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Thursday, December 10, 2015

PITTI GENERATION(S) by Pasquale Abbattista

Pitti Immagine presents its new campaign video for the Autumn/Winter 2016-17 season, in charge of artist Pasquale Abbattista who introduces PITTI GENERATION(S), the concept line and essence of the tradeshow for its 89th edition; the transformation and the ability of style to overlap, merge and change subjects from different generations and backgrounds into each other.
PITTI GENERATION(S) is the second instalment of Pitti's video project that was introduced last june for the the Spring/Summer 2016 edition with Luca Finotti's 'That's Pitticolor!'
Pitti Uomo 89 hits Florence from January the 12th to 15th, 2016.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Upcoming Album Release: 'The Greatest: 20 Years of Chall'O Music' by Claude Challe & Jean-Marc Challe

Music guru brothers Claude Challe & Jean-Marc Challe celebrate 20 years of their Chall'O Music, label of their signature compilation releases with a vibrant deluxe edition 6 CD set anthology featuring a selection of their greatest tracks (hence the name of the album); 2 episodes of 'Chill', 2 of 'Life' and 2 of 'Clubbing', with a total of 75 hand-picked themes by the tasteful duo inviting us to another voyage on the occasion of their 2 decades of rhythm, love, lush and international sound landscapes.
It's Rochas pour Homme who pairs up with the Challe's for the celebration of this album.
'The Greatest -20 years of Chall'O Music' is set for the release on December the 4th, 2015 in Europe.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Pitti Uomo 89 Menswear Guest Designer: Juun. J/ Womenswear: Marco De Vincenzo

Juun. J Fall/Winter 2015-16

Florence's International Menswear Tradeshow Pitti Immagine Uomo reveals its guest designers for the upcoming Winter edition;  The Korean designer, Juun J. for menswear & Marco De Vincenzo for the womenswear counterpart.
In addition to these highlights, the next edition of Pitti Uomo has chosen adidas Originals by White Mountaneering for a special collaboration project featuring a new menswear collection by Japanese designer Yosuke Aizawa who will also stage special event for the occasion.
More events and projects such as Pitti Italics and the initiative of Guest Nation are still to be revealed.
Pitti Uomo 89 runs from January the 12th to 15th, 2016 in Florence, Italy. 
A creation of Marco De Vincenzo, the fashion designer, originally from Messina, Sicily has 15 years of collaboration with the Fendi fashion house behind him, where he still designs the accessories collections. In 2009 he created his own brand, and in  2014 started a joint venture with the LVMH Group.
adidas Originals by White Mountaineering. The collaboration marks the return to Florence for the designer, who already made his European debut with his brand at Pitti a few editions back.
adidas Originals Vice President of Global Design Nic Galway & Yosuke Aizawa.
Juun.J is the first Menswear Guest Designer at Pitti Uomo from Korea.
Marco De Vincenzo.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Pitti Immagine Uomo 89! Welcome to PITTI GENERATION(S)

The new theme of the 89th edition of International Menswear Tradeshow Pitti Immagine Uomo is entitled PITTI GENERATION(S) and it will talk about the "coexistence of different generations in today's fashion and styles", in support of the philosophy that age is a state of mind, presented with a layout designed by Oliviero Baldini featured at the Fortezza da Basso's (Pitti's official tradeshow venue) different sections.
An exclusive capsule, limited-edition collection– inspired by PITTI GENERATION(S), - of items distributed by an original, itinerant temporary shop, a project produced in cooperation with the design brand Seletti and Toiletpaper, the Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari’s cult magazine. 
In addition to this initiave, Pitti Immagine will deliver a new instalment of its special collaboration video project for the fair's seasonal campaigns, following its debut with 'That's Pitticolor!' (June 2015) directed by Luca Finotti.
Check out some of my previous coverage at Pitti Uomo's past editions, HERE.
Pitti Uomo 89 runs from January the 12th to 15th, 2016 in Florence, Italy.

