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JESSICA TREMP

Posted on January 31, 2013 by admin

The Harlow is delighted to host and present talented Jessica Tremp. Jessica is a photographic artist from Melbourne, Australia and this is a shot from her ‘Mousse’ series.

http://www.jessicatremp.com/

 

OH CHARLIE!

Posted on January 31, 2013 by Marco Maggetto

Ok, too early to talk about swimwear but you perfectly know this is a serious thing and it’s not a last minute shop because you may find less or nothing in June/July. Swimwear requires thinking and trying, so be prepared from now. Steady the Buffs and check out The Charlie swimwear line by Matthew Zink. The Summer 2013 collection is designed and modeled to kill and inspired by the ‘70s happy years: Hawaii, Magnum PI, Irving Penn’s flowers and Leroy Granni’s vintage surf photography of the ‘60s and ‘70s.  Charlie by Matthew Zink is a swim lifestyle brand dedicated to the seduction of the perfect swimwear. A tribute to the decadence of the 1970’s,  to the Guy Borden gals, to the hedonist and glamour years. This summer just be sexy, it’s a much more happier life.

www.charliebymzstore.com

 

OUT NOW, THE THIRD MAN OST

Posted on January 31, 2013 by admin

Milan Music is releasing some Digitally Re-Mastered Selections of Classic Film Soundtracks. One of them is 1949’s “Le Troisieme Homme”: Orson Welles starred as Harry Limes in a film that is widely considered to be one of the finest examples of film noir. The Third Man was an international sensation, further cementing Welles’ status as a legend of American cinema and winning the Grand Prize at the 1949 Cannes Film Festival. Filmed in Vienna, this masterpiece was applauded for its atmospheric cinematography and complex plot. The film’s climactic confrontation in the sewers of Vienna is one of the must-see moments in the history of cinema. The pioneering original musical score, composed by Viennese musician Anton Karas, was only performed on the zither, the harrowing sound perfectly complementing this dark classic. This release also features instrumental pieces from Welles’ lengthy career as actor, director, writer and producer, with the best tracks taken from the soundtracks to Citizen Kane (1941), The Magnificent Ambersons (1942) and Jane Eyre (1943), all composed by Bernard Hermann; and The Lady From Shanghai (1947), Macbeth (1948), Mr Arkadin/Confidential Report (1955) and Touch of Evil (1958) by Henry Mancini. This ost is a true must have for old and new cinema fans.

http://www.milanrecords.com/home/home.php

GERARD RICHTER, THE REAL ILLUSION OF PAINT

Posted on January 30, 2013 by admin

From tomorrow, Jan the 31th until April the 21st 2013, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo of Turin will host and present the exhibition Gerhard Richter – Editions 1965–2012. Richter is a worldwide successful German artist best known for his paintings, featured in museum collections all over the world. Editions are original works of art, not produced as unique pieces but in a certain number of impressions: prints, photographic editions, editions of paintings, artist’s books, artist’s posters and multiples. Richter is nowadays one of the most important living artists. Since the 1960s, he has immersed himself in a rich and varied exploration of painting, continually challenging the medium, encompassing a diverse range of techniques and ideas: his magnificent realist paintings based on photographs, colourful abstractions, portraits, landscapes. Richter has also been working with other media and materials, over-painting his own photographs or photographing details of his own paintings. Gerhard Richter has ever since been one of the first German artists to reflect on the history of National Socialism, creating paintings with victims of the Nazi party and has simultaneously produced abstract and photorealistic painted works, as well as photographs and glass pieces. Following the examples of Picasso, he’s been undermining the concept of the artist’s obligation to maintain a single style. Richter is regarded as the top-selling living artist in fact, in Oct 2012, his Abstraktes Bild set an auction record price for a painting by a living artist at $34milion. His photos projected in canvas replicate the look of the original picture, offering the image a paradoxical photographic appearance; landscapes and portraits, are thus rendered fragile illusions, fleeting conceptions, a photographic imagery as a starting point for his early paintings. Richter’s work is breathtaking. The viewer is projecter in a place where there’s no space, nor time, nor real subject and this sweet timeless illusion through which we can admire Richter’s art is a warm and safe cuddle.

