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PAINT ON THE FUR

Posted on September 30, 2012 by Teresa Cannata'

The use of real fur in fashion is often a taboo: designers tend to use faux fur when needed and only a few keep on using the real thing. Among them, the American designer J. Mendel, who has never shown the intention to stop doing what he has done since he was a young apprentice at his father’s fur salon in Paris.
His designs are luxurious and classy, ideal for Park Avenue princesses, and his accessories have the same unique glamour. Fur often has the function of emphasizing details on garments and accessories: some of the bags recently seen on his spring/summer 2013 fashion show are good examples of this.

The Petit Croisiere small shoulder bag is a triumph of refinement and exotic materials. It’s a flap bag made of ostrich and leather in a beautiful pale pink shade (the designer calls it “sandshell”); the shoulder strap and the front flap are embellished with mink in the same shade. The first thing that came to my mind after seeing this creation were the quirky Alexander Wang sunglasses from the fall/winter 2011 collection and the Simona sandals from the same collection, not to mention the gorgeous sandals designed by Christian Louboutin for Michael Van Der Ham’s spring/summer 2013 collection.

A similar style is the Ketty camera bag: the shape is the same of the Petit Croisiere, but this one is bigger. It’s made of box calf leather with canvas insets; there’s no fur on the flap but only on the shoulder strap. The delicate grey/taupe of this bag is called “moonstone”.

I love both bags even if I don’t like the idea of using fur and exotic leathers in fashion. Carrying a bag like the Petit Croisiere sounds like a deadly sin, but it’s so beautiful!

On the catwalk the bags were paired to crushed velvet dresses in pale pink and sage green. I would wear them with a Peter Pan-collar black sheath dress or with a fluffy black angora wool sweater dress.

http://www.jmendel.com/

ONCE UPON A TIME, THE FAIRY TALE OF CORRADO LUXURY

Posted on September 28, 2012 by Selvaggia Greco

Once upon a time there was a hunter, but not a common hunter!
He didn’t hunt beasts, not even birds, witches or ghosts: he was a precious objects hunter.
He travelled and visited different places around Europe to discover forgotten rarities, unused furniture, undiscovered treasures. Fascinated as a small child by architecture and design, deciding to learn these subjects at school was for him as natural as breathing.
Of course he travelled to Venice to study what he loved.
There he smelled its creative breeze of history and art, falling into Neoclassicism style and Rome “Caput Mundi” history, by that time he started running after their myths.
The step to turn into an antiquary was brief: he kept searching his “quarries” everyday concentrating his hunting not only into furniture, but also into antique interior design objects and collectables too.
Wunderkammer attracted him: through his items and furnishing he loved recreating everyday intimate places made of small, but extraordinary things.
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EDDI FRONT

Posted on September 28, 2012 by Maxim Deluxe

Eddi Front is an artist who has reivented herself several times. Her music is smokey, a perfect soundtrack for a film noir. She creates waves of dramatic tension with just her piano and voice,  lyrics and vocals are foggy. Evoking icy winters and cold mornings, Front is supreme in her style, surely a haunting piano player. To follow and listen on Tumblr.

 

ADRIAN LTD. VINTAGE HATS

Posted on September 27, 2012 by Marco Maggetto

Los Angeles based Marilyn Glass, one of the foremost private dealers-collectors of couture and vintage fashion, is currently selling a selection of marvelous hats by Adrian Ltd.  Adrian Adolph Greenberg, born on March 3 1903, was widely known as Adrian, the fabulous dress maker. He was maybe the best  American costume designer ever existed and  worked non stop for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer from 1930 till 1940. During his career, Adrian designed costumes for over 250 films and his screen credits ,usually read as “Gowns by Adrian” , were  spectacular trademarks of never reached before beauty. The Wizard Of Oz, The Women, Lovely To Look At, Camille, Grand Hotel, Anna Karenina are only few of the films he “dressed” . He not only created a neat style for a  deluxe parallel Hollywood world but also forged the images of many actresses. Just think about Joan Crawford’s outfits and her large shoulder pads. They made her look unique, powerful and later spawned a fashion trend that soon conquered the majority of women. In late 40s, Adrian left MGM and established his own fashion house. From this last period of work comes Marilyn Glass’s hats: some were made to order for big department store, some were custom made for Adrian’s demanding clientele. If you like to collect fashion pieces, these hats are museum ones,  you cannot miss this sale. If you don’t mind the possession, just browse them for fun. The genius of millinery? Adrian had it.

