Along with every other industry, Fashion has come to a grinding halt since the coronavirus went into overdrive so the news has been a bit slow. But over the last couple of days, the rumours have now been confirmed, Clare Waight Keller has left Givenchy. I haven’t paid that much attention to the house since Riccardo Tisci left but I’m curious to see what direction they decide to go in. In terms of replacements, I’d pick either Matthew M. Williams from 1017 ALYX 9SM, his label has gone from strength to strength and his codes would work really well at Givenchy. The other option would be Marine Serre, it’s a bit of a wildcard pick, but she’s French, young, environmentally, minded, so I could see it working, whether or not LVMH would take that risk is another thing, but it’ll be interesting to see how it develops over the next few months.
Maybe it’s just me, but mean comments on the internet don’t affect me. I’ve accepted over the years that the internet is the wild wild west and any attempt to try and corral or coerce people to act a certain way will only come back to bite you in the arse. Resident Advisor learned this the hard way when they decided to remove comments from their site a year ago due in part to the backlash they received when they published this agenda laden interview with Mama Snake. Don’t get me wrong, some of the comments aimed at her were downright rude and disrespectful but others were constructive and essentially called her out on her bullshit. But we live in sensitive times at the moment and instead of enforcing a code of conduct or appointing mods, RA buckled under the pressure and completed removed an essential part of their site and it’s never been the same.
Now the same scenario is playing out in public on HÖR, a newly launched Berlin-based online radio show. As per the screenshot above, over the weekend a few DJs of Asian descent were subjected to horrible abuse via live chat, which is completely out of order. The easiest way to deal with it would be to appoint mods in the chat and generally keeping an eye on things, but I don’t think disabling comments is the best option. I can only speak from myself but I get a lot from reading YouTube comments, whether it’s track IDs or background info regarding said DJ, I’ve gotten a lot of value from the comments. And I’m sure booker and promoters would agree to that too. Mean comments on the internet will always be there, what you have to do is cultivate a community of people who can somewhat police themselves and chase anyone out who doesn’t abide by the rules but don’t let the actions of a small minority affect everyone else, please!
Camea has nothing to do with the above post, but I really enjoyed this set so I just wanted to share it, ha!
For selfish reasons, I’ve pondered this question a lot over the last few weeks. My friend and I had a Berlin trip booked and ready to go, the plan was to head over during the May Day festivities, partake in all the “open-air” parties and ultimately spend the best part of a week getting absolutely mangled and dangled (shout out to D Double E). But alas *Cardi B voice* coronavirus had other plans. That being said my heart goes out to anyone who works in the entertainment industry specifically nightlife, what does the future hold for these folk? When will clubs reopen and when they do what state will they be in? Will punters be comfortable squeezing into derelict buildings at the drop of a hat? I don’t have the answers but I thought this New York Times debate was incredibly insightful, especially the quote below. Read it, now!
Now authenticity is colliding terribly with a lack of self-awareness in the face of crisis. The most flagrant version made the rounds on Tuesday due to a Twitter thread. A few weeks ago, Charnas took up a doctor friend’s offer for a coronavirus test; tests were especially hard to come by then, and still are. She broadcast it to her 1.3 million followers. This did not go over well in her comments section and on other internet forums. She insisted she paid for it, therefore she didn’t get special treatment, before capitulating in a later statement posted to Instagram. She wrote, “I acknowledge how lucky I am to have had that access,” and then she announced she had tested positive.
Her next mistake was documenting her family’s move to the Hamptons. Many others also left New York for less-dense places (which often also have fewer resources, medical or otherwise). Reporting caught up with them. The locals in the vacation towns around the city from the mountains to the sea were feeling mad and chatty. Governor Andrew Cuomo has strongly urged New Yorkers to shelter in place.
But Charnas didn’t stop there. She posted photos and stories of herself cuddling her children instead of keeping them at a distance. And then her nanny showed up in the background of one of her posts, another potential exposure. And then her husband joked that only “hot” people get the virus. By the end she was a poster child for what not to do in a pandemic: flaunt privilege, parade one’s apparently mild case when others are dying, fail to self-quarantine, and leave the American epicenter of the calamity to endanger more populations.
Her extensive apology, a longer one posted on Thursday, includes clarifying points that her husband and nanny both contracted the virus. She, the nanny, decided to shelter with them, instead of risk taking it elsewhere. Charnas clarified that her car had a full tank of gas and they got groceries delivered to the Hamptons house. She said sorry to those she offended and also cried, admitting that she too was scared, but the damage already seems to be done. One of her main partners, Nordstrom, issued a comment saying that their contract had ended in 2019 and they had no plans to re-up.
You can read the full article here.
What does everyone think about the abundance of DJ live streams during the coronavirus lockdown? I have to be honest, I’m not a fan. There’s something weird about watching a DJ perform indoors whilst they try and pretend like everything is okay and they’re having the time of their lives. And we all know that isn’t true. I’m all for suspending belief for the sake of a good time but I’m not sure it works in this context. Although Dax J’s performance the other day was incredibly good! It could have something to do with him playing with vinyl the entire set, which probably works better because it’s more tactile and requires the DJs full attention as opposed to CDJs etc. Check it out if you haven’t already, especially the last 20 minutes or so, it’s amazingly good!
There was a time in my life when my sense of happiness was directly correlated with the number of trainers I had in my possession. Luckily I grew up and realized hooking up with girls and doing drugs is a lot more fun. But there’s still a part of me that’s drawn to the odd trainer here and there and there’s no better example than this lush New Balance 991. I’m a big fan of the overall shape, especially the toe box area, which look slightly thinner than the Steve Jobs approved 992 models. But what really stands out for me is the colourway, navy with hints of 3M grey and two-tone midsole. It’s the perfect shoe.
We’re going through a time with the coronavirus pandemic, most of us are on lockdown, some people have lost loved ones and others have lost their jobs. Finding the motivation to create during turbulent times can be difficult, but it’s your duty to do right with the gift of creativity you’ve been given. So here’s a quote is taken from How Music Works by David Byrne, enjoy.
Like most humans, I’m not ashamed to say I’m prone to snap-surface-level judgments when it comes to people I don’t know. There’s no better example than my infatuation with American filmmaker, writer, actor, and artist John Waters who just so happens to love legendary Japenese fashion label Comme des Garçons (please read his immense tribute to Rei Kawakubo here it’s a fascinating read) as much as I do! And the other day I happened to stumbled across this video on YouTube below from a talk he did at ‘Talks at Google’ to help promote his new book Mr. Know-It-All so I decided to pick up and add it to my list of books I’m going to read during the coronavirus lockdown here in London.
And lastly, I’m still mulling over whether I should try my hand at standup comedy. In the hopes of pushing me over the edge, I also picked up a copy of I Killed: True Stories of the Road from America’s Top Comics by Ritch Shydner and Mark Schiff.