Agyness Deyn is James Dean all the time.

Agyness Deyn might be the patron saint of androgynous style and I love her for it.

Here, as James Dean in this month’s Elle (images 1, 2, 5) and in W four years ago (images 3, 4, 6).

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Architectural Digestif

I’ve been waiting for Mila Kunis to appear on the cover of a magazine other than Cosmo or Nylon for the past…well, like three weeks really, but it’s felt like so much longer. Ever since I saw Black Swan I’ve been a bit obsessed, because we’re sort of the same person. How so, you ask?

1) A friend told me via Facebook that she and I are, “basically the same size.” I like to think “psychosexual ballerina” is a step up from “elf lord (children’s division)”, so I’m going with it.
2) We’re both brunettes.
3) We’re both funny and sexy; it’s too much, stop it!
4) We both have ethnic-sounding last names.

That’s one more than I thought we had in common when I started writing that list! The issue also has a profile on Nicolas Ghesquière that handily covers his entire career up until now, but I was most impressed with what I found in the back of the issue.
According to an article titled “Where In The World is David Adjaye?”, the architect is slated to break ground for his National Museum of African American History on the National Mall next year, with completion scheduled for 2015. As a person who lives in the shadow of a giant unfinished construction project, I have to wonder – will Adjaye’s vision come to fruition or run out of resources and funding? While living in China I noticed that big projects just don’t run out of money. Construction seems to have special funding from some deity who’s really keen on development in Asia and every major city feels as if it exists simultaneously in two worlds, one light years ahead of the other. Acutely modern design is apparent everywhere, on a more intimate scale at spaces like Beijing’s Green Tea House restaurant, where I dined and where months later designer Phillip Lim would celebrate his label’s fifth anniversary (do you like how I subtly drew that parallel between myself and an important, successful person?) and Philippe Starck’s swanky Lan Club, as well as the country’s well-known public buildings, such as the National Center for the Performing Arts, the CCTV broadcast building and, of course, the Bird’s Nest. That’s not to mention Shanghai’s famously futuristic skyline or Hong Kong’s contemporary icons of modern architecture. Taking it all in I couldn’t help but wonder, why do I feel as if New York hasn’t gotten a big budget update in the last half century? I can’t think of a U.S. city that has space for developing gorgeous new buildings on a whim (or one willing to relocate the poor to make space, as happened in China for the Olympic stadium as well as the World Expo.) The most interesting U.S. design project I’ve recently read about is a parking garage in Miami, of all things, so needless to say I’m rather “stoked” for this museum. Let’s all take up Buddhism in an effort to confuse the gods and try to siphon away some of that inexplicable funding…

The guy who designed this is coming to America!