Wednesday, January 20, 2016

#COLBYDOESCOUTURE: @FollowWestwood's #SS16 "Mirror the World" Campaign

I'm so thrilled and honored to finally tell you about my trip to Venice a few months back! I'm still a bit speechless, to be honest. I was lucky enough to be asked to model for the one and only Vivienne Westwood. That's right... Colby Does Couture! Check out these amazing campaign shots by Jurgen Teller.

Our Spring- Summer 2016 campaign ‘Mirror the World’ is about saving Venice.
The problem there is one of repair, mass tourism on cruise ships and of climate change.

Shot around the alleys & canals, shipyards and palazzos of Venice, the campaign highlights the beauty & decay of Venice and the urgent need to save it:

“The scientist Contessa Jane da Mosto has been campaigning to save Venice. In 1966 there was a terrible flood and since then people have been analysing the problem and proposing solutions. The lagoon is one of the most wonderful wetlands in the world: exquisite symbiosis between the animals and plants that stabalise the sediment from the freshwater rivers and Venice itself which has grown with the lagoon. If Venice were not there the wetlands would have become either land or a bay – the sea having swept away the sediment. The biggest problem now seems to be the cruise ships which tear up the lagoon. It’s a total false economy to allow them. The Contessa says that Venice is ‘the canary in the mine’. If we can’t save Venice, how do we save the world?” 

-Vivienne Westwood

Check out the rest of the campaign here!

Monday, January 18, 2016


After 48 states, several provinces and a district, we raise a glass to the mighty Colbymobile who has shuffled off this mortal coil.
On Saturday the transmission blew and I dished out $350 to have it repaired. Alas, there was nothing that could be done to save her. Unfortunately a car that no longer drives in reverse and has trouble with two other gears isn't exactly roadworthy, so I have to say goodbye.
A generous donation to #COLBYDOESAMERICA from my friend Donald, this chariot in the form of a red Ford Escape took me across our great nation and up into Canada. She's seen me through good hookups and bad, and carried me to sites of great historical and political significance. I even named it in honor of my friends Norvin and Max. Chiidi means "car" in Diné (Navajo) and Tudarruka means "car" in Keres (the language of the Laguna Pueblo).

So now I'm going to have to get a rental... and I'm well and truly homeless once more.

Monday, December 21, 2015


Let's be honest.  Oprah's Favorite Things list gets worse every year.  Now don't get me wrong.  I like Oprah.  She's a talented actress and the deep empathy she employs to help her guests broach difficult subjects has always inspired me.  But the list is boring.  It's the very example of how capitalism pushes our perception of choice to the lowest common denominators of imagination while moving high profit/low value goods through the market place.  So, I'm offering my own list as an alternative this holiday season.  Only a few of the items are available on Amazon (like the Marilyn Minter catalog I wrote a piece for), so scroll on down through all the pretty pictures and links and decide for yourself if there's something here you can't live without.

1. Deport Racism 2016 Unisex Shirt

2. Sea to Summit Escapist Tarp 

3. Timberland Classic Waterproof Boots

5. Luke from Naked and Afraid

6. Swiss Navy Premium Silicone Lubricant

11. Alan, Alen, and Allen from Sean Cody

15. Lotrimin Ultra Athlete's Foot Cream

37. Dots

Happy New Year, people!