Photography Michael Epps Model Callum Rockall (New York Models) Location New York, USA
I was discovered by my brother’s manager… the management company had a day where they wanted to meet all of the models’ families, so I went with my mum and was scouted!
If you could be fluent in any 3 languages, what would they be?
If I could speak 3 different languages it would have to be French, Italian and Japanese!
What are some must-see places in your hometown?
Some must-see places in my hometown are Hylands Park where we have music festivals and Norsey woods which is beautiful.
If I had to live anywhere for the rest of my life I think it would have to be somewhere warm like Hawaii or California.
What are the 3 apps you use most frequently?
Ulmon maps, Instagram and Spotify.
What were some of your favourite subjects in high school?
Physical education, I loved to go outside. I tend to lose concentration very easily in a classroom (laughs)
What is that one song that defined your adolescent years?
One song that defined my adolescent years would have to be year 3000 by busted, when I was growing up it was all I used to listen to on repeat.
Fault Line is Sophie Barbasch’s project centred in the small coastal town of Brooklin, Maine. The main subject of the series is her younger cousin Adam, a Brooklin native. The New York City based photographer included her brother, father, and other cousins in Fault Line.
“I chose the title because a fault line is where the earth splits in an earthquake that I then use as a metaphor for a divided family with a complicated history… it also alludes to fault, or blame,” Sophie explains. “I wonder, how does a family support each other, even when things aren’t perfect? My goal is to show the weight we all carry as well as how we are both connected and isolated from each other.”
Photography Manu and Pascal Location New York, USA
This season, Robert Geller found inspiration in the Nadi Brothers, the two then well known Olympic fencers from the 1920s, Aldo and Nedo Nadi, and more specifically he was interested in their style and in the garb the siblings were wearing “apres match.”
As such, the Fall 2015 is a collection that gives a nod to the past while still being modern: Tailored suiting and a somewhat dusty colour palette emanate an old school elegance that is interspersed by more sporty and casual elements, and evoking a mildly aggressive feel.
Within the collection we find round oversized coats in ecru and black that resemble the large coats fencers would layer over their uniforms. Parkas with oversized collars based on a classic bomber jacket, give the collection a sense of comfortable sportiness.
Top innomé Pants Collina Strada Coat Matthew Dolan Skirt Cf. Goldman Boots Cheap Monday Rings TulesteDress Cf. Goldman Bracelets TulesteDress Cf. Goldman Shirt Veda Bustier Zana Bayne Briefs Maryam Nassir-ZadehTop Maison Martin Margiela Dress Matthew Dolan
In the lead-up to the UK General Election in May, James Hyman Gallery presents Spitting: Photographs by Andrew Bruce & Anna Fox, an exhibition of never-before seen photographs by acclaimed British documentary photographer Anna Fox and rising star Andrew Bruce.
One of the most popular television programmes of the 1980s and 1990s, watched by an audience of 15 million people at its peak, Spitting Image was a British satirical show featuring puppet caricatures of prominent celebrities of the time, including international politicians and the British Royal Family, among others. The series was cancelled in 1996, but remains a seminal piece of British television.
It has recently been announced that a brand new six-part series, entitled Newzoids and featuring modern-day personalities such as Boris Johnson, Nigel Farage and Russell Brand, will air in 2015.
On the termination of the original series, James Hyman began to acquire some of the most important puppets used in the show for his private art collection, the Hyman Collection. A life-long fan of Spitting Image, Hyman believes that the life-size puppets should continue to be seen and enjoyed, and is delighted to be collaborating with photographers Fox and Bruce to bring these politicians back into the public eye in this important election year.
Echoing the garish photographs made by Spitting Image creators Peter Fluck and Roger Law before Martin Lambie-Nairn approached them to suggest adapting their creations for television, Fox and Bruce spent weeks in the studio working with a selection of the original puppets, crafting these ominous images. Photographed either against brightly coloured neon backdrops or shrouded by darkness, each image depicts a former Tory party member.
Rendered in extraordinary detail on large format film, at times stripped of their clothing, every mark on the latex or foam is made visible and accentuated, including signs of wear, fragility and decay. Presented in this way, the puppets become evocative emblems of a past era and a faded power. There is an awkward tension in these photographs between the puppets as depiction of people, as cultural icons and also as crumbling modern artifacts. Key works in the exhibition include Margaret Thatcher, her predecessor Edward Heath and successor John Major, and cabinet ministers Cecil Parkinson, Norman Tebbit, Michael Heseltine, Leon Brittan and Douglas Hurd.
