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HOLD IT WITH REGARD, KARL DMITRI BISHOP

Posted on May 31, 2013 by admin

Second work by  Karl Dmitri Bishop . Born and lives in Cambridge, United Kingdom.

http://karldmitribishop.com

MADE FOR A RESQUE SQUADRON, PARAJUMPERS

Posted on May 30, 2013 by Marco Maggetto

The occasion was not a happy one and we were all there sitting in a bar , sad and low, waiting for an occasion to talk about something else. One friend was wearing this military jacket full of pockets, padded out in fleece and with lots of grapples. The clothes oriented I’m, the casual wear lover in me couldn’t resit but ask to remove the jacket and give it to me for a functional analysis. That was, with no surprise, very well done, stitched to kill, finished up in marvellous way. I  think I stayed in silence with the jacket for 10 minutes… and I said to myself, I want one. I absolutely liked it. The model in question was” The Flea Market” jacket by Parajumpers which is a new project deriving from the cooperation between Ape and designer Massimo Rossetti. Rossetti is a well experienced outerwear designer  and also an importer of American brands for the Italian market. The idea of Parajumpers appeared after a meeting with a serving member of the 210th Rescue Squadron in an ill-famed bar in Anchorage, Alaska. Men of that squadron are highly trained for extreme rescues and recoveries in the wildest, most remote and hostile corners of the Globe. Whether it be ships adrift at sea, rock-climbers stuck atop a 4,000-meter peak, or submariners sunk at unimaginable depths, these men are called to intervene. All that functionality, all that strength and perfection, are now in a  very interesting brand I warmly suggest you. I want that jacket madly, what about you?

http://www.parajumpers.it/en/

 

ILLESTEVA

Posted on May 30, 2013 by admin

The prodigiousness of protective eyewear! With summer’ sun bright and sunlight you can’t discomfort the eyes and you must have a visual aid. From celebrities to commons we’d love to suggest the beauty of Illesteva sunglasses. There are so many that you just have to pick one and wear it. Desire to mask? Do it..but at least be cool… especially on the beach!

 

TRINITY BY FRANCESCO VEZZOLI

Posted on May 29, 2013 by admin

The Harlow was present at the opening of Trinity, the exhibition that presents the art of Francesco Vezzoli. The exhibit will be present in three different museums: MAXXI, MoMA PS1 in New York and MOCA in Los Angeles. Galleria Vezzoli reconstructs the timeline of the artist’s research, from his embroideries of the 1990s to his most recent videos, through to his latest sculptures in marble. Each exhibition will open at short distance one from the other, unveiling for the very first time the whole complexity of Vezzoli’s world step by step, continent by continent, until the three shows will be exceptionally open at the same time. 

www.fondazionemaxxi.it

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LUCKY MAN, GANESH

Posted on May 29, 2013 by Marco Maggetto

There is no need to say that anything bringing fortune in our lives is very well accepted. A talisman, a mascot, a propitiatory gesture: the say fortune, as long as positiveness, is never enough and I do believe they are right. If you wish good luck, it’s not only kind of you,  you are also wishing good luck to yourself . It’s called the what you give is what you get philosophy and if you want to wear something with a good karma, Ganesh is there for you. Created by Nicola Bargi and inspired by the name of the most loved Hindu God, the strictly made in Italy brand is a colored, rich in details, easy and always a stylish choice. Preppy and traveled, in love with India and its colors, Ganesh spring summer 2013 collection is a spiritual invitation to be discovered online.

 

GEORGE MAPLE

Posted on May 29, 2013 by Maxim Deluxe

Hailing from Sydney, Australia, GEORGE MAPLE  is out now with her follow up single “Fixed” to last years incredibly buzzy debut track UPHILL which will be released via TULUUM RECORDS. Having already received recognition from her collaborations with close friends FLIGHT FACILITIES, playing shows around Europe and the States, and more recently from her input on the globally hyped FLUME LP with her vocal on the co- written BRING YOU DOWN; she has received support from the likes of The Guardian, who have hailed her the new queen of reined- electro-soul.
George Maple is recording new material in London and working on her live show.

