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WOLFGANG LAIB, THE ARTIST WHO SIFTS POLLEN GRAINS

Posted on July 24, 2014 by Luisa Fazio

While his works takeS shape he, crouched for a long time, becomes an extension by HIS work. His name is Wolfgang Laib, German, born in 1950. He collected with meticulous care, for decades, pollen grains from pine trees, dandelions and kernels. The soft dust of flowers anthers, natural “gold”,  so yellow, bright and evanescent as sun it’s not only spreaded by wind with such mastery. The artist sprinkles it on the floor with a sieve, drawing large parallelograms and small domes of great simplicity but of intense conceptual meaning. “The pollen is not what I have created, and therefore it is more than what I could ever do,” says Laib, praising the pollen as pure art, as carrier of single energetic force. It’s  an example of “Divine art”. Animated by an aura of preciousness and brilliance, his zen and minimal creations surround every area of life with radiance and luminosity. The artist of simple materials dazzles us enormously, without abusing and without ever confuse our view! Fiat lux! As God said.

 

JJ

Posted on July 23, 2014 by Maxim Deluxe

Joakim Benon and Elin Kastlander aka JJ is a band who realeses music through the Gotheburg – based indipendent label Sincerely Yours. The Swedish pop duo has unveiled “All White Everything”, the latest track from its upcoming album, ‘ V’ due out August 19th via Secretly Canadian.

JJUNIVERSE

 

AMAZONLIFE

Posted on July 21, 2014 by Marco Maggetto

Every year something like 16.000 square kilometers of Amazonian forest are destroyed. Besides losing a rich patrimony of biodiversity, this “crime” also influences the climatic system of our planet. Amazon is one of the most important wedges on the global climatic mosaic: it regulates damp, it mitigates thermal excursions and stores CO2.
Amazonlife is a brand produced by Italian “Braccialini” that uses impact zero raw materials and sustains WWF Italia by creating a small collection of accessories that are high in functionality and multipurpose. Created with cotton, flax, juta, coconuts, straws derived from military camp beds and soldier’s gummed ponchos, every piece is made with the contribution of Indios: Amazonlife represents an economic alternative for the local populations, contributing to the diffusion of their culture and safeguard of the last great green lung of the Planet.

http://www.amazonlife.it


TIAAN

Posted on July 16, 2014 by Maxim Deluxe

Australian born L.A.- based singer Tiaan and her sound can only be described as sexy. Blame her intimate, intense and hypnotic music or perhaps it’s the slow, sparse R&B beats, the deep, deep bass or the subject matter of some of her songs: passion-fueled affairs and the all-encompassing emotion they  evoke.  Mostly though, the steamy atmosphere derives from the Sydney-born singer’s sensuous vocals, infused with longing and delivering lyrics like secrets being shared.
Listen her amazing  debut EP  on Soundcloud.

Tiaan

PEACEROCKS

Posted on July 14, 2014 by Editorial Staff

On his 74th birthday, Ringo Starr becomes a model for the Fall 2014 advertising campaign of John Varvatos. This launch kicks off an initiative to support The Ringo Starr Peace & Love Fund. Starr, a pioneer of transcendental meditation who has been communicating the peace and love message for over 40 years, is fresh off the heels of accepting the 2014 Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award on behalf of The Beatles. #PEACEROCKS is a fully integrated program that raises awareness for the Ringo Starr Peace & Love Fund which helps implement scientifically proven stress-reducing modalities for at-risk populations suffering from epidemic levels of chronic stress and stress-related disorders that fuel violence, crime and soaring health costs. This call-to-action encourages participants to share photos of themselves flashing the peace sign via Instagram, Twitter, Vine, and Facebook, in an effort to raise funds while raising awareness. For each #PEACEROCKS tagged photo, $1 will be donated to the charity through the end of 2014.

more on: http://www.johnvarvatos.com/

ALLEGRO MA NON TROPPO!

Posted on July 14, 2014 by admin

The first time was during a ‘catwalk-concert’ event. We have been told, it was love at first sight. A microscope of positive, unexpected energy.

Then Summer arrived. Sarambade decided it was the right time to create along with friend Clotilde, a capsule collection of swimming suites. They gathered thinking about composers, colors and finally created a glittering patchwork. Clotilde, in the meanwhile, with wise and expert hands, got thrilled by the challenge of this crazy experiment.

