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LOVE LETTER TO MY GIRL I.

Posted on December 3, 2015 by admin

Dear Girl I,

I know, time passes but it doesn’t really matter. It is always yesterday when you do really care about someone.

Thank you for calling me your boy, I’m absolutely feeling like a teenager again and my passion for Mickey Mouse socks and Peanuts tee shirts had never been so burning.

I have been thinking about you last week while I was on a queue to enter the New York Dover Street Market. There was so many young people and  they were all there for the Supreme X Comme Des Garçons collection (on sale). They were all so cute, so fresh and they had a passion. I mean it was like us some years ago queuing for an event in Milan. The Harlows, the two of us. Do you remember? Do you remember that day we didn’t queue and skipped three fashion shows to go eat a pasta? Because we were starving and because chatting and talking was much more important than all the fuzz. Do you? Well I think we were just magic, just the best bloggers in town. I love us… and bloody hell if I want to dance with you mate. Let’s waltz!

Love,

M

Ps For the occasion I will probably wear pictured 2011 jacket by Comme Des Garçons x Supreme. 😉

LOVE LETTER TO MY BOY M.

Posted on December 2, 2015 by admin

Dear Boy M.

It’s been a long time since we last spoke, since we last wrote.

Time has been flying..and days have flown and our eyes have parted. But alas, I haven’t forgotten you.

My tired redded eyes got actually filled with new ideas, other magnificent  stuff, new fanciful  things and amazing amazement. I want to share them all with you.

Do you?

Do you still want to dance with me?

Lots of Love,

Girl I.

 

TOAST IT LIKE DARTH!

Posted on January 6, 2015 by Editorial Staff

A striking addiction to any kitchen! Molded in sturdy black plastic and meticulously detailed, it’s obviously the Darth Vader Toaster! Two pieces of bread and Vader ejects them with his portrait into one side and the “Star Wars” logo into the other. 

Beakfast is going to a darker side! 

www.hammacher.com

 

CUT THE RIBBON: MARTHA GRAHAM

Posted on January 5, 2015 by Editorial Staff

Dance genius Martha Graham studied at the Denishawn School of Dancing and Related Arts before establishing the Martha Graham Centre of Contemporary Dance in 1926. Rejecting classical European ballet, she  searched in primitive societies the inspiration for her spiritual-like naturalistic moves she interpreted bare feet. Her innovative dance had, the most long-lasting influence on contemporary performance. Deeply influenced by the political climate, she could be considered the ‘Picasso of dance’. A woman who made her modern dance popular in a country she so strongly analysed and represented, creating a unique ‘American experience’.As she used to say : ‘nothing is more revealing than a movement.’

INVENTING AMERICAN FASHION, HALSTON

Posted on November 5, 2014 by Editorial Staff

A new book on American Designer Halston is coming out the 14th of November. Written by Leslie Frowick, Halston’s niece and confidante, this book aims to chronicle the designer’s life and his glamorous, minimalist aesthetic. This is the first serious “monograph” on Halston and its two decades of splendor. From the raise in 60ies till the very last days, Leslie Frowick  spotlights her uncle’s  most important design achievements and his collaborations with  Martha Graham, Elsa Peretti, and Hiro. The untold story of Halston that solidifies his place as a key designer in American fashion. Overture words by forever friend Liza Minnelli. From Rizzoli Usa.

 

THE DUKE OF VERDURA

Posted on November 3, 2014 by Editorial Staff

Fulco di Santostefano della Cerda, Duke of Verdura, was a man destined to be a legend. Born in Sicily in 1899, he moved to France in 1927. While in Paris, he met Coco Chanel and designed for her fashion house a line of jewelry in precious stones. He became Chanel’s favorite. In 1937, he was in New York and designed jewelry for Hollywood stars: Greta Garbo, Katherine Hepburn, Joan Crawford. Not until 1937, he opened his first boutique in New York. Ten years later, his European atelier in Paris. In those years he met Salvador Dali, who encouraged him to design a surreal collection. Fulco’s creations were normally based on nature motifs. In the 1950s he created a series of seashells encrusted with gems. Gloria Swanson, Barbara Hutton, Diana Vreeland, Jackie Kennedy, Princess Grace of Monaco and the Duchess of Windsor were just a few of his more famous clients. His designs often featured in Vogue and other magazines. Despite such fame, he rarely sought publicity. Di Verdura was an exceptional visual artist. He never married. He died in London in 1978. He was survived by his family and his legacy: the tradition of a unique artisan.

