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.
Outstanding Video Lookbook by HISUI
Hiroko Ito founded HISUI, the japanese word for jade in 1999. Before she worked for Comme des Garçons after her studies of Fashion in NYC. Her trademark is the mix-and-match layered look with a single garment and the pure but also avantgardistic style. She is very art-oriented and has collaborated with Japanese artists like Takeshi Matsuoka, Kida Oikawa and Hiro Tanaka. The video to her actual A/W 11 collection is thus very artistic again and for sure one of the most interesting & inspiring lookbooks this year.
Fantasy Motionbook S/S 11
Fashion is one of the quickest reinventing art forms. With the Real Fantasies Project Prada expresses the themes of its collections in form of artistically enriched lookbooks. Now together with AMO they present for the first time the so called Fantasy Motionbook S/S 11 directed by James Lima containing original artwork by Rem Koolhaas, Alexander Reichert & Fausto Fantinuoli. Like in a stop motion movie the highlights of the colorful, lively & sometimes opulent acutal collection are shown in a surreal, sixties, LSD trip style. A nice trip between fashion and art without negative side effects.
PPR is one of the leading luxury groups worldwide with brands like Gucci, Alexander McQueen, YSL, Bottega Veneta, Stella McCartney or Puma and revenues of EUR 14,6 billion & profits of EUR 1,5 billion in 2010. These days the group announced to dedicate EUR 10 mill. per year to its sustainability initiative PPR Home which is led by PUMA CEO Jochen Zeitz. According to Francois- Henri Pinault, CEO of PPR: "PPR HOME will provide us with novel, more sustainable approaches to contribute to a better world for the long run.“ An excellent although small initial move by a fashion giant which demonstrates that sustainability in fashion will become one of the major topics for the fashion world in the years to come and that luxury, lifestyle and environmental protections do not have to be contradictory terms anymore.
Nike, offical sponsor of the national French football team created a Jersey inspired by the famous "marinière" and made of it´s most environmentally sustainable fabrics which will be worn by the French football national team when they play abroad. In this way Nike joined on March 28th Chanel, Colorware, Comme des Garcons, Hermès, Longchamp, Montblanc, Swatch, Trouselier, YSL, and their iconic products, all striped in blue too, around "The Away Project". A full striped corner will be set up in the colette store in Paris between March 28th and April 9th and then be pronlonged on colette. Thus if you are a fan of French fashion style a perfect chance to get one of this limited series products in Paris or right now by clicking on the "we recommend" button.
Art Fashion from Japan
Suzuki Takayuki is a Japanese Fashion designer who has his creative roots in art & graphic design. He started creating costume designs before he made his runway debut for A/W collection 07/08. According to him the clothes should not only be all about trends but individuality. His design approach is to cherish every moment during the life of a garement & to find beauty in anything even in totally worn out colthes. His artistical way of experimental creation finds it´s expression in his new S/S11 collection which is pure, non-colored, vintage & reduced at the same time.
Like a painted summer color palette
Raf Simons surprised the fashionworld with a never seen colorful Jil Sander S/S 2011 collection. Now the corresponding campaign with Daria Strokous photographed by Willy Vanderperre supports the Jil Sander style again with it´s colorful but at the same time minimalistic look focussing completely on reduced forms and the color palette for summer 2011.
Whenever you are looking for the cool & fashionable Italian guy these days there is only one name: Lapo Elkann, grandson of Gianni Agnelli, the most famous FIAT boss ever. Five years ago Lapo founded Italian Independent with the mission to reload the made in Italy, to create "Made in Italy 2.0" by adding innovation & today´s spirit to his brand without jeopardising its real Italian roots of quality & craftmanship. His S/S 11 Collection bridges the positioning between designer wear and urban sportswear and addresses the "independent people”, hipsters and trendsetters. Through numerous cooperation with great Italian brands like Borsalino, Diesel or Giambattista Valli, he redesigns & re-innovates Italian fashion style as well as car or industrial design. To see more of Lapo Elkann´s world check out his portfolio of creative & design activities.