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Urbandon Jewelry









 

Model: Alicia Komodromos @ London Models
Hair & Make-up: Natascha Verkaik
Jewellery: urbandon
Assistant: Kelly Defina
 

 

How fierce and sexy are these shots by photographer Peter Coulson  for Urbandon jewelry? The jewlery itself, made from recycled junk and scarp materials, is quite rad too. Check these awesome cuffs below and the rest of the collection here.

 

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Q+A with fashion designer Minna Palmqvist

Read my interview with Swedish fashion designer Minna Palmqvist, who finds inspiration for new ideas through letting the perfect surface of fashion meet the crass reality of everyday life and claims that her garments “get their inspiration from the exploitation of the female body within fashion and western society, and symbolize the meeting between the socially accepted body and the fleshy, ever changing body we actually have”.

She launched her self-entitled brand MINNAPALMQVIST in 2009.


 

Hi Minna, can you tell us a bit about you and when did you get into fashion?
I am a form and concept driven designer based in Stockholm, Sweden. I am originally from Finland, from a small island called Åland, and ended up in Stockholm when I did my masters degree here at Konstfack College of Arts Crafts and Design 2005-2007. I got into fashion when I did my bachelor in clothing in Turku, Finland 2000-2004, or maybe not into fashion, but into the world of clothes. Growing up I did all sorts of creative things, one of them being making my own clothes, but I had no idea you could actually do that for a living until I was maybe 19. I had never met a fashion designer, just seen them in magazines and on TV. When I started the bachelor program I knew I had found my way of expressing my creativity, with the 3-dimensional, sculptural and direct way of working that fashion design is.

 

Can you describe your latest collection? Did you look at anything specifically for it? Which kind of materials have you been working and experimenting with? 
My latest collection is my 8th variation on a fashion design project called Intimately Social, which started as my exam project in Konstfack in 2007. Within this project I obsess on the female body and the way we push and almost torture it to fit into the socially accepted beauty norm. Creating both art installations and garments, I get inspired by the way our fleshy, intimate bodies clash with the socially accepted, skinny fashion body, and I want to incorporate that somewhat hopeless chase into my work. This means for example using the shape of saggy breasts and cellulites, and adding these to high fashion pieces. In this way features that will never make it into the world of fashion, and that we are very embarrassed to talk about, get a chance to shine.    In the latest collection, Intimately Social 8.12 (A/W2012), I have been inspired by an art installation I did in late 2010 (https://vimeo.com/14822290) , where I photographed female torso made from 23kg of butter melting for 10 hours. This was a celebration of the ever changing female body, of vanity and the fact that nothing lasts forever. I took the feeling of not being in control of your own body, the melting and the deformation of the sculpture, and translated it into this collection. The materials are heavy and drapey, and I am also using Swedish reindeer nappa to create a feeling of human skin. For the first time since the project started, I have focused more on wearability, and to divide my work more clearly into Atelier made pieces and ready to Wear.

 

 

Who wears your creations? Are there specific people you have in mind when you’re designing? 
My creations have so far mainly been used for photo shoots, since I have been working on a by-request-only basis. But the interest in my clothes come from strong, design and art interested women from age 18 to 60 with various styles. I actualy don’t think about a specific person when designing – I go all in for the concept.

 

Is there any celebrity that you would really love to dress? 
Dressing Tilda Swinton would really be something. She is the essence of style. But on the other hand it would also be fun to dress M.I.A or Robyn, due to their strong personalities and feminist approach. I would love to see some of my garments in that scene!

 

How do you define style and how does that manifest itself in your designs? And how would you describe your personal style?
Style is something that comes from the wearer. You can not fake it. It is an aura. I try to make clothes with a long durability style-wise and that can be applied on many different kinds of styles. In that way they stand on their own at the same time they can be interpreted by the wearer. My personal style is a bit slouchy and comfortable, with a mix of long johns and huge pieces of jersey. “Stylish pajama” might be a suitable name for it.

 

Which is your favourite piece in your closet?  
My black silk long johns from a local silk retail shop. I can wear them to almost anything.

If style could be a place where would it be…?

I think style is always a mix of places. Can’t say.
Who’s your style icon?
I don’t have one icon in particular, I love strong personalities as the ones mentioned before.

Where do you find yourself going when you need a creative boost?
To a café. The smell of coffee and the movement really gets my mind going.

If your collection was a song, which one would it be?
Oh, I never thought about that. But “Feeling Pulled Apart by Horses” by Thom Yorke has a quirky darkness to its beats that I can relate to artistically.
What is IN and what is OUT?
Awareness is in! Shopaholics are out!

And finally tell me something about the place where you are from. What is an absolute ‘must do’ there?

