Fashion

Bally Spring/Summer 2015 Collections

Bally has presented its women's and men's Spring/Summer 2015 collections. Imbued with soft, feminine lines and a modern edge and inspired by stylish ladies like Nicole Phelps, Miroslava Duma and Sally Singer, the women's collection is all about chic, wearable everyday pieces, characterised by relaxed silhouettes. There's flirty A-line midi skirts and fine maxi coats, tailored pants and boxy tops. Slouchy boyfriend jeans are paired with cool long-line blazers. A tiny leather skirt is worn with a white shirt and over-the-knee python boots, evoking a strong '60s vibe.

With rolled-up jeans, leather bombers, dandy suits and polished footwear, the men's offering delivers the same kind of effortless cool, plus a nonchalant attitude. Double denim is complemented by a taupe coat; a roll-neck knit is peeking out of a navy suit jacket. Oversized bags and smart accessories add the finishing touches.

www.bally.com

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FEIT Opens First New York Store

Neoluxury footwear and accessories brand FEIT has launched its first New York store. The FEIT for NY flagship, located in the Nolita neighbourhood, epitomises the NYC-based company's passion for producing sustainable high-quality products and is as much a retail space as it is an art installation.

The store is composed of raw construction materials like Baltic birch, concrete and hanging leathers, reflecting the company's ethos and development principles. The design of the new FEIT for NY location, titled the 'Raw Elements of Construction”, was created by Price in collaboration with installation artist Jordana Maisie, who was inspired by his distinctive vision for the brand.

www.feitdirect.com

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Hiroshi Sugimoto: Still Life at Pace London

Sugimoto, Hiroshi: Pinon - Juniper Forest, 2012 gelatin silver print 47" x 67-1/2" (119.4 cm x 171.5 cm) © Hiroshi Sugimoto, courtesy of The Pace Gallery

Pace London will present seventeen large-scale photographs from Japanese-born conceptual artist Hiroshi Sugimoto's ongoing 'Diorama' series. Realised between 1976 and 2012, the spectacular shots appear to be elaborate portraits of the natural world. Instead, the hyper-realistic images were taken in natural history museums, revealing the exceptional yet unlikely beauty of dioramas.

“The first time I saw a diorama I was overwhelmed by the fragility of existence that it captured. Being models of nature, dioramas include many of the world’s constituent parts,” Sugimoto wrote. “The only thing absent is life itself. Time comes to a halt and never-ending stillness reigns.”

'Polar Bear', the first photograph from the series, was produced nearly forty years ago, after the artist, who has resided in New York since 1974, visited the American Museum of Natural History for the first time. Coming full circle, Sugimoto returned to the museum in 2012 and executed a series of shots that reveal the photographer's idea of what the world will look like once all animal life has gone extinct.

Hiroshi Sugimoto: Still Life 21 November, 2014 – 24 January, 2015

www.pacegallery.com

Sugimoto, Hiroshi: California Condor, 1994 gelatin silver print 47" x 73" (119.4 cm x 185.4 cm) © Hiroshi Sugimoto, courtesy of The Pace Gallery

Sugimoto, Hiroshi: Northern Spruce - Fir Forest, 2012 gelatin silver print 47" x 73" (119.4 cm x 185.4 cm) © Hiroshi Sugimoto, courtesy of The Pace Gallery

Sugimoto, Hiroshi: Galapagos, 1980 gelatin silver print 47" x 83" (119.4 cm x 210.8 cm) © Hiroshi Sugimoto, courtesy of The Pace Gallery

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Giorgio Armani Opens New Store in Hamburg

Giorgio Armani has opened a new store in Hamburg, Germany. The two-storey boutique, located on the exclusive Neuer Wall, covers almost 400 square meters of retail space. On the ground floor, women's accessories and ready-to-wear collections are displayed, while the upper floor boasts a selection of quality menswear. The Giorgio Armani Made to Measure room, dedicated to the fine art of tailoring, can also be found there.

www.armani.com

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No74

Located on the cool Torstrasse, a recently emerged fashion hub in Berlin's exhilarating Mitte district, No74, adidas' first select store worldwide, is an exciting mix of old and new, art and trends. The spacious spot, opened in 2008, carries an exclusive, hand-picked selection of statement fashion, beloved footwear and bold sportswear by such adidas brands as Y-3 and adidas by Stella McCartney in addition to special collaborative and limited edition efforts.

The store will definitely impress with its creative atmosphere and contemporary interiors that characterise not only No74, but its London (No6) and Paris (No42) sister stores as well.

www.no74-berlin.com

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Launch of the 10th Anniversary - Berlin Issue

ZOO Magazine, in association with Jaguar, commemorated the release of its landmark 10th anniversary edition, The Berlin Issue, under the glorious surroundings of the dinosaur hall at Berlin’s Museum für Naturkunde. Joining the festivities, the evening was graced by the company of some very special guests from the world of fashion, film and the arts – not to mention, treasured cultural figureheads from the honored city, to a live soundtrack provided by Henry de Winter and Dez Mona.

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Fashion

Monsoon Capsule Collection by senz6

Dutch umbrella enthusiasts senz6 have presented three fresh pieces in the new 'Monsoon' capsule collection. The exciting models – SKY VIEW, SUMI BLACK and CANVAS KHAKI – designed by Japanese visionary Yoske Nishiumi, will effectively protect you from rain, and do so in style. The lightweight models are available as both small automatic and stick umbrellas, and, just like all senz6 products, will withstand wind speeds of up to 100km/h, thanks to their unique, patented shape.

www.senz6.com

Art

Barry Reigate: One Cannot Get Fingerprints From a Rock at Reflex Gallery

Barry Reigate: Untitled (MPP=9) 210x150cm Acrylic, oil, spraypaint, crayon, pencil, varnish,airbrush, dirt & beeswax on canvas - 2013

Mixing iconic pop culture imagery with geometric shapes, Barry Reigate's latest work, presented at the Reflex Gallery in Amsterdam, is thought-provoking and amusing, graphic and eclectic. “I’m interested in the idea of when to stop… Culture as excess of survival, airbrushing comic wolves and pigs, to pay the rent,” says the London-born artist about his first solo show in the BeNeLux. Within a number of pieces, Mr. Reigate expresses his fondness for the wolf motif and incorporates unlikely nature references. “The wolf was sourced from an advert; the wood structure is from the Smurfs, a machine that makes ‘things’,” he says. The exhibition also emphasises the artist's talent and passion for drawing. “My drawings are like a train of subconscious thought, images put down from exterior thoughts/ideas from outside the studio. They come out from a state of boredom. The closest association is the idea of drawing on the covers of academic books, when you are bored at school. Like a form of escape.”

One Cannot Get Fingerprints From a Rock: 4 October – 6 December 2014
Barry Reigate will be present to sign his new book during Amsterdam Art Weekend, 28 – 30 November 2014


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Barry Reigate: Untitled 2014 Acrylic, oil paint, spray paint, airbrush, pencil and eggshell on linen 73 x 62 cm

Fashion

Woolrich Unveils First North American Flagship Store in New York

Returning to its roots, Woolrich has opened its first North American flagship store. Located in New York’s SoHo neighbourhood, the two-storey spot carries menswear, womenswear and accessories from Woolrich John Rich & Bros, the brand's contemporary collection, as well as menswear from the designer label Woolrich Woolen Mills.

Decorated by vintage items from the original Pennsylvania mill such as catalogues, wool-production tools and swatch cards, the first standalone space in North America highlights the company's 184-year history and marks a significant step in expanding the company's already-growing international presence.

www.woolrich.com

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lala Berlin Opens New Flagship Store

lala Berlin, the coveted German brand, has opened its new flagship store. Located in Mitte, Berlin's most fashionable district, the 120 square metre space houses all of lala Berlin's collections as well as a selection of accessories from compatible designers.

Architect Amir Abadi, who has previously created architectonic concepts for world-renowned brands such as Issey Miyake and Kaviar Gauche, was responsible for developing the brand-new store. The result is a reflection of the brand's philosophy: sleek yet feminine, the flagship' s interiors are just as enticing as the lala Berlin woman.

www.lalaberlin.com

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Véronique Branquinho at Paris Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015

Starting on a high note, Véronique Branquinho opened her SS15 show with an array of romantic looks in pearly white. Later on, however, the presentation entered a much darker territory. This juxtaposition – light vs. dark – played a pivotal role in the Belgian designer's latest collection. Though bearing the same stylistic and conceptual characteristics (voluminous silhouettes, specks of shimmer and the extensive use of pleats and ruffles, to name but a few), the second half of the offering was mysterious, moody and devilishly exciting, making for a complex and eye-catching presentation.

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Christian Dior at Paris Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015

The Dior SS15 show was really and truly quite spectacular. Despite the lack of over-the-top-ness, creative director Raf Simons' modest take on opulence was refreshing, slightly futuristic and unlike anything you've ever seen before. Classic Dior silhouettes were modernised, augmented or completely abandoned. A sleeveless coat-dress in charcoal, worn over an intricate lace top, was complemented by below-the-knee booties, resulting in a simple yet sophisticated compilation. A textured shirt and athletic shorts combo was, rather unexpectedly, worn under a pristine lady-like coat. Besides, models looked like ethereal creatures while sporting those creamy cocoon shirt-dresses with drop shoulders. Understated grandeur at its finest. 

www.dior.com

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KENZO at Paris Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015

KENZO's Humberto Leon and Carol Lim know exactly what's in these days. For SS15, the design duo presented a collection that was highly referential (skater culture, the '90s), but also extremely now. The offering had many fitted pieces, yes, but it was the slouchy silhouette (and a washed-out colour palette) that truly dominated the show. An oversized throw-on coat, for instance, was worn over a stripy pyjama shirt, while youthful and normcore-esque compilations were created by pairing baggy zip-up jackets with flared jeans or flowy skirts.

www.kenzo.com

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COMME des GARÇONS at Paris Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015

Rei Kawakubo is a fashion visionary. Everything she does is unique, unexpected and intellectually stimulating. At the Comme des Garçons SS15 show, red was the clear starting point. Exhibiting an avant-garde aesthetic, the devilish shade not only dominated the show, it possessed it. Formerly white garments were now splattered with the blood-like colour. Meanwhile, silhouettes were exaggerated and disproportionate, creating eerie yet fascinating triangular shapes. Dresses were made out of scraps of fabric, shiny belts and massive ribbons. Models' hair had an almost Marie Antoinette-esque quality.

www.comme-des-garcons.com

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Limited Edition Woolrich Parka by Vlisco

Outerwear experts Woolrich team up with Vlisco for a special, limited edition parka for the upcoming SS15 season. Combining exceptional craftsmanship with a beautiful colour palette, the water-resistant Woolrich Parka by Vlisco is a fresh and exciting reinterpretation of the iconic garment – just in time for spring. The waxed parka has a relaxed fit and clean lines, ensuring comfort for its wearer – all the while remaining modern and fun.

www.woolrich.com
www.vlisco.com

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Moschino at Milan Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015

Jeremy Scott has excellent showmanship skills. Last season, he transported us to a fast-food restaurant. This time, however, it was all about Barbies and pink and massive wigs and roller skates. The collection had a lot of IT pieces: cute, little knits in bubblegum pink and neon green, a blue skirt-suit with an actual bikini attached to it and even an embellished towel dress. Alien-esque evening gowns with oversized ruffles were shown at the end, ensuring a bold and unforgettable finale.

www.moschino.com

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Dsquared² at Milan Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015

Dean and Dan Caten know how to have fun. Lots of it. For SS15, the design duo presented a collection that was young, fresh and enticing. The colours were bold and lively, while the silhouettes ranged from loose to exaggerated. A billowing maxi skirt in a multi-colour print was worn with a cropped white T-shirt, creating a fine balance between simplicity and opulence. Distressed jeans and boy shorts hung low on the hips. A ruffled top in vivid red was accompanied by beaded micro shorts. Barely there, yet very effective.

www.dsquared2.com

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Versace at Milan Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015

“This is about a fresh new Versace, one that is contemporary, clean and strong,” Donatella Versace said about the Italian powerhouse's SS15 collection. She couldn't have put it any better. The looks were sleek and cool, and the fashionable crowd will be sporting those cropped racer vests (available in white, baby pink and black) and tailored jackets with oversized stitching in no time. Metallic rings – both printed and real – were placed on silky sheaths and youthful separates, while dazzling minis with sheer inserts created optical illusions.

www.versace.com

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J.W. Anderson at London Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015

The running theme at J.W. Anderson's SS15 show was understated sophistication, and, with a diverse colour palette and various silhouettes to choose from, one could easily pick an outfit for nearly any occasion. A sixties-inspired cream shirt dress with exaggerated decorative buttons would look ravishing on someone spending their summer days in the Hamptons, while a young Parisian socialite might prefer a relaxed shirt with wide sleeves and a skirt to match. Elbow-length gloves accompanied textured minidresses with folds. Floppy hats and heeled loafers complemented the looks.

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Tom Ford at London Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015

Tom Ford's SS15 show was far from conservative. Models sported messy bed hair and a chic smokey eye, all the while rocking some very revealing – and breathtaking – numbers. Glistening embellishments on a barely-there baby-doll dress created an eye-catching mosaic effect. A black satin pant was worn confidently with a see-through top, with adornments covering the models's breasts and, ironically, her arms. The look was completed by a wide chocker/neck piece, an accessory seen throughout the show. The rock 'n' roll aesthetic was kept intact with a fringed jacket and mini skirt combo, while some of the less revealing looks such as a pair of metallic bell bottoms worn with a skin-tight top in emerald green showed less skin, but were just as fun.

www.tomford.com

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Escada at New York Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015

Spring is all about colour, and Escada's SS15 collection was, without doubt, bursting with it. An array of garments in deep purples, lime greens and tangerine oranges were the focal point this season. Floral patterns adorned dresses and smart separates, while super light knits and sheer blouses added a notion of easiness. And, what's more, everything can be mixed and matched. The collection was accessorised with skinny belts cinched at the waist and beige or yellow clutch bags.

www.escada.com

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Dior wishes you Happy Holidays


The house of Dior celebrates the holidays in this new video. Nothing says Christmas like a good old pop-up book and this cosy but chic pop-up book says it all. Unicorns and perfume-carrying doves fly around the Christian Dior HQ with skating New-Look clad Parisians skating around it. On behalf of Dior: Happy Holidays!

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J.W. Anderson for Versus Versace

After the departure of Christopher Kane at Versus, the younger line of Versace, Donatella Versace decided to take a new road. The new concept is to invite designers to create a capsule-collection. The first one is J.W. Anderson. A young British designer. The collection will be inspired by a photographer from a Versus campaign back in 1996, shot by Bruce Weber (see below). J.W. Anderson says about the picture: "This iconic image says it all. That's how I see Versus. It's all about the relationship between a boy and a girl, a girl and a girl, a boy and a boy. Purity."

j-w-anderson.co.uk
www.versace.com

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MATTIJS winner of the DFA

Last Friday Mattijs van Bergen won the 6th edition of the Mercedes-Benz Dutch Fashion Awards. His colorful collection showed us how Dutch creativity can seduce the international fashion business. He also won the International Dashion Incubator Award. The Dutch Incubator Award 2012 went to Hyun Yeu, and the Dutch Touch Paris Award to Anne de Grijff. Sustainable designer Elsien Gringhuis won the Fair Luxury Award this evening. 

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ASVOFF 5

November 9th-11th marked Diane Pernet’s A Shaded View on Fashion Film’s 5th anniversary celebration. Held
at Centre Pompidou, ASVOFF 5 gave awards to 9 fashion filmmakers over the 3-day event. The grand prix, awarded by MK2, was the film 'Headpieces for Peace' by director Jessica Mitrani, in collaboration with the designers of
Three As Four. A screening of designer documentaries included Rad Hourani's portrait of Viviane Fauny and Olivier Nicklaus's film 'Fashion! Golden Eighties' starring Thierry Mugler, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Claude Montana and Azzedine Alaia. Other highlights of the weekend were special tributes to fashion and film industry legends, such as designer Claude Montana and director William Klein; a live set by French chanteuse Anne Pigalle at Club Silencio; and electronic music by Bardi Johannsson. Rossy de Palma also performed, in a gown of flowers by floral designer
Jérémy Martin set to a musical score by composer/cellist Alexander Zekke. Internationally-acclaimed artist Orlan,
who was this year's jury president, said, “The diversity and quality of ASVOFF's program, its jury and guests make it so that there's no equivalent. With a festival like ASVOFF . . . the future of fashion film is very bright." Pernet is credited with pioneering and nurturing the fashion film genre, pushing its boundaries forward. ASVOFF also traveled to Tokyo the following weekend.

www.ashadedviewonfashionfilm.com  

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The Saint Laurent Boy is a Girl

The return of Hedi Slimane to Saint Laurent Paris has been one that's already memorable. The changing of the name, the moving to LA and the first runway show back in October has sparked dialogue all over the world. For the first menswear campaign, the first show will take place next fashion week in Paris, Hedi chose, styled and photographed Saskia de Brauw as it's protoganist.

In a way, it can be quite a logic desision to cast a female model for menswear. After all, it was Yves Saint Laurent himself who started blurring the boundaries between man in woman. He was the one that gave women the tuxedo and the safari-jacket and when he posed nude for his perfume 'Pour Homme" it was the beginning of the presentation as a man as sexually desirable object.

The colllection presented in the campaign is full of the suaveness anderoticism for which the house is known for with the rock and roll and Los Angeles influences Hedi is responsable. Narrow silhouettes in black and grey with lot's of suede, leather and flannel are complemented by highly decorated pieces like a sequined jacket and animal print.

www.ysl.com

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Drake's of London X Fred Perry

Famed for their refined handcrafted accessories, Drake’s of London have been outfitting gentlemen since 1977.
The company’s origins lie in the hand printing and production of men’s quality scarves. Today Drake’s are the largest independent producer of handmade ties in England. 

The collaboration sees two classic British brands join forces to create a measured and sophisticated collection of classic Fred Perry product, complemented by Drake’s signature archive prints. All over print shirts sit alongside more subtly detailed styles, with pattern applied to plackets, collars, linings and footwear, creating a distinctly British collection.

The full collection is available in all Fred Perry Laurel Wreath shops and online at www.fredperry.com/laurel-wreath-collection/blank-canvas/drakes/

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Alexander McQueen Resort 2013

When it comes to the accessories from Alexander McQueens 2013 resort collection, the brand has it all. Nude and black mix with bright orange, while gold stays the most important color. From the satchels to the chokers, everything is breathtaking. Their iconic pieces like the skull scarf and the knucklebox clutch aren't missing either.

Available in stores and online at www.alexandermcqueen.com

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The Lady Dior as masterpiece

The Triennale di Milano, the design museum of Milan, will host the exhibition “Lady Dior As Seen By” with the iconic Dior bag as its star. The Lady Dior bag is the quintissential example of a modern classic. It fits in the the traditioin of other instantly recognizable bags like the 2.55 by Chanel and the Birkin by Hermès. But opposed to the mentioned bags this one is not classical in the sense of its age, as it was created in the mid-nineties. The Lady Dior was first seen on another legendary Lady, namely the late Princess of Wales Diana, who got it as a gift from the first lady of France. A global interest in the bag was a result, when Lady Di carried the bag to the opening an exhibition of Cézanne in Paris.

It seems right that this bag saw the light at an art-event as monsieur Christian Dior himself has always been a great collector and connoisseur of the fine arts. Before he became the most important couturier after the Second World War, Dior owned a gallery in Paris where he showed works of Dalí, Miró and Giacometti. Art has always occupied an important place in the oeuvre of Dior, with it rich use of colour and references throughout.

Now the Lady Dior bag will be the centre piece in an exhibition. The bag has inspired numerous artists like Olympia Scarry, who casted the bag in a rock. Maarten Baas set the bag on fire and preserved it after with a special wax, like he did with his famous project “Smoke”. The Lady Dior has also been the object of desire in many shoots from world widely renowned photographers like Patrick Demarchelier, Nan Goldin, Mikael Jansson and Bruce Weber. A total of more than 70 works are on display at the Triennale di Milano from the 11th of October until the 4th of November.

Lady Dior As Seen By

www.dior.com

Triennale di Milano

Viale Alemagna 6 – Milano (Italy)

Tuesday to Sunday, from 10.30am to 8.00pm (to 10.30pm on Thursday)

Free entrance

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Katie Grand loves Hogan

Stylist Katie Grand must be one romantic lady. Firstly because the magazine for which she is editor in chief is called “LOVE” and secondly because hearts are everywhere in her new collection for Hogan. The line, which will be in stores from January 2013, features classic Hogan models like the Olympia , the H194 and the Attractive, the last being a wedge sneaker. Redesigned by Grand, collaborator and friend of among others Marc Jacobs and Giles Deacon, to fall in love with instantly and with great respect for the archive. As she puts it: “A lot of people seem to think that the wedge sneaker is a new idea but the Attractive has been in the Hogan Archive for years.” Additional accessories like rectangular bags and graphic sunglasses complete the capsule collection.
www.hogan.com

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G-star Deeptones™

When G-star likes it dark, they like it really dark. For fall/winter 2012, they came with a collection called “Deeptones™” which is based on a new method of dying that makes sure dark tones stay dark. This results in garments that are so black or indigo that they seem to absorb light. Picture this with the solid workwear-pieces we know G-star for and you have a great collection.

www.g-star.com

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Hadley Hudson exhibition

Tomorrow the Hadley Hudson exhibition called "For your pleasure" opens in Berlin. Contributed gallery hosts the outing by the American photographer from tomorrow until september the 1st. Hudson is known for her pictures of singer Peaches and Cobra Killer and her work for magazines like Self Service, New York Times magazine and British Vogue. Her work has been described as 'a mastered interplay between eroticism and punk, sensuality and excess.' Go check it out!

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www.hadleyhudson.net

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Leandro Cano wins Designer for Tomorrow award

During Berlin Fashion Week, Marc Jacobs announced the new “Designer for Tomorrow”: Leandro Cano from Seville wowed the jury board with high-quality leather pieces and intricate prints.

“We are simply stunned by the creative fashion designs and elaborate concepts that we received this year. Leandro is a particularly talented designer, and he will definitely make his way in the fashion industry,” said Marc Jacobs, patron of the fashion talent award ”Designer for Tomorrow by Peek & Cloppenburg Duesseldorf”, after the show.

The collection leaves no doubt about the
young designer’s Spanish origins: complex prints, leather handcrafted right down to the smallest detail, and elaborate, voluminous basic designs. The creations by the up-and-coming design talent from Seville are characterized by a light elegance combined with opulent shapes and adornments, classic and symmetrical designs, and muted colors. His personal childhood memories of the natural surroundings in his native Andalusia serve as the 27-year-old’s greatest source of inspiration.

“For me, fashion is about feeling emotions, and Andalusia is a place full of emotive memories.”

 Prior to the award show, patron Marc Jacobs and the jury board selected the five finalists from over 350 applications received from all over Europe. Peek & Cloppenburg KG Duesseldorf sponsors the award winner with a sustainable, individual sponsorship program for a period of one year. 

John Cloppenburg, Member of the Executive Committee and
member of the jury board, said: “Next, Leandro and the whole DfT team at P&C will jointly discuss which promotional measures are sensible for him. These cover the provision of a studio, the financing of the next collection, taking part in creative workshops and inspirational trips, and coaching by Marc Jacobs and his team during a visit to his work studios in New York and in Paris.” 

As a highlight, the up-and-coming designer will put on his own fashion show at the Mercedes-
Benz Fashion Week Berlin in January 2013.

For more information go to the Designer For Tomorrow website.

photography Sandor Lubbe | stylist: Leena Zimmermann | stylist assistant: Elsa Fabian

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Jil Sander Navy fall winter 2012 campaign

In the new Jil Sander Navy campaign for fall/winter 2012, model Codie Young is photographed in a clinical room by Daniel Jackson. The mint groon walls of the room look great with the model's red hair and pale skin. The clothing is modern and simple but made luxe with embroideries and patterns. Apart from the model, the flatform shoes are the second stars of the campaign.

www.jilsandernavy.com

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Replay's Secret Garden Party

During Berlin Fashion Week a lot of parties were thrown but you don't hear us complaining. One to remember is the one Replay hosted called “Replay Secret Garden”. The venue was decorated as a fairy-like garden and the prince of beats, Mark Ronson, was there to DJ. Mister Ronson is a favorite here in the offices of ZOO so you can imagine we owned the dance-floor.

www.replay.com

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Maison Martin Margiala spring summer 2013

Maison Martin Margiela went into the light for spring summer 2013. From experience, we know that an all white collection usually means a new beginning and there was certainly something brewing at the Belgian house. The fine tailoring looked very serious but fortunately there were details to make everything more then exciting. For instance, on closer inspection a silver vest was completely made from soda-can ring-pulls and one coat was fabricated from hundreds, if not thousands of sew-on patches. Later, when the metallic (a not to miss trend for next summer) came in, things went a little bit futuristic but the house of Martin Margiela will never make clothes that guys wouldn't wear. We can only hope that the collaboration with H&M will be just as glorious.

www.maisonmartinmargiela.com

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Jil Sander

Jil Sander herself is back at Jil Sander after Raf Simons went to Dior. The 68 year old designer continued with what she is known for, namely pure minimalism. Sleeveless slim jackets were worn with wide bermuda's and the famous Jil Sander overcoat was light and Yves Klein blue. Graphic patterns on polo's and sweaters looked like blown-up digital numbers and the cardigans, with only their top-button closed, had squares in primary colors.

www.jilsander.com

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Diesel Black Gold

Diesel Black God, the higher-end label of the famous jean-maker showed a tough and cool collection for spring/summer 2013. After the first section, which was mainly olive and army-green came the part that was more about a slick city-dresser. Denim suits were cut very slim and cuffed shorts just hit the knee. One t-shirt said “Blame me”, but we can only blame the laber for offering nice clothes to wear every day.

www.dieselblackgold.com

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Versace

It takes some guts to be a Versace man. First you have to go to the gym at least 5 times a week and you have to be comfortable in mesh-underwear. Versace spring/summer 2013 was all about gladiators on sneakers. The show opened with models wearing light robes, a small swimsuit and a heavy boxers belt. When the tailoring came, it was sleeveless and hot pink or aqua-green most of the time. Donatella Versace came up with a new floral print that will have heads turning. But behind all this extravagance are actually a lot of decent clothes to wear.

www.versace.com

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Dsquared2 Fall/Winter 2012-13 campaign

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Going back to school doesn't seem so bad if Dean and Dan from Dsquared2 are your substitute teachers. In their new campaign video, directed by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggot, the two designers take over a classroom and cause a lot of mayhem. Sexy students like Daphne Groeneveld, Bette Franke and Ralf Javoiss play dress-up with their cheeky teachers and even the boys can't escape the high glittering stilettos. 

www.dsquared2.com

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Prada: The Autumn/Winter 2012-13 campaign

After showing you the men's advertising campaign for fall winter 2012/2013 by Prada a couple of days ago, we are thrilled to show you the woman’s campaign today. As usual, Steven Meisel was in charge of the photography and he chose to shoot two girls in a futuristic world that clashes wonderfully with the eclectic and psychedelic clothing by Miuccia. She said her woman for this fall and winter is a virtual princess and in the campaign she is given her own digital palace. The princesses are casually lounging in the heavily embroidered jewel-toned clothing encrusted with plexiglass daisy's. The brightly colored extensions that made a huge impact during the show, make a return in these photos and are sure to be copied worldwide.

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Wrangler F/W 2012

This fall, Wrangler, the true denim brand for the outdoors, takes us on a walk through nature. Colors like rust and maroon reflect the rocky scenery of the Wild West while the cool whites and grays call to mind the minerals you find in caves. Jeans with awesome names like 'Courtney', 'Stokes' and 'Jayne' look weathered, as if someone (a cowboy maybe?) travelled the world in them. This is clearly the gear that gets better and better the more you wear it. 

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Prada Menswear Fall/Winter 2012 Campaign

Like portraits hung in the halls of a modern palace, the campaign images shot by David Sims for Prada’s autumn/winter menswear collection capture four of Hollywood’s leading men in a contemporary character study.

Acting luminaries Gary Oldman, Garrett Hedlund, Jamie Bell and Willem Dafoe, also stars of the autumn/winter fashion showcase in Milan, are the distinct subjects of this extraordinary gallery – transposing cinematic codes to the world of menswear in the series of three-quarter length portraits.

Stylish men off screen as well as on, they are some of the most iconic screen characters of our time, as well as influential icons of fashion. Together the four actors, each at a different point in their careers, represent a cross-generational broadening of the face of Prada Menswear.

In the campaign each leading man plays a different archetype, layering codes of dress in a subtle parody of power and role-play. Exaggerated poses and conspiratorial glances hint at the game, a palm solemnly placed on the heart or into a pocket with precise formality. A cardinal red background speaks of ceremony and theatre – the light accentuating the cut of a sleeve or the slope of a coat tail – while each man transforms the clothing into a costume for their own unique performance.

The eyewear campaign moves in on our players, framing each character in a formal portrait pose, the actors’s knowing looks subverting the solemnity of the compositions. Their contemporary character study of manners and meaning reveals a new set of rules for the modern gentleman’s attitude to dressing.  

Fashion

FW12 WOOLRICH ARCTIC PARKA 40TH ANNIVERSARY – BYRD PARKA

Woolrich John Rich & Bros celebrates the 40 year anniversary of the Original Arctic Parka, originally designed in 1972 for the oil pipeline workers in Alaska, with the WOOLRICH BYRD PARKA, a Limited Edition version in Byrd Cloth cotton.

The Limited Edition version is in the exclusive Woolrich BYRD CLOTH, a 100% natural cotton fabric, naturally water repellent, breathable, and wind resistant thanks to the special spin and weave. It is padded with the highest quality goose feather down guaranteeing maximum warmth while keeping it light in weight. The hood is trimmed with detachable coyote fur, and is padded with 80/20 down and finished with a metal zip as in the original 40’s pieces.

This special version comes in bright gold, winter white, rust, emerald green and pioneer blue.
It will be available in WP Stores, Woolrich Stores and in top stores worldwide. 

Fashion

KENZO x Vans

Kenzo and Vans are pleased to announce a series of new collections for summer 2012. These ranges of Kenzo and Vans products will be comprised of three installments set to hit stores in May, June and July.

For the first assortment of styles, Kenzo's vibrant colors and net prints from the Spring Summer 2012 season will be featured on Vans’ original skate shoe, the Era. The first assortment includes seven colorways available for men and women that feature the bright blue, white, green and red colors seen on the Kenzo Spring 2012 runway. The styles will retail starting at 90 Euros and 125 USD in the US.

Kenzo Creative Directors Humberto Leon and Carol Lim say about the partnership, "Since our childhood in suburban L.A., we've been fans of Vans and own too many pairs to count! Vans is one of the iconic American brands and we liked the idea of infusing this bit of American style into the house of Kenzo."?? 

“We are happy to be bringing the storied Parisian brand Kenzo together with Vans. Working with Kenzo’s creative team has been an amazing opportunity,” said Steve Mills, Vans Director of Lifestyle Footwear. 

Fashion

Diane Pernet to receive the prestigious FAD Medal

The Barcelona-based cultural institution devoted to the promotion of design and creativity, FAD (Fostering Arts and Design), has revealed that Diane Pernet will receive its distinguished FAD Medal this year.

As a not-for-profit organization representing the full-spectrum of design disciplines (including graphic design, industrial design, architecture, fashion and image, handicrafts, interior design and art), FAD bestows medals upon international creative leaders who have demonstrated outstanding lifelong careers and who have made pivotal contributions to social and cultural activities in the past twelve months.

Diane Pernet is a world-renowned fashion critic and video journalist based in Paris. Previously a photographer and fashion designer, she now acts as documentary filmmaker, talent scout and fashion blogger on her site, A SHADED VIEW ON FASHION (www.asvof.com), which since its inception in 2005 has become a ‘must-read’ in fashion and creative industry circles. Pernet was recognized in 2008 for being a pioneer in digital media when she was chosen as one of three influential global bloggers to take part in a panel celebrating a seminal fashion exhibition at New York’s venerated Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The chairman of FAD, Mr. Miquel Espinet, called Diane Pernet a shining example for the next generation because of her tireless commitment. Summarizing the collective decision of the organization’s board of directors to award her the medal, he said:

“We would need thousands of adjectives to define one of the best-drawn careers in the fashion world. Diane Pernet is versatile, multidisciplinary and innovative. As a designer, fashion editor, talent scout, an exquisite critic in the fashion world and a guru of creativity, she defines trends and practically invented the profession of the fashion blogger.”

Diane Pernet responded to the news with the following sentiments:

“It goes without saying that I’m touched, humbled and honored to receive the FAD Medal. To be recognized by such a venerated, historic institution is a sign of encouragement that I’ll pass on to all those who have helped and inspired me along the way. I’d like to thank the FAD for giving me this boost of invigoration. I’ll put it to good use by continuing to push forward.”

The ceremony will take place at 21:00 on 26 April at FAD’s headquarters: Convent dels Àngels, Plaça dels Àngels 5-6, Barcelona, Spain.


Fashion

Stone Island SS '12

Thanks to a coating made of thousands of glass microspheres, the "Liquid Reflective" jacket of Stone Island is highly reflective. The finished garment has been individually hand sprayed and then individually oven dried. The diverse refraction and colour intensities, as well as the drippings and ticking effects, make each piece unique and unrepeatable. The coating of the fabric makes the jacket even water and wind resistant. 

Fashion

DIESEL BLACK GOLD

For FW'12/13 Diesel takes a trip down memory lane to the roots of the label. Emphasis is put on the free soul of the metropolitan hero. The look is very 70s rock star inspired with garments that are challenging yet classic. Items in the collection range from stretch velvet suits and pony skin peacoats to bomber jackets combining leather and felt through needle punch.  

www.dieselblackgold.com 

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Ermenegildo Zegna F/W 2012

For Fall/Winter 2012 Ermenegildo Zegna drew inspiration from the family's Oasi Zegna estate and its vivid colours. Different shades of wooden brown, hazelnut, snow white, leafy ocher and midnight blue dominate the palette and are combined to create checkered and zigzag patterns with a patchwork touch. The collection's coats, fustians and shearling jackets pay tribute to the trenchcoat and its casual touch.

Heavy knits from alpaca and cashmere mixes give the collection a casual and relaxed touch and pick up the patchwork pattern when paired with suede, nappa or sherling. For evening outfits white, blue and black are the go-to colours of the collection. 

www.zegna.com 

Fashion

Alice Dellal for CHANEL

Karl Lagerfeld has chosen Alice Dellal to be the face of the Boy Chanel handbag collection.

The young ladie's uniqueness and charisma made designer develop an instant crush on her during a photo shoot several months ago. Now the previously unforeseen alliance between the couturier Lagerfeld and the model and musician Dellal has become self-evident.
Alice Dellal represents the perfect incarnation of all that is unique about the Boy Chanel handbag collection which strives far from conformist notions of femininity.

Ultra-modern, refined and mysterious, Alice Dellal is the latest in the line of CHANEL muses, each boasting their own inimitable allure.  

The advertising campaign shot by Karl Lagerfeld will be revealed in March 2012.

www.chanel.com   

Fashion

CHANEL Paris-Bombay

On December 6th CHANEL unveiled its latest collection Métiers d'Art called Paris-Bombay. It was showcased at Galerie Courbe in the Parisian Grand Palais, which has been transformed into a luxurious Maharaja's palace. 

The collection is inspired by the wealth of the old Byzantium, as well as Shanghai and Moscow. It whisks one away to an India dripping with opulence.
“It’s a concept of India. More CHANEL than India. The Parisian version of an India that doesn’t exist,” elaborates Karl Lagerfeld. 

The Paris-Bombay collection evokes a new femininity. The charm of India, the pomp and splendour of fabrics and the magic of gemstones intermingle with the CHANEL aesthetic of cascading pearls, contrasting black and white, and braided tweed jackets. The silhouette emerges in soft shoulders, flared panelled skirts, a gold?embroidered tweed dress with kimono sleeves or painted with a flowerbed motif swaddled in airy layers of lace and muslin. The sari makes for a stunning silhouette. The look creates a modern masculine?feminine concept, inspired by Maharajah style, glorified in splendid draped fabric, and ultra?feminine in a dainty jacket with diamante epaulettes.  

photos courtesy of CHANEL

On this night celebrities like Freida Pinto, Joana Preiss, Virginie Ledoyen, Cat Power and many more, were taken on an unforgettable journey.

www.chanel.com 

Fashion

Zoo Magazine No. 33, 2011

The Winter Issue of Zoo Magazine is out now! Including Federico Marchetti / Kenneth Anger?Will McBride / Yutaka Sone / Robin Rhode and more... 

Fashion

REPLAY

ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE REPLAY WORLD 

For Autumn Winter 2012-13 REPLAY stays faithful to its name and will take a trip through timeless icon items that have written fashion history and giving them a contemporary makeover. A big part will be denim and casual wear that owes a great deal to the world of tailoring. As always, denim plays a pivotal role in the collection.
 

For men, fits range from straight through regular to anti-fit, in a wide variety of washes, from indigo and electric blue through to classic vintage models with tears, darns and patches treated to lighten the colour. Once again, a 3D model has been studied that makes the jeans look as if they’ve already been worn several times, taking the shape of the body and adjusting to its movements.

The true creative focus of the season, however, lies in the details. An adjustable band at the back of the waist to ensure a perfect fit, borrowed from the world of tailoring, is the distinctive feature of the workwear models. Braces can be attached to the buttons on the belt. And there’s a blast from the past in the ribbon with Replay logo inserted into the belt loop at the back of a few models, just as it was on the first items produced by the company. The gorgeous inside linings are based on the ticking stripe pattern.  

For women, the variety of fits is equally wide, ranging from super slim – also available in ultra-soft feel power stretch fabrics – through to regular and boyfit, although broadly speaking the collection leans towards slim, tapered silhouettes. One especially interesting new model is the baby boot fit: close-fitting at the top and opening out towards the bottom, giving a particularly slender look to the figure. As regards washes, we find clean dark shades, three-dimensional resin-wash looks and medium vintage washes, right through to destroyed-look washes with patches and darns. And to top off the range, there’s black denim, with shades ranging from rinsed looks to marble effects.

www.replay.it 

Fashion

José Parlá for Converse

Painter José Parlá teamed up with Converse (PRODUCT)RED to raise awareness for the fight against AIDS in Africa and to encourage people to take part in a movement that converts art into positive energy.
Parlá is renowned for his distinctive and abstract work process, in which he mixes calligraphy, collage, textures and colours to create paintings depicting complex issues. Those paintings range from urbanisation to current events and political divergences. His paintings often work as symbols that relate his memories about places, observations, moods or shared stories from his travels. 

José Parlá used the Chuck® as a canvas and immortalized his painting Ephemeral Pitches, and Notes, Rhythm and Phonetics on the shoe. The painting is an extraordinary work of art, exploring the changes in urban lifestyle. It was inspired by abstract sounds, music, rhythms, languages and noises of foreign cities. He choose this painting intentionally, since it is reminiscent of change as well as a memory of his adolescence, in which he wore Chucks® when playing basketball, dancing or just having fun.

Part of the proceeds will go to THE GLOBAL FUND, an organisation that tries to fight AIDS in Africa. 
The limited José Parlá for Converse (PRODUCT)RED Chuck Taylor will be launched on World AIDS Day, December 1st.

www.converse.com 

Art

The Man from Delft

For his new exhibition in Amsterdam, Folkert de Jong removed the body of a man from Delft from his coffin, the Dutch prince William of Orange and suspended it, leaving it hovering subtly in a gallery space.

The artist transforms materials with the same facility as meanings: he turns the airy polyurethane foam into a solid construction, he displays the material remains of the production process as chance elements that have been factored in. His drawings are accumulations of rapid, energetic strokes with coloured felt-tip pens and areas of colour that interact and challenge each other in different ways. De Jong presents art as the ultimate transformation. 

From 26 November -14 January at Gallery Fons Welters, Bloemstraat 140, 1016 lj Amsterdam.

www.fonswelters.nl 

Fashion

Carhartt

Carhartt has teamed up with photographer Stéphanie Solinas for an editorial photo shoot of our 2011 Fall/Winter Women’s collection. 

Solinas is no stranger to followers of Carhartt culture – the French photographer, who is also a conceptual artist, has already collaborated with the brand in the past. Her works, both commercial and artistic, reflect her particular interest in the concepts of individualism, identity and the question of social context. She captures people, moments and scenarios with her distinctive approach. The outcome are momentary snap-shots in which the accurate depiction of the motifs is only one part of Solinas’ esthetical vision. The portraiture of an individual, a delicate sensitivity for the model’s character
and feelings, is the other.

Stéphanie Solinas lives and works between Barcelona and Paris. Her work has been published and shown in Europe, Japan and the USA. 

www.carhartt-wip.com

Fashion

Replay for 2011 MTV EMAs

In its 30th anniversary year, REPLAY decided to be once again an official partner in the 2011 MTV EMAs which took place on Sunday 6 November in Belfast, confirming once again its important link with the world of music and with MTV.  

Ambassadors of the Replay style for the night were the Israeli top model Bar Rafaeli and the super top Irina Shayk, who for the occasion wore one-off special Replay outfits, both during the red carpet with Replay CEO Matteo Sinigaglia and then on MTV EMAs stage while assigning the ‘Best Video’ prize to the amazing Lady Gaga. 

Bar Rafeli wore a midnight blue shaded ball gown with couture stitched corset in Sapphire finish denim and voluminous double silk skirt split to the waist. While Irina Shayk wore a Replay one-off gown, a tailor made denim dress, tribute to the music world.

www.replay.it

Fashion

Mykita 8th Anniversary

The Berlin based eyewear brand Mykita is marking its 8th anniversary launching a revisitation of the successful Platinum Limited Edition and a book conveniently named 8. Picturizing on what goes on behind the scenes at Mykita it also gives a voice to a variety of artists, customers and friends and their views on the brand.

Since 2003 Mykita's in-house workshop in Berlin has been supplying handcrafted eyewear for the high-end segment. Mykita made its debut on the eyewear market in 2004 with Collection No 1. This metal frame collection boasts not only innovative and functionaldesign, but also Mykita’s patented hinge that removes the need for awkward screws and soldering. The individual frame elements are cut out of thin stainless sheet steel before being manually shaped in a series of separate steps. Ultra light weight and an array of configuration options enabling adaptation to individual face forms ensure a superior standard of comfort and wearability. 

The firm’s design philosophy is also reflected in the shop concept, designed in-house. A key feature shared by the six stores worldwide – Berlin, Vienna, Zurich, Paris, Monterrey and (since 2010) Tokyo – is the “MYKITA Wall”, a white, backlit presentation surface for the frames.

www.mykita.com 

Fashion

Vintage Versace

The colorful and bold Versace staple is being discovered and sought out by a new generation of pops stars and style hipsters.

The trend was also evoked in many runway collections these past few seasons. In celebration of this renewed appreciation, Versace has re-issued a limited number of classic printed silk shirts.

Versace re-issued three different women's styles, which are available now in all Versace boutiques worldwide as well as selected department stores and special boutiques/e-commerce sites.

www.versace.com

Fashion

Valentina

VIDEO - Making of Valentina by Valentino

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Valentino launched Valentina, a new ‘sensual and sexy’ perfume for women, in September. Valentina is fronted by model Freja Beha Erichsen. 

Valentina is a floriental and was developed by perfumers Alberto Morillas and Oliver Cresp. The notes feature bergamot, white truffle, white flowers, strawberry, cedar, amber and vanilla. 

Valentino Valentina is available in 30, 50 and 80 ml Eau de Parfum and in matching body products.

www.valentino.com

Fashion

Beautiful creatures

Création de Billie Achilleos - Le cerf 

The London-based artist, Billie Achilleos, has been commissioned by Louis Vuitton to create some beautiful “creatures” out of various small leather goods.

Wallets, coin purses, belts and hardware from bags were layered and assembled to resemble an iguana, a bear, an aardvark, a snake and a caterpillar in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Louis Vuitton Small Leather Goods Savoir Faire collection.

In addition to this, customers will have the opportunity to get items such as the Zippy wallet and LV organizer and let them be customized as part of the Mon Monogram program. 

www.louisvuitton.com

press.louisvuitton.com/petitemaroquinerie

Fashion

ODEEH SS 2012

On Monday, October 3rd 2011, Otto Drögsler and Jörg Ehrlich of ODEEH presented their collectio No. 5. Sounds of triangles marked the beginnig of the show, basslines blending in and pure drums would be the musical setting for ODEEH’s first défilé in Paris. 

photos by Trevor Good


The Gallery Karsten Greve turned into a very special location which would give 100 exclusively invited guests the chance to admire the eclectic play of  colours, patterns and luxurious fabrics. Shining citric, strong tangerine and bright lapis meet demure black and white. Printed from both sides a classic houndtooth turns into a braided pattern. Palmdesigns appear as zebra patterns. The collection No. 5 plays skillfully with optical illusions and proves once more, that ODEEH is an international label.

photo by Marcus Gaab


For ODEEH’s outstanding prelude Paris was the right city of choice.

www.odeeh.com

Fashion

Prps launches Noir

2003 founded jeans label Prps (short for purpose) which is known for its use of finest material and production methods, now launches a new collection named 'Noir' – a luxurious collection of Japanese denim washed with varying degrees of black dye. Thanks to this technique, a darker, more contemporary aesthetic is created and available in 5 shades from over-dyed pure black to the faintest hint of the shade worked into a vintage blue selvedge jeans. 

Next to the jeans products, Noir also features exclusive leather back patches with Japanese Hinomaru flags stitched into the hem and Navaho patches sewn into the lining. Stitched rivets replace the traditional hardwear; a feature used on wartime prison work-wear to shorten the intensive labour process and preserve metal, further enhancing Prps’s commitments to authentic detailing on all its products. 

www.prpsgoods.com

Fashion

Prada Candy

Prada launched Prada Candy, a new oriental fragrance for women, in August. The new scent is excessive, impulsive and passionate, and marks a break with the existing Prada perfume line.

The notes feature a cocktail of musks, caramel and an overdose of benzoin.

Prada Candy is available in 30, 50 and 80 ml Eau de Parfum and in matching body products. 

VIDEO - Prada Candy

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www.prada.com

Fashion

Transition

After the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, Berlin-based label Reality Studio started to challenge a lot of things – both creatively and personally.  

With the question what they could do as a fashion label, they decided to do a ‘revisiting the past’ collection using pieces from the previous collections instead ofcreating new patterns. With the time saved they want to invest in research on sustainability, environmentalism, fair trade and social aspects. 

All of the collections have been produced entirely in Germany from the very beginning, however there are still many aspects of the work they would like to improve. They just want to learn more about it and then try to figure out in which way they can steer Reality Studio into this direction, to make life and label more purposeful. 

www.realitystudio.de

Fashion

State of Mind

Based in Copenhagen, Wood Wood embodies that laid back blend of underground and high-end way of thinking, hoping to surprise across the board with a distinct selection of styles. Wood Wood is celebrated for its graphic and playful prints. 

The new season’s looks are inspired by the many different moods and vibes experienced on various trips through Southern California, both physically and mentally. Touring along the scenic coast-lines and staring out into the water, driving through the streets of Los Angeles and smoking peyote in the desert is seen in the colors, prints, cuts and fabrics throughout the collection, while also referencing the many aspects of Americana and its inspiring mix of people and cultures, such as the hippies, collegiate lifestyle and Native Americans.

Natural materials, such as sand-washed silk, fluffy angora wool, jacquard woven knits and fine surpima cotton are all applied on classic Wood Wood silhouettes and casual women’s looks reminiscent of the sixties, yet new and exciting. 

Wood Wood apparel is available in selected shops worldwide and of course Wood Wood’s own stores in Copenhagen, Aarhus, Vienna and Berlin.

www.woodwood.dk 

Fashion

BL33N

Donovan and Matthias Vriens-McGrath have launched BL33N – a t-shirt line and sexy web-mag destination for all things out of the box, quite literally. 

Before its official launch, the site BL33N.com already attracted thousands of visitors because of the aggressive spot of naked people sporting the BL33N logo. 

The first collection revolves around the body. Hair printed on the shoulders and back will look like one just got overnight long hair, but printed in silver foil and red or black latex. The collection includes shirts with naughty logo placement and poetry inspired by the body longing. When you pull the t-shirts over your head, a face mask reveals on the other side that comes exactly over your head. 

Most importantly, Matthias and Donovan want to promote freedom. As banal as this sounds, they believe that there is a lot of work to be done within that stretch.

www.bl33n.com

Fashion

Meet the Mutewatch

The Mutewatch is a new time management tool that features vibrating alarm and timer function and a hidden touchscreen. It works as a silent reminder that lets you know when it's time to sum up, move on, or get going. The original idea of a quiet alarm clock developed into a philosophy all about time management, efficiency and respecting other people's time.

The Mutewatch was launched at the VOO Store in Berlin during Fashion Week and is now available at Colette in Paris, Cara&Co in Moscow and NK in Stockholm, among others.

www.mutewatch.com

Fashion

Dutch Fashion Awards 2011

Conny Groenewegen and Hyun Yeu are the winning fashion talents at the fifth edition of the Dutch Fashion Awards. Conny Groenewegen impressed the jury with her ‘soft tech’ knitwear label CG, which according to the jury shows a perfect balance between traditional craftsmanship and innovation.

The jury spoke of her talent as being ‘the blood and oxygen to the fashion industry’, and the kind of talent they would do anything for to guide as she enters the European fashion marketplace. Conny Groenewegen takes home the € 25.000 check that comes with the Mercedes-Benz Dutch Fashion Awards 2011, as well as the International Fashion Incubator Award 2011, which places her in one of Milan’s best sales showrooms for two seasons in a row. Winning the Dutch Fashion Incubator Award 2011, Hyun Yeu was also granted a considerable injection into his menswear label ADO LES SCENTS, which will be presented and sold in a temporary pop-up store in the departmentstore De Bijenkorf sometime during the spring 2012 season.

www.dutchfashionawards.com

Fashion

Bottega Veneta Fall/Winter 2011-12

Bottega Veneta's Fall/Winter 2011-2012 advertising campaign was shot by world-renowned photographer Robert Polidori. Polidori works with a custom-built large-format camera to take pictures filled with voluminous, voluptuous detail. His images capture a sense of time passing, of humanity and history revealed in what people leave behind. 
 
The campaign, which features both the women’s and men’s ready-to-wear collections, was shot on location in March of 2011, at the Palazzo Papadapoli, a 16th-century building situated on the Grand Canal in Venice. It is the latest in Bottega Veneta’s one-of-a-kind creative collaborations featuring the talents of outstanding artists.

www.bottegaveneta.com

Fashion

How to build your own dumpster pool

Right on time for summer, Palladium Boots presents a short film and guide How to build your own dumpster pool. Having strapped on their boots for urban explorations in London, Berlin, New York, Detroit and Los Angeles, this time the intrepid brand found a dumpster, scoured their city for the perfect location and created a 'pop up' pool for summer fun. Hosted by actress Odette Annable, the film shows how to prepare an industrial dumpster for swimming and splashing. See the film and download the guide at Palladium's revamped website.

www.palladiumboots.com

Fashion

Styling Around the World

Styling Around the World in Berlin with Zoo Magazine

For this new installment in its ongoing journey around the world's style capitals, thecorner.com hit Berlin with Zoo Magazine. Through a haunting series of poetic images, young photographer and filmmaker Joost Vandebrug artfully captured the many faces of the vibrant, avant-garde and eclectic city to which he paid further homage with an exclusive short film that sees bewitching model Masha Tyelna wandering stylishly through the streets of the free-spirited capital.


Fashion

Replay VIP Party Cannes

On May 18th 2011, Replay celebrated the Cannes Film Festival for the second consecutive year featuring an exclusive live performance by Jamiroquai and a music set by New York-based DJ Julio Santo Domingo at the Hotel Martinez.

The event benefited Artists for Peace and Justice, which supports children and their families in Haiti, founded in 2009 by Oscar winning film director Paul Haggis. APJ is building the first free high school for 3000 children in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. 

Guests included Matteo Sinigaglia, Gigi Vezzola, Julia Restoin Roitfeld, Constance Jablonski, Bar Rafaeli, Robert Konjic and Anna Calvi.
 
www.apjnow.org 
www.replay.it 

Fashion

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www.ksubi.com

Fashion

Louis Vuitton Pop-Up Store

On the occasion of the next Cannes International Film Festival, Louis Vuitton will open a pop-up store next to its original store on the Croisette, from May to August 2011.

The Maison will once again celebrate its attachment to the city of Cannes by unveiling an exceptional custom tailored store in homage to the world of cinema with a focus on its Evening collections. The décor of this resort store is inspired by both the seaside and the cinema. Like a pier, or even a catwalk, a long central passageway leads the visitor through different aspects of the Louis Vuitton universe; it is an itinerary with stops all along the way.

www.louisvuitton.com
 

Fashion

American Apparel Jeans

American Apparel, the vertically integrated clothing manufacturer based in downtown Los Angeles, is announcing the launch of its first line of jeans. Inspired by classic American jeans, the company’s Made in USA jeans bring an important philosophy and approach back to the denim market.
 
The first styles in the American Apparel Jeans line will be constructed of a 14 ounce denim made of 100% cotton. The fabric is thick, original, and designed to be broken in and worn for years.
 
The jeans can be found online and in American Apparel stores now.

www.americanapparel.com

Fashion

Miu Miu E-Store

With the launch of its E-Store, Miu Miu is about to open the largest Miu Miu boutique in the world offering the full breadth of the collection range. The E-Store, which includes broad sections dedicated to Ready-to-wear, Bags, Footwear, Accessories and Eyewear, also features a Fashion Show Selection where shoppers are able to browse through exclusive key looks as seen on the Paris runway.

www.miumiu.com

Fashion

Prada Opening Berlin

On the 17th of March, Prada celebrated the opening of their new store on Kurfurstendamm 186 in Berlin with 700 attendants, serving classic longdrinks in a club-like atmosphere. 


www.prada.com

Fashion

VIDEO - Acne F/W 2011-2012 Womenswear Runway Show

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www.acnestudios.com

Fashion

Style Me Up

To celebrate the new look Meltin' Pot online store and a new year in which Meltin’ Pot is going to say goodbye to the past and a big hello to the future, Meltin’ Pot presents Style Me Up. Style Me Up embraces the individual and international creative talent of 12 different bloggers/stylists, creating a 12 month calendar of unique and culturally diverse Meltin’ Pot looks, together with hot styling tips for the seasons ahead. 

The project kicks off with the infamous Toyko based duo, Dan Bailey and Kazuaki Joe K that are Tokyo Dandy. Tokyo Dandy was established in 2008 to bridge the gap between street style and high fashion. In the 3 years since then founding members Dan and Joe have gone on to dominate the Tokyo party and fashion scene defying genre boundaries in mainstream Japanese culture to bring together the worlds of fashion, art, music and culture and lead a new creative generation.

www.meltinpot.com

Fashion

thecorner.com x LONDON show ROOMS

During February’s London Fashion Week, thecorner.com presents in a dedicated ‘mini-store’ the Spring/Summer 11 women collections from designers Mary Katrantzou, Christopher Raeburn and Michael Lewis London launched on thecorner.com last season, and the new entries David Koma and M.Van Der Ham, alongside exclusive content and video interviews about the designers and their creative vision. 

After the launch of the first exclusive online retail space dedicated to a selection of British leading emerging talents last September, thecorner.com continues its collaboration with The British Fashion Council (BFC) as the official online retail partner showcasing the new SS 11 collection from the BFC’s LONDON show ROOMS. 

LONDON show ROOMS is the international designer showcase and wholesale platform created by the BFC, dedicated to supporting and presenting leading emerging British designer.

www.thecorner.com 

Fashion

Denham Library

This season, denim specialist Denham takes a look back in history. The extensive Denham Library is a rich source of inspiration for the spring/summer collection. The versatile mini jacket for women is partly inspired by a cropped peasant frock-rock from Russia. Although the jacket is intended for everyday wear, the bold doube-breasted construction and the stylistic touches simulate a museum-grade piece. 

For the men’s model, two sweaters from the Denham Garment Library contributed to the final look; an overlapping high V neck US Navy sweater and a grandpa-style shawl collar cardigan.

www.denhamthejeanmaker.com

Art

Christian Schoeler - Solo Show

Exclusively for ART Rotterdam 2011, Galerie Ron Mandos will showcase new work from German painter Christian Schoeler. As the gallery received overwehlming positive reactions for his work at previous art fairs, the holders now reserved the entire ART Rotterdam stand for this talented young artist. A unique chance for his fans to see a large number of his works exhibited in one place. 

Christian Schoeler (Hagen, Germany, 1979) is known for his romantic watercolours and oil paintings of young men. His work is concerned with the state of being stranded between boyhood and manhood and an adolescent vulnerability. 

Schoeler’s aim in painting is to realize his idea of beauty; a beauty that is fragile and provocative at the same time. Yet in the first instance it is the stark honesty, intimacy and the technical skill with which these paintings have been created that lend them their powerful visual impact.

ART Rotterdam
Christian Schoeler - Solo Show
Cruise Terminal Rotterdam
Stand # 22

February 10th - 13th, 2011
Vernissage: February 9th, 18:00 - 22:00 hrs

www.ronmandos.nl
www.artrotterdam.nl

Fashion

Island of the Stupid

After launching a movement with the Be Stupid campaign, Diesel’s next step is the creation of an entirely new and stupid society: a tropical utopia where the principles of the Be Stupid manifesto can thrive and flourish. The print and outdoor campaign images show the first pioneers arriving on the island, living exciting experiences, solving some of the old world’s oldest problems with fresher eyes, and holding wild parties to celebrate the birth of their nation. 

While virtual visitors of Diesel's website will be able to shape its laws, watch videos of the island life and meet its citizen, the Diesel stores will become the official embassies of the island in the real world.

www.diesel.com

Fashion

Back to the Roots

LA-based denim giant Guess presented its Fall/Winter 2011 collections for the first time in a catwalk show during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin and on the occasion of the Bread & Butter tradeshow. With this collection, the label returns to its roots, featuring key and vintage pieces in updated volumes and cuts - whilst maintaining and cherishing the sexy iconic styles Guess is best known for.

www.guess.com

Cinema

Moët & Scarlett

Moët & Chandon has announced a new international advertising campaign shot by British photographer Tim Walker, featuring Scarlett Johansson. Revisiting Moët & Chandon’s original advertising campaign that introduced Scarlett Johansson as the brand’s first celebrity ambassador, Walker’s new photographs bring to life the rich heritage and savoir-faire of the world’s leading champagne.

Accordingly, the campaign was shot in the impressive residence built by Jean-Rémy’s Moët between 1805-1817 on the Moët & Chandon Estate in Epernay, France.

www.moet.com 

Fashion

Burberry SS2011

© Copyright Burberry/Testino

"We wanted to create a dynamic, evolving campaign that reflects the diversity of our broad global consumer, revealing new British cast members each month, all with their own identity, embodying the different attitudes of the Burberry guy and girl. We shot the campaign on Brighton beach to celebrate the great British outdoors and our history of supporting emerging talent and to bring to life the emotion behind protection from the elements." 
- Christopher Bailey,
Burberry Chief Creative Officer

www.burberry.com 

Fashion

Givenchy SS2011

New SS 2011 Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci advertising campaign images.

Photographers: Mert Alas
& Marcus Piggott
Models: Daphne Groeneveld
and Stephen Thompson (as seen on images)

Mariacarla Boscono / Natasha Poly
Iris Strubegger / Saskia De Brauw
Pablo Otero / Jonathan Marquez

www.givenchy.com 

Fashion

Ula Sport

Ula Sport is a new line of athletic-inspired clothing designed and built to wrap the body in a comfortable, flexible and stylish way. Ideal to wear for any number of activities, from a heated dance class, directly to dinner. This line bridges the gap between active apparel and fashion-forward clothing, embracing both form and function.

Ula Sport on Vimeo

Fashion

Marimekko store Berlin

The world of Marimekko arrived in Berlin on November 8th, 2010 when the company opened a 120-square-metre flagship store in the Mitte district.

“We see Berlin as one of the world’s most fascinating signposts for visual culture. A huge amount of new and unprecedented things are constantly being created there. We believe that Marimekko’s design philosophy fits in perfectly with the city’s atmosphere of the unexpected and original,” says Marimekko’s CEO, Mika Ihamuotila.

Marimekko store
Alte Schönhauser Straße 42
10119 Berlin
Germany

www.marimekko.com

Fashion

Zoo Magazine
NO.29, 2010/2011

The Winter issue of Zoo Magazine is out now! Including Berlinde De Bruyckere / Larry Clark / Daphne Guinness / Komakino / Jared Leto / Tomas Maier / Reality Studio and more…

For an exclusive preview, click here.

Fashion

Marni Vintage

Marni Vintage revives ready-to-wear and accessories for reinterpretation. Celebrating Marni’s authentic spirit by bringing back souvenirs of originals that, when mixed with current collections, becomes contemporary.  

Marni Vintage will be available exclusively on www.marni.com starting November 5th until December 2nd.

Fashion

theo by James

theo by James is a series of eyewear with no equivalent. The 2 models, designed by Belgian designer James Van Vossel, are genuine eye-catchers. The designer was given carte blanche and was therefore able to give free rein to his creativity. “Always coloring inside the lines is not really necessary at all,” says theo CEO Wim Somers. 

Fashion

Kris Van Assche
& Misericordia

Third season of the creative and poetic collaboration between KRISVANASSCHE and the Peruvian brand Misericordia.

Starting from this November, 6 models of t-shirts with beautiful and striking prints from the designer Aurelyen will be available on Misericordia’s Online Store. “KRISVANASSCHE sewn by La Cabaña de Alta Costura Misericordia” stamped inside the t-shirts as always. 

Fashion

Rihanna for Giorgio Armani

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Giorgio Armani unveils Armani Jeans and Emporio Armani underwear’s new Fall/Winter advertising campaign featuring Rihanna.
 
The campaign itself was shot in an garage in New York by the photographer Steven Klein, invoking the overall industrial and urban theme of this season’s collection. The campaign shots introduce a sultry Rihanna looking straight into the camera with a vintage classic car as a backdrop. All in black and white, emphasized by the debut of Rihanna in a white mop hair cut. 

www.armani.com

Art

The Art of
George Quaintance

The flamboyant life and forbidden art of George Quaintance. 

Gloria, 1953, Private collection 

Manolo, 1952, Private collection 

George Quaintance was an artist ahead of his time, a man who forged several successful careers, yet never enjoyed mainstream fame. Had he been born a few decades later, we might know him today as a multi-tasking celebrity stylist, as a coach on Dancing with the Stars, or perhaps as the fine artist he aspired to be. 

Shore Leave, 1952, Private collection 

Spartan Soldiers Bathing, 1956, EroticArtCollection.com

But Quaintance, who died in 1957, lived and worked during an era when homosexuality was repressed, when his joyful paintings and physique photos could not depict a penis. In an era before Stonewall, the sexual revolution, gay rights and the AIDS crisis, Quaintance and his high-camp erotic art existed in a demi-monde of borderline legality.  

Sunset, 1953, Private collection

Half a century on, the masculine fantasy world created by Quaintance, populated by Latin lovers, lusty cowboys and chiseled ranch hands, retains its seductive allure. His highly prized paintings—numbering just 55—rarely come to auction, instead selling privately for undisclosed sums. As the preeminent 'male physique' artist of the 1940s and early '50s, his work for Physique Pictorial, Demi-Gods and Body Beautiful inspired a generation of artists like Tom of Finland, Harry Bush, Etienne, and other, lesser stars in their constellation. 

TASCHEN's Quaintance traces his remarkable life story and reintroduces his colorful, kitschy and culturally resonant paintings—works that made George Quaintance the most popular and successful physique artist of his time, and one of its most intriguing figures. 

The Art of George Quaintance
Reed Massengill, Dian Hanson
Hardcover, 29 x 39.5 cm (11.4 x 15.6 in.), 168 pages
€ 74.99
ISBN: 978-3-8365-0732-5
Multilingual Edition: English, French, German

www.taschen.com

Fashion

Welding Man

A thick metal door opens. 50 degrees. Steam, machines, muscles and sweat. Their bodies are tense. Their skin covered in dust and oil. When they breathe, they inhale sparks of fire.

Asger Juel Larsen SS2011
Photography: Andras Ridovics
Styling: Emily Eisen

For his Spring/Summer 2011 collection Asger Juel Larsen chose an extreme view on high temperatures. Set between 1930’s war- ship boiler rooms and a none-time specific factory spirit, his protagonist is a heavy duty welding mechanic.

Presentation and live installation from September 17th-22nd, 2010, 11:00-19:00 hrs all days during London Fashion Week at Machine-A, 60 Berwick St. Soho W1F 8SU.

www.machine-a.com
www.asgerjuellarsen.com

Art

What Do You Want Me to Do?

Photo duo Zuza Krajewska & Bartek Wieczorek bring their decadent 'trash aesthetic' to Berlin as part of the Photomonth series. 

What Do You Want Me to Do?
- Bryce Draper (excerpts)

Curators: Adam Mazur and Aneta Panek

Vernissage: September 15th, 19:00 hrs

The show opens on September 16th and runs through November 30th, 2010

Polnisches Institut Berlin
Burgstrasse 27
10178 Berlin
Germany
www.berlin.polnischekultur.de

Fashion

Kenzo Book

The first exhaustive book ever published to present the portrait of Kenzo, a fashion House whose aesthetic celebrates diversity and universal culture. This book published by Rizzoli International is conceived as a visual dialogue between two great fashion designers, Kenzo Takada and Antonio Marras. 

Two distinct versions:
Standard Edition: hardback fabric cover printed in 3 different patterns.
Deluxe Edition: available exclusively in Kenzo boutiques. Hardback beige canvas cover and a special sleeve in transparent acetate printed with a Kenzo pattern. This edition also comes with a bag in a patchwork of different fabrics.

304 pages, 9 x 12
300 color illustrations
1 pop-up, 3 fold-outs on 6 pages,
3 posters
Available in French, English and Italian
Publisher: Rizzoli New York
ISBN: 978-0-8478-3471-6
Available: November 2010 

Fashion

COTEetCIEL

COTEetCIEL, the Paris based label of lifestyle bags and accessories presents its new range of innovative products.

The functional design, the aesthetic approach and the fabric choice, make COTEetCIEL products appeal to both a savvy, creative clientele, as well as to fashion devotees worldwide. 