Follow GEORGE MAPLE on  Soundcloud

2013 DESIGN WEEK IN BELGRADE

Posted on May 28, 2013 by admin

Three days of the most exciting global creative, business and educational BDW conference “INNOVATION2”, for the eight time in row in Belgrade, now at the iconic Museum of Yugoslav History, from June 6th until June 8th 2013.

The world’s best from the full specter of creative industries – branding, design, architecture, publishing, advertising, fashion, new media, film, entrepreneurship and culture – will explain how to create new value in a fast changing world driven by innovation! A must for every progressive person and company planning the future of their business, institution, community, region, and especially for creatives planning their own future and the future of their clients: as you read this, ideas and connections forged at BDW are blossoming around the world. This year its your turn!

http://www.belgradedesignweek.com

 

 

HONEST AND BRILLIANT: DISPOSE

Posted on May 28, 2013 by Isabella Cecconi

Here at The Harlow we think that good ideas should always be rewarded. This project, has been created by brilliant minds. It is called Dispose, it’s a magazine, and to better understand what it is, we asked these guys few questions. We really hope you readers will hop on their web page and have a look. Isn’t it always neat to sneak softly into somebody’s life for just one day?

DISPOSE is:

A project which started with a basic idea of collecting and sharing images where the content is created solely by the contributors. Basically, we distribute throwaway cameras to selected individuals around the world and ask them to shoot the entire camera in a day. We then edit and publish the photos at www.dispose.co, offering a unique perspective unto people’s lives.

When did this idea come to your mind?

This idea came about in Spring 2012 when we were brainstorming a way to make a magazine that had a very different way of generating content. Limited by time and money, we thought of different ways to produce original images. We felt that by letting contributors shoot their own portraits, that we would get an honest portrayal of the people, or at least a unique perspective.

What’s photography to you?

Photographs are a way to collect memories and has become an important part of our modern visual language, which is becoming increasingly common and widely used. Today it seems like everyone is a photographer, but the internet and social media is changing the ways and reasons that images are created. Instead of writing about a dinner you had or what friends you saw, you share an photographs. It is becoming a more common form of communication.

How do you select the photographers you publish in each issue?

The criteria varies, there isn’t a fixed pre requisite. It is usually a combination of people we have sought out, and people who have emailed us and asked to contribute. We aim for a balance of different professions, regions of the world, etc. We look for people who have an eye for photography somehow and most importantly have something interesting or unusual to share with us. Continue Reading →

CUT THE RIBBON, ISTITUTO LUCE

Posted on May 27, 2013 by admin

This cut the ribbon is not dedicated to a person but to an very important Institution  that recorded and preserved some years of Italian life. A very important archive that despite it’s political intent, was a fortune for historians and students. Hours and hours of movies, news, documentaries from all parts of Italy and world, an immense and complete photo-graphical archive: the life of poor people working on fields, the new industry, the monarchy, the war as long as Hollywood stars  getting off archaic planes arriving in Rome to promote their movies.  Istituto Luce was the most ancient Italian film diffusion company and it was founded in 1924 with the intent of promoting education through illiterate people, at the time, a huge part of the population. After 90 years, the political propaganda gets irrelevant if not ridiculous and what’s more intriguing is the beauty of this black and white chronicle of a world that is not existing anymore. The way we were is still available online for everyone who’s interested in seeing and understanding that sometimes, from very bad things, something good can remain.

http://www.archivioluce.com/archivio/

 

 

‘CAUSE YOU’RE THE HONEY AND I’M THE BEE

Posted on May 26, 2013 by Teresa Cannata'

Animal-shaped jewellery has a certain extravagant spirit that never ceases to surprise and attract me. From the iconic Bestiary collection by Cartier to the Lanvin insect brooch from the spring 2011 collection, endless are the designers who have found inspiration in the animal world. Nowadays most of fashion doesn’t have that unexpected edge it used to have in the past, so the point is not “who made it first” but “who makes it better”. ‘s creations surely fall into the second category. The Italian designer, who has jewellery (her father is Bernard Delettrez) and fashion (her mother is Silvia Venturini Fendi) in her blood, has distinguished herself with her quirky creations since 2007. Macabre and surrealism are her cup of tea, but she’s also given new life to animal-shaped jewellery.
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HOLD IT WITH REGARD, KARL DMITRI BISHOP

