Thursday, 16 May 2019

Warrior with a Crown

Warrior with a Crown is co-directed by model Francesco Cuizza (Storm Management) and LA-based photographer and filmmaker JMP (Playboi Carti, Lil Uzi Vert, XXXTentacion), in collaboration with jewellery designer Ugo Cacciatori.

The video is the first of a series in which the subconscious is explored. Shot in the early hours on a beach in California, Warrior with a Crown employs movement and an original choreography to share how failing should be seen as the fuel for one’s success.

“In an armor of scars, I fight the illusion of my fears. I’m a warrior”

Monday, 13 May 2019

NATURE - Cooper Hewitt x Cube Design Museum

AnotherFarm
NATURE is an unique cooperation, hosted simultaneously at Cooper Hewitt in New York and at the Cube design museum in Kerkrade, Netherlands, "Nature" shows how designers are responding to human-induced climate change and the impending environmental crisis.

Are the limits of nature stretchable? How do we use our finite source of natural resources in the right way? What can we still learn from nature? How do we bring people and nature together again? Designers around the world are getting more and more inspired by nature, driven by the need to use our earth and natural resources in a sustainable way. Plastic made from algae, textiles colored by raindrops and bandages that mimic the natural healing benefits of snail mucus are some examples of the ingenious projects from the exhibition.

Cube and Cooper Hewitt have selected the most promising projects of the past three years for NATURE. The exhibition shows work by international top designers, such as Neri Oxman, Oron Catts and Mathieu Lehanneur, and acclaimed Dutch designers such as Klarenbeek & Dros, Atelier NL, Nienke Hoogvliet, Kirstie van Noort, Aliki van der Kruijs and Teresa van Dongen.

Friday, 12 April 2019

Kokosmos - Anna Radchenko


Kokosmos is a purely visual, experimental piece inspired by space and our fascination with the unknown. A surreal fantasy, aimed to extend our perception of reality by letting us wonder over the existence of a higher being and our connection with her.

Synopsis
Shot in Moscow by the award-winning director and photographer Anna Radchenko, Kokosmos is a tribute to Russia’s infatuation with space. Somewhere between a fashion film, a music piece and an experimental video, Kokosmos embraces reality and extends it through magical realism by visually answering the question: what if? The video is Radchenko’s first piece combining CGI with real footage, a direction that she is looking to explore with her future productions.
Kokosmos is a collaboration with model Yana Dobroliubova, recognised for her striking and ethereal looks which break away from traditional beauty standards. Inspired by Dobroliubova’s unearthly aesthetic, as well as Japanese manga artist Shintaro Kago, Radchenko expresses our constant need to explore and search by focusing on the concept of the all-seeing eye.
The music and sound was custom made specifically for this piece. Collaborating with creative music and sound design duo Playhead, they worked with the London-based singer songwriter Alyusha Chagrin to create an otherworldly-sounding language to fit the scenario.
Similarly, the choice of clothing and make-up is also meant to fit with post-soviet space theme; Radchenko brings in elements of folklore by specifically selecting Russian fashion designers and sticking to a neon color palette featuring bright shades of green and purple.


“Growing up in post soviet Russia I’d be constantly dreaming about space, the unknown and what was out there, almost like an unknown entity we were trying to reach out to. With Kokosmos I wanted to express exactly that: my vision of what space and this god-like presence would look and feel like” - Anna Radchenko


Anna Radchenko is an award-winning director and multidisciplinary artist from Moscow, who now resides in London. Her specialisations are short films, music videos, commercials, mixed media editorial projects and art installations. Graduating with a distinction in MA Fashion Photography from London College of Fashion, Radchenko’s films have been selected for the world’s major fashion and short film festivals including London, Berlin, Los Angeles and more. In terms of vision, she uses surreal ideas to create content that is both optically arresting and memorable.
Anna is represented by Kode Media in the UK.

annaradchenko.com

Credits


Director and Executive Producer: Anna Radchenko (@radchenko_academy) - KODE media (@kodemedia)
Co-director: Mikhail Svjatogor (@mikhail_svjatogor)
DoP: Roman Yudin (@yuare)
Producer: Anastasia Limarenko (@sonic__lee)
Model: Yana Dobroliubova (@yananay1)
CG Artist and Supervisor: Murat Kılıç
CG artist: Yanis Georges (@ethikdesign)
CG compositing: Murat Kılıç
Music and Sound Design: Lister Rossel (@listerrossel), Utkucan Eken (@utkucaneken) - We Are Playhead (@we_are_playhead)
Singer: Alyusha Chagrin
Editors: Suga Supiah, Ikki Dhesi (@ikkidhesi)
Colour: Tobias Tomkins - CHEAT (cheat_it)
Post-production producer: Jack Goodwin (@jack_kode) - KODE media
Make-up: Darya Kholodnykh (@darya_kholodnykh)
Stylist: Anna Bakhareva (@bakharevaa)
Fashion designers: o5o.moscow (@o5o.moscow), AVA11, Go Authentic (@Go Authentic), Anya Komyagina (@komyaginaanya)

