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LEAVE IT TO THE OTHER GIRLS TO PLAY

Posted on November 30, 2012 by Teresa Cannata'

Ha, the ever fascinating concept of the exotic! It never fails to impress because it works on the man’s natural longing for anything distant in time or place. Take the example of cultures from the Far East: how many collections have been inspired to Japan and China and how many are yet to come? Fashion, as a teleport machine, gives you the chance to travel without moving, and sometimes a small accessory is enough to infuse your ordinary life with a bit of exoticism.

The Brazilian brand Lool must have had this in mind when this wooden clutch was designed. Vaguely reminiscent of inlay motifs on Japanese pieces of furniture, it features an acrylic design on both sides and a gold chain strap. It’s made of wood with acrylic appliqués and metal. 
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ON OR OFF? OFFICINE FERRI OFF

Posted on November 30, 2012 by admin

Officine Ferri confirms its vocation for research and exclusivity, opening this very night Officine Ferri Off. Situated in the heart of Rome, this  brand new space will be dedicated to the research of new brands and young designers. Combining iron, wood, concrete, Officine Ferri Off offers garments of original clothing lines, geometric shapes and unconventional cuts. In a post-industrial space, the sophisticated will take place. Clothing, accessories, shoes are all designed for men and women who love to be unique and special in every occasion. Officine Ferri’s careful selection will host brands like Alessandra Marchi, Giovanni Cavagna, Malloni, Masada, Giorgio Brato, Sonia Speciale, Officine Creative. Tonight’s opening will feature the sculpture clothes of Tiziano Guardini, Roman designer who combines the processing techniques of couture with organic elements.

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SINISTER POP

Posted on November 30, 2012 by admin

Whitney Museum of American Art presents “Sinister Pop”, an exhibition that focuses on Pop’s darker side. While the mainstream movement was making art celebrating the postwar consumer culture, other artists, also embracing the Pop Art, were distorting and criticizing the American Dream.  Jasper Johns, Claes Oldenburg, Ed Ruscha, Andy Warhol, William Eggleston, Peter Saul, Christina Ramberg, and Vija Celmins are few of the artists on display: on their works the protest of a generation that were seeing a distorted American landscape, an exaggerated consumption in the name of capitalism, a growing country that was sometimes forgetting his ideals in order to favor a god called dollar. This silent protest is now represented at the Witheny with a rich and diverse selection coming from the museum’s holdings. Sinister Pop is organized by Donna De Salvo  and by Scott Rothkopf.

November 15, 2012–March 31, 2013

http://whitney.org

Photo: William Eggleston, (b. 1939), Untitled, c. 1972 (printed 1980), from the portfolio Troubled Waters.

NAMI SPRING SUMMER 2013

Posted on November 29, 2012 by Marco Maggetto

Nami is an old acquaintance. I think it was 1995 when I first met her in New York.  At the time, she was working in an uptown atelier. I didn’t know anything about fashion, but from the airport we went straight to her work place and that was amazing. I still remember there were a large amount of gowns  on the racks . Flamboyant, rich, truly American. They were heaven. I later discovered that it was “just”  Geoffrey  Beene’s  headquarters. Just. Curious how a 22 years old boy arrives in New York and the first place he sees is the atelier of one of the best American Designers.  Fresh from a BFA at the Rhode Island School of design, Nami was starting her career in those years.  Beene, J.Crew, Moschino in Milan and Puma in Germany,  she spent  almost  twelve years around the world  but her home was clearly New York, she was meant to stay there. I remember she was sewing in peace in her own Chelsea Apartment, a lovely place,  and uptown girls were coming and going because they wanted special dresses made from her. She was just different and still, after so many years, she  is. Her style? Clean, minimal, existential.  I remember things she did in the past that were Rick Owens much more before Rick Owens launched his collection. After her European adventure, Nami relocated to Brooklyn and started to produce her small collection made of few, incredible pieces. Continue Reading →

TEMPORARY CD

Posted on November 29, 2012 by Arianna Pistorello

For the first time in Padova, Christian Dior Cosmetics in collaboration with Beghin, opens up a temporary perfume shop. From November 28th until December 24th you can take advantage of constant presence of experts in beauty treatment and make up straight from CD’s headquarters.  For perfume lovers also, over the entire range of fragrances for men and women, there will be the opportunity to try and buy the exclusive fragrances that are usually found only in institutional boutiques  like Forever And Ever Dior, Diorama, Diorling, Dioressence  and Eau Fraiche. Those precious fragrances that represent the history and career of  Monsieur Christian Dior. Throughout this period I will be supporting the Dior stuff. So pass by or stay tuned,  I will try to unravel secrets and tricks in order to make you live your most “beautiful” Christmas. 

http://www.profumeriabeghin.it/

 

 

THE ANTI-KINDLE: THE TREE OF CODES

Posted on November 28, 2012 by Isabella Cecconi

No this is not photography. This is visual art. No neither it is. This is art that meets literature that meets design. Or maybe better, this is something that happened to me the other day. I bought another book.

