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8th BERLIN BIENNALE

Posted on May 26, 2014 by Editorial Staff

The 8th Berlin Biennale brings together a range of international artistic positions that explore the intersection between larger historical narratives and individuals’ lives. The majority of the participating artists have produced new works for the exhibition, which proposes new perspectives on the facets of and relations in history. It spans four distinct venues in western Berlin and Berlin-Mitte—Haus am Waldsee, Museen Dahlem – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, and Crash Pad c/o KW.The exhibition is on view from May 29 until August 3, 2014.

More: www.berlinbiennale.de

MY VINTAGE CARTIER PIN

Posted on May 26, 2014 by Clara G

There was a time when costume and jewelry where the most important occupation for a certain kind of women and gentlemen were queuing at Cartier to get the most fabulous diamonds for their beauties well known for the quality and amount of their jewels and aristocratic lovers. La Bella Otero, Cléo de Mérode, Mata Hari: all those women, who represented the vanity and decadency of their times, were although the first to step out of the Victorian morality system where they had no other chance to be free.

A few years later, one of that out of the system women, started to dress women to be real helping with that to change the whole feminine role, her name was Coco Chanel and not for coincidence she was the first to mix jewelry and bijoux. When she did so la “Belle Époque” was definitely gone, but for some years the Art Déco style kept the magic alive, creating beautiful objects like this pin designed by Cartier in 1924.

I always wonder about the first owner of this Cartier pin: who was she? Was she a flapper like Coco dreaming to change the world? What happened to her when all was drown again in war and pain? Would she approve the way I wear it? And, more than everything, would she like me?

PHOTORECORD N.6, BJoRK

Posted on May 23, 2014 by Editorial Staff

Released in July 1993, Debut was the second studio album by Icelandic singer-songwriter Bjork. Recorded in the United Kingdom, Björk worked on the album with producer Nellee Hooper. The album mostly consisted of love songs relating to subjects such as her boyfriend Dominic Thrupp, her producer Nellee Hooper and to love of life itself. The Amazing cover photo was shot by photographer Jean Baptiste Mondino.

 

COMFORT ZONE, REAL PEOPLE, REAL STORIES

Posted on May 22, 2014 by Isabella Cecconi

While spending a weekend at the seaside, I’ve decided to visit a public beach that I haven’t seen since I was a little boy. There I saw a possibility to recite a lot of stories only from looking at the things that people bring with them. I’ve got so inspired that I had to quit what I was doing at the time and indulge into a new project. I came back the very next week with all my equipment needed for a photoshoot. I started this series because I was surprised how a certain place or surrounding can affect people’s behavior.

Lithuanian photographer Tadao Cern had a peculiar idea for his photography series snapping awkward portraits of people sleeping on the beach. Stretched, curled, all the bodies display the characteristics of each human being. Pictures are quirky but familiar, beautiful and extravagant.  

http://www.tadaocern.com

 

SHARON VAN ETTEN

Posted on May 21, 2014 by Maxim Deluxe

Sharon Van Etten is  an American  singer – songwriter from Brooklyn . Following on from her breakthrough LP ‘ Tramp ‘ back in 2102 , Sharon Van Etten will release a new record out next week on 26th May. ‘Are We There’ will be fully online streaming on line in advance .

Sharon Van Etten

 

A BIRKENSTOCK SUMMER

Posted on May 20, 2014 by Marco Maggetto

Big loves aren’t , sometimes, immediate. I remember, long time ago, watching people wearing Birkenstock with a lot of doubts: how can you really walk in those things? Is there a reason for wearing such horrible sandals? And then one year a pair of Havaianas fell down from a high speed boat and I was in need of a pair of sleepers. All my friends in Ibiza, boho as you can imagine, were telling me to give a try to Birkenstock and I did. My collection now is made of 8 pairs and there is nothing I would recommend but them. Nothing is better in summer, and winter too (plenty of warm models). The essence of this brilliant shoe, invented in Germany in 1774 is on the footbed sole that was inspired by the natural imprint of a foot in the sand. Anatomical shape ideally supports the natural walking action of foot while joints and back are protected. Leg muscles are exercised also and health and well-being benefit as a result. Ask any other “recreational” shoe to do the same and you won’t find one. Birkenstock collection has also been enriched with new models, colored soles and upgradings. Foot’s must have.

