BOOK – GYPSET STYLE by Julia Chaplin // Julia Chaplin is a NYC-based journalist who has contributed to Wallpaper, Vogue, Elle, New York Magazine, The New York Times and Conde Nast Traveler, among others.
Back in July, I was looking for information and pictures of Jade Jagger when I read about this book – Gypset Style by Julia Chaplin. Gypset Style (Gypset being a combination of Jet Set + Gypsy) is an amazing book that centers on the jet set lifestyles of modern gypsies. Along with Jade Jagger, the book features other well-known names like Devendra Banhart, the fashion designer Consuelo Castiglioni and model Nicolas Malleville.
As well as pieces on these carefree Gypsetters, the book also looks back on the history of the bohemian lifestyle and explores such countercultures as the Lost Generation, the beatniks and the hippies. The topics covered in this book are pretty broad, with everything from bohemian fashion to travel to music to lifestyle.
Unfortunately, with a book like this, there are not quite as many photos as one would hope for (although you’ll be swooning after you see the famous photo of Talitha Getty on the Moroccan rooftop), but there is still enough to satiate you and leave you longing for a more carefree, Gypset existence.
MOVIE – COCO AVANT CHANEL, a film by Anne Fontaine (out on September 25th in NYC and LA) // The month of September is literally overflowing with fashion, from the runways to the cinemas, so it is probably no surprise that Coco Avant Chanel is making the list this month.
Coco Avant Chanel is the story of Coco Chanel before she became the famous designer that we have all heard of. When I first watched the trailer for this film, I forgot all about the Coco Chanel that we have all heard of. The trailer just shows a girl, growing up, living her life and I had to remind myself who she turned out to be.
In fact, over at the Coco Avant Chanel website, they sum up the film as the story of a little girl who is sent with her sister to an orphanage, a cabaret performer, a humble seamstress, a young courtesan, a woman in love and a rebel who finds the conventions of her time oppressive.
This foray into Coco’s early days will provide many Chanel-lovers with some insight into how she became inspired to be who she was. It’s possible that some of you might prefer that to be a secret, but I know that I always want to know about the person behind a collection or a design house, especially when it is one as iconic as Chanel. It’s an added bonus that Audrey Tatou plays Coco herself.
MUSIC – BACKSPACER BY PEARL JAM (released September 20th) // I have to be honest and say that I haven’t yet heard this album in its entirety, but for now, let’s just say that I like what I have heard. This is Pearl Jam’s ninth studio album and it follows up several years of politically-charged anthems with some lighter fare.
“I’d sum it up as kind of a tight, concise, rock ’n’ roll record with kind of pop or maybe new wave elements to it…It’s a really quick record, but I like that element to it. I like the sparseness of the songs and the way that Brendan pulled us together and made us play as good as we could.” – Mike McCready
Their first single, The Fixer, has that relentless Pearl Jam energy but I can definitely hear the pop melodies coming through while another favorite, Just Breathe, is a gorgeous, sentimental song (“I’m a lucky man to count on both hands the ones I love”) with a simple guitar background
Another highlight of this album? This is the first album that Pearl Jam has released since 1994 where Eddie Vedder wrote every last lyric. If you heard his solo stuff for the soundtrack of Into The Wild, you’ll know how beautiful his words can be.