Monday, June 15, 2015

KOO Koop Oscar Orchestra / Former Koop's New Project

It’s been almost 9 years since ‘Koop Islands’, the latest album release from Swedish Electronic Jazz Act Koop, originally consisting of Magnus Zingmark and Oscar Simonsson.
Now, Simonsson introduces his new music project; KOO Koop Oscar Orchestra, created in December 2014 and apparently is set to release a first 3-track EP in September 2015 on Revel & Hoffman, their new label.
Koop Oscar Orchestra will feature O. Simonsson in Pi, Smlp and accordion, Niklas Barnö in trumpet, Ulrik Ording in drums, Love Meyerson also in Accordion, Niklas Fernqvist in Double Bass and Jazzu in Vocals.
At the moment no further news on a new full album, but definitely looking forward to seeing what they have in store, in the meantime check out a teaser! And just in case you are not familiar with Koop's previous work (9 years is a while), check out Koop Island Blues:
Koop Islands (2006)

Protagonists: Judi Dench by Ram Shergill/ The Male Model Music Project's Book Collection: AJSK Couture’s ‘India Fantastique’

Judi Dench wears Vasli (Black) exclusive piece from Abu Jani - Sandeep Khosla

The One and Only Dame Judi Dench lensed by Ram Shergill featured at Indian Couturiers Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla’s art book ‘India Fantastique’, published by Thames & Hudson back in 2012. However, it has been announced that a second edition with exclusive images is scheduled to be released later this year!
‘India Fantastique’ is a celebratory 2 volume-book set collecting a series of Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla exuberant creations. The first volume, Fashion, is dedicated to their opulent garments exclusively photographed by Ram Shergill; the second book covers the duo’s work on privately commissioned interiors incorporating art, antiques and vintage textiles. A beautifully put together collector’s item in every sense.

Protagonists: Tom Brittney by Ram Shergill

Tom Brittney wears jumper A Child of the Jago 

Born in Gravesend, Kent, England, actor Tom Brittney portraited by Ram Shergill, featured in The Protagonist Magazines website.
Thom is currently starting in the BBC drama series The Syndicate and will be appearing in Unreal, airing in the US on Lifetime,  after being seen in Outlander and also the sci-fi drama Humans on Channel 4 and AMC.
Check out his exclusive interview and further updates from The Protagonist Magazine, HERE.
Leather Jacket BLK DNM and Top Levi's Red Tab 

Photography by Ram Shergill
Hair by Hugo Gamboa using Fudge
Make Up by Michelle Webb using Kiehls

Protagonists: Will Tudor by Ram Shergill

Will Tudor wears shirt by A Child of the Jago, waistcoat by Joshua Kane Bespoke, jeans by BLK DNM

Known for his role in Game of Thrones,  English actor Will Tudor photographed by Ram Shergill for an exclusive story featured in The Protagonist Magazine.
Will currently stars in Humans in which he plays the Synth Odi (on Channel 4, Sundays at 9:00pm)
Read the rest of the interview with him HERE.
Shirt by Richard James

Shirt by A Child of the Jago, waistcoat by Joshua Kane Bespoke, jeans by BLK DNM and boots by Alejandro Ingelmo
Shirt and trousers by Richard James

Photography by Ram Shergill
Styling by My Name Is Kabir
Hair by Hugo Gamboa using Fudge
Grooming by Michelle Webb using Kiehls

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Paris Hilton for ADON 15 - The Augmented Issue!

Paris Hilton is the first lady ever to front a cover of NYC-based ADON Magazine,  presenting for its 15th issue, "And God Created Paris", an exclusive fashion editorial photographed by Mike Ruiz, special tribute to all powerful biblical women in history: Adam and Eve, Samson and Delilah, Mary and Mary Magdalene.
For this summer issue, ADON introduces 'Augmented Reality' (AR), a live direct or indirect view of a physical real world environment whose elements are augmented by computer generated sensory input such as sound, video and graphics. As a result, users experience the world around them as it is in real-time but with added layers of digital and interactive content that enhance their current perception of reality.