Fox and Bruce said: “Once we had them out of their packing cases, lying on the studio floor, the puppets looked broken, aged, decrepit and lacking any glimmer of life. The orange latex protruded pathetically from underneath their clothing as we re-arranged them on the stand. At one point, Norman Tebbit’s head came off as if he was being decapitated by some unknown force. The glamour faded, the sheen gone. Failed characters abandoned in storage… Spitting Image was a great show that was made, in the wake of Python, at a time when humour really could be outrageous. These puppets, imbued with satire, represented our most significant politicians at their worst… Now, like all political fortunes, we are left with the remnants of a different age.”
James Hyman said: “When I mentioned these puppets to the wonderful British photographer, Anna Fox, she was immediately excited by this crazy purchase and we discussed the possibility that she might photograph them. So I’m delighted that after a gap of some years the opportunity arose for her and Andrew Bruce to collaborate on these exciting new pictures. For me these new photographs, often on an enormous scale, are about more than recording appearance, although they do that in extraordinary detail, but are also about the expendability of politicians. We are shown that beneath the veneer there is fragility, underneath the power-dressing there is vulnerability. These photographs remind me of right-wing politician Enoch Powell’s assertion that “all political careers end in failure.”
Hyman continues: “One of my favourite pictures shows the puppets dumped in a pile on the floor as though ready to be swept away as garbage. But whilst it may be true that these puppets have lost some of their shine, through Spitting Image and now these remarkable photographs, these politicians have achieved a form of immortality.”
Spitting: Photographs by Andrew Bruce & Anna Fox
22nd April – 8th May 2015
James Hyman Gallery | 16 Savile Row, London W1S 3PL
SISSI GOETZE’s unconventional take on contemporary menswear weaves together contrasting yet complementary design elements to create her distinctive aesthetic. After graduating with an MA in menswear from Central Saint Martins College in London, SISSI GOETZE relocated to Berlin where she now designs her collections. Her pieces are minimal yet expressive, featuring refined details and precise tailoring.
With a subtle nod to Joseph Bueys’ style, SISSI GOETZE’s AW15 collection is characterised by the interplay of unlikely textures and colours, mixing utility details with regimental silhouettes and clean lines. For Fall the minimalist colour palette of charcoals and beiges are brought to life with the stark combination of olive and orange. Knitwear is a feature for the first time, with sweaters in olive, grey and charcoal tones complementing colour blocked jackets and shirts. The collection has a sophisticated utilitarian feel, with an abundance of pockets in contrasting shapes and textures.
Photography Nathan Cyprys Production Boondock Agency Model Myles Abram
Days are shrouded by war and personal suffering. It is almost unbearable to think that we exist in this way, when pain is an everyday experience. Thomas Bálint reflects on the idea of family, a source of stability and love amidst chaos. The roots of his craft run deep. His grandparents worked as tailors in Hungary before fleeing soviet rule to Canada. It is through these reflections that the artist finds the meaning of his work. Thomas Bálint finds joy through painstaking labor. Each collection appropriates patterns drafted by his Grandmother dating back to 1940. Bringing the traditions and craftsmanship of his family’s trade into this millennia, each creation is an homage to his heritage.
Thomas Bálint is the namesake label of Michael Thomas Bálint who studied sculpture at the Ontario College of Art and Design. Following four years of designing as a private label for boutiques in Germany and Canada, Thomas Bálint opened his first brick-and-mortar Boutique and Showroom on Toronto’s Queen Street West in September 2012. Now in it’s second year the Showroom is a virtual artistic hub that has played host to international labels such as Elīna Dobele, Latvia and Reinhard Plank, Italy. Thomas Bálint Showroom boasts a comprehensive selection of Canada’s strongest independent designers such as Christian L’Enfant Roi, Montreal and Toronto’s Devlyn Van Loon. The showroom’s residential artists include photographers Luis Mora and Xiaomeng Zhao.
Thomas Bálint looks to the past, modernizing classic styles with innovative design techniques. With an approach steeped deep in sculpture there are two raisons d’être for designer Michael Thomas Bálint; to respect the past, but to always attempt to create new ideas. It is always in the finer details that such innovations are found and it is the purpose of the designer to constantly imagine new devices to explore.
Thomas Bálint has become a staple of the avant garde at Canada’s World MasterCard Fashion Week. Presenting on the runway for the fifth time, Thomas Bálint exhibited his 2015-2016 Pre-Collection on October 21 2014 winning him the prestigious “Best in Canadian Menswear Award” from Fashion Magazine. Thomas Bálint’s work is available internationally throughout Austria, Germany, Italy, Japan and Canada.