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English, Arts, 1 seasons, 45 episodes, 2 days 17 hours 43 minutes
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Fashion Counterculture
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Merchants of Style with Natasha Degen

On this episode we speak with Natasha Degen, Professor and Chair, Art Market Studies, Fashion Institute of Technology about the uneasy symbiosis of fashion and art that she examines in depth in her recent book Merchants of Style: Art and Fashion After Warhol,. We talk about the encroachment of corporate luxury fashion on the art world with Warhol as the pivotal figure, the degradation of the art museum, art and fashion collaborations, Raf Simons and Sterling Ruby, Marc Jacobs and Takashi Murakami, Virgil Abloh and Pharrell, Bernard Arnault's and Francois Pinault's forays into art as the new Medici, and what is lost when art becomes sponsored by the private sector and consumed by the masses.Support the show
20/02/20241 hour 50 minutes 51 seconds
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Paris Fashion Week F/W 24 Men’s with Philippe Pourhashemi

On this episode we are back with Philippe to discuss this past men’s season shows at Pitti Uomo, Milan, and Paris. We talk about the contrast between Luca Magliano and S.S. Daley, Gucci, Prada, and Zegna (best of season in Milan), why Rick Owens was the show of the season and Yohji Yamamoto was a letdown, the continued elegance of Dries Van Noten, and Rei Kawakubo’s uncharacteristic feeling of lightness, Hermès’ uncompromising quality, why the Japanese newcomers TAAKK and MASU (not covered by Vogue Runway, but covered by us) made Paris exciting, and which small brands we loved and why we are going to lean into supporting smaller brands this year. We wonder out loud, how bad can Louis Vuitton and Dior get? We cheat a little in the end by discussing Galliano’s Maison Margiela Artisanal show, because how could we not?!Support the show
06/02/20241 hour 42 minutes 27 seconds
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On Jil Sander with Maria Wiesner

On this episode we speak with Maria Wiesner, the styles editor of Frankfurt Allgemiene Zeitung and the author of a book about the life and work of Jil Sander (published earlier this year in German by HarperCollins). We discuss the formative years of the Queen of Minimalism, how Bauhaus and Hamburg honed her aesthetic, how her trail-blazing, uncompromising vision of minimalism paid off handsomely in the ‘80s and the ‘90s, and her ill-fated deal with Prada.Support the show
22/12/20231 hour 39 minutes 3 seconds
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On Phoebe Philo with Philippe Pourhashemi

On this episode we discuss the work of Phoebe Philo and the role she has played in defining contemporary fashion, the aesthetic direction and the business model of her new eponymous brand as compared to her work at Celine, the reception of the first two drops, and what the future holds.Support the show
12/12/20231 hour 7 minutes 53 seconds
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Paris Fashion Week S/S 24 Women’s with Philippe Pourhashemi

We are back with our regular guest Philippe Pourhashemi to review the Spring / Summer 2024 women’s season. We discuss in depth the debuts of Peter Do at Helmut Lang, Sabato de Sarno at Gucci, Peter Hawkings at Tom Ford, and Stefano Gallici at Ann Demeulemeester. We talk about the brilliant Undercover outing (spoiler alert: best of season!), Sacai, Rick Owens, Comme des Garçons, Dries Van Noten, Prada, and many other shows.Support the show
13/10/20231 hour 52 minutes 39 seconds
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The Fashion Law and More with Julie Zerbo

On this episode we speak with Julie Zerbo, the founder of the Fashion Law, a fashion media outlet dedicated to fashion, law, business, and industry analysis. Her being a lawyer by education, we find Julie's perspective on fashion both original and pertinent. We talk about Julie's professional journey, the obstacles she faces running an independent publication, and her views on the current state of fashion.Support the show
15/09/20231 hour 22 minutes 22 seconds
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Paris Fashion Week S/S 24 Men’s with Philippe Pourhashemi

We are back with the journalist and critic Philippe Pourhashemi to discuss the recently finished Spring/Summer 2024 fashion season. We review shows from Pitti Uomo, Milan, and Paris, including Rick Owens, Dries Van Noten, Lemaire, Sacai, and more, and we discuss Pharrell's Louis Vuitton debut.Support the show
07/07/20231 hour 13 minutes 29 seconds
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Is This the End of the Hype Era?

