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WHISPER

Posted on June 13, 2012 by Marco Maggetto

For how long have I been knowing 72Smalldive?  I was still in my blogging archeological period and they seemed so attrictive to me, and they still are. It’s always nice to see them along the walk, they are always the same inspired guys designing and creating one of the best accessory line I’ve ever seen. During these years, this brand has remained brilliant and fiathful to its  statement. With Whisper collection, the label has taken a journey to return to intimacy. The concept of Whisper sums up the label’s aspiration to impart intimacy through design. Three basic human desires, that are often hidden away in the dark corners of our hearts, are Braille coded using rivets inserted on handmade shoulder bags and clutches. This experience was brought to another newly adopted workshop to create a complementary line of hand battered old plated and enameled brass cuffs (center) that express the same core desires. 72 Smalldive  is an essential and exclusive address  for  the  knowing. At  72 Smalldive, refuge is offered to  the sharp dresser,  lush living, über class souls who  are wearied  by a seemingly endless swarm  of mediocrities masquerading as luxury. There, concepts of  life’s pleasures and comforts  are rigorouslly challenged, sought for, and redefined. 72Smalldive aims to build  a deluxe nook  where  speculative  philosophy  meets passion  so  that an indefinitely  lasting style can be conceived.

http://www.72smalldive.com/

PIXIE 127 BY TOWER

Posted on June 13, 2012 by Isabella Cecconi

The Pixie 127 camera, by Tower, was a tiny little jewel made in U.S.A. which used 127 film. The camera, which was high on fashion in the 60’s, had a integral flash port, a bulb release lever and a switch for color or black and white. The Pixie 127 was at that time delivered by Sears, the most famous mail order house in the world. Sears Tower (brand name due to the Chicago corporate building) was the highest tower in the world for a certain period. Tower cameras were made by different renowned camera makers of several countries. Some cameras were sold branded Sears, and a few under their original manufacturers. A nice vintage piece for use and display. Continue Reading →

DISQUIETING SWIMMERS: JILL GREENBERG

Posted on June 12, 2012 by Isabella Cecconi

As summer is approaching and I want to swim in whatever can be defined a pond with some water in it, I thought about Jill Greenberg’s “Glass Ceiling” images. Back in 2008, Greenberg was commissioned a commercial fort the US Olympic Synchronized Swim Team. The shoot asked the ladies to wear high heels. Struck by the absurdity of it, Greenberg was inspired to create a fine art set that would show the tension of the models coming to the surface, gasping for air while wrestling with the weight of the water as a metaphor for the role women must play in the outside world. Those portraits of pure feminist art also pushed the boundaries of Greenberg’s digital knowledge. Absurd and suggestive images. Greenberg is one of the earliest users of Photoshop and master of technology in all of her work. Her portraits are often metaphorical, showing what the setup of being a woman is. Her photographs show women in swimsuits and high heels but the water destabilize their elegance and cut off their head. The heels are absurd, hindering their movement and emphasizing their lack of control. Their identities are thus inconsequential, only their bodies are sexualized and in focus thus depicting a sort of the male psyche.While Greenberg is known for her incredible portraiture that includes crying babies, celebrities or even cuddly bears, she’s equally adept at taking her camera off land and under water. A definitely thought-provoking photographer.  

http://www.jillgreenberg.com/

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PEGGY SUE / FRANCESCA

Posted on June 12, 2012 by Hobart Fowlkes

Francesca bolts out of her loft on Broadway near Union Square.  Dizzy from a month of dieting on nothing but wheatgrass shots and Cinnamon Lifesavers. Everything goes black for about 2 seconds as the blood rushes out of her brain as she swerves to miss colliding with the giant inflatable rat that the Custodial Services Employees Union had erected in front of her building sometime in the still of the night.  They’re pissed because the building hired some non-union peeps to do something.  Whatever.  She’s late.  It’s the casting at FORD for which she has been waiting an entire month.  She just finished a spread for Vogue, and there was the Victoria’s Secret Catalogue, but fashion week is coming and she needs runway work.  How could she be so late? She shouldn’t have stayed out so late the night before at  Les Bains at The Standard, but the puffiness under her eyes is nothing a little hemorrhoid cream can’t fix. Continue Reading →

