Friday May 22nd, Louis Vuitton Cruise 2016 lookbook"
Louis Vuitton Cruise 2016 lookbook photographed by Juergen Teller
Tuesday May 19th, Gregoire Dyer "It's Almost Impossible..."
The Paris based Film Director Grégoire Dyer together with the stylist Pauline Croce created this amazing film for Grit Spring 15 issue "Sweet Nothings".
Gregoire Dyer directed this film for the Grit Summer 15 issue "Sweet Nothings". Styled by Pauline Croce.
Tuesday May 12th, Frida by Ishiuchi Miyako"
Frida by Ishiuchi Miyako at Michael Hoppen Gallery from 14 May to 12 July
Friday May 8th, Venice Biennale 2015 Sarah Lucas "I Scream Daddio"
I Scream Daddio by Sarah Lucas
Tuesday May 5th, Pina
LEFT: SWEATER - Filles à Papa, SCARF - Huber Egloff
RIGHT: CHOKER - Orit Elhanati, TOP&TROUSERS - American Retro
TOP - Bimba y Lola, SKIRT - Tigersushi
RIGHT: SHOES - Cédric Charlier, TROUSERS - Carin Wester, TOP - Ellery, TSHIRT - Y/Project
LEFT: PATCHWORK DENIM BOOTS - Louis Vuitton, DRESS - Carin Wester
RIGHT: SWEATER - Filles à Papa, SCARF - Huber Egloff
LEFT: SWEATER DRESS - Vetements, BLUE SWEATER - Pinko
RIGHT: TOP - Allude, WHITE NET TOP - Ellery, SKIRT & ANKLE BRACELET - Huber Egloff
LEFT : TOP - VPS
RIGHT: DRESS - Carin Wester, SCARF - Huber Egloff, PATCHWORK DENIM BOOTS - Louis Vuitton
Photography - Niclas Heikkinen
Styling - Laberiane Ponton
Make Up - Ai Cho
Hair - Liv Holst
Models - Celine @Supreme Paris, Sophie @Supreme Paris
Wednesday April 29th, Summer 15 "Sweet Nothings" covers"
LEFT: Malik Jalloh @Modelwerk by Franziska Koenig, styled by Gary David Moore. Malik wears snakeskin jacket & velvet top - Ed Lee, corduroy trousers - Ben Rice
RIGHT: Briley Jones @Next by Niclas Heikkinen, styled by Kama Krystel. Briley wears a top by Shao Yen, shorts by Issey Miyake. Hair - Tori Hutchinson, Make Up - Gillian Campbell
Friday April 24th, Sylvia by Samuel Bradley"
BLUE AND GOLD DRESS & GOLD CORSET - Emilio de la Morena, NAVY JACQUARD JACKET - Orla Kiely, NUDE TIGHTS - Fogal (worn throughout)
NAVY AND BLACK STRIPED DRESS - Lucas Nascimento, BAG - Ashley Williams, SHOES - Ashley Williams for Red or Dead
STRIPED DRESS - Giles, PALE PINK ZIP POLO NECK KNIT - Christopher Shannon, SHOES - Ashley Williams for Red or Dead, BAG - Ashley Williams
TROPICAL PRINT DRESS - Giles
MULTICOLOURED DRESS - Pleats Please
WHITE CROCHET CARDIGAN - Orla Kiely, PATTERNED CORSET - Just Cavalli, YELLOW FRILL SHORTS - Peter Jensen
SEQUIN SHIRT - Ashish, NUDE SKIRT - Antipodium
Tuesday April 21st, Gucci Pre-Fall 15 Campaign"
Photography - Glen Luchford
Styling - Joe McKenna
Models - Sabina Lobova, Alexandra Elizabeth Ljadov & Jack Chambers
Friday April 17th, Alexander Barna by Anna Alek"
RIGHT: NUDE TANK - stylists own, UNDERWEAR - Hanes, JEANS - Levis
LEFT: LEATHER LACE UP CORSET - vintage, UNDERWEAR - Hanes
RIGHT: T-SHIRT - Calvin Klein
RIGHT: CORSET - Undercover, TROUSERS - Giorgio Armani, NECKLACE - stylists own
LEFT: EARRINGS - Dolce & Gabbana
RIGHT: DRESS - Alexander Wang
LEFT: LEATHER SKIRT - Balmain
WHITE SILK BLOUSE - Dolce & Gabbana, JEANS - Levis
PHOTOGRAPHY : Anna Alek
STYLIST: Lexy Rose Boiardo
Model - Alex B @Request
Tuesday April 15th, Valentino SS15 campaign film"
Valentino SS15 campaign film by Michal Pudelka
Friday April 10th, Jackson, Serge, Xavier, Gaby, Tschan & Nick"
Nick K wears JACKET - Christopher Shannon, T-SHIRT - Acne Studios, TROUSERS - Ed Lee, RING - Models own
Tschan wears T-SHIRT - Maison Margiela, Gaby wears SWEATSHIRT - Moschino
LEFT: Jackson wears KNITTED VEST - Charles Jeffrey, TROUSERS - Ed Lee, SHOES - Reebok,
RIGHT: Xavier wears JACKET - Liam Hodges, STRING VEST - Maximilian Riedlberger, TROUSERS - Meadham Kirchhoff, Gaby SHIRT - Raf Simons, TROUSERS - Liam Hodges
LEFT: Jackson SWEATSHIRT - stylist's own, JEANS & BELT - Charles Jeffrey
RIGHT: Xavier JACKET - Liam Hodges, STRING VEST - Maximilian Riedlberger, TROUSERS - Meadham Kirchhoff, Gaby SHIRT - Raf Simons, TROUSERS - Liam Hodges
LEFT: Jackson BEADED VEST - Raf Simons, NECK TIE - Lanvin
RIGHT: Gaby SWEATSHIRT - Moschino, SWEATPANTS - Vetements
LEFT: Gaby SHIRT – Meadham Kirchhoff, TROUSERS – Vetements, BOOTS – Christopher Shannon,
Nick K JACKET: Christopher Shannon, T-SHIRT: Acne Studios, TROUSERS: Ed Lee,
Xavier VEST – Astrid Andersen, TROUSERS – Erik Litzen, SANDALS - Prada
RIGHT: Serge VESTS – Cerruti 1881, TROUSERS – Kris Van Assche, SOCKS – Palace Skateboards, SHOES - Loewe, Nick K SWEATPANTS – Raf Simons, SHOES – Charles Jeffrey
LEFT: Xavier - SWEATSHIRT - Maison Margiela, TROUSERS – Matthew Miller, BELT – Charles Jeffrey, SHOES – Stylists Own, Gaby JACKET – Alexander McQueen, SHIRT – Meadham Kirchhoff, TROUSERS– Kris Van Assche, SHOES – Maximilian Riedlberger, Serge VESTS – Cerruti 1881,
TROUSERS – Kris Van Assche, SOCKS – Palace Skateboards, SHOES - Loewe
RIGHT: Gaby VEST – Lanvin, COAT – Meadham Kirchhoff, TROUSERS – Erik Litzen, SHOES - Maximilian Riedlberger
LEFT: Xavier VEST – Astrid Andersen, Serge JACKET – Christopher Shannon, T-SHIRT – Cerruti 1881, SHORTS – Agi + Sam, SHOES – Maximilian Riedlberger,
Nick K JACKET: Christopher Shannon, TROUSERS: Ed Lee
RIGHT: Gaby TOP - Vetements
LEFT: Nick K COAT – Meadham Kirchhoff, TOP– Matthew Miller, JEANS – Dior Homme, SNEAKERS – Dior Homme
RIGHT: Jackson TOP - Vetements, TROUSERS - Raf Simons
Tuesday April 7th, Behind the scenes of Franziska Koenig's shoot for Grit"
Behind the scenes of Franziska Koenig's and Gary David Moore's Grit shoot.
