Archive for July, 2010

A Woman Who Loves Men

July 29, 2010

This GQ interview with Miuccia Prada may be one of my favorite interviews ever conducted. So well worded and unpretentious.

GQ: My first memory of an Italian woman is Sophia Loren. Do you have a first memory of American men? Maybe how they dressed?

MP: I’m not interested in how people dress. Of course, I recognize if somebody’s elegant. But fashion doesn’t interest me. People interest me. If you ask, do you like strong men or weak men, I’d say, I like who I like.

GQ: Okay, so no fashion questions. Who was the first boy you were ever in love with?

MP: I will never answer that question. [laughs]

GQ: How old were you when you first…

MP: Eh!

GQ: Do you remember the first boy you had a crush on?

MP: I started kind of young. I think around 13. Twelve.

GQ: What did you learn?

MP: [laughs] I will never answer.

GQ: Okay, look—I’ll go first. You know what I told a girl the other day?

MP: That you had another girl and she should give it up?

GQ: No.

MP: What did you say to her?

GQ: Well, I was on a date—

MP: The process of a date, I think, is terrible. Horrible. Because everything is banal and predicted.

GQ: It’s like this interview—it’s sort of a bad date. You certainly don’t want to be here, right?

MP: No! This is not true. I just hate talking about myself.

GQ: The problem with dates is that they’re programmed seduction—you have to show up and try to seduce the person. Right? And life isn’t like that. Life is about the accidental, unscheduled seduction.

MP: Seduction is a matter of feelings and people opening themselves. I don’t think it’s something tricky—it’s being human. And everybody is seduced by something different. You want a little bit of champagne?

GQ: Champagne? Yeah, that’d be great.

MP: Yes?

GQ: Absolutely.

MP: Good. [A minute later, an assistant enters with champagne and two glasses.] Tell me about dates and dating. Is it true what you read in magazines—that there is the thing you have to do on the first date and the thing you have to do on the second date, and then by the third date you can get—what do you say, carried over?

GQ: You mean, have sex? In New York, yes. That’s how it goes, usually.

MP: Yes? New York really must be terrible.

GQ: You know that show Sex and the City?

MP: Embarrassing! I was thinking New York is like that. I have the impression that the people are like that—the women, the bitchiness.

GQ: The thing is, too many women see that show and they think that’s how their life should be. Rather than create their life, they imitate a stupid show. And that’s the worst thing you can do. Right?

MP: Oh no, it’s terrible. Also the way of total and sure unhappiness. It’s what I say all the time to my girls in the office here: The more they dress for sex, the less they will have love or sex. These girls throw away so much energy in this search for beauty and sexiness. I think that the old rules were much more clever and better than the rules now. The trouble is, most people are not so generous. Everybody wants love for themselves. I hear this all the time from the women I work with. I hear them say, “I want, I want.” I never hear them saying what they want to give.

GQ: Do you tell them that?

MP: Yes, of course. They don’t listen. With women, the more unhappy they are, the more undressed they are. This is true. Dignity’s another very important part of this. Sex and the City is the opposite of dignity. You have to have dignity for your body—this is with men and women. You need to have dignity towards how you are, how you dress, how you behave. Very important. Men are always much more dignified than most women.

GQ: Why?

MP: Because women have the stress of being beautiful, of age and youth. Men don’t have all that. And with women, that stress causes a lot of mistakes and bad choices—a lot of not being their true self. You know, the older I get, the more I prefer to talk to old people. Old people or kids.

GQ: So you want me to leave?

MP: [laughs] Because what they say is more spontaneous.

GQ: They have the freedom to tell the truth. Kids haven’t learned how to lie, and old people just don’t care anymore what people think.

MP: Exactly.

GQ: What do you remember about being a kid?

MP: That I had no fun. My family was too serious. They didn’t take care of me—it was a very serious and severe life. Not severe in a bad way; just boring—like totally neutral. I felt no emotion. I remember total flatness, and I didn’t have many friends. Also, when we were on vacation, we had to go to bed in the afternoon. We had to come home at seven o’clock, and all of the others stayed out. My parents were truly severe.

GQ: You had to go to bed in the afternoon?

MP: I hated it. [laughs]

GQ: You probably just lay there and thought about escaping.

MP: No, I was not even that rebellious.

GQ: What do you remember of your father?

MP: I don’t talk about him.

GQ: You don’t like to live in the past.

MP: I like the past very much!

GQ: Only for vintage clothes, I think.

