Posted on February 13, 2015 by Maxim Deluxe
Here they come All We Are the English band from Liverpool with their smoothley music, and their amazing first self titled album .
Posted on January 28, 2015 by Luisa Fazio
In a lifetime, the need of not feeling alone is physiological, especially in our domestic space. Who has not welcomed home a chubby pig-shaped piggy bank or a stinging doorstop under the shape of a hedgehog? We loved the company of useful objects but also objects that have renounced their functionality. Do not forget the improbable collection of turtles, elephants and bunnies! Ten established and emerging international designers have intersected their passion for furnishing with love for animals, in a sympathetical and imaginative way. In collaboration with Bosa, Venetian ceramic laboratory, known throughout the world, they have created ANIMAlità: a zoomorphic collection on display at the Triennale Design Museum in Milan. Design objects from animal shapes such as cats, armadillos, beetles, toucans, unicorn colorful, funny, ironic, everyday usage but also playful and apotropaic. Animality in the service of matter. The zoo collection is strictly of refined ceramics. Designers have very well passed the risk of running into banality and bad taste. There are no unnecessary and superfluous objects, but only objects that make us feel good, really good.
Posted on January 13, 2015 by Clara G
Put the blame on Gilda, on her red hair, on those long black satin gloves driving all the attention to her perfect shoulders. Her self-confidence wearing that iconic strapless black dress, the way she sings, the way she dances, sure about her beauty, one glove is on the floor, her movements are deliberately powerful, the dress moves dangerously, somehow is promising to fall down, the camera plays with this effect. Jean Luis created a perfect outfit to build a perfect scene alive and modern since 1946. My gloves are long but not black, they are red. Not satin but wool. Not very tight, they are confortable and warm, they have no label, neither handling instructions, they are beautiful and anonymous.
Gilda smiles, plays, but she is a little sad, she seems to be drunk. There is a little bit of pain. It’s easy to see the smile of the good girl turned into a femme fatal. Did Rita Hayworth wanted to create Gilda like this or is Rita the one that smiles behind Gilda? You are supposed to be true while dancing, and Rita was a professional dancer. Gilda wearing long gloves has been always on my mind, and of course I have always had a pair of long gloves, always… put the blame on me, I’ll show no repentance, I’ll suffer with pride, finally… I am not Gilda!
Posted on January 13, 2015 by Margherita Nannuzzi
Since the 1970s the photographer Cindy Sherman portrays herself in imitation of cinematographic aesthetic of the 1950s and 1960s in Untitled film still. It is not a self-portrait in the traditional sense but a representation of stereotypes handed down by american and italian cinema: the young woman who arrives in metropolis, the housewife, the unprejudiced (or rather the femme fatale), Alfred Hitchcock’s blonde and woman victim based on the famous image of Anna Magnani. Although it’s a cliché, the pictures are made by an artist and resemble an original but are also fake stereotypes, because the cinema itself produces stereotypes to whom reality tends to look like. The combination of elements like light, make-up, costumes and, especially, types of angles and shots allows us to associate those photographs to films which we have already seen, besides, we are deceived by the female glance, that is always turned elsewhere. Sherman’s photographs seem apparently kitsch, because fashion photography expresses the concept of “inauthentic” par excellence, but instead Sherman is making us an analysis and a reflection that are typical of modernist avant-garde. The Louis Vuitton maison for its 160 years, has chosen, among various artists, Cindy Sherman for celebrating the iconic Monogram pattern, created in 1896 by Georges Vuitton to pay homage to his father Louis. Cindy chose the trunk (that she calls “my travel office”) but this time she doesn’t make a self-representation but she uses a model as alter ego. The model takes from the trunk the cosmetics to disguise herself as a clown, a character become very interested for Sherman in the last ten years. The trunk, a casket enclosing a traveller’s dreams, has been the inspiration for the LV 2014 Winter collection.
Posted on January 7, 2015 by Isabella Cecconi
UK’s hosting the largest exhibition of photographer Guy Bourdin, influential, enigmatic fashion photographer. The show features over 100 works and previously unseen material from the photographer’s estate, from 1955 to 1987. On display Bourdin’s distinguished 40-year career from Man Ray’s protégé to photography revolutionary in his own right and explore his pursuit of perfection.