SUMMER SUN, SOMETHING’S BEGUN

Posted on June 12, 2012 by Teresa Cannata'

Don’t you feel like the arrival of summer is so late this year? Rainy days in June are sometimes romantic, but everybody is waiting for the sun to peek through clouds and to shine, so as to let summer in. Despite the October-like weather we’re having, there’s a way to pretend hot weather is already here: paint your nails neon! This trend comes from the 80s and is here to stay, as shown by many nail polish brands which have recently launched neon colours for real and fake nails. China Glaze, one of the most famous American brands, has taken the brightest summer shades ever and put them in bottles: the result is the summer 2012 collection, aptly called Summer Neons.
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FRAMA DIAMOND LIGHT

Posted on June 11, 2012 by admin

Diamond bulbs by Frama, designed by Eric Terner are awesome. Who said that we can only live with those horrible low energy consumption bulbs? This is an easy alternative to elaborated lamps. Just a simple electric wire and a Diamond Bulb et voilà, the coolness is assured. The Diamond Bulb  is so fancy, Halogen 15W,  warm glow, 2000 life hours and , this is very important, dimmerable. From diamonds don’t grow anything, we know that, but what about the light they  reflect?  Oh yes, we love twinkles. On us, pending from the wall too.

http://www.framacph.com

 

 

ALBERT OEHLEN

Posted on June 11, 2012 by admin

Gagosian Rome hosts an exhibition of large-scale drawings by German born artist Albert Oehlen. By using charcoal as only tool, and drawing  vigorous lines, Oehlen’s work has some kind of raw elegance, typical of compositions made of informal gestures. Lines which seem bold and impulsive create Oehlen’s narrative dimension and form of imagination. A good opportunity to discover a great artist.

www.gagosian.com

NO NEED TO GO HEELS

Posted on June 9, 2012 by Teresa Cannata'

As a woman, I must admit I don’t understand most of women’s obsessions – the desire to stay young and thin possibly forever, for example, or the habit of wearing high heels all the time. I own some high-heeled shoes, of course, but I wear them rarely and, most of all, I don’t pretend they’re comfortable. That’s the worst part: some women look surprised when they see you wear flats and trainers, and even dare to tell you high heels are comfortable. No, they are not, and those who tell you so are liars, just convincing themselves their foot pain is not that bad, after all.

Someone in the designer heaven must have listened to the prayers of flat wearers and realized there’s something else beyond the valley of the high-heel vixens. Among these, Azzedine Alaïa, who has always celebrated the feminine body in all its glory, without punishing it with severe lines, nor showing it off with skimpy dresses.
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MAURICE

Posted on June 9, 2012 by Hobart Fowlkes

See that guy selling pretzels?”

“Who said that?”

“It doesn’t matter.  Listen to me.”

“Where are you?”

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THE LONELINESS OF OUR SPACES, THOMAS DEMAND

Posted on June 8, 2012 by admin

This exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo  is such a good occasion to present our readers the incredible work of Thomas Demand. Maybe one of the best sculptors-photographers alive, the work of Demand, if correctly interpreted, goes straight to the heart via brain. Born in Muich in 1964, his art is made of photographs of three-dimensional maquettes  that look like real images of rooms and other spaces. He creates life-sized paper-and-cardboard constructions of actually or formerly existing environments and interior spaces with the sole purpose of photographing them with a large-format-camera. It is only this image, executed in an edition of six, the real work of art, the real piece. Demand always destroys his “life-size environments”after he has photographed them and behind his reconstructions there are often social and political meanings. He thus describes himself not as a photographer, but as a conceptual artist for whom photography is an intrinsic part of his creative process. This exhibition at Mot-Tokyo  will be the first in a Japanese museum to present a comprehensive view of Demand’s activities, from his earliest works to his recent film pieces. Tokyo’s folks, go and visit. You’ll not going to regret it.

