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FRANK SINATRA’S NEW YORK PENTHOUSE

a-look-inside-of-frank-sinatras-new-york-penthouse-4The late Andy Warhol once described Frank Sinatra’s former Manhattan penthouse as a “glittering grotto in the sky” and from looking at these incredible shots it’s hard to imagine otherwise. The space was designed personally by Sinatra in 1961 and acted as his main residence till 1972.

Although the apartment has received extensive renovations in 2008, which saw the additional of a few more modern touches, the layout of the 3200 square-foot apartment has remained intact. Features include only the necessities that one would need when residing in the Big Apple, particularly on the island. These include up to six bathrooms, four bedrooms, marble fireplaces, glass staircases as well as two enormous terraces that offer incredible views of the East River. Like I said, necessities. The penthouse is currently on sale, with an estimated market value of $6 million (USD).a-look-inside-of-frank-sinatras-new-york-penthouse-7a-look-inside-of-frank-sinatras-new-york-penthouse-1a-look-inside-of-frank-sinatras-new-york-penthouse-9a-look-inside-of-frank-sinatras-new-york-penthouse-5a-look-inside-of-frank-sinatras-new-york-penthouse-8a-look-inside-of-frank-sinatras-new-york-penthouse-3a-look-inside-of-frank-sinatras-new-york-penthouse-2a-look-inside-of-frank-sinatras-new-york-penthouse-6

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GEORGE CLOONEY IS DOTTY FOR W MAGAZINE

george-clooney-by-emma-summerton-for-w-magazine-december-2013january-2014-4For the Art Issue, W magazine has enlisted Georgous as cover model. Shot by Emma Sutterton, the Gravity star appears in various stages of spotted posing, all in custom Armani by Yayoi Kusama, the Japanese artist and writer known for her affinity for the polka dot. Catch the December/January issue now or preview the pics below.  george-clooney-by-emma-summerton-for-w-magazine-december-2013january-2014-5 george-clooney-by-emma-summerton-for-w-magazine-december-2013january-2014

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RICK OWENS CROCODILE LEATHER JACKET FOR JAY Z

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For their recent “A New York Holiday” collaboration Jay Z and luxury retail giant Barneys enlisted some of the worlds top houses as well as up-and-coming brands to design unique luxe pieces inspired by the Hip Hop veteran. With houses such as Balmain, Acne Studios, the Elder Statesmen and En Noir producing pieces for the collection, all proceeds raised will be donated to the Shawn Carter Foundation. As a part of this endeavour, avant-garde designer Rick Owens was recruited to create a unique take on his now-iconic asymmetrical leather jackets, retailing at a staggering $58, 000. The Mollino Crocodile leather jacket is styled with Owens’ signature leather cuts and exceptional tailoring. Lined with silk blend twill and made in Italy, the jacket is available for purchase from Barneys’ online store.

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JAMIE DORNAN FRONTS ZEGNA CAMPAIGN

 

 

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Jamie Dornan fronts the new Ermenegildo Zegna campaign under the careful new direction of Stefano Pilati for spring/summer 2014. Of course much hype is surrounding Dornan, who has been a rather successful model and young actor, with the news of his accepting to play Christian Gray. A role, I believe, that would be stupid to turn down despite the fact the books sound like utter rubbish. That said it’s a lot like Crocs, I’m afraid if I try it I may like it.

He stars alongside Paolo Anchisi in this Zegna campaign shot by Inez Van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin. While it may seem like an odd change for the designer I believe he will bring a certain elegance and design sophistication to bring the label up a few notches. Did you see the sleeve detail below? Power suiting and excellent tailoring, this one is on my list to watch for sure.

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PRADA SHORT FILM BY WES ANDERSON STARRING JASON SCHWARTZMAN

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Short films are fantastic. Especially short films from Prada by Wes Anderson starring Jason Schwartzman. Entitled Catello Cavalcanti, and costarring Giadi Colagrande, this little Italian blip of a town is waiting for a race to go by. It does, but you’ll have to watch to see what happens next. How very old cinema it is. It certainly was filmed in such a way but there are great modern subtlties which are to be enjoyed too. Most used phrase in a script: ‘Son of a bitch!’  Enjoy.

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DAVID BECKHAM RUMOURED TO BE KNIGHTED EARLY NEXT YEAR

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David Beckham, one of the most sartorially inclined men on the planet, is set to receive a knighthood. There has been no confirmation however if he is to be knighted he will be subject to a thorough examination of his finances among other assessments. It is reported that Mr. Beckham will be knighted for his contributions to British football as well as his philanthropic endeavours. Having played for Manchester United, Real Madrid, AC Milan and LA Galaxy as well as captaining the English national side Beckham has certainly left his mark on the world of football. As a result of this and multiple brand endorsements and campaigns, he has gone on to be one of the most recognised and famous people in the world. On top of this he remains to be one of the best dressed and most high-profile trendsetters in men’s fashion. Just as effortless in a t-shirt and well-cut jeans as he is in a bespoke suit from Saville Row, the man not only knows style but lives it on a daily basis.

