Posts Tagged ‘Fashion’
October 15th, 2013 – When juicing goes desert. In celebration of Britain’s best-selling contemporary artist, Damien Hirst, a retrospective of his life’s work will be on display from October 10 till January 22, 2014, at ALRIWAQ DOHA exhibition space. Relics will present the largest collection of Hirst’s work ever assembled. Spanning over twenty-five years of Hirst’s artistic career, the exhibition includes both iconic and previously unseen works. The artist, who has explored the complex relationship between art, love, life and death, explained “I’ve got an obsession with death, but I think it’s like a celebration of life rather than something morbid”.
In respects to the Relics installation, Hirst teamed up with the fashion aficionados over at Prada to create Pharmacy Juice Bar, installed in the uninhabited Doha desert, like a mirage of sorts. A juice bar is exactly what you want in the Arabian desert after all. Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad Al-Thani, chairperson of Qatar Museums Authority (QMA), is the third hand in this collaboration. It was launched in respects to “Relics”.
His work bears testimony to his enduring fascination with the daily intrusion of death into life, and the inevitable decay of our bodies despite an increasingly unquestioning faith in pharmaceuticals. Often framing scenes within boxes, tanks or vitrines, he stages startling and thought-provoking situations in which life cycles play out, life wrestles with death, and cures become confused with illnesses.
Emerging from the Young British Artist (YBA) movement that originated in London in the late 1980s, he was part of a group which became renowned for their audacious and often shocking works, receiving international acclaim and succeeding in revitalizing the British art scene. As Jean Paul Engelen, Director of Public Art at the Qatar Museum Authority comments: “With his own artistic language Damien Hirst changed our perception of London and the UK. There are very few artists in history that have had such a profound impact on high and popular culture. QMA is extremely proud to make this exhibition with Damien.”
The exhibition will be curated by high-profile writer, critic, and internationally renowned curator Francesco Bonami, currently Manilow Senior Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, and who has previously occupied a number of prestigious posts, including Artistic Director of the Venice Biennale in 2003.
Relics is part of a series of cultural projects initiated by QMA to promote and support local and international art production, foster appreciation and understanding of artistic practices, and create opportunities for cultural dialogue. It also aims to encourage local audiences, to take part in debates and discussions about the arts that can challenge our understanding and unveil new perspectives.
The restrospective is part of Qatar UK 2013 Year of Culture. Inspired by the Qatar National Vision for 2030, Qatar UK 2013 celebrates and showcases the deep-rooted bilateral relations between Qatar and the UK. It aims not only to showcase each other’s culture and forge new partnerships in culture, education, research, but also to provide a platform on which to build new long-term relationships between institutions and local communities.
Photography Courtesy of Qatar Museums Authority
October 3rd, 2013 – Called upon by Miuccia Prada herself—four sensational muralists and two illustrators set a vibrant stage for Prada’s Spring/Summer 2014 fashion presentation, In The Heart Of Multitude, at Milan’s Via Fogazzaro show space. Inspired by “the political wall art from Mexican muralists such as Diego Rivera,” Mrs. Prada plucked the artists from all over the world: Mesa from Spain, El Mac from the United States, Gabriel Specter from Canada, Stinkfish from Colombia, Jeanne Detallante from France (she works in the U.S.), and Pierre Mornet from France.
The the artist’s paintings extend from the set of the show to the garments in the collection, as Prada employed the group of contemporary artists to help communicate her vision of the new power woman. “I saw them as strong, visible fighters. We need to be fighters in general. There is this debate about women again, and I want to interpret it. My instrument is fashion. I use my instrument to be bold. I had this idea that if you wear clothes so exaggerated and out there, people will look, and then they will listen.” She laughed. “It’s a sort of trick.” Then the designer added, “I want to be nasty.”
The visions of the artists were cleverly integrated into the collection in various ways. The bold, cartoon-like faces of Artist Jeanne Detallante are bejewelled onto bra-implanted coats, dresses, bags, and furs. This, of course, allows fashion enthusiasts to acquire a piece of art-fashion. In application, the garment will be speaking-as-you-wear the imagery of six artists.