Yes dear, the answer is No! Kindle, you’ll never get me.

I love book, I love paper, I love the smell new  books have when you open them the very first time, the cracking sound of the first page that breaks the glue of the paperback. I love the fact that something has been printed, that somebody has been working on it. I love the idea I’ve bought a new “window” from where I can see a new story, new images, new adventures. I adore when I’m in bed, reading, I feel the book heavy for my arms. It’s just one of those beautiful sensation I’ll never have enough.  I love small bookshops, those where you talk and ask for some book advice. Real booksellers always read a lot and usually get the idea of your temporary mood. The book I’m going to write about it’ s Jonathan Safran Foer’s Code of Trees. Foer, unlike his previous novels (which are all fantastic)  have come up with this process of erasing words from “Street of Crocodiles”, the book by Bruno Schulz in order to carve out a new story. Tree of Codes is a small response to a great book. It is a story in its own, but it is not exactly a work of fiction, or even a book. Tree of Codes is an artwork, in the form of a book. Published by Visual Editions as a sculptural object, it is  to be read with concentration. Continue Reading →

EVERY PLACE IS A FACE, ED FAIRBURN

Posted on November 28, 2012 by Luca Andriani

Which face has your perfect town? Usually, when you open a city map you can see different streets, crossroads, trails. Pretty much all maps seem to be similar at first. Ed Fairburn is an artist who thinks that every map hides something. To him, every place is a face. He utilizes the chaotic patchwork of roads, trains and rivers printed on maps as the framework for his large-scale portraits. Almost like a sculptor carving a subject from a block of stone, or a constellation highlighted in a clump of stars, Fairburn uses meticulous ink or pencil crosshatching to create portraits hidden amongst the topographical features. Maybe your face can live in your favorite place, who knows.

http://edfairburn.com/

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CROSSING THE OCEAN IN STYLE, GIORGIO DI SANT’ANGELO

Posted on November 27, 2012 by Marco Maggetto

Oh Italians, they are such adventurous fellows. They may be very boring travelers but for sure, they are flamboyant immigrants.  They may not speak a word of any foreign language but for sure they are ready to risk. When the whatever country seems way much better than your own, what can you lose? Italians always want to live somewhere else, they are never satisfied. I think sometimes they get  to be good designers for this reasons, they are perfectionists always ready to relocate somewhere over Paris or North America. The most fashionable of all Italian immigrants arrived in New York in the 60’ies : he was named  Giorgio di Sant’Angelo, the son of a count from Florence.  Born in 1933, Di Sant’Angelo  was clearly an artist and despite  his degree in Architecture  he also studied industrial design and ceramics and attended a 6 months art course helded by someone called Pablo Picasso.  Under the encouragement of the Cubist co-founder, Di Sant’Angelo  created an animated cartoon and sent it to Walt Disney. Disney flew him to Hollywood to collaborate, but the young Italian guy was not able to speak a word of English and after 15 days in Los Angeles  he relocated to New York City in search for another adventure. As the cartoon field was a failure, Di Sant’Angelo started to work as a textile artist and interior designer making his name jumping from Z to A list in few months. Continue Reading →

GEMS

Posted on November 27, 2012 by Maxim Deluxe

GEMS is a dark dream-pop band from Washington, DC, formed by Lindsay Pitts & Clifford John. Listen the amazing Void Moon and more demos on SoundCloud
or follow them on GEMS.

CUT THE RIBBON, THE WOELFEL BROTHERS

Posted on November 26, 2012 by admin

Boom box, ghetto blaster, jam box, portable radio cassette player.  In 1975 the first boom box was invented by the Woelfel Brothers. It was a wooden box with speakers and an eight track car stereo system that could also play the local radio station. Thought out the years, the  idea caught on, and boom boxes started to be commercially available. In the 1980s, it became a staple among hip-hop culture. It was a craze for teenagers and thereafter it was modified several times to make it more powerful, attractive and handy. The original rectangular shape, the sharp edges and chrome appearance, the powerful speakers, amplifiers, radio tuner and cassette player were among its features. The boom box invention has added a lot to the music world. In the 1990s it even started evolving to play CDs as well. Nowadays, boom boxes are replaced by the smaller MP3 players but the reminiscence of LL cool J images with the rectangular-shaped-box are an evergreen. Continue Reading →

