Wednesday, October 30, 2013

"Un Flic" - A 70's French Classic Brings About Graphic Tees: DIRTY MONEY

DIRTY MONEY – Graphic Tee Transpired From 70’s French Film

DIRTY MONEY X Binzento
Creative Direction by: Binzento
Photography by: Paul Lee
Videography by: Jack Lee
Styled by: Odessa Bennett
Hair by: Michelle Lazo
Make-up by: Mallory MaGowan
Models: Robert Sainsbury, Spencer Badu, Carmen Lee
Additional pieces: Dahlia Drive

New York based Nathaniel S. collaborated with Japanese designer LKK Hara created a series of street wear for both women and men. The first collection: DIRTY MONEY is inspired by director Jean-Pierre Melville’s 70’s French film “Un Flic” (direct translation: “A Cop”; film was also known as “Dirty Money” hence the name of the label). Street wear collection which includes tees and shorts, contain bold graphics merging modern art and hip hop elements.
Binzento is thrilled to be invited first hand to shoot a creative with these pieces. The 1970’s brought a whole new era of experimenting exploitation and vigorous adventure genres in cinemas. The idea behind this creative was to combine many elements found in 70’s films. In addition to DIRTY MONEY’s 70’s French gangster smash, I was also inspired by my favorite Bruce Lee martial arts scenes and the explosion of Japanese cult classics of the same era, blended all in one. It’s a violent cultural clash, but within it there is a soft sense of agreement.
Additional amazing piece on Carmen Lee, was a multifold-wide legged trouser made with recycled curtain, all hand painted and hand crafted by Canadian artist Wendy Van Riesen (Dahlia Drive).


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10/26 The Party To Die For

10/26 The Party To Die For
(photos by: Binzento)
Planning on going to Halloween parties tonight? I still remembered mine past Saturday at Belgo YYC - #ThePartyToDieFor 10/26 - an zombie apocalypse theme Halloween party hosted by the Social Committee (Katy Bond and Derek MacDonald). It's not just a silly costume party, it's some serious business - like getting body search by "medical doctors" making sure you are not infected by the zombie virus. Becareful though, you might still get bit by one throughout the night. Oh…and of course the zombie dance floor can't happened without some Michael Jackson's Thriller sequence. I wasn't really prepared to dress as my alter ego, whatever that is. At least people there took serious time making their costumes. There were some really creative ones, and I was super impressed. Honestly it was one of the better parties I went to since…. 2009… when someone claimed it was going be the end of the world?
HAPPY HALLOWEEN everyone!
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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Warwick University Rowers Launches 2014 Calendar For Charity

Warwick University Boat Club Launches Calendar For 5th Time In Support of Gay Charity
(photos courtesy: Warwick Rowing)
The men at Warwick Rowing have stripped off for a raunchy new 2014 calendar, their fifth. Last year’s calendar sold out in days following unprecedented demand from over forty countries.  Celebrity fans include Stephen Fry, John Barrowman, Boy George, Gok Wan and Derren Brown. Caggie Dunlop from Made in Chelsea has become one of their keenest supporters on Twitter (where they are the @naked_rowers).

A promotional video for the calendar is now online at http://vimeo.com/77412748.

From a few hundred sales in its first year sold only at the Warwick University campus, the Warwick Rowers naked male calendar has become an international hit with both women and gay men.  The gay community have supported the calendar from very early on and the rowers, who include both gay and straight athletes, have shown their appreciation for this support by dedicating themselves to challenging homophobic bullying in schools.

With the help of funds from the calendar and its associated products (films, downloads, greeting cards) the rowers are working with Educational Action Challenging Homophobia (EACH) a registered charity dedicated to adults and young people affected by homophobia or transphobia.

EACH is helping the boys to develop a programme called Sport Allies that will see them going into schools themselves, as well as making viral videos that will be seen by a wider audience.  The films will be designed to encourage young people in the UK who are being bullied or in crisis about their sexual identity to call a national helpline, while young people outside the UK will be able to visit an international website where they will find details of local support.  The boys hope Sport Allies will stimulate wider support within the sporting community, and will be announcing more details in the next few weeks.

Jonathan Charlesworth, Director of EACH, commented that:

“There can be a reluctance among males to be seen to be too bonded to their male friends in any emotional or physical way. The Warwick Rowers use tongue-in-cheek videos and photographs to challenge this, and in doing so I think they are taking constructive and positive stand against homophobia. We are proud to be the partner agency working with them.”

Top rower, two-time Olympian and World medallist Tom Solesbury, was quick to applaud the rowing team for their plans to tackle prejudice, bullying and homophobia in schools.  Olympian Solesbury said:

“I rowed for Warwick, and am delighted to see my old club doing such great work for charity and for young people.  I think what they’re doing is very brave.  I’ve faced many challenges in my Olympic career, but I have to take my hat off to the boys for this! The hat’s all I’ll be removing, though. “

But Tom wanted to emphasise the serious nature of the campaign, too:

“For the boys, the calendar is just a bit of fun, but I know how seriously they take the work that it enables.  They have embraced their gay following, and learned of how many have struggled to come to terms with their sexuality. Many have wished that there could have been more sportsmen like the rowers, setting an example of acceptance and showing that it really does get better, and Sport Allies is how the boys want to help make that happen.”
As in the four previous calendars, the images have been shot by London photographer, Angus Malcolm, who has also produced a film of the shoot for release in November.  Angus, whose male nudes have featured in various books, magazines and exhibitions around the world, wanted to give this year’s images and film a sexier, glossier look without losing the humour people love:

“Previously we’ve gone for the classic “naked calendar” approach of strategically placed oars and so on.  This year I've aimed to create a lot more "captured moments" that show who the boys really are and how relaxed they are around each other.  It’s very much part of the message we want to get across. And I hope they look good, too!”

The calendar is available now from warwickrowers.org along with a film, a series of image downloads, and a range of greeting cards.  All will be available from warwickrowers.org.

Sport Allies will launch formally later in 2013.


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