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A Michelin Star is the standard of exceptional dining quality, and for many serious chefs, the goal to strive for. Earning a Michelin Star(s) can have a dramatic effect on the success of a restaurant/chef, not to mention the status and all the recognition that comes along with it. Maintaining the level of quality to keep the Michelin Star and the possibility of losing it creates intense levels of pressure for the chef, the restaurant, and the staff; the loss of a star can be a traumatic experience, just ask Gordon Ramsay. But for some chefs, not wanting a Michelin Star can be simply down to not wanting to make an overly complicated menu, instead they just want to make simple dishes that are not considered star worthy — fried chicken for example. (via Vanity Fair)
Hedi Slimane at Saint Laurent: why is he accused of not being a designer? And what is “design” in fashion today?
In light of Slimane’s recent collections, he’s been accused of not being a designer and more of a marketer and stylist. Well first, what is design? Design in fashion is “the creation of drama” — from overly frilly and elaborate clothing, to creating something contentious and even pioneering. There’s also a school of design where essentially copying another designer’s work and elevating it is smiled upon and seen as a positive thing. And then, there’s design where none of it makes any particular sense at all. Regardless of which design definition you pick, Slimane is a designer and it would be absurd not to think of him as one — just think of his pioneering work at Dior Homme and YSL in the 90s. Being able to create skinny and slender clothing to fit “normal” bodies and have them appear slight is due to Slimane’s own design brilliance. (via Charlie Porter)
The New York Times published a self help guide for being a modern man and I honestly don’t know if it was supposed to be taken seriously, as satire, or just a spoof. In any case, it didn’t make much sense to me nor did it make me better prepared to be a better modern man. But don’t take my word for it, read it yourself and see if you feel differently than I do. Also if you want some laughs, you should probably read this too as a supplement. (via Slate)
Have you ever wondered when exactly counter-culture became pop culture and who were the individual(s) responsible for it? It was in June of 1980 at the “Times Square Show”. Read on. (via The Paris Review)
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