Monthly Archives: March 2011


Photography: Dimitri Theocaris

Schon! / Issue11 is out now!! As always, it is loaded with awesome photography work and editorials. Enjoy this little preview and check the new issue here.

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Q+A with Pauline van Dongen | §tereop§i§ FW11

Read my interview with amazingly talented Pauline Van Dongen, young designer from Amsterdam that with her graduation collection Morphogenesis won the prestigious “Most creative collection” Fashion Award in Italy issued by Camera della Moda. 
Pauline’s work focuses on the surface, she uses fabric as a starting point. 
Working with unconventional or new materials triggers her to explore and research the processing and finishing in a garment and allows her to work like a researcher. Tactility, texture and no-frills modernity are the essence of her work, 
“a proposal for the future”. 

About STEREOPSIS collection video:
“As the eyes of humans and other animals are in different positions on the head, they present different views simultaneously. This is the basis of stereopsis, the process by which the brain exploits the parallax due to the different views from the eye to gain depth perception and estimate distances to objects. The mesmerizing video is a preview of the womenswear collection Stereopsis, which explores this phenomenon.
§tereop§i§ is an exploration through an alien couture landscape, using echoes and ghosts to leave time in the residue of a digital harp performance. This combination of the universal based fashion of Pauline van Dongen and Champagne Valentine invites you into a backwards galaxy.
Directed by:
Champagne Valentine
Stereopsis collection: Pauline van Dongen
Asst. Sofie Zwerver
Hair & Make-up: Sunanda Koning
Model: Maike Postma

Who is the woman protagonist of your Stereopsis FW11 collection and what is the inspiration behind it? 
The relationship between the body and the environment is one of the main sources of inspiration for me as a designer. It’s movements within space, and the way people interact with their surroundings. The functioning of the brain and the senses; especially how we see things and how we put our surroundings in a certain perspective. The inspiring work of the artist James Turrell was one of the driving forces behind my latest work. His sculptures of light in space which incite the effect of illusion by playing with three dimensional space and two dimensional surfaces, led to the research for my womenswear
collection Stereopsis. Light creates our dimensions of space and thereby influences our perception of our surroundings. Something that seems flat at first sight can suddenly appear to be three dimensional.

Which colors and materials have you been using and experimenting with?
I prefer the idea that the body is what gives the clothes a certain volume. This, to me is more than just clothing, it is a way of seeing and experiencing shapes and volumes around a moving body. Starting with the materials and working directly on a mannequin, making moulages/drapings is the best way for me to translate an abstract concept into a visual and aesthetic representation. Therefore I used
materials that could imitate and incorporate a moving body. One of those materials is buntal, a woven woodfiber from the Philippines. It may seem quite rigid from a distance but it’s flexibility actually allowed me to work like a sculptress. I find it a challenge to work with materials that are quite
unconventional for clothing. This requires a certain ingenuity. Actually with every collection I unconsciously seek for complexity and challenge myself to find solutions; this allows me to work like a researcher. I’ve also used a lot of leather in this collection. By laser cutting leather I created three dimensional structures that play with light and interact with the viewer when moving.

What is inspiring you at the moment? 
At the moment I’m very interested in Cubism. In cubist artworks objects are broken up, analyzed, and re-assembled in an abstracted form. Also the way the works of Picasso for instance depict multitude viewpoints simultaneous in one painting is fascinating. In a way it’s also about depth perception, but in a layered manner.

Photography: Mike Nicolaassen

What do you think style is about? And how would you describe your personal style? 
Style is not really the right word for me, it’s more about behaviour and attitude to me. To me it’s about being aware of your surroundings, being aware of movement around you and also about having a goal in life and a vision.

If style was a place it would be… 
‘The Wave Arizona’

And if it was a person? Who’s your style icon? 
I don’t really have a style icon. I do admire people with a strong personality; driven people with courage and a vision.

And finally… if your style was a song, what song would it be? 
That’s very hard to say, because I like a lot of different kinds of music. It depends on my mood I guess…Today I would go for Clock Catcher of Flying Lotus.

What are your three most loved items lurking in your closet?
 A grey suede leather dress, a bright orange cropped Tshirt, and some new All Saints army boots.