On this hot-take episode with Philippe Pourhashemi we discuss the recent firings of Ludovic de Saint Sernin from Ann Demeulemeester and Rhuigi Villasenor from Bally and their implications. We speak about hype versus talent, what makes the right fit between a creative director and a brand, the relationship between management and creative, brand building and reputational risk, and much more.Support the show
23/05/20231 hour 2 minutes 4 seconds
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On Karl Lagerfeld with Amy Odell

We reconnect with the journalist Amy Odell to discuss the problematic legacy of Karl Lagerfeld, the late designer of Chanel, and the new exhibit devoted to his work at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. We try to answer one of the central questions of creativity - can you separate the art from the artist? - and dive into other aspects of Lagerfeld's life and work.Support the show
05/05/20231 hour 12 minutes 7 seconds
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All of Your Business with Lauren Sherman

Our guest is Lauren Sherman, former senior correspondent at the Business of Fashion, a top-notch reporter whose no-nonsense writing cuts through much of the industry noise. We discuss why fashion journalism used to be a much richer field, why honest reporting is beneficial to fashion, why it’s imperative for a brand to develop a core audience, why LVMH excels at retaining talent, why brick and mortar retail matters, and talk about her new and exciting role at Puck News.Support the show
21/04/20231 hour 57 minutes 28 seconds
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Why Speaking Up Matters with James Scully

We speak with the casting director James Scully about his trajectory of working in fashion, from his days at the iconic New York boutique Charivari in the ‘80s to his days at Harper’s Bazaar and the changes he witnessed while being there, to becoming one of the best casting agents in the fashion industry; his whistle blowing on the rampant abuse of models and the changes it engendered. James’s is a brilliant story of working his way up in fashion through sheer love of it and his talent. It is also an important one because it provides a rare glimpse of what goes on under the hood of the fashion industry. Support the show
06/04/20232 hours 19 minutes 1 second
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Fall Winter 23 Women's with Philippe Pourhashemi

We are back with Philippe to review this past Fall / Winter 2023 Women's fashion show season. We dive into many shows, concentrating on the many debuts, of Daniel Lee at Burberry, Ludovic de Saint-Sernin at Ann Demeulemeester, and Harris Reed at Nina Ricci.Support the show
30/03/20231 hour 15 minutes 43 seconds
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The Meaning of Pharrell at Louis Vuitton with Amy Odell

We are back with fashion journalist and author Amy Odell to discuss Pharrell's appointment as the creative director of Louis Vuitton Menswear and what it means for fashion, what it says about the power of celebrity, Louis Vuitton's business model, and the fashion media.Check out Amy's Back Row Substack, amyodell.substack.comSupport the show
21/02/20231 hour 7 minutes 57 seconds
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The Apology by Demna with Amy Odell

We dissect Demna's first post-Balenciaga scandal interview in Vogue with the journalist Amy Odell. We discuss Demna's mea culpas and the various statements he makes, dive into the mechanics of the interview, its possible causes and effects, Kering's corporate strategy, and Vogue's journalistic integrity. We also try to guess who actually conducted the interview. Odell is a seasoned fashion journalist, and together with Eugene, based on their extensive experience they give a glimpse of what probably went on behind the scenes. You can read Demna's interview here.Support the show
13/02/202350 minutes 6 seconds
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Paris Fashion Week Mens F/W '23 with Philippe Pourhashemi

On this episode we reunite with our regular guest, fashion editor and critic Philippe Pourhashemi, to reflect on the Fall / Winter '23 Men's season. We discuss Pitti Uomo, Milan, and Paris shows, from Jan-Jan Van Essche to Rick Owens to Yohji Yamamoto to Sacai, the debacle that was the Gucci show without Alessandro Michele, and more!Support the show
06/02/20231 hour 34 minutes 22 seconds
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Kingdom of Dreams

We speak with Peter Ettedgui of Misfits Entertainment, a co-producer of the new docu-series Kingdom of Dreams, out in the UK on Sky and coming to the US market soon. The 4-part documentary traces the rise of Bernard Arnault's LVMH and François Pinault's Kering on the backs of John Galliano, Alexander McQueen, Marc Jacobs, and Tom Ford. The documentary is full of insight and rare footage, and we speak with Peter about the making of it and what he learned along the way.Support the show
23/12/202257 minutes 27 seconds
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Status and Culture (and Fashion) with W. David Marx

