Olive Loves: Jerome Rousseau

I am stepping out folks, kicking up my heels and strutting my stuff!

I am thrilled to share with you my absolute favorite, on-the-rise shoe designer – the incredibly creative, immensely talented Jerome Rousseau!

Mr. Rousseau hails from Montreal and makes his home in sunny L.A. and travels the world for inspiration – color, shape, everything he makes is wonderful – each of his shoes, so inspiring! These are whimsical, imaginative designs that make me downright swoon.

I am absolutely in love with every single shoe this young, handsome impresario produces, from his towering high heels to his kick butt boots to his pumps with sweet bows and ribbons.

But if you really want to awe the crowds – why not go for firework sparkle?

These perfect, midnight black, sultry, shimmering, pair of heels simply cannot be beat – especially if, like me,  you want to stand out and take names.

Oh Jerome! How I love thee!

Olive Goil: Karen Russell

I’m an old fashioned goil in many ways, my dears, and that includes my adoration of the written word – the sweet musk scent of an old book bringing a certain kind of warmth to my heart. In these days of the high tech and the modern, there’s just something about sitting down and flipping through pages that both comforts and thrills me.

For those who can’t abide the antiquated, you can grab your Kindles and your iPads and such and get the same amazing pleasure in words on a page – there’s nothing quite like reading, don’t you agree?

And writing! A bow down and a shout out to all those amazing authors out there, folks like this week’s Olive Goil, the immensely talented Karen Russell.

The young Miss Russell is barely 30, but she’s already been featured in magazines like The New Yorker and Zoetrope and in collection like the Best American Short Stories. Her first book of short stories, St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves, won a bevy of prizes and her first novel, Swamplandia, won a bazillion accolades as well.

Miss Russell writes about strange adventures and lost worlds and the wet heat fevers of her home state of Florida and her books thrill at every turn.  My dears! Take pleasure in the word and sit down and pick up a book (or a tablet) and let yourself get swept up in old fashioned, wonderful, fabulous, always imaginative -storytelling.

 

Olive Loves: Kimbra

Let’s shake a tail feather my dears, step out on the dance floor and show them what we’ve got. There’s nothing like a pure pop song, a melody you can’t get out of your head and a rhythm that makes you take to your feet. I have claimed before to love to dance and no one right now makes me dance more than Kimbra.

A young gal from the far away climes of New Zealand, Kimbra has been making music since she was a wee lass. She won a contest in her home country when she was still a teen and from there on in ,she’s been rising up, up, up.

Put your ear to the ground and you’re be sure to hear, somewhere near and somewhere soon, her sweet high voice matched with simply irresistible melodies – fun, catchy tunes that are cozily familiar yet still beautifully all her own.

Kimbra, in addition to her song and dance chops, also sports an utterly invincible stage style, a cross between Snow White and a Twenties silent screen star, all black hair and bangs and wide, giant dolls eyes and pretty pouty lips.

Miss Kimbra is that rare bird, lovely and talented and on the rise – so let’s all look up… and watch her fly.

Live Olive: Maximilla

Today, my dears, I’d like to introduce you to the lovely Miss Maximilla Lukacs – filmmaker and visual artist of the highest order and a sweet gal to boot.

Like moí, Miss Maximilla is a gypsy wanderer, an adventuress of land and sea and sky, and an explorer of the outer worlds and the inner mind.

Take seat ladies, and listen up!

Q: What inspired you as a child artistically?

A: Drawing mostly. I loved to draw so much as a child that I drew all over my parents’ hallway in communist Budapest, Hungary. Huge scribbles as tall as I probably was at the time. All over their nice wallpaper. I guess I needed to express myself and I guess in a show of support they left the drawings up for a long time.  As a child the thing you love to do the most is create imaginary worlds. So for me not much has changed. I have found a way to make that my job.

Q: What do you love most about the filmmaking process?

A: I really love that through films you can take entire worlds that are imagined in your head and turn them into a reality that you can share with others. It really is magical. And through the process you get to collaborate with so many other talented artists that end up making that world even richer and more beautiful.

I started off painting and drawing which is a very lonely, isolating process but you have control over every minute detail. With filmmaking there is a beautiful chaos to it that over time you learn to surf and sculpt. So strangely the thing I love the most about the filmmaking process is those chance elements that come with working with others and working with nature and light and music. Bring on the beautiful chaos!

Also, there is something of the unspoken, unwritten. There is an experiential quality to film that can only happen in that medium. Those moments of watching a film that make you feel something so specific yet it cannot be described in words. I love that! I strive for that.

Q: Favorite women filmmakers? 

Sadly there are not too many women filmmakers to point to.  They are more absent from the film dialogue as makers than almost any other art form. But I know that is changing as we speak.

My favorites are Maya Deren and Vera Chytilova. Maya Deren’s films offer such a unique and feminine vision that I feel is lacking from the language if film in general. Her surrealist vision and the way she plays with time and with movement is incredible. She is a true visionary!

And Vera Chytilova made one of my favorite films of all time “Daisies”. There is so much experimentation going on in the film in terms of her craft.  But also the main characters in the film, two young girls who are so defiant and show a side to girls that I don’t think had been properly portrayed in film up to that point. (It was banned upon its initial release due to its depictions of wasting food!)

In the film the girls decide that since the world has gone bad they are going bad and the adventures that unfold are truly amazing antics. There is some really experimental storytelling going on in the film.  She uses the tossing of flower wreaths to transition from one scene to another in a way that is so gracefully psychedelic.

Now this brings me to the next person I want to talk about who I think is doing amazing work today and that is Lena Dunham who directed “Tiny Furniture” and is now doing the TV show “Girls”.

I think she is showing a side of young girls that is so honest and refreshing and completely absent from mainstream culture.

I think women need to enter the very important cultural dialogue of film. I think the world needs a prismatic point of view in 2012 and women and people from more impoverished cultures with fewer resources are part of that.  Culturally we need a full spectrum representation of the human experience. Film plays a crucial role in that. It is a mirror we must hold up to ourselves as a species. Our films tell us so much about what is going on with our collective soul. With our collective consciousness. I think this is a very exciting time to be alive!

Wren F/W 12 “Beware of Young Girls” from Maximilla Lukacs on Vimeo.