil slowly in his steady hand.

But why a pencil?

“The pencil tip is great; it’s like a pure, very homogenous material,” he said to the New York Times. “It cuts in the same direction, not like wood, which has a grain. But when I tell people how long it takes, that’s when they don’t believe it. That’s what amazes people more, the patience. Because everything nowadays has to be fast, fast, fast.”

Mini Mailbox by Dalton Ghetti Image via http://kronikle.kidrobot.com

Is there a market for Ghetti’s work, most definitely. Does that matter to him? Not at all. Ghetti does not sell any of his pieces, but he will gift them to friends.

The New Britain Museum of American Art has Ghetti’s entire collection (to date) on display until Aug. 29 as part of its “Meticulous Masterpieces” show.  A perfect fit indeed.

What’s next for Ghetti, well he is working on his biggest project ever, one he thinks will take him 10 years to finish, but it will be worth it. Ghetti is creating one rice-grain sized tear drop for each of the 9/11 vicitms.
“The idea is, as you walk in, you’ll see a huge tear drop far away,” he told the New York Tmes. “As you walk up close to it, you’ll see that it’s made up of tiny little ones. So I make one a day. I was watching the whole thing from Sherwood Island State Park, and I broke down and cried all day. I had a vision about doing something about it, and that’s what I came up with. It’ll probably take about 10 years to do it.”

Heart on a Chain by Dalton Ghetti Image via http://kronikle.kidrobot.com

Guys, This One is For You–SYDNEY’S is Re-Opening

Sydney's Liquidation Sale

Well guys get ready to shop again. The day you have been waiting for has finally arrived, and the best part about it, is the four letter word we all love: SALE!

That’s right, after much anticipation after a heartbreaking fire on the May long weekend, Sydney’s is finally re-opening tomorrow, August 7, 2010 at the new 682 Queen Street West location.

Shirts at Sydney's

And as mentioned, the re-opening is also a big, giant liquidation sale! All of Sydney’s Spring/Summer 2010 will be up to 80% off! So if you have a hankering for some Dries Van Noten, Marni, Rick Owens, Individual Sentiments, Jil Sander, Juma, Chatav Ectabit, and more there is only one place to be tomorrow: Sydney’s.

But be warned, get there early, stock probably won’t last.

Congratulations on the re-opening Sydney, we are glad to have you back.

The Boys With The Broken Halos–The Black Keys

Image ©The Black Keys

I almost don’t want to write about The Black Keys, their sixth album, Brothers, and the show they put on last night at Toronto’s KoolHaus. I almost don’t want to write about them because I cannot be objective and I also do not think anything I could write could possibly capture just how good vocalist/guitarist Dan Auerbach and drummer/producer Patrick Carney are on stage. But, I’ll give it a shot.

The Black Keys played two back-to-back sold out shows, and for good reason, they are one of those bands that sound just as good live (possibly better) as they do on the studio album. They are not over-produced, they do not have fancy bells and whistles, there is no auto-tune, they are just damn good by themselves.

Image via Chart Attack

There is passion in Auerbach’s voice that is equally matched by the way Carney bashes his kit. It is mesmerizing to watch and hear. The night was once again thick with heat in Toronto and the stage lights were unforgiving, soaking the duo in hot light and sweat. But they didn’t seem to mind as they blasted out raw and soulful blues-infused rock that the audience simply could not get enough of. But Auerbach and Carney don’t get so lost in their music that they can’t see what is going on around them.

At last night’s show Auerbach stopped singing early in the set, walked over to Carney , who then also stopped playing. Auerbach walked back to his mic stand and berated a group of unruly guys who didn’t know how to behave in public.

“You guys got to act like you have been around girls before. You’re acting like a couple of drunk frat boys. You got to chill out alright. ‘Cuz you are fucking this up for me,” began Auerbach as he told them to smarten up or he would get security to throw them out. He refused to continue playing Stack Shot Billy and let the rest of us know we could blame the guys in the front. To which the crowd booed, but cheered Auerbach for saying, “Don’t push girls. I saw what you did there. I saw what you did to that girl in front of you.”

Not only do this duo from Akron Ohio make some of the best music around, it appears their mothers also raised them right. The Black Keys got 100 bonus points for that, not that they needed them.

While watching the band intently I couldn’t help but think and smile at the aptness of the lyric “Fuck the white ones, The Black Keys got so much soul,” from Blakroc‘s Dollaz & Sense track featuring RZA & Pharoahe Monch.

For those of you that don’t know, Blakroc is an album The Black Keys made with legendary hip-hop heavyweight Damon Dash–who is also a self-professed The Black Keys fan. Dash and The Keys worked with 11 of hip hops most influential artists, including Mos Def, Q-Tip, and Jim Jones. The album was  released on Black Friday of 2009. It is impeccably crafted often plays on repeat through my headphones. And luckily for us The Black Keys are currently working on another Blakroc album with guests including Chicago-based hip hop duo The Cool Kids and  Jay Electronica among others. Here is a little bit of the story…

But back to the show, some of the night’s highlight tracks included the first single off the new Brothers album, “Tighten Up,” as well as “Howlin’ For You,” “Everlasting Light,” “She’s Long Gone” and “Ten Cent Pistol.” The boys also played crowd favourites “I Got Mine” and “Strange Times” among a gaggle of other gritty and thoroughly enjoyable tunes.

It was a night that was pretty close to musical perfection, and with videos like this one for Tighten Up  how can you not fall in love with The Black Keys?

The only thing missing from the show was my one of my personal favourite songs from the band’s 2008,  fifth album, Attack & Release, “Lies.” Maybe next time…For now I will leave you with the first few lines: “You said the moon was ours, to hell with the day, the sunlight is only going to take love away.”

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Studio releases

Collaboration albums

UNADULTERATED–BEAUTY EXCLUSIVE–

Photographer:  TOMAAS
Represented by: Robert Bacall Reps
Hair: Seiji  Uehara
Make-up: Emi Koizumi
Model: Alexandrina Turcan Major Models

New Look On The Horizon

Hello Lovely OfTheNow readers!

As you noticed there have been no new posts this week…but fear not, I have not abandoned you or OfTheNow. I am working to make OfTheNow even better with a new design. So hold tight and enjoy the sunshine while we pour over new layouts.

For now I will leave you with this picture I stole from a friend who found it online. It might be one of the most perfect photographs I have ever laid eyes on…