Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Snapshots From Day 6 NYFW: Bailuyu by Fu Wenjie (Global Fashion Collective)

HEADS UP: It's New York Fashion Week, baby. Spring-Summer 2020 to be exact. New York Fashion Week: The Shows, Style 360 NYFW, Art Hearts Fashion and others. Most days until the end, expect a photo(s) of the day. After the whole shebang is over, we will share further insights (words and pictures).

BAILUYU BY FU WENJIE SS20

Bailuyu by Fu Wenjie Speing-Summer 2020. Photos by Francisco Valdez.

Some shows on deck today, DAY 7: Aliette, Michael Kors, Brock Collection, Batsheva, Dion Lee, Libertine, Marc Jacobs, RISD, Taoray Taoray

Follow us on YouTube at WRIGHT WREPORT, Twitter at @WrightWreport and on Instagram at @thewrightwreport for additional coverage of New York Fashion Week.

Visit the following websites to learn more about NYFW, including show information, installations, videos and livestreaming:

New York Fashion Week: The Shows
http://www.fashionweek.com/

Style 360 NYFW
http://www.style360nyfw.com/

Art Hearts Fashion
http://www.artheartsfashion.com/

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Snapshots From Day 5 NYFW: Chocheng and Hogan McLaughlin

HEADS UP: It's New York Fashion Week, baby. Spring-Summer 2020 to be exact. New York Fashion Week: The Shows, Style 360 NYFW, Art Hearts Fashion and others. Most days until the end, expect a photo(s) of the day. After the whole shebang is over, we will share further insights (words and pictures).

CHOCHENG SS20

Chocheng Spring-Summer 2020 riffs on sunglasses and headscarves. Photos by Francisco Valdez.

HOGAN MCLAUGHLIN SS20

Hogan McLaughlinSpring-Summer 2020 is easy, minimal and sometimes bright (yellow). Photos by Francisco Valdez.

Some shows on deck today, DAY 6: Noon by Noor, Sally LaPointe, Studio 189, Cynthia Rowley, Vera Wang, Pamella Rowland, Eckhaus Latta, S by Serena, Bibhu Mohapatra, Coach 141, Naeem Khan, Oscar de la Renta, Zang Toi

Follow us on YouTube at WRIGHT WREPORT, Twitter at @WrightWreport and on Instagram at @thewrightwreport for additional coverage of New York Fashion Week.

Visit the following websites to learn more about NYFW, including show information, installations, videos and livestreaming:

New York Fashion Week: The Shows
http://www.fashionweek.com/

Style 360 NYFW
http://www.style360nyfw.com/

Art Hearts Fashion
http://www.artheartsfashion.com/

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Snapshots From Day 3 NYFW: Damo Wang and Taoray Wang

HEADS UP: It's New York Fashion Week, baby. Spring-Summer 2020 to be exact. New York Fashion Week: The Shows, Style 360 NYFW, Art Hearts Fashion and others. Most days until the end, expect a photo(s) of the day. After the whole shebang is over, we will share further insights (words and pictures).

DAMO WANG SS20





In his Spring-Summer 2020 collection, Damo Wang carefully balances the Chinese culture of WU XIA with a contemporary zeitgeist.. Images courtesy of Nowfashion.

TAORAY WANG SS20

Taoray Wang Spring-Summer 2020. Photos by Francisco Valdez.

Some shows on deck today, DAY 4: Collapse 14, Tanya Taylor, Staud, Lou Dallas, LaQuan Smith, Mansur Gavriel, Raisavanessa, Sies Marjan, Tibi, Nicole Miller, Jason Wu Collection, Prabal Gurung, Tommy Hilfiger, Pyer Moss

Follow us on YouTube at WRIGHT WREPORT, Twitter at @WrightWreport and on Instagram at @thewrightwreport for additional coverage of New York Fashion Week.

Visit the following websites to learn more about NYFW, including show information, installations, videos and livestreaming:

New York Fashion Week: The Shows
http://www.fashionweek.com/

Style 360 NYFW
http://www.style360nyfw.com/

Art Hearts Fashion
http://www.artheartsfashion.com/

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Snapshots From Day 2 NYFW: MRHUA MRSHUA by NiuNiu Chou and PH5

HEADS UP: It's New York Fashion Week, baby. Spring-Summer 2020 to be exact. New York Fashion Week: The Shows, Style 360 NYFW, Art Hearts Fashion and others. Most days until the end, expect a photo(s) of the day. After the whole shebang is over, we will share further insights (words and pictures).

MRHUA MRSHUA by NiuNiu Chou SS20

NiuNiu Chou's mandate for Spring-Summer 2020 and every season is to use MRHUA MRSHUA as the instrument to promote Chinese culture. Photos by Francisco Valdez.

PH5 SS20

Part of the PH5 narrative for Spring-Summer 2020 is plaids. Photos by Francisco Valdez.