Brooklyn-based artist Gabriel Specter composed a telling portrait of a weeping girl who is surrounded by rainbows. The artist says he’s inspired by the “overlooked elements in society, the things that most people would regularly pass by, those are the things I pick up on.”
Stinkfish boasts most of his inspiration from his home city of Bogota, the place where he honed his painting skills as a youngster. Recognized internationally for his large, colorful murals, Stinkfish works from the photographs of local people that he takes on the streets and later turns into stencils. For Prada’s fashion show, the artist splatted bursts of colors across the wall to create the face of a gazing woman.
Photography Courtesy of Prada
October 2nd, 2013 – Saturday in the Tuileries turned out to be a vision of teenage rebellion when the Victor & Rolf show hit the runway on a white-tiled locker room set with a collection that oozes adolescent unrest. The hints of punk on the charming school girl uniforms, plaid patterned garments secured with safety pins, and indie artist Joan as Police Woman’s belting out a unique rendition of Britney Spears (“… Baby One More Time”) helped set the stage for the youth at unrest concept. However, it was the Berlin-based creatives at Studio Job who really enhanced Victor & Rolf’s collection with a stark white ‘brick’ runway that forced onlooking fashion enthusiasts to be nostalgic for their school days.
Scribbled on the wall at the head of the runway is Victor & Rolf’s signature logo, an element that evokes memories of the Sharpy riddled locker room walls of high school. High contrast seemed to be a principal theme for the show as the models hit the black and white stage in their crisp white shirts adorned with spikes on the collar.
The display of Victor & Rolf’s punk-esque collection was presented in a dynamic and cohesive style thanks to the team at Studio Job and Bureau Betak, who produced and directed the entire event.
August 28th, 2013 - Earlier this summer, Karen Walker released her collection of eyewear that featured women of the elder variety rocking her colorfully extravagant shades. The campaign became an instant worldwide success, racking up tons of sales and positive feedback. So, how do you top such a successful campaign? How about going to the complete, other end of the spectrum?
Introducing the Karen Walker Forever 2nd Summer Collection…. featuring kids as models. Within the ripe ages of 3-5, these tiny models lend a sense of excitement and optimism to the campaign.
“The idea of shooting kids as a follow up to first summer’s concept seemed obvious to us for many reasons” says Walker; “We had a lot of fun in the studio. We’d never worked with kids before. You’ve just got to get them while the energy’s there and shoot the hell out of it! That said, I don’t know if I want to make a movie with kids”.
The collection features four different styles in two colors schemes, complete with Walker’s signature, exaggerated frames. Each style is available in white with blue reflecting lenses, as well as black with black lenses. The black frames feature an interesting element, the use of an ancient art form known as filigree. This form of metalwork relies on the use of tiny beads or twisting threads, creating incredibly intricate designs.
Walker has deemed this the bookend to her original 1st Summer Collection campaign, shot by Ari Seth Cohen. This time around she chose renowned photographer Derek Henderson, who sets about capturing the children’s natural positivity and boundless curiosity. Walker seems to like to keep people guessing, and you can be sure we’ll be looking out for her next innovative campaign. Visit Karen Walker’s Website to meet these miniature models and check out the collection.
Written by Jordan Bailey
Photography by Derek Henderson
August 18th, 2013 – Breaking ground on August 19th, Prospekt Supply will debut their first garment, aptly titled, Windbreaker - which is arguably the most-high end pullover windbreaker on the market. “Our quest was to create the most luxurious windbreaker possible,” explained Andrew Joseph, creative director of the luxury street wear brand. Turns out, they did. The New York-based brand took the classic, quarter zip hoodie windbreaker and reinvented it with premium, water-resistant and breathable polyester, accents of leather and waxed, woven drawstrings.