Among the new products are a roomy, yet easy accessible laptop Tote Bag, a Traveller bag that offers space for a laptop, office tools, documents and a small wardrobe, and the Tablet Diver Sleeve, designed to fit the new Apple iPad. The new recycled polyester fabric comes in shades of grey, black, and blue-black melanges. 

www.coteetciel.com

Art

The Wild One

Sisley, the Italian fashion brand of the Benetton Group, announces an exhibition and auction of motorcycle jackets specially customized by leading fine artists, benefiting the Andy Warhol Museum. The project is curated by Glenn O’Brien and to be launched at Milan Fashion Week.

Jane Dickson 

Tom Sachs

Nate Lowman 

www.sisley.com 

Art

Still Life

Michael James O’Brien began a still life project parallel to his portrait work, inspired by Flemish still life painting from the 17th century. In his early work used a combination of 'symbolic' objects with everyday pieces-many he found on the street. More recently he began to choose other, less painterly situations. His book Still life, that has been published this year shows a combination of commisioned and exhibition work.

www.michaeljamesobrien.com

Fashion

Palladium Authenticity

Palladium presents two of London's hottest models exploring hidden places in east London, as they uncover their thoughts on style and what they'll be wearing this summer. In these exclusive, original videos, Daisy Lowe and Alice Dellal put their boots on and explore an 18th century Georgian house in the heart of Spitalfields and an empty warehouse space in Shoreditch, musing on the music they like, the idols they love and what inspires them. 

www.palladiumboots.com 

Fashion

Essential and Chic

The Céline Sunglasses collection aligns itself perfectly with Phoebe Philo’s creative direction of the ready-to-wear: essential and chic. Building on a wardrobe of essentials, the Sunglasses collection for Spring Summer 2011 will arrive in stores starting November 2010.

Photo credit: Juergen Teller

www.celine.com

Fashion

ITS#NINE

The Confederation of Fantastic Voyagers has announced its winners. International Talent Support, a platform created and developed by EVE in collaboration with Diesel and YKK, was able to strike over 400 guests once again. ITS#NINE celebrated this year's most amazing young creativity on July 16th and 17th, 2010, searched out by ITS all over the world.

Michael Kampe

Michael Kampe, student at the Fashion Department of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp, won the Diesel Award and departed heading for unknown space with this special recognition of his talent. 

www.itsweb.org

Fashion

MMM
Line « Artisanal »
FW2010-2011

The ‘Artisanal’ line is focusing on materials. The scarcity of variation of materials and colours keeps the attention on the silhouette and the garment. Trompe l’œil effects alternate with renewed volumes. Atelier techniques, craftsmanship methods and reinterpreting traditional savoir-faire create unexpected pieces where reality is not exactly what it seems. Hence, an intimate presentation in the atelier of the Maison, where all the garments have been given life.

www.maisonmartinmargiela.com

Fashion

Request for Landing

On Saturday evening, July 17th, Dutch designer Conny Groenewegen presented her SS2011 collection during Amsterdam International Fashion Week. The presentation was held on the lawn next to the 'Westergas' area and could best be described as an audiovisual experience extraordinaire. Groenewegen brought conceptual fashion at its best.

Conny Groenewegen is known for the attention to the skin of the garment using digital techniques combined with traditional crafts. The shapes are soft and feminine, graphic and light with a strong personal quality.

Conny Groenewegen's SS2011 collection, Request for Landing, originates from the Dutch habit to shape and cultivate the flat rectangle and cut down hierarchy. In this way nudes, yellows and black are combined in soft knits with cut open leathers.

Images © Team Peter Stigter

YouTube - Conny Groenewegen Spring Summer 2011 show 'REQUEST FOR LANDING'

Fashion

Crystallization

‘Crystallization’ - Iris van Herpen SS2011 preview at Amsterdam International Fashion Week, July 14th, 2010.

Catwalk images © Michel Zoeter

www.irisvanherpen.com
www.aifw.nl

Fashion

Kurt Cobain in Kenya

For her Lala Berlin Spring/Summer Collection 2011 Leyla Piedayesh's focus is on the topic Dynamic of the Surface. The collection which consists of ready-to-wear, knitwear and "Atelier Lala Berlin" by Leyla Piedayesh is all about contrast and movement . Leyla drew inspiration from a fictitious scene: a bus, five groupies and Kurt Cobain on Tour in Kenya, plenty of rock'n'roll and an exceptional itinerary.

For the first time the collection includes fitted pieces like bodycon dresses and stretch pants which form the body, paired with knitted jacquard formed by the body. Wide coats and soft-falling, partly printed silk kaftans with kimono sleeves ensure that each outfit combines a variety of silhouettes. Intricate necklines and decorative, graphic seams are additional eyecatchers that highlight the uptown-girl look.

Brocade versions complement Lala's signature cotton and silk fabrics like crêpe de Chine, crêpe georgette or chiffon. The use of metal and carbon fibers give the fabrics an exquisite, shiny and almost sculpted look that reinforces the contrast with the matte finishes. This innovative approach to fabric finishing and selection further extends the wide range of creative material mixes that Lala Berlin is known for.  

In cooperation with shoe manufacturer Unützer - a traditional company renowned for high-quality workmanship from Venice - Lala Berlin designed four minimalist-architectural shoe models. Contrasting materials like shiny steel and plastic as well as various kinds of leather in a smooth and/or matte finish are creatively used in manufacturing the sandals, loafers and wingtip shoes.

www.lalaberlin.com

Fashion

Calvin Klein Event Berlin

Calvin Klein, Inc. hosted multi-brand event in Berlin at the start of Spring 2011 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin.

Special guests Diane Kruger, Lara Stone, Kellan Lutz, and Zoe Saldana, the new face of Calvin Klein Underwear in attendance; featured Installation by German J. Mayer H. Architects unveiled.

The large-scale, invitation-only event was held at Die Munze, a historic industrial building, and one of the oldest and most important former mints in Germany. This impressive landmark was transformed for the evening into a unique fashion experience that featured over 60 models from around the world. The event featured the latest offerings from the Calvin Klein Collection, ck Calvin Klein, Calvin Klein Jeans, and Calvin Klein Underwear brands, along with a special preview of the company's latest fragrance introduction, Calvin Klein Beauty. 

Several of Calvin Klein's current global advertising talent were in attendance, including: actress Diane Kruger, face of the recently announced new fragrance, Calvin Klein Beauty, set to debut in Fall 2010; model Lara Stone, who will be featured in the Calvin Klein Collection, ck Calvin Klein, and Calvin Klein Jeans Fall 2010 campaigns; Twillight's Kellan Lutz, one of the four men featured in the current Calvin Klein X Underwear global advertising campaign; and, actress Zoe Saldana, who was announced as the new face of women's Calvin Klein Underwear at a press conference earlier that day. 

www.calvinkleininc.com

Fashion

Feet of Innovation

FEIT DIRECT Shoes
© sneakerfreaker.com


Tull Price is always looking down—not at his own feet, but at everyone else’s. The founder of shoe brand FEIT is constantly checking out the competition. The Australian perfectionist is on a mission to produce “the finest high quality sneakers in the world” with a minimum of waste. FEIT’s shoe-trainer hybrids are crafted from natural leathers and use no artificial dyes. The number of pairs produced per style is limited to what can be made from their initial order of materials. The company employs no middlemen, which means customers can consult with FEIT directly.

www.feitdirect.com 

Fashion

Wrangler wins at Cannes Lions

Wrangler wins five awards at Cannes Lions Festival. 

At Cannes “Press Lions,” Red, Wrangler's Spring/Summer 2010 campaign, won Gold Prize in Photography.

At Cannes “Cyber Lions,” Wrangler Blue Bell won:
- Gold Prize for Websites & Micro sites in the Clothing & Accessories category
- Gold for Craft – Interface & Navigation
- Silver for Craft – Best Use of Video
- Bronze for Craft – Best Music/Sound Design

www.eu.wrangler.com

Fashion

Mad Season

Our annual Summer issue is out now!

Zoo Magazine NO.27, 2010, includes cutting-edge shoots with supermodels Lily Cole (by Bryan Adams), Olga Sherer (by Philip Gay) and Hannah Holman (by Dancian). This issue also features exclusive interviews with the likes of Danish designer Asger Juel Larsen, Russian designer Gosha Rubchinskiy, Berlin DJ Adam Port, German artist Thomas Schütte, and more...

Click here for an exclusive preview!

Fashion

FRANZ 24k
Limited Edition

To celebrate the global success of model FRANZ, the metal aviator sunglasses stemming from the collaboration with German avant-garde fashion designer Bernhard Willhelm, MYKITA presents the FRANZ 24k. The FRANZ 24k limited edition is equipped with flash mirrored golden sun lenses coated in 24-karat gold, produced by Christian Dalloz Sunoptics.

Fashion

Versace Unique

Versace, in collaboration with ModeLabs Group, announces the launch of Versace Unique, the first luxury touchscreen and full-featured multimedia creation that will be sold through the most important exclusive watch and fine jewellery networks and Versace flagship boutiques worldwide from early June 2010.

Versace Unique unites all essential functions for professional and personal use, crafted from the finest materials, hand-assembled in France and built to the uncompromising standards of all the Versace products.

The face is constructed from pure high-tech ceramic or handmade lacquers delicately framed with an 18K yellow gold finish or 316L grade stainless steel inlay. The back is wrapped in the finest handcrafted leather, embossed with the Medusa head. The Versace Unique sapphire crystal screen is the largest single piece of this high-tech material ever produced for consumers. Impossible to scratch, smooth and receptive, it provides an ideal conductivity and precision control of the touchphone interface.

Fashion

Prada in Cannes

On May 10, 2010, Prada opened its first store in Cannes on the “Croisette,” one of the most striking and emblematic promenades of the Côte d'Azur.

The space, which faces the Palais des Festivals, is designed by architect Roberto Baciocchi and spans over two floors covering a total surface area of 350 square metres. The store houses both women’s and men’s Prada collections of ready-to-wear, bags, accessories, footwear, perfume and eyewear.

Prada Flagship Store
Hôtel Majestic Barrière
10 Boulevard de la Croisette
06400 Cannes
France

Art

ITS#NINE
The Finalists

After last July’s magical edition, ITS, International Talent Support, was supposed to translate into a different, smaller event and definitively say goodbye to Trieste, the city that hosted it for eight years, but thanks to the support of Diesel and Renzo Rosso’s personal involvement, the city will keep supporting the contest that raises the curtain of its ninth edition once again in Trieste next July. 

The ITS#NINE edition is going to play around the creative theme of A Confederation of Fantastic Voyagers: a bunch of valorous pioneers whose mission is to go where no man has gone before. ‘The fashion journey’ will start on Friday, July 16th and will continue till Saturday, July 17th with an event that will reach its top with the awards ceremony for the winners of the three competitions: ITS#FASHION, ITS#ACCESSORIES and ITS#PHOTO. 

Michael Kampe

Among other well-known personalities of the fashion scene, Bruno Collin, the recently appointed artistic director of Diesel, and designer duo Viktor & Rolf will be part of the fashion jury. The DIESEL FASHION AWARD will grant a cash prize of € 25,000 and a 6-month internship within the Diesel Creative Team at its Headquarters in Italy to discover all the secrets of working in an innovative and international fashion company, enjoying the opportunity of creating with a cosmopolitan group of over 40 designers.

Yong Kyun Shin

Sarah Williams

ITS#NINE Fashion Finalists

Michael Kampe - German
Hogeschool Antwerpen, Belgium

Niels Peeraer - Belgian
Hogeschool Antwerpen, Belgium

Nir Goeta - Israeli
Shenkar College of Engineering and Design, Israel

Juho Song - South Korean
Polimoda - International Institute for Fashion Design and Marketing, Italy

Takashi Nishiyama - Japanese
Coconogacco, Japan

Yong Kyun Shin - South Korean
Central St. Martins College of Art and Design, United Kingdom

Martina Spetlova - Czech
Central St. Martins College of Art and Design, United Kingdom

Astrid Andersen - Danish
Royal College of Art, United Kingdom

Sara Bro-Jorgensen - Danish
Royal College of Art, United Kingdom

Courtney McWilliams - British
Royal College of Art, United Kingdom

Hanna ter Meulen - Dutch
Royal College of Art, United Kingdom

Sideral(es) - Italian
Fashion Designer

Si Kim

ITS#NINE Accessories Finalists

Heyoung Yun - South Korean
Polimoda - International Institute for Fashion Design and Marketing, Italy

Tomoko Tokuda - Japanese
Designer

Kirsty Ward - British
Central St. Martins College of Art and Design, United Kingdom

Rob Goodwin - British
London College of Fashion, United Kingdom

Si Kim - South Korean
London College of Fashion, United Kingdom

Yu Wen Lu - Taiwanese
London College of Fashion, United Kingdom

Keeley Smith - British
London College of Fashion, United Kingdom

Sarah Wiliams - British
London College of Fashion, United Kingdom

Zara Gorman - British
Royal College of Art, United Kingdom

Emma Yeo - British
Designer

Kirsty Ward

Art

Arising from the Ashes

"We hope for better things; it will arise from the ashes," was the motto adopted by the city of Detroit, after it was ravaged by the great fire of 1805. American photographer Andrew Moore distils the spirit of this message in his haunting large-scale images of decay and renewal. From Cuba to Russia to Detroit, Moore seeks out disused, wrecked buildings and captures the moment that nature stakes her claim on their ravaged grandeur. 15 of Moore's works will go on display at Galerie Alex Daniels/Reflex in Amsterdam, from April 10th to June 7th, 2010. It is the first time the photographer has exhibited in the Netherlands. 

Andrew Moore - Making History
April 10th - June 7th, 2010

Galerie Alex Daniels
Reflex Amsterdam
Weteringschans 83
1017 RZ Amsterdam
The Netherlands

www.reflex-art.nl

Art

Anja Séance Privée

www.hedislimane.com/fashiondiary

Fashion

Missoni debuts on thecorner.com

April 2010, Missoni opens its first  mini-store online on thecorner.com, the virtual space that presents a selection of artisans and cutting-edge brands for men and women through dedicated mini-stores.

The new Missoni mini-store will showcase a selection of the Spring/Summer 2010 collection, as well as Missoni Mare, the beachwear collection. This season features a timeless new silhouette, characterized by super-slim forms that can be body- hugging or flowing: sensual, feminine, ruffled and draped, they are often layered and veiled with sheer duster coats. The concept of the new Missoni Spring/Summer 2010 collection is perfectly defined by Paul Valery: "One needs be as light as a swallow, not as a feather." In celebration of the launch on thecorner.com, Angela Missoni (Creative Director of the brand) reveals insights into the world of Missoni in an exclusive video-interview with thecorner.com. Missoni’s philosophy is timeless: explore your emotions and be comfortable in what you wear. 

www.thecorner.com
www.missoni.com

Fashion

White Candle

After the success of the first Bruno Pieters’ scented candle, a new limited edition is in the air: CALMING PARK and Bruno Pieters are collaborating for the second time and have created White Candle. In contrast to the first rather dark and masculine scent, launched for fall 2009, the Antwerp-based designer has now developed its counterpart: a retro-futuristic white summer scent. White Candle originates its inspiration in a warm and transcendent summer. White like the glass and pure like its packaging, the scent is fresh and unisex.

The limited edition White Candle will be available from April 2010 at selected Bruno Pieters point of sales and CALMING PARK stockists.

Art

Vanitas

Vanitas represents the playful provocative spirit with which Versace has approached and interpreted the classic world. Through the years, this piece has become the symbol of a unique style that has always added new inspiring themes to the melting pot of unmistakable signs that characterize it. The first Vanitas was purchased from an “antique” dealer and the decision was immediately taken to re-upholster it with a Versace printed panel, whose colours were extremely vibrant and unusual compared with the typical classic ones. Vanitas is a true icon of design, featured by such important artists as Bruce Weber and Thierry Perez.

The 'new' Vanitas looks back to the classic Versace style in a new contemporary way that emphasizes its strong and defined character. Essential lines give the new Vanitas a sharp-cut shape while giving relevance to its multifunctional and decorative use. An array of different and precious baroque prints, heritage of the Maison’s DNA, are used to upholster the new Vanitas with an infinity of colourful patterns. The hand-carved decorations, such as the small cone on the arm, exalt the craftsmanship and uniqueness that is true to the Versace Home collection. 

The new Vanitas Armchair will be presented in Milan during this year's Salone del Mobile from the 14th to the 19th of April, 2010.

Fashion

BOSS Store
Frankfurt

On Wednesday evening, March 10th, 2010, Hugo Boss celebrated the opening of their ninth flagship store. The BOSS Store in Frankfurt is located close to city’s stock market and in one of the best neighborhoods. Here, Hugo Boss will present collections and accessories of their BOSS Black, BOSS Selection, BOSS Green and BOSS Orange lines.

Highlight of the evening was the window installation: an interactive catwalk, showing the latest collections with a spring spirit.

BOSS Store
Börsenstraße 1
Frankfurt
Germany

www.hugoboss.com

Art

A3 Animals

German architect Michael Schoner, who is based in Amsterdam, recently announced his new fashion and design project A3 Animals. The A3 Animals are DIY paper masks, which, for little money, you can download as pdf file, print out and duplicate on your office machine as often as you want. 

Once printed out, all you need to do is fold them and fix them with ordinary office materials such as staples and rubber bands. The print is a rasterized Xerox style pattern, which plays with geometry in its folded and unfolded state. Worn, the masks become an extension to the body or a sculpture on your head. They have no holes for the eyes to see through.  

Schoner wants to set focus on the geometric shape you wear on your head, or as he says 'caught in the inside space of the animal and vulnerable to the outside, a paper-shaman connecting to that animal, eventually the masks stay behind.' After a short lifespan these "authentic native office artifacts" decay in the trash can.

all pictures by Anika Schwarzlose and Jonas Lund at Schwarzlund
www.schwarzlund.com

www.michaelschoner.de

Fashion

Gucci announces "Forever Now" Campaign

Gucci announces the launch of its new Forever Now worldwide advertising campaign, which will debut on Saturday, February 27th - the day of the Gucci Autumn/Winter 2010/11 women's ready to wear show in Milan.

As Gucci approaches its 90th anniversary year in 2011, the new campaign - conceived by Creative Director Frida Giannini - celebrates the traditions that were first established by Guccio Gucci when he founded the House in 1921. 

The campaign features original black and white photographs of Gucci artisans at work in Via delle Caldaie, Florence, taken by Foto Locchi in 1953. Under the phrase Forever Now an accompanying narrative reads:
The man. The passion. The dream. Guccio Gucci lived the artisan’s life of Florence in 1921. Authentic. Enduring. Dedicated to perfection. His spirit inspires our traditions today. The beauty of what he began, nurtured by generations of craftsmen for 90 years. His desire to create what lasts forever moves each of us. Touching our past as we craft our future. Compelling us to carry his iconic legacy forward - now and forever. 

www.gucci.com

Art

RIVOLTA

Now showing at Francesco Pantaleone Arte Contemporanea, Palermo:
Adalberto Abbate
RIVOLTA
February 12th until March 31st, 2010

Francesco Pantaleone
Arte Contemporanea
Via Garraffello 25
90133 Palermo
Italy
www.fpac.it

Fashion

Jasmine Di Milo
SS2010

“Say It With your Mouth Shut”
is the Spring/Summer 2010
Smouldering hot collection
That finds beauty in
The flowers of death,
The lily,
The dealings of passion and scorn,
And the quiet power of suggestion.

Playing with erotic blood reds,
Pitch black,
Sensual sage green,
Concealer flesh tones,
The lovers and flip book muse prints consummate the end of the season’s story.

www.jasminedimilo.com

Fashion

Anglomania & Lee Autumn-Winter 2010/11 by Vivienne Westwood

Vivienne Westwood previewed the Anglomania & Lee denim collection at Milan Fashion Week and Hong Kong Fashion Week to an audience of international press and buyers this month. The menswear pieces was seen on Milan’s catwalk on the 17th of January followed by Hong Kong on the 20th where both menswear and womenswear pieces were presented.

Seen for the first time on catwalk, the collection comprises of 4 styles of jeans for men and 5 styles for women, complemented by denim shirts and printed tee-shirts.

The line takes as its main inspiration the Vivienne Westwood archive with references to her seminal punk and pirate collections of the 1970's and 80's but also to the dynamic cuts she has since developed throughout her career. These designs have been reinterpreted using Lee's extensive knowhow in the field of jeans.

The Anglomania by Vivienne Westwood for Lee collection will be distributed through Vivienne Westwood stores as well as through a selected number of retailers world-wide and shall be available in July 2010.

www.viviennewestwood.co.uk
www.eu.lee.com

Fashion

Andreas Murkudis Opens Online Shop

End of 2009 ANDREAS MURKUDIS Berlin opened the first online shop. www.andreasmurkudis.net features the same diversity as the ANDREAS MURKUDIS stores. Visitors find an interesting composition of products and objects with distinctive and surprising designs.

The range of products on offer includes fashion, perfumes, cosmetics, design objects, furniture, luggage, art, glass and porcelain items, brandies and liqueurs, jewellery, books and art volumes, rugs, cutlery and even bed and table linen. Each individual product has exceptional character and lasting quality.

“The ANDREAS MURKUDIS online shop is our first opportunity to offer our clients in Germany and abroad the products in our stores directly via the Internet. The collections we offer, and the way the collections are assembled, are truly unique,” says Andreas Murkudis.

www.andreasmurkudis.net

Fashion

Y-3
S/S 2010 Campaign

On January 20th, Y-3 launched its new Spring/Summer 2010 campaign as well as provided a first preview to its upcoming Autumn / Winter 2010-11 collection. The collection will be shown in its entirety on February 14th during New York Fashion Week.

In addition to showcasing the Autumn / Winter men’s looks, Y-3 unveiled its latest communication campaign for the Spring / Summer 2010 season. In attendance at the event was world soccer star, Zinedine Zidane who is featured in the campaign along with Yohji Yamamoto. The campaign celebrates an icon of sports heritage: the team portrait. The result is a set of imagery fitting for a collection inspired by the national soccer federations sponsored by adidas and the power and movement of the soccer net.

Photographed by Alasdair McLellan, styled by Nicola Formichetti, filmed by Theo Stanley and art directed by Doug Lloyd, of Lloyd & Co., the campaign will debut in March and April issues of global lifestyle titles.

www.y-3.com

Fashion

Fashion
Donates to Haiti

If you haven't already donated to Haiti earthquake disaster efforts, take a look at these heartwarming efforts by some of our fashion friends.

This Haitian relief b-side RIGHTS necklace was designed by Ken Leung and Dana Chin in the wake of the horrific earthquake in Haiti as a way for them to take part in the relief efforts as they say.
As living in New York is a daily reminder to them of being an immigrant, they say "in a sense we are all Haitian’s right now." Therefore the  text on the necklace symbolizes the date of the passing of the Immigration and nationality Act of 1965 that abolished national origin quotas. This Public Law (PUB.L.) abolished the national-origin quotas that had been in place in the United States since the Immigration Act of 1924.

Order the RIGHTS necklace (with $30 from each purchase going to the Red Cross) online through Ken & Dana Design for $85.

This Solid Gold Rags "Save Haiti" t-shirt was specially made to raise money for the relief efforts for the victims of Haiti's recent catastrophic earthquake. 100% of proceeds go to Haiti's relief efforts.

t-shirt, $100, available at Solid Gold Rags.

Fashion

SHOWstudio Exhibition

From January 19th to 23rd 2010 the Galerie für Moderne Fotografie presents, with Fashion Week Berlin as a backdrop, a special exhibition curated by Sissel Tolas of the most recent collaboration between Gareth Pugh and Nick Knight with SHOWstudio.

A video, in which Gareth Pugh works on the dress that is displayed in the exhibition, offers a look into the otherwise private moments of the designer and his work. Following the SHOWstudio manifesto, the entire creative process is documented in the exhibition; from conception, to fabrication during a live event in the studio, to the finished product.
Alongside the angelskin dress are three one-of-a-kind, signed prints by Sølve Sundsbø, which portray Gareth Pugh. They further reveal the world of the young, groundbreaking artist.

SHOWstudio.com doesn't just collaborate with influential and established personalities like John Galliano, Kate Moss, Maison Martin Margiela, Comme des Garçons and Alexander McQueen, it also offers young, up-and-coming talents like Rodarte, Louis Goldin and Marios Schwab a global platform.

Galerie für moderne Fotografie
Schröderstrasse 13
10115 Berlin
Germany
Tel +49 30 275 81 033

Art

Oscar
Improvisation 1

CPH Project
A film by Hedi Slimane

Oscar in Copenhagen
Improvisation 1


www.hedislimane.com

Fashion

Brillant Troublant

It is no secret, for those who know how to appreciate luxury with a distinctive face, that the House of Delvaux is continuing to come up with surprising variations on the iconic model from 1958, the Brillant bag. In 2010 too these connoisseurs were well served.

Following the Brillant in transparent vinyl - Noces d’Or -, issued last year to mark the bag’s fiftieth anniversary, there is now the Brillant handbag in dark vinyl: Brillant Troublant. A finish of striking originality. While the classic lines are eminently respected, the material used lends this stylish version a modern, even slightly futuristic air. Ultimately contemporary and yet so timeless.

A youthful version clearly needs a refreshing price. Bags in this limited edition are available from 11 January 2010 in all Delvaux shops and through the e-Shop at 295 euros. In this way, another public is also given the chance to become acquainted with the quality and beauty that Delvaux offers its customers.

www.delvaux.com 

Fashion

Aktion I

Guerilla Store of A.F. Vandevorst opens its doors in Antwerp, Belgium.

A.F. Vandevorst opened its new project, Guerilla Store - Aktion I, on the 17th of December in Antwerp, Belgium. The concept behind the store is to create a space in which people can fall into the world of A.F. Vandevorst; such a world that includes fashion, and more. The store will remain open until the 31st of March 2010, and will then move to a new city for others to discover. Every store will be installed in an unoccupied space for a maximum of three months. Unoccupied premises will include former boutiques, laundrettes, bakeries, and other unique places. The search for each new space will add a challenge as well as provoke creativity in the project of the guerilla store.

The guerilla stores will house all collections: A.F. Vandevorst, A.Friend, Fetish, Nightfall, and Relics. In addition to this, all artistic collaborations between A.F. Vandevorst and others will be revealed and some of these will allow the customer to interact.

Some of the institutions which A.F. Vandevorst would like to support will have a place in this concept, the first of which is the Dr. Guislain Museum from Ghent, Belgium. Without the involvement of others, the Aktion I project would not be guerrilla. Therefore, most of the concept will be made possible due to the help of sponsors and other A.F. Vandevorst minded friends.

Guerilla Store - Aktion I
Volkstraat 29/31
2000 Antwerp
Belgium

www.afvandevorst.be

Art

Haphazard Clothing

Design duo Starstyling impresses at Beck's Gold Urban Experiences in Munich

If the artists of Beck's Gold Urban Experiences workspace in Munich were rated from various aspects such as their creativity, within relation to the subject of “urban customization” and their interaction with the audience, the Berlin based design duo Starstyling would probably be ahead at any point. Kai Seifried, one half of the label, not simply designed haphazard clothing, he and his assistant produced a beautiful coloured rag rug.

After all, the Becks Gold Urban Experiences are about urban lifestyle and customization. And just like the patchwork of Starstyling, a big city is also a composition of nothing but individuals. In terms of creativity, the designers therefore scored 100 points. Even the visitors were able to benefit from the artists’ output. Matching the theme, they had the possibility to get their personal clothes customized in order to leave the venue with an individual and all unique design-piece. But the most impressive matter about Starstyling was Kai himself. His one-man show not only sweetened the customizing process on ground, but also entertained the audience and participants alike and ensured a tasty, memorable day in Munich.

www.urban.becks.de

Art

C O L O U R

Pastel Cats © Tim Walker
courtesy Michael Hoppen Contemporary C-type print, 20 x 30 inches

How do you describe colour? Even the dictionary definition of it is poetic: "That aspect of things that is caused by differing qualities of the light reflected or emitted by them, definable interms of the observer or of the light." And; "a substance, such as a dye, pigment, or paint,that imparts a hue." And; "a reddening of the face; a blush." The scientific words to objectify it are beautiful too: hyperchromatism, wavelength, luminance, iridescence and purity.

James Dean's Last Stop, Lost Hills, CA, 2008 © Ofer Wolberger
courtesy Michael Hoppen Contemporary
C-type print, 40 x 50 inches

Since 1861 and the first permanent colour print by James Clerk Maxwell, photographers have been able to define their subjects in a more immediate and creative way using colour- stripping it out, intensifying or limiting it.
Presented at the Michael Hoppen Gallery are a group of dynamic artist photographers whose works, in this case, is defined by their use of colour. Used either to enhance reality, to confuse reality or for pure aesthetic pleasure, the works are consistently vibrant and full of life. Artists include Nobuyoshi Araki, Alex Prager, Tim Walker, Ofer Wolberger, Valerie Belin and Guy Bourdin.

Untitled 2007 # 3 © Valerie Belin
courtesy Michael Hoppen Contemporary Di-bonded Fuji crystal archive print

C O L O U R - Group Show
25.11.09 - 09.01.10

Michael Hopen Contemporary
3 Jubilee Place
London SW3 3TD
United Kingdom

Fashion

Karl Lagerfeld x
Les Ateliers Ruby

For the fourth programme of Signature Limited Editions by Les Ateliers Ruby, the helmet company is joining forces with the Karl Lagerfeld brand to inaugurate its "Multiples": collectors' helmets in editions of 12.

The coming together of Les Ateliers Ruby founder Jérôme Coste and Karl Lagerfeld led to the creation of the motorcycle helmets featured in the Karl Lagerfeld autumn/winter 2009-2010 collection. Motorcycles are now an integral part of the modern urban landscape and the helmet has thus become a new and indispensable accessory. Karl Lagerfeld has taken it over and made it into a fashion accessory. The Ruby & Karl Lagerfeld helmet programme includes a limited edition of 100 examples of the Pavillon helmet covered in black and white tweed, a Pavillon helmet covered in terra cotta coloured fabric, embroidered with pearls, as well as a Pavillon helmets covered with black shiny mink and another version with white Rex rabbit fur, all in a limited edition of 12.  Karl Lagerfeld has also done a drawing expressing his vision of the Ruby Woman. Ruby have turned it into a 70 x 70 cm silk scarf, in a limited edition of 500.

Coming out in December on www.ateliersruby.com - also exclusively at the boutique Colette,
and in a number of select points of sale.

www.karllagerfeld.com

Fashion

Strenesse launches
Online Shop

Strenesse has now launched its new Online Shop and completely revamped website. The agency Werbewelt was responsible for the design and implementation of the shop.

Strenesse Gabriele Strehle FW09

Now a single click of the mouse is all you need to plunge into the new online world of Strenesse. At www.strenesse.com, the brand's new online flagship-store is open to its customers around the clock. Just in time for the winter season, the Fall/Winter 2009 collections for men and women plus accessories are available online, only a mouse-click away. Strenesse.com reflects the brand's unique and distinctive style, creating a whole new shopping and communication experience. 

Strenesse Blue FW09

In the Online Shop, Strenesse customers can find out about the latest fashion trends and news of the brand, and also have the unique opportunity to peek behind the scenes at international runway shows and lookbook shoots. And as a special highlight, Gabriele and Viktoria Strehle reveal exclusive shopping tips and recommend their favorite fashion outfits, presenting their personal favorites from the new season's collection. The "Shop the Campaign" area shows complete outfits from the current collection plus all product information. 

Strenesse Blue FW09

The Online Shop is divided into categories to enable customers to find the products they want quickly and easily. Website and integrated online store combine to form a digital lifestyle magazine with an editorial background to capture customers' attention. Shoppers from Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the Benelux countries can order online in the shop; medium-term plans provide for the Europe-wide expansion of shop operations. And as a pre-Christmas gift for all customers, to celebrate the launch of the online shop all purchases will be sent post-free until the end of November. 

Fashion

Mercedes-Benz
Dutch Fashion Awards 2009

Winner Sjaak Hullekes, © Peter Stigter

On November 6th, Dutch Fashion designer Sjaak Hullekes won the Mercedes-Benz Dutch Fashion Award 2009. He received a financial reward of 25,000 euro to enable him to take further steps in the international fashion industry. The international jury chose Sjaak Hullekes out of five nominated designers during this third annual Award show. On this special evening 800 guest were invited in the Grote Kerk of The Hague. 

© Peter Stigter 

© Peter Stigter  

This third edition was the first edition presented in the judicial capital and The Hague offers a beautiful vicinity to present a fashion event of international class. The presentation of this evening was in hands of the Dutch actress Hanna Verboom. The winning label of the Mercedes-Benz Dutch Fashion Awards 2009, Monique van Heist, showed her latest collection as the start of the evening program. The awards presented were designed and produced by the Dutch design atelier Ted Noten. The label Sjaak Hullekes exists of Sjaak Hullekes and his (business) partner Sebastiaan Kramer. 

© Ron Eskens 

www.dutchfashionawards.com
sjaakhullekes.blogspot.com
www.arnheimfashion.com

© Ron Eskens

Art

Absolut Art Award

Through its frequent collaborations with cutting-edge artists, designers and photographers, Absolut Vodka is a proud supporter of the arts. This year, in the tradition of the company’s 30 years of creative collaborations, Absolut Vodka decided to fund a yearly award of Euro 15.000 to an international young artist exploring creativity through the integration of art forms. As head of the Absolut Art Award jury, Daniel Birnbaum will award the first-ever winner in a ceremony at Lydmar Hotel in Stockholm.

“Keren Cytter is awarded the first-ever Absolut Art Award for her outstanding cross-pollination of art forms. Cytter’s works take her beyond the traditional art forms, while exploring the intersection between theater, performance, film and installation art. Her artistry involves investigative narratives which reason with both our subconscious and our quest for good storytelling,” says Daniel Birnbaum, head of the Absolut Art Award jury.
Keren Cytter, born 1977 in Israel, now lives in Berlin. Her work has brought a lot of critical acclaim when shown at galleries and museums around Europe. The prize provides the artist, in addition to the cash award, with the chance for a collaboration or an underwritten work with the Absolut Company in the upcoming year.

Keren Cytter

“Andy Warhol was the first artist to collaborate with Absolut Vodka. Since then hundreds of artists have helped us in the building of our brand, for which we are forever grateful. Absolut and art have walked hand in hand for many years, and the Absolut Art Award expresses our long term commitment to creativity,” says Anna Malmhake, Vice President Global Marketing at The Absolut Company.

www.absolut.com

Fashion

Versace in Rio de Janeiro

Donatella Versace backstage with P. Diddy, Dirty Money and Isabeli Fontana

Donatella Versace celebrated Fashion Rocks this weekend in Rio de Janiero Brazil. Kicking off her stay on Friday evening, Donatella Versace hosted, together with Vogue Brazil, the Governor and Mayor of Rio, a charity 'Fashion Rocks Rio Solidario dinner' in honor of photographer Mario Testino's new book – Mario De Janeiro Testino. The Versace co-hosted charity dinner, held at Rio's Copacobana Palace, benefits the Brazilian Children's organization, 'Rio Solidario', and attracted many international and Brazilian VIPS from the worlds of fashion, music, art, politics and society. 

Donatella Versace, Riccardo Tisci, Guest and Mario Testino

The main 'Oi Rio Fashion Rocks' event was on Saturday, bringing the best of fashion and music on stage. Held at the glamorous Jockey Club of Rio de Janeiro, Donatella Versace joined the Fashion Rocks' line-up, (sponsored by Oi - Brazil's biggest telecommunications company) with other international fashion brands such as Calvin Klein, Marc Jacobs and Givenchy as well as four important Brazilian designers Lenny, Alexandre Herchcovitch, André Lima, and Lino Vilaventura. 

Donatella Versace on stage

Versace opened Fashion Rocks with a fashion show capsule of the latest men and women's FW 0910 collections, accompanied by international acclaimed music artist P.Diddy. They were then followed by paired fashion designers and musical acts that included: Mariah Carey, Grace Jones, Ciara, Estelle, Stop Play Moon (Brazilian group) and Lino Vilaventura (Brazilian Group).

Versace also dressed Brazilian model actress and host of Rio's Oi Fashion Rocks, Fernanda Lima for the evening.

P. Diddy and Donatella Versace
on stage


www.versace.com 

Fashion

Zegna Conquers the World

Ermenegildo Zegna opens new stores in Hong Kong, Signapore and Mongolia

Hong Kong

This month Ermenegildo Zegna unveils its first Global Concept Store in Hong Kong, Greater China, designed by Peter Marino, the architect of modern luxury. Located within the cities refined shopping district at Number 1, Peking Road the store covers 674 square metres of luxury retail.
The Hong Kong Global Store will be the fourth of the Peter Marino concept stores for Ermenegildo Zegna to open, and the first to feature the new Z Zegna store concept.T he fabrics created at the Lanificio Ermenegildo Zegna since 1910, in Trivero Italy, have been a pivotal inspiration for the store design. Peter Marino stated, “Ermenegildo Zegna is a historic brand, known for the unrivalled quality of its woven textiles. I used this imagery throughout the design. The action of the weaving machines heavily influenced me in intertwining stainless steel threads throughout. The entire compartmentalization of products, each with their own shade of wood, makes up one whole House of Zegna, a brand that is a rising star in today's world of luxury."

Interior Global Concept Store, Hong Kong

Ermenegildo Zegna is also the first Italian luxury menswear brand to open a store in Mongolia this October. The tradition that links Ermenegildo Zegna to the Mongolian territory started in 1984. Gildo Zegna CEO was in fact part of the first foreign delegation to visit this region in a quest to source the world’s finest cashmere. This was the start of the Ermenegildo Zegna Cashmere Trophy awarded for excellence in natural fibres. Since then, the ongoing mutual respect and quest for quality has continuously characterized the relationship of the Ermenegildo Zegna Group with the local producers.



Mongolia

This month Ermenegildo Zegna also unveils its new flagship store in Singapore. Located within the ION mall in Orchard, the new store covers 470 square metres of luxury retail, within the cities latest shopping destination. The store is designed by architects Gianmaria and Roberto Beretta of Studio Beretta in Milan.

Signapore

www.zegna.com

Art

Life Through a Lens

The exhibition “Annie Leibovitz – A Photographer's Life 1990-2005” at Kunst Haus Wien (Austria) offers an unusual glimpse of the oeuvre of one of the best-known portrait photographers of our time. In addition to her portraits of famous personages, which have long since become icons of photographic art, the more than 150 works on display include photographs from Leibovitz' private life that have never been exhibited before. The result is a unique chronology, a composite of family album, diary and assignment work.

Self-portrait with daughters Susan, Sarah and Samuelle, 2006, Photograph © Annie Leibovitz
Courtesy of Newsweek

The photographer sees her work, which has been displayed in numerous museums throughout the world, as a unified whole: “I don’t have two lives,” Leibovitz says. “This is one life, and the personal pictures and the assignment work are all part of it.” The exhibition can be read both as a very personal, even intimate chronology of one of the most celebrated photographers of our time and as the story of her development from a fashion and music photographer to an artist. Leibovitz herself says: “I have no single favourite photograph. What means the most to me is my work as a whole.“

Kunst Haus Wien
Untere Weißgerberstraße 13
1030 Wien, Austria

www.kunsthauswien.com

Fashion

Haltbar SS2010

On Thursday October 1st, German label Haltbar presented its SS2010 collection during Paris Fashion Week. 

The German word 'haltbar' translates as 'durable, solid, lasting,' which perfectly describes both their project as well as the spirit of their work. Haltbar cooperates with small family- and handicraft businesses in order to use and preserve existing infrastructure, knowledge and heritage. In return, Haltbar provides new ideas, visions and a modern eye on traditional products. 

Haltbar only produces clothing and uses items that:
are of solid and high quality material and manufacturing, 
are handmade or include handmade elements,
are able to deal well with fading or wearing out of materials,
are up to date, yet timeless,
will hopefully become favorite basics. 

www.haltbar.de

Fashion

Just Be Causse

French glove-maker Causse opens it's e-boutique internet site

Founded in 1892, Causse makes its gloves from scratch in the workshops of its factory in Millau, Aveyron, France. Manufactured according to traditional methods, the gloves are hand-cut in the most luxurious lamb, peccary, python, ostrich and crocodile skins.

Causse has been working in collaboration for many years with French luxury goods manufacturers, including Chanel, Hermes and Louis Vuitton, whose gloves are manufactured in the Causse workshops. In 2006, Causse was awarded the "Living Heritage Company" label by the French government for its remarkable, rare know-how handed down through many generations. The company is now the last which still makes its gloves in the former French glove capital of Millau.

Worn today by Karl Lagerfeld, Madonna and Kylie Minogue, Causse gloves can be found in Tokyo, New York, London, Moscow and in its Paris boutique, designed by architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte, at 12 rue de Castiglione. Since September 2009, it has been possible for customers to have a selection of the company's most emblematic models delivered directly to their homes, thanks to the brand-new e-boutique internet site:

www.causse-gantier.fr

Art

Ironic Imagery

Photograher Peter Langer releases his new book: On Line

Berlin photographer Peter Langer has captured the everyday into personal, ironic imagery with documentary-style accuracy over the last decade. Inspired by the phenomenon of time, he demonstrates how fleeting moments can become lasting impressions when recorded through the eye of the lens. On Line presents a comprehensive visual diary with 366 pictures documenting the year 2008. Winner of the Lead Awards 2009 for Architecture and Still Life Photography, Langer’s work is regularly published in German Zeit magazine and included in renowned publications on fashion and architecture.

www.peterlanger.de

Art

The Fringe Projects
1-10

New York City release of The Fringe Book.

The Fringe Projects 1-10

Vibskov & Emenius book release

Friday 17 September
6pm-9pm

LaViolaBank Gallery
179 East Broadway
New York, NY 10002
U.S.A.

New pancakes and old techno will be served

www.vibskovemenius.com
www.henrikvibskov.com
www.andreasemenius.com

Art

Spellbinding

Emmanuel Fremin Gallery announces the first solo show with acclaimed New York based fashion photographer and artist Aneta Bartos. Aneta was born in Tomaszow Mazowiecki, Poland and later emigrated to the United States where where she attended The School of Visual Arts for photography.  Her artistic talent and passion have helped to cultivate a very illustrious career in the Art and Fashion world. Aneta's works have been displayed through the pages of countless publications such as Big, Condé Nast Portfolios, Elle, British GQ, New York and Zoo Magazine. In 2007 she was chosen by Photo District News as their top choice for Emerging Photographers. She currently is the Photo Director for A4 Magazine.

Aneta's photographs captures how she views the world, in breathlessly haunting sequences of dreams. Her photographs are textured, grainy, soft focused glimpses into a timeless nostalgic trance and lulls the gazer into a seductive state; they are truly spellbinding. The bewitching models hushed seductiveness is displayed through an almost palpable whisper from the artist; Aneta implies that the illusions that we conjure into reality are a natural phenomenon producing symbols that are actualized. The allure of her work is the way it conveys vulnerability, softness, mystery and romanticism in combination with the raw imagery.

Aneta's work will also be presented at the upcoming Red Dot Art Fair in Miami (December 2-6, 2009) with Emmanuel Fremin Gallery.

Emmanuel Fremin Gallery
Tel: +1 646 245 3240
www.efg-artgallery.com

Art

Era of Electricity

Avant-garde meets avant-garde. The New York-based limited-edition fashion and art publication Visionaire draws inspiration for its 57th issue from the unique two-seater smart fortwo. "Visionaire2010" is the first plug-in electric issue of the publication. 52 internationally renowned curators and art collectors were recruited to select 365 works of art, making this issue, in the form of an electronic daily calendar, a ground-breaking compendium of contemporary art. The cooperation with Visionaire was motivated by the launch of the second generation of the smart fortwo electric drive.

Visionaire 2010 in collaboration with smart © Visionaire, 2009.
Image on screen: Francesco Vezzoli; Gala Picasso (detail).

The 52 guest curators for “Visionaire2010” include artists like John Baldessari, internationally renowned museum curators like Klaus  Biesenbach (MoMA) or Christine Marcel (Centre George Pompidou), contemporary art collectors like Pharrell Williams, Mario Testino or the architect Zaha Hadid as well as actors Natalie Portman and Tilda Swinton. Fashion designers Raf Simons and Marc Jacobs and Dr. Renate Wiehager, head of the Daimler art collection, are also participating.

www.smart.com
www.visionaireworld.com

Fashion

Movers and Shakers

The new Berlin-based luxury label VONROSEN presents its first clothing line for women and men. David von Rosen, the founder and owner, uses only the finest cashmere and the most exclusive silks to produce luxurious outerwear in the tradition of the best Italian and German craftmanship. VONROSEN is urban and simple-classical - it is a label for "movers and shakers" and a testament to the modern age. Exclusivity is an integral component of its uniqueness, while the clarity of its line and form is an expression of supreme quality. The brand VONROSEN and its customers are bound together in a mutual acknowledgement of quality. VONROSEN's designs cater to the needs of cosmopolitan, fashion-conscious urbanites and emphasize their individualistic, creative and contemporary lifestyle.

www.vonrosen.com

Art

When I Was Little

''While recently visiting my Ma' in Queens I came across some of my old sketch books and earlier work.  I decided to put together a collection of drawings selected from 1998-2009 entitled "When I Was Little".

"Neon Orange Red" 2001. 215 x 135mm.
Pen on paper.

Gio Black Peter (born Giovanni Paolo Andrade Guevara, Guatemala City) is a New York-based multimedia artist and musician. At the age of 5, Black Peter illegally emigrated with his family to the United States and moved to New York City. In 2006, he formed his music band Black Peter Group. He has exhibited his artwork and performed in New York, London,Tokyo, Paris, Berlin and Milan.
Black Peter’s artwork, music and videos often incorporate his experience while living as an outsider in the United States. In addition to his solo project, he collaboraties with artists Slava Mogutin & Brian Kenny as part of the artist group Sputnik 3.

"Gangly?" 2001. 255 x 175 mm.
Mixed media on paper.

"Limp wrist" 2009. 200 x 230 mm.
Pen on paper.

"Squirrel" 2008. 22cm x 28.5cm.
Mixed media on cardboard and aluminum.

Gio Black Peter "When I Was Little" at Werkstattgalerie
Eisenacher Strasse 6
Berlin, Germany
20-08-2009 - 07-09-2009

gioblackpeter.blogspot.com
www.werkstattgalerie.org

Music

Free The Noise

John Varvatos Star USA, SPIN Earth and Island Records select 12 Finalists for
“FREE THE NOISE” A Global Online Search for the Next Great Rock n’ Roll Band.

This week, John Varvatos, along with the contest’s selection committee, narrowed their worldwide search to 12 finalists. These finalists are:

Galeej Gurus, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Howlers, Santiago, Chile
New Holland, Cape Town, South Africa
Oh No Not Stereo, Los Angeles, CA, United States
RadioGram, Tel Aviv, Israel
Reckless Sons, New York, NY, United States
Roxum, Leicester, United Kingdom
Scrambled Eggs, Beirut, Lebanon
TAB the Band, Duxbury, MA, United States
The Bangkok Five, Los Angeles, CA, United States
The Crash Moderns, New York, NY, United States
The Fast Romantics, Calgary, AB, Canada

This battle of the bands continues as John Varvatos and his panel of special guest judges including Perry Farrell, Mick Rock, Doug Brod, L. A. Reid and others, join him in choosing three finalists. On September 15th the top three bands will perform live at 315 Bowery, the former home of CBGB’s, and a winner will be chosen.

www.spinearth.tv/freethenoise

Fashion

Super Store Berlin

Super Store Berlin is about to bring back street style credibility to the city where individuals can shop. Look, dance, chat, have a coffee, or just wonder around looking for a treasure in our selection of 80's vintage and new designer labels by ROBOTSUNITED and RAT DEXTRINO. David, Yam and Asta want to give you the pleasure to razzmattazzz all the way to the cosmic forces. Feeling PYT and funky fresh.

Super Store Berlin
men's & women's vintage
Almstadtstrasse 43 (Ecke Schendelgasse)
Berlin - Mitte
Germany
Monday - Saturday 12 - 8pm

www.myspace.com/superstoreberlin

Fashion

Fashion

Marni's NY
Boutique

Marni is celebrating the opening of its second flagship boutique in New York. Located just off of Madison Avenue at 21 East 67th Street, the new store is a stylized take on a modern art gallery; a reflection of New York’s vibrant and bustling energy.

Consuelo Castiglioni and Sybarite architects transformed this two floor, 2700 square foot former art gallery, using strong lines and abstract shapes to create a playful backdrop of sculptural forms displaying the collection like pieces of art.

In compliment to the shop’s unique character, a special selection of clothing and accessories has been created exclusively for the celebration of the new uptown Marni boutique opening.

www.marni.it

Photography Paul Warchol

Fashion

LICHTING 2009

Ann Boogaerts wins ‘G-Star Raw Talent of the Year Award’

On July 23rd 2009, Flemish Ann Boogaerts won the ‘G-Star Raw Talent of the Year Award’ during LICHTING 2009. In a dazzling show, 14 ‘best graduates’ of 7 prominent Dutch fashion academies showed their 5 best looks. A selection of key players from the fashion industry cast their vote to decide upon who will become the Dutch fashion talent of 2009. Besides the 10,000 euro prize, Boogaerts won an internship in New York during the G-Star show on September 15th.

Flemish winner Ann Boogaerts showcased a collection with bright colors and conceptual shapes based on the Belgian queen Fabiola. Embroideries were added on the back, the waist and on socks. Boogaerts is an ArtEZ (Arnhem) graduate.

LICHTING is an initiative of the Amsterdam International Fashion Week, HTNK fashion recruitment & consultancy, Premsela – Dutch platform for Design and Fashion and G-Star Raw. LICHTING was founded in 2007 to bring young talent and the fashion industry together and it has grown to be the most important prize for young Dutch fashion talent. The concept of LICHTING is simple: the biggest talents of the 7 Dutch fashion academies create one big runway show and the 4 organizers all work together to provide the winner a great start of a promising career.


The international panel of prominent fashion professionals consisted of professor Wendy Dagworthy (former designer, co-founder of the London Fashion Week and head of the School of Fashion and Textiles at London’s Royal College of Art), Garance Doré (illustratrator, writer and photographer for Elle, Vogue, The New York Times Magazine, The Guardian and Le Monde, initiator of the influential fashion blog www.garancedore.fr Susanna Lau (a.k.a. the influential fashion blogger Susie Bubble at Style Bubble stylebubble.typepad.com and online editor for Dazed Digital of Dazed & Confused) and Lucas Ossendrijver (Menswear designer Lanvin).

www.lichting09.nl
www.premsela.org
www.htnk.nl
www.g-star.com

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STAGES
Paris Opening

To heighten global awareness of the cancer burden, Lance has teamed up with Nike to present “STAGES,” an art show that benefits The Lance Armstrong Foundation.

The show unites the worlds of art, philanthropy and sport in a unique celebration of human potential inspired by Lance and dedicated to the fight against cancer. “It will project hope, strength and commitment to millions and carry the LIVESTRONG Global Cancer Campaign all over the world. I am humbled by the effort and energy given by so many to bring STAGES to life,“ said Lance Armstrong.

Carrie Mundane and Théodore Fivel

Nike continues to be a long time supporter of both Lance Armstrong and the Lance Armstrong Foundation, creating the yellow wristband in 2004, which gave global visibility to the foundation. To date there are over 70 million bands that have been worn by supporters throughout the world.

“We’re taking the LIVESTRONG message, which is already in the global lexicon, and giving it a different type of energy and voice. At the same time we’re combining the fight against cancer with sports and art to create a larger community that is aware and engaged in the fight against cancer,” said Mark Parker, CEO & President, Nike Inc.

Dzine and Mark Parker

The show opened to the public on Friday, July 17th following a preview on the 16 for invited guests at the world renowned Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin in Paris.
It will also travel to the United States this fall.

All work is available for purchase with proceeds directly benefiting the Lance Armstrong Foundation.

www.stages09.com

Stefano Pilati and Olivier Zahm

Fashion

Levi's and
Jean Paul Gaultier

Levi's has collaborated with iconic fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier on selected pieces for the Maison Jean Paul Gaultier’s S/S 2010 menswear collection.

The French designer, a loyal Levi's jeans wearer, interpreted the signature Levi's denim styles with his free and iconoclastic touch for Paris Fashion Week. "Levi’s is the American Dream, it’s a myth, it is the original jeans. It was a joy to work on my versions of the 501," said Jean Paul Gaultier.

Four Levi's 501 jeans silhouettes and the classic denim jacket were playfully reconstructed with an eye to some of the familiar themes of the Maison Gaultier production – maritime stripes and bondage. Edited in rigid denim, the famous Levi's ‘Trucker’ jacket was proposed with frontal cut outs and straps, also featured on a pair of 501 jeans.

‘Marinière’ stripes adorned the cuffs of 501 jeans, and exposed selvage run through the side seams of jeans and shorts – in equally pure and uncompromisingly rigid denim.

All the Levi's styles were shown mixed with the elegant, masculine pieces of the designer’s collection for a look that will most likely be embraced by chic women as well. "Levi's is synonymous with authenticity and creativity. Jean Paul Gaultier is one of the purest and brightest design talents in the history of fashion. Naturally, we are delighted to have contributed to his latest collection," says Levi's Europe Senior Vice President and Creative Director You Nguyen.

www.eu.levi.com
www.jeanpaulgaultier.com

Fashion

adidas SLVR
Unlimited Tee

adidas SLVR key item ‘one piece tee’ is being updated for A/W 09 in an unlimited edition: The one piece tee 'Unlimited Edition'. 

The one piece tee 'Unlimited Edition' is cut randomly out of one large panel of fabric. The fabric sheet has a large ‘This is an unlimited Edition’ graphic print, which creates various typographic designs. The cotton tee is made of a minimal stitching around the body, has a single cut neck line, is short sleeved and is available in white and medium grey heather. 

The one piece tee 'Unlimited Edition' is available as of know at a price point of € 59,90. Available at No74 in Berlin, in stand alone stores in Paris, New York, Bangkok and in adidas Brand Centres in Paris and Beijing, as well as in Sport Performance Centre stores in Moscow and Berlin. 

www.shop.adidas.com/SLVR

Fashion

Escada
A View on Fashion: 1978 - 2009

The luxury brand Escada hosted a Pink Party in Berlin on Wednesday, July 1st. Escada AG Chairman Bruno Sälzer invited some 700 guests from the international fashion scene, Berlin society and the worlds of commerce and politics to an event entitled "Escada - A View On Fashion: 1978 – 2009" at the city's Bode Museum. Bar Tausend was the chosen venue for the after-party.

Within the scope of the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Berlin, Escada – one of Germany's best-known names in luxurious womenswear – showcased creations from the past three decades as well as looks from its current 2009 Fall/Winter collection. Sited in the Bode Museum's spectacular domed hall, which was bathed in pink for the event, the presentation spotlighted the 30-year history of the fashion house on 50 mannequins.

www.escada.com

Fashion

Madonna
for Louis Vuitton

Following the success of Louis Vuitton’s Spring/Summer 2009 fashion campaign starring Madonna and photographed by Steven Meisel, artistic director Marc Jacobs was keen to repeat the experience for Fall/Winter, but equally determined to produce something entirely different.

Shot in a New York studio, the Fall/Winter 2009-2010 campaign thus features Madonna in a series of sophisticated portraits reminiscent of the golden age of Hollywood. Inspired by the photographs of Man Ray, who perfected the technique of solarisation, and nodding to the lush colours and sumptuous draperies of paintings of Tamara de Lempicka, the images have a softer, more intimate quality than the previous campaign, while losing nothing of its power to arrest. The advertising campaign will break in the August 2009 issues of magazines worldwide.

www.louisvuitton.com

Fashion

Replay
Creative retail projects

2009 looks set to be a year full of exciting projects for Replay’s Retail arm. Fashion Box, the group behind the iconic denim label, is in fact planning a series of highly original initiatives for its mono-brand stores, all based on the concept of RE-PLAY and the prefix “RE-“, indicating repetition.

With this in mind, “re-elaboration” and “re-making” will be at the centre of 220 mono-brand Replay stores: interior design details and various artistic and cultural initiatives will be brought to life by the philosophy of “reinventing things”, transforming ordinary objects into extraordinary things, looking at the world in close up, through new eyes, promoted by a company whose vision goes way beyond apparel in its desire to represent an authentic lifestyle and adopt a perspective which reflects this historic moment in time.

During Bread & Butter Berlin fair two interesting initiatives will take place in the Berliner Replay Stores. Denim will turn into artist canvas and the result will be a limited edition artwork to wear or to keep forever. After Berlin launch the Re-denim project will move to Paris Rue Etienne Marcel from the 3rd to the 5th of September and then it will reach to Barcelona Paseo De Gracia flagship Store.

Replay Store, Neue Schonhauser Strasse 3-5, 10178 Berlin.

www.replay.it

Fashion

Wrangler Blue Bell

Blue Bell is as beautiful a range of denim clothing as you’re ever likely to find. The collection is influenced by vintage jeans and archive Wrangler designs, but it is also inspired by how we wear denim today. Blue Bell is modern and forward-thinking. Fall/Winter 2009 sees a newly updated Wrangler Jeans site, which also showcases the much anticipated relaunch of the Blue Bell collection.

www.bluebelljeans.com

Fashion

Fashion

Arnhem Fashion Biennale
Magazine

In cooperation with Elsevier Magazine the biggest fashion event in the world Arnhem Mode Biënnale has published a unique fashion magazine focusing on fashion designers and the Fashion Biennale theme SHAPE.

The magazine, released with three different covers, features interviews with the most trend-setting fashion designers in the world including the Rodarte sisters from the US and avant-garde designer Rick Owens. Furthermore Proenza Schouler, Raf Simons (designer for Jil Sander), Klavers van Engelen and revolutionary designer of man's fashion Thom Browne discuss the role of shape in fashion.

The Arnhem Mode Biennale, taking place from 6 June to 6 July in the town centre of Arnhem, The Netherlands.

www.elsevier.nl/amb
www.arnhemmodebiennale.com

Fashion

Belvedere Vodka brings you
Belvedere IX

Belvedere IX (pronounced One-X) is the new luxury spirit from Belvedere that brings the best in vodka quality and innovation to the nightclub scene. ‘With the introduction of Belvedere IX, we have created a new style of vodka. With its distinctive packaging and taste specifically developed to capture the excitement of the night,’ says Charles Gibb, President Millennium - The Vodka and Rum Division of Moet Hennessy.

With the release of IX, Belvedere continues to assert its Luxury Reborn message with powerful references to contemporary culture, as shown in the creation of the packaging. The design is the result of a collaboration with graffiti artist Andre Saraiva, who conceived a new personality to inhabit the Belvedere Palace, Mr IX.

The launchparty took place on May 26, 2009 in Michelberger Hotel in Berlin with music by Kavinsky, Shir Khan and Hugo Kapablanca.

www.belvedereix.com

Fashion

Welcome to Hoganworld.com

It is more than just a website, it’s a universe of its own. To explore its cosmopolitan DNA, Hogan has created an interactive city within a cinematic 3D environment. Using very creative interfaces and a chic monochromatic appeal, Hoganworld.com is a prime example of a retro-modern urban city: cool, stylish and compelling.

Photo credit:
Madonna wearing the anorak jacket (designed by Thakoon) from Hogan SS09 collection.

www.hoganworld.com

Fashion

Adidas Consortium
Kiosk at No74

The second drop of the 3Way Consortium project from Adidas Originals brings together 4 of North America’s most respected sneaker retailers and boutiques to tell their own stories on 5 iconic models from adidas.

Following the basic idea of the Consortium “3Way” concept, a lovely and cheerful wooden shack in the backyard garden of No74 created a perfect backdrop for the very reduced and iconic execution of the presented Consortium sneakers. With its truly unique spirit of an ever evolving patchwork city, Berlin is continuously mixing old and new, style and trash, past and future. The ‘Consortium Pop-Up Kiosk’ at No74 is taking a clear reference to the cities unmatchable and alive spirit.

From now on, the complete collection of all 5 Consortium sneakers will be available at the No74.

Torstrasse 74
10119 Berlin
Germany
www.no74-berlin.com

Fashion

Monki Store
Copenhagen

The first Monki Girl Shop in Denmark opened its doors on May 1st and invites to a magic world.  

The collection is digging the veins of youth culture, the look is inspired by Japanese and European street style. The Monki label is affordable clothing made for people wanting to express who they are through what they wear. Smart indie characters such as Enid and Rebecca in Ghost World, with their unwilling attitude to fit in the crowd, the frustrated Lisbon sisters in The Virgin Suicides, who are struggling with the issues of growing up - they are all blueprints for the Monki feeling. 

The shop in Copenhagen‘s Købmagergade shows the mysterious post-apocalyptic City of Oil and Steel, that is a mysterious place, warm, dark, and biohazardous; filled with dismantled skyscraper parts, strange vegetation, neon, asphalt, and intensely powerful machinery. The Monki shops excite and energize people, such as the collection. There is always a little shock and sense of surprise, when getting in touch with them. 

Monki Girl
Købmagergade 3
1150 Copenhagen
Denmark

www.monkigirl.com 

Photography: Alastair Wiper

Fashion

Tom Ford Beauty

Tom Ford will introduce two new fragrances. In spring 2007, Tom Ford beauty launched twelve groundbreaking unisex fragrances called the private blend collection. This spring, private blend will introduce a new sartorially inspired scent blended exclusively for the new Tom Ford store in Milan. “It’ s a perfume dedicated to a gentleman of the 70’s. A kind of man that is not easy to find anymore”, says Ford. Italian Cypress is a distinctly elegant fragrance that achieves the perfect balance between tradition and innovation. A modern alchemy of woods and resins, it delivers the robust essence of Italian quality and sophistication to the very space we breathe.

The private blend collection welcomes a new addition, an ode to the prized ingredient Champaca Absolute. An unconventional composition in the floral oriental landscape, private blend Champaca Absolute takes a rarely used single note and adds an extraordinary sequence of secondary ingredients to create the sensory equivalent of a decadently layered pastry with many layers of depth and complexity.

www.tomford.com

Fashion

K Karl Lagerfeld
Silver Selvage Jeans

Debutant in the K Karl Lagerfeld collection is a Limited Edition style called Silver Selvage Jeans, a collector’s item created exclusively for those men and women who share Karl Lagerfeld’s fetish for perfect jeans. The silver selvage jeans, based on the ultimate classic 5-pocket fit with a distinct designer touch in the details, is made from custom developed 28’ loom denim fabric with an indigo weave and black weft, and with a silver metallic selvage.

Both the men’s and women’s fit will be produced in a number of 250 worldwide, and comes in a special complimentary bag. This special denim (also called Japanese denim) is spun by hand and is blue on the outside and silver in the inside.

www.karllagerfeld.com

Fashion

Les Colognes
Hermès

With the Colognes collector, Hermès expands a territory of olfactory expression distinguished by simple refinement and authentic responses, and inaugurated back in 1979 with a first eau de Cologne later named Eau d’orange verte. Generous figurative expressionist of immediate pleasure, the Hermès Colognes offer a series of olfactory snapshots steered by the raw material. As perceived by in-house perfumer Jean-Claude Ellena, Hermès establishes its own interpretation of the Cologne style, resulting from the give and take between artistic sensibilities and skilled craftsmanship.

Constructed around Eau d'orange verte and two new creations from Jean-Claude Ellena, perfumer to the House, the Hermès Colognes collection now offers three different fragrances. All three composed on the basis of raw material and a color which refer back to his sources of inspiration, they form a new and still evolving collection.

www.hermes.com

Fashion

Miss Dior
Chérie L’Eau

From 1947 to today, from Miss Dior to Miss Dior Chérie L'Eau, the fragrance has exhibited the same high Couture standards and the same attention to perfect detail. The bow, in white or black silk on the original Miss Dior bottle, depending on the concentration, was cast in metal in a daringly modern spirit for the 2005 Miss Dior Chérie bottle. It reappears, frosted and transparent, on the neck of Miss Dior Chérie L'Eau in 2009. Just like the reinterpretations of Christian Dior's New Look, the Miss Dior Chérie bow has kept pace with the times, changing and growing lighter.

The Essence of L'Eau by François Demachy: "Miss Dior Chérie L'Eau is not a complicated perfume. I find this idea of simplicity appealing. The formula is simple, it evaporates onto the skin simply and it is a perfume of perceptive simplicity. It immediately states what it is: fresh, sparkling, floral and tender."

www.beauty.dior.com

Fashion

Styling
in London

After Tokyo, thecorner.com goes on with its journey around fashion capitals. City after City the windows of thecorner.com have been personalized by the most famous stylists around the world. In this way users can compare different styles and get suggestions for personalizing their look, while mixing items by top designers and enjoying photo shoots created by true style professionals from Milan to London, from Tokyo to Berlin, from Los Angeles to New York.

The first leg of the journey has been Tokyo with the worldwide famous Japanese stylist Tsuyoshi Noguchi. Now the second stop is London and the protagonist is the renowned Nicola Formichetti, Creative director of Dazed & Confused and Fashion director of Vogue Hommes Japan.

For thecorner.com exclusively Nicola has chosen a young photography talent: Brett Lloyd, emerging name in the London scene who has already shot for magazines such i-D and Dazed. The model featuring the shoot is the young fashion icon Jethro Cave, son of musician Nick Cave, already shot by Hedi Slimane and chosen to catwalk during the last Paris Fashion Week.

www.thecorner.com

Fashion

Botanik

Berlin-based label Design Studio presents its Spring/Summer 2009 collection, called BOTANIK. Designer Svenja Specht enjoyed the Botanic Garden in Berlin last summer and got very impressed and excited by the diversity of plants. She wanted to remember all this wonderful and bizarre creations of nature. Specht will definitely go there again this summer...

Photography: Claudia Grassl

www.realitystudio.de

Art

Silent Writings

Easter Island or “Rapa Nui”, located 3500 kilometres off the coast of South America, was discovered on Easter Sunday in 1722 by a Dutch admiral and has since then remained an object of awe and wonder for the world. This tiny 165km2 island, one of the planet’s most isolated territories, is the home of a number of immense statues called Moai. These statues are representations of ancestors turned into protective deities of subsequent generations.

As part of the "Moai: Journey of Light” project, Louis Vuitton will support the establishment of a Rapa Nui Foundation for 2009, to protect and transmit the island's heritage and to support sustainable development on Easter Island. In 2010, the culmination of the project will involve the spiritual odyssey of a Moai, restored on-site and selected by the Rapa Nui people, to central Paris. This Moai, the soul of the Rapa Nui, comes as a messenger of peace, transcending time and borders.

