You’ll Probably Want to Live in the House of Cardin

Directors P. David Ebersole and Todd Hughes of The Ebersole Hughes Company recently presented a work-in-progress trailer at Cannes for their authorized biographical documentary, House of Cardin, and France’s Doc & Film quickly snapped up the worldwide rights.

For fashion fans — and, really, for anyone who cares about how lifestyle branding took off after World War II — this is very good news. If, on the other hand, you’re quite young and the question on your mind is, “What is a Cardin?” then you’re in for a dizzying education.

Pierre Cardin, 95, French/Italian, gay, and still at work, is one of the 20th century’s most influential designers. The man made clothes for everyone including astronauts; he put his stamp on perfume bottles and jets; he designed cars and cigarettes; he slapped his logo on his work before anyone else thought to do that, and he made so much money doing it that now he lives in a house that’s shaped like bubbles (not making that up).

You think your personal brand is something special? This guy invented the idea, so when the film is finally finished and streaming on a smartphone near you, pay your respects, and let a queer legend take you to school.

John Cameron Mitchell’s Latest Anthem

Here comes your next favorite podcast: Topic Studios, the people who produced Missing Richard Simmons, recently announced that they’re partnering with Hedwig and the Angry Inch creator John Cameron Mitchell for a new musical anthology podcast called Anthem.

The premise for the series will be neglected American stories, told by songwriters and storytellers working collaboratively, and that list of collaborators is impressive: Patti LuPone, Glenn Close, South African singer/songwriter Nakhane, Denis O’Hare, Laurie Anderson, Broadway star Simone (yes, the daughter of Nina Simone), Ben Foster, Justin Vivian Bond, Bridget Everett, and Bryan Weller, who is currently working with Cameron Mitchell on the upcoming film, How to Talk to Girls at Parties.

The first season, Anthem: Homunculus, will tell a single story in ten 30-minute podcasts, perfect for bingeing — or that tedious commute home from work. The series is currently in production and will drop sometime later this year. Clear space on your playlist.

Romeo San Vicente is still obsessed with the shape of that Cardin cologne bottle.