http://marilynglassadrianhats.avl.1stdibs.com

Photo: 1947 Adrian Hat Ad via http://portobellohats.tumblr.com/

 

SPARROW LOVE: CALIFORNIA BIRD BY VANS

Posted on September 27, 2012 by admin

Vans are hype shoes. You can’t avoid admitting it. Ever since they came out the very first time they have been receiving endless appreciation. Skaters, kids, adults, boys, girls, everybody has been loving these waffled-sole-shoes. Considering that we are in a print-pattern-era where trend meets with heritage, Vans has presented the California Bird model for the Fall/Winter 2012. The two versions are blue and hunter green. The canvas is decorated with birds combining the classic and authentic silhouette with the sparrow motif. Laces are waxed and look like a delightful fall accessory. They are expected to drop soon at Vans retailers, so keep an eye on them.

http://www.vans.com/

THE PEGZINI FAMILY!

Posted on September 27, 2012 by admin

I hate hanging clothes and do the laundry. I hate knowing that when the washing machine ends I must take the clothes out and dry them. To me, it’s kind of a pain, better, it’s pure bore. When I was a kid I thought that pegs were just to be put on noses. Seriously. Do you remember the curly golden hair sister of Little Women who used to sleep with it? Then I grew up and discovered it was no fun, and pegs were a mean used for a job. I am no housewife, sorry. Actually I’m nobody’s wife (but this is another story). What happened is that some time ago, in a fancy shop, I found and bought the Pegzini Family. Basically these are circus clothespins but they look so nice when hanging. There’s the juggler, the acrobat, the tightrope walker and the smart monkey. Since then, dying has become more fun, cause it’s fun seeing them hanging. It looks as if the characters are making tricks on the clothes line. This is not a problem solver but surely a pain killer! Kids, the circus is in town!

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CUT THE RIBBON: EDWARD CAVE

Posted on September 26, 2012 by admin

The first man who founded a “magazine” for publication was Edward Cave. Cave born on 27 February 1691 was an English printer, editor and publisher. It was 1731 when The Gentleman’s Magazine came out  despite several London printers and booksellers said no the the project. Cave took on the task by himself: The Gentleman’s Magazine  was launched  and soon became the most influential and most imitated periodical of its time. It also made Cave wealthy. The very first general-interest magazine of history was born.  The word magazine derives from the Arabic makhazin (“storehouses”) by way of the French language. Varied and full of themes that could be read for a long time and could attract different people, the Magazine was an important revolution, a new form of making culture and an important step into a more democratic knowledge.

 

 

TONIGHT I WANNA DANCE WITH SOMEONE ELSE

Posted on September 25, 2012 by Teresa Cannata'

Have you ever asked yourself what is needed in the world of fashion right now? No, I’m not referring to a “fashion shower”, but to those accessories you’ve always wanted in your closet that are very hard to find in shops. One is surely the hat box, a style that has haunted my style dreams since the 80s. For this reason, my personal “thank you” goes to Jason Wu, who has featured some hat-box bags in his spring/summer 2013 collection.
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JEFFREY HENSON SCALES

Posted on September 25, 2012 by Isabella Cecconi

Should Jeffrey Henson Scales be introduced? Oh well, just few hints might give you an idea of who he is. First thing he was born in San Francisco in 1954. At age eleven, he was given by his father the first Leica 35mm camera. At age thirteen, he began making photographs of the Oakland Black Panthers appearing regularly on The Black Panther Paper. At age fourteen his work was published in a national news publication: Time magazine. He later became a successful editorial photographer, a music lover, a record cover maker, film posters, and publicity campaigns. In 1979, he was photo editor of The LA Weekly newspaper. In all, Scales has spent more than forty years as a documentary photographer of the African American community and his body of work has been exhibited at museums throughout the US and Europe. His images have traveled the whole world becoming recognizable black and white icons. He has appeared in numerous photo mags, books and has been featured in permanent collections of museums, such as MOMA, The George Eastman House, The Baltimore Museum of Art and The City Museum of New York. His photography is so striking that all you can do is love him at first sight and getting to know his eye. Nowadays, Scales and his wife own the Harlem-based photo archive, and the multimedia company, The Henson Scales Productions. Dive into a sea of cement, where the past gets in vogue and le freak gets sooo chic!

