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This is an exhibit from the creators project by Saam Farahmand. Apparently each sculpture is suposed to represent a member of the band the xx, with a screen and a speaker inside of it. With the room blacked out, lights shine in rhythm with the music of the self-titled album to create a sort of inside the album effect. I wasn’t there, but I read about the exhibit on one of my favorite blogs Start With Typewriters. The music industry as we know it may be dying or changing, but musicians keep coming out with great music, and artists like Saam Farahmand are changing the way we experience it.

It’s funny how you get turned on to things. Reading Kerouac introduced me to the jazz of Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie, listening to The Hold Steady (who also reference Kerouac) exposed me to the poetry of John Berryman, watching Tarantino movies showed me all sorts of incredibly odd pop culture nuggets, and listening to Surfer Blood has got me into Twin Peaks, the David Lynch 1990s television series. Astro Coast, the Florida band’s debut album has a great song on it called “Twin Peaks“. The song talks about a frustrating love in which a young couple watches the show on the girl’s couch in Syracuse, among other things. I don’t know why, but that was enough to spark my interest in Lynch and the television series. Today I picked up the Twin Peaks complete box set from the library and have been staring, spellbound at my television for the past few hours. It is a bizarre account of a murder mystery in a small Seattle town (I won’t say more for obvious plot spoiling reasons), but the cinematography, casting, music, plot, etc. are all so perfectly insane. Watch this show, you won’t regret it, though you may have some frightening dreams for the next few weeks.

So yes, this post was random (though the song “Twin Peaks” did come out this year), but so is life, and pop culture references in art are a great way to pass on traditions and oddities to unsuspecting generations that may not want to hear about these things from their parents.

Instead of covering only a few other collections from the mens shows in Paris, I thought I would pick my favorite look from a wider range of labels.

Junya Wantanabe. First and foremost, I really like the complete construction of this jacket, from color to design, it’s done perfectly.  The rest of the outfit compliments this garment, from the blue-and-white striped sailor’s shirt, to the white beach pants, driving cap, and oxfords.

Balmain. What I like most about this look is the clean profile it gives off.  Truthfully, this is more inspiring for a Fall/Winter collection and not its intended Spring/Summer look.  I really love this peacoat–cropped, fitted and simplistic.

Dior Homme. Minimilist design. I love the room given in the upper-leg of the pant, but at the same time it is just as tapered at the bottom as you’d see in a much slimmer substitute.  This is how I would like all of my pants to fit.  And look at the no-collar shirt, of which I don’t know the appropriate name for..but with the suit, it just looks great.  One of my favorite looks right here.
Dries Van Noten. Once again, great fitting pant.  I really enjoy the color palate used with an almost identical brown leather for the shoes and bag.
Paul Smith. Everything is right, here.  Using brown, navy and black together is very difficult, but works perfectly in this look.  The shawl lapel on the jacket (which also has flawless tailoring), the profile given in the black patch-work pant, and the brown boots are simplistic and appropriate.  The mustache this guy is rockin is probably the coolest part about this photograph.
Paul Smith. I had to do two from Paul Smith, because there were just too many looks I enjoyed.  A double-breasted trench is on the top of my list for fall.  Once again, the pants are perfect, the boots have changed to a suede and I want them, and the overall combination of color is subtle and almost monochromatic.
Dunhill.  The leather book-bag straps show that he’s probably carrying a pretty cool rucksack on his back, which I definitely approve of.  The overall look gives off a sportier feel, with the more casual parka and shoes.  I’m diggin the blue and gray combination as well.
Hermés.  This model is just awesome.  Reminds me of a Lords of Dogtown, California skateboarder.  The double-breasted cream suit looks comfortable and completely fitting for a more formal, summer occasion.  I just really enjoy the vibe that this entire look gives off.
Raf Simons.  I’ve gotta finish this post with a perfectly tailored suit.  It’s a beautifully simplistic look, in navy, and is actually an outlier compared to the rest of the collection from Raf.  I do love a great fitting suit though.
All pictures via GQ.com

Another favorite artist of George and I (Toro y Moi), and another featured video by the genius talent at Yours Truly.  When you watch a video like this, and are able to see each instrument being played by one person, it makes you appreciate the artist that much more for their true understanding of music.

And if you’ve taken the time to listen to this guy, and his first full length album Causers Of This released last January, then you will be more then surprised by his youth.  I mean, “Low Shoulder” and “Causers of This” are two of my top songs of 2010.