DON’T WASTE TIME AROUND FOR PRINCE CHARMING. BUILD YOUR OWN REIGN, IF YOU WANT TO BE A QUEEN

Posted on November 26, 2012 by Flan

“What happened yesterday? I tried to call you but your phone was switched off all day.” You are lying on a massage bed, Miele is above you. She has decided she is going to take care of your face, she is massaging it, putting lotions, pulling out impurities, the whole deal. Her face looks upside down, eyelids for eye bottoms, the chin replacing the forehead. It reminds you of those afternoons from your teenage years, talking about boys while looking at each other upside down to catch a glimpse of monstrosity in your closest friend’s face. “I am not good at restraining myself, so I turned off the phone altogether. You see, we are already at the what-are-you-eating-for-lunch stage and we’ve spent only one night together. I need to take the right perspective. Because the real problem is that I am actually enjoying this, the sharing of pictures at the bus stop while you are waiting for the bus, of tomatoes at the supermarket, of the cappuccino you are having in the bar in the morning”. Continue Reading →

OH I WANT YOU SO BADLY!LEICA X2 BY PAUL SMITH

Posted on November 23, 2012 by Isabella Cecconi

Totally in love with Leica. Totally in love with this special edition! Totally in love with the Christmas wish list I’m about to put down! If you love colors, good photography and of course Sir Paul Smith, get ready for  this perfect combination. The Leica X2 Edition Paul Smith is a special edition of 1500 units of Leica X2. With a flamboyant look, it combines high performance of the German evergreen crafted technology and the styling of Paul Smith’s extravagant color tones. The result is pure harmony. Connoisseurs and lovers will appreciate this creation as it features a metal top plate in dazzling orange. The set contains not only the beautiful camera but also a selection of accessories like the carrying strap and the camera protector in calfskin. The camera is 16.5 megapixels with 24 mm f/2.8 lens and the classic focal length for photojournalism. Enough for me, love is in the air.

www.leica.com

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THE ANIMAL COLLECTION

Posted on November 23, 2012 by Marco Maggetto

We fell in love immediately with this “Animal Collection”  by LC23: it’s our Harlow side you know. Love, tenderness  and ,off course, animals. Characterized by eight unisex models of sweatshirts all countersigned by applications of hilarious fabric prints (penguins, birds, fishes, dinosaurs, hens, ducklings, wolves, elks and butterflies) this  completely handmade capsule wakes up our feelings of respect for nature and creatures of the world.  LC23, founded in 2010 by Leo Colacicco, started with handmade shirts and continues now  with this pleasant, and very well done, line of sweatshirts. The whole new collection can be seen online and  it’s absolutely  something to add to your Christmas gift list.

http://www.lc23.it

APPLE COMPOTE

Posted on November 22, 2012 by Francesca Lanni

This is a delicious dessert. Those which usually tend to be simple and easy to make, are always my favourite, like the apple compote. Everyone can make it at home. Apple is a versatile fruit and apple compôte is great. Use up a glut of apples, and make a delicious breakfast or healthy dessert. Kids love it, grown-ups love it. Serving it chilled or warm is great, sprinkled with some toasted almonds and raisins make it even better.

Ingredients: 100g unsalted butter, 750g Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and chopped, 100g caster sugar, 1 vanilla pod split.

Preparation and method: Place the butter in a stainless steel saucepan and start to melt. Add the apples, sugar and vanilla pod. Cook out the apple to a compote, stirring from time to time for approximately 30 minutes on a moderate heat. If the texture is too runny then leave to reduce until you have a thick texture. Remove the vanilla pod, and reserve for use later. Place the apple compote into a blender, blend to a fine pulp and pass through a fine sieve. Serve.

DOMINGO MILELLA

Posted on November 22, 2012 by admin

Domingo Milella’s  solo exhibition at Brancolini Grimaldi (23th November- 26th January 2013) is his first in the United Kingdom. Milella, born in Bari in 1981, was a Massimo Vitali’s pupil. His prerogative is to fuse a certain mitteleuropean style to the American one: his photography is mainly focused on  forgotten urban landscapes. This new exhibition will  feature new images of important ancient sites in the Mediterranean, where remnants of power, culture, life and death are captured. Over the last ten years, Milella’s subjects have been cities and their borders, cemeteries and villages, caves and homes, tombs and hieroglyphs – in short, signs of man’s presence on earth. His interest lies in the overlap between civilization and nature and how landscape and architecture are invested with individual and collective memory.

