Franca Sozzani, the powerhouse behind Italian Vogue, has made a singular mark on the world of fashion over the last 30 years. After serving as an editor at both Vogue Bambini and the influential Italian fashion magazine Lei, Sozzani took over Italian Vogue in 1987, and since then, has transformed the magazine into a platform for celebrating the power of the image and of photography. In the process, she has helped reimagine the medium of the fashion magazine as a kind of cultural lightning rod, and has consistently used both fashion and fashion imagery as a vehicle for tackling social, political, and even environmental issues. Continue reading “Frankly speaking: Franca Sozzani” »
Some of you heard of him and some of you haven’t, not yet at least, but you’ve probably seen his shoes somewhere, he’s responsible for some of the hippest, sexiest and most elegant shoes ever made for men and women, accessory designer, Alejandro Ingelmo, mingles the Cuban influences of his heritage with a directional New York edge to create SOH…. Continue reading “Alejandro Ingelmo: Cuban sex appeal and New York smarts.” »
Monday, Monday is a grave deep and dark, Continue reading “Monday” »
American songstress Madeleine Peyroux has a voice very much reminiscent of Billie Holiday. For those who have never heard Peyroux sing, be prepared. She sounds like she just stepped off the stage of a 1930s supper club in Harlem. Her voice is coquettish, sassy, and world-weary, with 78-rpm graininess. It is not just that you can hear the influence of Louis Armstrong, Bing Crosby and especially Holiday. It is almost as if Peyroux was a contemporary who, through some rip in the time-space barrier has ended up in our over emotive, vacuous pop scene of today. Continue reading “Madeline Peyroux: from busking on the streets of Paris to Standing on Rooftops” »
A bit Nursery rhymes, a bit romper room and very very fun….Never a brand known for its subtlety, Ne-Net turned out yet another wacky collection for fall-winter, rife with animal motifs, alpine knitwear and prairie skirts for Winter 2012/13. Continue reading “Romper room magic and Nursery rhymes at Ne-net in Tokyo” »
PARIS, France — “Have you ever heard of Moynat? Yes, undoubtedly but your recollection is vague. And why is that? In the universe of chic luggage, the brand has been sleeping for the past forty years. So why would somebody want to wake it up now and how can that be achieved? …. Continue reading “The oldest trunk in Paris” »
We are so made that we can derive intense
Enjoyment from a contrast and very little
From a state of things.
Sigmund Freud. Continue reading “CHANGE: The Blow-Up theory” »
In one of the most fun and clever collections of the Season in Tokyo and otherwise….Designer Eri Utsugi drew inspiration for fall from birds, showing a collection filled with whimsical cartoon-like renditions of winged creatures, cloud prints and feather accents. Continue reading “The Life of Birds: Eri Utsugi for Mercibeaucoup in Tokyo F/W 2012” »
Just because you have gorgeous looks and a fit body doesn’t mean that you can become one of the best young models around. It takes a lot more than great hair, a beautiful face and a fit body to be able to book projects and clients. It takes diligence, patience and determination to go to numerous go-sees or screenings and still keep a high level of confidence despite turndowns and disappointments. It also takes good contacts and even a great agent or agency to help you get lucrative modeling jobs. Here are some useful tips to help you climb up the ladder to modeling success. Continue reading “Becoming a top young model is not all about good looks.” »
Tamae Hirokawa turned out a romantic collection with a touch of Goth and Nouveau Victorian. Interesting were the lace up stockings in as well as some day-wear brocade pieces which looked very modern and yet ladylike. Continue reading “Kiss of the Spider Woman: Somarta in Tokyo Fall 2012/13” »
Helmut Newton pushed back the boundaries of photography and became one of the most recognizable and talked about figures in the fashion world and one of the Gods of the medium. His mystic remains today as strong and alluring as ever. He broke the mold by remaining at the forefront of a visual style for several decades – One that saw many imitators as well as disciples; that in itself is a rarity in the fashion and publishing business. But through it all he never forgot he was a refugee who fled Nazi Germany and he got his first break as a photographer in Australia, the most unpretentious nation on the planet…maybe it was this way of acting and reacting that made his work so genuine and singularly fascinating.
Continue reading “Helmut Newton: Frames from the Edge” »
Global Japanese brand Uniqlo opened its largest store to date in Tokyo’s posh Ginza district on Friday, as thousands of people lined up before the opening to pick up the latest fashions from the mega chain. Continue reading “Uniqlo Ginza’s Marvel” »