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Summer refurbishing

The Blog Posted on 30 Jul, 2011 11:22

I guess it is time for refurbish the blog. I will be back in September, after an extended break, with a new platform and some, I hope, interesting stories.

CREEM Magazine

Biography Posted on 20 Jul, 2011 15:28

I am pleased to announce that CREEM Magazine in New York City has appointed me as Communication Director. CREEM Magazine visually stimulates, physically celebrates and mentally engages artists, connoisseur and opinion makers by creating a dialogue among equals. CREEM is never patronizing, it is aesthetically pleasing and follows the ethos of a rare manufactured product, curated like an exhibition by an international team, yet edited quarterly like a magazine.


Art Posted on 01 Jun, 2011 11:08

Jan Fabre has revisited a classic
sculpture, Michelangelo’s Pietà. This is
unprecedented. The exhibition, organised to coincide with the 54th edition of
the Venice Biennale, will feature five large, marble sculptures by the Flemish
artist. Outstanding among these is Fabre’s reinterpretation of Michelangelo’s
Pietà, entitled Merciful Dream (Pietà V), in which he has given his own face to
Christ, while Mary has the face of a skull, the symbol of death. The artist’s
intention is neither blasphemous nor provocative; this work represents a
performance sculpture that illustrates a mother’s real feelings when she yearns
to take the place of her dead son. Fabre’s symbolism is so strong that almost
blurs into realism with details reminiscent of Flemish art as well as
Michelangelo’s traditional method of expression, sculpture.

Nuova Scuola Grande di Santa Maria della Misericordia (Sestiere Cannaregio 3599
– Fondamenta della Misericordia)

June till 16th October 2011

to Sunday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Closed on Mondays

Salt&Chocolate London Laboratory

Art Posted on 18 May, 2011 10:31

Uralskaya, a fashion writer and international correspondent for Vogue Russia,
New Style and Pulse UK, a fixture of London Fashion Week with a fixation for
contemporary photography, has created Salt&Chocolate London Laboratory.
Part art gallery populated with images of photography mavens such as Terry
O’Neill, Joseph Ford, Bob Carlos Clarke, Shlomi Nissim – part nail bar (YES, an
art gallery with a nail bar!) where a team of professional technicians pamper
an art savvy clientele. What one appreciates is the artistic environment, free
from the sterile feel of most nail bars, and the creativity of the concept as a
whole. Yana tells me that she had the idea from thinking that it would be really interesting to
combine a few ultimately different concepts. “One would think these two: salt
and chocolate, don’t go together, but a French
chocolatier invented this wonderful bonbon called “sea salt caramel chocolate”.
Salt is about purity and a fresh approach. The chocolate part is the darker,
more sensual side of life. Just like the photographs that are on show in the
store – a bit sexy, a bit risqué, even a bit threatening. And the photographs
are like the proverbial box of chocolates; you never know what you’re going to
get, what overall feeling you’re going to create once you change the display or
order new amazing electric colours of the nail varnish.”

London Laboratory hosts evening drinks parties to promote new exhibitions and
artists. I find the selection of
photography very clever and absolutely spot on for Yana’s concept. Currently, a
Shlomi Nissim series caught my eye because of his recurrent dark themes of
wolves and a good dose of irony.

The Global Fashion Awards

Fashion Posted on 16 May, 2011 11:53

The Global
Fashion Awards were created by WGSN
in 2010 to recognise and reward those who are pushing the boundaries of fashion
and propelling the industry forward on a global scale. The second annual WGSN Global Fashion Awards open entry
launched on the 4th of April calling for all individuals and businesses working
across the fashion industry around the world. The open entry closes this
Thursday, 19th of May.

This year’s categories
again encompass all major business and creative disciplines in fashion including
design, retail, buying, visual merchandising, store design, marketing and
ethical practice. The WGSN Global
Fashion Awards are the first and only awards that recognise these
achievements on a global scale, hence its relevance on his second year.

The winners will be selected by an expert panel of
judges, made up of some of the most prominent people in the fashion and style
industries, including designers, buying directors, stylists, merchants and
marketing executives. The panel includes Chee Au, Chief Creative Officer, Shanghai Tang, Graeme Fidler and Michael Herz, Creative Directors,
Bally and Averyl Oates, Buying
Director, Harvey Nichols – Menswear, Womenswear and Accessories.

The shortlist will be announced in London on the
evening of the 20th of June at the St Martins Lane Hotel. The winners will be
announced at a ceremony that will take place at the Gotham Hall in New York
City on the 20th of October in front of an audience of fashion’s most
influential industry insiders.


Fashion Posted on 12 May, 2011 14:50

Classic modernism. This is what one associates
with Valextra. The Italian leather Goods house follows the evolution of high-tech
products, this time transforming the
lines of the new smart phone created by Apple, from simple products to symbols
of elegance. The new Valextra iPhone cover does not hide the sleek lines of the
telephone. It adds on in style and functionality, this is the only cover that
allows the use of the many functionalities of the smart phone without sliding off
a sleeve.