Posted on May 24, 2013 by admin

Photographer Karl Dmitri Bishop was born and lives in Cambridge, United Kingdom. His shots are highly constructed and processed, with each feeling more akin to a painting; the elaborate veils that shroud each subject lend them their intangible quality of otherworldliness.

How did you get started?

I’ve always been a hoarder of still images. From a young age I would collect magazine cut-outs, postcards, album covers, anything that was pleasing to my eye. It all started in a far away mystic land, with a reflection in water on top of a misty mountain, actually!

Which is your favorite master of photography?

William Mumler, I adore the spiritualist photography movement in the 1860’s which influenced other great photographers such as Man Ray and Francesca Woodman.

You have a white gallery wall for yourself, what would you display?

Something dreamy or unfamiliar. It’s all about the facts these days, there’s no mystery or magic left any more. Why not let your imagination run wild? I like darker theme’s, it’s yet to be explored.

http://karldmitribishop.com

MOCKINGBIRD, KENDRA MORRIS

Posted on May 24, 2013 by admin

On July 30th, Wax Poetics Records will release “Mockingbird” the anticipated sophomore long player from rising NYC soul-siren Kendra Morris. Mockingbird finds Morris giving a soul-infused makeover to 14 classic songs that span the past five decades. The first single off the forthcoming LP is the Pink Floyd classic “Shine On You Crazy Diamond,” which brought Morris to the fore due to its inclusion in the trailer for the 2013 Colin Farrell film, Dead Man Down. In addition to Pink Floyd, Mockingbird finds Morris and her prolific band—headed by guitarist/producer Jeremy Page—infusing their distinct soul into songs by Radiohead, David Bowie, the Rolling Stones, Bettye Lavette, Lou Reed, Soundgarden, the Proclaimers, the Beach Boys, Metallica, and more. Listen to Kendra Morris here.

SWIM, SKIP, JUMP! COLE BARASH

Posted on May 23, 2013 by Isabella Cecconi

Cole Barash’s is a professional and engaging photographer whose images have been publicized in magazine covers and many international advertising campaigns. His shots are intense, creative and commercial at the same time. From his website  you can read that Barash learned photography by doing it. Starting his job very early in the darkroom, he has, ever since, shot everything; from sports, to portraits, intimate situations too. He has been documenting the motion and emotion of life and the sharp quality of his work is quite astonishing. Cole’s vision is guided by passion and precision and you can perceive it.

www.colebarash.com

 

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A PAINTER, A POET, KENICHI HOSHINE

Posted on May 23, 2013 by admin

To us, Kenichi Hoshine is an incredible artist. He is a wonderful painter, a poet. Born in Japan in 1977, Hoshine was raised in New Jersey and studied at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Hoshine has been collected internationally since 2008 and after some years with Jonathan Levine Gallery, he is now teaching and working independently. Absolutely one’s of Harlow favorites contemporary artist, Hoshine has decided to share his art to a more vast arty crowd. Now you can find a range of numbered print of his wonderful paintings, edition of 50,  here . Start your collection from this talented and skilled young artist.

Photo: “Untitled” – Oil on Wood (24″x20″)

 

VALENTINA

Posted on May 22, 2013 by Maxim Deluxe

Valentina is a London based singer- songwriter  -it ‘s all in her voice – a quite spectacular treasure  which creates an almost chest-tightening intensity in the audience when she performs live. Valentina is out on May with a new ep “Wolves” on Greco-Roman Records.

