Enjoy a sensual delight with a 70s visual perspective, starring Valerie Van Der Graaf & Dioni Tabber. Roger Spy creatives the sexy, poetic vision called ‘Meanwhile in Russia’.
Léa Seydoux & Adèle Exarchopoulos Recreate 'Blue Is the Warmest Color'by Mikael Jansson for Interview November 2013
Léa Seydoux & Adèle Exarchopoulos recreate intimate scenes from their prestigious Palme d’Or Cannes Film Festival stunner Blue Is The Warmest Colour, directed by French-Tunisian auteur Abdellatif Kechiche. Mikael Jansson captures the sensual magic with styling by Karl Templer. / Hair by Yannick d’Is; makeup by Hannah Murray
When the Cannes jury, chaired by Steven Spielberg, ruled that Léa & Adèle gave such stunning performances that the director should share the award with his actors, the trio celebrated. The Guardian writes:
And then things took a strange turn. The actors gave interviews in which they talked about Kechiche’s tortuous process: how every scene had taken for ever, and how he had insisted on take after take until they felt they were cracking up. They said an explicit sex scene had taken 10 days and that they had to lie on the bed fumbling with each other, cold and naked, hour after hour. “Most people don’t even dare to ask the things that he did, and they’re more respectful,” Exarchopoulos told the Daily Beast. Seydoux said that at times she felt “like a prostitute”. A heartbreaking separation and reunion was shot and reshot until they felt battered and delusional. Exarchopoulos complained that the director had made Seydoux hit her repeatedly across the face in a fight scene. No wonder she cries so convincingly.
Then the director fired back. He said the actors were spoiled, didn’t know what real suffering was, that he felt “humiliated” and that he didn’t want the film released because the audience would no longer be able to watch it objectively.
Now the dust has settled, with the filmmaker admitting that he hired the two actresses with an interest in making a political statement. Like his heroines, Léa Seydoux, granddaughter of the chairman of Pathé, “comes from an extremely wealthy, bourgeois, very comfortable milieu” and plays Emma. Relative neophyte Adèle Exarchopoulos, who “comes from something that is definitely much more modest,” plays Adèle.
Within this context, director Abdellatif Kechiche says that Blue Is ‘The Warmest Color’ in not just about sapphic sex. The theme of social class divisions are a key part of his artistic focus. The LA Times wrote last week that despite its NC-17 rating and three hour length, the film is off to a solid start.
Feanne here, writing on behalf of Anne. We are both fans of Madonna, a brave and beautiful woman who is wielding her provocative persona and powerful influence in the world to create good change.
Madonna, through the stark lens of Terry Richardson, and styled as a modern warrior queen by B Åkerlund, sets the pages of Harper’s Bazaar US November 2013 issue aflame with her strong words and iconic image. The feature, titled Truth or Dare?, is accompanied by her story, telling us in her own words about starting out as a struggling young artist and her harrowing experiences of being mugged at gunpoint and raped at knifepoint in her first few years in New York. She says Frida Kahlo helped her get through those tough times:
And I wondered if it was all worth it, but then I would pull myself together and look at a postcard of Frida Kahlo taped to my wall, and the sight of her mustache consoled me. Because she was an artist who didn’t care what people thought. I admired her. She was daring. People gave her a hard time. Life gave her a hard time. If she could do it, then so could I.
She talks about her creative work through the decades, and how her creativity is tied to her spiritual beliefs, with Kabbalah being the core. Despite this being a peaceful and intellectual ideology, she says:
For some reason, that made people nervous. It made people mad. Was I doing something dangerous? It forced me to ask myself, Is trying to have a relationship with God daring? Maybe it is.
The idea that artists are dangerous is as old as art itself. Throughout history, creative people— especially creative women— have been ostracized and oppressed for thinking and behaving differently. Society is afraid of the unknown, the strange, the “other”. Freethinkers and artists are harbringers of change, which is perceived to be disruptive and dangerous to the status quo.
In Madonna’s new short film, secretprojectrevolution, sensuous choreography and striking visuals are used to present an intense narrative about the ongoing war for freedom and creativity. This war happens physically all over the world, but it also happens internally, as each of us must face our own internal demons. Madonna warns artists that they need to be able to “swim upstream in shark-infested waters”. She gives voice to the victims of fear, hatred, and human rights violations. Dark glamour is juxtaposed with the foreboding images of oppression and persecution. She calls for the destruction of walls and labels. Violence and apathy must be displaced with love and creativity. In a scene close to the ending, she brings back to life those she killed earlier on. I found this to be a powerful metaphor for what many of us do every day— we kill the creative voices within ourselves when we succumb to insecurity and apathy. However, we always have the power to revive and nurture them. It is the same with the world around us. Madonna reminds us that we have the power to change things.
