The Danish design duo Mads and Mikkel Kornerup of the widely celebrated jewelry brand SHAMBALLA JEWELS recently met up with DANSK to talk about entrepreneurship and design. Since founding the brand in 2005, the two brothers have built up the Buddhist-infused empire up from scratch to now sit amongst the leaders in the international jewelry industry. Exclusive materials combined with simple design has made some of the biggest celebrities devoted fans and made the SHAMBALLA bracelet an iconic accessory seen on everyone from Jay-Z to Jayden Smith. Taking inspiration from Eastern philosophy, Mads and Mikkel have, simply, made men’s jewelry cool again by creating beautiful bracelets, necklaces and rings with masculine overtones.
Is a three-day event enough for a city that was once looked at as the most fashion-forward? The epicentre of quirkiness is not only snubbed by international press and buyers any more. Designers regularly disappear from the official schedule: last season, J.W. Anderson, Burberry, and Vivienne Westwood fled the scene, and the event’s committee, chaired by GQ Editor Dylan Jones, seems completely impuissant. How long until the event becomes London Fashion Weekend Men’s? The carnage continued this season as designers Craig Green and Wales Bonner were missing in action. Fortunately, several brands still have faith in the city and deployed all their creative forces to lead off the resistance.
Danish fashion history is one still being written, as testified by the emerging generation of designers who are trying to break free from the shackles of Scandi simplicity. But no fashion history should be written without ample attention for fashion’s surrounding image-apparatus: photography occupies a very central role in the industry, also in the North. Regional fashion publishing has historically served as the mediator and link between consumers and international fashion houses, while the pages of the magazine constitutes the most important platform for fashion photographers to show their densest creative visions. Now, a new exhibition at Øksnehallen traces the history of Danish fashion photography for the first time ever.
Writing in his autobiography in 1991, shortly before his death from AIDS-related complications, David Wojnarowicz wrote of his life: “My queerness was a wedge that was slowly separating me from a sick society.” This remarkable inversion of sickness and health, between different bodies that are marked as ‘other’ and the society that enforces this markation, is an apt reflection of Wojnarowicz’ similarly groundbreaking contribution to queer culture. The American artist, poet, and photographer shaped two decades of American queer culture with his captivating photographs, paintings, and stories; he formed important alliances and friendships with a community of artists in and around the East Village scene, including Peter Hujar (his one-time lover), Nan Goldin, and Kiki Smith; and was one of the most adamant voices in the fight against AIDS in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Known to many primarily for his iconic album cover for U2′s One, all of Wojnarowicz’ work was a emotional and deeply resonating critique of American identity, politics, and culture. In LOEWE‘s most recent initiative, creative director Jonathan Anderson visits the artist’s archive to release a capsule collection of t-shirts honoring his seminal legacy while supporting the continued fight against the illness.
It’s wartime in the eyewear industry: long gone are the days of monopoly by out-licensed fashion brands, overpriced and lack-luster design with little quality to match the sky-high prices. A new generation of producers are springing out of London, New York, Berlin, and now also Copenhagen, thanks to the people behind Jamie Looks. Less than a year old, the Danish design start-up has set out to revolutionize the sunwear market with sleek designs and direct engagement with customers, initially through their well-stocked online store, and as of this week, a Copenhagen pop-up. What forces are they up against? We sat down to get to know Jamie Looks.
In the middle of Europe’s current heatwave, it seems that we’re always looking for an excuse to take a plunge into the nearest body of water: be it a beach, your aunt’s swimming pool, or just a really big glass of chilled Chardonnay, we’re there, ready to take our clothes off. But the recent lookbook of Wanbing Huang gives us the chills equally: for her AW18 collection Soil Rebelle, the Chinese newcomer has released a stunning visual piece of storytelling in collaboration with photographer Leslie Zhang and styling by Audrey Hu.
In artist Joan Jonas’ work Double Lunar Rabbits (2010), currently on view at Tate Modern as part of her retrospective show, Jonas’ explores the image of the rabbit on the moon. In a two-channel video displayed on curved screens, a narrative built around Japanese and Aztec folklore unfolds: A God, living on Earth in the image of a man, is on a journey and eventually gets hungry and tired. With no food or water around, he is close to death when a rabbit grassing nearby offers to sacrifice itself to save his life. Touched by the rabbit’s selflessness, the God saves it and draws its image onto the moon. He tells it: “You may be just a rabbit, but everyone will remember you; there is your image in light, for all people and for all times.”
With long, thin ears and six straight whiskers; sometimes polka dotted or harlequin patterned; sometimes resembling a fish or a cat, a pear or a berry; sometimes up-side-down or sticking out from a smiling red mouth; if there is one rabbit the fashion world will always remember, it’s Peter Jensen‘s. Fun and iconic, the bunny is unarguably much more than a logo, claiming a near-mythical presence in and around the universe of the Danish-born, London-based designer.
A new generation of designers is sprawling in the Nordic region, characterized by their minimalist design heritage, sustainable approach to production, and razor-sharp visual sensibility. In Denmark, our friends at Carcel are transforming luxury knitwear through transgressive production partnerships, and in Norway, we have SØSTER STUDIO to pave the way for a fashion practice that exists closer to the heart while never compromising creativity or vision. Founded last year by Pernille Nadine, who also serves as creative director, the emerging brand offers both a ready-to-wear and jewellery line, encouraging shoppers to build up a core wardrobe of timeless classics (as you should know by now, “seasons” are fully irrelevant, set up for you to consume more) that are always hand-made and made from sustainable materials. A new dazzling campaign by photographer Carlijn Jacobs encapsulates the sisterly energy that informs the brand on the rise — we spoke to Nadine to learn more.
June, with its luscious and luxurious high-summer, begins with the beautiful industry personality Christel Winther. LA vibes and sizzling hot temperatures are the focal point in this cinematic homage to the trends that seem to be forever connected to summer: bare skin, denim, and print, incarnated in brands such as Missoni, Saint Laurent, and Pilgrim.