 

BULY 1803 – PARIS

Posted on October 2, 2014 by Editorial Staff

We are totally in love with Buly 1803 boutique. The rue Bonaparte emporium opened last April by husband-and-wife team Ramdane Touhami (the former co-owner of Cire Trudon) and Victoire de Taillac- Touhami (the former head of communications for Colette).

Awaken from the past you will enjoy wooden drawers and perfect packaged candles, essential oils, perfumes, soaps, all made in the tradition of nineteenth-century craftsmanship. A pretty old-looking apothecary officine, Bully was, in the past one of the inventors of modern cosmetics and perfumery. Nowadays the brand offers many product lines and over 400 total products.

 “For us, building on heritage and old beauty secrets was key: back in the days, products were free of paraben, phenoxyethanol and silicon, to name just a few. We even developed perfumes without alcohol or glycerine, which can dry and irritate the skin.”

http://buly1803.com/

UNSEEN PHOTO FAIR AMSTERDAM

Posted on September 15, 2014 by Editorial Staff

Unseen Photo Fair first edition will opens its door from September 19 to 23 in Amsterdam’s Westergasfabriek, a former gasworks site dating back to 1885. Unseen will be a meeting place for young and established photographers and also a vitrine for 50 galleries from all over the world (check list here). The program also includes talks by photographers Lorenzo Vitturi, Daniel Gordon and Kate Steciw, a discussion on contemporary Japanese photography  and a panel discussion with the 2014 Foam Magazine Talents.

Full program and infos: http://unseenamsterdam.com/

Photo: Particular from Domingo Milella, Arsemia, Turkey, 2013 – Camilla Grimaldi Gallery London

HAUTE COUTURE: THE POLAROIDS OF CATHLEEN NAUNDORF

Posted on September 5, 2014 by Editorial Staff

Polaroids, once again, will never loose their allure. The Cathleen Naundorf exhibition at Fahey/Klein Gallery Los Angeles will opens its door on September 11th and it’s a must see for Polaroid fans. Instant shoots of haute couture as you never seen it before. Cathleen Naundrof started her career in the 90ies and traveled all over the world for prestigious publishing houses. In the beginning it was all about photo reportage on ethnic groups, then, after her encounter with Horst P.Horst, Naundorf became interested in fashion photography and that’s when the story started. Living in Paris and having access to Paris Fashion Week’s backstages, in years when nobody really was admitted, permitted this sensitive photographer to create an unique body of work now on view in Los Angeles. A must see.

Photo: Dior Haute-Couture, Summer 2007

http://www.faheykleingallery.com/

 

FLORAL LEATHER? CUIR CANNAGE!

Posted on September 1, 2014 by Editorial Staff

Cuir Cannage is a diverse fragrance in which soft floral notes blend with the density of leather to open up a whole new realm. It recreates a world of intriguing scents that intertwines the fruity notes of a lipstick tinged with Rose and Violet along with more powerful scents, in which the leather of the bag meets the warmth of tobacco. Cuir Cannage appeals to the senses, like an olfactory portrait painted with personal and subtly scented objects, protected by the finest cannage-stitched leather. The Dior way.

Dior’s latest release, mixes flowers and leather in a masculine and feminine way. Let’s say it’s a Serge Lutense approach. Created by François Demarchy, the artistic director and nose for Parfums Dior, the name refers to the woven technique used on Dior’s “cannage” leather bags.  Orange blossoms are trailed by leather notes. Sweet, richly oiled aroma. The Dior scent has shifted the scales and the balance to make its leather more dominant. A black leather infused with a heavy dose of burnt tar, rubber, smoke. Delightful for all seasons. And remember: the Fall is the Spring of Winter!

www.dior.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

 

ALLEGRO MA NON TROPPO!

Posted on July 14, 2014 by admin

The first time was during a ‘catwalk-concert’ event. We have been told, it was love at first sight. A microscope of positive, unexpected energy.

Then Summer arrived. Sarambade decided it was the right time to create along with friend Clotilde, a capsule collection of swimming suites. They gathered thinking about composers, colors and finally created a glittering patchwork. Clotilde, in the meanwhile, with wise and expert hands, got thrilled by the challenge of this crazy experiment.

Four models, four composers: Amadeus, Ludwig, Franz and George. Amadeus (W.A. Mozart) A prodigious young man born from music itself and surrounded by delicate, esoteric fantasies:  an alien born on the Earth by mistake, pushed to the Olympus of the gods at the speed of light, W.A. Mozart drops pages of colorful beauty from the top of the mountain where he resides. 

