Top 3 from NY, London, Milan, Paris
From all our editorial coverage of the top Fashionshows for F/W 2011 we selected for you our favourite Top 3 Designers from the Fashion capitals.
New York: Carolina Herrera, Rodarte, Vera Wang
London: Bora Aksu, David Koma, Louise Gray
Milan: Alberta Ferretti, Prada, Bottega Veneta
Paris: Alexander McQueen, Dior, Haider Ackermann
Enjoy sliding through the next pages and by click on each image you´ll see more looks and details of the designers collections incl. our corresponding analysis.
More and more of the big fashion brands discover the importance of e-commerce. Some years ago only multistores like net-a-porter or YOOX dominated the online retail scene in Europe. At latest with the tremendous success of Burberry´s online strategy also the other brands follow. These days Miu Miu opened up it´s e-store where you can buy most pieces of the latest S/S 11 collection. In addition you´ll find videos of the show and of course the lookbooks. If you like the Hobo bag on the image below just click on it and get linked directly to the e-store.
The new It Jean from London
superfine is a high end denim brand from London with production in Italy. Established in 2003 by Lucy Pinter and Fora Evans superfine became an innovative style leader, making rock and roll jeans with a puristic style free from branding. The focus is on perfect fit and fabric with clever, often hidden details which made the brand popular among numerous celebrities. In addition to pure denim looks Lucy just created a complete ready to wear collection in collaboration with licensee Pier Spa. Definitely a recommend for the upcoming summer season.
The Beauty of Ballet
Jan Masny, born 1975 in Poland, started his photographic practice in 1999 in Krakow before he moved to London in 2004. His main focus is in fashion photography as well as portraiture and advertising. We have chosen his recent series of ballet dancers which he recently published in in Mirrin and Componere magazine.
He describes his photographs as simple and minimal with the aim to specifically emphasize their content. With his beautiful ballet dancers series he illustrates the influence of classic dance actually on movies (see Pina Bausch) and fashion (see Rodarte) these days. To see more take a look at his portfolio.
Like River Valleys eroded by time
Zaha Hadid is for sure the most influential female architect today. After seven years of design and construction work her last project the Guangzhou Opera House was opened to the public. The 1800 seat auditorium of the Opera House houses the very latest acoustic technology, and the smaller 400 seat multifunction hall is designed for performance art, opera and concerts in the round. The main inspiration for the design was the natural look of river valleys eroded by time over millions of years. Engaging with the principles of erosion, geology and topography Zaha Hadid and her team created a fascinating interplay between architecture and nature which can be discovered from the outside and everywhere inside this great monument of art. Let´s assume that Chinese authorities not only enable great architectural projects as monuments for themselves but as an inspiration to make China a better place in terms of humanity too.
Hana Davies follows David Hockney
It was in 1982 when David Hockney presented his first composite Polaroids and photographic collages (see slide 3). Since then many artists and photographers adapted his technique and created Polaroid collages. As photography became more and more digital Polaroids looked to be some kind of old fashioned until last year when the company teamed up with Lady Gaga to reinvent the product and made Polaroids fashionable again. Australian born Hana Davies revived Hockney´s technique and created some exceptional collages (slide 1 and 2). To see more of her portfolio take a look at her latest shots.
The D&G S/S 11 Collection, one of the highlights of Milan Fashionweek, was like a day in the garden. The dresses and gowns were full of floral prints and natural colors mixed with some denim & canvas materials. Now D&G has published the corresponding campaign which expresses perfectly the themes and the natural style of the collection. In parallel the D&G stores and the Online Shop just started to offer these beautiful pieces, a must have for this summer season.
The Master of Stop Motion
Julien Vallée is a real Master of Stop Motion movies. The Montreal based digital artist creates unique short films for exhibitions in Europe, Asia & North America as well as for clients like The New York Times Magazine, Swatch or MTV Australia. We selected three of his last projects which he did for the If You Could Collaborate Exhibition, the OFFF festival & MTV-Hits. By clicking on the images in the slide show you can view the short movie. Especially the first one "Dansedance" is an interactive experience, where each object is assigned to a letter on the keyboard, and can be activated or deactivated at any time. Enjoy and have fun!
Exploring visual culture
Gestalten was founded in Berlin in 1995 & operates offices in Berlin, Tokyo, London & New York. In the last 16 year they released more than 400 books about movements in design, illustration, architecture and typography as well as urban & contemporary art. Since they have a lot of close relationships with todays visual artists they started to produce short films and video podcasts under the brand gestalten.tv three years ago. The site is since then an inspiration for many artists & all people interested in visual graphic design & art. Our personal favourite is the short documentary about Meta Design & Fontshop founder Erik Spiekermann which we strongly recommend.