Saturday April 4th, Happy Easter"
Lucio Fontana, La Fine di Dio, 1963
Tuesday March 31st, Sylvia"
Preview of a shoot by Samuel Bradley and Francesca Turner for Grit bloggg with Sylvia @M&P Models.
Tuesday March 24th, Yves Saint Laurent 1971 - La Collection du Scandale"
Yves Saint Laurent 1971 - La Collection du Scandale collection at Fondation Pierre Bergé until July 19
Friday March 21st, Proenza Schouler "Legs Are Not Doors"
Directed by Harley Weir
Tuesday March 17th, Marlene Dumas "The Image as Burden" at Tate Modern
LEFT: Evil is Banal, 1984
RIGHT: Rejects (detail), 1994 -
Marlene Dumas "The Image as Burden" exhibition at Tate Modern until 10 May.
Friday March 13th, Adesuwa and Bertie by Rowan Southern
Adesuwa: dress - Louise Alsop, tights - Falke
Bertie: jacket - Christopher Raeburn, jeans - vintage from Rokit
LEFT:leather top - Martina Spetlova, skirt - BACK
RIGHT: all Moschino
LEFT: jumper - Christopher Raeburn, trousers - Issey Miyake Men
RIGHT: Adesuwa: shirt - BACK, Bertie: top - Cottweiler, trousers - The White Briefs
LEFT: Adesuwa: dress - Louise Alsop, tights - Falke, Bertie: jacket - Christopher Raeburn, jeans - vintage from Rokit
RIGHT: dress - Claire Barrow
Jumpsuit - Moschino
Adesuwa: dress - APUJAN, Bertie: top - APUJAN, trousers - Martina Spetlova
Photography - Rowan Southern
Styling - Lee Trigg
Make Up - Daisy Harris-d'Andel
Hair - Rebekah Calo
Models - Adesuwa @M&P, Bertie @Elite
Tuesday March 10th, Paris Fashion Week, part II
Friday March 6th, Paris Fashion Week, part I
Tuesday March 3rd, WELL PRESENTED by Adjoa Gharban
London Fashion Week this season was slicker than ever. The city once renowned for creating catwalk shows on a shoestring had Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell sitting front row at Burberry and the holy trinity of innovative designers in the shape of Christopher Kane, J.W. Anderson and Simone Rocha attracting international press and buyers alike. The huge catwalk shows will always be the headline snatchers, but there’s competition on the horizon – the unassuming presentation.
There were more than a few standout presentations this season. Orla Kiely, once a tent regular, scaled back for AW15. Her presentation was in a fantasy library with every model walking between shelves of books. Dressed in classic Kiely geometric prints there were voluminous culottes and 60s shapes aplenty, but the best thing about the collection was the beautiful leather bags that could be seen in all their colourful glory.
Orla Kiely AW15
Rejina Pyo launched her label in 2013, her AW15 presentation staged in an empty library consisted of contemporary suiting in amazing colour and eveningwear that defined modern sexiness. Velvet was intertwined with sheer fabric and moved effortlessly on the models. The detail was something to be relished.
Rejina Pyo AW15
There were some impressive editors rushing to Danielle Romeril’s presentation at the BFC space and it was clear why. The models walked mere centimetres from the audience and every detail of the futuristic-dystopian themed collection was worth watching. Even the earrings, which looked like ribbon belts, added an exciting edge to the already high energy show. The fabrication was opposites attract as lace dresses were trimmed with elaborate quilted material. Everything felt earthy, yet ahead of its time. The dropped hem detailing on some of the skirts will surely be a street style favourite come next season.
Danielle Romeril AW15
The power of the presentation lies in its simplicity. The long queues and waits are over. The scramble to get a good seat, also over, but the best thing about this year’s presentations was the detail that you can see in the looks: accessories, beauty and designs. You don’t miss a thing.
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Friday February 27th, Highlights from MFW shows part I
Tuesday February 24th, Highlights from LFW shows
Christopher Kane AW15
Jonathan Saunders AW15
Mary Katranzou AW15
JW Anderson AW15
Read Grit's Contributing Editor Adjoa Gharban's LFW presentation report on Tuesday.
Friday February 20th, Highlights from NYFW
Proenza Schouler AW15
Narciso Rodriguez AW15
Rag & Bone AW15
Alexander Wang AW15
Tuesday February 17th, Sonia Delaunay Les Couleurs de l'Abstraction
LEFT: La Finlandaise 1908
RIGHT: Nu Jaune, 1908
Last chance to catch Sonia Delaunay's exhibition at Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, the exhibition closes Sun 22nd.
Friday February 13th, Puma x McQ lookbook
Puma x McQ lookbook, photographed by Laurence Ellis, styled by Karen Langley
Monday February 9th, Mia Goth in Miu Miu Spring 15 campaign video
Monday February 2nd, Q+A with Guillem Rodriguez
Barcelona Fashion Week is in full swing. Grit's Contributing Editor Adjoa Gharban caught up with Barcelona based menswear designer Guillem Rodriguez. Guillem will be showing his collection in the Hyeres Festival this spring.
trenchcoats by Guillem Rodriguez, see the full editorial after Victor von Schwarz Q+A.
So, why fashion?
That's a good thing to ask, because I never asked myself, so it became a natural way of expression.
Guillem. What is it about fashion that you love?
I would say that I personally adore timeless classics, pieces that you can wear forever, great tailoring in a contemporary way with high quality fabrics... I really do love the emotions evoked by seeing a piece or fashion show.
Since the success of your graduate collection, have you felt pressure to create something that is as equally as well received?
The pressure never came as a lack of creativity, rather a pressure of having to multitask different areas of my business. It’s hard to be a designer, pr, stylist and commercial director at the same time.All this changed when I found my `Pierre Bergé`.
What is your opinion of the menswear scene?
When watching men’s fashion, I see there is a need of innovation, a need to shake off the cliché provoked by the new roles of men in today’s society.
