Thursday, 21 July 2016


In homage to the opening of the Tate Modern’s retrospective of American modernist painter Georgia O’Keeffe - the first UK exhibition of the artist's work for over twenty years and the first show to open in the new Tate Modern building - photographer and one of the leading voices of "New-Wave Feminism", Petra Collins, has created a dreamy short film shot with a misty pastel aesthetic, which reinterprets some of O'Keeffe's surreal desertscapes, overlaid by archival interviews with the artist.

“I tried to paint what I saw,” says O'Keeffe in one audio. “I thought someone could tell me how to paint a landscape, but I never found that person. I had to just settle down and try. I thought somebody could tell me how, but I found nobody could. They could tell you how they painted their landscape, but they couldn’t tell me to paint mine.”

Discussing O'Keeffe's use of colour as an inspiration, Collins says, "Her use of it makes me feel like her landscapes are complex beings. That with each stroke of colour, each line, each curve, she's bringing these locations to life. 

Featuring Collins' own creative muses Barbara Ferreira, Lee Armoogam, Seasheel Coker, Maia Ruth Lee and Ajani Russell, the film depicts each girl interacting with her environment. "With this short I wanted each girl to really play with their surroundings (inspired by O'Keeffe's two favourite spots - the desert and Lake George), to use their every inch of skin, muscle, bone, etc and really put themselves into her landscape too - while making their own."

Spanning six decades and featuring over 100 major works, the Tate exhibition will trace the progression of O'Keeffe's early abstract experiments to her late works, aiming to dispel the clichés that persist about the artist and her painting.

“People always wanted to sexualise her, to make her work about sex, to make it about the female body." Collins explains. "It could be, but I found it really interesting that she couldn’t paint her own landscape without people putting these connotations on it. People were telling her, this is this. And she would say, No: My landscape is my landscape. I feel like that’s what I do, and what a lot of the girls in this video do, too.”

The retrospective will be a first for audiences outside of America to view the trailblazing artists' work in depth. Showing 
at the Tate Modern now, the exhibition runs until 30 October, for more info head HERE.

Wednesday, 22 June 2016


"Philippe H. and Suzanne Kissing at Euthanasia, New York City," 1981.

Nan Goldin - the iconic American photographer who recently captured club kids for McQ's SS16
campaign - has opened a monumental exhibition at New York's MoMA, featuring her rare, diaristic photography series, "The Ballad of Sexual Dependency", which celebrated its 30th anniversary last year.
"Rise and Monty Kissing, New York City," 1980. 

The visual diary, which chronicles the struggle for intimacy and understanding between friends, family, and lovers, described by Goldin as her “tribe", was first published in 1986.
Featuring 700-snapshots in Goldin's signature intimate take on portraiture, the deeply personal narrative is formed out of the artist’s own experiences around Boston, New York, Berlin, and elsewhere in the late 1970s, 1980s, and beyond.
Titled after a song in Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill’s The Threepenny Opera, Goldin described the diary as, “My form of control over my life. It allows me to obsessively record every detail. It enables me to remember.” 

The exhibition runs until Feb 12th 2017, for more info head HERE.


Friday, 17 June 2016


Fresh from his SS17 collection at Pitti Uomo last night, in a show which saw Simons reference iconic photographer Robert Mapplethorpe - his AW16 campaign has now been released.

Following on from SS16, the latest images feature Simons' muse Luca Lemaire shot by long-time collaborator Willy Vanderperre, with styling by Olivier Rizzo. See below:

Images © Willy Vanderperre



Gosha Rubchinskiy has revealed a new photo book and film, both entitled The Day of My Death, to coincide with his SS17 show staged at Pitti Uomo this week.
Rubchinskiy presented a 3-part collection – a show, a film, and a series of photos, shot in Florence’s Manifattura Tabacchi - an abandoned 1930s tobacco factory.  

Both the book and the 17-minute-long black and white silent film, directed by underground Russian director, screenwriter, and actress Renata Litvinova, are inspired by the life and tragic death of Italian director Pier Paolo Pasolini. "We were inspired by his story, his poems, his films, and finally his murder, which has been sealed for 10 years," says Litvinova.

