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Photograph by Davide Sorrenti 

There probably isn’t an aesthetic that struck a chord so controversial in fashion as the notorious 90s inclination towards the new look: Heroine Chic. We are starting to see a bit of a return to this vibe in some of the world’s most prestigious runways, not surprising as the 90s is taking the 21st century by storm these days.

According to Wikipedia, heroine chic is defined as:

a look popularized in mid-1990s fashion and characterized by pale skindark circles underneath the eyes and angular bone structure. The look, characterised by emaciated features and androgyny, was a reaction against the “healthy” and vibrant look of models such as Cindy Crawford and Claudia Schiffer

We found this throwback video of a 1997 episode of Fashion Television (I miss you!) on the death of fashion wunderkind Davide Sorrenti who had been one of the industry’s top photographers for this new look.

Taking photos of his friends in New york City inspired by the images of Larry Clarke and Nan Goldin, and coming from a lineage of art/fashion, he quickly became the go-to for this latest look until his untimely death at only 20 years old from . . . you guessed it!

HEROINE! (Not doing very well for the cause . . . )

According to top 90s fashion photographer Corrine Day  (who is often attributed with the rise of Kate Moss to iconic model status and poster child of this new look) in a 1997 interview for Vogue:

“We were poking fun at fashion” – Corinne Day, 1997

Out of the 80s which was all about glam and excess, Corrine Day in particular, stripped down her editorials to the basics, and instead of big butts, red lips, exaggerated bosoms, and endless hair; she chose young nymph-like beauties with a more natural essence and a bit of grit for a more realistic aesthetic that was really a rejection of the then standard of beauty.

It’s hard to get the joke when you use the words ‘Heroine’ and  ‘Chic’ together, and then you think of the deaths of so many talented young people (first supermodel Gia Carangi, actor and E.O.F. Style Idol, River Phoenix, rock star Kurt Cobain, and of course, ‘heroine chic’ proprietor Davide Sorrenti) during this time, making it impossible to reject the realities that this truly was a problem in the industry. However, I think it is a shame to bash the entire industry and pigeon hole this aesthetic and its creators and muses as – EVIL.

After all, in the end – they are images. You take them as you do, and thats that.

“Is Heroine Chic even real?”

That’s a brilliant question Jeanne Beker asks in this clip, and its what I kept asking myself as I watched it. After all, even Bill Clinton had something to say about this trend and its abuse on younger generations who could be susceptible to the cool factor of the fashion industry essentially embracing drugs.

However, it wasn’t the photographers or models or industry people coining the phrase, it was simply a term coined by the media which quickly turned into a frenzy – on the verge of a witch hunt.

There will always be that push against changing times, and interestingly enough today we are seeing the shift realized towards more “full” sized women in the mainstream of the industry. But, in the end, what does that prove?

It is always important to push healthy body image, but honestly, some of these girls (and boys, too) cannot help being that thin, so I always find it unfair this constant scrutiny on body types. Perhaps, the less we made an issue of either end of the scale, there wouldn’t have to be a problem at all.

The truth is we don’t want to accept each other for what we are, which is absolute crime.

In the end, I guess this clip posted initially by Dazed & Confused Magazine really just got me thinking, and would definitely have me thinking for a while.  There’s no denying this controversial era absolutely broke down walls in the realm of fashion imagery, and brought a rebellion to the forefront that continues to this day.

Nobody is perfect, and that’s what I think this era really tried to capitalize on in the simplest way.

Milla Jovovich interviews at Fashion Out Loud circa. 1996 ft. Davide Sorrenti

The elusive world of fashion will probably always have some sort of bad rep, and that’s fine.

But don’t be silly enough to only look at the surface.

Try to dig deeper in all aspects of life.

Until next time,





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Fragments of Donald Rizzo ! ! !


Donald Rizzo is an artist who sees the world through fragments; fragments of color, fragments of memory, fragments of space, and fragments of who people really are. His works are kaleidoscopic visions of vibrant color which stem from his dark personal experience dealing with depression with psychotic symptoms. Born under a full moon on a lunar eclipse, Donald is nothing short of being his truest self and showcasing his unique eye that allows his viewers to create their own reality of what they see in his images.

We were delighted to receive an interview with the artist by our correspondent John Wisniewski who took the time to delve deeper into the fragments of Donald Rizzo!

JOHN: When were your first art exhibitions? When did you begin drawing and painting?

DONALD: My first exhibit was “Fragments of Color” August 2010 at Magnet in San Francisco.  I began painting in 2006, my current process (color juxtaposition) started to develop in 2008.  I created Raster (pixellated) paintings, the first painting was 48 x 48 with1/2 inch square pixels and a palette of 20 colors.  I thought what would one look like with 1/4 inch squares and then 1/8 inch square.  I discovered that 1/8 inch squares were a little to small so landed on 1/6 inch for this style.  I also noticed that the palette was increasing one painting had  150 unique colors.   I continued with this style through the end of 2009.  It allowed me to develop mixing the paints to get the color and value I wanted.  I never blended colors on the canvas but applied the paint as thick dabs of paint resulting with a textured surface, I noticed that the textured surface aided the viewers eye in blending the colors.

I had always wanted to break out of the grid and discovered Chuck Closes work, in particular his paper pulp projects.  In January 2010 I completed my first painting of my current style. Refereed to as Abstract Realism or color juxtaposition.   I still create a textured surface but limit the palette to 60 to 80 colors.  Unlike Close who created his colors from a CMYK palette,  I use color temperature  to aid in creating depth.  I noticed that not only was I creating juxtaposition of color, but also of ideas, concepts and images.  Which can be seen in my “Shades of Purple” series.