What is an absolute “must do” in Amsterdam?
@7 for Breakfast, brunch, lunch, tea or coffee…
Foam, the photography museum.
Proeflokaal Wijnand Fockink, a spirits and liqueur distillery and tasting room dating from 1679. A nice place to have a special drink.
To shop go to ‘the negen straatjes’ (The nine streets in between the canals) with nice boutiques, vintage shops, design shops (like Frozen Fountain) and good cafes/restaurants as well.

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Gabriella Marina Gonzalez x Oyster mag

All clothes by Gabriella Marina Gonzales.
Photography by Christina Smith. Styling by Paul Joyce.

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Flashbacks, bondage and photoboot

Pages from Self Service – Issue 29 FW 2008.I don’t usually buy Self Service mag but I am lucky enough to have all the past issues in the agency where I work and, from time to time, I enjoy flipping through the pages of old ones. Last time I featured the magazine here it was with a cool b&w editorial from SS11 issue. Today I am turning back time featuring Issue 29/FW 2008. I just couldn’t resist the bondage shots…they had to be posted here. And since I had my little camera already out, you get also a silly photoboot from my workplace! xx



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Backyard Love

Spring is for lovers. 
It is for sneaking into empty gardens and make lustful love.
This editorial is dedicated to all of you fierce lovers out there in the very first day of Spring.
Have and exciting one, beautifuls!

Photography by Ville Varumo
Styling by Sakke Hytönen
Hair by Marii Sadrak
Model(s) Julia Johansen @ Elite London & Joseph Turnbull @ Storm Model Management

Via theones2watch

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Ones to watch: Q+A with YY | Andrey Yarden

Hello beautiful people! Today I’m very excited to introduce you the jagged edged design work of Andrey Yarden, young emerging talent from Saint Petersburg, Russia.  His jewelry creations and accessories design have a very distinct style. They are beautiful and quirky, alluring and uncomfortable, eccentric and shocking almost like wearable performance art.  Andrey’s ultimate point is to push boundaries and be utterly unique, and surely his work is going in the right direction exuding a charming allure that I am obsessed with.

Hi Andrey! Tell us something about you and how did you get into jewelry design.I will begin with saying that I have not any design education, everything that I do is based on my own experience. In 2008 I’ve finished Moscow State Institute of Steel and Alloys. My speciality there was engineer-metallurgist. Nothing about design. From the 3rd course that I have attended the only subjects that I was interested into, despite all of them were necessary, were engineering drawing, history, philosophy…but they were not the main subjects for technical high school. Finally, I don’t know how, but I finished it. At the moment I was already working as graphic designer for an advertising agency. It was the beginning I think. After spending a short time working there I immediately understood that in Russia this kind of job is very far away from art, creativity and beauty in general. At that time I didn’t know which part of design I was really interested in – graphic, interior, costume, etc. – I was trying to do some projects with paintings and graphics but I didn’t feel that I was getting quite satisfied with it. So I left advertising. One day I made my first creation just for myself, I put it on and I went to a party…some people told me that it was cool and asked how could they buy it.  Since that day, a little more than one year has passed and during this time I have made a big jump. But the most important thing is that now I absolutely and precisely know what I want to do and how should I move. And I am so happy to understand the flowing of my ideas and decisions, and the way I’m going from one thing to another. I have started my designs from little things like jewelry, then I came up with some accessories and now I’m quite ready to present my first clothing collection full of many strange things. But for this you will need to wait a little bit more.Which materials do you use and do you like to experiment with?The materials I use the most are alloy of silver and tin. I’m using them because they allow me to make exciting shapes without using difficult industrial techniques. On the other side I use also different materials, which can be other metals such as copper, steel, aluminum, gold (but only as an additive), minerals and stones, both processed and absolutely wild, glass, antiquarian subjects and the strangest things up to meteorite splinters. In each collection I’m trying to use new techniques and new materials to achieve new results and be amazed. It’s like an alchemy. Magic.

Your head pieces and jewelry are quite amazing. How would you like to see them worn?Oh! Thanks a lot! How would I like to see them worn…You know, I consider that the main thing here is to have a certain history… I create things with history, manly because I almost don’t use precious metals or stones, as even copper can look more beautiful than gold if  there is history behind it. It is a kind of strange beauty, with a touch of mystery, very fragile and almost inaudible. Sometimes I meet the people which wear my things, and I think that all of them are a bit mad… Like characters from David Lynch or Terry Gilliam films. I’m in love with them. More often they live in their own worlds, live by their rules and like to break any standard norms as the majority of them have become outdated since a long time. I love beautiful people, they inspire me, I like to see their beauty and add something to it. 