Espace Louis Vuitton, in association with the Moai project, is to inaugurate its next exhibit “Silent Writings”, which will present three glyphic tablets from Easter Island: “Rongo Rongo”. Never having been deciphered to date, these tablets will be presented for the first time outside the Vatican Museum. With these silent writings as a focal point, Espace Louis Vuitton is bringing together the works of contemporary artists providing a series of different perspectives: Impression, Trace, Symbol and Writing. 

"Ecritures Silencieuces" (Silent Writings)
at the Espace Culturel Louis Vuitton
60, rue de Bassano
75008 Paris
France
From March 27th to August 23rd, 2009

www.louisvuitton.com  

Fashion

Many of Them

Under the title Many of Them a new publication was born. It was made during 2008 as the result of the admiration for an analytical interest in the publishing world and its structure. From the concept of self-edition and throughout ten chapters, the publication establishes a photographic tour around the fashion world and its language. An unconventional view, whose result is this book. The publication has a limited edition of 1,000 signed copies and it can be found at selected stores. The book can also be ordered, while it is still available, at the studio.

The story in ten chapters
Stephan Schneider: Scientific Theory of Culture / Pelican Avenue: The Last Part of the Cycle Fiction / The White Cape: Sustaining the Future / The Creation of New Worlds: Races, Types and Ethnic Groups / Raf Simons: Material World / Antony Hegarty: Voice One / Bernhard Willhelm: A Photographic Testimony Between and Beyond Science and Art / Eleonora Salvatore: More than a Pretty Face / Sophie Auster: Good Bless America / Hermann Fankhauser: The Man Who Found The Missing Link.

Ten brands around the world
Raf Simons / Veronique Branquinho / Bless / Cosmic Wonder Light Source / Zero Maria Cornejo / Zucca Cabane De Zucca / Bernhard Willhelm / Toga / Pelican Avenue / Fabrics Interseason.

Ten multibrand stores around the world
Seven New York / Opening Ceremony / Kronkron / Debut / Park / Paris Texas / Heimat / Song / Persuade / B Store.

www.antoniomacarrostudio.com 

Fashion

P!nk for PETA

For the first time ever, Pink and Ricky Gervais have teamed up: In a provocative new ad campaign for PETA, the pair provide the voices for computer-generated animals who make their edgy case that exotic skins and fur belong on their original owners.

In the 30-second TV spot, the Grammy-winning singer and top funnyman "appear," respectively, as a skinned alligator and a rabbit who has had his coat stolen and demand their skins back from a couple retrieving a bag and a jacket from a coat check. As the alligator (Pink) says, no matter what someone pays for clothing and accessories made from animals, it's the animals who have "paid a lot more!"

www.peta.org.uk





Fashion

Eley Kishimoto
for Eastpak SS09

This SS09 Eastpak unveils its latest designer collaboration with the ‘patrons of print’ the London based design house Eley Kishimoto. Eastpak has become well known for its innovative creative pairings and for hosting a wide range of prints and colourways in its own collections so, partnering with this world class design house is a perfect match. Eley Kishimoto create enticing prints that truly set trends across the globe. As well as running their eponymous label, Mark Eley and Wakako Kishimoto are also the Creative Directors for Cacharel.

For this collaboration, the iconic Eley Kishimoto Flash print has been used in three colourways (blue, red, black) across three of Eastpaks classic and most popular styles (Padded Pak’r, Delegate, The One), resulting in nine unique products. Each product will be made in a limited edition run of 1000 units that will be individually numbered and signature labelled.

www.eastpak.com

Art

6+. Antwerp Fashion

In cooperation with the MoMu - Fashion Museum Province of Antwerp, Tokyo Opera City Cultural Foundation is organising the exhibition ‘6+. Antwerp Fashion’ in the Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery.

‘6+. Antwerp Fashion’ originally took place from January till June 2007 at ‘De Loketten’ in Brussels and was initiated by the MoMu - Fashion Museum Province of Antwerp and the Flemish Parliament. From 11 April through 28 June, this exhibition travels to Japan, where it will be officially opened on April 10th, 2009.

6+, referring to ‘The Six of Antwerp’, describes the international success story of Antwerp fashion. ‘The Six’ - Ann Demeulemeester, Dries Van Noten, Walter Van Beirendonck, Dirk Van Saene, Dirk Bikkembergs and Marina Yee - have been well-known in the world of fashion since the beginning of the 80s.

6+. Antwerp Fashion
Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery
3-20-2 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
163-1403 Japan

www.momu.be
www.operacity.jp/ag  

Fashion

Standard Supply

For the Spring Summer 09 season, Marc by Marc Jacobs launches the Standard Supply Overlay collection, reworking the iconic Standard Supply group in a new fabrication.

The very soft, feminine floral print, as featured in the ready to wear collection, is interpreted in a very utilitarian way - Adopting a unique technique, the floral print fabric is overlaid with a frosted finish rubber quality material. Contrasting with the romantic softness of the floral print, the shapes and the rubber material bring a more functional and tough feel to the collection.

Available in Stormy Grey Multi or Bamboo Tan Multi, starting from April 2009.

www.marcjacobs.com

Art

The Fringe Projects

The Danish fashion designer Henrik Vibskov and the Swedish graphic designer Andreas Emenius have worked together for several years on a ten-part project entitled Fringe Projects incorporating performance, magazines, video works and fashion designs. The title refers to the fact that the projects are carried out in the margins of both designer’ disciplines and are executed in a variety of (mixed) media. The title should also be taken literally: hair fringes are central to each of the projects. Nine of the projects have already been completed and have been exhibited in Milan, Zurich and Copenhagen. The tenth project will be realised in the Zeeuws Museum and will be Vibskov and Emenius’ first project in the Netherlands.

The Fringe Projects
28 February – 7 June 2009

Zeeuws Museum
Abdij (plein)
4331 BK, Middelburg
The Netherlands
www.zeeuwsmuseum.nl
www.henrikvibskov.com

Fashion

Les Hommes on thecorner.com

Les Hommes arrives on the Web on thecorner.com, the new virtual “department store” launched by YOOX Group featuring the latest collections from cutting-edge international designers and a selection of hard to find Italian brands – many of them appearing online for the first time.

Les Hommes debuts online with its first virtual shop stocked with a wide selection of suits, coats, jackets, shirts and accessories: a custom-made “corner” that reaches a larger fashion-savvy audience and provides a unique way of connecting to the fans of the Belgian brand. In March the S/S 2009 collection will be available online: inspired by frequent and long trips throughout the Far East and a shared passion for Quentin Tarantino’s visionary stories, the two designers of Les Hommes mix modernity and traditional culture this season, creating a collection that exudes contemporaneity.

www.thecorner.com 

Fashion

An Epic Space

The new Sisley campaign for spring/summer 2009 leaves the ordered atmosphere of the photo studio and ventures out into the wide-open spaces of the South African desert.

Seen, for the third season, through the lens of Camilla Akrans, the campaign centres around a few concrete elements: the bodies, a gilded frame, the sand. Everything else is non-material and variable: the light, the sky, the space. At the heart of it all, the Sisley's styles play the starring role.

www.sisley.com

Fashion

BALLY opens Online Store

"I really wanted the intrinsic DNA of the SS09 Season to be quite 'private'; for the pieces to offer a kind of secret pleasure, so throughout the collection the greatest care has been poured into every detail, the materials, stitching, hard-ware, linings, and finishing, to create elegant classic pieces that you want to keep with you wherever you go". Brian Atwood, Creative Director Bally.

Bally.com reflects the effortlessly elegant style of the traditional Bally stores, while at the same time creating an entirely new shopping experience. The warmth and sophisticationof the Bally boutiques will be re-interpreted for the shop online, with a focus on showcasing the high quality craftsmanship Bally is renown for.

January 2009 ­ Bally announces the opening of its online store; from mid February 2009, it will be possible to purchase men¹s and women¹s shoes, bags and small leather goods, by simply connecting to the website.

www.bally.com

Fashion

Diva tasting

The new Fornarina Spring/Summer 2009 advertising campaign illustrates overwhelmingly feminine images in which Lindsay Lohan, the Hollywood celebrity testimonial of the brand, is the main protagonist.

Young, beautiful, eclectic, with great talent and a great personality, Lindsay Lohan immediately appeared as one of the few in the show-biz able to represent the glamorous style of Fornarina.
The unmistakable personality of Fornarina, the fascination of Lindsay Lohan and the intense light of Los Angeles that overflows the Stahl House, one of the most exclusive locations in Hollywood, have rendered it possible to have an extraordinary photographic campaign that expresses in the most absolute way, the DNA of the brand.

www.fornarina.com

Fashion

Nice Bad Boy

For his 5th collection Vincent Schoepfer re-invents the classy codes of masculine wardrobe. He adds some sporty influences for a colorful, funny, and a touch of fresh elegance for people who know what means Good Boy! Vincent Schoepfer creates new standards with his bow ties on tone with the English cotton poplin shirts , the overshirts or the starched shirts in pastel colors for a childhood inspiration. According to Vincent Schoepfer the nice bad boy would be the kind to wear a teddy jacket with a pink lining, on an acid strippy vest and a nonchalant dungarees. For the ideal son in law, the jumpers in fine Merinos or cotton and cashmere will make great and sophisticated impression.
Vincent Schoepfer is sold in different stores specialized in designers in France and abroad.

www.vschoepfer.com

Fashion

YSL's Palette de Couleur

Zoo loves the new Yves Saint Laurent mini bags and small leather goods collection. Original and affordable, these accessories are available in Yves Saint Laurent stores. This special collection includes a range of accessories and mini handbags, available in black, white and bright patent leather colors. The price range is between 95 and 695 euro.

www.ysl.com

Fashion

Luxury Leftism

The Michalsky Spring/Summer 2009 collection is heavily inspired by the 40th anniversary of the summer of '68, the 25th anniversary of the german green party and the protest-rally-culture of Berlin. In particular the annual May 1st protests and riots that turn berlin into a battle zone. It’s about millionaire hippies, champagne-socialists and how eco has become the new status symbol. It’s luxury leftism! Of course it’s all tongue in cheek!

Michael Michalsky is using iconic graphics of the protest rally heydays, such as “No blood for oil,” “Nuclear energy? No!” and several other graphics of the early 80’s peace movement. In addition they are working with futuristic hippie prints on silk and denim. This season will be loud, proud and super cool.

www.michalsky.com 

Fashion

Burberry re-opens in London

Burberry just re-opened its renovated Knightsbridge store in London, a 11,000 square foot store, located on Brompton Road. The store showcases men’s and women’s ready-to-wear from the Burberry Prorsum and Burberry London collections as well as sport and childrenswear collections. A full assortment of accessories including bags, jewellery and shoe collections are also available in the store. The store re-opens with the new store design concept developed by Burberry Creative Director Christopher Bailey and is the first Burberry store in the UK to re-open with the new distinctly British aesthetic, which embodies the energy and attitude of the brand.

BURBERRY
2 Brompton Road
Knightsbridge 
London SW1

www.burberry.com

Art

Metal Postcard-Mittageisen

For the group exhibition Metal Postcard – Mittageisen 17 artists were asked to contribute a work that is assembled or reflects the means of montage. The work could be executed in any medium, including video, installation, animation, printing, drawing, sculpture, painting, and photography. The title of the show is taken from the song of the same name by the punk band Siouxsie and the Banshees which was released as a single in 1979 and was written in dedication to John Heartfield (1891 - 1968). The song Metal Postcard refers to Heartfield’s photomontage Hurrah, die Butter ist alle (1934). The photomontage, published as the cover page for the Arbeiter Illustrierte Zeitung, shows a National Socialist family eating iron: bicycle handlebars, axes, weights. With it, Heartfield was reacting parodistically to a quote from Hermann Göring: “Iron has always made an empire strong, butter and schmalz have at best made a people fat.”  

December 6th 2008 - January 23rd 2009

SEPTEMBER
Charlottenstraße 1
10969 Berlin

www.september-berlin.com

Fashion

Security Control

The new D&G Time and D&G Jewels ad was born from the creative idea of Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, with the art direction of Mario Testino.

The film is shot in Paris, in Charles de Gaulle Airport. The French international hub represents the perfect setting to emphasize the unmistakable and glamorous style of D&G Time and D&G Jewels.

The desire to own and wear Time and Jewels is the theme of the story. The attachment to the D&G style is so strong that the young couple starring in the ad try to elude the conventional airport safety measures so that they can avoid parting with their D&G Time and D&G Jewels.

The D&G Time and D&G Jewels ad will be aired on all the main global television channels until Christmas 2008.

To watch the ad, click here.
 

Fashion

Quinny by Henrik Vibskov U.S. Launch

Taking its stylish diversity to the next level, Europe’s leading brand in innovative strollers celebrated the U.S. launch of its Limited Edition: ‘Quinny by Henrik Vibskov’ on Wednesday, November 19 in New York.

Internationally renowned Danish fashion designer, musical artist and film maker Henrik Vibskov designed this exclusive collection with the boundless imagination of children in mind. This unusual collaboration resulted in a line that’s daring, exciting and totally fun!

The ‘Quinny by Henrik Vibskov’ collection will be available in January 2009 at a very select number of leading fashion retailers worldwide, including Seven New York, SPRMRKT (Amsterdam) and Henrik Vibskov’s multi-brand store in Copenhagen.

Joseph Quartana from Seven New York had this to say: “As you know I’m completely NOT into anything ‘baby’, but my heart absolutely melted when I saw this exhibition in Copenhagen over the summer and I felt that I simply had to share this with New York and all the soon to be mom’s out there. I mean, who would not want to push their toddler around in a space-pod buggy. Plus Quinny's quality is second to none, so you can rest assured the buggies are ultra safe.”

www.quinnydesign.com

Art

The Book of Olga

French photographer Bettina Rheims's sexiest book ever: daring portraits of a gorgeous woman commissioned by her millionaire husband. Limited to 1,000 copies worldwide, each numbered and signed by Bettina Rheims.

www.taschen.com

Fashion

HUGO BOSS Store New York

HUGO BOSS recently opened a store at 401 West 14th Street that features an absolutely unique interior design and merchandising concept created exclusively for the location.

Inspired by the special flair of the Meatpacking District, a design was developed in conjunction with star Italian architect Matteo Thun which integrates harmoniously into the streetscape yet makes its own standout statement. For the first time the highlights from all the HUGO BOSS men's and women's collections will be showcased jointly here in the 350m2 venue. The result is a distinctive, boutique-like environment that fuses the brand worlds of HUGO and the diverse BOSS lines into a "total look."

HUGO BOSS Store
Meatpacking District
401 West 14th Street
New York City

www.hugoboss.com

Art

Anyone but me, Anywhere but here

The project "Anyone but me, Anywhere but here" has been built on the relationship and the sometimes disloyal exchange between past and present and shows the fascination for objects, the propensity towards reason and connections as well as the motivation to always create new situations and change the natural order of things.

Starting from a missing scene in Antonioni's film "The Eclipse", Olivia Mihaltianu, visual artist, and Olah Gyarfas, the designer of cutting-edge label Rozalb de Mura are revealing a private world, a laboratory of life-style and holiday culture.

Anyone but me, Anywhere but here
until 9th of November 2008

Contemporary Art Gallery of the
National Brukenthal Museum
6, Tribunei Street
Sibiu, Romania

www.brukenthalmuseum.ro

Art

A Little Piece of Mind

A Little Piece of Mind is a project created and curated by Design and Branding Studio–Marque. Across three studio locations- Glasgow, London and New York- one of the constant objectives of Marque is to bring and develop a dedicated craft in design. Often this has meant commissioning specialized craft practitioners and artisans. Or wherever possible, collaborating with those in the creative arts who share and express this type of approach.

Over the past 6 months, for the Little Piece of Mind project, the studios have identified, commissioned and briefed several of the leading local exponents of Quilting to create a series of Contemporary Quilts. In Spring 09, after this process is completed, the quilts will be exhibited, firstly in London, then in New York and Glasgow. The exhibitions will culminate in the quilts being auctioned. The sales proceeds will be donated equally between two charities who are committed to confronting and preventing homelessness, in each of the three cities in which Marque live and work: Shelter in London and Glasgow and The Bowery Mission in New York City.

Some of the people who have already supported the project and sent in works include; Rankin, Daisy and Poppy De Villeneuve, Bill Amberg, DJ Producer Howie B, Boudicca, Nell Bell Design, Damien Poulain, Tom Dixon, tailor Timothy Everest and Brit artist Gavin Turk.

www.alittlepieceofmind.org

Fashion

Line 12

Maison Martin Margiela creates its first collection of fine Jewellery, bearing the number 12, completing the various Maison Martin Margiela’s lines.

The collection is the result of the creative collaboration between Maison Martin Margiela and the Damiani Group, one of the most renowned Italian jewellery manufacturers worldwide. Since 1924, Damiani has perpetuated the knowledge of the Italian fine jewellery tradition, combining craftmen’s work expertise, high quality materials, exclusive design and innovative technology.

The collection of 14 items will be available from November 2008 only in Maison Martin Margiela shops as well as in an exclusive selection of fashion retailers throughout the world.

www.maisonmartinmargiela.com

Art

The Kiss of Wine

Who blew the first kiss: Dom Pérignon or Sylvie Fleury? Whoever it was, the glamorous encounter between Sylvie Fleury and Dom Pérignon has now been sealed by a kiss, giving birth to a limited edition for Dom Pérignon.

The “Stolen kisses” giftbox, edited in 999 copies, contains two elegant large glasses, numbered and signed by Sylvie Fleury, and a bottle of Dom Pérignon Rosé Vintage 1998. By imprinting a pair of lips on elegant wine glasses, Sylvie Fleury has found a new way of expressing through art the essence of the legendary wine whose creation has been associated with Pierre Pérignon since 1668.
“Dom Pérignon is my favourite champagne,” she declares with a certain mischievious glint in her eye. With its powers of seduction and vivacious sensuality, the kiss sets life ablaze, like the eternal youth of the Rosé itself.

www.domperignon.com

Music

1000 Robota

A few short and crazy months after the release of their first EP “Hamburg brennt”, 1000 Robota are back with their first full length release: “Du nicht er nicht sie nicht” (“Not You Not Him Not Her”). Although these kids sing in their native German, the band has already played sold out solo gigs in London clubs, had a feature in Zoo Magazine, a write-up in the NME and loads of praise from everyone including bands like the Klaxons and The Horrors. And that’s not to mention the frenzy they’ve created in their homeland, Germany.

Hm. Weird. What is it about these guys that makes them special even to an English crowd who don’t understand a word of what they’re singing/shouting about? Maybe it’s the almost primal energy that comes from the band’s recordings and especially live shows which speak of the anger, frustration, dreams and ideals that are universally understood by everyone who’s ever been young and restless.

Anton Spielmann (18, guitar and vocals), Sebastian Muxfeldt (17, bass) and Jonas Hinnerkort (18, drums and vocals) had been playing mindless band battles in and around their hometown Hamburg’s St. Pauli district when they got picked up by the folks at tapete records, one of Germany’s premier independent record labels, in 2007. Since then, everything went berserk. Taking time off from an already punishing live schedule, “Du nicht er nicht sie nicht” was recorded mostly live at Clouds Hill Studios in Hamburg in the space of 10 days, in between school and still more live gigs. The album is loud, aggressive and alarmingly direct. The 10 songs are unlike anything heard in Indie-land at this point. Simply no one sounds like them.

www.1000robota.de

Music

A Decade of Beats and Spaces

In 1998 the Red Bull Music Academy was founded as a platform for those who shape our musical future. Since then, it has brought its unique symposium of knowledge and good musical vibes to cities like Melbourne, New York, Sao Paulo, Cape Town and Barcelona, where it’s currently in session for its tenth anniversary edition. As every year, it goes down like this: a group of 60 aspiring producers, instrumentalists and vocalists, hailing from 36 different countries and selected from thousands of worldwide applicants, zooms into town. For one month they’ll learn from the pioneers of today’s club sonics, swap musical visions in one of the 12 studios set up for the occasion, and take those new-found influences directly to the heart of the city, as they perform in clubs and public spaces around town every night. When in Barcelona, make sure to check out free gigs by Berlin’s dub techno godfather Moritz von Oswald and reggae dons Sly & Robbie (at the medieval Placa del Rei), or drum ‘n’ bass ambassador Goldie who’ll bump heads with the new school of London wunderkind producers, Skream and Benga. For daily updates, videos, blog bits and exclusive radio shows, check www.redbullmusicacademy.com.

Term I (30 participants):
September 21st – October 3rd

Term II (30 participants):
October 12th – October 24th

Fashion

A Direction Driven Autumn/Winter 2008 Collection

Cupcakes, artists and the everyday mundane are a hint of the creative preamble that led to COS’ design-astute autumn/winter 2008 collection. Placing an individualist spin on accessible garments for men and women, COS conjures new silhouettes for autumn’s ‘proper dress’ look. Four key trends (Everyday Poetry, Acid Icing, New Arts and Crafts and Colour Couture) encompass the fashion gamut: from the humble cardigan to the haute coat.

www.cosstores.com

Fashion

Candy Box

A candy box for the opening of the new Kenzo George V boutique in Paris.

Kenzo is celebrating the opening of its new 500m flagship store on the Avenue George V, a few steps from the Champs Elysées, with an array of coloured sweets.

Candy Box by Kenzo is a very limited series of evening bags sold exclusively in the new George V boutique to celebrate its opening.

Metallic contours which recall the structure of the building at 49-51 Avenue George V gives the bag a very futuristic design.
Available in the colours of the Défilé Fall/Winter 2008/2009 Collection by Antonio Marras, the candy box comes with two elasticised wrist holds in two different colours, to change according to ones humour and… the party!

ADDRESS
Boutique KENZO
49-51 avenue George V
75008 Paris
France
T: +33 14 723 3349

Kenzo Défilé AW 2008 VIDEO

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www.kenzo.com

Fashion

Well-Heeled

Jimmy Choo unveils its Autumn/Winter 2008 advertising campaign shot by New York based fashion photographer Terry Richardson, renowned for his wildly vivacious work, and featuring dynamic beauty, American supermodel, Angela Lindvall. The images encapsulate the thrill and glamour of the new collection, worn by a woman who lives the life she dares. The gilt and marble splendour of the newly renovated Plaza Hotel on Central Park in New York, provides the setting for the campaign. It takes the shape of a montage of ‘moments,’ as seen unfolding in the course of one night.

The campaign will launch in August books in America and the United Kingdom. Additionally, it will run during the season throughout Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

www.jimmychoo.com

 

Fashion

C’N’C CoSTUME NATIONAL FW 2008/2009 Ad Campaign

Six girls and five young men aged between 17 and 29 from different countries and cultures, interpret Autumn/Winter 2008/2009 by C’N’C CoSTUME NATIONAL. The protagonists of the new advertising campaign were chosen this year again on MySpace through a  web casting. The campaign was photographed by  Stefan Ruiz in New York in a former factory with an authentically downtown flavour.

The result is an encounter with iconic personalities who are highly representative of what we have defined the “PLUG GENERATION.” A young and dynamic world, immersed in the present, which lives and grows in a fluid and stimulating “virtual” reality. It is a generation that speaks a language made up of synthetic signs, which uses the Web to feed ideas and develop its network of acquaintances.

“This is the second season that I have used this approach to relate the style of C’N’C CoSTUME NATIONAL and the desire has arisen in me to transform my work into an experiment in sociology. I would like to go to a different city each season and thus have an international map of styles, personalities and anecdotes about the PLUG GENERATION. To pick up information linked to the origin and culture of young people and how they relate to one another, to the street culture they refer to, so that I can offer designs that are always topical and contextualized,” comments Ennio Capasa. ”We are also documenting this work with a film by  Emmanuelle Mottaz which will tell the story of this generation in images.”

The press and outdoor campaigns start at the same time, with a layout inspired by that on MySpace with the online competition: “Give a look to the C’N’C PLUG GENERATION.” Ennio Capasa invites all the young people who feel part of this reality to interpret, through a photo, a graphic design, a video or a sculpture, the slogan C’N’C PLUG GENERATION.

The best works will be on the catwalk in February, during the Milan fashion week.

www.cnc-costumenational.com/contest

Fashion

G-Star Raw Nights

 
On the evening of June 4, 2008, international denim specialist G-Star launched its first U.S. based Raw Night - an unprecedented event merging the world of fashion, art, design, music and film. The U.S. inauguration of the brand's global initiative was held at its Los Angeles showroom and the adjoining car park. The international guests from different fields were welcomed into an environment with G-Star's unique signature style, showcasing a plethora of designed objects, which reflect the brand's progressive visual communication. Following his spoken poetry performance during the G-Star runway show at New York Fashion Week last February, legendary Raw Icon Dennis Hopper curated G-Star's unparalleled event. The evening's opening centered around the car park's interior buildings where Hopper unveiled a series of iconic billboard art, demonstrating the actor's intrinsic eye for designed drama. An original short film by Hopper titled "Homeless" which chronicles the aspirations of a homeless woman and her desire to realize the unexpected career of a pole dancer, was projected to the crowd from the trunk of a classic Cadillac. Further additions to the program included son Henry Hopper's "live art recycling" initiative featuring a transformation of found objects and G-Star denim - an artistic tribute to the evening's progressive movement. DJ Samantha Ronson set the sound, spinning tunes from an eclectic musical universe - energizing a crowd brought together by their artistic passion. Notable attendees: Dennis Hopper, Henry Hopper, Samantha Ronson, Lindsay Lohan, Pink, Dwight Yoakam, Maria Bello, Anthony LaPaglia, Mariel Hemingway, Glenn Matlock, Fairuza Balk, Ileana Douglas, Jackie Warner, Tarina Tarantino, Bai Ling Driven by forbidden combinations and a natural connection to the worlds of art, design, music and film, G-Star seeks unexpected and original talent to curate its global Raw Nights - offering artists from different scenes a platform to interact in a direct way with the audience. Previous Raw Nights were celebrated in Tokyo and attracted curators such as celebrated photographer Hiromix, iconic pop band Duran Duran and legendary Japanese artists KCO & DJTK (aka Tetsuya Komuro).

www.g-star.com
 

Fashion

Guerilla Shopping with Comme des Garçons

Comme des Garçons recently opened up its first Guerrilla Store in the United State, in downtown Los Angeles. The space, a former bank, feels more like a kitchen or a walk-in refrigerator. It will be open for one year and will stock both old and new Comme des Garçons collections including a few limited edition pieces made exclusively for the store by proprietors Brett Westfall and Tak. Both owners have strong interest in skateboarding and fixed gear bicycles. Some special items for the shop will be a CDG Guerrilla store skateboard and T-shirts, shoes such as Vans and Converse, and many more fun items relating to the culture of LA and California. The store will also carry Westfall's brand, Unholy Matrimony and jewelry by Sonia Boyajlan. Rei Kawakubo has also made tops for her CDG collection out of Westfall's paintings.

Comme des Garçons Guerrilla Store
125 West 4th Street
Suite 106
Los Angeles, California 90013
Open MON-SAT 12h-20h SUN 12h-18h

www.guerrilla-store.com

Music

Interview: Ozark Henry

Musician, fashion icon, father – Ozark Henry does it all. Born into a musical family (Henry's father is a classical composer), the Belgian artist became aware of his love for music at a very young age, but it wasn't until his mid-twenties and the release of his debut record, 'I'm Seeking Something That Has Already Found Me', (praised by none other than David Bowie) that he turned into a fully fledged star. ZOO met up with Ozark Henry, real name Piet Goddaer, just days before he started touring the BeNeLux, to talk about living in a small town, Ann Demeulemeester and his seventh studio album, 'Stay Gold'.

ZOO: How old were you when you started making music?
OH: It all happened by chance. When I was young, we had to do civil service. I did it in a theatre company where I made some music, just to help them out. And then that music got great reviews, and other theatre companies said: "Who made that? We want him to work for us!" Later on, I worked for some big theatre companies in Amsterdam, and one night an international A&R was at a venue where my music was being played, and he liked it. He wanted to meet me and talk about what I was doing. He also asked if I was interested in making an album. That's when I rolled into it – at the age of 26.

ZOO: 'Stay Gold' is your seventh studio album. How is it different from your previous work? And what was the main inspiration behind it?
OH: Well, it's different and yet very similar to how I started out 17 or 18 years ago. I moved to a small costal town in 2011, to an old house with a great atmosphere. I installed a studio in the house and thought: "This is a great place to make music." Then I started recording ideas and soon realised that those ideas were not just a blueprint for what could be an album – it was something that was already finished.

ZOO: How did you come up with the concept behind the atmospheric video for 'I'm Your Sacrifice', the lead single from 'Stay Gold'?
OH: Since I'd made the album on my own, the way I used to do it, I had this refreshing feeling – as if this was my first album. All those emotions came back. When I first started out, I didn't have the time or the opportunity to make my own artwork or think about the videos. I had so much fun making 'Stay Gold' that I wanted to do everything for the album myself, so that it would be obvious that it was all part of the same universe. And because I'm not a filmmaker, I decided to make something that I could control, so I made the video with my iPhone.

ZOO: Really?
OH: Yes, I even wrote a simple script. The video was actually made in the coastal town where I live, so I knew a lot of places where I could shoot. And that was really cool because even in Italy, for instance, the video was the most played video for weeks, even on TV. Considering that I made it with my iPhone...

ZOO: Is there a link between fashion and music?
OH: Sure, because everything is about perception. What you wear is how you express your identity. It should be something that makes you feel comfortable, that gives you confidence.

ZOO: Can you tell us about your collaboration with Ann Demeulemeester?
OH: They knew me as a customer for some time and started helping out, so that I would have unique pieces. They know their craft so well. And I've been a fan for a long time, and it just led to a relationship which has become something really beautiful.

ZOO: You seem to harbour very warm feelings towards them.
OH: Yes. The work is so close to my identity, and she's so loved and respected around the whole world. It's like travelling with your family all the time, you know? It makes me feel very confident wherever I go and gives a safe feeling. Sometimes it's a big effort to get the energy needed to perform, so that really helps. I always have strong emotions when I think about her. And the people who work there. They're wonderful people, very passionate about something they've been doing for such a long time in such a fantastic way. And to be part of that is also great.

ZOO: What's next for you?
OH: 'Stay Gold' finally comes out in Holland – although it's so close to Belgium, it's been one of the last countries in Europe to release the album. I'll be touring the BeNeLux because I have a strong fan base here, and I really want to thank my fans for the support I've had for many years.

www.ozarkhenry.com

Travel

Hotel Zoo, Berlin

Berlin's Hotel Zoo has re-opened its doors following a massive two-year renovation. With 145 rooms and suites and splendid interiors courtesy of acclaimed American designer Dayna Lee, the legendary hotel, first opened in 1911, is ready to once again shine in full splendour.

Today, the newly-reborn residence boasts a plethora of welcoming relaxation areas: a rooftop terrace, the atmospheric 'Grace Bar', a winter garden and the 'Living Room' – an awe-inspiring space with decadent floor-to-ceiling windows and plush furniture. Thanks to Ms. Lee's sophisticated eye for detail, luxury design elements such as a jade-coloured carpet by Diane von Fürstenberg and Maison Martin Margiela-designed room accents add the perfect finishing touches to Hotel Zoo's magnetic ambience.

www.hotelzoo.de

Fashion

ESCADA Spring/Summer 2015 Eyewear Collection

For the upcoming season, ESCADA delivers tonnes of beautiful styles to adorn your eyes with. Intricate gold details and glamorous patterns permeate this sophisticated yet youthful offering. Cat-eye and butterfly-shaped, the designs excite with expressive colours and fluid lines, making for a feminine and playful collection. And, fear not, there's definitely a pair for every occasion. Good luck picking just one.

www.escada.com

Art

Voices from the Underground at London's Institute of Contemporary Arts

Andrey Silvestrov: A House on Furmanny, 2010

In 1991, the USSR ceased to exist. In the years leading up to the dissolution, perestroika and glasnost, the reformatory policies initiated by Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, paved the way for a relaxation of rules and minimised censorship.

Yet little is known about the artistic climate in the Soviet Union during this historical period. Voices from the Underground, a one-day film event hosted by film programmer Olya Borissova and writer, curator and consultant Anya Harrison, explores perestroika's impact on cultural happenings and provides a glimpse into art movements sweeping the Union more than 20 years ago.

The screening of the three films – Timur Novikov: Zero Object, A House on Furmanny and USSR Art – will be followed by a panel discussion.

Voices from the Underground: 15 November, 2014 at the ICA, London

www.ica.org.uk

Alexander Shein: Timur Novikov: Zero Object, 2014

Alexander Shein: Timur Novikov: Zero Object, 2014

Fashion

New Address for Prada in Hamburg

Prada has relocated to the most prestigious shopping destination in Hamburg. The new 32 Neuer Wall spot was designed by architect Roberto Baciocchi and houses ready-to-wear women's and men's collections as well as accessories, footwear and leather goods.

The two-level 320 square metre store boasts Prada's signature black-and-white marble flooring (in addition to dark wooden floors), huge windows overlooking the Bleichenfleet canal and sleek furniture; polished steel accents complete the enticing interiors. On the ground floor, the most sophisticated male customers' needs will be taken care of in the private Made-to-Measure room. A black marble staircase leads to an area where women's clothing and footwear are displayed.

www.prada.com

Art

BALLY & Modernism at Art Basel – Miami Beach

Bally continues its travelling modernist exhibition, sub-called 'Triangle Walks', at Art Basel, Miami. From 4 – 7 December 2014, the Swiss leather goods brand will present the fully renovated Jean Prouvé house, thus celebrating the historical construction's 70th anniversary. Also on show will be Bally's noteworthy collection of modernist furniture as well as exclusive new pieces by Zak Kitnick and the French design duo Kolkoz.

Speaking about the 6x9 Jean Prouvé house, Frédéric de Narp, CEO of the company, said, “Bally is very proud to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Jean Prouvé house, a masterpiece of architecture, created in 1944 upon request of the French government after the war, to relocate victims of the bombings in Lorraine, at Bally we call it the “House of Hope”. The values that links Bally to Jean Prouvé et Pierre Jeanneret are their creativity, ingenuity and humanism.”

www.bally.com

Art

Frieze London 2014

Robert Mapplethorpe: Lisa Lyon, 1981 (courtesy of Alison Jacques Gallery)

Art lovers, behold: Frieze London is just around the corner. The 12th annual contemporary art fair, staged by the founders of frieze magazine, Amanda Sharp and Matthew Slotover, will once again take place in London's Regent's Park and place 162 of the world's leading art galleries under one (temporary) roof. Participants include such recognised institutions as Alison Jacques, Gagosian Gallery, Sadie Coles HQ and Pace Gallery. For the third time, Frieze London will coincide with Frieze Masters, a presentation dedicated to art made before the year 2000. This year also sees the introduction of Live, an event showcasing cutting-edge performance-based installations.

Frieze London: 15–18 October 2014

friezelondon.com

Saul Fletcher: Untitled #295 (LBC), 2014 (courtesy of Alison Jacques Gallery)

Ian Kiaer: Tooth House, cabinet frame, 2014 (courtesy of Alison Jacques Gallery)

Robert Mapplethorpe: Leg, 1983 (courtesy of Alison Jacques Gallery)

Fernanda Gomes: Untitled, 2013 (courtesy of Alison Jacques Gallery)

Fashion

Bottega Veneta Cruise 2014/2015 Campaign

Bottega Veneta has unveiled the first image from its Cruise 2014/2015 campaign. Shot on location in the New York Botanical Garden by acclaimed American art photographer Ryan McGinley, the dreamy campaign will feature both women's and men's collections.

McGinley, who at the mere age of 25 became one of the youngest artists to have a solo exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art, is the latest photographer to collaborate with the Italian luxury goods company. Previous collaborators include such outstanding artists as David Sims, Nick Knight, Nan Goldin, Peter Lindbergh and Annie Leibovitz.

www.bottegaveneta.com

Fashion

Boris Bidjan Saberi Opens New York Flagship

Barcelona-based luxury brand Boris Bidjan Saberi opened its first standalone location during New York Fashion Week. Situated in Lower Manhattan, the roomy 2,100 square foot space was custom-designed, creating a unique and intimate atmosphere.

The modern spot houses the most complete stock of Boris Bidjan Saberi's men's and women's ready-to-wear collections and accessories. Beloved pieces such as the J1 Oiled Bock Leather Jacket and Waxed/Pressed/Resinated Jeans are available exclusively at the store.

Speaking about the location of the brand's first flagship, Boris Bidjan Saberi, designer and founder, said, “New York is a city that is very close to the energy of our own brand. Urban and edgy, powerful but refined.”

www.borisbidjansaberi.com

Travel

PURO Sky Lounge

Located just a stone's throw away from the bustling Kurfürstendamm, the PURO Sky Lounge is one of the trendiest clubs in Berlin. Spread over three floors, the hotspot, set in the Europa-Center, consists of a luxurious bar as well as a dynamic club, split into the NORTHLOUNGE and the more relaxed SOUTHLOUNGE. Superstars like Beyonce, Pharell Williams, Rihanna and Lady Gaga have all experienced the vibrant PURO Sky Lounge atmosphere and enjoyed spectacular 360 degree views of the city skyline.

www.puroberlin.de

Fashion

Kaviar Gauche at Paris Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015

For SS15, Alexandra Fischer-Roehler and Johanna Kühl, the design duo behind Kaviar Gauche, presented a feminine and chic collection. Powdery shades of ivory, vanilla, ecru and melba dominated the elegant colour palette, while the silhouettes were kept easy and effortless. Delightful looks were created by teaming light garments with slightly rougher pieces; a flowing floor-length tulip skirt, for example, looked ravishing when worn with a relaxed mesh top. A similar effect was achieved when a model walked down the catwalk in an intricate jumpsuit complemented by a translucent maxi cape. Just add a gold statement accessory, and you'll definitely have the winning look.

www.kaviargauche.com

Fashion

CHANEL at Paris Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015

Women are powerful. Women are strong. Set against a Parisian street scene, the CHANEL SS15 show was a vibrant and extraordinary manifesto, meant to be seen, heard and talked about. Unsurprisingly, a plethora of silhouettes and an especially diverse colour palette were implemented in this awe-inspiring collection. The range of looks was simply unparalleled: there were boxy tweed separates, metallic mosaic dresses, cosy knits, pinstripe suits, chic blouses, leather pieces, watercolour boots, gold sandals and much, much more. Armed with placards and speakerphones, models marched down Boulevard CHANEL, ready to take on the world. And we'll follow suit.

www.chanel.com

Fashion

Hood by Air at Paris Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015

If Part One of the three-part Hood by Air extravaganza focused mainly on menswear and augmented, out-of-this-world accessories, the second installment paid more attention to girls. Girls as fierce, futuristic warriors, actually. The Paris-located SS15 presentation, named 'Superego', though smaller in scale than its New York predecessor, was just as exciting and full of surprises. Zippers and hooks, pleats and cutouts, designer Shayne Oliver's attention to detail was quite sensational. Garments were deconstructed, and the fit was loose. A slouchy, barely-there jumpsuit, for instance, was paired with high waisted shorts and not much else. More importantly, though, models wore custom-made Hood by Air contact lenses. We can't wait for Part Three.

www.hoodbyair.com

Fashion

Jean Paul Gaultier at Paris Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015

Presenting the last-ever ready-to-wear collection to focus instead on haute couture and his growing perfume empire, Jean Paul Gaultier went out with a bang. With more than 70 looks on the catwalk, the renowned and beloved French designer revisited the iconic cone bra, played with and rejected mainstream ideas of masculinity and femininity and put on the kind of pageant-themed spectacle that only the enfant terrible could. From pinstripe suits to elaborate boxing masks to everything in between, the SS15 show was both playful and serious, loud and intricate. With exaggerated, over-the-top wigs, models impersonated fashion's leading ladies: Grace Coddington, Suzy Menkes, Franca Sozzani and Carine Roitfeld. Your ready-to-wear shows will be missed, Mr. Gaultier.

www.jeanpaulgaultier.com

Fashion

Giorgio Armani for FC Bayern München

Giorgio Armani has unveiled the official photograph of FC Bayern München, the 2014 champion team of Germany’s Bundesliga and winners of the Champions League 2013 and the FIFA Club World Cup 2013, wearing their custom-made Giorgio Armani uniforms. Mr. Armani has had a long-standing relationship with the world of football, having first designed a football club's wardrobe back in 2007.

The new made-to-measure uniform includes a luxe three-piece suit in anthracite grey, a reinforced cotton shirt, a patterned tie, a duster coat and a pair of classic lace-ups. Each garment has a label with the wearer's name, thus making it personal and unique.

www.armani.com

Fashion

Fay at Milan Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015

It's Fay Time! Designers Tommaso Aquilano and Roberto Rimondi fused street-wear with sportswear at the Fay SS15 presentation. With a number of sequinned pieces, frilly detailing and vast amounts of pink and baby blue throughout the collection, the garments were both athletic and feminine. Basketball shorts and miniskirts were accompanied by baggy sweaters with oversized pockets. A dress had an elasticated hem, zippers were everywhere and sneakers were moulded into heels, while versatile backpacks completed the sporty looks.

www.fay.com

Fashion

Fendi at Milan Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015

The Fendi SS15 collection had a distinctly graphic quality about it. Graphics and an orchid motif that found its way onto fur and leather jackets, flirty dresses and even a knitted tee (coated with plastic) added a lot of character to Karl Lagerfeld and Silvia Venturini Fendi's latest offering. Skirts and tops were slashed, and many garments looked as if they'd been dipped in paint. Relaxed silhouettes dominated the show: jodhpurs and translucent maxi skirts were paired with loose tees and candy-coloured knits. Models, fronted by the one and only Cara Delevingne, sported playful eye makeup.

www.fendi.com

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Jil Sander at Milan Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015

Gender-bending and simplicity were at the heart of the Jil Sander SS15 show. Drawing inspiration from the works and life of Annemarie Schwarzenbach, a Swiss writer and photographer, creative director Rodolfo Paglialunga blended masculine and feminine silhouettes and juxtaposed statement pieces with simple white tees and vest tops. A black sweater with dropped shoulders and exaggerated sleeves was paired with a tailored pant. Belted double layer A line wrap skirts and dresses as well as faded crocodile sandals worn with contrasting below-the-knee socks underlined the collection's duality. The hair was kept loose, while the make-up was translucent and fresh.

www.jilsander.com

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Converse Announces Fall 2014 All Star Back Zip Collection

What would sneakers do? Presents the question that Converse answers through their innovation and creative new collection. Featuring new silhouettes and elevated detailing, the Converse Fall 2014 collection embodies a youthful spontaneity that remains prevalent in all Converse collections and provides a sleek yet edgy design.

Consisting of the Chuck Taylor All Star Back Zip and Chuck Taylor All Star Tri Zip, the sneakers fuse the classic Converse silhouette with beading and waxed lace detailing and are available in a variety of color palettes ranging from pink, black and navy to oxheart, portrait gray and red. The sneakers illustrate the sneaker attitude while providing a unique interpretation of a classic shoe.

To promote the new collection Converse have announced Sneakers Would, a multi – city series of stimulating opportunities throughout Europe that will encourage individuals to choose an exciting, spur of the moment path. Inspired by the rebellious nature of the famous Chuck Taylor All Star, Sneakers Would launched in Berlin on August 31st and will appear unannounced in London, Paris, Barcelona, Madrid and Amsterdam during September and October.

Sneakers Would will be channelled through The Ticket, an all access pass that allows online Converse fans the chance to access exciting ‘now or never’ opportunities in their cities. Speaking of the project Rodney Rambo, VP Marketing for Converse All Star stated “We’re excited to bring the Converse SNEAKERS WOULD experience to Europe. The Chuck Taylor has been a symbol of youthful spontaneity for almost 100 years, and we love that it continues to inspire people to follow their hearts and live in the moment.”

The collection is available for purchase now.

www.converse.com

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Mulberry at London Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015

For SS15, Mulberry presented a collection inspired by classic English gardens. Offering an array of polished separates and easy-to-wear mini and midi dresses as well as beautifully crafted bags and shoes – something the brand is predominately known for – the collection exuded youthful sophistication. Unsurprisingly, leather was incorporated in many of the looks, ensuring there's plenty of it-girl edginess (the highly-coveted Cara Delevingne bag collection is available now), though some of the more refined pieces such as a white see-through blouse with crotchet detailing were just as great.

www.mulberry.com

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BOSS, HUGO BOSS at New York Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015

Jason Wu's sophomore offering for BOSS was sleek and compelling. Even the tiniest detail was carefully thought through, and nothing looked out of place. The tailoring was sharp, with menswear references seeping through the collection; be it a crisp white shirt neatly tucked into a textured skirt or a tailored leather jacket paired with a matching skirt, every piece in the SS15 collection oozed sophistication. Even the dresses – sheaths or a slinky black number with a deep V neck – epitomised the powerful BOSS woman.

www.hugoboss.com

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Fred Perry and No Doubt

This spring, Fred Perry collaborates with ska-legends No Doubt for collection of polo-shirts, jumpers and bomber jackets. All are inspired by the same roots No Doubt gets their inspiration, namely subcultures. Featured are reggae colors red, yellow and green and an immersion of ska and garage coolness.

Fred Perry has collaborated a lot these past years. An ongoing liasion with Raf Simons and collections with Amy Winehouse and Richard Nicoll all help to establish Fred Perry as a brand that represents all subcultures. No Doubt was formed in 1986 and after a couple of years of silence and a solo-carreer by frontwoman Gwen Stefani, the band came with a new album last September, called Push and Shove.

www.fredperry.com
www.nodoubt.com

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The Row and Damien Hirst

The Row's alligator backpack already gained much attention because of it's staggering price, but now it's reason for fame got even bigger. Artist Damien Hirst took charge of the backpack, adorning it with pills, pastel-colored and gold dots. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Unicef. The bag is up for order at Just One Eye.

www.therow.com

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MADE ART STREAM

Starting December 1st, art lovers will be treated to a month of outdoor installations. In the heart of Berlin, MADE SPACE will be curating those installations right on Alexanderplatz. The goal is to open a dialogue between art and communication by showing different works on the side of the opposing building. Amongst the artists are rAndom International, Sven & Nils Voelker, Yué Wu and many more. With this project, MADE will make their projects available to a broad audience and bring light to Berlin's night sky.

MADE, Alexanderstrasse 7, 10178 Berlin
www.made-blog.com

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Julien Fournié's Heroines

 by Ria de Borja

Haute couturier designer Julien Fournié told Zoo that his SS 2013 collection “is based on the iconography of American comics, like Marvel. There are several characters, from Storm to The Wasp.” Fournié holds nothing back in flights of fancy. From the barely-there fruit-roll-up-ish material of a peach dress to LED-like effects on protruding chiffon sleeves, the collection is a carefully-crafted spectacle of tactile eveningwear, literally conceived from the out-of-this-world. “Haute couture”, says Fournié, “remains for the elite. I work on my ideas in cutting and design based on this.”

www.julienfournie.com  

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Black Jackets in Berlin

The Chanel Black Jacket world tour continues and last Tuesday they landed in Berlin, Germany. Karl Lagerfeld and Carine Roitfeld in the U3 Bahnhof & Tunnel on the Potsdamer Plaz. This raw venue, an old metro-station, was the place were Lagerfeld and Roitfeld showed their exposition of 113 photos of the worlds’ elite wearing Chanel Black Jacket. Among guests were Alice Dellal, Elisa Sednaoui, Ana Girardot, Ayo, Jessica Joffe, Hannah Herzsprung and ZOO-friends Alina Süggeler of Frida Gold and Leatitia Casta.

thelittleblackjacket.chanel.com

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Dior, Christmas and Printemps

This Christmas will be one gleefull Dior time with Parisian departement store Printemps. This winter, their windows will be adorned by dolls wearing iconic Christian Dior designs made by the house's atelier. The faces of the dolls are embroidered by hand and come in male and female versions. Paolo de Cesare of Printemps says about the collaboration: “It has been one of the most creative collaborations we have done with brands, and I think it’s really setting the standard of what’s possible between brands and a department store. We wanted to do something that could capture this excitement, this energy and also a bit of this unexpected collaboration and moment that we’re bringing together.” A special collection will also be sold to celebrate the holliday season, with a snowglobe, scarves and an advent calendar. 

Together with this collaboration comes a special campaign futuring models Carolyn Murphy and Sui He wearing Dior Haute Couture in a typical Parisian setting; on the roof of the Printemps with a view on the Eiffel Tower. The campaign is styled by Carine Roitfeld and photographed by Mario Testino. The art-direction is by Stephen Gan. Deck the hall with boughs of Couture!  

www.printemps.com
www.dior.com

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Replay's Social Denim

From now on you can reach the world through your pants. Replay is introducing their first Social Denim, which connects directly to your preferred social networks and shares your favorite moments. With a small device in your pocket you can easily contact your friends just by clicking on the button.  

Replay Social Denim comes in regular-slim and skinny models for men, super skinny and baby boot for woman, and in the colors blue and black. The jeans will be between €149 and €189.  

www.replay.it

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Under the surface with Just Cavalli

The younger and girlier line of Roberto Cavalli went below the surface for spring summer 2013. Influences from the deep sea and the Mediterranean area made for a sexy and mysterious collection. Colors were mostly vibrant so that they recalled the exotic fishes of the tropics and clean whites and blues.

www.robertocavalli.com

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Going jungle with MaxMara

It looks like spring/summer 2013 will be a wild season for MaxMara. The Italian brand took inspiration from safari and that resulted in oversized jackets and pants mixed with tight pencil skirts in camel and sky blue. A collage print of leopard and florals brings out the beast in even the most well-travelled woman.

www.maxmara.com

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Vogueing with G-Star

To celebrate the first G-Star shop solely dedicated to womenswear, which will be opened in Amsterdam on the 4th of October, the jean-maker collaborated with Dutch Vogue on a collection. As a result, full skirts, smoking-jackets and delicate tops mix up the chic by Vogue and the rough by G-Star. With this collection, G-star also supports charity dance4life, for which model Doutzen Kroes is the spokesperson. She says: “It means a lot to me that G-Star supports dance4life this way. I’m looking forward to seeing women on the street wearing the collection, contributing to the cause that is so important to me.” www.g-star.com
G-Star Women Store
Leidsestraat 11
1017 NS
Amsterdam The Netherlands

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Dita Eyewear

Life long friends, Jeff Solorio and John Juniper, founded Dita Eyewear and immediately knew they would focus on stylish eyewear inspired by the vintage frames of the 50's and 80's. As you can see with the lady above, their high quality eyewear adds instant sex-appeal.

www.dita.com 

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Franklin and Marshall varsity jackets

Teenage angst never looked so alluring. For fall winter 2012, Franklin & Marshall, came with two new versions of the classic varsity jacket. The look is very authentic with the men's one in dark blue and red and the one for women in green. The high quality wool and leather makes sure these jackets will look good for years to come.

www.franklinandmarshall.com

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Moncler 60th anniversary

Moncler has been keeping us warm for 60 years now. The brand, originally from France, made the puffer jacket chic and cool again with collaborations with Giambattista Valli, Mykita and Thom Browne. It all started back in 1952 when René Ramillon started making down jackets and sportswear. He named the company after Monestier-de-Clermont, a little town in France, from which Moncler is an abbreviation. 60 years of being warm with elegance, that needs to be celebrated!

www.moncler.com

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30 sexy years of Guess

Last wednesday during Berlin Fashion Week, Guess celebrated their anniversary. Although the brand seems to be forever young they are already around for “30 sexy years”. Guests like head-designer Paul Marciano and photographer Bryan Adams came to raise a glass in honor of the brand.

www.guess.com

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Marcelo Burlon Entreprise T-shirt line

Last night, Marcelo Burlon launched his t-shirt line in Berlin called County of Milan. Some dark religious undertones here and some tribal and ethnic influences there, make for a collection that will be an instant hit. Burlon looks at a basic t-shirt the same way as he looks at a canvas, it's a playground and you can do with it what you want.

www.marceloburlonenterprise.com

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Dolce & Gabbana

It wasn't the first time that Dolce and Gabbana referenced their roots, Sicily, but this was the most persuasive outing to date. They flew in a cast of real Sicily boys and men to show a very special collection. Boys had oversized pants that were cinched with a belt as if they were passed on by an older brother. The mature men looked dapper and relaxed in their deconstructed suits and striped tank-tops. Colors were kept muted, with the exception of some very wild prints.

www.dolcegabbana.com

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Burberry Prorsum

After years of the melancholy that Burberry Prorsum is famous for, this season only the soundtrack was melancholic. Christopher Bailey went completely metallic for spring and summer next year. Earlier in the show, only collars on oversized coats and shirts under suits were made from a metallic silk but this was later used for the well-known Burberry trench coat in bright blue and pink. Bailey balanced this shine out with superb tailoring and ethnic prints.

www.burberry.com

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Giorgio Armani

Sport was the big word for Giorgio Armani this season, which may have to do something with the Olympic Games around the corner and Armani designing the Italian kit. After the game, relaxed tailoring with soft shoulders and lightweight knitwear make an ideal collection for the athletic man. Subdued colors like grey and beige (or the color in between those two, greige, a Armani staple) were mixed with mustard, ice-blue and brown.

www.armani.com

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And Dior created woman

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Daphne Groeneveld stars in the new commercial for the fragrance Dior Addict called “And Dior created woman”. This of course being a reference to the renowned movie by Roger Vadim with Brigitte Bardot, “and God created woman”. The Dutch model frolics through Saint-Tropez while flirting with boys and enjoying the sun. Some scenes are loosely based on the film, like the bare-foot dancing in a bar and the tanning in a beach tent. BB did this naked, but of course Daphne wears cute Dior dresses. Jonas Akerlund directed the video, he made videoclips for the likes of Madonna and Lady Gaga.

www.dior.com

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Ray-Ban turns 75

Not everybody is still that cool when they turn 75 but Ray-Ban is and probably always will be. It's impossible these days not to see a Wayfarer or Aviator on the streets. And why wouldn't you give in to these iconic sunglasses as they make everybody just a little bit sexier. Ray-Ban celebrates it's birthday with two special editions of the Aviator. One has lenses that change from yellow to orange as a response to heat. The other one is a Aviator with 8 hinges so you can fold it in a small package. Two perfect editions for the Ray-Ban fanatic or a first time buyer.

www.ray-ban.com

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Jan-Jan van Essche's third collection: “In Awe”

Jan-Jan van Essche just launched his annual collection called 'In awe'. That's right, annual collection. Van Essche is one of very few fashion designers that break free from the regular fashion calender. His idea is that you use his collections in a way that it is suitable for both summer, winter and everything in between. His third collection takes inspiration from the far orient. The clothing is fluent, baggy and references kimono's and authentic Chinese pyjamas. Natural colors and materials make sure you are comfortable layering and unlayering yourself all year around.

www.janjanvanessche.com

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Maison Martin Margiela designs for H&M

H&M has collaborated with some of the most renowned fashion houses to create stunning collections. After Viktor & Rolf, Versace and Roberto Cavalli it’s now Maison Martin Margiela who will be designing a collection for the Swedish fashion brand. Both parties are very excited about the upcoming project. Margareta van den Bosch, creative advisor at H&M says, ‘I’m overjoyed that fashion lovers from all over the world will be able to wear Maison Martin Margiela thanks to this collaboration.’

The collection is will be in selected stores from the 15th of November 2012.

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G-SHOCK Pilot's Watch

G-SHOCK has come out with a brand new watch, the GW-A1000. Looking at the many features of this tough timepiece, the durable case, the immunity for vibration and centrifugal forces and the SmartAccess technology, it fulfils all the duties of a pilot’s watch. The GW-A1000 also has a thermometer, world time clock with 29 cities, alarm, stopwatch and 20-bar water resistance and the multiband 6-radio signal receiver ensures accurate time for EU, U.S., Japan and China. Aside from all the nifty technical functions, the design of the GW-A1000 makes a perfect timepiece with its matt black finish and bright red and green fluorescent accents. 

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Tommy Hilfiger F/W 2012

This year Tommy Hilfiger is matching the functional and fashionable academy look with military-elegance and sporty-rock elements for the fall/winter men’s collection. The women’s collection, where sporty meets glamorous, is a warm mix of a classy look with a modern twist. The denim collection, called Day Tripping, combines minimalism of the 60’s and bohemian chic of the 70’s. It is a perfect mix of vintage and new, formal and casual. 

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Calvin Klein 3D

It's never to late to work on your eye skills. Nowadays everything is about seeing more and everyone want to see more. Also Calvin Klein thought that way. And eventhough it's for guys, we think ladies won't even bother to see this.

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Henrik Vibskov Book

Fashion designer and innovative artist Henrik Vibskov published his first book titled after his own name; Henrik Vibskov. The book is a comprehensive presentation of his remarkably multifaceted creative vision. Vibskov himself writes many of the enlightening texts and project descriptions. They offer deeply personal insight into the twisted yet tantalizing worlds that he creates on a daily basis.

Vibskov has succeeded in establishing a unique signature style that is recognizable across all of the diverse disciplines in which he works. Ten years ago he founded his fashion label whose acclaimed collections are now shown regularly at international shows such as Paris Men's Fashion Week. His art has been exhibited in museums and galleries around the world including PS1 MoMA and Sotheby’s Gallery in New York, Palais de Tokyo in Paris, Akira Ikeda Gallery in Nagoya, and the ICA in London.

One does not need to understand Vibskov's work in order to instinctually grasp how relevant it has become for the future of art and fashion. Capturing his incomparable skill at melding and staging concept, space, and object, this monograph is inspirational for anyone working creatively.

Title: Henrik Vibskov
Price: 39.90 | $60.00 | £37.50
ISBN: 978-3-89955-435-9

In addition to his book From April 13th to May 20th, 2012 the work of the Danish artist is exhibited at Ruttkowski;68. Next to existing works, the exhibition Ruttkowski68 – Vibskovski;72 shows his latest output. The artist has playfully created little 30 objects each arousing the imagination. For more information go to http://www.ruttkowski68.com/

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Calvin Klein Underwear

Calvin Klein Underwear Bold Spring 2012 Campaign 

Spring is almost here, and wherever one turns these days advertisements present us with ridiculously good looking people to get us in the mood for summer. Calvin Klein Underwear is no exception. The company lets us celebrate the launch of Calvin Klein Underwear Bold with their Spring advertising campaign. Models Myles Crosby, Arran Sly, Chris Garavaglia and newcomer Matthew Terry turn up the heat and show off the ultimate beach body. The campaign was shot by renowned photographer Steven Klein in Joshua Tree, California. The four men are the perfect fit for the strong, sexy and vibrant appeal of the new underwear and sleepwear program. The signature clean lines of the collection are broken off with strong and dramatic hues. However, Calvin Klein strays a little from their classic silhouette, such as the boxer brief and hip brief by also incorporating more progressive shapes like the newly introduced low rise flex brief. All of the styles are currently on display out in virtually every street and will certainly make that sunday afternoon stroll a little more enticing.

www.calvinklein.com

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Nike Stylist's Own

International stylists are given the ultimate challenge: for Nike Stylist's Own they are supposed to interpret the brand's recent Spring 2012 sportswear collection in there own way, using top athletes as models. All Nike sportswear styles are essentially created for athletes and have their roots in the world of sports. A high quality design process, new technologies and creative collaborations take those styles to the streets and turn them into modern classics. With Nike Stylist's Own, the brand pays its respect to those who combine a love for sportswear with avant garde designs to create new, urban and unexpected looks. 

Styling and Concept: Patrizia Scheidegger / Model: Alena Ehrenbold

www.nike.com

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REPLAY ONE-OFF

The “cool factor” has arrived in Hong Kong. Replay just inaugurated a flagship store in the heart of Hong Kong, which will have one aim: to highlight the exclusive, individual nature of the Replay creations.
 

Hong Kong's vibe is the breeding ground for unique and viral fashion content. This why the tailor-made Replay One-Off store was expressly conceived with this location in mind.

The store is a unique showcase of interior design as well as products. Those products are tailored denim couture and could already be seen on the likes of Bar Rafaeli and Irina Shayk at the 2011 MTV EMAs. 

www.replay.it 

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AUGUSTIN TEBOUL

AUGUSTIN TEBOUL produced a short image film. The project is a collaboration with profashional films, whose Executive Director, Birgit Eipper said about the project:. "To portrait the image of AUGUSTIN TEBOUL we wanted to find a surrealistic approach which transports the key attributes of the label and how they see themselves: feminine, elegant and decadent but at the same time rock'n' roll, absurd, disturbing. The film unites these contradictions on a narrative and visual level: Disturbed beauty. In this case disturbing also means confusion, loss of space and time. To achieve that, we staged two models of different age who get lost between reality and illusion and have to face their alter ego. The film is leaving room for the viewer’s own interpretation on purpose - what's real and what's not? It also asks the question in the end, if everything might have been just an illusion. Overall, we painted a commitment to extravagance. Since that's what AUGUSTIN TEBOUL stands for." 

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production – profashional films GmbH | director – birgit eipper | fashion director – rebecca rupcic | executive producer – siegfried f. nümann | cast – eveline hall & tatiana chechetova | 1st dop – tanja häring | producer – marko valic | dop – hagen decker | 1std assistant director – marko valic | gaffer – markus görgens | best boy – christian müller & martin jahnke | grip – christoph sobisch | set design & equipment– thomas molt | casting – julia lange | hair & make-up – lisa zeitler | hair & make-up assistant – nele hagel & adela weißmüller | set assistance – david sorg | editor – thomas appel | music by „we used to exist“.

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LEVI’S® Store Opening

The LEVI’S® brand opens bespoke two-story store on Amsterdam's busiest shopping street. 

Recently the LEVI’S® brand opened a new bespoke two-level store on Amsterdam’s busiest shopping street, Kalverstraat, being 250m2 and boasting a six-meter ceiling. The store will combine the brand’s signature craftsmanship and authenticity with color and reclaimed materials to create a vibrant and youthful shopping destination for Amsterdam residents and visitors. The store will also serve as a cultural events venue featuring creative readings, exhibitions and performances from local artists and pioneers.  

The store is heavily anchored in the idea of reusing and restoring existing and locally sourced materials. Underpinning the company’s deep-rooted commitment to sustainability, the majority of the store’s interior has been crafted using reclaimed materials.

According to Levi’s® GM for Benelux & Nordics, Stefan Otte, “The Amsterdam Levi’s® store will offer consumers the best in classic, cool and sexy Americana clothing and marks the next exciting move for Levi’s® in The Netherlands.”

To celebrate the opening and showcase the unique character of the store, the promising young director Paul Geusebroek created an inspirational video trailer. 

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Future in-store events will be announced on Levi’s® Facebook.

Levi’s®, Kalverstraat 167, 1012PD Amsterdam.

www.levi.com

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Calla for April77

French brand April77 and Canadian designer Calla Haynes have joined forces to create a high-end, psychedelic and modern denim capsule collection. Embellished with Calla’s all-over digital prints, this womenswear collection takes on the cult silhouettes of April77: The Joey Lady and Marky jean and the Beat Jacket. 

The limited edition Joey Lady, Marky and Beat will be available by January 2012 at select retailers and online. 

photography Maciek Pozoga

www.april77.fr

www.calla.fr

 

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Trigema CHANGE®

The family-owned company Trigema® presents the new line Trigema CHANGE®. The Basic line, developed and produced in Germany, is the world‘s first Cradle to Cradle® certified fashion collection. Trigema CHANGE ® combines tradition with progress and generates future-oriented,
ecologically-effective products and production methods. The new Basics are geared towards current trends and original Trigema® models from the 60s and 70s.

Trigema CHANGE® is part of the most progressive current strategy for a green conversion: the „Cradle to Cradle® concept“. It is based on closed cycles in which everything which is created is part of a whole, which can be utilised, cultivated and created without losing the raw materials or creating waste. Products designed in this manner are intelligent, advanced and recyclable.

The collection is now available online. 

www.trigemachange.com

www.trigema.de


www.epea.com 

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Molami

Swedish brand Molami designs headphones that are a combination of superb audio and avant-garde design. The headphones feature the most exclusive fabric and materials, and are tailored to complement the features of the face. The current collection features three models – Bight, Twine and Pleat, that display a tailored geometry, braided textile-wrapped cords and discreet accents plated in 18k gold.

Each model also comes with a soft carrying pouch for safe storage to ensure lasting joy with this practical accessory. All headphones feature a microphone and remote, allowing you to pick up calls and communicate while listening to your music.  

Molami will be available online and in select retailers this winter.

www.molami.com
 

Art

Goudemalion

Les Arts Décoratifs organised A Retrospective of the Life and Work of Jean-Paul Goude. The first exhibition of Jean-Paul Goude depicts the retrospective and creative vision of his work, encompassing all his areas of activity, from fashion and photography to advertising and the live event. The career of this pioneering artist and image manipulator spans his work as an illustrator, art editor, photographer and filmmaker, in media ranging from the press to music and advertising. He is above all a creator who has succeeded in inventing a style, a universe, and even, as this exhibition’s title humorously evokes, his own personal mythology. 

From 11 November 2011- 18 March 2012 at Les Arts Décoratifs – Nef, 107 rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris.

www.lesartsdecoratifs.fr 

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Maison Martin Margiela

Maison Martin Margiela presents “Love, etc”. 
From Tuesday Nov. 29th to Saturday Dec. 3rd, 2011 / 11am – 7pm

At Art Basel Miami Beach 2011, Maison Martin Margiela will present Love, etc., an off-site installation in the Miami Design District situated near its Miami retail location. This exhibition will feature the Maison's Line 13, dedicated to objects & publications. Line 13 also explores the Maison's relationship with interiors. 

Seven large panels will be displayed in the Miami exhibition space. Each of these panels will consist of a different image of the interiors at La Maison Champs-Elysées. Every panel will be comprised of two parts - printed with the same image, and placed face to face in order to reproduce a mirror effect.

Among the objects displayed in the installation, there is a limited-edition nightlight exclusively produced for Art Basel Miami Beach 2011 and will be solely available at the Maison Martin Margiela store in the Miami Design District.

www.maisonmartinmargiela.com
 

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Givenchy

Since the Spring/Summer 2009 season, Givenchy creative director Riccardo Tisci’s vision has been defined by urban masculinity, sportswear influences, and a unique re-interpretation of classic tailoring.

An accessory normally associated with the surfing world has become signature motif of the latest Spring/Summer 2012 collection: the lanyard key ring.  

Woven in a nylon jacquard with the Givenchy logo, the lanyard features a key ring. It’s exclusively-designed snap hook closure system is the an extension of the trademark Givenchy hardware concept, Obsedia. Typically found on bags, jewelry, and belts, the industrially graphic Obsedia buckle is reworked here as a key ring.

