We admittedly have a hard time finding a good pair of speakers. If they’re good, they’re usually monstrous-looking and impossible to integrate into our post-minimal Scandi homes, and if they’re pretty, they usually give out a sound comparable to playing Justin Bieber off your 2009 cell-phone. Why can’t we have our cake and eat it too – have our Bieber and look good while doing it? Music nerds are aesthetes too, and fashionability is no longer something reserved for the chosen few. Enter Urbanears Connected Speakers, the monochrome plastic cube you didn’t know you’ve always needed.
Luxury is forever – and this statement has gained a political dimension in the discussion of sustainable fashion in recent years. Fashion and its related industries is the most polluting industry in the world after oil, but this is more than anything an issue of attitude towards clothes: cheap and so-called fast fashion has made us buy garments almost as disposables. Perfumes are no different – every year, elaborately designed perfume bottles are disposed with no or very little opportunity for recycling, forcing the consumer to generate even more waste.
Innovation is a crucial element of sustainable fashion: pushing boundaries in terms of production and distribution is where the real ecological leaps take place. And we’re not just talking about fake fur or organic cotton, but a complete re-invention of the materials that feature in our everyday garments and accessories such as leather, nylon, and other synthetics. Swedish shoewear brand recently raised the ante with the re-launch of their classic menswear design Paul in Cherry Wood, which, as the name suggests, is produced in FSC certified, sustainable cherry wood.
An observant critic once claimed that “it’s always fashion week somewhere” – regardless if this is true, there’s certainly no reason to despair between fashion week seasons. Film has long been a cherished medium of fashion, capturing the social, aesthetic, and political histories that clothes possess, then and today. Copenhagen, who is famous for its other prestigous film festivals CPH:DOX, CPH:PICS, and the LGBTQ MIX Copenhagen, boasts as one of the only cities in the world a whole festival dedicated to fashion film, and today, on April 18th, they open for an exciting week of epic fashion through the moving image.
In these days the ninth season of RuPauls Drag Race is aired on VH1. The show drew almost a million viewers to the premiere and once again did not fail to surprise when Ronnie from New Jersey turned out to be Lady Gaga in disguise. “Drag for me has been an opportunity to leave myself when I didn’t wanted to be me” Gaga told the contestants after revealing herself and reminded us of the fact that drag isn’t about imitation but about creating a space to explore and challenge the confinements of gender and identity. London based photographer Niko Mitrunen has examined the transformation process in drag art through an ongoing series of photos portraying club kids in Helsinki.
What is a good outfit without an appropriately good setting? As we commence planning our new summer wardrobe, we couldn’t help but look for fabulous new locations for us to show them off in — and by that, we don’t mean fashion weeks or the streets of our home city. We mean vacation. The sun, pool, cocktail kind of vacation. The kind of vacation where you lounge for hours by the private pool, reading erotic novels by Anaïs Nin, and get tipsy at inappropriate (but totally appropriate) hours of the day. Preferably, with your boo – but sometimes (most times), your BFF is an equally ideal partner.
Another remarkable chapter has been added to Louis Vuitton’s love affair with the world of art – a hyped collaboration with American mega-artist Jeff Koons.
Congratulations to the insanely talented and inspiring Edward Enninful OBE who has been appointed editor-in-chief of British Vogue. This marks the first step of a new exciting era for the magazine.