http://www.birkenstock.com/

PHOTO RECORD NR.5, JANET JACKSON

Posted on May 16, 2014 by Editorial Staff

Releasing date: 22 September 1997. “Got ‘Till It’s Gone” written by Janet Jackson, featuring Q-Tip and Joni Mitchell, was the anticipation single taken from Jackson’s sixth album, The Velvet Rope. Despite being a risk, it was a totally out of the mainstream sound, this song received very warm critics and a  very well deserved Grammy Award for “Best Short Form Music Video”. “Got ‘Till It’s Gone” reached number one in several countries and marked the return of Jackson to the scene after a period of struggle with depression and intimacy. Considered a  fusion of Jackson’s pop style with “harder-edged hip-hop” this song remains an excellent work and a must listen for new generations. The video for “Got ’til It’s Gone” was directed by Mark Romanek and filmed at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles. Jackson portrays a lounge singer in the video, which takes place during the time of apartheid in South Africa. Inspired by a blend of ’60s and ’70s African culture and the work of photographer Malick Sidibé it won many prizes and certainly fashion oriented people’s heart. The cover of “Got ‘Till It’s Gone” was released during the filming and was shooted by rock-pop superstars photographer Eddie Wolfl. Joni Mitchell never lies.

 

WORK IT, O.A.M.C.

Posted on May 15, 2014 by Marco Maggetto

The Harlow welcomes back the return of workwear in fashion, a trend that was really strong in the 90ies and seems ready to be the next hot thing on your favorite store’s rows. The idea of comfort and protection has never been out of date really, but signals are starting to get clear and loud intensely towards this direction. To represent this new wave we had picked a new American brand called O.A.M.C. It’s a simple idea: to mix all-American work wear with the luxury of European craftsmanship. Luke Meier and Chris Gibbs are both born in Canada, met in mid-nineties in New York and became friends. Meyer went to study to FIT and become Supreme (yes, the skaters number one brand) head designer while Gibbs opened up a boutique in Los Angeles called Union. When Meier invented the concept behind O.A.M.C.A he needed a right hand: who’s better than his best friend? The duo is at his second collection, doing well and raising. As they declared ” When you really boil workwear down, it’s about utility. But even through it works, maybe it doesn’t have to look like it works”.

http://oamc.com/home.html

WILSEN

Posted on May 14, 2014 by Maxim Deluxe

Wilsen is the creation of 24-year-old London native Tamsin Wilson. Alongside bandmates Johnny Simon Jr and Drew Arndt – both songwriters & producers in their own right – Tamsin Wilson’s passion is for the detail; each Wilsen song is tirelessly sculpted over time, building an atmosphere, a mood, a state of mind. Simon Jr’s minimalist guitar melodies and Arndt’s rhythmic basslines create a platform for the gossamer vocals of Tamsin Wilson, by turns ethereal and earthy, and the rich driving force behind Wilsen’s gentle rise. A self-recorded – over a week in rural Ontario – and self-released mini debut album ‘Sirens’ coincided with the trio’s decision to relocate to New York in the spring of 2012. The album showcased the warmth of Tamsin’s voice and a songwriting palette that moved between post-rock crescendos (‘Anahita’) and gentle folk intimacy (‘Dusk’).

The new ‘Magnolia’ EP will be released on the 19th of May .

WILSEN

 

J. QUAZI KING

Posted on May 13, 2014 by Isabella Cecconi

He is Brooklyn based. He is a fashion and lifestyle photographer.His name is J. Quazi King and was born in Equatorial Guinea. His pictures focus on mesmerizing portraiture. Quazi had a childhood fascination with photography, but decided to explore it just some time ago. His work is haunting, neat, sharp and real. Self-taught, he started his career by documenting everyday scenes on the streets of New York and the result, so far, has been just radiant.

http://quazimottoonwax.com

MY BALENCIAGA WOOL JACKET

Posted on May 13, 2014 by Clara G

There are very few pictures of Marilyn where she looks real, a real woman. But some months before her dead in August, 1962, she began to be more natural, to reveal herself a little bit beyond her fabulous hairdressing, all the make up and even the clothes. Don’t know if it was a sign of maturity and self-acceptance, or simply because of publicity reasons, knowing her as I do, I don’t think it was casual. That last Marilyn, with her fading beauty, her white hair a little damaged, very thin, wearing Pucci dresses and Ferragamo stilettos, is the one I adore.

