Grant Woolhead's Notebook
By Grant Woolhead
Fashion: Miuccia Prada & Damien Hirst
I'm so excited about the collaboration between Miuccia Prada and Damien Hirst. They have opened a juice bar in Doha, Qatar, and a stand alone Prada store in the middle of the desert, also in Qatar, where you can't actually buy anything. It's more of an art installation if you will, which I love. People never really consider fashion in the same league as art because its very nature needs to be something vaguely functional, but Mrs. Prada is always the one to break the rules and generally defines the season with her shows. This collaboration feels like something fresh, considering how many designers have collaborated with artists over the years. The womens bug bags are for sale however, and they are pretty amazing!
Fragrance: Anick Goutal "Neroli"
Goutal's fragrances are unisex and are available at Saks Fifth Avenue. I'm not very much of a fragrance guy, but every time I wear this one, I get compliments. It really is delicious.
Accessory: Comme Des Garçons Painted Boots
These are for Spring and are hand painted. They've also done hand painted sneakers, which are pretty cool too. They have a very '80s Basquiat vibe, and because they're hand painted, each pair is an original. And if you can't afford them, you can even create your DIY pair...
Movie (I use that definition loosely): "House of Versace"
I downloaded this on iTunes for a flight home from L.A. a week ago for $3.99, and it was truly awful in the best possible way. The plot completely skims over the murder or Gianni and the death of princess Diana in minute long scenes and focuses on Donatella's emotional outbursts, overspending and addiction. The only way to make this watchable was in and out of sleep on a Xanex with a cocktail in hand. I almost thought it could have been more deliciously bad (à la Showgirls) though, had it told the real life story of the Versace empire, which is far more shocking. That said, Gina Gershon's walk is spot on Donatella, and for a flight it's worth a giggle and passes the time.
Photography: Jackie Nickerson, "Farm"
I was given this book about 10 years ago from a boss of mine, and I have been looking at it again recently. A great picture should tell a story without the need for words and I think that's really acheived within this book. The honesty of these portraits of African farmers transport you into a whole other world.
Song: "Miss America" by Leikeli
We used this song in the Duckie Brown show on New Yor Fashion Week and the lyrics are 'I dress like a boy, talk like a girl,' which could be many a guy's anthem in Chelsea. This is currently my gym jam. Really gets me going on the stairmaster.
Collectible: Joe's Magazine
Fashion stylist Joe McKenna really is one of the greats and I love his magazine Joes from back in the '90s, with work from Bruce Weber, Steven Klein, Craig McDean and David Sims. It really is a must have for me. I bought a copy a few years back for $800 but if you buy one now on Amazon they are closer to $5,000!
Art: Cary Kwok
Cary is a London- and Hong Kong-based artist known for his ball point pen drawings. He came to my attention with his series "Cum to Barber" a few years ago, but I'm increasingly interested in this style of kitch homo-erotic art. I've always been a fan of Syd Brak and those seminal Athena posters, and the same with Touko Laaksonen's Tom of Finland. This type of stylized art really pushes my buttons right now.
Food: Butternut Squash Lasagna
I downloaded this recipe from Martha Stewart online and it is truly scrumptious. I added brocolli rabe to mine to make it less sweet and more bitter and it was a huge success.