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CUT THE RIBBON, SUSAN SEIDELMAN

Posted on February 27, 2014 by Editorial Staff

One of the brightest female independent film makers in the American cinema of the 80ies, if the not the sole. A director that spoke to her generation describing virtues and hysteria of the modern woman putting together different characters, make them fight, make them friends. The rich bored with her life, the independent and free girl. The beautiful successful against the ugly normal. Contrasts, every Susan Seidelman  film is a meeting of differences and a war between social classes that are supposed to not exist anymore. Born in 1952 in Philadelphia, Seidelman is maybe the only director to have the guts to cast a beautiful fresh, and almost unknown, Madonna. The success of Desperately Seeking Susan (1985) is something that goes behind expectations and set Madonna to stardom while Seidelman, who never had a commercial success before, continued working as an independent girl. And still she is, in her own way. After being the director of Sex And The City pilot, she focused on the aging of her 80ies beautiful women. Latest Seidelman’s projects are on them so check out link below.

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0782384/

YUMI ZOUMA

Posted on February 26, 2014 by Maxim Deluxe

Yumi Zouma  are a bunch of friends from New Zealand now living between New York and Paris. Their music is stylish, effortless and intuitive. Simple guitar notes sit atop programmed drums to create a subtle backdrop for lush and exploring female vocals. The four tracks on Yumi Zouma’s debut EP are timeless and instantly likable. Listen here on Soundcloud or buy it on I-tunes.

Yumi Zouma on Twitter

 

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY PORSCHE 911

Posted on February 25, 2014 by Editorial Staff

50th birthday of the most successful racing car of all times. Beautiful Porsche 911, always on the run. It’s 1964 and some 1959 sketches by  Ferdinand “Butzi” Porsche were taken out from archives and served as basic inspiration for the Porsche 901 that made it’s public debut at Frankfurt Motor Show. Peugeot, that got exclusivity in naming cars with 3 numbers, protested and in Stuttgart they decided to name their new car 911. Throughout its lifetime, the 911 has been customized by private teams and by Porsche itself for racing almost all forms forms of competition. In the mid-1970s, naturally aspirated 911 Carrera RSRs won major world championship sports car races such as Targa Florio, Daytona, Sebring, Nürburgring and 24 Hours of Le Mans. Multi awarded and much loved: 911 was also voted Number 2 on  Automobile Magazine’s list of the “100 Coolest Cars Ever”. 

http://www.porsche.com

 

 

RON GALLELLA

Posted on February 24, 2014 by Isabella Cecconi

Le paparazzo extraordinaire, photographer Ron Galella. The man who snapped Michael Jackson, Brooke Shields, Jackie O without her sunglasses, Brigitte Bardot. The Godfather of the paparazzi culture. His photographs can be seen in hundreds of publications including Time, Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, Vanity Fair, People, Rolling Stone, The New Yorker, The New York Times and Life. Known for his obsessive treatment of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and the subsequent legal battles associated with it (do you remember the movie Smash that Camera?). Marlon Brando punched him in the face breaking the photographer’s jaw and knocking out five of his teeth. Widely regarded as the most famous and most controversial celebrity photographer in the world. The Museum of Modern Art New York and San Francisco, the Tate Modern in London, and the Helmut Newton Foundation Museum of Photography in Berlin, among many others, all maintain collections of Galella’s iconic works.

 

Above Picture, 1971 – Ali MacGraw attending the 43rd Annual Academy Awards

25 YEARS OF ATHLETES AND FASHION

Posted on February 24, 2014 by Marco Maggetto

Born in Koln in 1959 and part of the infamous “Antwerp Six” group, Dirk Bikkembergs is the father of Sport Couture. Intersection between fashion and sport, this trend had been created on site by Bikkemberg himself who, for a certain period of time, was president of a small football club near Pesaro. Tested directly on athletes and made of futuristic materials, amazing colors shades, extreme functionality, his fashion experience remains something unique and never seen before. From exclusive jackets to high-performance underwear and sporty street shoes, Bikkembergs  has dedicated his entire designer’s life to a movement focused on masculine beauty, a branch that, commercially speaking, is often considered not interesting from fashion houses. To celebrate 25 years of uniqueness, good looking in shape men, sport games and sexiness, Rizzoli has published this precious book that contains designer’s historical pieces re-shooted in marvelous locations around the globe but also an historical profile and some vintage moments. Ideally made for male’s body perfection admirers and suitable for those who believe fashion, and sometime a beau, can play together on a soccer field.