It was June, 1962, at the sunset, It was cold on Santa Monica beach, Marilyn was 36, she was wearing a wool jacket with an orange bikini underneath, her hair was a mess, her make up too, she was tired after a long photo shooting, drinking too much champagne. Empty eyes, childish laughing, spots in her nose. It was January, 2009, at night, it was cold in Madrid. I was 35, my kid was a little baby, my husband gave me a present: a big Balenciaga white box, inside there was a wool jacket.

There is no apparently connection between the architectural clothes designed by Nicolas Ghesquière for Balenciaga that year and the wool jacket bought 47 years before in Sacks, but whenever I wear it, and I do it very often, it reminds me that iconic photo shot: for me Marilyn is always there, wearing that jacket that I know she loved. She was just laughing and dreaming at the sea side.

HIRUNDO RUSTIC AT CASTELLO SFORZESCO

Posted on May 12, 2014 by Luisa Fazio

Uit uit uit uit! That’s the sweet music they make with their long forked tails. They are capable of speeding fast making precise trajectories or repetitive tumbles. They are emblem of freedom, they don’t tolerate slavery in a cage. Bearers of good time and good weather. Swallows have arrived announcing the “Milan’s Spring”! After snails between spiers of Milan’s Cathedral and frogs in the dock of Navigli, the Cracking Art Group, have installed “swallows nest” adding a piece to the “modern art that regenerates ancient and monumental art”. Swallows live close to men, building their nests under eaves roofs of houses. We, human beings, have received them as “roommates” that “chat” and flutter until dawn. Until June the 30th, the courtyards of the Castello Sforzesco will be populated by giant Hirundo rustica, and their eggs, sculpted in multi-colored plastic will show that the nesting period has begun. The purpose is to raise funds to restore the equestrian marble statue of Bernabò Visconti, symbol of the Castle. In return, a multiple swallow sculpture that deposits eggs will be symbol of the regenerative operation. It is recommended to leave a window open… it is said that if a swallow flies into the house, it brings all sort of happiness. Good luck!

PHOTORECORD NR.4, CAROLE KING

Posted on May 9, 2014 by Editorial Staff

Tapestry by Carole King was released in 1971 and was one of the best-selling albums of all time, with over 25 million copies sold worldwide. The cover had been shot by photographer Jim McCray who was on the verge of shooting one of his most famous images when he stopped to ask singer Carole King if the cat sleeping across the room could be part of the tableau. He remembered the results of a Kodak survey that found “after children, the most popular thing people photographed was their own cats”. King assured him that her pet was docile, he carried the tabby and its pillow to the window ledge and into the frame. By the third click of his camera, the cat had slipped away but McCrary had what he needed: a picture of both the barefoot songstress and her whiskered feline that became the cover of King’s landmark.

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?

 

DOUGLAS DARE

Posted on May 7, 2014 by Maxim Deluxe

Douglas Dare is a London-based singer-songwriter, originally from the coastal town of Bridport, South West England.

The son of a piano teacher, Douglas began composing instrumental music from a young age but it was not until studying popular music at University in Liverpool in 2008 that he began songwriting. Douglas’ rich and haunting vocals are combined with lyrics crafted from his own poems and short prose, a writing style that gives his intimate songs wisdom far beyond his 23 years.  

After supporting Ólafur Arnalds and Nils Frahm on their recent tours, May 12th 2014 will see the release of his debut album ‘Whelm’.

Listen ‘Whelm’   on Erased Tapes

LONG LIFE TO JACQUEMUS

Posted on May 5, 2014 by Marco Maggetto

A positive reaction, a response. That’s what Parisian brand Jacquemus provoked. In general, that response is a smile, a happy and bright one because Jacquemus is stitched with good humor. Simon Porte Jacquemus is a guy the left his small city in the south of France and reached Paris with a dream: becoming a fashion designer. He is self-educated, he left fashion school after two months. Young and romantic, this candid guy has left a mark since his debut collection in 2013. His inspiration? It comes from his teenage naiveté, 90s style and “sometimes” grunge. Young Jacquemus wanted to create casual yet strong womenswear in memory of his mother and this the only note of melancholy. The rest is joy, simple things, freshness, reinvention. And when a designer declares something like this to describe one of its collection “I imagined the story of a lonely woman, tired of men, who’d dedicated her life to dogs” how could you possibly not fall in love with him? If fashion needs a new consciousness and some sincerity, not only a new perfectly targeted tweet, the example of Jacquemus is a good start.

