My first recollection of Halston was when he appeared as the guest star on the famous American television series The Love Boat. There he was—long, lean, handsome, the embodiment of elegance, and surrounded by a beautiful array of ethnically diverse models glamorously dressed. The Halstonnettes—the entourage that was always by his side—included African American Pat Cleveland and Nordic Karen Bjornsen. I was only 10 watching the re-run of the episode where Halston showcases an entire fashion show on a cruise to Acapulco. He made a lasting impression that defined my ideas on sophistication and fashion. I loved him almost as much as the world did in the 70s. Known for his refreshing minimalism, the American fashion designer invented the one-seam dress, cut-on-the-bias made from silk, chiffon or cashmere; that became the look of the era. His aesthetics encompassed more than fashion. The illusion continued, from his extravagant lifestyle and his mid-century minimalist townhouse in Manhattan to the astronomically priced, opulent, mirrored and glass office at the top of Olympic Tower with panoramic views of New York. Halston, the new documentary, shines light on the designer’s forgotten legacy. After 30 years spent creating his empire, and at the height of his success, Halston sells his name to the JCPenny Corporation with the disastrous consequence of becoming obsolete and ousted from his own brand. I had a fascinating conversation with Frédéric Tcheng, the renowned French director about his latest documentary Halston (featured this year at CPH DOX). Frédéric directed the award winning Dior and I (2014), co-directed Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel (2011) and co-produced Valentino: The Last Emperor (2008).
The face of Aweng Mayel Chuol has taken the world by storm. Her unapologetic strength of being a woman of colour, a model, and a life warrior has managed to inspire the masses. The former Vetements exclusive model was discovered in a local Australian McDonalds. Aweng is a vibrant, positive and knowledgeable human, who loves motivating her audience through her social media platforms. She is one of the few models undertaking a double degree and modelling at the same time. Post PFW, she stepped up her career ever so quickly, walking MM6 Maison Margiela in London shortly after. She’s also graced the pages of DANSK. Her career is big, and so are her hopes: she dreams to become a politician in her country, Sudan, and build up orphanages for the less privileged. And the funny fact is that she’s only in her early 20’s.
Calling out all aspiring fashion film makers and fashion film lovers! The Milan Fashion Film Festival has just announced itself open for submission to this year’s festival. The festival will this year be the sixth of its kind, which each year receives over 800 submissions from all over the world. Each year 200 fashion films are selected and presented on FFFMilano, which is held during Milan’s women’s fashion week in September. The Festival presents up-coming talents as well as well-well-established names such as, Gucci, Roberto Cavalli, Balmain, Nike, Gosha Rubchinsky and many more. The festival jury is open for submissions until the 25th of June and in case you are in lack of inspiration, we’ve listed some of the previous year’s winners below.
“I try to portray contemporary stories,” says Simone Lorusso, Italian photographer, content creator and creative director. After graduating in Digital Communication and Fashion Photography from Milan’s IED Academy, he broke his way into industry as a freelancer. Years of hands-on experience led him to build a noteworthy client profile, collaborating with labels such as Prada, Cartier, Moncler, Aspesi and Fay to name a few. His collage work stands as an example of his remarkably holistic thought process: blending powerful imagery – often monochromatic – and juxtaposing bold typography and three-dimensional objects over vast monotone surfaces. That urge of confinement in space is what I personally found most provocative, because gaps leave room to envision, and most times, question one’s self.
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.
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.
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.
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.