JOHN: Whom are some artists who have influenced your work?

DONALD: There are two; Leroy Neiman; Neiman had created a set of prints for the 1976 summer olympics, and Burger King would issue a new print (poster) every week.  I made sure I was there on the day they released the new poster.  The impressionistic bright, vibrate colors amazed me.  the second Chuck Close: unaware of this connection until 2009.  In grade school 6th or 7th grade, the art teacher was discussing an exhibit he had just seen of this artist who did these dot paintings, he then showed us a print of billboard sign, which I know now is color halftone CMYK print.  I was amazed at the size of the circles and how from a distance, driving down the highway we never see the dots, we see an image that is blended.  Someone asked me when they saw my first paintings if I was influenced by Chuck Close; at the time I said who?  As I discovered Closes work, I also discovered that he had exhibits in both Akron and Youngstown while I was in grade school.  And the artist my teachers was discussing was Chuck Close.
Artist Leroy Neiman.
Artist Leroy Neiman.
Chuck Close in his studio.
Chuck Close in his studio.
Madam Secretary by Donald Rizzo
Madam Secretary by Donald Rizzo
JOHN: What are you doing when not painting or drawing?
DONALD: Sleeping. From the moment I get up in the morning until an hour before I go to bed, I’m working on my art.  Weekends, holidays, 7 days a week, I’m creating.  A major reason is my health.   I have HIV and I developed mitochondrial toxicity (MT) from the medication.  The mitochondrial in my leg muscles and upper back were most effected.  I wasn’t producing adequate  ATP and this greatly effected my mobility.  Their was a period of time when I couldn’t raise my hands above my ears and feared I wouldn’t be able to paint much longer.   I also found painting to be a healing experience both mentality and emotionally.

JOHN: Are you inspired by cinematic art?

DONALD: I had to think about this question.  On the surface I’d say no, but then I think sub-consciously I would be influenced.

JOHN: Could you tell us how you developed your technique of color juxtaposition?


I was diagnosed with severe depression with psychotic symptoms.  Let me start by saying when one experience delusions; thats their reality.  This psychosis was adaptive for instance when I told the voices that were repeating everything I said out loud that they couldn’t know what I really thought because they can’t read my mind.  Within two weeks the voices were repeating my private thoughts.  When a thought entered my mind that I didn’t want them to know, I had to immediately change my thought.  This was pure madness.  I realized that my conscience mind was battling my sub-conscience mind.  If this battle continued both minds would lose as I had numerous close calls with death during this time.    With this psychosis I found myself staring at reflections, the more uneven the surface the better.  Reflections in three or more surface where bits of information was used from the multiple planes the more intriguing I found them.  Then I discovered that pix elated images had hidden messages, some that could be seen zoomed in and some seen zoomed out.  Again my conscience and sub-conscience mind attempting communication.
With this technique Color Juxtaposition the mind must construct the shapes in the viewers mind were their sub-science mind  plays a significant role.  With my painting “If I Only had a Brain” there are two faces one in portrait  and one in profile.  The portrait is more apparent from affair and the profile is revealed up-close.  There is a distance where both faces oscillate and the mind can’t stop it from oscillating.  Here the viewer can experience a small fragment of my psychosis.     Also because of the physics of reflected light the painting changes as light dims in the room, or one looks at the painting from a 45 degree angle as opposed to a 90 degree angle.  Just like those hidden messages in my psychosis.
Looking4CockNow by Donald Rizzo
Looking4CockNow by Donald Rizzo
JOHN: How do you choose the subjects for your artwork?
DONALD: They choose me.  I start with a photo and I begin to work and massage it.  My sub-science plays a role and at some point during the process, I discover the message it wants me to project.   Every painting I’ve done in some way I make it about me.  Each painting becomes a fragment of my self portrait.  My early paintings “The Lonely, The Forgotten and The Outcast” are paintings of healing.  Healing from the immense pain of depression.  I mentioned above about delusions being real, these paintings became the start of my healing from my reaction to this reality.  As I write this I still can’t call them delusions.
And now with “Shades of Purple” as I state in the artist statement: “The time for sound bites is over. We need to move our conversations to a more productive and less condemning place. With a little bit of humility and the willingness to listen to another’s perspective, we might just have a chance to talk about solutions instead of blame.”
JOHN: Some of your portraits feature famous faces-do you ever get any feedback from the subjects of the paintings?
DONALD: As of yet, no, but would love to have a conversation with Chuck Close about “Chasing that Experience”.  I have found images of semi-famous people on Facebook and unbeknownst to them I’ll complete the painting and when posting it to Facebook, I’ll tag that individual in painting.  I’ve had some remarkable comments, I do enjoy that.

Be sure to check out Donald Rizzo’s site!


 Until next time,


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Sexual Escapades with Physicist Stephen Hawking

It has come to our attention that renowned physicist and household name Stephen Hawkins has been making the rounds in the L.A. sex club scene! According to RadarOnline, this has been happening for some time!

Stephen Hawking is somewhat of a regular at a Devore, California sex club. According to their source who has been a member of Freedom Acres swingers club for nearly half a decade, Hawking, 70, shows up to the club with a bevy of nurses and assistants and has naked woman grind on him. 😐

“I have seen Stephen Hawking at the club more than a handful of times,” the source revealed.

“He arrives with an entourage of nurses and assistants. Last time I saw him he was in the back ‘play area’ laying on a bed fully clothed with two naked women gyrating all over him.”

Perhaps complete rubbish, or maybe T.M.I. We just had to share.
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