http://jacquemus.com/

 

JOHN BENNETT FITTS

Posted on May 5, 2014 by Isabella Cecconi

Maybe the right word is melancholia. John Bennett Fitts, born in 1977 is an American photographer with a focus on emptiness. In his series No Lifeguard On Duty, there are large color photographs of empty 60’s-motel swimming pools, all abandoned and cracked. The shots were taken at sunset and the light is warm and familiar.Fitts describes an urban environment with an outer worldly quality.He has exhibited around the world and received various awards.His body of work gives us an insight into the Los Angeles area, exploring the abandonment and decline of sites. Fitts makes emptiness look beautiful and the simplicity and absence of human presence a portayal of decaying America.

jbennettfitts.com

SLOW CLUB

Posted on April 30, 2014 by Maxim Deluxe

Slow Club is Sheffield boy-girl duo Charles Watson (guitar, vocals, piano) and Rebecca Taylor (drums, vocals, guitar). The band formed in 2005 when they were both still teenagers and spent the next two years touring relentlessly around the North of England.

Now in 2014 we find Charles and Rebecca emerging from the studio again with what promises to be their career-defining album ‘ Complete Surrender’. Recorded with producer Colin Elliot, who previously helped create an equally widescreen sound on albums by Richard Hawley, ‘Complete Surrender’ touches on everything from Motown and the output of Memphis’ Stax Records to the immaculately produced pop of the 1970s, via Frankie Valli and David Bowie. The songs are certainly bigger and the pair have grown from a charmingly ramshackle teenage duo bursting with potential into a fully-formed, self-confident and impressively talented band.

Follow on SLOW CLUB

MY ALEXANDER MCQUEEN TOP

Posted on April 30, 2014 by Clara G

The dress is sustaining the body: the body is not totally alive. The girl has suffered: suffering has made her beautiful and strong. She is not human anymore: she is a fantastic creature. Romanticism, lust, poetry, determination, power, a deep desperation, feelings of intense life, but as all the colors together bring black, too intense feelings drive to dead.A certain arrogant attitude, a feeling of superiority and an unexpected sense of humor… he was like all the genius are. I always perceived he was involved in a sophisticated personal revenge, dressing women to make them immortal, unreachable beyond violence and pain. For too many reasons I feel connected with Alexander McQueen, since he started in Givenchy I was overloaded, hypnotized, inspired for months with every collection. He touched my heart with his magic and cold fingers, his brilliant imagination. I own two of his pieces, both are exactly as I thought: you don’t really wear them, they wear you.

This top in the picture is full of references: it is like a corset, but also like having two deep scars, and most of all,  it shows the drawing of the bones underneath. It is totally fixed to the body, in a perfect balance: one centimeter less and the laces will hurt, one centimeter more and the effect wont be possible. Pain, dead, sacrifice for beauty but when you wear it you feel powerful, intense, special.

And today, I see the sporty smiling princess wearing all those conservative dresses and summer coats, most of them made by Alexander McQueen. They are perfectly done, they are even beautiful and looks great: but I feel sad. When your name gives name to a brand, it should end if you end. And die with you.

a.KNACKFUSS

Posted on April 29, 2014 by Marco Maggetto

Nothing really new on the horizon, its just time for prints. It’s spring. Whenever, whatever:  young and young-adults are never been so colored, as parrots sometimes. Between all brands popping up like mushrooms in order to ride this rainbow “momentum”  I found out this label from Bruxelles that is quite interesting. Not that I suddenly started to like prints, after Mary Katrantzou everything had been said – and it was 3 years ago- but a.KNACKFUSS is not only that. It’s an experiment, an ensamble of pieces that cross the border and mix haute couturish looks with sporty ones. In a magistral way. This brand uses fabrics ranging from soft and agile to extreme and rigid while technique changes from draped to tailored, concentrating on the play of contradiction. Clothes as a nest that separate us from the environment remaining comfortable and elegant at the same time. Keep an eye on those guys.

www.aknackfuss.com

 

