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DIOR AND YAMAMOTO, THE NEW LOOK

Posted on February 28, 2013 by admin

It’s going to happen in Melbourne, Australia. The National Gallery of Victoria will host this small but powerful exhibition on two pivotal fashion designers: Christian Dior and Yohji Yamamoto. There have been several moments that have entirely changed the way people dress. In 1947, Dior’s debut spring collection completely transformed fashion from the angular silhouette of the 1940s into softer feminine hourglass shapes with wasp-waists and billowing skirts almost overnight. Carmel Snow at Harper’s Bazaar dubbed it the ‘New Look’. In 1981, Yohji Yamamoto’s debut Paris collection also changed the course of fashion history, shaking up the concept of Western-style clothing with a rag-like collection and throwing the fashion world into controversy. His collections created a new vocabulary in fashion which has altered its course. Yamamoto did not introduce this look alone, but his work holds particular resonance with the work of Dior. The exhibition draws out some of those connections through selected garments, photographs and prints. Captivating style, 1950s Melbourne features key artists who helped to cultivate Melbourne’s era of style and glamour during the 1950s.

16 Mar – 28 Jul 2013, NGV International

http://www.ngv.vic.gov.au

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INTERSECTIONS AND HYBRIDS, SERGEI TCHEREPNIN AT MURRAY GUY

Posted on February 28, 2013 by admin

Trained as a composer, Sergei Tcherepnin (b. 1981) works at the intersections of sound, sculpture, and theater.  Connecting is the word:  computers, amplifiers, complex multi-channel compositions and objects are often transformed into speakers.  Whit this process, objects are hybridized and become strange characters that invite various kinds of play between things and bodies, suggesting new possibilities for intimacy with sound. Central to Tcherepnin’s exhibition at Murray Guy are three boxes clothed in fabric and metal, embedded with transducers and placed in different positions within the gallery.  Each box emits a pair of tones that is designed to bring about the production of a third distinct tone — the “eartone” or “difference tone” — within the listener’s inner ear.  Many of these performed tones alternate in patterns that are calculated to keep this third “eartone” constant, while shifting the listener’s perception of it within his or her head. During The Armory Show, don’t miss this Tcherepnin exhibition. He will be included also  in the 55th Venice Biennale, opening June 1.

On Saturday, March 23, as part of Synth Nights, Tcherepnin will present a performance at The Kitchen, New York, in collaboration with Woody Sullender and Okkyung Lee.

From 5 March through 20 April 2013.

http://murrayguy.com/

INC.

Posted on February 27, 2013 by Maxim Deluxe

No world” by INC .  The Debut Album Out Now via 4AD.

“One of the best albums of 2013.” – Notion – Album Of The Month

“Inc. liberate R&B in impressive style.” – MOJO (4/5)

“A sound that’s familiar, but contagious.” – NME (8/10)

“The heartfelt, complex sound is completely cutting edge.” – LA Times

“No world is a fully-formed, splendidly fluid soundtrack to seduction… These gifted siblings have come of age.” – BBC

Inc. is refreshing, but not because it’s ordinary. Its fusion of smoky, high-pitched vocals and soulful, tricked out sounds is heady, sensual music, the type that both unsettles you with its cryptic shrieks and soothes you with its familiar rhythms.” – Fader

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ELEGANT AND FUCTIONAL! iVICTROLA!

Posted on February 27, 2013 by admin

There is design and there is good design. Good design happens when something memorable and meaningful is created. Today, it’s good design time. This is iVictrola. It features a solid walnut base dock suitable for iPod, iPhone and iPad with a black Magnavox horn. The horn, creates a magnifier sound, and the idea is obviously based on the old Gramophones of the late 19th and early 20th Centuries. There’s technology and vintage. Speakers are handmade and each one is crefted out of quality wood and real antique parts. These beautiful pieces are unfortunately pretty expensive (from $600 to $1000). The iVictrola creates what’s basically a giant megaphone for its normally not-that-loud speaker, filling your space with sound without using a drop of electricity. Isn’t it simply…amazing?

http://made-craft.com/

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TIMELESS ICON, DIANA SPENCER IN PHOTOS