Where would you like to see menswear go?
I would like to see society allow menswear to move more naturally into a unisex way of dressing.
Does your style influence your designs?
Totally! My personal style is classic and always visible in my designs, but on the other hand I like to play with strength and innovation.
How much does Barcelona influence/inspire you?
Barcelona helps me because it’s my hometown - a sort of comfort zone in a good way, not too big, with all the tools to create.
How important is newness in your designs?
It’s a constant state of mind, a kind of hunger to look for newness. Even if I am not designing a collection I really love to discover new music and literature.
What does the future hold for Guillem Rodriguez?
Following my passions!
Q+A by Adjoa Gharban (follow Adjoa on Twitter: @Adjyg)
Friday January 30th, Q+A with Victor Von Schwarz
Barcelona Fashion Week starts on Monday 2 and we wanted to introduce you three up and coming Barcelona based menswear designers - Georgina Vendrell, Guillem Rodriguez and Victor Von Schwarz. The editorial was photographed on the coast of Barcelona and features pieces from their SS15 collection (scroll down to see the editorial). Grit's Contributing Editor Adjoa Gharban interviewed each designer, read Victor von Schwarz Q+A below, Guillem's and Georgina's interviews will up online next week.
You’re a Russian who was born in Barcelona. Do you think this influences your designs?
Not too much... in the beginning I was interested in Russian culture and art a lot. Now I’m more interested in Asia. I have to admit I even can’t speak Russian, so I think I’m more Catalan than Russian.
Which designers’ careers would you love to emulate, if any?
I really like Josep Font, he is from Barcelona and now he is doing NY fashion week with another brand (Del Pozo). I really appreciate his work. All the details, material and cutting are simply perfect and his career has been full of work and recognition.
What are the biggest influences on your designs?
I like to mix influences from different kind of designers. I love some Japanese brands like Mikio Sakabe, who have a really cute and girly vision of men and women. I also like people like Elie Saab and Valentino who have a really classical vision of the woman. It all depends on the season and the ideas I have for the collection.
Who do you see wearing Victor Von Schwartz? Who is your dream customer?
My dream client would be a woman/man who wants to feel different from the rest, following their own aesthetic values.
How do you feel about the future? Where do you see the label heading?
With the Spanish crisis everything is a little uncertain, but I would love to keep trying to expand sales in foreign countries and have my own shop in Taipei.
What 3 words sum up your AW15 collection?
Taoism. Luxury. Dogs.
by Adjoa Gharban (follow Adjoa on Twitter: @Adjyg)
Friday January 30th, Oscar
jumpsuit - Georgina Vendrell
LEFT: jumpsuit - Georgina Vendrell
RIGHT: embellished sweater - Victor von Schwarz
LEFT: leather top - Georgina Vendrell, trench coat - Guillem Rodriguez
RIGHT: sweatshirt with mesh and shorts - Victor von Schwarz
LEFT: trench coat - Guillem Rodriguez, mesh shorts - Georgina Vendrell
RIGHT: leather top - Georgina Vendrell
Short sleeved shirt - Guillem Rodriguez
Rucksack with towel - Georgina Vendrell
Shorts - Victor Von Schwarz
Photography - Niclas Heikkinen
Model - Oscar @Marlene
Tuesday January 27th, Paris Menswear Fashion Week
Gosha Rubchinskiy AW15
Louis Vuitton AW15
3.1 Phillip Lim AW15
Dries Van Noten AW15
Friday January 23rd, Milan Fashion Week
Bottega Veneta AW15
Calvin Klein AW15
Thursday January 22nd, Grit Spring 15 #2
Grit's Spring 15 issue "Doucement" will be out soon. Cover #2, photography by Mia Dabrowski, styling by Lu Philippe Guilmette
Tuesday January 20th, Grit Spring 15
Grit's Spring 15 issue "Doucement" will be out soon. Featuring works of amazing artists such as Mia Dabrowski, Lu Philippe Guilmette, Niclas Heikkinen, Kama Krystel, Vicki King and Hamish Wirgman. We are releasing Grit covers this week.
Photography - Niclas Heikkinen
Styling - Kama Krystel
Hair - Carolina Crona
Make Up - Angela Davis-Deacon @Factory
Model - Fia @IMG
Fia wears a sweater by Toga Archives
Friday January 16th, Valentino SS15 campaign
Valentino SS15 campaign photographed by Michal Pudalka
Friday January 16th, Brack-Man SS15
Photography - Rowan Corr
Styling - Elizabeth Fraser-Bell
Styling assistant - Cassie Walker
Makeup - Mona Leanne
Art Direction - Max Parsons
Tuesday January 13th, Highlight from LC:M + Galliano's return
John Galliano for Maison Margiela Spring 15 Couture
Craig Green AW15
Christopher Shannon AW15
JW Anderson AW15
Sunday December 21st, Happy Holidays!
Andy Warhol for Tiffany's
Happy Holidays! We'll be back in January 2015.
Friday December 19th, Grit
I-d features a Grit image (photography by Winter Vandenbrink, styling by Isabella Kavanagh) from Grit's Summer 14 issue "Bliss", but not crediting Grit but a different magazine. :/
Friday December 12th, Loewe Resort 15
Loewe Resort 15, photographed by Jamie Hawkesworth
Tuesday December 9th, Eastpak x Jean Paul Gaultier
Friday December 5th, Alexander Wang Denim
Alexander Wang Denim Winter 14 campaign photographed by Steven Klein
Tuesday December 2nd, Viviane Sassen exhibition
LEFT: Blue Bird, from the series "Sol & Luna", 2010
RIGHT: Girl with Bread, 2012
Viviane Sassen "Analemma" exhibition at the Photographers' Gallery until Jan 18, 2015
Friday November 28th, JW Anderson SS15 campaign
JW Anderson SS15 campaign photographed by Jamie Hawkesworth
Tuesday November 26th, Celine Resort 15 campaign
Celine Resort 15 campaign photographed by Tyrone Lebon
Friday November 21st, Egon Schiele "Radical Nude" exhibition
LEFT: Mime van Osen with crossed arms, 1910
RIGHT: Seated Female Nude With Raised Right Arm, 1910
Egon Schiele "Radical Nude" exhibition at the Courtauld Gallery, until January 18, 2015
Thursday November 20th, exclusive images from Double Magazine # 28
Photography - Zoé Ghertner, Styling - Marie Chaix
Photos courtesy of Lucien Pages PR
Friday November 14th, Miu Miu Resort15
Miu Miu Resort15, Natalie Westling photographed by Jamie Hawkesworth
Tuesday November 11th, Emily Carr exhibition
LEFT: Gitwangak, Queen Charlotte Islands, 1912
RIGHT: Arbutus Tree, 1922
Emily Carr exhibition "From the Forest to the Sea" at the Dulwich Picture Gallery until Mar 8.
