It’s been a long time since we actually followed Takashi Murakami‘s exhibition, because we felt it was always the same and the artist was evolving only slowly. Wrong thought. The new pieces of the tokyo born artist of course have the same style and the same motives like the years before, but the way the artworks are composed and the new gold statues are so futuristic. The following pictures are of two exhibitions, the “ARHAT” at Blum & Poe Gallery in Los Angeles and at the Gallery Perrotin Hong Kong.
After Chanel conquered Singapore two weeks ago, Dior migrated the glamour of Cannes up the coast to Monaco for his presentation of the Dior’s colourful Cruise Collection 2014. Amongst the guests were stars like Jessica Biel, Liv Tyler and our embodiment of french beauty, Marion Cotillard. With the Mediterranean Sea the picturesque backdrop, Dior showcased its 2014 collection on Saturday night. There were sheer lace cover-ups, brightly colored dresses, and jackets and coats made of wool. Could this be the most “Raf Simons” Dior collection ever made? The designer stated:
“I never worked with lace before, it was about transforming the meaning of the material; not romantic, not historical, not old, to something light, playful, colorful and modern — with energy.” (more…)
Creative director, song writer and one of the most interesting creative minds I came across Ademide Udoma, has curated a group of his favourite producers, videographers and photographers to embark on a creative journey known simply as ‘Thy A’Priori’. Thy A’Priori should be seen as an avant garde and high fashion inspired abstract band. Monk Straps & Loafers II, their first track, is a pitch shifted tale of a misguided female who has fallen to the demonic-esque ways of capitalist greed and high fashion desires.The track was written by Ademide Udoma and produced by VS//YOUTHCLUB, an England based duo who have recently worked with Crystal Castles and many other renown electro bands and artists. (more…)
Summer is coming soon, eventually. In the meantime look at this editorial by New York based fashion-photographer Greg Kadel for Vogue Germany, June Issue. The stunning polish model Monika ‘Jac’ Jagaciak was captured highly seductive on the beach – which makes us want summer more than ever. (more…)
We’ve seen young sensations like Travi$ Scott before, but unlike the Houston rapper, most cannot maintain their ambiguity after entering the spotlight. Mind you, this is after he signed to both Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music and T.I.’s Hustle Gang, respectively, with not much material to show for it. But that all changes today with the release of his long-awaited mixtape, Owl Pharoah. The list of featurings is insane with Toro y Moi, Meek Mill, Theophilus London, 2Chainz, Wale and A$AP Ferg. Some of the tracks have already been released previously like “Upper Echelon” and “Quintana”.
We already presented you MR WIZE a couple of times. The 19 year old newcomer has already collaborated with Matthew Stone, Cassette Playa and Mykki Blanco. After debuting the visuals of `X´ last month, he sat down with Wonderland for an interview and performed an acoustic version of X.
Our friends at WAFFLESNCREAM have just released their Summer 2013 Lookbook. The collection features a range of t-shirts in their iconic skate style along with their new “Les Voiles de St Tropez” products. Our favourite is the yellow Crack is Wack college jacket – nice colour, cool print on the back of the jacket and the embroidered logo’s on the chest. Simple and clean. By the way, the lookbook was shot by photographer Oliver James Cargill, who we featured some time ago.
Jurij Treskow (born Polotsk, Belarus, 1984) is a Paris based photographer, specialised in black and white photography. His portfolio features work with Contributor Magazine, Vogue Italy, Vogue Russia and Grazia France alongside portraits of inspirational people like Christian Louboutin, Pierre Cardin, Damir Doma and Guy Laroche. The black and white contrast of his pictures is intense, makes you focus on the silhouettes. The photography is partially very seductive and generates an avant-garde vibe.
Take a look at a selection of his work after the jump. (more…)
London based all-round creative participant Ade Udoma just dropped his latest track entitled “Death of A.D.E” in anticipation of his upcoming project, which will be revealed later this week. The highly addictive track, which was produced by Krash, has an introduction by J. Robert Oppenheimer, the creator of the atomic bomb, talking about the reaction of when the bomb landed on Hiroshima. The artwork shows the execution of John the Baptist, who was killed for fore telling the future. (Caravaggio, 1607). It’s a metaphor for the necessity of A.D.E to get to the next step, which will be the ‘Thy A’Priori‘ project launching on wednesday. “An avant-garde inspired art and music outfit, created and curated by Ademide Udoma.”
In celebration of our 300th article we pay homage to photographer/film-maker and founder of Mirage Magazine, Henrik Purienne. No-one manages to capture the beauty of the female body and spirit only slightly the way he does. His work is highly erotic, but not in a cheap way at all. “Very 70s playboy meets 80s national geographic”. He also shot some campaigns for American Apparel, only the good ones of course. The pictures are timeless, yet they hit the vein of our present beau ideal.
Each season rising designer Simon Porte Jacquemus constructs a female character who embodies the spirit of the collection. And while her look and mood changes from season to season, her loose hair, make-up free face, and broad smile are enviable constant. The photography is an important element in the communication of the young label. Their lookbooks give you kind of an amateur-homemade feel and connect to the audience on a personal level.
The collection consists of minimalistic, perfectly coloured pieces with a subtle, youthful french touch. Browse the lookbook and coverage of the fashion show after the jump. (more…)
With his album only one month away, Kanye West performs a huge stunt to promote his new tune “New Slaves”. Well what’s the best way to promote a song that’s basically a ill creative rant hitting powerful people? Right, my thoughts exactly, you just project Kanye’s face on tall buildings in the biggest cities around the world at the same time and let him spit his verses on us slaves. The track is ill, a trill beat, kanye spiting hard verses pretty monotone and at the end Frank Ocean sings. Perfect song right? I guess we can expect him to perform this track on SNL tonight.
Go to http://www.kanyewest.com to see when the rant is coming to a place near you.
Listen to the new tracks “New Slaves” and “Black Skinhead” after the jump. (more…)