Category Archives: Music

Remembrances of Excellency Past: Donna Summer

Donna Summer, March 26, 1978. Image via Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images via


Excellency Hall of Fame: James Marshall “Jimi” Hendrix, Born Johnny Allen Hendrix (November 27, 1942 – September 18, 1970)

Jimi Hendrix at Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco, 1968. Image via Jeffrey Scales via The New York Times. © Jeffrey Scales/HSP Archiv.

Reading BECOMING JIMI HENDRIX, From Southern Crossroads to Psychedelic London, the Untold Story of a Musical Genius, by Steven Roby and Brad Schreiber, recently reviewed in The New York Times. Excellent. Outstanding.




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Excellently Theatrical: The “Diaghilev and the Golden Age of the Ballet Russes” Exhibition at London’s Outstanding Victoria & Albert Museum

Presenting Diaghilev and the Golden Age of the Ballet Russes, the V&A’s major autumn exhibition, on view from September 25, 2010 until 9 January 2011. The Excellently extraordinary show explores “the world of the influential artistic director Serge Diaghilev and the most exciting dance company of the 20th century. Diaghilev combined dance, music and art in bold ways to create ‘total theatre’. A consummate collaborator, he worked with Stravinsky, Chanel, Picasso, Matisse and Nijinsky,” according to “Treasures on show will include Picasso’s huge front cloth for Le Train Bleu, as well as original costumes and set designs, props and posters by artists and designers like Léon Bakst, Georges Braque, Jean Cocteau and Natalia Goncharova. These will tell the story of a company which began in the social and political upheaval of pre-revolutionary Russia and went on to cause a sensation with exotic performances that had never been seen before.”

Theatrical Excellence: Pablo Picasso’s canvas ‘Le Train Bleu’, 1924. Image via via the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.

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Excellently in Conversation with John Skelton of LN-CC (Late Night Chameleon Cafe), London’s Newest, Most Outstanding, Retail Concept

“Everyone seems to be so scared of doing something that isn’t “cool ” and we wanted to change that mentality,” says 29-year-old John Skelton, former buyer for Oki-Ni, of the idea behind his and partner Dan Mitchell’s new venture, Late Night Chameleon Café (LN-CC). “The concept is quite simply, everything that we love across all areas wrapped up and enveloped in the best surroundings possible whether it be online or offline.” LN-CC, which recently launched online at is “a project incorporating menswear, womenswear, books and music.” A 6,000 sq. ft., by-appointment-only, LN-CC retail space, designed by Gary Card, is slated at open in East London in October. As always, The EP gets the inside scoop… To read the full interview, please click HERE (PDF).

Presenting John Skelton, one of the founders of LN-CC (Late Night Chameleon Csfe), London's newest retail concept. Portrait via John Skelton.

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Excellent Shopping: On Location @ The Monocle Shop, New York

Browsing the Excellent branded merchandise at the new Monocle shop at 535 Hudson Street in Manhattan.

The Monocle shop in New York. Image via The Excellent People, 5:43 pm, September 13, 2010.

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Conversations On A Banquette: Menswear Designer Georgy Baratashvili

“I really enjoy playing with fabric and seeing how it behaves,” says Moscow-born, London-based designer Georgy Baratashvili. “I find draped clothes very flattering and sensual, and it was unseen in menswear when I started doing it.” In addition to producing his own athletics-inspired, forward looking and directional collections, Baratashvili, a former dancer and a graduate of Central Saint Martin’s fashion academy, has collaborated with Preen, Puma and, more recently, Monarchy, one of England’s current “It” bands. Apparently, Georgy’s a bit of an “It” man-about-town himself, so The EP decided to see what all the Baratashvili buzz is about. To read the full interview, please click HERE.

An Excellent conversation with Moscow-born, London-based designer Georgy Baratashvili.

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Conversations On A Banquette: Sarah Lerfel, of Colette, Paris

“We really opened Colette because Paris was missing many things we could find in New York City, London, etc.,” says Sarah Lerfel, better known, simplement, as Sarah, of Colette, the Outstandingly Excellent and internationally influential boutique, which she founded 13 years ago with her mother Colette Roussaux. Other reasons that prompted the two women to launch such a much-imitated shop? “Just the wish to mix together a restaurant, a gallery, and a selection of fashion, design, beauty, and culture products,” Sarah says.  And what an always surprising and inspiring mix of merchandise it is. Let’s take inventory…. To read the full interview, please click HERE.

Up the down staircase at Colette, Paris. Image via Colette.

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