Monday November 10th, Grit Winter 14 "PURR"
Grit Winter 14 issue "PURR"
Photography: Niclas Heikkinen
Styling: Benjamin Brouillet
Make Up: Ai Cho
Hair: Ken Tanuma
Model: Anastasiia @NextParis
Tuesday November 4th, Marieme
LEFT: TOP - Hickie, COAT - Tara Jarmon
RIGHT: jacket - Nelly
CROP TOP - Carin Wester, BELT (worn as a scarf) - Ganni, LEGGINGS - Eleven Paris
GLOVES - Tara Jarmon, JUMPER - Nelly
LEFT: FAUX FUR BOMBER JACKET and SCARF - Carin Wester
RIGHT: LEGGINGS - Eleven Paris
Photography - Niclas Heikkinen
Styling - Laberiane Ponton
Model - Marieme @Next Paris
Saturday November 1st, Ann Muddy "Girlhood"
Ann Muddy "Girlhood"
Tuesday October 28th, Alexander Krack "Morgens Nuchtern, Am Brunnen, Zu Bett
Friday October 24th, Melanie by Sophie Tajan
COAT - Yifang Wan, DRESS - AVA Catherside, SHOES - Purified
TOP - Faustine Steinmetz, SKIRT - Rejina Pyo
TOP - Faustine Steinmetz, SKIRT - Rejina Pyo
TOP - Chalayan, TROUSERS - Faustine Steinmetz
DRESS - Isa Arfen
DRESS - Rejina Pyo, COAT - AVA Catherside
TOP - Rejina Pyo, SKIRT - Yifang Wan
Photography: Sophie Tajan
Styling: Kama Krystel
Make Up: Gillian Campbell www.gilliancampbell.tv
Hair: Liv Holst www.livholst.com
Model: Melanie Culley @Premier
Tuesday October 21st, Yana Wernicke, Irrlicht 2014
Selected works from Yana Wernicke's Irrlicht (2014) series. Yana's work was showcased at the Ostkreuz School of Photography Annual Graduate Exhibition.
Friday October 17th, Frieze Art Fair, 2014
Ken Kagami "Bronze Chupa Chups", 2014
Ken Kagami "Oreos", 2014
Tuesday October 14th, ACNE underwear
ACNE studios have released their first ever collection of underwear. When it comes to the colours the founder Jonny Jonasson thinks underwear should be beige or skin-colored since he prefers no underwear.
Tuesday October 14th, Marcel Duchamp
LEFT: Baptême 1911
RIGHT: Nude Descending a Staircase, 1912
Marcel Duchamp early paintings exhibition at the Centre Pompidou until Jan 5, 2015.
Friday October 10th, Pasolini Roma
LEFT: Pier Paolo Pasolini on the set of "Il Decameron", 1971
RIGHT: Silvana Mangano in "Teorema", 1968
"Pasolini Roma" exhibition at Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin until January 5, 2015
Tuesday October 7th, Donal Drawbertson at Colette
LEFT: "Instagram-Artist" Donald Drawbertson was making his collages at Colette on Monday (October 6th)
RIGHT: one of Donald's earlier pieces
Friday October 3rd, Highlights from PFW
Louis Vuitton SS15
Haider Ackermann SS15
Friday September 26th, Highlights from PFW
Dries Van Noten SS15
Tuesday September 23rd, Highlights from MFW
Friday September 19th, Malevich at Tate Modern
LEFT: Black Square 1915
RIGHT: A Woman With A Rake c.1932
Kazimir Malevich's retrospective at Tate Modern until October 26.
Tuesday September 16th, Highlights on LFW
Simone Rocha SS15
Thomas Tait SS15
Christopher Kane SS15
Mary Katranzou SS15
Tuesday September 16th, Francesca Woodman "Zigzag"
Francesca Woodman "Zigzag" exhibition at Victoria Miro gallery
Friday September 11th, Highlights from NYFW
Marc Jacobs SS15
Proenza Schouler SS15
Tuesday September 9th, Highlights from NYFW
The Row SS15
Friday September 5th, Soixante Neuf covers, part 2
Liam Gardner @Select, photographed by Harry Carr @TheBookAgency, styled by Lorenzo Posocco
Tuesday September 2nd, Soixante Neuf covers
Taya Ermoshkina @M&P lands on the Grit Autumn 14 issue cover.
Photography - Phil Dunlop
Styling - Coline Bach
Set - Stephanie Kevers
Hair - Sarah Jo Palmer
Make Up - Kristine Ralph
Casting - Niclas Heikkinen
Taya wears a dress by Moschino Cheap by Chic, stockings - Falke, high waisted suspender pants & neck scarf - Fifi Chachnil, belt - Beyond Retro
Serge Gainsbourg's song "Soixante Neuf Année Érotique" lends its name to the Autumn 14 issue of Grit. The third cover of the issue photographed by Harry Carr will be released soon. Watch this space!
Tuesday August 5th, Bonne vacances!
David Hockney "A Bigger Splash, 1967"
We're on holiday, we'll be back in the end of August! Bonne Vacances!
Friday August 1st, Martial Raysse retrospective
LEFT: Make Up, 1962
RIGHT: America, America, 1964
LEFT: Made in Japan - La Grande Opalisque, 1964
RIGHT: Nissa Bella, 1965
Martial Raysse Retrospective (1960-2014) at the Centre Pompidou until Monday, September 22nd
Tuesday July 29th, Chloe AW14 campaign
photographed by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin
Friday July 25th, Lanvin AW14 campaign
photographed by Tim Walker
Friday July 18th, Grit goes East
This summer Grit goes East, a series of go see portraits by Winter Vandenbrink
Lukas @Nevs, 21, Lithuania
"People should visit a few cities in my country (Nida, Palanga, Vilnius) - they are all really nice."
Simonas@Elite, 21, Lithuania
What’s your favourite word in Lithuanian?
"It’s a hard question because there are a lot words. Maybe "svajone" which
Sasha Volosatov @Premier, 18, scouted in a festival called Benicassim, Spain.
Aleksandr @Nevs, 20, Estonia.
My favorite words in my mother language are kretín, gordost, chest' and drakon (buster, pride, honor, dragon)
All clothing by American Apparel
Tuesday July 16th, Carven AW14 campaign by Viviane Sassen
Carven AW14 campaign by Viviane Sassen
Friday July 11th, Sara and Lo by Christoph Wohlfahrt
Our special editorial series "Basic French lessons" comes to an end with a story by Christoph Wohlfahrt and Benjamin Brouillet and it's called "Ni Thelma ... ni Louise..."