http://www.mot-art-museum.jp/eng/2012/thomas/

 

THIBAULT PENVEN: THE TINY LITTLE BOAT

Posted on June 8, 2012 by admin

God bless this tiny little boat, and me who travels in it. It stays afloat for years and years. And sinks within a minute. And so the soul in which we sail, unknown by years of thinking, is deeply felt and understood, the minute that it’s sinking.’ Micheal Leunig

The classic yellow rain-proof color, the suggestive design and the shape of vintage wooden boats: it’s Ar Vag. This crafty vessel has been created and projected by Thibault Penven, a student of  the University of Art and Design of Lausanne this very year. In a little time, a wooden plank becomes a seat as folding rods and unfolded waterproof material becomes a functioning watercraft. Useful for a summer trip, for camping and days at the beach. The aesthetic of this portable rowboat is kind of  impressive and rather inviting. It’s minimal and pretty alluring. We are ready to row in this tiny little boat!  

http://vimeo.com/43100314

WHO OWNS THE CROWN?

Posted on June 7, 2012 by Teresa Cannata'

Incorporating ancient traditions into modernity is one of the biggest and most exciting challenges of our times, especially in fashion. Almost everybody tries to find the right balance between old and new, but the results are – in most cases – disappointing: one of the two elements often ends up with getting the better of the other, and then the costumey effect is just around the corner.
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YOUNG COMANDER, BALMAIN F/W 2012

Posted on June 7, 2012 by Marco Maggetto

It’s a nice great fall winter the one at Balmain’s. Oliver Rousteing, who’s the man in charge of  supervising and developing of  the brand since Christophe Decarin left the house after health problems, delivered a collection which is very French and destined to a men who’s not living his life too formally. The red, the blue, the white, the young modern Napoleon, the Corto Maltese allure. Narrow but comfortable pants, soft leather and torero jackets, marsines, loose effect gilets adorned with eighteenth-century inspired buttons. Balmain men is a casual dandy that walks the streets in motorbike soft boots refined by the “Peter Pan” effect.

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PUMP UP THE…VOLUME!

Posted on June 7, 2012 by admin

Volume, by Italian design brand De Castelli is a furnishing element and a feature of design. It’s a cube that opens becoming a book storage. It provides a safe place for treasured books. It’s a bookcase. It’s a place where you can shelve what you care most, away from sun and dust. The walls and dividers are made of wood and metal. It can also be a useful support base.  It’s basically a concept idea that follows your needs.

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MY CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

Posted on June 7, 2012 by Francesca Lanni

This famous classic American cookie is a treat no matter what the age or occasion. Be careful not to cook these too long. I know it becomes tempting to keep cooking these because they don’t seem to be done after 10 minutes, but they will continue to cook for awhile after you take them out of the oven, and when cool, will be nice and chewy. Continue Reading →

BORN FREE, SERGE LUTENS

Posted on June 6, 2012 by Arianna Pistorello

There are people who are born free. Intellectually and physically free. There are people who see forms and possibilities where all others don’t. This kind of  people normally succeed in feeling home almost anywhere, because the world belongs to them. Serge Lutens is of those fellows. He was born in Lille the 14th March of 1942. From the very beginning of his life he gave outlet to his creativeness freeing himself from ties of roads already marked;  he left school early and started to work as apprentice side by side with the most famous hairdressers in town. At  sixteen he engraved on clientele his very personal style getting a reputation:  strong criticisms from the conservatives  but  unconditional admiration from those who knew how to see behind appearances. In 62′ he  started  to collaborate with Vogue  that commissioned him the creation of jewels and objects for  prestigious columns. At  the same time magazines of international fame competed to have him on board. His career rapidly raised and soon Lutens collaborated with Dior Beautè to the creation of a revolutionary line of make up. In this period he also discovered Morocco, which will be one of his biggest inspirations. In the ’73 the Guggenheim Musuem in New York exhibited his photos, in ’74 he released his  first film as director which gained the Gran Prize at the International Film Festival sponsored by Unesco.