MP: Exactly! [laughs] I like getting older and being the person who people ask for help.

GQ: Being the wise woman.

MP: Yes.

GQ: You know, you weren’t always so wise—can we talk about when you used to be a mime? What’s with that? I mean, in America, being a mime is like admitting you are a certified freak.

MP: In America many things that are interesting are seen as odd.

GQ: Well, I had a theory about how it relates to your success: Mime is all about observing people and feeling what’s inside, right?

MP: I did mime because it was the time in life when you search. There were all these crazy, strange things to do at that moment, and mime had kind of a strange ambience, strange people, so I liked it. It was about self-control and being able to control your body and mind. It was a school of discipline. That’s what has stayed with me, discipline—to spend three days to focus on learning to move one little part of your body the right way. [She holds up her index finger and moves the top third back and forth.] To practice that for hours. This has stuck with me because it is what I do now—focus. To stand in one place and get it right.

GQ: That’s funny—you went from being a mime to being the spokesperson for the Prada Foundation, which supports art and artists.

MP: It’s very interesting: Because of the Prada name, I can do things that people normally would not care about in the culture. I can have an exhibit by some forgotten artist who I love, and because it’s Prada, people will come see it.

GQ: But isn’t that exciting for you? That power?

MP: Yes, very much. Also very embarrassing.

GQ: Why?

MP: Prada is something that should be so mundane, like clothes.

GQ: Why are you so insecure, Miuccia?

MP: For many years, I thought my work was so…not stupid, but I had the sense it was not real. I am trying to get past this feeling. You want some more champagne?

GQ: Yes, I would.

MP: Good. I need some. I respect my work. But also I think it’s very superficial. So that’s why we are doing all these other activities, because I’m a moralistic person in the end. But I am in a key moment. I kind of understand that I have to use my work more completely without being ashamed. [raises her glass] Chin-chin, yes?

GQ: Chin! So what is the point of fashion? The average GUY pictures a few strange people sitting around indulging their bizarre whims, and I’m not sure you disagree.

MP: Clothes can be important. I am learning this. For instance, often when I design and I wonder what is the point, I think of someone having a bad time in their life. Maybe they are sad, and they wake up and they put on something that I’ve made, and it makes them feel just a bit better. So in that sense, fashion is a little help in the life of a person. But very little. After all, if you have a serious drama, who cares about the clothes?

GQ: I believe in uniforms—finding a look you like and sticking to it.

MP: I love uniforms because they allow you to hide. No one knows what you are thinking, so it’s a very appropriate and correct way to be yourself.

GQ: You seem haunted by some voice in the back of your head, A voice telling you that you’re not good enough.

MP: Definitely.

GQ: Where does that come from?

MP: From Catholicism first and Communism after.

GQ: And your parents?

MP: My parents—yes, yes, oh, my God, yes.

GQ: Back to Communism for a second. in the ’60s you were a member of the party, and you’re still political. Do you ever think about running for office?

MP: [laughs] When I am really old and no longer a designer.

GQ: But people must talk to you about that, right?

MP: Yes. And it is something I think about. But in the future. Right now, maybe I can be political in my work. We will see. I like to be useful to people. I want to confront myself. I challenge and doubt myself. Basically, what I don’t like is to get bored.

A Fabric of a Different Structure.

July 27, 2010

I stumbled across a Canadian Etsy shop called Black Market Baby. Its right up my alley, today. The clothes are dark, oddly structured, and above all….affordable.

The oversized hoodie is what caught my eye, but some of the dresses are pretty, pretty, too.

Whats up, adorable crotch shot dress? Get into my life!

“My First Project”

July 26, 2010

I’ve been messing around my a friends Canon 7D camera, recently. While I was getting ready for work the other morning, I set the camera around and just let it roll. Then edited it in iMovie. It was my first real attempt, but I think it came out pretty ok.

Rotary Love.

July 19, 2010

I’m currently living in a house with land lines. There is something more stable feeling about having a set place where your phone gets used. I sometimes feel like having a cell phone is like having a clingy boyfriend. Its always there and you’re constantly having to tend to it, creating impolite social situations. Hate it. Luckily, my cell phone is so slim, that I constantly lose it for days at a time. I wonder if my thoughts on current phones would be different if I owned this awesome Bluetooth rotary.