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ANNA MARIA SIBYLLA MERIAN, THE LADY OF CATERPILLARS AND BUTTERFLIES

Posted on February 24, 2014 by Luisa Fazio

She was born in Frankfurt in 1647 where, when very young, was fascinated by the Bombix mori, the silkworm. She observed its metamorphosis from caterpillar to white moth. Anna Maria Sibylla Merian, naturalist and botanical artist, became famous in 1699 when she undertook a journey to the greenest country in South America, with an incredible biodiversity: Suriname. She studied caterpillars, pupae, butterflies, flowers, plants, eggs, lizards, snakes in their natural habitat, recording every detail on pictorial boards designed with great natural refinement, delicacy and precision. Her graphic works were obtained by a combination of  burin and dry point work and then colored. In 1705, her illustrated tables were published in magnificent and valuable books on the metamorphosis of insects of Suriname. Someone wrote: “I was about 8 years old when, in a storage room of our country house, among dusty objects of all kinds, I found some wonderful books purchased at the time when my ground mother had been interested in the natural sciences … I carried down in my arms extraordinarily and unique volumes. The writer was a fan of  lepidopteran insects. He was Vladimir Nabokov. The attractive volumes were those of Anna Maria Sibylla Merian. What a lucky inheritance!

CUT THE RIBBON, JOHANN LUDWIG BURCKHARDT

Posted on February 20, 2014 by Editorial Staff

He was a Swiss orientalist, a traveler a disguised Muslim. He was  Johann Ludwig Burckhardt. Known for discovering the ruins of the city of Petra in Jordan. After studying in Leipzig, he visited England in the summer of 1806, carrying a letter of introduction from the naturalist Johann Friedrich Blumenbach to Sir Joseph Banks, who, with the other members of the African Association, accepted his offer to launch an expedition to discover the source of the River Niger. Burckhardt planned to study Arabic, in the belief that his journey to Africa would be facilitated if he was accepted as a Muslim. As preparation he briefly studied Arabic and prepared for his rigorous career as an explorer. Burckhardt needed to explain his desire to continue via a roundabout route through Wadi Musa, rather than the more direct route that avoided it and went through Aquaba. He used with his guides the excuse that he had made a vow to sacrifice a goat at the tomb of Aaron, on a nearby hill. Although his guide became suspicious, the explorer managed to make it by entring at the Siq, rock-cut tombs and theatre. The date was 22 August, 1812. Burckhardt was 27. What is perhaps most remarkable is that Burckhardt seems to have been aware of Petra from his knowledge of classical literature. He recognised the city simply from a description of its location. After completing this journey, he based himself in Cairo at the end of 1812. Burckhardt finally felt prepared to begin his expedition to the Niger. But just eleven  days later he was dead from dysentery at the age of 32. He was buried in a tomb in Cairo under the name Sheikh Ibrahim. 

GALLANT

Posted on February 19, 2014 by Maxim Deluxe

Gallant is a L.A based singer who uses  a smooth, r&b influenced singing and goosebump-inducing falsettos . He had our attention with his new EP ‘ Zebra ‘ produced by Felix Snow on Soundcloud .

SO GALLANT

 

OFF TO ACAPULCO

Posted on February 19, 2014 by Editorial Staff

The iconic Mexican chair is again en vogue. Almost every terrace in Mexico has an one towering between luxuriant plants.  Invented in the 50ies by a mysterious French man on holiday in Acapulco because it was hot and he was perspiring too much on a normal chair, this sitting become  a constant presence in and outside Mexico . Outdoor, indoor, it doesn’t matter how far you spot one, you will immediately recognize it. The Acapulco is unique and looks good on everything  It’s simple, it’s an artisan product of Mexico, it’s handmade, it’s made out of high quality PVC and a steel base covered with powder coating. If you are thinking about good season and you want to renovate your terrace-garden, consider the Acapulco chair. In Europe it’s still a not common item as it’s in Mexico and everybody, believe us, would love to sit on it and relax. Yes it’s very comfortable. Contraindication: don’t sit if you are naked to avoid an almost instant Zebra effect.

