Swiss love: Claudia Knoepfel and Stefan Indlekofer for doodah

Claudia and Stefan get into the pool.

swiss skate/snow shop doodah has released a collaboration with photographer claudia knoepfel and stefan indlekofer on some naked model skateboards. the duodidn’t take any shortcuts for this project, portraying the world’s top models lara stone, isabeli fontana, toni garrn, and edita to cover the seven plys of wood available as a limited one-time series. good thing doodah is from switzerland… utah would have been up in arms. by dd

boxers or briefs?

yes – so yet again, there is a discussion heating up over here as to what should a man wear? loose or tight, boxers or briefs? feel free to share your opinion. one thing we do agree on, keep it solid, gents! no funny prints! by kv

1-tighty whiteys:
kv: charming
dd: actually why not. classic, safe bet but won’t rock the bedroom.
kl: not a fan
pp: you better be fit, tanned and brazilian… otherwise…

2- the sling shot:
kv: no way!
dd: needs to be spanked! hard! and sent back home to jersey.
kl: hot
pp: are you kidding??? ;-(

3- loose boxers
kv: exactly, just for sleeping
dd: aaaaall over the place… like walking into your grandpas bedroom at 10 am
kl: cute for making breakfast in
pp: my all time favs!

4- night club rags:
kv: if beckham wears it… don’t wear it!
dd: staten island special… oop-chik, oop-chik
kl: no words
pp: is the banana included in the price or is that an aftermarket purchase?

5- fitted boxers:
kv: yes that is about right
dd: i guess… but won’t work with tight pants. a bitch under APCs.
kl: perfecto
pp: i’m so over that! remind me of when i was 14… trying to be cool

6-seamless boxers:
kv: unless you have something to hide
dd: seamless matte HM 100% cotton will do the trick.
kl: perfecto moondo
pp: girdle style!

7: fogettaboutits:
kv: right on, free style
dd: hmm… the jim morrison special!
kl: commando can be a nice secret for the day
pp: the winter version of my fav!

kv: speedo’s are for eurotrash, the rest can survive somewhere, somehow. my vote: 1 and 5
dd: it’s a tough one. no perfect 10’s here. pending on weather, fabric, and the previous nights event somewhere between 1, 6, and 7 will have to do.
kl: men’s underwear looks better on a woman.
pp: well it’s already stated by me, loose boxers are the answer!

ron mueck

Two Women, 2005. Mixed media, 33 1/2 x 18 7/8 x 15 in. (85.1 x 47.9 x 38.1 cm).

Big Man, 2000. Mixed media, 80 x 47 1/2 x 80 1/2 in. (203.2 x 120.7 x 204.5 cm).

In Bed, 2005. Mixed media, 63 3/4 x 255 7/8 x 155 1/2 in. (161.9 x 649.9 x 395 cm).

known for his extraordinarily lifelike renderings of his subjects, (five of which were commissioned by the fondation cartier pour l’art contemporain in paris), ron mueck was the artist that I first saw in 2005 at the sensation exhibit in london (and then again in brooklyn). the pieces are made of “mixed media”, appear to be of wax and real hair. every detail is so vivid its almost unbelievable. the skin seems transparent and the hair, each individually set in, seem hyper real. one peice commemorating the death of mueck’s father via a smaller than life-size sculpture (not pictured here) has a reality inline with that of the hyper realist painters of the days past. the work is surely worth a look. by dd

the lady noir affair: by director olivier dahan for christian dior

o.k. we don’t usually write about this stuff but this mini film series for lady dior is one to be noted. first of all, the opening set is rather amazing. i can’t think of one thing i would like to see differently there. the nouveau/deco style of the sets brings back images of locations from il conformista by bernardo bertolucci which has always been a favorite film of mine. the director, olivier dahan, who worked on the edith piaf film is obviously a good choice in the sea of other mediocre directors. the decisions made here are undoubtedly by maestro galliano himself and mme. natacha dzikowski who is the uber-talented and chic international director of marketing at dior. her signature work on the early launch of lancome is another staple of her genius which deteriorated upon her departure from the brand. overall it’s a great venue to communicate to an audience without boring us all with the usual advertising spots and vacant images of fashion. on a critical side the film itself felt a bit long, and the images of the hands tied in the back seemed to reoccur as fillers more than anything. one other criticism is why the eiffel tower? I think we’ve all seen enough of that in french brands. built in 1889 the tower and its graceful lines fits comfortably into the art nouveau settings of the film but dior could surely manage to be a bit more bold and surprising than that. see the film here and keep an eye on the sequels to come. by uh