Download the Entiti App and scan Paris Hilton cover and inside pages to bring her to life.
ADON 15 is out Thursday, June 11th for subscribers on the ADON App and in stores, June 12th.  

Photographer and art direction Mike Ruiz
Creative Direction Roy Fire and Tal Peer
Paris Team:
Make up Roberto Morelli
Hair Davide Torchio using Rene Furterer products for ivyeleven.com
Styling Izzy Ruiz for The Cannon Media Group
Costume Designer Matthew Donnelly

Styling Assistants Emmy Collette, Mackenzie Moore
Videographer Ferny Chung
 Special thanks to Dune Studios NYC www.dunestudiosnyc.com

Monday, June 8, 2015

The Goonies 30th Anniversary - Illustration by David M. Buisán

On the occasion of the 30th Anniversary of adventure comedy 'The Goonies', Barcelona-based freelance illustrator David M. Buisán (he has actually been featured a while ago at The Male Model Music Project, HERE) has created a hot illustration!
Directed by Richard Donner, 'The Goonies' is considered one of the most popular films of the 80's, so in commemoration of this anniversary, several nostalgic fans attended a 4-day celebration event in Astoria, Oregon original location where the story took place.
Just purchased! A very nice commerative Blu-ray Box Set Edition of 'The Goonies' originally released for the 25th Anniversary

Upcoming Album Release: 'Select 8: Music For Our Friends' by Claude Challe & Jean-Marc Challe

Select 8 is the new compilation from Claude Challe and his brother Jean-Marc, who present their annual musical findings in a 2 CD album; the chillout flavors in the first set and hot dance vibes in the second one, following their tradition in the 'Music For Our Friends' series that started back in 2008!
Set to be out on June the 15 and up to the 22nd, 2015 in some countries.
A preview of some of the tracks included in the 2015 episode:

Upcoming Album Release: Buddha-Bar Beach Mykonos x FG

French label George V Records is back this summer to deliver a new episode of Buddha-Bar Beach, in this instalment and on the occasion of the opening at the luxurious Santa Marina Hotel located in Ornos Bay, Mykonos is the selected destination!
Buddha-Bar Beach Mykonos presents an association with Radio FG featuring at the controls, of course, our friend  DJ Ravin & Camilo Franco (Space Ibiza and Radio FG).
In the first CD, Ravin takes us through a sunset in a fantastic beach, intoxicated by the beauty and pleasure of Mykonos. After dinner calm, it is time to get ready to hit the clubs with Camilo, so get ready to stay awake until dawn with the magic and the rhythm of the sounds
Prepare to dance this summer with this release set to be out on July 10, 2015.
NOTE: I will update when I get the official tracklist!
Santa Marina Hotel Mykonos.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Paddy Mitchell in Joshua Kane Menswear/ by Ram Shergill for The Protagonist Magazine

Paddy Mitchell wearing London-based Joshua Kane's vibrant tailoring, photographed by Ram Shergill, in a new feature story for The Protagonist Magazine, Shergill's new and upcoming editorial project which is set to make its print debut in September 2015, biannually published  in addition to the  online supplement already out HERE.
Theatre reviews, films, exhibitions and more exclusive contents featuring promiment figures of stage and screen, The Protagonist Magazine promises to deliver an imaginative product and bold approach to its subject matter through photography, illustration and creative writing.

Heritage with an Edge: Joshua Kane Menswear
Photography by Ram Shergill
Styling by Claudia Behnke
Hair by Silvio Hauke, Make up by Sara Sorrenti
Model Paddy Mitchell @Select

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Pitti in many colours!!!! Special events and projects revealed

Story by Ivan Guerrero

That’s Pitticolor! will be the new (and colorful) layout designed by Oliviero Baldini that will bring up the spirit of the Fortezza da Basso, the official venue of the fair. Above: Brazilian model André Bona stars in Pitti Uomo’s first ever clip signed by Luca Finotti.

