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Monday, May 23, 2016

PORTS 1961's New Collaboration with Michael Lau

Ports 1961 and Creative Director Milan Vukmirovic, in an intimate event, unveiled the second toy in a series of three designed in collaboration with Hong Kong artist Michael Lau, at the New York City menswear flagship on May 19th 2016. With Michael Lau, the 'Godfather' of the designer toy movement, Ports 1961 released the first figure, the skater, in Hong Kong in May 2015.

Vukmirovic's Spring-Summer 2016 collection has inspired Lau to create a 9-foot tall surfer figure for the second in the series, which features the key themes of the collection including the star camo print, #followme, and Navajo embroidery motifs. Following the unveiling, the sculpture installation will be on view through mid July 2016.

The third and final figure in the series will be revealed in early 2017.

Michael Lau is widely known for his designer toys inspired by street culture, hip-hop and skate culture. Effortlessly cool and masculine, Lau's work is well matched for the forward-thinking approach to menswear that Milan Vukmirovic has brought to Ports 1961.
Milan Vukmirovic (right) with one of the guests at the event in NYC.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

KARL LAGERFELD - Visions of Fashion/ Photography Exhibition!


A retrospective of Karl Lagerfeld’s photography will take place at Palazzo Pitti in Florence, on the occasion of Pitti Uomo 90 as a part of their program of hot events this season that will include (as previously announced) Russian Gosha Rubchinskiy’s guest designer show, Raf Simons' special project, Fausto Puglisi menswear collection debut, Lucio Vanotti and Japanese Label Visvim’s presentation.
This exhibition will be curated by Eric Pfrunder and Gerhard Steidl and will represent Karl Lagerfeld’s entire photographic work featuring also some unpublished photographs , assembling an extraordinary collection of more than 200 images created using a variety of techniques including daguerreotypes, platinum prints, polaroid transfers, resinotypes, screen-prints and digital prints.
On show until October 23rd, 2016 - KARL LAGERFELD - Visions of Fashion is made possible thanks to the recent agreement of collaboration with the Gallerie degli Uffizi signed by the Fondazione Pitti Immagine Discovery, with the support of Centro di Firenze per la Moda Italiana and Pitti Immagine.
The exhibition will start from the grand staircase, Scalone del Moro, and wind its way through the rooms of the Galleria Palatina, the Sala Bianca and the two rooms of the Appartamenti degli Arazzi in a continuous dialogue between the sizes of the pictures and the exhibition areas: from the smaller, subtle images to be shown in the Galleria Palatina, almost as if to punctuate the tour of the masterpiece-filled museum, to the imposing pictures in the Appartamenti degli Arazzi that converse with the beautiful tapestries on display.
Looking forward to seeing you in Florence!!

The Sala Bianca (White Room) at Palazzo Pitti in Florence.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

P1tt1 Lucky Numb3r5 - The Video!!


Pitti Immagine unveils its new video collaboration project that accompanies the campaign of the 90th edition; P1tt1 Lucky Numb3r5, starring Argentinian model Mariano Ontañon, under the creative direction of Sergio Pappalettera and Ced Pakusevskij and styling from Angelo Ruggeri, who interpret the new theme for the summer edition of the tradeshow- the beauty of numbers!
As previously announced, Belgian designer Raf Simons will make his comeback to Florence to present his Spring/Summer 2017 menswear collection in a recently announced ‘Florence Calling’ event along with the already revealed line-up that includes Russian designer Gosha Rubchinskyi as the main guest designer, Japanese brand Visvim, Lucio Vanotti and Fausto Puglisi who will debut his menswear line.
Pitti Uomo 90 runs from June the 14th to the 17th, 2016 in Florence, Italy.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Pitti Immagine Uomo 90! P1tt1 Lucky Numb3r5


Pitti Immagine presents the theme for its 90th edition: P1tt1 Lucky Numb3r5, focusing on the esthetic, graphic and symbolic qualities of numbers in fashion and beyond. 
This summer in Florence, the lucky numbers are to be featured in an ironic twist installation/set design by Oliviero Baldini, that will hit the Fortezza da Basso during the tradeshow.
The collaboration between Pitti Immagine and a video maker goes on — the special project will be revealed soon.
Pitti Uomo 90 runs from June the 14th to the 17th, 2016.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Upcoming Album Release: Buddha-Bar XVIII by DJ Ravin & Sam Popat

 
Spring is here and with it a new spiritual journey of sounds from Buddha-Bar is ready to go - featuring its annual 2016 compilation! Again, international nightlife guru DJ Ravin is in charge to bring us an holistic experience in CD 1 while Madagascar-born Sam Pompat (also former resident DJ from Buddha-Bar Paris and in charge of previous early compilations from the franchise) introduces an electro-ethnic sound mix in CD 2. For this tour, new tracks from Bombay Dub Orchestra, Midival Punditz and Papercut are on the list,  but also remixes exclusively created for the occasion by Fabrice Dayan Dreamers Inc. or Dole and Kom are included.
Set for release in both CD and digital on April 29, 2016.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Pitti Uomo 90 Menswear Guest Designer: Gosha Rubchinskiy + Pitti Italics: Fausto Puglisi & Lucio Vanotti/ Designer Project: Visvim