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HYACINTH

Posted on June 6, 2012 by Hobart Fowlkes

Hyacinth is speechless.  She stands there in a daze.  It’s a Saturday like any other.  Earlier that morning she texted her fiancé, Hank, to welcome him home from his business trip to Hong Kong, knowing his phone would be on vibrate, but hoping they might get together later.  Hyacinth continued on her merry way browsing the stalls at a street fair in Little Italy, anxiously awaiting the loud “DING” from her iPhone. 

“Was that my phone?” suddenly thought Hyacinth as she was sure she heard the ding come out of her bag.  Yes Yes!!  A Text from Hank,

“Can’t get together today, but I have a really big surprise for you!  A big life changing surprise for you!” Continue Reading →

REACH OUT FOR THE MEDAL

Posted on June 5, 2012 by Teresa Cannata'

After the celebration of the Diamond Jubilee, Great Britain is getting ready for another important event, which will put its capital – London – at the centre of the world: the Games of the 30th Olympiad. Butter London, an iconic British beauty brand, has often released limited-edition nail polishes to celebrate special occasions – just think of No More Waity, Katie (a sparkling greige lilac dedicated to Kate Middleton) and Lillibet’s Jubilee (a silver metallic foil for Queen Elizabeth II). Now that July 27th is quickly approaching, Butter London has produced a commemorative Olympic Heavy Medal set, inspired to the three medals given to athletes.
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MY “PLASTIC LIFE”

Posted on June 5, 2012 by Luca Andriani

Another great artist who loves to give life (something that the rest of us is sometimes missing) is Vincent Bousserez. In his world, which is different and mini, tiny plastic characters interact with everyday objects of our lives. They do similar and recognizable actions and in doing so, they communicate something to us about what we are missing in our world. Continue Reading →

COMPORTAMENTARIO – Episode 2: DRINK TEQUILA AND IT’S A HIT….AND RUN!

Posted on June 5, 2012 by Flan

You are not that acquainted with that buzzing area known as il Pigneto. It became the place to be in Rome around 5 years ago when you were doing other things and not going out that often. So nowadays whenever you go there you are hit by that sense of urgency and excitement, for all the things you have missed, all the bars and restaurants, clubs and cultural spots that you still haven’t seen and absolutely need to. You can smell the summer and the elation of drinking outside, while you’re hopping down the pedestrian walk populated with the typical mixed crowd: tough rockers, colourful hippies, lanky hipsters, young couples with sleeping kids on their lap, carelessly chic men and women, girls on heels, flats, pumps, in black or flowery dresses. Continue Reading →

ERIC VALLI: HONEY HUNTERS

Posted on June 5, 2012 by Isabella Cecconi

The feeling I had when I first saw Eric Valli’s images was the same I had an early morning, when out of my tent in the trekking path of Annapurna I felt freedom of my soul. Whoever visits Nepal says that energy is everywhere. You can feel it in its people, its mountains, its fabulous landscapes. A spiritual country, the roof of the world. Eric Valli, a talented and experienced French camera snapper has always created a photography that basically consists in breathtaking shots, anthropological essays, eye-narrated stories that document incredible events of normal people. Specialized in mountain scenery and inaccessible locations, he has always been expert on the Himalaya. Continue Reading →

GOD SAVE THE QUEEN

Posted on June 4, 2012 by Teresa Cannata'

A Diamond Jubilee is a very special event for a country and Great Britain, which is celebrating the 60th anniversary of the accession to the throne of Elizabeth II, has taken it very seriously. Many British fashion brands have produced limited editions of their classics, but Anya Hindmarch has brought things on a higher level. The project Bespoke Maud is fascinating because it turns back time to a period when bespoke evening bags were a must-have accessory for ladies.
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WE FACE FORWARD

