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DENA

Posted on August 27, 2014 by Maxim Deluxe

Bulgarian-born and Berlin-based wunderkind Denitza Todorova, better known as DENA, wields her signature blend of coy, clever rap hip-pop like a pro on her debut album, Flash. It’s a polished, sanguine record, celebrating the richness of hip hop while acknowledging its more ridiculous facets on tracks such as ‘Cash, Diamond Rings, Swimming Pools’, with its thick, thumping pulse and clichéd aspirations.

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PROPEREST COAT, ISABELL DE HILLERIN

Posted on August 26, 2014 by Marco Maggetto

It’s time to think about Fall, even if summer goes on in south Europe- South America. Lately, fashion is… just all about your geographical location. A bit of summer there, a bit of winter here. While someone is buying a bikini, another one, very far away, is buying a wool jumper. For those women that need to stay warm, I recommend nothing new but … a coat. Doesn’t matter if you are a gal or a cougar, the next season won’t see any puffy jackets , nor parkas, around. It’s coat time and if you haven’t yet, get one as soon as possible. My proposal, I’m still endorsing young emerging designers after all, is by Isabell De Hillerin. A young Berliner that founded his fashion house in 2010 and who has it clear: minimalism always wins and can be minimal even with embroidery and decoration touches. De Hillerin designs in a sensitive way and her interpretation of contemporary and sustainable fashion is remarkable. Time constants: a combination of clean, innovative cuts and folkloric handmade Romanian and Moldovan materials to be mixed in the name of  elegance and pizzaz. Pictured above is a coat from her fall-winter 2014 which makes no exception. It’s a pure garment: an egg shaped coat that also reminds coleopters. It has a practical yet warm high neck and it speaks clearly: this is artisanal, this is a timeless piece, this is for many winters to come.

http://www.isabelldehillerin.com/

BACK TO BLACK?

Posted on August 25, 2014 by Editorial Staff

Hop scotch to the desk, to the pc? To Times New Roman or Arial or Helvetica? Hop scotch to laced shoes-long-sleeved clothes? Hop scotch to whatever won’t deal with sand and sea? Hop scotch to set the alarm clock, dining table, food, grocery in the fridge? Hop scotch to the ordinary, to the scheduled?

No, dear ORDINARY. Oh No, dear COMMON. No No No dear COMMONPLACE, FREQUENT, ROUTINE, PLAIN, STANDARD, REGULAR EVERYDAY LIFE.

You won’t get us.

We are The Harlows and we are here to defeat you!

#endofsummerthoughts

 

MY MATTHEW WILLIAMSON SWIMSUIT

Posted on August 21, 2014 by Clara G

Going to the beach is like a little nightmare for me. The sun is not my closest friend, water is not my element, I find sunbathing dramatically boring and I do not really like any kind of swimsuit. If I cannot avoid it, my first option for a beach day, it used to be for years, is to wear the simplest black bikini you could imagine, usually by Calvin Klein, big hut, tons of sunblock and a strong desire to disappear melted with the sand.

But around five years ago I saw the Matthew Williamson beachwear collection for H&M, gloriously worn by Daria Werbowy. I love all this capsule collections produced by H&M and thought by the best designers, that have to fight with price restrictions and think for a different costumer faraway from the catwalk. I always wonder if they would do something new, like Comme des Garcons, something similar to the real collection like Stella McCartney, Marni or Lanvin, a kind of retrospective like Versace, Margiela or Isabel Marant, or a real wardrobe for a real woman like Lagerfeld or Viktor & Rolf?

This time, from the advertising campaign, the British designer and the Polish model were seriously tempting me with a perfect suitcase for a luxurious Caribbean holiday, with some Pucci prints and a little of Donatella´s approach: garments were beautiful with bright and flattering colors, but also deliberately excessive. I found the mix stimulating and funny, most of all funny. I thought, well, this time the collection is not for me, but I could not help it and I went there to see it and of course I bought some staff thinking more in my collection of clothing than in wearing them… but at home in front of the mirror I discovered the power of pink, glitter and prints and for the very first time I felt dressed wearing a swimsuit!

Sometimes when you don´t feel secure… is it better to overact a little bit? My Matthew Williamson trikini turns every head, but I am much more anonymous than wearing my boring black bikinis, because it takes the leading role.

BLOOMS

Posted on August 20, 2014 by Maxim Deluxe

Louise Cunnane recently released  ‘IF’ a fine EP of ambient R&B electronic and dreamy music in collaboration with Sacred Animals under the name Blooms.

Follow on This is Blooms

 

AWOL ERIZKU

Posted on August 13, 2014 by Isabella Cecconi

Ethiopia-born, NewYork-based artist, Awol Erizku wanders a wide range of mediums including photography, sculpture, and video installation. He remixes disparate artistic movements and traditions, from the photorealist still lives of Dutch Masters to spare, Minimalist constructions, giving them distinctly 21st century updates. Art history gets integrated with contemporary fabrics, styles, and symbols with a provocatively allusive sensibility and aesthetic. Erizku’s images are historical portraits where moods and psychological presences are equally distinct. He doesn’t employ models for hire, instead he chooses his subjects from the world around him : passersbys on the street, a man or women sitting near him in the subway car. An intuitive and expressing process.

WALTON FORD

Posted on August 6, 2014 by Editorial Staff

American artist Walton Ford, makes paintings and prints like Audubon’s naturalist illustrations. His works are  meticulous studies in flora and fauna of great execution. Faithful to the natural history mode, Ford paints on a much larger scale, producing outsize watercolors with epic compositions.

Paul Kasmin Gallery of NYC is currently  hosting some of his magnificent watercolors. Surely a good thing to put on the TO DOs list!

DIARIES OF CEYLON

Posted on August 5, 2014 by Editorial Staff

An island country in the northern Indian Ocean, off the southeast coast of the Indian subcontinent in South Asia. Discover Ceylon, follow our diaries! From August the 11th a new column  on The Harlow!

 

PETER HUJAR

Posted on August 5, 2014 by Marco Maggetto

Not so much time left, until 24th August, to see this marvelous selection of pictures by American photographer Peter Hujar. Held at Maureen Paley Gallery London, this is the third solo exhibition to take place  at 21 Herald Street.

He worked in black and white, he documented a tragedy in New York. He was a great friend of Diane Arbus, and both were admirers of Weegee and shared his dark vision. Hujar subjects spaced from the catacombs in Palermo to abandoned, wrecked cars. Despite an apparent modern approach, Hujar was a classicist that payed tributes to his role model photographers: Atget and Brassaï. Sensible, with a sharped eye for detail, Hujar is considered now a master for his particular way of recount grace in disintegration with a  deep sense of mortality. In her introduction to Portraits in Life and Death, Susan Sontag wrote, “… Fleshed and moist-eyed friends and acquaintances stand, sit, slouch, mostly lie – and are made to appear to meditate on their own mortality… Peter Hujar knows that portraits in life are always, also, portraits in death.”

Photo: David Wojnarowicz Reclining (II) , vintage gelatin silver print.

http://www.maureenpaley.com/