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[August 29 2016] : The new issue of Purple is on sale now! @lilisumner wearing @empo_armani shot by @craigmcdeanstudio on the cover #purplediary

[August 29 2016] : Love

A view of Takashi Homma “The Narcissistic city” book published by MACK Books
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A view of Takashi Homma “The Narcissistic city” book published by MACK Books

Using fragments collected in camera obscura, Takashi Homma‘s latest publication is a journey into an imaginary city built image by image by the photographer himself. With a fascinating poetic approach to photography, “The Narcissistic City” catches all the contrasts and the shades of the modern cities: the overcrowding and the emptiness, silence and chaos, the beauty and the brutality of the urban landscape.

“What is this object of desire, at once near and ungraspable, fascinating and repulsive, attractive and intractable, necessary and unbearable, intimate and impenetrable, available and inaccessible, that it is for itself as well as for the man of the crowd, for the man in the street, for the man of the city, for those who inhabit... Read More

Photo Inès Manai

[August 26 2016] : Travel

A trip to Antiparos, Greece
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A trip to Antiparos, Greece

What’s the perfect size for an island? Say if you take Ibiza, you’ll most likely find yourself driving 20 minutes or more to get anywhere. Too small, say an atoll in the Maldives, you’ll spend an hour circling the sandy shoreline and that’s your scenery for the week. Antiparos, at 15km long and just a few wide, falls in that sweet spot. It’s small enough to get around foot, but big enough for you to spend each day on a different beach, and for Tom Hanks to holiday at the house he owns on the island, and for nobody to notice.

In early June, we stayed at Glaros, a scattering of studios facing the... Read More

Text and photo Xerxes Cook

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— S/S 2010 issue 13

Sonia Rykiel

interview by OLIVIER ZAHM and CAMILLE BIDAULT-WADDINGTON
personal photos of SONIA RYKIEL

SONIA RYKIEL is a wonderful woman — all of Paris loves her. In the past year we’ve seen intense publicity surrounding the 40th anniversary of her fashion house, yet Sonia herself REMAINS A MYSTERY. My friend, the stylist Camille Bidault-Waddington spends a lot of time working with Sonia, so she and I thought that together we might succeed in painting a revealing portrait of this iconic French designer.

PURPLE — A journalist once wrote that you were an “ungraspable woman.” What did he mean by that?
SONIA RYKIEL — I’d written a book that began with the phrase, “I am ungraspable, ungrasped, I roam … I open the ranks of restless women.” That was in the first book I wrote, called And I Want Her Naked… [Et je la voudrais nue… 1979], in 1968 — it’s my favorite of my 12 or 13 books. Let me quote from it: “I am ungraspable, ungrasped, I roam. I only accept the trenchant, the explosive. I hunt myself down to the point of the impenetrable to see if I can decipher myself, but the farther I go, the more I sink in. I’m in another language; another woman is speaking; I am the unexplained, a woman in exile who has lost her name, lent it to an untitled sheet of paper. I scheme. I slip into black clothes to have secret liaisons. Camouflaged, I say, ‘I am not hiding.’ I am a liar. I am the indissoluble, experiencing all the senses. Sliding through mystery, I do not understand myself. I pass through, I enter new flesh, I insert myself, I mold myself, but down deep, I don’t find myself. The more I say, the more I tell. Impalpable, disobedient, rebellious, I have to be tracked down. I open the ranks of restless women.”

PURPLE — Where is your family from, Sonia?
SONIA RYKIEL — My mother was Russian. My father was Romanian. So I’m Slavic from head to toe. I’ve written that all women, maybe all creators have something Slavic about them, even if they aren’t Slavic.

PURPLE — What does it mean to be Slavic?
SONIA RYKIEL — It means to be hopeless and hopeful, to be amazing and to be destroyed, to not know what you’re saying and to wriggle out of a situation — always wriggling out — and then...

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[August 25 2016] : RIP the extraordinary Sonia Rykiel ❤️ “I am ungraspable, ungrasped, I roam. I only accept the trenchant, the explosive. I hunt myself down to the point of the impenetrable to see if I can decipher myself, but the farther I go, the more I sink in. I’m in another language; another woman is speaking; I am the unexplained, a woman in exile who has lost her name, lent it to an untitled sheet of paper. I scheme. I slip into black clothes to have secret liaisons. Camouflaged, I say, ‘I am not hiding.’ I am a liar. I am the indissoluble, experiencing all the senses. Sliding through mystery, I do not understand myself. I pass through, I enter new flesh, I insert myself, I mold myself, but down deep, I don’t find myself. The more I say, the more I tell. Impalpable, disobedient, rebellious, I have to be tracked down. I open the ranks of restless women.” The opening to Sonia Rykiel's first book And I Want Her Naked (Et je la voudrais nue) from 1978. #purplediary #soniarykielrip

[August 25 2016] : Art

Ken Price “Drawings” exhibition at Matthew Marks Gallery, Los Angeles
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Ken Price “Drawings” exhibition at Matthew Marks Gallery, Los Angeles

On view until September 10th, 2016 at Matthew Marks Gallery, 1062 North Orange Grove, Los Angeles.

Photo Gabriela Forgo

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[August 23 2016] : Art

Betty Tompkins “Sex Works / WOMEN Words, Phrases, and Stories” exhibition at Gavlak Gallery, Los Angeles
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Betty Tompkins “Sex Works / WOMEN Words, Phrases, and Stories” exhibition at Gavlak Gallery, Los Angeles

On view until September 3rd, 2016 at Gavlak Gallery, 1034 N Highland Avenue, Los Angeles.

Photo Gabriela Forgo

[August 22 2016] : Art

Mark Grotjahn “Pink Cosco” exhibition at Gagosian Gallery, London
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Mark Grotjahn “Pink Cosco” exhibition at Gagosian Gallery, London

On view until September 17th, 2016 at Gagosian Gallery,20 Grosvenor Hill, London.

Photo Ekaterina Bazhenova

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