We speak with the author W. David Marx about his new book “Status and Culture: How Our Desire for Social Rank Creates Taste, Identity, Art, Fashion, and Constant Change.” We dive deep into the book and explore its basic premise that our cultural and consumption tendencies, especially when it comes to fashion, have to do more with the desire for status than we let on, how conspicuous consumption works, how the old and the new money signals their wealth, why logomania is in full swing today, and more.Support the show
01/12/20221 hour 50 minutes 18 seconds
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Speaking Volumes with Peter Do

On this episode we speak with one of the most interesting designers working in New York (and the world) today, Peter Do. Peter has caught fashion's eye with his sharp, elegant way of dressing that goes against the predominant sportswear and streetwear ethos that American fashion is known for. We sat down with Peter to talk about his journey, his design process, and the challenges he has faced along the way.Support the show
12/09/20221 hour 36 minutes 57 seconds
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Patreon Exclusive Preview: Speaking Volumes with Peter Do

On this episode we speak with one of the most interesting designers working in New York (and the world) today, Peter Do. Peter has caught fashion's eye with his sharp, elegant way of dressing that goes against the predominant sportswear and streetwear ethos that American fashion is known for. We sat down with Peter to talk about his journey, his design process, and the challenges he has faced along the way.Listen to the full episode on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/stylezeitgeistSupport the show
15/08/202220 minutes 56 seconds
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What is Design? with Sruli Recht

In this free-wheeling episode we talk to designer Sruli Recht about his journey and about his thoughts on design, the fashion industry, death, and circumcision, amongst other things. When we first met, Sruli was making menswear, technically. But it was apparent that Sruli is not a fashion designer but a product designer, or an artist, if you will. His science fiction-level approach to designing clothes and objects has always intrigued us, as has his unabashed openness and a sober and inquiring way with which he has tackled taboo subjects such as self-deliverance.Support the show
28/07/20221 hour 50 minutes 29 seconds
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Paris Fashion Week Mens S/S '23 with Philippe Pourhashemi

In this episode we discuss the (rather underwhelming) Men's Spring / Summer '23 fashion season. We look at the ups and downs, highs and lows, and pick our favorite collections.Support the show
14/07/20221 hour 5 minutes 38 seconds
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The (Near) Death of Fashion Criticism with Anja Aronowsky Cronberg

On this episode we speak with Anja Aronowsky Cronberg, the founder and editor of Vestoj magazine, a publication that aims to bridge fashion and theory, and a bible for all fashion fanatics with an intellectual bent. Anja is one of the most formidable brains in the fashion media and it was a pleasure to speak with her about her journey to Vestoj, her view of fashion criticism and its place and how she's shifting her attitude from being a critic to an informed observer.Support the show
26/05/20221 hour 46 minutes 53 seconds
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The Fashion Media Landscape And Its Discontents With Luke Meagher, Mario Abad, and José Criales-Unzueta

On this episode we speak with three young fashion media people - Luke Meagher of the YouTube and Instagram channel Haute Le Mode, Mario Abad, the fashion editor of Paper magazine, and José Criales-Unzueta, a regular contributor to I-D, Them and the Business of Fashion about the challenges they face and the problems they see with the current fashion media landscape.Support the show
17/04/20222 hours 3 minutes 48 seconds
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Fall / Winter '22 Women's Fashion Week with Philippe Pourhashemi

On this episode we are back with the critic Philippe Pourhashemi to review the Fall / Winter '22 season, including analyzing how Balenciaga, Rick Owens, and Armani responded to the war in Ukraine, and the reaction of our colleagues, amongst other things.Support the show
25/03/20221 hour 22 minutes 33 seconds
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Paris Fashion Week F/W 22 (men's and couture) with Philippe Pourhashemi

On this episode we are back with the journalist Philippe Pourhashemi to review the Fall/Winter '22 men's season.Support the show
03/02/20221 hour 7 minutes 59 seconds
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Make It New with Aitor Throup