Dress - Corbier Agostini, necklace - Bliss Lau
LEFT:Lo wears a bra - Yasmine Eslami, skirt - Victoria Tomas, Sara wears a t-shirt & bomber jacket - ASSK
RIGHT: shirt - Shaun Samson, skirt - Y/Project
LEFT: Lo wears a top&glove - Y/Project, Sara wears a dress - Mimi's Beer
RIGHT: top & leggings - Manish Arora, jeans - Y/Project
bomber jacket - ASSK, white top - Corbier Agostini, necklace & purse - Zana Bayne, skirt - VETEMENTS, shoes - VSP
LEFT: sweatshirt - Assk, skirt - Isabel Benato
RIGHT: top - Y/Project
LEFT: cap - Mimi's Beer, dress - Maison Kitsune, shoes - A.P.C
RIGHT: leather jacket & skirt - Anne Sofie Madsen
LEFT: cap - Mimi's Beer, dress - Maison Kitsune
RIGHT: Sara wears a sweatshirt - ASSK, Lo wears a bomber jacket and top - Y/Project
LEFT: sweatshirt - ASSK
RIGHT: top - Mimi's Beer, skirt - Y/Project
All clothing by Mimi's Beer
LEFT: coat - ASSK, knitwear - Maison Kitsune, necklace - Zana Bayne, shoes - APC
RIGHT: dress - Y/Project
coat - Victoria Tomas, necklace - Zana Bayne, top&skirt - Mimi's Beer
Photography - Christoph Wohlfahrt
Styling - Benjamin Brouillet
Hair - Shuko Sumida @ Walter Schupfer Management
Make Up - Ai Cho
Models - Sara Steiner @Marilyn Paris and Lo Verplancke @Women Paris
Tuesday July 8th, Vive Paris! Sonia by Sonia Rykiel film
Vive Paris! Sonia by Sonia Rykiel film starring Gaelle Mancina and Philippine Chaumont.
All the clothing from Sonia by Sonia Rykiel AW14 Pre-Collection.
Friday July 4th, Madi by Benjamin Mallek
LEFT: top - JW Anderson
RIGHT: dress - JW Anderson, shoes - Dorateymur
LEFT: coat - Ann-Sofie Back
RIGHT: sweater - JW Anderson, trousers - Yirantian, shoes - Kult Domini
LEFT: top - Yirantian
RIGHT: dress - Damir Doma, shoes - Dorateymur
LEFT: top - Yirantian, trousers - JH. Zane, shoes - Dorateymur
RIGHT: top - JW Anderson, shorts - Rachel Comey
LEFT: jacket&skirt - Ann-Sofie Back, shoes - Dorateymur
RIGHT: top - Rejina Pyo, skirt - JW Anderson
Photography - Benjamin Mallek
Stylist - Kama Krystel
Make Up - Gillian Campbell
Hair - Jonahid Miah using Aveda
Model - Madi Fogg @Premier
Tuesday July 1st, Louis Vuitton AW14 campaign
Tuesday June 24th, Lanvin Resort 15
Lanvin Resort 15, photographed by Stephane Gallois
Tuesday June 17th, Tove Jansson exhibition in Ateneum, Finland
If in Helsinki this summer, make sure not to miss out Tove Jansson's exhibition at Ateneum which has been organised to mark the 100th anniversary of her birth. Much more than a creator of Moomin stories and characters, Jansson was also an author and political caricaturist.
Tove Jansson, Mysterious Landscape, ca 1930.
Friday June 13th, Rachael Robinson by Julien Bernard
Our special June editorial series "Basic French lessons" continues with a story by Julien Bernard and Danielle Van Camp and it's called "Faire du Shopping" (Go Shopping).
Wool coat with star detail and muff - Jean Charles de Castelbajac, cow-hide platform boots - Corbier Agostini
LEFT: Rib knit cropped top - Y/Project, grey peplum trousers with contrast side panels - MBMJ, long fur coat - Corbier Agostini
RIGHT: Knit top - Sonia by Sonia Rykiel, printed wool skirt - ACNE, textured wool coat - Marella and cow-hide platform boots - Corbier Agostini
LEFT: Multi-coloured embroidered knit top and sand-wash silk skirt - Jean Charles de Castelbajac, wool knit sweater tied around waist - Sportmax, hooded wool coat - Vionnet
RIGHT: Wool knit turtle-neck sweater - ‘S MaxMara, wool tweed and leather trim jacket, wool shorts and leather zip front gloves - ACNE, vintage hat stylist’s own
LEFT: Shirt with contrast detail - MBMJ, cropped mottled wool jumper - Sportmax, textured wool mini-skirt - Sportmax, wool coat - Rochas and cow-hide platform boots - Corbier Agostini
RIGHT: Wool knit sweater with button detail - Sportmax, striped rib knit belt and wool trench with quilted lining - Sonia by Sonia Rykiel
LEFT: Nylon with knit back cardigan - Sonia by Sonia Rykiel, asymmetric wool skirt with split - Jean Charles de Castelbajac, oversized wool poncho and cow-hide platform boots - Corbier Agostini
RIGHT: Striped silk satin trousers - Ulyana Sergeenko, wool coat with piping detail and quilted front - Sonia by Sonia Rykiel
Tuesday June 10th, Moschino AW14 campaign
Moschino AW14 campaign by Steven Meisel
Friday June 6th, Proenza Schouler swimwear line
Proenza Schouler swimwear line is set to begin delivery in October.
Tuesday June 3rd, Jordan Gamard by Vito Fernicola
Vito Fernicola's shoot is the first editorial from Grit’s series “Basic French lessons” in June.
For our readers, it’s probably no secret that we love Dries Van Noten, Issey Miyake and Bless. That's why our first lesson in French is "J'aime (I love)"
Vest and jumpsuit - Bless
Shirt, bomber jacket and jeans - Dries Van Noten
LEFT: poncho - Issey Miyake Men
RIGHT: shirt - Romain Brau, bomber jacket and trousers - Dries Van Noten
Vest - Diesel
LEFT&RIGHT: shirt, coat and jeans - Dries Van Noten
LEFT: coat - Issey Miyake Men
RIGHT: vest & trousers - Bless
Photography - Vito Fernicola
Styling - Lu Philippe Guilmette
Model - Jordan Gamard @Elite Paris
Friday May 30th, Ashish x Topshop
Ashish x Topshop Capsule Collection available now at Topshop
Tuesday May 27th, Grit beauty - Felicity by Phil Dunlop
RIGHT: coat - Dolce&Gabbana
LEFT: top - Rick Owens
RIGHT: bra - Eres
LEFT: jacket - Stella McCartney
Photography - Phil Dunlop
Styling - Camilla Raven
Make Up - Sofia Bermudez
Hair - Sarah Jo Palmer
Photographic Assistant - Alec McLeish
Photographic Assistant - Klaus Blumenrath
Casting - Simon Lewis @Cast and Elect
Model - Felicity Peel @Elite
Tuesday May 20th, Louis Vuitton Resort 2015
Friday May 9th, Miu Miu Eyewear Campaign Film SS14
Tuesday May 6th, a sneak preview of Winter Vanderbink's story for Summer 14 issue "Bliss"
Photography - Winter Vandenbrink
Styling - Isabella Kavanagh
Model: Robbie McKinnon @Supa
Saturday May 3rd, Lucio Fontana
LEFT: Concetto Spaziale Attese, 1965
RIGHT: Concetto Spaziale, 1962
Lucio Fontana exhibition at Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris until August Sun, August 24.