The pergamena color, the signature of the house, remains a must and this
is what I use.

Pirjo Niemela

Fashion Posted on 06 May, 2011 12:25

Pirjo Niemela is one of the leading Scandinavian stylists. She has
contributed to major international magazines and brands. Above all, she is one
of my closest friends. Recently we realised that we always talked and chatted
about everything but style.

Your vision as a stylist that you would like to share?

Regarding photo shoots, as an assistant I was
given some very advice: Always start with the most beautiful items; the model
will feel attractive and secure, the photographer is happy and therefore, you
are happy – it is a win-win situation.

Any styling tips?

Always use good quality with great cut. Find a tailor that will help to
alter the clothes. Buy one key piece with excellent quality per season, rather
than buying less expensive, poorer quality pieces all the time. I always buy
one cashmere jumper every autumn and to date, I have a very useful collection
of warm, comfortable and beautiful jumpers that will last a lifetime with the
right care. I even keep them in the freezer to get rid of moths and carpet
beetles, HUH!

Who are the best dressed people according to Pirjo? ?

Sam Taylor Wood and Aaron johnson. They are
always dressed in a charming mixture of personal style, pattern, colour,
material, brands both high end and high street. They succeed in the difficult
and highly envied fashion part where everything works together effortlessly. And
you, of course!

What is good fashion?

Someone once said, ”Don´t act, let the wardrobe do the acting…”
Sometimes it applies as a statement of truly great fashion and at other times,
it applies as a mockery of really bad trends.

Any thoughts on designing
your own clothing range?

I am still dreaming of finding a stylish AND warm winter coat, which is
impossible to find. I have searched for it all my life, and it is so
disappointing not to have found it. It has to be achievable, or I have to do it
myself, don’t I? (Pirjo laughs)

So what pieces would you buy

The parka from Acne in Duvet! I cannot think about anything else that I
would like this autumn. If I were threatened at gunpoint, I would buy one
Hermes scarf that I have seen at NK in amazing colours.

Any must have items in your

I have a few Margiela, Demeulemeester and Branquinho etc., which I
bought between 1994-1995. They still work perfectly today and have become the
classics in my wardrobe.

Any clothes you regret you bought?

Actually, I don’t regret anything. Sure, I
have bought many pieces that were fashion mistakes, but nothing that feels
traumatic. I do regret things that I did not buy. Or actually, one regret of
mine was when I was in London one time and all of a sudden that little DKNY
sport/ski sock cost 6.50SEK, not in Sterling. Of course, I bought a lot of
them, for several thousands. Jesus! I still can’t believe how
this happened, and spending it on sport/ski socks? (The currency exchange for
the pound was 15SEK at the time!)

Who would you exchange your wardrobe with?

Some XS – Extra Small super duper rich
fashionista, preferably French.

Do you have a role model?

No, no one in particular. I find inspiration and energy from many
people, especially from people that have successfully made their outfit look
natural and effortless.

Something that you would not wear?

Bad logos and uncomfortable clothes.

Any bad fashion habits?

Actually no. I buy very little clothing for
myself; I really like my troopers in my wardrobe.

What fictional character has the greatest clothes?

Daniel Day Lewis in Gangs of New York crosses my mind right now, or actually the whole
movie. And Mia Farrow in Rosemary’s Baby.

What do you like the most
about you?

I do not need any make-up.

What is your motto?

Don’t worry, be sexy!


Fashion Posted on 04 May, 2011 10:43

Thinking of eco-friendly does
not really bring to mind something particularly stylish. But Jasmine Zanacco,
creates the best shoes using eco-friendly luxury materials and limiting manufacturing
exclusively to support local craftsmen from Italy. The result? Impeccable
quality and sustainability. At the heart of the Zanacco brand is the conviction
that in this time and age luxury needs to substantiate an authentic focus on
the social conscience of the global consumer. Looking beyond eco-luxury,
Zanacco shoes are handmade by time-honoured craftsmen from Vigevano – the Italian capital of shoe
manufacturing – only using products sourced from the region. Jasmine Zanacco is
reintroducing the true art of shoe making, offering classic shoes, boots and
sneakers that are 100% Italian made,
in every single element.

What particularly caught my eye were Zanacco’s Sneakers, a cut above from the sea of smart
trainers that we see on a daily basis. The designs and the materials set the
difference. Jasmine tells me about her passion of supporting her home
town and how she feels distraught she sees local businesses going out of
business because it becomes too difficult to compete with larger mass
production manufacturers for so-called luxury goods in countries elsewhere.

The Zanacco collection is available at Wolf&Badger in Lebdury Road, London W11.

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