In white, aqua or khaki, the key ring lanyard will be available in worldwide Givenchy stores from February. 

www.givenchy.com

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Maison Martin Margiela in Beijing

Following the opening of its boutique in Seasons Place in 2008, Maison Martin Margiela is increasing its presence in Beijing with the store opening this October. The new boutique, the largest in the world with 540sqm, is located in Sanlitun Village and offers the whole range of collections, as well as accessories, eyewear, decoration and shoes. 

The store design represents the DNA of the famous Belgian fashion brand with its individual geometric layout and the iconic white and silver shades of the Maison. The space is divided into many different cubes with different themes and décor with the main elements being the neon lights.

With the opening of this new boutique, Maison Martin Margiela has gained a more secure base in China and will boost its presence in Asia further this November with the opening of a boutique in Shanghai. 

www.maisonmartinmargiela.com

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Maison Martin Margiela

Collaborating for the second time, Maison Martin Margiela and Cutler & Gross are combining their unique style and expertise to create a new collection of sunglasses. 

Following a very successful first collaboration one year ago, Maison Martin Margiela and Cutler & Gross reveal and assert an attention to detail that is based on powerful inspirations. The four new themes are available in different designs which represent a unique vision both from an aesthetic and comfort point of view. 

Available from November in Maison Martin Margiela boutiques and in a selection of fashion and eyewear sales outlets.

www.maisonmartinmargiela.com 

www.cutlerandgross.com 

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gents & rebel bangles

Swiss fashion watch and jewellery maker Swatch presents five New Gent watches to mix and match with an eye-catching new family of Swatch Bijoux called Rebel Bangles. 

Designed to enhance this Fall's most stylish outfits, these New Gents feature coloured silicone straps with colour-matched sun-brushed dials and the fashion brand's signature coloured plastic cases. 

The Rebel Bangles are a perfect complement to the watches and bring the deft Swatch touch to a trendy new set of wrist accessories.

Available in the colors purple, ivory, light blue, royal blue and green and all five new Rebel Bangles come in three sizes.

www.swatch.com 

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Intreccio Uno

Bottega Veneta announced that it will offer a compilation album of brand-favorite music this holiday season. The special-edition album Intreccio Uno consisting of two disks of music selected from past Bottega Veneta runway shows and store playlists, is the fruit of Creative Director Tomas Maier’s collaboration with long-time friend Michel Gaubert. 

Intreccio Uno will be available in November. It will be sold in Bottega Veneta stores worldwide and on www.bottegaveneta.com

Cinema

Danny Trejo

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Onions Don't Make Me Cry

Actor Danny Trejo on the virtues of making spaghetti sauce to ease his mind. However, his mind is also distracted by other things... A short film by Bryan Adams.  

www.bryanadamsphotography.com

Fashion

Hogan
by Karl Lagerfeld

The third chapter of the story created by Hogan and Karl Lagerfeld stars a vibrant and energetic woman. For her, the Italian brand and the artist have created a collection made up of sinuous lines and slender silhouettes. Dressed in black, white and grey for an elegant and contemporary lifestyle. 

For his third time with Hogan, Karl Lagerfeld has conceived a new artistic project. After La Lettre, a short film about love and a series of portraits of thirteen International celebrities, the artist has chosen to express his vision for the new collection through an ouevre where a sequence of photographs and sketches of the top model Bianca Balti and Jacquelyn Jablonski are revealed. The book was unveiled in Paris on September 30th during the presentation of the Spring/Summer 2012 Collection.
 

www.hogan.com

Fashion

STYLE ME UP

To continue their Style Me Up series, which already featured stylists and bloggers such as Andrew Davis, Pelayo Diaz and Tokyo Dandy, Meltin'Pot now invited another multi-talent to create some winning looks for the Fall/Winter 2011-12 collection. Stefano Guerrini, fashion writer, stylist and author of the well followed blog http://lepilloledistefano.gqitalia.it put together three outfits for the winter season he also would haven chosen to wear himself.

The looks, that consist of sought after denim washes, workwear chinos, warm sweaters and plaid shirts with unexpected details where photographed by Omar Machiavelli in a series of pictures that makes one look forward to the colder season of the year.

www.meltinpot.com

Fashion

White Objects

Maison Martin Margiela presents its new collection of white objects, including a door-stopper egg, champagne bucket and Tabi-bookmark.

VIDEO - Maison Martin Margiela

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Available now in all Maison Martin Margiela’s stores.


Film: Lisa Rovner

Music: Frères Lumière

Camera: Edouard Plongeon

Editing: Iker Orozco 

www.maisonmartinmargiela.com

Fashion

Jogg Jeans

A new generation of clothing. The Jogg-jeans are an electrifying new hybrid product category at Diesel, which combines two staples of the casual wear: denim and sweat.  

German actress Alexandra Neldel


The woven and knitted fabric has the look of a jersey weaving, giving the garment 360° elasticity. The circular weaving technique highlights the lightness, softness and comfort of the fabric combined with a perfect fit, while the indigo dying of the garment strengthens the idea of having an all-in-one product. But the real revelation is the final effect: the Jogg-jeans are an illumination for the senses.This unseen combination of techniques translates into a denim illusion from the outside and a sweat look from the inside. 

Available in Diesel stores all over the world from August 2011, the Jogg-jeans are definitely a brave alternative to denim, complementary to the wide Diesel range of 5-pockets.

www.diesel.com 

Fashion

Jil Sander Fall/Winter 2011 Campaign

Following the concept of the Fall/Winter collection, the Jil Sander advertising campaign mirrors the modernistic graphics and the dynamic shapes in a cinematic atmosphere. The campaign features upcoming Supermodel Daria Strokous as the Jil Sander Women for Fall/Winter 2011 and Belgian Newcomer Guerrino Santulliana with his debut in fashion industry.

www.jilsander.com

Fashion

Airborne

Comme des Garçons announced the launch of Hussein Chalayan's perfume Airborne. The fragrance, with the same title as his Fall/Winter 2007 collection, is an attempt to capture a sense of Chalayan's journeys from Cyprus to London.

The fragrance contains smells from the Northern Cypriot topography, from flowers, weeds, vegetables, to air, the sea, earth and wood such as Neroli, Lemon and Lentiscus. These selected ingredients were thereupon reinterpreted according to their impact in an urban setting of London. The result evokes a connection to familiarities of the past or a possible unknown world of the future. Chalayan was also responsible for the bottle an packaging design. The perfume will be launched on July 21st at Dover Street Market, London.

www.comme-des-garcons.com

Fashion

Lala Berlin SS2012

Raw phosphor, warm neon and cold diamond flashes are terms that accurately describe the look of Lala Berlin's spring/summer 2012 collection New Age Phosphor which was presented during Berlin Fashion Week. The look of the collection radically reinforces the atmosphere of the winter, using colors such as pure white and phosphor pastels. 

With a reference to Vanessa Beecroft, the collection was presented by groups of models standing on platforms in Berlin's old Postfuhramt. Strobelights, black light and fog turned the show into a striking psychedelic experience accompanied by music from DJ Kaos. Guests included the likes of Heike Makatsch, Pheline Roggan, Lavinia Wilson and artist Ellen von Unwerth.

www.lalaberlin.com

Fashion

Replay 30 Years

In 1981, Claudio Buziol founded his label Replay which has ever since grown to a well-established and internationally renowned brand in the field of denim- and casual wear. 
 
Thirty years after, Replay celebrates its 30st anniversary with the release of a special limited-edition denim-box, made of four parts: A 13 oz. sanded selvedge five-pocket denim and a shirt for both men and women.

The box set, limited to 500 pieces, will be numbered and furthermore includes two bandanas and a belt. It will be available in stores at the end of august, after the official presentation of Replay 30 Years during this summer's Bread and Butter in Berlin.
 
www.replay.it

Fashion

EDGED Showroom

In cooperation with SHOW0711, EDGED Showroom will present more than 30 international designers during this summer's Berlin Fashion Week. Edged Showroom serves as a platform for young aspiring designers. The selection includes artists and designers from countries such as Norway, Poland, Serbia, Taiwan, Korea and of course Germany. While SHOW0711 presents several multilabel fashion shows during the 4 days, EDGED is a symbiosis of both showroom and art installation showcasing the likes of Cedric JacquemynMark & JuliaSca UlvenUCON acrobatics and art installations by CoinoiaMinna PalmqvistEngineerTom van der BorghtÁmelie Jaeger and Bryan Oknyansky.

The Glashaus, where EDGED showroom will take place is located right in the heart of Berlin's number one creative summer spot Schlesische Strasse, surrounded by cafes, bars, restaurants and clubs.

www.the-edged.com 

Art

Ryu Itadani x Onitsuka Tiger



Enamored by the original colorway of the Onitsuka Tiger MEXICO 66, Japanese artist Ryu Itadani chose to make it the subject of his latest painting. First he created a series of sketches that depicted the MEXICO 66 and its box in his unique style, then he chose to handpaint the sneaker on a canvas that will be exhibited across Europe.

Directed by Ken-Tonio Yamamoto

www.onitsukatiger.com

Fashion

Pringle of Scotland FW 2011

For the upcoming Fall/Winter 2011 campaign, fashion label Pringle of Scotland once again teams up with acclaimed art photographer Walter Pfeiffer. Pfeiffer's signature realistic style was perfect to bet shot at the Glasgow School of Art, which was founded in 1845 and designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, key figure in both the Arts and Crafts and Art Nouveau movements. For the campaign, Pringle of Scotland also re-united with academy award winner Tilda Swinton, alongside renowned Scottish contemporary visual artist Jim Lambie.

www.pringlescotland.com

Fashion

Marimekko Helping Japan Bag

The tragedy in Japan touched Marimekkos heart. To help Japan, Marimekko has decided to produce a special Unikko-patterned fabric bag and to donate the proceeds from the sales of the bag to Japan and the victims of the earthquake through the Red Cross.

The cherished classic will be printed in the colours of the Finnish and Japanese flags - blue, red and white. The new, unique colourway was co-created by Kristina and Emma Isola.

www.marimekko.com

Fashion

Hidden Gems of L.A.

Just in time for the Spring/Summer season, heritage boot brand Palladium teamed up with actress Odette Annable (Cloverfield, Breaking In) for their latest urban exploration, entitled Hidden Gems of L.A. Continuing their quest to explore hidden places in cities around the world, Odette Annable takes Palladium on a tour of some out of the way places in her hometown. Having grown up in Los Angeles and now enjoying a successful career in Hollywood, Odette joined the Palladium team to explore mysterious towers in South Central L.A., an artist’s community in the shadow of the 5 freeway, the rooftop of a legendary downtown hotel and a Frank Lloyd Wright property left unfinished in the hills of Malibu. 

www.palladiumboots.com

Fashion

Jun Takahashi for thecorner.com

Japanese street fashion designer Jun Takahashi, founder and creative soul of the research brand Undercover, has designed a limited edition t-shirt exclusively for thecorner.com
 
Jun Takahashi, one of the most acclaimed presences on the international scene, reveals his inspiration: "Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious wore this necklace until he died. My Mona Lisa wears the same one. I dedicate this t-shirt to all the rebels out there." Starting from April 6th, thecorner.com will give away these exclusive limited edition Undercover t-shirts to the first rebels to make a purchase from the online boutique!

Fashion

BLESS x Weekday

Creativity without constraints. BLESS is the latest brand to collaborate with Weekday and their bold approach on design has resulted in an equally fun and functional collection.

"The inspiration is drawn from the idea of the perfect weekend trip. The accessories you have fun with and the ones you need to protect yourself from the changing weather. They are highly practical but still fun and fashionable," says Ines Kaag, who founded BLESS together with Desiree Heiss in 1997.

The collection is now available at Weekday, both online and in stores.

www.weekday.com
www.bless-service.de

Fashion

VIDEO - COCO MADEMOISELLE by Chanel

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In 1984 Chanel introduced COCO, a fragrance inspired by Gabrielle Chanel's taste for baroque and the Orient. A syrupy oriental accord within the confines of a Chypre. Within the fruity balsamic notes, Jacques Polge blended a surprising amount of Patchouli. Almost two decades later, with new unprecedented technologies to make fragrances lighter and to fractionate what seemed invisible, he revisited the formula of COCO in 2011.

The result was COCO MADEMOISELLE. Nonchalant. Headstrong. Free. Ten years after its launch, COCO MADEMOISELLE seems to have become an icon. The new campaign is once again fronted by the muse of COCO MADEMOISELLE, British actress Keira Knightley.

www.chanel.com

 

Fashion

Zoo Magazine NO.30, 2011

The Spring Issue of Zoo Magazine is out soon! Including Bambou / Diana Dondoe / Subodh Gupta / Dree Hemingway / Michael Kunze / JT LeRoy / Angela Lindvall / Danny Trejo / A.F. Vandevorst and more…

For an exclusive preview click here.

Fashion

Chanel & Colette

From March 1st to 10th, Chanel and Colette will blend their creative talent to open a pop-up store at 336-340 Rue Saint-Honoré. Stretching over 200 sqm, the boutique is set in the industrial surroundings of a former garage turned into a living display space. 

This spontaneous and eclectic installation will combine fashion, visual arts and musical performances. On each day another event is going on: Colette invited artists to customize Chanel bags, DJ’s will spin and various artists will perform.

www.chanel.com
www.colette.fr 

Fashion

Raf Simons
x Fred Perry

The Fred Perry x Raf Simons Spring/Summer 2011 collection (its 7th season!) goes back to basics, re-working classic Fred Perry pieces by incorporating Simons' signature minimalist silhouette and styling. The hybrid polo shirt is the mainstay of the collection. Featuring a traditional shirt stand collar and body darting that creates a slimmer, cleaner silhouette.

The key styling detail is the use of the hand-polished zips by traditional label Riri, which gives the classic Fred Perry fashion sportswear a couture feel.

www.fredperry.com 

Fashion

Dries Van Noten on thecorner.com

The Belgian fashion label Dries Van Noten debuts at the thecorner.com. Showcasing a selection of cutting-edge fashion and accessories for men and women through dedicated mini-stores, the online boutique now chose pieces of Dries Van Noten's Spring/Summer 2011 men’s collection. 

A collection based on the transformation of a college boy to a rude boy, a deliberate mix of the urban and the urbane where the keys of a subculture are cast into a ratified mainstream.

www.thecorner.com
www.driesvannoten.be

Fashion

Emporio Armani SS2011

For the Spring/Summer 2011 campaign, Rafael Nadal and Megan Fox are the global testimonials for Emporio Armani Underwear and Armani Jeans. The currently No. 1 ranked tennis player in the world and the American actress were shot by photographers Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott.

www.emporioarmani.com

Fashion

Fashion Mutant

On Thursday evening, January 27th, Dutch designer Bas Kosters showcased his Fall/Winter 2011-2012 collection during the 14th edition of Amsterdam International Fashion Week. In his eclectic world of prints, colors, shapes and visuals, Kosters brings Fashion Mutants to live.

For the show, his band (entitled Superior Experience) collaborated with gabber punk band Aux Raus. The show ended in style with an hypnotic track about the Fashion Mutant collection.

www.baskosters.com  

Fashion

Louis Vuitton SS2011

Shot in a New York studio, the new Louis Vuitton advertising campaign photographed by Steven Meisel captures the decadent glamour of the Spring/Summer 2011 fashion show. The dazzling colors and shimmering textures of the clothes, the glossy hair and makeup, and the sparkling Seventies-influenced décor combine to create a spectacular set of images, with the models striking louche poses in color-blocked lurex, silk cheongsams ans lush iris prints. 

Alongside flame-haired model Raquel Zimmermann, Freja Beha Erichsen and Kristen McMenamy, who also walked the show, communicate this year's atmosphere: Artistic Director Marc Jacobs got inspired by the Orient.

www.louisvuitton.com

Fashion

Prada SS2011

Luxurious neon stoles, giant sombreros wrapped in electric stripes and bold banana prints come to life on some of the world's best models: Mariacarla Boscono, Tati Cotliar and Kinga Rajzak alongside Prada's new discovery Arizona Muse.

These vibrant and playful fashion images - inspired in spirit by the legendary jazz age entertainer Josephine Baker - are shot by fashion legend and long-term Prada collaborator Steven Meisel.

www.prada.com

Art

Recollection Quartett

For the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin, MoMu, the Fashion Museum in Antwerp and Mercedes-Benz, invited Belgian art director Frederik Heyman and 4 fashion designers with exceptional signatures and outspoke styles—Bernhard Willhelm, Peter Pilotto, Henrik Vibskov and Mikio Sakabe—to create 4 installations.

Recollection Quartett
Mercedes-Benz Young Classics
Revisited by Frederik Heyman


19/01/2011–23/01/2011
Bühnenservice – Stiftung Oper in Berlin
Zinnowitzer Straße, Ecke Nordbahnhof
10155 Berlin

www.recollection-quartett.com 

Fashion

Christmas in Jeans

Make this a special denim Christmas: Replay’s new cult line especially for the jeans connoisseur: RED SEAL. This 100% Italian-made range is hand-crafted from the finest Japanese fabrics; each individual piece is customised using the most advanced techniques in the field, and the jeans come in 12 vintage-look washes. A red enamel rivet on the side pocket is the distinctive, unique trademark of the RED SEAL range. Available from Replay flagship stores and a selection of other sales outlets.

www.replay.it 

Fashion

Replay
Flagship Store Paris

The historic Replay flagship store in rue Etienne Marcel, an early nineteenth-century former ceramics shop with a distinctively Parisian air, has reopened its doors after a complete makeover. The interiors, measuring around 500 sqm, have been renovated throughout, and blend perfectly with the brand-new concept devised and designed by Replay. 

The aim of this new concept is to recreate an environment that offers the visitor a pleasant break from city life, a relaxing experience for both body and mind.

Andy Gillet & Matteo Sinigaglia

Available at the store the Replay, Replay Maestro, We Are Replay, Red Seal by Replay, White Seal by Replay and Replay & Sons collections.

www.replay.it

Fashion

Longchamp
by Jeremy Scott

Spotted on a red dress in the Jeremy Scott Spring 2011 RTW fashion show, the tire print also appears on his seasonal reinterpretation of the Le Pliage bag.

This limited edition will be on sale exclusively at Colette, Paris and will be available in the Longchamp points of sales from December 1st, 2010.

www.longchamp.com

Fashion

D&G Boutique Munich

D&G announces the reopening of the Munich mono brand boutique. 

With a total surface area of 336 sqm distributed on one level - 245 of which are dedicated to retail - the interior of the boutique has been completely renewed and renovated according to the new D&G design concept.

Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana have worked with BAM Design at the project, with the aim to offer clients a unique shopping experience in a sophisticated and elegant atmosphere.

All D&G women's and men's collections - apparel, accessoires, beachwear, underwear, eyewear, fragrances as well as D&G Time will be present in the store.

D&G Boutique
Theatinerstrasse 12
80333 Munich
Germany

www.dolcegabbana.com/deg

Fashion

Synthesia

Young designer Iris van Herpen won this year’s Dutch Fashion Award. She also won the Dutch Fashion Accessory Award and the Dutch Fashion Incubator Award at the ceremony on November 5th. Van Herpen will now represent contemporary Dutch fashion on the world stage.  

During the ceremony in the Grote Kerk in The Hague, Van Herpen showed pieces from Synthesia, a futuristic collection inspired by the concept of synesthesia – which involves mixing the senses in such a way as to feel sound, taste movement and hear colors. The designer also presented a handful of new pieces, including breathtaking creations spun from thousands of nylon threads that shimmered like a waterfall of light.

www.irisvanherpen.com
www.dutchfashionawards.com 

Fashion

Melissa
and Circenses

Melissa's creation team has dove into history and circus references. The Fall/Winter 2010-2011 collection features nostalgic memories from childhood with the mythic and mystery surrounding artists and their performances. The Cirque Melissas (see image) were created with velvet textures, chromed details, cameos and tones which remind us this magic universe of old performances. 

Fashion

Aquariva by Gucci

Gucci, and Riva, in collaboration with Officina Italiana Design, the design company which created the original Aquariva in 2000, unveil the exclusive made to order “Aquariva by Gucci,” a model customized by Gucci Creative Director Frida Giannini. This initiative will be one of the activities marking Gucci’s 90th anniversary year in 2011.

The Aquariva by Gucci will be exclusively available on a made-to-order basis through Riva’s dealer network.

Fashion

The Nothing

Billionaire Boys Club announce the launch of 'The Nothing' shoe for FW10. Following the successful collaboration between Ice Cream and Reebok with the 'Boardflip' which sold out on its releases in 2005, The Nothing follows suit for BBC. The Nothing, already worn by Pharrell, will be released in October in a variety of colors including teal, yellow, red, grey, brown and black.

www.bbcicecream.com

Fashion

Rodarte for
Dutch National Ballet

The American fashion brand Rodarte has designed the costumes for the world premiere which French choreographer Benjamin Millepied (1977) is creating for the Dutch National Ballet. The world premiere by Millepied, one of the most striking young choreographers today, is part of the programme Strong Voices by the Dutch National Ballet, which runs from Friday October 15th until Friday November 5th, 2010 in theatres in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Utrecht, Heerlen and Arnhem.

www.het-ballet.nl
www.rodarte.net 

Fashion

AKTION direct

After launching their guerilla store, AKTION I (December 2009) in Antwerp followed by their second, AKTION II (July 2010) in Knokke, A.F. Vandevorst now prepares to open up AKTION III in Ghent to coincided with the on-line launch of AKTION direkt. AKTION remains a Belgium based concept, A.F. Vandevorst have decided to spread their spirit by creating AKTION direkt.

AKTION direkt, A.F. Vandevorst's online store will launch Thursday, September 16th, 2010.

shop.afvandevorst.be

Fashion

Shuffle and Cut

Dutch designer Anne de Grijff loves to experiment: “I see clothing as being part of a line, a line I like to rearrange and disrupt [until] unexpected gradations and forms emerge.” Her fall collection pairs quirky pieces with wearable basics, all in sombre black and grey. Innovative pleats and folds add volume to fine leather, stretch jersey, pure wool, and washed silk.

The dark, mysterious aesthetic that runs through the collection was photographed by Sandor Lubbe, who collaborated with De Grijff on her Fall/Winter 2010-2011 campaign. The designer said she was inspired to call on Lubbe after viewing an exhibition of his photography at Steltman Galleries in Amsterdam.

The collection is available at Het Kabinet in Amsterdam, Arnhem Coming Soon, Cobra in Den Bosch, and Nen Xavier in Rotterdam.

Click here for Anne de Grijff's FW10-11 fashion film, shot by Petrovsky & Ramone.

www.annedegrijff.com

Fashion

OUT NOW!
Zoo Magazine NO.28, 2010

Cover image: Daiane Conterato by Laetitia Negre

Out now... Zoo Magazine NO.28, 2010. Our Fall issue includes exclusive shoots and interviews with the likes of Die Antwoord, Koudlam, Marina and the Diamonds, Terence Koh, Phenomenon, Jennifer Ulrich, and John Varvatos. Brazilian supermodel Daiane Conterato graces the cover, and showcases this season's key couture looks in a breathtakingly beautiful, 24-page shoot by Laetitia Negre.

For an exclusive preview, click here.

Art

Colecssion

Collecssion is about collecting and obsession.

In her exhibition at ra, Sayaka Yamamoto will present her three latest, never-before-seen brooch collections featuring her interpretations of nature and the world of plant collectors. Though inspired by nature, none of the works contains actual plant parts. Each collection offers a different point of view and explores various approaches in form and material.

Expo: August 27th – September 21st, 2010

Vernissage on Friday, August 27th, 2010 at 18:00 hrs.

ra
Kloosterstraat 13
2000 Antwerp
Belgium

www.ra13.be

Art

Botulism

Lazarides galleries announce 'Botulism', the first solo exhibition of Brooklyn’s infamous collagist Bäst at the Rathbone Gallery.  

Botulism at Rathbone Gallery, 20th August 2010 - 30th September 2010

www.bastny.com

Fashion

Most Creative Collection at Mittelmoda

During the Mittelmoda Fashion Award 2010, Dutch fashion designer Pauline van Dongen received the award for ‘most creative collection’. The award, a cash price of € 2.500,00 was offered by Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana.

Pauline recently graduated from the Fashion Institute Arnhem. Her womenswear collection ‘Morphogenesis’ stood out because of it's minimalistic and clean look and her experimental approach. Tactility, texture and no-frills modernity are the essence of her work. 

www.paulinevandongen.nl

Fashion

adidas SLVR

This Fall/Winter two famous faces enter the world of adidas SLVR. Brazilian football star Kaká and Slovakian tennis player Daniela Hantuchová appear in the seasonal communication campaign, highlighting the collection’s sport versatility and streamlined aesthetic as well as presenting the collection’s perfect balance between street and fashion, for active and stylish individuals.

The collection is available right now in stand alone adidas SLVR stores in New York and Bangkok as well as the adidas Brand and Performance Centers in Paris, Berlin, Moscow and Beijing, No74 in Berlin and Isetan in Tokyo. For the first time, the adidas SLVR collection will be available at exclusive boutiques such as Aspecto in UK as well as select locations of Macy’s Department Store in the US and at Harvey Nichols in HongKong. adidas SLVR is also available online via the the SLVR e-stores in Europe and in the USA.  

slvrstore.adidas.com

Fashion

Mademoiselle Danger

Inspired by the favorite lipstick color of one of the designers in the Marc by Marc Jacobs design studio, this print is featured on a selection of Fall/Winter 2010-2011 accessories, called the Mademoiselle Danger group.

Available in two color combinations, either white on black, or red on army red, the Mlle Danger print appears on one of Marc by Marc Jacobs’ signature materials 'Pretty Nylon' and brings freshness and originality to your wardrobe for fall. In stores now.

www.marcjacobs.com 

Fashion

JOOP!
FW2010-2011

German lifestyle brand JOOP! has unveiled its Fall/Winter 2010-2011 campaign, shot by British fashion photographer and film director Glen Luchford. The Schlosshotel im Grunewald Berlin, with its elegant and spacious rooms and passion for art and design, formed the perfect backdrop for an extravagant and glamorous shoot. Supermodel Iselin Steiro from Norway and French male model Patrick Petitjean are the faces of the new campaign.

www.joop.com

Fashion

22 Ways To Say Black

Gianfranco Ferré

Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci

Swarovski Elements has commissioned 22 of fashion’s most notable known names and talented newcomers to design one-of-a-kind little black dresses for the initiative 22 Ways To Say Black. On September 20, 2010 at the acclaimed gallery, Phillips de Pury & Company in New York City, under the high-patronage of Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, the one-of-a-kind dresses will be auctioned off by Simon de Pury, with 100% of the proceeds to benefit the American Cancer Society and La ligue nationale contre le cancer in France.  

Jean Paul Gaultier

Gaspard Yurkievich 

Throughout New York Fashion Week, beginning September 7 through September 20, visitors to the New York Meatpacking District outpost of Phillips de Pury & Company can preview these unique pieces which will be on display prior to the auction on the evening of the September 20. After the auction there will be an exclusive cocktail hosted by Nadja Swarovski, vice president of global communications.

www.swarovski-elements.com

Fashion

Flatliners

On Thursday evening, July 15th, Marije de Haan (graduate at Royal Academy of Art The Hague) has won the 'G-Star RAW Talent Award' during LICHTING 2010.  

A majority of the fashion A-listers in the audience and the international jury voted for De Haan's Flatliners collection. The designer was awarded with the 'G-Star RAW Talent Award,' handed out by Remco de Nijs, collection stylist at G-Star. The award consists of a cash prize of 10,000 euro and the opportunity to join the G-Star RAW styling team backstage during the G-Star RAW runway show at New York Fashion Week on September 14th.

The concept of ‘Lichting’ is simple: the best academy graduates of one year in 1 central catwalk show. In the audience are the 700 most important people for the next step in their careers: fashion journalists and influential stylists, ready to spot the next big thing; CEO’s and design managers on the look-out for talent; and the all-important players-behind-the-scenes, all eager to see what the nation’s academies have brought forth this year.

www.lichting10.nl
www.marijedehaan.com

Fashion

Glamour and Chess

G-Star’s Fall/Winter 2010 advertising campaign, shot by celebrated photographer Anton Corbijn, combines the intelligence of Norwegian chess prodigy, Magnus Carlsen, with the beauty of model and actress, Liv Tyler.

Already the world chess number one and described as a ‘Mozart of chess,’ Carlsen has the potential to become a similar level of icon. Becoming a Grandmaster at the age of 13 years and 148 days, Magnus is the youngest player in history to achieve the number one rank and his uncompromising approach to the game mirrors G-Star’s own hardcore design philosophy. 

Hollywood actress Tyler perfectly embodies the modern G-Star woman’s combination of toughness with controlled sensuality. Her striking looks and assured, independent style have made her a globally recognized model and fashion icon. Liv returns for her second G-Star campaign, having previously presented the elegant Low-T capsule-collection. 

Fashion

BANG

Marc Jacobs BANG
The new fragrance for men 

‘The word Bang came to me, and I liked that it was a sound and also that it felt like it was finished, done, end of story... kind of complete!’ - Marc Jacobs 

The fragrance will appear exclusively in Bloomingdale's and in Marc Jacobs' official shops in July and will be available worldwide from September 2010.

Model: Marc Jacobs
Photographer: Juergen Teller
Grooming: Sarah Sibia @ See Management

www.marcjacobs.com

Fashion

sak for Converse

“I wanted to bring together the history of Florence and Converse’s legacy,” says Ryusaku Hiruma, designer and founder of sak.

Hiruma’s story is unique. Born in Japan, he has been pursuing age-old Italian craftsmanship in Florence, Italy for nearly a decade. Choosing to immerse himself in the historical home where Renaissance and industrial design have converged for centuries, Hiruma’s unique and modern sensibility blends with his unmistakable skill and artistry to create four amazing styles for Converse.

Creating coveted versions of Converse’s most recognizable styles, Hiruma carefully replicates the silhouette of the Chuck Taylor All Star, Jack Purcell and One Star shoes using old-world construction techniques. 

After launching the Chuck Taylor All Star edition in March, the collection continues with the One Star and Jack Purcell dropping in July 2010.

www.converse.de 

Fashion

Li Xiaofeng
for Lacoste

Lacoste commissions Chinese artist Li Xiaofeng to create ‘porcelain polo’ for its 2010 Holiday Collector’s Series. 

For its 2010 Holiday Collector’s Series, Lacoste commissioned Chinese artist Li Xiaofeng to re-imagine the iconic Lacoste L.12.12 polo shirt as an original work of art and then to create an exclusive print that will be used in a complementary limited edition of polos for men and women. 

Porcelain Polo sculpture

Lacoste challenged Li Xiaofeng to create two different polos for the 2010 Holiday Collector’s Series. For both, he had to adapt his work methods slightly. For the limited edition printed polo, he chose blue and white shards with lotus and children designs from the Kangxi Period (1662 - 1772 AD) of the Qing Dynasty (1644 - 1911 AD).

Porcelain Polo print

The printed Porcelain Polo is limited to 20,000 pieces for both men and women and comes packaged in a silk pouch stamped with the red seal Li Xiaofeng Lacoste logo above. 

Fashion

New Marni boutiques in China

Marni announces the openings of its new flagship boutiques in the Hangzhou and Shenzhen China’s MIXC shopping malls.  

Hangzhou

Clean and simple, architectural language, materials and colour palettes emphasise the minimalist luxury of the space. Polished concrete and high gloss lacquer form the backdrop while pure steel, translucent fibreglass, natural leather and warm light create layers of texture and depth. Tones of warm grey dominate the interior of the 155 square meter boutique. Carefully composed suspended mannequins appear to float elegantly presenting the collection while flanking the glass façade entrance. Signature stainless steel rails undulate down each side of the boutique, hugging the walls as they pinch inwards enhancing the sense of perspective. Inset with backlit fibreglass accessory display boxes, the rear wall provides a strong focal point while the seamless concrete floor anchors the shop seeming to grow lightly skyward. A warm white glow throughout the space, a Barrisol light diffuses a slightly surreal air.

Shenzhen

A giant picture window opens to a minimalist, 108 square meter shop putting the Marni collection centre stage. The boutique’s entrance is flanked by natural fibreglass mannequins appearing to float as suspended from the ceiling. Signature Marni boutique design details, the mirror-polished stainless steel display tables morph into rails curving down either side of the store. The store’s perimeter is panelled in glossy lacquer inset with backlit fibreglass display boxes showcasing the accessories collection, and soft leather stools and plush carpet create a special focal point in the shoe area. Hard cold steel and lacquer are offset by natural teak flooring and the warm glow of Barrisol ceiling light. These elements combine with translucent fibreglass and natural leather creating layers of depth and texture.

Art

Made: A+B=X

"We are the room you can use. We are your laboratory. We are your studio, your living room and rendezvous point and offer the space to grow, work and exchange." 

Made is a place of creative and interpersonal exchange, spontaneity, creation, friction and controversy.
Made is a studio, workshop and gallery. An active location where creative ideas get the space to be developed and materialized. Made is the creative lab for experiments, the test tube for various essences and a melting pot for ideas, interested in the fusion of energies and the implementation of visions.

The core thought of this idea is the collaboration of at least two different creative forces for one shaped result, object or which ever form. Two, who accomplish synergies, attain a vision. This may be a personal or public, religious or political one; a linear process, a circulation or an interpretation.Strong in effect and concise in statement. Made provides space and support for these collaborations between creators from various genres according to the formula     'A +B =X' to provoke the unexpected and to challenge individuals through cooperation.  

The artist tadiROCK is the originator, creator and at the same time engine of MADE. Together with her team Nico Zeh, Philip Gaedicke and Luise Biesalski she brings together different people for one concept, accompanies, inspires and composes the interplay of creators from various genres. Made is a room of 450 square meters designed by Alexis Dornier and is located in the “Haus des Reisens“ at Alexanderplatz, Berlin. 

www.made-blog.com
www.alexisdornier.com

Art

Ex Spring Ex Po

Ronald van der Hilst
landscape architect and designer
&
Michael James O'Brien
photographer

Opening Friday, June 4th, 2010
from 18:00 - 21:00 hrs

Exhibition Saturday & Sunday, June 5th/6th & 12th/13th, 2010
from 13:00 - 19:00 hrs or by appointment

Ten Tonery Ronald van der Hilst
Mechelseplein 21-23
2000 Antwerp
Belgium

Fashion

BAPESTA!!

This month, BAPE will be hosting BAPESTA!! Pro-Wrestling tournament in Tokyo, with some of Japans top pro wrestlers. NIGO (A Bathing Ape Producer) has collaborated with manga artist YUDETAMAGO to create a new wrestling costume and character “APEGON”.

To celebrate the event BAPE have also produced two special edition T-Shirts featuring famous Japanese cartoon wrestling superhero KINNIKUMAN, matched against BABY MILO. These special edition T-Shirts will be available at the event and at BAPE STORE London.

BAPE Store London
4 Upper James Street
London W1F 9DG
United Kingdom

www.bape.com

Art

The Traveller

In 150 days around the world, from Paris to New York to Shanghai to Bombay and then to Düsseldorf.

Louis Vuitton has commissioned, Düsseldorf based artist, Hans-Peter Feldmann to create an art-installation, during 150 days, on the hoarding, of the upcoming store, on the Königsallee. 

Hans-Peter Feldmann decided to create a wooden sculpture in form of a man that will be displayed in a 4m by 4m glass-window, framing the constant movement of the piece and evoking, for the spectators, a feeling of travelling. By changing the backgrounds, ‘The Traveller’ will travel around the world, in 150 days, and visit on its journey five vibrant cities: Paris, New York, Shanghai, Mumbai and Düsseldorf. 

Art

Coachella Girl

www.hedislimane.com

Fashion

Replay
Flagship Store Milan

The Flagship Replay Store recently opened on Corso Vittorio Emanuele, covering 800 square metres right in the city centre, just a few metres from the Duomo. Located in an area with an intertwining relationship between history, architecture and contemporary style, the space has been designed according to the new Replay concept: focusing on emotions and the rediscovered connection with nature. 

The new concept, which has already been tried and tested in Florence’s Piazza Duomo Replay Store, will be even more evident in Milan. The driving principles are the same, but the specific techniques complement the context, letting the space speak for itself: the project is all about seeking emotions, and is the result of a shared vision between the Studio 10 design team and Fashion Box. 

The new Replay Store is an exciting space, born of the awareness of a common need to be amazed once more, to set up a regenerating venue in the city. Here nature and its fragile balance reclaim a space which has been altered by human intervention, thus allowing a mental and physical break in the urban environment.

Key to the design are a green wall, water wall, wooden wall and metal wall. To access the store you cross a hanging garden on a suspended walkway, so upon entering visitors are surrounded by monumental eleven-metre high walls of plants and a waterfall.

The new space will have its official opening on April 15th, during the Salone Internazionale del Mobile (International Furniture Exhibition of Milan), with a special installation by the art group El Ultimo Grito, organized in conjunction with the Fondazione Claudio Buziol.

www.replay.it

Fashion

Acne Studio Antwerp

Last Thursday, March 25, 2010, Marjan Eggers, owner of famous fashion store Louis in Antwerp openend the first Acne Studio.

Studio n. (pl. -os) 1 A studio is a room where an artist, photographer or sculptor works. 2 A place where performers practice and exercise, and movies are made or produced. 3 it is a place where musicals and sound recordings can be made, and a room from which television or radio programs are recorded and broadcasted. Above all it is a place for inspiration and creativity. 

Artists and especially their studios have been the source to inspiration and the starting point for the creative work with the Acne Studio concept. With the ambition to create a studio that will bring more energy to their garments and at the same time create a more sophisticated shopping experience. The idea of creating a studio instead of an ordinary fashion store is based upon the facts that ACNE is a creative collective and that Acne wants to share this spirit with their costumers. In the studio the products itself are the most important objects, all furniture is designed to fill a special purpose and to solve the needs for merchandising. The concept speaks about creativity, lust, passion, poetry, eclecticism, pop art and a lot about Studio. 

Acne Studio 
Lombardenvest 42
2000 Antwerp
Belgium

www.acnestudios.com

Art

Space for Fantasy

From March 25th to May 22nd, 2010, the Space for Fantasy exhibition brings together common energies and attitudes between visual arts, fashion and design through the worlds of five contemporary creatives: fashion designers Henrik Vibskov and Manish Arora, industrial designer Vincent Olinet as well as artists Jerzy Seymor and Thomas Lélu. Created by the artisitc director Audrey Mascina, Space for Fantasy invites the visitor to discover the artist’s works to whom imagination is a part of reality.

La Galerie des Galeries
1er étage Galeries Lafayette
29 bis rue de la Chaussée d’Antin (entrée du vernissage)
40 bd Haussmann
Paris
Tel: +33 (0) 142 82 81 98

www.galerieslafayette.com

Music

Bass Culture

Bass was definitely the place at the Red Bull Music Academy London Edition this year. Forerunners of yesteryear and pioneers of tomorrow passed through the academy corridors, both with the same ideas - spiritual awakening through bass cone shaking.

Aba Shanti-I © Dan Wilton,
Red Bull Photofiles

Original east London low-end warrior Aba Shanti-I joined the Red Bull Music Academy on the couch and in the radio studio to discuss roots and culture, while Hyperdub helmsman Kode9 pushed things forward with his distinctive skank and copious chapters on sonic warfare.

Modeselektor © Dan Wilton,
Red Bull Photofiles


Berlin's Modeselektor caused tidal waves in the rave with the thick end of their sonic wedge, and gave a live workshop demonstration, while the sound system event, the historical Culture Clash at the round house, saw Soul II Soul, Metalheadz, DMZ and Trojan Sound System battle it out for the bass crown.

More highlights from the academy can be found at the main website, the radio site, and the RBMA YouTube channel.

www.redbullmusicacademy.com
www.redbullmusicacademyradio.com
www.youtube.com/redbullmusicacademy

Art

ITS#NINE

It was supposed to become an online event, and the farewell to the city that hosted it for eight years seemed certain... Instead, ITS announces a new journey: on 16 and 17 July 2010 the striking setting of the city of Trieste in North-East Italy will welcome ITS#NINE - International Talent Support. 

ITS - a project created & developed by the agency EVE - is among the most important international platforms discover and support young talents. It is a network of professionals, opinion leaders, international press, students and teachers coming from all over the world to share and evaluate the highest expressions of creativity in the fields of fashion design, accessories design and photography. Each field has its own dedicated competition: ITS#FASHION, ITS#ACCESSORIES and ITS#PHOTO.

The mission has not changed: ITS will support the new generations of talents, selected by a qualified jury at the end of April 2010, through cash prizes, special projects, dedicated window displays, magazine features, internships abroad and work opportunities. 

If you want to get on board and experience this unmissable journey, remember that the enrolment deadline is 25 March 2010 (go to www.itsweb.org for all the details). At the end of April 2010 two prestigious juries - one for fashion & accessories design and one for photography - will select the finalists for the three fields, the "voyagers" of creativity who will fly to Trieste on 16 and 17 July 2010 to prove their talent and compete for the ITS#NINE prizes. 

Fashion

Neil Barrett for thecorner.com

The British designer Neil Barrett has created a limited-edition T-shirt for  both man and woman, available exclusively on thecorner.com, the virtual space that presents a selection of artisans and cutting-edge brands for men and women through dedicated “mini-stores.”  Following the interpretations by Hussein Chalayan and Les Hommes, this year a designer featured on thecorner.com has the opportunity to customize a t-shirt reinventing the logo of this virtual space. The 2010 edition has been designed by Neil Barrett: with a play contrast and geometrical shapes he has created a new look of thecorner.com logo. 

For the launch of the new season Spring/Summer 2010 collection, starting from 10th March 2010 thecorner.com will offer the limited-edition t-shirt  as a gift to the first customers who will shop on the virtual space. 

www.thecorner.com

Art

Michael Kirkham

British artist Michael Kirkham (*1977 Blackpool) presents four new paintings in his latest solo at Galerie Aschenbach en Hofland. Trained at De Ateliers in Amsterdam, Kirkham lives and works in Berlin. In 2006, Kirkham’s work was featured in a solo exhibition in the Gemeentemuseum The Hague, which was accompanied by a comprehensive catalogue.

His work often features characters engaged in explicit sexual acts or rather apathetic figures striking provocative poses. The subject matter is displayed in all its rawness, with neither mercy nor compromise. Kirkham’s paintings could be considered the painterly equivalent of the books by French author Houellebeque. Houellebeque highlights the excesses of liberal western society and portrays both love and lust as utterly banal. In the work of Michael Kirkham, sexual desire and surrendering to the appetites of the flesh is a mechanism that makes viewers feel uncomfortable. Nonetheless, Kirkham’s consistent and loving execution, his sincerity and all but cynical attitude forces viewers to look at his uncompromising scenes. 

Michael Kirkham completed his formal training at the Glasgow School of Art and Ateliers in Amsterdam. After graduating, he lived and worked in Brussels for three years before moving to Berlin in 2002. His work is represented in the collections of Gemeentemuseum The Hague, the Museum voor Moderne Kunst Arnhem and the Scheringa Museum in Spanbroek. In 2009 Kirkham took part in the exhibition Diana + Actaeon, Der Verbotene Blick auf die Nacktheit in het Museum Kunst Palast, Düsseldorf.

Michael Kirkham
March 6 - April 20, 2010

ASCHENBACH & HOFLAND GALLERIES
Bilderdijkstraat 165-c 
1053 KP Amsterdam 
The Netherlands
Tel: +31(0)204121772 
www.gerhardhofland.com

Fashion

Gone Fishing

Reflecting the fun and energetic atmosphere the warm months promise to bring with them, Onitsuka Tiger turns to the active life of fishing for its Tsuri Spring-Summer 2010 collection. Tsuri is Japanese for fishing and the collection of fresh, fun and highly functional styles draws on this age-old sport for its strong graphics, colour and detailing. 

Traditional Japanese fisherman’s suits and the gradient stripe pattern of the tuna fish are the inspiration behind the collection’s Katsuo stripes and checks, while a palette of navy, white, and yellow reflects the sport’s nautical backdrop. 

The practical elements of fishing gear are significant characteristics behind the silhouettes, contours and detailing. Raglan sleeves, constructed collars, smocking, and pockets in a variety of shapes, sizes and positions play an integral part in fusing fun with functionality. While the nautical colour palette of the footwear collection complements the apparel collection effortlessly for that perfect finishing touch.

New this season, the CARRACK is a cross between the classic deck-shoe and a leather sneaker. 

www.onitsukatiger.com

Art

MMM ‘20’
The Exhibition
in London

This summer, Somerset House hosts Maison Martin Margiela ’20’ The Exhibition. Conceived in close collaboration with Maison Martin Margiela and curated by the Mode Museum, Antwerp, this exciting show makes its London debut where it will be specially reconfigured for the Embankment Galleries at Somerset House, following critical acclaim at the MoMu, Antwerp and Haus der Kunst, Munich last year.

Dates: 3 June – 5 September, 2010
Opening hours: daily from 10.00 to 18.00
Location: Embankment Galleries, Somerset House
Address: Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 1LA, United Kingdom

Fashion

Levi’s x
Opening Ceremony

Celebrated American icons Opening Ceremony and the Levi’s brand recently announced a new partnership marrying Levi's pioneering spirit with Opening Ceremony’s unique, creative design aesthetic. Beginning this spring 2010, Opening Ceremony and the Levi’s brand will introduce new seasonal co-branded
collections rooted in classic Levi’s styles and updated with progressive fabrics, washes, details and twists.

The spring 2010 collection celebrates the craftsmanship, detail and ease of the ever-popular Levi’s cords. The collection takes a modern twist on the iconic Levi's 505 jean by updating it in buttery-soft corduroy in a rainbow of colors including teal, fuchsia, lavender, olive, curry, navy, optical white and beige.

Featuring a fit reminiscent of the 1980’s slim leg 505 jean, these unisex cords offer a new and interesting reinterpretation of a favorite Levi’s vintage fit. Other “new classic” corduroy pieces featured in the collection include unisex cut-off shorts, a unisex button-down shirt and Levi’s trucker jackets in silhouettes for both men and women.

Inspiration for the first Levi’s x Opening Ceremony collection and color story comes from the habitual spring migration of New Yorkers to the scenic upstate countryside. As spring road trips in New York call for well-worn corduroy pants, layered tops and fitted cord jackets in saturated pastels, while colorful cord cut-offs are perfect for summertime escapes.

Levi’s x Opening Ceremony will launch in Opening Ceremony retail stores in New York, Los Angeles and Tokyo next month.

www.eu.levi.com
www.openingceremony.us

Fashion

Müde:
Smart t-shirts

müde is a new project by Claudio Franzo and Alessio Franceschetto to promote the concept of the smart t-shirt and in order to give a touch of irony to graphics with a minimalist style.

müde which in German means tired, is exactly how the two designers felt when they looked at the repetitive looks the fashion world was offering. They are showing us their vision of the world; the allure of the great metropolises; Berlin, Paris, London, and New York, are the inspiration for the unusual graphics. A look based on those people who express themselves through fashion.

The cardinal theme Black & White characterizes the minimalist spirit of the brand and the collection is aimed at a young audience, which is aware of new tendencies and attracted to street-wear and underground looks.

Ultra modern and absolutely unisex, a size L for him can be worn by her as a mini dress they also go perfectly with leggings or skinny jeans. Plus 100% MADE IN ITALY and only the best cotton guarantee high quality.

www.mude-tshirt.com

Fashion

BOSS Black
Fall/Winter 10-11

On the evening of January 21, 2010, BOSS Black hosted the presentation of its Fall/Winter Collection for 2010 in the glamorous setting of Berlin's Hamburger Bahnhof

Some 1,000 invitees – buyers, international press people and celebrities including Oscar winner Hilary Swank, American actors Matt Dillon and Aaron Eckart, and the top model/actress Devon Aoki - attended the show held in the former Hamburger Bahnhof train station that now houses a prestigious museum.  

There were 35 international top models presenting the looks for Fall/Winter 2010, among them Katrin Thormann, Iris Strubegger, Shaun de Wet, and the faces of the current BOSS Black campaign, Toni Garrn and Lars Burmeister.  

Following the show, guests were escorted to a night club specially set up for the after event. Black-in-black seating ensembles with bouquets, a wall showing video animations and a dance floor comprised of LED monitors evoked an exclusive club atmosphere. 

www.hugoboss.com

Fashion

EA7 and
Emporio Armani
x Reebok

Giorgio Armani S.p.A. and Reebok International Ltd. have announced a global alliance to create a special collection, combining active style with sport and technology – the EA7 and Emporio Armani labels, with their sporty and sexy lines, team up with Reebok’s innovation and technologies, resulting in the ultimate activewear concept. 

The collection is infused with Reebok’s sporting DNA and its unique fitness and training heritage, within the contemporary vision of one of the world’s leading fashion designers. The first ever EA7/Reebok and Emporio Armani/Reebok collections were presented at Milan Fashion Week, within the Emporio Armani menswear show on January, 16th 2010. 

Distribution will be limited to Emporio Armani boutiques, select Reebok concept stores and preferred retailers worldwide, starting from July 2010.

www.emporioarmani.com
www.reebok.com 

Fashion

Tilda Swinton for Pringle of Scotland

Tilda Swinton - the actress who is known for her individual sense of style - will be the face of both the label's menswear and womenswear collections for its spring/summer 2010 campaign.

Shot at key Scottish landmarks and nature spots by photographer Ryan McGinley, the campaign will be accompanied by a short film of Swinton, and print images from the shoot will be on show during London Fashion Week in September.

The collaboration marks the start of a series of projects in which Pringle of Scotland is working to promote Scottish talent in the domains of visual arts, design and architecture. Swinton and McGinley, as ambassadors for this, worked on the concept for the campaign together.

www.pringlescotland.com

Fashion

First Spring

‘First Spring’ is Prada’s latest collaboration with pioneering Chinese artist Yang Fudong. Featuring young men gathered in Shanghai, dressed in Prada menswear, the 9-minute black and white film portrays a timeless, dreamlike realm where anything is possible.

Inspired by the promise and opportunities of a new decade, Prada announce they have agreed with Fudong that the art project will officially become the Spring/Summer 2010 menswear advertising campaign. The film will debut exclusively across digital platforms from early February.

www.prada.com

Fashion

Introducing Foujita

For Spring/Summer 2010 Jil Sander explores a new creative territory; a combination of visual arts and fashion design inspiring a new aesthetic prospective. The paintings of Japanese artist Foujita - notably “Combat” and “Grande Composition” - serve as inspiration for the men’s ready-to-wear collection, their lightness as a driving force in redefining a graceful yet masculine physicality.  

Foujita’s use of color, the diffused sense of freedom, the natural dynamism of the figures and the sharpness of his line suggest a figurative exploration of the human body. Printed t-shirts, tank tops, cardigans and knits feature details of Foujita’s artwork, as do shirts and trousers. Cotton-gauze scarves as well as cotton totes with natural-tanned leather handles also serve as canvases for Foujita’s portraits. 

The Jil Sander Foujita Collection will be available in worldwide Jil Sander Stores and selected retailers starting from February 2010. A special packaging bearing the artist’s signature will underline Jil Sander’s tribute to his artistic expression. For Spring 2010, a retrospective of Foujita’s works is planned to be exhibited in France.

www.jilsander.com

Fashion

Hilfiger Denim &
Wasteyourself

Tommy Hilfiger announces the launch of two limited-edition t-shirts for its Spring/Summer 2010 Hilfiger Denim collection. Collaborating exclusively with Wasteyourself—a U.K. based design studio—Hilfiger Denim has commissioned two original artworks for the men and women limited-edition t-shirts. The t-shirts are available in Tommy Hilfiger retail and wholesale stores across Europe in January 2010.  

“I am excited that Dan Lowe and Norman Hayes' incredible vision will be included in our Hilfiger Denim Collection,” said Tommy Hilfiger. “I really admire their unique design approach and think it is a great fit for us.”

For the t-shirts, Wasteyourself has designed artwork inspired by iconic American imagery. The t-shirt for men features the design studio’s interpretation of iconic America, and uses Uncle Sam—a national personification of the United States—in its design. Their artwork comically combines imagery of the all-American figure that is Uncle Same with illustrations of Apple Pie and Hot Dogs to produce unique graphics that match Hilfiger Denim’s edgy looks. For women, the t-shirt features the infamous American eagle, equally designed in a quirky and eclectic fashion. Both artworks for men and women are printed on white t-shirts and come with complementary bags, designed in a Calico plain-woven cotton fabric.

www.hilfigerdenim.com

Fashion

cutting edge

modefabriek presents Irene Bussemaker

On January 24th and 25th, Amsterdam will be hosting the 28th edition of modefabriek (the biannual fashion fair). Its avant-garde design platform cutting edge (trendsetting and provocative design from the Netherlands and abroad) offers talented designers the chance to present their newest collection to the international fashion press.

design by Irene Bussemaker,
photo by Marc Lagrange

Hat designer Irene Bussemaker (Eindhoven, the Netherlands, 1968) is one of this season’s brightest participants of cutting edge. During her studies in Fashion Design at the Academie Beeldende Kunsten Maastricht, Bussemaker was often misunderstood by her teachers; they considered her work to be art instead of fashion. A documentary on renowned milliner Philip Treacy inspired Bussemaker to start designing hats. She applied for an internship at Treacy’s studio and although she had zero experience as a hat designer, Bussemaker got the job. Apparently, Treacy hired her because she was Dutch, just like his brother-in-law. From Treacy she learned how to truly love a hat.

Irene Bussemaker for Iris van Herpen, Autumn/Winter 2009

Fast forward to 2010, Bussemaker has a thriving career. After being nominated 3 times, she received the award for ‘Hat Designer of the Year’ in 2007, initiated by The Hat Magazine (London). In 2009 she won the ‘Prix de la technicité’ at L'Atelier-Musée du Chapeau in France. Jean Paul Gaultier was the patrion of the international concour with the theme ‘variable geometry.’ Recently, she collaborated with promising Dutch fashion designer Iris van Herpen for her Autumn/Winter 2009 collection. Bussemaker’s designs have been sold at Colette in Paris, Jan Jansen in Amsterdam, Alan Journo in Milano and Liberty in London.

Bussemaker’s participation in modefabriek’s cutting edge area will be her début on a trade fair in her home country. She hopes the Dutch will finally understand her work. According to Bussemaker, there are many people in Holland who misunderstand her hats, saying they are more art than headwear – the same criticism she got on her fashion designs during her studies...

www.irenebussemaker.nl
www.modefabriek.nl

Art

Michael Stipe pour
Maison Martin Margiela

© Julien Oppenheim

Michael Stipe has used various means of expression of his creativity in sculpture. A major part of his work is a reflection on the obsolete technology of modern times: how fast it evolves, devices that once were pioneering and innovative quickly becoming outmoded and archaic. The microcassette that he has created for Maison Martin Margiela is in the continuity of this work, and marks his first foray in working with sterling silver.

© Thomas Dozol

"We are extremely proud and honored that our work and world have inspired such a great artist as Michael. We are very excited about this collaboration and are confident that it is to become an exceptional one-of-a-kind piece of Art." (Maison Martin Margiela, November 2009)

“The pure joy of creating in conjunction with Maison Martin Margiela was a great experience for me. They are the epitome of style and embody the spirit of the 21st century like few others.”
(Michael Stipe, November 2009)

Michael Stipe © Thomas Dozol

The microcassette can not be defined as either a piece of jewelry or an art object. It’s both and neither at the same time. It can be worn or displayed in any way the wearer & owner desires. The 925 sterling silver microcassette is presented in a handmade notebook, with die-cut pages to hold it. A black ribbon is attached to the cassette resembling the tape and also serves as a page marker. The notebook comes in a paper envelope closed by a leather string that can also be used to wear the microcassette.Each copy of the notebook is numbered and signed by Michael. There are 199 pieces to the edition. No further edition will be done, making this object a very unique and precious item for collectors, fans and whoever will be inspired by it.

© Julien Oppenheim

Michael Stipe has worked in various mediums throughout his life, music being the most prominent; as the singer of R.E.M. Stipe also has two film production companies, and has produced or executive produced over 20 feature films, including the Oscar nominated Being John Malkovich. An avid photographer, Stipe's photographs have been printed in dozens of international magazines and art journals. From 2005 to present Michael has focused on creating sculpture. This sterling silver microcassette marks his first official collaboration with Maison Martin Margiela.

Fashion

How To Wear
a Cozy

DKNY launches "How To Wear a Cozy" iPhone application

"To me, the Cozy is the modern scarf you can wear day to evening -- only it's even more versatile. It can be the new jacket, the new sweater, the new wrap. You personalize it according to your mood. It can be wrapped around the body every which way, or it can be worn like a scarf, with one or both sides hanging loose. The Cozy becomes the quintessential piece in your wardrobe because there are so many ways of wearing it." (Donna Karan)

DKNY wants you to maximize the ways you wear your Cozy, introducing the DKNY Cozy iPhone App, your own personal fashion stylist, that goes wherever you go. With one tap of the App and a twist of the Cozy your look can be transformed to take you anywhere at any time. The iPhone App was designed in partnership with Atimi Software Inc. and was strictly developed as a tool to show DKNY Cozy enthusiasts step by step visual directions on how to get the most out of this quintessential wrap. The Cozy can be tied more than a dozen ways and it will never look the same.

www.dkny.com

Fashion

Navyboot in
the City

Success stories often begin with a simple idea. Navyboot was no different. Bruno Bencivenga – founder and CEO of Navyboot created in 1991 a classic, comfortable shoe for everyday and all situations. The designers at Navyboot soon began to transfer the concept to other products. These days, it’s a premium brand specialized in shoes, bags and leather accessories, catering to both women and men.

Navyboot currently has over 50 stores in Switzerland, and has started to expand the brand internationally since 2008. Following store openings in Frankfurt, Düsseldorf and Munich Airport, November 2009 saw the launch of its first Berlin boutique, situated in a prominent downtown location. The VIP event was attended by a string of A-listers, including US moviestar Daryl Hannah, Katja Flint, Simone Thomalla, Natalia Wörner, Clemens Schick, Anatole Taubman, Martin Krug and Verena Kehrt.

Navyboot’s current Fall/Winter 2009/10 campaign is shot by fellow Swiss man Michel Comte, appointed by the brand to boost its international flair.

All images: Michel Comte meets Navyboot

www.navyboot.ch

Fashion

Louis Vuitton:
Special Orders
for Red Cross

Louis Vuitton organises an auction of seven Special Orders created by masters of savoir-faire at Sotheby’s, London, in benefit of the Red Cross

Louis Vuitton thus pays tribute to the 150th anniversary of the Red Cross by creating seven limited-edition Special Orders, made in the Asnières workshop that this year celebrates a century and a half of savoir-faire, tradition and innovation. Louis Vuitton offered six masters of savoir-faire the opportunity to create a unique special order that embodies their exceptional expertise in their respective professions.

The six personalities are: the chef Ferran Adrià, the artist Damien Hirst, the photographer Annie Leibovitz, the musician and composer Gustavo Santaolalla, the designer Marc Jacobs, Patrick-Louis Vuitton, the head of Louis Vuitton’s Special Orders department and a member of the fifth generation of the Vuitton family. To commemorate the event, Louis Vuitton has crafted a limited-edition Red Cross medical trunk.

Academy Award Winner Gustavo Santaolalla's Ronroco case

“We are very proud to collaborate with the Red Cross on such an iconic occasion and to offer our support to this exceptional association which for the past 150 years has played a major role in the fight against the instability of this world”, says Yves Carcelle, Chairman & CEO of Louis Vuitton.

Ferran Adria's travel case

The proceeds from the auction will be donated to the Nigerien Red Cross Fighting Malnutrition Programme. This programme aims to contribute to the reduction of acute malnutrition and mortality of the most vulnerable population, including expectant and new mothers as well as young children under five.

Patrick-Louis Vuitton’s Special Order and Watercolour Case

www.louisvuitton.com
www.icrc.org
www.sothebys.com

Art

Sandor Lubbe: Photos

Sandor Lubbe
Foto's (Photos)

Exposition from November 14th until December 24th, 2009

Steltman Galleries
Prinsengracht 799
Amsterdam
The Netherlands
Tel: +31 20 6228683

www.steltman.com
www.sandorlubbe.com

Fashion

G-Star Raw
Turns 20

Denim brand G-Star Raw chose to celebrate its 20th anniversary in Tokyo over the weekend with three exciting events open to the general public: an unveiling of the exclusive 'RAW 20' collection at a G-Star 'pop-up' store in Harajuku; a signing session in Shibuya's G-Star store by industrial designer Marc Newson; and the G-Star RAW Night 'GOLD' event at Le Baron de Paris, in Tokyo.

For a limited period of only five days G-Star Raw operated a 'pop-up' retail store in Harajuku. Designed to cause a stir then disappear, the 'pop-up' concept mixes a short-lived, guerilla-style retail store with an art happening.The store presents special edition pieces from the 'RAW 20' Collection, featuring T-shirts, sweats, pants and accessories that celebrate G-Star's twenty years in business and which are not available through normal retail channels. All sales proceeds are to be donated via the GSRD Foundation (G-Star Raw Denim Foundation) to two children's aid projects via the Net4Kids Aid Foundation.

The 'pop-up' store also features a Reading Gallery that showcases denim craftsmanship and an infotainment concept that comments on the high speed, short attention-span, accelerated culture we all now live in. Each highlights G-Star's continuing belief in the artistic fusion of disparate ideas and elements.

Marc Newson

Additionally, attendees also had the opportunity to see the Spring/Summer 2010 'G-Star by Marc Newson Limited Edition Collection' that Newson recently launched at 10 Corso Como during Milan Fashion Week. This collection features Marc's modern interpretation of four classic styled jackets and two T-Shirts; taking the traditional utilitarian fabrics associated with each style and replacing them with premium materials to present a creative fusion of street-wear silhouettes and couture-level fabrics.

SS 2010 G-Star by Marc Newson Limited Edition Collection

The 20th anniversary celebrations peaked with the G-Star Tokyo Raw Night 'GOLD' at Le Baron de Paris, on the evening of October 30th. Attendees were treated to a festive celebration of the power of music, design and art, curated by Sato Toshihiro and 20 icons from the Tokyo 'GOLD' era.

Art

Something Old, Something Blue, Something Borrowed...

The innovative art event Something New will amaze Chicago on November 11th

Something New invites artists and non-artists to produce and organize their art pieces within the 24 hour period and within the city limits of Chicago. When it comes to the work, there are no limits: whatever can be considered to be art, can be part of the event!

Art work from Something New, London, November 2006

Something New does not focus so much on showing the art alone; it should be understood as an event which is there to stimulate the production of art. Even though it is important for the audience to enjoy the event, the most important part is the participants to create their art and have fun with it. The goal of the organizers is to involve experienced and commercial artists, but also people who have not produced art ever before. The more diverse the better!

Art work from Something New, London, November 2006

The first edition of Something New first place in London, in November 2006, and was organized by Nic Roope and Nikola Tosic. The Chicago edition is organized by Tosic again, together with Sarah Weis.

Those wanting to participate in the event can simply email the organizers with a short description of the art work, as well as information on where and when the work will be showed exactly. For more information see www.somethingnew.info

Fashion

True Blue

Jean Paul Gaultier remixes vintage sculptural linerie with Levi's® jeans and jackets on the Paris catwalk

After their SS 2010 Menswear partnership, Jean Paul Gaultier and Levi's® collaborate on key silhouettes from the SS 2010 Womenswear collection to hit selected stores in May 2010.
Talk about the re-emergence of the lingerie as outerwear trend and the sculptural glory of that Jean Paul Gaultier’s pink satin conical bra comes back to mind. A seminal ‘90s moment in the history of fashion, it cemented the fashion-forward reputation of the Queen of Pop and troubled the dreams of many.

A lifelong Levi's® jeans wearer and a denim fan, Jean Paul Gaultier remixed iconic Levi's® designs with vintage lingerie constructions in his S/S 2010 Womenswear collection on show in Paris on Saturday, creating silhouettes which are rigorously structured in design, lovingly crafted and free in spirit.
On the catwalk, dark denim turned into a mini-midi juxtaposition skirt and workwear- inspired dungarees – part modern Rosie the Riveter and part boudoir - with conical bra tops, reinforced and lined with flesh tone bias tape reminiscent of old school corsetry.

www.jeanpaulgaultier.com
www.eu.levi.com

Fashion

Rock Spirit,
Industrial Soul

John Richmond unveils his first boutique in France: a 1300 m2 Flagship Store located in the heart of Paris.

The opening of this imposing flagship store in Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honore is part of a strategic plan  for market expansion, organized by Saverio Moschillo who runs the brand together with John Richmond himself. This brand new store in Paris will join ones that already exist in Milan, Capri, Porto Cervo and Kiev. The Paris store introduces the brand’s new philosophy, express through new architecture, exquisite art installations, futuristic layouts and effective merchandising.  

John Richmond worked in collaboration with french architect Christophe Pillet to create a new, exclusive vision of luxury, by using noble materials and unique details such as black smoked glass plates and chrome steel hangers. The distinctive tattoo design, sprayed on mirrors or inlayed on the floor in precious marbles, creates a continuous visual connection embodying the designer’s famous rock spirit and unveiling the industrial soul by being displayed in an unusual, high tech setting.

John Richmond 
Rue de Fabourg Saint Honore 62
Paris, France
www.johnrichmond.com

Art

Zoo Magazine
at Gagosian Gallery

Zoo Magazine is proud to be displayed beautifully at the recently opened Gagosian Gallery store in New York. 

International art powerhouse Gagosian Gallery has recently opened its first retail venue at 988 Madison Avenue, NYC. This unique store features all Gagosian publications as well as artist limited editions by John Currin, Tom Friedman, Ellen Gallagher, Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons, Marc Newson, Richard Prince, Anselm Reyle, Ed Ruscha, Tom Sachs, and Franz West, among others. The selection of magazines has been broadened, and now also includes Zoo Magazine.

Gagosian Gallery store
988 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10075
U.S.A.

www.gagosian.com

Art

Art

Replay Loves Arts

An open air exhibition of works by emerging artists, on the facade of the Museum of 18th Century Venice.

As part of the Imprenditori Illuminati “near Venezia” project, the restoration of the facade of Ca' Rezzonico, which houses the Museum of 18th Century Venice, continues with the support and funding of Fashion Box, the company behind the Replay, Replay&Sons and We Are Replay brands.

Replay has for some time been actively involved in the promotion of art both through its own initiatives and those of the Venice-based Fondazione Claudio Buziol founded in 2006 to provide crucial support for young people to be able to achieve their ambitions, by helping them to develop their creative skills and artistic expression, and also by offering their work greater exposure.