@Somersert House, London – until March the 15th 2015
Posted on January 6, 2015 by Editorial Staff
A striking addiction to any kitchen! Molded in sturdy black plastic and meticulously detailed, it’s obviously the Darth Vader Toaster! Two pieces of bread and Vader ejects them with his portrait into one side and the “Star Wars” logo into the other.
Beakfast is going to a darker side!
Posted on January 5, 2015 by Editorial Staff
Dance genius Martha Graham studied at the Denishawn School of Dancing and Related Arts before establishing the Martha Graham Centre of Contemporary Dance in 1926. Rejecting classical European ballet, she searched in primitive societies the inspiration for her spiritual-like naturalistic moves she interpreted bare feet. Her innovative dance had, the most long-lasting influence on contemporary performance. Deeply influenced by the political climate, she could be considered the ‘Picasso of dance’. A woman who made her modern dance popular in a country she so strongly analysed and represented, creating a unique ‘American experience’.As she used to say : ‘nothing is more revealing than a movement.’
Posted on December 5, 2014 by Editorial Staff
Oh, talents! A fresh smell of ‘thenextbigthing’ was in the air when Morgan Jesse Lappin presented his works to The Harlow. Hold On With High Regard will host his work. We suggest you discovering this artist and his webpage. ‘When making collage pieces the images I use come mostly from old encyclopedias, and other older publications. I use nothing more than a physical cut and paste/tape method with all my work. Throughout the years I’ve adopted a few different styles of collage and am always looking for fresh ways to present my work. I spend probably 85% of the time cutting and collecting images and the rest of the time actually making work. I have hundreds of categories with thousands of pre-cut images in folders ready to go. It’ll just take a few more life times to get to it all.’
Morgan Jesse Lappin, collage artist/musician living in Brooklyn. Collage an OCD passionate since 2007. In December 2013 he put together the Brooklyn Collage Collective, now over 30 members strong.
Work: The Big City – analog collage
Posted on December 3, 2014 by Margherita Nannuzzi
“Among the things that will never go out of fashion there are jeans, white shirt and Chanel’s jacket». These are Karl Lagerfeld’s words, who will present December the 1st a short film entitled Reincarnation, that reveals the anecdote behind the history of the famous Chanel’s jacket: in 1954 the French stylist was particularly impressed by the jacket worn by an usher in a Salzburg’s Hotel. According to the shape of that jacket, Chanel designed a timeless piece of women’s fashion.
Exactly in the early 1950s, when fashion and women returned to dream after the great straits of World War II and while Hollywood was offering sexy beauties from tight-fitting clothes like Marilyn, Coco Chanel, instead, preferred to create simple models and make women’s clothing more functional, without ever sacrificing femininity and elegance.
The male cut tweed jacket characterized by straight line, that Chanel combines almost always with a knee-length skirt, is still very imitated and loved whether on the catwalks or in department stores. Many fashion houses reproduce the model almost every year: just look at Pinko, Elisabetta Franchi, Denny Rose and even Zara’s catalogues, just to list some of the most affordable brand!
The trend of fashion tends to be cyclical, which means that its deepest essence is change, speed, transformation; but those items of fashion like Chanel’s jacket seem to be crystallized by time, because the same pattern of jacket is revived every year with just a few small variations.
One of the last tributes to the Chanel’s jacket is Woody Allen’s one in the movie Blue Jasmine (2013). The white wool Chanel’s jacket and the Hermes bag, worn in many scenes of the movie, symbolize for the female character, heavily exhausted and indebted due to the dirty business of her husband, the only connection with the marvelous life she led in the high society.
