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Interview: Hjalte Ross

Hjalte Ross is a Danish singer-song writer who with his debut album Embody – produced in collaboration with the famous British producer John Wood – has won critics’ hearts across the globe, as well as several awards. DANSK sat down with the rising star about his work and the experience of being an artist.

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Art Guide: Marie Sloth Rousing @ Black Store

At last year’s Copenhagen Fashion Week, there was one moment in particular that left the roaming clientele gagging. The newly revived Designer’s Nest, showcasing the best of Nordic fashion graduates, opened its show with a large, unassuming textile pattern placed on a metal stretcher, when suddenly, a model literally walked through it, arms first, effectively ripping it down and transforming it to a wearable garment in a manner of seconds. The author behind the genius gesture was Marie Sloth Rousing, a graduate from KADK in Copenhagen – and unsuprisingly, she was named as the 1st prize recipient only a few minutes later. 6 months later, Rousing is one again ready to present her defiant fashion sculptures – this time in an exhibitionary context.

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Livestream: Hermès Men’s AW19 Show

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Direction: Fashion Week Hair

For years, you’ve been able to get away with the most normative of buzz-cuts, its simplicity alluding to some kind of post-post-condition of self-styling, while also resembling the Gosha/Vetements-nexus in just the right way. Well honey, that time is over. Fall 2019 is all about actual hair-dos: whether long, short, or spotty, this year requires you to please just do something to that mane of yours. Feeling uninspired? Fear not. Our guide from Milan Men’s week that concluded just a few hours ago will give you plenty of ideas. Leopard dots, anyone?

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The Death of Mens' Fashion Week?

With this season’s men’s fashion month well on the way, we haven’t been able to ignore a growing trend. Or rather, the absence of one. Smaller shows, shorter programming days, in fact fewer days altogether. Men’s fashion week is shrinking all around – and is, in fact, increasingly occupied by women’s fashion. Doesn’t that seem to counter the growing menswear trend, you may ask? Indeed. Reports in recent years show that menswear, once the dark horse of fashion, is the fastest growing sector in the market, rapidly approaching womenswear as an equally valuable asset. In fact, rumors even claimed that at Balenciaga, led by menswear genius Demna Gvsalia, the revenue on men’s fashion has already overtaken that of women’s. So why are men’s fashion weeks in New York, London, Paris, and Milan – some of them less than 10 years old – shrinking or downright closing? The answer is found partially in the importance of menswear itself.

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Want: Brik Terrazzo by KUF Studios

Cake isn’t exactly the kind of thing you’d usually associate with good design, nor see recommended by any fashion magazine in their right mind. The quirky world of chocolate, dessert, and gateau has never enjoyed the modern design revolution that it rightfully deserves, and is instead left to  the most kitsch vices of any given culture with a sweet tooth—the kind of thing you learn love even though it’s awfully corny. That is, until now. A far cry from the cringe para-conceptualists of The Great British Bake-Off (and its countless regional spin-offs), the London/Copenhagen design studio KUF has for a couple of years been experimenting with up-chic’ed versions of Danish desert stables such as Flødeboller, but their latest product breaks another standard for what fashionable sweetness might look like. The new line Brik Terrazzo is inspired by the Italian art of tile-making – which is itself experiencing a revival among the global design constituency – only here, elevated into the world of heavenly eatable delights.

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Final Gravity: Mikkeler and Femme Régionales launches sportswear bran

Running and drinking… beer? Hm. Not the obvious combination, but it might be your next. Brewer and former youth elite runner Mikkel Borg Bjergsoe is the innovative brain behind the new fashion fusion between Bjergsoe’s own microbrewery Mikkeller and design bureau Femmes Régionales.

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Art Guide: OrtaMiklos @ Museu Marino Marini, Florence

With London Fashion Week just wrapped up, we head directly to Florence, where Pitti Uomo 95 is already in full action. The men’s fashion and trade week has been going on since the early 1970s, and has in the recent decade of menswear galvanization, become the most important event for men’s fashion globally. Perhaps, then, it’s not ideal to go if you, like us, are a bit tired of fashion; or rather, not ready for the endless desert walk that is fashion season. But fear not; there’s other things to do in Florence than eating pizza and watching Chinese tourists hurting each other with selfie sticks. For example, head to Museu Marino Marini, where the Italian art/design company Slam Jam will be celebrating its 30th anniversary with a grandiose program of exhibitions and events – including a show curated by the Milan-based art magazine KALEIDOSCOPE with the French/Danish design duo OrtaMiklos.

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Best of London Fashion Week Men's FW19

While the kids are just about to sharpen their crayons, and return to the gilded halls of primary education, us fashion folks have already been up an running for a week. Even if January calls for serious hibernation and no alcohol, fashion screams louder, forcing us to dig out those tight Galliano pants and crack open a bottle of prosecco (thank god). It’s fashion week, in London. Once known as London Collections: Men, London Fashion Week Men’s has undergone an update in the latest seasons, slimming down its roster (and budget) but strengthening focus on its core trademark: young talent. From Art School to Mowalola, here’s some our favorite moments from the past 3 days of running around the East End trying to dodge street style photographers while not getting confused for the Spanish tourists on the “Jack the Ripper”-walking tour.

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Calvin Klein Sans Raf and The Future of American Fashion

American fashion as always been a strange beast, not only to tame, but just to understand. The world’s biggest economy, spanning a vast continent of an incredibly diverse population, couldn’t be further from the upper-middle-class consumers of Europe, or the nouveau-riche clientele of the East. The most successful stories in American fashion consists of those that went to Europe (such as Proenza Schouler, Rick Owens) and those that went commercial: that is, into the world of mass-apparel. As the country’s most iconic brand Calvin Klein announces the departure of their Euro-chic creative director Raf Simons after only 18 months, is it time to reiterate the status quo of American fashion consumption? What is the future for our beloved CK?

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