Four models, four composers: Amadeus, Ludwig, Franz and George. Amadeus (W.A. Mozart) A prodigious young man born from music itself and surrounded by delicate, esoteric fantasies:  an alien born on the Earth by mistake, pushed to the Olympus of the gods at the speed of light, W.A. Mozart drops pages of colorful beauty from the top of the mountain where he resides. 

Ludwig (L. Van Beethoven) Always struggling with himself and with the world, fighting his father’s alcoholism and his own solitude and deafness, what a bitter trick for a musician. Always scared of not being up to his muse, he spends hours playing the piano and composing music every single day of his life.

Franz (Franz Liszt) An educated, charming Hungarian, Liszt lives with no regrets. He loves women and life, dense and complex music that is impossible to play. Surrounded by luxury, he leaves this world in the clothes of an abbot, but of course, just for a matter of convenience.

Last but not least George (G. Gershwin), an American Mozart. They live the same number of years and they share the same prolific creativity. Well settled in the New York society, he lives between glamorous luxury and city parties. He loves the city and everything that is modern and futuristic. His mind always open to changes, he is not scared of following his inspirations, even when the result is perceived as weird.

Defined atmospheres, sparks of creative happiness mixed with great torments. Allegro ma non troppo. A slightly ambiguous indication of time that is often hard to interpret unless the key is made of simple and rigorous, yet always sensual and feminine lines. Tops to wear at night as well as on the beach, coulotte with a retro flavor and one-piece swimming costumes underline hips and waist. Wide, round bath robe complete the look in a versatile way by turning into skirts, light mantels and mini dresses according to the need and respecting Clotilde’s  traditional transformation which is not just a fashion style, but a real life style. All over stamped runner shorts and tops dedicated to the face of one’s favorite genius complete the collection.  Everything is stamped on eco system sensitive lycra.

PHOTORECORD NR. 8, BEAUTIFUL SON/20 YEARS IN THE DAKOTA/OLD AGE

Posted on July 11, 2014 by Teresa Cannata'

Released in April 1993 on the Berlin-based record label City Slang, Beautiful Son is the 4th single of the American band Hole, which included frontwoman Courtney Love, drummer Patty Schemel, bassist Leslie Hardy (at the time of the release she had just left the band) and guitarist Eric Erlandson. The cd and 12” formats also contain 20 Years in the Dakota (a song about post-Lennon Yoko Ono) and Old Age

“You look good in my dress,” sang Love in Beautiful Son, referring to her own husband Kurt Cobain, who liked crossdressing since he was a child. The picture of 7-year-old Cobain, wearing a blue turtleneck, mischievous look in his eyes, is on the cover, surrounded by a number of gift bows, a girly touch personally designed by Love.

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BLEU CHANEL

Posted on July 9, 2014 by Editorial Staff

Launched in 2010, Bleu by Chanel is becoming one of my favorite fragrances. I do remember when I first smell it, I tough it was nothing special and I never ever smell it again until they gave me a sample last week. I have been using every single drop of that sample, every single day, and finally decided that  “Bleu” is definitely a good perfume, a new classic and I run to the counter. Bleu is just magic. I add it to the podium of my best perfumes list because it’s a quite, serene fragrance that never impress or cause shock. It’s sweet and masculine, never out of place. The sillage is absolutely in harmony with what I’m today and hope to be tomorrow. Also the blue bottle, banal in 2010, it’s now having a deep sense to me: it’s a pleasure to have it on my cabinet.  Jaques Polge, creator of Chanel’s perfumes since 1972 said:  ” Chanel doesn’t create fashion perfumes but epic perfumes that last” and what a better way to confirm this theory I had. They can be banal in the beginning, but once you fall in love, you are taken. Second chance sometimes it’s a better chance. 

Notes: Pink peppercorn, Citrus, Peppermint, Nutmeg, Vetiver, Grapefruit, Cedar, Labdanum, Jasmine, Incense, Patchouli, Ginger, Sandalwood

 

 

KIII J

Posted on July 9, 2014 by Maxim Deluxe

The invasion of Scandinavian music continues with the mysterious duo from Denmark   KIII J  and their most intense and moving track to date. Listen the new single ‘You are another lover’   and follow them on Soundcloud

SWELL, MATEUSZ SARELLO

Posted on July 7, 2014 by Isabella Cecconi

In a mid summer night I opened and browsed what days before had arrived as a parcel. In touching it, a pleasant silky feeling coming from the canvas of the black coated-in-cloth cover.