Posted on June 4, 2012 by admin

Everything that permit us to use a photo by Malick Sidibé is good at The Harlow. It’s in our personal top ten of artists (please remember that in case we repeat). Here, we would like to “use”  him to talk about  We Face Forward. Curator Natasha Howes has directed this cultural festival in Manchester dedicated to Art-Music from the African Continent. Withworth Gallery, The Manchester Museum, Band On The Wall, Manchester Art Gallery, The Bridgewater Hall, The Printworks, Gallery of Costume all the city is blooming and embracing  the art, culture and creativity of West African artists today. Installations, painting, drawing, photography, textiles, video, sound and fashion, Manchester will be the alternative pole of attraction for those who want to live a different summer and escape from the Olympics.

From 2th June till 12th September. Complete program at http://www.wefaceforward.org/

MY VERY FIRST LBD

Posted on June 4, 2012 by Clara G

April 2003, I had an invitation for a dinner in the house of the Norwegian Ambassador in Spain. I remember I was really confused and nervous: what are you supposed to wear for an occasion like that? It is certainly not an everyday kind of  event. How to stay elegant and true to myself?  After a week thinking and dreaming, I came to the  conclusion I needed a Little Black Dress. Something classy, timeless like the LBT is never a mistake. In that moment Calvin Klein was still the right place to find it. It was still the real Calvin, it was very short before the company was sold to a found somewhere in the world and the loss of another icon in the world of fashion. In my head I had a very clear image: another American icon, Carolyn Bessette, arriving to a party in a perfect LBD. Beautiful, simply perfect. Needles to say  the dress I chose it was a black, silk dress built to last . It was my first must have piece, my first step into maturity. Continue Reading →

PURITY RING – BELISPEAK

Posted on June 4, 2012 by Maxim Deluxe

Electronic duo Purity Ring (Megan James and Corin Roddick) are a Montreal based indie band who’s  getting ready to unleash one of the most anticipated debut albums of this Summer 2012. Hot!

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THE QUEEN’S DIAMOND JUBILEE

Posted on June 2, 2012 by admin

Join us in the celebration of Her Majesty’s life and times. Queen Elisabeth II celebrates 60 years as Monarch this very week end.

6EMEIA : ENJOY YOUR TOWN

Posted on June 2, 2012 by Luca Andriani

This is another example, like Oak Oak, where the sad urbanization has become a location to have fun. Anderson Augusto and Leonardo Delafuente are two Brazilian artists of the Barra Funda neighborhood of São Paulo, known under the collective name of 6emeia. Continue Reading →

CONSTANCE

Posted on June 1, 2012 by Hobart Fowlkes

My name is Constance and I live in Nassau County, Long Island.  My husband, Vinny, is Brooklyn Italian and every year we visit his cousins in Italy.  I am going to be very frank with you and tell you that in this photo I am extremely unhappy and very humiliated.  My dog, Penelope, who is pictured on my lap, is my therapy dog.  She must be by my side at ALL times or else I risk flying into insane, violent anxiety attacks.  After years of therapy, I know.  Its an illness.  I’ve been diagnosed by multiple physicians.  Believe me!  Valium, Xanax, Klonopin, every benzodiazepine in the book, I’ve tried ’em.  Nada!  Penelope is my drug.  I have a note from my doctor explaining the situation, but not everyone understands my need for a therapy dog, well primarily because I’m not blind.  I even bought a full fare ticket for Penelope which is allowed in cases like mine.  Vinny, Penelope and I are very lucky to be on this plane, because we came very close to being removed just minutes prior to our departure from JFK.  We’ll land in Pisa, Italy in about 20 minutes.  Well that’s what the stewardess just said. Excuse me.  Now they like to be called “Flight Attendants.”. She was the same “flight attendant” whose nose I almost broke with my heavy camera bag about 8 hours ago. We’re friends now, thank the Holy Lord in Heaven! Her name is Irene. Continue Reading →