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MATTEmatters: Is all about the season

By Marcela Filomena

In cooler climates than our own, autumn is traditionally a time of husbandry, of harvest, of celebrating the melancholy aging process; as leaves turn red, fall to the ground and winter slowly rears its white head.  This matters is all about the season, with a small thematic deviation in the film category (but that movie was so ill, it deserves a place on the list!).

design – Inspired by forest creatures and mythical animals, Celene Bridge combined te mystery and magic of folklore and fey in her LMFF F/W 2011 collection.   Taxis Derma fierced up classically feminine 30’s and 40’s silhouettes, accentuating them with horns, beaks and claws, in a contrasting palette of black and nude.  Notwithstanding that each look had a showpiece feel to it, the craftsmanship behind each embellishment and finishing was amazing.  A goat bride with appliqued leather scales, a silk-pleated crow’s head, or dyed sheepskin fringing a bird’s skirt were just some of the highlights of the collection.  Definitely a designer to watch, it is unfortunately practically impossible to find any info on her current whereabouts or activities, other than a lovely tumblr.  If anybody out there has amazing web research skills and is up for a challenge, I hereby throw down the gauntlet

art – In keeping with what is turning out to be the thematic thread between categories this matters, let’s take a look at Marta Klonowska’s shattered glass animals.  Often exhibited next to the baroque and romantic paintings on which they are based, her creatures almost explode into the space surrounding them, their carefully broken sharp shards of colored glass are somehow reminiscent of fur.  She starts off building a metal frame and net mesh outline, eventually covering it completely with a minute attention to detail, shape and volume.

film - There is something to be said for the terrible film.  From every single John Waters creation, from Glitter to Honey; movies so bad that they turn right around to good are a difficult feat to accomplish.  And that leads us to Crazy Sexy Cool, the latest in a long line of wonderfully awful VH1 biopics.   As a kid growing up in the mid-nineties, TLC was the legit girl group- forget about Spice Girls and their ilk- .  Chilli, T-Boz and Left Eye had the tightest dance moves, combined hip-hop, R&B and pop, all while wearing oversized clothes and condoms on their heads (it didn't hurt that they also had the highest grossing tour of all time by a female band and sold a ridiculous amount of records in the process).  TLC tackled social issues, gave mad girl power, and took on the responsibility of being role models with panache. The movie features painstakingly recreated shots of their most famous videos and home movies, and is apparently quite accurate in its portrayal of each band member.  Whatever.  What clinched it for me was how well the script walked the line between silliness and sincerity, making 90's-tastic bad taste into art, keepin' it real.

music – Annie Clark is almost too pretty to be any good.  Her delicate, fawnlike features-giant doe eyes, pointed chin, dusting of freckles and raggedy mop of formerly dark curls- were a foil to her undeniable talent.  This Oklahoman has racked up an impressive series of credentials, from being a teenage tour manager for her uncle’s band Tuck and Patti, to dropping out of Berklee after three years (“they’re training athletes”) and then playing in Sufjan Stevens’ touring band, as well as forming part of The Polyphonic Spree.  Her playing is picture-perfect, sewn through with raging riffs and inventive guitar playing.  She can be like a bull in a china shop, manically running through her frets with feverish energy, but balances it all out with moments that smolder with tender care.  It was a rough fit for me at first (she’s just so damn pretty- and her lyrics can be admittedly jejune at times), but I have ended up an avowed St. Vincent convert.  And her popularity extends into cartoonland- she recently covered a Bob’s Burgers song, “Bad Tina”, and her latest project was a collab with David Byrne.

item - This might be a day or so too late for the Halloween/Día de los Muertos hullaballoo, but after all, osteology is forever.  Pyropets are sweet animal-shaped candles that slowly melt to reveal a ghoulish steel skeleton with sharp teeth.  The brainchild of Thorunn Arnadottir, she first stated making them in 2011, but recently figured out a way to mass-produce more and is selling them via KickStarter.  First animal: an adorable pink or gray kitten!