Posted on February 26, 2013 by admin

It was about time. It was something we wish they have done before: finally a good photographic book that celebrates Lady Diana after all those unauthorized biographies. When words cannot tell you the story in a neutral way, there are only pictures. Tons of Diana Spencer’s images that can tell you far more than entire books. “Timless Icon” by Electa is a book about a globally recognized “shy” style icon before style icons got like “lions” out of a cage. The early Diana caught in unexpected moments as a mother-princess and the  ultimate Diana, a philanthropist jetting the world in style and wearing the best designers, are getting together in this book made of more than 100 photos shooed by paparazzis and other famous photographers. Between all that had been written, the woman, her appeal, her timeless allure, her pictures.

http://www.electaweb.com

LAVA LAVA LOVE, BOTH

Posted on February 26, 2013 by Anna Torossi

Girls are strange creatures. They are often attracted by bad boys and then complaining about the fact that guys are mean, but, when they find a good guy, you can hear them complaining about the boredom. To make girls happy there should be boys that are good and mean at the same time — or they should date two boys.

That’s the story in “Both”, the new single from Lava Lava Love, a pop band from Verona. The voice of Florencia, the singer, narrates exactly this duplicity: dating two boys, one good and one mean because “both of you are good to me” and she just can’t choose. I fell in love with this song the first time I heard it at one of their gigs and, believe me, it is so catchy that you’ll soon find yourself dancing in the living room, singing as loud as you can. Lava Lava Love new album, “Au Printemps”, will be released early in March and “Both” is the first single, trust me and listen to it, you’ll love it immediately.

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CUT THE RIBBON, GEORGES REMI – HERGé

Posted on February 25, 2013 by admin

In 1929, cartoonist Georges Remi, who used the pen name Hergé, cut the ribbon by creating The Adventures of Tintin. The successful series of cartoon strips, was at the very beginning supplement to the Belgian newspaper LE XX SIECLE. The hero is Tintin a young Belgian reporter aided by his faithful Milou, a fox terrier god. Later, the cast included Captain Haddock, Professor Calculus, and Dupont and Dupont. Admired all over the world for its clean, expressive drawings, the strips had a variety of genres: adventurous, fantasy, humor, mystery, political satire, thriller and science fiction. After World War II, Hergé left his newspaper and accepted an invitation to continue The adventures of Tintin reaching the height of success in 1950, by creating Hergé Studios. Hergé died in 1983 leaving us his magnificent work and happiness, when asked who was to him Tintin he would answer: “Tintin is myself. He reflects the best and brightest in me; he is my successful double. I am not a hero. But like all 15-year-old boys, I dreamt of being one…and I have never stopped dreaming. Tintin has accomplished many things on my behalf.”

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THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME

Posted on February 25, 2013 by Flan

There are some, probably just a few. Around the city, working and living near you. They are not hiding but it is not that easy to meet them. They are healthy, athletic, even talkative, have a good sense of humor, stylish and impeccable apartments, often a cat, some plants, a car, a motorbike, a bicycle, no exes, they are just full of friends, often female friends, and they simply enjoy their single life – in other words, they live alone and don’t want to change their status. They are perfect men. But alas, they are not perfect boyfriends.

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JESSICA TREMP

Posted on February 22, 2013 by admin

From the series ‘But a fleeting touch’, courtesy of Jessica Tremp.

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A DREAM IN STRAWBERRY FOIL, COMRADE COUTURE

Posted on February 21, 2013 by Marco Maggetto

Some decades ago, there was a wall separating a city in the middle of Europe. Sounds weird and far to new generations but The German Democratic Republic , or simply East Germany, was a state within the Eastern Bloc during the Cold War period. From 1949 to 1990  this small region was occupied by Soviets. Isolated from the rest of Europe that was living the opulence of the 70ies and 80ies, East Germany lived in a “cage” where police was suppressing every popular uprising and where its inhabitants were not permitted to leave their country or travel anywhere in the west bloc. The economy  was centrally planned and state owned, and as a consequence of that, this small country was living a life by itself. And what about fashion? European teenagers where exploding into “La Boum”  buying jeans and sneakers, bleaching their hair and dancing the most pop of the music the world had ever heard while East German teenagers had to deal with a kind of clothing that was functional, practical and uniformly standardizes. But clearly, the wind of fashion doesn’t stop in front of  borders and some East German citizens, inspired by youth movements as Punk and New Wave, started sewing their own clothes creating extravagant outfits that were a form of rebellion, a way to challenge the establishment, Continue Reading →

WHO’S GOING TO BE THE LADY MARMALADE QUEEN? THE MARMALADE AWARDS!