OLYMPUS XA

Posted on February 18, 2014 by Isabella Cecconi

Together with the Contax T, the Olympus XA, was a 35 mm camera and one of the smallest rangefinder cameras ever made. It was designed by Yoshihisa Maitani and featured a fast 35mm f/2.8 lens, and aperture priority metering. The camera was capable of taking extremely high quality photographs. A great pocketably slim size, loved by amateurs, and those who demanded great results: automatic enough to provide sharp, well exposed photos. A great camera from the Olympus tradition of compactness combined with technical virtuosity.  

MUG SHOTS, CHARLOTTA JANSSEN

Posted on February 18, 2014 by Editorial Staff

German American artist, Charlotta Janssen, to visually thank participants of the Civil Rights Movement for their work and dedication that made this victory possible. In her exhibition, FREEDOM RIDERS & BUS BOYCOTTERS: Threads of a Story, Janssen specifically honors Freedom Riders from 1961 and their predecessors the Montgomery Bus Boycotters from 1956. Inspired by the mug shots of these heroes that confront the injustice of the legal system, Janssen uses the immediate medium of painting and collage to educate and commemorate this incredible feat of history led by the young people of America. 

Ph. Lucretia Collins Profile, 2011

http://charlottajanssen.com/


L’ED BAGS, EMOTION DESIGN

Posted on February 17, 2014 by Marco Maggetto

Created to be functional and stylish, classic and innovative at the same time. Curated in every single detail and crafted to be “hot” and desirable. The world of accessories is richer and more practical now that there is L’ED. Created by Sara Giunti , born in Rome in 1988 and passionate about fashion and technology, this line purpose a set  of “real”  designer bags made with extra quality leather, with a plus. Inside, there is a treat. No,  it’s not a strange chinese device or a copy of a designer bag made of plastic. The outside of these bags is top quality, while the inside has a led light to help you finding your stuff along with an USB port to charge your laptop, Ipad, Iphone. Avant-garde and tradition, functionality and design, light and energy, different materials all in a perfect tuning: L’ED is a new way of living your everyday life. Discover SS2014 collection:

http://www.ledemotiondesign.it

 

LA FIORITA BY GAETANO PESCE

Posted on February 17, 2014 by Luisa Fazio

It requires little care, it doesn’t need to be fertilized nor to mown the grass. It doesn’t suffer from cold or periods of drought. With the arrival of spring, it spontaneously becomes full of wild flowers. In wood and metal, stuffed with expanded polyurethane, coated with “green grass” fabric. It can be enriched, where necessary, from soft and colorful pillows in shape of flowers. It is “La fiorita”: the couch-grass by Gaetano Pesce. Extravagant Italian designer who has engineered for Meritalia and who has been inspired by spring, the most cheerful and coolest season. The time of awakening, optimism, positivity, flowering. Are you ready for a unusual picnic in early spring? It would be ideal to sit back and relax, in complete serenity, barefooted on “La fiorita”.

CUT THE RIBBON, NERONE

Posted on February 12, 2014 by Editorial Staff

So when was it really? When did a human married, for the first time, a same sex human? Mesopotamia, that was the gayest place on earth but also in the ancient Assyrian society there were no problems with homosexual love and unions. Here at the Harlow, we were wondering, who did, really, celebrated the first gay marriage and we came across Svetonio’s memoir.  It was 10 A.D. and yes,  it was in Rome. How hilarious is that? One of the last countries to resist same sex marriage was the most tolerant long ago. Hilarious. But let’s go back to the cut of the ribbon:  it was Nerone that, deeply madly in love, married a beautiful boy named Sporo who, until marriage lasted, never left him and  followed him anywhere. Big love,  romantic trips, good time around Empire’s markets and shops.  Nerone, in public, was so tender with his soul mate that used to cover him with kisses. Then another cute guy named Doriforo came along and the marriage was broken. Some years later Emperors Costanzo and Costante stopped the game of same sex marriage with a law and suddenly the party was over for at least 1900 years. Nerone the modern, not only a pyromaniac. And cut!