www.jeffreyscales.com

CHILLY GONZALES – SOLO PIANO II

Posted on September 25, 2012 by Maxim Deluxe

Chilly Gonzales is out now with his new romantic album ‘ SOLO PIANO II ‘.
On His web site he reveals Part 1 Of the Short Documentary “Composing SOLO PIANO II”, a very interesting behind the scenes you cannot miss.
Chilly Gonzales

UPSIDE DOWN PEAR CAKE

Posted on September 24, 2012 by Francesca Lanni

Home bakers should always have a personal cake repertoire! This is very easy to make, and great for kids who want to help in the kitchen (mine did as outside was pouring and they were starting to feel annoyed..). You can use pretty much any fruit really. If using apples with apples it may look like a Tarte Tatin.

Ingredients for 4 serves: 3 pears, peeled, halved and cored 175g butter 175g caster sugar 3 eggs 175g self-raising flour, sifted 3 tbsp milk 1 tbsp icing sugar.  You’ll also need a 20cm shallow pudding dish or cake tin, greased and lined with baking parch.

Arrange the pear halves evenly over the bottom of the prepared pudding dish or tin and set aside. Using an electric beater or a wooden spoon, cream the butter and sugar together in a large bowl until the mixture is light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, adding them one at a time and mixing well after each addition. Add the flour to the bowl, gently fold it into the mixture, then stir in the milk. Spoon the cake mixture evenly over the pears and smooth the surface. Cook in a preheated oven at 180C/350F/gas mark 4 for 45 minutes, until the surface is firm when gently touched and the cake comes slightly away from the sides of the dish. Remove from the oven, let it cool for 5 minutes, then turn out onto a serving plate. Peel away the baking parchment, dust the top of the cake evenly with icing sugar and serve immediately.

WOOL TOUCH, WOLSEY

Posted on September 24, 2012 by Marco Maggetto

So Autumn is here. So this is the very last call to organize your winter wardrobe and you will need, for sure, a new wool jumper. What’s warmer than wool, what’s better than a material that let your body transpire? Would you really want to wear one of those low cost jumpers made of strange fibers to find yourself entrapped in a swimming cap? I repeat, it’s autumn. You can buy any summer item from those low costs brands but don’t you dare to buy a jumper, you will be disappointed. I had been trying it often: at touch it’s emery, when you wash it once it then looks scruffy. Shoulders  are cut following the measures of a midget  (to save material). It can be good to clean your wood floor but for that you can buy a Swiffer Dust, it works better. Just remember that wool is a precious material, it has a cost. Just visualize the process to obtain it, the work behind it and you will understand that it’s not possible to buy anything comparable to wool for 29.99 euros. It’s not the case of Wolsey which produces in England since 1755. Continue Reading →

THE UNLIKELY PILGRIMAGE OF HAROLD FRY

Posted on September 24, 2012 by Anna Torossi

Harold Fry is a retired English man living his quiet life in Devon with his wife Maureen. One day he receives a letter from an old colleague, Queenie. She is writing to tell him that she is dying and giving him a farewell. Harold tries to write something as an answer and goes to the nearest mailbox, but he is not satisfied with his decision, so he walks to the next one hoping to feel a little relieved. He then realizes that he just can’t send his poor letter, so he begins to walk and walk, embarking in a trip through England  to give the last goodbye to Queenie.

This touching novel, written by Rachel Joyce, has been very successful all over the world. Valentina was so touched by this story that decided to embark on the same trip as Harold, writing on her blog everyday on one of the fundamental themes of the book. Also, she will be posting on her Tumblr (http://haroldfry.tumblr.com/) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/ipathia) accounts photos and impressions of her trip and of all the people she will be meeting. When I heard from her of this great adventure she was undertaking, I was so admired and somehow envy of this experience that I couldn’t help but share it with you all.
Go and follow Harold and Valentina’s trip and be fascinated by this wonderful story.