Tuesday April 29th, Henri Matisse - The Cut Outs
Henri Matisse - The Cut Outs exhibition at Tate Modern, until 7 September 2014
Saturday April 26th, Bliss
LEFT: Kesse Donkor@ Premier, photography by Niclas Heikkinen
RIGHT: Photography by Jonas Lindstroem, styling by Paul Maximilian Schlosser
Melina Gesto @Viva London photography by Niclas Heikkinen
Wednesday April 16th, Happy Easter!
Faberge Big Egg Hunt in NY,
LEFT: Kate Moss Easter Egg Sculpture by Bruce Weber
RIGHT: Easter Egg by Faig Ahmed
Friday April 11th, Anders Haal Q+A
Grit's series of Q+A with up and coming designers (scroll down to read about 22/4 by Stephanie Hahn and Lina Michal) continues with the womenswear designer hailing from Sweden - Anders Haal. Anders debut collection SS14 was inspired by surfers and hackers, interestingly enough we were first introduced to Ander's world through tumblr.
Where did you study?
I went to study at Beckmans College of Design in Stockholm and before that I studied art and lived in Berlin for a while.
Your debut collection (SS14) was inspired by surfers and hackers. Why hackers and why combining surfers and hackers?
It was an idea of a collage. Hacking is more of a coding mind set or an attitude. A healthy approach to life. With the classic surfer dude thing, I thought was a nice way to work with something active and not so precious. In that sense this project is about lifestyle. I was really tired and frustrated of what was going on in the market, since everything has been extremely streamlined for a long time.
Who’s the Haal woman?
Comfortable. Carefree. Unlimited, but still very specific sometimes. I guess I design for people who understand they are free to be who ever they please. Its not my job to fit them into my categories.
You used to work for Ann-Sofie Back Atelje for several years. What made you go solo?
I knew I wanted to do it when I couldn't find anyone I wanted to work for, only with a few exceptions. but actually the idea of doing my own was there from the beginning. As of this summer, I've had the opportunity to work full time on the project and now I have set up a studio.
In addition to designing clothes, you also design eyewear. Any particular reason why eyewear and not shoes or bags?
For me the products together create a story, and you fill in the gaps yourself. The way I put together a leather trenchcoat with a peace sign towel and a pair of aviators. Sunnies are always fun because you work with a face, an identity. Not so much, just a product. The collection and range will grow each season and will eventually tell new stories.
What’s next for Haal?
Well, my ideas and visions about the project are developing all the time, but my ambition is to grow and develop new product groups. And I want to continue working with people I like and that feel relevant for HAAL. Next season will be a bigger step in the same direction.
Tuesday April 8th, Winter Vandenbrink's special Grit project "Go See Tuesday"
The series "Go See Tuesday" features 5 new faces from different London agencies shot by the Grit regular Photographer Winter Vandenbrink, scroll down to see which boys popped in to see Winter.
Tim Sprague @Nevs
Josh Wicks @Models1
Diego Moncada @Established
Jake Love @Select
Oliver Cookson @AMCK
Maria Papadopoulou/Mac Pro
visit Grit's tumblr page to see black and white portraits of Diego, Jake, Josh, Oliver and Tim
Monday April 7th, Preview of Winter Vandenbrink's special Grit project "Go See Tuesday"
Oliver Cookson @AMCK models
Maria Papadopoulou/Mac Pro
the series features 5 models from different London agencies, the whole series will be up online tomorrow
Friday April 1st, Martin Creed exhibition at Hayward Gallery
Martin Creed exhibition at Hayward Gallery, now extended, until May 5
Tuesday April 1st, Hedonism and Minimale Animale SS14"Point Dume" lookbook
LEFT: the Angel gone bad, Madison Lee (Demi Moore) in Charlie's Angels
RIGHT: Holiday Magazine relaunches, the Creative Director Franck Durand has numbered his first issue 373, picking up where Holiday left off in 1977. The theme for the the issue 373 is "69" an allusion of freedom of that year.
"Jellyfish House" designed by Wiel Arets in Marbella.
Minimale Animale SS14 lookbook, photographed by Henrik Purienne
Friday March 28th, Behind the Scenes of Grit Summer 14 issue shoot
Grit Summer 14 issue will be out soon, here's a behind-the-scenes pic from one of our shoots.
Tuesday March 25th, Celine Store in London
Celine Store opened its doors in London on Friday
Wednesday March 19th, Leigh Ledare exhibition
LEFT: Leigh Ledare "Pretend You're Actually Alive" series, 2008
RIGHT: Leigh Ledare "Double Blind" series, 2010
The NY based artist Leigh Ledare is probably best known from his series "Pretend You're Actually Alive", a series dealing with his mother's sexuality. The other series of work seen here is from the series called "Double Blind". In this series Mr Ledare photographed his ex-wife in an isolated cabin, then asking her new husband to do the same.
Leigh Ledare exhibition at Mitchell-Innes & Nash Gallery, 534 W 26th Street, Chelsea NY, Fri 21 March- Sat April 26
Friday March 14th, Under the Skin
Under the Skin, directed by Jonathan Glazer
Tuesday March 11th, Hannah Hoch at Whitechapel Gallery
Hannah Hoch (1889 - 1978) was a member of Berlin's Dada movement in 1920's. Known for her collages made from fashion magazines and illustrated journals, her work made humorous and moving commentary on society. Hoch questioned conventional concepts of relationships, beauty and the making of art. Her collages explore the concept of the "New Woman" in Germany following the World War I.
LEFT: Hannah Hoch "Ohne Titel"
RIGHT: Hannah Hoch "Ohne Titel", 1930
Hannah Hoch "Sea Serpent", 1937
LEFT: Hannah Hoch "The Beautiful Bottom", 1959
RIGHT: Hannah Hoch "The Bride", 1933, from the series "From an Ethnographic Museum". In this series Hoch combines images of female bodies with traditional masks and objects, questioning traditional gender and racial stereotypes.