Posted on February 21, 2013 by admin

There is total beauty in morning rituals, mine is sipping tea and having bites of bread and marmalade. This is one of my favourite things, eating marmalade, the queen of all preserves. The magnificent spread made from the juice and peel of citrus fruits (usually the Seville orange), boiled with sugar and water.  The bitter-sweet impact to the senses, the distinguished flavor. Marmalade and England are two peas from the same pod. The Marmalade Awards & Festival will take place next Sat 2nd and Sunday 3rd March 2013 at Dalemain Historic House & Gardens near Penrith in Cumbria, UK. With a rich program of events, including  Food Fair, Lectures, Workshops, Crafts, Children’s Activities, marmalade making and book readings. Over 200 competition marmalades to taste with freshly made toast and refreshments. Marmalade has been made and served at Dalemain for hundreds of years and for the past seven years, Dalemain has hosted The World’s Original Marmalade Awards & Festival firmly placing it at the center of the marmalade map. From 50 jars in 2005, the Awards have grown each year and in 2012, nearly, 1,800 jars of marmalade were entered and judged. Continue Reading →

80’s MEMORIES: MY BELOVED OLYMPUS XA

Posted on February 20, 2013 by Isabella Cecconi

The very first Olympus XA came out in 1979, mine was in 1980(XA2). First the XA, complete with manual rangefinder focus, and then the less expensive XA2. Since it was given to me, I extensively used it till  the 1990s. It was light and easy to carry, a little masterpiece of optical and industrial design. It took great photos, too. The clamshell could protect all optics and once opened it could shoot instantly. The XA had very complex lens, nice point and shoot, the viewfinder was bright,  a manual thumb wheel, manual rewind with release button and crank. The XA, with its tiny, toy-like looks, has never been taken very seriously by people but it was an ideal pocketable, street photography camera; it was pure cute and a joy to behold.

 

PAUL KLEE AT K21

Posted on February 20, 2013 by admin

In 1960, the Federal State of North-Rhine-Westphalia Germany, acquired 88 works by German born Paul Klee (1879-1940) starting the most complete collection of the artist. During the years the State added more than 20 works to the collection and now for the first time, all of these works are getting together and presented to the public at Kunstsammlung Northen Westfallen of Düsseldorf  . The focus of the exhibition is not exclusively on Klee’s creative achievement, but on the historical vicissitudes of these works of art as well. Klee began teaching at the Düsseldorf Art Academy in the early 1930s, and immigrated to Switzerland in late 1933 under pressure from the National Socialist dictatorship. Klee’s unique style was influenced by expressionism, cubism, surrealism. He was a real draftsman who experimented and mastered the color theory and wrote  about it. His lectures Writings on Form and Design Theory, published in English as the Paul Klee Notebooks, are considered so important for modern art that they are compared to the importance that Leonardo Da Vinci’s “A Treatise on Painting” had for the Renaissance.He and his colleague, the Russian painter Wassily Kandinsky, both taught at the German Bauhaus.

Paintings, drawings, and watercolors are displayed to  offer invaluable insights into the oeuvre of this remarkably multifaceted artist while providing a wide-ranging overview of Klee’s virtually inexhaustible creativity.  Dry humour, childlike perspective,  personal moods and beliefs, musicality. Discover, again, the world of Klee.

http://www.kunstsammlung.de/en/home.html

 

DAUGHTER

Posted on February 19, 2013 by Maxim Deluxe

 

Daughter are Elena Tonra, Igor Haefeli & Remi Aguilella from London. Daughter’s debut album ‘If You Leave’ is released on the 18th March in UK & Europe (via 4AD) & 30th April in North America (via Glassnote).
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THAT CHANEL DRESS

Posted on February 19, 2013 by Anna Torossi

You already know I have an incredible fascination for fairy tales and that’s probably the reason why I like so much this incredible Chanel Resort 2013 dress. The very first time I saw it was when I purchased the latest issue of Lula Magazine and I had the option to choose the cover: I had no doubt. The soft pastel tones, like  spring in watercolors and the cute, little, white flowers applied on the bodice make this item perfect to feel like in a fairy tale. This piece is part of a very girly collection inspired by eighteenth century Versailles, with panniers and lots of decorations. I also love this dress because it’s much less structured than others and embellishments are not as ostentatious.