Photo: © Domingo Milella, Myra, Turkey 2012, C-print, 180 x 225 cm

http://www.brancolinigrimaldi.com/

 

PROMISE AND THE MONSTER

Posted on November 21, 2012 by Maxim Deluxe

Promise and the Monster is a the adopted name of Swedish singer/multi-instrumentalist (guitar, cello, flute, organ, glockenspiel) Billie Lindahl taken from a children’s book about a pony named Promise and a monster called , well, presumably , Monster. Promise and the Monster is out with new new album Red Tide.
Listen and Follow here.

SNAPPING EVERY BREATH WE TAKE: DANNY LYON

Posted on November 21, 2012 by Isabella Cecconi

If you have never heard of Danny Lyon, I’m really glad to introduce and getting to know this magnificent filmmaker, writer and self-taught photographer born in 1942 in Brooklyn, New York. After a graduation at the University of Chicago, with a BA in Arts in 1963, Lyon began creating his own photo books with the pictures he would take during his many adventures. His first, was a study of outlaw motorcyclists as he was member and part of the Outlaws motorcycle club of Chicago. He traveled with them and shared their lifestyle. He later got interested in the Texas penal system and started taking pictures of prisoners. Lyon also befriended many of the prisoners. His images are nowadays considered part of the New journalism movement, meaning that the photographer had become immersed, and was a participant, of the documented subject. For the past five decades he has produced a mix of documentary photographs and film, both politically conscious and personal. In the 1960s when photographers where working the poetry of the streets and snubbing their noses at the tradition of photojournalism, Lyon embraced both the lyrical potential of photography as well as its ability to raise awareness to political issues. Some of his earliest images were as staff photographer for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee documenting the civil rights demonstrations against segregation in the South. Later, when he moved to Texas he lived and documented for 14 months the Texas prisons. Lyon’s work belies the detachment of documentary in favor of a more complicated subjective involvement, his style is marked by its pursuit of the moment, in the communities of the outskirts, the outsiders of mainstream society, the exceptional and strong political consciousness and concern. Throughout his long and prolific career, Lyon has combined an eye for beautiful compositions with passionate interest in political struggle and change. Photographs from all periods of the artist’s career as well as images from a new series create poetic reflections on memory, family and life. Nowadays he runs a blog where you can follow his adventures. Today 70, Danny Lyon is a continuous flow of passionate photography.  

http://dektol.wordpress.com/

http://www.bleakbeauty.com/home.html

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PEB CLOTHING S/S 2013

Posted on November 20, 2012 by Marco Maggetto

Welcome to the new season. Every time Christmas is approaching, logically, it’s time for us to turn the page and look further on. Our readers, fashion souled and spirited, wink, are already projected in into the next season so here is the beginning of our journey towards mild weather, sun, sea and nature. In case the world won’t finish on December 21st, you will find the marvelous Spring Summer 2013  Peb Collection waiting for you at LuisaViaRoma or other fancy boutiques all over the world. The Peb Clothing company was created in 2008 with the main objective of designing items that don’t follow trends. Simple forms are created with a certain devotion to details and Peb is proud to design and produce in Italy. This is the first real collection by the PEB guys and it’s an ensamble that will conquer casual , and less casual, men. Continue Reading →

MUSIC AND PASSION WERE ALWAYS THE FASHION AT THE COPA

Posted on November 19, 2012 by Teresa Cannata'

Picture this: a hectic schedule, a gloomy and rainy day, tiredness and not even one chance to stay home and relax. In moments like these fashion serves as a magic balm: you can think about being somewhere else, in place and time. This won’t allow you to stay home and take a long afternoon nap, but it could cheer up your day.

Sergio Rossi Murmansk sandals have recently had this function: taking me, for a short time, back in the 70s, to the disco music era, thanks to their amazing diamanté decorations. Forget futuristic materials, heel-less acrobatics and unusual colour combinations: these are classic evening t-bar shoes, something you buy once, aware you’ll use it for a long time. In my fashion dictionary, these are “dancing” shoes, because all that glittering and sparkling echoes dance floors, partying and fun. Murmansks come in two colour combinations: the first is Paprika, with orange and gold Swarovski crystals. 
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CREDENZA? THE COUNTESS CREDENZA!

