After fashion months begins art season, but unlike the arcane epicenters of the luxury fashion industry, art is always moving across the globe. Forget Frieze Art Fair in London, skip Art Basel in Miami: the new hubs of art exhibitions and fairs are found in Asia, South America, North Africa. Besides, once the Kardashians and their ancillary crew start descending onto the same cultural event as you, it’s an urgent reminder that you gotta keep moving. This season, we suggest you head to the far East, specifically to Hong Kong. Here, Art Basel has held its third fair location for almost a decade, and in the process stimulated the growth of a veritable art week in the Chinese city state. If you’re free next week, we suggest you get yourself a seat on Cathay Pacific, a ticket for the official art fair, and we’ll handle the rest: just follow this guide to the best exhibitions, events and parties of Hong Kong Art Basel.
For those who still doubt the power of social media in the fashion world, the latest chapter of the Gucci/racism row should put in a nail in the coffin. More so than ever, luxury fashion brands exist at the mercy of public internet approval, a forum where even a single voice in Harlem could start a revolution. This is indeed the case with the case of the king of Black Fashion, Dapper Dan.
Have you tired from the overwhelming banality of run-of-the-mill fashion – and their prescribed outfits of cocktail dresses, power suits, and pencil skirts? Do you find current dress culture utterly boring – or in desperate need for a whole new identity this coming season? Fear not – DANSK, the harbinger of avant-garde, has got your back. As cherry blossoms bloom all over the world, we’re guiding you to the few essential tips for the SS19 season. In fact, all you really need is …
One of our absolute highlights from the FW19 fashion month was Louis Vuitton, who asserted itself as the Parisian brand with a remarkable presentation. The historic French label, specializing in a travel-infused luxury range of clothing and accessories, have in recent years, under the creative direction of Nicolas Ghesquière, developed a rather extraordinary habit of destination resort shows in some of the world’s most beautiful architecturally-drawn museums – such as the Miho Museum in Japan and The Niteroi Contemporary Art Museum in Rio de Janeiro. But for this season, Ghesquière cast his eyes on Paris’ very own architectural wunder-institution: the Centre Pompidou.
Launched in April 2011, the Portuguese label Marques’Almeida managed to pave its way into the fashion system by thanks to its distinguished style. The duo, formed by the prolific Marta Marques and Paulo Almeida, had the privilege of collaborating alongside Vivienne Westwood and Preen By Thornton Bregazzi, experience that led them to excel whilst gearing up their business, including winning the prestigous LVMH Young Fashion Designer Prize. A CHROMATIC CHAOS could unquestionably define the key etiquette at Marques’ Almeida this season.The chosen tonal palette enabled a subtle yet compelling portrayal of the brand’s ethos, where fluorescent details juxtaposed with less dynamic tones depicted an empowered woman, with an utterly rebellious allure.
Believe it or not, but there are days when our mandatory handbag – Hermès, LV – just simply won’t do it. As much as we like to channel Carrie Bradshaw jotting through the city for an 11am coffee meeting, life tends to be a little more demanding than that, both physically and environmentally. Where are the bags for biking in the rain on a January afternoon, for bring your old-ass HP laptop to the office job that won’t pay for a desktop Macbook, and for all of those lunches, coffees and park chill sessions where bringing a Birkin feels just a little too excessive? Well, the answer is, surprisingly, Dior. The historic French brand known for great luxury ready-to-wear and even better couture, have crafted a wonderful little bag that feels as sturdy and practical as it is elegant.
Inspired by the wartime in England as well as Joan Crawford, Finnish designer Henna Lampinen is the winner of this year’s Designer’s Nest. Now the award-winning designer is working on her master’s degree at Aalto University in Finland whilst staging exhibitions and heading for an international career . The busy Finn took the time to talk to DANSK about her winning collection and professional history.
Although we’re called DANSK, we still consider ourselves largely Scandinavian – and there’s nothing that we love more than run off to our neighboring capitals for an extended weekend of shopping. Stockholm not only boasts incredible architecture, a great metro, and overpriced beer, but also wonderful luxury retail experiences. This month, the city welcomes a new member to its very highest tier of store experience – while welcoming back an old friend.
If you didn’t know, Marimekko means “a little dress for Mari,” the Finnish form of the English name Mary. The cute and quirky pragmatism of using this statement as the name of a fashion brand perfectly encapsulates the design ethos of the Finish fashion giant, which since the 60s have worked hard to make our homes and wardrobes just a little more colorful. But while many of their internatioanl contemporaries have faded into the gilded halls of hippie kitsch, Marimekko has endured; and today, the company boasts over 85 stores around the world. It’s not all poppy flower prints, however, as we’ve learned from the launch of their new range of handbags, Forever Yours.
With Paris Fashion Week just coming to a close, we’re still digesting all the wonderful things we were lucky to see this week. A definite highlight, and certainly the most extravagant, was certainly by the American Mr. Hilfiger, who invited over 1300 of his best friends to the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées for a sparkled celebration of America, in collaboration with his newest brand ambassador, Zendaya. Let’s recount it one step at a time to make sure we’re not forgetting anything.