To be honest, in a dress like this I would probably look even younger than I already do. It makes me think about Sunday afternoons in spring, when flowers are in full bloom,  and I daydream looking at the sky. I must say that, in this foggy days and with the cold season still ahead, the thought of this dress is very promising. So, I’ll keep looking at it and  imagine all the scenarios that inspires and waiting for Spring to come: at times dresses can be carriers that take you to places where you need to be when you can’t be.

http://www.chanel.com/it_IT/

PIERRE JEANNERET, THE KANGOUROU CHAIR

Posted on February 18, 2013 by admin

History narrates that Pierre Jeanneret, the famous Swiss architect, collaborated all through his life with his more famous cousin Charles Edouard Jeanneret, aka Le Corbusier. Their working relationship actually ended when Pierre joined the French Resistance and Le Corbusier did not. However, they continued collaborating once again after the War. Jeanneret created beautiful and rare pieces of furniture, and in the early 1950s began a new project at Chandigarh, in India, at the invitation of his cousin Le Corbusier, then at work on a groundbreaking architectural program there. When Le Corbusier opted out halfway through, Jeanneret became the undertaking’s chief architect and urban designer. At the same time he created a furniture style to be used for the government offices and a number of private homes. The Kangourou armchair is a solid example of this production. The amazing strenght of teak wood melts with the braided cane work.  It’s not just an example of work that still blows minds away, it’s a touch of vintage and evergreen creativity, innovative thinking that will always get a long way. Kangourou forever.

CUT THE RIBBON, ALEXANDER DORNER

Posted on February 18, 2013 by admin

If a lot of people is going to museums and find it easier, it’s because of this man called Alexander Dorner who, at one point, introduced his vision and his curatorial theory and really changed the way exhibitions were conceived. Born in Konisberg Germany in 1893, Dorner joined the State Museum (Landesmuseum) in Hannover as a curator in 1923, rising to director in 1925.  He was responsible for many smaller museums in the Hanover area during the years of Walter Gropius’ foundation of the Bauhaus in Weimar.  Leader of the avant-garde art collecting in Germany in the 1920s and 1930s focusing on Piet Mondrian, Naum Gabo, Kazimir Malevich, and El Lissitzky, Dorner was famous for being anything but an elitist in years where the world “art” was meant to be pronounced only by the “well-read” people. Strongly populist, he worked on installations to appeal a great variety of people, driving attendance levels up. He grouped Museum collection objects in rooms by theme rather than period and removed cases in order to free works of art and make their esthetic appeal enhanced. After the declaration of second World War Dorner moved to United States and got a position of director at the Art Museum of the Rhode Island School Of Design where he reorganized the traditionally displayed works of art into dramatic installations that instantly encountered the flavor of a vast public. The evidence of his marvelous job ? A very rare 1958  book called “The Living Museum. Experiences of an Art Historian and Museum Director ” by  Samuel Cauman is still the “arty crowds” most wanted and read book all over the world.

 

SCARY MONSTERS AND SUPER CREEPS

Posted on February 17, 2013 by Teresa Cannata'

I’m a total rookie (or a failure, as you wish) when it comes to writing about menswear. It’s a contradiction because I’ve admired men’s clothes since I was a child: my father worked as a tailor when he was a teenager and some of his friends still do that job. Tailoring techniques, pattern-making and the selection of fabrics are like the ingredients of something magic.

I may not be an expert, but I am surely able to appreciate originality. This, combined to pop culture, never fails to impress me. It’s what has happened with the autumn/winter 2013 collection by Christopher Kane, who paid homage to four legendary characters of  horror movies and literature – the Mummy, Dracula, the Creature from the Black Lagoon and the Frankenstein monster. This stylish homage has caught me by surprise, and for this reason I’ve enjoyed it so much.
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JESSICA TREMP

Posted on February 15, 2013 by admin

From the series Firewood. Courtesy of talented Jessica Tremp.

