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  • Pelvic rings designed by New York-based jeweler Heidi Gardner. (photo by Dana Ter / Meniscus Magazine)   Heidi Gardner’s collection of skull rings and vertebrae bangles enticed viewers to pick them up and play with them like little toy dolls at the Holiday Trunk Show held at Greenwich Village boutique SUCRE. However, constructed with silver and brass – and studded with ruby eyes and diamond nostrils – these creatures were...

    Heidi Gardner: Imagination and the human form as jewelry

    Dana Ter Pelvic rings designed by New York-based jeweler Heidi Gardner. (photo by Dana Ter / Meniscus Magazine)   Heidi Gardner’s collection of skull rings and vertebrae bangles enticed viewers to pick them up and play with them like little toy dolls at the Holiday Trunk Show held at Greenwich Village boutique SUCRE. However, constructed with silver and brass – and studded with ruby eyes and diamond nostrils – these creatures were...

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  • It’s ironic that designer Jerry Tam’s “Pre-” Spring 2008 women’s collection comes under a label called <strong>FORM</strong>, because the clothes took on anything but. Creatively-chopped sheets of light fabric make an incongruous figure-draping option for the majority of common folk save absurdly tall, lithe models with stick-thin figures. Place those same models in the context of an outdoor show held at the Rockefeller Center Rooftop Garden – surrou...

    FORM – Pre-Spring 2008 Collection Review

    Yuan-Kwan Chan It’s ironic that designer Jerry Tam’s “Pre-” Spring 2008 women’s collection comes under a label called FORM, because the clothes took on anything but. Creatively-chopped sheets of light fabric make an incongruous figure-draping option for the majority of common folk save absurdly tall, lithe models with stick-thin figures. Place those same models in the context of an outdoor show held at the Rockefeller Center Rooftop Garden – surrou...

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  • Two of the stronger offerings in Han Ahn Soon’s Spring 2014 collection in Tokyo. (photo by Yuan-Kwan Chan / Meniscus Magazine)   Last season, Han Ahn Soon incorporated elements of menswear into a colorful cavalcade of blazers, shirts and dresses.  For Spring 2014, her shades are more diverse but the styles less exacting.  Floor-length dresses, their volumes buoyed by hoops strategically placed underneath garments and around the waists...

    Han Ahn Soon Spring 2014: Lots of colors, little form

    Yuan-Kwan Chan Two of the stronger offerings in Han Ahn Soon’s Spring 2014 collection in Tokyo. (photo by Yuan-Kwan Chan / Meniscus Magazine)   Last season, Han Ahn Soon incorporated elements of menswear into a colorful cavalcade of blazers, shirts and dresses.  For Spring 2014, her shades are more diverse but the styles less exacting.  Floor-length dresses, their volumes buoyed by hoops strategically placed underneath garments and around the waists...

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  • David Nalbandian won his first tournament of 2010 at the Legg Mason Tennis Classic.(photo by Kwai Chan / Meniscus Magazine) When the 2008 season began, David Nalbandian was on an upward swing.  The <strong>form</strong>er world No. 3 had finished his fifth consecutive year ranked in the top 10 on the merit of two ATP Masters Series titles, as well as wins over Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. Then, over the next two seasons, the <strong>form</strong>er Wimbledon finalist lost to...

    Nalbandian returns to form, wins 2010 Legg Mason Tennis Classic

    Yuan-Kwan Chan David Nalbandian won his first tournament of 2010 at the Legg Mason Tennis Classic.(photo by Kwai Chan / Meniscus Magazine) When the 2008 season began, David Nalbandian was on an upward swing.  The former world No. 3 had finished his fifth consecutive year ranked in the top 10 on the merit of two ATP Masters Series titles, as well as wins over Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. Then, over the next two seasons, the former Wimbledon finalist lost to...

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  • Turner Prize-winning artist Steve McQueen’s impressive feature debut, “Hunger,” is not your normal biopic – and that’s a very good thing. Sound and image (especially sound) are given primacy in McQueen’s experimental, non-narrative film, which examines the final days of IRA activist and political prisoner Bobby Sands as he slowly perished from a 66-day hunger strike in 1981.  Michael Fassbender plays Bobby Sands, the IRA activist and political p...

    Steve McQueen’s “Hunger” – 2008 New York Film Festival Review

    Christopher Bourne Turner Prize-winning artist Steve McQueen’s impressive feature debut, “Hunger,” is not your normal biopic – and that’s a very good thing. Sound and image (especially sound) are given primacy in McQueen’s experimental, non-narrative film, which examines the final days of IRA activist and political prisoner Bobby Sands as he slowly perished from a 66-day hunger strike in 1981. Michael Fassbender plays Bobby Sands, the IRA activist and political p...