FùTBAL: THE BEAUTIFUL GAME

Posted on February 12, 2014 by Editorial Staff

Soccer (or fútbol) has always been considered a legendary sport. “Fútbol: The Beautiful Game,” is an exhibition presented by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, LACMA, and explores the significance and impact of soccer around the world. The exhibit includes works of art by approximately 30 artists from around the world. The diverse media featured includes video, photography, painting, and sculpture. “Samuel Ento“ is a painting by Kehinde Wiley, and it will be on display. But  how are art and sports connected? The exhibition features  portraits depicting “intense heroes”, sport heroes.  Sports are an extension of art, take dance for instance: It’s highly athletic but is also very artistic. Sport is a body issue, it is the real connection between action and reaction.   The exhibition looks at issues of nationalism, identity, globalism, and mass spectacle as well as the shared human experience between spectators from a multitude of cultures. Pass me that ball!

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NUAGE

Posted on February 12, 2014 by Maxim Deluxe

Dmitry  Kusmin aka Nuage  from St.Petersburg (Russia)  is a musical experiment that combines the atmosphere and groove of deep electronic. There are different thoughts inspired from deep house or garage to modern electronica mixed with a special touch.

Listen on Soundcloud last forthcoming ‘ Paris Calling ‘ EP

FEIST, THE METTLE TOUR

Posted on February 12, 2014 by Editorial Staff

Canadian Indie Rock singer Leslie Fiest is playing a very short run of intimate gigs this April.

https://www.listentofeist.com/

SPENCER FINCH

Posted on February 11, 2014 by Editorial Staff

He is one of our favorites. His work can be seen in some of the greatest galleries around the world: James Cohan, Rhona Offman, Lisson, Yvon Lambert and Nordenhacke. Finch produces his works  in a wide variety of mediums including watercolor, photography, glass, electronics, video and fluorescent lights. But it’s in those “strange” neon lights that we feel like breathtaking and all this candid simplicity, is not only spectacular but also very intimate. These light sculptures  can’t pass unnoticed, whatever is a museum, a gallery or an art fair. Finch produces this light installations after measuring with a colorimeter the natural light in a specific time and place and reconstruct it exactly as it is with hundreds shades of neon. The moment and its light: fixed and taken into another time and space. Like a minimalistic kind of radiating photography, like a memory. So the Sun of Sahara can be found in a Gallery in New York or in any other places far, very far, from it’s original place. And the romanticism in it, it’s overflowing.

Spencer Finch is born in 1962 in New Heaven. He is a graduated of Hamilton College and and M.F.A. in sculpture at the Rhode Island School Of Design.

Photo from internet. “Sun Over Sahara Desert 01/02/2011”

http://www.spencerfinch.com/

JARDAN

Posted on February 11, 2014 by Editorial Staff

Australia’s furniture brand Jardan has, for more than three decades, owned and run business based on selection of finest design furniture. Melbourne based, Jardan takes inspiration from Australia’s lifestyle and preciousness of materials. The result of this restless work are amazing sofas, linear armchairs, versatile tables, desks, detailed beds. “Each piece of furniture lasts because it’s made by hand with care and precision, so when clients select a Jardan piece, there’s an inherent understanding it’s an investment for a lifetime.”

http://www.jardan.com.au/

Photo: Bay chairs

THE MOST FRAGANT DEER ON EARTH: MUSK DEER

Posted on February 10, 2014 by Luisa Fazio

It’s considered  and classified as deer only in its name. It hasn’t antlers covered in velvety skin, nor facial glands. It doesn’t fight horn to horn to prove its strength and, in love, it doesn’t bell. The male musk deer (Moschus moschiferus) has long upper canine teeth like fangs and two restraining glands placed under its belly. Its glands contain and secrete small grains of a black, strongly odorous substance: white musk. This precious extract was already used by the ancient Romans. During mating period, musk deers sow their fragrant seeds in woods soil to mark their territory and to attract and seduce their better half. It is known that females are crazy for perfumes! Unfortunately, their bizarre “sexual call” is the real reason behind an horrendous and indiscriminate hunting. Musk sacs are required by perfume industry and by illegal market for traditional Chinese medicine. For a long time, deers haven’t  appeared among trees of forests of Asia. Their timid and suspicious being has been capture for many. Too many. We say no to animal musk and to abuse against animals.

