Recent Arts News: Fashion, Music & Film/TV

FASHION

  • New York Fashion Week paraded the new Spring 2012 looks. Fashion Week merges innovation with fashion to predict upcoming style trends and this year didn’t disappoint. To view some of the highlights, check out our new NYFW Pinterest Board, created just for you!:  NYFW Spring 2012 Highlights
  • FIT displays never-before-seen McQueen pieces: Missed the Met’s record-breaking Alexander McQueen exhibit?  Fear not: The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) is currently displaying a some of the designer’s exclusive works.  A fashion icon in her own right, beer heiress Daphne Guinness had an exhibition planned at the time of McQueen’s death.  It was then that Guinness, a close friend and long-time fan of McQueen’s, decided to prominently display some of his pieces from her personal collection that have never been publicly seen.  Also in the exhibit are works from Guinness herself, Karl Lagerfeld, and more.  The show runs through the first week of January 2012.

MUSIC

  • Nirvana’s Nevermind Turns 20: Two decades ago from this past Saturday, the music world was torn apart and placed back together in an entirely unique way, thanks to Nirvana’s Nevermind record. Brimmed to the top with intense cords and harrowing lyrics, the album changed the landscape of music and helped to form the early-90′s grunge scene. The album has rightfully been named one of the top influential albums of all time. With an innovative fusion of punk meets metal meets a new generation, frontman Kurt Cobain was thrown into the spotlight as he became an unwilling spokesperson for an entire generation. Torn between personal angst and wanting to take the world by storm, Cobain became recognizably conflicted in his fame. The band tore down industry standards in a few short years but left us wondering what more the band would have produced had its career not been cut short by Cobain’s apparent suicide in 1994.
  • R.E.M. Calls It Quits: After 30+ years, the rock band surprised fans and critics this week when they announced that they’ve decided to end their career as a band and call it a day. The announcement was made on their website, on which they state: “We walk away with a great sense of gratitude, of finality, and of astonishment at all we have accomplished. To anyone who ever felt touched by our music, our deepest thanks for listening.” In what appears to be a friendly parting among members, the band has updated the website to include personal remarks from each band member regarding the split. Lead singer Michael Stipe said “all things must end, and we wanted to do it right, to do it our way.”

FILM & TV

  • Lost Hitchcock Screened: The White Shadow, a recently-discovered Hitchcock film we reported about last month, was finally screened this week. The previously-lost film was found after 80 years and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Samuel Goldwyn Theatre had the honor of its official unveiling. The White Shadow is the earliest-known film by the famous director. He went out to create legendary classics such as Strangers on a Train, Vertigo, The Birds, and Dial M for Murder.
  • The 63rd Prime Time Emmy Awards: granted high honors to “Mad Men” and “Modern Family” this past Sunday. Surprises included the snub of Steve Carrel as Lead Actor in a Comedy Series in his last season as Michael Scott for “The Office” (the award went to Jim Parsons for “The Big Bang Theory”), and Melissa McCarthy’s win over Amy Poelher and Tina Fey for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for her role in “Mike and Molly”. For a full list of nominees and winners, click here.
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