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TEMPERS, EYES WIDE WIDER

Posted on February 15, 2013 by admin

Tempers is a NYC-based post-punk/electronic duo comprised of Jasmine Golestaneh and Eddie Cooper. Jasmine, born in Florida, is of Latvian-Iranian descent, and grew up in Paris and London before moving to New York. She has recorded and performed as musician for most of her life and her visual art, primarily collage, has been shown in galleries throughout New York. Eddie is a NYC native who spent years in Berlin, where he released records on electronic labels like !K7 and Eskimo. The started playing as a band in 2011 and began recording songs almost immediately as part of their songwriting process. New single “Eyes Wide Wider” is out today. Amazing!

http://www.tempersmusic.com/

SNOW IS MELTING, STUDIO PRETZEL SS 2013

Posted on February 14, 2013 by Marco Maggetto

Finally the snow is melting and the sun is out, and the prospective of a milder weather is real. Remember I’m writing from the North East of the “Boot” and in the last few days we had “the perfect snow” as meteorologists defined it.  That perfect snow really blocked everything, positiveness included, and instead of thinking about renovating my spring wardrobe I was more into searching for a new Woolrich and buying tights to wear, secretly, under my jeans. As i said today it’s sunny outside and as a cat that stretches out into the very first ray of sun,  I  extend my thought towards renovation again . Studio Pretzel SS 2013 LookBook, designed by our friend Emiliano Laszlo, bumped in our emails just today : what a better way to celebrate the end of winter , hopefully, with this collection? Its light weighted character, its pastel sky palette, its functionality and style is an ode to the good weather- good living. Along with classic signature shirts by StudioPretzel (maniacally made from the cut to the sewing ) you will find the LightDenim blazer and the blue Indigo Kimono pants. The first is a marvelous fresh jacket that stands for the universal use of denim also in hot temperatures, the second is another Pretzel symbol revisited ad improved. Emiliano loves Martial Arts and never looses occasion to purpose such perfect oriental uniforms by adding his all Florentine twist. The result is perfectly visible in these pictures shooted during last June’s Pitti Uomo and interpreted by Tomoteru ‘ToMo’ Saito. Artist, very well known “Madonnaro”, Tomoteru is such a StudioPretzel man: a conscious human being that lives his passions no matter what and which life is an intersection of cultures and experiences. Stretch towards StudioPretzel at La Ferrament Bologna, 40 Gradi Rome, Ruggine Cesenatico and online at WrongWeather.

http://www.studiopretzel.com/

Photo Above : LightDenim Jacket and shorts

TRIUMPH AND DISASTER!

Posted on February 13, 2013 by admin

Men oh Men! Hear this, it’s a nice story. At the age of 13, Dion Nash’s father, bestowed him with the poem IF by Rudyard Kipling. The poem is the voice of a father giving the son a primer on how to be a man. Mr. Nash, two decades later, was developing a skincare line, which he would call Triumph and Disaster. The magnificent line (which I adore and find totally cool and fresh and slick and vintage and beautiful) respects nature, has natural ingredients which come from Nash native New Zealand. Nash, spent 18 years on the New Zealand national cricket team, but after retiring from the sport he went on to work in the spirits industry and later in Triumph and Disaster. The men’s grooming line together with a team of three chemists and a world-class perfumer, aims to combine the best of science and nature with a global sensibility. In fact, products range from Shearer’s Soap and cleanser to facial scrubs and shave creams. Infused with eucalyptus, almond, bergamot and pine these products offer post-exercise, sun and shave hydration. The company aims for sustainable business practices and uses only ingredients certified as not tested on animals.

http://www.triumphanddisaster.com

 

 

WATERCOLOUR, GILLES BENSIMON

Posted on February 12, 2013 by admin

Gilles Bensimon, born in 1944, is a very well known French photographer and International Creative Director of Elle Magazine. He joined Elle in 1967 and helped in making it a success all over the world.  Gilles comes from a family of art dealers and artists and it was somehow natural he was going to follow his family’s steps sooner or later. Last January he got an exhibition at Hamiltons Gallery in London that was all about flowers. To pre-announce Spring, to keep you warm with the idea of the upcoming renovation of next season and enchant you with some vivid colors, we have decided to share a couple of photos from the exhibition. Bensimon clearly is in love with flowers  and always make them a crucial element in his body of work.