 

Wednesday, 3 April 2019

Greetings from Skopje - North Macedonia


Skopje Fashion Weekend x United Fashion

Marija Kulušić
19th edition of Skopje Fashion Weekend x United Fashion

For several years now BPB has been supportive of Skopje Fashion Weekend, following the fashion scene from the former Yugoslav republic of Macedonia, recently renamed to North Macedonia. Against the background of the recent political history, tough economic situation and complex social structures, Skopje Fashion Weekend is a recurring fashion weekend that looks primarily ahead. Although I was in Skopje once before, this visit gave a small insight into the relatively small fashion scene of Macedonia.
What made this 19th edition special, is the cooperation with United Fashion, a project funded by Creative Europe. Thanks to this collaboration, the SFW organization has put together an international program with mainly young and emerging labels. In particular, there were many designers from the South East Europe and Ex-Yugoslavian region such as Marko Feher from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Marija Kulušić from Croatia and Sofija Urumović from Slovenia.
The programme contained fashion shows, showroom and an exhibition by Ivan Asen 22 avant-garde fashion collective from Bulgaria. The core of the 19th edition was the United Fashion SEE Showroom.  Skopje Fashion Weekend took this opportunity and gathered designers and professionals from across Europe, making the short trip to Skopje worth the effort.

Unit­ed Fash­ion is car­ried out by a clus­ter of Euro­pean fash­ion sup­port asso­ci­a­tions MAD Brussels (BE), Flanders DC (BE), ModaLisboa (PT), Baltic Fashion Federation (LV), Maison de Mode (FR), Fashion Weekend Skopje (MK), Fashion Council Germany (DE) and Not Just A Label (UK).
The aim of the project was to enhanc­e the cul­ture of fash­ion design­ers across Europe to be more busi­ness mind­ed and at enhanc­ing their com­pet­i­tive­ness inter­na­tion­al­ly, with­out lim­it­ing their creativity. Unit­ed Fash­ion received the sup­port from the Cre­ative Europe pro­gramme of the Euro­pean Union.
Through a num­ber of inter­na­tion­al net­work events and trans­dis­ci­pli­nary train­ing work­shops, over a four-year peri­od, more than 150 fash­ion design­ers will have the oppor­tu­ni­ty to par­tic­i­pate by show­cas­ing their col­lec­tion, get­ting to know and under­standing sev­er­al Euro­pean mar­kets, devel­op­ing new skills in fash­ion tech, sus­tain­able fash­ion, pro­duc­tion, craftsmanship, and business models.

As members of the international association that is implementing the ‘United Fashion’ project, organizers of this year’s 19th edition of Fashion Weekend Skopje welcomed twenty-nine emerging labels from all over Europe. The main goal of the ‘United Fashion SEE Showroom’ project in Skopje is to promote fashion designers from Southeastern Europe (SEE) to international buyers and media representatives, as well as to connect designers from the European Union with Macedonian factories. For this purpose, activities included presentation of the SEE market by professionals in the industry, presentations from selected local manufacturers, visit to the factories and meetings between participating designers and local producers.

The list of participants featured in the showroom included Andra Handaric (Romania), Arthropoda (N.Macedonia), Chic Utility (Romania), Concepto (Romania), Cristina Real (Portugal), Diana Arno (Estonia), Dragana Mihajlovic (Serbia), Ece Özalp (Turkey), Evgenija Zafirovska (Slovenia), Faulhaber Products (Germany), Hanfaz (France), Kokoro (Montenegro), Ksenija Kotev (N.Macedonia), Lila Style House (Bulgaria), Lommer (Greece), Marija Kulusic (Croatia), Marko Feher (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Mateyaneira (Croatia), MLS – Marie Laurence Stevigny (Belgium), n.d.c. made by hand (Belgium), Oh Suzy! (France), One Wolf (Latvia), Red Juliet (Belgium), Rosica Mrsik (N.Macedonia), Senem Unal (Turkey), Tanja Christiani (Germany), The Mannequin Collection (Greece), Toos Franken (Belgium) and Vesa Gruda (Kosovo).

