Journal

A chronicle of people, places, happenings, and creations we admire.

Pitti Uomo 88 2015

Pitti Uomo kicks off this week with color and texture as the narrative for this summer.  Reintroduced patterns, weights and classic palettes rule the day at the what is arguably the most important platform for men's fashion and accessories. Held twice a year at the Fortezza da Basso in Florence, Italy, new and established design talents exhibit and launch new projects for international buyers to peruse and hopefully select for many of the world's leading retail companies. Pitti is the most widely known segment of the Pitti Immagine collection of fashion industry events.

Pitti Uomo 16-19 June, 2015

Visit: Fortezza da Basso, Viale Filippo Strozzi 1, 50129 Florence

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Photos ©Enrico Labriola / Vanni Bassetti / AKA Studio Collective

NeedSupply x Soulland: Human Being Journal, Spring 2015

Our friends at NeedSupply and Danish company Soulland have teamed up to produce the latest issue (No.6) of the beautiful Human Being Journal for Spring 2015.  This curated volume, ranging from interviews with Soulland partners Silas Adler and Jacob Kampp Berliner to Fantastic Man Publisher / Editor Gert Jonkers to commentary on design, hybrid food recipes, and amazing photography of New Mexico by Mikael Kennedy that make for an elegant mix of content, subjects and all things currently in their respective worlds.  Head over to NeedSupply and order your copy.

Human Being Journal No.6 - $15.00

About NeedSupply

Need Supply Co. is a clothing and lifestyle store based out of Richmond, VA. We started selling vintage Levi's in 1996 but have since expanded our offerings to include men's and women's clothing and accessories. In 2008 we launched our web store and have been shipping worldwide ever since. Our home office houses our retail store front and everything from design and branding to online sales. We truly believe in the products we carry, carefully curating a mix of well-known brands and up-and-coming independent designers from the US and abroad.

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About Soulland

Soulland was founded in 2002 and is owned by designer Silas Adler and CEO Jacob Kampp Berliner. Its design principles and aesthetics have their origins in Scandinavian artisanship combined with a contemporary feel, encapsulated by the Adler Fedora; a traditional men’s fedora fused with a baseball cap brim, handmade in Copenhagen. Whilst always remembering its legacy, Soulland aims to push menswear forward in new directions.

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Upcoming at MoMA: Björk Retrospective

Last night's party at MoMA to kick off the Björk retrospective (opening March 8th) was a heady mixture of art world cognizenti, designers, press, society mavens and those dozens of diehard fans and followers that came dressed in full costumes of their own creation.  Open bars were humming on all floors with friendly and attentive staff; bowls of beef jerky and deep fried potato chips were a welcome and imaginative offering for the evening.

Spanning from 1993's "Debut" after the breakup of the Sugarcubes to the present with her latest album, "Vulnicura", the retrospective covers (most) of her body of work, with the exception of, oddly, the soundtrack from "Dancer in the Dark".  The many (let's just say wacky) costumes and concepts exhibited spoke loudly to her commitment to pushing her ever-morphing envelope at the intersection of music, sound, fashion and film.  

Shown in a black-box felt volcano-lined viewing room, the short film "Black Lake", an ode to love, pain and lament, (presumably based on her breakup with artist Matthew Barney) filmed in and around Iceland's many volcanoes and caves, shows Björk at one point cracking open, bleeding blue lava to aching violins and heavy percussion.  In another viewing room, the extended film includes everything from "Debut" to "Biophilia", with arresting, beautiful and sometimes disturbing imagery that could never be accused of being derivative.

The retrospective runs from March 8-June 7, 2015

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Images ©2015 KoS

PRADA Women's FW2015: "Infinite Palace" By AMO

For the Prada FW 2015 Women’s fashion show, AMO converts PRADA's existing Milan show space into a series of chambers or 'Enfilade' where openings are aligned creating a journey of experiences and variations on a theme referencing the style of 16th Century Mannerism. 

Expanded metal grating denotes spatial transition between the rooms as well as concealing/complimenting the industrial lighting above while key zones of the 'runway' floor are marked with industrial diamond plate inserts of various shapes.  The audience seating is arranged at each room's perimeter creating an intimacy as the models pass through. The muted color palate in varied degrees play light and shadow within the space and contrast (whether intentional or not) the dynamic and static participation of model and audience.

Images ©OMA/AMO

CIVIL RIGHTS STYLE.

MLK and Marlon Brando

MLK and Marlon Brando

Bayard Rustin

Bayard Rustin

Lena Horne  ©Courtesy   National Archives

Lena Horne ©Courtesy National Archives

Sidney Poitier and Harry Belafonte

Sidney Poitier and Harry Belafonte

Paul Newman

Paul Newman

MLK.

MLK.

Sammy Davis, Jr and Roy Wilkins, NAACP  ©Courtesy   National Archives

Sammy Davis, Jr and Roy Wilkins, NAACP ©Courtesy National Archives

Jackie Robinson  ©Courtesy   National Archives

Jackie Robinson ©Courtesy National Archives

Robert Kennedy visiting Harlem

Robert Kennedy visiting Harlem

Austin Clinton Brown, Age 9 ©Courtesy National Archives

Austin Clinton Brown, Age 9 ©Courtesy National Archives

Malcolm X

Malcolm X

L to R- Mathew Ahmann, Cleveland Robinson, Rabbi Joachim Prinz, A. Philip Randolph, Joseph Rauh, Jr, John Lewis, Floyd McKissick, Photo Credit:   National Archives

L to R- Mathew Ahmann, Cleveland Robinson, Rabbi Joachim Prinz, A. Philip Randolph, Joseph Rauh, Jr, John Lewis, Floyd McKissick, Photo Credit: National Archives

Rosa Parks

Rosa Parks

James Baldwin and Marlon Brando  ©Courtesy   National Archives

James Baldwin and Marlon Brando ©Courtesy National Archives

Paul Robeson and Julian Bond

Paul Robeson and Julian Bond

Angela Davis

Angela Davis

Gordon Parks

Gordon Parks