 

Gerard Richter -Edizioni

Turin, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo

31 January – 21 April 2013

http://www.fsrr.org/home/

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TAKE THE FINAL STEP AND JUST STEP OUT OF IT

Posted on January 30, 2013 by Flan

It took you 22 days to end it. A preposterous thing if you consider the fact that the story itself consisted in barely a couple of encounters and a weekend away. But it is not merely your fault: ending relationships in virtual times is not that simple because one text always leads to another. You and your friends Miele and Bee are lyingon Yuki’s unmade double bed located in her living room. What you love about Yuki’s place is that it always feels like being right in the middle of a jumbo sale, old pieces of furniture scattered around, books lying on the floor, clothes hanging from the wall. What happens in a meeting like this is that you are normally scolded for having ended it screaming at yet another guy in the middle of the Continue Reading →

THE FEEL GOOD PHILOSPHY OF “SCOTH & SODA”

Posted on January 28, 2013 by Marco Maggetto

Amsterdam based brand Scotch & Soda is currently one of my favorite spots when I’m in search for good casual pieces. I had one shirt by S&S for my birthday some time ago and I feel good in it. Since then, I never quite stopped getting enthusiast every time I pass in front of one of their Flagship stores. They are bright, they are smart and their fabrics are the best: wool, cotton, leather, no matter what you touch when you shop at Scotch, you will always find some good vibes. Softness is a must but not only. The color palette is also incredible. How did they obtained that green and that orange, how did they dyed this and that? A lot of questions, a lot of answers from your S&S clothes during the years. On the top of the hill, I feel 10 years younger when I wear one of their shirts. I feel fresher, I feel I’m wearing the right stuff, I fell at the right point, life seems happier. I’m not a teen since 1992 and blessed is the brand that brings me back to that glorious state. Continue Reading →

AND THE BEAT GOES ON! ALLEN GINSBERG’S PHOTOGRAPHY

Posted on January 28, 2013 by Isabella Cecconi

“Without even intending it, there is that little shiver of a moment in time preserved in the crystal cabinet of the mind. A little shiver of eternal space. That’s what I was looking for.” – Allen Ginsberg

The beat movement, the cultural and literary movement that woke up a nation’s consciousness. Never too big but gigantic in influence and cultural status. The years after the Second World War, the loss of conventional structures of society, the post war economic boom, the rampant materialism. The Beat Generation was the result of questioning on capitalism on dissatisfaction with the consumer culture, the taboos against sexuality. The Beats stood in opposition to the clean formalism of the early twentieth century modernists. Their literature was bold, straightforward, provocative. The “founders” of the Beat Generation were Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg, but also  Lucien Carr, Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Neal Cassidy. Gregory Corso and  great William S. Burroughs. In 1956, the publication of Allen Ginsberg’s Howl was a turning point in the history of Beat literature, not to mention American literature in general. The long-form poem to be read aloud, almost chanted, a sort of return to an oral tradition neglected in literature for a long time. In the beat movement there were drug-addicts, drifters, prostitutes, and swindlers. Continue Reading →

CUT THE RIBBON, YAYOI KUSAMA

Posted on January 28, 2013 by admin

From rural Japan to technological NYC. She can paint, creates collage, makes sculpures, performances, environmental installations, book illustrations. She is the queen of dots, pois, or better she has cut the ribbon as first Japanese female psychedelic performer. Even though forgotten after leaving the early NYC’s pop scene in the 70’s, Yayoi Kusama is now widely acknowledged. Maybe one of Japan’s most important living artist and avant garde voice.Yayoi Kusama started creating art at an early age and became interested in the European and American avant garde.It was 1957 when she moved to the US, settling in NYC where she produced a series of paintings influenced by the abstract expressionist movement. Kusama became a fixture of the New York avant-garde, having her works exhibited with the likes of Andy Warhol and embracing the rise of the early hippie movement of the late 60s.She, for instance, organised a series of Body Festivals in which naked participants were painted with brightly colored polka dots. In 1973, Kusama moved back to her native Japan, where she found the art scene far more conservative than New York. There she became an art dealer and continued to produce artworks in a variety of mediums, as well as launching a literary career by publishing several novels, a poetry collection and an autobiography. I personally admire and adore her Alice in Wonderland’s illustrations. Kusama’s conceptual art shows feminism, minimalism, surrealism and is infused with autobiographical, psychological, and sexual content.Her obsessiveness in repeating dot patterns seem to assert the desire to escape and the viewer of her obsessive vision of endless dots gets inprisoned in a maniac net, where the only thing to do is to be submerged. Nowadays Yayoi Kusama lives and works in Tokyo.

