Born in Seville and educated in Paris, Johnny has an international perspective on brutishness and British culture. A student of both Architecture and Design, Johnny’s fascination with mathematics and engineering is as much a part of his design ethos as his passion for colour and drawing. With decades of experience from Louis Vuitton to Celine now have lead him to design for master of leather goods – Mulberry.
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We’re usually pretty excited about the annual Met Gala looks, but last night, we couldn’t help but feel deflated. The hyped event marks the opening of the annual fashion exhibition at the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, one of fashion’s most observed institutions that have given us some of the best museum memories in recent years – think last year’s China Through the Looking Glass, or Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty – while the gala opening itself is a well thought-out fundraiser for the museum masterminded by US Vogue Editor and Met Patron Anna Wintour. The red carpet usually attracts clever and creative sartorial responses from celebs to the exhibition in question, and with this year being devoted to the work of Rei Kawakubo, ultimate doyenne of deconstruction and everything avant-garde, and arguably the most important living designer, it could hardly get any better. Or could it? Once again, the world of celebrity showed that style is nothing more than a walking advertising opportunity for brands desperately seeking red carpet credibility. What could have been a ravishing evening of collectively questioning the very nature of fashion and its (mis-)uses, the Met Gala instead – with the couragous exception of Rihanna, Michèle Lamy, Helen Lasichanh, and Tracee Ellis Ross – ended at some odd no-man’s land between the Oscar’s and New York Fashion Week. Not the kind of “in-between state” we were looking for. While the Oscars is not necessarily a bad thing (we did, for example, love Gwyneth Palthrow‘s revival of the iconic baby pink one-shoulder), we still dream of a fashion world who dare to wear the fashion that expands our idea of clothes, instead of calling Carolina Herrera on first impulse. Boycotting our own coverage of the evening’s best looks, here’s instead 10 outfits – sources from the past three seasons of Commes Des Garçons – we wished we had seen last night on the likes of Priyanka, Kim, and Cara. Stylists, take note.
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.