In the first half of the book, the following:

Road.Winter.Void.


Void of everything that is important. I am trying to think about the “road.” I cannot. I am completely exhausted. 
All in all, I am going only because of the weather. The prospect of wind, snow, and my flashes on the beach did not let me sleep. 
Besides, I am afraid of the few days of thinking only about her, and this way I will have the Baltic Sea.
My Baltic Sea. 
Instead of.

Swell is a tale of the untold, a beating documentary of a boy and his heart, a story of survival and attempt to surviving. It’s the portrait of a lone adventurer in the dark real world, where feelings hurt as much as memories. A tale of the unplanned, a story of love reconstruction, of metamortphosis. Swell is a love story where the author’ s third eye is constantly fulfilled by a great regenerating presence: the Baltic Sea. Its giant waves and cold turboleance mirror the photographer’s state of mind and thoughts, in a harmony of forces. Pictures are simple, out-of-common dash of poetry.

 “Swell” by Mateusz Sarello, is a squared little masterpiece, a chicken soup for the heart, an invincible summer, in the midst of winter. 
http://mateuszsarello.com
 

 

MY JIL SANDER BLUE BAG

Posted on July 7, 2014 by Clara G

Blue is much more than just another color for me. In my mind, blue is lapis lazuli and the ancient Egypt with Queen Nefertiti wearing her tall blue crown. Her bust is made of limestone but seems to breath when she is looking at me through 3.300 years and the protection screen, with her damaged left eye. The beauty that came from the mountains, my first icon, is here in Berlin, close to me.

Blue is also the Babylonian Ishtar Gate. It is forbidden to touch its blue glazed bricks. I wish I could not only touch the Gate but get through it and go back in time (2.580 years) and space (from Berlin, where the Gate is right now to the south of Baghdad where Babylon was built), appearing in the Processional Way, the Gate on my back, the Tour of Babel in my front, walking through the streets, would I feel as lost in translation as the Bible says or maybe is there were I really belong… to that place now destroyed after the last Iraq war.

Blue is also Yves Klein, the first contemporary artist to touch my soul and change my perception with his ultramarine monochrome paintings. Blue is the small crown that his wife Rotraut wore in her head when they got married in 1962. The beautiful Rotraut is German, of course.

And blue and German is my new bag from the most German of the designers, Jil Sander. It’s so essential and minimal, nearly unknown, although the label she created is global. I am glad that this time she has stayed as creative director enough time to create this bag before leaving again, for the third time, in a very smooth way as she always does.

Maybe I unconsciously moved here to Germany to be closer to this marvellous colour, the blue.

PHOTORECORD NR. 7, MELLON COLLIE AND THE INFINITE SADNESS

Posted on July 4, 2014 by Editorial Staff

Released  on October 24, 1995 on Virgin Records, “Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness” is the third album by American alternative rock band The Smashing Pumpkins. In explaining what he wanted for this album cover Billy Corgan said : “ This is psychedelic music by a heavy metal band from the 1920s.” The illustrations, typography, and papers used for the artwork all reflect this 20′ies mood. Designed by Frank Olinsky’s Design Firm, art directed by  Billy Corgan and Olinsky himself, with illustrations  by John Carig and photos by Andrea Giacobbe, this is one of the best Album Covers we ever seen. It was just ahead, many years ahead. And last but not least, we adore typefaces used: Gill Sans, Glorietta and Le Petit Trottin were used. Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness, literally the spec of an entire generation.

 

 

 

THE FAGIOLO

Posted on July 3, 2014 by Editorial Staff

Symmertry and asimmetry in wooden structures have been at the centre of Roberto Lazzeroni’s design. His latest piece, the “fagiolo” which means “bean” in Italian, is a minimal, yet symmetrical structure, a table, available in different colors and finishes with a double-decker walnut solid frame and marble or glass tops.

www.ceccotticollezioni.it

 

FKA TWIGS

Posted on July 2, 2014 by Maxim Deluxe

The London based artist Tahliah Barnett aka know as FKA TWIGS is ‘ the next big thing’ on the music scene. After the past impressive extended plays Ep1 and Ep2 , FKA Twigs’ debut album , LP1, will be released on Young Turks On August 12.