Some shows on deck today, DAY 3: Taoray Wang, Son Jung Wan, Adam Lippes, Kate Spade New York, Adeam, Christopher John Rogers, Rebecca Minkoff, Mila Hoffman, Helmut Lang, Bevza, Christian Siriano, Chiari Boni, Brandon Maxwell, Chromat, Ralph Lauren

Follow us on YouTube at WRIGHT WREPORT, Twitter at @WrightWreport and on Instagram at @thewrightwreport for additional coverage of New York Fashion Week.

Visit the following websites to learn more about NYFW, including show information, installations, videos and livestreaming:

New York Fashion Week: The Shows
http://www.fashionweek.com/

Style 360 NYFW
http://www.style360nyfw.com/

Art Hearts Fashion
http://www.artheartsfashion.com/

Friday, September 6, 2019

Snapshots From Day 1 NYFW: Elie Tahari, Mark Gong, Blancore

HEADS UP: It's New York Fashion Week, baby. Spring-Summer 2020 to be exact. New York Fashion Week: The Shows, Style 360 NYFW, Art Hearts Fashion and others. Most days until the end, expect a photo(s) of the day. After the whole shebang is over, we will share further insights (words and pictures).

ELIE TAHARI SS20

Elie Tahari goes back to the future. To the '70s. Photos by Francisco Valdez.

MARK GONG SS20

Photos by Francisco Valdez.

With Spring-Summer 2020, the young designer continues the tradition he started in 2015 of taking his collection some interesting places. Photos by Francisco Valdez (left) and courtesy of Mark Gong.

BLANCORE SS20



In its debut at New York Fashion Week: The Shows, global contemporary label Blancore does meditations on that lifeblood, water. Images courtesy of Blancore.

On deck today, DAY 2: Damo Wang, I Love Pretty, Concept Korea, MRHUA MRSHUA by NiuNiu Chou, Carlos Campos, Vivienne Hu, Jeremy Scott, No Sesso, Telfar

Follow us on YouTube at WRIGHT WREPORT, Twitter at @WrightWreport and on Instagram at @thewrightwreport for additional coverage of New York Fashion Week.

Visit the following websites to learn more about NYFW, including show information, installations, videos and livestreaming:

New York Fashion Week: The Shows
http://www.fashionweek.com/

Style 360 NYFW
http://www.style360nyfw.com/

Art Hearts Fashion
http://www.artheartsfashion.com/

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Day 9 Tribeca 2019: 'Lil' Buck': Real Swan: A Dancer's Graceful Rise Onto World Stages From the Concrete Surfaces of Memphis

"Lil' Buck: Real Swan" tracks the journey of Charles “Lil Buck” Riley from jookin in the skating rink to the streets of Memphis to world stages.

BY VW

WATCHING
"Lil' Buck: Real Swan," I am inexorably assailed by the sad, sad truth that so many talented people in underserved communities live regretful lives of dreams deferred simply because they don't have opportunities.

Many of them have the drive, talent, discipline, grit, sticktoittiveness. What they lack are opportunities. They don't know anyone, hence their lives lived far below their potential.

Luckily for the world of dance - and one suspects a number of other youths in the Memphis, Tennessee area and beyond - this did not happen to Charles “Lil Buck” Riley. The young dancer is the subject of Louis Wallecan's documentary, which is having its world premiere run at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival. The last screening is tomorrow evening.

"Lil' Buck: Real Swan" is intensely engaging from the start. LW lets the camera roll and allows his subjects to speak their truth about jookin, the danceform that contributed to Lil' Swan's ascendancy. There is much context here. Basile Belkhiri's razor-sharp editing is responsible for the film's strong, cohesive narrative.

Jookin started among street kids and kids from very troubled families in a Memphis skating rink. When the rink shuttered, the dancers took it to the streets and parking lots. Just about any space with a pavement - usually concrete - that allowed the dancers to hone and perfect their moves.

Jookin is a series of complex dance moves that put most of the focus on the feet. They are moving as if on air. The fluidity of movement is all the more impressive because the surface is not sleek; pebbles might even be involved. For many of the practitioners, jookin evolved as a way to stay out of trouble. To stay out of gangs. To stay alive.

Lil' Buck was introduced to this culture and soon his extraordinary talents were evident. He brought something different - namely a flexibility. For instance, the ability to invert his ankles (ouch!). Lil Buck's mother moved the family from Chicago and was not only determined to keep him out of trouble, she wanted him to succeed, per his dreams. Placing him in a performing arts school was a savvy move. There, he would come to the attention of people from the Memphis' ballet company.

Margo Robbie and Finn Cole in "Dreamland. The film will have its final world premiere screening at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival on Saturday, 4 May.

They saw the talent, drive, discipline. A talent that needed harnessing to combine the various dance style into a cohesive whole. His performance of "The Swan," would bring him to the notice of Yo-Yo Ma, former child prodigy himself. The dynamic duo performed it together in Beijing; the video went viral. And so did Lil' Buck's dancing career.

