Today we bring light on Robert Wun, a London College of Fashion graduate who’s been on the London scene since his graduation, back in 2014. A Hong-Kong native, Wun has established his brand in London but enjoys quite a success in Asia. Never straying away from his aesthetic, Wun has proven that creative consistency pays off. His S/S 2018 collection, dubbed “Laboratory Diamond” is a regal offering, with ruffles-for-days, heels that would drive any fashion editor mad with love, and a real sense of silhouetting. Styled by London based stylist Oscar Chik, each look is an ode to grandeur. The collection was inspired by the conscience of the modern consumer, someone in need of individuality and a bit of pizzazz. Show pieces? Indeed, it takes a bit of courage to wear Robert Wun daily, they’re made for the show girls of the world. Yet, Wun toned down his artistry with pieces like a re-worked trench-coat that is a definite statement or asymmetrical skirts that exude chic. Wun wants to dress his sophisticated, fashion conscious audience. Another point of reference comes from a recent trip to Peru, where the designer discovered the country’s incredible geology. Indeed, he brought back minerals like Pyrites, Augelites, and Atacamites to his London based studio where he used them as the principal stimuli for the collection. Should you feel brave and fabulous, Robert Wun is stocked at several concept stores including Henrik Vibskov, both in New-York City and Copenhagen.
Azzedine Alaïa, the French-Tunisian couturier, has passed. As reported by French newspaper Le Point, the 77-year old designer died peacefully this week, leaving behind an incredible oeuvre of wildly fantastical fashion creations from the past 50 year career.
Photographer Pernille Sandberg
Fashion Editor Veronika Dorosheva
Hair Artist Said Rubaii
Make-up Artist Annika Jeck
Talents Enrico / Conspirators Berlin & Lucy / VIVA Models Berlin
From fashion to modern art, our authoritative art guide turns its face towards photography, a liminal artform that nonetheless has an interesting double-life in exhibitions and in the printed pages of books and magazines. This synergy, between art and documentation, is encapsulated in the work of British photographer Haley Louisa Brown, the most recent recipient of the Ace & Tate Creative Fund and subject to a new exhibition at Protein Studios in London. As the editor of hiphop biannual Brick, Brown has been a trailblazing force in the British fashion world for a number of years, lauded for capturing style as it intersects with youth culture, politics, and diverse identity expression. It was this sensibility that attracted the Ace & Tate Creative Fund, the charity founded by the Dutch eyewear design firm with the goal to provide funding and expertise to creatives in order to bring their brilliant ideas to life and break new ground. With a committee consisting of editors, film-makers, and and Ace & Tate CEO Mark de Lange, receiving the annual fund is more than a pad on the shoulder by the British creative industry.
Despite ever-changing trend currents, music merchandise remains a timeless category of fashion commodities. Some of us remember queuing up at the Nirvana concert to snatch the famous smiley t-shirt; the iconic Joy Division soundwave graphic has been a marker of Nietzschean malaise of youth for over twenty years; and who, across the board, doesn’t like to recontextualize a vintage Madonna tee sourced off E-bay? Merging the world of fashion and music, merchandise has a way to summon the energy of both, particularly when it’s well-designed. This is very much the case with the new merchandise by Scarlet Pleasure, the Danish R&B/Funk band formed in New York, consisting of the three beauxs Alexander, Emil, and Joachim. This drop is not just an illustrated tee ordered off Fruitoftheloom – rather, the trio has teamed up with trailblazing Danish menswear brand Tonsure, who previously won our prestigious DANSK Design Talent Award. It was on this occasion that Tonsure first encountered Scarlet Pleasure, tasked as they were with designing a collection for the aspiring musical group. Two years later, a new collaboration is available for consumers and fans, featuring t-shirts, hoodies, and scarfs that echo the personal style sensibility of the three members, all staying in line with Tonsure’s eclectic approach to contemporary fashion silhouettes. A highly limited edition, you’ll be able to catch the Scarlet Pleasure merch via Tonsure’s website starting today, or at future SP concerts around Denmark.
A steady hum of 100,000 glass marbles is the first thing you’ll sense as you enter Loop, an ambitious new installation by New York-based design studio Snarkitecture that opened yesterday in Gana Art Center in Seoul, South Korea. Partnering with Swedish fashion stable COS, Snarkitecture has constructed an mesmerizing, 400-meter long intertwining track within the Seoul museum, where a new marble is introduced every five seconds to fire through the futuristic installation. The effect is a multi-sensory experience of sound, material, and space, equally nerve-wrecking as it is meditative. “Our intention was to create a contemplative environment with Loop,” commented Daniel Arsham, co-founder of Snarkitecture, whose practice moves across art, design, and architecture – “a space that was not immediately understood upon entering. While we wanted the design to be playful, we were mindful of creating a work that provided an escape. It was important to offer a setting and feeling that were completely new and inspiring to visitors.” The ethereal installation doubles as a perfect set design for COS’s minimalist fashion, which long has echoed the shared simplicity of both Scandinavian and Japanese design. While successful art and fashion collaborations are rare, COS’ patronizing of Snarkitecture is an experience not to miss.
After months of lead-up, celeb photo-shoot, and high-profile receptions, the winner of this year’s CDFA/Vogue Fashion has finally been found: Telfar! The New York brand is an underground icon, established in 2005 by designer Telfar Clemens who reigns from New York’s Queens borough. Telfar is known for his intellectual approach to utilitarian style of clothing, spun with a certain post-gender sensibility and radical politics. As a stable of New York’s downtown scene, he has become a favorite among NYC’s art world, particularly with his parties and shows that often take place in outlets of fast food chain White Castle. The prestigious grant includes mentoring from a top industry person of choice as well a $400,000 cash prize, and will without a doubt catapult the designer into a market of fans and audience of whole new dimensions. Launched in 2003 to cultivate the next generation of emerging American design talent, past winners include Alexander Wang, Derek Lam and Public School. Clemens received the award by the foundation’s chairperson Diane Von Furstenberg Monday night, the latter of which reflected on this year’s line-up: “Diversity is very important. This year I’m proud to say our group of finalists is the most diverse it’s ever been since we started 14 years ago.” Telfar, meanwhile, took this moment to thank the many friends and family “for being down,” he said. “I know it’s been a hard, long road but that’s what pioneers do. This is coming back to Queens.” Congratulations to Telfar, who we look forward to following in the near future.
Blazer Won Hundred
Sunglasses Poul Stig
Shoes Won Hundred
What do you think of from the smell of a fragrance? Sadly, more often that we’d like to admit, it’s the duty-free airport shop where we buy them rather than the exotic utopias they allude to. It’s common knowledge that the celeb- and fashion brand scents (mostly out-licensed to external producers) you find in the mass market are less than proper quality – yet most consumers still resort to these, producing a culture of very little olfactory expertise. Luckily, this field is changing, with many independent scent producers emerging across the world, sharing an artisanal as well as highly contemporary approach to the expanded field of fragrance design. Our current favorite is IIUVO, the London-based brand founded by Leo Gibbon and Tomi Ahmed, a musician and a former Dover Street Market creative respectively.