www.malapuella.it

PROM BY MARY ELLEN MARK

Posted on September 21, 2012 by admin

Mary Ellen Mark was born 1940 in Philadeplhia and started shooting at the lovely age of 8 with a Box Brownie. Graduate of the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, Mark admit to be attracted by borderline personalities like Diane Arbus. Untill October 28th, the Philadelphia Museum of Art is hosting “Prom”, a collection of photographs taken by the artist between 2006 and 2009. Mark  visited a bunch of  high school proms to create portraits of participants with a 20-by-24-inch Polaroid Land Camera. For your records, only five of those cameras exist and they make extraordinary and unique large-format prints. Mark used the camera often in her career but in Prom she applies it to the quintessential American coming-of-age ritual, selecting high schools from across the country that reflect the regional and class differences among Americans. Approximately sixty of Mark’s portraits are included in the exhibition, demonstrating the egalitarian spirit of her project and the continuing democratic potential of photography.

http://www.philamuseum.org/

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MINAKANI LAB, WALL DéCOR

Posted on September 21, 2012 by admin

Do you like clouds? Mosaic? Animals or peacocks maybe? This is the fantastic Minakani Lab by Cécile Figuette and Fréderic Bonnin. A French/Parisian based designer duo who, guided by passion for motifs and color, have created a collection of exceptional wallpapers/coverings. You just have to choose among all the decorative motifs, made to measure line as well as a ready to hang. All the material is dry-strippable after hanging and the paste is to be applied on the wall and not on the paper. It’s easy and the result is just fantastic. We all gotta have one!

http://www.minakanilab.com/

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CUT THE RIBBON: RAYMOND STEGEMAN

Posted on September 20, 2012 by admin

The first man who invented wayfarer sunglasses was the optical designer Raymon Stegeman who broke from the past metal framed shades creating plastic glasses. It was 1952. The iconic trapezoid frame quickly became popular among Americans bringing to life the Wayfarer phenomenon through the 50’s and 60’s then gradually fading with the limelight of the 70’s. After a lucrative product placement, Wayfarer came back, again to popularity, in the 80’s, losing it again in the 90’s. The mid-2000s saw another come back and a redesign with smaller and lighter injected plastic frames. Since 1952, Wayfarer are considered an evergreen revival, an enduring fashion icon and a bestselling item all over the world.

Photo: Madonna Ciccone posing for “The First Album” cover.

 

GHOSTLY PARACHUTE

Posted on September 20, 2012 by Maxim Deluxe

Ghostly Parachute is a collaborative music project
by Jascha Dormann and Ralph Tharayil.
‘They like watching basketball games and smelling gas in garages.’
Download VIKAEL EP for free on Ghostly Parachute

COME BACK BOO, I MISS YOU

Posted on September 19, 2012 by Teresa Cannata'

Have you had enough of the ubiquitous red soles? I must be honest: I’ve always loved Louboutins but sometimes I feel they’ve reached a world domination, which, in fashion, is never good. For this reason, I like turning to new brands and young designers who like experimenting with shapes and colours, maybe trying to reach the enviable cult status that Mr Louboutin has strongly got hold of. One of them is surely Nicholas Kirkwood, the British artist who has worked with many designers (Erdem, Rodarte and Peter Pilotto, among the others) and has been able to elaborate a very personal style. The platform with a unique shape is definitely his trademark, but there’s much more he has done to introduce something new in the world of women’s shoes.

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WILDFOX

Posted on September 19, 2012 by Anna Torossi

When I was in high school I was surrounded by upper-middle-class conformist teens.  After just one year, or so, I decided to try to be different, to add some twists to the prevailing look en vogue between the schoolboys, to listen to different music and so on. Clearly at the time I did just a little but since then I always dreamed of being in a different place, of being somehow different, more free-spirited and romantic than I was. When I discovered Wildfox Couture I saw that: a brand representing all those changements  I was looking for. With a vintage inspiration, Wildfox fashion makes me think about California, nights on the beach and secrets shared with girlfriends after a wild getaway. Could I ask for more?