Follow FKA TWIGS

ACE&TATE

Posted on July 1, 2014 by Marco Maggetto

Are you searching for the perfect pair of prescription/sun glasses and you can’t find anything really appealing? Please browse Northern Europe, Holland, Amsterdam home of great designers and brand Ace&Tate . If you live far no worries, of course you can  buy online. But before buying, you can try on 5 pairs of beautiful glasses and decide the one you look great in. It’s called the “Home Try-On” system: all you have to do is choose between frames sent straight to your door. Transportation fees, back and forth, is courtesy of Ace&Tate. This is a deluxe service that has enchanted us, but not only. The product itself, I mean their glasses, are really well done and fantastic in design. Plus they have a fair price. Ace&Tate is designer, producer and seller, no third-fourth parts are involved in the process. Jumping the license holder and the retailer permits them to sell great quality great design shades at a smart price. Ace&Tate is also involved in charity programs and its “Black Is The New Green” collection is made of a 100% bio-degradable acetate. 70% of its compounds are from natural sources. Harlow’s favorite model is “Charlie” in Bio Black off course.

http://www.aceandtate.com/

FRANK GEHRY’S BIO MUSEUM

Posted on June 30, 2014 by Luisa Fazio

That “confused” genius of Frank Gehry has struck again! Ignoring order and linearity, the “the dream maker”, as defined by director Sydney Pollack, has designed another marvel which is, as usual, abstract and asymmetrical. Our impression is that the newborn creature is made up of colorful crumpled clippings suddenly broken away from a painting by Piet Mondrian. How do you fell about that? It’s “just” the Panama Bio Museum. Eight galleries to celebrate a rich biodiversity on Panama’s Isthmus, a small strip that divides Atlantic Ocean from Pacific Ocean. The same strip that long ago, very long ago, allowed osmosis and meeting wildlife species between the two  Americans sub-continents. Once separated, then reunited by earthquakes, American Continents saw a mass escape of animals, which took place three million years ago, that gave birth to a rare and precious ecosystem.  After 10 years of work  the Gehry’s prehistoric dream is due to open.

PHOTO RECORD NR. 6, CULTURE CLUB

Posted on June 27, 2014 by Editorial Staff

The second album by the British new wave band Culture Club,Colours by Number was released in October 1983. Preceded by the hit single Karma Chameleon, it reached number one in several countries. In the UK it sold more than 10 million copies. Cover photo by photographer David Levine.  

EDEN AND AFTER, NAN GOLDIN

Posted on June 26, 2014 by Isabella Cecconi

What would you expect from Nan Goldin? I would say something insane! In her constant evolving images, the brand new collection of photographs of children, is an astonishing happy-loving project, quite mesmerizing to my eyes. Being one of the world’s most influential contemporary photographers with a loyal love for intimate/provocative works, Eden and After demonstrates that flash lights can give space to real lights, that drug addicts can be switched with beautiful kids. Some photographs depict children alone, others show them in familial and social groups. From pregnancy and newborns through to teenagers, some subjects have been documented by Nan through their entire lives. The book may  look sweet from the outside, but underneath the playful photos of children runs a deeply tale about the joy and power of childhood and the inevitable end to the freedom that comes with it. Goldin seeks out the secrets children seem to hold, hoping to reveal something about children that is both deeply hidden and transparently evident.

FEAR OF MEN

Posted on June 25, 2014 by Maxim Deluxe

The English Band Fear Of Men  arrives with his indie-pop dreamy and ethereal at the first official LP “Loom”, released by Kanine Records. The album has the water and the sea as a recurring theme and the influences of Young Marble Giants and Camera Obscura are always a point of reference for the guys from Brighton, two of which will accompany the stage in the new formation Kip Berman of The Pains live of Being Pure At Heart.

Listen and Follow on TUMBLR

 

MY MIYAKE PINK DRESS

Posted on June 25, 2014 by Clara G

To move, run, jump … dance: to dance! Pleats Please clothes are made for movement, can only be understood in movement. Issey Miyake developed the idea while designing costumes for a Dance Company in the early 90s and, as a result of his technical and conceptual investigation, he created a new line of very functional, organic, timeless and resistant clothes. He called it Pleats Please, like a beg and also a play on words.

