KENZO Presents "Le Renard Bleu"

kenzo presents le renard bleu

KENZO continues its exploration of culture and global identities with the second installment in its Folio series. “Le  Renard Bleu” is a multi-disciplinary endeavor working across music, video, dance and print by talents  including: musicians  Midori Takada & Lafawndah; directors Partel Oliva; krump artist Qwenga and  photographer CG Watkins. The film and folio present KENZO’s – La Collection Memento N°2 and Spring-Summer 2018 collections.

KENZO FOLIO N°02 began as a rhythmic discussion between musicians Midori Takada (of no relation to Kenzo Takada, founder of the eponymous fashion house) and Lafawndah on the subject of the fabled myth, The Blue Fox. As transmitted by Takada, the fox appears in both ancient Senegalese and Japanese folktales as the trickster archetype; belonging both to the heavens and to the earth, the fox is the agent of chaotic good, shaking the world up when its energy has become stagnant. Above all else, the fox is famous for its cunning nature. This is the first piece of music on which Takada has worked in close to 20 years and its creation originated in her preoccupation with the legend of the fox. After constructing a vivid instrumental composition dramatizing the spirit animal’s journeys, Lafawndah responded – in her inimitable mix of fairytale and undertow—with lyrics capturing a dialogue between her and the fox himself.

Shot in Tokyo, Partel Oliva imagined a contemporary cinematic frame for the myth of the fox to reappear, creating a hybrid of choreography and narrative around Takada and Lafawndah’s performance of their joint composition (also titled Le Renard Bleu.). Qwanga expresses original movement within the piece as the titular fox.

KENZO FOLIO N°02 will be available from and later on the Antenne Books website This is the second edition of KENZO Folio. The first issue “Gidi Gidi Bu Ugwu Ze, Unity is Strength” by photographer Ruth Ossai and director Akinola Davies Jr. was released in April 2017.


Only God Forgives. Ryan Gosling. July 19

Only God Forgives by

Ryan Gosling. Really. Do I need to say anything else...?? I don't care what he stars in, I'll watch every movie he makes. Luckily, for us, Ryan Gosling is not just another pretty face but a darn good actor. In, Only God Forgives, which was shot on location in Bangkok :) Gosling's character, Julian is a drug dealer who is out for blood for the murder of his brother. Expect to see plenty of action and violence. Kristen Scott-Thomas, who plays Gosling's mother, complicates matters with her involvement and desire for revenge. Only God Forgives is out in theaters on July 19.

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MINK STOLE at Macon Film Festival

I'm headed down to Macon Georgia in the morning for the 8th Annual

Macon Film Festival

(MaGa) happening right now. To say that I'm thrilled about meeting and interviewing

Mink Stole

is a huge understatement. Long before


fame, I was a fan of the

John Waters

goddess... she's right up there with


. With films like



Desperate Living, Pecker


Serial Mom

I fell under Mink Stole's naughty spell!


Sundance 2013: A fashionista's tale of fashion, nightlife and celebrities.


Emily Chandler-Westergreen

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Sundance Film Festival

- the largest Independent film festival in the US - has always been on my bucket list of not-to-be-missed events, but until this year I have never had a reason to attend. Or an invitation. That all changed when I was asked by Atlanta designer Rob Bennett to model his upcoming collection "V by Rob Bennett" at a party hosted by the American Film Institute. OK, let me think about it for a second...ummm yes! 


Walking through Park City, Utah is a charming experience anytime of year, and when you populate it with the entire who's who of Hollywood, it's like taking a stroll through your favorite movies and TV shows. Except the celebrities are real. And accessible. Need directions? Just ask a star.

This actually happened when I was in a panic to find the Fender Music Lounge, where Dave Grohl was throwing a private performance. I never found the Fender Music Lounge, but I did run into

Michael C. Hall

. He was crossing the street beside me. I oh-so-causally threw myself in front of a car to get closer. Luckily, Dexter was not in a serial killing mood - he grabbed my arm and guided me safely to the other side, where we took a photo together. "The photo wasn't worth getting killed for," he said. (I slightly disagree.)

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The days of Sundance are spent bouncing among the numerous gifting suites - I brought a second suitcase home to accommodate the swag. Or hanging out at Nikki Beach, one of the pop up lounges brought in from Miami. Don't mind if I do pop in and grab some lunch. Sitting beside

Robert Redford


Michael Cera

didn't hurt the ambiance a bit!


The night time scene is quite different from Fashion Week or other events in cities where everyone is scattered among the vast selection of clubs. At Sundance the only club allowed to stay open past 1AM is


, so that is where everyone is. Needless to say, that's where my entourage and I found ourselves every night. I bumped into

Paris Hilton

several times there. And I mean that literally. I was in a really crowded space and everyone was mashed up against each other like sardines. I felt a butt pressed up behind mine when a friend taps me on the shoulder and says "Hey Emily, do you realize who you're squeezed up against?"

A major difference between nightlife at Sundance and nightlife, well, everywhere else (besides the star-studded factor) is the fashion. This was the only time I've ever been out to a fancy nightclub wearing snow boots. And when I say snow boot, I don't mean those cute, furry little "look at me" boots, I mean the rubber soled "let me not slip on ice and die" boots. It's like this everywhere at Sundance. You can literally hop of the ski lift and cruise right into the swankiest event in town. I do love my five inch Fashion Week heels, but my feet were a big fan of this laid back Sundance mindset.