 
Pitti Immagine has revealed that Russian designer Gosha Rubchinskiy (ГОША РУБЧИНСКИЙ) will be the Menswear Guest Designer for its 90th edition, along with Fausto Puglisi and Lucio Vanotti who were chosen to be the headliners of their Pitti Italics initiative for this upcoming summer lineup — Japanese designer Hiroki Nakamura’s label Visvim is also on schedule for the program of events of the Florentine tradeshow.
Rubchinskiy will present his Spring/Summer 2017 Menswear Collection  together with a photography project  — On the other hand, Fausto Puglisi will introduce his menswear line and Lucio Vanetti, who made his debut in Milan last winter season in Armani Teatro, will show his Spring/Summer 2017 collection aswell.
Nakamura won’t be left behind and will stage a special performance to present his Men’s Collection along with a series of women’s looks.
As usual, Pitti Immagine still has many projects and special events in store which details will be revealed in the upcoming weeks.
Pitti Uomo 90 runs from June the 14th to the 17th in Florence, Italy and hope to see you there!
You can find my previous coverage from last season, HERE.

Gosha Rubchinskiy.
Lucio Vanotti.
Fausto Puglisi.

Hiroki Nakamura from 'Visvim'.

Monday, February 1, 2016

The Male Model Music Project in Italy Part 8 FALL-WINTER 2016-17 EDITION/ Photographic Review & Backstage Inspection Series

Story & photos by Ivan Guerrero
Models are ready for the show! Florence-born designer Federico Curradi launched his debut menswear collection with a special presentation for the Pitti Italics program during Pitti Uomo 89. One of his previous and relevant experiences include fashion houses like Roberto Cavalli, Ermanno Scervino and the Creative Direction of Iceberg. More pics HERE.

A special selection of my images during the latest Fall/Winter 2016-17 session of International Menswear Tradeshow Pitti Immagine Uomo which has reached its 89th edition! focusing in a bunch of hot projects and special events featuring the fair's unique touch for creating top-notch spectacles and new ways of interpretation/ presentation of fashion and contemporary lifestyle. Also included: a group of fashion shows I have attended in Milan afterwards!
Pitti Generation(s) was the fair's theme featuring a layout designed by Oliviero Baldini that dressed the highly-attended Fortezza da Basso during the tradeshow that celebrated an expected record-breaking edition with a total of  36,000 visitors, including buyers, press and quality members of the trade.  Foreign markets that topped the edition were Germany, Japan, Spain and UK, with also relevant and increasing participation from Turkey, Holland, France, USA and China, just to mention some. Not only a tradeshow! but also a place of encounter of trends and personalities related to fashion and style from different backgrounds. A space to see and to be seen, which has a gained a special reputation by its own merits among the fashion community focused in men's fashion all over the world.

During the Opening Ceremony, relevant authorities headed by major Dario Nardella and the new President of Centro di Firenze per la Moda Italiana; Andrea Cavicchi discussed the upcoming program and the highlight of the remodeling project of the Fortezza da Basso (Pitti Uomo's fair venue) starting in 2016. Models line up before Vittorio Branchizio's fashion show at Dogana, also presented under the lights of the Pitti Italics initiative, Pitti Immagine's project dedicated to promote and showcase freash and upcoming Italian talent in fashion. More pics HERE. 
A very special visit to IED (Istituto Europeo di Design -European Institute of Design) where I was introduced to director Alessandro Colombo who gladly showed me around the school and presented their latest project with the Italian brand SAVE THE DUCK, featuring a reinterpretation of a selection of jackets worked by the Fashion Design students. You can find the rest of the story HERE.
Korean designer Juun. J was tapped as Menswear Guest Designer of Pitti Uomo 89. A fashion show took place at Stazione Leopolda celebrating this highlight of the edition with the presentation of his Fall-Winter 2016 Collection featuring his particular take on men's wardrobe pieces and focus in genderless fashion. More pics HERE.
"Generation Africa", a collaboration project between Pitti Immagine and ITC ETHICAL FASHION INITIATIVE with the intention to promote a group of young and talented fashion designers from Africa.
Pitti Uomo 89 Womenswear Guest Designer; Marco de Vincenzo presented 'Inlusionem',  an artistic installation of opaque mirrors, fantasy and color lights at the reopening of storic Teatro Niccolini after 20 years. More pics HERE. 
Backstage at the presentation of adidas Originals by Japanese label White Mountaineering headed by Yosuke Aizawa, as the Designer Project of Pitti Uomo 89. More pics HERE.
Model sensation Lucky Blue Smith before Ports 1961 Fall/Winter 2016 show by Milan Vukmirovic. More pics HERE.

All set for Corneliani Fall/Winter 2016 Show in Milan! More pics HERE.

The beauty of an English evening with DAKS for its Fall/Winter 2016-17 Collection. More pics HERE.
Velvet and fur elegance at Ermanno Scervino Fall/Winter 2016 Backstage! More pics HERE.