The “Replay loves Arts” project and the Open Air exhibition are part of this movement. Rather than using the huge billboard which covers the facade of Ca' Rezzonico during restoration work as an advertising space, it will host and provide publicity every month to the work of a different young, emerging artist. Each artist will be selected by the Fondazione Claudio Buziol through the Gallery on its website www.fondazioneclaudiobuziol.org in order to build an enormous open air contemporary art exhibition.The artist's work, as well as being reproduced on the billboard, will be exhibited in its original form inside the Museum.

www.replay.it

Art

American Youth

American Youth is a curatorial project from Hedi Slimane, about the representation of youth, and the birth of counter culture, in America from the 50s until now. This November, the respected photographer and designer will release a limited-edition box set, which includes 11 movies, chosen by Hedi and illustrated with his photographs. It has been edited by the French film company MK2.

All three images: Hedi Slimane,
courtesy Art and Commerce

Rebel Without a Cause - Nicholas Ray
Who's That Knocking at My Door 
Martin Scorsese
Woodstock - Michael Wadleigh
Zabriskie Point - Michelangelo Antonioni
Permanent Vacation - Jim Jarmusch
Rumble Fish - Francis Ford Coppola
Last Days / Mala Noche - Gus Van Sant
Boys Don't Cry - Kimberley Peirce
Mysterious Skin - Gregg Araki
Wassup Rockers - Larry Clark

American Youth
Limited-edition box set (2,500 copies)
Price: € 149
Release date: November 2009

Music

Boys & Girls

When Jean Paul Gaultier meets Martin Solveig...

Martin Solveig and Jean Paul Gaultier

An encounter, an unprecedented collaboration between the two artists: “Boys & Girls”, Martin Solveig’s latest hit single, was released this summer. The new single is a “girl-boy” dialogue between Martin Solveig and Martina, the electro-pop singer from Dragonette.
Designed like a musical, the song’s video is very fashion-oriented and, of course, quirky. Jean Paul Gaultier opened up his maison de couture and cast himself as guest star in the role of guardian of the temple.

Martine and Martin Solveig in the video of "Boys & Girls"

A free, exclusive download of “Boys & Girls” by Martin Solveig featuring Dragonette is available from now on the Ma Dame website.

www.jeanpaulgaultier.com
www.martinsolveig.com

Art

L'art pour L'art

Wolfgang Joop opens his new exhibition of fashion drawings: an overview of 4 decades of illustrations.

Black Beauty - Red Dress
2000 / 2009 - 140 x 100 cm
Limited Edition, Circulation: 100, signed

The multi-talented Wolfgang Joop, currently the owner of Wunderkind, had clear role models: the ice-cold beauty of Tamara de Lempicka’s paintings that reflect the 1930s and their ideals of beauty and the expressive, slightly heinous drawings by Egon Schiele. Both artists followed their own paths against the current of society, not submitting themselves to the tastes of the times and therefore creating an individual visual world concentrated on peoples and their bodies.

Little White Fox - Big Black Dress
2000 / 2009 - 140 x 99 cm
Limited Edition, Circulation: 100, signed

For Wolfgang Joop, art and fashion are most impressive when the objects have the spark of an old master, whom he studied extensively, and possess “an aura of unintentionalness; or the intention to be completely self-satisfied.” The French call this l’art pour l’art. Wolfgang Joop’s sketches are art for art’s sake. “My sketches should look as though they emerged effortlessly. They explain my sense of time, my concept of beauty, with the most minimalist and yet self-assuredly effective means.”

Sunflower Dress
1994 / 2009 - 140 x 98.7 cm
Limited Edition, Circulation: 100, signed

Black Men´s Fashion - Back from N.Y.
2000 / 2009 - 140 x 100 cm
Limited Edition, Circulation: 100, signed

Wolfgang Joop- Illustrationen aus 4 Jahrzehnten
LUMAS Berlin - Hackesche Höfe
19/09/2009 – 06/10/2009
Rosenthaler Straße 40/41, 10178 Berlin

LUMAS München
19/09/2009 – 27/10/2009
Brienner Straße 3, 80333 München

www.lumas.de
www.wunderkind.de

Art

Between Voyeurism
and Exhibitionism

THE PASSENGERS III, 32 x 23,5 cm, Ink and Gouache on paper, 2009

Gallery Hanahou is celebrating the release of Tina Berning’s new edition of her sold out classic book '100 girls on cheap paper’. At the same time the gallery is presenting the second solo show of the renowned artist in New York: 'The Passengers’. 'This body of works has its origins in Tina Berning's 2009 solo exhibition in Munich titled 'The Listeners.' The works from that show have grown and evolved as they travel to New York, becoming 'The Passengers'.

Vine Street, 32 x 24 cm, Gouache and Ink on Paper, 2009

With 'The Passengers’ Tina Berning continues to explore the relationships between conditioned aesthetics and supposed subjective ambition in the canon of contemporary visuals. The drawings formulate the artist's own images of the human body, its inadequacy and its fundamental relation to self-determination. Tina Berning releases figures out of their heteronomous, medial contexts and shifts them into an interplay between voyeurism and exhibitionism. She uses her paintings and drawings as carriers to extricate subjects from the contemporary alienated incapacitation.

Sandman, 93 x 62 cm, Goache and China Ink on Paper (Record Sleeves), 2009

THE PASSENGERS at GALLERY HANAHOU
September 11th to October 9th, 2009
611 Broadway, Suite 730
New York City, USA

www.tinaberning.de
www.galleryhanahou.com

Art

World Without Women

Upon invitation of gallerist Ron Mandos, Ruud van der Peijl and Silvia B. will collaborate to create an exposition in which the diverse and often disputed notion of masculinity will take the central theme. Ruud van der Peijl’s photographic series ‘World Without Women’ and the sculpture series ‘Les plus Beaux’ by Silvia B. present sometimes poetic, sometimes shockingly confrontational alternative perceptions of male self-perception, both young and old.

'Bubba' by Ruud van der Peijl

Tough, imposing, macho and charming, all stereotypes of male beauty and behaviour are addressed in this collaborative installation from Ruud van der Peijl and Silvia B.
Photographing models aged between 2 and 73 years, Ruud van der Peijl removes ‘masks’ such as clothing and accessories to draw out alternative identities with the use of make-up and a minimal amount of styling. All forms of image manipulation to render reality more beautiful as used in advertising and fashion photography are done away with so that the feminine, vulnerable and marked expressions of these models are painfully exposed.

By contrast Silvia B. adorns her boyish sculptures with an eclectic mix of unusual but distinctly recognisable garments, accessories and styling. Despite their party contrary approach, both artists uncover an aspect of boyish behavior, machismo, dandyism and everyday masculinity that grate with our everyday stereotyped view.

'David' by Ruud van der Peijl

'Jona' by Ruud van der Peijl

Ruud van der Peijl & Silvia B.
World Without Women & Les Plus Beaux
Gallery Ron Mandos
Prinsengracht 282
1016 HJ Amsterdam
the Netherlands
05.09.09 – 10.10.09

Fashion

9 Countries,
9 Men, 1 Winner

Calvin Klein Underwear recently announced plans to launch the new men’s Calvin Klein Underwear steel fashion range. The new line will debut in August 2009 coinciding with the launch of the Calvin Klein Underwear male model competition, “9 Countries, 9 Men, 1 Winner.” To celebrate the new Calvin Klein Underwear steel product offering, the brand will launch a pan-European model search to find one man from each of the nine countries who embodies the attributes of the new line. From the nine finalists, one winner will be chosen by public vote and will receive a one-year top male modelling contract with Select Model Management, as well a luxury trip for two to South Africa.

To enter the competition, contestants can either apply through an in-store casting at participating stores across Europe, or they can submit photographs of themselves wearing Calvin Klein Underwear to the competition website (www.9countries9men.com). All photo submissions will be judged by a prestigious panel of judges including current Calvin Klein model and actor Jamie Dornan, key executives from Select Model Management, key members of the media and executives from Calvin Klein, Inc. The judges will select one finalist from each of the nine countries, who will be announced in February 2010. The nine finalists will then compete in the grand final in April 2010, when one winner chosen by public vote on the competition website.

Jamie Dornan by Steven Klein
for Calvin Klein Underwear 2009

www.cku.com
www.calvinkleininc.com/underwear

Fashion

Sharp Dressed Men

John Varvatos Shoots All-American Band ZZ Top for Fall 2009 Ad Campaign.

John Varvatos looks to rock and roll’s heritage for inspiration so it was no surprise when he selected ZZ Top, one of the longest running major US rock bands, for his Fall 2009 advertising campaign. Photographer Danny Clinch shot the campaign against a life size diorama of buffalo at the Museum of Natural History in Los Angeles - a setting perfectly fit for the trio from Texas.

ZZ Top, comprised of Billy F Gibbons, Dusty Hill and Frank Beard, have been together for 40 years of rock, blues, and boogie on the road and in the studio. In 2004 the Texas trio was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. “ZZ Top is a music institution that has remained relevant through the changes and trends of the last four decades, it was inspiring to work with them” said John Varvatos.

Watch the making of the campaign at www.johnvarvatos.com

Music

RAW Rhythm
Festival

The first edition of the RAW Rhythm Festival at the Cultuurpark Westergasfabriek in Amsterdam ended on Sunday morning the 2nd of August at 4 am. On Friday the 31st of July and Saturday the 1st of August, the audience (almost 10,000 people) enjoyed a blend of groundbreaking music. Hiphop, dance and reggae, a good atmosphere and positive feedback from the visitors make the organization look back at the festival with great pride. The RAW Rhythm Festival is back at its former location in the heart of Amsterdam.

Highlights of the festival line-up included Dizzee Rascal, Alice Russell, Zwart Licht, Ryan Leslie, Roni Size, Lunice and Chuckie and Lil Jon.

The RAW Rhythm Festival is an initiative of MTV in collaboration with G-Star Raw. RAW Rhythm Festival replaces Drum Rhythm Festival after a 7-year absence.

Chuckie and Lil Jon

Ryan Leslie

Dizzee Rascal

www.rawrhythmfestival.com
www.g-star.com

Fashion

Replay
SS2010

On Sunday July 26th, Dutch ex-model and TV-host Renate Verbaan opened the Replay show. In the presence of the complete Replay management team, the SS2010 collection by new creative director Gigi Vezzola was showed.

For the Spring/Summer of 2010, Replay looks back to the past and selects the best fashion choices of each decade. Replay mixes classic with sportive and local with international while keeping denim the essential part. This leads to a stylish collection with strong contrasts: from the 1980s to ethno chic.

www.replay.it

Catwalk images by Peter Stigter

Art

100 Girls
On Polaroid

During this year's Berlin Fashion Week, Alexander Gnädinger presented "100 Girls on Polaroid", a series of portraits he took over the course of 15 trips – with just a Polaroid camera as equipment.

With the support of adidas, the project also turned into a book that was launched at the opening of the exhibition at No74 in Berlin. The project's title is a tribute to Tina Berning's book "100 girls on cheap paper" and the friendship between Alexander Gnädinger and the illustrator.

The polaroids show something that is hard to find in times of digital photography: unaltered reality. To Alexander Gnädinger, the extreme use of programms like photoshop has an enormous influence on how we perceive beauty, and ultimately on our self-perception. It inspired him to look for authentic beauty around the world and capture it on film. The unmanipulated result focuses on the models' personality and charisma alone – seemingly embracing imperfection but all the while honoring originality. The photographer captured the 100 girls how they naturally see themselves and how they want to be seen – what you see is what you get. His work might therefore bring an answer to our ever growing wish for individuality.

www.no74-berlin.com
www.100girlsonpolaroid.com
www.alexander-gnaedinger.com

Fashion

The House of Fun

Let your imagination run rabid with the new Diesel campaign – it’s got something for all the family and more. Fun, fun, fun (and obscure penis jokes) is back in fashion with the ALL-NEW ALL-COLOUR big, bright, brazen, bold, bonkers and beautiful Diesel Fall/Winter 2009 campaign.

In these voyeuristic, taboo-humping, iconoclastic spasms of a world mashed up by media, we follow many ridiculous “some-might-say-but-they-would-be-wrong” insane subplots conjured up by the mad scientist of the advertising game (the Diesel Creative Team).

Of course the models are beautiful: impotence-busting young women and sultry, slutty, teddy bear friend boys. Never have so many models so engagingly made love to no one, shared intimate moments with giant toy-bears, or been virulently attacked by feather dusters.  

The campaign, shot by Jason Nocito and styled by Avena Gallagher, yielded no less than 23,000 photos during a thrilling six-day shoot (which used more than 3,000 Diesel items).

www.diesel.com

Fashion

Acne Studio Amsterdam

“Amsterdam is an inspirational city and to be part of that and have a dialogue with the people who appreciate the most interesting architecture, design and art is so important for me.” - Jonny Johansson on opening in Amsterdam

The Acne Studio Amsterdam’s design aim was to create a legible Acne world encompassing all of the classic studio elements in the historic nine streets of Amsterdam. The Studio is a combination of very important Acne elements – for example the specifically designed diamond flooring and classic Acne sculptural forms. All furniture and fittings are handmade and bespokely designed, including morphing lamps and racks, metal framed windows as well as a one of Acne denim wall. The store is a split level space with reflective surfaces and hosts the men’s and women’s collection, as well as the denim and pop concepts. The Studio itself speaks about luxury, vintage and European architecture. This will be Acne's first studio in the Benelux area. Other studios have been created in Oslo, Bergen, Stockholm, Paris, Hamburg, Copenhagen and New York.

Acne Studio Amsterdam
Oude Spiegelstraat 8
1016 KJ Amsterdam
The Netherlands

www.acnestudios.com

Fashion

Wrangler launches
Blue Bell website

Fall/Winter 2009 sees a newly updated Wrangler website, which also showcases the much anticipated relaunch of the Blue Bell collection.

www.bluebelljeans.com

The relaunch of Blue Bell collection is presented through a unique interactive short film directed by Filip Nilsson & Andreas Nilsson (Moby, The Knife).

Client: Wrangler Europe
Agency: Kokokaka
Production Company: Kokokaka
Directors: Andreas Nilsson & Filip Nilsson
DoP: Carl Nilsson 

Fashion

The Genesis
of a Dress

On July 2nd 2009 during Berlin Fashion Week Wunderkind opened an exhibition in its Berlin boutique at Gendarmenmarkt.

Rather than presenting the new collection Fall/ Winter 2009 in a classic runway form, Wolfgang Joop decided to create an installation showing the creative process of the collection from the first idea to the final dress. Wunderkind opens itself to the consumer, allowing a rare view on the work process behind runway presentations and photos of glossy fashion magazines.

A 10 m long table presents first sketches and illustrations by the designer, mood boards, textile swatches and inspirations influencing the designer’s work.

Four large linear walls were built in the boutique space to break with the existing loft like space and acting as a gallery backdrop. These walls carry wallpapers with prints of the fall/winter collection fabrics as well as the original photographs by photo artist Gregor Toerzs, whose motifs were used as prints on dresses and coats of the fall collection.

54 exceptional pieces from the collection were draped on mannequins including first models in tuile, the 'blueprints' of the collection, so that the first draft confronts the final creation in real form.

The installation will last through July and August 2009.

www.wunderkind.com 

Fashion

Steven Meisel for
Bottega Veneta

Bottega Veneta announces the latest in its ongoing series of creative collaborations, this one with photographer Steven Meisel. The occasion is the brand’s Fall-Winter 2009/2010 advertising campaign, which was shot in New York this past March.

It is a collection of glamour and sensuality. A quiet palette of muted browns and soft creams is warmed by shades of grape, bramble and lilac. Stevel Meisel is one of the world’s preeminent fashion photographers, an innovative and influential force in fashion for almost 30 years. For Bottega Veneta Creative Director Tomas Maier, Meisel’s intuitive understanding of glamour – its conventions, ambiguities, and irresistible appeal – made him an ideal partner for the campaign. Bottega Veneta’s Fall-Winter 2009/2010 advertising campaign will break in the August issues of select magazines globally.

www.bottegaveneta.com

Fashion

SuperTrash
SS2010

On Friday July 24th, SuperTrash showed its SS2010 collection during Amsterdam International Fashion Week. The audience included SuperTrash fan Janice Dickinson, who flew in especially from the US. The collection features three themes: Animal Jungle, Blossom and Caleidoscope, all conveying an international glamorous feeling.

Dutch entrepeneur Olcay Gulsen is the owner of fashion label SuperTrash, founded in LA in 2001. Gulsen met socialite and founder Ava Rily Ann in 2002 and the two were determined to make SuperTrash a global success. At the end of 2008, Gulsen decided to fully take charge of the young and sexy, but sophisticated label. SuperTrash is now being sold in 16 countries worldwide and has 800 points of sale; 300 of them in the Netherlands. July 2009 sees the first shop concept Walk in Wardrobe being introduced in all de Bijenkorf department stores. Besides that, SuperTrash has updated its website with a community, blog and webshop. SuperTrash also launched its first magazine during Amsterdam International Fashion Week 2009.

www.supertrash.eu

Fashion

John Varvatos:
Urban Dreamer

An urban dreamer captures the mood of John Varvatos’ spring/summer 2010 collection. His wardrobe seamlessly unifies the ultra modern with elements from the past.

The silhouette is constructed from a composite of lightweight layers that softly contrast and harmonize refined tailoring, sporty outerwear and contemporary fabrics. Proportion remains narrow and elongated. A stronger, more structured shoulder and longer jacket lengths are paired with a tapered trouser that finishes in an ankle-skimming hem or cuff. Edgy cuts in outerwear showcase a new sense of balance: dropped collars at the front and raised hems at the back.

www.johnvarvatos.com

Fashion

Stefanel's jumpsuits
and organic cotton

Stefanel during the last few years has experimented and offered to the market an item that today can be considered, like the knitwear, an identification for the brand: the “overall”. Stefanel has interpreted the overall in many ways, offering for the Spring Summer collection 2009 different models, and carrying this item to become a “must have” for every women who follow the fashion trends and a best seller from the sales point of view.

Stefanel, in order to propose quality and fashionable products, is focusing on bio-fashion by realizing a new line of top and t-shirts with the organic cotton for the spring/summer collection 2009/2010. Environmentally compatible and ecosustainable, the organic cotton is the result of an organic farming that is made without using fertilizers, pesticides and defoliants. It is organized in a crop rotation in order to respect the natural cycle and the global warming prevention.

www.stefanel.com

Fashion

'We can
change lives'
Neil Barrett

Neil Barrett, in collaboration with Oxfam International and Ucodep, has created a special limited edition T-shirt in both men's and women's versions, it is a true evocation of Oxfams’s philosophy: working together for change. The T-shirt is available exclusively on www.thecorner.com, whose proceeds will be donated to both humanitarian organizations.

Both organizations have always sought the involvement of key figures from the entertainment and artistic fields, in the effort to find new solutions to their ongoing efforts.

www.thecorner.com

Art

Oil Now
Théo Mercier

Envoy enterprises will present “Oil Now”, Théo Mercier’s first solo exhibition in New York. Mercier poetically describes Oil Now as a ‘smiling fist, a sweet cocktail of blood, bubble gum and motor oil.’ The exhibition is largely comprised of found objects, original photographs, computer generated images, drawings, paintings, and subversive text.

Mercier has previously worked for Matthew Barney and continues to collaborate with fashion designer Bernhard Willhelm. For his installation at Envoy, Mercier worked closely with his studio-mate from Paris, Colin Johnco, who runs two record labels.

The show will run from June 4th to July 12th, 2009

Envoy enterprises
131 Chrystie Street, ground floor
New York, NY 10002

www.envoyenterprises.com

Fashion

7 For All Mankind
Boutique Paris

7 For All Mankind has chosen Paris to open its first European boutique. The 70 square meter flagship store is to be located in the prestigious Rue Saint Honoré, and the complete range of 7 For All Mankind collections for men, women, children, denim, sportswear and accessories will be available here.

On the occasion of this inauguration, a special denim edition “7 For All Mankind Loves Paris” will be launched. Only 200 pairs of these jeans have been produced and they will be sold exclusively at the boutique. The jeans have the classic squiggle on the back pockets and on the label, instead of the usual 7, there is a splendid Eiffel Tower, in rhinestone for women and embroidered for men.

The 7 For All Mankind boutique will be open daily from 10:00 to 19:00.
Rue Saint Honoré 223
Paris, France

www.7forallmankind.com

Fashion

Lady Dior

Marion Cotillard dressed in the new Dior Spring Summer 09 collection is photographed by Peter Lindbergh on top of the most iconic and romantic landmark in the world: the Eiffel Tower.

With its own intricate pattern and design, just like the Lady Dior handbag itself, it is the perfect backdrop for Lady Dior, Paris.

www.ladydior.com

Music

John Varvatos
Free the Noise

John Varvatos announces the first John Varvatos, USA ‘Free the Noise’ battle of the bands contest. The competition is a global online search for the next great rock n’ roll band and will be hosted on SPINearth.tv. The winning band will receive a development deal with Island Records and be featured in the next John Varvatos USA international advertising campaign, as well as featured on SPIN Earth.

The competition kicked off April 21, 2009 and entries will be accepted through July 31, 2009. ‘Music is the heart and soul of this brand. I’m excited to be able to partner with SPIN Earth and Island Records to go global with this opportunity to discover rising talent in today’s music community. Hosting this contest on the internet allows bands from all four corners of the globe to participate.’ Said John Varvatos.

For more information and contest rules, please visit:
Spinearth.tv/freethenoise

Fashion

House of
Causse Gantier

Like many of the inhabitants of Millau, three brothers Paul, Jules and Henri worked cutting our gloves when they decided to found their own glove factory in 1892. The House of Causse was born.
The Causse’s gloves Spring/Summer 09 are chic and glamour with models using blows, rivets... They are short or long always with luxury skins.

In September is the launch of the online shop of Causse, you will find sport, casual, special models of gloves for both men and women.

www.causse-gantier.com

Fashion

Maarten Baas
for Costume National

Hosted by Creative Director Ennio Capasa in occasion of the Milan Furniture Fair, Dutch artist Maarten Baas designs a Limited Edition T-shirt for Costume National.

Only 100 pieces of the tee featuring little men, who stand next to the graphics of “Clay Furniture” and the “Sculpt Cupboard”, both part of the Furniture From the Fringe Of Reality exhibit, have been produced and are available exclusively on www.costumenational.com.

design by Maarten Baas
drawings by Suzanne van der Aa

Fashion

PUMA
Reality Bag No. 2

PUMA are renowned for pioneering creative partnerships and have teamed up with the Rubell Family Collection to introduce the Reality Bag No. 2 in a limited edition for Spring Summer 2009.

Partnering with one of the world’s leading collections for contemporary art, and working with initiators Mera and Don Rubell, PUMA continues its efforts to support creative talent. PUMA have chosen to donate a total of $ 100 from sales of the Reality Bag No. 2 to the Contemporary Arts Foundation, an education programme that is an integral part of the collections long-standing commitment to prompt social intercourse & debate.  

The Reality Bag No. 2 will go into select stores and galleries worldwide in May 2009 and will be previewed at the REALITY SPACE at the Rubell Family Collection. Private previews will be available at the PUMA Black Stores New York, Tokyo and Hong Kong from April 2009.

www.puma.com 

Music

Exotica

Mariya Ocher announces Exotica: The Queens and the Rebels of Berlin's Underground Nightlife, a multimedia event at Arthouse Tacheles, on Thursday, April 23rd. Here you'll find the essential and best kept secrets of the city, the cyber punk old-fashioned spirits in the machines, troubadours of past decades, retro, futurism and decadence. Multi-media perversions, an odd clash of past and future, set in the heart of Berlin's underground, the industrial legendary art complex Tacheles.

The menu: 1970's minimal electronics, 1950's cork screwed rocknroll, 1980's horror, living statues, moving paintings and lots of cabaretish acts and theatrical videos. With Jemek Jemowit, Sister Chain & Brother John, Mary and The Baby Cheeses, Lala by and Chuckamuck dj sets: A journey through 20's century's flipside of popular culture (Cindy Wonderful, Juan of a kind, DJ Ass and .nn.).

Exotica: The Queens and the Rebels of Berlin's Underground Nightlife
Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

Arthouse Tacheles
Oranienburgerstr. 54-56a
10117 Berlin
Germany

Starts at 17:00 hrs

www.tacheles.de
myspace.com/thequeensandtherebels

Music

Levi's
Unbuttoned Tour

Spring is just around the corner, and so too is this year’s Club Tour, when Levi’s will rock the clubs in six cities with the hottest acts that French music labels currently have to offer. With Parisian DJs Busy P and Kavinsky, and the British live duo autoKratz, Levi’s will party with the electro scene’s trendiest artists.

The sound of these three top acts stands for more than just good dance music: these performers also interpret, mix and style electronic music in totally new ways as they bring the “rock principle” back to the clubs.

Line Up:
Busy P, Kavinsky, autoKratz (live)

Tour dates:
14.05. Zürich, Hive
15.05. Frankfurt, Hafen 2
16.05. Köln, Gebäude 9*

20.05. München, Registratur
21.05. Wien, Fluc
23.05. Hamburg, Prinzenbar Halle

* Köln with datA instead of autoKratz 

www.red-tab.com

Fashion

Marina Chain

The marina chain, a famous Gucci symbol adorning accessories and jewellery, is now celebrated with a new collection of stylish timepieces whose design features the highly iconic anchor chain sign.

With its rounded links, this unmistakable signature punctuates the smooth bracelet, embracing the oval case and finishing with a clasp shaped like a leather belt buckle. The marina chain motif was inspired in the 1960s by the world of yachting, another favourite pastime of the Florentine clientele of Guccio Gucci.

The Marina Chain watch, introduced at the 2009 Gucci Women’s Cruise fashion show, is available in two sizes and a rich choice of materials: steel, 18kt yellow gold, or a combination of the two for a striking contrast between the reflections of the two metals.

www.gucci.com 

Fashion

Designers
Against AIDS

Designers Against AIDS present their new videoclip, featuring New York performer André J, famous from his French Vogue cover shot by Bruce Weber and his happy personality and one of their loudest & proudest supporters. Ninette Murk, founder/director DAA, says: "We sincerely hope that people who see this will realize that safe sex is still essential, but also that using a condom when neccessary is cool and the right thing to do!"

www.designersagainstaids.com

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Credits for the videoclip:
Starring André Johnson
Directed by Jozef Deville 
and Javier Barcala
Production assistant: Mark Douglas
Make up/Hair stylist: Vasko Todorof

Fashion

Death Becomes Her

You couldn’t hope for a better pedigree. Delfina Delettrez Fendi, the tawny-haired, 20-year-old heiress, has Parisian jeweler Bernard Delettrez as a father, Italian designer Silvia Fendi as a mother, and Karl Lagerfeld as a mentor. With hours of training in her father’s workshop under her belt, along with internships at Chanel, Delettrez may be the envy of many an aspiring designer.

Unsurprising, her jewelry line, Delfina Delettrez, debuted to acclaim at Paris’s Colette boutique in 2007. Surprisingly, though, it was preoccupied with maudlin, creepy iconography. Surely a privileged heiress should be inspired more by hearts and flowers?

Delettrez’s jewelry features gem-encrusted skulls, bones and insects threaded on to strings of pearls and embedded in chunky rings. She works with organic and artificial materials such as wood, glass, ceramics and precious metals to subvert the gothic shapes with color and sparkle. This season, Delettrez’s enamel spiders cling to the arms of a limited-edition collection of Alain Mikli sunglasses.

Delettrez’s bizarre, beautiful and esoteric designs have generated a following quite different from the disciples of the Fendi zucca. She clearly shares the self-possessed style of her foremothers, while confronting her fear to create the fabulous.

www.delfinadelettrez.com

Fashion

Y-3 at adidas Brand Centre Paris

Beginning this month, Y-3’s S/S 2009 collection is available at the adidas Brand Centre on Avenue des Champs Elysées. The 200 square meter Y-3 space is located on the first floor of the new adidas Brand Center, next to the recently launched adidas SLVR Label, the adidas by Stella McCartney collection and adidas Porsche Design Sport.

The Brand Centre is adidas’ largest concept store in Europe with a total floor space of 3,600 square meters. For the first time in Europe, all categories and brands of adidas clothing, footwear and accessories can be found under one roof.

www.adidas.com
www.y-3.com

Fashion

The Boys
are Back in Town

With a nod to John Varvatos’ ongoing international expansion, the brand’s latest ad campaign features Glasgow-based band Franz Ferdinand.

This season’s collaboration between John Varvatos; creative agency, Yard; and renowned music photographer Danny Clinch took its cue from Alex Kapranos’ infatuation with classic Americana. The campaign highlights the band’s lighthearted spirit as the four lads order ice cream from a vintage Mister Softee truck. Danny Clinch took advantage of the beautiful weather, capturing sun-splashed moments in his gritty reportage style.

www.johnvarvatos.com

Fashion

Paul Smith Shakespeare print T-shirts

For Spring Summer 2009, Paul Smith Jeans announces a collection of limited edition printed t-shirts, featuring the classic Shakespearian characters of Yorick, Oberon and Mercutio. Whilst staying true to their basic essence, the characters have been reworked to the modern day setting.

Yorick, the Court Jester, has been transformed into a free spirited entertainer whereas Oberon has been distorted into a madman. Mercutio’s youth and wit has been emphasized, creating a modern day ‘boy next door’ image.

The organic cotton t-shirts will be packaged in a re-usable fabric bag, adorned with the Paul Smith ‘Never Assume’ coat of arms, within which there will be a collectable original screen print of the twisted Shakespearian character.

www.paulsmith.co.uk 

Art

Bending the Cosmos

Over the past few years, Terry Rodgers has emerged as one of America’s most talented and controversial contemporary painters. His large-scale hyper-realistic grandes machines have prompted critics to wonder at the real scope of his endeavour. Some have criticized it as mere kitsch, others have praised it as one of the most remarkable exponents of today’s return to figuration. None of them, however, dismiss it. One would be at pain to overlook Rodgers’ sweeping success in as much as his craftsmanship forces admiration upon any of those who dare to look at it. Rodgers has exhibited worldwide and his work is part of the most prominent collections on both sides of the Atlantic. It is one of the most emblematic attempts at capturing the spirit of these special times.

The compositions develop as Rodgers creates collages of individual photographs taken in his studio or on location. These are then transposed to the canvas with oil paint. The creation process literally embodies the impossibility of a true encounter, which constitutes the core theme of Rodgers’ paintings. The only significant gaze is ours. As though through the keyhole of a prohibited room, we get a glimpse of these disenchanted celebrations. Nobody pays attention. We have become voyeurs in a world where blindness has become a function of looking.

Bending the Cosmos (Solo Show)
28th February - 28th March, 2009
TORCH Gallery
Lauriergracht 94
1016 Amsterdam
The Netherlands

www.torchgallery.com
www.terryrodgers.com

Art

Role Models

From March 5 to May 7, 2009, Hilaneh von Kories Gallery in Hamburg will present “Rolmodellen“ (“Role Models“), an exhibit with images by Schilte & Portielje. The Dutch couple creates a universe of black and white pictures with solitary and sometimes distant looking figures in the center. Their likenesses could easily be interpreted as the result of a process used in the days of analogue photography. But these bodies, mainly women with peculiar contorted, idiosyncratic extremities and elaborate Haute-Couture style clothes, actually reveal something else. They are willfully and artfully constructed.

ROLMODELLEN (“Role Models“)
Painting × Photography
March 5 to May 7, 2009
Galerie Hilaneh von Kories
Stresemannstr. 384a (in the courtyard)
22761 Hamburg-Altona
Germany

www.galeriehilanehvonkories.de 

Fashion

Sunlight

This striking sandal is all about taking a stand! Its tangy colors offer a perfect contrast to its black lacquer sole, while its 10-centimetres heel plunges down onto a “geisha” platform for an overall bold look.

Hermès designer Pierre Hardy was thinking of architecture and Art Déco style when he created "Sunlight" - he's showing his ideas in shiny colors and brillant patent leather. The high-heel sandals are available in two multi-color variations and four uni-colors. Other "Sunlights" will be available in alligator and snake leather.

www.hermes.com

Fashion

When the Symbols Shatter

London based conceptual design duo Komakino, Jin Kim from Korea and Federico Capalbo from Italy, launched their third collection. Their SS09 menswear collection is inspired by decadence, deliverance and human sense of disillusion and loss.

Although aesthetically the collection appears commercial, ironically taking its inspiration from a conceptual take on fashion and society; a soldier who fights for a cause he believes in, but what happens when the battle is lost? When a warrior has nothing left to believe in? What happens when their hopes shatter, the symbols of war and society.

Stocked exclusively in Japan at Mid West.  
www.komakinodesign.com

Fashion

Emotion in Motion

New silhouettes and visual impact using plain colours fabrics. Color explosion. The most colourful show ever, if this is possible at all. Forms flow from textures and vibrant colors combination, creating new graphic effects. Fluid volatile forms thanks to light sheer fabrics. Unusual combinations are a constant feature. Bright print graphics in jacquards are mixed with new volume fabrics. Playing with different materials and textures is key, while individual shine appliqués over the garments add kinetic iridescent sparkles. A sincere homage to everyday wonders that nature gives: Lady Dragonfly, Plume Twins, Love Essence, Spider Duo, Waterfall... Poetic, sinuous silhouetes wanting to reinvent feminity: colorful, volatile and fluid. At the end of the day, so Custo Barcelona.

www.custo-barcelona.com

Music

G-Star 3301 Records - Volume 1

Every significant moment of our lives has a unique sound. A sonic signature that instantly takes us back, kick-starts the memory banks and adrenaline blasts the heart. Because music is life. Music is emotion. It’s music that drives us. Music that makes us feel good. Now it’s time to let others listen in.

3301 Records is a Raw Experiment that presents G-Star's passion for music to a wider, international audience and adds a distinctive sound to the G-Star brand. This mish-mash, fusion of pop and rock, electro and disco classics introduces new, emerging talents, like Hypnotic Brass Ensemble and Saul Williams; and presents well-known, established artists, such as Al Green and Lou Reed in surprising ways, mixing the raw with the unexpected.

www.g-star.com

Art

It's up to you, New York, New York!

It has been over ten years since Taschen's original New York Interiors was published and while much has changed in the Big Apple since then, the city is still bristling with an exciting and eclectic mix of cutting-edge movers and shakers - a fact that is quite perfectly reflected in its interiors. New York has long been a magnet for artistic people, and since Septermber 11, the city has become less money-driven and more creative, with an unprecedented of influx graphic designers, interior designers, artists, gallerists, and collectors. Across the river from Manhattan, trendy, less-expensive Brooklyn neighborhoods such as Williamsburg offer a convenient taste of life just outside the fast lane.

Hand-picked by editor and author Angelika Taschen, this spanking new collection of interiors explores an array of homes as dizzying as the diversity of the New Yorkers themselves. Peek into the apartments of artist Terence Koh, artist and director Julian Schnabel, musician Rufus Wainwright, porn diva Vanessa del Rio, and actress Julianne Moore, among many others, to get an idea of the myriad and marvelous ways New Yorkers love to live.

New New York Interiors
Hardcover, 24 x 31.6 cm (9.4 x 12.4 in.), 300 pages
www.taschen.com

Fashion

Relaxed Purity

Sisley's new collection for spring/summer aims straight for the heart. It plays on sensations and emotions; it alludes to places, situations and times, but without labouring the point. It seems to suggest that an outfit is the visible side of what we are, of what we want to show of ourselves. A calling card we choose each day that says exactly who we are.

www.sisley.com

Fashion

Fashion Store of the Future

Not just a point of sale, the fashion store of the future will be a space for aesthetic emotions and meeting people, a reflection of an open and global society, an evolution between hi-tech solutions and eco-sustainable innovation. The exhibition, conceived by the Benetton Group in collaboration with POLI.design (a Consortium of the Politecnico di Milano), will be inaugurated at the Triennale on Monday, 26th January 2009, and will be open to the public from 27th January to 15th February 2009.

Curated by designer-architect Andrea Branzi and architect Luisa Collina, both professors at the Faculty of Design of the Politecnico di Milano, the exhibition will present projects from the Colorsdesigner international contest, promoted and organized by POLI.design in 2007. Around 800 young creatives, designers and architects participated, developing new retail concepts applicable to big international fashion groups. The jury, headed by Branzi, selected and awarded six works, among which the winning project – Combispace – by the Portuguese architect Luis Pereira Miguel, which will be realized by Benetton.

www.benettongroup.com
www.polidesign.net
www.triennale.it

Fashion

Apropos Concept Store

Apropos now also offers luxurious and glamorous shopping highlights in Düsseldorf. The concept store offers on more than 950 square meters unforgettable shopping experiences: carefully chosen fashion, accessories, jewelry, home, books, cosmetics and perfumes. A bar-lounge invites the guests to relax...

The owners Daniel Riedo and Klaus Ritzenhöfer, who also own Apropos Cöln, offer in their very exclusive concept store all important and most valuable fashion collections, for both men and women and shoes, accessoires, home, books, cosmetics and lifestyle-products. In this concept-store, which is a highlight as regards elegance und fine taste, customers will find all importants fashion brands...  

Apropos
Benrather Straße 15
40213 Düsseldorf

www.apropos-coeln.de

Fashion

HURRAY! Bas Kosters Webshop Online

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The web shop of Dutch fashion designer Bas Kosters is finally online and offers clothing for men and women, several art pieces, the latest accessories and of course the famous Bas Kosters dolls. Because of its extensive stock the web shop is the ultimate medium to present all the Bas Kosters Studio products and can also supply customers abroad. “Even though we sell through high end stores in Amsterdam and Tokyo, with this web shop we can finally give a total overview of our entire assortment.”

Every so often several new pieces are added to the webshop which are developed off-season. Also unique limited edition pieces and vintage re-edits are for sale. The prices vary from 17,50 to 1000,- euros: from the more accessible items such as T-shirts, sweats and brooches to exclusive hand painted pieces and dolls. One off the new articles created for the web shop is the Bas Kosters Studio Illustrations Magazine with a selection of well-known but also never-seen-before illustrations of designer Bas Kosters presented in a mini-magazine with a vintage look. 

shop.baskosters.com

Fashion

G-Star SS09 Campaign

Having built a distinctive visual identity over twenty years, G-Star now takes the next step with a campaign curated by photographer, designer and filmmaker, Anton Corbijn.

For the Spring/Summer 2009 campaign, models have been replaced by actors Toby Kebbell and Alexandra Maria Lara. Both came to G-Star’s attention thanks to their performances in the award-winning movie Control and will front the new advertisements. The British born Toby made his initial breakthrough in Dead Man’s Shoes and is now receiving rave reviews for his performance in Guy Ritchie’s Rock’n’Rolla. The Romanian-born and Berlin-based Alexandra came to prominence with her performance in the Oscar nominated 2004 film, Untergang (Downfall), followed by her leading role in Francis Ford Coppola’s Youth Without Youth and will next be seen in the Oscar contender The Reader.

www.g-star.com
 

Fashion

The House of Viktor & Rolf

‘The House of Viktor & Rolf’, the largest extensive exhibition ever presented in The Netherlands by the famous designer duo, opened at the Centraal Museum on the 25th of November. The exhibition offers all visitors the unique opportunity to experience an exclusive Viktor & Rolf fashion event. This retrospect draws attention to spectacular highlights from the Viktor & Rolf collection over the past fifteen years. During this period, the influential duo wowed the fashion world with their heady mix of cool irony and surreal beauty. Following a successful stint at the Barbican Art Gallery in London, the exhibition now moves to the Centraal Museum in Utrecht. The Centraal Museum places an integral focus on current fashion. 

The House of Viktor & Rolf
25 November 2008 to 8 February 2009
Centraal Museum Utrecht
the Netherlands

www.centraalmuseum.nl
www.viktor-rolf.com

Fashion

Coup D'Etat

Coup D’Etat, recently opened in the center of Amsterdam, is a 125 m2 salon that distinguishes itself by its high level of expertise, the understanding of the importance of communication, and its attention to luxury and design. The interior of the salon includes exclusive hairdressing chairs from Fendi, which are unique in Europe.

‘I established Coup D’Etat to let the hairdresser be a hairdresser again. In the last few years too much attention has been given to creating an illusion’, owner Jeffrey Janssen explains. ‘In our salon all the attention is focused on the most important aspect; the ultimate shape of the hair’.

Coup D’Etat believes that within every client there is a style, but the creation of that style does not just ‘happen’. Each client is viewed as an individual, whereby the stylists, through their knowledge of fashion and lifestyle, can provide the best hairstyle. From extreme to classic styles, the stylists find it important that their creativity is in tune with the desires of their client. Therefore, the luxury that Coup D’Etat gives is realized in the perfection of every haircut. The power of the shape is in the movement of the hair, in which colour also plays an important role. Specially trained colourists together with the stylists create the best style for each client.

Coup D’Etat
Willemsstraat 21
1015 HW Amsterdam

www.coupdetat.nl

Art

Something To Declare

Galerie Orel Art shows Something To Declare by English artist Rupert Shrive. The exhibition explores the visible and invisible evolution of the creative process, taking us on a journey through the strata between an idea's inception and its eventual manifestation. With fractured primordial cosmic eggs hatching fragmented portrait heads, Shrive establishes poignant dialogues not just between the natural and the artificial, order and chaos, but also between accepted tenets of contemporary beauty and their cultural interpretation.

His recent works, based primarily on his technique of creation and destruction, now explore the third part of the cycle: the renaissance. If the theme of the resurrection is at the core of his work, the new pieces, like the chrysalises represented, discover their independence and, with it, a new identity.

7th of November – 20th of December 2008
Galerie Orel Art
40, rue Quincampoix
75004 Paris

www.orelart.com 

Art

Luis Jacob: The Thing

Luis Jacob presents The Thing, its first solo exhibition at SEPTEMBER. The work of the Canadian artist is characterized by the utopias of modernism and the emancipatory ideas of the civil rights, women’s, and gay movements. Jacob’s understanding of the role of the artist also includes the aspect of making your life public, transforming it into something, sharing it with others, and being open to the opinions and influences of others. Jacob works with all kinds of media, including video, photography, dance, performance, and actions in public spaces, and he is also an author, university lecturer, curator, and activist.

November 01 – 29, 2008

SEPTEMBER
Charlottenstrasse 1
10969 Berlin

www.september-berlin.com

Fashion

Reebok Classic Leather LUX

Reebok’s most iconic style, the Reebok Classic Leather returns in Fall Winter 2008 in luxurious Italian Leather in four all new colourways. The Reebok Classic Leather LUX is the original lo tech running shoe renowned for its exceptional comfort, and has now been re-lasted and re-shaped for the ultimate fit, complimented by the use of the finest and softest Italian leather.

First released in 1984, Reebok’s original running shoe has become a footwear institution, and the Classic Leather LUX takes the shoe to a new aspirational level for 2008.

www.reebok.com

Art

Christophe Chemin: Dasein

“In 2005, I started to draw the blind. I call them ‘blind’ even if they aren’t, really. They have empty gazes. As a child, ancient Egyptian statues, with their blank expressions, fascinated me as the painting used to depict their eyes had disappeared over time.”

Multidisciplinary artist Christophe Chemin lives and works in Berlin. For his first solo exhibition in Paris, entitled “Dasein,” Chemin is presenting a new series of large drawings in colored pencils, strongly influenced by the work of Pierre Klossowski. These outsized drawings, measuring 150 by 250 cm, extremely large for this media, represent ethereal figures in pale tones. Dogs, as well as children and men with empty, white expressions populate his obsessions.

Exhibition from October 10th – November 8th 2008
Galerie Jeanroch Dard
13 rue des Arquebusiers
75003 Paris

www.jeanrochdard.com

Fashion

CoSTUME NATIONAL SS09

Ennio Capasa, designer:

“This collection is a play of opposites between structure and deconstruction. I have used the poetic essence and the technique of virtual architecture and 3D graphic design to underline volumes and silhouettes, to highlight the body and the basic elements in the construction of the garments. Using colours, matching ironed and creased fabrics, flat and three dimensional surfaces, I have accentuated cuts, pleats and the fullness of dresses and gowns. I have airbrushed dark and light prints as skies reflected in glass buildings.”

www.costumenational.com

Fashion

BREE + Ayzit Bostan

BREE joins forces with Munich-based designer Ayzit Bostan for ‘Ayzit’, the leather goods company’s very first author collection and sub-brand. Comprising eight exclusive accessories, ‘Ayzit’ pays homage to BREE’s quality, while offering a new and surprising take on the brand’s minimalist design approach. All items are crafted and manufactured in Germany.

Unveiled at the Berlin Fashion Week in July, the collection met with enthusiastic response and will be available at selected BREE shops and Concept Stores such as Andreas Murkudis in Berlin and Serie A in Munich from December 2008.

www.ayzitbostan.de
 

Music

Róisín Murphy in Zoo Magazine No. 20

POP PRINCESS
Róisín Murphy

by David Hellqvist/photography Glen Erler

The video for ‘Movie Star,’ Róisín Murphy’s latest high-powering single, perfectly sums up the former Moloko singer. It features the cast from the ultra cool, but now defunct east London nightclub Boombox, and shows its founder Richard Mortimer with friends, dressed up to their teeth re-enacting a normal Tuesday night of debauchery and hedonism in a Soho hot spot. The video is full of excessive makeup, designer clothing and flash photography, not to mention a lobster dry humping. Humorous, over the top, but oh so infectious, it shows Murphy’s love for all things glamorous.

So her Zoo Magazine shoot should have come as a bit of a shock. Shot in a community center somewhere in north London, next to peeling council estates and with no other background music than bird song, there was none of the usual Viktor & Rolf threads, scandalous poses or flamboyant makeup. It was just Róisín Murphy, naturally stripped down, exposing the person behind the performer extraordinaire shield. But Murphy says she enjoyed it, calling the photo shoot “meditating, introspective and quieting.” Of course, she had the guidance of photographer Glen Erler, but just like in her musical career, Murphy is a skilled chameleon, professionally adjusting to any situation.

READ THE ENTIRE INTERVIEW IN ZOO MAGAZINE NO. 20, TO BE RELEASED THIS MONTH.

Róisín Murphy - Movie Star VIDEO

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www.roisinmurphy.com

Art

Fashion in the Mirror

The international photographers in this exhibition undress the theatre of fashion and question the creation of perfect beauty. Fashion in the Mirror is an overview of their self-examination and a rare look behind-the-scenes of fashion photography from the 1950s to the present day.

Finding both comedy and poetry in the set-up of the studio, the exhibiting photographers turn their cameras on the processes and paraphernalia of the fashion shoot. Photographers become mirrored in their own work and, as viewpoints are inverted and gazes misdirected, cameras stare back out at us expectantly.

Revealing the fashion industry’s secrets and undermining its glamorous illusions, the photographers in this exhibition create work that exposes this world from within.

The exhibition will feature work by leading international photographers such as Mario Testino, Richard Avedon, Nick Knight, Juergen Teller, Steven Klein, Steven Meisel, Helmut Newton and Irving Penn.

Fashion in the Mirror
Self-Reflection in Fashion Photography
until 14 September 08

The Photographers' Gallery
8 Great Newport Street
London

www.photonet.org.uk

Fashion

Victims

Is there another way of looking at tragedy? Can two people – seemingly destined to be enemies – share a common hope? Colors 74 – Victims is a symbolic gesture which attempts to unite where there is only division, to make peace where the only urge is to fight.

Thirty Tibetan monks have agreed to dedicate their prayers to the victims of the earthquake that recently terrorized the Sichuan province of China. From Italy to India, the U.S. to Germany, Colors visited them and showed them pictures of turmoil, hope, the invincible force of nature and the indomitable spirit of those who manage to carry on with their lives.

Colors 74 – Victims. On sale this August and available in seven languages – Tibetan, Chinese, English, Italian, French, Spanish or German – enclosed in graphic reproductions of the traditional Tibetan prayer flags, symbols of harmony and protection against danger and evil.

www.benetton.com

Fashion

Replay Flagship Store Berlin

A new opening for the Italian apparel brand Replay: on 19 July the company launched its latest Flagship Store in Berlin, thus increasing its presence in the European market and marking another success for the main label of the Fashion Box Group.

The exclusive mono-brand Replay store, which is strategically located next door to the other city-centre branch, can be found on Kurfürstendamm, Berlin’s well-known shopping street, in a building that housed a prestigious cinema and theatre in the late 1920s. The company decided to maintain the appeal of this historic building, while emphasising the contemporary attitude of the Replay brand: the colours, materials and architectural framework have been conserved, while combining features from different yet complementary worlds. The style and origin of the project are represented by touches of traditional Italian design. In this way the roots and character of the Fashion Box Group are maintained together with the distinctive free and international spirit of the Replay brand.

The store covers a huge space of about 400 square metres: the bearing concrete structure and the ceiling have been left exposed to accentuate the rough shapes that contrast with the harmonious figures and shades in the entrance area, in an extremely welcoming and comfortable atmosphere. The result is an extraordinary architectural oxymoron. The store echoes the brand’s own authentic, contemporary spirit, full of Replay’s typical desire to reinvent itself, through innovative products with a strong artisan feel and great attention to detail.

The Kurfürstendamm store houses all the Replay, Replay Accessories, Replay Footwear and We Are Replay collections.

www.replay.it

Fashion

Burberry Advertising Campaign Autumn/Winter 2008/09

The new Burberry advertising campaign for autumn/winter 2008/09 has been unveiled recently. It’s a series of black and white images shot in Kensington Gardens, by Mario Testino. The campaign features model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and British actor Sam Riley, who made his acting debut as Joy Division singer Ian Curtis in Control. Riley is also the lead singer of British punk rock band 10,000 Things.

www.burberry.com

Fashion

Diesel Black Gold

Diesel President Renzo Rosso chose Diesel as the name for his legendary jeans label because the word exists in every language. So it follows that, when the time came to christen his high-end denim line, unveiled in February, he chose something not only universally valued, but currently increasing in price. Black Gold is a collection of modern, sophisticated clothes created with the premium denim that Diesel has been dispatching to the world since the 70s. 'Black' and ‘Gold’ translate as 'flattering' and 'luxurious' in sartorial terms, with cozy woollen biker jackets and billowing silken jumpsuits and dresses, all in dark colors that conceal a thousand sins. Treated and detailed denim gives an expensive look to the ubiquitous garment. While you think you may already own too many pairs of jeans, by fall, you'll be coveting at least one pair from the Black Gold collection. The line's creative director, Wilbert Das, says he was inspired by Japanese work wear. Still, you wouldn't want to splatter paint on his Diesels.
 
www.diesel.com

Fashion

Meltin'Pot
Style Me Up

For this month's installment of Meltin'Pot's Style Me Up project, London-based stylist and blogger Andrew Davis, created his interpretation of the denim brand through the use of different mediums from photography to illustration.

A Central Saint Martin's graduate, Davis was style editor at the infamous The Face and later on fashion director at Arena Magazine and Arena Homme Plus. His looks for Meltin'Pot feature highly wearable, masculine and relaxed pieces featuring a mix and match, dark and faded denim, washed out cotton shorts, logo t-shirts and soft cotton chinos.
 
http://hotelginger.tumblr.com/
http://www.meltinpot.com

Fashion

AGL Three Bags by Attilio Giusti Leombruni

For Spring/Summer 2015, Vera Giusti, one of the three driving forces behind Attilio Giusti Leombruni, the family-run Italian shoe and accessories company, asked her sisters Marianna and Sara to come up with telling bag designs that best represent their personality and unique sense of style.

The resulting 'AGL Three Bags' collection, available in select multi-brand boutiques, does just that. The artisan models come in three contrasting colours – cobalt, lace and green mint – and are both functional and beautifully crafted.

www.agl.com

Fashion

Reincarnation by Karl Lagerfeld for CHANEL

Pharrell Williams, Cara Delevingne and Geraldine Chaplin star in 'Reincarnation', a short film written and directed by Karl Lagerfeld. The nostalgic and beautifully-executed video, set to be screened in Salzburg on 1 December, 2014, the night before CHANEL's Paris-Salzburg 2014/2015 'Métiers d'art' show, gives an imagined glimpse into the life of Gabrielle Chanel. Depicting an Austro-Hungarian Empire-esque Salzburg in the year of 1954, Mr. Williams plays a young lift-boy whose outfit would later inspire the beloved CHANEL jacket.

In addition to playing a pivotal role and creating the soundtrack for the video, Pharrell Williams, along with Cara Delevingne, will also be featured in the upcoming Paris-Salzburg 2014/15 'Métiers d'art' campaign.

www.chanel.com

Fashion

Diesel Spring/Summer 2015 Pre-Collections

Diesel's Spring/Summer 2015 women's and men's Pre-Collections offer a fresh take on classic collegiate looks. Artistic director Nicola Formichetti's cool gang of 'students' rock sporty jackets, V-neck knits, graphic casual wear, statement denim and edgy evening wear, exuding that seemingly unattainable badass vibe.

“Inspiration is all about student life on campus and off – maybe it’s about the people that never went to school, the college dropouts. The collection is an evolution of FW 2014, and Diesel’s DNA of denim, leather and military which is all present and combined with a strong pop and sporty look and colors,” Formichetti said.

Grouped into sub-styles – Preppy Rock, Tattoo and Black Carpet – the Pre-Collections are subversive and brimming with unfiltered attitude.

www.diesel.com

Fashion

MIU MIU Cruise 2015 Campaign

Featuring rising star Natalie Westling in a series of poetic and captivating shots, the Miu Miu Cruise 2015 campaign juxtaposes high fashion imagery with photographs of the great outdoors. The campaign, executed by British photographer Jamie Hawkesworth, gently echoes the Cruise 2015 collection's psychedelic spirit. Here, visually stimulating images of colour-saturated landscapes and man-made constructions are paired with the alluring model's portraits, as if suggesting that the Miu Miu woman is both everywhere and everything. Maybe she is.

www.miumiu.com

Music

Emerging Crystal Universe by Jeff Mills

In 2005, Detroit-born, Chicago-based techno DJ and producer Jeff Mills released the first chapter in his ongoing 'Sleeper Wakes' series. The science fiction story and the illustrative album marked the beginning of an unlikely voyage through the human consciousness, which, according to Mills himself, doesn't have nor ever will have a definite end.

The project's eighth instalment, 'Emerging Crystal Universe', picks up where its predecessor, 'The Jungle Planet', left off. Within the record's 20 tracks, Mills, also known as The Wizard, looks beyond the everyday realities and reveals that “the 'human species' era is now in the past”.

Apart from providing a soundtrack to the latest 'Sleeper Wakes' chapter, the album also takes the form of a mysterious art piece. Encapsulated in a plexiglass panel with a crystal gem, 'Emerging Crystal Universe' is meant to be placed in the sun come 2065. What will it transform into? There's only one way to find out.

www.axisrecords.com

Travel

City Guides by Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton has added seven hot destinations to its trusted collection of City Guides. The beautifully designed travel companions, now also covering Berlin, Istanbul, Milan, Paris, Rio De Janeiro, Shanghai and Singapore, among 14 other metropolises, offer a unique and stylish look at some of the world's most fascinating cities. The Louis Vuitton City Guides explore the finest, quirkiest and most interesting attractions each location has to offer, hand-picked by a team expert writers and journalists from different countries.

The City Guides can also be purchased in a handy, any-5-destinations box set, available exclusively in Louis Vuitton stores.

www.louisvuitton.com

Fashion

Hyperflex Collection by Replay

Replay's Hyperflex Collection is a complete game-changer. With 100% elasticity, the Italian denim expert's latest offering allows complete ease of movement without having to worry about stretching your brand-new jeans. What's more, the innovative product, available in three different washes, will retain its original shape even after considerable wear, so you can rock a beloved pair for a long, long time.

The Hyperflex campaign stars supermodel Alessandra Ambrosio as well as FC Barcelona stars Neymar Jr., Gerard Piqué, Luis Suarez, Andrés Iniesta and Ivan Rakitic.

www.replay.it

Music

SoundTru Contest

Tru Trussardi, in collaboration with Warner Music Italy, has selected 19 finalists for SoundTru, a contest aiming to discover talented artists with a passion for rock music. The finalists, chosen by a jury of experts – Gaia Trussardi (Trussardi Creative Director), Enrico Romano (A&R Warner Music Italy), Sara Andreani (A&R Warner Music Italy) and Michele Bisceglia (Music Consultant Rolling Stone Italia) – will perform in Tru Trussardi boutiques in 15 Italian and 4 European cities. The winner of SoundTrue will record a single with Warner Music Italy, which will be presented during a special event in December at Café Trussardi at Piazza della Scala, Milan.

www.trussardi.com

Fashion

Resolute Hydrating Body Balm by Aesop

Aesop's Resolute Hydrating Body Balm is the perfect antithesis to dry and stressed skin. Combining classic skin-conditioning ingredients such as Vitamin E, sweet almond oil and shea butter with a blend of fragrant essential oils, the Australian skincare expert's latest product nourishes and hydrates, leaving the skin smooth and supple. For convenience, the readily absorbed body balm is packaged in a 120 ml tube as well as a 500 ml pump bottle.

www.aesop.com

Fashion

John Galliano Takes Over Creative Direction at Maison Martin Margiela

Photo: Patrick Demarchelier, courtesy of OTB

John Galliano has joined Maison Martin Margiela as creative director, it's been confirmed. The appointment is set mark the beginning of a new era for the conceptual fashion house.

Renzo Rosso, President of OTB, the parent company of Maison Martin Margiela and other iconic luxury brands such as Diesel, Marni and Viktor&Rolf, said: “Margiela is ready for a new charismatic creative soul. John Galliano is one of the greatest, undisputed talents of all time. A unique, exceptional couturier for a Maison that always challenged and innovated the world of fashion. I look forward to his return to create that Fashion Dream that only he can create, and wish him to here find his new home.”

www.maisonmartinmargiela.com

Fashion

Loewe at Paris Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015

J.W. Anderson's debut womenswear collection for Loewe was both intriguing and alluringly unordinary. Silhouettes were modified by placing pieces of fabric on relaxed garments, therefore disrupting lines and creating new, more unique shapes. Electrifying shades of orange, yellow, pink, blue and green were juxtaposed with muted, earthy hues, while suede and leather were incorporated in most of the looks. Ribbed knits were paired with belted trousers and summery skirts. Printed tees added an element of playfulness to this rather sophisticated yet imaginative SS15 offering.

www.loewe.com

Fashion

Lanvin at Paris Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015

Celebrating the house of Lanvin's 125th anniversary, Alber Elbaz presented a collection that radiated unfiltered opulence. Intricate detailing and plush fabrics were incorporated in an array of beautiful garments. Exquisite tapestry coats and skirts, teamed with light mesh tops or printed dresses, shimmered on the smokey catwalk. Pearls of various sizes elevated already impeccable lace looks, and sultry slip dresses hug the body in ways previously unimaginable. And as if that wasn't enough, gold rope necklaces adorned models' necks, making a grand and unforgettable statement.

www.lanvin.com

Fashion

Carven at Paris Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015

The Carven SS15 collection had a bit of everything. Structured lady-like coats and oversized zip-up ones. Clean, bold colours and mixed prints. Tailored pants and flirty A-line minis. What creative director Guillaume Henry's latest offering didn't have, however, was so-so pieces. Every garment was exceptionally well made, wearable and great to look at. Graphic lines – both thick and thin – added an element of movement and intensity to otherwise clean-cut looks, while exaggerated lapels and contrasting pockets freshened up classic silhouettes.

www.carven.com

Fashion

Replay The Stage

Located in the edgy Porta Nuova district in Milan, the new Replay flagship store is set to offer a unique and inspiring retail experience. Designed by Roman and Williams Buildings and Interiors, the 1500 square meter film and theatre-themed Piazza Gae Aulenti concept store will transport its customers to American-style movie sets: a humble Midwestern house, an abandoned barn (mysteriously full of jeans) and a 1928 Manhattan Tailor shop, where customers can design their own custom-made jeans.

On 19 September, selected guests including American actress Rosario Dawson and supermodels Alessandra Ambrosio, Coco Rocha and Stella Maxwell were treated to an exclusive preview of Replay The Stage. To celebrate the occasion, Blood Orange and Chic featuring Nile Rogers performed in a special tribute to the city of Milan.

www.replay.it

Fashion

Prada at Milan Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015

Miuccia Prada is known for her unique approach and clear vision when it comes to creating fascinating and thought-provoking collections; her clothes are often puzzling and unordinary, yet always spectacularly well-made. The SS15 offering was no exception: on the surface, garments appeared roughly pieced together and lived-in. Delicate knits were worn under faded leather coats or over decadent blouses. Hems were left unfinished, almost as if by accident. But when it comes to Ms. Prada's work, nothing is ever accidental.

www.prada.com

Fashion

Costume National at Milan Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015

For SS15, Costume National's Ennio Capasa delivered a collection reminiscent of the late '60s and early '70s. Inspired by rock 'n' roll legends Mick Jagger, Marianne Faithfull and Anita Pallenberg, Mr. Capasa presented an array of garments for the “free spirited woman of today”. Chocolatey suede was laser cut into intricate minis, fringed separates and slouchy bags. Floor-length maxi skirts were teamed with asymmetrical high-neck tops in pitch black. Scarves were tied around models' necks, thus furthering the boho chic aesthetic.

www.costumenational.com

Fashion

PHILIPP PLEIN at Milan Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015

Go big, or go home. PHILIPP PLEIN's SS15 offering, titled Abyss Apocalypse, was bold and extravagant. Inspired by the ocean and its abysses, the collection offered a range of silhouettes and a bright colour palette: from '50s-inspired dresses to embellished sweatshirts, there was something for everyone. Vivid shades of red, yellow and blue were incorporated in most of the looks; the show was an irresistible feast for the eyes. “In a time of virtuality, fashion should speak a spectacular and overwhelming language of extreme reality,” Mr. Plein said about his designs. And he's probably right.

www.philipp-plein.com

Art

Unseen Photo Fair 2014

Irina Ionesco, 40 x 30 cm, Silver Gelatin print, 1976

Taking place at Westergasfabriek in Amsterdam, Unseen will once again serve as a platform for emerging photographers and allow established professionals to exhibit previously unseen work. With more than fifty participating galleries, the third annual photography fair will run from 18 to 21 September. One of the highlights will include the presentation of two exclusive, vintage prints by Paris-born Romanian photographer Irina Ionesco presented by Alex Daniëls, Reflex Gallery.

unseenamsterdam.com

Untitled (Sophie), 2012 © Augustin Rebetez/Galerie Nicola von Senger, Zürich

Eye Witness (Gisalal), 2014 © Regine Petersen/East Wing

Irina Ionesco, 40 x 30 cm, Silver Gelatin print, 1976

Fashion

Calvin Klein Collection at New York Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015

Layering was high on the agenda at the Calvin Klein SS15 show. Knitted midi dresses were worn over sheer skirts, and two-tone culottes were peeking out of long-line vest tops. Francisco Costa presented a collection perfect for both chilly spring mornings and hot summer nights – light pieces were perfectly juxtaposed with cosy garments. The colour palette was, in true Calvin Klein fashion, clean and sophisticated with navy blue, blood red, shimmering cream and pure black dominating the show. Metallic minidresses looked exquisite paired with towering platforms and a clasp belt, while models strutting down the catwalk in flowing, white gowns epitomised the collection's versatility.

www.calvinklein.com

Fashion

Diesel Black Gold at New York Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015

Adopting a rockabilly aesthetic, the Diesel Black Gold SS15 collection exuded youthful playfulness. The silhouettes were simple yet eye-catching, while black, white and variations of red dominated the colour scheme. Models strolled down the catwalk in slip and skater dresses with a star print, tiny crop tops, high-waisted pants and skirts with zippers, and studded jackets. Leather clutch bags, belts and pointy flats were the accessories of choice; the hair and make-up were kept simple and to the point.

www.dieselblackgold.com

Fashion

G-SHOCK pop-up store

The best part about a birthday are the presents. In the case of G-SHOCK's big 30th, said presents are made out to us. Just in time for MBFWB the brand's über-cool pop-up store will open it's doors n Berlin-Mitte. Other cities like Barcelona, London and Paris will follow suit and celebrate 30 years of a young at heart label that has redefined the classic watch. The store will show off the label's development from 1983 to the huge craze in the late '90s and the reappearance of G-SHOCK on the fashion scene in recent years. Fans of the sturdy chronograph are in for a treat as well as the birthday is marked by the launch of the limited edition G-SHOCK x Be@rbrick that comes with a collectors figurine.

G-SESSIONS pop-up store, from January 15th until February 9th, Torstraße 66 10119 Berlin.

www.g-shock.eu  

Fashion

Burberry Pre-Fall

For pre-fall 2013, Christopher Bailey at Burberry made a collection that can be considered as a best-of one. Some of the leitmotifs of collections past made recurred in this collection. Burberry welcomed back shine, heavy leather aviator jacketes, rafia, dégradé, studs, peplums and a sixties vibe. New where the animal prints like dalmation and giraffe.

For woman, it's the sophisticated but young quirky girl Burberry is known for. She wears skirts that reach her knees and somewhat stately coats but mixes it with younger elements. Very special was the coat that was a seamless fusion of camel and fur, as if it was made by a new hybride animal.

The Burberry man likes to mix his basics with more outstanding pieces. Lean trousers with front-pleat and subtle but strong tailoring make a great base for dalmation-printed coats, shiny leathers and bold graphic prints.

www.burberry.com

Fashion

Chanel in Scotland

Beauty Stella Tennant, herself born in Scotland and Chanel-favorite since forever, openened the Chanel Metiers d'Art show in the Scottish Highlands yesterday. Karl Lagerfeld chose the Linlithgow Palace, birthplace of Mary, Queen of Scots as venue this year. Mary was also the inspiration for this collection, together with Scottisch staples as checks, knits and argyle.

Mary's life has been quite unstable, her father died when she was only 6 days old and 9 months later she was crowned Queen of Scotland. Later in life, Mary is widowed, unhappily maried and imprisoned. Her story made for a slightly melancholic and gloomy sauce over this collection with plenty traditional Scottisch references like kilt-buckles, pleats, jabots and layers.

