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TIM WALKER, STORY TELLER

Posted on October 8, 2012 by Marco Maggetto

Who is the most playful of contemporary fashion photographers? Who is driving you into wonderland every time you surf the pages of a magazine? Who is delivering irony and intelligence without playing with the same old sex and nudity? Who is taking your hands and give you a tour of his contorted mind for free? Who is playing with proportions (I think Alice in Wonderland definitely left a mark on him) so you can feel vertigo? Who did the fabulous Vogue 2012 photo shooting styled by Grace Coddington at the Ritz (before its closure for maintenance) that saw Kate Moss placed like a statue above an immense chimney? Oh, she was so beautiful, so petite, so big at the same time. The nicest Moss’s photo shooting in years… and I never tough someone could make an outstanding work with her any longer. Not after her image is intoxicating us in every corner.But he did. Ladies and Gents, British photographer Tim Walker. Maybe the most visually exciting and influential of fashion photographers working today. Extravagant, grotesque, fabulous and from the 18th October on show at The Somerset House in London. The exhibition will be accompanied by a series of events and there will be the opportunity to see a series of films specially curated by Tim himself. The “Story Teller” won’t let you cold, I’m sure. The last of fashion photographers believing in “grandeur” and splendor needs to be seen. A reason more for jetting to London City this autumn.

http://www.somersethouse.org.uk

MY PRADA PRESCRIPTION GLASSES

Posted on October 8, 2012 by Clara G

LOLITA has been one of the most influential books of my life: love as an obsession, as illness, but beautiful in the end, even in its darkest side.

To have myopia is one of the most strange situations. I don’t use glasses in my daily life, I do it as an exercise, this is the way I am. I am not able to see properly, my eyes are not perfect anymore. Somehow myopia protects me when I get tired of reality and when reality hurts, but sometimes I feel weak, insecure. It is also a barrier for the others, I don’t recognize faces easily and people think at first that I am arrogant. I like glasses as an object, I really need them, but I don’t use them. I know it sounds strange when I say it, but I am not sure that I want to see properly like before. Continue Reading →

TAMARYN, TENDER NEW SIGNS

Posted on October 5, 2012 by Maxim Deluxe

Tender New Signs is the kind of record that exists where experiences connect to the senses, where memories emerge and bring with them all the feeling and imagery that had been resting just below the surface of consciousness. It’s the title of Tamaryn’s second album, in partnership with her longtime collaborator and San Francisco native Rex John Shelverton. Informing the layers and textures found on their debut full length The Waves, this new opus takes a bold step forward in structure and form. With it’s skygazing pop songs and impressionistic sketches of once well-guarded emotions, Tamaryn and Rex have created a defining work. Continue Reading →

THE SEARCH BY DRAKE DOREMUS

Posted on October 5, 2012 by Anna Torossi

When you are just a little girl, your   dream is living in a fairytale  lost in a great forest. Of course your prince is coming and rescuing you. When you are little girl you also try your mother’s  clothes and her shoes. Oh those high heels, the dreaming of  being an adult, to wear what you want when you want. Now that I’m a so-called grown up, though I always feel a little like a child inside, when I saw the film for the new Sergio Rossi campaign I was thrown back in my childhood dreams.
Directed by Drake Doremus, “The Search” is a short film presenting the Spring/Summer 2013 collection. We can see a girl, maybe from an another world, searching for something in a forest, following a map. She looks like she is moving in a dream, with the light passing through the trees’ branches illuminating her. She wears these amazing shoes, high heeled and embellished with graphic designs and precious decorations. You look at her feet, moving through the trees  and you are captured by the colors,  the simple, yet sophisticated geometric decorations that adorn those heels. Searching and searching. Will she ever find what she’s looking for?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A47tvG2xOvo

TOUT DOUCEMENT: JEAGER-LeCOULTRE’S HONEY

Posted on October 4, 2012 by admin

Surprise surprise! This is for all the sweet teeth all over the world! This past July, Swiss watchmaker Jaeger-LeCoultre has installed ten bee hives at the entrance of its watch making house, the Grande Maison. Jaeger-LeCoultre has also hired a professional bee keeper, Mr. Franck Crozet, to keep things in order so if you happened to visit the manufacturing unit, you could taste its honey. JLC is supreme in long tradition of perfection for watch making, Honey making is a new challenging experience for them. The honey is offered as an authentic, original souvenir to visitors and its high quality has been labeled as “Honey from the Manufacture Jaeger-LeCoultre”. This eco friendly initiative is a new step into Jaeger-LeCoultre’s commitment to preserving the environment as bees play a crucial role in maintaining the balance of nature, supporting pollen from flowers and contributing to the reproduction of plant species.

www.jaeger-lecoultre.com

ZACHARI FABRI

Posted on October 4, 2012 by admin

“Marrow in the Morrows” by  Zachary Fabri is his first solo exhibition in the United States. The show features new and recent work, bringing together video, photography and text-based prints along with several evenings of performance. Born in Miami in 1977, the artist’s work will also be featured in Fore at The Studio Museum in Harlem, November 8, 2012 – March 10, 2013, and in “Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art” at the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, November 17, 2012 – February 15, 2013.