The word ‘windbreaker’ tends to trigger some key association words: loud, heavy, hot… you get the idea. Joseph made it his mission to recreate this staple garment with simplicity, comfort, and luxury in mind. “The Japanese have mastered the art of producing technical fabrics,” Joseph explained. “Whereby they can achieve breathability and water resistance at the same time – while still maintaining a high-quality and durable product.”
As a creative director whose beginnings are rooted in culture-rich metropolitan hubs like Cairo, Vancouver and New York, it makes sense that Prospekt Supply’s debut piece would be constructed from specific materials that Joseph has procured from around the globe. The lightweight jacket was conceived from a veritable tapestry of global influences – zippers sourced from Switzerland and Italy, wax woven drawstrings from Japan, and genuine leather accents from the good ol’ US of A. And we’d be remiss if we didn’t tell you that near the neck of the unisex windbreaker, Joseph devised a calfskin leather ‘zipper garage’ to keep our bearded friends from getting their hair caught. (*This one goes out to you, Portlandia. Cheers!)
Salivating over this super awesome windbreaker? Prospekt Supply’s exclusive, limited-edition jacket will serve as the pilot and focal point for the company. A small capsule collection will be available shortly after – just in time for Spring 2014. (Phew!)
August 1st, 2013 – We can’t seem to get enough of Craig & Karl’s always inspiring artwork, ever. So when the illustrating duo teamed up with fashion designer Henry Holland from House of Holland for an exclusive collection we had to deliver the scoop! Starting today, Londoners will likely get a glimpse of a custom designed House of Holland “ice cream” truck singing its way through the British capital. Instead of tasty treats, the truck will be selling the new Mr. and Mrs. Quiffy collection (translates to puff in French). The collection is inspired by the world of ice and sweet treats, therefore this new kind of pop-up store: a traveling ice-cream truck, will be debuting Mr. and Mrs. Quiffy’s scarves, shirts, dresses, skirts, iPhone cases, sunglasses, caps, and jewelry to the public through the month of August. Take a gander over to House of Holland’s brand new website to see more of Mr. and Mrs. Quiffy’s polka dots, checks, and stripes.
July 15th, 2013 – If you’re going to design animal bone inspired pumps in the year 2013, they wouldn’t be complete without a 3D printed skeleton-esque heel. London based footwear designer Chaemin Hong fused cowhide leather, studded gold hardware, and a 3D printed heel to create her latest A/W 2013-14 collection of future-forward pumps.
The designer says that her inspiration behind the design of the heels is derived from the concept of humankind being at the top of the food chain. Hong explained, “the moment that human beings climb up to the top of that pyramid, they act as if they are completely unrelated to the food chain pyramid.”
“Human beings observe the animals in the natural state on TV, and watch the animals’ survival instinct as if they are surprised. Bones of the animals, sources of protein, that were thrown away leave behind animal form. It is not like the animals disappeared: Instead, they were merely dismantled. When the bones re-combine to formulate a new form to create yet another creation, I wonder whether they could instill life into something new instead of merely serving as the remnant of the food chain.”
The deconstructive design of the heels, in theory, is the combination of the dismantled bones. The concept that began with the idea of new creations, sought to re-create the feel and shape of the bones, by using a diverse set of techniques. Although the dramatically arched, bone-like heel is the centerpiece of these pumps, the textured peach Nubuck leather and grey cowhide leather end up stealing the show, as the pieces are impressively held together with a cozy white leather “sock”.
Photography by Chaemin Hong
June 19th 2013 – In high demand, and well deserved. Pop Art whiz-duo Craig & Karl are becoming near household names as their creative vision is being scattered throughout the world due to high-profile collaborations with names such as Sephora, New York Magazine, Vogue, The XX, and now the luxury German leather goods gurus at MCM. Craig & Karl joined forces with MCM (Mode Creation Munich) to fuse art and fashion together into the daily lives of fashion connoisseurs and art lovers alike.
Entitled ‘Eyes on the Horizon’, the limited edition Spring/Summer 2013 collection of clutches, handbags, briefcases, backpacks, and key chains, evokes a sunny optimism, recalling sun kissed vacations and the youthful excitement of endless summers.