Gabrielle Chanel often came to Scotland herself between 1924 and 1931 during her love affaire with the Duke of Westminster, Hugh Grosvenor. It is said that she found her love for menswear there, dressing in the fishing-gear for men. Chanel Metiers d'Art collections are a returning initiative by Chanel and functions as a pre-fall collection, only it's much closer to Haute Couture. Karl Lagerfeld uses this collection to showcase the savoir-faire of his ateliers and others, like the embroideries of Lesage and button-maker Desrues.

www.chanel.com

Fashion

Steffie Christiaens SS 2013

By Ria de Borja  

The shapes we enjoy in the Steffie Christiaens Spring Summer 2013 collection are the thin curved slivers, like a new moon with its pointed edges or an orange rind as it is peeled away from the fruit sharply. The collection is inspired by several things, including Christiaens’ own soujourns to the East, research about the sea and the end of a woman’s life. Shiny and transparent ensembles and silks crushed into squiggly shapes adorning a mid-length skirt look like gelatinous sea creatures. Sculpted fabrics are akin to inverted manta rays. Jewellery and eyewear utilize chains, while the headpiece combs look ready to attach to the head with the sharp teeth of an sea monster. 

www.steffiechristiaens.com  

Fashion

Paco Rabbane Press Days

 by Ria de Borja

At the Spring Summer 2013 press days of Paco Rabanne, Zoo discovered the feminine designs of Lydia Maurer, whom in June took over from Manish Arora as the brand's designer. Maurer, who was born in Germany to a Colombian mother and a German father, reinterprets the brand’s chain-mail heritage pieces into wearable designs. We like the white and silver and purple bags, which transform the brand’s codes into useable eye-candy. The designer, who aims to bring to the brand her multicultural background - having lived the largest part of her life in Paris - matches her bags for the season with gladiator sandals. 

www.pacorabanne.com

Fashion

KRISVANASSCHE + 1

For spring/summer 2013 KRISVANASSCHE comes with an extra line called KVA+. The capsule collection feature 3 tailored looks that exude moderness with sublte details in red. The upscale tailoring and handwork detailing makes for a collection that goes hand in hand with the athletic pieces Kris is known for.

In the lookbook, you’ll also find the new collection the Belgian designer did with Eastpak. Their collaboration has become a staple in both the fashion- and streetwear world and this collection does not disappoint. This season the collection contains solid dark pieces with red touches.

www.krisvanassche.com

Fashion

Replay at the EMAs 2012

At this years EMAs Isabeli Fontana and Anne V delivered the Best Live award in Replay. These special outfits were made with the 'leather paint' denim, which finished the biker inspired jumpsuit and gown.  

www.replay.it

Fashion

Prada's silver lining

During last menswear fashion week in Milan, Prada showed female companions to the Prada-man for the first time. The collection was a study in equality, so the garments for her were almost the same as his. Now Prada released the campaign for this resort collection and they chose Sasha Pivovarova, a familiar face for the Italian house, as the seasonal incarnation. Photographer Steven Meisel captured her in a clean and fresh atmosphere with silver and white accents.

www.prada.com

Fashion

Roberto Cavalli spring summer 2013

Is the Roberto Cavalli girl a fallen angel or a devil went virtuous? The opening looks suggested that she was a good girl with white lace dresses and jackets. As the show continued more model-flesh was shown trough intricate leather workings and the same lace, but then in black. Even the casting reflected this transformation, as the girls in the beginning had blond hair and the later models had more dangerous dark hair. Silhouettes looked like flapper dresses from the 1920's and prints also seemed to come from that area, as natural swirlings seemed to flirt with Jugendstil.

www.robertocavalli.com

Fashion

Blumarine; the good and the evil

As in a dream the Blumarine woman of spring/summer 2013 from the misty forest into everyday life. A poetic collection in botanical hues with fluid garments but not a one that is only appropriate for the dreamers among us, as clothing remains wearable and desirable. A black dress show that even a fairy can shows some skin now and then.

www.blumarine.com

Fashion

MM6 Maison Martin Margiela shop in New York

MM6, the more youthful and contemporary label by Maison Martin Margiela for women just opened their first real shop in New York. The shop, on Bleecker Street in Greenwich village, has a surface of 500 square-feet. The space fits the conceptualism of the label but it stays a nice and calming place to shop. The colors white and grey are mixed with metallic shelves and mirrored surfaces to create a clear and bright shop.

MM6 Maison Martin Margiela
Bleecker Street 363, New York

www.maisonmartinmargiela.com

Fashion

The New Beaty by The Avant/Garde Diaries

Digital interview magazine The Avant/Garde Diaries posted a new video that is a beautifull and quiet mediation on fashion, craft and femininity. Featured are forward thinking designer Susan Dimasi who collaborates with choreographer and dancer Shelley Lasica. Check this refreshing piece out here.

www.theavantgardediaries.com

Fashion

Glenn Martens fall/winter 2012



ZOO Magazine has been a long time fan of the great Glenn Martens (read our interview with him in ZOO no.35). This weekend, Glenn was in Amsterdam for Modefabriek and of course we couldn't wait to meet up with him. Friday he presented his fall/winter 2012 collection in the beautiful Dylan hotel and this was a great chance to see his clothes up close again. Originally from Bruges, Glenn graduated first in his class from the internationally renowned fashion institute The Royal Academy of Arts in Antwerp. His first collection was inspired by his hometown Bruges with the vertical lines reflecting the city's Gothic architecture that he mixes with elaborate constructive tailoring. Not a seam is out of place and the use of pleated organza make for a light and airy contrast. Check out this movie for his fall/winter 2013 collection.

www.glennmartens.com

Fashion

Chloë Sevigny for Miu Miu fall/winter 2012

Actress Chloë Sevigny is the face of the Miu Miu campaign again for fall/winter 2012 like she was in 1996. Back then, both the photos and the clothing were kept simple but now the clothing is psychedelic with loud prints and colors. Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, the photographers, shot the actress in an androgynes way with a seventies vibe.

www.miumiu.com

Fashion

Fred Perry and Raf Simons spring/summer 2013

Unfortunately we can't all afford the amazing Haut Couture creations Raf Simons made for Christian Dior but thanks to Fred Perry we can all get ourselves an original Raf. The ongoing collaboration between these two (this is the 8th collection they did) has been a huge success, which isn't strange because mixing cool with cool can only make mega cool. This time Raf and Fred use a lot of patterns like animal print, checks and animal print. Sometimes they're blown-up but the collection remains wearable.

www.fredperry.com

Fashion

Dior Haute Couture by Raf Simons

The first Dior collection by Raf Simons was in one word mind-blowing. The codes of the house were all there, either in traditional form or in the avant-garde way that we know from Raf. The traditional pieces, the 'New-Look' silhouette with tight bodice, small waist and huge calf-length skirt, were exquisitely embroidered but kept simple, chic and very desirable. Raf used the 'New Look' silhouette as well for the more innovative looks. He chopped the skirt of the dress very short, so that it almost looked like a peplum, and pared them with cigarette pants. These outings looked very promising because they married the rich heritage of the house with the modernism of Raf. Couture is known to be rather unwearable and extravagant but these clothes represent what haute couture used to stand for: amazing clothing for the very elegant woman.

www.dior.com

Fashion

Gucci

In one of the most upbeat collections she ever did for Gucci, Frida Giannini used bright colors like apple green and tangerine. Trousers were cropped and shoulders cut sharp to create a modern silhouette while the floral psychedelic prints call to mind the decadent seventies.

www.gucci.com

Fashion

Roberto Cavalli

The son of Roberto Cavalli and head designer for Cavalli menswear, Daniele, knows that the brands core guy is a sexy partyboy. Using colors like lavender and turquoise on both daywear and evening attire, sometimes with a healthy dose of shine, the Cavalli-man will always have something to wear.

www.robertocavalli.com

Fashion

Emporio Armani

Armani's younger and sportier label, Emporio Armani, wasn't keen on long pants for spring summer 2013. Most of the models wore shorts, either really short or down to the knee. The fabrics were technical and sporty and looked pleasant to wear. The horizontal stripe was featured on a lot of the sweaters. Sometimes this horizontal stripe was done in a see-through material, showing a lot of skin. Minimal colors like white, kaki and navy underline the simple line of the silhouette.

www.armani.com

Fashion

Lacoste Women and Menswear AW12



Check out the behind the scenes video from the Lacoste Woman and Menswear Autumn Winter 2012 show during New York Fashion Week. Before the show Laurent Philippon, hairstylist and Felipe Oliveira Baptista, designer of Lacoste, share their views and thoughts on the collection. Listen to front row comments of the New York Fashion Week crowd and of course see the stunning collection by Lacoste.

www.stateofstylechannel.com

Fashion

Valentino S/S 2013

For the second time, the house of Valentino showed their menswear collection during the Pitti trade show in Florence. This trade show is focused solely on menswear and attracts a more serious audience than fashion week. The spring and summer collection for 2013 builds further on the tradition of couture that head designers Pier Paolo Picciolli and Marie Grazie Chiuri impose on their menswear and this time they mixed it with sportswear. The couture influence is manifested in the details, sleeves are slightly blown up to create a rounded shoulder and all clothes breath a sort of formality and stiffness. Jackets are paneled with different colors to create a sporty attitude and trousers hold the middle between tuxedo trouser and tracksuit bottoms because of their contrasting stripe on the side.

The shoes that look like high-performance running sneakers were adorned with rubber studs to reflect the slightly dark and gothic side for which the house is known these days because of their recent womenswear. The bags have a classic look but are made to fit an iPad like a glove. Just another example of the mix of old-world couture and the new technically advanced sportswear of today. The soundtrack was a song by Lana del Rey, the cover-girl of ZOO #35 

www.valentino.com

Fashion

Givenchy Hybrid

The king of everything cool, Riccardo Tisci of Givenchy, designed a new pair of hybrid shoes. The shoes are both sneaker and oxford at the same time so you won't feel out of place at a Kanye and Jay-Z concert, neither at the office. The shoes are available in black, brown and red. The red ones are exuberantly embellished and probably more suitable for a real dare-devil. 

Fashion

Hugo Boss re-opens Flagship Store in Paris

In the centre of everything chic, Paris, Hugo Boss just re-opened its flagship store. The store on the Champs-Élysées, the most famous street in the world, is a beacon of modernism with classical touches that make it the perfect background for all the Hugo Boss lines. The store carries Boss Black, Boss Orange, the Hugo line and a wide range of accessories. Black steel grids with LED-lights, bronze glass and mirrored surfaces are only a few embellishments that make these 1229 square meters a true shopping experience. Hugo Boss states that this shop is only the first of 10 superior flagship stores to open globally in the coming years to boast the new interior design. 

Fashion

PRADA presents A THERAPY by Roman Polanski

“A game, a thought, that through friendship and mutual respect has become true.

When I was asked to shoot a short movie for Prada, I did not think that I could really be myself, but the reality is that in the total freedom I was given, I had the opportunity to reunite my favorite group of people on set and just have fun.

The chance to dwell on what the fashion world represents nowadays and the fact that it is accompanied by so many stereotypes is fascinating and at the same time a bit upsetting, but you definitely can not ignore it.

It’s very refreshing to know that there are still places open to irony and wit and, for sure, Prada is one of them.”

Roman Polanski  

Fashion

Your favorite optics just got a tan

For a unique look with sleek lines and clear contour, OWL Optics found the right color for their sunglasses: dark grey with a touch of green. The first edition is limited with only 100 glasses per color and design and sold exclusively in the online shop. The glasses arrive with the known OWL mark, a little cycle of copper in the earpiece. For more information check out www.owloptics.com  

Fashion

Missoni for Converse

Converse presents the 5th MISSONI FOR CONVERSE CHUCK TAYLOR ALL STAR COLLECTION for spring 2012. The iconic sneaker takes on a new twist with limited-edition woven Missoni prints with subtle sparkle details. You can get them in green-white, white-tan with shades of peach or navy-white. In addition they include the known premium-leather. The limited Converse First String collection brings a brilliant handcraft, authenticity and colaboration on the highest level.

www.converse.com

Fashion

Fred Perry X Cycling Blank Canvas

Following on from the success of the ‘Fred Perry X Cycling Blank Canvas’ celebrating the link between sport and subculture Fred Perry brings you the second drop of cycling product this Spring / Summer ‘12. The classic cycling shirt has been standard Mod attire since the early 1960’s, today the cycling range resonates with Fred Perry aficionados and cycling enthusiasts alike.

The newly expanded range consists of 5 cycling shirts in the classic 100% cotton Fred Perry pique all with zipped down plackets. A variety of technical features are displayed across the shirt range including rear button-down pockets, rear zip pockets, zip funnel necks, colour blocked sleeves and cut & sew colour blocked body panels. 

The key polka dot print cycling shirt has a zip funnel neck and 3 rear pockets with button fastenings. The print is complemented when worn with the new perforated cycling shoes. 

Fashion

Converse x Gorillaz

The award-winning designer and Gorillaz co-founder Jamie Hewlett created exclusive new prints with the signature Gorillaz graphic design. This special collection is heavily influenced by the inspirations and diverse influences of the band. It features the classic Chucks® in four different looks. 

The military inspired camouflage print, which is taken from the cover of the bands debut album, is the signature design of the collection. There is also a black and brown high top model with a print of the Pazuzu character as part of the collection. A collage of images from the current album's artwork and the prints, which have been designed especially for the collection, can be found on the other models. Furthermore, an all black and white, either high or ox, version of the print is available on another version. Every single pair of shoes has a Gorillaz heel detail and a special tag. 

The band, which is currently celebrating the 10-year-anniversary of their self-titled debut album, is not just known for the creation of a new genre of music, but also for redefining the concept of what a band is. The band transported fresh ideas from their limitless, fictive universe with a one of a kind sound, which combines alternative rock, hip hop, electronic and pop music.

The complete collection will be unveiled on February 23rd and will be available starting from 89,95 EUR at select retailers world wide.

www.converse.de
 

Fashion

Gaspard Yurkievich

Street and urban clothes with a Parisian touch: that is Gaspard Yurkievich's Men's Fall/Winter 2012/13 collection. The Paris based designer creates clothes that are young, youthful and energetic. For Fall/Winter 2012/13 he employs a muted colour palette with a focus on deep maroon. Layers and the play on shapes are a big theme running through the collection. The most important accessory is a cloche hat. With those ingredients, Gaspard Yurkievich created the image of a quirky gentleman. 

www.gaspardyurkievich.com 

Fashion

GUCCI x UNICEF

As a sign for the constant engagement of GUCCI for UNICEF, the label recently donated $1, 15 million to the organizations program “Schools for Africa”. 2012 will mark the 7 year anniversary of the collaboration, in which GUCCO has as of yet donated over $10 million to UNICEF. This makes the label the biggest donor to the “Schools for Africa” initiative , which was created in collaboration with the Nelson Mandela Foundation and the Peter Kramer foundation back in 2004. Over the last 6 years, GUCCI Creative Director Frida Giannini has designed a range of items, the proceeds of which benefitted UNICEF. For 2011 those items were the Sukey and the Mamma Bag. In February of 2011, Giannini and Carrie Auer, who is the UNICEF ambassador to Malawi, have been honoured at the first UNICEF Woman of Compassion Awards Ceremony in L.A. for their tireless efforts.

www.gucci.com
www.unicef.org
 

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RALPH LAUREN DENIM & SUPPLY

On December 16th 2011 Ralph Lauren Corporation launched the world's first Denim & Supply Ralph Lauren Store in Amsterdam.
On almost 200 m2, the store will present a special selection of mens and womenswear, as well as accessories and premium denim.
The American heritage of the Ralph Lauren brand is evident in this store. Denim & Supply offers a new approach to denim and sportswear with an effortlessly elegant cohesion of the weathered character of vintage-inspired clothing and an eclectic style. The collection is earthy and bohemian with an emphasis on rugged individualism, which makes Denim & Supply a modern statement of a free spirited and down-to-earth style.

The ground floor of the new store displays a complete selection of men's clothing, whereas the second floor is dedicated to the women's collection. The interior is reminiscent of the loft of a street artist with an open ceiling, brick walls, worn wooden floors, windows trimmed with metal frames and weathered doors.
Polished aluminum spotlights and pendant lamps illuminate the store, which is equipped with black and white photographs, vintage concert posters and black leather furniture, to create an industrial atmosphere.
The concept of Ralph Lauren's Denim & Supply is a contemporary nod to a generation that can boast of creating an individual style. The current collections Into the Wild, Lodge and The Wharf reflect this attitude. 

Denim & Supply Ralph Lauren, Kalverstraat 55, 1012 NZ Amsterdam.

www.ralphlauren.com 

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Palladium's Baggy Leather S

Ice and snow will be fun with Palladium’s winter boot Baggy Leather S from the wool lined collection. It is inspired by the authentic Pilot Bomber jackets, and made of Aniline antique cracked leather. This material ages beautifully when wearing. The shearling lining of the boot provides maximum warmth and comfort during the winter making the boot a staple for the cold season. 

www.palladiumboots.com 

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Hogan and “The Selby”

Hogan and Todd Selby collaborate for Hogan.com

Hogan just launched its new website and took the opportunity to collaborate with portrait photographer, blogger and illustrator Todd Selby, commonly known as just “The Selby”. For the project he engages in an exclusive digital and editorial portrayal of 17 talents in the creative world. He chose to portray, film and interview them in their own work environment. 

Those 17 talents are: Kiera Chaplin, Brian Ermanski, Lisa Fine, Zani Gugelmann, Carolina Irving, Ora Ito, Quentin Jones, Mathieu Lehanneur, David McKendrick, Ambra Medda, Lola Montes Schnabel, Benn Northover, Gaia Repossi, Frederic Sanchez, Ramdane Touhami, Xuefei Yang, Jean-Francois Piege.

All of them are young achievers, talented, rising professionals and artists, selected by Hogan because they represent the new creative reality of our future. Each talent is portrayed in his natural style wearing Hogan iconic models, enhancing the versatility and cosmopolitism of the brand. The images are strongly distinguished by naturalness and spontaneity, captured by “The Selby” original perspective. 

He has said that “working with Hogan on this project has been a great experience” and that he “had the opportunity to reinterpret the Hogan iconic products while shooting his favourite subjects […] creative professionals and artists doing what they love in their working spaces.”

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Maison Martin Margiela AIDS T-shirt

For the world AIDS day on December 1st Maison Martin Margiela launches its new limited edition charity AIDS T-shirt.

In addition to the seasonal English version, the Maison has decided to have a yearly edition every time in a different language for the World AIDS day. After the previous Japanese edition, they propose this 2nd edition in the French language. The charity AIDS T-Shirt has been present in all Maison Martin Margiela collections since Fall/Winter 1994/1995. Each T-Shirt is produced in a different colour with contrasted text every season and bears the text “THERE IS MORE ACTION TO BE DONE TO FIGHT AIDS THAN TO WEAR THIS T-SHIRT BUT IT’S A GOOD START” or “IL Y A PLUS A FAIRE POUR COMBATTRE LE SIDA QUE DE PORTER CE T-SHIRT MAIS C’EST UN BON DEBUT”. 

A percentage of the sales is donated to ‘AIDES’, a French organisation dedicated to fight the HIV virus and take care of patients living with HIV/AIDS. 

On December 1st Maison Martin Margiela will also launch its exhibition of portraits of personalities that have already been photographed in one of the Maison's AIDS T-shirts. The pictures were snapped by German photographers Vanessa Maas and Christian Schoppe and will be shown in Munich's MMM store. 

From the 1st of December for approximately 4 weeks at Maison Martin Margiela, Maximilianstrasse 34, 80539 Munich.

www.maisonmartinmargiela.com

www.aides.org

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Meltin'Pot Style Me Up 8

Meltin'Pot and TheUrbanGent.com present Style Me Up 8. This month Meltin’Pot teams up with American based top men’s fashion, style and grooming blog and team from TheUrbanGent to put together 3 Meltin’Pot Fall Winter 2011 looks, currently available for exclusive purchase online at Meltin'Pot. The 3 looks range from “Urban Cowboy” to “City Hermit” and “Untitled”.

www.meltinpot.com

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Henrik Vibskov's TYPE

Danish multi-artist Henrik Vibskov has developed a new fragrance series named TYPE.  

The series consists of three scents that reflect a specific moment in time in three different cities: Berlin, Copenhagen and Damascus. TYPE B, for Berlin, is a recollection of smoky and leatherish notes, while TYPE C, for Copenhagen is reminiscent of salty air and fresh water. TYPE D, for Damascus, is inspired by the enticing scents of its ancient marketplaces. 

All TYPE bottles are wrapped in a knitted, patterned cloth of cotton wool, linking Henrik's favourite craft to this new product in the Vibskov universe. 

www.the-v-store.com

www.henrikvibskov.com

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Converse First String

Converse announces the launch of the Converse First String Standards Dr. J Pro Leather shoes featuring Horween Leather. Honoring the legend of Julius “Dr. J” Erving and the shoe he made history in, Converse recreates the classic silhouette in an all-new premium crafted version using ultra-premium Horween Chomexcel® Leather from the legendary Chicago-based tannery. 

Julius Erving defined the game of basketball wearing Converse Pro Leather shoes during the golden age of the sport. His style on and off court is legendary and the new versions pay homage to the man and the shoe that changed basketball forever. 

Converse First String is a limited-edition collection that celebrates craftsmanship, authenticity and collaboration at the highest level. Fewer than 400 pairs of each of the Horween leather versions will be available. The burgundy version  will retail for a MSRP of €120 and will be available in men’s sizes 8 – 13 at www.afew-store.com in Düsseldorf, Germany. 

www.converse.com

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Bottega Veneta

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Bottega Veneta is pleased to announce that photographer Mona Kuhn has shot the brand’s Cruise 2011/2012 advertising campaign. The campaign, which features both the women’s and men’s ready-to-wear collections, was shot on location in May of 2011, on the roof of the New Museum in New York City. It is the latest in Bottega Veneta’s one-of-a-kind creative collaborations featuring the talents of outstanding artists. 

www.bottegaveneta.com

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Emporio Armani celebrates 30 years

Emporio Armani is celebrating 30 years in fashion with an eyewear collection.  

For this anniversary capsule, the shapes that have made the brand famous are revisited with a coloured, ironic and pop twist. 

The two models that make up the collection, an ultra-flat teardrop shielded model for him and an oversized rounded model for her, are available in stores in a diverse array of colours. Enclosed in a special transparent case, they feature the ‘30th Emporio Armani’ logo on the lenses and the metal signature eagle on the temple.

From October 25th, the glasses can also be personalised and purchased online in a dedicated interactive area at the 
www.emporioarmani30.com website.  

Only 1030 models will be available, tracked on the webpage by a relentless countdown to the last pair.

www.armani.com 

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Missoni for Converse

Within the Converse First String line, the limited collections that are signified by craftsmanship, authenticity and high-end collaborations, it is for the fifth time fashion label Missoni which redesigns the classic Cuck Taylor All Star model. 

Blue and grey color shades as well as details out of blue leather and the typical Missoni Space Dyed pattern, give the shoe a luxurious look and feel. 

www.converse.com

www.missoni.com

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Replay in Barcelona

A thrilling space in the heart of the city, where nature is clawing its way back to offer visitors a breath of fresh physical and mental air: the new-look Replay Store on Paseo de Gracia 60, Barcelona is all this and more. 

Located in an 18th century building, the project to give the 800 m2 Replay store a makeover was a very delicate one, because it was essential for the brand to apply its own philosophy, breathing new life into the store and the existing architectural elements while scrupulously respecting their origins and their history. 

This is the 4th Replay Store renovated with the new international retail concept after Florence (2009), Milan (2010) and Paris (2010). 

The official opening dinner and party took place on Thursday 6 October 2011. The party has been attended by over 600 guests, and the evening has featured live performances by the well-known Spanish indie-rock group DELOREAN and the international DJ Pete Tha Zouk.

www.replay.it 

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The new Armani.com

Giorgio Armani announced the launch of the new Armani.com website, opening on Thursday October 6th. This project marks the arrival of a major online flagship store, where it will be possible to explore and purchase from five of the Group’s brands. 

Furthermore, Armani.com will include editorial content that will be renewed on a weekly basis – always with a new “cover story” – to keep visitors up to date with the world of Armani. The launch of the site will feature an exclusive video of Rihanna, the new face of the Emporio Armani underwear and Armani Jeans fall/winter 2011/12 advertising campaigns. 

www.armani.com

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Back Damon

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Giorgio Armani presents Karolina Kurkova in Back Damon a film by Anna Dello Russo.  

Directed by Marco Braga
Styling by Anna Dello Russo
Written by Giuliano Federico

All clothing and accessories by Giorgio Armani "Boudoir" F/W 2011/12 collection.

www.armani.com

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British Youth Project

To commemorate their 20th anniversary issue Dazed & Confused have enlisted the help of Designer/Photographer Hedi Slimane to do a special editorial for them. Dazed transported a few 20 year olds to London where they were then photographed by the former Dior Homme lead and styled by Robbie Spencer. As with all of his work, Hedi captures an elegant mood with a youthful exuberance. 

www.hedislimane.com

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Gucci F/W 2011

These are the first pictures of the new Gucci campaign for Fall/Winter 2011, starring French model Sigrid Agren and male model Lenz von Johnston. 

Photos by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott. 

www.gucci.com

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Gallo for G-Star

Versatile and unorthodox Hollywood star Vincent Gallo will feature as the face of
G-Star’s new advertising campaign next to British actress Gemma Arterton. 

The interesting combination of Vincent’s tough and raw appearance and Gemma’s pure beauty has led to a series of striking black-and-white images, again shot by iconic photographer and filmmaker Anton Corbijn at the Port Autonome in Marseille. 

The G-Star RAW Fall/Winter 2011 campaign will go live on the streets, in store windows, online and in magazines as of mid September 2011, when all campaign outfits will be made available through G-Star Stores, marked with a special hang-tag for easy identification. 

 www.g-star.com

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3T

Since becoming menswear creative director of Givenchy with the Spring/Summer 2009 collection, Riccardo Tisci has expressed himself through urban masculinity and sensual elegance. He has been exploring shapes, tailoring and details in an unconventional way.

T-shirts have been a constant fixture in all collections, reworking that icon of the men’s wardrobe and modern street culture every season since. For Fall/Winter 2011, Ricardo Tisci now created a special edition of 3 t-shirts, which capture the mood and inspiration of the season including the main print, the face of a Rottweiler in a photographic technique. 
 
The t-shirts will be available in Givenchy stores from September 2011.

www.givenchy.com

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Bally celebrates
160 Years

Bally’s celebrates its 160th Anniversary in 2011. With special collections and exclusive events planned throughout the year, Bally highlights its renowned mastery in creating shoes and luxury leather goods since 1851. In the coming months, anniversary capsule collections for both women and men that capture Bally’s modern design essence will be revealed. 

The Edelweiss Collection for women includes ballet flats, ankle boots, sling backs and pumps. Somewhat unusual is the eye-catching heel-within-a-heel construction used in several styles. Normally associated with Bally’s men’s Scribe shoes, Bally’s designers have chosen to apply its famous brogue detailing the women’s bags.  

The Anniversary Collection for men features deem and long lace-up boots as well as a clever interpretation of the oxford and derby, all characterised by a modern spin on traditional brogue detail.

Bally’s 160th Anniversary Collection for men and the women’s Edelweiss Collection are both available in store and online from September 2011.

www.bally.com

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Meltin’Pot Pop Up Store Berlin

To present its new campaign Journey to Nowhere, denim-wear label Meltin'Pot opened a unique pop up boutique during Berlin Fashion Week. The space spanning 110sqm is based on Weinmeisterstraße, within the heart of the Mitte district and will be open for two months. The style of the store successfully integrates the raw and inspiring spirit of the new campaign which was shot literally in the middle of Nowhere, Oklahoma, a town deep in the USA.

Meltin’Pot Pop Up Store
Monday to Saturday, 11am to 8pm,
Weinmeisterstraße 2, Berlin
 
www.meltinpot.com

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Zoo Finest

On July 6th, during Berlin Fashion Week, Zoo Magazine and thecorner.com launched their collaboration Zoo Finest, an exclusive mini-store for emerging fashion talents, with an exclusive cocktail at Direktorenhaus, Berlin.

The dedicated mini-store on thecorner.com features a cutting-edge selection from four must-watch designers. The collections will be available to a worldwide audience from the end of July. Zoo Magazine has selected the three women's wear brands Kaviar Gauche, Issever Bahri and Hien Le from Germany and Anne de Grijff from the Netherlands, to participate in this eclectic and innovative project.

The designers are chosen for their creativity, craftsmanship and their fresh take on modern fashion The collaboration originated from the need to strategically support creativity, authenticity and originality on an international level. Zoo Finest is a long-term collaboration between thecorner.com and Zoo Magazine.

The introduction of Zoo Finest is accompanied by an exclusive short movie, curated by Zoo Magazine which was shot in collaboration with Amsterdam-based photography duo Bill Tanaka.

The movie and more information on Zoo Finest can be found on thecorner.com.

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Converse x marimekko

After the success of their first collaborative collection, launched in spring 2011, Converse and Marimekko have announced the continuation of their partnership. The Converse x Marimekko collection sports new bold and vibrant patterns for fall 2011. It features icons of American design, the Chuck Taylor All Star and the Jack Purcell shoes dressed in Marimekko’s signature prints for everyday life.

The Marimekko prints chosen for the fall 2011 women’s-specific collection were created by the great master designer Maija Isola and the young rising talent Maija Louekari. The Converse x Marimekko collection for fall 2011 will be available globally at premium retailoutlets and online beginning in June.

www.converse.com

www.marimekko.com

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Jan-Jan Van Essche / COLLECTION#2

On June 9th Jan-Jan Van Essche launched his COLLECTION#2 – SATTA AMASSAGANA which means give thanks in Amharic. Jan-Jan Van Essche is a young emerging menswear designer born and based in Antwerp, Belgium. He graduated in 2003 from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of Antwerp and has won several prices, including the prestigeous Dries Van Noten award.

Unlike most designers Jan-Jan designs and produces one collection a year. His collections can be seen as annual wardrobes to be worn through the seasons by layering up and down. SATTA AMASSAGANA is a continuation of his previous work as his particular loose forms evolve naturally, resulting in unstrained masculine volumes inspired by refined patterns and pure ethnical shapes. The collection has a desaturated color palette that accentuates the feeling of one being in a desert landscape, still maintaining the collections freshness.

www.janjanvanessche.com

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Designer for Tomorrow

Renowned fashion designer Marc Jacobs will be this year's patron of the fashion award Designer for Tomorrow by Peek & Cloppenburg. Alongside top-class personalities from different fields of fashion, he will nominate the Designer of the Year, choosing from five young and aspiring German fashion designers. 
 
On May 12th, Marc Buscha, Lena Hasibether, Jonathan Christopher Hofwegen, Alexandra Diesel and Markus Schmidbauer introduced and discussed their collections with Marc Jacobs, who was impressed by the multitude of original ideas. The award-show will be held in July during Berlin Fashion Week.

www.designer-for-tomorrow.com

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Meltin'Pot
Style Me Up Project

Meltin'Pot saw the relaunch of its online store at the same time as the International creative incentive Style Me Up Project in which 12 international bloggers show off their stylistic universe through the brand's clothes and their fashion tips for the season ahead. 

Following the successful first editions featuring Japan based duo, tokyodandy.com and Italian blogger Erica Baldi of blueisinfashionthisyear.com, Meltin'Pot now teamed up with M.I.T Me by Mayte de la Iglesia, showcasing her three interpretations of the Meltin'Pot Spring/Summer 2011 season. 

Ex model and infamous Spanish journalist Mayte de la Iglesia is one of the most important bloggers in Spain. With the help of illustrator Rosa del Toro, she put together a list of ten styling tips for a joyful spring and tells us how and when to wear a pair of Meltin'Pot's.

www.mitmebymayte.blogspot.com
www.meltinpot.com

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Henrik Vibskov Boutique New York

For Henrik Vibskov, New York has always been one of his favorite cities to visit. It's often a source of reference for Henrik's clothing collections, from Andy Warhol to high-brow comedic film creator Woody Allen, there's a little bit of New York in a little bit of Vibskov. On April 23th, he unveiled his first US flagship in one of New York’s number one neighborhoods SoHo - joining existing stand-alone stores in Oslo and Copenhagen.

The cozy shop unit is located on 456 Brome street, with Kate Spade, Isabel Marant and Gourmet Garage as neighbors. The interior and decoration is made of oxidized golden wood, all built by himself and his team including an he eye-catching installation, which was inspired by his apartment in Copenhagen. The store will also carry labels such as Cosmic Wonder, Stine Goya, Sabrina Dehoff, Uslu Airlines, Ally Capellino, Andersen & Andersen, Anntian, Juliba (Jewelry), Kron Kron, Peter Jensen, Reality Studio, S. N. S. Herning, and Volta. 

www.henrikvibskovboutique.com

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Viaggio Notturno

Bottega Veneta has created a short film on the subject of travel, made in collaboration with the photographer and director Christian Weber. It is the centerpiece of a new travel-themed digital campaign for the luxury goods brand, focusing attention on Bottega Veneta’s unique array of luggage set and travel accessories. The film, entitled Viaggio Notturno, is now online at Nowness and will be presented on April 14th on bottegaveneta.com.

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Onitsuka Tiger - Purposefully

Onitsuka Tiger has joined forces with Berlin-based Koi Klub to develop the latest Koi-inspired sneaker. The Japanese word Koi has six meanings, and in the past, designs have focused on three of these: the Koi fish, ancient ways and intense love. This time, however, it’s all about the fourth sense: the word purposefully. And Yoske Nishiumi, the founder of Koi Klub, purposefully chose colours and materials that you wouldn’t normally put together. The sneaker Koi Klub has chosen to restyle is the X CALIBER, which Nishiumi describes as the “coolest Onitsuka Tiger running shoe.”

The KOI “purposefully” model will
be available in grey/black and grey/brown from May 2011.

www.koiklub.de
www.onitsukatiger.com

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Hermès Store Opening

Just recently Hermès celebrated the opening of the new store on Stationstraat 43 in Maastricht. The architectural concept for the 122m2 store was developed by Paris based company RDAI, which is responsible for Hermès stores since 1978. The store is divided into three different areas of which each depicts the contemporary style of Hermès. The natural light accentuates the length of the room and entices the visitor to the wood covered part of the store where leather goods and jewelry can be found.

www.hermes.com

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Blank Canvas 2011

The foundations of the Spring/Summer 2011 Fred Perry x Stussy Deluxe range is based on 1970’s American Sports details. The two brands have combined the British sport heritage of Fred Perry with recognisable Americana details to create a unique crossover. Moving on from Fall/Winter 2010 - 2011, the collection will also include the new addition of footwear and accessories.

The Fred Perry shirt comes with the established date of each brand printed on the back like a team number under the brand name and has the unique bound sleeve cuff.  The Stussy logo has been used again as a classic sign off of the brand and combines perfectly with Fred Perry’s laurel which looks very strong debossed on the holdall and embroidered on the barrel bag.

www.fredperry.com
www.stussy.com

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Maison Martin Margiela

The Fall/Winter 2011 - 2012 women's collection of Maison Martin Margiela is based on a study of a dress. Interpreted in various ways and functions, dresses suggest a new context for outerwear. The dress becomes a winter garment - such as a coat or a peacoat - while keeping its original look. Fabrics have been selected for their reminiscence of typical dress materials. 

Underwear in leather such as stockings and négligé becomes outerwear rendering a trompe l’oeil effect of nudity. The idea of feet with stockings lying on a detached sole inspires the shoes. They come in nude leather covered with sheer colored or net stockings or in starch leather with a moldy-effect treatment.

www.maisonmartinmargiela.com 

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Givenchy Shades

Givenchy presents its first sunglasses collection for men, designed by its creative director Riccardo Tisci. Marked by the French brand’s distinctive elegance and modernity, details echoing the house’s accessories collection resulting in an intense and decidedly masculine look. 

Elegance and simplicity of shapes blend with characteristic metal inserts on square or aviator frames of vintage or classic style. Whereas the vintage style is marked by a metal insert above the bridge, the classic aviator features a double metal bridge.

www.givenchy.com

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Prada in Berlin

On Saturday, February 19th, Prada opened a new mono-brand store in Berlin at the Kurfürstendamm, in the heart of the city’s luxury shopping area. The store spans across two floors covering a total surface area of approximately 500 square metres and it houses the Prada collections of ready-to-wear, bags, accessories, and footwear for both women and men. 

Designed by architect Roberto Baciocchi, the project respects and enhances all the historic elements of the building it occupies. The space dedicated to the menswear collections presents an elegant and sumptuous atmosphere characterized by rosewood and wheat-colored velvet, while the women’s area is defined by the feminine touch of its furnishings. The ceiling is decorated with sumptuous plasterwork that makes for a special type of lighting in a sequence of rooms evoking an old–styled elegant home.

Prada Boutique
Kurfürstendamm 186
10707 Berlin

www.prada.com

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Converse x Marimekko

Converse has partnered with iconic Finnish design house Marimekko to debut a new women’s specific collection for spring 2011 that combines Converse's most popular silhouettes with the brand’s signature prints. 

Founded in 1951, Marimekko is known for its bold colors and prints and its influence in the world of fashion, design and art. For the Converse collection a selection of Marimekko’s classic prints by some of their most influential designers were chosen: Tarha from 1963 and Pikkusuomu from 1965 by Annika Rimala and Kirppu from 1980 by Maija and Kristina Isola.

www.converse.de
www.marimekko.com

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Fur Free

During Amsterdam International Fashion Week, Fur Free presented five fur free showpieces by Bas Kosters, And Beyond, LEW, Antoine Peters and Hester Vlamings.

Hosted at one of the world's oldest botanical gardens, the Hortus Botanicus in Amsterdam, Fur Free proved once again the loyalty to their manifesto "We don’t like fur. We never have." and made unmistakable clear, that they won't be silent until fashion will indeed be fur free. 

Fur Free was originated by DJ's Jojanneke van der Veer aka Wannabeastar, Femke Dekker of My Little Underground and Strange Boutique in partnership with the Dutch non-profit organization Bont voor Dieren.

www.furfreefashion.net 

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Bless Shop Berlin

Bless Shop Berlin, relocated and renewed, three floors up and hidden away in a typical residential street of East Berlin. Existing as the home of the first Bless collector, the space is filled with Bless products, that over time, grew and took shape as the perfect collection to live in and with. This apartment ambience extends the concept of welcome.

The energy intense investment to visit the three floors of Bless is rewarded with intimacy, which could be explored as however preferred. With a tea and a talk, by reading on the balcony or just lazing in the hammock. The essence is to exist in an enhanced living space.

The Bless Shop Berlin is open for public on thursdays 16:00 - 20:00 hrs. Apart from that only by appointment.

Bless Shop Berlin
Oderbergerstrasse 60
Backhouse 3rd floor
10435 Berlin
Germany 

www.bless-service.de

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John Varvatos

Menswear designer John Varvatos stays true to himself. For over 10 years, he has successfully combined new school attitude with old-school savoir-faire. 

About his new Fall/Winter 2011-2012 collection, showcased during Milano Moda Uomo: "I am more interested in personality than trends. What I find exciting about fashion is that you can use clothes to build characters that morph and change season after season while keeping faith to their core values. My ethos has always been about a modern take on the old world. The men I have in mind are intrigued by the past, but don’t let nostalgia trap them into an anachronistic dream: they are resolutely connected with the present."

www.johnvarvatos.com

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NUMBER:Lab

NUMBER:Lab offers unique sportswear collections of engineered essentials for the sophisticated side of the athletic man. Founded and operated from SoHo in New York City, the brand was started by Luis Fernandez and Greg Lawrance in 2007.

www.number-lab.com

shorts NUMBER:Lab

Photographer: Joe Lally
Fashion Editor: Seth Howard @ seth-howard.com
Model: Luke Gulbranson @ Ford Models 

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Monki Television

January 13th, 2011 Monki presents a new show about creative, cool, stylish girls from around the world, streaming on Monki.com, Vimeo and YouTube. Every month, one inspiring girl gets the chance to introduce viewers to her creative universe.

The first episode, featuring Girl of the Month Susie Lau (Style Bubble), will be online from January 13th to February 13th, 2011. One new Monki TV-clip will be released each Monday once a week.

www.monki.com 

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Six Scents
Series Three

Annually, a group of six prominent artists/designers are selected to create a series of six fragrances with six celebrated perfumers in order to raise awareness and funding for a deserving charity. Collectivity, diverse members of the creative world are invited to contribute and a global initiative is launched. 

Six Scents Series Three is an exploration into the nature of childhood memories and the influence of adolescence on identity. Six designers from six different parts of the world have been invited to remember the most definitive experiences of their youth that led to their sense of identity today and to recall some of their most intimate childhood memories involving the sense of smell.

N° 1 'Bow Bow'
Alexis Mabille & Rodrigo Flores-Roux

N° 2 'Trompe L’Oeil'
Mary Katrantzou & Shyamala Mainsondieu

N° 3 'Can’t Smell Fear'
Juun J & Natalie Gracia - Cetto

N° 4 'Ascent'
Rad Hourani & Christophe Raynaud

N° 5 '#087'
N.Hoolywood & Stephen Nilsen

N° 6 'M'
Ohne Titel & Yann Vasnier

www.six-scents.com 

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Red Camo

Trussardi 1911 has launched RED CAMO, a new limited edition collection designed by Trussardi 1911 Creative Director Milan Vukmirovic in exclusive for thecorner.com, the virtual space that presents a selection of artisans and cutting-edge brands.

The collection is composed of thirteen accessories: wallets, toiletry case, shoulder bag, gym bag, travel bag, and trolley. There are even covers for the Blackberry, iPhone, iPad, and iPod, because Trussardi 1911 men and women are young, modern, and always connected.

The accessories of the RED CAMO line is sold exclusively at thecorner.com.

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Il Sistema
Degli Oggetti

Il Sistema Degli Oggetti is deeply digging into the world roots, into the cradle of civilization. Between primitivism and tribal universe, between Africa and Paleolithic. The woman from Il Sistema Degli Oggetti introduces herself as colonial explorer: a contemporary anthropologist dipped in Black Africa becoming increasingly tribal. 

The woman of Spring/Summer 2011 is strong, adult, adventurous, dauntless, self-confident, but also reflective. She searches and researches, until she blends parka and superlight shirts, armor pieces and luxurious robes; natural, bright and technical fabrics.

www.ilsistemadeglioggetti.it

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BallyLove
at Art Miami Beach

Bally supports Art Basel and Art Basel Miami Beach, two of the world’s biggest contemporary art exhibitions, through a partnership announced earlier this year. Both art fairs provide Bally with an opportunity to showcase a different aspect of Swiss design and artistic form to the global art community by collaborating with a contemporary Swiss artist to create a special capsule collection.

BallyLove is a special capsule collection of products designed by an international protagonist from the field of contemporary art in partnership with the Bally design team. In line with Bally’s philosophy, this special collection is powered by love and dedication to fashion, art and creativity; it’s a natural collaboration resulting in a special and exclusive product range which will be created annually.

2010 BallyLove - Iconic editions #1 - Philippe Decrauzat
Swiss artist Philippe Decrauzat has turned Bally products into optical sensations by using his intriguing blend of optical illusion generating geometric and abstract patterns. During December’s Art Basel Miami Beach, Bally will create a unique Pop-Up Store to showcase this iconic new collection. 

Fashion

From Somewhere with Speedo

A preview of an exciting new collaboration between Speedo, the world’s leading swimwear brand, and award winning sustainable fashion label, From Somewhere, has been revealed today at Estethica the British Fashion Council’s ethical fashion area at London Fashion Week. The ‘From Somewhere with Speedo’ collaboration forms part of a series of creative art and design projects commissioned by Speedo created from unsold stock and surplus pieces of the revolutionary Speedo LZR Racer suit. The limited edition capsule collection that is still in development, comprises a statement dress constructed purely of Speedo LZR Racer suits that will be auctioned for charity.  

www.fromsomewhere.co.uk
www.speedo.com

Fashion

Gucci & J.Lo

Gucci unveils advertising campaign featuring Jennifer Lopez for launch of new children's collection, and announces donation to UNICEF's ‘Schools for Africa’ initiative.

Gucci announces that recording artist and actress Jennifer Lopez will star in a special advertising campaign dedicated to the launch of Gucci's new children's collection. In addition, Gucci also announced a new donation to UNICEF's Schools for Africa initiative in honor of the company’s partnership with UNICEF and the launch of the children’s collection.

The advertising campaign was shot by photographers Mert and Marcus on location in Malibu.

In celebration of its partnership with UNICEF and the launch of its new children's collection Gucci has pledged a further US$ 1 million to UNICEF's ‘Schools for Africa’ initiative.

Fashion

Charity AIDS t-shirt

[Quote on t-shirt] There is more action to be done to fight AIDS than to wear this t-shirt but it’s a good start. 

The charity AIDS t-shirt has been present in all Maison Martin Margiela collections since Fall/Winter 1994/1995. Each t-shirt is produced in a different colour with contrasted text every season and bears the above-mentioned text in English.

A percentage of the sales is donated to AIDES, a French organisation dedicated to fight the HIV virus and take care of patients living with HIV/AIDS.

Further to the seasonal English version, the Maison has decided to have a yearly edition every time in a different language for the World AIDS Day, starting with Japanese. Created in Paris, sold around the world, worn touching the heart, this limited edition charity AIDS t-shirt will be exclusively available in all Maison Martin Margiela stores. 

www.maisonmartinmargiela.com

Fashion

Hogan
by Karl Lagerfeld

For Spring/Summer 2011, Karl Lagerfeld has designed a capsule collection for Hogan.

The partnership between a master of creation and Hogan confers strong energy to the season's trends. Six pieces: a sophisticated sneaker, a cowboy boot, a clutch bag, a messenger, a trench coat and a jacket.

Excited by this special project, the designer even inspired the film director. An extreme perfectionist, Karl Lagerfeld wanted to go one step further and decided to stage this collection in a short-film entitled, La Lettre. Set in a Parisian urban scene, passion is the whole epicentre of the movie. Alongside Baptiste Giabiconi, top model Magdalena Frackowiak illustrates the Hogan by Karl Lagerfeld woman: frank, daring, proud, impetuous.

www.hoganworld.com

Fashion

Run

In October 2010, Nike and Jun Takahashi, founder and head designer of Japan’s coveted clothing label Undercover, will release the first Nike x Undercover Gyakusou performance running collection. The design partnership fuses cutting edge Nike running innovations and design with the functionality of Takahashi’s Undercover—whose dedication to a less-but-better design philosophy mirrors Nike founder Bill Bowerman's passion for the athletic benefits of minimalism. It amplifies levels of technical precision and intuitive function, delivering a unique and modern perspective on running by runners. 

The Gyakusou performance running collection will be available October 2010 at selected retailers globally. 

www.nike.com

Fashion

Bullet Proof Artist

From September 3rd to October 24th, 2010, Kunsteyssen (Alkmaar, NL) stages an exhibition of the project Bullet Proof Artist. For this project, visual artist Jonas Staal collaborated with fashion designers KARSSENBERG/GREIDANUS. The presentation examines the relation between art, democracy and safety. 

The project’s starting point is formed by a small collection of tailored garments made from bullet proof material. KARSSENBERG/GREIDANUS designed and made these garments for Jonas Staal’s stay as an artist-in-residence in Johannesburg (South-Africa) in July and August of this year. In the exhibition in Kunsteyssen, the bullet proof garments are presented next to a photographic impression of the artist’s visit to Johannesburg. A compilation of video-material, that demonstrate the use of safety-material completes the exhibition.

www.karssenberg-greidanus.com
www.jonasstaal.nl

Fashion

Chanel loves SoHo

Chanel announces the opening of the completely transformed Chanel boutique in SoHo at 139 Spring Street.

The artistic, downtown spirit of SoHo was the inspiration behind the redesigned space, interpreted by longtime Chanel collaborator, architect Peter Marino. The airy, open space has increased 25% in square footage to 4170 square feet. The boutique will carry a full collection of ready-to-wear, accessories, shoes, sunglasses and fragrance and beauty, chosen to reflect the spirit of the legendary neighborhood.  

Continuing the brand’s longstanding commitment to the arts and the inspiration of the artistic spirit of SoHo, works of art by Peter Belyi, Alan Rath, Gregor Hildebrandt and Robert Greene were specially commissioned to highlight the space.

www.chanel.com

Fashion

Déjà Vu

Hair and head prop artist Tomihiro Kono announces his first show during London Fashion Week. 

Déjà vu is a collection by Tomihiro Kono, reflecting him and his personality; who he is and what he does right now. It is something that has influenced him since his childhood. Taking inspiration from everything, Tomi found materials to work with quite organically, stumbling upon bird feathers in the park, vintage laces or spikes or leathers and metals. On stepping away from his discoveries, Tomi unconsciously realised a pattern in his selected materials. Tomi instinctively creates his headpieces, never thinking too much about what shape it is going to be or what materials he will use.

Performance show
September 17th, 2010
Starting at 18:30 hrs (RSVP needed)

STUDIO PRIVATE
2nd Floor, 1 Kingsland Road
London E2 8AA

Photo exhibition
September 20th & 21st, 2010
IN² (INQUADRA)
78 Luke Street
London EC2A (free entry)

More details: tomihirokono.blogspot.com
www.tomihirokono.com

Fashion

Rocket Backpack

Chris&Tibor are an award winning London based accessory brand, synonymous with fashion forward, creative, exclusive and luxurious. Founded in 2006, the collection is currently designed by Chris Liu and Tibor Matyas. In the past the duo have done succesful collaborations ith international designers, Veronique Branquinho and Romain Kremer. For the Fall-Winter collection they joined forces with Walter Van Beirendonck. The result is the 'Rocket Backpack' a conceptual 3D multipocket bag.

www.christibor.com 

Art

The Traveller Shanghai

Hans-Peter Feldmann's collaboration with Louis Vuitton continues. This time Shanghai was the place and inspiration for his art-installation.

His next destinations are Mumbai and Düsseldorf.

www.louisvuitton.com 

Art

Egyptian Hip Hop

www.hedislimane.com 

Fashion

Lanvin
US flagship store

Lanvin opens its US flagship store on New York City’s Madison Avenue. 

Lanvin has announced the opening of its United States flagship store on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Under the creative direction of Alber Elbaz, Lanvin further expands its stateside presence with the inauguration of its third boutique, to occupy the first three floors of a five-story, 6,875 square foot landmark townhouse on Madison Avenue and 68th Street.

The 3,550 square foot boutique carries the women's ready-to-wear and accessory collections, while also showcasing its Blanche, 22 Faubourg, Tailoring and Denim capsules. Punctuated amongst these temptations are more whimsical gift items, such as umbrellas, stationary, playing cards, music boxes and hand painted porcelain dolls. 

Lanvin
815 Madison Avenue,
between 68th & 69th Streets
New York, NY 10065
U.S.A.
Tel. +1 646 439 0381
6 days a week, Monday - Saturday
10:00 am – 6:00 pm

www.lanvin.com

Fashion

Stonewashing

Lee’s Fall/Winter 2010 collection shows the iconic denim brand reaching to the future by embracing its heritage.

For FW10, Lee brings originality to stonewashing by offering jeans that have been laundered for 15 minutes, 30 minutes, 45 minutes, 60 minutes, 90 minutes, two hours (and more!). The scale of the stonewash treatments, with the jeans varying in shades from lightly dusted to elegantly wasted, will be conveyed via hangtags in the garments, giving the clientele a glimpse of the “process." You’ll look on stonewashing with fresh eyes, and the technique has been applied to five pocket jeans, Rider jackets, denim shirts and even t-shirts.  

eu.lee.com

Art

Defeated Architecture

www.hedislimane.com

Fashion

Bally and Central Saint Martins

Bally announces in-store arrival of the women’s shoe collection designed by students from London’s prestigious Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design.

Charles Youssef

In 2009, Bally tasked 15 students from Saint Martins College to submit women’s shoes designs. Challenged to create designs with high editorial value and a strong luxury feel while maintaining Bally’s heritage of exquisite craftsmanship, five students were eventually selected to have their work developed at Bally’s workshops in Italy and Switzerland.

Estefania Cortes 

William Hendry

In September, Bally will celebrate the in-store arrival worldwide of this innovative collection in conjunction with Vogue Fashion’s Night Out. The collection will be available from September through bally.com and in these Bally stores: Beijing Shing Kong Place, Berlin, Beverly Hills, Hong Kong IFC, London, Milan, New York City, Paris, Singapore Ion, Vienna
and Zurich.

www.bally.com

Fashion

Some dream...

On Thursday, July 15th, INDIVIDUALS presented its new SS2011 collection entitled Some dream of running away to the circus during Amsterdam International Fashion Week. 

www.individualsatamfi.nl 

Fashion

Alice in Wonderland

Versace has launched its new FW2010 Eyewear collection, inspired by the Alice in Wonderland SS2010 womenswear collection. 

Fashion

Replay Event B&BB

On the occasion of Bread & Butter in Berlin, Replay invited guests for a few nice hours at the Silver Wings Club on the evening of July 7th. The Italian denim label offered everything for a successful get-together – a table full of goodies, great music and a relaxed atmosphere. 

It stands to reason that many known faces could not pass out on an event like this, therefore, actor Max von Thun, actress Lavinia Wilson and model Luca Gadjus mingled among the guests. The musical highlight, the live performance of the American singer/songwriter Robert Francis, best known for his hit Junebug, rounded the evening off.  

Keep an eye out for our Fall issue (due for release in September), featuring an exclusive interview and shoot with Robert Francis!

Fashion

Bottega Veneta
FW2010/2011

Bottega Veneta announces the latest in its series of one-of-a-kind creative collaborations, this one with renowned artist Robert Longo. The occasion is the brand’s Fall-Winter 2010/2011 advertising campaign, produced in New York this past March.

The Fall-Winter 2010/2011 season is centered on the silhouette and characterized by contrasts of structure and fluidity, stillness and movement, and masculine and feminine. The palette is dark and rich, illuminated by flashes of moody iridescence. Both the men’s and women’s collections touch on questions of strength and power, exploring ways of dressing that express a multifaceted individuality.

www.bottegaveneta.com

Fashion

Steinbeisser

Steinbeisser interior

Steinbeisser is a temporary concept store staging and promoting creative minds in fashion, design and jewellery. The nomadic nature of the project relates, depending to the shops' spot, local artists, creatives from Portugal and International designers. A traveling project connecting independent designers globally.

Where is my gum pin, plastic, silver, by Hartog&Henneman in Steinbeisser (ongoing series) 

Landscapes necklace, cardboard, silver, by Joana Mota Capitao in Steinbeisser (ongoing series) 

Shoes, pony fur, leather, by Blaak in Steinbeisser (limited edition) 

Steinbeisser Concept Store
- until July 31st, 2010

Blankeneser Hauptstrasse 140
Hamburg
Germany

www.steinbeisser.in

steinbeisser-in.blogspot.com

Fashion

Denham Tokyo Store

Opened on June 4th, Denham’s stand-alone Tokyo store represents the second dedicated retail presentation following the successful opening of the label’s Amsterdam location. The new store’s Daikanyama address is perfectly suited for Denham’s distinct design ethic and product-culture. The district is home to Japanese denim temples Okura and Hollywood Ranch Market as well as newer concepts in modern utility such as nanamica and respected international brands like Paul Smith.

The store concept is a direct extension of the Amsterdam location’s design, expressing a signature approach to merging traditionalism and modernity. Deep wood flooring contrasts with gallery-style white walls and clean minimalist interior elements are accented with carefully selected industrial brocante. The lower level houses a fully functional workbench where jeans can be shortened, with chain-stitch finishing, in-house on an authentic Union Special sewing machine. 

Denham Store: Tokyo
Daikanyama


25-8 Sarugaku cho
Shibuya-ku
Tokyo 150-0033
Japan
Tel/Fax: 03-3463-2258
Open: 12:00 - 20:00 hrs

Fashion

Kaviar Gauche

Kaviar Gauche opens its new Flagship Store right in the heart of Berlin 

Bright, modern and elegant, the new Kaviar Gauche store located at Linienstraße 44 perfectly underlines the label's vision of feminine coolness. To showcase both the label's fashion lines, the 100 sqm sales floor is divided into the "Ready to Wear" and "Bridal Couture" sections complemented by accessories ranging from the legendary Kaviar Gauche lamella bags to the upcoming shoe collections and other novelties. 
The creative interior concept was co-developed by Kaviar Gauche and architect Amir Abadi from Neoplan A.O.

Kaviar Gauche Flagship-Store
Linienstraße 44, Bezirk Mitte
10119 Berlin Germany 

www.kaviargauche.com

Art

STROKE.02

STROKE.02
The world's first Urban Art and New Contemporary Art Expo

STROKE.02
May 27th – May 30th, 2010

Sederanger 3 (Tucherpark)
80538 Munich
Germany

Updates regarding the participants and the program can be found under www.stroke02.com

Fashion

SPRMRKT STH

SPRMRKT, based on the Rozengracht in Amsterdam since 2003, is an avant-garde shop with unique labels and a distinctive blend of high design furniture, art books and changing exhibitions. SPRMRKT is unconventional and this philosophy is evident in Super South, the newly realised second store. On the corner of Cornelis Schuytstraat and Willemsparkweg in Amsterdam South in an existing shell building, a shop is made which plays with the dogmas of the moral perfection of the body and the decoration thereof.  

Through spatial configurations, in which mannequins and a textile skin are brought together, human skin, textile skin and clothing merge. Perfection and imperfection of the body are emphasized. Scars and imperfections are a quality together with the visualization of the elasticity of the skin that is a symbolic representation of the human body. 

This skin transforms to clothing and refolds to form a second skin. On the one hand a feeling of fusion, on the other an unpleasant fixation. It stimulates the viewer to think critically about perfection and clothing.  

Depending on the length of the store the skin transforms where it gradually flattens with perforations in it for the presentation of clothes, shoes and accessories. The skin allows the collection of SPRMRKT to be shown as an exhibition in the front store and a presentation in the back. 

Irregularities in the side walls house changing rooms and storage and the remaining space is clear and open. The floor and ceiling are used for placing the counter, stairs and hanging clothes. By adjusting these elements in size, dimension and colour, a consistent landscape appears upon which clothing and accessories are optimally displayed.

Project: SPRMRKT STH
Location: Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Design: Doepel Strijkers Architects
Team: Duzan Doepel, Eline Strijkers with Chantal Vos, Stefan van der Weele
Photography: Wouter Vandenbrink

Fashion

Remember Now

"Remember Now" is a short film written and directed by Karl Lagerfeld as a prelude to the CHANEL 2010-2011 Cruise collection presented in Saint Tropez on Tuesday May 11th 2010, with Pascal Greggory and Elisa Sednaoui in the lead roles and supported by friends of the House.

www.chanel.com

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Fashion

Andreas Murkudis Berlin Open Day

On the occasion of Gallery Weekend Berlin April 30th to May 2nd, 2010, Andreas Murkudis Berlin will host an exciting event on Saturday May 1st, 2010 and invites you to join a day of exhibtions and presentations. 

Besides the new Skull from Nymphenburg Porcelain, the first fragrance of Maison Martin Margiela, new design pieces from E15, an exhibition of the fashion designer Lutz to celebrate his 10 year anniversary as well as 20 meters of silk dresses in a range of 143 colors by designer Kostas Murkudis will be presented.

Opening Reception takes Place on May 1st, 2010 12–8 pm
All exhibtions will be opened on May 2nd from 2-6 pm
Continuing through May 15th 2010

Andreas Murkudis
Münzstraße 21
10178 Berlin

www.andreasmurkudis.net

Art

In Utero

London-based hair stylist Tomihiro Kono recently unveiled his installation, In Utero, at boutique/gallery space Machine-A. He specially made fetish black headgear, masks and bodies - using materials such as leather, nails and spikes. Machine-A will stock a selection of Kono's headpieces as well.

In Utero, installation by Tomihiro Kono
until April 17th, 2010

Machine-A
60 Berwick Street
London W1F 8SU
United Kingdom
www.machine-a.com 

Fashion

TOD's Re-Opening in Munich

Last Wednesday, March 24th, 2010 TOD’s celebrated the re-opening of its flagship store in Munich, accompanied by an exclusive photo exhibit by artist Elliott Erwitt. TOD’s 500 invited guests attended to witness the unveiling of the new store-concept. 

On 2 Floors and 250 square meters, well known faces from German TV and movies as well as models and socialites, truly enjoyed the stores new ‘Welcome at Home’ theme, with big comfortable couches and easy chairs. Exclusive and elegant materials in colors such as ivory, brown and shades of grey represent TOD’s philosophy of high quality and timeless elegance. 

As Elliott Erwitt’s black and white portraits of cosmopolitan families from the USA, France and the UK once again perfectly stand for TOD’s timeless style. Like TOD’s Icon D-Bag Gommino-Shoes and Ballerinas, his work is everlasting, unique and handcrafted. 

Afterwards, Diego Della Valle invited to an exclusive private dinner at Comité Hof (Residenz Munich). In attendance were big names from the magazine and fashion world, such as Dr. Maria Furtwängler, Dr. Hubert Burda, Patricia Riekel, Anette Weber and Ulrike Zeitlinger. 

TOD's
Maximilliansstr. 21
80539 München
Tel. +49 89 2429 76 93 - 5

www.tods.com

Fashion

Butterflies by theo

The romantic image of an adventurer from the 19th to 20th century, an explorer, was what Tim Van Steenbergen had in the back of his mind designing the new sunglasses collection for theo. Thinking of rugged landscapes, long boat trips, microscopes, boxes of archives, tents, tropical helmets, butterfly boxes, African masks, and stuffed animals he modeled the series. The butterfly symbolizing the discovery of new worlds, in all their forms, the series is made up of 6 acetate pairs of glasses, each given the Latin name of a butterfly. 

Tim Van Steenbergen creates modern shapes with an authentic look through the use of materials such as wood, horn, tortoise-shell, (semi) precious stones, minerals and mother-of-pearl.Although the spectacles are 100% acetate, they still perfectly reproduce a natural feeling. Each model is available in 8 color variations. Emerald green, marine blue, horn brown, mother-of-pearl and old pink, just to mention a few. Certain colors are also combined in surprising combinations such as old pink with mother-of-pearl, a grey tortoise-shell frame in combination with emerald green or electric blue with denim blue.

The first theo collection by Tim Van Steenbergen called American Oldtimers was launched during Silmo 2008 and after such an agreeable cooperation, the decision to continue the collaboration for a second season was easy. Tim Van Steenbergen is a former graduate from Antwerp Fashion Academy who designs his own ready-to-wear collections and costumes for various theatre and opera productions. Furthermore he was appointed as the artistic director of the Belgian label Chine in 2008.

The Butterfly collection is available at theo optician and selected Tim Van Steenbergen sales outlets. 

www.theo.be

Fashion

The Brazil Black Pack

The major inspiration for the Spring Summer 10 Nike Sportswear collection is football—the beautiful game. The summer’s tournament in South Africa means 2010 is a momentous year for the sport around the globe, transcending sport to create cultural excitement. 

Similarly, when Nike Football designers presented the on-pitch kits to the Nike Sportswear design team, the designs and innovations “knocked our socks off," said Nike Sportswear Apparel Design Director Jarrett Reynolds (Nike Sportswear Design Director).

The Brazil kit, in particular commanded attention and inspired the idea for the Nike Sportswear Brazil Black Pack. It comprises an all black version of the Brazilian national team jersey, crafted from the same fabric developed from recycled plastic bottles as the on-pitch performance shirts the players will wear. The centre piece jersey is accompanied by five iconic Nike Sportswear apparel styles: N98 Track Jacket; NSW M65 packable jacket; Loopwheeler AW77 hoodie and crew; Nike Sportswear Windrunner.

The Nike Sportswear Brazil Black Pack is available at selected retailers worldwide, including Concrete in Amsterdam (the Netherlands).

Art

Kristen

In this rare artistic collaboration, the photographer Miles Aldridge invited contemporary painter Chantal Joffe to explore the theme of ‘the artist and model’. The resulting works in colour and black and white photographs, ink and pencil drawings and paintings in watercolour and oils create a fascinatingly obsessive and emotional study of one woman: the model Kristen McMenamy. 

Aldridge is well known for high-gloss, high-drama images of women captured in pop colours. His work featured in the recent “Weird Beauty” Exhibition at The International Centre of Photography in New York, while his two solo shows in London and New York in 2009 were heralded in international publications ranging from The New York Times to ArtReview

For this latest project Aldridge set out to create a study of one woman scrutinised by various media – the mechanical precision of the camera versus the painter’s expressive brushstrokes. “I wanted a frictio between the textures of painting, pencil and photography. I was excited by how that could look on a gallery wall,” says Aldridge. He immediately thought of London based artist Chantal Joffe. “She uses paint properly and gives you that gory, painterly texture that I love – drippy, splattered and quite violent.” In contrast to Aldridge’s vision of women, Joffe’s portraits offer an emotional, deeply human response to her subjects. 

Kristen. As Seen by Miles Aldridge and Chantal Joffe
March 13th until June 7th, 2010

Galerie Alex Daniëls - Reflex Amsterdam
Weteringschans 79 A
1017 RX Amsterdam
The Netherlands
www.reflexamsterdam.com

Fashion

Nike Sportswear Remixes a Classic

First introduced in 1975 as a predecessor to the Cross Trainer, the Nike All Court has since proven itself to be an all-around shoe. First released with a canvas upper in white and light blue, this original version of the All Court has become a sport classic by way of various courts of play. It's a basketball shoe, a tennis shoe, a squash shoe, a handball and racquetball shoe that has ultimately been taken by the street to become a lifestyle shoe.

The simple and timeless look of the All Court has attracted such design partners as Hiroshi Fujiwara and A.P.C., who chose to reinterpret the All Court to only later become two of the most coveted collaboration projects released last year. Revered for its simple and classic silhouette. The All Court's true spirit is rooted in sport but is also timelessly sophisticated in look.

For this spring, the Nike design team takes on the All Court for a third time by offering the mid cut style. Presented in three colors; purple, green, and brown, the All Court's polished panache leather is embossed with the perforated outline Swoosh Design. The iconic rubber toe-cap and longwearing, non-marking, natural colored rubber outsole give this shoe its modern versatility. The monotone laces add a simple finish to the clean lines. 

Released on February 20th, the All Court Leather Mid is available at select Nike Sportswear retailers worldwide.

www.nikesportswear.com

Art

Jim Rakete:
Familiar Strangers

Hilaneh von Kories Gallery in Hamburg proudly presents Familiar Strangers, an exhibit with black and white images by photographer Jim Rakete.

German Photographer Jim Rakete started out taking pictures at rock concerts, theater rehearsals and movie sets as a student in Berlin, became a professional photographer for newspapers, magazines and even album covers for the music industry in the late 60ies. He is mainly known for his work with Bands such as Nina Hagen Band, Interzone, Spliff, Nena, Die Aerzte and many more.

The work showing at Familiar Strangers is like most of Jim Rakete's work preferredly in black and white. The Picutres he took with an old large format Linhof plate camera, working with natural light only, long shutter speeds and without make-up or photoshop are showing individuals all over Germany who left an imprint on the country. 
1/8 of a Second - Familiar Strangers, also published as a photobook by Schirmer/Mosel, shows faces, we seem to know because we see them on television and in magazines every day. But they look different, due to the amount of concentration a large format camera demands. This will be one of the last projects on such a scale since film manufacturers might shutter their production facilities any day.