Ludwig (L. Van Beethoven) Always struggling with himself and with the world, fighting his father’s alcoholism and his own solitude and deafness, what a bitter trick for a musician. Always scared of not being up to his muse, he spends hours playing the piano and composing music every single day of his life.

Franz (Franz Liszt) An educated, charming Hungarian, Liszt lives with no regrets. He loves women and life, dense and complex music that is impossible to play. Surrounded by luxury, he leaves this world in the clothes of an abbot, but of course, just for a matter of convenience.

Last but not least George (G. Gershwin), an American Mozart. They live the same number of years and they share the same prolific creativity. Well settled in the New York society, he lives between glamorous luxury and city parties. He loves the city and everything that is modern and futuristic. His mind always open to changes, he is not scared of following his inspirations, even when the result is perceived as weird.

Defined atmospheres, sparks of creative happiness mixed with great torments. Allegro ma non troppo. A slightly ambiguous indication of time that is often hard to interpret unless the key is made of simple and rigorous, yet always sensual and feminine lines. Tops to wear at night as well as on the beach, coulotte with a retro flavor and one-piece swimming costumes underline hips and waist. Wide, round bath robe complete the look in a versatile way by turning into skirts, light mantels and mini dresses according to the need and respecting Clotilde’s  traditional transformation which is not just a fashion style, but a real life style. All over stamped runner shorts and tops dedicated to the face of one’s favorite genius complete the collection.  Everything is stamped on eco system sensitive lycra.

BLEU CHANEL

Posted on July 9, 2014 by Editorial Staff

Launched in 2010, Bleu by Chanel is becoming one of my favorite fragrances. I do remember when I first smell it, I tough it was nothing special and I never ever smell it again until they gave me a sample last week. I have been using every single drop of that sample, every single day, and finally decided that  “Bleu” is definitely a good perfume, a new classic and I run to the counter. Bleu is just magic. I add it to the podium of my best perfumes list because it’s a quite, serene fragrance that never impress or cause shock. It’s sweet and masculine, never out of place. The sillage is absolutely in harmony with what I’m today and hope to be tomorrow. Also the blue bottle, banal in 2010, it’s now having a deep sense to me: it’s a pleasure to have it on my cabinet.  Jaques Polge, creator of Chanel’s perfumes since 1972 said:  ” Chanel doesn’t create fashion perfumes but epic perfumes that last” and what a better way to confirm this theory I had. They can be banal in the beginning, but once you fall in love, you are taken. Second chance sometimes it’s a better chance. 

Notes: Pink peppercorn, Citrus, Peppermint, Nutmeg, Vetiver, Grapefruit, Cedar, Labdanum, Jasmine, Incense, Patchouli, Ginger, Sandalwood

 

 

THE FAGIOLO

Posted on July 3, 2014 by Editorial Staff

Symmertry and asimmetry in wooden structures have been at the centre of Roberto Lazzeroni’s design. His latest piece, the “fagiolo” which means “bean” in Italian, is a minimal, yet symmetrical structure, a table, available in different colors and finishes with a double-decker walnut solid frame and marble or glass tops.

www.ceccotticollezioni.it

 

SCENT OF LOVE: GELSOMINO NOBILE

Posted on June 24, 2014 by Editorial Staff

Skin loves summer. Fact.

Summer makes us sing from rooftops, love from the deepest part of our hearts, play as if we were kids. Acqua di Parma Gelsomino Nobile is a special edition that comes with hand-engraved bottle decorated with 24ct gold. The scent is absolutely Nobile and it gives remembrances of Asia, nights of amusement, transporting memories. A tribute to the king of flowers, Calabrian jasmine, a noble ingredient used in classic perfumery, Gelsomino Nobile opens with the soft and sparkling notes of Italian mandarin and pink pepper. Creating a unique personality, the  blend closes with notes of cedar wood and musk. A fragrance that cracks the line, that simply stantsout!

 

PHENOMENAL WOMAN: MAYA ANGELOU

Posted on May 28, 2014 by Editorial Staff

Today a piece of The Harlow’s heart got broken. We lost Maya Angelou, poet, writer,singer, activist but most of all, PHENOMENAL WOMAN.

We do suggest reading her entire work, poems, biographies, stories.

Dear Maya, always and forever, and still, like air WE RISE!

 

HAPPY 50TH!