PORSELLI X JARDINS FLORIAN

Posted on January 24, 2013 by admin

Jardins Florian is a Design House, Online Store and Magazine.  A  “Maison” dedicated to developing products of high levels craftsmanship, design and innovation. Jardins Florian’s core values are collaboration, humanity, poetry, surprise, humor and sustainability with a true art de vivre and dolce vita spirit. Jardins Florian are quintessentially French and Italian in terms of style and refinement. After launching several collaborations ( a scented candle with luxury organic spa brand, ila, some customized Rolex watches in collaboration with Bamford Watch Department, a tote bag collaboration with U.S. brand The Good Flock) Jardins Florian is delighted present its last partnership. It’s an exclusive ballerina shoe born from the joint effort with the authority on Italian dance shoes, E. Porselli.  Since its creation in 1919, Porselli has been synonymous with Italian dance throughout the world. The first Porselli x Jardins Florian collection includes three different styles: red leather, black suede x black leather patent, light grey x fuchsia. Best ballerina you can walk and dance in? We have no doubts, Porselli x Jardins Florian hast the right spirit, the intact tradition and the quality your next pair of ballerina shoes need to have.

http://www.jardinsflorian.com/

 

WIDOWSPEAK

Posted on January 23, 2013 by Maxim Deluxe

Widowspeak is an American rock & roll band.The new album “Almanac” is out now worldwide on Captured Tracks. Watch the last video ‘Locusts’ on You Tube  or follow them Here.

ORLEY, YOUR SPRING SOURCE

Posted on January 22, 2013 by Marco Maggetto

How long is January? It’s a never ending month, the time doesn’t pass here. Writing form the  north part of Italy where the sun doesn’t comes out since 3 weeks and where the presence of fog, rain, snow is constant. So don’t ask me why I can’t cope with winter 2013-2014 fashion shows. The future is also a deluxe item we cannot afford, the present? Visualizing ourselves in spring clothes that are already popping in stores can be much more productive.  So my present is made also by this lovely American brand called Orley. Lively, simple, joyful and with a terrific line of ties and accessories I would wear. Orley is a knitwear label designed by Matthew Orley, Alex Orley and Samantha Florence that is specialized in mixing craftsmanship and design to create unique, exciting, tempting clothes. Humor and elegant in a casual way, this brand look out onto spring season with a series of simple elements  that are never stolen quotations but re-contextualized references. Indeed a brand to follow, to support… and to buy!

http://orley.us/

 

MALBOGEN

Posted on January 21, 2013 by admin

Malbogen is a project by  Judith Drews and Kristina Brasseler. Illustrators from Berlin’s Atelier Flora, they founded a website of coloring in sheets designed by renowned illustrators that have been available as free downloads. A delight to kids and adults around the world, with over 100 motifs to choose from, the project is finally developing into paper. Republic, a print and publishing company,  has recently released their first print version available as a 24-page book in A4 format, or a graphic portfolio with 12 images in A3. The prints were made using a Risograph, which provides particularly vibrant colors, on selected papers. Created for all kids that love coloring in and parents in search of an alternative to the classics, the book comes as a recommendation to those who like to combine a designer purchase with supporting a good cause. A donation from each copy sold will be made to the ‘Save the Children’ charity.

http://www.malbogen.blogspot.it/

http://republic-berlin.de/

 

CUT THE RIBBON, POP MUSIC

Posted on January 21, 2013 by admin

So, who invented pop music? The very first pop song? None really. Pop stands for popular music and was maybe played for the first time by Adam before and after his wife gave a bite to that exotic fruit. We can tell you about the word Pop instead. It was The Billboard Magazine (later only Billboard) introducing this word in 1950. Since then, the meaning of pop music didn’t changed that much. A large amount of persons find a song or a music enjoyable, as consequence, they make it popular. Generally speaking it’s never a difficult melody, it’s something done for the everyday people by the everyday people. The very first number one pop music song of Billboard was therefore a “Semper Fidelis” by The Marine Corp. Band, as already stated , it was 1950. Ever changing chameleon who accompanied lives all over the world,  pop music cannot really be avoided and it’s part of every single person’s day. Let’s take a shower and sing.