2000 SKIN COLOR SHADES, HUMANAE

Posted on April 29, 2014 by Luisa Fazio

If on the other hand it protects us, from the other it puts human organism in direct contact with the outside world. After heart, human skin is the biggest indicator of emotions, feelings and moods. While heart is beating fast, skin, whatever color it is, sweats, blushes and shivers at all latitudes. Angelica Dass, Brazilian photographer, born in 1979, “has focused” on it. In a portrait mode, she has cataloged more than 2000 on line photographs (She’s still in work in progress today) portraying all possible people’s skin color shades that she met while wandering around the world. The result? HUMANAE: an inventory of faces, all different and specific. Each “faces passport” has its personal and unique shades  which corresponds to a code of the famous color scale Pantone. Does not exist in nature white, black or yellow skin. The shades of color that human skin can take are endless and its pigment varies only according to age and the skin area. Moral of the project? Everyone has a skin color with a specific “value”. So, races do not exist. Angelica Dass is Pantone 7522 C.  What skin color are you?
http://humanae.trumblr.com

PAWWS

Posted on April 23, 2014 by Maxim Deluxe

Pawws, aka Lucy Taylor,  is a singer/songwriter from North London. Classically trained on the flute and piano, she started PAWWS after playing and touring with numerous artists including Kele Okereke & MGMT . The First  home demos were posted on Soundcloud late 2012 and received an incredible response overnight.

Listen to the new amazing single ‘ Sugar ‘ on  her Soundcloud

PHOTORECORD NR. 3

Posted on April 18, 2014 by Editorial Staff

The French wonder girl comes back with a new record after many years, and Joe Le Taxi, with a brand new look and a more International approach. In a relationship with Lenny Kratvitz, that produced this little pop gem, Vanessa is maturing and looking, more and more, as the brunette Brigitte Bardot. Remarkable songs : Sunday Mondays, The Future Song.

Title: Vanessa Paradis

Photo cover: Jean Baptiste Mondino

Relasing year: 1992

HYERèS 2014

Posted on April 17, 2014 by Editorial Staff

“Le Festival” de la mode y photographie par excellance. The 29th edition of Hyères International Festival will take place, as usual, in the delightful village of Cote D’Azur-Provence from 25th till 28th April. The jury has chosen ten young fashion designers, of eight different nationalities. Liselore Frowijn (Pays Bas, femme), Pablo Henrard (Belgique, Homme), Marit Ilison (Estonie, Femme), Anne Kluytenaar (Pays Bas, Homme), Coralie Marabelle (France, Femme), Kenta Matsushige (Japon, Femme), Agnese Narnicka (Lettonie, Homme), Louis-Gabriel Nouchi (France, Femme), Roshi Porkar (Autriche, Femme), Yulia Yefimtchuk (Ukraine, Femme) but also a selection of breathtaking photographers: Anna Grzelewska, Osma Harvilahti, Arnaud Lajeunia, Orianne Lopes, Birthe Piontek, Virginie Rebetez, Marie Rime, Marleen Sleeuwits, Charlotte Tanguy and Lorenzo Vitturi. A list of parallels events (concert and exibithion)  is listed on Hyères Festival Official Page. Better than anyone, the place to be to discover fashion and photography of tomorrow.

http://www.villanoailles-hyeres.com

FILM IS NOT DEAD AT ALL! MICHAEL SHINDLER

Posted on April 17, 2014 by Isabella Cecconi

On his webpage there are just few words to describe his work: Tintypes made by the authentic wet-plate collodion process. Camera formats from 4×5 to 14×17. Based in San Francisco.
Minimal description for an amazing project and place. In fact, Micheal Shindler opened in 2011 the world’s first Tintype portrait studio. The process of tintypes photography is delicate and requires skills. Tintype was first introduced in the 1850s, over a hundred and sixty years ago. The process takes around ten minutes and is delicate and messy. One slip-up and you’ll have to do the whole thing all over again. I guess it’s time to go to Frisco and have a portrait..

http://www.michaelshindler.com

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MY ADIDAS ORIGINALS X FARM T-SHIRT