On this episode we host Aitor Throup, one of the most innovative menswear designers who has conceptualized menswear like no other. We discuss his meteoric rise, the difficulty of translating conceptual fashion into a ready-to-wear proposition, his stints at Stone Island and C.P. Company, designing a uniform for the English national football team at the age of 28 , his two upcoming exhibitions, and his new project, Anatomyland.Support the show
16/12/20212 hours 7 minutes 34 seconds
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If You Know, You Know with Jon Caramanica

On this freewheeling episode we host Jon Caramanica, the New York Times pop-music critic and “critical shopper” columnist. We talk about forming our style journeys in parts of Brooklyn you’ve never heard of, discuss our favorite stores, New York shopping, the demise of Barney’s, death of directional retail, argue about hip-hop and pop culture and much, much more.Support the show
28/10/20212 hours 37 minutes 34 seconds
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S/S ’22 Paris and Milan Fashion Week Recap with Philippe Pourhashemi

We are back with the journalist and critic Philippe Pourhashemi to discuss the (few) ups and (many) downs of the S/S ’22 womenswear shows that just finished in Paris and Milan.Support the show
14/10/20211 hour 26 minutes 8 seconds
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Artisanal Fashion with Geoffrey B. Small

We speak with the American designer Geoffrey B. Small, who has for decades operated outside of the corporate fashion system, about his experience of building an independent fashion house in Veneto, Italy.Support the show
30/09/20211 hour 42 minutes 50 seconds
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Paris Fashion Week S/S 22 (men's and couture) with Philippe Pourhashemi

We are back with our friend, the journalist and critic Philippe Pourhashemi to give you our (not very favorable) impressions of the Paris men's Spring / Summer 2022 and Couture Fall / Winter 2021 shows. Find out what we thought about the Balenciaga couture debut, Chanel and Fendi, Margiela, Rick Owens, Prada and Raf and much more.Support the show
29/07/20211 hour 26 minutes 33 seconds
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Fashion as Fetish with Dr. Valerie Steele

On this episode we host Dr. Valerie Steele, the Director of the Museum at FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology), whose knowledge of fashion and ability to put it in socio-historical context is positively awe-inspiring. We discuss her own journey from a high-school dropout to a Columbia doctorate, how and why she chooses topics for fashion exhibits, the genius of Alexander McQueen, fashion fetishes, and the bondage inspiration behind Dior's New Look. You read that right!Support the show
08/07/20211 hour 14 minutes 30 seconds
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Sex with Rick Owens

On this episode we speak with Rick Owens about the role of sex and death in his life and work, about his journey from the Los Angeles underground to one of the most celebrated fashion designers of today, and about the importance of retaining that edge along the way.Support the show
15/04/20211 hour 29 minutes 27 seconds
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4'33" or Paris Fashion Week Review without Philippe Pourhashemi

This past Paris Fashion Week left me underwhelmed, but I still wanted to review it with the journalist Philippe Pourhashemi, as has become our new tradition. But when I reached out to Philippe, I found out that there was actually someone who was dispirited even more than I was. &quot;Eugene, we can&apos;t talk about Rick Owens for an hour,&quot; he told me, politely declining the podcast offer. I mean, I could, but he had a point. I did like a couple of more collections - TAKAHIROMIYASHITATheSoloist and Dries Van Noten - but apart from these usual suspects, it was hard to argue with Philippe. &quot;It&apos;s simply not worth talking about,&quot; he said. Fair enough. So, if you want to know what we thought about this PFW - we are treating you to 4 minutes and 33 seconds of silence as homage to John Cage. It&apos;s a special Eugene Rabkin remix, so you get to hear me clacking away on my keyboard as I write a new article. C&apos;est la vie!<a rel="payment" href="https://www.patreo
15/03/20214 minutes 57 seconds
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Explain to Me with Jian DeLeon

We speak with Jian DeLeon, the menswear and editorial director at Nordstrom, Eugene&apos;s former editor at Highsnobiety, a menswear geek par excellence, and one of the quickest minds when it comes to analyzing men&apos;s fashion in cultural context, about his personal style and career journey, and the kind of men&apos;s fashion that Eugene finds perpetually perplexing.Support the show
11/03/20211 hour 54 minutes 10 seconds
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Critical Shopping with Cintra Wilson