Posted on November 19, 2012 by admin

I stumbled on their web page and fell in love. Are your seeking for newness? If you do and you like interior design and natural furniture for your home, Korean Jongopark design is the right solution for your needs. Their projects are unique and totally witty. Shapes are modern with a touch of familiar taste from the past. The Countess Credenza, for instance, is a beautiful and natural design by Jory Brigham. It’s simply a functional storage piece, a sideboard,  with a unique combination of white and wood, being an active working surface that can be placed everywhere in one’s house. The shape looks vintage but the result is modern and classy.

http://www.jonghopark.com/

 

IF YOU MEET SOMEONE YOU REALLY LIKE, DELETE THE CRHONOLOGY AND PRESS THE REFRESH BUTTON

Posted on November 19, 2012 by Flan

This happened last Saturday. Your phone was ringing. “Can’t talk now. On train. Will explain later,” you said hastily to Miele and then hung up. You were dizzy and trying to find balance, between the emotional tornado that had invested you in the previous two days and the fast and abrupt jerks of the Frecciarossa. Then you started texting her a thousand words a minute in order to tell her the tale of epic proportions, all the sordid details, the romantic expectations: You had met someone on line, had been messaging for two days, and had finally decided to meet half way. After having packed all the essentials in your bag – phone, charger, toothbrush, condoms, book – you were now heading to Florence to meet yet again another stranger. Now that a week has passed you can undoubtedly declare that you too have been hit by the new trend: falling virtually in love. Continue Reading →

CUT THE RIBBON, HAROLD ROSS

Posted on November 19, 2012 by admin

The first man who imagined  “A new journal of metropolitan sensibilities and sophisticate tone” was Harold Ross. Born in Aspen in 1892 from a modest family, Ross had journalism in his blood. He never had a proper high school education but by the time he was 25 he had worked for at least seven newspaper and was famous for his terrible spelling and for being a rebellious. After some years in Paris where he directed “Stars and Stripes” ,from 1918 till 1919, and where he met his first wife Jane Grant, he returned to America with the intent of finding those metropolitan sensibilities and establish his creature, The New Yorker. The very first issue of the magazine is dated 21 February 1925 and Ross edited 1399 issues of it until  his death in 1951. In the quarter-century that he ran the New Yorker, he wrote more than one article for his publication always maintaining the good taste to never be named on its pages. His concept of the magazine ever-changing, never static  made it into the astonishing work that it became. Ross was a workalcoholic, he ruined three marriages,  and a master grammarian with an immense sense of style. He was also a member of the Algonquin Round Table and a genius in public relations. His charisma was legendary, especially  in attracting new talents to his publication. He was a perfectionist that overused commas, he was a master in establishing a concept and then letting contributors stretching his idea. He was the first, for sure, to cut the New Yorker’s Ribbon.

SHIZUKA YOKOMIZO, DEAR STRANGER…

Posted on November 16, 2012 by Isabella Cecconi

Dear Stranger, I am an artist working on a photographic project which involves people I do not know…I would like to take a photograph of you standing in your front room from the street in the evening. A camera will be set outside the window on the street. If you do not mind being photographed, please stand in the room and look into the camera through the window for 10 minutes on __-__-__ (date and time)…I will take your picture and then leave…we will remain strangers to each other…If you do not want to get involved, please simply draw your curtains to show your refusal…I really hope to see you from the window.

The amazing Shizuka Yokomizo’s photo project, came from running around London with huge telephoto lens, trying to glimpse unsuspecting people through the windows of their flats. Being absurd and frustrating by the one-sidedness of the activity, aside from the ethics aspect, she soon realized it was important for her to have eye contact while photographing. She needed the people to look back and recognize her equally as a stranger. So she decided to use the format of a simple anonymous letter, which contained the possibility of agreement.The effect was that when Yokomizo sent her subjects the letters, they started agreeing and stand in the front window of their home at a specified date and time.She started being welcomed. She would then arrive, set up her tripod and camera, exposed her film, and then leave. Each photograph shows someone looking out of a window. She selected the addresses and then wrote the note. Posers were not victims, they would allow Shizuka to see their homes.  She needed their eye contact and them to  recognize their existance. She existed as a stranger, they existed as strangers, but they both created a strange meeting point rather than just showing people’s private lives. Yokomizo made sure that when the photos were taken, the light would be too dark outside to see her, she would allow her subjects to see their own reflections in the window.

Shizuka Yokomizo, Japanese by birth, photographer by choice, has been living in London for more than 15 years. Aren’t you too waiting for the note? I definitely am!

www.shizukayokomizo.com

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BOUTIQUE OF KNOWLEDGE

Posted on November 15, 2012 by Marco Maggetto

Lately I have been  obsessively asking myself about the point of keeping a large amount of magazines and books when technology allows to have everything in a click.  All that precious space I could use for something else, would I throw out everything for some fresh air? We are so used to have an information/picture in seconds that we all run to Google forgetting our “papers” . Why do we rely on Gg so much? Answer, we are just lazy cows.  As I observe all mayor historic  newspapers auctioning their photographic archives, I can’t help but wonder why this people is selling their “privileged” knowledge . I have been researching for some fashion photographs online and there was no trace of them. Important shootings made by masters, I’m not talking about any niche stuff.  And suddenly  the weight, and price, of books was making sense again. The only way to reach a precise information is all there in your exclusive “boutique of knowledge”. Continue Reading →

