Audio: “With You”

By Brand Records | April 25, 2011 | News

Download From – With You.mp3

With You’ is the first single off THE SECRETS THE WHISPERS, the upcoming EP by From, available on iTunes and other digital retailers May 17, 2011.

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Jenny Wilson – Work

By Roni Brunn | April 5, 2011 | News

Jenny Wilson covers Bob Marley for the first single off her upcoming album, Blazing, due out this month.  I’m into it – sounds to me like 60s mod giving way a bit to flower children, maybe because it’s crisp but has that free flute part.  I’m amazed that I like this track as much as I do; given my distaste for reggae and Wilson’s proclaimed admiration for Marley, I’d expect her cover to stay more true to the original and for me to nix it automatically.  Anyway, never mind me, it’s good.

She performs the song live with a choir, which gives this video live action visuals, but I still prefer the lush studio version of the song:

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Dante – “Next to You”

By Roni Brunn | March 14, 2011 | News

I miss blogging!  I’ve been at least posting on Thursday Friday‘s Tumblr, but that feed’s mostly fashion.

So – Dante’s the drummer for The Concretes, and he’s debuting a solo album in September.  “Next to You” is a Clarence Carter cover from this 1973 LP.  Dante turned the soulful, mellow R&B track into a synthy take on The Concretes’ reggae-adjacent vibe, picking up some queues from the beats in “In The Air Tonight” along the way.  (By “beats,” I mean the actual beats/rhythm tracks, not the whole instru track.)  Sometimes I don’t know if the songs I’m into are legit or not until I blog them, but these insights are mostly fleeting since I rarely keep track of ratings.

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Rebecca & Fiona – “Bullets”

By Roni Brunn | January 24, 2011 | Music downloads, News

I’m into the new track from Rebecca & Fiona, whose “Luminary Ones” took over my favorite Swedish radio stream this fall/winter.  “Bullets” is more of the same catchy, dreamy Euro synth pop – not a big departure from their first single, but I don’t care.  Fun fun.

Do it:

Rebecca & Fiona – “Bullets”

Rebecca & Fiona – “Bullets (House Edit)”

Get “Bullets” on iTunes

Visit Rebecca & Fiona at their site or Facebook

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Jil Sander SS11 Sunglasses vs. Ksubi Skeleton

By Roni Brunn | January 20, 2011 | News

Just saw these super good Jil Sander sunglasses at Chic Intuition, and I had to post them by my Ksubi skeleton glasses from last spring.  I do love the new Jil Sander goggle version.  Maybe I should collect this type of eyewear from now on.

Get my Skeletons at Eyegoodies

Jil Sander image via Style

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Louis Vuitton Pre-Fall 2011

By Roni Brunn | January 4, 2011 | News

Love the Vuitton PF11 collection.  Marc Jacobs went darker in the same 30s direction he showed for spring.  The lush fabrication and deep colors depart from the typical champagne or black & white palettes normally associated with the Deco style.  Even though the pieces are heavily embellished, the loose, sportswear-informed direction give the overall feel an approachable ease.

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SS11 Resolution: Cloud Princess

By Roni Brunn | December 30, 2010 | News

This spring, I’ll be lighter than ever, more fragile, all refined.

I’m gonna wear white – white’s huge for SS11; it’s inevitable/trivial – but I won’t try to force it into some functional citywear paradigm.  I won’t fight it at all; I’ll be all froth, no cream.  I’ll be so bright that every color I wear will look white.  I’ll radiate enough innocence to get away with allover sheer cut to short hemlines.  I’ll do a lot of laundry.

Images via NYMag

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byAMT – Clé USB

By Roni Brunn | December 28, 2010 | News

I love keys aesthetically in the same way I love books.  They’re generic but so slightly not, and for me, both represent home.  I moved a lot, and I only feel at home when my books are up on shelves.  There’s a comfort to keys and books.

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YSL Museum at Jardin Majorelle, Marrakesh

By Roni Brunn | December 27, 2010 | News

Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé bought the Jardin Majorelle at Marrakesh, Morocco in the 80s, and within its sprawling gardens lies a cobalt (slash Yves Klein) blue museum of the designer’s work.
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YSL – New Vintage III

By Roni Brunn | December 22, 2010 | News

YSL is back with the third installment of the label’s New Vintage collection.  The range consists of pieces made from fabric remnants and cut from existing patterns.  The result is a hybrid across silhouettes and materials in the house’s history, and an exclusive one at that: only 180 pieces of each style were made, and they’re only distributed at YSL stores in NY, London, and Paris.

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2010: Fav Self Twit Pics

By Roni Brunn | December 20, 2010 | From, News

Been reflecting on this year: where I’ve been, what I learned, and the people who made both meaningful.  Clearly, those emo subjects are not that great for this blog.  I’ll recap my fav self twit pics instead.  I’ve been trying for more JPG content on my Twitter stream, and I def have some room for improvement on that goal.  This year saw some emerging premises for self twit pics.  I think the dressing room self twit pic and mirror+flash twit pics show a lot of promise.

One of the first dressing room twit pics, taken at Barneys.  I’m wearing the same dress that’s on the One Spring Away album art.  I hung my classic bag – let’s not bother naming it, that’ll just ruin the moment – onto a strap from an H&M cotton tote.  High x low forever!

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2010: The Year in Vogue Covers

By Roni Brunn | December 15, 2010 | News

I’m loving these gorgeous composites of all the Vogue covers from the year 2010.  It’s amazing that the international editions also feature roughly the same palette – I’d be curious to see how photography color treatments vary over the years.  Pretty clear we were into an amber haze with strawberry tones this past year.

Vogue US is above.  Here’s Australia:




The most painterly composition comes from Steven Meisel’s photos for Italy’s edition:

Latin America:


Carine Roitfeld‘s edgy aesthetic comes through for Vogue Paris:



Via Long Live McQueen

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Yiran Qian – Eye of the Storm

By Roni Brunn | December 13, 2010 | News

Chinese-born, German-based designer Yiran Qian created a faceless watch that tells time by illuminating lights along the frame.  It’s super clever and a possible rebuttal to the non-functioning watch bracelets I posted.  Three makes a trend, right?

The watch is entirely black at its resting/default state, and the frame lights up upon a button click.  This watch for the red dot design award this year.  (My bro also won that award!)  It’s now a concept – let’s hope it gets produced, and in more colors/finishes.  The pure black reminds me of ear plugs.

Visit Yiran Qian

Via designboom

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September – “Mikrofonkåt”

By Roni Brunn | December 8, 2010 | News

September‘s latest single, “Mikrofonkåt,” sounds a bit like Gaga & Beyonce’s “Telephone,” but/and it’s actually a Petter cover.  September is Swedish singer Petra Linnea Paula Marklund, and mikrofonkåt means something like microphone-horny.

Some people seem to root for Swedish pop singers as underdogs in an imaginary race against Katy, Gaga, and Rihanna.  That’s too much plot for me; I just like September’s catchy Euro dance singles as catchy Euro dance singles.

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Christopher Kane Launches Space-Inspired Menswear

By Roni Brunn | December 2, 2010 | News

Christopher Kane showed his first menswear collection this week in a launch timed nicely with NASA’s alien life form announcement.

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