Posted on November 25, 2014 by Luisa Fazio
Home-made lovers will certainly find, in an abandoned cellar, an old birdcage and some (exclusively and without identity) trivial polystyrene birds. Too bad! What they will try to create will be just vaguely similar to unique creations of French designer Mathieu Challières. Braided copper to form an aviary and the colorful birds that dwell in and out, the vintage touch, the lyrical light coming from his Paris studio: Les Volières. Caged in any shape and height, the light reflects and generates on walls and ceilings shadows and silhouettes giving a relaxed, romantic, magical and lively soul to the room. It has the feeling of living in an enchanted forest full of life, spring in the air all year round! Probably, it was just that the personal and urgent need of the artist when, at the end of the nineties, something pushed Challières to leave the corporate world and decide to produce in his laboratory furniture and decorative objects that shortly would be sold in nearly thirty countries around the world. It was an autumn day…
Posted on November 24, 2014 by Clara G
Precious and fragile things need special handling. Hand crafted, made one by one with a laborious shredding technic, precious and fragile. How could I resist this t-shirt? I found a way to wear it reversed (originally the net was thought to be in the front), with that simple decision it has became one of favorite tops. Oversized, a little gothic, with this dramatic effect on the back, it works in summer and winter, day and night. There was something special on it since the beginning. What captured my attention was that vintage effect, the cotton’s touch, the black turning into gray color, the strange proportion. Thin like paper that floats over the body. Working on this post, I found out that the designer Rachel Allegra started using old t-shirts reclaimed from Los Angeles County Prison System and this t-shirt I own belongs to that collections. I am quite shocked about that. Things get damage, things get broken… and sometimes, only sometimes, they get much better!
Posted on November 19, 2014 by Margherita Nannuzzi
In the film universe, the masculinization of female fashion invokes a kind of imaginary connected to bisexuality, and to the emancipation of women. Both fashion and films show how style and femininity change in the early 20th century. In the thirties Marlene Dietrich and Katherine Hepburn were the first women to wear trousers in Hollywood.
Travis Banton, Paramount’s Chief costume designer, designed for Marlene Dietrich some masculine suits that have become a source of inspiration for Giorgio Armani. During the filming of Morocco (Von Stenberg, 1930) Dietrich wears for a performance a black smoking and a top hat. At that time, the actress’s outfit impressed so much Gary Cooper, that he defined her “the only woman in pants and jacket looks also sexier.” Even off the set, Dietrich wore with superb elegance, suit jacket, men coat, baggy pants; articles of clothing that have helped to define Armani’s style and that influence most women’s choices about fashion. Marlene Dietrich became symbol of the show girl, a daring woman who can lead, thanks to her charm and her body, a glamorous lifestyle; while Katherine Hepburn was the star of screwball and brilliant comedy. Her style was as much anti conventional: she didn’t wear skirts, but “Katherine’s pants” with long waist and white socks, she preferred men’s shirts and she loved the blazer. Her velvet smoking worn in Women of the year (Stevens, 1942) will inspire, twenty years on, Yves Saint Laurent’s female tuxedo.
Posted on November 13, 2014 by Maxim Deluxe
Adam Bainbridge is a British Musician who perform under the name Kindness and talking about himself he says : “I’m not a skinny white guy,” “And I don’t belong in an indie band, thank you very much.” Kindness is out with a great new album ‘ Otherness’
Posted on November 5, 2014 by Editorial Staff
A new book on American Designer Halston is coming out the 14th of November. Written by Leslie Frowick, Halston’s niece and confidante, this book aims to chronicle the designer’s life and his glamorous, minimalist aesthetic. This is the first serious “monograph” on Halston and its two decades of splendor. From the raise in 60ies till the very last days, Leslie Frowick spotlights her uncle’s most important design achievements and his collaborations with Martha Graham, Elsa Peretti, and Hiro. The untold story of Halston that solidifies his place as a key designer in American fashion. Overture words by forever friend Liza Minnelli. From Rizzoli Usa.
Posted on November 3, 2014 by Editorial Staff
Fulco di Santostefano della Cerda, Duke of Verdura, was a man destined to be a legend. Born in Sicily in 1899, he moved to France in 1927. While in Paris, he met Coco Chanel and designed for her fashion house a line of jewelry in precious stones. He became Chanel’s favorite. In 1937, he was in New York and designed jewelry for Hollywood stars: Greta Garbo, Katherine Hepburn, Joan Crawford. Not until 1937, he opened his first boutique in New York. Ten years later, his European atelier in Paris. In those years he met Salvador Dali, who encouraged him to design a surreal collection. Fulco’s creations were normally based on nature motifs. In the 1950s he created a series of seashells encrusted with gems. Gloria Swanson, Barbara Hutton, Diana Vreeland, Jackie Kennedy, Princess Grace of Monaco and the Duchess of Windsor were just a few of his more famous clients. His designs often featured in Vogue and other magazines. Despite such fame, he rarely sought publicity. Di Verdura was an exceptional visual artist. He never married. He died in London in 1978. He was survived by his family and his legacy: the tradition of a unique artisan.