A SEQUINED CHRISTMAS

Posted on November 15, 2012 by Anna Torossi

Holidays are approaching and I’m getting more and more excited. I love Christmas decorations all around town, all the beautiful lights gleaming in the dark afternoon, not to mention how much I like to “dress up” my home for the festive days. When it comes to holidays, I try to dress accordingly. What goes with Christmas better than some  sparkles? A lot of sparkles! That’s why I’m definitely going to ask Santa for Jimmy Choo Tessa sequined leather pumps. This beautiful pair of sandals has all the sparkles you need to make a simple look more festive and special. There are two versions of these great shoes, bronze or gold, so that you can choose the color accordingly to your look and your preference. Personally, I love the gold version, probably because I usually dress with dark colors and this shade would add a little warmth that is just what I need. Aren’t they perfect for a Christmas party or New Year’s Eve? I think I’m going to write my letter to Santa right away, you never know I might be late and he can’t find them!

Photo via The-Luxlife.com

 

 

 

MOIST ALMOND OLIVE OIL CAKE

Posted on November 14, 2012 by Francesca Lanni

Preliminary remark: I try to give my kids healthy food. This cake is! But it’s also full in flavour. And it’s got to be the easiest thing I have ever baked. It requires no electric appliances at all, and you need only two bowls and a whisk. Mix your dry ingredients into your wet ingredients, fold the batter gently, and bake. When the cake cools, glaze it and let it sit. And with the glaze the cake shines; the flavors just dance. Which is exactly what you’ll want to do around your kitchen after you have a slice of this. Continue Reading →

HOW TO DESTROY ANGELS

Posted on November 14, 2012 by Maxim Deluxe

How To Destroy Angels is the new quartet of Trent Reznor featuring his wife and ex-West Indian Girl singer Mariqueen Maandig plus own regular collaborators Atticus Ross and Ron Sheridan. How To Destroy Angels have realized their ‘An omen_’ EP on November 13 via Columbia records. You can listen and follow them on How To Destroy Angels

BEYOND QUEER’S LENS, JJ LEVINE

Posted on November 13, 2012 by Isabella Cecconi

“As a queer artist whose work deals with self-representation, the categories queer and art are inextricably linked for me. My work is so connected to my queer identity that my own gender and sexuality influence every aspect of my art practice.”

JJ Levine is a photographer from Montreal who explores gender and sexuality in her work. In her series Queer Portraits she shot large-scale color photographs of her community capturing the complex emotional relationships she has with friends, lovers, siblings. Gender issues, sexuality, queer space in each portrait within a domestic setting, every pic is characterized by saturated colors and often discursive backgrounds. JJ Levine uses a medium format film camera, creating a studio in each home environment. The settings are intended to raise questions regarding private queer space as a realm and expression of gender, which is often marginalized  in the public sphere. Through her portraits of queer and trans people she explores her own identity as a gender queer artist where fierceness meets beauty through the confrontational gaze of her subjects and the collective cultural aesthetic. In her Switch series, JJ Levine takes two subjects, one male and one female and dresses them in fancy prom-like clothing, she takes the photo and then has each of them portray the other gender. The results are fantastic.

http://jjlevine.ca/jjlevine/

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CUT THE RIBBON: MORRIS YOCK OR JOHN COWIE?

Posted on November 12, 2012 by admin

In New Zeland, two families have been locked in a dispute that started in the 50’s. Depending from where you come from, these casual footwear are called differently; flip-flops are a common type of footwear. They are a thin rubber sole with two straps running in a Y shape from the sides of the foot to the gap between the big toe and all the other toes. They are usually used at the beach or outdoor. In India and Pakistan are immensely popular and called Hawaii chappal. In Australia they are commonly known as Thongs, in New Zeland are Jandals, whilst in UK and the USA as Flip-flops. Whether you call them flip flops, thongs, slippers or slides, they are simple flat footwear of summer. But who invented them? The modern flip flop was perfected as New Zealand beachwear by Morris Yock, who filed for the patent in 1957. The footwear became instantly popular when flip flops were worn by the Australian Olympic swim team in 1956.  Continue Reading →

THE NEW YORK YANKEES PERFUME

Posted on November 12, 2012 by admin

We, that we are not New Yorkers, we love the Yankees. We may know nothing about baseball but we love their style. The blue, the white, the stripes of their uniforms; isn’t that sexy? We, that we are not New Yorkers, we love it. It’s pure style and as any stylish House, they also have a perfume in line with their “winning” philosophy. The New York Yankees™ fragrance is fresh, woody scented and introduces an invigorating blend of sparkling Bergamot, Coriander and cool Blue Sage. As it evolves, the fragrance reveals a fusion of crisp Ivy Leaves, Orange Flower and Geranium enhanced with rich earthy Patchouli, smooth Sandalwood and Suede to create a timeless, masculine scent. Very recommended from us.