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THE GOLDEN AGE OF HUGH HOLLAND

Posted on May 22, 2013 by Isabella Cecconi

Images speak by themselves. 1975-1978. Skateboarders. Southern California. Hugh Holland, baby.  The witnessing of the raise of a new culture: skateboarders. 1978, the scene had become more commercial, and Holland’s documentation ended but his series are an evergreen and a cultural phenomenon that will last forever.  Holland actually captured an era of long-haired-rebels, wild skaters. His pictures are a warm hug in color tones, his subjects are simply cool but the question is..would you still empty a pool and hit the pavement?

http://www.hughholland.com/

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MUM’S ADVICES

Posted on May 21, 2013 by admin

The Dance Step Handkerchief by Drake’s is a colorful allied perfect for any occasion. On your neck, on your blazer pocket, to be used as a belt. To dry your beau’s  tear drops if you’ve been unkind, to be used as a tourniquet in case of viper’s bite, to clean up your mouth when eating a McDrive meal. There are no limits, the handkerchief is the basic accessory of every man and woman. As my mother used to tell me, I never listened to her, better without money in your pocket than without a handkerchief. After so many years, I regret to say she was right.

 

HEREABOUT MAKE UP, LONI BAUR

Posted on May 20, 2013 by admin

How important is make up for you? Conscious that it’s art on your face to be taken around? Every woman, if well inspired, can be an artist on herself. In years of YouTube tutorials in which you can learn the most beautiful, or horrible, lessons it’s good to see new professionals emerging. They are trend setters, they are those who anticipate the palette (often is clothing adapting to new make up shades ). After years of the Pat Garth cartel, here is a hot name to keep in mind for the future. She is Loni Baur, she is from Cologne she has been working backstage for fifteen years. From the most minimal look to a complete artistic interpretation, Loni is an artist who understands the entire spectrum of beauty, art and fashion. Her technical eye has made her individual reputation in the international industry and she is currently running the Colorandcreme Academy. A high level seminars school that aims to give make -up artists a holistic training on how to master new techniques and bring their own personality into their work. Expect a Loni Baur make up line very soon.

 

CUT THE RIBBON, PEDRO FLORES

Posted on May 20, 2013 by admin

Donald F. Duncan was the co-patent genius behind the promotion the first Yo-Yo. Though Duncan was not the inventor of the yoyo. This game was considered the second oldest toy in history, the oldest being the doll. In ancient Greece it was made of wood, metal and terra cotta. Around 1800, the yoyo moved into Europe from the Orient. The British called the yoyo the bandalore, or the Prince of Wales toy. The French used the name incroyable or l’emigrette. However the name comes from Tagalog, the native language of the Philippines. It means “come back”. In the Philippines, the yoyo was used as a weapon for over 400 hundred years. The man who invented the Yoyo and cut the ribbon is actually Pedro Flores. He is the first yo-yo maker in the US. Born in Vintar, Philippines he came to the United States in 1915. While working as a bellboy, Flores read an article about a self-made millionaire who made his money by selling a ball attached to a rubber band. At this point he remembered the yo-yo, a game which has been played for hundreds of years in the Philippines. Flores thus saw a good market opportunity. Between 1928 and 1932, Flores started and ran the Yo-yo Manufacturing Company in Santa Barbara before selling the company and trademark to Duncan who continued to market and sell Flores yo-yos alongside the Duncan line. Flores never personally claimed to have invented the yo-yo, always mentioning its past history as a centuries old Philippine game. Duncan, the smart entrepreneur bought the company from Flores, acquiring not only a unique toy, but also the magic name. 

 

A CASE FOR A PHASE

Posted on May 17, 2013 by admin

Every Iphone case we posses  witness a phase of our life. The way of expressing our personalities now passes also trough this small plastic object. Bored with everything? Needs to buy something cheap to treat yourself? You buy a new I phone case. Our phone is a world, because everything is in there, and it needs to be wrapped in style. Plenty of choices, endless solutions, and the magnificent fake Chanel nail polish case that is the happiest and hot at the moment. To buy online almost everywhere: for make up lovers, nail polish addicted and Mademoiselle’s fans.

SIMONE STANISLAI

Posted on May 17, 2013 by admin

Simone Stanislai Photography, courtesy of the artist.

 

STOP THE WATER….AND..