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LARRY FINK, WHEN HAPPENINGS HAPPEN

Posted on September 19, 2012 by Isabella Cecconi

You can’t think of a social situation and a black and white picture without  thinking of Larry Fink. Born in 1941, he is an American photographer best known for  his 70’s work on divergent worlds such as  Manhattan socialites and fashionable clubs alongside with working class people in Pennsylvania or a high school graduation. Fink studied with Lisette Model who encouraged him into photography and soon became a real explorer of  social class who has continually reported the glimpses of people and captured orchestrated moments, parties, events. He can be considered the Jack Kerouac of Photography, whose shots’ intimacy are regardless of social status as they share the same underlying of emotions, ideals, behavior, moods. With Fink the human body becomes the subject of expressiveness and our eyes become totally mesmerized by him.

http://www.larryfinkphotography.com/

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SO SO SKULLICIOUS

Posted on September 18, 2012 by Teresa Cannata'

Can you feel that special thrilling chill in the air? It means summer is gone for good! Autumn will soon be here, with its sleepy and romantic atmosphere, ready to gather us in its warm embrace. Autumn has always been my favourite season: it has a special spooky charm that other seasons don’t have, thanks to a festivity which is not part of the Italian calendar but fascinating nonetheless. Halloween has quickly become a global festivity, but in some parts of the world it nearly coincides with another, much older festivity, the Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), celebrated in Mexico and in other cultures. Skulls (calaveras) and skeletons (catrinas) are the symbols of this holiday which have served as inspiration for So So Skullicious by OPI.
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DARE TO WEAR

Posted on September 18, 2012 by Marco Maggetto

Sue Kreitzman, the lovely woman you see in  the picture above, is an entrepreneur.  Quite difficult to define her in a different way: she is a curator, a cook  and an artist. “I am an expatriate New Yorker, living in London for many years. I’ve had a long and successful career as a food writer, but something happened in 1998 (I’m still not sure what) and I stopped writing and cooking, and began drawing, painting, and building assemblages instead. It was as if a violent fever had overtaken me (a fever which still rages), made all the more mysterious by the fact that I had never done such a thing before” .Sue, as a curator, is now launching a project called “Dare to Wear”. DtW is a collective exhibition  made by  Wild Old Women, and a few Wild Old Men, revolving around the theme of adornment and fashion. At the gallery located at the London  St. Pancras Church’s  Cript, you will find exaggerated depictions of jewelry and clothing. Talismans, amulets, superstition, story telling, psychological and spiritual armour, disguise, exuberance, weird joy, and – of course – art were the inspiration of this funny collection of items. Continue Reading →

OUVRAGE DE DAMES : MAISON SAJOU

Posted on September 18, 2012 by admin

If you happen to be in Paris you must pay a visit to Maison Sajou. It’s one of the historical shops, a  wonderland of ‘mercerie’. Sajou is the paradise of decoration, cutting craft materials and any other handmade project you can think of. Sajou has been famous for its scissors, models that date from the end of the 19th century. This very pair, the Eiffel tower scissor, was created in 1889 to celebrate the construction of the Eiffel Tower at the Universal Exhibition. It was during this exhibition that Jacques-Simon Sajou received a silver medal for his work. Sajou scissors are quality pieces, all hand-made, numbered and  presented in a flowered box or with pompoms.  Today, the Eiffel Tower pair is obviously  a re-issue of a 19th century model but you can still feel the fine uniqueness of the handles.

http://www.sajou.fr/

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CHANEL COCO NOIR, LAUNCH

Posted on September 17, 2012 by Arianna Pistorello

Today I pretend to be a customer, and with my colleague’s beloved support, I am supervised by the Chanel  perfume “trainer”. He especially came from Paris for a three days event dedicated to the launch of Coco Noire. He is very polite, and while smiling he greets me with a compliment about my haircut. A brief exchange of funny jokes and he begins spraying all around the new fragrance created by Jack Poge (nose perfumer for the Maison since 1978). What an experience! A completely new oriental / bright fragrance , a new generation essence, an intimate and sophisticated scent that has not the same old “leave the sillage” kind of perfume’s diffusion. Coco Noir is strong but not annoying, clearly perceived and embraces generously persons near you. The woman who is wearing it does, for sure, not flaunt her femininity.  The Chanel’s  perfume “trainer” also shows me the bottle. Same bottle of N.5, cabochon cap, commissioned by Mademoiselle,  but in molten glass: a  process inspired by Venetian glass masters. Completely black and gold holds, the bottle is encasing Chanel’s symbols par excellence.  Embraced by compliments and fragrance today I feel like stoned. Stoned like a kite, noir kite.

Photo: our counter ready for the presentation.