Posted on May 8, 2014 by Editorial Staff

It will happen on sunday May the 18th 2014, that marvelous spread Nutella will be 50 years old. Created in the 1940s by Mr. Pietro Ferrero,  pastry maker and founder of the Ferrero company, Nutella was at the very beginning called ‘Supercrema gianduja’. Since the very beginning the spread was well received and became so popular that Italian food stores started a service called “The Smearing”. Children could go to their local food store with a slice of bread for a “smear” of “supercrema gianduja.” In the 60’s, the name changed into NUT (hazelnut) and ELLA (a soft ending). Since European families and visitors have enjoyed Nutella as a breakfast staple on bread and toast for more than 40 years, the Ferrero Company wanted to introduce this traditional Italian breakfast item to the U.S. market in order to share the enjoyment of such a unique, convenient and tasty product.  Nutella was first imported from Italy to the U.S. For the 2014 anniversary, Ferrero has produced a limited edition of Nutella, with fluo glass jars. Ready for a smear?

 

GUNJAN GUPTA

Posted on April 15, 2014 by Editorial Staff

India’s heritage is tough to brush off, but Gunjan Gupta has taken it to advantage her work, and revisit forms, functions and concepts in furniture design. Delhi-based, she is an irreverent designer. Gupta’s brand has been, ever since the beginning, reviving traditional crafts, mostly from Rajasthan, giving a pepper difference. She has been around since 2006, being alumnus of the Central St. Martin College of Art and Design, London. Indian native crafts shift to contemporary utility keeping a luxury tag. An example? The deconstructed dining throne.

http://www.gunjangupta.in

 

DESIGN MIAMI / 2014

Posted on April 14, 2014 by Editorial Staff

It’s the global forum for design bringing together the most influential collectors, gallerists, designers, curators and critics from around the world. It celebrates design, culture and commerce. Occurring alongside the Art Basel fairs in Miami, and Basel,  Design Miami/ has become the premier venue for collecting, exhibiting, discussing and creating collectible design. Design Miami/ is more than a marketplace, it’s an exclusive commercial opportunity with progressive cultural programming. Ready for the new edition?

Design Miami/ Basel 2014

June 17-18/ 19-22/ 

PORCELAIN BLUE, OTSUKI SAMA

Posted on April 9, 2014 by Editorial Staff

A Spring-Summer ready house needs some touches of blue, like the sea. The invigorating color is a must also for terraces and gardens. Blue is the coolest color. The color of the sky, ocean, sleep, twilight. The ancient Egyptians used lapis-lazuli to represent heaven. Blue symbolizes also the Virgin Mary and means inspiration, sincerity and spirituality. The Otsuki Sama blue is obtained with the Chinese technique of “wash drawing”, mixed with petals of Japanese Chrysanthemum and framed by the geometry of diamond in order to evoke motifs of the traditional porcelain tableware. Otsuki Sama, inspired by Japan and made in France, was founded by  designer, artist and master calligrapher Valérie Laudier: it’s a complete collection of elegant, yet contemporary, home furnishing, stationery and fashion accessories. Enchanting.

http://www.otsuki-sama.com/

A BEAUTIFUL BUNCH, WE LIKE BANANAS!

Posted on April 8, 2014 by Editorial Staff

Feast your eyes on the Bugaboo Andy Warhol stroller, latest collaboration between the design and engineering Bugaboo and the artistic expression of pop art Andy Warhol. Warhol’s iconic banana (1966) will be part of your baby’s first ride. Warhol challenged the world of convention in order to see art differently. Bugaboo will celebrate pop art in its newest collection a rebellious and rockandroll attitude. Bugaboo Cameleon³ Banana combines the Warhol Banana print in black onto a striking and outspoken yellow base and a black chassis. The all-over print covers the sun canopy and continues on both the bassinet and backside of the seat fabric.  A versatile, functional and stylish stroller, a rocking disposition! In stores from May the 1st 2014. 

www.bugaboo.com

KUNDALINI E.T.A

Posted on April 2, 2014 by Editorial Staff

Kundalini E.T.A. by Guglielmo Berchicci is a sculptural lamp of refined artistic aesthetic. To us it is a classic icon of modern design, a beautiful and versatile decor object of minimal shape. The lamp is perfectly suited for living rooms, bedrooms and workspaces. Made in ecological fiberglass, it is characterized by the innovative use of materials and organic forms. It has also an handmade light diffuser of ecological fiberglass with a metallic inner structure which is removable for changing bulbs. It is available in white, orange, red, or silver. As suspension lamp, it has a wonderful polycarbonate reflector.