ALFA CASTALDI

Posted on January 17, 2013 by admin

Curious, complete. A cultivated photographer, a real artist. Alpha Castaldi’s professional career has explored various themes with great passion and competence. Castaldi land to photography through a fundamental formative run: in the immediate postwar period he studies history of art with Roberto Longhi, the most innovative Italian art critic of the time. He is  “homy” at Cafe Jamaica in Milan where he gathers some people who will become the best photographers of an era: Ugo Mulas, Mario Dondero, Charles Bavagnoli but also painters, writers, journalists all responsible of the renewal of the “Milanese” culture. Continue Reading →

GLOBES BY JENSEN-HOLBAEK

Posted on January 17, 2013 by admin

Usually, the globe is intended as a three-dimensional scale model of the earth or other spheroid celestial body such as a planet, a star or the moon. The word “globe” comes from the Latin word globus, meaning round mass or sphere but it also refers to a spherical representation of the celestial sphere, showing the apparent positions of the stars and constellations in the sky. Take a look at  collection of stylish and contemporary globes by Danish company Atmosphere which are both a modern lamp and a ball globe. Their collection contains, among other standing floor lamp design with a large ball, small balls on the table and many other creative models with a variety of color combinations. Unique and functional, the forms allow you to select a globe then customize the interior. Along with their modern look of these lights at the same time the ball is full of all geographic information. Education meets decoration in this nice design by Claus Jensen and Henrik Holbaek. 

http://www.atmosphere-newworld.com/

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TORO Y MOI

Posted on January 16, 2013 by Maxim Deluxe

Toro Y Moi is out on January 22 with his new amazing album ‘Anything In Return via Carpark Records. Follow him now on tour in Europe and watch the last video singles of ‘ So Many Details’ and ‘ Say That’ by clicking here.

WE ARE NOT AVANT-GARDE, MAREUNROL’S

Posted on January 16, 2013 by Marco Maggetto

With everyone trying to find out the last hot designer and opening special talents agencies, the world seems a happier place. Tons of newness in the air, tons of new names popping out, but what’s the point if you check this designers out 6 months later and they are disappeared? The good thing is that the new is always knocking at the door, the bad thing is that clients are romantic and they want their relationships (with designer) to last forever. MAREUNROL’S, good very good, is destined to last more than two season for sure. Having a panoramic view to their work in the last 10 years I can perceive a continuity and a strength I rarely seen on new brands. MAREUNROL’S was established in 2002 by the fashion designers Mārīte Mastiņa and Rolands Pēterkops. They are based in Riga, Latvia and winners of the 24th festival of photography and fashion Hyeres 2009. Mārīte and Rolands studied at the Riga Design Art College and Antwerp Royal Academy of Fine Arts. MAREUNROL’S collections are concept based where clothes are often accompanied by specially designed sets, video projections, installations and anything can help in revealing their concept. Their clothes can be considered avant-garde, but in reality it’s wearable fashion, it’s made for the public and made to generate emotions.

 

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IN MONOCHROME WITH BALTHUS – HISAJ HARA

Posted on January 15, 2013 by Isabella Cecconi

“We do not know how to see reality” Albert Camus

Balthus’s paintings have always appeared naive and slightly sinister to me. Canvas where the figurative style emphasized on a dark or fairytaled or mysterious atmosphere. Balthus works are certainly timeless, but according to many, strange. A reverie that seems to have touched Japanese photographer Hisaji Hara. His series of images meticulously recreate Balthus’ most famous works. Between 2006 and 2011, a real young girl, have been posing for the photographer, recreating the suggestive originals. Shooting in black and white, Hara’s nod to Balthus, recreated the surreal oddness, with a touch of formal Japanese film. The setting for the interiors has been a Japanese medical clinic. These tableaux hark  between a suspended period between childhood and adulthood and Hara’s technique is the old-fashioned, labour-intensive method that includes multiple exposures and the use of a smoke machine to create the opaque quality. The blur and the opaqueness used thus creates the otherworldly atmosphere. Hara’s monochrome portraits look strangely familiar to me and become an interesting discovery and a gorgeous composition and example of tableaux vivant.