Posted on May 16, 2013 by admin

How many times do I have to tell you? Stop the water while…brushing your teeth, soaping your hands or face! Water is the foundation of life and we all need it every day, so don’t waste it!  With a range of bathroom products, hand soap, shower gel, shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, hand balm and toothpaste  the brand STOP THE WATER WHILE USING ME  creates cosmetics  without synthetic fragrances, colours or preservatives. No silicon, paraffin or other mineral oil-based substances. No animal testing. Only with natural essential oils. Everything is packaged in refillable bottles. Personally we love the honey-flavoured  soap, it really makes your skin soft and leaves a beautiful scent. So? What are you waiting for? Again…STOP THE WATER WHILE USING ME!

http://stop-the-water-while-using-me.com/

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TAKE A BREAK SUPER HERO!

Posted on May 16, 2013 by Luca Andriani

What do heroes do when they are not committed in saving us? In his two collection of illustrations, called The secret life of Superheroes part I and II, Gregoire Guillemin  shows the heroes of the Marvel Universe and DC in their daily lives. In the first series Guillemin deals and portrays everyday superheroes committed in routine without being outrageous or racy, they eat a burger or have a sip from a beer bootle, in the second one, heroes are more and more hot and let’s say, original. I found this very funny and the illustrations absolutely gorgeous. It reminds of Lichtestein or of general Pop Culture of course, but.. isn’t it just…big time? Enjoy!!

http://www.greg-guillemin.com

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MARTIN PARR, USA COLOR

Posted on May 15, 2013 by admin

Martin Parr: Usa Color is an important retrospective exhibition that British documentary photographer, photojournalist and photobook collector has taken in the USA over a period of twenty years. Born in Surrey, England, in 1952, living in Bristol but with a Studio in London, Parr is a member of Magnum Agency, the highly esteemed photo agency, founded in 1947 by Henri Cartier-Bresson. Hyper active and always ironic, Parr has gone trough photographic projects all over the world and has published over thirty-five books ranging from Bad Weather; The Last Resort; The Cost of Living; Common Sense; Think of England; The Last Parking Space; Martin Parr: Object; Lifes a Beach. Parr’s observes, shoot and put it on paper. The fashions and foibles of what he calls “the comfortable class”, the human behavior, tourists at the Grand Canyon, Las Vegas or Minnesota’s Mall of America. This photographer has a sincere true love for human begin and a flamboyant enthusiasm towards life that need to be seen. At Janet Borden New York from 16th May till June 28th.

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WOMAN ‘ S HOUR

Posted on May 15, 2013 by Maxim Deluxe

Woman’s Hour are four piece band based in London, formed in 2001. The band consists of siblings Fiona Jane (vocals) and William (guitar), along with Nick (bass) and Josh (keyboards). Their stripped back music plays with dense sounds and dead space, held together by patient grooves and an upfront honest delivery.

Woman’s Hour on Soundcloud

SNEAKER CON, SUMMER TOUR IS ON

Posted on May 14, 2013 by admin

Sneaker lovers get united at Sneaker Con. How about a Sneaker Con summer tour? After a successful launch in Chicago on the 11th of May, the premier traveling event for sneaker connoisseurs ( buy, sell and trade ) is ready to take on the Summer 2013 season with other 3 confirmed dates through the month of July. Atlanta (June 15th), Miami (June 29th), and New York City (July 13th). The best of sneaker’s culture is traveling along Us.

THOSE PRICELESS DAYS: JAMEL SHABAZZ

Posted on May 14, 2013 by Isabella Cecconi

Back in the day when things were cool, hey – all we needed was bop-bop, bop-bop, bop-ba-domp.