Part of the exhibit are images of Wim Wenders, Peter Stein, Moritz Bleibtreu, Jenny Holzer, Helmut Schmidt, Christoph Waltz and Natalie Portman. In addition a series of portraits will be shown which was produced in collaboration with Filmfoerderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, a government film funding entity. This segment includes, among others, photographs and personal statements of actors Hannelore Hoger, Martina Gedeck and Kostja Ullmann, who support the movie industry in Northern Germany. 

Familiar Strangers
March 12th to May 6th, 2010

Galerie Hilaneh von Kories
Stresemannstr. 384a
22761 Hamburg
Germany
Tel: + 49 40 42 32 01 12

Fashion

Death to Moby Dick!

SCHAAF by Miriam Schaaf is a new fashion label from Munich, Germany, which is still developing but aiming high. Clean structures and lines define Schaaf’s collections, at the same time boasting eccentricity. The former design assistant at Ute Ploier calls it ‘poetic fashion design.’ Even though SCHAAF was initiated as a menswear label, its feminine look and feel makes it wearable for both sexes.

The Spring/Summer 2010 collection, entitled Death to Moby Dick!, is based on Herman Melville’s novel Moby-Dick or The Whale and describes the interpersonal relationships on the novel’s whaleship Pequod. Fictional main character –and only survivor– Ishmael and his memories were the inspiration for the collection.

The collection is all about non-colors, to symbolize Ishmael’s flashbacks and combines the typical attributes of the novel’s characters in its fabrics and style. A dark captain’s coat is combined with a dotted silk scarf or a crisp white shirt with a mystic fringe vest...

Its title stands for the crew’s battle call and makes their death seem even more cynical after all.

A noble craft, but somehow a most melancholy! All noble things are touched with that. - H. Melville, Moby-Dick

SCHAAF is available at JULIAANDBEN (Berlin) and Harvest (Munich).

www.miriamschaaf.com

Fashion

Fred Perry x Liberty Blank Canvas 2010

Fred Perry just proudly announced its new ‘Blank Canvas’ range with the iconic Liberty. The collaboration sees two quintessentially British institutions join forces on a collection of classic Fred Perry product. Launching internationally in April, the range includes four classic Fred Perry pieces styled using two of Liberty's timeless prints; ‘Mark’ (paisley) and ‘Edenham’ (floral).

Items include four re-worked classic M12 polos, two in Black with Ecru tipping and two in white with Larkspur and Berry Red tipping. The polos have then either been printed all over in each print or have a more subtle Liberty touch with the Edenham or Mark print on the inner collar and placket. A short sleeved shirt fully printed in both Liberty designs and the Classic Fred Perry Black Harrington Jacket with Mark lining complete the Blank Canvas collection.

www.fredperry.com

Fashion

Maison Martin Margiela – Line 0 « Artisanal »

Since its beginnings in 1988, Maison Martin Margiela has been gathering garments, accessories, used and sometimes new objects across the globe. That these garments and objects may be given a second life whilst respecting and maintaining the traces of the passage of time and use remains one of the keystones of the creative expression of the Maison in its Line 0.

Each garment is reworked entirely by hand in the atelier of the Maison in Paris. The complexity and specificity of each step of such a creative process of transformation naturally limits the quantity of garments produced. This Season's « Artisanal » line has been thought as a collection, with a theme going through the 11 silhouettes.

The individuality of the materials used to create each garment ensures that each is as unique as that which was used to create it. The labels number 0, is sewn, embossed or stamped depending on the material used to create the garment or accessory.

The format of presentation inspired by Haute-Couture Golden Age while Volumes and fabrics are manipulated in a Cabaret spirit. The collection transcends several periods of time, borrowing & recycling eveningwear from the 1940s, 50s and 70s and cocktail wear from the 1980s.

Hybrid silhouettes – the result of garment-morphing – play on feminine vs masculine, tailoring vs “flou”, corsets vs fluidity. Slowly the collection reveals the deconstructed and reconstructed contour of the silhouette. Lines are suggested by frameworks and the structure becomes a garment while the garment becomes like an accessory.

www.maisonmartinmargiela.com

Fashion

Galliano Men

A new line, and new generation - "It's not just the girls that want to party, and be able to pepper their wardrobe with urban essentials, the boys want this option too and to have those pieces in denim, leather and something that has that quirky signature Galliano identity. They want high fashion but not the high fashion prices, so I wanted to create a collection that could inspire as much as bridge that gap," John Galliano says.

The debut boy’s collection which was presented in Milan January 18th, captures the attitude and essence of Galliano’s wild side and is inspired by the anarchy of the London rock scene. The Rock muse of the moment, gets his own look and is recast with urban attitude. Distressed jeans are over-dyed in bold colours of ochre and burgundy, and doused with bleach in curling barbwire designs as Military parkas are worn with baggy pants, grandfather shirts and layered with vintage Henleys and blazers too scruffy to impress the parents! 

"I was inspired by memories of my twenty-year old self, I was fashion obsessed yet starved of the choice in clothes. We used to take our vintage market finds and pull them apart and recombine them to create our own mixed-up signature looks. Creativity and expression was the force behind this way of dressing, and we have re-harnessed this energy to work the collection in an individual way and dress our contemporary young man."

"Now it’s the Pixies, Daisys, Ashs and a new generation of It kids; but the desire, hunger and originality in dress is there. Galliano’s second line is a younger rebel sibling not an after thought – so this season make sure you get to know this new character and collection," says Galliano about his Looks. Distressed denim and sweat is spliced into new mixes of mixed collaged clothes. Crumpled and carefree, and deceptively inventive with overprinted graphics, comfortable easy shapes, washed leathers, sweats and denims make it look like you haven’t tried too hard.

www.johngalliano.com

Fashion

Cross Dressing

German label Reality Studio has collaborated with Japanese brand Onitsuka Tiger. Svenja Specht, the designer behind the Berlin-based Reality Studio chose Onitsuka's Fabre Light RS for a re-design. This high-top sneaker is a successor to the impressively plain and functional basketball shoe that Onitsuka Tiger launched in the early 70s. Japan's Olympic Team wore the Fabre at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich.

In her version, Specht added fringes to the model, reminiscent of the traditional costumes of Native Americans.

The Reality Studio Onitsuka Tiger Fabre Light RS will be released on January 29th.

www.onitsukatiger.com

Fashion

Sam Frenzel Autumn/Winter 2010

The “Collection Bravade Autumn/Winter 2010” showed Wednesday, January 20th at Berlin's Fashion Week utilizes high-quality fabrics and materials, which are meticulously assembled by hand using processes with their origin in haute couture.

The collection posits a thrilling contradiction by bringing together classic silhouettes and fabrics with industrial, hard and almost brutal materials. “It’s a bit like baking cakes: the general ingredients and designs you use are always the same. It’s only by recombining those ingredients and carefully choosing the right cake tin that keeps the cake delicious,” explains Sam Frenzel. It is important for the designer to give clothing a new inspiration without neglecting perfect silhouettes: “I never forget to respect the laws of the female body. It is moving within those rules."

www.mercedes-benzfashionweek.com

Fashion

Bottega Veneta Men's Fall-Winter 2010/11

For Fall 2010, Bottega Veneta presented in Milan today a collection characterized by assertive elegance and rebel flair. Unconventional pairings and audacious accessories add a provocative edge to clothes of superlative refinement.

The palette is dark, deep, and extravagantly nuanced, marked by subtle gradations of black, carbon gray, ink blue, bottle green, and peat brown. Pattern is equally enigmatic, ranging from shadow stripes and ghosted windowpanes to oblique, over-dyed prints. Fabrics span the spectrum from formal to sporty and from traditional to technologically advanced.

There are more than just clothes to consider this fall. A scarf, a bolo tie, distinctive socks, a ring of antique sterling silver – each element adds shade and detail to a narrative of personal style. A soft, ultra-lightweight calfskin bag serves as a luxurious and functional signature. And in a season in which accessories are important, shoes are defining. Fall shoes include motorcycle-inspired boots and polished-punk “creepers” of glossy leather and crocodile.

“In this collection we wanted to address the different ways men visualize themselves,” says Creative Director Tomas Maier. “Bottega Veneta’s goal is always to expand the vocabulary of men’s wear, to add individuality and expression. So there is sophistication, but also playfulness, bravado, eccentricity, rebelliousness – it all depends on how it’s put together.”

www.bottegaveneta.com

Fashion

Ways To Say Black

Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci made with CRYSTALLIZED™ - Swarovski Elements, Photography Mark Pillai

In an extraordinary collaboration with the design glitterati of the fashion world, CRYSTALLIZED™ is thrilled to unveil a one-off, touring exhibition of the iconic Little Black Dress. Timed to coincide with January’s haute couture season, the initiative will see this fashion classic reborn amid a shower of CRYSTALLIZED™ - Swarovski Elements at the hands of the greatest established and emerging creative talents worldwide. After launching in Paris during couture week, on the 27th January, the dazzling collection of one-of-a-kind show pieces will go on public display at the hotel Pozzo di Borgo, 51 rue de l’université, 7th arrondissement on 28 January. The exhibition will then travel to Beijing and will culminate in a grand fund-raising finale in New York City in autumn 2010.

Among the stellar names commissioned by CRYSTALLIZEDTM - Swarovski Elements to create exquisitely crafted, crystal-embellished updates on the Little Black Dress are established designers Sonia Rykiel and Riccardo Tisci for Givenchy (France); Valentino, Giorgio Armani and Missoni (Italy); Donna Karan and Diane von Furstenberg (USA); and Vivienne Westwood (UK). CRYSTALLIZEDTM is also delighted to welcome exciting, upcoming designers Gaspard Yurkievich (France) and Phillip Lim (USA) to the project.

www.crystallized.com

Fashion

Nan Goldin
for Bottega Veneta

Fine art and documentary photographer Nan Goldin shot the Bottega Veneta Spring-Summer 2010 campaign on Staten Island, in New York City, in October of 2009. 

The Spring-Summer 2010 collection is an exploration of individuality. Serene and simple, it features a spare palette of white, ivory, cream, and straw. Touches of egg yolk yellow, Delft blue, orchid, and fever red animate the accessories and a few noteworthy dresses. In this collection, the sensibility of the woman is paramount. Her pale clothes serve as a canvas that’s blank until she completes it. It is the individual – the shape of her body, her movements, and her choice of shoes, bag, and jewelry – that determines the final look.

www.bottegaveneta.com

Fashion

Woolrich
F/W2010-2011

Broomberg and Chanarin interpret Woolrich John Rich & Bros advertising campaign FW10-11.

www.woolrich.it 

The Woolrich FW 10 image continues and has been interpreted by Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin aka Chopped Liver, a well-known creative duo in the contemporary photography scene.  

Fashion

Monochrome
and Poetic

Feathered gloves by Causse & Lemarié

Since 2008, Causse has launched a series of collaborations under the name "Causse Atelier" with fashion houses and designers whose prestigious know-how is expressed through traditional hand- made methods carried out in their workshops. For its third such collaboration, after the bejewelled gloves created with the Italian designer Delfina Delettrez Fendi in Rome and the embroidered gloves made with the house of Lesage in Paris, Causse has just released a glove case made by the luggage-maker Pinel & Pinel in Paris.

For its latest collaboration, Causse has formed a partnership with the famous House of Lemarié to produce a glove decorated with feathers. This object of veritable haut couture has been hand-made in two versions using Lemarié's prestigious know-how: black gloves decorated with white feathers, monochrome and poetic...

This model is available only to order from the Causse boutique
12, rue de Castiglione
Paris, France

www.causse-gantier.fr

Art

Zoo Magazine
No 25, 2009/2010

Cover image: Róisín Murphy by Dancian

The Winter issue of Zoo Magazine is out now! Including: Walter Van Beirendonck vs Henrik Vibskov / Róisín Murphy / Hedi Slimane / Sting / Nora von Waldstätten / Miron Zownir and more...

For an exclusive preview, click here.

Fashion

Victoria Beckham
Eyewear & Denim

Partnering with Cutler & Gross – the foremost pioneers of fashion sunglasses and famous for their handmade finishes and quality of production – the new sunglasses range from Victoria Beckham offers a collection that in it’s timelessness and modernity is the perfect reflection of the progression of her brand.

This progression can also be seen in the SS10 denim collection; Victoria Beckham denim, formerly known as dVb, moves toward a sharper silhouette for Spring/Summer 2010. New, simple hardware and back pockets feature in a collection that sees the evolution of the popular legging and super skinny in new woven and denim fabrications for an ultra modern look.

Clean cigarette styles and a return to the true, slim fitting skinny jean make up the core collection. Alongside this core collection is a range of fashion leggings; coloured leggings in candy brights with contrast back zip detail, blocked and side panel leggings in mink and midnight with black contrasting fabrics with a deep v back yoke running through this story. To compliment this body con silhouette Victoria also introduces a Vintage collection. Set to become a weekend staple, it includes the love-worn hand repaired jean, the relaxed ease of the boyfriend style alongside distressed denim jackets, gilet, shorts and skirts.

www.victoriabeckham.com

Fashion

Mr. McQ

McQ embraces developments in fashion communication with a new, innovative website, incorporating the rise of blog culture and underground journalism. Juxtaposed with a slow-motion video backdrop of the A/W09 campaign shoot, the updated page has evolved, displaying more than just lookbook and campaign imagery.

The McQ Diary provides an exclusive written and visual medium for a selection of talented figures, each possessing a distinct ‘McQ’ voice. Sourcing globally for stylists, writers, musicians and artists, the Diary pools like-minded individuals from around the world into a collective ‘McQ’ thought process. Contributors include Dazed & Confused's Anna Trevelyan and Vogue Homme Japan’s Emi Kameoka, amongst others.

In keeping with the increasingly open nature of the fashion industry, the Diary also vocalises the McQ Studio, comprising the thoughts, ideas and musings of the house design team. The development of the McQ website also marks the launch of the brand’s Facebook page, which will be used to announce upcoming events and news, as well as exclusive information for Facebook fans.

All pictures: McQ Spring/Summer 2010

www.m-c-q.com

Art

Prada Book

Prada: creativity, modernity, innovation.

A new book documenting the brand's diverse projects in fashion, communication, architecture, film and art.

Prada unveils a new book documenting the company's experimental, often ground-breaking work in fashion, architecture, film and art over the last three decades.

Conceived of and edited by Miuccia Prada and Patrizio Bertelli in collaboration with long-time creative contributors Michael Rock and Sung Joong Kim of 2x4, New York City, the 708-page book traces this unique story from inside out.

The book will be available to the public at Prada stores worldwide as well as on prada.com and selected bookshops, starting in November of this year. 

Art

Luke Smalley:
Sunday Drive

1st Year Anniversary, 2008

Sunday Drive is Luke Smalley’s (1955-2009) final and perhaps most impressive body of work. It is a highly narrative series which tells the story of three gorgeous young women who primp and preen before climbing into a convertible car. As one delves deeper into the project, it soon becomes clear that the girls are on their way to the state prison to visit their incarcerated boyfriends. The second half of Sunday Drive consists of photographs of the attractive young men killing time in the slammer waiting for their sweethearts to arrive.

Morning Shower, 2008

Untitled (Girl Talk), 2008

Laundry, 2008

Now What?, 2008

Untitled (Window), 2008

Untitled (Arm Wrestle), 2008

Luke Smalley: Sunday Drive
A Memorial Exhibition


November 5th - December 19th, 2009

ClampArt
521-531 West 25th Street, Ground Floor
New York City 10001
U.S.A.

www.clampart.com

Art

Belgium - Delight

A unique photography exhibition about Belgian icons, their tastes and pleasures in food

Book cover "Portrait with shrimp- croquet" by Isabel Miquel Arques

"Photographer Stephan Vanfleteren turns his back to the viewer. In his open hands lies the best of all things that can be fried. Actress Hilde van Mieghem is naked and kisses a strawberry. Couturier Dries van Noten crosses his arms above biblical bread.” (Thomas Blondeau)

Dries van Noten

“Portret met garnaalkroket” is a unique book of photographs by the Spanish photographer Isabel Miguel Arques. With more than 40 portraits and associated still life’s Isabel illustrates her life through Belgium’s cultural scene. The number of artists and especially the high quality of their work immediately impressed her. The importance of food is also something that she finds striking. Both aspects form a leitmotiv in this very atypical, eclectic and extraordinary book concerning Belgium, Belgium artists, their tastes and pleasures.

Elvis Pompilio

Jean van Cleemput

Isabel Miquel Arques  “Belgium - Delight”
November 14 - December 19, 2009 
Soledad  Senlle Gallery                     
Sloterkade 171, Amsterdam, Holland

www.isabelmiquelarques.com

www.soledad.nl

Fashion

Le Carré Hermès

Hermès launches a new book to celebrate the history of the scarf.

Book cover “Le Carré Hermès”

Each Hermès scarf tells a story: this volume is their anthology. Created as an artist’s book, it transposes the scarves instead of merely picturing them. It magnifies their charm while preserving their ethereal grace. It narrates, through images and text, the existence of the now mythical silk twill “carre”.  The iconography, playful and poetic in turn, varies between full pages, cut-outs, transparencies and various visual effects, guiding the reader through a richly coloured, perfectly drawn narrative world. According to Pierre-Alexis Dumas, Artistic Director at Hermès, Josè Alvarez “observes Hermès’s scarves like a  lovesick aesthete. By dedicating this atypical book to them, he has realised a very old dream and made an impossible project a reality. This is neither a historical monograph about the scarves nor a catalogue raisonnè of their two thousand or so designs - why pin butterflies that were made to fly?”

Hermès, Collection Autumn/ Winter 2009

A multitude of themes, styles and inspirations are expressed in a single language: the scarf. Horses, sea, travel, cultures, nature, music... all are evoked with simplicity, harmony and sensual lavishness. Behind each theme a tale waits to be told...

www.hermes.com

Fashion

Les Chaussures
de 'Monsieur'

Viktor & Rolf launch their first shoe collection for 'Monsieur' for fall 2009

Viktor & Rolf seek to reinterpret the male shoe. Inspired by the fine tailoring and sartorial wit of the British gentleman, both the trainers and formal shoes have been redefined. The traditional formal shoe creates the basis of the Autumn/Winter 2009 collection. The collection dismisses convention with minor yet canny alterations. A metallic shine reminiscent of the iridescent glow of the beetle shell highlights a classic lace-up and loafer to a stunning effect of brushed painted patent leather. A seemingly anonymous formal black lace-up is twisted with a blue crepe rubber sole. Chic boots and derbies have a subtle contrasting piping.

Just as the trainer has moved from the sports arena to popular culture, Viktor & Rolf extend this dynamic ascent combining the properties of the brogue with the street style of the sports shoe. Intact are the defining rubber sole and high-top aspect of the trainer. However, the brown leather upper evokes the essence of the brogue with its perforated patterning and wingtip detail. Inspired by the puffer jacket, the quilted trainer suggests comfort and protection. Available in blue or mandarin this urban trainer comes in a new high-tech nylon.

This first collection of shoes captures the essence of Viktor & Rolf’s view on menswear: a unique mix of relaxed and elegance.

www.viktor-rolf.com

Art

Mini Karl

K Karl Lagerfeld announces the upcoming collaboration with the Japanese inspired brand tokidoki on an exclusive limited edition miniature Karl Lagerfeld character. Karl Lagerfeld, who is known to always have his fingers on the pulse of modern pop culture and likes Japanese inspired art, says: “I am very flattered that I became a tokidoki. I always loved them and I am very happy to be one of them!”

K Karl Lagerfeld, the designer’s namesake denim based collection, launched in Fall 2007, combines premium denims with sleek and sophisticated silhouettes across a full men’s and women’s collection that offers key classics and must have inspirational pieces. Tokidoki, which means “sometimes” in Japanese, was born in 2005 from the imagination of Italian artist Simone Legno. The brand produces vinyl toys, apparel, footwear and accessories including purses and jewelry, all part of the Japanese inspired world of Simone.

A limited edition of 1000 pieces will be available to purchase worldwide through selected K Karl Lagerfeld retailers as well as in the tokidoki flagship stores in New York, Milan and Los Angeles. Each figure will include an individually numbered certificate of authenticity. Mini Karl will launch exclusively at Colette in October, and will hit stores world-wide pre Christmas.

www.karllagerfeld.com
www.tokidoki.it

Art

Chair x (3 Design Duo's) = B&B&3*

Just opened in London is B&B&3* an exhibition in partnership with Wallpaper* magazine featuring three very different interpretations of the new Grande Papilio chair, designed for B&B Italia by Naoto Fukasawa.

From the left: Grande Papilio’s one off editions by Baron & Baron, by Elmgreen & Dragset and by Viktor & Rolf

Wallpaper* has brought together the creative talents of Viktor & Rolf, Elmgreen & Dragset and Baron & Baron, each of whom were given an open brief to create a spectacular one off edition of the Grande Papilio chair. The design of the B&B&3* exhibition has been executed by Wallpaper* who have also created a striking window treatment.
The exhibition is open to the public until Sunday, October 18th to coincide with both the London Design Festival and the Frieze Art Fair. The customised Grande Papilio chairs will be auctioned to raise funds for Terrence Higgins Trust, the UK’s leading HIV & AIDS charity.

September 23 – October 18, 2009
B&B Italia 
250 Brompton Road 
London SW3 2AS

www.bebitalia.it
www.wallpaper.com

Art

1000 Numbered Bottles on the Wall

HUGO Man fragrance takes package design to the next level. Designer Karim Rashid creates an Exclusive Limited Edition bottle for the HUGO Man fragrance inspired by a fluid digital topographic pattern.

Since the debut of HUGO Man in 1995, the fragrance has gone from being an innovative, new fragrance to being celebrated as one of the classic, iconic fresh scents. Although it is recognised for the clean aquatic notes of the ocean combined with the fresh aroma of pine trees, HUGO Man is also distinguishable by its unique masculine packaging. To celebrate the illustrious bottle, HUGO Fragrances has invited world-renowned designer, Karim Rashid, to create an Exclusive Limited Edition bottle and packaging. With just 1000 numbered bottles available, from October 15th (at Galeries Lafayette Berlin) in less than 100 retail outlets worldwide, the HUGO Man Exclusive Limited Edition is set to be one of the most coveted and exclusive ‘objects of desire’ for Christmas 2009.

Karim Rashid

Among others, the special edition will be available globally at:
- London – Selfridges (October 2009)
- Paris – Sephora Champs Elysées (October 2009)
- New York City Meatpacking District – HUGO BOSS Store (October 2009)
- Jekaterinburg, Russia – Golden Apple (November 2009)
- United Arab Emirate  – Paris Gallery and Harvey Nichols (January 2010)

www.hugo.com
www.karimrashid.com

Fashion

Four Floors
of Fashion

Tommy Hilfiger Group opened its global flagship store located at 681 Fifth Avenue in New York this week. The store is the largest Tommy Hilfiger retail store worldwide, joining an elite mix of upscale retailers on one of the most prestigious shopping avenues in the world.
“We are pleased to finally open a global anchor in our brand’s hometown,” said Fred Gehring, CEO of Tommy Hilfiger Group. “This opening is an important and tactical move in our efforts to further elevate the brand in both the international community and the U.S.”

“As an iconic thoroughfare, Fifth Avenue is the perfect home for all of our collections,” said Tommy Hilfiger. “I’m very excited to open our global flagship in the city where I first started the company over 20 years ago. The Fifth Avenue flagship represents the mix of aspirational yet affordable - the foundation and heritage of our brand philosophy.”
Inspired by modern meets traditional, and based on 20th century architecture, the 22,000 square foot freestanding store is designed by the Tommy Hilfiger creative team in partnership with Callison Architects. Taking creative cues from McKim, Mead, and White, the store’s interior features a dramatic, modern centralized staircase that doubles as a viewing platform for a revolving art installation and ascends a total of four levels.

www.tommy.com

Fashion

OUT NOW!
Zoo Magazine No 24

Eliza Cummings by Philip Gay

Our Fall issue is OUT NOW! Including exclusive shoots and interviews with Renée Zellweger, Florian Bartholomäi, Tim Hamilton, Jun Takahashi, Patrick Wolf and more...

For a preview: click here.

Art

Homeland

American artist Larry Sultan’s photography collection, Homeland, is soon to be seen in an exhibition in Andreas Murkudis in Berlin. The exhibition includes large-scale works from Sultan’s new series of staged photographs taken in everyday, suburban landscapes. The artist’s 13-piece portfolio will also be on display in order to supplement the larger prints and provide a more complete perspective on the Homeland collection.

Larry Sultan, Antioch Creek, 2008.
Courtesy Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne

For his latest body of work, Larry Sultan hired Mexican day laborers as actors and subjects in his photographs, which he staged on the outskirts of Southern Californian suburbs. He found these illegal laborers outside a nearby strip mall where hundreds of men wait day by day to be picked up for hourly work. Sultan directed the men’s actions and gestures, drawing from his own memories of home life as well as his interpretation of the laborers’ individual experiences as exiles. The photographs romanticize the terrain of the suburbs and charge the activities of day laborers, which are rather mundane in nature, with metaphorical meaning: carrying food to a potluck, stringing lights on a tree, rowing a boat on a river.

Larry Sultan, Meander, Corte Madera, 2006. Courtesy Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne

For the artist, the settings of the photographs are deeply reminiscent of the terrain he sought out as a child: empty fields behind malls and scruffy borderlands of the LA river that ran behind his parents’ house in the San Fernando Valley. The artist describes it as follows: “In my own past, these places represented a small and vanishing patch of paradise that existed just outside of the boundaries of property and ownership; a free zone that eased my (adolescent) uncertainty and provided a safe place away from the judgments of others.“

Larry Sultan - Homeland
September 24th – October 31st 2009 
Andreas Murkudis
Münzstrasse 21
10178 Berlin

www.andreasmurkudis.net

Fashion

Blue Bell
Pop Up Store

Relaunched for Fall/Winter 2009/10, Wrangler's premium brand Blue Bell has opened its first-ever store. The boutique pop-up shop - at 47 Lamb’s Conduit Street, Bloomsbury, London - will be open from September 4 through to October 10. Lamb’s Conduit Street is one of the hippest streets in London, crammed with cool British brands and gourmet places to eat and drink.

The boutique Blue Bell shop carries the complete Fall/Winter 2009/10 collection. The store has a simple arrangement, with the products lined up in curvaceous display cases. This is the first season for Blue Bell under a new design directive: to mix the beautiful fabrics and delicious details of Wrangler’s heritage with the contemporary fits and striking styling of modern fashion. 

Adam Kakembo, marketing director of Wrangler Europe, said: “We have been longing to open a store for Blue Bell ever since the first design meeting. We are thrilled to present Blue Bell to the press and public, to show what Wrangler is capable of in quality and design. Blue Bell sits at the pinnacle of Wrangler products. It is a new thing in jeanswear: a blend of quality denim heritage and modern styling flair.”

www.bluebelljeans.com

Fashion

Made of Japan

Toshikazu Iwaya for Dress33

In Japan, turning 60 isn’t just another birthday. It is a time of great celebration and reflection; a time to look back at one’s achievements and plan for the future. Onitsuka Tiger’s founder, the late Kihachiro Onitsuka, was known for his innovative spirit and appreciation for craftsmanship, as well as for his cheerfulness and honesty. In honor of these values, Onitsuka Tiger invited like-minded athletes, artists and fashionistas to share their thoughts. Fusing Japanese heritage with a modern, metropolitan soul, Made of Japan embraces heroes of the past while uncovering tomorrow’s talents, showcasing the ever-growing interaction between Japan and the West.

Takeshi Nishimoto by Daniel Josefsohn

Made of Japan features more than 30 iconic personalities, including Chiharu Shiota (performance and installation artist who explores the cultures of Asia and Europe), Naomi Yotsumoto (colourful and stylish ping pong player), Yusuke Iseya (former model and one of Japan’s most treasured film actors), Hirofumi Kurino (leading authority on the Japanese fashion market), Thomas Demand (German artist renowned for his 3-dimensional photographs inspired by Japanese paper art), and former star athletes Dave Cowens and Lasse Virén.

Naomi Yotsumoto by Fumino Osada

The creative team of Zoo Magazine, collaborated closely with Onitsuka Tiger to create this unique publication. Published bilingually in English and Japanese, Made of Japan is destined to be a collector’s item. The magazine’s physical attributes merge traditional Japanese book-binding methods with a clean, authoritative look and feel; the use of various types of paper underlines its intriguing contents. A numbered, limited-edition gift set that includes the magazine, a pair of shoes and a T-shirt from the 60th Anniversary Collection will also be available.

Chiharu Shiota - Hundred Stories About Love, part of a group exhibition at the 21st Century Museum in Kanazawa, Japan, photography Fumino Osada

The publication of Made of Japan is a one-off and only a limited edition of 10,000 copies will be printed. The magazine will be distributed to exclusive shops in Japan, the US and Europe as of September 1st. Stores include Colette (Paris), do you read me?! (Berlin), KaDeWe (Berlin), SPRMRKT (Amsterdam), International Magazine Store (Antwerp) and Henrik Vibskov Boutique (Copenhagen), as well as international airports and railway stations. Made of Japan is also available online through www.tokyoartbeat.com/shop.

 Limited-edition gift set

Art

Cave of the
Unconscious

For the third cycle of transformation of the Prada Transformer in Seoul, the Prada Foundation announces an exhibition of the artist Nathalie Djurberg (born 1978, at Lysekil, Sweden), which will be held from August 15 to September 13 in the rotating building designed by Rem Koolhaas/OMA next to the sixteenth-century Geyonghui Palace in Seoul. The exhibition is called 'Turn Into me'.

In the interior of the Transformer now covered with a surface of white felt that ripples and twists to form a highly baroque, sensual wrapping, the artist has created an installation that she articulates over the floors and walls through the use of objects and projections that mute the whiteness and transform the architectural environment into a cave of the unconscious and oneiric.

Nathalie Djurberg lives and works in Berlin and has emerged in recent years as one of the outstanding Swedish artists of the new generation, as well as one of the most active on the international scene. Recently honored with the Silver Lion for the best young artist at the 53rd Venice Biennale, 2009, Djurberg creates videos that are short, animated films made with the stop motion technique and feature plasticine figures that move about and create a surreal and often grotesque narrative.

Turn Into Me at Prada Transformer
1-126 Sinmunno-2ga, Jongno-gu, Seoul, near the Gyeonghui Palace
August 15 – September 13, 2009

www.fondazioneprada.org
www.pradatransformer.co.kr
       

Fashion

Hannelore Knuts -
Model Against Aids

Belgian topmodel Hannelore Knuts is the new spokesperson for Designers/Models against Aids.

Hannelore Knuts by Inez van Lamsweerde (W Magazine)

Hannelore Knuts does countless runway shows for all the big name fashion designers such as Yves Saint
Laurent, Givenchy,  Dries Van Noten, Louis Vuitton, Alexander McQueen, Jean Paul Gaultier, Hermès and Balenciaga. Knuts has been photographed by Steven Meisel, Daniel Jackson, Terry Richardson and Dutch Dream Duo Inez van Lamsweerde/Vinoodh Matadin and did consults for designers such as Azzedine Alaia and Haider Ackerman. She is also a talented photographer herself and is now curating her first exhibition that will open in spring 2010. Hannelore Knuts is very motivated to help Models/Designers against Aids to spread their prevention message and to stimulate young models to join MAA, with the same goal: have fun, but keep it safe!

Hannelore Knuts @ Marc Jacobs Fall 09

www.designersagainstaids.com

Fashion

Medieval Knights

Asger Juel Larsen is on his way to Milan. He is among the 26 finalist in the international Mittel Moda fashion award. This summer he graduated his BA in FDT Menswear from University of the Arts - London College of Fashion, where his final year collection was credited as the best in the class.

"My collection is created from a thorough and exciting research into the historical era of the medieval knights and one of my main focuses has been experimenting with and developing untraditional materials".
The collection got picked for the yearly press-show at London College of Fashion and aroused an enormous interest from the media.

www.asgerjuellarsen.blogspot.com

Fashion

Sweet & Sexy

Online fashion resource F.TAPE featured an interview with photographer Mariano Vivanco. He describes his "Sweet & Sexy" shoot for Zoo Magazine as the turning point in his career.

F.TAPE: You have played an instrumental role in the re-introduction of the masculine model and the male body as the object of desire. When did you personally notice a change in mainstream advertising and what do you think the future holds?

Mariano Vivanco: Cool, thank you! Well it is quite simple, we look at advertising to be inspired, to try to relate and emulate to someone, and to be turned on in a naughty way. Also it is about beauty, maybe I am an old painter re-incarnated but that is what makes sense to me. Arriving in London 10 years ago meant I had to change my perception of the male form. Here the trendy models are usually thinner than the NY models I used to work with.

Eventually a commission came in from a German magazine called Zoo. I had been meeting lots of models, which I found had very healthy bodies and some of them had rugby style legs… I did not even think twice about it. I made an editorial about Rugby boys and called it “Sweet and Sexy” – the boys were only wearing either tops or pants… That was my personal turning point. 

"Sweet & Sexy"
Zoo Magazine No 6, 2005
Photography: Mariano Vivanco
Fashion Editor: Teddy Czopp

Fashion

FIRMA
Gropius Bag

Paying homage to Walter Gropius, FIRMA developed an exclusive multifunctional leather bag for the 90th anniversary of Bauhaus.

For the ninetieth anniversary of the Bauhaus – the origin of modern architecture, design and art – the designers of FIRMA decided to do something extraordinary to mark this event: The GROPIUS BAG, which is named after the founder of the art academy in Weimar, is functional and aesthetically unique. By opening the side zippers, it can be increased to double or triple its original size. From a small laptop bag or briefcase it can quickly be transformed into a weekender.

“The pioneers of the Bauhaus movement are our heroes, because their designs are both - radical avant-garde and timeless classics - at the same time. We simply do not understand why the demand of a piece of clothing is lower than that of a chair.” Say the designers Daniela Biesenbach and Carl Tillessen.

For the anniversary, a Bauhaus retrospective will take place from July to October 2009 in the domain of the Bauhaus under the name “Bauhaus Model”. During this exhibition the shop of the Bauhaus archive will present the exclusively designed GROPIUS BAG alongside other design icons such as the Wagenfeld-Leuchte and the vases of Alvar Aalto.

www.firma.net

Photography Martin Mai
Art Work: Jutta Drewes

Music

Bass Drop
Under The Big Top

Gale-force winds shook this year’s edition of Melt! Festival (July, 17th-19th) but the stage curated by the Red Bull Music Academy didn’t stop rumbling at its foundations, as it played host to many of the globe’s top dubstep, drum ‘n’ bass and electro talents.

The Academy stage was the bass epicentre of the festival for the third year in a row, with London dubstep originators Benga and Skream on hand to present their new collaborative project Magnetic Man, while Bristol’s Kode9 delivered a heavyweight set that delved into the garage roots of dubstep. American baile funk ambassador and tastemaker Diplo selected a typically eclectic set of jagged electro mash-ups alongside Canada’s Thunderheist duo.

Travelling around the world for over ten years, the Red Bull Music Academy is a once-yearly symposium of forward-thinking musicality and cross-cultural inspiration. No wonder then that the Academy has seen participation by many of today’s most visionary makers of bass- and breakbeat-based music step through its doors. Besides the yearly main event (which will be held next February, 2010 in London), an online radio station and hundreds of smaller ‘local workshops’, the Academy curates stages at the world’s most interesting music festivals.

www.redbullmusicacademyradio.com

Fashion

Versace in the
Dubai Mall

The Versace Group announces the opening of its new flagship Versace boutique in the Dubai Mall on Fashion Avenue in Dubai City, UAE. This impressive boutique covers a retail area of over 600 square metres and is to date the Maison’s largest in the Middle East. The boutique holds a striking retail atmosphere that mirrors the glamour and Atelier Italian craftsmanship that make up Versace’s DNA. 

The architectural details echo the new stylistic and visual concepts for the most recent important Versace flagship boutiques worldwide. With a focus on purity and details, the store features contemporary unexpected combinations and materials such as black granite floors, white leather paneled walls and matte white ceilings. The cabinetry and fixtures are accented with polished stainless steel, glass, and white and black lacquer detail throughout the space.  The centrally placed crystal curtain drop chandelier creates a centrepiece effect and the interplay of lights completes this glamorous shopping atmosphere.

The boutique features the latest Versace ready to wear collections for men and women, a full range of men’s and women’s accessories including the most current selection of bags, shoes, belts, eyewear, and Versace Watches and Jewellery, as well a large selection of the  Versace Home collection.

www.versace.com 

Fashion

Nike and
Lance Armstrong unite

Over twenty renowned artists have donated their time and creativity to express the LIVESTRONG message and raise funds for the Lance Armstrong Foundation, which is committed to inspiring and empowering people affected by cancer.

STAGES is more than an event. It is a unique celebration of human potential inspired by Lance and dedicated to the fight against cancer. It unites the worlds of art, philanthropy and sport by commissioning some of the most renowned figures in art to produce work inspired by Lance and his fight against cancer. The exhibition opens at the Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin in Paris before traveling to the United States this fall. All work is available for purchase with proceeds directly benefiting the Lance Armstrong Foundation.

Join the fight. Help others live strong.

Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin
76 rue de Turenne & 10 impasse Saint-Claude
75003 Paris
France

July 17, 2009 – August 8, 2009
Gallery hours: Tue – Sat, 11am – 7pm

Image Credit: “Vital to the Core” 2009 by Ed Ruscha © Ed Ruscha, courtesy of the artist and Gagosian Gallery 

Fashion

Darklands Berlin

Existentialist’s Fashion Heart in Berlin

by Jan Joswig

If there is one undisputable proof for Berlin becoming a fashion capital, it’s the extraordinary black hole of fashion right in the heart of the city: Darklands. A tiny, unobtrusive, naked white shop with black clothes neatly displayed. But what kind of clothes: only the most fearless avantgarde men’s collections by Damir Doma, Boris Bidjan Saberi, Julius or Carol Christian Poell, all this deconstructed clothes for the modern existential nomad.

And it’s the only place that offers you Jun Takahashis brand Undercover within the next 500 miles. Undercover, the brand that was the special guest at this summers Pitti Uomo in florence, is chosen by shop owner Campbell McDougall, because "he is one designer that makes me wish I still bought women's wear, because his is truly astounding." Thus is the spirit of Darklands, truly astounding.

www.darklandsberlin.com 

Fashion

Mazooka Hero:
Michael Jackson

The young Berlin streetwear label Mazooka stands for distinctive graphics that not only work in the context of textiles, but also represent part of a creative process. The label was founded by graphics designer Hanno Bäucker in 2002. Mazooka collections uniquely feature characteristic graphics and curves that stretch the clothing’s front as well as its back. The conventional disconnection of front and back is broken up, embracing the three dimensional shape of human bodies. Characteristic for the Mazooka collections is that almost all models are customizable to represent a unique style as to color and motif and the positioning of the graphical elements. This enables every piece of clothing to be unique and distinctive.

Sweater AA Women - Michael Jackson, part of the Heroes-Collection.
Price: € 55,00

Buy online at: www.shop.mazooka.de

Fashion

'Are Younique?'
Become the new face of Police

The major competition organised by Police, the historic house brand of the De Rigo Group, will officially get underway from mid-May in order to select the new face of the Be YOUnique 2010 advertising campaign. The idea began with the great popularity of the unusual 2009 international communication strategy, and Police’s growing success as a global lifestyle brand. The competition will be aimed at all young people, male and female, who express the same plucky style and individuality as the Police image.

In order to participate, simply register on the website and send us a portrait of yourself, stating what makes you unique enough to win. Every two weeks, users of the site will vote to select ten people, until a total of sixty finalists have been chosen from the most interesting faces in the site’s photo gallery. The final casting session, which will be conducted by Police and the creative agency, will be carried out in September 2009; the winner will then automatically take part in the shoot for the new Be Younique 2010 campaign images, which will take place in the Autumn.

www.police-beyounique.com

Fashion

Jhon AG:
SPY vs. SPY

Kuzu & Aki, the team that has turned the Tokyo fashion world on its head in an unprecedented performance with its uniquely cynical style, give birth to a completely new brand by forming a union of leading branding professionals!

Breaking the mold of all the staid old rules of an apparel industry adrift in a sea of stormy market conditions, the brand Jhon AG launched its intelligence operations in a secret début on the second night of the Milano Men’s Collection, on the 21st of June, 2009.

Jhon AG is a revolutionary brand, based on a new invented business system with the ambition to refresh the market and gain visibility and awareness focusing on unique style and new technology fabrics to create items for a contemporary consumer interested in travel, play, business and sports.

Fashion

Evisu
accessory line

The 75th Pitti Immagine Uomo in Florence was the setting for luxury denim brand Evisu to launch its first accessory line. Iconic bag label Mandarina Duck is appointed to design, produce and distribute the whole range. Together with the collections women-, men-, kid’s apparel, shoes and Swiss made watches Evisu now offers a well balanced collection. The Evisu bags and accessories collection translates the unique culture and philosophy of Evisu into detailed, colourful and funny carryall, ready to explore every aspect of getting around the globe whether it is for business or leisure.

The true icon of this collection is the Denim line. Contrast stitching paired with denim and leather has the unmistakingly Evisu signature. The collection will also be showed at Bread and Butter and Dutch Modefabriek in July.

www.evisu.com

Fashion

D&G
Online Boutique

D&G launches dandgstore.com, its first online boutique starting on June 23rd.
It reflects the spirit of D&G boutiques, whose style strongly emerges and can be experienced with a click, and is also reachable through the website www.dolcegabbana.com.

The online store will make it possible to buy all D&G Apparel and Accessories collection, both men’s and women’s, with the addition of D&G Beachwear, D&G Underwear, D&G Eyewear, D&G Time and D&G jewels, and will be available from Europe, United States and Japan, for a total of 31 countries.

www.dandgstore.com

Fashion

Catwalks
by the NRW forum

The Catwalks exhibition will open its doors to the public at the NRW-Forum Kultur und Wirtschaft, Düsseldorf, on 25 July 2009. Experience the most talked-about top designer catwalk shows of recent years. Spectacular shows reminiscent of vintage Dior, Galliano-style circus performances, dramatic productions of the kind put on by Alexander McQueen, conceptional performances like those by Hussein Chalayan, catwalks in the form of tables set for spectacular dinners such as the ones used by Dries van Noten. Exhibition visitors will become models in these shows, which will be brought to life and transformed into 3D spectacles in video projections and multimedia installations.

The partners of this exhibition are German Vogue and Alex de Betak, one of the greatest directors in the fashion show business and a man who has worked for highly influential fashion labels such as Louis Vuitton, Gaultier, Dior, and more. The exhibition is sponsored by Nokia, Schwarzkopf and the CPD.

We are kicking off the countdown with a short film made exclusively for us by Mario Testino, who visited the Dolce and Gabbana spring/summer collection fashion show during Milan Fashion Week. To view the film, visit:

www.nrw-forum.de

Fashion

Hello Fashion
by Monique van Heist

Hello Fashion is a continuous collection of ‘moniquevanheist’ classics by which she challenges the fashion system. Monique van Heist is a Dutch fashion designer, triple winner of the Mercedes-Benz Dutch Fashion Awards 2008. Hello Fashion is permanently available and new products will only be added, not distracted from the collection. Next to garments and accessories, the collection consists of lifestyle products like furniture, make-up advice and even recipes. Hello Fashion cuts across the fashion system’s usual cycle by presenting new products at any given time.

Hello Fashion comes with a loose-leaf catalogue. Included now, are the first 22 products of Hello Fashion. Keep the folder… because with each new product launch, a supplement will be released and the catalogue will grow.

www.moniquevanheist.com

Fashion

Zoo Magazine
No 23, 2009:
STARDUST

Out NOW... Zoo Magazine No 23, 2009: STARDUST. Summer issue, including George Barnett, Anna Friel, Udo Kier, Michael Kirkham, Todd Lynn, John Varvatos and more. Click here for an exclusive preview.

Cover image:
Devon Aoki by Aneta Bartos
dress Stella McCartney

Fashion

Gucci for Home

Gucci announces it’s support for Home, the unique cinematic environmental film directed by Yann Arthus-Bertrand, produced by Luc Besson and funded by Gucci parent company the PPR Group.

In honor of the film, Gucci creative director Frida Giannini has designed a special, limited edition T-shirt, which will be sold in select Gucci stores worldwide. Extending the message of sustainability, Giannini designed the T-shirt using 100% organic cotton and natural dyes in recyclable packaging. The design features the official Home logo in which Giannini has integrated the iconic Gucci “GG” symbol. On sale from May 25 the T-shirt will be available in both men’s and women’s sizes priced at Euro 140, with all profits donated to Goodplanet.org, a non-profit association created by Yann Arthus-Bertrand in 2005.

Home will receive a unique multi-platform release on June 5th (World Environment Day) in cinemas, on television, on DVD and on the internet in 14 different languages and in over 87 countries around the world.

www.home-2009.com
www.gucci.com

Fashion

Magazyn
by hand

The collection of by hand is a selection of objects and accessories, handmade by craftsmen. Simple forms and shapes make each piece an individual creation with soul. No two are the same, they all have there own unique appearance made from natural materials such as wood, leather or cotton. Hand made to last a life time.

Magazyn
Huidevetterstraat 38-40
Nieuwe gaanderij 23
2000 Antwerp
Belgium

www.magazyn.be

Fashion

Mat, Satiné, Brillant

On the occasion of Salone Del Mobile in Milan, Maison Martin Margiela presents an introduction of its savoir-faire: more commonly using the human body as the support of its artistic expression, the Maison utilizes space and furniture as a medium to convey its creativity. A natural evolution and continuity of its vision and character.

While entering the 180 m2 space, the visitor penetrates into an exact reproduction of the Interior Design workshop of the Paris Headquarters, where all stores, showrooms, and architectural projects are conceived. The walls are covered with ‘trompe l’oeil’ effect life-size pictures of the office and all its decoration and organization elements. The furniture has been brought from Paris and placed in its original and exact position. The installation also refers to elements from Margiela stores and showrooms worldwide.

www.maisonmartinmargiela.com

Music

Diesel:U:Music

Workshop, recordings world tour. Sign up now! www.dieselumusic.com

Mannheim: from May 7th to May 9th Party Line Up: Circlesquare, Bullmeister, Steady work by dear friends (DJ).

Leipzig:
from May 14th to May 16th Party Line Up: Munk (DJ) / Gomma, Peter Invasion (DJ) / Riotvan, Ingrid Mére/Leipzig.

Hannover:
from June 4th to June 6th Party Line Up: WHO MADE WHO, DLK (DJ) / VICE Magazine/Berlin.

Fashion

Les Ateliers Ruby
& MMM

For the third edition of the short "Signature" program by Ateliers Ruby, Jérôme Coste wanted to venture into the world of the off-beat and re-interpretation, which are the founding principles of Maison Martin Margiela.

In the midst of celebrating its 20th birthday, Maison Martin Margiela became highly enthusiastic about the project to transform the Ruby helmet. Martin Margiela and his colleagues at 163 rue Saint-Maur took the program title literally and each one placed his signature on the helmet to create a collective work. 

The carbon shell is varnished then covered with broad lines of paint with a "meudon white" effect, the pure but imperfect whites that are the "Maison's" universal hallmark. The whole team's involvement can then be discovered with eyes closed: all the members have engraved their name or initials into the layer of white paint.

www.ateliersruby.com

Fashion

Monki Girl

Monki is an entity derived from mixtures of old chemicals, forgotten in the ruins of old fabric factories in the city of oil and steel. Monki is also a store concept and women's clothes brand. Unique illustrated prints on clothes, packaging and stationaries continuously tell stories from the world of the Monki.

The experiences of the litte black Monkis are the source of inspiration for the homonymus girl brand, that offers affordable attitude clothing in more than 20 shops in Sweden. The first Shop in Denmark will open its doors on May 1st and invite to a magic world, the City of Oil and Steel.

www.monkigirl.com

Fashion

Infusion de Fleur d’Oranger

The enigma of the Orange Blossom, the pretty white flower that appears next to the orange fruit, is unmasked in Prada’s multi-dimensional new scent for women. Infusion de Fleur d’Oranger is the debut fragrance in the Ephemeral Infusion Collection, a family of yearly, limited edition fragrances derived from Prada’s Exclusive Scent range, launched in 2003.

Following its exploration of scents based on natural ingredients, Prada takes the artisan tradition of infusion from classic perfumery and re-imagines it for a modern age; a sensorial refuge in a world of over-stimulated senses. Under the creative direction and inspiration of Miuccia Prada, Infusion de Fleur d’Oranger was developed by perfumer Daniela Andrier.

Infusion de Fleur d’Oranger is an eau de parfum for women.
It is available in the following formats:
Eau de Parfum Spray 50ml, 100ml and 200ml
Eau de Parfum Splash 400ml

www.prada.com

Fashion

55DSL exclusive to yoox.com

Special collaborations abound in the wide world of 55DSL this year! A unique 55DSL capsule collection will be available exclusively on yoox.com, the leading virtual boutique of multi-brand fashion & design.

Created in honor of the 2009 Cut&Paste design competition, 55DSL Creative Director Andrea Rosso and his team developed this capsule collection to celebrate the brand’s commitment and admiration for the creative process. Its inspiration stems from music and television, and consists of a unisex K-way jacket and two t-shirts in three color ways, as well as a men’s sweatshirt in two color ways. As always, it will encompass 55DSL’s artistic spirit and trademark graphics.

But the story doesn’t end there. Another collaborative collection will be realized by the winner of Cut&Paste’s 2D Digital Design Tournament, sponsored by 55DSL. The designer will win the chance to design an original 55DSL capsule collection for fall/winter 09, to be sold exclusively on yoox.com. Let the games begin!

www.55dsl.com
www.yoox.com

Art

Umfeld

Iekeliene Stange, a known face of fashion, has recently caught the eye of the media with her photography. Having documented the goings on backstage at fashions hows for several years, Iekeliene is noted for her against the grain approach. Now she will be exhibiting some of her most personal work in London together with her friend and the one who introduced her into the fashion industry, Dutch artist Victor de Bie.

Together they will provide an insight into their everyday lives through colorful paintings, drawings and polaroids, featuring family, friends and themselves in surreal environments.

UMFELD
an exhibition by top model Iekeliene Stange and Dutch artist Victor de Bie

April 1st to April 4th, 2009

Location:
The Horse Hospital
30 Colonnade
London WC1N 1JD
United Kingdom

www.thehorsehospital.com
www.victordebie.com

Fashion

Furla's
New Generation

Until now, Italy has not exactly been known for nurturing young fashion talent. In the Bel Paese, in fact, the old generation was historically reluctant to pass the baton to the new guard. Of late, however, things have slowly started to change. The number of initiatives promoting up-and-coming creators grows, fueled by magazines and manufacturers alike.

Famed accessories brand Furla is one of the strongest leaders of this new course with its Talent Hub project. Founded in Bologna by Aldo Furlanetto in 1927, Furla is one of the longest-standing fashion houses in Italy. Currently headed by the third generation of Furlanettos, it’s a place where they really know a thing or two about generational rotation.

Talent Hub started in 2007 as a center of development and promotion for new talents. The initiative encourages emerging designers, chosen on a seasonal basis, by combining their vision and creative strength with the structure of the company and its worldwide market, which extends from Europe and America to the distant shores of Japan. Furla, in fact, encourages the chosen wunderkinds by giving them the rare opportunity to create and sign their own collections under the Furla label.

For spring-summer 2009, that privilege goes to Maricò, Courtney Crawford and Nicole Brundage - all former finalists of the Who’s on Next Vogue Italia contest. The kaleidoscopic offer runs the gamut from Maricò’s printed bags with an African-urban twist to Crawford’s chic Parisian footwear to Brundage’s East Meets West ode to geometry. Crammed with talent and invention, with the unavoidable plus of top-notch Italian quality, this one-shot collection will surely get style-savvy customers hungry for more. Long live Furla, then. And long live the next generation!

www.furla.com 

Fashion

Flirting with Mata Hari

Kaviar Gauche’s Spring/Summer 2009 collection is inspired by the life of the icon of style and double agent Mata Hari.
Fin de siecle in a modern fashion. Extravagant pearl-embroideries on dresses and tunics, elaborately detailed and transparent clothing should seduce and make the wearer opulently shine in abundant glamour. Flowing ankle-length volumes are replaced by short skirts and cropped tops. Harem-style pants are tailored wide and comfortable in the oriental manner. They complement the business clothing in an exotic way.

www.kaviargauche.com

Fashion

G-Star
by Marc Newson
Limited Collection

G-Star Raw debuted their G-Star by Marc Newson Limited collection; an exclusive run of nine special edition pieces, unveiled in a gallery-style presentation at Colette, as part of Paris Fashion Week. The G-Star by Marc Newson Limited collection brings luxury to the street, presenting urban influenced designs executed in premium materials and crafted to the highest quality.

Only 100 pieces of each style will be made available worldwide through eighteen exclusively selected retailers, including Colette in Paris, 10 Corso Como in Milan, Seoul and Tokyo, Moss in New York and Moss and Maxfield in Los Angeles. The pieces will range in price from 1,000 to 4,000 Euro and will be available from 15 July 2009.

www.g-star.com

Fashion

Make History: The Winner

Lee Make History campaign has reached its Grand Finale: the winner of Make History First Edition has been announced.

Make History officially went live in January 2007 and over the two years of the contest, more than 16,000 entries were submitted (from 90 different countries around the world), of which some 2,000 were featured online. The very best picture stories were also published in various fashion magazines.

The title of the winning work, announced by the jury on 25th February is The Weak in Wonderland. The author, who will be presented with a prize of 50,000 euro is Rossella Dimichina, 27 years old, from Ferrara, Italy.

The winning work, together with the other 100 shortlisted picture stories, will be on show at the Revel gallery in via Thaon De Revel 3, Milan, from 25th February until 9th March 2009.

www.eu.lee.com
www.makehistory.eu

Art

Freudenthal / Verhagen S/S 1989-2009

Dopolavoro Golab announces the opening of the exhibition Freudenthal / Verhagen S/S 1989-2009 on Tuesday March 3rd.

Carmen Freudenthal (1965, Utrecht) and Elle Verhagen (1962, Gemert) both studied at the internationally renowned Gerrit Rietveld Art Academy in Amsterdam, graduating respectively as photographer and fashion designer. They have been working as a photographic team since 1989, and are one of the most creative, inspiring artistic couples working in the the Netherlands at the moment. Their collaboration with fashion designers, performers and other artists has resulted in a extensive body of work, over the last twenty years, which still feel as fresh, vibrant and exciting today as when it was initially made.

Dopolavoro
Via Morimondo 2/7
20143 Milano
Italy
From March 3rd to April 18th, 2009

www.dopolavorogolab.com
www.freudenthalverhagen.com

Fashion

adidas SLVR Store Opening New York

adidas opened its first adidas SLVR store during New York Fashion Week. Located in Soho, the 250 square meter space reflects the values of the adidas SLVR brand, including simplicity, transparency and functionality. 

adidas SLVR is the pure fashion label within the adidas Sport Style division which includes Y-3 and adidas Originals. The collection consists of strong basic pieces in simple black and white with accents provided in maroon, orange and shades of blue. The items are affordable, attainable and ultimately wearable, providing classic staples for anyone’s individual wardrobe. Materials include sustainable organic cotton, water resistant nylon and coated natural canvas in comfortable and light weight executions, perfect for the upcoming Spring/Summer 2009 season.

The adidas SLVR collection consists of men’s & women’s apparel, footwear and accessories and will hit retail with three roll-outs, starting February 2009.

www.adidas.com/slvr 

Fashion

We Are Animals

“Triptych” is the spring/summer 2009 advertising image from Wrangler Jeans. Full of energy, the key visual stakes Wrangler’s position as the original outdoor jeans brand. The image will appear in magazines, on billboards in major cities around Europe like London, Berlin, Paris and online throughout the season, supporting the message “We Are Animals.”

The independent agency FRED & FARID PARIS created “Triptych” from an existing old picture. For maximum impact, the picture was amplified through duplication and re-duplication.

www.eu.wrangler.com

Fashion

Pamela Anderson fronts Westwood

Collaborating with photographer Juergen Teller for the fourth season running, Vivienne Westwood has chosen the actress and legendary glamour model Pamela Anderson to star in her Spring-Summer 2009 advertising campaign.

Pamela Anderson has been wearing Westwood for years but they had never actually met. The relationship with Vivienne first began with an appearance at the Red Label Spring-Summer 2009 show at London Fashion Week in September 2008. Pamela was dressed in a gold lurex dress from the Autumn-Winter 2008 Gold Label collection. At a meeting backstage after the show, Vivienne thought Pamela looked stunning in her clothes. When thinking of casting her next campaign, she immediately thought of Pamela and called her to ask if she would be interested. Pamela agreed on the spot.
    
Featuring Vivienne, Pamela and Andreas Kronthaler, Vivienne’s husband and creative partner, the Spring-Summer 2009 advertising campaign was shot in and around Pamela’s trailer in Malibu. Modelling fashion from Gold, Red, Anglomania and MAN label as well as the accessories range, the result is an arresting group of images full of the humour that characterises Juergen and Vivienne Westwood’s collaborations.

www.viviennewestwood.com

Fashion

Cat Power for Levi's

Levi's choice easily fell on Chan Marshall, a.k.a. Cat Power, for their forthcoming SS 2009 campaign. The American singer-songwriter was on set with German-born photographer Katja Rahwles and maverick London-based fashion stylist Sarah Richardson. As for the collaboration, the American artiste says: “ It seemed very natural to me, as I have worn Levi's jeans all my life”.

Levi’s Red Tab Jeans draw inspiration from the free spirited mood of the 1970s, with a collection of beautifully sun-faded, jeans and casual clothing with a lived-in vintage flavor which perfectly catch the mood of a hazy summer. 

Cat Power’s career started in 1995, and her fame as an indie icon has been growing steadily through collaborations with artists from Dave Grohl to Yoko Ono and Faithless. Known for her stripped down, intimistic music, gravelly voice, and individual style. No stranger to the fashion world, in 2006 she performed a duet with model karen elson on an English cover of Serge Gainsbourg’s “Je t’aime…moi non plus”. In the same year, she was approached by Karl Lagerfeld outside the Mercer Hotel in NYC, becoming somewhat of a muse for the mercurial designer. He later famously proclaimed “J’adore Cat Power!”.

www.eu.levi.com
www.catpowermusic.com

Fashion

Bottega Veneta S/S 2009 Campaign

Renowned photographer Larry Sultan has photographed Bottega Veneta's new Spring-Summer 2009 advertising campaign.

The Bottega Veneta Spring-Summer 2009 collection conveys a quiet, unorthodox glamour. Gentle volumes made from extraordinary materials fit and flow in clothes as effortless to wear as they are technically complex. The palette is warm and subdued, with faded shades of tea, copper, saffron, and caramel. Overprinted stripes, burnt edges, and weathered prints evoke a sense of the past, of stories not told. Handbags and shoes are dazzling but discreet, their opulent materials and intricate workmanship a private affair.

www.bottegaveneta.com

Fashion

Prada Womenswear S/S 2009

There is a kinetic urgency, a surge of energy and a heightened sexuality breaking through the surface of the new campaign images photographed by Steven Meisel for Prada womenswear. Inspired by ancient stone bas-reliefs, a line-up of models appears pushing and pulling themselves into position. They are connected as if in a dance, an unexplained ritual or performance that informs these compositions inspired by these intensely powerful, mythological relief compositions. The crumpled, elemental texture of the collection clashes against their glistening, almost sculptural looking skin. Classical objects of female adornment like gold, python print, bows and bras, are reinterpreted throughout the collection with contemporary treatments and technological inventions.

www.prada.com

Art

Maison Martin Margiela's Suite

For the second year running, the Cité de l’architecture & du patrimoine is welcoming the magazine ELLE Décoration to revive the former apartment of Jacques Carlu, architect of the palais Chaillot in the 1930s. After Christian Lacroix, the Cité and ELLE Décoration have given carte blanche to Maison Martin Margiela for the interior work on this exceptional 220 m2 apartment located opposite the Eiffel tower that overlooks all of Paris from its terrace. The intervention of Maison Martin Margiela in the suite goes beyond simple decoration, it seeks to revive the place, in space and time.

The ELLE Décoration Suite by Maison Martin Margiela is open to the public until the end of October 2009. Visits on Saturdays and Sundays from 2pm to 5pm.

 www.maisonmartinmargiela.com

Fashion

Styling Around the World

The web’s most exclusive fashion corner features new styles thanks to a new project: “Styling Around the World”. Each season thecorner.com’s "shop windows" will present products through the eyes of some of the most well-known stylists from different fashion capitals around the world.

thecorner.com users can compare different styles and get suggestions for personalizing their look while mixing items by top designers and enjoying photo shoots created by true style professionals from Milan to London, from Tokyo to Berlin, from Los Angeles to New York.

The first leg of the journey is Tokyo and the protagonist will be the Japanese stylist Tsuyoshi Noguchi, who will realize a shooting through an extraordinary selection of brand chosen on thecorner.com.

www.thecorner.com

Fashion

Wunderkind opens in the UK

Luxury German label Wunderkind opens its first UK retail store in London’s fashionable Mayfair district. Situated on Mount Street between Christian Louboutin, Marc Jacobs and Balenciaga, the new store will reflect all the luxury elements of the Wunderkind brand.

On entering the imposing stone façade, customers will enjoy an interior which marries period decorative elements with new contemporary design. The aesthetic is eclectic with focus on the display of garments against the backdrop of the rich design elements of the store. While the ground floor of the space will host the Wunderkind ready-to-wear collections, accessories and skincare, the first floor will house the new London headquarters.

The store will also house personal works of 20th century art and furniture from the collection of Wolfgang Joop to enrich the buying experience with a refined and luxurious art atmosphere. Works by artists including Jean-Michel Frank, Charlotte Perriand, Jean Royere and Daniele Buetti will become a natural part of the gallery like environment. The London store follows the original store concept in Berlin, inspired by Wolfgang Joop’s personal style by reflecting the interior of his home in Potsdam, Germany.

Wunderkind Boutique London
16 Mount Street
London W1K 2RH

www.wunderkind.de

Fashion

BOSS Black and HUGO SS09

The BOSS Black Men and Woman’s Collection for summer 2009 focuses on clean cuts, surprising details and luxurious materials. “The New Perfectionists” is the name of the game: a theme in which simple touches make every piece extra-special.

Surprising details, precision cuts and an exciting game of shape and proportion: Bruno Pieters’ first HUGO collection presented a winning mix of modernity and classic elements. His second collection for the Spring/Summer season 2009 picks up where the premiere left off – and was inspired by the German aviation legend Elly Beinhorn, who made headlines with her exploits in the 1930s.

www.hugoboss.com 

Fashion

Zoo Magazine No. 21 OUT NOW!

 For a preview click here

Fashion

GUESS SS 2009

The GUESS Men’s collection for next Spring/Summer 2009 aspires to free expression, positivity in all its forms and experiences that give us a sense of wellbeing! The key word is relaxation and the GUESS? guy knows where to go to find it! The Rock Music world and world music festivals, the most timeless genres, or a tropical beach are his destinations for leisure, turning heads with his style! A veritable fashion icon, he dresses impeccably, yet comfortably, in harmony with his chosen environment, wearing silhouettes that are natural and light and that compliment his masculine physique, in colour nuances that are a fresh interpretation of the sunny outdoor season.

GUESS girls adventure into the new Spring/Summer season, taking inspiration from timeless and fascinating voyages. From the most exclusive cruises, to chic wild safaris in colonial times, to relaxation in mysterious secret gardens where a rare and dream-like atmosphere reveals a warm and enveloping sensuality.

www.guess.com

Fashion

The Winner Takes It All…

Monique van Heist is the undisputed winner of the Mercedes-Benz Dutch Fashion Awards 2008, which was presented Friday November 7th 2008 for the second time to the Dutch fashion designer most likely to succeed internationally. The international jury awarded the main award unanimously to Monique van Heist for her innovative interpretation of fashion. She convinced the jury by her personality and her consistency of work – through which she offers the fashion world a strong alternative. The designer “involves the core identity of the people in the Netherlands,” said honourable member of the jury Christine Ellis. The jury described Monique’s work as sincere, honest and a source of inspiration.

Apart from the main award of 25,000 euro, the winner also received the Dutch Fashion Incubator Award: products and services of great value to upcoming fashion talent in the development of their own label – thanks to the Bijenkorf, Lectra and the Fair Wear Foundation. The media jury was unanimous as well in her judgement and chose Monique van Heist also as the winner of the Dutch Fashion Media Award, an award made possible by Club Brillant. Van Heist is given the possibility to develop her own eyewear collection with the support of a well known eyewear designer and also received 5,000 euro to invest into the development in her label.

The Dutch Fashion Icon Homme & Femme Awards were awarded to fashion consultant Carlo Wijnands and fashion editor Aynouk Tan. All awards were designed and produced by the Dutch design atelier Ted Noten.

www.dutchfashionawards.com 

Travel

The Factory Hotel

The Factory Hotel is an eclectic mix of buildings located at what was once the site of the Germania Brewery in Muenster, Germany. In addition to sprucing up the old brewery buildings and grounds, architect Andreas Deilmann introduced a brand-new, modern wing and transformed the entire area into a vibrant new lifestyle and entertainment
quarter for travelers and locals alike.

The main brewery building overlooks a lake and is surrounded by restaurants, clubs and shops. The 128 guestrooms and 16 suites are all housed in the new
wing, set slightly apart from the bustle of campus life so that guests are
assured a quiet night’s sleep but are never too far from the action.

The Factory Hotel brings together seemingly contradictory elements into a unified whole: club meets landmark-protected building, industrial elements meet cozy comfort, urban life meets calm retreat – at the Factory Hotel, diverse elements are fused together to provide guests and visitors with a truly unique hotel experience.

Opening December 2008

The Factory Hotel
Germania Brewery 5
48159 Muenster
Germany

www.designhotels.com 

Fashion

Gucci opens in Munich

Gucci opens its first directly operated store in Munich, Germany. The store will be located in a beautiful building at the entrance of the prestigious Maximilianstrasse and will boast the new Frida I design, conceived by Gucci’s Creative Director Frida Giannini.

Giannini’s concept, which employs light and transparency to spectacular effects, is a grand departure from codified retail spaces and paves the way for Gucci’s 21st century modern look. Historic Gucci materials such as dark rosewood and marble remain lynchpins in the store’s aesthetic, while an array of new materials such as ribbed glass, warm polished gold, smoked mirror and smoked glass, recall the elegance and richness of the Art Deco era and also afford the interior incredible warmth and a striking graphic quality.