http://www.kundalini.it

THE BOX BY MERCATO MONTI

Posted on March 26, 2014 by Editorial Staff

Spring’s here and MercatoMonti’s team is ready to celebrate by offering a new shopping experience and a great party in honor of creativeness and handmade treasures.  After the success of last December’s edition  that welcomed 3000 visitors and involved more than 100 “creative minds”, it’s time for a brand new appointment. Sunday March 30th 2014 at The Radisson Blu Hotel, from 11 a.m. till 10 p.m., a new edition of The Box will be held.  Besides the usual shopping experience, the second appointment of “SUNDAY: I’M IN LOVE! – THE ARTIGENIAL GALLERY” will be hosted:  laboratory devoted to “art-ingeniousness” born by from the meeting of MercatoMonti with “Elsewhere Factory”. Visual artists, designer and artisans will symbolically reconstruct their own laboratory and will work during the whole day offering an unique occasion to observe the creative trial that characterizes their production. The “ALL GOOD” party is also confirmed: beginning from 6 pm, dance floor will be warmed and delighted by Playpen DcDJ SoulMind from “Disco Volante” Brescia  and Maxi Milian  DJ fron SoundsFamiliar Crew. Be ready for a special Sunday in Rome.

THE BOX – MERCATOMONTI

Sunday 30th  March 2014 –  from 11 a.m. till 10.00 p.m.  Free Entry
c/o Radisson Blu es. Hotel – Via Filippo Turati 171 – Roma  

www.mercatomonti.com

CUT THE RIBBON, XAVIER ROBERTS

Posted on March 20, 2014 by Editorial Staff

The Cabbage Patch Kids frenzy of 1983 was to be the first of many holiday-season, toy frenzies in the years to come. In 1976, Xavier Roberts invented ‘Little Person’ dolls, the first Cabbage Patch Kids. Roberts and five friends started the Original Appalachian Artworks company to produce the dolls. The Coleco toy company liked Roberts’ ideas and began mass-marketing the dolls in 1983, under the new name of ‘Cabbage Patch Kids.’ By the end of the year, approximately three million Cabbage Patch Kids dolls had been “adopted.” In 1983, a Cabbage Patch Kids doll was a 16-inch doll, usually with a plastic head, a fabric body, and yarn hair. What made them so desirable, besides the fact that they were huggable, was both their supposed uniqueness and their adoptability. It was claimed that each Cabbage Patch Kids doll was unique. This plus the fact that inside each Cabbage Patch Kids box came a “birth certificate,” with that particular kid’s first and middle name on it, made the dolls as individual as the kids who wanted to adopt them. The dolls were a hit and Roberts really cut a ribbon!

LUXURY NATURE SOAPS : GIANNA ROSE ATELIER

Posted on March 19, 2014 by Editorial Staff

Bathrooms and private boudoirs can be heaven. Everybody needs a fine luxurious moment: feeling clean and reinvigorated had never been so easy with these triple-milled soaps, 100% vegetable-based, by Gianna Rose Atelier. More than just soaps, they are romantic creations intended as proper sculptures. Carved, created from the best natural botanical extracts and nurturing emollients carefully chosen to create beautifully molded soaps. Range of perfumes? Wide and irresistible not to mention Gianna Roses’s gift boxes: their exquisite letterpress images are noteworthy. Personally, Harlows fell in love the “Apothecary Collection” but you can experiment the “Soap Couture” yourself by looking, using, smelling Gianna Rose Atelier’s amazing products. Make some space in your cabinets.

www.giannarose.com

CUT THE RIBBON, WILLIAM EGGLESTON

Posted on March 12, 2014 by Editorial Staff

william eggleston photographer

So who invented color photography? It’s William Eggleston, off course. Joking. Not that he invented anything, even if we really think that in a way he did, but this brilliant photographer born in Menphis in 1939, is widely credited with increasing recognition for color photography as a legitimate artistic medium to display in art galleries. And that’s not a small thing in a world where shooting in  black and withe was the only way for an artist to find his pictures exhibited in a gallery or a museum. Eggleston and his amazing colors, his democratic eye, his everyday life and objects: an ode to the “out of the blue” an example for hundreds of photographers that came after him. Eggleston’s work was exhibited for the first time at Washington  D.C.’s Corcoran Gallery and later at New York’s MoMA in 1976.  This exhibition came more or less 10 years  after MoMA had exhibited color photographs by Ernst Haas, but the tale that the Eggleston exhibition was MoMA’s first exhibition of color photography is frequently repeated and the 1976 show is regarded as a watershed moment in the history of photography, by marking “the acceptance of color photography by the highest validating institution”. Still alive and kicking, Eggleston is a Cut The Ribbon from his first photographs (in black and white) to his latest.