For this episode we caught up with Cintra Wilson, one of our absolute favorite writers, the former Critical Shopper for the New York Times, the author of several books of cultural criticism,  a one-time StyleZeitgeist magazine contributor, the mother of our most favorite phrase that keyboard ever put onto computer screen, &quot;If Marni is post-sex, Comme des Garcons is post reason,&quot; and an all around brilliant punk. We talk about her tenure at the New York Times, her breathtaking metaphors and inimitable sense of humor, and touch a bit on fashion semiotics. This one is a must for any aspiring fashion writer.Support the show
25/02/20211 hour 25 minutes 22 seconds
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Fashion & Music with Wesley Eisold

On this episode we discuss the relationship between fashion and music, via personal style journey, with Wesley Eisold, the frontman of Cold Cave and American Nightmare.Support the show
11/02/20211 hour 41 minutes 26 seconds
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Paris Fashion Week F/W21 with Philippe Pourhashemi

We brought back on the journalist and fashion critic Philippe Pourhashemi to break down the Fall / Winter 21 season.Support the show
29/01/20211 hour 13 minutes 34 seconds
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Carol Christian Poell with Karlo Steel

On this episode we discuss the work of the cult fashion designer Carol Christian Poell.Support the show
21/01/20211 hour 25 minutes 14 seconds
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Fashion, Vintage and New, with Gill Linton of Byronesque

In this episode we discuss fashion, vintage and new, why some fashion ends up in the pantheon and others in the back of your closet, and some other things with Gill Linton the founder of Byronesque. Support the show
17/12/20201 hour 32 minutes 10 seconds
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The Life and Times of Malcolm McLaren with Paul Gorman

We discuss the incredible life of Malcolm McLaren, the (mis)manager of the Sex Pistols, the enabler and partner of Vivienne Westwood, and an all around agent of creative chaos, with Paul Gorman, the author of the new biography The Life and Times of Malcolm McLaren. Find out about punk rock and punk style, McLaren and Westwood&apos;s series of legendary shops at 430 Kings Road, where the iconic Tits shirt came from, which famous fashion designers went to the first Sex Pistols concert in London, and much more. Bonus - find out where Supreme got its name from.Support the show
13/11/20201 hour 36 minutes 52 seconds
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Sustainability? with Elizabeth Cline

We discuss sustainability and ethical production with Elizabeth Cline, a sustainability expert and an author of two books, Overdressed and The Conscious Closet. We talk about our respective approaches to what shopping sustainably means, and we bust some sustainability myths in our usual no-holds-barred manner.Support the show
22/10/20201 hour 14 minutes 6 seconds
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Paris Fashion Week S/S21 with Philippe Pourhashemi

We break down the Spring / Summer 21 season with the journalist and fashion critic Philippe Pourhashemi.Support the show
10/10/20201 hour 17 minutes 51 seconds
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Talking Menswear with Sam Lobban

In this episode Eugene talks with Sam Lobban, the VP of designer mens and womens at Nordstrom, about his love of fashion and about his journey from a 15-year-old North London shop-floor kid who spent all his salary on Stone Island, to going on buying trips to Paris for Selfridges at the ripe age of 18 for Raf Simons and Undercover, to bringing obscure Japanese brands as the head of menswear at Mr. Porter, to infusing Nordstrom with his unique vision.Support the show
08/10/20201 hour 11 minutes 8 seconds
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How Atelier Shaped the Menswear Avant-garde with Karlo Steel

Not everyone knows that StyleZeitgeist began as a forum dedicated to the menswear avant-garde, helping form it into a cultural phenomenon. In many ways the iconic menswear boutique Atelier did in retail space what we did in cyberspace, so it seemed fitting to go back to our roots early on in the life of this podcast by chatting with Karlo Steel, Atelier&apos;s co-founder.Support the show
24/09/20201 hour 42 minutes 25 seconds
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Political Correctness and Fashion with Angelo Flaccavento

In this inaugural episode our host Eugene Rabkin, the editor of StyleZeitgeist, introduces the podcast and discusses how the climate of overzealous political correctness stifles creativity in fashion with Angelo Flaccavento, one of the most fearless fashion critics writing today.Support the show
09/09/20201 hour 9 minutes 38 seconds