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Photography Luca Grottoli Styling Maela Leporati Grooming Guja Rigattieri
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Photography Jana Gerberding Styling Jessica Eisenhauer Model Nina Klaassen
Norwegian footwear brand, Avvikk celebrates the release of their new lookbook for the upcoming A/W 15 collection ‘Tundra’. Submersed into the Northern landscapes, into the space between the arctic and the alpine forests of Norway, the collection finds inspiration through the damp mossy grasslands and watery ocean blues that are cradled by shades of ice and snow and midnight blacks. This vastness of space and the rugged terrain is where ‘Tundra’ begins.
The new collection pushes the boundaries into a hi-tech approach with smooth, matt coated ‘rubber feel’ leathers, ‘steel satin’ crushed metallic fabric and glossy printed leathers that mix with new shapes and fastenings. Leaving out laces for the collection, A/W 15 dives into a sleek dimension of new shapes with velcro, neoprene and zippers in runner, boot and classic shapes. Designed in Norway and made in Italy using only the finest craftmanship and components. Avvikk’s quality, material mix and strong shapes create the brand’s unique story.
Text Callum Riley
Credit is definitely due for Brian Wilson for still releasing music at 72, it’s not quite at the same level as Christopher Lee but impressive nonetheless. Sail Away comes from his 11th solo album “No Pier Pressure” and he’s teamed up with Blondie Chaplin & Al Jardine, 2 of his bandmates from a little band called The Beach Boys. The entire track is a 3:40 minute long nostalgia trip, as the trio bust out some of the vocal harmonies that rocketed them to fame and it sounds like they haven’t missed a trick in the decades that have passed since their first release. Aside from Brian’s voice being a bit deeper than it used to be, Sail Away could easily be a lost demo from the Holland album. Sail Away doesn’t change the formula or introduce anything that groundbreaking to the mix, but when it sounds this good, why bother trying to change it?
Following the trend of average movie adaptations with great soundtracks is Insurgent, with a collaboration between Woodkid & Lykke Li. Following the new sound that Lykke explored with her latest album, the pair have managed to find a good middle ground between their two sounds, with Woodkid’s penchant for the dramatic in full swing as we hear soaring string sections and mellow piano added to the mix. Though a surprising amount of their lyrics refer to water, hearing Lykke & Woodkid trade lines revolving around love, and harmonising beautifully as they do, is something that I didn’t realise I needed to hear until I did. Let’s hope that this isn’t the last we see of this particular pairing.
Hudson Mohawke has finally announced a date for his follow up to album Butter, released all the way back in 2009, announcing it to be called Lantern. The first track released is Very First Breath, featuring the vocal talents of long-time Breakbot collaborator Irfane, who’s on top form as always. Hearing Irfane’s smooth vocals over Mohawke’s crunching trap music is a strange departure from Breakbot’s sun-drenched 70’s rock, but the variety makes it all the better. On the production side of things, Mohawke keeps things interesting with soaring synths and chunky drumlines, reminiscent of a happier TNGHT project perhaps. If Mohawke keeps us on our toes with more releases like this then Lantern might be one of the strongest electronic releases of the year.
2015 is shaping up to be a big year for all things xx, with a new album coming from the trio to follow 2012’s Coexist alongside a long-awaited solo album from Jamie xx. One of our first tastes of In Colour is in the form of Loud Places, which features the vocal talents of Romy Madley Croft, one of Jamie’s bandmates from The xx. Although not a particularly adventurous collaboration, it’s a suitably impressive release, taking a different direction from his last single, All Under One Roof Raving, with the sparse house beat replaced by soft drums, the vocal samples by Romy’s breathy voice and the steel drums by some careful piano and guitar work. Whilst it definitely bears more resemblance to the band’s work than Jamie’s solo material, there’s a definite sense of progression, with new sounds mixed in with the familiar. The addition of soulful choir backing vocals on the chorus is an inspired addition that gives the song an almost Sam Smith-esque vibe (A collaboration that I’d love to see by the way) and makes for a calm and chilled track that’s’ the perfect first taste of what’s to come.
Yes really. The last Chic single was Chic Mystique back in 1992 but now we finally have some new Chic music (Nile Rodgers’ collaborations with everyone and their mother notwithstanding). It features all the hallmarks we’ve come to expect from a Chic track, from Nile’s signature guitar work to those backing vocals and that it’s all as smooth as butter. It looks like Nile couldn’t quite contain himself with collaborations however, as I’ll Be There also features the talents of The Martinez Brothers, rising stars in the electronic music world who contribute the percussion work to the track, which help bring the track up to date. All things considered, it’s like the group never went away and their new album’s title is right, “It’s About Time…”
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Three emerging designers solidified their place in New York Fashion Week for Fall 2015.
Trademark: Intelligent Design
Trademark, established in 2013 by Pookie and Louisa Burch, presented an eclectic mix of clothing reminiscent of Céline. The show stayed true to the brand’s tag of “American Minimalist design”, sliding in enough differences to separate them from the pack and mark them as leaders rather than followers. The wavy cuts referenced on a few coats and a two piece skirt set evoked a mathematical feeling, almost as if one was working on a graph, adding up effortlessly with the clean, sharp lines and pristine tailoring of the rest of the collection. An honorable mention goes to the jolts of brick in an otherwise muted palette, and the smart neckties that pulled together the different elements of the collection. Trademark speaks to a woman who knows how to put herself together and isn’t afraid to take the extra time to do it.
HELLESSY: Daisy’s Dream
“Elegance” is the word that comes to mind when viewing Sylvie Millstein’s HELLESSY collection. Barely two years old, the brand is quickly becoming known for its casual approach to refined dressing. Fall 2015 proves to be no exception. The easy luxury of the designs is enhanced by sumptuous colors and prints that carry a distinctly Gatsbian appeal. The result is the ability to smoothly be able to transfer a white shirt with a cutout back drape and pearl buttons from day to night; to calmly wear a wrap front top with a ground sweeping cape and perfectly slouchy split hem black pants without the bat of an eyelash. Sophisticated spots, graceful twists, hints of fur and one undeniably sexy, plunging wine red and grape satin dress demand to be praised and beg to be worn. Surely no woman with a voice like money would be able to resist such a promise of modern allure from the new brand. And so it beats on…
Protagonist: Your New Closet
Protagonist is the brainchild of Kate Wendelborn and Vanessa Traina-Snow, with Wendelborn holding the design reigns. Their first ever runway show for Fall 2015 presented us with beautiful, tranquil designs with an edge. Basics were updated in a modern-cool way, requiring a double-take to capture all of the nuances. A charcoal grey turtleneck sweater (paired with a matching skirt and elbow length gloves) was saved from monotony by a cut at the neck seam. A striking geometric print coat was worn over jeans. The show moved seamlessly from look to look, and nothing ever seemed unwearable. Each piece had a simultaneous level of “I can totally wear this” attainability and “Where did she get that” desirability. Wendelborn and Traina-Snow haven’t just created clothes – they’ve created a wardrobe. Better start clearing out your closet now.
Photography Jakob Landvik Styling Margrete Gilboe (Pudder Agency) Grooming Jens Wiker (Pudder Agency) Makeup Asst Hibo Musa Styling Asst Anneline Berg
Andreas Austlid Wears Coat Silent Damir Doma Skirt Prada
Darja Barannik wears Coat Jil Sander