http://hisajihara.com/

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SUGGESTING 2013′ S INTERESTING ARTISTS

Posted on January 15, 2013 by Luca Andriani

Like every beginning of a new year, each of us seeks to change, modify or overturn something that the previous year has not fully satisfied or what would be nice to accomplish in the year that has just begun. In this case I told myself : what about reporting young artists to whom we should all keep an eye on for the whole 2013? Rather than offering my subjective opinion on their work, I thought it would be more valuable and educational to focus on their recent career achievements and upcoming projects, the combination of which is a good way in underlining why they are the ones to watch both in 2013 and for many years to come. Maybe one day you’ll have the good fortune to meet them on your way! Happy New Year by the way! Continue Reading →

CUT THE RIBBON, JORIS-KARL HUYSMANS

Posted on January 14, 2013 by admin

French of Duch origins, writer Joris-Karl Huysmans was born in 1848. First considered part of Naturalism, he became associated with the decadent movement with his publication of À rebours. Despite the  variety of his work, Huysmans is the example of a person who changed many time during in life.  For thirty-two years he worked as a civil servant for the French Ministry of the Interior, a job he found tedious but he also entered the “Zola Club” and started to write because that was what he liked more. His oeuvre is complex, his writing is exquisite and refined but it’s for the novel À rebours (Against The Grain) that he definitely cut the ribbon. Jean Des Esseintes is the last member of a powerful and once proud noble family. He has lived an extremely decadent life in Paris, which has left him disgusted with human society. Without telling anyone, he retreats to a house in the countryside. He fills the house with his eclectic art collection and decides to spend the rest of his life in intellectual and aesthetic contemplation.    Continue Reading →

FRED HERZOG, IN COLOR

Posted on January 14, 2013 by admin

Born in Stuttgart in 1930, Herzog lived all the dramas of the second world war. Evacuation from his city during aerial bombardments and loss of his parents for consequences related to the conflict. As nothing was really keeping him in Europe, Herzog arrived in Canada in 1952 and never left. After a brief period in Montreal, he moved to Vancouver where he is still a resident. Since very young he took photographs but it’s in Canada that he started shooting seriously and non stop. His work mainly focus on working class, accidental photography, reality and sometimes architecture. His approach is sincere, ironic and candid. A selection of his vintage pictures is currently on display at Laurence Miller Gallery New York until the 26th of January. Don’t miss it.

http://laurencemillergallery.com/index.html

Photo above: Jackpot, 1961

YOU’RE A SUCKER FOR FRENCH POETRY AND RHINESTONES

Posted on January 13, 2013 by Teresa Cannata'

As a nail polish addict I like keeping up-to-date on the releases of my favourite brands. Most of the time, they all focus on major trends and it’s rare to find someone who really introduces something unusual. Deborah Lippmann glitters are surely one of the most exciting products ever, but a new protagonist has been rising lately: I’m referring to the one and only Lynn Chrisman, the queen of franken/indie polish, the mind (and hands) behind Lynnderella. Explaining the originality and complexity of her creations is very hard, because their colour combinations, textures and visual effects are so unique that you really must judge by yourself. 
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OBI BY VALSECCHI 1918

Posted on January 10, 2013 by admin

From coffee table to vase-holder, from display unit to a chest of drawers: a neutral rectangular box has in its interior a coloured base structure, fitted out with shelves, uprights or drawers, depending on its function. This is OBI. The intersection between the internal structure, made of colored laqued MDF, and the natural wood square, creating a colorfull and materic play, an unusual and playful embrace. The design is characterized by the formal and functional contrast between the interior and the exterior of the piece of furniture. In collaboration with Tommaso Bistacchi, the Milanese designer Davide Anzalone sign collection furniture OBI. Created for the publisher Valsecchi 1918, it consists of small wooden furniture, coffee table, console, shelf or storage drawers. Unique and beautiful it combines linear and minimal design with everyday use.

