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Happy Valentines Day
There’s some rather good music coming out of San Francisco.
Billy Corgan once mentioned that for The Smashing Pumpkins’ Stand Inside Your Love music video he hired a small Belgian designer to do their costumes. As Olivier Theysken’s career blossomed at Rochas I had the suspicion that it was actually him who Corgan was speaking of. When I had chance to as the designer during a Q&A at a talk with Pamela Goblin I took it, and indeed, it was he.
In 1969, West German television program PARIS AKTUELL broadcasted the future through choreographed fashion vignettes set to the tune of Piero Piccioni and Mike Melvoin. The films capture a whole decade’s worth of dreams, built on rocketships to the stars. The Space Age would be a defining era, holding promise for the world of tomorrow. For designers Cardin, Rabanne, and Courreges, it would be a true romance. While their fascinations with the future proved to be no more than a fancy of the imagination, their eloquence and conviction of expression is certainly something to ponder.
Jamie Morgan and Cameron McVey released their single “Looking Good Diving”, produced by Stock Aitken Waterman, in 1986. The duo were members of Ray Petri’s Buffalo gang, the highly influential fashion pack who, through their reappropriation of traditional and iconic archetypes, subtle sexual subversion, and keen mix of high and low, paved the way for a whole new set of paradigms in men’s fashion. You’ll find the Buffalo look well documented in the pages of The Face and I-D (provided you can find the back issues), but it’s a whole other expression of the group, in song and video, of which “Looking Good Diving” grants a rare glimpse.