All Images © Gosha Rubchinskiy

The film stars Rubchinskiy models - skateboarding brothers Titouan and Louison - along with a cameo from stylist Lotta Volkova, who introduced Rubchinskiy to Litvinova.
Watch below:


Wednesday, 18 May 2016


Image © William Baker, 2010

Opening next month at the ICA is British accessory designer, art director and stylist Judy Blame’s first-ever solo show. Beginning his career in the 1980s as a member of the late photographer Ray Petri’s working group, Buffalo Boys, Blame later went on to contribute to i-D magazine and as an image-consultant for Boy George, Neneh Cherry and Björk.
He also collaborated as a creative consultant for fashion houses including John Galliano for Christian Dior and Rei Kawakubo at Comme des Garçons.

The exhibition will trace his rebellious DIY aesthetic from the punk movement of the 70s and 80s club scene through to his contemporary work, and will also be accompanied by a limited edition zine compiled by Blame. 

Judy Blame: Never Again runs from 29 Jun 2016 – 4 Sep 2016, for more info head HERE.


Tuesday, 17 May 2016


All Images © Rizzoli

Jefferson Hack has released a new book about creativity, collaboration and the future of publishing, coinciding with the 25th anniversary of Dazed & Confused - one of the first magazines he founded in 1991 with photographer Rankin
We Can’t Do This Alone: Jefferson Hack The System, features interviews and contributions from Bjork, Tilda Swinton, Douglas Coupland and Ai Wei Wei among others, alongside a look at Dazed, Nowness and AnOther’s many collaborations with artists, designers and musicians over the years.

Designed and edited by New York-based art director Ferdinando Verderi, each 300-page copy is
 unique with a numbered cover (in a 5000 print run), made up of archive images from spreads printed using a Kodak inkjet printer. Creating a distinct aesthetic of bold type, quieter serifs and a rigid structure in spreads (each features two sidebars, a wide gutter break and a side note from Hack introducing the project), chapters are introduced by a series of statements or questions, which Verderi says aim to “break up” the archival content).
“The book’s main design feature is its rhythm, the flow of which is intentionally interrupted by dissonant sections and elements,” he says. “[It] is built in a perfectly symmetrical way from front to end, with the original content at its extremes and the archival content at its centre, providing a sense of circularity.”

Described as “a journey into underground culture”, the book is more of a manifesto than a retrospective, fusing a mix of old and new material, paying homage to inspiring cultural figures from previous issues of Dazed and AnOther over the years, and also the pioneers of media and art who have sought to challenge the status quo.

Images Above © Corinne Day / Rizzoli. Day once lived in a flat above Dazed’s offices on Brewer Street. “She taught me a lot about photography,” says Hack

In his foreword for the book, Hack writes: “The independent way is a way of keeping the magic alive…. As soon as publishing becomes solely in the aid of commerce and power, then its creativity and decision-making becomes about the formulas of success and not invention. The process becomes a means to an end.”

We Can’t Do This Alone: Jefferson Hack The System is published by Rizzoli today, priced at £50. Dazed will also be hosting events in various cities to promote the book’s launch – the first, at Parisian concept store Colette, takes place tonight. An exhibition of artwork from the book will be on show at the store for the rest of this month, and art-focused fashion label Each x Other has also produced a run of t-shirts featuring Verderi’s typographic designs including, “A Cultural Resistance Movement” and “If You Can’t Afford It, Steal It”, priced from €155 - €255. See the collection below and to shop the tees, head HERE.

Images © Chad Moore. NY, May 2016

Wednesday, 11 May 2016



Jacquemus has unveiled imagery for his new online shop story featuring the Spring / Summer 2016 collection entitled "Le Nez Rouge" (The Red Nose) - a name which referenced how he has previously been blighted by personal difficulties including an illness which left him with a red nose.

The shots feature his young cousin (who also appeared in the SS16 PFW show, dressed in a white shirt too large for him, pushing a giant ball of red fabric), and horses - also seen in the same show where the designer himself, dressed all in white, led a white horse across the stage.
The block colours and deconstructed shapes were all pure Jacquemus, but there was a slight diversion from the usual playfulness of his signature recurrent childhood theme, this time a subtle injection of darkness to the fresh youthful aesthetic - experimenting with a more serious undertone - his rich imagination and precise vision taking us all on a journey exploring the delights and miseries of growing up.

Shop the collection HERE.



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