April 7, 1991 |
Welcome to the New Decorative Age. Whatever the final verdict on postmodernism, with its plethora of columns and pediments, the overwhelming popularity of the whimsical style proves one thing: People are hungry for color and ornamentation after decades of minimalism. Fashion already reflects the trend--the explosion of Christian Lacroix's bejeweled gowns, the burst of bright floral dresses by Ungaro, the rediscovery of dizzying Pucci prints.
January 17, 2011 |
The best-dressed celebrities at Sunday's Golden Globes got the message that simpler is almost always better when it comes to red carpet dressing. Simple also happens to be what's new in fashion now, with "minimalism" being the watchword for the last two runway seasons. Claire Danes was the big red-carpet winner in a neon pink silk halter gown by designer Francisco Costa for Calvin Klein. Costa also designed Emma Stone's cap-sleeved, open-back, nectar-colored silk crepe gown, which was so simple, sleek and confident that it made much of the rest of the night's apparel look overdone and duded-up.
June 18, 1989 |
Ever since minimalism appeared on the music scene 25 years ago, academic composers have decried the trashing of their complex music language and the acceptance, in its place, of a highly simplified--some say simplistic--one. Their charge: a sellout to commercialism. The minimalists say the scholars adhere to an "old-boy network" whose in-bred, practically impenetrable scores alienate everyone except each other. With growing alarm and resentment, the old guard watched while these upstarts basked in the spotlight and took the prizes: audiences, publicity, career opportunities.
May 1, 2003 |
New York City trio the Yeah Yeah Yeahs has a reputation for intense live shows, and vocalist Karen O. helped keep the legend alive when the band recently brought its stark fusion of punk and new wave to Hollywood. Wearing what looked like bright-green short pajamas, she writhed and howled, repeatedly stuffed the microphone into her mouth, and generally behaved like the most demented slumber-party guest ever. The set was as dynamic and immediate as advertised, with O.
September 29, 2005 |
The fleet of fashion editor-filled sedans moves from one show to another every hour on the hour -- stilettos out of the car, stilettos in the car, bubble skirts out, bubble skirts in. And the yawning spreads. Japanese photographers snap Anna Wintour's picture here and there, runway lights go down and up, cigarettes are lighted and stubbed out. And still the yawning spreads.
May 4, 1997 |
Classical music can never get enough of birthdays and anniversaries. Concert halls and record companies everywhere are busily milking Schubert's 200th birthday and the 100th anniversary of Brahms' death, both of which occur this season. New York, San Francisco, London and Vienna know it is a big California year, what with their aggressive celebrations of Henry Cowell's 100th and Lou Harrison's 80th birthdays.