What is inspiring you at the moment?I have recently come back from travel on the near East and Africa… And now, in spite of the fact that in Russia is winter and it is full of snow, I am still inside those colors and paints, in the desert and the Arabian stories. It is something ancient, a mix of cultures, religions and above all there is the desert – the place of silence and loneliness. When I am at work, those memories and impressions spread through myself and into my next collection.Are you into fashion? Who is your favourite designer?I don’t think so. Yes, I know some great names in fashion industry but I’m trying not to be interested in them. Because the human brain can keep track in its memory of many things, even without the will of its owner. I don’t want to be like someone, I have my own way and my own eyes. That’s why I prefer, for example, magazines about geography or nature to fashion magazines, as a last resort where can be found history of fashion.What do you think style is about? How would you describe your personal style? And …I am curious: who does your hair? (I love your hairstyle!)Style… I think style is possibility to connect the private world with the outside… And it is better when you understand yourself, as look and  personality merge together more organically. The most stylish people – they most likely simply well understand themselves. And it is not a matter of fashion. I rather often change my style just following my senses…Those curly hair was from my romantic period in Saint-Petersburg. I was one of the first in Russia who wore such hairstyle. Often people in the street looked at me, some with surprise some other with a frightened look. But for me it was not important, as I was in my trip. But that time is gone and I already feel in another way. That’s why it was so easy to just shave everything away (I also made it for a video-project – see SEKTA VIDEO BELOW)Now I feel sometimes like a man from the French revolution of the beginning of 20th century…In suede trousers, heavy laced leather boots, gray thick woolen coat, rough woolen plaid scarf, carrying a leather backpack and wearing rings, rings and rings :))) sometimes when I walk through Saint-Petersbourg it looks like I am Raskolnikov by Dostoevsky… I think it is the influence of the city…Anyway there are not just labels… Besides I almost haven’t any branded clothes.

If style was a place it would be…I don’t know…I think I haven’t been there yet. That’s why I’m moving now for the 6th time in the last year. When I find it I will stay there till the end.And if it was a person? Who is your style icon?Rule number one – no icons :) but…maybe Tilda Swinton…I don’t know how she looks in everyday life but all that I saw about her on photos and movies have bewitched me every time. And Queen Elisabeth by Cate Blanchett in “Golden Age” movie…gorgeous…What’s in your ipod?It’s 160 Gb + 250 Gb on HD :)) most of them of electronic, experimental, sometimes deep house, dubstep. The last added are Iamamiwhoami, a Scandinavian idm project, “blue songs”, the last album of Hercules and Love Affair…..but the most played for the last 4 years is Bjork…she makes me go crazy…genius…   

Last concert you have been to?Placebo’s concert in Saint-Petersburg. That band is from my teen age period :) I like Molko. But I used to like him more the way he was about 10 years ago, at the time of “Nancy boy”. This time the main song from last album is named “Battle for the Sun” – so perfect for winter here.Last book you read?Henry Miller – Tropic of CancerYour favourite food?Thai food – is the best. But more often I simply forget to eat and live on chocolate :) 

And finally, what is an absolute must do in Saint Petersburg?Never go to SPb during winter…it is like a suicide :) But at summer is great. Mad architecture in a great city full of amazing stories of imperial Russia. One of my friend told me about SPb: “It is not a place to descend to, but to go pleasantly” it’s like truth. But it is full of museums, Hermitage, Petergof they are really great..and my lovely favourite place is the flea market…where you can buy many many strange or very old things really cheap.. I named it “bench of treasures” :) It is on Udelnaya train station, not so far from the center. Thank you Andrey!

Find Andrey Yarden on NotJustALabel
YY jewelry is available on Russian Room

VIDEO CREDITS: idea & style_Andrey Yarden / cut & effects_Yada Poison /camera_Kopalkin, Mayorova / make up Konstantin KudelichPhotography: Tatiana Azarova and Elena Mayorova

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