Posted on April 16, 2014 by Clara G

Everybody is so healthy, happy, young, hipster, relaxed and cool in this blond, pale, tall, gentle neighborhood where I live. And all this is true, you can feel it clearly as passing by, but something is behind, if you scratch a little bit you will soon find the other side, the painful one. That difficult balance between past and present, that anger for tomorrow, like the Golden Angel standing on cannons: to much weigh on the base to fly free, but for that very reason that flight would be more beautiful. All that contrast, is what made me fall deeply in love with this city, so broken, so damaged, so strong and alive at the same time.
Every single corner of Berlin has its own scar, even Wannsee, a beautiful Visconti-like beach in the middle of a forest aside a lake… right there, on that romantic place, the Final Solution was decided by the Nazi Regime. But this is something that goes further and affects not only to places.
I had no time to unpack the luggage after arriving from Brazil, when Adidas launched a collaboration with Farm, a label from Río de Janeiro. As the Adidas original store is very close to my house, I was one of the first to see the collection while they where mounting the shop front. Since I moved to Berlin I use a lot of stuffs from Adidas. It’s nice, optimistic, well done, casual and confortable, just what I need: the connection between the so German label and Brazil this season seemed very funny to me and of course I bought several pieces from the collection. Continue Reading →

SOAK

Posted on April 16, 2014 by Maxim Deluxe

Soak is a short Irish kid from Londonderry who appreciates Dragons & Dinosaurs. Has wonky bottom teeth & writes song. Kind of funny something. Soak is out now with the BLUD EP on Goodbye records. Listen and buy on Bandcamp

SOAKMUSIC

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

 

MARNI’S ANIMAL HOUSE

Posted on April 15, 2014 by Luisa Fazio

Consuelo Castiglioni’s brand has transformed the space of its showroom in Viale Umbria, 42 in a zoo without borders. Among many contributions seen at “Salone del Mobile” 2014 in Milan, this project was unique. The initiative was called “Animal House.” Contrary to what it is said in 1978  movie directed by John Landis, where John Belushi made his breakthrough, in Marni’s Animal House giraffes, ostriches, flamingos, donkeys, ducks and rabbits belong to the same Club. Wild animals and poultry cohabit the same environment, without distinction of race and social class. Made in metal and bright colors PVC, all furnishing is hand made by a group of Colombian women. Thanks to collaboration with Marni, those women found their free, independence and emancipation, creating unique pieces and personal combinations. Traditional chairs with two armrests, seats with a single left or right armrest, benches, tables, chaise longue, rocking chairs complete the collection. When the world of fashion and design meet, we always get excellent results. When social redemption and charity come together, success is guaranteed (a good portion of the proceeds from the sales of manufactured goods will be donated to organizations that deal with childhood diseases). “Animal House”, an original zoo-social project!

KLUTE, EPIC FASHION MOMENT

Posted on April 14, 2014 by Marco Maggetto

I have been seeing “Klute” (1971) for years and since the very first time I was enchanted by Costume Designer Ann Roth and her famous skills in developing a story. In this film Jane Fonda looks absolutely “in the part” and needless to say,  you can judge a book by its cover in here. Roth started to mold young call girl “Bree” from her haircut. She took Fonda down the streets of Lower East Side pushed her into a local no fuzz no glam hairdresser, and there,  she started the transformation. The character of Bree needed to be real and contemporary, a modern girl who was dynamic, sexually free and single. A Park Avenue girl that was living downtown. In few words, an Ante Litteram Carrie Bradshaw except for the call girl factor. Inside this film there are several fashion moments that really point out: fringes, suede -off course, chunky jewelry, brown tones. There are t-shirts worn with no bra under (so 70ies), a precious leather outlined trench that fits Fonda in the most perfect way and serve her as a blanket when, tormented by the stalker, she decide to spend the night downstairs into Klute’s room located in the basement. Plenty of inspiration can be taken  from this movie, ask Style Offices around the globe. It’s a capsule of the 70ies, both for fashion and interior decoration. But the iconographic dress, the piece that says it all, it’s a dark blue mermaid sequined dress by Norman Norell, a masterpiece. A “liquid” “covering it all” dress that shine with class and help Fonda in seducing Klute.  With a coupe de fermeture à glissière she is done: it’s the longest, perfect sliding, zip moment I’ve ever seen. Continue Reading →

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/ 

PHOTORECORD NR. 2, THE SMITHS

Posted on April 11, 2014 by Editorial Staff

Hand in Glove. The very first single of The Smiths, 13 May 1983.