‘As soon as the flower is cut, it dies — even though it retains its inherently life-like characteristics. But when I plunge them into the water, they are briefly reborn. It is as if I am bringing them back to life; the water helps me capture the essence of their living beauty one last time before they wilt and fade.’ Continue Reading →

MY DIFFERENT VALENTINE’S

Posted on February 11, 2013 by admin

To be in love is a state of grace. To prove you are in love there is no need of any gift nor celebration: every day is a party day when you are in love. But Valentine’s Day is Valentine’s Day and if you really need to make a present to your twin soul, try something different, give him/her an affordable work of art. Culture Label, Shop for the arts, purposes between his perfect gifts, this series called Love 1YMC . It’s  a limited edition print of 100 signed and numbered by iconographic artist Patrick Thomas. The English artist, born in Liverpool 1965, who plays with imagery routinely re purposed and recomposed , and that transforms the most common visual artifacts into uncommon commentary on society and politics. How to turn your Valentine’s Day into a perfect day? By making it an arty day.

http://www.culturelabel.com

CUT THE RIBBON, LAURE ALBIN GUILLOT

Posted on February 11, 2013 by admin

“This would be a resounding name that should become famous”. This was what she heard of herself, just after World War II. Indeed, the French photographic scene was particularly marked by the signature and aura of this artist, who not only for her talent and virtuosity but also for her professional engagement was a ribbon cutter. Her art of portraiture and her nudes, her active role in the advertising world, her printed work and, her significant gathering of her stupefying photographs sparkled in a period where Man Ray, Brassai, Kertesz were blooming with female nude. Laure Albin Guillot, cut the ribbon of male nude, inverting the myth and being counter-current. Her modernity, avant-garde will always attract our attention. Her appealing pictures are so modern an paradoxically classic in ‘French Style’. As an independent photographer, she practised several genres, including portraiture, landscape, still life and documentary photography. Laure Albin Guillot offfered new creative perspectives in the combination of art and science becoming a member of the Société des artistes décorateurs, the Société Française de Photographie, director of photographic archives for the Direction générale des Beaux-Arts and first curator of the Cinémathèque nationale. Not to even count the President of the Union Féminine des Carrières Libérales. She emerged as one of the most active personalities and most aware of the photographic and cultural stakes of the time. 

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JESSICA TREMP

Posted on February 8, 2013 by admin

Courtesy of Jessica Tremp, from the series Picked to Pieces

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BOCCIA? BOCCI? BOCCE!

Posted on February 8, 2013 by admin

When it comes to Bocce, it doesn’t matter age or sex, everybody can play it and knows how to play it. Simply because it’s easy. It’s an Italian evergreen, it’s the typical migrants game, the popular community sport. It’s popular because everyonow can play. It’s an inexpensive game of thought and strategy that brings families and friends together. Come on, Bocce is Bocce! The basic principle is to roll a bocce ball closest to the target ball called “pallino”. It’s a knock out game, where players or teams usually have fun. Real Bocce players usually own their own sets. This nice wooden kit from Terrain comes with a cloth bag that holds the balls and contains 8 wooden balls, one pallino. It’s hand painted and handmade in the US.And now set the game and…’al volo’!

www.shopterrain.com

LIKE-MINDED PEOPLE, TWOTHIRDS

Posted on February 7, 2013 by Marco Maggetto

Depending on the dictionary, like-minded means in accord, compatible, harmonious, having a similar or identical opinion, disposition, etc.etc. It’s for this kind of people that TWOTHIRDS created its clothing line.

“Our planet is covered by two-thirds ocean. Our ocean gave us the gift of life. In turn the inspiring immensity of our ocean gave us our name: TWOTHIRDS. Our ocean makes us who we are and gives us immeasurable joy. We at TWOTHIRDS aim to address like-minded people; those who are awake and aware of the immense value of our oceans, people deeply connected to surfing and those who have a thirst for substance and style.”