From June 16 to 19, Pitti Uomo will celebrate its 88th edition and for the occasion a new lineup of special events and shows are on schedule in Florence!
In addition to the previously announced guest designers ( Menswear: Moschino by Jeremy Scott and Womenswear: Thomas Tait) Pitti brings again its project dedicated to support fresh talent in fashion; Pitti Italics, featuring this season: Arthur Arbesser, Casamadre and Louis Leeman‘Il Signor Nino’, a special exhibition celebrating Italian men’s fashion figure Nino Cerruti curated by Angelo Flaccavento and Nino Cerruti himself, and Carlo Brandelli for Kilgour as the Designer Project, who will  host a site-specific performance at the magnificent Palazzo Medici Riccardi. 
Important to mention that the Pitti W section of the fair dedicated to womenswear, ceases its labelled participation, however some womens collections might be showcased within the tradeshow as an exercise of integration in some brands.

The agenda also includes a special edition of the Guest Nation Project; Constellation Africa with ITC Ethical Fashion Initiative, a new setting to promote young and talented designers from Africa,  a new edition of the Who Is On Next? competition in cooperation with Alta Roma and L’Uomo Vogue, the presentation of Ports 1961 Spring/Summer 2016 Collection,  C.P. Company’s 40th Anniversary’s event, ‘The Civilization of Color’ exhibition by Cariaggi (the art of dyeing textiles) to be held in Palazzo Vecchio and a presentation of the Calcio Storico Fiorentino (Florence Historic Football team) in Piazza Santa Croce as a welcoming act to the visitors of the international tradeshow, just to mention some of the highlights this season.

You can find some my coverage/backstage photography and all the previous events of Pitti Uomo, HERE and HERE.
1150 brands/ collections are expected to be present this season. 40% of the total are from outside of Italy. The tradeshow will be divided in 15 sections and a bunch of special projects/initiatives from department stores around the world are scheduled for this edition, for example Saks Fifth Avenue will launch a special project promoting a group of Italian brands (including some Pitti Uomo iconic names) in all the stores throughout the United States. Also a special issue of the Saks catalogue featuring iconic sites of Florence is set to be released.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

ADON 14 Double Cover: Nick Bateman and River Viiperi

The 14th issue of ADON celebrates spring with a double cover treat featuring "King of Instagram" Nick Bateman posing with Vern, a beautiful Siberian Husky pictured by MADPICS, plus a very neon-infused Spanish model River Viiperi photographed by Vijat Mohindra, styled by amazing duo Sammy & Juddy.
Make sure you get your copy of the always funky and funny ADON, HERE.
River Viiperi, behind the scenes of his neon shoot for ADON 14.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Pitti Uomo 88 Guest Designer: Moschino by Jeremy Scott/ Womenswear: Thomas Tait

Moschino Spring/Summer 2015

The menswear guest label for the 88th edition of Pitti Immagine Uomo will be Moschino currently directed by American designer Jeremy Scott, who will stage his first ever fashion show in Italy for the occasion.
On the other hand we have the London-based Canadian designer Thomas Tait who has been appointed womenswear guest label for the counterpart Pitti W that meets its 16th edition.
A special exhibition entitled 'Il Signor Nino' (Mr. Nino) featuring for the first time a mostra of the Italian brand founded in 1881, Nino Cerruti will be a part of the special events of the tradeshow for the upcoming summer edition that also includes the Designer Project in charge of Anglo-Italian Carlo Brandelli creative director of Kilgour.
Pitti Uomo 88 runs from June 16-19, 2015 in Florence, Italy.
Check out some of the previous photos and coverage on Pitti Uomo from The Male Model Music Project, HERE.

Jeremy Scott.
Thomas Tait Spring/Summer 2015
Canadian designer Thomas Tait.
Nino Cerruti.

Carlo Brandelli from bespoke suiting brand on Savile Row, Kilgour.