www.valsecchi1918.com

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GUTAI

Posted on January 10, 2013 by admin

In February 2013, the Guggenheim Museum will open the first U.S. museum retrospective exhibition ever devoted to Gutai, the most influential artists collective and artistic movement in postwar Japan and among the most important international avant-garde movements of the 1950s and ‘60s. Gutai was an association of artists founded by Jiro Yoshihara in Japan in 1954. The ’50s and ’60s, the period during which Gutai emerged, were notable for Japan’s miraculous recovery, which was achieved through soaring economic growth in the wake of the country’s defeat in World War II. Gutai’s creations are the result of an abundance of the challenging spirit and creative energy and the function of the group as a symbol of that era. Gutai was extraordinary for its range of bold and innovative creativity and aesthetic which explored in a unique way materials, processes and performativity. The group had a radical way of experimentation across a range of media and styles, and demonstrated how individual artists could push the limits of art. The range will include paintings, conceptual art, experimental performances and films. The Guggenheim show will contain 120 objects by 25 artists on loan from major museum and private collections in Japan, the U.S. and Europe.

 http://www.guggenheim.org/

15 Feb – 8 May, 2013 Guggenheim Museum, NYC

CECIL BEATON FABRICS

Posted on January 9, 2013 by Marco Maggetto

We tend to think about Cecil Beaton for his ethereal, stylishly perfect pictures. We all know he was a bon vivant and an extraordinarily well introduced person. The rich and famous, the glamour, the terrific irony, the epic fashion moments.  Let me call Mr. Beaton an “art machine” because few people I have ideally met had been that fecund. No matter what he was doing: from the sets to the make up and styling, till the flower decorations passing by the creation of special furniture and interior designs, he was delivering beauty, always. That was obtained mainly because Beaton was making it all, and controlling it all. None knows what’s in your mind better than you, how true is that? The sketching? A regular job for Mr.Beaton who  loved spending  time with a pencil in his hand putting down ideas and visions. Drawn in 1948 and commissioned by Zika Ascher for use in his contemporary collection of haute couture textiles, the Cecil Beaton Fabric Collection is just a small part of the genius inside of this big personality. I love the fact that after so many years, that “capsule” is so contemporary and still produced by Beaudesert London. Continue Reading →

A GOOD ‘NOVELLA’

Posted on January 9, 2013 by Maxim Deluxe

Novella are London-based trio: Sophy Hollington, Hollie Warren and Suki Sou. They met in Brighton and formed the band in February 2010 after they all moved up to London . Novella are out with a new video ‘Mary’s Gun ‘. You can watch and follow the band Here.

ART AND SHOW BUSINESS: JAIME LORENTE AT EGAM

Posted on January 9, 2013 by Emilia Garcia Romeu

Quite often the art world behaves like show business, falling for the star of the moment while condemning yesterday’s promises to obsolescence, even if their work is not obsolete. And it seems at least paradoxical that just when artists have reached their maturity and developed a language of their own, they hardly ever get solo shows and are usually excluded from group exhibitions; they literally disappear from the public eye.  Despite their ostracism, many of these artists, now in their forties and fifties, are not only alive but also kicking and making very interesting work, probably the best in their career. This is the case of Jaime Lorente, on view at Egam (Madrid) this Fall.  His first works, from the 1980s, were dark, thick paintings echoing artists such as Enzo Cucchi and Anselm Kiefer. Along the way, however, his palette got brighter and his brushstroke lighter, and although painting remained at the center of his practice, he started incorporating new techniques (photography, silkscreen, collage, photo-shop) and materials (mirrors, cork, glass).

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THE VISUALLY CAPTIVATING ALISON SCARPULLA

Posted on January 8, 2013 by Isabella Cecconi

“Alison Scarpulla’s pictures on the other hand clearly stand out in contemporary photography, a unique and complex portrait of a world that seems to exist parallel to our reality where carefree picnics on a perfect summer day could easily end up in a rendezvous with the Grim Reaper.”