Posted on October 30, 2014 by Luisa Fazio
Like a ship is driven from its helm, so a trusty little fish has been ferrying and preceeding (for millions of years and long trips across oceans), the most powerful predator of the sea: the shark. Silvery gray pilot fishes (Naucrates ductor L.), with a elongated and compressed body and broad dark blue vertical stripes, take stand on head and in front of shark’s snouts. They guide him, accompany him, and warn him in advance if they spot preys. In exchange, the shark is their safe haven. The “satellite fish” eats leftovers (sometimes, seen as the scavenger between sharp teeths) – it feels safe from the dangers of its worst enemies, thanks to the authoritative protection. Will it able to escape its patron’s sharp teeth? The sea king is not capable to swallow the pilot due to its fast pace. Sounds like a fairy tale and a good story is about to begins… “There was once a small fish, a negligible striped fish, escorting a big cartilage fish as if it was an angel. Its love for sharks was so great and dedicated! Without abandoning it, day and night, the shark wandered here and there without ever getting lost. So, they lived happily ever after, as two friends so fine. THE END.”
Posted on October 9, 2014 by Marco Maggetto
We are all happy about the Galliano’s rentree. Nothing is more alluring than mistakes converted into personal improvements. The fashion system, the pressure of creating something new 4 times a year, the raise and the fall. The forgiveness. But, does anyone really remember who Martin Margiela was? And what he has created along 90ies? The bashful fellow from Belgium, that never really appeared in public, radically changed the way fashion was conceived. Without him, no Rick Owens, no Damir Domas, no hundreds of other conceptual designers. Margiela just implanted the seed of a different way of making clothes. From rainy, but highly creative, Antwerp he moved to Paris and appointed at Jean Paul Gaultier. Few years and his own Maison was opened: strong, anti-Fashion, different. The very first defilees, as documented in a Arte Tv Documentary called “Anti-Fashion” that you can watch here , took place in a small scruffy apartment. After-show parties, where champagne and beer were sipped from plastic glasses, were unpretentious, young and optimistic: everybody were laughing and smoking, playing, having fun. No bloggers no selfies. Margiela, an atelier where everything was made conceptually. A place where shapes and silhouettes were not so important and perfection never foundamental.
Posted on October 9, 2014 by Luisa Fazio
“It is the origin of all botanical gardens in the world… ” – as explained by the beginning of motivation that made it UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997. We are in 1545 when, in Padua, was born the “herb garden” – Hortus Simplicium – the oldest university botanical garden in charge of medicinal plants cultivation for therapeutic purposes or study. After half a century, it gives birth to new spaces and opens its “historic portals” to the future. Restored, renewed, expanded without altering the urban fabric of the Italian city that proudly does the honors. Leaving intact the perspective on byzantine domes of Sant’Antonio’s Church (North) and on renaissance domes of Santa Giustina’s Abbey (South), the futuristic “garden of Biodiversity” was annexed to the old part: five high-tech greenhouses with a botanical blaze of 1300 plant species, from tropical to arctic. Thanks to high level of technology used (computerized temperature and humidity measuring, roofs constructed of super light panels, most transparent in the glass) the greenhouses, in respect with the CO2 and eco – sustainability, living their own life. It was 1586 when Goethe watched and praised in his writings a specimens of Saint Peter palm (Chamaerops humilis L.). Now, it has reached the height of 12 meters and it is considered the oldest plant in the garden. We are on the threshold of 2015 and in synergy with Expo, the “new garden” will be part of the Italian Pavilion at the Universal Exhibition in Milan. The nature combined with high technologies, always gives supreme forms of entertainment. We all very much hope that will a reminder to thousands of visitors… Hurry, run!
Posted on October 2, 2014 by Editorial Staff
We are totally in love with Buly 1803 boutique. The rue Bonaparte emporium opened last April by husband-and-wife team Ramdane Touhami (the former co-owner of Cire Trudon) and Victoire de Taillac- Touhami (the former head of communications for Colette).