Communication was so much more exciting when I used a rotary phone. There’s just a satisfaction in everything from the dialing process to being able to speak into a receiver that didn’t molest the side of your face. My land lines are all rotary style, so I shouldn’t complain. Especially since if I was ever to lure a small child into my house,  they would have no idea how to call 911. As proven by this very sad video.

Kings of Convenience (music Monday)

July 12, 2010

Riot on an Empty Street- Kings of Convenience: Know-How: (2004) I typically dislike albums that are powered by acoustic guitars and monotone voices. Playing those albums are like being forced underneath some ‘artists’ depression rain cloud. But something about this is a bit more seductive. The lay out of the songs makes me feel like I should be listening to it someplace bright and warm. Like the beach or the lighting section of a Home Depot

Let The Right Ones Out.

July 10, 2010

Us talentless, attention starved, greedy, gluttonous Americans haven’t been able to make something better than another country since WWII. So why that wet teabag of a human that directed Cloverfield thought he could spruce up the amazing Swedish film Let The Right One In, is beyond me.

Bah hum bug. As usual, someone had decided to remake a foreign movie full of great cinematography and emotional layers and flatten it into another ‘gripping thriller’. I sometimes think they do it because Americans are fairly illiterate and simply can’t be bothered with the subtitles of a foreign film. That, and the fact that many of us can’t seem to think about blood without the association of horror.

You want horror??!? Just take a gander at the Versace family. That always keeps me suckin’ my thumb for days.

As far as this remake goes, all I can hope for is a better version of robokittens.

Missing Missy

July 8, 2010

Missing Missy is the best production since that spider thing…Come on. You know what I’m talking about.

Bitches Love Beverages.

July 7, 2010

Every time I think I have my shit together, I encounter someone like this dashing young lad, and I’m reminded I have a long way to go.

Fugazi (music Mondays)

July 5, 2010

End Hits- Fugazi: Arpeggiator: (1999)I always have a hard time finding my favorite Fugazi song, let alone album. They just didn’t have a bad album, as far as I’m concerned.  Arpeggiator really shows the craftsmanship behind the band which I feel is what makes Fugazi so timelessly amazing.

Thanks America.

July 4, 2010

Independence day will always remind me of shooting bottle rockets from cars, watching fireworks from New York rooftops, Twilight Zone marathons, and this magazine cover.

Thanks for that, America.


July 2, 2010

  • Batali has a Meatless Monday dish at all 14 of his restaurants.
  • Fireworks being set off indoors.
  • Spitting off historical cartoon facts when asked to talk about something I love for a seamless 60 seconds.

wearing socks into dive bars

  • Who You Gonna Call? (especially the guy 0:55 seconds into the video) I believe I was walking down the street with Krysti when we passed them on their way to film this. Oh, if only we had followed them.
  • The minimal design of the Digital Holga camera
  • Watching a random episode of Lost while having someone try to fill me in, as it goes. It was a bit like having a personal Mystery Science Theater 3000.
  • two cute!
  • The Brothers Bloom. All the details about it were so well done. The wardrobe, the sets, the soundtrack, Bang Bang, the ending.
  • “I don’t know about “truths.” A photograph is a secret about a secret. The more it tells, the less you know.”
  • the spine bracelet.
  • “I’m too sad to kill you, today”
  • Band shirt care packages from New York

Taking photos from the car as we drive from San Francisco to LA on the 101 Highway, listening to Television

  • Books on Shirt.
  • Dancing in the middle of my office when I start getting tired, mid day
  • This Gorillaz commercial. Hey Damon, What with the cute outfit choice and  why isn’t Hewlett wearing it?

  • Having someone who can sense when I’m down and surprise me with a dozen Krispy Kreme doughnuts, black coffee, and a collectors edition Takashi Miike film, when I wake up
  • Brits trying to impersonate my American accent.
  • Not having access to my iPhone for several weeks.

creative ways to create cause awareness. Like this one for Campaign Against Land Mines.

“…and I have learned to live, as it were, with the idea that I will never find peace and happiness, either. But as long as I know there’s a pretty good chance I can get my hands on either one of them every once in a while, I do the best I can between high spots.”

Hunter S. Thompson

  • Growing a gardenia plant on my balcony
  • Having a very caring friend send me my favorite coffee from New York
  • this photo I took of Randi

I like this song…maybe I don’t. I haven’t been able to tell for the three weeks its been stuck in my head. Here are some musical gems that I am positive that my ears find appealing:

Roy:[humming] We don’t need no education.
Moss:Yes you do, you’ve just used a double negative.

-the IT Crowd