This is the story of Jamel Shabazz, a Brooklyn man and most of all an African American documentary photographer. He has gained international recognition through his images collected nowadays in books, exhibitions, magazines. At the age of fifteen, Jamel picked up his first camera, a Kodad Instamatic and started documenting friends, family and his neighbourhood, the African American community. Years later, he purchased a Canon AE1 and embarked a journey that still continues nowadays. Shabazz story-told the emerging 80’s hip-hop scene before it became what’s  today: a multi-million-dollar industry. Gangs would battle not with guns  but by breakdancing and streets were the set for style. He was on the scene, taking pictures of  everyday people in Harlem, Queens, Brooklyn. Street style where subjects would strike a pose showing off Kangol caps and Gazelle glasses, Adidas and suede Puma sneakers, fat laces, leather jackets, gold chains, door-knocker earrings, name belts, boom boxes. And YES!..those things were cool..keep it real! …bop-bop, bop-bop, bop-ba-domp…

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SUMMER HEAT, SUMMER HAT!

Posted on May 13, 2013 by admin

As freezing days are gone, and fresh lemonade days are at the door, it seems that no man or woman is complete without at least one Borsalino hat in his or her wardrobe! Garden parties, summer holidays, evening aperitifs, here we are. For SS13 Borsalino seems to have taken the prohibition era and revisited it with colors. Options are many and variety is wide. Paper and straw are natural elements and Borsalino hats are a good idea for keeping your head cool from heat and chic with that fedora style. Whatcha waiting for?

 

 

CUT THE RIBBON, HARDY AMIES

Posted on May 13, 2013 by admin

Sir Hardy Amies, born in London in 1909, was maybe the most successful and long-lived English couturier. His never ending interest for design and good manners emerged in his teen years and were mainly inspired by his mother a saleswoman for Madame Gray at Machinka & May, London. He was so in love with his “fashion” mum that he soon adopted his mother’s maiden name, Hardy – and always cited her as the inspiration for his chosen professional path. What is making this man an unique designer and consequently a Cut The Ribbon ? To start with, his being wonderfully snob and wicked sense of humor gifted . Then because he was HM Queen Elizabeth II dresser from her accession to his retirement in 1989. But also because he was one of the founders of ready to wear clothing for men: in 1961, Amies made fashion history by staging the first men’s ready-to-wear catwalk shows, at the Savoy Hotel in London.  In 1967, Amies was also commissioned by director Stanley Kubrick to design the costumes for  film 2001: A Space Odyssey. Yes, you are reading it well. It was him that collaborated in making that film a classic and a futuristic example of style. Hyper active “English man” also found time,  between running his Fashion house, the men line and several licences, to  wrote a regular column for Esquire magazine about men’s fashion that in 1964 was published  as a book: “ABC of Men’s Fashion” , a pearl of wisdom that Victoria & Albert Museum reissued after July 2009, the date when the Hardy Amies designer archive was opened and his legacy, once more, spread.

“A man should look as if he had bought his clothes with intelligence, put them on with care and the forgotten all about them”

SIMONE STANISLAI

Posted on May 10, 2013 by admin

Image courtesy of Simone Stanislai Photography.

http://simonestanislai.tumblr.com

 

LOT OF SHIBORI PLEASE

Posted on May 9, 2013 by admin

After a period in fashion, the shibori is entering in our houses. Shibori  is a Japanese term for several methods of dyeing cloth with a pattern by binding, stitching, folding, twisting, compressing it, or capping. Some of these methods are known in the West as the tie and dye process. In Japan, the earliest known example of cloth dyed with a shibori technique dates from the 8th century; it is among the goods donated by the Emperor Shōmu to the Tōdai-ji in Nara. Until the 20th century, not many fabrics and dyes were in widespread use in Japan. The main fabrics were silk and hemp, and later cotton. The main dye was indigo and, to a lesser extent, madder and purple root.  Contemporaryy Shibori is finding new vibe with Australian girls Pepa Martin and Karen Davis that found a common thread in textile design and the Japanese art of shibori. Have a look at their website for advices and ideas and why not….know better this fantastic way of creating your on blends.