TWOTHIRDS was founded in San Sebastian, Europe`s premier surf-city, some time ago just in front of the Ocean.  There you will find their concept store that is situated 50 meters from the Atlantic Ocean in `Calle Aldamar` 38.  At TT they use 10% of their gross profit margin to actively support measures to protect and preserve oceans as well as create awareness and educate . TT is a company that is trying to minimize the impact of any kind of fabric treatment using chlorine free wools, veg tan leather, untreated garments and by limiting the amount of colors in order  to minimize water usage. Continue Reading →

RASPBERRIES AND WHITE CHOCOLATE, THE SCRUMMY MUFFIN

Posted on February 6, 2013 by Francesca Lanni

Few combinations are loved as much as raspberries and white chocolate.The freshness of the raspberries beautifully complement the scrummy white chocolate. A great combination of ingredients all within one scrummy muffin!! I find that it’s best if you keep the white chocolate in large chunks as this tastes best once cooked. Ingredients 250g self-raising flour
2 tsp baking powder
100g caster sugar
250ml milk
1 large egg
90ml vegetable oil
150g raspberries
150g white chocolate chips. Method: Preheat oven to 180C (160C if using a fan oven) and line muffin-tray with paper cases.
Place all the ingredients apart from the raspberries and chocolate into a bowl and mix the batter until it is all combined but still lumpy – this helps keep it light and fluffy.
Gently fold in the raspberries and chocolate.
 Bake for 20-25 minutes until nicely risen and golden on top.
Allow to cook slightly and enjoy. I baked these and made the mistake of letting other people taste them. Now I need to make at least 2 batches to keep up with demand! Easy, quick to make and taste fantastic.

SHOW ME SOMETHING I’VE NEVER SEEN BEFORE! AUGUST SANDER AND MICHAEL SOMOROFF

Posted on February 5, 2013 by Isabella Cecconi

“We know that people are formed by the light and air, by their inherited traits, and their actions. We can tell from appearance the work someone does or does not do; we can read in his face whether he is happy or troubled”.

If you love photography, you MUST know who August Sander is. A German maestro of photography, whose work on landscape, nature, architecture, but most of all street photography and portraits as exemplified by his series People of the 20th Century has been a cross-section of society during the Weimar Republic. Sander’s monumental, lifelong photographic project was based on photographing subjects from all walks of life and creating a typological catalogue of more than six hundred photographs of the German people. People of the 20th Century was gradually created by Sander as a sort of catalogue of mankind that could represent a pluralistic vision of the society far removed from the myth of the Aryan race. The series was divided into seven sections: Farmers, Skilled Tradesmen, Women, Classes and Professions, Artists, The City, and The Last People (the homeless, veterans, etc.). Michael Somoroff, was born in New York City in 1957. He studied art and photography at the New School for Social Research and assisted his father in his studio (a photographer too), on the set, on location and in the darkroom. In October 1979 the first exhibition of Somoroff’s photography was held at The International Center of Photography in New York City. In 1978, he had opened his own photography studio and had begun working for every major magazines in New York and Europe. As a student of the legendary art director Alexey Brodovitch, Ben Somoroff (Michael’s father) introduced his son to Brodovitchʼs revolutionary philosophy, which influenced a generation of photographers, artists and designers including Richard Avedon, Irving Penn, Robert Frank, Louis Faurer, Lillian Bassman, Henry Wolf and Milton Glaser, encouraging him to make unexpected images and push the boundaries of conventional ways of seeing. Brodovitch urged to “Show me something I haven’t seen before.”, thus creating an exciting period of experimentation and innovation in media of all kinds. Continue Reading →

WOMAN E AND THE PERFECT POP SONG

Posted on February 5, 2013 by Maxim Deluxe

When asked how to sum up their music they normally respond with some sort of juxtaposition: “decadence and decay” or “melancholy disco”, but ultimately they say, if you strip away all the smug adjectives, it’s really just pop.
London duo Woman E, who are confusingly made up of London born Ria Berlin and Berlin born OoverMatic, decided 3 years ago to put something back into pop music that seemed to have gone missing over the years: a point of view. “We thought it was dull how pop music rarely dealt with anything but lyrical clichés and that it was missing out on the opportunity to be subversive. Subversion is not the prerogative of guys with guitars or people who shout a lot” And so they stumbled into their first juxtaposition: subversive pop. OoverMatic, who had cut his teeth as musical director of fashion uber-icon Comme des Garçon, says he learned there how friction is the strongest creative fuel. “It’s easy to put two things of a kind together, but when you can make something coherent out of opposites then you have created something amazing.” Continue Reading →