Below you can take a look at the impressions from the Skopje Fashion Weekend and some highlighs.
Most images are by BPB, several are in courtesy of SFW.

https://fashionweekendskopje.mk
https://www.united-fashion.eu

FASHIONCLASH Festival 2019 - Campaign Launch

FASHIONCLASH presents the 11th edition of the international and interdisciplinary FASHIONCLASH Festival in Maastricht on 1 to 3 November.

The program with fashion presentations, exhibitions, crossovers with theater and dance, fashion talks, expert meetings, master classes and a public program gives designers and (stage) artists the opportunity to show their work to a broad (inter)national audience. The festival offers an opportunity to discover the latest talent and developments in fashion design and to be amazed by the art of fashion. Almost the entire program is accessible to the general public by means of ticket sales, free activities and targeted public programs. FCF is all about discovering new talent, boosting and shaping current developments in fashion art and opening up these developments to a wide audience. The 11th edition focuses on and is substantively shaped from the starting points: the Clash (art of fashion, experiment and cross-overs) and Fashion Makes Sense (sustainability and awareness about the impact and role of fashion in society).

‘For this edition, the starting point was to embody the renewed spirit of FASHIONCLASH, but with attention to where the basis of the platform comes from. The 2019 edition stands for the clash in FASHIONCLASH, the search for creating new fashion stories. With the new festival period (previously the festival took place in June / July) we are looking for a better connection to the international fashion agenda and we want to provide in a platform for the new generation of designers who will graduate in June.’ - FC team
Campaign The campaign images are created in co-operation with artist Lisette Ros and photographer Lonneke van der Palen.

‘Instead of a collection of colour, shape and material, Lonneke and I wanted to bring the image back to the essence; the pure. We tried to find the statement of the ‘clash’ in image and let go of fashion and put creation and searching for boundaries within different disciplines in a broader perspective. That’s why we started experimenting with transparency, in figural and literal sense. It was mostly about the interaction between Produced, Nature and Transparency. I tried to become a literal blank canvas. With my body, I tried to find the boundaries of transparency and ‘being’ and to combine this with other materials that are inspired by what is natural.’ - Lisette Ros

Campaign credits:
Concept: Lisette Ros, Lonneke van der Palen
Artist/performer: Lisette Ros Photography: Lonneke van der Palen
Graphic design: Studio Noto - Ivo Straetmans

www.fashionclash.nl

Van Eyck Open Studios 2019

Gabriella Marcella

Every year in March, one of the highlights of the Maastricht art discourse, the Open Studio days are Van Eyck Academy. The 46 participating artists, designers, curators and writers change every room of the Academy, transforming their studios into galleries with exhibitions, performances, installations and more.

Please take a look at the selection of works presented at the Open Studios 2019.

www.janvaneyck.nl

Monday, 25 March 2019

The Floor is Lava - Marres

Marres, the house for Contemporary Culture in Maastricht presents The Floor is Lava, a must-see exhibition by the artist duo Sander Breure and Witte van Hulzen.

The exhibition is on show until 4th of August 2019.

The whole buiding of Marres is transformed and filled with sculptures and molded portraits of people in everyday environments. Made from different materials, clay, cloth, wood, the figures have expressive faces, but are otherwise sketchily composed with stick legs, half torso’s and loosely hanging pieces of cloth. The faces seem mask-like, unrelated to the bodies that support them. They lean against a wall, sit on makeshift chairs, queue at a ticket office, or wait on a platform for a train to arrive at the station. They are actors in search of a play, as much as they are compositions of identity, that fictional moment of stasis in a world that is constantly on the move. The premise here is that people always play a role, different in every situation, with specific character traits and body language.

The title derives from a children’s game in which on command the players immediately have to get their feet off the floor and freeze in a certain position, as if they have been turned into statues.The liquid floor in the game suggests the added meaning of a world that is beyond our control, of shared values that are dissipating, and a future that has become uncertain. The figures inhabit the stage that is left when all that is solid has melted into air.

https://www.marres.org

GAMUT SS 2019


GAMUT is driven by six fashion designers and a visual director. Based in Paris, GAMUT purposely nurtures its links with other disciplines : designed like a laboratory, it functions without a leader and takes form through a contributory, open and collective exploration. GAMUT sprang from the desire to establish a horizontal model. Creation takes place with a completely collective and egalitarian approach, in a positive and respectful manner.

