The Brazilian born and New York based artist Nicole Della Costa is a true multi-talent; she writes, she paints, and makes images, both in front of the lens and as a model. In just a few years, she has published two poetry collections, has been featured in Nin Magazine and modelled for German fashion giant Zalando and American Stoned Immaculate. Last year she exhibited at the emerging contemporary art space Fabrica Behring in Rio de Janeiro, in collaboration with fellow Brazilian Júlia Brandao. Della Costa is an exciting talent who mixes languages and genres. DANSK sat down to talk with her about her work and the process of creating a name.
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Commencing our always idiosyncratic coverage of Paris Fashion Week AW19, we begin with a totalizing vision: a complete fade to grey. Before venturing into a symphony of soft violets and floral prints (sourced from his garden and scanned into digital prints), the Belgian doyen of elegance, Dries van Noten, set the tone with a swathe of looks in all grey. Rather than a heavy mousey hue, Noten’s was warm and inviting, subtly fading into a desaturated viole. The pinstripes added a last touch of chic – and truth to be told, we couldn’t think of a better armour to enter the coming season in. More images below. Stay tuned for more favorites.
Kim Kardashian, Cardi B, Beyoncé: why is everyone wearing Mugler at the moment? If you would guess from the red carpet appearances of the Hollywood mafia recently, you’d think it was the late 1980s. In fact, it’s all archival, and the archive belongs to the inimitable Thierry Mugler. The French couturier, set designer, and walking sartorial myth – exclusively interviewed in the most recent issue of DANSK – has recently opened the doors to his vast oeuvre of creations – currently on display in Montreal.
Featured in Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, Interview, and many more, Kim Shui has made it far for her mere 28 years (also, notably, to Forbes’ 30 under 30 list in 2019). Born in the States, raised in Italy with her Chinese parents, Shui lives in New York and embraces the city in its entirety, as a context and theme of her uplifting, millennial design. DANSK took a talk with the aspiring star about involving a multicultural background in one design and how ‘sexy’ is the single woman’s choice.
Yesterday, news broke of the death of Karl Lagerfeld, the creative director of Chanel as well as Fendi, and the unrivaled king of contemporary fashion. Lagerfeld’s long-spanning reign over Western luxury fashion is unparalleled by any other talent working today, and his legacy will be hard to match by any of his peers (Chanel, however, have against all speculation announced his right hand, Virginie Viard, as his predecessor). While Lagerfeld’s closest relatives and friends prepare for his funeral, the fashion world mourns his passing with a stream of obituaries and in memoriams – including Anna Wintour, Hamish Bowles, i-D, Purple, and AnOther. At DANSK, we won’t re-trace the words of so many others, so to remember our dearest Karl, we look back at some of the earliest moments of his career(s) in pictures. More below.
Luxury fashion is an ever-changing game, and with the recent explosion of the streetwear market, markets are constantly shifting. Today, Generation X’ers have been replaced by Millenials as the biggest consumer segment in fashion, while streetwear designers are making their way to the very top of fashion’s luxury job positions – most notably, Virgil Abloh. The Off White designer arrived at historic French house Louis Vuitton last year, and the first fruits of his labor are currently available in store. Beyond his re-vitalized vision of LV menswear, Abloh also just dropped an additional collections of “staples,” that is, “essential garments and accessories that form the foundation of a man’s dress components.”
The fashion industry is changing these years, and is doing so fast. In the midst of it, new Danish menswear brand Sunflower is slowly evolving itself to offer a concrete counterexample to an industry driven by newness, hype, and conspicuous consumption. The brand recently premiered its refreshing take on menswear wardrobe during the Copenhagen Fashion Week, so we sat down with the brand’s CEO, Ulrik Pedersen (previously at NN07) about resisting a fast fashion culture, prioritizing quality over quantity, and the future of the project.
Since Thursday night where Ganni wrapped up three days of fashion shows at Copenhagen Fashion Week, the brand has become subject to international attention. This time not due to general “Ganni Girl” hype, but because the AW19 show “Life on Earth” was called out as “tone-deaf” after a rather problematic set design. Before and during the show, held in a HDR film studio, photos from “Earth” were displayed on enormous screens around the runway, with “Earth” meaning mostly pictures from the Global South. The reportage work by photojournalist Amy Vitale was, we later learned from creative director Ditte Reffstrup’s apology, meant to “portray the diversity and connectivity we share on this planet.” Unfortunately, using images of children and women from countries that suffer from western fashion fetish as exotic background to a Scandi show was a huge disconnect.