6.22.2011

John Malkovich designs and Prada inspiration

So I've been off to London for a few days. I went to check on a couple of exhibitions and Current 93 concert in Queen Elizabeth Hall, which was amazing as I discovered there is a way to enjoy a gig without having to weave between pools of vomit and floundering studded arms. There was a Greek boy sitting next to me (yes, we were sitting! on small armchairs!) whom I talked to about my performance. I made it sound really professional and I may tell he was impressed. Well, he better be. David Tibet's voice is like Neptune's out of a seashell by the way, way beyond spiritual. And I went to see The Infernal Comedy which was quite impressive too even if I'm not too much into opera, because I thought it was such a hard subject. It proved to me once again that John Malkovich is too good a actor to play good characters, and I am almost sure Jack Unterweger persona was for him an amusing challenge. It reminded me a bit of his Tom Ripley, with the seduction mastery of Vicomte Sébastien de Valmont. Dangerous Liaisons was in fact shown in the afternoon, followed by a screen talk which i found extremely moving. John was about to climb up on stage and yet he was so calm, so very down to earth. I learned he designs his own fashion line, Technobohemian (not the brightest of names perhaps, but let's not judge a fashion label from its title, shall we?).
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Some of these designs are pretty good, very Italian in a way Miuccia would appreciate (or did she already, maybe?)
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Prada ss 12 via style.com
Anyway, John's interest in fashion is nothing new: in 1999 he directed Strap-hanging, followed by Lady Behave in 2000 and Hideous Man in 2002, fashion films to showcase Bella Freud's collections as soon as she got bored with the catwalk:
He sounded so wise while he talked to us, and not wise in an alarming dramatic way, much more in a self-confident accepting way, like someone who really knows himself so far. He is still ready to take part in so many projects, he looked certainly more lively than I do. And when asked which advice would he give to young people (it was an advice to his young self to be exact, but I guess it was directed to everyone who hasn't found his own way in life yet; because becoming John Malkovich still remains quite a dream) he said not to feel so badly when we feel badly about something. He also said this is not an advice that could work. But it made me feel better in a way I'm now going to try to explain. It made me feel that this annoying juvenile heightened sensibility will end one day, and what comes with elderly may not be all bad.
Talking about operas, for your time 1995 Heiner Müller's Tristan und Isolde with costumes by Yohji Yamamoto:
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