Pleats Please garments are always the same but different at the same time. Removing any economical, social, sexual or even fashion connotation,  Miyake gave a new option, a new uniform and made a silent revolution creating them. They are clothes but not only: they are so simple, so powerful. Since they appeared I’ve been collecting Pleats Please clothes because I find them really interesting. Pleats give beauty to the fabric, creating three-dimensional effects, embracing and revealing the body in a delicate way that I love.

By being worn by me, Pleats Please is not action, color and simplicity. All my Pleats Please, like dress in picture above, seem to be more reflective and static, even classic.  I don’t feel disappointed, I like them. They reflect the importance of what I am wearing and, off course, the way I’m.

EMERSON COOPER

Posted on June 24, 2014 by Editorial Staff

“Mending the Labyrinth” is and extensive body of work by artist Emerson Cooper for the first time as a solo show in New York. Emerson Cooper is a vintage photographs and Victorian cabinet cards collector. His work start from the transformation of these photos into meticulously constructed, psychologically charged artworks by using a mix of thread, paint, collage or digital manipulation. Used widely from the mid-19th century after the invention of albumen prints by Louis Désiré Blanquart-Evrard, the cabinet card remains a familiar visual object. Contemporaneous to the use of cabinet cards were the psychoanalytical theories of Freud and the high point of public interest in freak shows, and Cooper recalls these areas of interest simultaneously. Cooper’s images often allude to the sinister and plunge us headlong into the depths of identity and psyche, the real and the unreal, and the anguish of memory.

Until July 6th @ Muriel Guépin

Photo/ Man With Spiral, 2007-2010

http://www.murielguepingallery.com

SCENT OF LOVE: GELSOMINO NOBILE

Posted on June 24, 2014 by Editorial Staff

Skin loves summer. Fact.

Summer makes us sing from rooftops, love from the deepest part of our hearts, play as if we were kids. Acqua di Parma Gelsomino Nobile is a special edition that comes with hand-engraved bottle decorated with 24ct gold. The scent is absolutely Nobile and it gives remembrances of Asia, nights of amusement, transporting memories. A tribute to the king of flowers, Calabrian jasmine, a noble ingredient used in classic perfumery, Gelsomino Nobile opens with the soft and sparkling notes of Italian mandarin and pink pepper. Creating a unique personality, the  blend closes with notes of cedar wood and musk. A fragrance that cracks the line, that simply stantsout!

 

YOU WANT SPORTSWEAR, STELLAMC X ADIDAS

Posted on June 19, 2014 by Marco Maggetto

You are practical. You like to be beautiful. Yo do yoga. You go jogging. You like open air. You like “couturish” cuts on your sporty moment. You like the pastel palette that dives into neon. You like experimental fabrics. You like to wear it with a “party dress”. You like freedom and you like the fact that this collaboration is continuing and getting better. You never get upset if you boyfriend wears your fabulous pink windbreakers. You don’t go to the hairdresser, you can’t stand high heels. You, keep an eye on Stella McCartney  x Adidas collection. Sometimes we give it for granted but really it’s the best sportswear/yogawear you can possibly find. You, shop for last summer items (swimwear, like no other) and wait for fall winter 2014 collection to come (check out style.com). It’s incredible and you, you are as well.

http://www.stellamccartney.com/it/adidas_section

 

 

THE PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART

Posted on June 18, 2014 by Maxim Deluxe

The name of the band of Brooklyn is based on 1991 book written by Charles Augustus III. The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart are out with the third and  mature album ‘Days Of Abandon ‘ with echoes of The Smiths and searching for the perfect indie pop song .

The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart

 