TOP FOR TOP, EQUIPMENT

Posted on February 10, 2014 by Marco Maggetto

Top pieces for a top season? You like them simple and well cut, you like them minimal but hell knows if you are bored with black especially whit a warmer and happier  season coming? You like them “morbido” but at the same time you are not a fan of the potatoes sack effect? Here is what TheHarlow selected for you: a signature Peacoat Composed Flock Print shirt and a Logan Tee in bright white Paradise Print.  This two brilliant purposes from Equipment seems more than  logical, and really appropriate. Equipment was originally founded in 1976 by Christian Restoin as a ready to wear label devoted to the innovative and straightforward side of fashion. Restoin, initally producing classic and timeless men shirts, closed down his label after 20 years. But don’t worry, good things, sometimes, comes back even better. In 2010 Serge Azria, well known also for successful lines as Joie and Current/Elliot, saw a void in the contemporary women’s marketplace for this luxury shirt brand. And The Harlow saw it too.

http://www.equipmentfr.com/

CUT THE RIBBON, FLUORESCENT COLORS

Posted on February 6, 2014 by Editorial Staff

Pink, blue, green, orange, yellow. Vivid tones,  psychedelic colors. The subversive 80’s fashion, used and reused till nowadays. Fluorescent colors exist naturally with certain minerals, but it wasn’t until the 40s that those colors were developed so that they could be seen as vividly during the day as they could under an ultraviolet light. Ready to cut the ribbon? In 1656 Nicolas Monarde, a Spanish physician and botanist, published the Historia Medicinal de las cosas que se traen de nuestras Indias in which he describes the bluish opalescence of the water infusion from the wood of a small Mexican Tree. In 1612 Galileo Galilei desciberd the emission of light (phosphorescence) from a famous Bolognian stone. And so on and on and on. Bob and Joe Switzer, two brothers born in Montana and raised in California, experimented with fluorescent dyes and hot alcohol in the 1930s until they created what we now know as “Day-Glo” colors. Initially created to aid with magic tricks and other illusions, the new tints were quickly adopted by the military in World War II to send signals to airplanes from the ground, in lifeboats to promote visibility and for aircraft carrier crews to aid in landings. After that, the colors took off in all forms. When fluorescent materials are involved, the effect of color and fluorescence is not so straightforward. The reason fluorescent colors are so bright is that they are fluorescent. In other words they absorb light from one part of the spectrum and emit it at a higher wavelength. 

SOPHISTICATED WOOED

Posted on February 6, 2014 by Editorial Staff

I know it’s still winter and it’s still February but..do you remember that hot round ball called SUN? Well that superlative warm and rounded shape is the reason why sunglasses were invented.  Wooed, created this bold cat-eye style pair with vintage and urban chic look. The frame of which  is an edgy and elegant piece for fashionistas. Wooed is a smooth and sophisticated brand where shades are carefully handcrafted. Frames are fitted with polished stainless steel spring-mounted plunger-style hinges to ensure a comfortable and perfect fit. Sunglasses are equipped with high quality 100% UVA/B blocking polarized lenses. They are totally natural product and totally recyclable, biodegradable, non-toxic. Bamboo, in this case is fast growing, organic and biodegradable. Summer, here we come!

http://www.wooedbywood.com/

MARISSA NADLER

Posted on February 5, 2014 by Maxim Deluxe

Marissa Nadler is an american songwriter .Her new full length album ‘ July ‘ came ‘ out February 4th on Sacred Bones in North America and will be relasead February 10th on Bella Union for Europe. This record was produced by Randall Dunn (Wolves In The Throne Room, Earth, Sunn O)))) in Seattle, WA.