http://www.shibori.com.au/

ICONICS BY OLGA LARIS

Posted on May 8, 2013 by Isabella Cecconi

Some pictures or images are part of everybody’s culture. There are shots, that are compulsively been showed on media and everybody knows them. Those photos are familiar figures to us, some of the pop culture or generally what we consider icons. We will always link a blond diva to a Marilyn Monroe or a slim, tall man with curved funky moustaches to a Salvaor Dali, for instance. It’s, let’s say, the main stream of images flowing. Photographer Olga Laris, is a maestro in color and shots. Allthrough her career she has been working on commercials, fashion, music bands. On her web page there’s an endless list of clients. Her images, I can admit, are sharply neat and beautiful, her photography seems a mixture of compulsive beauty’s constant research and a curious feeling of blossoming seriousness. In 2012 her serie “Iconics” aimed to reseize the idea of icons by putting into scene kids dressed up like icons. So there was a Frida Khalo, Jean-Michel Basquiat or a little Any Warhol. Famous little artists, let’s say. Anyone decorating his or her head with flowers will be associated with Frida Khalo but no imitation will never be confused with the original. “The Iconics” have been an ode and tribute to our culture itself, to a deliberate tribute to our culture’s cross-dressing as social dynamics of mass culture. Enjoy Olga Lari’s photography, it’s a third eye opening experience!

www.olgalaris.com

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SHE AND HIM, VOLUME 3

Posted on May 8, 2013 by Maxim Deluxe

With fourteen songs – 11 Deschanel and 3 covers – Volume 3 is an effortlessy, effervescent, bleached-out -in -the -sun  pop record. The album features some of the most dynamic, complex songs.  The ‘ New Girl ‘ Zooey Deschanel has ever written, allowing for tempo shifts, disco grooves, string arrangements on multiple tracks, and horn flourishes that perfectly suit the She & Him sound .Produced by M. Ward, and recorded in Los Angeles, Portland and New York City, Volume 3 features guest contributions from NRBQ’ s Joey Spampinato, Mike Watt, Tilly and the Wall, Pierre de Reeder from Rilo Kiley and Tom Hagerman from Devotchka.

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WHEN DéCOR GETS SELECTIVE: G&T

Posted on May 7, 2013 by admin

We love, love, love this design. So first of all, thank you Bethan Gray! She is best known for her elegant, contemporary and most of all timeless design. She has the ability to mix luxury with natural materials. In her design, leather falls in love with marble which is already in love with wood.. the result is pure craftsmanship. Her sources of inspiration are many, from everyday objects to travel discoveries. At the same time, G&T is a furniture collection and collaboration between British Bethan Gray and industry furniture developer Thomas Turner. The result is pretty intriguing. From marble-topped coffee or side tables with solid wood base, to unique patterns, endless variety of wood options, leather, elegant brogue detailing. You just have to choose, so choose!

http://www.grayandturner.com

NO COCKOO, THU THU

Posted on May 7, 2013 by Marco Maggetto

Thu Thu is a new label from Berlin that I find quite interesting.  To tell you the truth, there are a lot of new designers from Germany that I’m really interested in. It may be the power or accuracy they lately put in their collections, it may be the no cuckoo factor. Just  put the Berlin fashion week on your map and you will see some new designers are  really deserving the trip. Like designer Thuy Duong Nguyen, founder of Thu Thu. She was born in Vietnam before moving to Germany at an early age and she has been influenced by the two very different strong cultures. Her clothes are therefore a trait d’union between the Western style and the charm of the Far East. Nguyen actually designs pieces destined to a young crowd of global gypsies and new generation of globetrotters.  Ingredients? Handcrafted Vietnamese embroideries,  traditional rural textiles mixed with a contemporary touch/cut. The result? Irresistible and fresh collections that are going to influence the new urban aesthetic and some echoes of distant places, and older times, that are rarely seen on mainstream catwalks. The best of German design shake hands with Vietnam’s craftsmanship.

http://www.thu-thu.com

BADURA, SOPHIE

Posted on May 6, 2013 by admin

Last week it was launched online at the Badura website. It’s a small film by Silvia Morani that is entitled “Sophie”. Silvia Morani is a genius video artist that loves fashion and it’s particularly skilled in portraying the figure of contemporary woman. With strong references to the golden Hollywood era, the video is the story of Sophie, a young fresh woman that adores her accessories. Commissioned by luxury handbang brand Badura Roma, this video is a small window on special made jewel-purses and features pieces that are worked by wise and expert Italian crafters . The concept of  Badura collection is sewn to measure on an eccentric, elegant and cultured woman that is not scared about quality leather,  precious stones and geometric cuts. Inside and out, the “Badruas” are produced with the maximum care and a spasmodic devotion for details. Watch the story of “Sophie” and discover a true original luxury Italian brand.