A TREE HOUSE, THE DREAM OF EVERY DREAMER

Posted on June 17, 2014 by Luisa Fazio

Built since most ancient civilizations. Moghul Emperors sat on the “chabutra” between the branches of their beloved sycamores. Japanese, instead, built “walking trees” in order can to admire autumn leaves and colors. In the Middle Ages, monks and hermits used to retreat often on trees. Living in a tree house it’s the dream of every child and fans of the Jungle Book by Kipling, for sure would love to part of Bandar – Log’s happy tribe. The group of monkeys that had freedom, so much freedon none other animals had: they can fly between trunks and leaves, where no one could reach them. This meant secrecy, independence, refuge. Today, thanks to the joint of architects, cabinet makers, academics, carpenters, agronomists, we are scattered on every continent buildings floating in the sky. For which, the trees become their foundation. In Peruvian amazon there is one shaped like a bird’s nest. In Japan there is a house surrounded by pink cherry blossoms that rises into the clouds leaning from a single trunk of cypress. They are recognition of the needs and spirit of our times: who would not want to find a place to rest at half height? A place to stay for dreaming and reading in touch with nature? I’d like to have a shelter in the trees instead of the usual, customary, swimming pool. With a rope ladder to pull up in those particular periods “off limits” during which we don’t like to get down with feet on the ground. Years pass by but the tree house never looses its charm.

SEBASTIEN TELLIER

Posted on June 4, 2014 by Maxim Deluxe

Sebastien Tellier  has  released the new album ‘ L’ Aventura after most recent ”Confection ‘ on May 26th on French label Record Markers. The album was recorded in Rio De Janeiro and Paris . It features collaborations with two celebrated French artists—Jean-Michel Jarre and Philippe Zdar—as well as Brazilian musician Arthur Verocai, a respected figure in the country’s carioca music scene.

http://www.sebastientellier.com/

MöDERNAKED

Posted on June 4, 2014 by Marco Maggetto

It may sound Swedish, and look like, but Mödernaked is a Spanish Brand producing fabulous backpacks, hats, totes and jewellery. I liked them. Plenty of accessory brands out there, but these backpacks, photographed in Portugal by Filipa Alves, really stand out. When something comes out from the bunch, believe me, it’s a matter of panache and self confidence. This Spanish brand seems to posses both. Just have a detailed look on the “finissage” and get your favorited flowered fabric. Ideal to go to down to the beach in a romantic  aura and for the next back to school season. Amplified flower power.

Where are you from? Our creative team is formed by two Spanish girls and a Portuguese girl. We have our studio / atelier based in Matarranya – the Spanish mediterranean – considered to be the Spanish Tuscany. Although we live between Lisbon and Saragossa.

When did you found the Brand? We established our brand at the beginning of 2012.

What is your ideal client? We create our products for a Mö Girl, for a young girl that likes music, dance, traveling, and that appreciates well crafted products, that stands out from other commercial brands. Mödernaked is handcrafted lifestyle.

Where do you get those amazing fabrics? We source our fabrics from several providers; some are collected in our travels, others are designed and printed by us.

http://modernaked.com/

PHOTORECORD NR. 5, MAXWELL

Posted on May 30, 2014 by Editorial Staff

One of the sexiest Albums ever produced. “Maxwell’s Urban Hang Suite” was the debut album of American singer Maxwell. Released on April 2 1996, Maxwell’s Urban Hang Suite was a tribute to the modernization of classical R&B and featured songs focused on adult romances from first encounter to its dramatic conclusion examining the concept of love, sex and spirituality. The album’s cover artwork features a picture of a pair of golden women’s shoes on the floor of a hotel room, with the bar coding prominently displayed. Maxwell didn’t want to appear on the cover and had to fight with record label for his ideas. “I wanted people to have the facts: the title, the selections and the fact that you had to basically buy it. I wanted people to come to the music and not base any opinion on the image”. Columbia Records reached a compromise and used a promotional shot of him as the back cover, taken by photographer Eric Johnson, while the beautiful photo of golden shoes remained uncredited.

PHENOMENAL WOMAN: MAYA ANGELOU

Posted on May 28, 2014 by Editorial Staff

Today a piece of The Harlow’s heart got broken. We lost Maya Angelou, poet, writer,singer, activist but most of all, PHENOMENAL WOMAN.

We do suggest reading her entire work, poems, biographies, stories.

Dear Maya, always and forever, and still, like air WE RISE!