Great care was given by the Smiths for their album covers. A unique visual style, able to establish a consistent visual aesthetic. The Smiths covers were immediately identifiable. The band never appeared on their covers. Glamourous, erotic, iconographical, nostalgic and gender ambiguous. Images depicted cinema stars and pop culture in general. Morrissey chose all the covers, under the artistic direction of his personal assistant Jo Slee. ” The covers were an integral part of the group”- according to Geoff Travis (Rough Trade) – ” And Morrissey was the best to create them. We never made ​​suggestions to make it better.”

” The rest of the band had no involvement in the creation of the covers ,” said Johnny Marr “I was more than happy to go that way. Because every time I saw the artwork I’ve always been happy, impressed and surprised. What Morrissey did was to take all these influences that meant something to him, coming from very different places , and give them continuity . fans of The Smiths could identify immediately.

EARLY LANDSCAPES, ANDREAS GURSKY

Posted on April 10, 2014 by Editorial Staff

Andreas Gursky. Master contemporary artist, born 1955 in Leipzig Germany. He lives and works in Dusseldorf and was appointed Professor of Liberal Arts at the Kunstakademie Dusseldorf in 2010. Gursky, from the very first years of his career, never stop making photographs of landscapes. It’s one of his recurring elements, a signature trait of this incredible artist. “Early Landscapes” it the first exhibition to focus on a group of important landscapes from the late 1980s to the early 1990s. Predating Gursky’s extensive use of digital technology, and characterized by what the artist has called an ‘extraterrestrial’ perspective, the pictures are titled simply and directly after the geographical location where they were taken. Gursky’s early landscapes provide the viewer with the concrete experience of a specific place as well as a “mental image”that has been passed down to us by the history of painting and inscribed into our collective memory.

Sprüth Magers London-  April 15th – june 21th  2014

STACEY

Posted on April 9, 2014 by Maxim Deluxe

Stark minimalism.

Waterfalls of cathedral reverb.

Raw intimacy with the endless haze of sultry summer synth.

Melodies rife with the delicacy of raw, unadulterated romance.
Lyrics emanating a requiem for often unrequited love.

Technicolor production with microscopic details.
The sad ending sensual.
A lot with very little.

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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/

FASHION IN LEAVES

Posted on April 8, 2014 by Luisa Fazio

She designs glamorous models bodies with Indian Ink. She dresses those elegant bodies with leaves and petals that come directly from her garden. It’s a series of Haute Couture sketches by twenty-four years old freelance graphic designer Tang Chiew Ling, a fashion minded girl born in Malaysia. “I never thought leaves can be so beautiful” said Ling that creates every dress depending from  structure, patterns, shape, line and shades colors of leaves. From yellow to brown, from dark green to light green, linear, flouncy, with tail and hats, Tang’s evening dresses are for refined and extraordinary women, like Audrey Hepburn parading on the red carpet with a simple and timeless sheath dress. “Fashion in leaves,” an abstract work, a great conceptual collage. Have a green look! Always.

http://www.behance.net/tangchiewling

 

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

AU JOUR LE JOUR

Posted on April 8, 2014 by Marco Maggetto

Fantasy and esprit. Joie de vivre and irony. Spotted in Milan and around the globe, on the streets, at fashion shows and clubs: the unmistakable prints of happy-go-lucky t-shirts and dresses are by Au Jour Le Jour. Created in 2010, including both mens and womens lines, by Mirko Fontana e Diego Marquez,  AJLJ is an all-Italian original project which peculiar fabrics and colors are already into people’s heart. Coats, suits, knitwear, sneakers, Au Jour Le Jour is a complete wardrobe entirely designed and made in Italy. Check out their online store: the must have, for us, is the TRex t-shirt. To feel like Michelle Pfeiffer’s son on 1996 “One Fine Day” and get lost in Central Park. Like a kid can do.

http://www.aujourlejour.it

 

DIGITAL INK: CHEYENNE RANDALL

Posted on April 7, 2014 by Isabella Cecconi

Who is a tattooist? It usually is an individual who applies permanent decorative tattoos. The craft is achieved by apprenticeship, under a trainer or and experienced mentor. To become a tatooist, you must have a passion for art and for drawing and be able to draw. But what if this skill, based on ink evolves into a visual media? Art on skin with Cheyenne Randall has become art on photo images. A tattoo artist, a  digital artist, a 360° artist. The old perfect techniques mixes with new technological devices..and the result is rather mesmerizing. I had the chance of stumbling into Cheyenne art and fell in love with it immediately. Old images get twisted but maintain a refined and elegant allure. What follows is a small interview we had: 

Hi, my name is Cheyenne I’m…

… a mixed media and digital artist from Seattle, Wa

What is a tattoo according to your opinion?