A mature dream – folk album with dark influences that you can listen some tracks on her Soundcloud

Marissa Nadler

 

ERNEST GOH

Posted on February 5, 2014 by Isabella Cecconi

I said WOW! When I first saw his pictures. Singaporean photographer and visual artist, Ernest Goh, is a magnificent explorer of the natural world. In his photo book, Cocks, there is a collection of a particular Malaysian breed of chickens, known as Ayam Serama. Goh was awarded in second place in the Nature & Wildlife category at the 2013 Sony World Photography Awards (Professional Competition). He started his career as a newspaper photographer for The Straits Times, Singapore’s national daily, and nowadays  works independently. His shots explore a close relationship between animals and their human masters. Humans anthropomorphize their pets, and Goh has vividly captured these characteristics with realist portraits. Serama are actually bred for competition in Malaysia. They are prized for their size and are real feathered warriors. Goh, as cited in his bio, ‘considers his passion for animals a natural extension of his interest in photographing the human condition.’ I personally consider his photography as impressive!

THOMAS CARD, TOKYO ADORNED

Posted on February 4, 2014 by Editorial Staff

Thomas Card’s  book “Tokyo Adorned”  is a visual exploration of Tokyo’s fashion tribes that had been recorded in 2012 just after the Tsunami when “ the country experienced an upsurge of national pride and participants in street fashion increasingly celebrated their unique placement within the Japanese culture at large.” An interesting and unique opportunity to explore a modern culture, sometimes far from us, the book, with an introduction by Simon Doonan and an analisys by Dr. Samantha Boardman, a psychiatrist and blogger, will be out on March 11.

“Tokyo Adorned started almost ten years ago when I picked up the New York Times and found an obscure article about extreme make-up styles being worn in Tokyo nightclubs. The depth of commitment in the individual make-up styles immediately struck me. Even though I was not in a position to make a body of work at that time, I never forgot. The 2011 earthquake and tsunami drew my thoughts back to Japan. I was hearing that the emotional reverberations of the catastrophe had caused a surge of self-expression in Tokyo. This series is a response to and celebration of that self-expression…”

http://www.thomascard.com/

ARCHIVIO DEI SOGNI

Posted on February 3, 2014 by Luisa Fazio

The exhibition Naturalia, Artificialia and Mirabilia is a contemporary twist of artist Antonia Ciampi. Until March the 30th in the “little house of owls ” of Villa Torlonia, visitors will discover a dreamlike, rarefied, poetic and mysterious atmosphere, thanks to the artist’s “drawers of memory”: an archive of natural elements set in glass cases, memories of past emotions. Leaves, feathers and nests, twigs, dried flowers, pebbles, shells, sometimes combined with lead, mirrors, canvas, foam rubber. Her works express the encounter between art, men, nature and the size of border between reality and dream. In perfect harmony with the positive symbolism of the owl (a yellow-eyed rapace stylized on the deco–styled–little-house). The house was formerly chosen by Prince Giovanni Torlonia Jr as his residence. The owl (Athene noctua) does not show at night, it remains all day in his corner in a pensive attitude, meditative emblem and symbol of the boundary between real life and esoteric dimension. Archivio dei Sogni is a deep sensory journey, a dream. 

MOEVA, SWIM AS A NEWTON GIRL

Posted on February 3, 2014 by Marco Maggetto

Inspiration, Helmut Newton’s girls. The Berlin born photographer who, better than anyone, interpreted women in the 70ies and 80ies. The man who fixed them naked in glamorous scenarios often provoking controversy but liberating femininity as no one else before. Strong, shameless, beautiful women were often portrayed in extreme swimwear looks at the beach or in a swimming pool. To Newton’s eyes, swimwear was crucial: it was the object to glorify sensational bodies . Master German photographer illuminated then  MOEVA’s team and their Spring Summer 2014 collection.  MOEVA is an independent brand based in London  founded in 2012 that designs high quality swimwear for clients with a strong personality that want to look perfect in every detail. With “luxurious” cuts and fabrics, this swimwear line magnify, re create and glorify women as in a Newton’s picture. Your next beach enhancer is online and at best Usa-Europe retailers.

https://www.moeva.com/

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