 

THE PLANT THAT BLOOMS ON THE DAY IT DIES

Posted on May 28, 2014 by Luisa Fazio

It is the agave, the mighty and strong succulent plant protagonist of my sea holidays  since the early 70s. It was quite simply a part of that mediterranean landscape with rocky coastline. When I was a child, I found it similar to a huge artichoke with gray-green fanned leaves. At its center stood a very high stem like a big asparagus, with flowers arranged in candelabrum. I did not know that the plant had come from central America where it thrived in warm and desert areas and that produced an intoxicating fire drink: tequila! Instead, I had taught that I could distinguish with a naked eye a young specimen from a specimen at the end of life because its gigantic inflorescence foretold the death of a plant. The agave (from the greek agavós which means “beautiful”) is a monocarpic species: it blooms only once, releasing a single, swollen shoot of its existence when it reaches maturity and becomes an adult. Then it dies. For this feature, I like to see it as the symbol of  man who “dies” when he loves, who spends all energy at his disposal to achieve in just one the day a spiritual perfection. A plant that does not repeat itself, a “wonderful” plant that has found the answer in love.

JHENE AIKO

Posted on May 28, 2014 by Maxim Deluxe

Forget Mariah and Beyoncè , the new promise of the r&b from the West Coast is Efuro Chilombo aka  Jhene Aiko with her mellow voice to get involved and  her upcoming full-lenght debut ‘ Souled Out’ , due this summer.

Download her Sail Out EP on i-Tunes

Jhane Aiko

 

8th BERLIN BIENNALE

Posted on May 26, 2014 by Editorial Staff

The 8th Berlin Biennale brings together a range of international artistic positions that explore the intersection between larger historical narratives and individuals’ lives. The majority of the participating artists have produced new works for the exhibition, which proposes new perspectives on the facets of and relations in history. It spans four distinct venues in western Berlin and Berlin-Mitte—Haus am Waldsee, Museen Dahlem – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, and Crash Pad c/o KW.The exhibition is on view from May 29 until August 3, 2014.

More: www.berlinbiennale.de

MY VINTAGE CARTIER PIN

Posted on May 26, 2014 by Clara G

There was a time when costume and jewelry where the most important occupation for a certain kind of women and gentlemen were queuing at Cartier to get the most fabulous diamonds for their beauties well known for the quality and amount of their jewels and aristocratic lovers. La Bella Otero, Cléo de Mérode, Mata Hari: all those women, who represented the vanity and decadency of their times, were although the first to step out of the Victorian morality system where they had no other chance to be free.

A few years later, one of that out of the system women, started to dress women to be real helping with that to change the whole feminine role, her name was Coco Chanel and not for coincidence she was the first to mix jewelry and bijoux. When she did so la “Belle Époque” was definitely gone, but for some years the Art Déco style kept the magic alive, creating beautiful objects like this pin designed by Cartier in 1924.

I always wonder about the first owner of this Cartier pin: who was she? Was she a flapper like Coco dreaming to change the world? What happened to her when all was drown again in war and pain? Would she approve the way I wear it? And, more than everything, would she like me?

PHOTORECORD N.6, BJoRK

Posted on May 23, 2014 by Editorial Staff

Released in July 1993, Debut was the second studio album by Icelandic singer-songwriter Bjork. Recorded in the United Kingdom, Björk worked on the album with producer Nellee Hooper. The album mostly consisted of love songs relating to subjects such as her boyfriend Dominic Thrupp, her producer Nellee Hooper and to love of life itself. The Amazing cover photo was shot by photographer Jean Baptiste Mondino.

 

COMFORT ZONE, REAL PEOPLE, REAL STORIES

Posted on May 22, 2014 by Isabella Cecconi

While spending a weekend at the seaside, I’ve decided to visit a public beach that I haven’t seen since I was a little boy. There I saw a possibility to recite a lot of stories only from looking at the things that people bring with them. I’ve got so inspired that I had to quit what I was doing at the time and indulge into a new project. I came back the very next week with all my equipment needed for a photoshoot. I started this series because I was surprised how a certain place or surrounding can affect people’s behavior.

Lithuanian photographer Tadao Cern had a peculiar idea for his photography series snapping awkward portraits of people sleeping on the beach. Stretched, curled, all the bodies display the characteristics of each human being. Pictures are quirky but familiar, beautiful and extravagant.  

http://www.tadaocern.com

 

SHARON VAN ETTEN

Posted on May 21, 2014 by Maxim Deluxe

Sharon Van Etten is  an American  singer – songwriter from Brooklyn . Following on from her breakthrough LP ‘ Tramp ‘ back in 2102 , Sharon Van Etten will release a new record out next week on 26th May. ‘Are We There’ will be fully online streaming on line in advance .