Awaken from the past you will enjoy wooden drawers and perfect packaged candles, essential oils, perfumes, soaps, all made in the tradition of nineteenth-century craftsmanship. A pretty old-looking apothecary officine, Bully was, in the past one of the inventors of modern cosmetics and perfumery. Nowadays the brand offers many product lines and over 400 total products.
“For us, building on heritage and old beauty secrets was key: back in the days, products were free of paraben, phenoxyethanol and silicon, to name just a few. We even developed perfumes without alcohol or glycerine, which can dry and irritate the skin.”
Posted on September 30, 2014 by Clara G
The first time ever I saw this jacket it was many years ago. It was maybe during a weekend in 2009, in an outlet store in Berlin. A little bit big for me, very expensive and very difficult to wear so I decided not to buy it… but I never really forget it. A few years later, in 2011, I came back to Berlin, in that moment I was planning to move here, and I saw it again. Still in the same hanger, in the same place: seemed to be waiting for me, it was still too difficult, still too big, still to expensive for me but this time I bought it, with a romantic feeling of belonging. I thought “I belong to this city and you belong to me”.
It is a military green jacket designed in 2005, damaged and broken. Seems like some one hand cut it with a knife, dirty, like burned or been buried, white lace that could be seen underneath. Eyes and teeth are sewed to its cuffs and front, like a monster with a delicate soul. It has something to do with my disturbing relationship with decadency, loss, death, and also with my own misaligned teeth, that I recognize as part of my personality but also make me feel so insecure. But most of all, the jacket it is definitely connected with Edgar Allan Poe and the teeth of Berenice.
Posted on September 21, 2014 by Isabella Cecconi
Take away your horror and repugnance, look what I found – as I was browsing and discovering something new, which has been so far my favourite thing to do. I found Andrew McGibbon, photographer: enchanting colors, perfect picture shots, portrays and curious subjects. Symbols of good, symbols of evil, tradition and iconography. Matter of fact since the very beginning of human beliefs, the snake has always been a creature to be feared. Feared and respected. Sometimes badly treated too. Thus, the serpent has always deserved a sort of second look, beyond its slithering and dark hypnosis. In an endeavor to break common suppositions, that snakes are just evil, Andrew McGibbon has shot a series of photographs called Slitherstition which depict snakes with a bright and colored background to emphasise their beauty and design. The project looks pretty awesome, and it surely gives snakes another look.
Still Scared?I’m mesmerized!
Posted on September 16, 2014 by Clara G
What is the aim of an unexpected cover, revealing or unrevealing the object underneath?
A fully covered platinum and diamonds skull, is it something else than a skull?
A Venetian palace covered with an oriental carpet, floors and walls, is it still a Venetian palace? A pair of fine leather shoes covered with studs, is something else than a pair of shoes? When you remove part of the name of a former brand, are you really becoming something different?
I’ve been thinking about it, and I don’t now… a skull inside of a diamond cover must have belonged to a man and I wonder, isn’t it the real man, what is remaining from that man? Is it a piece of art only because Damien Hirst decided so?. That skull, that I have printed in one T-Shirt has a deep meaning for me. Something regarding life, death and memory, something ironic, dark, also beautiful and disturbing, I love and hate that skull. I appreciate it’s enormous influence in fashion, but don’t know if I would ever be able to live with the real piece, in case I could afford it… I had this same feeling of being haunted when visiting the Rudolf Stingel installation in Venice a couple of years ago. Mixing the beautiful palace, the heavy carpet, the medieval pieces painted on detail: saints and skeletons. Something of all that it’s also on my new Saint Laurent shoes. I find a rare connection between all those experiences, something that goes deeper. A kind of ambivalence that goes straight to my own bones, like poison, like love.
Posted on September 15, 2014 by Editorial Staff
Unseen Photo Fair first edition will opens its door from September 19 to 23 in Amsterdam’s Westergasfabriek, a former gasworks site dating back to 1885. Unseen will be a meeting place for young and established photographers and also a vitrine for 50 galleries from all over the world (check list here). The program also includes talks by photographers Lorenzo Vitturi, Daniel Gordon and Kate Steciw, a discussion on contemporary Japanese photography and a panel discussion with the 2014 Foam Magazine Talents.