 

CUT THE RIBBON: ALEXANDER GRAHAM BELL

Posted on September 17, 2012 by admin

The first man who did a phone call was Alexander Grahm Bell on March 10, 1876. The call was to his assistant  Thomas Watson: “Mr. Watson–come here–I want to see you.” That’s what was said. Looks like incredible but that was just the beginning. If you happen to send a “what’sup” to a friend today, think about Mr. Bell.

Photo: Gilbert H. Grosvenor Collection, portrait of Alexander Graham Bell.

CUT THE RIBBON

Posted on September 14, 2012 by admin

Cut The Ribbon is a new column by The Harlow that focuses on people premiering on something. Those who got an idea and put it in practice changing lives, maybe visions for the very first time. We tend to think that our contemporaries have invented it all, but it’s not always true, sometimes we are just using and re-inventing what the past has left us in heritage. You are welcome to discover who made it first, who invented what, who, in few words, Cut The Ribbon!

ANTONIO’S WORLD

Posted on September 14, 2012 by Marco Maggetto

Antonio Lopez (1943-1987) redefined fashion imagery with his portrayal of Pat Cleveland, Jerry Hall, Jane Forth, Grace Jones and Jessica Lange: the so called “Anotnio¡s Girls”. Inspired by his muses, he created a body of work by conveing the human form and the couture ornament into surrealistic, abstract, pop drawings. Antonio was not only an artist in the whole meaning of it but also a “viveur”, an icon, a witness of a time of exuberant creative productivity and consumption. The Suzanne Geiss Company is showcasing three decades of Lopez’s polymathic creative output including never seen before drawings, photographs and ephemera. The “Anonio’s World” is celebrating and honouring a sadly missed, and never replaced, fashion talent.

Sptember 7- October 20, 2012

The Suzanne Geiss Company

76, Grand St. New York NY

 

MY VLADIMIR KARALEEV LEATHER TOP

Posted on September 13, 2012 by Clara G

In Berlin-Mitte, where I live, there is a fashion shop that is completely empty. The door is open during usual working hours and the shop is huge, with an amazing storefront in a busy street but, it is empty. The only sign of life is a beautiful big vase with fresh flowers on the floor. If you have enough courage to enter the shop (although you will think it is under construction or more likely just abandoned) and you walk through the white space, you will find a spiral staircase. If you go downstairs, finally, in the basement, you will find the clothes in a dark area without natural light and a big projection in the main wall showing the upper floor, totally white and empty. 100% Berlin, here nothing seems to be what it really is. The big adventure is to find it and enter this shop, called Apartment, an iconic place in the City, it’s worth a visit. Continue Reading →

YOUNG UNKNOWNS

Posted on September 13, 2012 by Maxim Deluxe

Brooklyn four-piece Young Unknowns are out with their new track “Far Enough”. The gorgeous follow up to the project’s well-received first single “Target Practice” taken from their forthcoming debut EP You Are A Young Unknown due out 10/2. Young Unknowns deliver emotionally charged lyrics and lush production infused with an edge of 90’s indie rock. Produced by Bill Racine (Rogue Wave, Mates of State) the forthcoming EP draws its influences from the likes of Sonic Youth, Kate Bush, and Curve, creating ethereal music you can still dance to. After leaving home as a teen, front woman and Oklahoma native Meredith Meyer first cut her teeth playing around the LA scene in a number of local bands before turning her focus solo and recording two LPs under her own name. Two years ago, in need of a change, she made the jump to New York and started over. Through a series of chance encounters and other fortunate twists, Meyer met drummer Matt Arbeiter, collected bassist Bryan Percivall and guitarist Mike MacAlllister, and thus just earlier this year Young Unknowns was born.
Listen ” Far Enough ” and ” Target Practice ” on SoundCloud
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THE 2012 TAYLOR WESSING PHOTOGRAFIC PORTRAIT PRIZE

Posted on September 13, 2012 by Isabella Cecconi

One of the major and impressive international photo prizes is the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait’s which, every year, presents the best in contemporary portrait photography. The Prize, is an established leader for new talent’s showcase and includes the work of young photographers and amateurs alongside professionals or students. This year the competition attracted 5,340 submissions by over 2,350 photographers from around the world. At the moment, four photographers have been shortlisted for the £12,000 prize (Alma Haser, Spencer Murphy, Jennifer Pattison, Jordi Ruiz Cirera) which is entirely sponsored by international law firm Taylor Wessing. The judges have selected 60 portraits and the exhibition will run from 8 November 2012 till 17 February 2013 at the National Portrait Gallery of London. The winner will be announced at the awards ceremony on Monday 5 November. Tim Eyles, Managing Partner of international law firm Taylor Wessing said: ‘Many of the portraits selected this year have an enigmatic quality that will leave the viewer wanting to find out more. Collectively, they reflect a cultural and social variety that will doubtless come together as another hugely stimulating exhibition. Our congratulations go to all the shortlisted photographers and our thanks, as ever, to the National Portrait Gallery.’ May the best man win!

Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2012
8 November 2012 – 17 Feb 2013

Porter Gallery – London

www.npg.org.uk

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THE HONOURABLE MRS GRAHAM’S GARNET NECKLACE

Posted on September 12, 2012 by Marco Maggetto

The Honourable Mrs Grahams is one of Gainsborough’s most famous paintings. Mrs Graham (1757-1792) was born the Honourable Mary Cathcart, daughter of 9th Baron Cathcart, who was Ambassador to Catherine the Great. She married the Perthshire landowner Thomas Graham in 1774. After her death in 1792, the portrait was bequeathed to the National Gallery Of Scotland by one of their descendants on condition that it never leaves the country. Still one of the best pieces of The National Galleries Of Scotland, the portrait has been inspirational to  Paula Bolton that has included it in an exclusive capsule jewellery collection made for NGS. A square-cut garnet on a simple 24 carat gold-plated sterling silver chain to surprise, to be deliberately seventeenth-century. 

http://www.nationalgalleries.org/shop/online-shop/

ONCE UPON A TIME, THE FAIRY TALE OF ELIO FIORUCCI

Posted on September 12, 2012 by Selvaggia Greco

Once upon a time there was a boy who lived in his fantastic world of angels, dwarf and pin-ups. There, everything was funny, charming and colourful. He was lively and so his family, they loved spending time together between nature and dreams. Mostly every day, instead of going to school, he preferred flying to his father’s slippers laboratory. The nice old man, even if pretending to be disappointed, happily taught him that traditional handcrafted job. Therefore, aged seventeen, the dreamy boy decided to follow his dad’s activity working at that shop. Only few know what happened there, something magical for sure, as that brilliant vivacious boy turned into a majestic wizard. He became able to make plastic into a rain boot, to transform a store into a cult location and a window into a fashion revolution. Even a famous magician called Andy Warhol was so fascinated by his creations and talent that decided to meet him up and shortly became one of his crew. Some day the wizard had an idea: he decided to bring all together magicians, witches, faerie and many incredible creatures at a fantastic new location. He clasped his magic wand and suddenly all those supernatural being were dancing together. Continue Reading →

THERE’S SOMETHING HAPPENING HERE

Posted on September 12, 2012 by admin

Londoner Gallery Brancolini Grimaldi presents a group exhibition showcasing the work of a new generation of photographers:  Jessica Eaton, Steven Brahms, Matthew Porter, Sabrina Bongiovanni, Hullegie/Bongiovanni, Caleb Charland, Nicole Belle, Asger Carlsen, Letha Wilson, Jacob Sutton, Tim Gutt, Fleur van Dodewaard, Dru Donovan, Clare Strand, Carl Kleiner, Marton Perlaki, Rachel Bee Porter. The exhibition is curated by James Reid and Tom Watt. From 14 September till 10 November 2012.

Brancolini Grimaldi , 43 – 44 Albemarle Street, First floor , London W1S 4JJ www.brancolinigrimaldi.com

Photo: Steven Brahms, Improvised Pipe, 2010

THE COOL GANG: GINGER AND FRED BY POLTRONA FRAU

Posted on September 11, 2012 by admin

Who said red’s wrong?! Ginger’s soo right! Designed in 2011 by Roberto Lazzeroni for Poltrona Frau, this soft leather shell is comfortable and protective. It’s a simple and pretty easy design, very essential and neat. Ginger can either be a natural accompaniment to the Fred desk (picture above) or as a separate dining seat. Perfect for a study area, or ideal for a dining table, you can play with Ginger in every way. Its frame is rigid with molded polyurethane. It is completely covered by a single layer of saddle leather in two variants: dark brown or camel. The inner surface of the frame is covered in Pelle Frau, creating an attractive contrast between color and material. The swivel model also allows for a 360° rotation. Are you ready to dance?