LW could have ended "Lil' Buck: Real Swan" with the thunderous standing ovation following that performance of "The Swan" with YYM. It would have been a good way to end the film, for the performance is achingly beautiful, graceful, powerful, effortless, transportive. Ethereal. Breathtaking.

It will bring tears to the eyes of some viewers. Incidentally, the most touching moment comes during that performance. BB does a cutaway, then there is applause. Then, he returns to the performance for the ovation to come and Lil' Buck's final bow. Extraordinary stuff.

Instead of having a good ending, though, "Lil' Buck: Real Swan" has a great ending. Leading up to it is a scene with Lil' Buck teaching the next generation. The actual ending - a long, panoramic frame that provides the stage for a final dance - is the coup de coeur.

Be prepared to vigorously applaud.

Other screenings and events on today's schedule: "Dreamland" VIRTUAL ARCADE Tribeca CINEMA360 "I AM HUMAN" "Seahorse" "Clementine" "Shorts: Life Preserver" "Rewind" "Plus 1" "House of Hummingbird" "Gully" "XY Chelsea" "Maiden" "Only" "Vida" "For They Know Not What They Do" "Making Waves" "Gay Chorus Deep South" "Luce"

IMAGES FROM DAY 8

Tribeca Talks: Storytellers - Rashida Jones

Rashida Jones discusses her career and her famous father, Quincy, with Hasan Minhaj during a "Tribeca Talks: Storytellers" series. Photo by Nicholas Hunt for the Tribeca Film Festival.

Tuca & Bertie

Tiffany Haddish discusses her new Netflix series, Tuca & Bertie. Video courtesy of Tribeca Film Festival.

Visit http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival to learn more about the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival, including tickets and schedule.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Day 7 Tribeca 2019: 'Burning Cane' Leaves in Its Wake Burning Questions, 'The Short History of the Long Road' Captures the Heart Quite Without Trying

Wendell Pierce as a man of God wrestling with some demons in "Burning Cane."

BY VW

TWO
questions will confront viewers of Phillip Youmans’ feature premiere, "Burning Cane."

The film is having its world debut run at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival. Its final screening is on Saturday (4 May). But to the questions Who was killed and Who was shot?

The director leaves the answers firmly in the hands of the viewer. Because some things, he seems to be conveying, do not need to be spelled out. If you really think about it, you will know. If you are really watching; if you can really see; if you will look beyond the surface. PY appears to be challenging the viewer to go deeper; to think and feel it out.

"Burning Cane" is one of the festival's most talked about films mainly because 19-year-old New York University film student PY is the youngest director to have a work accepted. He actually finished the film when he was in high school in South Louisiana.

There is not much dialogue in the film, nor does there need to be. Indeed, the dim light and darkness in which it is shot says a great deal. It lends it a depth that would be lacking if it were shot in brighter light. It's as if the dimness speaks to the pervasive anguish. The dimness adds layers of complexity to the lives of simple people.

For those who are not unfamiliar with these characters - I am such a one - there is beauty in their laconic natures. The light or lack of light also becomes lyrical and musical. It provides insights that words cannot.


Another film on its world premiere run at 2019 Tribeca is Ani Simon-Kennedy's "The Short History of the Long Road." It's a road film and follows the adventures of Nola (portrayed tenderly by Sabrina Carpenter) as she makes her way across country all on her own. Her road dog was her free-spirited father (Steven Ogg), until he was not. Plucky Nola, sensing that she must step up or be swept up, does what she has to do. She sets out.

Along the way, she meets a variety of characters, none of whom are out to do her harm (lucky her!). The closest call she has is with house-breaking, pool-draining skateboarders. It turns out, though, that they really are interested in boards, not broads.

Fortuitously, she encounters a foster mother who give her some sage advice: "get your act together(meaning her lying-through-your-teeth spiel). The most poignant meeting is with her estranged mother who discloses some information that will probably keep Nola out of trouble and out of counseling.

"The Short History of the Long Road" is a guileless film that touches the heartstrings quite without endeavoring to do so.

Other screenings and events on today's schedule: "Maiden" VIRTUAL ARCADE, Tribeca CINEMA360 "Shorts: Funhouse" "Sublime" "Dreamland" "Skin" "Stray Dolls" "Charlie Says" "Blow the Man Down" "Other Music" "Buffaloed" "Swallow" "Georgetown" "Good Posture" "In Fabric" "Wild Rose."

IMAGES FROM DAY 6

Gay Chorus Deep South

Members of the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus perform during the world premiere of "Gay Chorus Deep South. Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival.

Inna De Yard: The Soul of Jamaica

Ken Boothe performs some of his greatest hits following the world premiere of "Inna De Yard: The Soul of Jamaica. Photo by Astrid Stawiartz/Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival.

Visit http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival to learn more about the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival, including tickets and schedule.
 
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