Tuesday, 21 February 2017

WE MARGIELA: THE UNTOLD STORY



If you've ever wondered what really went on behind the scenes at Maison Martin Margiela in the label's early days, then your wait to find out will be over soon.

A new documentary and book, both released later this year entitled 'We Margiela', will provide an emotive and illuminating look into one of the most enigmatic and influential fashion houses, featuring former members of the creative collective - including co-founder Jenny Meirens, the first design teams, Axel Keller (who worked in sales), make-up artist Inge Grognard, and in-house model Grace Fisher (who met Margiela in a nightclub) - all revealing their personal collections and stories about how the brand became an unforgettable chapter in their lives. 
None of the subjects of the film have spoken extensively or publicly about their experiences before.

The documentary will also explore the genesis of the house and the legacy of MMM, breaking boundaries and going against the system of fashion, ultimately resulting in a conflict between creativity and commerciality, and how it all ended.

For more info, head to the documentary's official website HERE.


 

LANA DEL REY - "LOVE"

Image © Neil Krug

Lana Del Rey has shared the Rich Lee-directed otherworldly video to her new track, "Love", which features the singer in a dreamy visual, performing in a music hall and later on a lunar landscape, juxtaposed with footage of young people in love, alternating between black-and-white and washed-out colour effects with a 60s / 70s aesthetic.

"Love" is the first single from Del Rey's upcoming fifth studio album, a "body of work" created by the singer and her longtime producer and collaborator Rick Nowels.
"I made my first 4 albums for me, but this one is for my fans and about where I hope we are all headed," says Del Rey.
The new LP's release, track list and "guest featured artists" will be revealed at a later date.

"Love" is available via Interscope/Polydor. Buy and stream the track HERE.



 


 

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

MARTIN MARGIELA RETROSPECTIVE - PARIS 2018

Image © Maison Margiela

A Martin Margiela retrospective is coming to Paris' Palais Galliera in March 2018.
The Belgian designer will co-curate the show with Olivier Saillard, director of the fashion museum, and in true Margiela style, it's all very secretive on the details for now.

Margiela began his career in Paris in 1980 as an assistant to Jean Paul Gaultier, later running his own label between 1989 and 2009. The brand was eventually bought by Italian Renzo Rosso in 2002, and in 2009 Margiela left the company. After years of anonymous designers heading up the label, John Galliano was appointed Creative Director in 2014, when the brand became Maison Margiela.

It's one of the most boundary-pushing labels in the business thanks to Martin's own unique vision, with a legacy that turns preconceptions of clothing on its head - it’s a world where everything is beautiful, and nothing (deliberately) makes sense.

While we wait for more info to come on the exhibition, watch the SS17 womenswear show below:




 

FILM: SAINT LAURENT SS17 #YSL04 PART 2


Images © Yves Saint Laurent / Collier Schorr

Part 2 of a short film directed by Nathalie Canguilhem capturing the Saint Laurent SS17 campaign has been released, visually treating us to Anthony Vaccarello's continued reinvention of The House of Yves Saint Laurent, bringing sexy back with a high-glam aesthetic.

Featuring Mica Arganaraz, Freja Beha Erichsen, Yasmin Wijnaldum, Binx, Selena Forrest, Lexi Boling, and Vittoria Ceretti all working the new collection,
 the campaign has been lensed by Collier Schorr. 
Watch below:


And if you missed Part One of the film entitled 'Evening Part 1', set to Beethoven's Symphony No 7 with a voiceover by Freja Beha Erichsen, you can also watch it below:


 

"WALKING” A FILM BY PETER LINDBERGH


Irina Shayk "Walking" © Peter Lindbergh Vogue Italia October 2016
Carolyn Murphy "Walking" © Peter Lindbergh Vogue Italia October 2016

A new edit of the film entitled "WALKING" by Peter Lindbergh & Thomas Lachambre has been released, dedicated to Franca Sozzani, who sadly passed away in December last year.
Filmed in Times Square, New York in June last Summer, during the shooting of the October 2016 Vogue Italia issue, the short features models Milla Jovovich, Adriana Lima, Irina Shayk, Lara Stone, Karen Elson, Isabeli Fontana, Carolyn Murphy, Liu Wen, Alek Wek, Helena Christensen, Karen Alexander, Tatjana Patitz and Eva Herzigova, set to music by Ryan Rumery entitled "On Time".
Watch below:



 

Monday, 9 January 2017

THE xx - SAY SOMETHING LOVING

Image © Alasdair McLellan

Ahead of the release of their third album 'I See You’ on January 13th, The xx have shared new song ‘Say Something Loving’ - the track is available to download via iTunes now.

Listen below:


 

SPOTLIGHT ON ARTS EDUCATION: TATE MODERN x CENTRAL SAINT MARTINS

Tate's New Extension © Tate

A pop-up art school created by the students, staff and alumni of Central Saint Martins opened at Tate Modern's Switch House today running until 15 January. 

The scheme forms part of a wider drive to make the gallery more accessible to the general public, and will enable visitors to attend workshops, lectures and classes that aim to highlight the current crisis facing arts education in schools.
Government plans could threaten the future of how arts subjects will be taught in UK schools, with a possible exclusion of those subjects from the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) – a new performance measure - sparking a campaign to ensure traditional subjects like art, music and drama are not withdrawn from curriculums.

The Tate's workshops, lectures and classes in collaboration with CSM aim to draw attention to the forces "currently threatening arts education" and "what resistance we can offer", according to the organisers.  
Alex Schady, the fine art programme leader at Central Saint Martins, says, “Now is a good time to put a spotlight on arts education; it is crucial that the arts are a mainstay of the curriculum, we need daring thinkers from diverse backgrounds. There have been dramatic drops in people taking up art A-level.”

Anna Cutler, Tate’s Director of Learning says, “This is an exchange between what the public brings and what we bring to the conversation. Our visitors carry their own culture with them and can use museums and galleries as creative spaces for exploring what that means.”

Highlights of the pop-up art school include a fashion show featuring clothes made from recycled street rubbish found in London, and an event / discussion about women in art. 
With students becoming teachers and galleries becoming studios, standard orthodoxies of the art school will be upturned.

This is an Art School will take place at Level 5 of the Tate Modern Switch House from 9 -15 January 2017. For more info head HERE.

 

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