The artwork is focused on playful eyes peering out through pairs of sunglasses while taking on amusing and abstracted forms to add a sense of fun and modernity to the collection. Craig & Karl then paired the eyes with splashes of color and summer motifs such as palm trees and water reflections.
The collaboration is a bold and fresh combination of the iconic German-engineered functionality with traditional craftsmanship of MCM with the colorful and abstract creative vision of Craig & Karl.
MCM explained that the collection name serves as a nod to the two artists living/working in two cities on opposite sides of the Atlantic Ocean – a modern concept that extends a familiarity to MCM’s clientele of seasoned travelers. The complete collection will be available in MCM flagship boutiques and selected retailers worldwide in June 2013.
April 10th, 2013 – Scotch & Soda have been cranking out classic staple pieces since the 80′s, fast forward twenty years, and the Amsterdam based fashion house is keeping the hits relevant. The spring / summer 2013 collection is military-inspired with a fresh twist, dominated by indigo toned items that are bleached down and over-dyed in colorful summer shades. Amongst the desaturated undertones of the garments are pops of minty green, whites, and neon colors to keep the pieces light – think casually stylish guy ventures to the equator, with no iron.
All-over printed linen shirt $140.00
Ethnic Rock chino shorts $140.00
Sailor sweater with 3/4 sleeves $107.00
Photography Courtesy of Scotch & Soda
February 7th, 2013 – And with a blink of an eye, the week is nearing its end. You were only able to cross a few ‘to do’s’ off the list you made on Monday morning, but that’s ok – The relaxing weekend is upon us. While you were busy hustling for that dolla’ all week, we put together a list of our top five most noteworthy weekly creative happenings. Maybe these happenings don’t call for an entire article, but they are definitely worth celebrating and sharing. So what made the cut this week? Thousands of wireless light rocks that can interact with people, Confederate Motorcycles unveiled their latest man-made machine, Louis Vuitton opened their first resort in the Maldives, and, well, just scroll down and see for yourself….
Studio Roosegaarde’s CRYSTALS are thousands of wireless light rocks that interact with people.
CRYSTAL functions as a ‘digital campfire’ where people share stories of light. Each Crystal contains LEDs that are wirelessly charged via a powermat. Once visitors start adding, moving or sharing Crystals, the basic breathing of the Crystals changes. The lighting behavior of crystals moves from ‘excited’ to ‘bored’, keeping visitors curious. People can either share or steal them. CRYSTAL creates a sensual relation between people, technology and light.
Creative firm Craig and Karl took the reins on the art direction for Japanese Vogue
Long distance relationships do work! The fact that Craig is based out of NYC and Karl is now in London (previously in Australia) doesn’t deter this duo from producing some epic artwork. Whether the two are illustrating skateboards, creating patterns for fashion collections, or dressing the windows at Sephora, they seem to confidently evolve their bold artistic style in each new project. Japanese Vogue commissioned Craig and Karl to lend some art direction for their ‘Playing With Color’ editorial in their March issue. The editorial is shot by creative photographer Lacey, who’s edgy creative work has landed her a stream of jobs with magazines like Harper’s Bazaar, Dazed&Confused, Details, and Esquire.
Confederate Motorcycles unveiled their new R135 Wraith Combat Motorcycle
This holistic contextual man-machine is the newest edition to the Confederate family of motorcycles. Little details have been released yet on the R135 Wraith Combat bike, except that it looks like it was born to be rebellious and comes with a hefty price tag $135,000.
Designer Omar Arbel creates an bright and earthy aesthetic for the 38 at Tacofino restaurant
When Tacofino, a food truck service specializing in baja-inspired tacos decided to open a permanent location – named the Tacofino Commissary – the owners called on local designer Omer Arbel. Departing from the trucks’ vibrant orange-and-teal palette, Arbel opted to pare back the East Vancouver interior to create a laid-back southwest vibe. The designer employs salvaged lumber and his wonderful 38 Series fixtures to create the first restaurant by the Vancouver food truck service. White powder-coated steel tubes prop up the tables and stools, creating a miniature forest rising from the concrete floor. The walls are coated in white-painted burlap. But it’s Arbel’s sweeping chandelier that steals the scene. Made by Bocci (Arbel’s lighting design company) the piece consists of dozens of illuminated globes that double as planters.