Ink permanently placed under the skin through the use of a sharp penetrating device.

I think what makes a good tattoo is what ever makes the person who’s body is on it happy. I’ve been tattooed by some really awesome people with years of tattooing and still one of my favorite tattoos is a homemade “stick and poke” tattoo one of my best friends gave me. it’s a heart with an upside down cross above it. it’s a good tattoo.

Do you have a favorite tattoo style? Traditional? Tribal?

Yes American Traditional is my personal favorite. It’s timeless. I can get a panther head today and it’ll still be a panther head when I’m 80 same as the panther heads on 80 year olds right now. I also think the same thing with Japanese Traditional. It’s an incredibly beautiful craft that I respect immensely.

What inspires you the most?

Thinking about how hard my mom worked her butt off single handedly to put food on the table and to hear all the many times she’s mentioned how much she just wants a modest little house so she can garden and such. I get that vision of her in her garden as she’s getting older and it drives me more and more each day to make that happen for her. Through art it’s a tough road but I think it can be done.

Is there a criteria you use to choose a personality instead of another one?

Yeah sort I won’t touch famous people just for being famous unless its tongue and cheek or parody or i’m just in a goofy mood like my Miley Cyrus mix ups for instance. It is a type of commentary on what I call “candy fame” just garbage in the airwaves and covers of tabloids in line at the grocery store. It’s crucial for me to pick people that have left lasting impressions on me. People of substance. People with talent. Classic beauty. As an artist just looking at some people can be joyful. Acknowledging the lines and beauty of a young Liz Taylor. I have a difficult time sometimes with drawling a line with some people. I’ve pulled Kurt Cobains photos into photoshop and just don’t feel it’s right. at least I haven’t found a way to work on his image without it feeling like I’m trying too hard. It’s not necessary for me to do Shopped Tattoos on people just because it’d be cool. The whole process as a whole has to feel right or I abort.

You have Native American Ancestry. (We loved the pic of little Cheyenne with braids) Do you feel your origins influence your art?

Thanks yeah I always like to tease people and tell them that photos of me with my braids was my little sister or thats my daughter.

Yes absolutely I have a strong sense of connection to my father or his echoing spirit. He passed away when I was in high school. He was an incredibly gifted artist, perhaps in my opinion one of the best. His drawing were absolutely next level. I’ll attach one. He was full blooded Lakota born and raised on Rosebud Indian Reservation. But he wasn’t much of a traditionalist. He didn’t sweat or do sundance. He was on his own trip. Sort of a blend hippie / renaissance man. He always lived out of the city in a farm home and made knives, grew marijuana and painted out by a big Oak tree. But he spoke Lakota and influenced me in many ways. He artwork always had some type of Native imagery in it. He was proud of our culture. As I am in my life today. I bring that into my original artwork very much. In fact I often say when I”m drawing it’s like my dad takes over my hand.

Wouldn’t it be nice if with the use of technology we could really re-imagine or re-create what we are?

In some ways yes. I don’t really see that being too far from a reality. I do personal commissions all the time where I put tattoo’s on peoples personal photos they send in. I’ve been told that’s change there lives and they now are going to go out and start collecting body art. Its pretty badass.

The Harlow suggest our readers to discover Cheyenne Randall art on:

www.cheyennerandall.tumblr.com

www.shoppedtattoos.tumblr.com

 

PHOTORECORD NR. 1, SUEDE

Posted on April 4, 2014 by Editorial Staff

Introduction to Photorecord.

Every Friday The Harlow will make some space to historical-beautiful record covers that marked a phase of our lives. Record Covers are often real works of art but most of all, they encapsulate an epoch and revamp our memories even before listening the music they were created to help in selling. The importance of these images is doubtless and  fundamental in everybody’s life.

This week’s

Title: Suede 

Relasing year: 1993

Photo work is a gender-ambiguous cover art that provoked controversy.  The kissing couple was taken from the 1991 book Stolen Glances: Lesbians Take Photographs edited by Tessa Boffin and Jean Fraser. The photograph was taken by Tee Corinne and it shows a woman kissing an acquaintance in a wheelchair.