http://www.poltronafrau.com/

 

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IT’S ABOUT FAITH, IT’S ABOUT TRUST. ALESSIA XOCCATO FW12-13

Posted on September 11, 2012 by Marco Maggetto

Few adjective can describe collections by Alessia Xoccato: essential, clean, wearable. The Italian designer, born in Vicenza, delivers an ensable (in stores now) that is totally in line with her philosophy and her way of perceiving fashion. Apparently far from selling politics that impose to Italian designers the creation of clothes destined to a client over the top living in exotic places, Alessia thinks about women she knows. Coherent with the past, her new pieces are a logic story tha pass by the creation of new elements like the fantastic macro boucle’ fabric used for scarfs, bags, vests. Little coats also are masterpieces. Cut to kill, like dressess: made for “walking” from daytime till night, for real. Xoccato clients can abuse of her clothes, never be bored and avoid side effects. The not  aggressive razor shaped silhouette, typical of the designer, never leads to vulgarity and in her intent of being different and creating something new/wearable,  Xoccato never disappoints.

http://www.alessiaxoccato.com/

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HOW TO DRESS WELL – TOTAL LOSS

Posted on September 11, 2012 by Maxim Deluxe

How To Dress Well’s new Amazing Album is called  “Total Loss”.  Out on Sept 17th, you can listen in advance the sublime first single “Cold Nites” on You Tube.

More information @ How To Dress Well

WHEN FALL COMES GET READY TO BLOOM!

Posted on September 10, 2012 by Isabella Cecconi

This happens when innovation meets passion, fashion and a love for one’s job. Bloom Theory is a new project by Simply Bloom Photography, a duo founded by Vania and Christine who envisioned in 2011 to one day revolutionize the world of camera accessories. It wasn’t long before the European gals began working hard to make their dream come true. After months of product and market research, engineering, delegating, sketching, testing and designing, their dream had become tangible. With an acute sense of aesthetic, the girls strive to create designs that are unconventional, dramatic, yet still practical and efficient. The result? These camera straps are amazingly decorative and beautifully made. Get ready to have your neck in bloom!

http://www.bloomtheorystraps.com/

 

SUSANNE SUNDFOR

Posted on September 10, 2012 by Maxim Deluxe

Susanne Aartunr Sundfør, born 19 March 1986,  is a norwegian singer-songwriter. Her new single The Silicone Veil is reminescent of a young Kate Bush. Wacth the video of The Silicone Veil at Susanne Sundfor Official  or follow her on FACEBOOK.

BEFORE1980, A NEW INTERIORS FAIR

Posted on September 10, 2012 by admin

“Interior style magazines continue to reference and feature past design periods – this only helps to reinforce the idea that vintage offers a great level of quality and style without a large investment.  We have recognized the growing interest in vintage design and décor and its place in contemporary homes.”  This is how Amelia Forster started her project. The founder of Before1980 defines her creature as a new fair that will focus purely on interiors – from ancient to 1970s. Before1980 will favor style over age and has invited like-minded traders to exhibit – whose stock style is distinctive and special, and whose displays are always creative and inspirational. Not a traditional flea market is then expected at Central Library, Islington (London) saturday 22nd September 2012, but a real “curated” space that will feature furniture, 20th century lighting, European Textile, distressed leather, mid century chic, Victorian Gothic, retro kitchen, art and artifacts, rustic home. The first fair features handpicked traders selling stylish pieces for the home and garden will be only the first part of a series of seasonal events celebrating home style and good living.

Saturday 22nd September 2012  from 11am – 5pm

Central Library, Islington. 2 Fieldway Crescent – London N5 1PF

Photo: one of Before1980’s traders BlackDotCooperative

www.before1980.co.uk

 

 

YOU HAD TO SNEAK INTO MY ROOM JUST TO READ MY DIARY

Posted on September 9, 2012 by Teresa Cannata'

“A book is a loaded gun in the house next door…Who knows who might be the target of the well-read man?”, wrote Ray Bradbury in one of his masterpieces, Fahrenheit 451, a dystopian novel published in 1953. The importance of being free to interpret the world by ourselves, without being influenced by the media, is clearly a fundamental theme of the story: books represent the enemy, things to be destroyed because they could “poison” the minds of people totally used to watch television and blindly accept what the State says.
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