GAMUT’s aesthetics of collage is transposed through digital editing into the SS19 campaign. The models are installed in an imaginary reconstituted frame, a wobbly mixture of the workspaces of the GAMUT collective and familiar places of its members. At a time when one exists primarily on the Internet, when success is measured by the strength of algorithms and when David can finally compete against Goliath, GAMUT claims its right to be liar.

The campaign begins a reflection on duplicity, further developed in a fashion film project that will be presented at the same time as the next GAMUT collection, on June 22, 2019.

Photography - Julia Andréone and Ghazaal Vojdani
Styling - Samuel Bardaji
Beauty - Sumiyo Kyoshima and Miki Matsunaga
Models - Dustin Muchuvitz and Chris Massala

www.collectifgamut.com

Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Cracow Fashion Week 2019


Cracow Fashion Week 2019

The Cracow Fashion Awards Gala marked the start of the 10th edition of Cracow Fashion Week (March 9-17), organized by the Cracow School of Art and Fashion Design in partnership with the City of Krakow and thanks to support of the partners AliExpress, Galeria Kazimierz and ICE Kraków.

Cracow Fashion Awards is a platform for fashion graduates of School of Art Design of SAPU. Out of more than 30 graduates, 14th where shortlisted to compete for the prizes.
On behalf of FASHIONCLASH, Nawie Kuiper and Branko Popovic participated in judging.

Anna Nowak-Curyło was named winner of the main prize. With her menswear collection "Identity" she was the deserved winner of the gala.

"The collection was created from the fascination of man and the mutual dependence of individuals. I wanted to show that we can not function one without the other, successes are achieved through the help of others. My collection would not happen without people who supported me and cooperated with me. I tried to pay special attention to details and the use of new technologies, I designed backpack with a moving hologram" - says Anna Nowak-Curyło.

 Another designer that delivered a consistent collection was Monika Cieślik, who drew inspiration from make workwear. Other designers worth mentioning are Tamara Avdieieva, Oliwia Jankowska, Kordian Mędrala and Nina Sakowska.
In an evening with a varying level, men's clothing outfits stood out. Nice outfits appeared here and there, but not everyone managed to implement the core of their idea into a complete story. Sometimes, the proposals were dated. Having said this, Poland is always a good reason to visit. For years, Poland has been a country to be aware of when it comes to acquiring new talent. Not to forget to mention to encounter the beautiful city of Krakow.
FASHIONCLASH has already presented a number of talented Polish designers such as Katarzyna Dworecka (Mindless) and Sandra Stachura who are alumni from Cracow School of Art and Fashion Design.

In addition, several guest designers where invited to show their work. Among them was Piotr Popiołek, a laureate of the Cracow Fashion Awards in 2017, presented a new collection inspired by the AliExpress portal, showing the symbiosis of his own fashion and global shopping brand. Thanks to SAPU’s cooperation with Donghua University from Shanghai (China), three Chinese designers, Huaiqun Sun, Mentong Yang and Quingyao Meng, presented their collections.

The international jury panel was composed of, among others, Katarzyna Sokołowska, Ilona Majer (MMC Studio), Jerzy Antkowiak, Landiana Yolo (influencer, deputy director of the Feeric Fashion Week), Nawie Kuiper and Branko Popović (FASHIONCLASH directors), Maria Cristina Rigano (Alta Roma, Monte Carlo Fashion Week), Bin Chen (Professor Donghua University, China), Natasha Pavluchenko, Anna Wasińska-Golonka (member of the board of OTCF, owner of the 4F brand), Anna Jatczak and Anna Puślecka.

Photographty: Artur Kostkowski
More information: www.cracowfashionweek.com www.ksa.edu.pl

Highlights from ModaLisboa | Insight

Constança Entrudo
ModaLisboa  | Insight  
FW 2019

ModaLisboa Insight took place from 7 - 10 March 2019, presenting an extensive four-day program with fashion shows by both established as emerging designers from Portugal.

On Thursday evening several young presented their collection on the Workstation platform. Among them was António Castro with a collection inspired by Japanese flâneuses and flâneurs and Filipe Augusto, previous winner of Sangue Novo and also recipient of the FASHIONCLASH Festival Talent Award 2018.

ModaLisboa Insight edition presented the final phase of the SANGUE NOVO contest, on the 8th of March, where the six finalists, Archie Dickens, Carolina Raquel, Federico Protto, Opiar (Artur Dias), Rita Carvalho and The Co.Re (Inês Coelho and Rachel Regent) presented their new fall winter 2019/2020 collections.

