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LES VOLIèRES CHALLIEèRES – PARIS

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…

MY RAQUEL ALLEGRA T-SHIRT

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!

DRESSED LIKE MEN, ANTI CONVENTIONAL WOMEN

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.

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KINDNESS

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’

http://kindness.es/

 

INVENTING AMERICAN FASHION, HALSTON

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.

 

THE DUKE OF VERDURA

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.

 

PILOT FISH, THE SHARK’S GUARDIAN ANGEL

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.”

WILOUGH

Posted on October 14, 2014 by Maxim Deluxe

Good blood doesn’t lie. Will Smith’s daughter , Willow Smith aka Wilough surprises us by publishing great songs on Soundcloud .

A talent to keep an eye on .
Listen to  :  soundcloud.com/dhatu

 

 

 

THE MARTIN MARGIELA YEARS

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.

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THE OLDEST BOTANICAL GARDEN BECOMES HI TECH

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!

BULY 1803 – PARIS

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.”

http://buly1803.com/

KASPER BJORKE

Posted on October 1, 2014 by Maxim Deluxe

Kasper Bjorke is returned with his exquisite new 4th album, ‘After Forever’, which is already tipped as the Danish producer’s boldest and most elegant statement to date.

‘After Forever ‘ is out now on HFN Records.

Kasper Bjorke

 

MY UNDERCOVER JACKET

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.

PEOPLE HAVE THE POWER, VALTAGS

Posted on September 23, 2014 by Marco Maggetto

Wear a funny jewel no matter what. Wear a statement, a declaration, phrases that are, in a way, signature of your inner side. And if it’s a special occasion there is a made to measure service that won’t leave you…speechless. Born in Spring of 2013, the bright oversized offshoot of ValentineTags are made in silver, gold and plastic by designer Valentine Breton des Loÿs who want to spread some words. Love messages, anthems, protests: each and every piece is produced in an edition of 100 and only one series is available at a time. The world is yours.
http://www.valtags.com/

SLITHERSTITION

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! 

http://andrewmcgibbon.co

 

 

MY SAINT LAURENT OXFORD SHOES

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.

UNSEEN PHOTO FAIR AMSTERDAM

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

THE JUAN MACLEAN

Posted on September 11, 2014 by Maxim Deluxe

The Juan Maclean are John MacLean and Nancy Whang . The american group play the best electronic music at the moment and it’s out with the new album on September 15 ‘In A Dreams’ on DFA Records.

http://thejuanmaclean.com/

A OTHERWORLDLY BOUQUET, AZUMA MAKOTO

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!

HAUTE COUTURE: THE POLAROIDS OF CATHLEEN NAUNDORF

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

http://www.faheykleingallery.com/

 

WILDCAT! WILDCAT!

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.

Wildcat ! Wildcat

FLORAL LEATHER? CUIR CANNAGE!

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!

www.dior.com

DENA

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.

DENA

 

PROPEREST COAT, ISABELL DE HILLERIN

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.

http://www.isabelldehillerin.com/

BACK TO BLACK?

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!

#endofsummerthoughts

 

MY MATTHEW WILLIAMSON SWIMSUIT

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.

BLOOMS

Posted on August 20, 2014 by Maxim Deluxe

Louise Cunnane recently released  ‘IF’ a fine EP of ambient R&B electronic and dreamy music in collaboration with Sacred Animals under the name Blooms.

Follow on This is Blooms

 

AWOL ERIZKU

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.

WALTON FORD

Posted on August 6, 2014 by Editorial Staff

American artist Walton Ford, makes paintings and prints like Audubon’s naturalist illustrations. His works are  meticulous studies in flora and fauna of great execution. Faithful to the natural history mode, Ford paints on a much larger scale, producing outsize watercolors with epic compositions.

Paul Kasmin Gallery of NYC is currently  hosting some of his magnificent watercolors. Surely a good thing to put on the TO DOs list!

DIARIES OF CEYLON

Posted on August 5, 2014 by Editorial Staff

An island country in the northern Indian Ocean, off the southeast coast of the Indian subcontinent in South Asia. Discover Ceylon, follow our diaries! From August the 11th a new column  on The Harlow!

 

PETER HUJAR

Posted on August 5, 2014 by Marco Maggetto

Not so much time left, until 24th August, to see this marvelous selection of pictures by American photographer Peter Hujar. Held at Maureen Paley Gallery London, this is the third solo exhibition to take place  at 21 Herald Street.

He worked in black and white, he documented a tragedy in New York. He was a great friend of Diane Arbus, and both were admirers of Weegee and shared his dark vision. Hujar subjects spaced from the catacombs in Palermo to abandoned, wrecked cars. Despite an apparent modern approach, Hujar was a classicist that payed tributes to his role model photographers: Atget and Brassaï. Sensible, with a sharped eye for detail, Hujar is considered now a master for his particular way of recount grace in disintegration with a  deep sense of mortality. In her introduction to Portraits in Life and Death, Susan Sontag wrote, “… Fleshed and moist-eyed friends and acquaintances stand, sit, slouch, mostly lie – and are made to appear to meditate on their own mortality… Peter Hujar knows that portraits in life are always, also, portraits in death.”

Photo: David Wojnarowicz Reclining (II) , vintage gelatin silver print.

http://www.maureenpaley.com/

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