SPARKLING OR… FLAT? MARNI!

Posted on March 11, 2014 by Editorial Staff

Sharp and short and… flat flat flat! I said down to earth, down from heels, down to easiness and comfort. There’s a huge wealth of options for this next spring or summer. Masculine classics get revised with a feminine spin, light colors, candy palette, ideal for sweet tomboys. I got my eye on this flamboyant fringing leather ones. It’s country, it’s classic, I feel it super chic. It’s Marni, it’s golf time, it’s sandal days and the grass is so green!

www.marni.com

JUGGLING WORKOUTS? SWEATY BETTY

Posted on March 10, 2014 by Editorial Staff

Running, one of the best forms of aerobic exercise, it improves the body and stamina levels.On the top of it, it  strengthen muscles and burns fat. The best way of doing it is: having a good will, the right pair of trainers  and comfy clothes. Sweaty Betty is a stylish yet design-led sport company.
 It is absolutely fashion-conscious and has a vast online fitness emporium. Shoes, accessories, color-panelled bras, neon run jackets or vests. A great place where you can shop and browse. Spring is coming, put your shoes on and begin with your park sessions!

http://www.sweatybetty.com/

CUT THE RIBBON, JULIUS SäMANN

Posted on March 6, 2014 by Editorial Staff

 This story begins in the US. In 1952, a milk truck driver in Watertown, New York, USA, complains to a local chemist about the smell of spilled milk. That chemist is Julius “Jules” Sämann, who spent several years deep in the Canadian forests studying essential oils in evergreen trees and learning how to extract those oils from pine needles. After some research, Jules discovers a special formulation of fragrance which, when put on specialty material, is highly effective in killing unwanted odors and filling the air with fresh fragrance. Jules recognizes a great commercial opportunity. At this time, there are many air fresheners for the home, but not for cars and trucks. A small, unobtrusive hanging air freshener is exactly the right solution for vehicles.  Julius Sämann was a perfumist and chemist. He was mostly known for inventing many everyday items, but surely his great invention was that pine-tree-shaped air freshener. Known as WUNDER-BAUM® in Switzerland, the tree, with its special shape and peculiar scents started having different names all over the world. The brand has nowadays achieved “cult status” and the tree appears in many films, advertisements and TV shows. 

JUNIPER SLING

Posted on March 3, 2014 by Editorial Staff

Inspired by the most iconic and atmospheric of spirits: London Dry Gin. This fragrance is dedicated to enigmatic boys and girls. It’s a crisp cocktail with the freshness of juniper, cool measures of angelica and brandy and a beating libertine heart of black pepper, cardamom, soft leather and orris. A gourmand base of brown sugar, black cherry and amber. It is unique and it meets with the aromatic and very dry gin. From start to finish Juniper Sling projects a classic pre-prohibition era cocktail quality and it’s amazingly great to wear. Wanna have a shot? 

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/

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

 

 

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. 

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.

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!

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

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/

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/

CUT THE RIBBON, THE ZIPPER

Posted on January 29, 2014 by Editorial Staff

Zipper, or zip for people living in UK, were originally called “clap locker” and invented in 1893 by Whitcomb L.Judson. This Canadian engineer, already famous for a pneumatic street railway, was also credited for creating an interlocking system made of metallic teeth that were able to unite and make one of a two pieces. Presented at the Chicago World’s fair in the same year, this invention immediately grabbed attention and lead to “Universal Fastener”, a company located in Hoboken New Jersey that officially started mass production. With many  years of hard work, this fundamental invention improved ang got perfect also thank to genius business man Gideon Sundeck . Sensational, innovative, simple:  a non expensive item imagined to resolve big issues, to unite and separate, to close or open, to keep it together. Clothing, luggage, camping, sportswear: zipper is everywhere since the beginning of 900. It haven’t loose any importance since then and it’s sill used for low quality productions as well as “haute couture” ones. Fashion just owe a lot to Mr. Judson. Just imagine your day without zippers and you’ll understand how “Cut the Ribbon” this invention is. Imagine also an Azzedine Alaïa’s dress without it, or the fantastic leather jacked pictured above with no interlocking closures. Would it be that sexy? Just thank the Canadian Engineer, and cut.

Model Clement Chabernaud in  Balmain homme FW09 collection.