After the assessment of the works developed by the designers, the jury composed by Miguel Flor (president of the jury and creative director of Principal magazine), Alfredo Oróbio (founding designer of the Awaytomars brand), Cláudia Barros (fashion director of Vogue Portugal magazine), Danilo Venturi (Polimoda director) and Diane Pernet (founder and director of the first fashion festival in the world, ASVOFF) voted the winners of the ModaLisboa Awards for Best National Designer and Best International Designer.

Carolina Raquel
Carolina Raquel, the winner of the ModaLisboa award for Best National Designer received a 5000 euros scholarship and will have the opportunity to attend a Master in Fashion Design at Polimoda in Florence, a scholarship worth € 26,000. Carolina Raquel was already named winner of the FASHIONCLASH Festival Award during the ModaLisboa Multiplex edition in October 2018. She will present her collection during the 11th edition of FASHIONCLASH Festival in November in Maastricht.

Federico Protto, the best international designer is invited to present a new collection on the Workstation platform at the next edition of ModaLisboa in October 2019. The Feeting Room concept store prize went to Archie Dickens.

Among strong designers on the schedule was Nycole by Tânia Nicole. Another former FASHIONCLASH Festival and Sangue Novo winner on the schedule was Nycole by Tânia Nicole who impressed with her consistent menswear collection. 

Furthermore the fashion days in Lisbon there where several strong proposals, in particular convincing where the designers staged on the LAB platform designers; Gonçalo Peixoto, Constança Entrudo and João Magalhães.

https://modalisboa.pt

Take a look at some highlights.
Photography: Ugo Camera

Monday, 11 March 2019

MAISON the FAUX presents "MAISON pour MAISON"

On the 8th of March MAISON the FAUX(a creative studio posing as a grand couture fashion house)presented “MAISON pour MAISON" at Amsterdam Fashion Week Studio.

After multiple LAFW and NYFW presentations MAISON the FAUX has set up their temporarily home at AFW. MAISON the FAUX has come home to explore the true meaning, both literally and figuratively of the HOUSE... and hereby presents “MAISON pour MAISON”.

During the multidisciplinary presentation MAISON the FAUX presented a series of vignettes that explored all facets of a home. Scenes depicting bedroom behavior at it's most extreme. Settings that reflect the chaos of rehousing. Performers and movers swanned around, maneuvering through the sets and feeling at home within the constructed framework. MAISON the FAUX had their performers breaking free from borders and walls, transitioning from lonesome and confined sensibilities towards a feeling of togetherness.


The company of MAISON the FAUX is also subject to renovation: MAISON the FAUX is expanding their multidisciplinary ways. The creative studio is no longer accepting whole sale orders and is increasingly focusing on their work as a creative design studio (art-direction, spatial design, costume design etc.) and e-commerce. MAISON the FAUX will present "MAISON pour MAISON" during Tokyo Fashion Week, introducing various home products as an addition to the "MAISON pour MAISON" presentation at Amsterdam Fashion Week.

photography: Team Peter Stigter

https://www.maisonthefaux.com


Marlou Breuls x Spongebob

Marlou Breuls x SpongeBob - “The Icon Collection” FW19 – AFW Studio
Marlou Breuls presented 'The Icon Collection' that marked the 20th anniversary celebration of the SpongeBob SquarePants. The collection consists of eight looks that are inspired by the iconic characters from the hit Nickelodeon series.
Marlou had the honor to open this edition of the AFW Studio, the new name for the Amsterdam Fashion Week, that took place during the weekend of 8 - 10 March.

Photography: Team Peter Stigter
https://www.marloubreuls.com

Thursday, 28 February 2019

Y/Project Fall 2019

Musician Sevdaliza wearing one of the striking looks

In past years Glenn Martens continuously delivers. He one of the most relevant of this generation. For Y/Project he presented a collection with main focus on eveningwear and his experimental tailoring signature.
For WWD he stated the following, which is exactly the apparent strength of Glenn Martens. “We do what we want, and we really want to have fun, and we don’t really give that much of a s–t about anything else,” the designer said backstage. “The idea is that we really want to show garments. We don’t want to get stuck in all the hype.” 

https://www.yproject.fr

Maison Margiela Fall 2019

For the Fall 2019, John Galliano presented a collection that focused on clothing and tailoring, creating interesting shapes and unique silhouettes in neutral colors like black and khaki. All though it may look simple, all garments are masterly constructed, letting the clothes speak for themselves.

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