Marrow in the Morrows at 3RD Streaming NYC

First Performance: Thursday, October 11, 7 – 9pm, doors open at 6:30pm

Final Performance: Tuesday October 30, 7 – 9pm, doors open at 6:30pm

 

LET’S KEEP THE RABBITS IN THEIR HOMES

Posted on October 4, 2012 by Teresa Cannata'

Animal-inspired accessories have always had a special allure: whether humble (Hello Kitty collections) or luxurious (Cartier panther jewellery, anyone?), they have often become objects of desire. Their shapes are playful and bring childhood memories back, when animal-shaped objects ruled our world. Shoes, in particular, seem to be the favourite items to play with: Charlotte Olympia’s Kitty velvet flats have recently paved the way for the last generation of animal-inspired accessories. The slippers designed by Charlotte Dellal have quickly become a must-have for fashionistas, but other less-known designers have paid homage to animals. Minna Parikka, for example, is a Helsinki-based artist who has a very precise idea of what the function of shoes is: “They’re not just symbols of power but its Holy Grail.” Now, imagine a Holy Grail with rabbit ears and rejoice.
Angora is the name of these beautiful black pumps. I’ve fallen in love with them as soon as I saw a picture of them in the Instagram account of my friend Lantana (it was taken from Shoe-aholic magazine). 3cm platform and 12cm heel, leather lining and ponyskin vamp are the “technical” details, but the most notable element are the cute bunny ears that embellish the front. The same “ears” can be found in other pumps by the Finnish designer – Pfeiffer (9cm heels) and Cuniculus (7cm heels). Continue Reading →

CUT THE RIBBON: ROSA PARKS

Posted on October 3, 2012 by admin

” No Sir, I won’t give up my seat ” maybe said Rosa that morning. Rosa Parks has been the first woman who refused to obey the order of bus driver James F. Blake. The man would tell this unknown seamstress, to move in the colored section and leave the space she was occupying to a white passenger. It was December th 1st 1955 in Montgomery, Alabama. Parks, arrested and fined for violating a city ordinance, later became the first woman and symbol of the Civil Rights Movement. This lonely act of defiance and disobedience began a movement for racial equalty that ended legal segregation in America, and made her an inspiration to freedom-loving people everywhere.

GAP + GQ’S BEST MENSWEAR DESIGNERS

Posted on October 3, 2012 by Marco Maggetto

GQ’s six Best Menswear Designers in America for 2012 had been nominated : BLK DNM, Ian Velardi, Mark McNairy New Amsterdam, Ovadia & Sons, Saturdays NYC and Todd Snyder. They are six of the most representative talents of United Stated. As a reward to their passion for menswear,  they have teamed up with GAP  to create a  Limited-Edition Menswear Collection available now at Select Gap Stores and online.
“From the very early stages of the design process, we knew this collection was going to be something our customers were drawn to,” said Mark Breitbard,  “These designers are shaping the future of menswear, and it’s an honor to bring their distinct visions to life in a way that complements Gap’s casual American point of view.”
Johan Lindeberg of BLK DNM celebrates the new uniform of the way-downtown set, where black jeans share sartorial space with tuxedo jackets and leather bombers while  Ian Velardi  fuses active sportswear with classic tailoring techniques.  Mark McNairy New Amsterdam instead,  push classic American sportswear  through new  boundaries and mix it with military, work wear creating a rebellious and playful aplomb. Twin brothers Ariel and Shimon Ovadia, of Ovadia & Sons, update  classic menswear items with unexpected details and pops of color. Saturdays NYC, founded by Morgan Collett, Josh Rosen  and Colin Tunstall, brings surf style to the everyday urban life. Todd Snyder’s designs reside at the intersection of rugged and refined.
The fabulous 6 are ready to cheer t your Autumn with this original project that brings in  shops a high dose of  innovation, positiveness and desire to live.