http://www.badura.it/index.html

POSTCARD FROM FRIEZE

Posted on May 6, 2013 by admin

The second edition of Frieze New York will take place from 10th till 13th of May in Randall’s Island. Designed by SO – IL architects, Frieze New York is held in a unique structure with a breathtaking view on the East River. Over 180 of the world’s leading contemporary art galleries will  show their beauties but not only. The program includes special curated sections as Frieze Projects, Frieze Sounds, Frieze Talks, the Sculpture Park, Stand Prize and a new addition to the fair, the Frieze New York Education space. Frieze have also curated its “recreational” side by providing restaurants corners by Frankies Spuntino, Sant Ambroeus, The Fat Radish, Roberta’s, Mission Chinese, Blue Bottle Coffee and Court Street Grocers. As it’s London’s sister, Frieze never disappoint its visitors. So pay a visit to the Island in the Island this weekend, and have fun with art, have brunch, buy yourself some art.

http://friezenewyork.com/

CUT THE RIBBON, MARGHERITA OF SAVOY

Posted on May 6, 2013 by admin

We know this can sound pretty kinky for a niche CUT THE RIBBON but Queen Margherita of Savoy deserves one! The reason is that she ate the very first, modern pizza! Pizza used to be considered a peasant’s meal in the past. For centuries, food historians agree that pizza like dishes were eaten by many peoples in the Mediterranean including the Greeks and Egyptians. However, the modern pizza has been attributed to baker Raffaele Esposito of Naples. In 1889, Esposito who owned a restaurant called the Pizzeria di Pietro baked what he called “pizza” especially for the visit of Italian King Umberto I and Queen Margherita. Boasting the three colors of the Italian flag, red (tomatoes), white (mozzarella cheese) and green (basil), the pizza was thus invented. The pizza`s birthday was due to a celebration and a parade that local aristocrats had organized for Queen Margherita’s arrival. Escorted in a coach, she had started a tour at the San Carlo opera house and snaked through the narrow streets of the old Spanish Quarter, stopped briefly in Pizza Plebiscito, next to the royal palace, and then ended up in front of the pizzeria, where the `Margherita` was invented. The Queen’s pleasure over the peasant dish was so high that a national delightful italian flavour was born. Since then, billions of people eat pizza. Wasn’t it a pleasent cut the ribbon? Hurray for Queen Margherita!

 

SIMONE STANISLAI

Posted on May 3, 2013 by admin

Another photo by young photographer Simone Stanislai.

http://simonestanislai.tumblr.com

 

THE REBULIC OF ONE PIECE, DIANA

Posted on May 2, 2013 by Marco Maggetto

From my very modest point of view, a woman is sexyier when wearing a one-piece bathing suit. My girlfriends says I’m crazy off course. They say it  covers too much and it creates no tan zones – but who is getting tanned these days after all? They say is not sexy and men doesn’t like it. I don’t agree. I think the one piece creates mistery, slim down silhouette, creates a game of bondage on shoulders that is , depending on the audience, an invitation to marriage. If the one-piece bathing suit  in question is also sporty, then perfection is around the corner. I know women love bikinis, I know they don’t want to look like their mothers in an old picture but give it a try, and remember it’s just a matter of breaking some rules. If all you can find in store is Brazilian swimming lines, it doesn’t mean you have to buy one. Go to the sportswear department and search for the model in the picture which is called “Europa 2”. It comes from an historical Italian brand called Diana. Born in 1947, Diana is dressing swim and water polo teams all over the world and has a whole collection of monochromes one pieces that is simply the best you can buy. This summer, try the two becomes one philosophy.

http://www.dianasport.com/