To me, these are  wildly imaginative photos. I stumbled on Alison Scarpulla by chance and by chance, I must admit, I got quietly fascinated. Her images are an interesting fusion of portraiture with landscapes, some are surreal or look epic, haunting , gorgeous. The viewer focuses on the shapes created rather than the colors. From what I read she is a young self-taught experimental photographer and multimedia artist from NYC, who has a keen and sensitive eye for the abnormal, absurd, weird and surreal. Her shot are powerful with an intriguing tone of beautiful decay, looking quite out of time. She creates her work using double exposure or maybe layering two pictures and her symmetrical composition are definitely unique. So very dream-like. The result? Simply Mystic.

http://shuttermade.com/alisonscarpulla

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PITTI 83

Posted on January 8, 2013 by admin

Today is the day. Today it’s the beginning of the new year’s fashion calendar. The very first appointment, as usual, will be Pitti Uomo in Florence. Untill the 11th, Pitti will be the world’s most important platform for men’s clothing and accessory collections and for launching new projects in men’s fashion. The place to be. Pitti Uomo  focuses its attention on fashion’s ability to be a marketing and communications paradigm for merchandise categories and industries with its multidisciplinary nature: fashion, design, architecture, entertainment, art. These days are both a discovery and a trade fair, a business event, evolved into a fashion event, serving one of the most important and dynamic sectors of Italy’s economy.  Later in January the fashion carousel will continue in Milan and Paris. Year 2013, here we come!

WALNUT BY DOUCAL’S

Posted on January 7, 2013 by Marco Maggetto

I think we are sneakers addict. I also think I would love to wear something different next spring without looking like a stiffed man (with a Fedora hat on maybe, oh my gosh that is so 2011!) Yes I’m talking about casual shoes, about relaxed elegance and fresh feet. The Walnut moccasin by Doucal’s seems a perfectly correct option. The inspiration? Native Americans. The material? The softest skin on heart colored in apuana marrone, otter rosso, otter soleil and apuana testa di moro. The structure? It’s one piece of leather folded like the most meticulous of the origami. Doucal’s is an Italian company nestled in Montegranaro- Marche. This region, known around the world as Italy’s heart of production for handcrafted excellence of glamorous footwear, is where the Giannini family originally founded the Doucal’s brand 40 years ago. Italian craftsmanship embracing the modern perspective we can wear without looking like a colonial man/ banker? Walnut, there we go.

http://www.doucals.it/

 

FANCY SOME VINTAGE FLAVOUR? THE LEMON MERINGUE PIE!

Posted on January 7, 2013 by Francesca Lanni

Lemon Meringue Pie is a famous traditional British dish. Sadly the Lemon Meringue Pie fell out of fashion in recent years. I found this mouthwatering recipe in a magazine and tried it. It turned out perfectly, and tasted great as well. If you are in a hurry then use a shop bought tart case, but for the best results, nothing beats home made pastry. For the pastry: 175g plain flour , 100g cold butter , cut in small pieces, 1 tbsp icing sugar , 1 egg yolk For the filling: 2 level tbsp cornflour, 100g golden caster sugar , finely grated zest 2 large lemon, 125ml fresh lemon juice (from 2-3 lemons), juice 1 small orange,85g butter, cut into pieces, 3 egg yolks and a 1 whole egg. For the meringue: 4 egg whites, room temperature, 200g golden caster sugar, 2 level tsp cornflour. Continue Reading →

CUT THE RIBBON: GILDA RADNER

Posted on January 7, 2013 by admin

“I wanted a perfect ending. Now I’ve learned, the hard way, that some poems don’t rhyme, and some stories don’t have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next. Delicious Ambiguity.”
Gilda Susan Radner, was an American comedienne and actress, best known as one of the original ribbon cutter of NBC’s Saturday Night Live show, for which she won an Emmy Award in 1978. Radner started her broadcasting career as the weather girl for college radio station and later featured on the National Lampoon Radio Hour, a comedy program. During that time, fellow cast members included John Belushi, Richard Belzer, Chevy Chase, Bill Murray, Brian Doyle-Murray, and Rhonda Coullet. Radner was a part of the freshman group on the first season of Saturday Night Live. She was the first performer between 1975 and 1980 and created characters like Roseanne Roseannadanna, Baba Wawa, a parody of Barbara Walters, and Emily Litella. Continue Reading →