Hannah Hoch until 23 March at Whitechapel Gallery
Friday March 7th, Misha Hart by Vicki King
top - Co-te, coat - Beyond Retro
dress - Kristina Egle, scarf - Emma J Shipley
LEFT: top - Martina Spetlova, skirt - American Apparel, socks - This Is Uniform
RIGHT: top and skirt - Martina Spetlova
LEFT: dress - Sophie Tohl, top - This Is Uniform
RIGHT: turtle neck - Avelon, top - Kirsty Ward, jacket - Mehle, skirt - This Is Uniform, hat - Borsalino
dress - Hexa by Kuho, shorts - This Is Uniform, scarf - Beyond Retro, socks - Falke
LEFT: turtle neck - Avelon, shorts - Hexa by Kuho, socks - This Is Uniform, trainers - stylists own
RIGHT: top - Hexa by Kuho, tennis dress - Mehle, polo shirt - Le Coq Sportif
Photography: Vicki King
Stylist: Francesca Pinna
Set Design: Libbi King
Make up: Michelle Dacillo using NARS cosmetics
Hair: Satomi Suzuki
Model: Misha Hart @ Viva London
Assistance: Rowan Southern & Dionne Walker
Friday March 7th, AUTUMN/WINTER 2014 BEAUTY ROUND UP
As the autumn/winter 2014 shows come to an end, we’ve seen the likes of Cara and Sam Rollinson clock approximately 276 miles on the catwalk, seen enough fashion vines to last, erm, until September and have mentally curated our autumn wardrobe. But attention turned to beauty, so lets talk the stand out beauty trends to come out of the catwalk…
Long gone are the days of sleek hair, Brazilian blow-dry who? Embrace your inner wild child and lets your locks run free, but remember, you gotta keep it chic though. Look to J.W. Anderson for inspiration where flyways were both graceful and tough. Remember that hair tuck that everybody had a go at? Well, it’s back, sort of. At Iceberg hair was tucked insouciantly behind ears, think cool-skater-girl chic. Marni’s girl took to the catwalk with locks of hair a few drops beyond dewy - almost drenched - but the most perfect incarnation of the post-showery look. Extremists rejoice.
LEFT: JW Anderson AW14, RIGHT: Iceberg AW14
The classic saviour of the beauty world, the red lip proved it’s timelessness. Always a stand out show in the beauty stakes, Prada and Pat McGrath certainly didn’t disappoint. Some girls came out with light and powdery versions whilst others came out with full on deep red hues. Try a matte cherry lip stain a la AF Vandervorst or look to MaxMara for inspiration where lips were drenched with full-bodied raspberry tones.
LEFT: Prada, RIGHT: AF Vandervorst
Love your liner
It seems the beauty worlds fascination with eyeliner is going to hold on just that little bit longer, we’ve seen every incarnation imaginable; the ubiquitous feline flick gets a welcome update with precise blue sweeps across lids at Kenzo, the rounded off flick at Maxime Simoens, worn-in smudged lines at Topshop and the new way to wear your liner at Anthony Vaccarello with a graphic thin strips above and below the eye set off with extended red flick - attitude optional.
LEFT: Anthony Vaccarello RIGHT: Kenzo
Eschewing full-on ‘looks’, virginal beauty was all over the catwalks. From just-bitten lips with hints of pink a la Vanessa Bruno, nude but glossy skin at Isabel Marant and hyper-polished accents at Balmain, virginal beauty was beautifully displayed.
Vanessa Bruno AW14
by Sunil Makan
Follow Sunil on Twitter: @sunileo86
Thursday March 6th, Highlights of Paris Fashion Week, part 2
Miu Miu AW14
Louis Vuitton AW14
Haider Ackermann AW14
Wednesday March 5th, Richard Hamilton at Tate Modern
Richard Hamilton for the cover of Living Arts Magazine
Richard Hamilton exhibition at Tate Modern, 13 February - 26 May
Friday February 28th, Highlights of Paris Fashion Week
Maison Martin Margiela AW14
Wednesday February 26th, Toni Halonen for Kenzo
Toni Halonen for Kenzo
Tuesday February 25th, Tessa Edwards AW14
Gold and crystals were a central theme of Tessa's AW14 collection "As Seen On Screen".
Pre show pictures - Olivia Rose
Catwalk photos - Jay Kirton
Images courtesy of PR
Love crystals? Check out Grit's Kyanite issue #12. (Kyanite is a crystal used in crystal healing).
Tuesday February 25th, LA love - Kerry James Marshall
Our LA Love Series continues with the Artist Kerry James Marshall. Kerry James Marshall was born in Birmingham, Alabama and grew up in South Central Los Angeles and now lives in Chicago.
LEFT: Blue Water Silver Moon (Mermaid), 1991
RIGHT: Untitled (Painter), 2010
Nude (Spotlight), 2009
Tuesday February 25th, Highlights of Milan Fashion Week Part 2
Marni AW14, LEFT: prints by German artist Magnus Plessen
Missoni AW14; sportswear inspired collection and 70's colour palette.
Monday February 24th, Raf Simons x Fred Perry SS14 collection
Photo courtesy of PR
Friday February 21st, MFW highlights
Tuesday February 18th, LFW highlights continued
Grit cover girls Helena Severin @Viva and Georgia Taylor @IMG at Christopher Kane show
Christopher Kane AW14
Thomas Tait AW14
Simone Rocha AW14
Sunday February 16th, LFW highlights from Friday and Saturday
Drew Henry, Central Saint Martins
Lucas Nascimento AW14
Phoebe English AW14
Friday February 14th, NYFW part 2
Marc Jacobs AW14
Calvin Klein AW14, like The Row and Altuzarra (see Tuesday blogpost), Calvin Klein's AW14 collection was crafty and featured some beautiful knitted pieces.
Thursday February 13th, Q+A with Stephanie Hahn from 22/4
We caught up with the designer Stephanie Hahn behind the label 22/4 before the upcoming Paris Fashion Week. The name of this Dusseldorf based label derives from the mathematical equation 2+2=4 which is an indication of 22/4’s high quality standards.
You design for both men and women, but your label isn’t unisex. In one of your interviews you have mentioned you work on the masculine and feminine common identity. What do you think is the common identity?
First of all thank you for not calling my brand “unisex”! For me and my team it’s the worst and most untrue term related to our work and to the identity and philosophy of 22/4. We don’t work with a unisex pattern system. Our menswear is based on the traditional menswear pattern systems and the same for the women’s - it’s based on the traditional women’s wear pattern systems.
We liberalize the idea of genders in fashion by creating a common identity - a connection of the men’s and the women’s collection. The common identity of 22/4 arises out of the fact that I don’t separate the men’s and women’s collection during the development process. I see and feel them as one collection. For me it’s all part of the same story and based on the same inspiration, the same mood and idea of shapes and silhouettes. I even like to use the same materials for certain men’s and women’s pieces – especially when it comes to the signature pieces I have to admit.
22/4 SS14 men
22/4 SS14 women
You are based in Dusseldorf. How is the fashion industry in Dusseldorf?
To be honest I don’t really know the industry in Düsseldorf. I was always interested in Paris and focused on its industry. I think I probably know better the music scene here and parts of the art scene than the fashion industry in Düsseldorf.
Despite of being based in Germany, you have chosen to show in Paris from all the other fashion weeks. As a relatively new designer how do you try to set yourself apart from the more established labels in Paris?
I try my very best not to be too commercial and allow myself and the brand to grow with every new project and season. I strongly believe in the process of development.