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  • Whenever fashion decides to “go tribal,” three things tend to happen: turkeys everywhere start feeling a draft on their rear ends (hi, Nicholas K!); there’s a run on bead markets from Dakar to Dagestan; and geometry sets emerge from seventh-grade backpacks into the light of day. It’s this last option that Carmen Marc Valvo brings to the runway for New York Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2014. At first glance, the body-conscious dresses o...

    Carmen Marc Valvo Spring 2014: Valvo’s trig-loving tribe

    Andie Davis Whenever fashion decides to “go tribal,” three things tend to happen: turkeys everywhere start feeling a draft on their rear ends (hi, Nicholas K!); there’s a run on bead markets from Dakar to Dagestan; and geometry sets emerge from seventh-grade backpacks into the light of day. It’s this last option that Carmen Marc Valvo brings to the runway for New York Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2014. At first glance, the body-conscious dresses o...

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  • Patrick Tam, one of the finest filmmakers of the 80’s Hong Kong new wave, with his Malaysia-set masterpiece After This Our Exile, returned in 2006 from his own 17 year exile from filmmaking to deliver an epic melodrama which unfolds with uncommon grace, delicate patience, and mesmerizing beauty. Aaron Kwok, as the central character Cheong-shing, a perpetually down-and-out, dissolute gambler who can’t help dragging himself and everyone else arou...

    Review: Patrick Tam’s “After This Our Exile”

    Christopher Bourne Patrick Tam, one of the finest filmmakers of the 80’s Hong Kong new wave, with his Malaysia-set masterpiece After This Our Exile, returned in 2006 from his own 17 year exile from filmmaking to deliver an epic melodrama which unfolds with uncommon grace, delicate patience, and mesmerizing beauty. Aaron Kwok, as the central character Cheong-shing, a perpetually down-and-out, dissolute gambler who can’t help dragging himself and everyone else arou...

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  • The 15th edition of the Pusan (now Busan) International Film Festival, the largest film festival in Asia, was a transitional year in many senses.  First, Kim Dong-ho, the long-time founder of the festival who was the face of the festival, his avuncular, gregarious presence a ubiquitous fixture, decided to retire from the festival, handing the reins to his co-director Lee Yong-kwan.  Second, it was announced sometime before the festival that it w...

    The best films of the 2010 Pusan International Film Festival

    Christopher Bourne The 15th edition of the Pusan (now Busan) International Film Festival, the largest film festival in Asia, was a transitional year in many senses.  First, Kim Dong-ho, the long-time founder of the festival who was the face of the festival, his avuncular, gregarious presence a ubiquitous fixture, decided to retire from the festival, handing the reins to his co-director Lee Yong-kwan.  Second, it was announced sometime before the festival that it w...

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  • What’s looking to be a shoo-in for inclusion on my list of the best films of 2011 is Federico Veiroj’s beautiful, beguiling, and deadpan funny second feature A Useful Life, which screened this January as part of the Museum of Modern Art’s annual “Global Lens” series. The brevity of this 67-minute film belies the rich layers to be found in this elegiac yet hopeful film, which both eulogizes and celebrates the medium of film itself, a medium whic...

    Review: Federico Veiroj’s “A Useful Life”

    Christopher Bourne What’s looking to be a shoo-in for inclusion on my list of the best films of 2011 is Federico Veiroj’s beautiful, beguiling, and deadpan funny second feature A Useful Life, which screened this January as part of the Museum of Modern Art’s annual “Global Lens” series. The brevity of this 67-minute film belies the rich layers to be found in this elegiac yet hopeful film, which both eulogizes and celebrates the medium of film itself, a medium whic...

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  • “Useless” director Jia Zhang-ke. (photo by Christopher Bourne / Meniscus Magazine) Jia Zhang-ke’s mesmerizing and meditative documentary “Useless” screened at the 2007 New York Film Festival. Earlier this year, the film received the Horizons Documentary Award at the Venice Film Festival. I sat down with the director shortly after the press screening and conference on October 12, 2007, to discuss the film. Interpreting for Mr. Jia wa...

    Interview with “Useless” director Jia Zhang-ke

    Christopher Bourne “Useless” director Jia Zhang-ke. (photo by Christopher Bourne / Meniscus Magazine) Jia Zhang-ke’s mesmerizing and meditative documentary “Useless” screened at the 2007 New York Film Festival. Earlier this year, the film received the Horizons Documentary Award at the Venice Film Festival. I sat down with the director shortly after the press screening and conference on October 12, 2007, to discuss the film. Interpreting for Mr. Jia wa...

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