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KNIT KNOT? NOTKNOT!

Posted on July 11, 2012 by admin

Notknot  is a fancy pillow by the Icelandic designer Ragnheiður Ösp Sigurðardóttir. The origin of its originality maybe comes from scout knotting or nautical remembrances or beautiful decorative arts. These knots even if looking rigid and strong are soft wool knitted works of art. Cozy and delightful pieces that brighten up living spaces made out of wool cylinders. Notknot  can be in many warm colors and shapes. These lovely cushions have grabbed my maritime eyes.. I love them!  

http://www.umemi.com/

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STRIPS PORTRAITS BY EVAN WONDOLOWSKI

Posted on July 11, 2012 by Luca Andriani

Money don’t make happiness, but in this case it certainly makes beautiful portraits. Artist Evan Wondolowski uses thousands of paper strips from shredded U.S. Federal Reserve Notes to create these amazingly detailed portraits of celebrities and politicians. Evan says that he started with an underdrawing of the portrait on newsprint and then glued each shred of currency piece by piece before finishing up with a little vine charcoal to increase contrast. Each portrait creation takes up to a month or more. Keep an eye on his website for new works in the future.

http://theartofe.com/currency.html

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GONNA SHOW THIS TOWN HOW TO KISS THESE STARS

Posted on July 10, 2012 by Teresa Cannata'

I hate summer for many reasons, but there are a few things that make me love it at the same time. Besides popsicles, swimming and sunbathing, wearing no make-up and staying up late, in summer I can wear my favourite shoes – sandals. I love wearing no shoes at home, so I usually opt for barely-there shoes whenever I go out. As a result, wearing sneakers and brogues in autumn is a shock, but in the meantime I enjoy my almost barefoot condition. Brian Atwood probably shares the same passion, judging by his designs, which always aim at emphasizing women’s feet. 
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PHOTO’ PERFEXION GIVENCHY

Posted on July 10, 2012 by Arianna Pistorello

PhotoShop not only is a program that retouches images but also the final result of this luxurious line by Givenchy. The Photo’ Perfexion Cream is one of my favourites products. I use it when I work on professional maquillages, for important events like photo shootings or when I want to impress my beloved clients. It has a very fluid texture, it delivers an extremely natural finish. The Skinperfector Complex contained  doesn’t leave any imperfection, it softens wrinkles, refines the skin tone while  the Lightin Complex erases every mark. I habitually spread it with a specific brush finishing up with fingers to improve the covering. Givenchy Cosmetics recommends to use this product also on eyelids but I appraised by chance that this possibility  depends on the case. A SPF 20 makes it perfect to face life in the city protecting from sun, pollution, free radicals. Continue Reading →

2:54

Posted on July 10, 2012 by Maxim Deluxe

2:54 is the self-titled debut of the sisters Colette Thurlow and Hanna, which came out last May 28 for Fiction Records. Watch the new single You’re early on You Tube
2:54 are on tour in Italy. All the information on their site here

WE ALL NEED FROU FROU

Posted on July 10, 2012 by admin

Designer and author Abigail Ahern is a UK well known interior decorator. Her little shop in Islington – London, is a little marvel everyone should visit. Abigail is acclaimed for her trend setting designs that are synonymous of glamour, eclecticism and wit. Internationally renowned, she has redefined the visual landscape with her cleverly mixed collections and regularly contributes to television and radio programmes, magazines and newspapers. Ahern has also created a signature home line which has some frou frou touches we fell in love with. Take her “animal” themed lamps: it’s a stylishly contemporary lightning option with a classy vintage influence. The attractive hand finished ceramic base is shaped to replicate a pretty poodle-bulldog-tucan and features furry leg detail and a contrasting collar. A small, frilly silk lampshade is perched on the animal’s head and adds striking illumination diffusion. Ironic and happy, the perfect object to discover your frou frou side.

http://www.atelierabigailahern.com/

MY CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN SANDALS

Posted on July 9, 2012 by Clara G

Red is the colour of blood, passion and emergency. If you  know me a little bit, you would easily say that it should be my favourite colour, but I don’t use it normally. It doesn’t fit me at all. I have tried hard  but it doesn’t work with me. Not even the classical lipstick suits me, maybe it is because of my super pale skin, or maybe because of my blonde hair. But there is one exception, fortunately you can always find one, which are the red soles. They always fit and  everybody  loves them and I’m not an exception. My Louboutin sandals, high heeled, with platform and pattern leather, they have everything to be recognized as a fashion fetish element. They can also be elegant but they always will have this cancán touch, the footprint of the femme fatal. When you stand up in them, it is not that you are able to see the world in another way, it’s the world that looks at you in a different way. Continue Reading →

FANCY A CHOCOLATE DESSERT ?