Full program and infos: http://unseenamsterdam.com/
Photo: Particular from Domingo Milella, Arsemia, Turkey, 2013 – Camilla Grimaldi Gallery London
Posted on September 9, 2014 by Luisa Fazio
Forget the ikebana art, the traditional wedding bouquet, lazy days spent to grow bonsai! Modern organic sculptures (with the addition of minimal inorganic materials) by Azuma Makoto, Japanese flower artist, are something more. Strong gladioli and delicate lilies give them character. Composition and decorum are two important ingredients for his always winning recipes. Difficulty: easy. Essential condition: a high amount of emotional attachment to flowers. In his studio-workshop in Minami-Aoyama district in Tokyo, he demonstrates every day his obsession and sensitivity towards beauty. He fixes any idea on a blackboard before realizing original projects while a background music calms the plants and helps him to find a way to bring out beauty and allure of vegetables. Amaryllis won’t be put in the pot but leaved suspended in a steel frame with bulb and roots in view. He also dips the bouquet in glass bottles filled with water where the flowers fade it, showing their veins, they float. Always fascinated by space, he is recovering from a unique experiment in plant ethology beyond their physiological respiration and photosynthesis. Operation Exobiotanica: from Black Rock Desert in Nevada he launched into the stratosphere – about 27,000 feet above the Earth’s surface – a pine-bonsai inside a super light metal frame and a spherical bouquet composed of about thirty different species of plants including lilies, hydrangeas, irises, orchids, tillandsia. He observed the reactions of flowers and plants outside the context of land. Makoto, in Japanese means “truth.” It is also the name of Azuma. Nomen omen, the destiny in his name which can be summarized in John Keats words: “Truth is beauty, beauty is truth” Makoto does not stop there. Next mission: Mars!
Posted on September 5, 2014 by Editorial Staff
Polaroids, once again, will never loose their allure. The Cathleen Naundorf exhibition at Fahey/Klein Gallery Los Angeles will opens its door on September 11th and it’s a must see for Polaroid fans. Instant shoots of haute couture as you never seen it before. Cathleen Naundrof started her career in the 90ies and traveled all over the world for prestigious publishing houses. In the beginning it was all about photo reportage on ethnic groups, then, after her encounter with Horst P.Horst, Naundorf became interested in fashion photography and that’s when the story started. Living in Paris and having access to Paris Fashion Week’s backstages, in years when nobody really was admitted, permitted this sensitive photographer to create an unique body of work now on view in Los Angeles. A must see.
Photo: Dior Haute-Couture, Summer 2007
Posted on September 3, 2014 by Maxim Deluxe
Hailing from Los Angeles, Wildcat ! Wildcat ! is the uplifting indie electro-pop project of vocalist/bassist Jesse Taylor, vocalist/keyboardist Michael Wilson, and vocalist/drummer Jesse Carmichael. Their music has reminiscences of that of MGMT . The debut album ‘ No Moon At All” is out now on Downtown Records.
Posted on September 1, 2014 by Editorial Staff
Cuir Cannage is a diverse fragrance in which soft floral notes blend with the density of leather to open up a whole new realm. It recreates a world of intriguing scents that intertwines the fruity notes of a lipstick tinged with Rose and Violet along with more powerful scents, in which the leather of the bag meets the warmth of tobacco. Cuir Cannage appeals to the senses, like an olfactory portrait painted with personal and subtly scented objects, protected by the finest cannage-stitched leather. The Dior way.
Dior’s latest release, mixes flowers and leather in a masculine and feminine way. Let’s say it’s a Serge Lutense approach. Created by François Demarchy, the artistic director and nose for Parfums Dior, the name refers to the woven technique used on Dior’s “cannage” leather bags. Orange blossoms are trailed by leather notes. Sweet, richly oiled aroma. The Dior scent has shifted the scales and the balance to make its leather more dominant. A black leather infused with a heavy dose of burnt tar, rubber, smoke. Delightful for all seasons. And remember: the Fall is the Spring of Winter!
Posted on August 27, 2014 by Maxim Deluxe
Bulgarian-born and Berlin-based wunderkind Denitza Todorova, better known as DENA, wields her signature blend of coy, clever rap hip-pop like a pro on her debut album, Flash. It’s a polished, sanguine record, celebrating the richness of hip hop while acknowledging its more ridiculous facets on tracks such as ‘Cash, Diamond Rings, Swimming Pools’, with its thick, thumping pulse and clichéd aspirations.
