Persian rugs are so passé – as are cowhides, Berber, and Plush. In the 2019 villa of the true sartorialist, the concrete floors will be covered not in intricately crafted weaving techniques, but robes, garments and textiles. Patchwork is back, bringing with it its erratic, idiosyncratic sensibility, where old and new conjoin in surprising, amusing ways. What feels soothingly 70s is actually very eco-future: overtly recycling left-over textiles to reduce waste from the garment industry, and making a point while doing it. Ever the pioneer, it’s of course our friends at Acne Studios who most recently presented their take on medley interiors. Riffing off their own range of products that have them a stable in every Scandi’s home, their limited edition interiors line features their beloved scarves – the Kelow, the Cassiar – interconnected to form blankets and pillowcases. Already immensely popular since launching last week, the collection is almost sold out already – so hurry up if you want a slice of Acne Studios’ New World of Interiors. Worst comes to worst, you could always dust off your sewing machine and try to weave together a couple of old Zara tops at home.
Today sports and fashion brand FILA, announces their new premium line FILA Fjord under the creative direction of Danish designer Astrid Andersen. With this expansion, the Italian/Korean brand elevates their heritage and DNA to emphasize the iconic slogan – The Measure of Perfection. FILA Fjord will launch during Pitti Uomo (the single most important event for menswear worldwide) for the AW19 season in January 2019.
While the rest of the global North moves one inch closer to SAD every day, the global art elite is partying in Florida. Yes, it’s that time of the year: Miami Basel. The only time when you’ll see the world’s most famous art critics queue up in the same bar as guest stars of Keeping up with the Kardashians. An art heaven, Miami has in recent years become a treasured spot for fashion and design events, who see the point in promoting their projects on a small peninsula packed with HNWIs. What not to miss this year, beyond the art fair itself? A few tips below!
Moving fluidly and fast, Tokyo-based designer and one half of hyped jewelry brand AMBUSH®, Yoon Ahn, has designed a new collection with sportswear megalith Nike. The capsule collection is meant to investigate how movement- and sports-wear finds itself in a – in many ways – uncertain moment. In her everyday-life, Ahn travels back and forth between her main-base in Tokyo and her job in Paris. Ahn, therefore, is one to know the value of functionality is, and this clearly shines through in the collection. She shares AMBUSH® with her partner Verbal, the jewelry label built on a unbiased and matter-of-fact approach. In 2016, the duo decided to launch their very first ready-to-wear collection. The collection was described to be ‘idiosyncratic’ – meaning that it is peculiar to itself. Though that might sound a bit vapid, Ahn’s explanation is not: “The new lifestyle that a lot of us live is not so fragmented. Before, how you dressed in the morning wasn’t carried into nighttime. Now we move through space and time more fluidly.” We live in time where individualism and idiosyncrasy thrive. We want to be peculiar, and the fusion collection with Nike is merely one expression of this. Including two jackets – one reversible and one in faux-fur – a bodysuit with the Nike DRI-FIT technology, a crop top and a pair of fleece trousers, the collection brings vanguard Japanese aesthetics to western functionalism, and does so really well. With regards to footwear, Ahn has let herself inspire by the Air Max 180 silhouette, coalescing it with other classics, such as the Zoom Flight.
When we first heard of wireless headphones, we were skeptical. Aren’t those things too difficult to not lose already – why burden ourselves with small, precious earplugs that surely won’t work as seamlessly as good old wire? We resisted the new Apple headphones. Purchased that weird extension chord just to keep our old plugs. But then we met MW07. The New York City-based premium audio company Master & Dynamic has raised the level of an audio product we thought we never wanted. Now we do.