Posted on July 9, 2012 by Francesca Lanni

Ingredients : 75g dark chocolate , chopped and melted (use a standard dark chocolate for this rather than a high cocoa one as it combines better). 2 eggs, separated / 25g butter, melted / 2tsp golden caster sugar. Mix the chocolate with the egg yolks and butter. Whisk the egg whites and then whisk in the sugar until the mixture is shiny and stiff. Divide between 4 glasses and chill until set.

PENNY: A BLAST FROM THE PAST

Posted on July 6, 2012 by admin

G’day mates! As I’ve been missing my country lately, sometime ago I’ve decided to take a ride through Rome’s flat streets and let my remembrances flow. As I took my red board, it came to my mind Penny. Penny from Australia is a brand of plastic skateboards. Have you ever heard of it before? Taking inspiration from the 70’s skateboards these boards seems more are a retro replica of the original sidewalk surfs. Penny’s boards are perfectly balanced for being micro cruisers, and give great performance while using them. These are mainly the two fundamental rules of choosing a skateboard: choosing a board for a good performance and having the expectation satisfied (there’s a third one too which is to know how to ride well..). Colors of Penny’s decks can be various: pink, purple, orange, blue, green, black, yellow and many more. You can also choose different colored sets of wheels. Summer is on, fun is out…what else? Ah yeah, are you ready to ride?

http://www.pennyskateboards.com

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CRISTALLIN – GRAND COMBIN

Posted on July 6, 2012 by Maxim Deluxe

Swiss beat maestro Simeon Cristallin is out now with new video ‘Grand Combin’ which name refers to a  high snow-packed peaks of the Swiss mountain. The music of Cristallin come from up there where the world seems beautiful.

Cristallin on : Vimeo and SoundCloud

SEX, LIES, STORYBOARDS

Posted on July 6, 2012 by Teresa Cannata'

As many people in their 20s-40s, I’m addicted to American tv shows. I  officially stopped watching Italian tv in 2008 and I haven’t changed my mind yet. Of course I still go to the cinema (one of my biggest passions), but our tv is so boring and old-fashioned, most of the time! The first tv show I started watching was probably Sex and the City, followed by True BloodGossip Girl and many othersIt’s impossible to watch all the shows aired in the US, so I often have to skip shows which are considered excellent tv products. Mad Men is one of them. 
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ASOS BLACK X PUMA

Posted on July 6, 2012 by Marco Maggetto

With the Olympic Mania approaching, it’s normal our sporty side is coming out. And when fashion and sport get together, when beauty, comfort and pragmatism are well balanced, I truly find my corner of heaven. For Autumn / Winter 2012, ASOS launches ASOS BLACK x PUMA, a collaborative collection made of 60 pieces including both apparel and a accessories designed for aesthetic not performance. Traditionally tailored garments such as two button wool suit, jackets in sporting shapes, gilets, puffa jackets, knitwear, tops, nylon sports trousers and denim  are modernised with contrasting details, technical zip finishes and some touches of orange. To pair with a selection of black leather rucksacks, nylon baseball caps and round lens metal sunglasses. Complete is a word for Asos Black x Puma.

The full collection will be available at asos.com from 25 September 2012.

 

PLAY YOUR TOWN!