Louis Vuitton opening their first resort in the Maldives
Cheval Blanc, the high-end hospitality brand developed by luxury giant Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy (LVMH), will open a resort hotel in the Maldives, adding another world-class accommodation option to the island nation. Currently under construction on the island of Randheli in Noonu Atoll, the resort will feature 46 luxury villas, each with private infinity pool, and a Guerlain spa offering exclusive signature treatments. Directing all of Cheval Blanc’s cuisine across its global resorts will be the multiple award-winning chef Yannick Alléno.
January 28th, 2013 – Couture gowns do not belong on the runway. They belong on the stage. And nobody understands the theatrics of Haute Couture better than Karl Lagerfeld, artistic director and visionary for Chanel, who explained “I saw it in my dream, put it on my paper, gave it to the man that builds my set, and I think he worked it out beautifully.” Lagerfield transformed his dream, into an artistic instrument, which he then used to metamorphose Grand Palais in Paris into a dazzling forest wonderland to display Chanel’s Spring 2013 Haute Couture collection.
Lagerfield has reinvented the runway of the Grand Palais in the past. Once the designer whipped the space into a charming Alice-like tea time feast, another time Lagerfield created an Antarctic wonderland – glacier included. This season, the models walked the sandy runway to the sound of chirping birds, surrounded by a pine scented forest. The towering trees reach up towards the iron, steel, and glass barrel-vaulted roof, giving the entire space an imaginative green house feel.
“This is not a usual runway situation, one after the other, in a kind of military speed.” Lagerfield noted “This was a more romantic catwalk.” The designer used the ground space of the famous Beaux-Arts structure to create a more organic place for the models to walk, instead of the traditional linear catwalk. The set designer connected wood fencing together and wrapped it around the circular runway, which leads to the main amphitheater, where guests have joined to witness the collection. The fencing is a suitable way to enhance the forest aesthetic while creating a separation from the bustling backstage antics and the show’s front-of-house dramatics.
January 14th, 2012 – Masha Reva and SYNDICATE of Kiev have mashed up their own mix of botanical paraphernalia and printed the floral arrangements on fine quality sweaters, which are dramatically tailored to be over sized in the shoulder and upper arm area.”The collection juxtapositions immersion in the rapid pace of contemporary life, gadgets and social networks with a yearning for our natural environment, explored as a metaphorical botanical garden of Photoshop layers and loading bars,” Reva explained. Reva and SNDCT’s concept is that people who are living a contemporary lifestyle, are fully immersed in gadgets, but are always searching for nature. This concept manifests itself on the sweater in a layering effect. The grey checks of the base transparency layer in Photoshop reads on one of the sweaters while a floral layer filled with tropical leaves are shown above the transparent layer. The loading bar, printed on the back of the sweater brings the entire idea full circle.
December 20th, 2012 - Pattern making cyborg Mara Hoffman has channeled her up beat energy into a high tempo and spirited new resort 2013 swimwear collection. The New York City based print extraordinaire hit the fashion scene near 2006 with series of slinky garments raging with bright colors and bold arrangements. Hoffman’s booming success naturally forced her to flourish her creativity into the launch of a bi-annual swimwear collection which, in this frigid season, is the light at the end of the winter escape to Miami you’re planning. Hoffman says that she draws inspiration from her “personal affinity with world travel, nature, mythology, and magic.” Lucky for us, no need to go searching those sporadic ‘hole in the wall’ swimwear boutiques to get your hands on her fruitful pieces – the designer opened a new online shop this year. Oh – and because we all know how wild those winter breaks can get, Hoffman teamed up with Planned Parenthood to make sure you wrap it up in style! Check out her equally impressive patterned condoms after the review of the collection. Enjoy!