Photo by Boogie

http://www.nyyankeesfragrance.com/

WILL YOU REMEMBER MY PERFUME ON YOU?

Posted on November 11, 2012 by Teresa Cannata'

Have you ever asked yourself what it takes to make it in the world of fashion? Talent, you may say, or being the right person in the right place at the right time, or good acquaintances and lots of luck. Well, all this could be true, but it would turn to nothing without a fundamental detail, what I like defining as “vision”. Designers must be able to create their own (fictional) world, appealing enough to arouse in customers the desire to step into it. I’m not a very impressionable person, when it comes to fashion, in the sense that I don’t give a damn of the latest trends; what I love is entering the world of cultural echoes and suggestions from the past of some brands. One of them is surely Charlotte Olympia: the reference to the past (40s and 50s, in particular) is never missing, along with a peculiar playful spirit that turns all the accessories designed by Charlotte Dellal into fashionable toys to play with in the never-ending game of fashion.
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SMALL TOWNS, TINA BARNEY

Posted on November 9, 2012 by admin

How much do we love Janet Borden Inc.? We simply adore her selection. Until the 21th of November there is time to admire one of the contemporary master photographers: Tina Barney. In this new body of work she  focused on small town America and provinces which are literally worlds apart. Her sensitive-sexy eye stops to immortalize community projects, pageants, parades, re-enactments and fairs. Barney who is best known for her narrative depiction of family and friends,  this time is concentrating on her own summer community, and families she met in her travels. All works exposed at Borden Inc. are analog prints from large format analog negatives that have an extraordinary depth and an unmatched beauty. Pass by and tell us your opinion.

http://www.janetbordeninc.com/

LOVE BIRDS

Posted on November 8, 2012 by admin

Do you like “camp” shopping? Do you like funny objects? Here is a gadget you absolutely need, the adorable Love Birds. This couple is so in love that they never leave their branch in fear of losing each other. Happily perched in their favourite place, the two sound reactive birds will greet your friends with realistic tweeting and chirping noises, springing into life with authentic movements and twitching. Made from poly-resin with complex detailing, they have been created to make rooms happier. Located on the base is a small drawer, perfect for storing a bit of small change or hiding keys and there’s even a place for you to put your pens! Happy and useful.

http://www.red5.co.uk/

CARHARTT CAR-LUX HOODED THERMO SWEAT

Posted on November 7, 2012 by Marco Maggetto

The first time I saw this signature piece by Carhartt, I fell in love. There were no places here in Italy to buy this rigid, “strange” hooded sweater. Thank god I flew to New York a month later and the so wanted item was found at “What Comes Around Goes Around”. Apres moi, le boom. It was 1994 when “Work In Progress” initiated a distribution network for Carhartt across Europe, introducing a selection of classic products from the original work wear range into a new market. Success was immediate; the authentic Carhartt products quickly became popular with both fans of traditional US heritage garments and with the nascent European urban culture scene. Carhartt was part of the uniform adopted by Brit Pop, Club Culture and Rave followers. It was more than a brand, it was a way of living. Every young man was wearing something from Carhart. Durable, light and unexpensive, that hooded thermo sweat kept  me the warmest boy even when it was very cold outside. I was maybe dancing in a silk Gucci shirt, but my Cararth jacket was always waiting for me at the loackroom. After so many years in the market the Car-Lux is still one of my favourites items. Enriched in colours and prints, it is something I would copy-buy forever. Forever.

http://www.carhartt-wip.com/

RYAN TATAR AT RON HERMAN

Posted on November 6, 2012 by admin

Ryan Tatar photography is mainly inspired by surfers and coastal landscapes. Tatar, born and raised in the great state lake of Michigan and adopted by California, loves to shot on various vintage film stocks and of course, he loves waves and action. His magical work have brought  international attention inside and outside of the surf world and he has been mentioned or featured by magazines and sites like the Surfer’s Path, Esquire, Complex, Blue Japan, and Desillusion France.  He has collaborated with indie and international clients such as Uniqlo, H&M, O’Neill, PacSun, and Billabong.  Tartar is also an avid surfer and a Twothirds Sentinel, a designation given by environmentally-conscious brand Twothirds to those who share its devotion to the sea. A selection of the photographer’s art is currently being showcased at Ron Herman Sendagaya — original works on 35mm film and Polaroid that continue Tatar’s celebration of the aquatic lifestyle.  The exhibition will run until November 16 in Sendagaya, Shibuya-ku  Tokyo.

http://www.ryantatar.com

GET READY WITH THE BOMMEL!