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JAMES FRANCO COVERS DAZED & CONFUSED DECEMBER 2013

FrancoDazedHomotography-3I never bought into the James Franco effect, but most women I know have. He is talented though, and this occurred to me when I watched This is the End,(the apocalypse movie featuring Seth Rogen and his friends) and then understood. The man is comfortable in any role and has exercised his acting muscle in every genre out there. Not to mention he is at Yale getting his PhD IN English. Respect.

Here the scholar is featured on the cover of Dazed & Confused. Franco is photographed by Josh Olins and styled by Robbie Spencer for the December 2013 issue.

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DAFT PUNK FOR THE WALL STREET JOURNAL BY TERRY RICHARDSON

BN-AD190_mag111_OZ_20131024124429For the latest issue of the Wall Street Journal, famed photographer Terry Richardson shot with French electronic masterminds Daft Punk and Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bündchen. The robotic duo was recently honoured with the magazine’s Entertainment Innovator of the Year award and sat down with Brian Raftery of the WSJ to discuss the phenomenal success of their fourth studio album Random Access Memories, the conceptual and recording process involved, as well as their plans for the future.

Shot in Richardsons distinctive style, the shoot sees the group wear all custom-made stage gear and tuxedos by Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane where as Bündchen wears an assortment of designers from Valentino Haute Couture to Armani Privé. All styling credits go to George Cortina. Images from the Wall Street JournalBN-AD192_mag111_M_20131024124841Untitled-2tumblr_mw4177JneT1qa42jro1_1280-1

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MARLON BRANDO SCREEN TEST FOR REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE

marlon-brando-tshirtThat Marlon Brando sure was a looker. Seen here in his audition for Rebel Without a Cause. Brando lost the part of Jim Stark to James Dean but he had a good career anyway. He’s like Edward Cullen and James Franco all in one. Take a look below.

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KANYE WEST WEARS CUSTOM MAISON MARTIN MARGIELA FOR YEEZUS TOUR

kanye-west-martin-margiela-with-hm-1Following his critically acclaimed 6th studio album,  Kanye West kicked off his US ‘Yeezus’ tour with a bang last week in Seattle and wowed audiences with an electrifying performance and captivating looks designed by Maison Martin Margiela.

West, a notable supporter of the brand, is said to have 10 couture and 20 read-to-wear pieces commissioned by the avant-garde house in their ateliers in Paris to form his touring wardrobe. The looks comprise of exaggerated bomber jackets, printed trousers, the house’s signature high-tops as well as a pair of sneakers made exclusively for West. At this time neither he nor the house have commented on whether these will be released as a collaboration. In addition to this, MMM has designed four custom-made black silk-gauze masks that are worn through-out almost the entirety of the show. Take a look at the images below:

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GISELE BÜNDCHEN AND TOM BRADY’S LOS ANGELES HOME

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Architectural Digest featured the home of Gisele Bündchen and Tom Brady this week. The couple’s Los Angeles home is every bit glamorous as you would imagine but they certainly aren’t living the way you think. Just because the New England Patriot quarterback married one of the most famous faces in modeling, doesn’t mean a home filled with butlers and eccentric décor. Just the opposite.

From AD: “I like simplicity and coziness,” says the renowned Brazilian beauty. “I want to live in a place that feels like a real home, where you can put your feet up on the couch and just relax.” Brady seconds the notion: “Gisele and I have eight sisters between us, and there are lots of kids. We built this house as a sanctuary for our family—a place where we can enjoy being together.”

Brady and Bündchen enlisted the help of  Richard Landry and interior designer Joan Behnke to collaborate on this gorgeous, and yet still practical home. I love this house. What are your thoughts?

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JAY Z GOES ARTY FOR PICASSO BABY VIDEO IN NYC

tumblr_mpsll7eCmU1qe9qato1_1280 Performance ART. Man, I can’t tell you when it happened but I really love Jay Z. When it came to the Jay/Kanye debate recently I took on both albums and warmed up considerably to the former. For his video for Picasso, Jay Z invited a full house of writers, spoken poets, artists, painters, actors, fans and media to partake in his performance.

Set in a large room at Milk Studios in NYC. Inspired by Marina Abramovic’s “The Artist Is Present” exhibit, select people take turns facing off with Jay as he raps to “Picasso Baby”. Cameos include actor Alan Cumming, Fab Five Freddy, Judd Apatow and several members from the cast of “Girls” like Jemima Kirke and Adam Driver.  Rapper Wale, fashion designer Cynthia Rowley and actress Rosie Perez were also among the invited. I have great respect for Jay Z, especially since he pulled this off. You take someone who rose to fame in the 90s as a hip hop artist and he brings himself to the future so seamlessly. Modern in every way without the boring ego. Take a look below.

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