In Åland, you have to go there in the summer and walk barefoot on the warm, red cliffs. That is paradise.

 

Find her on:

www.minnapalmqvist.com

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CULT. Asher.Levine.Spine.Bag






 
Asher Levine Spine Bag on idontlikemondays.us

Cult bag. MADE TO ORDER.

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VENDÔME HOME





Currently stirred by these images of Gaia Repossi’s place on Interview magazine by Photography SPELA KASAL.

The designer studio, a clean white space posted above her family’s historic Place Vendôme boutique in the heart of Paris, looks like an incredibly inspiring place to work in!

 

Check here her interview with KATHARINE ZARRELLA.

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Everything is an Illusion












 

Currently obsessing over these shots by Rad Hourani. Read below the introduction to Rad “What’s contemporary” project written by Saulo Madrid.

 

FOR RAD, WHAT’S CONTEMPORARY IS THE JUXTAPOSITION OF SOMBER AND LUMINOUS, BLACK & WHITE, CLASSICAL & MODERN, IT IS THE DECONSTRUCTION AND RECONSTRUCTION OF VISUAL ELEMENTS GATHERED ALONG DIFFERENT SPACES AND EXPERIENCES. ANALOGOUSLY, CONTEMPORARY CULTURE IS PERPETUALLY OBSESSED WITH WHAT IS NOW, OR WHAT IS TO COME NEXT, BUT IT IS RARELY CONCERNED WITH HOW ITS VISUAL PRODUCTION WILL TRANSCEND TIME. MOST FASHION AND ART PUBLICATIONS ARE THE DIRECT RESULT OF THE MARKET ECONOMY, WHICH TENDS TO SHOW THE EPHEMERAL NATURE OF OBJECTS THAT REFLECT OUR HUMAN FINALITY. RAD’S WAY OF EXISTING IN THE CURRENT PARADIGM IS A DICHOTOMY: HE CREATES GARMENTS, VIDEOS, GRAPHIC ART, AND PHOTOGRAPHY THAT APPEAL TO A VERY CONTEMPORARY SENSIBILITY, YET IT APPEARS TO BELONG TO A DIFFERENT TIME. THIS TIMELESSNESS APPEARS EFFORTLESS, AND IS NOT SEASON SPECIFIC.

WHEN LOOKING AT HIS WORK AND THE PEOPLE HE HAS BEEN COMPARED TO AT HIS YOUNG AGE, ONE COULD SAY HE IS PART OF THE AVANT-GARDE. YET, THE AVANT-GARDE IS BOUND TO BECOME OBSOLETE IN ALL ART AND FASHION MOVEMENTS. INSTEAD, HE HAS CREATED HIS PERSONAL COSMOLOGY IN WHICH THERE IS NO SEASON, NO GENDER, NO RACE, AND IS DRIVEN BY INTUITION. HE MAY APPEAR AT FIRST GLANCE AS A CONCEPTUAL ARTIST AND DESIGNER, OR AN IDEALISTIC MODERNIST, BUT MORE PROFOUNDLY HE IS A ROMANTIC UNDERNEATH THE FUNCTIONALITY AND CONCEPTUAL PIECES HE CREATES. THE IDEAS OF PURITY AND THE SUBLIME ARE MORE OFTEN CONNECTED TO HEGEL’S AND KANT’S LATE ROMANTICISM, WHICH ARE IN TURN RARELY ASSOCIATED WITH THE AVANT-GARDE, AND IT IS PRECISELY WHAT MAKES RAD CONTEMPORARY.

“ CONTEMPORARY IS THE OBSESSION OF A MOMENT THAT COULD LAST FOREVER, AN ILLUSION OF WHAT IS TIMELESS NOW” RAD HOURANI

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DREAMING THROUGH NIGHTMARES

 









 

Always amazed by Gilles et Dada lookbooks…

see more form previous seasons here.

 

DREAMING THROUGH NIGHTMARES

 

Everyone runs the stairs
with every step, a bigger smile
until we realize
there is no end
there is no door
where are you going?
hell… i don’t know…
its all made up
trick of life, or just a ride
rise your voice
and he said
too rich to care
too beautiful to speak
this is why you are here
living the struggle
this is my time for war
to break the fear
this is your time for war
to break the chains
in the end
freedom has one name
too stupid to see
or too smart to admit
-Federico Cabrera

 

 

GILLES ET DADA SS2012

Model: Kirsi K / Brand
Styling: Jasmin Mishima / GILLES ET DADA
Assistants: Udi Salminen, Joie So Hryggur, Teemu Hursti
Photography: Federico Cabrera / GILLES ET DADA

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