Here in Britain, there’s been discussion about fashion design education and how difficult it is to find great pattern cutters these days since everyone wants to make their own label/become a star designer. What are your thoughts on this as a German designer?
Well, it’s generally no disadvantage to know the techniques of your profession. I benefit a lot from the fact that I know how to do a cut already while sketching my ideas. And I personally really appreciate discussing technical details with my team during the development process of a piece. We work on ideas and new techniques together and see how we can always stretch the technical boundaries a bit more. I just think that we all should take care that we keep in mind that fashion is beside of anything else based on a technical structure and system. It’s not that bad to know the system before you start to break it into pieces.
For the AW14 collection you used faux fur for the first time. Any other materials you’re keen on experimenting with?
Let’s see. Choosing the fabrics is a very intuitive and emotional process so I never really know what might attract me next. But I generally like to experiment with fabrics and to put them into another often unexpected context.
LEFT: 22/4 AW14 men, RIGHT: 22/4 AW14 women
Recently we’ve been asking the designers we interview which one would they be happier to share with people - sketchbook or diary. Why?
Except with my team and the people I choose to work with, I don’t feel a need to share my sketchbook with anyone. And I don’t keep a diary - for me my collections are my diaries and them I do share with everyone interested in 22/4.
What can we expect from 22/4 in the future? Any special projects coming up?
More of 22/4, for me every collection is already another special project as it’s never just about garments.
22/4 SS14 campaign photographed by Stefan Milev
Tuesday February 11th, Cléa Vincent - Retiens mon désir
This track by Cléa Vincent is an instant moodlifter.
Tuesday February 11th, Artisanal bliss in NYFW
We wanted to pay homage to all the amazing artisanal expertise we've seen in NYFW over the past few days. Crafty and modern luxury hand in hand.
LEFT: woven tapestry at Altuzarra AW14
RIGHT: hand knit cashmere skirts The Row AW14
Sunday February 9th, Kenzo SS14 campaign film by TOILETPAPER
Photography Pierpaolo Ferrari
Animation Thomas Traum
Friday February 7th, 3.1 Phillip Lim SS14 campaign film
Thursday February 6th, Spring 14 Utility Clothing
Like the title of our "Spring 14" issue "Metier" suggest; sporty reinterpreted utility clothing is hot this spring. We selected some of the best dungaree/overall looks from SS14 catwalks.
LEFT: Vanessa Bruno SS14, RIGHT: Rag&Bone SS14
LEFT: Givenchy SS14, RIGHT: Topshop Unique SS14
Tuesday February 4th, Q+A with Lina Michal
Congratulations on winning the Muuse x Vogue Talents award. Your collection “Heathen Hearts” takes an inspiration from Swedish ethnic fashion ... What things in particular inspired you in the way people used to dress in the old days in Sweden?
It’s not so much inspired by historic costume as it is inspired by our previous way of life, the culture of having a close spiritual relationship to nature. Less than 100 years ago it was still common knowledge in Sweden that magic beings guarded the trees, waters, meadows - that nature had soul. We have such a long history of animism and that inspired me to give the collection a organic, spontaneous feel to it.
You are currently interning at Opening Ceremony what is your normal day like?
No day is like the other, there is so much going on. On top of my internship I’m also working on a collection under my own name together with Muuse, so the days sure are long. I’m going to Denmark for fittings in the end of the month and it’ll be out in time for the SS15 season, it’s very exciting.
Here at Grit we love Swedish designers/labels such as Acne, Ann-Sofie Back and Sandra Backlund and yet we think there should be more Swedish designers who are recognised worldwide. What do you think is the biggest obstacles for Swedish designers to make it big?
Well, like with everything else it’s a matter of money. Sweden is a very small market and there’s not enough room for a lot of companies to take part in it. It becomes essential to get international stores to stock your designs, maybe we’re not very good at selling ourselves?
If you were not a designer what would you be doing?
I’d probably be a gardener.
Which one would you be less likely to share with other people your diary or sketchbook? Why?
My diary for sure, haha! I think it’s important to be able to share your sketchbook, to have the guts to show people your work before it is finished and perfected. There is so much you can learn from letting go of things, sharing even the stuff that is still just a thought in your head or a sketch on paper. It helps you develop and see new angles to your work that you never would have noticed out on your own.
Since you’re currently in NY - Mermaid parade or Chinese Lunar New Year parade? Why?
I was actually out of town for both of these events. Get back to me next year and I’ll have an answer for you! But celebration, regardless of reason, is always nice.
Friday January 31st, Hunter Boots SS14 campaign
Hunter Boots SS14 campaign shot by Viviane Sassen
Thursday January 30th, Interview with the design duo Marques Almeida in 2011
Tuesday 26th July 2011 Q+A with Marques Almeida
The Portuguese duo Marques Almeida's graduate collection was one of our favourites graduate collections this year. Despite of being recent graduates, the future is looking bright for them - they are showing their SS12 collection in Fashion East in September.
As seen in our Wild Palms Pre AW11 issue, Marques Almeida's reworked denim pieces from their graduate collection are worn by the amazing Melodie Monrose (Premier) and styled by Larissa de Filippo. We interviewed Marta, the other half behind the label to find out a bit more how they work as a duo and what inspires them in denim.
Who is Marques Almeida girl?
The cool girl around the corner that feels identified with this
attitude we talk about through our clothes.
How do you work as a duo? How do you differ from each other?
We work very closely together and we differ a lot from each other and
that's the good part. We gradually found out, after all these years
working side by side, our individual strengths and skills. We work on
the creative part completely together in a very instinctive way but
then there are specifics stages where one of us is more active and
Your graduate collection was a denim collection. Why did you choose
to work on denim?
The denim came from our research, centered around the early to mid
nineties street syle references that we then reworked. Denim was the
iconic reference that we were faced with over and over and we wanted
to focus on it as part of this "youth code". Also, it's interesting and
exciting to be working with a material with so much possibilities in
itself and uncommon in the high end market.
You've been chosen as one of the designers to show in the Fashion
East in September which is an amazing stepping stone for any new designer.
What are your thoughts on this?
We are beyond excited,really.We are very aware of the opportunity and
we're so glad we get a chance to keep doing what we do with the
amazing support of the Fashion East team!
How does the Portuguese fashion differ from English? Would you say
there's any Portuguese references in your work?
It is very different and we're glad we got both training in Portugal
and the UK because it made us develop totally different skills.It's
hard to analyse its differences because the context is too different.
We wouldn't say there are any Portuguese aesthethic references in our
work. Although we believe that what we do is obviously strongly
connected to what we are and that comes so much from growing and
studying in a country as Portugal and it's big connection to the
textile industry, as it comes from the amazing skills and creative
development we were able to achieve by moving to London and having the
training we had here.
What are you listening in the studio right now?
A 90's playlist.
Thursday January 30th, Sonia by Sonia Rykiel Pre Fall 14