As the European fashion week scene faces its trinity days between S/S and F/W 2019 shows, a young but impactful fashion event has just taken place for the third time in Calgary, Alberta. Not only does this event present us to talented designers and new collections, it also challenges our ideas of what a fashion week is and can be. The Otahpiaaki Indigenous Beauty, Fashion and Design Week was founded three years ago at the Mount Royal University in Calgary AB, Canada. The idea came from a group of young, female fashion students, and the first show took place in the hallway of the business school. Last year the project had matured and gone from two designers in one night to fifteen designers from fifteen different nations spread over three nights of fashion. A few weeks ago, the third event was held in City Hall, Calgary, with returning artists as well as sixteen new designers. The show isn’t dictated by international fashion rules, but build on a Black Foot world view. And so Otahpiaaki is more than three days of spotlights and runway walking. A research unit of students and professors, indigenous and non-indigenous people are working together on various projects associated with the event, with the common aim to decolonize the runway. A few months ago DANSK met up with Mount Royal professor and co-founder of the event, Patricia May-Derbyshire, to learn more.
The Danish doyen of avant-garde, Henrik Vibskov, is not only a purveyor of great fashion; he’s also a skilled retailer, with his Copenhagen and New York boutiques counting among our worldwide favorites. This week, our friends in Paris can enjoy a taste of his concept store magic, when he launches a temporary pop-up in the 10th arrondissement. Grab your friend and come for a drink! A bientôt!
In today’s globalized world – where it’s always fashion week somewhere – it’s easy to tire from the constant stream of shows. A spectacular resort collection unraveling out of a modernist spaceship museum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil? Seen it. A steamy, romantic couture collection presented in an ancient palazzo in Sicily, nested amongst the pine trees? Meh, done that! Corporate fashion’s love affair with destination shows easily grows boring, if not down right wrong, as seen with last week’s Dolce & Gabbana scandal in Shanghai. But yesterday, we died and went to heaven and resurrected in just seven minutes when Maison Valentino presented its pre-fall 2019 collection in an old warehouse in Tokyo – the first for the house since the 1980s.
Last week, a scandal ensued around the Italian fashion house Dolce & Gabbana, founded and directed by the unapologetic Italians, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, after a series of videos, promoting their upcoming fashion event in Shanghai, were accused of containing racist content. If a sparsely dressed Chinese girl trying to eat a giant cannolo with a pair of chop sticks, while a narrator intones, “Is it too huge for you?” (see below) wouldn’t substantiate those claims – Stefano Gabbana’s SoMe feud in the DM’s of Instagram page @dietprada certainly did the job – launching derogatory attacks on China and the Chinese people in a grotesque cascade (“eat dog shit” and “Dirty Smelling Mafia”, to give you a sample). In less than 24 hours, almost all of the show’s Chinese supermodels and celebrity A-list guests cancelled their participation, the Shanghai City Government shut the event down, and Yoox pulled all Dolce & Gabbana from their e-commerce platform. The brand themselves issued a statement that they had been hacked (although there’s proof of the opposite), and later released an excruciating apology video with the design duo, exclaiming the already iconic words: “We want to apologize to the Chinese people … Because there are so many of them!” At least D&G puts their money where their mouth is. In the aftermath of the scandal, leading to calls to boycott the brand altogether, has lead to a revived conversation about consumer power, the morals of fashion media, and how to assert politics in fashion. We guide you to some of the best reads right here.
Have you ever wondered how your favorite perfume would sound, if it was a song? What about, say, a 1-hour mixtape? Well, we have. But as of today, we no longer need to dream and imagine; a click to Soundcloud should do the job. We fell in love with London-based scent wizards IIUVO when they launched their Soigné scent last year – with notes of sandalwood, crystal violet, cyclamen and nutmeg, it’s a sensation that’s as concrete as it is abstract – and one that’s resulted in many a compliment in 2018. Their lush scented candles are equally alluring – atmospheric, rather; inspired by affective memories, the scents crawl under your skin like a long-lost lover. To further represent their aesthetic universe, they recently tapped Berlin-based designer, shop owner (and DANSK friend) Andreas Murkudis to house a sonic landscape of their various scents, matching each fragrance concept with a state of the heart, measured by its BPM. This has resulted in a mixtape that crawls ambiently from Soigné’s familiar 60-90 BPM to Gilot‘s more up-beat terrain – and ending with Fonteyn‘s 120+ BPM bangers. Perfect for your morning, your day, your evening. We’ve fallen in love once again. Listen below.