The store is composed of a selling space of almost 6,400 square feet spread over one story. It will house men’s and women’s collections of ready-to-wear, handbags, shoes, watches, sunglasses, jewellery, small leather goods and gifting items.

The Gucci Munich store will open to the public on November 3rd 2008.

www.gucci.com

Fashion

DIY Chic

Seattle musician Jonas de Varona has designed a line of clothing and bags under the name Meet Me Here. It includes bags made from recycled materials sourced locally as well as tops and skirts made from hand painted silk, nylon and non woven fabrics. All pieces are made to order - cut and sewn by Jonas - and are available through the MMH website.

"The internet has leveled the playing field for independent businesses by allowing them access to a much wider audience than was possible 10 years ago," said de Varona.

The Meet Me Here fall line is muted black white and grey tones. Crisp angular jackets accentuate bubble shapes with splashes of flowing bright blue, yellow and silver. The line expresses the designer's love of structure and contrast creating a feel that is spacious and chic.

model: Whitney Hahn
www.mmhclothing.com 

Fashion

Filippa K opens in USA

Filippa K recently opened the first U.S. store in San Francisco, California. Located in the heart of city at 66 Kearny Street, the new store location will be the 42nd Filippa K store to open worldwide.

Designed by Bjorn Aaro of Aaro Arkitekter, Filippa K’s San Francisco location is the first new concept store inspired by the brand’s standards of artistic minimalism and dedication to architecture. Adjacent to Maiden Lane, one of the city’s most stylish shopping district areas, the majestic 2,000 square foot space transforms a former bank with lofty ceilings into a relaxing, calm atmosphere that exudes a warm sense of understated style.

The store will carry a full range of women’s and men’s fashion, shoes, handbags, and accessories from Filippa K – a brand known for its distinct Scandinavian design style that combines simplistic urban elegance with high fashion.

Filippa K
66 Kearny Street
San Francisco
California

www.filippa-k.com

Fashion

G-Star at NYFW

Proud to offer its Spring/Summer 2009 runway show to the UN Millennium Campaign to raise awareness for the necessity of ending extreme poverty by 2015, G-Star Raw once again left the audience stunned and silent. A marvelous show of 64 looks introduced a light weight Spring/Summer range, inspired by premium sports resulting in comfortable shapes and clean and classic silhouettes. The collection, shown at Park Avenue Armory in Manhattan tonight, offered signature “Raw White looks” in a bright and fresh color palette, with detailed piping in ivory, dark navy and summer grey, matching G-Star’s iconic touch of raw denim.

Immediately following the show, at the same venue, New York celebrated its first Raw Night, episode of the global G-Star Raw Nights series, launched in Tokyo earlier this year. On behalf of the UN Millennium Campaign, Alan and Heather made a personal call to action specific to the commitments made by world leaders to achieve the MDGS by 2015. For that purpose, an interactive platform was staged in the UN Millennium Campaign Gallery, inviting the party crowd which included Ryan Adams, Tyson Beckford, Damon Dash, Josh Lucas, Eric Mabius, Danny Masterson, Róisín Murphy, Matthew Settle, Mena Suvari, Q-Tip and Zoe Saldana to send their personal digital messages of support for the MDGS to their respective Heads of State. 

www.g-star.com 

Fashion

Maison Martin Margiela's 20th anniversary

A celebration: what a better time than now, what a better place than this to celebrate 20 years of fashion, passion and creation. This fashion show has almost more to do with a performance than a display of garments and outfits. It is an expression of our creativity and a moment we want to spend with you, who have been sharing this adventure with us and supporting us all these years.

An introspection: 20 years, 40 shows, hundreds of garments… what remains? What is the essence that defines us? What is remembered after all this time? The purpose was to get to the core of our identity and all that characterizes it. Reinventing ourselves by going through the past 20 years and all that came with it.

A reinterpretation: identifying the codes (oversize, trompe-l’oeil, deconstruction, etc.) of the Maison and giving them a new proposition, a new direction, a new interpretation. Ideas & concepts that have travelled through time, through our history and have defined our style, our approach and bringing them into a new dimension.

www.maisonmartinmargiela.com

Fashion

Explosion of Styles

THECORNER.COM, the online “department store” launched by YOOX Group featuring the latest men’s collections from cutting-edge international designers, is updating its look with new brands and photo spreads put together by some of the most renowned international stylists.

Fall/Winter ‘08 at THECORNER.COM will also see the arrival of Maison Martin Margiela, which has chosen THECORNER.COM for its first virtual shop in shop in Europe and in Japan, personalized with great attention, following the traditional Maison identity. Simplicity and graphic purity help to build the mood of this virtual space.

The online “department store” will also showcase other “corners” dedicated to international designers such as Raf Simons, Marc Jacobs, Victor & Rolf, Helmut Lang, Kris Van Assche, Corto Moltedo, Bernhard Willhelm, Veronique Branquinho, Adam Kimmel, Rick Owens and Coming Soon as well as Italian niche brands like Santacroce and Premiata, just to name a few.

www.thecorner.com

Art

Valentino Garavani. Una grande storia italiana, Art Edition

Think Valentino: think luxury. Think elegance. Think red carpet. Fashion’s most beloved upholder of refined decadence and the most exciting couturier in business is known around the globe simply by his first name. 

This luxurious limited-edition publication renders homage to Valentino’s illustrious career via a copious selection of images from his archives, including drawings, magazine shoots, advertisements, portraits of Valentino, and documentary photographs; presented chronologically, the visual material is accompanied by a vast array of newspaper and magazine articles about Valentino throughout the years. Text also includes Vanity Fair writer Matt Tyrnauer’s interviews with twenty of Valentino’s closest collaborators and friends as well as an appreciation of Valentino by International Herald Tribune’s fashion writer Suzy Menkes. All of these elements add up to an in-depth look at the man, his lifestyle, and his genius—a book more comprehensive and stunning than one could hardly dare to dream of. After all, what could be a more fitting tribute to the work of Valentino than a book as beautiful and luxurious as one of his gowns?

Valentino Garavani. Una grande storia italiana, Art Edition
Chitolina, Armando (ED)
Tyrnauer, Matt / Menkes, Suzy / Miscellaneous
Hardcover + Box + 4 signed prints 33 x 44 cm, 738 pages, € 3000.00

www.taschen.com

Art

MINI Rooftop NYC

MINI Rooftop NYC, a cultural event series bringing together high-profile performances, discussions and events, will take place in New York City from September 4th to September 13th 2008.

Hosted on a New York City rooftop by MINI and based on the automotive lifestyle brand’s campaign for the “Creative Use of Space,” the MINI Rooftop NYC initiative is intended to give a platform for artists and performers – established and emerging – to unfold their creativity. The MINI Rooftop NYC will be a place for artistic appreciation and collaboration. The venue will provide the public with collaborative facilities and exclusive events featuring icons of art, music, fashion, design, wellness, and more. Truly democratic in its design, much of the 10-day series will be open to the public, bringing together New York City's creative crowd with thought leaders from various arenas.

The series will kick off on September 4th 2008 with a ‘big bang’ event. Top band, MGMT are set to headline the evening with an exclusive one hour performance. They will be followed by DJs, Vito Roccoforte and Gabe Andruzzi from electronic indie band, The Rapture.

As part of the MINI Rooftop NYC community challenge, starting August 1st, DJs will have the opportunity to go to MINIspace.com and compete for the chance to perform for an hour at one of the evening events. In addition, there will be a competition, where people are invited to submit design proposals for the MINI Clubman Shuttles that will be transporting guests to and from the rooftop. The best proposals uploaded via MINIspace.com between August 7th and 29th 2008 will be printed on the roof tops of all the MINI Clubman shuttles.

www.minispace.com

Fashion

Chanel on your iPhone

Chanel is embarking on a new high-tech adventure and becomes one of the first brands to offer a web application for the iPhone. 

It contains the video and photos of the very latest show, the chanel.com fashion website news and also helps you to find your nearest Chanel boutique. Use the touch-screen functions to zoom in on the video and photos to discover the accessories and details of the items featured in the show. You can also surf the web for the very latest exclusive Chanel news such as events and behind-the-scenes gossip, celebrity highlights, and much more. To continue the virtual adventure in the real world, let yourself be guided by the interactive map and follow the itinerary to find the nearest boutique.

Since March 2008, professionals and individuals have been able to develop their own web applications for the iPhone. They are available on a download platform called the App Store which has opened its virtual doors on July 11th. Amongst the many icons symbolising the applications in the App Store you can now find the famous Chanel double “C”.

www.apple.com

Fashion

Maison Martin Margiela Artisanal

Since its beginnings in 1988, Maison Martin Margiela has found garments, accessories and second-hand- or at times new items – to transform them into clothes. This creative, skilled process is shown to advantage by changing focus and transforming the raw materials.

Each garment or item is made or reworked entirely by hand in the Maison Martin Margiela’s in-house atelier in Paris. The time needed to make each item varies from 5 to 6 days.

Each garment is totally unique and produced in very small quantities.

The label, numbered 0, is sewn, embossed or stamped according to the material or composition of the garment. 

These garments or items are available exclusively in certain Maison Martin Margiela shops worldwide (rue de Montpensier and rue de Grenelle in Paris, London, Milan, New York, Los Angeles, Ebisu, Omotesando in Tokyo and Osaka).

www.maisonmartinmargiela.com

Art

Tribute to Isabella Blow

Next month marks the one-year anniversary of her tragic death, but the influence of Isabella Blow, the legendary fashion editor and muse, continues undiminished. In June, the Blow de la Barra gallery near Brick Lane, East London opens an exhibition of work by artists who drew inspiration from her short, vibrant life. The exhibition takes the title 'I'm no Angel' from one of the films of Mae West, surely a fantasy choice for the starring role in an Isabella biopic. Many of the contributors are Blow's close friends from the fashion and art worlds, including Tracey Emin, Mario Testino and designers Philip Treacy, Giles Deacon and Alexander McQueen. Blow co-founded the gallery with her husband Detmar and curator Pablo Leon de la Barra in 2004, with the aim of supporting up-and-coming international artists, one of her great passions.

'I'm no Angel' runs from June 24th to August 1st, 2008

www.blowdelabarra.com

Fashion

Mulberry Appoints New Creative Director

Mulberry has named Céline accessories designer Johnny Coca as its new Creative Director. The Seville-born designer will step into his new role on 8 July, 2015. He will be in charge of all of the British luxury fashion brand's collections.

Godfrey Davis, Chairman and CEO of Mulberry, said, “We are delighted that Johnny is joining us. He has a wealth of international luxury and fashion experience that will help us bring new energy and innovation to Mulberry.”

www.mulberry.com

Art

HUGO BOSS Prize 2014

Paul Chan: Sade for Sade's Sake, 2009, digital colour projection, 5 hours and 45 min. Installation view: Greene Naftali, New York, 2009. Photo: Gil Blank

On 20 November, 2014, the winner of the prestigious HUGO BOSS Prize was finally revealed during an award ceremony at New York's Guggenheim museum. Selected by an international jury of art world experts, Hong Kong-based artist Paul Chan was awarded a $100,000 prize. The laureate's work will also be presented in a special solo exhibition at the Guggenheim.

The event was attended by Hollywood stars such as actresses Margot Robbie and Kate Bosworth and director Michael Polish.

Launched in 1996 in conjunction with the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, the HUGO BOSS Prize honours exceptional contemporary artists. The celebratory event takes place every two years. This year saw the tenth edition of the HUGO BOSS Prize.

www.hugoboss.com

Fashion

Celebrating Monogram by Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton has released the alluring 'Celebrating Monogram' collection. In a tribute to the revolutionary and culturally impactful symbol, created by Georges Vuitton back in 1896, classic Louis Vuitton styles have been re-imagined by six extraordinary creative 'iconoclasts': Christian Louboutin, Cindy Sherman, Frank Gehry, Karl Lagerfeld, Marc Newson and Rei Kawakubo. Each bag and piece of luggage is a playful and daring yet highly refined example of prime craftsmanship and innovative, one-of-a-kind design.

www.louisvuitton.com

Art

Paris Photo 2014

Robert Mapplethorpe: Ariel Phillips, 1979 Silver gelatin print 40.6 x 50.8 cm Ariel Philipps, 1979 © Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation. (courtesy of Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac)

Taking place at the historic Grand Palais, the 18th edition of Paris Photo, an international art fair showcasing a rich selection of some of the best photographical works from the 19th century to the present day, will run from 13 to 16 November, 2014. The prestigious event will host 143 galleries and 26 art book dealers from 35 countries, bringing together art world professionals from across the globe. Photography enthusiasts, meanwhile, will appreciate the wonderfully extensive and innovative programme of exhibitions.

For this year's edition, the Museum of Modern Art will present a superb compilation of recently acquired pieces of photography. Other Paris Photo highlights include the Open Book exhibition dedicated to honouring photographers' catalogues of work as well as the special ACQUA #5 exhibit presented by fashion visionary Giorgio Armani.

www.parisphoto.com

Mark Ruwedel: Devils Cornfield, 1997 Gelatin silver print mounted to archival board with graphite lettering 16 x 20-inch print (courtesy of Gallery Luisotti)

Sarah Moon: Deux anémones, 2014 Tirage charbon couleur 74 x 57 cm (courtesy of Camera Obscura)

Camille Renée Devid: My other Side, 2014 Book (courtesy of Dirk K. Bakker Boeken)

Yeni & Nan: Simbolismo de la cristalizacion - Araya, 1984-1986/2013 C-prints from ektachrome slides 13 1/4 x 19 1/2 in. (33.66 x 49.53 cm) (courtesy of Henrique Faria Fine Art)

Peter Schlör: Reventón, 2011 Fineart-Pigmentprint / Diasec® 80 x 116 cm © Peter Schlör (courtesy of Nusser & Baumgar)

Fashion

PHILIPP PLEIN Cruise 2015 Campaign

Rock 'n' roll meets irony in the new PHILIPP PLEIN Cruise 2015 campaign. Realised by the observant American photographer Dylan Don, star model Roxy Kiscinska amuses and charms in a series of fun, pop art-inspired images. Fluorescent, spiky maxi booths provide the perfect backdrop for the edgy looks sported by Kiscinska. In one of the images, the Polish beauty playfully throws a handful of popcorn into the air – the PHILIPP PLEIN girl is definitely having the time of her life.

www.philipp-plein.com

Fashion

Giorgio Armani Opens New Armani / Istanbul Concept Store

Located in the Nisantasi area, the Turkish capital's most exclusive luxury district, the new Istanbul concept store delivers the complete Armani experience. The 1,800 square metre space, spread over six floors, features the Giorgio Armani, Emporio Armani, EA7, Armani Jeans and Armani Junior collections, offering a well-rounded selection of unmissable fashion for both men and women.

The Istanbul / Armani store was designed by Mr. Armani and a team of in-house architects and is set to become an architectural landmark, thanks to its impressive facade and decadent interiors.

‘The new shops within the concept store, including the first in the city dedicated to Giorgio Armani collections, follow a principle of integration and harmony while retaining recognisable, distinctive features that belong to the individual brands. I wanted the whole space to embody the articulated consistency of my world, particularly visually,’ said the designer.

www.armani.com

Art

FLUID FLESH at NORDIC CONTEMPORARY

top left to right): “Furthark" by 2013 Christian Jeppsson, “Andy" by Lena Johanssonn, (bottom right) "Either do it, or don't, I got some place to be" by Andreas Emenius, (bottom left): "Scull" by Christian Lemmerz, (lower middle left) "The Fence" by John Kørner, (upper middle left): "(The Animation) A Folk Tale about Technological Digestion" by Uffe Isolotto

Held at NORDIC CONTEMPORARY, a new temporary space in Paris serving as a platform for modern art by both established and lesser known Scandinavian artists, Fluid Flesh, curated by Andreas Emenius, will show a darker, rarely seen side to the alluring region's cultural history at its meeting point with the contemporary being. The group exhibition will showcase intriguing work in various media by eight Scandinavian artists – John Kørner, Lena Johansson, Christian Jeppsson, Peter Linde Busk, Uffe Isolotto, Christian Lemmerz, Alexander Tovborg and Mr. Emenius – and challenge preconceived ideas of what Nordic art really is.

Fluid Flesh: 23 October – 1 November 2014
www.nordiccontemporary.com

Fashion

Bottega Veneta Celebrates the Hammer Museum's 12th Annual Gala

Attended by Hollywood's crème de la crème (Julia Roberts, Demi Moore, Jim Carrey and Barbara Kruger, to name but a few), the Hammer Museum's 12th annual Gala was a massive success. The sold-out event, held in Los Angeles, raised $2.5 million for the museum's exhibitions and free public programmes and honoured artist Mark Bradford and one of the 20th century's most iconic musicians, Joni Mitchell.

Renowned singer/songwriter Sia performed with a three-song set. Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, and Danna and Ed Ruscha served as co-chairs with Tomas Maier, Creative Director at Bottega Veneta. Hammer Museum's Ann Philbin and Marco Bizzarri, President of Bottega Veneta, greeted guests before the seated dinner.

hammer.ucla.edu
www.bottegaveneta.com

Fashion

Bally Introduces Function & Modernity

Bally, the Swiss luxury clothing and accessories brand, has launched its first digital magazine, Function & Modernity. Edited by acclaimed journalist Thomas Erber, the design, lifestyle and travel platform is the next step in broadening the brand's commitment to art and design.

“Function and Modernity goes further than a branding blog. With this platform we want to inspire our readers and share our passion for all things that make life more beautiful like design, architecture and lifestyle,” said Anne Marie Gaultier, Vice President of Global Marketing and Communications.

www.bally.com
functionandmodernity.com

Fashion

Iris van Herpen at Paris Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015

Iris van Herpen's SS15 collection, titled, rather fittingly, 'Magnetic Motion', was inspired by a visit to CERN's Large Hadron Collider, a magnetic field exceeding that of earth's by 20,000 times. “I find beauty in the continual shaping of chaos which clearly embodies the primordial power of nature's performance,” she said. The Dutch designer collaborated with two fellow creatives, architect Philip Beesley and artist Jolan van der Wiel, and the result was magnetic, indeed. With a number of sculpted pieces and an atmospheric colour palette, the offering stayed true to the conceptual designer's usual aesthetic. The 3D-printed crystal dresses, for instance, were quite spectacular, exposing Ms. van Herpen's talent for creating architectural and show-stopping garments.

www.irisvanherpen.com

Fashion

Wunderkind at Paris Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015

With a moody colour palette, abstract prints and pop art references, the Wunderkind SS15 presentation was anything but boring. From shimmery pantsuits to romantic midi and maxi dresses in more uplifting shades (yellow and pink) to flowers adorning cute blazers, the garments exuded a notion of artistry and were both unique and inspiring. Grey dominated the collection without making it heavy-looking or unappealing, and the fit, though relaxed, worked perfectly considering the collection’s slightly bohemian feel. To make things even more interesting, lips-on-toast collages were printed on roomy separates, adding an unexpected yet highly welcomed twist.

wunderkind.com

Fashion

Coach Dreamers Campaign

Shot by Mikael Jansson, the new Coach Dreamers campaign stars four young and intriguing talents in a set of atmospheric and autumnal images. Featuring up-and-comers Zoë Kravitz, BANKS, Odeya Rush and Christopher Abbott, the beautiful portraits exude the essence of the New York-headquartered modern luxury brand: individuality, authenticity and innate cool.

Speaking about the campaign, creative director Stuart Vevers said, “the idea of the 'American dream’ is relevant all around the world - independent spirits who lead their lives in an individual, unexpected way. The Coach Dreamers campaign offers a glimpse into the lives of four such souls. It captures the personality and attitude of the collection, as well as the people who will make it uniquely theirs: it celebrates cool, effortless ease, optimism and a sense of spontaneous freedom - all inspired by the spirit of Coach.”

www.coach.com

Fashion

Akris at Paris Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015

At Paris Fashion Week, refined simplicity permeated the Akris SS15 offering. Creative director Albert Kriemler presented an array of minimalist designs highly evocative of Russian artist Kazimir Malevich's supreme work. Combining poised silhouettes with crisp and clean colour variations, the garments spoke a language of modest perfection. Tailored pants were abbreviated or rolled up at the bottom. Geometric shapes prevailed tinted see-through gowns. Chic ensembles were created by layering airy knits or pairing them with summery short front/long back day dresses.

www.akris.ch

Fashion

Dries Van Noten at Paris Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015

For SS15, Dries Van Noten presented a collection inspired by John Everett Millais' seminal painting Ophelia. The Pre-Raphaelite masterpiece depicts a young woman floating in water, seemingly unaware of the beautiful surroundings. Mr. Van Noten took this ethereal vibe and translated it into an offering full of relaxed, fairy-like garments. The were lots of exquisite separates to choose from: a pinstripe blazer, multi-colour dresses, luxe cocoon coats and silky pyjama pants worn with loose, delicate shirts. And with the hair and makeup being all fresh and natural, models walked down the mossy catwalk (designed by Buenos Aires-based visual artist Alexandra Kehayoglou) looking like sublime, free-spirited princesses.

www.driesvannoten.be

Fashion

Emporio Armani at Milan Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015

Casual elegance and relaxed silhouettes were exhibited at the Emporio Armani SS15 show. Mixing statement pieces (oversized necklaces and boxy bags) with summery yet chic garments, the collection oozed understated sophistication. Various shades of blue dominated the show, staying true to the Emporio Armani aesthetic. Horizontal stripes found their way onto tailored pantsuits, a flowy cape-coat and loose tops. Patterned cycling shorts were worn under flirty dresses, providing an element of surprise.

www.armani.com

Art

André Gelpke: Amok

André Gelpke's new book, Amok, published by cpress and Spector Books, is the renowned German-born photographer's personal commentary on the absurdities of the modern world. Photographed over a period of twelve years, Gelpke's subjects range from family members to ordinary objects to passersby on the street, often unaware of Gelpke's watchful lens. Gelpke, who is considered to be one of the most important photographers in postwar Germany, is widely known for his reflective and exploratory work, his motto being “photography is a whore, never faithful, always feigning”.

Release: November 2014

andregelpke.com

Fashion

G-SHOCK Launch

G-SHOCK Premium announced the launch of their latest offering in collaboration with the Royal Air Force last Wednesday, under the suitable surroundings of London’s RAF Museum. The GPW-1000RAF edition has been designed under the veteran counsel of pilots, making for a model that is dependably robust to extreme conditions. Aviator functions arrive in the form of a first-of-its-kind Hybrid GPS/Radio Wave Ceptor technology, Zulu time function and for impeccable accuracy and universal synchronization across time zones.

A tour of the museum kicked off proceedings, after which RAF Chinook Squadron Leader, Steve Bell, afforded insight into the inspiration behind the GPW-1000RAF’s most distinguishing features. The Chinook helicopter itself served as muse to the model, accounting for its remarkable resilience, versatility and capability. The launch promo film depicted the timepiece conquering the most confronting of conditions, before guests were treated to a taste of combat, taking to the flight simulator and 4D cinema.

The Casio G-SHOCK Premium x RAF collaboration is limited to 500 pieces and will be available in stores from November 1st 2014.

www.g-shock.eu

Fashion

Gucci at Milan Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015

70s vibes were all the rage at the SS15 Gucci show. Reinterpreting styles from a bygone era can prove to be tricky, but creative director Frida Giannini's latest offering was a clear success. The colour palette was rich and earthly – a lava red kimono-style jacket looked great with a pair of washed denim jeans and suede booties. A knee-length coat-dress in moss green was both luxurious and wearable. But the truly show-stopping looks came out at the end – those beautifully embroidered dresses were impossible to miss.

www.gucci.com

Art

Berlin Art Week 2014

abc — art berlin contemporary,18 – 21 SEP 2014; 2013 Foto: Stefan Korte

For the third consecutive year, Berlin Art Week will excite and treat art lovers from all over the world with a wide variety of exhibitions, performances, film screenings and much more. Opening on Tuesday, 16 September, and running till Sunday, 21 September, the Art Week will unleash the spirit of contemporary art across Berlin. A myriad of both established and up-and-coming artists such as Marguerite Humeau, Luca Vitone, and Kate Cooper, winner of the the Ernst Schering Foundation Art Award, will present their latest works in select galleries, while abc art berlin contemporary, an art fair held at the Station in Berlin-Kreuzberg, will offer an extensive programme of must-see shows across the site. Those interested in the issues surrounding montage and the practice of re-screening historical films and video materials will surely enjoy a panel discussion with Elske Rosenfeld, Mareike Bernien and Sandra Schäfer, while conceptual artist Hamish Fulton's performance piece, Walking East – Walking West, will involve 800 participants divided in two groups as they walk – facing each other – to mark the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

www.berlinartweek.de

Haus am Waldsee, Michael Sailstorfer – B Seite / B Side, 5 SEP – 9 NOV 2014, Michael Sailstorfer, Wohnen mit Verkehrsanbindung / Anzing / Wilnham, 2001 Foto: Michael Sailstorfer

me Collectors Room / Stiftung Olbricht, EXOTICA… and 4 other cases of the self, 17 SEP – FEB 2015, Marina Abramovi?, Self portrait with skull, 2005, Courtesy Marina Abramovi? and Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, Foto: Paolo Canevari

Import Projects, Marguerite Humeau: Horizons, 3 SEP – 11 OKT 2014, Marguerite Humeau,The Opera of Prehistoric Creatures (2013) Opera is performed by three creatures vocal tracts and their synthetic vibrating vocal cords. Left to right: Entelodont, “Hell Pig”, -25M years ago; Ambulocetus, “Walking Whale” , -50M years ago; Mammoth Imperator, -4,5M years ago

Fashion

Alexander Wang at New York Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015

Alexander Wang's SS15 offering was all about mesh. High-neck mesh minidresses, slouchy maxi dresses with mesh inserts and even mesh sandals, the sporty material dominated the American designer's catwalk in an effective and fresh way. Sharp tailoring was mixed with relaxed silhouettes – a sheer oversized shirt accentuated with a barcode belt (and a smaller barcode printed on the collar) was paired with a classic, high-waisted pant in black. Spaghetti-strapped crop tops and a cropped bomber jacket provided an element of fearlessness, while pleated mini dresses and skirts added a flirty and feminine touch to this sporty luxe collection. Models' hair was pulled back in an easy ponytail, and the barely-there makeup worked perfectly with the collection's overall feel.

www.alexanderwang.com

Fashion

Fred Perry celebrates 60 years

After 6 decades of Fred Perry, the brand thought it would be a good idea to celebrate this with a special project. And it was! Fred Perry asked 60 fans to customize their most iconic piece; the Fred Perry Shirt. The shirts will be displayed online, in-store and at anniversary events. The shirts will also be auctioned and the proceeds will be going to the Amy Winehouse foundation.

www.fredperry.com  

Fashion

Adidas Originals Blue spring 2013

Adidas Originals Blue is a line by Adidas focuses more on life, so less sport and more style and tailoring. For spring 2013, they introduced simple lines with solids like grey and blue mixed with pink and green shades. Graphic prints that look inpired by ethnic motives make the collection more playfull and young. A strong part of the collection is the outerwear with a great parka in a red, blue and green check.

www.adidas.com

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Vive le Wang

It's official! Today PPR named Alexander Wang as Creative Director at Balenciaga. Before the weekend different sources already said it was a sure thing the American designer would take the helm at the French brand but now it's confirmed by mother-company PPR. The appointment is immediate and Wang will design the womenswear, menswear and accessories. For his own colleciton, the designer is known for his athletic approach to modern fashion with an urban touch. He will continue his own brand along with his new appointment. He has some big shoes to fill though, with Nicolas Ghesquiere as his predecessor. Ghesquiere left the Balenciaga brand last November after 15 years at the French house and completely reinvigorating it with avant-garde designs.

www.alexanderwang.com
www.balenciaga.com

Below: Two looks from Alexander spring/summer 2013

Fashion

Maison Martin Margiela in China

Maison Martin Margiela's Charity AIDS t-shirts has been a staple for years both fashion-wise and goodwill-wise. This year's edition will be released in Chinese to mark this year's World AIDS day on the 1st of December. Two events in China will accompany the release. The first, an exhibition with portraits of international celebrities wearing the Chinese, English and French edition of the tee. This will take place n Hong Kong from the 28th of November till the 28th of December and in Beijing on the 31th December.

www.maisonmartinmargiela.com

Fashion

Songzio’s Summer Song

 by Ria de Borja

The Spring Summer 2013 collection of Songzio features the colors light blue and white in decidedly martial-arts-cum-minimalist silhouettes, matched with the flattest rope footwear for ultra-comfort. Loose and limber pants are beachwear classics while slightly protruding shoulders give shirts a fresh touch of style. The designer, who hails from Korea, aims to mix Eastern and Western style with “avant-garde architectural structures.” The collection also features Mandarin collars and a dressing-gown-coat equally suited for vacations and city life.

www.songzio.com 

Fashion

Missoni and Converse

Italian heritage-brand Missoni teams up with sportswear giant Converse for two kicks worth checking out. The first is the Auckland Racer, the vintage run-classic and the second the well-known Chuck Tailor. Both have the instantly recognazible Missoni prints on them and the finishing is superbe. For more information, visit www.converse.com

Fashion

Leica and Paul Smith

Leica's latest collaboration has a perfect combination of high performance digital technology and magnificent design. Leica has asked Paul Smith to design the body, for which he chose to use bright orange and green. The taupe-colored carrying strap and camera protector in premium calfskin come together with the Leica X2.
The 16.5 megapixel camera has a Leica Elmarit 24 mm f/2.8 ASPH. lens. Available at authorised Leica Premier Dealers and the Leica Store Mayfair.

www.leica-storemayfair.co.uk 

Fashion

Mykita and Moncler

When the eyewear-manufacturer Mykita teamed up with French house Moncler for a collaboration of sunglasses, it was a match made in heaven. A continuation of the collaboration doesn’t come as a surprise. For fall/winter 2012 they came with the ‘Lionel’, a pair of sunglasses inspired by fifties ski-goggles. The round shape, metal rims and leather cladding are therefore kind of retro but have a strong futuristic touch.

The Lionel is named after Lionel Terray, who was the first mountaineer who wore a Moncler-kit. The unisex model is made of MYLON, which is a material developed by Mykita and took years of research and development. They come in khaki with brown lenses, brown with gold lenses and black with silver lenses.

This collection will be available fronm October in Mykita shops, Moncler boutiques and the Moncler e-shop (www.moncler.com)

Fashion

Hitchcockian Bottega Veneta

Thomas Maier of Bottega Veneta outed a spectacular collection for spring summer 2013 last week in Milan. The feminine silhouettes that called to mind the 1940's were both pristine and street at the same time. The undercurrent dark and gloomy atmosphere made for a collection that would look great for the modern Hitchcock heroin.

www.bottegaveneta.com

Fashion

Fables by Blugirl

For spring and summer of next year, Blugirl took inspiration from photographer David Hamilton, who is known for his girly and dreamlike images. This resulted in a diaphanous collection with powdery colours, flower motives and light silhouettes. Crowns made of flowers or big sunhats are the icing this sweet and romantic fashion cake.

www.blugirl.it

Fashion

Fred Perry competition

We at ZOO Magazine would like to inform you about a new competition that Fred Perry has on their website. You can win £1,952 worth of Fred Perry products, and let's be honost, who doesn't want that. The amount seems a bit strange but is symbolic for the 60 years Fred Perry exists. Another symbol is the time you have to enter, since it will be online for 60 hours. Be quick and check it out http://www.fredperry.com/60-years-competition/

Fashion

The Italian Olympic kit by Armani

It doesn't happen often but sometimes we at ZOO regret that we never became professional athletes. If we were, we could wear this Olympic kit Mr. Giorgio Armani designed for the Italian team. The EA7 line that he created is athletic, sleek and sexy at the same time. Armani didn't only think about esthetics but made sure the technology behind this wardrobe is outstanding. AirDuct, the most recent technology for breathability and thermostability, is made out of 100% polyester and allows to skin to breath. That way, you stay cool both literary and figuratively.

www.armani.com

Fashion

Levi's® Icon Store Buttenheim

Take some 50s girls, a little rocker attitude, one of the coolest industrial style spaces and you'll get an incredible launch party. Levi's® called and celebrities and the fashion crowd alike followed to see the re-opening of the brand's iconic Buttenheim store. Drinks and a live band made for a relaxed gathering in Berlin's Mitte district.

The store is a trip down memory lane and takes you through the milestones in the brand's history with their most iconic designs. Bare, yet rich with heritage and coolness, the venue definitely brings out the desire for denim and will be a staple for the classic 501 lover as well as those interested in the Levi's® Curve ID.

Memhardstr. 7, 10178 Berlin.
www.levi.com

Fashion

Arizona Muse and G-star RAW

G-star comes with an exciting new face for fall/winter 2012, namely American model Arizona Muse. Muse, who started out as a long-haired blonde, became a sensation when she chopped her hair short and dyed it dark. She and her male counterpart, actor Caleb Landry Jones were shot by photographer and filmmaker Anton Corbijn. Arizona, who is the proud mother of a boy, says she has seen the campaigns from G-Star before and that she thinks they are really cool. She loves that they are so RAW.

www.g-star.com

Fashion

Paul Weller and Miles Kane for John Varvatos

As always, John Varvatos chose rock and roll heavyweights to star in his campaign. For fall/winter 2013 he chose Paul Weller and Miles Kane. Photographer Danny Clinch shot the two in New York's Lower East Side to create a 60's style campaign. Paul Weller, known for bands as the Jam and the Style Counsil, as well as his solo-career says he loves 'the swagger' the apparel of John Varvatos gives him.

www.johnvarvatos.com

Fashion

Bally Golfshoe

Thanks to Bally we can leave the chunky and quite ugly golfshoe at home and play the game in style. The Swiss company comes with a made-to-order shoe with a fifties vibe in white and blue or white and brown.

www.bally.com

Fashion

Z Zegna

This was only the second collection by the hand of Paul Surridge for Z Zegna but he seems in the right place at the Italian house. He took the conservative suit and tried something new with it by cutting the sleeves short and re-introducing the fourth button. This made the jackets quite boxy and he partnered them up with tapered slim trousers. The sea seemed to be an inspiration for the colors with different shades of blue, green and sand.

www.zegna.com

Fashion

Calvin Klein Collection

The true American label, Calvin Klein, came with a collection based on the icons of the U.S.A. The first look was full-on denim with a boxy jacket, a shirt and a pair of slim jeans. Later came the kaki-looks, but against all odds, this didn't make the collection boring at all. The undertone for this collection was rather dark and gloomy with a Hawaiian-esque print in black showing that not everything is as sunny as it seems.

www.calvinklein.com

Fashion

John Varvatos

The go-to designer for rockstars is obviously John Varvatos. In recent campaigns, Iggy Pop, Green Day and Alice Cooper have starred as models. For spring/summer 2013, the rock & roll will continue. Suits that reference the 40's and 50's are accessorized with wide-brimmed fedora's to recreate the louche look of a New York gangster. The color pallet is precise; white, olive, black and red. These clothes are great to throw in a suitcase and take with you on your world-tour.

www.johnvarvatos.com

Fashion

ZOO Magazine NO.35, 2012

The summer issue of ZOO Magazine is out! Including Monica Bellucci / Kim Fowley / The Rapture / Nina Kraviz & Kasper Bjørke / Glenn Martens / Astrid Andersen and more...

See the online version here!

Fashion

Tom Ford Eyewear - Special Edition

Tom Ford may very well be addicted to Mad Men like the rest of us, since the fifties clearly inspired his new limited edition eyewear. The two designs, one for men and one for women, are made of water buffalo horn with white or yellow gold detailing. They come in a bakelite box and you also receive a special lotion to keep that water buffalo horn nice and clean. Of course, these glasses don't come cheap and maybe aren't the best option if you have a habit of sitting on them or leaving them in a bar. 

Fashion

Chanel's Little Black Jacket Experience


The adventure commenced with a book of 113 images of international celebrities, each one of them photographed in the jacket. In addition to the stunning book CHANEL’s Little Black Jacket, Karl Lagerfeld has chosen to celebrate with a global, multi-faceted and multimedia project. Extending the experience of the photography exhibition The Little Black Jacket: CHANEL’s classic revisited by Karl Lagerfeld and Carine Roitfeld with a website, entitled thelittleblackjacket.chanel.com. The site will offer an online experience and a chance for people to discover the inner workings of the project. In tandem with the online digital exhibition, CHANEL will reveal the different steps that made this project possible, from the bonus ‘making of’ films to the creation of a jacket in the CHANEL ateliers.

Regularly updated with fresh content as well as previews of upcoming events related to the Little Black Jacket taking place throughout 2012, the website is like an ever-growing, international travel journal. All content can be viewed as a full screen, giving a whole new dimension to Karl Lagerfeld’s photographs and the free access means images can be shared on Facebook, Twitter or by mail.

Follow the CHANEL Little Black Jacket story on thelittleblackjacket.chanel.com
 

Fashion

PUMA GOES JAMAICA BY CEDELLA MARLEY

Cedella Marley (who is indeed the daughter of Bob) has joined forces with sportswear giant Puma to design Jamaica's official apparel for the Olympic Games. The true Jamaican colors green and yellow as well as Africa clearly inspired Marley for the collection. Usain Bolt, the world's fastest man, stars as model in the campaign. The Olympics in London this year are sure to be a fashion circus, with designers as Stella McCartney and Ralph Laurent designing the gear for their national teams. 

Fashion

Fred Perry celebrates 60 years

Fred Perry celebrates 60 years as an icon of street fashion. Formed in 1952 by the British tennis legend and table tennis champion of the same name and influencing some of the most iconic styles of the last century; Fred Perry shares a unique relationship with British subcultures that continues to be relevant today.

To celebrate this important landmark in the history of the Fred Perry brand the original 1952 shirt is being reproduced from archive imagery and illustrations.

Available in six different colors; white, light fawn, maroon, glacier blue, old navy and black they all have a specially designed ’52 12’ laurel crest. The collection includes anniversary footwear, two classic Woodford styles in light fawn and maroon suede and the Wells shoe in old navy and white canvas each with their own ’52 12’ laurel wreath sewn on.

The ‘52 12’ product is sure to become a collectors item, essentials for every Fred Perry aficionado, and a stylish reminder of the brand’s unique place in British fashion history.

Fashion

REPLAY Laserblast

It was a time of retribution, a present being punished for crimes of the past. A land ravaged and ruined by ignorance and conflict was wreaking a savage revenge on those unlucky enough to still be alive.
Where rivers once ran, now wind tore sand from rocks that led to dead oceans. The sun's cruel glare burnt the last life from the world. Only those who kept it cool survived, for now.

But below the dust and despair, something was changing ? not just to survive, but to grow.

Some believed it a miracle. Those, who in this new dark age had returned to ancient superstitions, called it witchcraft. Geeks called it science.

But the special few, who truly understood its power called it Laserblast. An awesome force that might just save the world...

Laserblast, where art and technology meet. 

Check out the video on http://www.replay.it/laserblast

Fashion

Zoo Magazine No. 34, 2012

The Spring Issue of Zoo Magazine is out now! Including Borkis Mikhailov / Oskar Roehler / Wolfgang Joop / Lea Seydoux / Georgia May Jagger / Eva Herzigova and more...

Fashion

Illesteva x Takashi Kumagai

Daniel Silberman and Jus Ske of Illesteva met Takashi Kumagai, several years ago in Paris through mutual friend, Corto Moltedo. Recently collaborating with Quiksilver, having shot the Margaret Howell campaign and contributing to major publications including i-D, W, Elle, Harpers Bazaar, Grind, Sweet etc, Takashi is a leading Japanese stylist and photographer.

Known by Lake Tajo in Japan, between his design views,photography skills and beach lifestyle outside of Tokyo where he spends all his free time surfing, Takshi quickly became a great inspiration to Illesteva.

Takashi approached Illesteva with the idea to create small, clear frame, optical glasses, an attempt to make it look like you are not wearing glasses from a distance. With the frame shape inspired by Mohandas Karamchand Gandi, they added innovative design elements to create a style unlike anything out there. A very limited release, only 30 units of the Takashi for Illesteva will be made and never reproduced.

Illesteva x Takashi Kumagai
www.takashikumagai.com 

Fashion

'Artisanal' S/S 2012

Individualism is the core of Maison Martin Margiela's 'Artisanal' design. Since the labels founding in 1988, the Maison has collected vintage items from around the globe, resurrected them and recast them in a new way. As a result, infamous Margiela designs are reworked for Spring / Summer 2012. However obvious the reinterpretation is, the essence of the clothes, accessories and objects is still being kept. 

All the pieces are made entirely by hand in the Maison's artisanal atelier. The amount of each material is limited, which ensures the unique character of these pieces. 

www.maisonmartinmargiela.com 

Fashion

Vans OTW

During Berlin Fashion Week, Vans unveiled their OTW Spring Collection 2012. For the opening party of the House of Vans pop-up store in Berlin Mitte international superstar and recently announced 'Advocate' Lupe Fiasco, as well as Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def) and Patta Sound System performed.  

www.vans.com 

Fashion

GANT Footwear

From the preppy American East Coast to the Moroccan desert and off on a cruise through the salty sea: For Spring/Summer 2012 GANT will travel the world in style. To complete this seasons GANT look, the label offers a great collection of interesting new shoes. The theme “All American Prep” inspired creations which are fresh, colourful all-American classics. Men can make a bold statement with moccasins in a wide range of colours: Bright red, blue and burned tomato. Boat shoes are also available in different editions from yellow and burned tomato coloured ones to a sporty canvas version.  

The theme of “An American in Morocco” is a wonderful journey filled with vivid colours, inspired by the dramatic cinematography of Bernard Bertolucci’s Sheltering Sky movies and other modern classics like “Out of Africa” and “The English Patient”. The result is a wide range of sun-bleached and bright colours against white and various shades of khaki, which makes for an authentic and romantic atmosphere that is nostalgic, yet modern at the same time. A new collection of casuals in fantastic colour combinations, as well as leather sandals, espadrilles and moccasins are the basic elements for the right style for men.  

For women, this collection of beautiful and comfortable sandals and espadrilles comes in colours such as dry sand, pinecone brown, army green and taupe. “Navy Nautical” brings us boat shoes, moccasins and sneakers.

For ladies there are sandals for day and night and also classic boat shoes and espadrilles. For the feminine preppy look moccasins are indispensable. Here they come in raspberry, orange or turquoise suede. There is also a sporty canvas version of those shoes, which will be available in bright red, yellow, pink and azure. Another staple in the collection are the espadrilles with heels of varying heights which will be available in navy / yellow, red, orange / navy blue and turquoise glass.

us.gant.com 

Fashion

LOUIS VUITTON Women's Shoe Pre-Collection

This Spring-Summer 2012 Louis Vuitton gazes upon Paris, the timeless French capital, land of languid gardens and lively terraces. The shoe collection has all the discreet chic and sparkling femininity of those lithesome Parisian dames and demoiselles.
Designed for a walk along the sweet sophistication of city streets, our shoe collection is a complete summer wardrobe in itself. From extra-low to ultra-high, it contains every look for a sophisticated woman, each created with the House's savoir-faire in excellence. Every model is made in the shoe workshops of Fiesso d’Artico, Italy, and designed as part of a never-ending quest for technical innovation. 

The collection is fresh, ripe, and cool, bringing together all the iconic signs of the House in sunny splendour. Heart print is on summery flats, flip-flops find themselves in acid-toned leather with rope platform soles and a golden buckle. Wedge sneakers and riding boots embossed calfskin suede in sandy shades, exuding easy chic. Platform pumps are topped with a bow and take on summer’s textures of brightly coloured satin and rope. Derby shoes and loafers opt for sober tones, while patent leather pumps unabashedly dazzle in brilliant lemon and purple. As the evening wanes to the wee hours, the Parisian chooses the glamour of black and blue sequins or dizzying, gold-trimmed pumps, her favourite footwear of her nocturnal flights of fancy. 

www.louisvuitton.com

Art

Azzedine Alaïa in the 21st Century

The Groninger Museum will present an exhibition entitled Azzedine Alaïa in the 21st Century. It displays the most fantastic Alaïa fashion creations of the last ten years. Tunisian-born Alaïa is one of the last major couturiers still active and one of the most important fashion designers of the last decades. His name stands for glamour, sensuality, style, cut, self-confidence, comfort and, of course, sex appeal.  

During the exhibition period, the Groninger Museum will organize special step-in guided tours on the theme of Azzedine Alaïa in the 21st Century. The exhibition has been compiled by curator Mark Wilson. 

Azzedine Alaïa, Summer-fall 2003, Photo: Robert Kot, ©Azzedine Alaïa. 

Azzedine Alaïa, couture winter 2011, Photo: Robert Kot, ©Azzedine Alaïa. 

From 11th December 2011 to 6th May 2012 at Groninger Museum, Museumeiland 1, 9711 ME Groningen.

www.groningermuseum.nl 

Fashion

Van Gils Eyewear by Ralph Vaessen

In February 2012 Van Gils will launch an exciting eyewear collection, which is designed in collaboration with eyewear designer Ralph Vaessen. Vaessen, who is internationally renowned for his eccentric handmade horn (sun)glasses, has designed a very contemporary collection for Van Gils Eyewear, to seamlessly match the style of Van Gils' clothing line. To accompany the strong silhouettes of the eyewear designs, just as strong materials like acetate, titanium and horn were used. The colours range from metal to the titanium frames to more earthy colours like copper, brown and sand for the acetate and horn frames.

The very contemporary and distinctive masculine shapes, silhouettes an the strong sense of craftsmanship and perfection are some of the reasons why the partnership between Ralph Vaessen and Van Gils is a natural fit. Each product tells its own story and is characterized by the surprising detail and perfect fit. The collection will consist of 13 different models overall including 9 correction frames and 4 sunglasses. 

www.vangils.eu 

Fashion

Marshall FX

Marshall is launching new headphones with an Apple certified microphone, remote control and volume control specifically designed for Apple users and there iPhones, iPods and iPads. All this is possible thanks to a recently developed chip inside the headphones. With all this progress Marshall also made sure that the design and sound of the headphones relate to the decades of experience the company has in this business and is up to par with the new gimmicks.

Two versions of the Marshall FX headphones are currently available: The on-ear model Major FX as well as the in-ear model Minor FX.

www.Marshallheadphones.com

www.Apple.com 

Fashion

BallyLove

Bally and Swiss-artist Olaf Breuning have created the next chapter in the BallyLove story. At www.bally.com you can follow the countdown movies until Art Basel Miami Beach to discover the evolution of Olaf Breuning's artwork into the BallyLove #2 capsule collection. The bright and playful collection for women and men will will launch at the Art Collectors Lounge of Art Basel Miami Beach in December 2011. 

Fashion

Ucon x Rainer Spehl

UCON presents the Noah Case. For their latest collaboration UCON teamed up with Rainer Spehl, a furniture, interior and exhibition designer from Berlin.

Besides great work for Nike and Stone Island, his portfolio also includes partners like Dior and Gucci. His design bears witness to his strong interest in craftsmanship and its proper execution. The choice of material and the detailing are characteristics of his work which is quite obviously always striving to be of the highest standard. UCON shares his taste for perfection – functionally as well as aesthetically.

www.ucon-acrobatics.com
www.rainerspehl.com

Fashion

Night Vision

Whether on a deep dive off the coast of Fiji or against the backdrop of a dark evening sky, Cruise Original Night Vision’s colored luminova dials are clearly visible against the watch’s all-black design. Technically inclined enthusiasts seek out the chronograph model, whilst time-telling purists love the clean style of the 3-hand automatic. Straps and case-covers are easily interchangeable to match your style, mood or destination.

www.technomarine.com

Fashion

Shiro Nakano x G-Shock

Japanese Shiro Nakano again cooperates with G-Shock. After creating the the very first G-Shock action figure "G-MAN," he has now spent his creative talents in designing the G-Shock Model GD-100PS-3ER.

Shiro Nakano is part of Japanese toy manufacturer Play Set Products design team and widely known for his work incorporated within various books, sundry goods, furniture, corporate advertisements and television commercials.

www.gshock.com

Fashion

Versace for H&M

The Versace collection for H&M is replete with the pieces that have made the house of Versace famous. 

Dominated by color, print and cut, the brand's creative director Donatella Versace has gone back to the archives to bring some Versace classics to a whole new audience. Iconic dresses are the focus of the women's collection, while menswear is defined by sharp tailoring. 

And for the first time an H&M designer collaboration will include home decor pieces, reflecting Versace's influential home designs.

All collections will be available online in select countries and in approximately 300 stores worldwide. The collection will be released in select US stores on November 19th. 


www.versace.com

www.hm.com

Fashion

KARLEIDOSCOPE

Karl Lagerfeld presents his new feminine fragrance named Karleidoscope.

The fragrance that combines classic elegance with modernity is described as noble, bold, sensual and passionate. It opens with green notes of angelica and soft tones of violet. The heart blends heliotrope, freesia and patchouli notes, laid at the warm base of benzoin and tonka.

The bottle is cylindrical and its shape reminds of a kaleidoscope. The face of the perfume is Italian model Bianca Balti.

Karl Lagerfeld Karleidoscope will be available as 30 and 60 ml Eau de Parfum.

www.karllagerfeld.com 

Fashion

BOSS Black Luggage

The new BOSS Black travel set 'Ultralight Galactica' features clean, refined styling and the contemporary elegance is synonymous with BOSS Black. 

The series offers bags in three sizes. The shells are made of polycarbonate and premium, logo-embossed leather and the integrated lightweight aluminum frame ensures high stability even for heavy loads. Thanks to their four 360° casters, the cases roll comfortably on any type of surface.

Available from mid-October in HUGO BOSS Stores.

www.hugoboss.com 

Fashion

Claes Iversen Spring/Summer 2012

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We love this stylish video from Amsterdam-based designer Claes Iversen, marking the launch of his Spring/Summer 2012 collection.

Starring Dutch actress Liz Snoijink
Videographers: Philippe Vogelenzang & Mercé Wouthuysen 

www.claesiversen.com
www.philippevogelenzang.com

Fashion

BOSS The Collection

Hugo Boss has launched Boss The Collection, a new set of five luxury fragrances for men inspired by the feel, texture, mood and heritage of the fine fabrics used in Boss tailoring: Cotton & Verbena, Silk & Jasmine, Wool & Musk, Velvet & Amber and Cashmere & Patchouli.

The exclusive Boss The Collection range is available at KaDeWe in Berlin and selected HUGO BOSS stores. Price €110 for 50 ml.

www.fragrances.hugoboss.com

Fashion

Masao Yamamoto
for Woolrich

Woolrich has chosen to collaborate with
Japanese artist Masao Yamamoto for its
Fall/Winter 2011 advertising campaign.
Every picture is a work of art on photographic paper. Hues come to life through special techniques used by 
Masao Yamamoto during manual processing. The result is a campaign with a rarefied atmosphere and with colors that are warm and unique. 

www.woolrich.it

Fashion

Amy Winehouse x Fred Perry

After much consideration and with the blessing of Amy’s family, Fred Perry has decided to release the AW11 range and wholesale the SS12 Amy Winehouse for Fred Perry Collection.

Amy was passionate and dedicated to the collaboration and her signature style is clearly stamped across each piece. In such circumstances, Amy’s royalties and fees from both collections will be donated to the soon to be established Amy Winehouse Foundation. Fred Perry will also make a seasonal donation to the Foundation. 

www.amywinehouse.com
www.fredperry.com

Fashion

Miu Miu sneakers

Miu Miu launches its brand new Sneakers, a brand new addition to the Miu Miu Autumn/Winter 2011 collection. 

Made of iconic materials such as patent leather, arabesque lamé and velvet, the Miu Miu Sneakers are decorated with glitter, metal tips, or appliquéd crystals. 

Coming in various colours including blush, silver, gold and black, the new Sneakers will be available in all the brand’s boutiques and online on miumiu.com starting from August. 

www.miumiu.com

Fashion

Fashion@ Swatch MTV Playground

What is happening in the world of fashion? Wo are the new creative stars of tomorrow? 

Stephen Thompson, photo by Charistos Karantzolas

Saint + Sinner - 2011 Campaign, photo by Julius Bramanto


This year, the creative buzzing platform Swatch MTV Playground explores international styles and sounds and the interplay between them. 

Guest editors Rankin, Alex Noble and Fred Butler have been blogging weekly for a while now and Fashion@ is a collection of the freshest work from leading creative professionals in the fashion world, a showcase of the collaborative efforts of photographers, stylists, hair and make-up artists, on show for your visual pleasure.

Alex Noble and Fred Butler

www.swatchmtvplayground.com

Fashion

ITS#TEN
Diesel Award

The 2011 ITS#FASHION Diesel award celebration on Saturday, July 16th in Trieste, Italy, marked the final event of ITS International Talent Support's 10th anniversary edition ITS#TEN.

This year's winner of the Diesel award is Niran Avisar, an Israelian student of the Shenkar College of Engineering and Design in Ramat Gan. His collection pays a tribute to the male gender and its fragile masculinity creating a dialogue between Egon Schiele's figures and his outfits. Using deer leather and knits combined with woven wool, Avisar visualized a journey back in time, to the dandy of the beginning of the last century. 

The Diesel award celebrates the ideas of young talent and aims to ensure that their dreams become true by offering them a cash prize of 25,000 euro that the winner can use, without limitations, to promote his work in the best possible way and to invest in his career. In addition to that, Niran will be offered an internship of 6 months within the Diesel Creative Team the company’s Headquarters in Italy and discover all the secrets of working in an innovative and international fashion company. 

www.itsweb.org

Fashion

BOSS Black SS2011

Ewan McGregor (in BOSS Black) and Jessica Alba (in BOSS Black)

On the evening of July 8, 2010, BOSS Black presented its new Spring/Summer collection at Park am Gleisdreieck in the Berlin district of Kreuzberg. 

Some 1300 invited guests attended the show, which was held at an outdoor location specially created for the occasion: the BOSS Black men's and women's collections were spotlighted on a 45-meter (ca. 150-foot) runway within a spectacular white "tentscape" setting. The airy, elegant looks headlined under a Summer Seascape theme.

In addition to Jessica Stam and Katrin Thormann, the more than 30 top international models on the catwalk included Lars Burmeister, the face of the current BOSS Black Menswear campaign. 

Fashion

Iris von Arnim x styleproofed

In collaboration with online fashion magazine styleproofed.com, Hamburg-based cashmere label Iris von Arnim presents a unique capsule collection. Stylist Julia Freitag and fashion writer Silke Weichert were inspired by this season's colour-blocking-trend to create a mix of seasonless items including pullovers, cardigans, caps and cloths.

From the end of June, the pieces can be pre-ordered through the Facebook store of styleproofed.com and are furthermore available in the online boutique stylebop.com in July.

Flash Stop Boutique of IvA x styleproofed.com and Liebig Berlin:
Münzstraße 21 / second courtyard
Berlin-Mitte
Saturday July 2nd – Saturday July 9th
12pm – 8pm / Sunday closed

www.irisvonarnim.com

Fashion

HOGAN, Stephen Dorff, AW 2012-13 Campaign

Hogan presents Stephen Dorff as the new face for their Autumn Winter 2012/13 collection campaign.
The campaign was shot by photographer Alexey Hay with the art direction of Alex Wiederin at the legendary Cinecitta Studios in Rome, Italy. The iconic movie set location combined with the charm and distinctive contribution of Stephen Dorff makes for an outstanding campaign, perfectly showing Hogan’s unique sense of coolness.
Stephen Dorff says, ‘What I like about Hogan is the casualness, but at the same time the sophistication of each style. So it’s almost a chic casual kind of feel that goes with who I am as well.’

 www.hogan.com

Fashion

Bally x Central Saint Martins

For the second time, Switzerland luxury brand Bally teamed up with London's Central Saint Martins MA Fashion course to produce a four piece men's capsule collection.

The imaginative collection by London-native Craig Green comprises four hip urban styles, providing some innovative twists on established looks such as the derby, oxford, demi-voor and double buckle monk. Green's easy-going aesthetic and youthful mood are reflected in the choice of felt and canvas combined with Bally's exceptional leathers and suede, finished with fine hardware details and durable rubber soles.

Bally's Central Saint Martins Men's Collection is available in selected stores from Monday July 4, 2011.

www.bally.com

Fashion

Arnhem Mode Biennale 2011

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May 31st marked the official opening of the fourth Arnhem Mode Biennale. The phenomenon of fashion, personified through the fictional character of Amber lends its name to this year's edition of the cultural fashion event.

Divided into three worlds, the exhibition showcases a multiplicity of work from internationally renowned fashion designers such as Maison Martin Margiela, Prada, A.F. Vandevorst, Damir Doma, Klavers van Engelen and Iris van Herpen. The three worlds Atmosphere, Elements and Visions share stunning views on fashion through installations, photography, illustration, scent and sound.

The exhibition will be opened from June 1st until the 3th of July 2011.

www.arnhemmodebiennale.com

Travel

The Istanbul EDITION Launch

On May 4th, 2011 The Istanbul EDITION opened its doors to host a spectacular party in Istanbul to celebrate the European debut of the new luxury lifestyle brand EDITION. An international cast of VIP guests including the likes of Diane Kruger, Joshua Kruger, Julia Restoin Roitfeld, Robert Konjic and Edie Campbell, Richard Nicoll, Kinder Aggugini, Bella Freud, Baillie Walsh, Jerry Stafford, Dan MacMillan and Sasha Volkova, travelled to Istanbul to experience the exceptional new hotel during a three day exclusive preview.

The Istanbul EDITION - an all-suite hotel designed by Gabellini Sheppard, assimilates exceptional design, innovation and service with outstanding, one-of-a-kind food, beverage and entertainment offerings all under one roof.

www.editionhotels.com 

Fashion

Twosquaremeter

The first textile Anti-Aging Collection from the innovative German label TWOSQUAREMETER is made from brown algae, which is harvested only once a year off the northwest coast of Iceland. The natural fiber, produced in a sustainable way, ensures the continuous transfer of vital, regenerative substances to your skin. The result: a particularly exceptional skin feel together with a
unique wear comfort.

The initial collection is predominantly made up of tops, t-shirts, sweaters and cardigans. The high design standard can be seen in all production steps: from the first design through the intricate and detail-loving prints up to the excellent workmanship. Optimal wearing comfort is achieved by forgoing stitching and cuts wherever possible. 

www.twosquaremeter.com

Fashion

Surface2Air x Asics

Sharing the same values of quality, aesthetics and innovation; ASICS and Surface to Air have teamed up to create a fresh interpretation of the classic Gel DS trainer 14. 
 
Resulting from the Surface to Air style-savvy and the Asics technologic expertise, the Gel DS trainer 14 is a sleek, lightweight structured sneaker that can be worn for running or to stride along the streets. A canvas shoe bag that can be worn as a backpack as well as a complimentary t-shirt are included with the pair of sneakers. The model is released in honor of the Marathon de Paris.

www.surfacetoair.com
www.asics.com

Music

VIDEO - Woodkid

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The French multidisciplinary artist Yoann Lemoine just released the self-directed video for his musical debut Iron under his moniker Woodkid. Taking the internet by storm, the visually stunning masterpiece features supermodel Agyness Deyn in a raw and epic, black and white scenery.

The song is part of Woodkid's first EP Iron and now available via iTunes.

www.woodkid.com

Fashion

Basic Instincts Preview

Last week the curators of Basic Instincts introduced their multidisciplinary exhibition project under the patronage of the Dutch cultural institute Premsela, which will start on June 30th in Berlin's Villa Elisabeth to 150 guests from press and media at VOO Store Berlin. Luca Marchetti, curator and part of the creative team, introduced the concept of Basic Instincts stating that it is not just about fashion, but more about the basis, the mentality and the vision that drives dutch designers. 

Seven different landscapes will merge fashion design, design, art and architecture to create a 360° view on contemporary Dutch design and abduct the spectator into another world. The creative team behind the exhibition consists of José Klap and Sandor Lubbe of Zoo Magazine, Luca Marchetti and Emanuele Quinz of Mosign as well as Danish visual designer Henrik Vibskov.

 www.premsela.org

Fashion

Lika Mimika

Up & coming German shoewear label Lika Mimika have re-interpreted the ultimate summer shoe - the espadrille - by replacing the canvas upper and the lining with premium leather in a range of 13 summery colors. Exquisite materials from all over the globe make the light sandal suitable for any occasion – for both men and women. To learn more about the label's philosophy and the shoe, check their website.

www.likamimika.com

Fashion

La Lettre

Once again, Karl Lagerfeld and Hogan have joined forces for a new collection. The collaborative project focuses on apparel and accessories, leather and high-tech materials. The Hogan by Karl Lagerfeld collection takes the chill off next winter with its range of ultra-light down coats and windbreakers, zip-through jackets and sleeveless bodywarmers, bomber and jackets. 

After the short film La Lettre, illustrating his first collection for last season, Karl Lagerfeld has drawn together thirteen top names from the world of fashion and art, and shot a series of portraits created with their complicity. Each person poses for their portrait wearing an item chosen in the Hogan by Karl Lagerfeld FW 2011/12 collection to match with their look of that day. Sneakers, shopping bags, down coats, padded sleeveless body warmer or leather jackets completed the outfits by Lou Doillon, Elodie Bouchez, Elettra Wiedemann, Kiera Chaplin, Elisa Sednaoui, Baptiste Giabiconi, Jake Davies, Bianca Balti, Friquette Thevenet, Afef Tronchetti, Leigh Lezark, Du Juan and Shu Pei.

www.hogan.com

Fashion

Kenzo Macaroons

This spring Kenzo is bedecked in the delicious colors of a box of macaroons. Inspired by the famous and most Parisian of treats Antonio Marras, artistic director of Kenzo, welcomes springtime with appetising design, the macaroon bag. It can be carried both as a clutch and a satchel and is available in 6 colors and 2 printed versions in 100% silk satin. 

Exclusively in Kenzo boutiques worldwide from April 2011.

www.kenzo.com 

Fashion

VIDEO - Bally menswear collection
Autumn/Winter 2011

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Fashion

Poetic
Fashion Anarchy

According to Lala Berlin fashion is presently stucked somewhere between grass-roots democracy and anarchy. So in reaction to this, Lala Berlin ushers in the age of New World Romantic with the new Fall/Winter Collection 2011: freedom-loving, non-conformist, highly energetic. 

The new collection sets out to redefine and refine prints as the key aspect of the label's style once again. Different techniques were used to apply mostly ethnic prints on fabrics, jacquard and intarsia knitwear. With reduced, clear cuts and folding techniques, Lala Berlin's founder and designer Leyla Piedayesh redefines the modern business look. 

www.lalaberlin.com

Fashion

Jil Sander Navy

This Spring, Jil Sander launches its brand extension Navy. It breathes a relaxed spontaneity, focusing on an un-constructed fit and informal attitude. Exactly the mood that photographer David Sims visualized in the Advertising Campaign starring Valerija Kelava who mirrors the radical femininity and effortless chic synonymous with the collection.

The campaign, shot in New York, and the new website that digital artist Raphaël Rozendaal worked on create a visual experience that stands for the colorful joy and pure dynamic which is significant for the collection.

www.jilsandernavy.com

Fashion

Miharayasuhiro

For the Fall/Winter 2011-2012 collection Miharayasuhiro takes inspiration from Oscar Wilde. The 19th Century Irish writer and poet who is synonymous for his aestheticism, and decadent lifestyle. Incorporating Wilde's ironic thoughts and humorous works, the collection encompasses differential situations between tension and mitigation. 

Miharayasuhiro introduces a ‘photo-jacquard’ technique into cable knit, jackets, outerwear and trousers, whilst vests and scarves have been produced in the finest British wool. Classic tang shoes glided with gold finishing, flake in a way which is reminiscent of Victorian statues. The inclusion of gold, references Oscar Wilde’s Happy Prince with Miharayasuhiro’s own take on the short story. 

www.miharayasuhiro.jp

Fashion

theo by Tim Van Steenbergen

Together with Belgian designer Tim Van Steenbergen the eyewear label theo is launching White Tie, a limited edition sunglasses collection. Compromising eight pairs of sunglasses, which are available in black or white, the collaboration fits to Tim Van Steenbergen's clothing line. Pure, but luxurious with a twist. Just like the metal sidepieces on the glasses, which have the structure of a tree.  

www.theo.be

Fashion

Bottega Veneta SS2011

Bottega Veneta announces that photographer Alex Prager has photographed the brand’s Spring/Summer 2011 advertising campaign. The campaign, which features both the women’s and men’s 2011 ready-to-wear collections, is the latest in Bottega Veneta’s series of one-of-a-kind creative collaborations featuring the talents of outstanding artists.

www.bottegaveneta.com 

Art

Swedish Fashion
Goes Berlin

Camilla Åkrans - Colors

Swedes love Berlin and Germans love Swedish fashion. That’s why the Swedish Institute Stockholm presents an exciting and interesting line-up of four fashion events during Berlin Fashion Week entitled ‘Swedish Fashion Goes Berlin.' With Fashion! Fashion Photography by Camilla Åkrans at the Gallery Swedish Photography in Berlin-Mitte, photographs by Camilla Åkrans, one of the leading Swedish fashion photographers, will be on display. 

Nakkna by Gösta Reiland

When the darkness falls, the gallery’s courtyard will be enlightened by a small fashion film festival showing cutting-edge fashion video works from and about Ann-Sofie Back, Fashion Tale Magazine, Nakkna and more artists. On January, 21st an inspiring and exciting fashion lecture will be held at the Felleshus of the Nordic Embassies Berlin. The last event will be a group show of the three designers Camilla Norrback, Diana Orving and Ida Sjöstedt in the tent at Bebelplatz. 

www.swedishphotography.org

Fashion

Lo Res

Lamborghini

United Nude Lo Res (low resolution) is an innovative design method using computer software to automatically create design options to choose from. The first United Nude Lo Res products such as the Lo Res Shoe are available at United Nude stores worldwide. 

Statue of Liberty

Concept and creative direction:
Rem D Koolhaas
Head of design and team leader:
Iddo Zimmerman
Design team: Amir Orbach, Ayelet Kit, Dan Hochberg, Meirav Shnaps and Frankie Sun

www.unitednude.com
www.loresproject.com

Lo Res Shoe

Fashion

ra Christmas markets

Antwerp's über-cool designer boutique ra is hosting the second edition of its Christmas market with gift stalls winding through the ground floor space.

Opening event and press day:
Saturday, November 27th
(markets from November 26th – December 24th, 2010)

ra
Kloosterstraat 13
2000 Antwerp
Belgium

www.ra13.be

Fashion

Hermès
on the Left Bank

Hermès reveals its new berth on the Left Bank.