In his luminous book The Universe Is A Green Dragon, physicist and cosmologist Brian Swimme writes:
French actress Léa Seydoux wears only a transparent chiffon cape by Alexandre Vauthier on the cover of the newly relaunched French monthly Lui or ‘him’ in English. Seydoux is lensed by AOC favorite photographer Mario Sorrenti.
Jean-Yves Le Fur, founder of Numéro, has taken on the goal of reviving the seventies erotic publication, with the first issue hitting newsstands now.
‘It is the whim of a spoiled kid,’ said editorial director Frédéric Beigbeder, commenting on his involvement in the revival of the original publication that ceased to be in 1994. Beigbeder told WWD that he has collected every issue since the magazine’s creation in 1963.
Yseult Williams, founder of Grazia in France, is the editor in chief of the magazine, while New-York based George Cortina is the editor in chief for fashion. Céline Perruche has joined Lui from Grazia as beauty, style and lifestyle editor.
Also in the first issue are editorials by Mikael Jansson and Glen Luchford, who flashed Malgosia Bela, Le Fur’s soon-to-be wife.
The launch comes at a time when men’s magazines — albeit a smaller world — are trending better than women’s. Paid circulation in France of men’s magazines, a segment that includes GQ and Vogue Hommes International, grew 2.8 percent in 2012 to 2.5 million copies, according to France’s Circulation Audit Bureau. In the meantime, circulation of the vastly larger women’s magazine segment fell 3.4 percent in 2012 to 371.6 million copies.
Estimates are that women will be one-third of Lui readers. Based on the femme readership of Treats!, that’s a low number. Perhaps Smart Sensuality women prefer men’s magazines these days? ~ Anne
Call me one of the few women in the world who doesn’t have ‘50 Shades of Grey’ fever. Perhaps once a seductress, always a seductress. All I know is that my identification with these beautiful images of deeply sensual women Miranda Kerr, Candice Swanepoel, Constance Jablonski, Andreea Diaconu, Alessandra Ambrosio, Cameron Russell, Behati Prinsloo, Toni Garrn, Doutzen Kroes, Karlina Caune & Jourdan Dunn is far more appealing to me psychologically, then being manhandled by the all-controlling Christian Grey. And I don’t care how much money he has; I would rather be poor.
For the latest Issue of Interview Magazine, Karl Templer chooses a few chic, sexy accessories and lingerie for Mario Sorrenti’s fashion shoot. But beautiful bodies and sensual skin, with hair by Recine and makeup by Diane Kendal make ‘The Goddesses’ a story about Smart Sensuality women out and about in rare form. The images are far more inspiring to me than a man with chains and a whip any day of the month. Call it an intense dose of sensual confidence and self-love. ~ Anne
Tom Ford presents Atelier d’Orient, which is a collection of four private blend fragrances. Each scent is inspired by the sublime beaty, enigmatic sensuality and exquisite luxury of Asia. The different fragrances tell a story about Asia, and the use of ingredients that have long been seen as prestige and prominent in the orient makes the story even more rich and fruitful.
The names of the fragrances are ‘Plum Japonais’, ‘Fleur de Chine’, ‘Shanghai Lily’ and ‘Rive d’Ambre, and this makes it clear that the inspiration of these scents come from the Asian continent. Voluptuous florals and precious fruits are incorporated in the scent, along with uncommon oils and aromatic spices.
Speaking about the scent, Tom Ford said “Private Blend is my own personal scent laboratory…designed with the true fragrance connoisseur in mind”, thus showing how much input and control he had over carefully selecting each aspect to go into a beautiful creation. - Ceylan
The brand Lancôme has been known for it’s reputation to create good, honest products. To mark the first anniversary of Absolue L’Extrait, Lancome is now collaborating with Baccarat to create the first Black Crystal Light Edition of the regenerating elixir.
With only 800 pieces being sold across the world, the Absolue L’extrait Black Crystal Light Edition being cut in Baccarat’s bold “onyx” black crystal, which is the hardest of all crystal hues to obtain. This means the product will be sought after all over the globe,
The regenerating elixir Absolue L’Extrait was created on the basis of the latest discoveries in the field of the properties of plant stem cells and the structure included two million solid rose stem cells. The elixir began to gain a reputation as a fine skin regenerating agent, making it extremely sought after and successful.
Each Absolue L’Extrait jar contains two million Lancôme Rose native cells, which have all be obtained via a biotechnological procedure called Fermogenesis. Because of this, when the elixir is applied to the skin is will help to recover the luminosiy and tone. This means that the use of the product genuinely allows the skin to seem revitalised and regenerated. - Ceylan
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