Oh wait, the movies. I haven't even mentioned them. Ain't nobody got time to watch a movie at Sundance! I'll catch them on DVD when I can catch my breath and there aren't ten thousand other fabulous things that absolutely have to be added to my ultimate Sundance experience.




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The Most Iconic Furs and Leather Jackets of Hollywood

by: Kitty Stephens


Movies have a long tradition of 

influencing fashion

, but no clothing item has been more imitated than handsome furs and leather jackets. They are the chosen fashion of outlaws, punks, movie stars, rebels and bikers. To them, a jacket is an identity, a medium to express nonconformity. Here are five of the most iconic movie jackets worn on the silver screen. 

The Perfecto | Marlon Brando

Price: $630

Everyone knows Marlon Brando brought 

motorcycle jackets

to the height of fashion with "The Wild One," mostly because he is the original rebel of cool. The diagonal-zippered black leather jacket with epaulets, “The Perfecto,” worn by Brando's biker character, Johnny Strabler. The famed jacket was created by Schott, NYC — the first company to sell zippered jackets.

The Burberry Trench | Humphrey Bogart

Price: $595

Humphrey Bogart emitted the stoic tough-guy persona complemented by an enigmatic look: black-ribboned fedora, trench coat and an eternally-burning cigarette. In "Casablanca," his character wore a cream Burberry (or Aquascutum Kingsway) belted wool trench. The ambiguous nature of the jacket is discussed to this day.

Wested Leather Bomber Jacket | Harrison Ford

Price: $268

Indiana Jones, the legendary archeologist adventurer, is a world-famous star of film and fashion. His rugged getup is the costume of choice for many 


every Halloween. Indy's weathered bomber leather jacket, wide-brimmed wool felt fedora, canvas satchel and Alden boots are all instantly recognizable. The tailor still makes a pretty penny to this day producing replicas of Indy's famous threads.

Blue Denim Jacket | Michael J. Fox

Price: $450

In the '80s, 

Michael J. Fox

was the quintessential teen icon of style, and his role as Marty McFly in "Back to the Future" embodied the rebellious/outlaw/punk heartthrob we looked up to. The blue denim jacket worn by Fox was manufactured by Guess, but is now nearly impossible to find — due to its limited run. The origin of the puffy vest remains a movie mystery.

White Sateen Jacket | Ryan Gosling

Price: $160

The mysterious and deadly stunt performer/mechanic/getaway driver played by 

Ryan Gosling

, wears a white sateen diamond-stitched jacket with a golden scorpion embroidered on the back. The iconic symbol was inspired by the experimental film “Scorpio Rising” and Aesop's “The Scorpion and the Frog” that plays into one of the film's themes of succumbing to one's irrepressible nature. “Drive” is meant to be a superhero movie — a deranged one at that — and the jacket acts as a sort of costume for the driver.







Taken 2

Director: Olivier Megaton

Starring: Liam Neeson, Famke Janssen, and Maggie Grace

In 2008, Taken became a huge crowd pleaser and box office smash. With a modest budget of $25 million, it grossed over $200 million world wide.  The movie about a father with a particular set of skills, rescuing his daughter, was a well crafted suspense story.


Olivier Megaton (Colombiana and Transporter 3)

has his highest profile job to date with

Taken 2

.  Action sequels very rarely exceed the original.  The story moves fast in this short action adventure, roughly 90 minutes long.  The formula is exactly the same as the first film:  a trip to an international destination, a kidnapping, and ass kickery.  Regurgitating the successful formula of the original film will make a fast buck, but the quality will certainly diminsh.  Remember how hard you laughed when you first saw

The Hangover

and then didn't laugh at the exact same jokes, told in a different city, in

The Hangover II


Oscar nominee

Liam Neeson (Schindler's List and

The Grey


does just fine reprising his role but is


the benchmark?   His intensity from the first film is missing the second time around.  

Famke Janssen  (X-Men Parts 1-3)

has an expanded  role as Neeson's ex wife from the first fim.  Neeson and Janssen are  actually the ones taken in part two.  Disappointingly, she is simply the helpless victim waiting to be rescued.  For me, I am turned off by the helpless woman cliche.  

Maggie Grace (Lockout),

the abducted daughter from part one, is actually the highlight in Taken 2. Her character gets to come full circle from victim to hero.  After her parents are kidnapped in Istanbul, it is up to her to assist her dad in rescuing her mother.

The Bourne Supremacy


Lethal Weapon 2

, and

Terminator 2

are all examples of sequels that surpassed the original.  Taken 2 will not be joining those ranks.  But for those of you who love this series do not be disheartened.  The door is wide open for Taken 3.  I am a huge fan of Liam Neeson and his films.  I just wasn't taken with this one.



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Sneak Preview: Sharon Morris... #WatchitHappen

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[CLICK on either photo for preview video link.] Over breakfast at the Stone Soup Kitchen, actor Sharon Morris lit up when talking about her new movie The Odd Life of Timothy Green. For the entire interview, which includes anecdotes about working with Sandra Bullock in The Blind Side tune into Style Mag VM next week!



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