Posted on November 6, 2012 by admin

The ” Bommel” also known as Pompon is crafted entirely by hand. Several hundred wool threads are bundled, rolled ,tied, and cut, all of carefully selected high-end quality wool. There are up to 1300 woollen pompons and respectively up to 45 kg of wool forming one single object. Myra Klose of the German design firm MYK combines hand crafted furniture and comfort by bundling several hundred strands of wool together to create Bommel furniture, aka Pompon. There are up to 1300 woollen pompons in each chair, rug or pouf pieced together to form a single big cuddly colorful piece of furniture. Color and happiness to your private space!

http://myk-berlin.com/

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COMPORTAMENTARIO: DAYS, JUST DAYS.

Posted on November 6, 2012 by Flan

And when Monday comes, don’t forget to slip your sunglasses back on. Unlike Friday or Saturday, Sunday is a day for dreaming. Friday and Saturday are game nights: you meet your friends to play the eternal game of rewriting your personal histories by overlapping old faces with new ones. Time to meet people fast, mix up, chat, flirt, get drunk, randomly kiss each other and roll confusedly in some stranger’s bed. Sunday is a day of relaxation and meditation but since you are still imbued in alcohol fumes, you are swept away by a mix of fresh feelings collapsing with memories that have definitely passed their expiry date. That’s why you quickly rush yourself into distraction, text your friends, make unnecessary calls, write to that loyal old friend you always forget to reply to, you even waste time checking plots of new TV series you know you will never watch. And you are so committed to get as far as possible from those impending emotions, provoked by the tingling of your revived senses, that you fall in the today-everything-is-possible mood and clumsily throw yourself in that reassuring space that is the virtual world. Continue Reading →

MELODY’ S ECHO CHAMBER

Posted on November 5, 2012 by Maxim Deluxe

Melody Prochet, the Parisian psych-popper who records as Melody’s Echo Chamber, released her self-titled album last month. Before that she released the video for one of the album’s highlights ‘You Won’t Be Missing That Part Of Me’. The video was filmed by Matthew Saville in Perth, Australia  and it’ s full of psychedelic effects and sun-dazed cinematography around the recording. It’s an  insight into Melody’s world in all its hazy sun-blistered brilliance. Watch the video on You Tube and follow Melody’s Echo Chamber on Tumblr.

CUT THE RIBBON: TAZIO SECCHIAROLI

Posted on November 5, 2012 by admin

He was the very first Paparazzo, he was the one that invented “Assault Photography”. Tazio Secchiaroli was born in Rome in 1925. He did several modest jobs before devoting his life to photography. He was 14 when he started, an aunt gave him a camera as a present, and since then never stopped shooting. Rome was his main inspiration:  inhabitants, friends, places. In the immediate postwar period he became a constant presence in Via Veneto where he was shooting all the VIPs and making connections that lead him to know Federico Fellini. His own agency  was opened in 1950 and called “Roma Press Photo” . After “La Dolce Vita” Secchiarioli got famous and from being a celebrities enemy he became a friend of them. He soon left streets,  started to work with Sofia Loren and became her personal photographer. For almost 20 years he produced  the best images of the Italian Goddess and documented her life with a sharp and clear eye. The body of work of Tazio Secchiaroli is unique, vast and span from his assaults photos to more artistic poses. A great genius, an important plug for contemporary photography, a real pigheaded fellow that wanted nothing but telling the truth.

 

JUMP IN, ONEPIECE

Posted on November 2, 2012 by admin

Nothing had been invented here. None had “cut a ribbon” but can you imagine to find another “one piece” for adults? Just Try. OnePiece is the product of three young minds. Henrik, Knut and Thoma, all in their twenties, were thinking about the perfect item to wear for a  lazy day at home.  The sweatsuit? Just something to wear to go jogging, they needed something even more comfortable without the tight waist and wrist bands. So they sewed together a sweatsuit, removed all bands and put a big zip. The OnePiece was born, it was 2007. The three friends dropped everything and invested all their savings to realize an idea they believed was unique and brilliant. They made the loose-fitting, all-in-one hooded sweatsuits in soft, thick cotton fleece in a wide variety of colours and patterns. For two years they sold the OnePiece to friends and marketed it to high-school seniors in Norway and success came along. Despite its obvious simplicity OnePiece is a gourmand item: we all want to jump in sooner or later.

http://onepiece.com/nl/shop