Sharon Van Etten

 

A BIRKENSTOCK SUMMER

Posted on May 20, 2014 by Marco Maggetto

Big loves aren’t , sometimes, immediate. I remember, long time ago, watching people wearing Birkenstock with a lot of doubts: how can you really walk in those things? Is there a reason for wearing such horrible sandals? And then one year a pair of Havaianas fell down from a high speed boat and I was in need of a pair of sleepers. All my friends in Ibiza, boho as you can imagine, were telling me to give a try to Birkenstock and I did. My collection now is made of 8 pairs and there is nothing I would recommend but them. Nothing is better in summer, and winter too (plenty of warm models). The essence of this brilliant shoe, invented in Germany in 1774 is on the footbed sole that was inspired by the natural imprint of a foot in the sand. Anatomical shape ideally supports the natural walking action of foot while joints and back are protected. Leg muscles are exercised also and health and well-being benefit as a result. Ask any other “recreational” shoe to do the same and you won’t find one. Birkenstock collection has also been enriched with new models, colored soles and upgradings. Foot’s must have.

http://www.birkenstock.com/

PHOTO RECORD NR.5, JANET JACKSON

Posted on May 16, 2014 by Editorial Staff

Releasing date: 22 September 1997. “Got ‘Till It’s Gone” written by Janet Jackson, featuring Q-Tip and Joni Mitchell, was the anticipation single taken from Jackson’s sixth album, The Velvet Rope. Despite being a risk, it was a totally out of the mainstream sound, this song received very warm critics and a  very well deserved Grammy Award for “Best Short Form Music Video”. “Got ‘Till It’s Gone” reached number one in several countries and marked the return of Jackson to the scene after a period of struggle with depression and intimacy. Considered a  fusion of Jackson’s pop style with “harder-edged hip-hop” this song remains an excellent work and a must listen for new generations. The video for “Got ’til It’s Gone” was directed by Mark Romanek and filmed at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles. Jackson portrays a lounge singer in the video, which takes place during the time of apartheid in South Africa. Inspired by a blend of ’60s and ’70s African culture and the work of photographer Malick Sidibé it won many prizes and certainly fashion oriented people’s heart. The cover of “Got ‘Till It’s Gone” was released during the filming and was shooted by rock-pop superstars photographer Eddie Wolfl. Joni Mitchell never lies.

 

WORK IT, O.A.M.C.

Posted on May 15, 2014 by Marco Maggetto

The Harlow welcomes back the return of workwear in fashion, a trend that was really strong in the 90ies and seems ready to be the next hot thing on your favorite store’s rows. The idea of comfort and protection has never been out of date really, but signals are starting to get clear and loud intensely towards this direction. To represent this new wave we had picked a new American brand called O.A.M.C. It’s a simple idea: to mix all-American work wear with the luxury of European craftsmanship. Luke Meier and Chris Gibbs are both born in Canada, met in mid-nineties in New York and became friends. Meyer went to study to FIT and become Supreme (yes, the skaters number one brand) head designer while Gibbs opened up a boutique in Los Angeles called Union. When Meier invented the concept behind O.A.M.C.A he needed a right hand: who’s better than his best friend? The duo is at his second collection, doing well and raising. As they declared ” When you really boil workwear down, it’s about utility. But even through it works, maybe it doesn’t have to look like it works”.

http://oamc.com/home.html

WILSEN

Posted on May 14, 2014 by Maxim Deluxe

Wilsen is the creation of 24-year-old London native Tamsin Wilson. Alongside bandmates Johnny Simon Jr and Drew Arndt – both songwriters & producers in their own right – Tamsin Wilson’s passion is for the detail; each Wilsen song is tirelessly sculpted over time, building an atmosphere, a mood, a state of mind. Simon Jr’s minimalist guitar melodies and Arndt’s rhythmic basslines create a platform for the gossamer vocals of Tamsin Wilson, by turns ethereal and earthy, and the rich driving force behind Wilsen’s gentle rise. A self-recorded – over a week in rural Ontario – and self-released mini debut album ‘Sirens’ coincided with the trio’s decision to relocate to New York in the spring of 2012. The album showcased the warmth of Tamsin’s voice and a songwriting palette that moved between post-rock crescendos (‘Anahita’) and gentle folk intimacy (‘Dusk’).

The new ‘Magnolia’ EP will be released on the 19th of May .

WILSEN