Posted on July 5, 2012 by Luca Andriani

There’s an artist (or group of artists) named Bored that have decided to transform Chicago into a famous table game: the Monopoly. This operation is a reation to express publicly dissatisfaction about the lack of street art around Chicago. The person (or group) has chosen to remain anonymous but expressed via email: “the goal of this entire project has been to present something different than a stencil painted on the ground or a poster pasted to a wall. Something 3-dimensional that can be picked up, beaten down, kicked, yanked, grabbed, and broken. And if someone ever put forth the effort to remove it, like a weed it will always grow back. And if left alone it will evolve into something different.” So take a walk and play your town!

http://www.itsnoteasybeingbored.com/

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VICTIM OF BEAUTY: VASIL GERMANOV

Posted on July 5, 2012 by Isabella Cecconi

You may define these images brutal, shocking, disquieting. I found them SUBLIME. Why this? Because they create tension and get you into deep thinking.  Beautiful injured women used in a fashion magazine. Strange isn’t it? Victim of Beauty is a project by Bulgarian photographer Vasil Germanov. Maybe an attack or reminiscence to women’s domestic violence , maybe just a subliminal alarm clock for our brains. Don’t trust the surface, don’t trust what just appears. Models look impeccable, gorgeous; light is perfect and the shots are magnificent. They are pictured perfectly  while “wearing” a black eye, a slashed throat or mouth, a burnt half face. Blood mixes with perfection and the images are the opposite of a glamour of violence. The work is obviously against a violent approach, it’s against the commonsense. The pictures depict what’s actually underneath a beautiful exterior, underneath the imagery of fashion. Violence sneaks into our lives, daily. As Jim Morrison once said: “We fear violence less than our own feelings. Personal, private, solitary pain is more terrifying than what anyone else can inflict…Violence isn’t always evil. What’s evil is the infatuation with violence.”

Vasil Germanov’s work features in worldwide magazines: Amica, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, Madame Figaro, Rolling Stone, Vice, and Max. Get to know this new talent.

http://www.thinktanklab.com/

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FRANçOIS

Posted on July 5, 2012 by Hobart Fowlkes

Je m’appelle François.  Je suis Artiste extraordinaire.  ‘Zey say I have talent, but, me, I just put my easel in a place very conspicuous, several brushstrokes, et voila, I meet ze women and sometime i get ‘ze sex.  Is that how you say?  C’est encore plus effective ‘zan it is to walk my precious little Lhasa Apso, “Princesse”, in ‘ze Jardins de Luxembourg a Paris.  Today I am in Venise on the Riva degli Schiavoni.  Many of ‘ze sexy women they stop to talk to me.  I feel que Venise c’est my lucky place, et que cet endroit c’est parfait!  Wish me une bonne chance, s’il vous plait!

MAD ABOUT ORLEBAR BROWN

Posted on July 4, 2012 by admin

The temptation to write about haute couture was uncontrollable. With the first Raf at Dior and other marvellous fashion shows, there was plenty to discuss about. But here at The Harlow we tend to give an advice instead of creating fantasies. Who cares (of course we do) about millionaire dresses when all we madly want is an escape to the beach? Boom. I think it’s better to write about swim shorts. First, because Paris “Haute” had been covered enough, second because this is a necessity now and I’m not joking about it.  I always  wake up one week before departures realizing I don’t have any beachwear left if not a DSquared “porno” slip from the summer of 2003 and I don’t wear g-strings. I don’t shave so wildly any longer, I prefer to hide, I’m older. Ergo I need something to wear at the beach and I remembered of  marvellous Orlebar Brown‘s beachwear. Actually they have the best swimwear (and not only) and their fancy approach, more preppy than sporty, is my cup of tea. Orlebar Brown was launched in 2007 by photographer Adam Brown. Continue Reading →

A.I. ARTISANAL INTELLIGENCE

Posted on July 4, 2012 by admin

A.I. Artisanal Intelligence is a project promoted by AltaRoma, a platform created to link Italian art, craftmanship and fashion. A fundamental part of the project is the live component that allows each edition the public and professionals to come into direct contact with stakeholders of contemporary multi-faceted reality. A.I.’s events are characterized by a range of unusual and fascinating places, situations, i.e. it is the practical response to that desire of uniqueness and exclusivity of Italians. This year’s edition of A.I., created by Clara Tosi Pamphili and curated by Alessio de’Navasques, will take place among the most typical streets of the historical Roman district of Trastevere. Suggestive Lungara,  Mantellate, Botanical Garden within the Onofrio alley, Via San Francesco di Sales, Via degli Orti d’Alibert. Continue Reading →

ACTIVE CHILD – JOHNNY BELINDA

Posted on July 4, 2012 by Maxim Deluxe

Active Child is the working name of electronic music artist Pat Grossi, a 28-year-old guy  from Los Angeles. Grossi grew up as childhood chorister, and the music he makes shows he’s still a choirboy at heart. Grossi sings in a keening, soaring falsetto whilst building glittering cathedrals of sound from harp, synths, drum-pads and creepy vocal effects. It’s canonical music, but it’s just as influenced by the stadium new-wave of Tears For Fears and the vocal-distorting electro-pop perversions of The Knife. In 2010, Grossi released his debut EP, Curtis Lane. A year later, he followed it up with his first-ever album, the incredibly impressive You Are All I See. This second album confrim all this great artist “good intentions”. Watch The New Official Video –  Johnny Belinda on Vimeo.

