Archive for the ‘Fashion’ Category
I’ve always seen cars as art. Moving art. While friends of mine were into paintings, I somehow felt that the real beauty of owning a rare & magnificently designed car was the fact that you can use it. You can look at it, enjoy its visual qualities as with a painting, but you can also get inside and drive it – which means both enjoying the drive itself and going somewhere with it. How these are put together, the purposefulness with which they were created, in every detail – the engine, the mechanics, the outside ornamentation, the design of the wheels, the whole spirit – is very, very exciting. And on top of that you have the men who created these cars, Mr. Porsche, Mr. Bugatti, Mr. Ferrari, and their backgrounds, their heritages, their fascinating histories, their reasons for driving and building these cars – I find it all very stimulating.
– Ralph Lauren in Speed, Style & Beauty, 2004.
Catalogue homme photography by Karim Sadli & artistic direction by ATELIERS FRANCK DURAND.
The Roobots, five small robots in dazzling gold and encrusted with diamonds and gemstones – are inspired by the personal collection of vintage toys of Dennis Chan, artistic director of the house Qeelin. They mark the birth of the new CC collection. Exclusively at colette for Paris, in windows from October 11th.
Photographs by: Teruyoshi Hayashida
Text by: Shosuke Ishizu, Toshiyuki Kurosu, Hajime (Paul) Hasegawa
Described by The New York Times as, “a treasure of fashion insiders,” Take Ivy was originally published in Japan in 1965, setting off an explosion of American-influenced “Ivy Style” fashion among students in the trendy Ginza shopping district of Tokyo. The product of four sartorial style enthusiasts, Take Ivy is a collection of candid photographs shot on the campuses of America’s elite, Ivy League universities. The series focuses on men and their clothes, perfectly encapsulating the unique academic fashion of the era. Whether lounging in the quad, studying in the library, riding bikes, in class, or at the boathouse, the subjects of Take Ivy are impeccably and distinctively dressed in the finest American-made garments of the time.
Take Ivy is now considered a definitive document of this particular style, and rare original copies are highly sought after by “trad” devotees worldwide. A small-run reprint came out in Japan in 2006 and sold out almost immediately. Now, for the first time ever, powerHouse is reviving this classic tome with an all-new English translation. Ivy style has never been more popular, in Japan or stateside, proving its timeless and transcendent appeal. Take Ivy has survived the decades and is an essential object for anyone interested in the history or future of fashion.
Teruyoshi Hayashida was born in the fashionable Aoyama District of Tokyo, where he also grew up. He began shooting cover images for Men’s Club magazine after the title’s launch. Very sophisticated in style and a connoisseur of gourmet food, he is known for his homemade, soy-sauce-marinated Japanese pepper (sansho), and his love of gunnel tempura and Riesling wine.
Shosuke Ishizu is the representative director of Ishizu Office. Originally born in Okayama Prefecture, after graduating from Kuwasawa Design School he worked in the editorial division at Men’s Club until 1960 when he joined VAN Jacket Inc. He established Ishizu Office in 1983, and now produces several brands including Niblick.
Toshiyuki Kurosu was raised in Tokyo. He joined VAN Jacket Inc. in 1961, where he was responsible for the development of merchandise and sales promotion. He left the company in 1970 and started his own business, Cross and Simon. After the dissolution of his brand, he began appearing on the legendary variety show Asayan on TV Tokyo as a regular and soon gained popularity. He is also an active writer and intellectual.
Hajime (Paul) Hasegawa is from Hyogo Prefecture. After studying in the U.S., Hasegawa returned to Japan in 1963 to join VAN Jacket Inc. At VAN, he was responsible for advertising and PR. For the production of Take Ivy, Hasegawa was the main coordinator and interpreter on the ground. He has since held several managerial positions in Japan and abroad and currently serves as executive director for Cosmo Public Relations Corporation.
United Visual Artists created a light installation for Y-3’s Fall 2010 show as part of New York Fashion Week. A white monolith of light created a void out of which the models emerged. Using white lasers, UVA built an illusion of architectural forms that defined the catwalk area, shifting in shape and composition over the course of the show.
Founded by Chris Bird, Matt Clark and Ash Nehru in 2003, United Visual Artists (UVA) is a London based art & design practice.
Their work spans architectural and responsive installations, live performance and public art. Research and development is core to their process enabling them to constantly explore new fields as well as re-examine more established ones.
UVA’s work is about social experience, turning the audience into active participants. The relationship between space, the performer and the audience is at the heart of UVA’s practice.
They created The V&A and Sony PlayStation commission ‘Volume’ which was the first major commission for the museum’s John Madejski Garden and the work is currently touring internationally. ‘Volume’ won the D&AD yellow pencil in 2007 for interactive installation and featured in the ‘Designs of The Year 2008’ show at the Design Museum, London.
In 2008 they were shortlisted for the Darwin bicentenary commission at the Natural History Museum, London. UVA have been selected to create two major new public art commissions for Maple Leaf Square in Toronto, Canada.
[All pictures taken from UVA’s website.]
The Vibe for Fall 2010 [GQ]
MILAN, January 19, 2010
Let’s see if we can get this straight: Hockey Night in Canada meets Friday the 13th meets Rocky Horror. What that translates to—far as we can tell—is a Dsquared² collection that’s a lot more punky and a lot less hunting-and-camping. So, instead of buffalo plaid and trapper hats, this season we get slouchy, skinny black pants; studded leather belts; sparkly black dinner jackets; and (getting all Jason on us) crisp white dress shirts splattered with blood. And, yes, as always, lots of Dean and Dan’s trademark crotch-hugging jeanery, too.