http://www.gap.eu/

SAINT LOU LOU

Posted on October 2, 2012 by Maxim Deluxe

Saint Lou Lou are twin sisters born and raised in Sweden / Australia.
Follow their fantastic music on Saintloulou.com
or Listen on SoundCloud

SKIN CAVIAR LUXE EYE LIFT CREAM

Posted on October 2, 2012 by Arianna Pistorello

Full time, hard work. My children to look after:  take them to school, take them home. Extracurricular activities and more. I’ m always in a hurry but at night I take my opportunity to do things that during the day I can barely imagine to do; studying, writing, and  sleeping hours are missing and fatigue is written in my eyes. During one of these crazy weeks, something amazing happened. An invitation, a date with a real man! My first thought is not for the dress to wear or the hair but for my ailing eyes. The next morning, a Saturday, I ran to my colleague who “delivers miracles and advices” shouting her:-  give me something to resurrect a  dead.  Without any hesitation she reaches the shell and takes out a jar of SKIN CAVIAR LUXE EYE LIFT CREAM. More firming than anti-wrinkle, intense lifting effect, deep moisturizing and overall flash beauty look. I apply it there, in the store, hoping for a miracle. My day begins; customers, advices, chat with habitues, a make up one after the other. Sometimes I look in the mirror: the effect of this cream is amazing hour after hour. In the evening, I don’t look like a person who worked 8 hours, but some girl that just got back from holidays. Closing time and I run home. It’s time to get ready for my evening. Dress, 12cms heel (my other passion), smoky eye!

With my car I reach to the appointment, he is already there waiting for me.  He approaches, kiss on my cheek and  “You’re beautiful, but did you go to work today?”.  I own a big favour to my colleague.

WHEN IN DOUBT, DUCK

Posted on October 1, 2012 by Flan

They call it an Indian summer. Almost October and you are still going around Rome wearing a tank top and denim shorts. One of your closest friends decides to take advantage of the amazing weather and organize a casual dinner on her terrace. Just a couple of female friends. The main activity of the evening is the metropolitan version of birdwatching, neighbourwatching. Your friend Bee has an intriguing neighbour living in the ground floor apartment, a handsome photographer. She noticed him at the beginning of the summer, he seemed to be away quite often but when in Rome he would spend almost every night at home alone, reading and smoking in the garden. Bee had the chance to finally introduce herself when a small plant of mint she had just bought happened to fall in the middle of his garden. Accidentally of course, not dropped intentionally, that’s what she kept repeating to him, in her profusion of excuses mixed with uncontrollable giggling. After he had decided that she was probably not an ax murderer but just a cute and naif young female neighbour, he invited her in for coffee, telling her casually but at once that he was seeing someone. Continue Reading →

LOW-FAT STRAWBERRY CHEESECAKES

Posted on October 1, 2012 by Francesca Lanni

This speedy, low-fat recipe means you can enjoy creamy cheesecake without the guilt. You can also use different fruits for the top. You can fill these little pots with whatever fruit you’ve got at home. For a delicious banoffee version, slice bananas and toss with a squeeze of lemon juice and a spoonful of caramel sauce, or roughly crush raspberries with peach slices to make it Melba-style. You’ll need 85g low-fat biscuits, 200g extra-light sotf cheese, 200g 0% fat Greek yogurt, 4 tbsp caster sugar, few drops of vanilla extract, 2 tbsp strawberry jam, 100g strawberries.

Put the biscuits in a plastic bag and bash with a rolling pin until you have chunky crumbs. Divide between 4 glasses or small bowls. This is my son’s favourite part. He usually stops playing and starts watching (and eating the biscuits) too. Beat the soft cheese, yogurt, sugar and vanilla together until smooth, then spoon over the crumbs and chill until you are ready to serve. Stir the jam in a bowl until loose, then gently stir in the strawberries. Divide the strawberries between the cheesecakes and…serve!

MY PRADA FLAME WEDGE SANDALS

Posted on October 1, 2012 by Clara G

When I bought this sandals last summer, someone told me “I think I will like them in a couple of years…”  and this is the exact point with Miuccia. She is always working right on the edge, maybe too early for us. She is opening paths. Since the very beginning it has been always like that…and my friend is very clever, he really is.
I discovered this sandals in a picture on a March Issue of  Harpers Bazaar Magazine. They surprised me in a deep way, they seemed extravagant but also desirable with some pop art taste. I can imagine Roy Lichtenstein’s women wearing them, and I love Lichtenstein.
The first idea in my mind was “fire in the asphalt”, to play with fire, to be on fire… how could I resist it? No way, I had to buy them. Continue Reading →