Posted on August 26, 2014 by Marco Maggetto
It’s time to think about Fall, even if summer goes on in south Europe- South America. Lately, fashion is… just all about your geographical location. A bit of summer there, a bit of winter here. While someone is buying a bikini, another one, very far away, is buying a wool jumper. For those women that need to stay warm, I recommend nothing new but … a coat. Doesn’t matter if you are a gal or a cougar, the next season won’t see any puffy jackets , nor parkas, around. It’s coat time and if you haven’t yet, get one as soon as possible. My proposal, I’m still endorsing young emerging designers after all, is by Isabell De Hillerin. A young Berliner that founded his fashion house in 2010 and who has it clear: minimalism always wins and can be minimal even with embroidery and decoration touches. De Hillerin designs in a sensitive way and her interpretation of contemporary and sustainable fashion is remarkable. Time constants: a combination of clean, innovative cuts and folkloric handmade Romanian and Moldovan materials to be mixed in the name of elegance and pizzaz. Pictured above is a coat from her fall-winter 2014 which makes no exception. It’s a pure garment: an egg shaped coat that also reminds coleopters. It has a practical yet warm high neck and it speaks clearly: this is artisanal, this is a timeless piece, this is for many winters to come.
Posted on August 25, 2014 by Editorial Staff
Hop scotch to the desk, to the pc? To Times New Roman or Arial or Helvetica? Hop scotch to laced shoes-long-sleeved clothes? Hop scotch to whatever won’t deal with sand and sea? Hop scotch to set the alarm clock, dining table, food, grocery in the fridge? Hop scotch to the ordinary, to the scheduled?
No, dear ORDINARY. Oh No, dear COMMON. No No No dear COMMONPLACE, FREQUENT, ROUTINE, PLAIN, STANDARD, REGULAR EVERYDAY LIFE.
You won’t get us.
We are The Harlows and we are here to defeat you!
Posted on August 21, 2014 by Clara G
Going to the beach is like a little nightmare for me. The sun is not my closest friend, water is not my element, I find sunbathing dramatically boring and I do not really like any kind of swimsuit. If I cannot avoid it, my first option for a beach day, it used to be for years, is to wear the simplest black bikini you could imagine, usually by Calvin Klein, big hut, tons of sunblock and a strong desire to disappear melted with the sand.
But around five years ago I saw the Matthew Williamson beachwear collection for H&M, gloriously worn by Daria Werbowy. I love all this capsule collections produced by H&M and thought by the best designers, that have to fight with price restrictions and think for a different costumer faraway from the catwalk. I always wonder if they would do something new, like Comme des Garcons, something similar to the real collection like Stella McCartney, Marni or Lanvin, a kind of retrospective like Versace, Margiela or Isabel Marant, or a real wardrobe for a real woman like Lagerfeld or Viktor & Rolf?
This time, from the advertising campaign, the British designer and the Polish model were seriously tempting me with a perfect suitcase for a luxurious Caribbean holiday, with some Pucci prints and a little of Donatella´s approach: garments were beautiful with bright and flattering colors, but also deliberately excessive. I found the mix stimulating and funny, most of all funny. I thought, well, this time the collection is not for me, but I could not help it and I went there to see it and of course I bought some staff thinking more in my collection of clothing than in wearing them… but at home in front of the mirror I discovered the power of pink, glitter and prints and for the very first time I felt dressed wearing a swimsuit!
Sometimes when you don´t feel secure… is it better to overact a little bit? My Matthew Williamson trikini turns every head, but I am much more anonymous than wearing my boring black bikinis, because it takes the leading role.
Posted on August 13, 2014 by Isabella Cecconi
Ethiopia-born, NewYork-based artist, Awol Erizku wanders a wide range of mediums including photography, sculpture, and video installation. He remixes disparate artistic movements and traditions, from the photorealist still lives of Dutch Masters to spare, Minimalist constructions, giving them distinctly 21st century updates. Art history gets integrated with contemporary fabrics, styles, and symbols with a provocatively allusive sensibility and aesthetic. Erizku’s images are historical portraits where moods and psychological presences are equally distinct. He doesn’t employ models for hire, instead he chooses his subjects from the world around him : passersbys on the street, a man or women sitting near him in the subway car. An intuitive and expressing process.