(Photography: Martin Benz)
October 18th 2012 – We’re not really sure if the world is ready for Alonso Mateo, our resident kidswear expert. But we’re willing to find out. At first glance, one word comes to your head: swag. This kid’s got it. We have to admit, this dapper little dude dresses better than about 98.8% of our male friends (Sorry guys), and he’s only four years old no less.
As luck would have it, Mateo spent some time last week schooling us his latest wardrobe obsessions. We asked the Monterrey-born-slash-Laguna-Beach-raised tot to help us pick out the coolest kidswear garments in the game – fierce combat boots, dapper bow ties, flower pins, and vintage sunglasses all made the top of his list!
We first came across Alonso Mateo on Instagram, his mother, Luisa, posts photographs of him, as mothers often do, but with Mateo’s streetwise style and insanely sweet cheeks, he instantly became a Knstrct favorite. At just four years old, Alonso Mateo is well traveled and cultured, with the passport reminiscent of a rockstar. He says he finds inspiration for his style in the paintings of René Magritte, “the singer from the group, Fun, in the ‘We Are Young’ music video” (Nate Ruess – for those of you who aren’t a hip as Alonso), and from his father. (Quite the trifecta!) But it is his mother – who is equally eclectic – that shops with Mateo and helps him coordinate his daily ensembles. Luisa explained that she first noticed Mateo’s interest in style when she “would put a scarf or a beanie on him and he wouldn’t mind. After a while…When he was 3 almost 4…He started asking me for bowties and suits!” ??When Alonso Mateo isn’t helping us pick out cool garments and accessories for kids, you can find him shredding on the soccer field, catching waves at his favorite surf spot, or hanging out with his ginormous great dane, Hendrix, on the beautiful California coast. Check out his favorite fall get-ups below and follow him on Instagram (@luisafere) to watch the little guy’s style evolve.
Shirt by Dior | Black jacket was tailor made in Mexico | Pocket square by Tom Ford | Belt from Gucci | Jeans by Diesel | Boots by All Saints | Sunglasses are vintage from Gentlemen’s Breakfast store in Laguna Beach
This fashion brainchild extends his talents to the sea, as he holds his mom Luisa’s hand before a surf sesh.
August 7th 2012 – It’s almost time to bust out the scarves and windbreakers, as Autumn is fast approaching. To get you into the fall time mood we went on gear patrol and rounded up our top picks for the season’s best fashion & gear for men. Wool socks, indestructible headphones, and a high quality wind breaker all made the list – along with some quirky gadgets to help keep the indoors a little more interesting!
Supermarine Anorak by Outlier ($580)
Men’s Geometry Eco Friendly Wool Socks ($34)
California Silverado Headphones ($230)
Leather Town Gloves By Rapha ($170)
Element’s Emerald Collection: Three Panel Shoe ($TBA)
Men’s Deluxe Toiletry Kit ($325)
Toaster & Egg Poacher ($29)
Crocheted Skull Mask ($75)
Filling Pieces x Flybird Pack: Sneakers and Backpack ($TBA)
Raw Denim Tie by White Horse Trading Co ($82)
Custom BBQ Branding Iron ($41)
Best Made Company: The Gear Bag ($240)
Wooden Bear Slingshot ($15)
Stone drink dispenser By Uncommon Goods ($125)
Leicia Brown Leather Camera Case ($150)
Nike DWR Chambray Vapour Jacket ($148)
Leather Lunch Tote ( DIY )
Moonshine: A Gentleman’s Cologne ($72)
Andrew 2 Boot by J Shoes ($TBA)
Darth Vader Apron ($22)
Wooden Handlebars by F&Y ($80)
This flirty romper is perfect for some summer fun! cool, elegant, and comfortable! Take a stop by Dolce Vita where you can find this Women’s Stella Silk Cotton Romper ($137.00) and some more fun summer must haves!