Active Child Music

THE BEAUTY OF NATURE, CRAIG TRACY

Posted on July 4, 2012 by Luca Andriani

What happens when a beautiful woman meets a great artist? American talented artist Craig Tracy, spends hours painting the woman’s curves to complete his masterpieces and creates these stunning optical illusions. The artist has painted hundreds of amazing images on human canvases, painting a variety of animals and beautiful landscapes.

http://www.craigtracy.com/

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THE TEMPESTUOS NANCY FOUTS

Posted on July 3, 2012 by admin

Aren’t amazing Nancy Fouts creations? Her sculptures are designed on paradox and juxtaposition: on expectation of the unexpected. She combines objects and materials, linking ideas and common sense to surrealism and playfulness.  She basically recombines the meaning of everyday objects. Nancy Fouts, American born but Londoner for life, has pursued a career in advertising. She is either an image maker and a sharp artist. Surely a provocative and witty discovering.

http://www.nancyfouts.com/

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PETAL FRESH, TATCHA BEAUTY PAPERS

Posted on July 3, 2012 by admin

Tatcha beauty papers are ideal for people that lives in very hot (and humid) places. Our Italian Pianura Padana is like an Amazon these days. Everything is like sweaty, sticky and we’d like to think this is a little help in avoiding your face melting down. These papers are the original beauty papers first discovered by geishas for their beauty benefits. They are still made in the same tradition by the gold leaf artisans who use them as beating papers to turn gold into gold leaf which they use on the palaces and temples throughout Japan. Keep your skin petal fresh and dry with these little portable sources of gleam.

http://www.tatcha.com/

IT’S JUST POWDER ROOM POLITICS

Posted on July 2, 2012 by Teresa Cannata'

Jacques Delors, former European Commission President, once said that “without memory there can be no future”, a saying I totally agree with. This is true in history and economics, but it can also be applied to the apparently vane field that is fashion. It’s kind of funny reading to comments of people who think designers and celebrities can do something really fashion-forward. For any fashion-forward attempt there’s somebody who did it before. Fashion is just like history, a cycle of trends which keeps on coming back with minor changes.
Brett Heyman, the founder and designer of the brand Edie Parker, surely knows the importance of the past for the present. In love with the acrylic handbags of the 1950s, she decided to give them a modern twist: the result is impressive. Each Edie Parker bag is handcrafted and exhudes a special charm and an irresistible idea of Old Hollywood glamour.
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MY JIL SANDER VEILED BEANIE

Posted on July 2, 2012 by Clara G

It is one of my last acquisitions. Raf Simons is one of my favourite designers ever and I thought it could be interesting to own a Jil Sander piece, not from his last collection, but from the one that was on the street when I knew he was appointed at Dior. While I’m waiting nervously for his first Haute Couture Show, scheduled for today, I want to show you my new veiled beanie. It was designed in collaboration with English milliner Stephen Jones for the spring summer 2012 collection and it is quite dramatic: it has something to do with an old school spy and also recalls widowhood . Continue Reading →

CARMELA

Posted on July 2, 2012 by Hobart Fowlkes

I am Carmela.  My face?  I am happy, no?  Forse you cannot recognize my sguardo di total felicity (is that how you say?). Non importa, I am having a very important business today and my family’s entire inheritance is in jeopardy so i go to see the avvocato but the perfect modo per confrontare adversity is to approach with a bello sorriso.  My dress?  Is too chic?  I think maybe my seno might be to old and pesante to go around senza “boob holder.”. Is that how you say “regiseno?”. I don’t care.  Today is important, and I will face it with fortitude.  “In bocca al lupo, Carmela!” dico io a me stesso.   CREPI CREPI, screams my heart, sending positivity into the Universe.