CUT THE RIBBON, NEY MATOGROSSO

Posted on February 5, 2013 by admin

Ney Matogrosso born August  1, 1941, in Bela Vista, Mato Grosso do Sul, is a Brazilian singer, performer, gay icon. Despite  enlisting himself in the Brazilian Air Force at the age of 17, he never lost his passion for singing and drag performances and joined a quartet that went touring festivals through Brazil immediately after. In 1966, Matogrosso  moved to Rio De Janeiro where he lived as a hippie by selling art and crafts but it’s in Sao Paulo that his life changed. Entering the glam rock group “Secos y Molhados” made him a phenomenon that sold  1 million records and introduced in Brazil a never seen before sexuality freedom. During the dark years of the military dictatorship and despite a strong dose of derision, this marvelous artist imposed  himself as an exotic performer that served also as an example of liberation and a model of sexual freedom for an entire generation.  If people is now going to Brazil on holiday for its flamboyant tolerance towards sexual differences, it’s maybe also because of this man called Ney Matogrosso. As  Rolling Stone  ranked him as the third-largest Brazilian singer of all time, we would like also to position him in our list of pioneers and people that influenced the present called “Cut The Ribbon”.

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IMPRESSIONISM, FASHION, AND MODERNITY

Posted on February 4, 2013 by admin

It will only open on 26th of February at The Metropolitan Museum Of Art, but this is already a must see for people working, dreaming, loving the Fashion and its historical references. “Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity”  will feature many of the most celebrated works of the Impressionist era illustrating the central position of Couture in this period as a social statement, as a crucial feminine connotation. How important were dresses in these works of arts? How important was fashion for these artists how featured it in such a perfect way?  Impressionism, fashion and modernity, includes  Monet’s Luncheon on the Grass (1865–66) and Women in the Garden (1866), Bazille’s Family Reunion (1867), Bartholomé’s In the Conservatory (circa 1881, paired with the sitter’s dress), and fifteen other key loans from the Musée d’Orsay; Monet’s Camille (1866) from the Kunsthalle, Bremen, Renoir’s Lise–The Woman with the Umbrella (1867) from the Museum Folkwang, Essen, and Manet’s La Parisienne (circa 1875) from the Nationalmuseum, Stockholm, which have never before traveled to the United States; Caillebotte’s Paris Street; Rainy Day (1877) and Degas’s The Millinery Shop (circa 1882–86) from the Art Institute of Chicago; Renoir’s The Loge (1874) from The Courtauld Gallery, London; and Cassatt’s In the Loge (1878) from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. A full complement of period photographs and illustrations will be also on display to push the dialogue between fashion and art, and afford a sense of the late nineteenth-century Parisian milieu that inspired, provoked, and nurtured the talents—and often the ambitions—of the painters of modern life. Mark it on your agenda, this is a must seen exhibition.

February 26–May 27, 2013

http://www.metmuseum.org/

Above, Monet’s Luncheon on the Grass

SHELL CHAIR BY MARCO SOUSA SANTOS

Posted on February 1, 2013 by admin

Imagine the basic form of the seashell. The elegant shape, eye-catching, contrasting a cylindrical cushion. The shell is a lounge chair delivered with 4 cilindric cushions made of natural cotton fabric designed by Marco Sousa Santos. It is basically a hand-assembled piece made out of plywood. The Lisbon-based designer created it out of an array of wooden pieces disperse into a cocoon shape and supported by organically emerging legs. The birch plywood is digitally cut and then assembled by hand by Portuguese artisans, incorporating both modern and traditional techniques. The ribs are designed with the intention to hold pillows and cushion which would adjust to different persons’ body shape while allowing each user to personalize their own seating  view. The result is utterly unique.

www.branca-lisboa.com

 

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